| March, 2018

Tigers roar to state championship

Posted on 15 March 2018 by LeslieM

By Gary Curreri

With as much time as Blanche Ely basketball coach Melvin Randall spends in Lakeland, maybe he should consider getting a condo there.

The Tigers coach led his boys’ basketball team to their fifth title in seven seasons as they cruised past Jacksonville Creekside, 77-54 in the Florida High School Athletic Association’s Class 8A state championship on Saturday night at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland.

Randall, who has won a state-record eight basketball championships, six at Blanche Ely and two at neighboring Deerfield Beach, said this championship is even sweeter than when the squad went undefeated in 2015.

There was adversity this time around, dealing with a number of setbacks early in the season — namely an 18-point loss to University School.

We took a couple of beatings along the way, which is okay, but growth came in and helped us to get to where we are now,” said Randall. “We were inconsistent in the beginning of the season because they weren’t used to playing with one another and, as the season went on, they understood how to play with one another.”

Randall is 16-1 in the state final four and 8-0 in championship games.

The Tigers finished the season at 24-8. They had two starters back from last year’s team in Joshua Scott and Michael Forrest.

Scott, a junior forward, led the Tigers with 26 points and six rebounds. He was a perfect 7 of 7 from the field and 12 of 14 from the free-throw line. Forrest, a senior guard, had 21 points and helped Blanche Ely win 13 of their final 14 games of the season. Senior guard Anthony Byrd added 14 points.

It’s been an amazing journey,” said Forrest, who struck from distance with a game-high 4 three-pointers. “We won state my sophomore year and came back to win again this year.

With all the things (Coach Randall) does for us, this the only way we can give back to him – just winning the state championship for him.”

We play for Mr. Randall, and I do what I have to do to win,” said Scott, who also had 26 points in the team’s semifinal win.

Added Forrest: “Last year was very disappointing. I really wanted to win two in a row and get that third ring, so I think it motivated us this year.

I thought we would go pretty far this year,” Forrest said. “The intensity was better this year. I think we really played better defense too.

Forrest said going into his senior year was both “fun, but kind of scary too.”

I wanted to go out winning a state tournament,” Forrest said. “(This journey) has been a lot of hard work. A lot of long hours, just being in the gym with Mr. Randall and the other coaches who have helped me become who I am today.”

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FLICKS: Get Out & Miami Film Festival wraps

Posted on 15 March 2018 by LeslieM

By “Cinema” Dave


During the Oscar ceremony, a film that wins a Screenplay award (either Best Adaptation or Most Original) usually goes on to win the Best Picture Award. That did not happen this year as Call Me by Your Name won Best Adaptation (based on the novel by André Aciman) and Get Out won the Original Screenplay, but lost the Best Picture Award to The Shape of Water.

It feels appropriate that The Shape of Water and Get Out are two movies that will be entwined with each other, since they both represent two motion pictures that would regularly be nominated for the Rondo Hatton Award, an honor coveted by Monster Mavens like myself and Guillermo Del Toro in the past. With his recent Oscar win, writer/director Jordan Peele has joined the “Rondo Hatton Appreciation Society” for Get Out. [For more on Rondo Hatton, visit http://rondoaward.com].

A satirical terror flick with comedy overtones, Get Out can be construed as an explanation of a black man’s paranoia. It is the story of an African American named Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his white girlfriend Rose Armitrage (Allison Williams). Rose invites Chris to meet her parents in the suburbs. “Wishing that Obama could have had a third term as president,” Daddy Armitrage (Bradley Whitford) and Mommy Armitrage (Catherine Keener) greet Chris warmly.

Behind the smiles, something sinister lies beneath the surface. Mommy Armitrage is a hypnotherapist and she unlocks Chris’ repressed memory. The Armitrage suburban home seems to transform into a gothic Southern Plantation and the African American servants appear to transform into the “Stepford slaves.”

To reveal more, would be a disservice to the shock, surprise and belly laughs found in Get Out. To his director’s credit, Jordan Peele does a great job with the film’s pacing. He fills his quiet scenes with tension that resolve with either a moment of terror or humor. Like Orson Welles, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck (Oscar-winning screenplay writers who lost Best Picture Awards), Jordan Peele will be a force to reckon with for future movie awards seasons.

The 35th Annual Miami Film Festival wraps up this weekend. This festival’s awards will be revealed Saturday Night at the Olympia Theater, with the Historic Alfred I. Dupont Building hosting the night party. Sunday will be the last opportunity to see April’s Daughters on the big screen. Won’t You Be My Neighbor? is a documentary about Professor Fred Rogers, the man who created Mister Roger’s Neighborhood on PBS. While neither film is in contention for a Rondo Hatton Award, both are a fine way to quietly wrap up a St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

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Posted on 15 March 2018 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

Feb. 27: A Honda S2000 was stolen from a driveway at 4055 Crystal Lake Dr.

Feb. 27: A man reported that his backpack with $34 and a debit card in it was stolen from the beach while he was swimming. It was reported at 200 NE 21 Ave.

Feb. 27: A vehicle parked at 4311 Crystal Lake Dr. was entered and an airbag was stolen.

Feb. 28: A home at 250 NW 41 St. was broken into and an Apple MacBook was stolen.

March 2: A Kia Sportage was stolen from 3637 SW Natura Blvd.

Lighthouse Point

Feb. 21: Police received an alert to a stolen vehicle at 3200 NE 21 Ave. They followed the vehicle with unmarked vehicles and two subjects were arrested and the vehicle was recovered.

Feb. 22: Following an investigation for fraud, it was determined that a local subject had stolen and cashed checks, one for $1,800 at a bank at 3800 N. Federal Hwy.

Feb. 23: A loss prevention officer observed a subject select several items and conceal them in her purse before leaving the store at 3722 N. Federal Hwy. without paying for them. The subject had items in her purse from the store and a prescription pill bottle belonging to someone else. The property was valued at $65.92.

(This is a partial list. For Deerfield Beach Crime Watch in full, visit www.DFB.City and click on “Sign Me Up” to receive the city wide report.)

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St. Patrick’s Day HAPPENINGS

Posted on 15 March 2018 by LeslieM

Tipperary Pub St. Patty’s Day

Sunday, March 11, through Saturday, March 17

Tipperary Pub

1540 SE 3 Ct.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Join Tipperary Pub to celebrate St. Patty’s Day while feasting down on some traditional Irish grub. For more information, look on the bottom of this page for their ad or call 954-326-0800.

St. Patrick’s Day Festival

Friday, March 16, 5 to 10 p.m.

Old School Square Park

51 N. Swinton Ave.

Delray Beach, FL 33444

St. Patrick’s Day Fest

Saturday, March 17

Olympia Flame Diner

80 S. Federal Hwy.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Enjoy corned beef & cabbage dinner and more. (See ad pg. 10). Info: 954-480-8402

St. Pat’s on Intracoastal

Saturday, March 17

2 Georges at The Cove

1754 SE 3 Court

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on the Intracoastal! All day specials: Corned Beef & Cabbage and drink specials: Guiness $5, Jameson Shots $5, Green Tea Shots $4, Nuttly Irishman $5. Located on Hillsboro Blvd. & Intracoastal Waterways. For more information, call 954-421-9272.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Saturday, March 17, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Atlantic Avenue

Delray Beach, FL 33483

Fun Run will start at 11 a.m. Parade kicks off at noon.

St. Patrick’s Day Block Party

Saturday, March 17, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

The Dubliner

435 Plaza Real

Boca Raton, FL 33432

Traditional Irish Buffet. Live Music by U2 Tribute Band Someday Radio. Palm Beach Pipes & Drums Marching Troop, Adam David Duo – 11 a.m. Walk Rooney – Noon, Irish Cloggers & Bagpipers – 2 p.m. Spider Cherry – 3 p.m. For more information, call 561-620-2540.

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Posted on 15 March 2018 by LeslieM

Pompano Pier Food Truck Round Up

Friday, March 16, 6 to 10 p.m.

Pompano Beach Fishing Pier

222 N. Pompano Beach Blvd.

Pompano Beach, FL 33062

Join the city for an evening of Food Trucks, music and fun! Bring blankets and folding chairs since seating is limited! Full bar. For more information, call 954-786-7824.

Family Fun Day

Sunday, March 18, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sullivan Park Splash Pad

1633 Riverview Rd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Enjoy food, fun and friends! Kids can enjoy splashing on the splash pad, getting their faces painted, doing crafts and playing games. Hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Deerfield Beach, who is dedicating the day to former publisher for The Observer David Eller for his service to our community and the commitment he made to their club. Mr. Eller passed away on Nov. 18, 2017. For more information, call 954-980-1833.

Pizza Fundraiser

Thursday, March 22, noon

Five Star Horizon Club in the Breezeway

1208 S. Military Trail

Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Fratelli’s Pizza, drinks and ice cream! For Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund. All you can eat. Must pay cash. All proceeds go to provide relief and financial support to the victims and families of this tragedy. To make reservations, call Lynne at 954-481-2304.

LHP Library Semi-Annual Book Sale

Thursday, March 22, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday, March 23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, March 24 , 9 a.m. to noon & 1 to 4 p.m.

Dixon Ahl Hall

2220 NE 38 St.

Lighthouse Point, FL 33064

Gently used books, DVDs, music CDs, records and audiobooks available for purchase. Prices range from 50 cents for paperback to $2 for hardcover. Coffee table and collector books are specially priced. DVDs and CDs are $1 to $9. On Saturday, March 24, they will be closed from noon to 1 p.m. to prepare for the Bag Sale, where from 1 to 4 p.m., $1 will get you as many books as you can fit in a plastic bag (they provide). No book donations are currently being accepted. All proceeds benefit the library.

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Clergy Corner: Prayer, not platitudes

Posted on 15 March 2018 by LeslieM

If my people, who are called my name, will humble themselves and pray… then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)

After my article was submitted last month, the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas occurred. Our hearts broke on Ash Wednesday as the news unfolded throughout the afternoon. If Ash Wednesday is a day when we confront the reality of our mortal and broken nature, we certainly saw evidence of this on that very day.

I was taken aback when I heard a brokenhearted student speak. She was clearly frustrated from hearing leaders say “you are in my thoughts and prayers.”

She said, “I want action.”

I certainly do not blame this young woman for her frustration. She just experienced a nightmare nobody should have to face, especially a child. I do not think she was rejecting thoughts and prayers. I think she was frustrated by the fact that this phrase was used as a platitude. I think she felt that the public figures who used these words were trying to appease her, pat her on the head and tell her everything was going to be OK. But, tired of inaction, tired of appeasement and patronization, she spoke out not against prayer itself but against platitudes.

What is a platitude? Merriam-Webster tells us that a platitude is “a banal, trite, or stale remark.” The Cambridge Dictionary definition is “a statement that has been repeated so often that it is meaningless.”

I remember a time in seminary when I heard my New Testament professor express his frustration. A classmate of mine experienced two tragedies in a row. He returned home because his father died unexpectedly from a heart attack. And, while he was at home helping his mother, overcome by the stress of the preparations, he suffered a stroke. We found out about this when we went to class and saw his empty chair. Our professor told us what happened.

Then, he shared with us his frustration, which was not unlike the frustration of this brave student, saying, “I have heard you say to your friends ‘I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.’ It is like you are putting a band-aid on a broken arm. When this class is over, I want you to go to your dorm rooms and get on your knees and pray for David. He needs more than your words, he needs your prayers.”

I appreciated the honesty of my professor, as well as his wisdom and frustration. He reminded us that prayer is not a platitude, but it is action.

I did go home. I did get on my knees and I prayed for my classmate. I know others did as well.

David returned to seminary a couple weeks later. His mother began her recovery and was doing well. His family was healing from the loss, and David was able to return to his studies. I believe that our prayers were heard.

When we confront a national tragedy such as the massive shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, we may feel helpless. The good news is that we can do something and, as one who believes in the power of prayer, we can do a lot.

I say to all of us brokenhearted residents of Broward County to do more than say the words “I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.” Let us be called to action, get on our knees and pray.

Pastor Gross is a pastor of Zion Lutheran Church, located at 959 SE 6 Ave., Deerfield Beach, FL 33441. For more information, call 954-421-3146 or visit www.zion-lutheran.org.

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The Therapy Room: Defining dementia part 1

Posted on 15 March 2018 by LeslieM

(Part one of a three part series) Dementia means “deprived of mind” and has been described in older adults since ancient times. Dementia is a term used for a wide range of symptoms that are severe enough to interfere with a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. These symptoms include the following:

Decline in memory

Language and communication confusion

Difficulty focusing and paying attention

Poor reasoning and

Difficulty with visual perception

The most common type of dementia is Alzheimer’s and is named after Alois Alzheimer, a German physician who first described it. Today, Alzheimer’s accounts for approximately 70 percent of the dementia cases. It causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging. The majority of people with Alzheimer’s are 65 or older and it is interesting to note that up to 5 percent of people with Alzheimer’s are in their 40s and 50s.

The second most common form of dementia is Vascular and this can occur after a person experiences a stroke. There are numerous other conditions that have symptoms of dementia, even some that are reversible, and include thyroid issues and vitamin deficiencies.

There is not one test to determine if someone has dementia. Physicians take into consideration medical history, physical examination, laboratory tests, mental and memory testing, changes in thinking, daily functioning and behaviors in order to determine that an individual has dementia.

10 Early Symptoms of Dementia

1. Memory Changes: Forgetting where an item has been left, struggling to know the name of someone in the same room or forgetting what given tasks are to be attended to in a given day

2. Difficulty with Words: Difficulty explaining a situation

3. Mood Changes: Mood changes, such as depression or a shift in personality, such as normally being shy to being very outgoing

4. Apathy: Losing interest in a normal activities or hobbies. Choosing to be alone rather than being socially interactive

5. Difficulty with Tasks: Difficulty balancing a checkbook or understanding players or score of sports game. Struggle to learn new things or follow new routines

6. Confusion: Confusion may occur since an individual can no longer remember faces, find right words or properly interact with others

7. Difficulty with Conversations: Struggle with comprehension during a conversation

8. Direction Disruption: Spatial orientation and sense of direction deteriorate. Following step by step instructions becomes difficult

9. Repetitive Behavior: Repeats daily tasks, repeats same question even after an answer has been provided

10. Change in routine can be difficult: Fear from memory loss — going for a walk and not knowing where one is within minutes. This may create desire to stick with what is known and not trying new things

Some risk factors for dementia, such as age and genetics, cannot be changed. Researchers continue to explore the impact of other brain risk factors and the prevention of dementia. Some active areas of research are in risk reduction and prevention of dementia to include application of the Mediterranean diet that appears to help protect the brain and physical fitness to increase blood and oxygen flow to the brain. Cardiovascular factors also help, such as not smoking, keeping blood pressure stable, monitoring cholesterol, monitoring blood sugar and maintaining a healthy weight.

Research over the past 20 years has greatly improved our understanding of what dementia is and how it develops and affects the brain. This work is paying off with better diagnostic techniques, improved treatments and potential ways of preventing these diseases.

For the next part in my three part series on Dementia, I will be focusing on Dementia and caregivers.

Dr. Julia Breur is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private clinical psychotherapy practice in Boca Raton. Further information is available at www.drjuliabreur.com.

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FLICKS: Miami Film Festival will outshine the Academy Awards

Posted on 08 March 2018 by LeslieM

By “Cinema” Dave


During the 35th Miami Film Festival (March 9 – 18), Jon Secada, Djimon Hounsou, Paul Schrader, Jason Reitman and Isabelle Huppert will be in town to discuss their latest projects. This festival features a diverse amount of feature films, documentaries and short subjects.

Carry That Weight: A Rockumentary is a short subject of local interest. Filmed with an all Florida crew, this film is Brian J. Letten’s documentary about Mr. Burris, a music teacher at Miami Senior High School, who created Rock Ensemble. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in his third year of college, Mr. Burris taught music from his electric wheelchair.

As a short subject, the film ends and the viewer starts begging for more of the story. Fortunately, Letten is producing a full feature documentary and has earned the support of many of Mr. Burris’ Rock Ensemble students, many of whom are working in the entertainment field in Dade County.

While the re-teaming of Ivan Reitman and Diablo Cody for Tully is garnering most headlines this opening weekend, there are some unique motions pictures being screened, many of them from Latin America. In Spanish with English subtitles, April’s Daughter is a beautiful motion picture which presents dark gothic themes. The film opens with the sounds of people making love. A nude Valeria (Ana Valeria Becerril) emerges from the bedroom and we learn that she is seven months pregnant. Despite living with a matronly sister, Valeria is too immature to raise the baby and their mother April (Emma Suarez) comes to the rescue. Or does she? The strength of April’s Daughter is that character motivations drive this story, which echoes Sir Alfred Hitchcock’s later themes, including Spellbound, Vertigo and Marnie.

While the 90th Annual Academy Awards, which tanked in the ratings, has revealed a culture of smug narcissism, the recent films that I have seen at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival and Miami Film Festival have made me optimistic for the future of filmmaking. These independent filmmakers are presenting good stories, interesting characters and brilliant cinematography on a budget that cost less than Ashley Judd’s Oscar swag bag.

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Posted on 08 March 2018 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

Feb. 20: It was reported that, the window at Jersey Mike’s at 1069 E. Hillsboro Blvd. was damaged. The cost was $1,500.

Feb. 20: A man reported that someone stole a tile cutter from his truck at Home Depot at 60 SW 12 Ave.

Feb. 23: A man reported that an individual was making unauthorized transactions on his TD Bank debit card. The incident was reported at 1200 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

Feb. 23: A woman reported her car stolen at 1300 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

Feb. 23: A man reported that a woman stole his clothing from a laundromat at 191 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

Lighthouse Point

Feb. 11: The victim said he left his cell phone by the blood pressure machine at a store located at 3700 N. Federal Hwy. and realized it was missing. He attempted to call it and a subject answered and became threatening. The loss was $120.

Feb. 11: A male subject was arrested after he was observed taking a sheet set off the shelf and concealing it in a backpack at 3700 N. Federal Hwy. The merchandise was valued at $21.19.

Feb. 11: Police responded to an alarm and found an unlocked door at 3100 NE 36 St. The homeowner arrived and said nothing appeared to be taken.

(This is a partial list. For Deerfield Beach Crime Watch in full, visit www.DFB.City and click on “Sign Me Up” to receive the city wide report.)

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Posted on 08 March 2018 by LeslieM


Thursday, March 8 through Sunday, April 8

The Wick Theatre

7901 N. Federal Hwy.

Boca Raton, FL 33487

The Wick Theatre is delighted to present the captivating Lerner and Lowe classic, Brigadoon. The romantic fantasy about a town that appears once every hundred years debuted on Broadway in 1947 and was immortalized on film in 1954 by Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse. With big production numbers and a score that has become part of the American songbook, Brigadoon offers an enchanting escape. Opening Night is March 10, 7:30 p.m. with Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.; Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $80-$85, www.thewick.org or call 561-995-2333.

AAUW Pompano Beach Dollars for Scholars

Luncheon & Author Presentation

Saturday, March 10, 11:30 a.m.

Lighthouse Point Yacht and Racquet Club

2701 NE 42 St.

Lighthouse Point, FL 33064

Award-winning mystery author Elaine Viets to speak. All money raised goes to scholarships for local women. $45, includes salad, entrée, dessert, rolls/beverage. For more information, call Judy Kalir at 954-481-2294 or Margarite Falconer at 954-524-2938.

Zonta’s Cabaret Brunch

Sunday, March 11, 11 a.m.

Boca West Country Club

20583 Boca W. Dr.

Boca Raton, FL 33434

Enjoy brunch, entertainment, raffles, auction and a chance to win a basket of select wines. This year’s Amazing Women to be honored are Anne Marie Dunn, founder of J.R. Dunn Jewelers, and Rachel Wheeler, a student at North Broward Preparatory School, president of Students for the Poor, treasurer-secretary of the Ronald McDonald House Charity Club and a member of the National Art House Society. In keeping with Zonta’s Mission to advance the status of women locally and worldwide through service and advocacy, this year’s recipients of the funds raised will be Zonta’s Scholarship Programs for non-traditional students at Broward College and for other service projects. $80 per person (Children 12 and under, $35). For further information, call 561-392-2223 or e-mail bosanboc@bellsouth.net. Visit their Facebook page at Zonta Club of Greater Deerfield Beach or www.Zontadeerfieldbeach.org.

Winter Concert Series: The Magic of Tony Bennett

Wednesday, March 14, 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Herb Skolnick Community Center

800 SW 36 Ave.

Pompano Beach, FL 33069

Starring Steve Leeds in his “Rags To Riches” tribute w/ musical Director Gary Lawrence & a special guest. Steve Leeds started as a child performer that included the popular NBC variety show “Star Time.” For more information, call 954-786-4111.

Paws for a Cause

Sunday, March 11, 3 to 8 p.m.

Baja Café

1310 S. Federal Hwy.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

This is a special event to benefit Canine Companions for Independence, a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of persons with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs. Live music, raffle prizes, and more. Provided by GFWC Woman’s Club of Deerfield Beach.

Save the Date: Tell Me A Story Concert

Saturday, March 17, 4 p.m.

Community Presbyterian

1920 SE 4 St.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Suggested $10 donation at the door. Reception to follow the performance. For more information, call 954-427-0222

Lenten Fish Frys

Friday, March 9, 5 to 8 p.m.

St. Ambrose Catholic Church Parish Hall

380 S. Federal Hwy.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Enjoy beer- battered Cod, Syracuse Salt Potatoes and homemade coleslaw for only $10 ($5 for kids). Eat in or take-out. Tickets available at the door.

Friday, March 9, 5 to 7 p.m.

Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church

5201 Military Tr.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33064

Will also be held on March 16 and 23. Tickets are for adults are $9 and children, $5. Take-out available. For more information, call 954-421-3246.

Saturday, March 10, 6 p.m.

St. Peter’s Anglican Church

1416 SE 2 Terr.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Fried Fish, Hot Dogs, Potato Pancake, Cole Slaw and all the fixins. Eat-in or take-out. Adults are $10 and children, $5. For information, call 954-695-0336.

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