| April, 2018

THE THERAPY ROOM: Dementia and caregiving

Posted on 19 April 2018 by LeslieM

Part 2 of a 3-part series on dementia

Today, there are more than 9.9 million people caring for someone with Alzheimer’s and other dementia. Last month, the initial column in our series on dementia discussed dementia as a progressive biological brain disorder that makes it difficult for those diagnosed to think and communicate clearly and to even take care of themselves. This month, in part two of our series, we discuss practical strategies for caregivers who manage others with dementia.

Many families find it difficult and frustrating to communicate with a loved one with dementia. It is important to remember that a person with dementia cannot control behavior caused by their dementia.

Here is a list of common dementia behaviors and helpful suggestions for caregivers:

Eating and Nutrition: People with dementia forget their need to eat and drink, and complicating this may be dental problems, weight loss, irritability, disorientation, poor sleep and even bladder issues. Caregivers should consider serving meals away from a television and other distractions. Being flexible with food and beverage choices helps — a person with dementia may suddenly develop new food choices or reject ones that were liked in the past.

Bathing: Forgetting proper hygiene, such as bathing, combing hair, brushing teeth and changing clothes are common among people with dementia. Being cleaned by another person can be frightening, embarrassing and humiliating to a person being cared for and frustrating to a caregiver. If your loved one is modest when it comes to bathing, acknowledge that by making sure doors and shower curtains are closed. Keep a towel over private body parts and have a robe ready after bathing. Never leave a person with dementia unattended in a bath or shower and have all necessary bathing products in place for ease of use.

Sleeplessness: Restlessness and disorientation are troubling behaviors people with dementia experience and often it gets worse at the end of the day and throughout the night. Caregivers can increase daytime activities and discourage daytime naps, limit intake of sugar and caffeine and, if needed, consider speaking with patient’s physician about medication for sleeping issues.

Hallucinations and delusions: Seeing or hearing things others do not and false beliefs may occur as dementia progresses. Caregivers can offer reassurance and acknowledge the thoughts and feelings relating to hallucinations and delusions and use distractions to help such as suggesting a walk or simply moving to another room.

Caregivers at times forget to focus on their own needs.

Here are self care practices to consider:

Learn and use stress reduction techniques, such as exercise or yoga

Get rest and proper nutrition

Seek and accept support from others

Talk to other family members and the dementia patient’s physician about new concerns and seek their guidance for suggestions on additional or alternative care-giving assistance

A caregiver cannot stop the impact of dementia for someone they care for, but there is a great deal they can do to take responsibility for their own well-being and to have their needs met. When a caregiver’s needs are addressed the person being taken care of will benefit as well.

Dr. Julia Breur is a licensed marriage and family therapist with a private clinical psychotherapy practice in Boca Raton. Further information available at www.drjuliabreur.com.

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FLICKS: Beirut & Women of Venezuelan Chaos

Posted on 12 April 2018 by LeslieM

By “Cinema” Dave

http://cinemadave.livejournal.com

Women of Venezuelan Chaos and Beruit are two serious and timely movies that open this weekend at local theaters. Both films are riveting dramas. Beruit is based on terrorist drama that began in 1972, while Women of Venezuelan Chaos is a documentary based on recent news from South of the Border.

Directed by Margarita Cadenas, Women of Venezuelan Chaos interviews five women of various economic status of post-Chavez Venezuela.

Kim (who attended an Apr. 9 screening at Silverspot Cinema in Coconut Creek) is married with children and is also a nurse. We see her providing healthcare, but many medicinal supplies are lacking.

Maria is a community manager who works from her home. She talks about bartering milk for diapers and how the Venezuelan economy is turning the population into a community of hoarders.

Eva is unemployed, therefore, she must wait in line to receive a lottery number to get rice and flour from the black market.

Luisa is a retired police officer whose grandson is imprisoned for being critical of the Venezuelan government.

Olga is a waitress with a tragic story to tell about government oppression and the murder of children.

Spoken in Spanish with English subtitles, Women of Venezuelan Chaos is newsworthy. When it was “cool” to mock President Bush, Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez was upheld as a poster boy for socialized healthcare by some. When Chavez died and his house of cards crumbled, Nicolas Maduro became president. As poverty increased, the main stream media seemingly lost interest in the plight of the Venezuelan people. Through the voices of these five women, this documentary sheds some light upon their struggles for survival under the rule of graft politics and thug leaders.

Beirut deals with the growing world of terrorist thugs. In 1972, Diplomat Mason Skiles (Jon Hamm) hosts a party in which he states, “Christians are in one corner; Muslims in the other corner with Jack Daniels in the middle.”

During the party, Mason learns that a student they are sponsoring is the brother of the No. 1 terrorist involved in the murders in Munich during the 1972 Olympics. That night, the terrorist invades the party and the student is abducted.

Ten years later, the CIA recruits Mason for a hostage negotiation in Beirut. The simple negotiation becomes an elaborate affair when many greedy organizations haggle over the hostage fee. During this complication, Mason learns that his old student is now grown and is involved in the kidnapping.

The summer movie blockbuster season is almost upon us. However, don’t let the serious fare like Beirut and Women of Venezuela Chaos get lost in the crowd.

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CRIME WATCH

Posted on 12 April 2018 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

March 27: A woman reported her vehicle stolen from her driveway at 213 NW 46 Ct.

March 27: A man reported his Nissan Sentra stolen from his driveway at 4345 NW 6 Ave.

March 27: A vehicle parked at 40 NW 2 Ave. was broken into and a pressure cleaner and generator were stolen. The loss was estimated at $600.

March 27: An individual entered a body shop work area and stole a Makita polisher. The incident was reported at 1475 SW 1 Way.

March 29: A vehicle parked at 1877 W. Hillsboro Blvd. was broken into and a bag containing a computer and medical equipment was stolen.

Lighthouse Point

March 15: Someone keyed the victim’s vehicle while it was parked in front of an apartment complex at 2200 NE 36 St.

March 15: The victim said she accidentally left her purse at a bus stop at 3700 N. Federal Hwy. She returned 45 minutes later but was unable to locate it. It contained credit cards and $20 in cash. The loss was $22.

March 16: The victim said he and an acquaintance consumed large amounts of alcohol at a residence at the 2100 block of NE 42 St. and, when the resident passed out drunk, the subject stole his car.

(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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HAPPENINGS

Posted on 12 April 2018 by LeslieM

Friends of the Deerfield Beach Arboretum

Thursday, April 12, 7 p.m.

Arboretum at Constitution Park

66-124 Deer Creek Rd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Guest speaker will be Noel Ramos. Mr. Ramos is an outstanding authority on mangos. He will tell you everything from selecting the tree, keeping it insect and disease free, to picking the fruit. If you’re a mango enthusiast, this is the meeting you’ve been waiting for. Plant giveaway. Light refreshments served. Meetings are free and open to the public. If you haven’t paid your 2018 dues, you can at the meeting. Monthly meeting every Thursday evening.

Farm Heritage Day

Saturday, April 14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sample McDougald House

450 NE 10 St.

Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Great event for the whole family. Kids can try their hand at painting a pineapple or meet some new furry friends at the petting zoo. Adults can watch Pat Anderson create a painting plein air or learn about gardening from Lee Waldo, as well as see the historic home. There also will be fun tractor hay rides, quilts on display, arts & crafts to do, as well as food and beverages to enjoy. It is always a wonderful day!

Community Yard Sale

Saturday, April 14, 8 a.m.

Palms Angels

425 NW 1 Terr.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Please pre-order table. Inside $20, outside $10. For more information, call Linda Bates at 754-234-2522.

Tropical Post Card Club

Saturday, April 14, Noon to 3 p.m.

Old School House

323 NE 2 St.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Will be held the second Saturday of each month. For more information, call Amie Kay Tanner at 954-254-8937.

Concert in the Park

Saturday, April 14 6 to 10 p.m.

Frank McDonough Park

3500 NE 27 Ave.

Lighthouse Point, FL 33064

Party in paradise with Jimmy Stowe and the Stowaways, a Jimmy Buffet tribute band, and food trucks.

Fundraiser for Fire Victim

Sunday, April 15, noon to 4 p.m.

Legends Tavern and Grille

1391 S. Military Tr.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Help raise money for Barbara Cisco, who was critically injured trying to save her cats in a house fire in Deerfield on March 25. Her house was destroyed and most of her possessions. There will be a Cornhole Tournament, raffle and more. All proceeds will go directly to Barbara Cisco.

A Concert for Hope

Sunday, April 15, 2 to 6 p.m.

Butler House

380 E. Hillsboro Blvd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

An afternoon of music to celebrate Cancer survivors and remember those we have lost. Special guests Steve Minotti and Friends, featuring JD Danner. There will be a $10 donation to The American Cancer Society, $5 for students. For more information, call T.J. Eagan at 954-592-3150.

Tip-A-Cop

Tuesday, April 17, 6 p.m.

Bonefish Macs

2002 Sample Rd.

Lighthouse Point, FL 33064

Volunteer Lighthouse Point Law Enforcement personnel and Special Olympics athletes serve as “celebrity waiters” and collect donations for Special Olympics. For more information, call 954-262-2150.

History at High Noon: “Florida Made”

Wednesday, April 18, Noon to 1 p.m.

Commission Chambers of Deerfield Beach City Hall

150 NE 2 Ave.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

It’s another exciting storytelling adventure… Authors George LeMieux and Laura Mize will tell the stories of the 25 most important figures that shaped our state. History at High Noon is held the 3rd Wednesday of each month at noon. Light refreshments served; free entrance, donations accepted. For more information, go to the Historical Society’s website, www.deerfield-history.org or call 954-429-0378.

In Jacob’s Shoes Dinner & Auction

Thursday April 19, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Boca West Country Club

20583 Boca W. Dr.

Boca Raton, FL 33434

Cocktails, dinner, entertainment, live & silent auctions, raffles. Complimentary valet sponsored by Lesser Lesser Landy & Smith. Special Performance by The Motowners. $125 Per Person. To purchase, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/in-jacobs-shoes-8th-annual-dinner-auction-every-sole-counts-tickets-41077121777. For more information, call 954-905-2505 or e-mail info@injacobsshoes.org.

Save The Date: Cuisine of the Region

Wednesday, April 25, 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Hillsboro Club

901 Hillsboro Mile

Hillsboro Beach, FL 33062

Sample food from local restaurants and plenty of wine. Proceeds benefit N.E. Focal Point CASA, Inc. supporting programs and services offered at the Center for Active Aging. Sponsorships available – Auction Items accepted – Tickets are on Sale! Please call 954-480-4460 or e-mail rwilliams@deerfield-beach.com for further information or to purchase tickets.

Relay For Life

April 28-29, 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Quiet Waters Park

401 S. Powerline Rd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

There will be an Opening Ceremony, Survivor/Caregiver Walk, Luminaria Ceremony, Closing Ceremony. Join them to lead the fight for a world free from cancer and cheer on survivors and people that suffer from this disease. For more information, contact Alex Klomparens at alexandra.klomparens@cancer.org or 616-364-6121.

EARTH MONDAY

Green, Grow, Bloom

Saturday, April 14, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Constitution Park

2841 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

The Friends of the Arboretum will be hosting a native plant sale, as well as arboretum tours and educational opportunities.

DFBee Apiary Grand Opening

Saturday, April 21, 9 to 11 a.m.

401 SW 4 St.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

In partnership with The Urban Beekeeper, the City of Deerfield Beach is proud to announce the opening of its first honeybee apiary. The grand opening will include presentations from their sponsors and a variety of activities.

Tree Giveaway

Saturday, April 28, 9 to 11 a.m.

Central City Campus

401 SW 4 St A.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

The city’s annual tree giveaway is open to Deerfield Beach residents only.

For additional information, visit www.DFB.city/earthmonth or call 954-480-1420.

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CLERGY CORNER: C.J.’s final thoughts: why the little things matter

Posted on 12 April 2018 by LeslieM

When you discover that nearly 80 percent of NFL players are either bankrupt or in a financial hardship within three to five years following their career playing football, and that 70 percent of lottery winners become broke, it’s only natural to wonder what happened? While it may seem that a proverbial straw broke the camel’s back, the truth is, whether financial ruin, a plane crash or even an overnight success, it’s never just one thing. Compounded factors, often the little things, added over time become that final piece of straw.

For the NFL players it begins in high school — if not before — as special treatment erodes personal responsibility. Similarly, lottery winners are statistically poor money managers prior to their windfall. It’s a poor decision hours before the crash or the years touring in dive bars and on college campuses before the breakout hit trends on iTunes. We know this, and in “the real world,” we accept and plan for this truth.

Yet, for many, as it applies to matters of faith, we’re waiting for some big, miraculous moment to launch us into action. We gaze longingly at the doers vastly impacting the kingdom and we think they must be special — confusing capacity for faithfulness. And so, we wait upon the Lord neglecting to do our part.

That’s not to say that there aren’t legitimate times to be patient. However, we can’t use spiritual sayings to justify inactivity. In doing so, we’ll miss the powerful and unique ways God wants to use our lives to complete His plan.

For me, my move to Texas was a culmination of little decisions to be faithful — and it didn’t even start with me. I have my family to thank. Because of their faithfulness, I learned to seek and nurture a relationship with God, one that would provide the confidence needed years later to depart my profession as an airline captain and begin working full-time with students. I had to embarrassingly choose to miss a friend’s wedding for financial reasons, but doing so led to chance encounter with an athletic director and school administration who hired me as a coach and teacher. In the classroom I felt called to start a youth ministry.

Then, a choice had to be made: stay as a teacher or go accept a full-time ministry position. God called me to the latter. And in a season of assessing my own personal ministry impact, God revealed a new direction that would draw upon my leadership as a captain, communication skills as a national itinerate speaker, content development and facilitation of such as a teacher and decade of mentoring — [to leave the church at Deerfield Beach as Youth Pastor] and to serve at a thriving church in Lubbock, Texas.

Even in my abbreviated tale, it’s apparent that I did not gather my life and spontaneously decide to move west on a whim, but again, years of a faithful pursuit and obedience led me to do so.

Here’s the kicker: I’m not special. while I might have different gifting and skills, or capacity, they aren’t better or worse than yours. We each can find joy and contentment knowing that we experience game-changing momentum toward reaching the capacity of our calling by abiding in the little things faithfully. God has an incredible plan and purpose for your life just as He does for mine, and they’re both equally exciting and Kingdom-altering because, in the end, it’s not about us. However, the difference will be in the choices we make: whether to treat faith like a lottery, hoping for that big break, or by deciding here and now to live a life worthy of our calling by investing in the seemingly insignificant spiritual disciplines that give power to our prayers, bring wise counsel into our presence and give us the assurance of God’s trustworthiness.

I sign off with this challenge: What is God calling you to today that has the potential to manifest itself into something unimaginable later, to become your Texas? No matter how small it might seem, never underestimate God’s ability to use the ordinary for the extraordinary. Say, “Here I am, Lord,” listen, then go do in faith.

Once the NextGen pastor at The Church at Deerfield Beach, C.J. Wetzler is currently the student pastor at The Message Church in Lubbock, TX. Before transitioning into full-time ministry, CJ was a commercial airline captain and high school leadership and science teacher. He loves to mentor the next generation of leaders and considers himself a fast food connoisseur. For questions or comments, connect with him on social media: @thecjwetzler.

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Women’s History Hall of Fame Brunch

Posted on 06 April 2018 by JLusk

Women’s History Hall Of Fame recipients with commissioners (L to R) Marti McGeary, Vice Mayor Gloria Battle, Commissioner Todd Drosky, Bett Willett, Comm. Bernie Parness, Ginger Alvarez, Kelly Hampton.

By Rachel Galvin

Guests filled up the seats at the pink table-clothed tables at Johnny Tigner Center on March 31 for this year’s Women’s History Hall of Fame Brunch honoring four outstanding local women. Jan Muenzenmaier, who herself was honored in 2016, kicked the program off by introducing Vice Mayor Gloria Battle who, in turn, introduced Linda P. Knowles, of Emmanuel Christian Center Ministries, who did the invocation. Everyone enjoyed a wonderful brunch served up by L&B Catering followed by a humorous and powerful speech by keynote speaker Dr. Rosalind Osgood, who has served as a minister, community organizer, educator and author.

When she reflected over women’s history, Dr. Osgood came across some interesting “role models,” including Lucille Ball, who said the way to stay younger was to “live honestly, eat slowly and lie about your age.” Cher, she said, had fabulous clothes, although some church women might think she exposed a bit too much. There was Esther from Sanford & Son who would fuss and fight with Fred Sanford. Then, there was Edith Bunker, from All in the Family, the ultimate submissive, who was called “dingbat” by her hubby Archie. From her example, Dr. Osgood said she knew she never wanted to end up in that situation. She wanted to be Jeanie from I Dream of Jeanie, a woman with power.

Today, women have #MeToo, she said, but it all started with Tina Turner when she left Ike and kept being and looking better and better. She went on listing other examples of influential women, everyone from Mother Theresa, who, instead of using money for “creature comforts, dared to care for people” to modern examples of powerful women like Beyonce Knowles. We have to be all things… lead in the boardroom and at home, she said, adding that our sole purpose should be to make life a better place.

She talked about the meaning behind the “Super” in “Super Women.” The S stands for “Servant,” saying, “As a super woman, you serve [others].” The U is for “Unpredictable.” She told a story of women who united and used their diverse strengths to get what they wanted. P is for “Providential.” She said that woman is part of God’s providential plan. E is for “Elegance,” which she said women bring to everything. R is for “Relentless,” she said, adding, “When women make up their mind, there is nothing you can do. [When they come together, they make a difference].” She said women are writing their own stories day to day. She joked, some are writing The Days of Our Lives; some are writing As the World Turns or Bold and the Beautiful.

“As we celebrate women’s history, how are you helping younger women?” she asked. “What are you doing to make [the world] a better place?” (While the left hand is pulling us up, she said women’s right hand should be pulling up a younger woman).

“What will [this event] look like in 2040 or 2050?” she wondered, asking if women no longer would have to worry about equal pay for equal work, working twice as hard to prove themselves and would be living free of gender bias, and focusing time on the women behind them instead of fighting fights.

Before she left the stage, she was pinned with the deer pin (for Deerfield) and given a plaque. The honorees also received a pin, in addition to their awards. Their names were also placed on a special plaque.

The Butts Boulevard Global Creative Dance Group also did a wonderful dance presentation.

The 2018 Women’s History Hall of Fame Inductees:

(All women are pictured with Vice Mayor Gloria Battle).

Marti McGeary

Born in Philadelphia, PA, Marti McGeary served as president of the Future Teachers of America and was a charter member of the National Honor Society, as well as a representative to the Model United Nations at the University of Pennsylvania. In Deerfield, she has been active in The Original Save Our Beach organization, the Woman’s Club, for which she is currently president, and the Historical Society.

 

 

Ginger Alvarez

Ginger Alvarez started a neighborhood watch program, with her husband Ed, in 1990. She created a CB radio C.O.P. Program, is a member of C.E.R.T., helped to create the Citizen’s Action Group, served on the local Planning & Zoning Board, as well as the Broward County Municipal Advisory Board.

 

 

 

 

Kelly Hampton

After working managing agencies involved in foster care, Kelly Hampton served as Executive Director at the Century Village Master Management Company for four years. Now, she has become the Executive Director of the Deerfield Beach Chamber of Commerce.

 

 

 

 

 

Bett Willett

Currently co-president of The Original Save Our Beach, Bett Willett also has been a past president for the Deerfield Woman’s Club. She has served for four years as a member of the Broward County Planning Council and has recently been appointed to the Deerfield Beach Educational Advisory Board.

 

 

 

 

Butts Boulevard Global Creative did a dance performance.

The Woman’s Club always comes out to support.

A few Woman’s Club members with keynote speaker Dr. Rosalind Osgood.

Community activist Terry Scott with keynote speaker Dr. Rosalind Osgood.

Judi Stanich chooses her brunch selections wisely. Catered by L&B Catering, the brunch included chicken and waffles, eggs and more breakfast items.

The event, held at the Johnny Tigner Community Center, brought in quite the crowd.

Vice Mayor Gloria Battle with keynote speaker Dr. Rosalind Osgood.

Dr. Osgood shares with the audience.

Ready for brunch…

The honorees’ names will be put on this plaque.

 

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SHUZZ Art Fashion Show

Posted on 05 April 2018 by JLusk

 

Fashions by Patricia Gomez-Gracia.

By Rachel Galvin

The Pavillion at the Seminole Coconut Creek was packed for this year’s SHUZZ Art Fashion Show on March 15. Utilizing double runways, the models strutted down the runway showcasing for the first time the fashions of Patricia Gomez-Gracia, a designer whose looks have been seen on celebrities like Carrie Underwood, Katie Holmes and Kim Kardashian. There was also an elaborate dance performance in between the fashions, as well as a live auction. Ryan Beckett, from The Bachlorette’s and Bachelor in Paradise, and ESPN’s Josh Cohen served as emcees.

(see more below…)

 

The pre-show in a nearby room featured fancy drinks and hors d’ oeuvres, as well as a silent auction and models in cages and on tables, plus art displayed on the walls. Kendra Scott Jewelers (which has a store in Mizner Park in Boca Raton) sold “grab boxes”… you could pick your own box and what was inside was a surprise, valued at a lot more than the initial investment. There was a red carpet for photo opps with

Eye on South Florida, and other media, conducting interviews and taking pictures. Some pageant queens from International World Global were among

ESPN’s Josh Cohen, The Observer’s Rachel Galvin and ‘the Bachelor’ Ryan Beckett.

those who posed on the carpet, as well as local actors, PR moguls, philanthropists, business owners, fashionistas and other movers and shakers. The after party, in the same room, included desserts like donuts, mousse and more. It was quite the soiree.

But, it was the meaning behind the event that was most spectacular. SHUZZ is a group, founded by Rita Lombardo, which provides new shoes to children in poverty-stricken areas around the world. In addition, they donated water, food and more to victims of Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria. These donations were possible through partnerships with Grieco Automotive Group, Tito’s, Amazon and MLB. For more information on this worthwhile cause, visit www.shuzz.org.

Fashion designer Patricia Gomez-Gracia with The Observer’s Rachel Galvin.

Dessert, anyone?

The Buzz Agency’s Julie Mullen and Elizabeth Grace, The Observer’s Rachel Galvin and Modern Boca Mom’s Michelle Olson-Rogers.

Models struck a pose on tables and in cages.

Dancers rocked the catwalk in between fashions.

Kendra Scott Jewelers had a table where you could buy a box with a surprise piece of jewelry inside.

 

 

 

 

 

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FLICKS: Ready Player One

Posted on 04 April 2018 by LeslieM

By “Cinema” Dave

http://cinemadave.livejournal.com

Anything older than 21 years old is considered “the good old days.” As a child, I remember my parents’ generation refer to the big band music of Glenn Miller and how it influenced the music of the 1960s and 1970s. It should be noted that when my parent’s generation were listening to Big Band Music, they were in their 20s. For my generation, we were in our 20s during the 1980s, which has become our “good old days.”

The 1980s is a major reference point for Steven Spielberg’s new movie Ready Player One, based on Ernest Cline’s book which was sold as a screenplay to Warner Brothers studio within 24 hours of first print. Cline created a cyber universe that has been fashioned by the software and computer games of the past 30 years. Given the corporate involvement, it’s worth noting that most of these cultural references are licensed by Warner Brothers studio.

This film begins in a multi-level trailer park in Youngstown, Ohio, circa 2045. Given their dismal reality, most of the population escapes to the Virtual Reality of the Oasis. The Oasis is a vast and detailed universe created by James Halliday (Mark Rylance, Spielberg’s favorite actor as of late). Halliday is a cross between Steve Jobs, Walt Disney and Ben Bernanke. A single man with no heirs, Halliday dies — leaving the fate of the Oasis in a state of flux.

In his will, Halliday made sure to transfer the Oasis to the people who understood his vision. In the cyber games, Halliday planted three keys for people to find to unlock three magic gates. Two years post mortem, no one has yet found the missing keys. Enter Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan), who goes by his avatar name — Parzival, who spends most of his waking hours in the Oasis. Parzival makes friends with other avatars and, together, form a team to locate the three keys.

The plot for Ready Player One is that simple. It is the overwhelming detail that could confuse some ticket buyers. Having lived through the cultural references of the Bee Gees, Duran Duran and A-Ha, I found a connection that people (a few years older than me) could find it hard to relate to. Beyond the bells and whistles of cyberspace icons and avatars, Ready Player One reveals an important theme about human relations and friendship.

Spielberg is still a master storyteller with a great visual eye. Having eschewed the naive wonder of Close Encounters of a Third Kind and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Spielberg’s science fiction flicks since the turn of the century have taken on a darker hue with films like A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Minority Report and War of the Worlds. Ready Player One feels like a compromise between the two contrasting visions of light and darkness.

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CRIME WATCH

Posted on 04 April 2018 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

March 20: A woman reported that a man with whom she is in a relationship stole $800 from her purse. The incident was reported at 200 NE 50 St.

March 20: A woman said that someone entered her vehicle parked at 78 NE 4 Ave. and stole her purse and cell phone.

March 22: A man reported that his scooter was stolen from his yard at 254 NE 39 St.

March 23: A woman reported her home at 425 NW 1 Terr. broken into and clothing, shoes and social security card stolen.

March 23: A man and woman were observed working together to steal clothing from Bealls at 1079 S. Federal Hwy.

Lighthouse Point

March 13: A dog was found wandering around in the neighborhood and taken in by a police officer at 2111 NE 35 St. It had no collar.

March 14: A resident went to 3701 NE 22 Ave. and donated a personal firearm to police because she was moving out of state and did not want to take it with her. The revolver and the ammunition were valued at $500.

March 14: The victim said he found a board member inside his residence at 3851NE 21 Ave. supervising plumbing maintenance without his permission. He told police that it has been an ongoing issue.

(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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HAPPENINGS

Posted on 04 April 2018 by LeslieM

Surfers for Autism

Friday, April 6, 5 p.m. to Saturday, April 7, 10 p.m.

Municipal Beach

149 SE 21 Ave.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Friday and Saturday night will have live music, a beverage garden and Food Trucks! Saturday during the day will be the surfing. To register, visit www.surfersforautism.org. For more information or questions, email surfersforautism@live.com.

Boca Bacchanal

Friday & Saturday, April 6 & 7

Friday will be the Vintner Dinners starting at 7 p.m. with a five-course meal (at private residences). Each dinner will feature a unique Saks Fifth Avenue silent auction item and more. Tickets: $325 per person. Saturday will be the Bacchanalia from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Mizner Park Amphitheater. Enjoy a wine and food event combining incredible food from over 30 local restaurants with world-class vintners showcasing their wineries’ best — all for attendees to sample. Guests will also enjoy a high-tech auction of wine and lifestyle lots. Casual cocktail attire. Tickets: $100 per person. Proceeds benefit Boca Raton Historical Society. For more information, visit www.bocabacchanal.com.

Movies on the Lawn — Despicable Me 3

Friday, April 6, 8 p.m.

Great Lawn

20-98 N. Pompano Beach Blvd.

Pompano Beach, FL 33062

(Intersection of Atlantic Boulevard and Pompano Beach Boulevard). Bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics and enjoy a featured presentation under the stars on the first Friday of every month at the Great Lawn. This is a free, family friendly event. For more information, call 954-786-4111 or visit www.pompanobeachfl.gov.

Boy Scout Rummage Sale

Saturday, April 7, 9 a.m. to noon.

Zion Lutheran

959 SE 6 Ave.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Troop 119 Boy Scouts South Florida Council parents are hosting a Rummage/ Car Wash/ Bake Sale. Various household items and clothing for sale. Come out and help support the troop.

Special Spring Car Show

Saturday, April 7, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Pompano Citi Centre

1955 N. Federal Hwy.

Pompano Beach, FL 33062

Trophies for top 10 cars and dash plaques for first 50 cars. Vendors welcome, $1 carousel rides and music will be played. For more information, call Jean at 561-704-0669.

Pat Anderson Plein Air Painting

Saturday, April 7, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Hillsboro Lighthouse

907 Hillsboro Mile

Hillsboro Beach, FL 33062

Paint with watercolors on the grounds. Paint boats, clouds, ocean, sea grape, palms, lighthouse, cottages and the Barefoot Mailman. Second class is on Monday, April 9, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Inlet Park Pavilion, SE bridge entrance. For more information, call 954-786-4111.

Worth The Drive:

Tortuga Music Festival

Friday, April 6 to Sunday, April 8, 1:30 to 8:30 p.m.

1100 Seabreeze Blvd.

Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316

Held on the white sands of Ft. Lauderdale Beach Park in a beautiful Oceanside setting, Tortuga Music Festival is a three-day, multi-stage music festival featuring some of the biggest names in country, rock and roots music. To purchase passes, visit www.tortugamusicfestival.com/passes. For more information, email info@tortugamusicfestival.com.

Save the Date: Boots & Bourbon Fest

Saturday, April 14, noon to 9 p.m.

Quiet Waters Park

401 S. Powerline Rd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

The City of Deerfield Beach is excited to host the Boots & Bourbon Festival. Come and spend a day at the park with the family while listening to a variety of country music entertainers. Also Classic Car Show Exhibition, an assortment of local foods and beverages, as well as arts & craft vendors. For more information, call 954-480-4429.

Cuisine of the Region

Wednesday, April 25, 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Hillsboro Club

901 Hillsboro Mile

Hillsboro Beach, FL 33062

Enjoy food and wine from local restaurants. Proceeds benefit the Center for Active Aging. Sponsorships available, auction Items accepted. Call 954-480-4460 or e-mail rwilliams@deerfield-beach.com for further information or to purchase tickets.

Relay For Life

Saturday, April 28, 6 p.m. to Sunday, April 29, 6 a.m.

Quiet Waters Park

401 S. Powerline Rd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Opening Ceremony, Survivor/Caregiver Walk, Luminaria Ceremony, Closing Ceremony. Join them to lead the fight for a world free from Cancer and cheer on survivors and people that suffer from this disease. For more information, contact Alex Klomparens at alexandra.klomparens@cancer.org or 616-364-6121.

EARTH MONTH HAPPENINGS

Join the City of Deerfield Beach for a series of Earth and Arbor Day events to celebrate the planet in all corners of the community.

Beach Cleanup

Sunday, April 8, 9 a.m. to noon

Chickee Hut near Main Beach Parking lot

71 SE 21 Ave.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Volunteers are invited to join the city in a beach cleanup. Parking passes available to the first 50 volunteers for the duration of the event.

Green, Grow, Bloom

Saturday, April 14, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Constitution Park

2841 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

The Friends of the Arboretum will be hosting a native plant sale. The sale will be accompanied by arboretum tours and educational opportunities. (See, pg. 13 for more info.)

DFBee Apiary Grand Opening

Saturday, April 21, 9 to 11 a.m.

401 SW 4 St.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

In partnership with The Urban Beekeeper, the City of Deerfield Beach is proud to announce the opening of its first honeybee apiary. Will include presentations from sponsors and a variety of activities.

Tree Giveaway

Saturday, April 28, 9 to 11 a.m.

Central City Campus

401 SW 4 St A.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

The city’s annual tree giveaway. Open to Deerfield Beach residents only.

For additional information, visit www.DFB.city/earthmonth or call 954-480-1420.

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