Posted on 23 June 2016 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

June 7: A woman serving as property manager reported that a home at 616 Hibiscus Dr. in her development had a broken window. She believes someone tried to break into the home but was unable to do so.

June 7: A woman serving as property manager reported that a home at 702 Hibiscus Dr. was broken into. The front door was open and a window was broken. A television was stolen.

June 7: A bicycle was reported stolen from 5 Guys at 296 S. Federal Hwy.

June 9: It was reported that three entered Aldi’s food store at 7 NE 45 St. and stole three air conditioning units.

June 10: Burglary of business at 150 S Powerline Rd. Unknown suspect(s) attempted to gain entry by prying the lock and handle to a storage unit located at Public Storage. No entry was made.

June 10: Shoplifting reported at 3825 W Hillsboro Blvd.

June 11: A man parked his trailer in the rear of a business at 1801 Green Rd. on June 10 and noticed it was missing on June 11.

June 11: Two suspects entered 3599 W. Hillsboro Blvd., took items and left without paying.

Lighthouse Point

June 1: The victim said someone stole a tag off the 2016 Buick Endure while it was parked at 2800 N. Federal Hwy.

June 5: The victim said someone used her American Express Card and charged $500 at a business at 2450 block of N. Federal Hwy. Police were unable to verify the use.

June 6: Someone stole a hand mixer, blender and foot file from packages that were delivered to a residence at 2560 NE 44 St. The loss was $120.70.

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Pat Anderson Paints in plein air

Posted on 18 June 2016 by LeslieM

anderson061616-1By Rachel Galvin

Pavilion One, just south of Pompano pier, has a perfect view of sea grapes, Palm trees, sunny skies and crystal blue waters, and it serves as the perfect inspiration for art. This is the latest location for artist Pat Anderson’s Plein Air painting class. Here, her students set up their leaf bars (easels that wrap around a column or a tree) and await instruction.

On this day, June 13 (session two of a four-week class), she has them prepare their palette with the right colors. Next, she does an outline of a shape of their choosing – either a palm tree, conch shell or turtle — with liquid rubber, which will dry and create interesting white lines in the finished product. Next, she has students “warm up” with the No. 20 brush, showing them how to move their arm while keeping their hand perfectly still as they practice their thin and thick brush strokes. Today, they will be making puffy clouds with blues and grays, softening the edges with a Q-tip. She showed them how they could paint blades of grass in quick upward strokes.

In order to save paint, which can be expensive, they do “speed painting,” working on two paintings at once. One painting is an abstract using the pigments of their paper palette

and the other one is the landscape they are creating.

Lynn Radtke came with her 13-year-old daughter Olivia.

I usually order Pat’s ornaments [which she creates every year for Christmas] and I got to an e-mail about the class and signed up. I was looking for something my daughter and I could do together. She likes art but prefers acrylics. I thought this would get her out of her comfort zone. If she wants to stick with art, it’s a perfect thing to do,” said Lynn, who has worked in fashion design for awhile.

Ramona Myrick also has a fashion background and went to school for fashion merchandise.

I thought it would be fun to do. I haven’t done it for awhile,” said Myrick, who has worked with mixed media in the past.

She added, “In the first class, last week, we had homework to paint the alphabet and we did a picture of a leaf”.

This month is on Pompano Beach, next month’s classes (July 11, 18, 25 and Aug. 1) will be in Harbor’s Edge Park (1240 NE 28 Ave.). She tries to change up the location. She also has classes using acrylics as well.

I want to get more use of our parks. These posts [columns on pavilion] are not used. We are making use of them. I introduced this art program for parks, to paint in plein air, outdoors. The students are learning the different elements of the painting. I give them a rough sketch of where the sea grapes are, where the trees are, etc. In the end, they will paint a picture of the park they are in and will get a T-shirt with the picture and a certificate for participation.”

Interested in joining her classes? Each two-hour class includes some supplies and access to a leaf bar easel. Cost is $200 for four weeks. Thirty percent of proceeds benefit the Parks & Recreation Dept. You must register in advance at Emma Lou Olson Civic Center, 1801 NE 6 St. in Pompano. For more information, call 954-786-4111, visit


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Posted on 16 June 2016 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

May 31:A woman reported that a package mailed to her at 432 SE 11 St. was stolen.

May 31: It was reported that an articulated hedge clipper valued at $450 was stolen from the Deerfield Beach Parks and Recreation Department at 222 N. Dixie Hwy.

May 31: A 2016 white Jaguar was reported stolen from the Tropicante Bar at 4251 N. Dixie Hwy. The vehicle had been rented.

June 1: A motorcycle was reported stolen from 4758 N. Powerline Rd.

Lighthouse Point

May 15: The store manager said someone stole a 32G iPad Pro display model from the store located at 3742 N. Federal Hwy. The loss was $599.99.

May 18: Someone entered a residence at 2160 NE 36 St. and stole $58 from a drawer. The victim believes it may have been a nurse working from a health care agency.

May 18: The victim said a female subject who he met in South Beach where she was working as a hostess arrived at his residence at 2421 NE 47 St. to have dinner and a few drinks. They went to an upstairs bedroom where the victim recalled removing his clothes and nothing after that. He awoke the next morning to find that the subject was gone and noticed a Rolex watch, Apple iPhone, jewelry and other items were missing totaling $73,500. The victim believes he was drugged.

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Meeting in regards to SW 10th Street

Posted on 10 June 2016 by LeslieM

Dear Members of the SW 10th Street Community Oversight Advisory Team (COAT) and Interested Parties,

As part of the SW 10th Street Consensus Building Initiative, a public meeting will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Deerfield Beach High School auditorium (located at 910 Buck Pride Way / NE 5th Terrace, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441).

Please note that the meeting format is a presentation followed by public comment. Staff members from the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization and Florida Department of Transportation will be in attendance to present and answer questions.

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status.  Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Christopher Ryan, Public Information Officer/Title VI Coordinator at (954) 876-0033 or 0036 at least seven days prior to the meeting. If hearing impaired, telephone 1-(800) 273-7545 (TDD).

Paul Calvaresi

Regional Transportation Planner

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Posted on 09 June 2016 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

May 24: A woman was arrested and charged with grand theft. She worked in customer service at Publix at 1337 S. Military Tr. The woman fraudulently wired $13,792.70 to various personal accounts.

May 24: A man reported his motorcycle stolen from a condominium parking lot at 4255 Crystal Lake Dr.

May 24: Two people working together were seen stealing an electric shaver and a blender from Target at 3599 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

May 26: A man reported that he believes prior tenants entered his shed and stole eight boxes of wine glasses and two white lamps. The incident was reported at 1431 SW 6Way.

June 3: Theft of apparel reported at 3852 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

Lighthouse Point

May 11: A kayak and paddle was stolen off a dock at 2766 NW 20 St. The loss was $250.

May 11: Someone stole a kayak off a dock behind an apartment at 2743 NW 28 Court. The loss was $300.

May 11: There were several transactions made on a credit card totaling $1,020. The victim, who reported from 2149 NW 48 St., does not know how the card information was obtained.


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Cyndi Lauper takes “Detour” to Boca Raton

Posted on 03 June 2016 by LeslieM

cindy0602116 By Rachel Galvin

When you think of Cyndi Lauper, you may picture the edgy bohemian with big, bright red hair, flamboyant styling and adorable New Yawk accent. But Lauper has transformed through the years, since being thrust into the mainstream scene in 1983 with She’s So Unusual, changing her style in fashion and music. Once known for her pop music hits like “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” and “Time After Time,” she has moved on to embrace other styles, including Blues, in her last album Memphis Blues.

Now, in her newest album, Detour, she firmly embraces Country. The album is a collaboration with the likes of Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, Alison Krauss and Jewel. This 11th studio album was recorded in Nashville and includes all covers of classics like Patsy Cline’s “Walkin’ After Midnight” and “I Fall To Pieces; “I Want To Be A Cowboy’s Sweetheart” by Patsy Montana and Dolly Parton’s “Hard Candy Christmas,” and many others.

The Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award-winning singer likes to employ a wide variety of genres within all her original songs.

I think it was an eclectic sound to begin with. It’s all a mixture,” said Lauper of her early music during an interview with The Observer. “It’s Jamaican, it’s street and Motown-ish, all mixed together but in a pop format. [If it makes you happy], then that is the kind of music it is.”

Creating happiness is key to her musical choices. In this latest album, she is returning back to her roots, to music she listened to as a child.

[I cut my teeth] listening to all the Rockabilly Rock & Rollers … Wanda Jackson and Patsy Cline,” she said. “[For this album], I picked songs with stories I could relate to.”

Lauper added, “I thought country would be hard, but once I found myself in it, I was ok. I think that all of it is the roots of the music that I play. It’s a singer’s record. I really love music and feel blessed. My favorite right now is this but I did love the Blues, and they are very close. This is same time period as [songs within] Memphis Blues.”

Cyndi, who has been a songwriter, singer, actress and well-known LGBT activist, also recently received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, along with Harvey Fierstein, who worked with her on the Broadway musical “Kinky Boots.”

Right next to Gary Cooper!” she enthused. “It doesn’t get better than that.”

Her advice for people trying to get into the business?

Keep going and do what you were put on this earth to do. If it’s singing and writing, don’t stop and there’s plenty of gate keepers, look beyond their shoulders and see where you are going. Make a map, make a plan and stick to it. Sometimes, you might take some detours, detours that are good. Don’t do the bad ones,” she said.

Cyndi has had struggles in her life, within her childhood and while navigating through stardom. When asked how she handles challenges that have arisen, she said, “Sometimes, I just write down on a piece of paper what I would like to happen. Every time I put a ‘but’ in there, I turn that paper over and start again until there are no ‘buts’ or ‘ifs.’ I think the written word is very powerful and I’ve actually done it and been able to turn things around for myself. It’s a mindset. I always believe in life there’s a lot of people that want to do things but they always say ‘but’ and they always think ‘but.’ They can’t send mixed messages. They [have] to just keep their aim true. I think that the people who succeed in life are the people who don’t quit. It doesn’t matter how long it takes to get there, you don’t quit.”

She added, “There are trappings that come with music. If you are lucky enough to become successful, fame comes along with it. There is no handbook for that. Nobody writes, ‘Rule No. 1… when you’re famous …’ They don’t do that. Your path is your own so try and accept yourself for who you are and you’ll accept others too and try and find happiness in everything you do because life is short.”

Lauper didn’t always start out on this particular path. In fact, she didn’t set out to be a lead singer at all.

I actually learned to sing in the clubs and learned to be a front person because I wanted to be a background singer. I had my heart set on being like Merry Clayton. [When I was singing in a band], the platform shoes I was wearing kept falling. The only manager who would manage us said he would only manage us if the girl in the back who keeps falling, but sings pretty good, would come up front and be the lead singer. So that’s what happened,” she explained.

Her son, “Dex” (Declyn), is now getting involved in doing Hip Hop. She has seen how the industry has changed. She isn’t sure if she started out today if she would make it the way she did in the ‘80s.

I don’t think I could be on all those [reality] shows. You get tortured.” said Lauper (who has had her own reality show called ‘She’s Still Unusual’). “It’s a different ballgame because of social media.”

She wonders if singers in the past had to go through the same steps as singers today if many of them would have become famous.

Would [Bob] Dylan do it? Would he make it through?” she wondered.

She added, “When I started in 1983, I was more of a performance artist. [I would get questions like] ‘Why can’t you wear jeans and a T-shirt like Katrina and the Waves? After awhile, it wore me down until I did Diva Glam thing with Lady Gaga. It [woke me up], saying wait a minute, I could dress the way I dress without feeling like a freak because there was somebody there who [dresses that way too]. I hope that I told her ‘Don’t listen. Be who you are.’ She is a performance artist. Bowie was the first performance artist. To come back now and do this album and have a little performance art I can do, I am so grateful.”

As for Lauper’s future following the tour?

I am going to tackle another musical … she said.

Cyndi has a Boca Raton spot on her tour. See her perform, with The Peach Kings, at Mizner Park Amphitheatre on June 11. For more information on her career, visit

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Posted on 02 June 2016 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

May 15: A man reported that his Ray Marine E120 GPS and Icom VHF Radio were stolen from his boat at 418 N. River Dr. The total loss was $6,000.

May 17: A truck was stolen from Consolidated Rigging and Marine Supply at 4100 N. Powerline Rd.

May 20: Someone stole three jewelry boxes from T.J. Maxx at 3812 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

Lighthouse Point

April 16: The victim purchased a new 2016 Ford Mustang convertible and discovered two small scratches on the interior of the vehicle’s windshield. The car wash manager at 5190 N. Federal Hwy. said it did not happen at his location.

April 21: Two males and one female left the store at 3580 N. Federal Hwy. with a shopping cart full of paper towels stacked on top of electronics. The store manager was able to recover the items as they fled in a Lexus. The merchandise was valued at $336.41.

April 22: Police responded to a silent alarm at the bank at 2500 N. Federal Hwy. A male subject, with a scarf covering his face, went from teller to teller demanding cash and no dye packs. The loss was $7,414.

May 5: Someone attempted to pay credit card bills using money from the victim’s account at a bank at 3550 N. Federal Hwy. The amount was $6,994.27.

May 4: Someone stole rods, reels and three bikes from a storage unit at 2748 NE 28 Ave. The loss was $9,140.

May 8: The victim was remodeling a home at 4951 NE 28 Ave. and returned to find that a collection of jewelry, coins and cash was missing. The loss was $400.

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Posted on 26 May 2016 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

May 9: An apartment at 1105 SW 15 St. was broken into and $50,000 worth of antique jewelry was stolen.

May 10: A woman reported that her landlord turned off the electricity to her residence at 284 SE 6 Ave., and that the residence was burglarized.

May 11: A man reported his vehicle stolen from 700 Lock Rd.

May 11: A woman reported her purse stolen from a picnic table at 4111 NW 6 St.

May 11: A man was observed stealing Bluetooth speakers and a headset from Office Depot at 270 N. Federal Hwy.

May 13: Victim at 107 Centennial Ct. informed BSO of ongoing issues of vandalism and harassment by his neighbor.

May 14: An unknown female stole $30,000 from a residence at 1385 SW 29 Ave. after spending the night with the victim.

May 17: An unknown person pried open the front door dead bolt at 610 Freedom Ct., entered the residence and stole $2,100 in Brazilian currency, and an Apple iPod.

Remember, if you see anything suspicious, call 911 immediately.

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Posted on 19 May 2016 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

May 2: A vehicle was reported stolen from 460 Deer Creek Jefferson Dr.

May 3: A man reported that someone entered his vehicle and stole his gun and $20.

May 3: A woman reported her car broken into and a debit card stolen at 1000 E. Hillsboro Blvd.

May 4: A man reported a truck and trailer stolen from 1501 NW 49 Ct.

May 10: Vandalization of a vehicle was reported at 450 Deer Creek Jefferson Dr.

May 11: Suspect with two outstanding warrants fled traffic stop, then barricaded himself inside a home at 4070 NW 3 Terr. Two infants were left behind in the car, unharmed. The BSO SWAT team arrived on scene and the man surrendered. The children were checked at Broward Health North and returned to their mother.

May 12: A homeless man attempted to cash a business check in North Lauderdale. When the business owner at 3500 SW 14 St. looked at his checkbook he discovered three checks were missing.

Lighthouse Point

April 11: An 11-foot, inflatable Mercury Marine center console vessel was stolen along from a dock with an engine at 4210 NE 31 Ave. The boat was recovered a few hours later in Pompano. The boat is valued at $4,000.

April 14: The victim said his TD Bank account was accessed three times with electronic transfers totaling $4,060. The victim said he doesn’t have access to a computer and no online banking. The bank told the victim someone used his identity to open an account.

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Historic caboose gets new home

Posted on 12 May 2016 by LeslieM

caboose051216By Rachel Galvin

On the corner of Hillsboro Boulevard and Dixie Highway, a lonely red caboose sits where it has lived since 2002. Seemingly abandoned, left behind from days gone by, this lonely caboose seems to have quite a story. Passersby have wondered what mysteries lie in its past and how long it would sit on this stretch of track. Graffiti has many times marred its sides and it was painted again and again. It seems to beg for a better home. Now, its wish has been granted.

This historic caboose originally began its life as a box car, according to Bill Muenzenmaier. Its wheels are dated 1951. But it wasn’t until the 1960s when it became a caboose.

Back in the olden days, cabooses were used for many purposes, including as a place for a man to act as a lookout for the engineer in front, signaling in case of any sign of trouble or if it needed to back up, for example.

Guys could sit up high in the cupola and look for signs of smoke. Trains had friction bearings then and each time the train would go into service yard, the [workers] were supposed to check the wheels and squirt oil to keep it lubricated. If they should miss some, as they are going down the road, it can run hot and turn to smoke and then to fire. [Back then], boxcars were made out of all wood. Today, [they are not] and they use regular ball-bearing wheels. The only thing that can happen now is that you could break a coupler and the air hoses could get disconnected [so cabooses are no longer required].”

When this little caboose was no longer in service, it was purchased by a private collector, Richard Weiner, and when he needed a place to put it, he gave it to William Thies & Sons, the beer distributing company, along with four other boxcars he owned. Eventually, the company sold the property and needed to move the caboose. When they tried to give it back to Weiner, he gifted it to the Deerfield Beach Historical Society.

The railway moved it 11 miles up the track to the side track where it now resides. It was neighbors with the recently demolished Deerfield Builders Supply, which once received carloads of material on those tracks from areas as far away as Oregon or even Western Canada.

Owner of the now closed Deerfield Builders Supply, Ed Dietrich Jr., is spearheading the effort to give the caboose a new home, along with Muenzenmaier and the rest of the Deerfield Beach Historical Society.

Dietrich said, “We are going to roll the caboose about 400 ft. south for the people with the crane [Emerald Towing] to lift out and transport it to the former Deerfield Builders Supply lot [currently owned by Stor-All] to do necessary repairs. Dana Eller and Moving Waters Industries are graciously assisting with necessary welding repairs. Professional rail painter Jeff Conner [Show Paints by Conner] will prep and paint the caboose outside prior to moving its new home.”

The caboose will be painted “safety orange” the way it originally was, according to Muenzenmaier.

Its new home will be just east of the Old School House, a place suggested, said Dietrich, by City Manager Burgess Hanson.

The site will be authentic rail trackage (wood ties, steel I-flange rails, hand spikes and rock ballast),” said Dietrich. “Capital Project Engineer Charles DaBrusco will be coordinating site preparation. “When site and caboose are ready [in a few weeks], Emerald Towing will employ their high capacity cranes to load the caboose body and wheel trucks onto the low-boy trailers for the short trip from Ed Dietrich Sr. Ave. to City Hall. The wheel trucks will go down first and then the caboose body and chassis will be lowered onto them, and the caboose will be put into its permanent position. Eventually, an access ramp will be constructed, along with landscape improvements. Interior restoration will proceed onsite. [It] will include interactive educational components and various historical archives.”

Dietrich added, “This has been 15 years in the making. We appreciate the tremendous contributions and cooperation of the City of Deerfield Beach, the Broward Sheriff’s Office in Deerfield, the Florida East Coast Railway, Stor-All LLC, MWI and Emerald Towing.”

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