Watching the storm?

Posted on 23 January 2017 by JLusk

If you are up late at night tonight (well, actually early Jan. 23 morning), you are seeing the storm hitting our area. Beware of the weather as it is set to get worse for our area. There is a Tornado Watch under effect. Check out WPTV on Facebook. They have a live feed of weather… Also look on The Observer’s Facebook for how to activate emergency alerts. Make sure to LIKE our page. Be safe!

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CRIME WATCH

Posted on 19 January 2017 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

Jan. 3: A woman reported that someone broke into her car parked at 1140 E. Hillsboro Blvd. and stole a purse.

Jan. 3: Two bicycles and a barbecue grill were stolen from a storage unit at 1086 S. Military Tr.

Jan. 4: A man reported his bicycle stolen from 1000 E. Hillsboro Blvd.

Jan. 5: A FedEx package was stolen from a home at 1261 NW 48 Ct.

Jan. 9: A car parked at 759 NE 42 St. was broken into and two purses were stolen. The total value of the content of the purses was $2,160.

Lighthouse Point

Dec. 18: A wallet containing credit cards, checkbook and gift card was taken while the victim was shopping at 3772 N. Federal Hwy. The victim believed that three female subjects who were shopping in the same aisles might be responsible.

Dec. 19: Someone entered an apartment at 4741 NE 21 St. and stole a purse containing keys to a rental vehicle, driver’s license, credit cards and prescription medicine. The loss was $84.

Dec. 20: Someone stole a Ford F-350 tailgate, two mirrors and a front grill from a vehicle that was parked at 2831 NE 21 Ave. The loss was $1,700.

 

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CRIME WATCH

Posted on 12 January 2017 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

Dec. 27: Two women were involved in a verbal argument at 551 NW 42 Ct. One woman went into the other woman’s bedroom with an aluminum bat and struck the woman on the back of the head. She was arrested and charged with aggravated battery.

Dec. 31: A woman was at a party at 2550 SW 14 Ct. She returned to her vehicle and saw that someone smashed her rear passenger window and stole a Louis Vuitton purse valued at $1,500.

Dec. 31: A woman reported being the victim of a battery by her manager at a workplace at 2400 Century Blvd.

Dec. 31: A burglary to a U-Haul was reported at 100 Fairway Dr. where $3,500 worth of electronics was stolen.

Dec. 31: A man reported that his iPhone was stolen while he was at the beach at 200 N. Ocean Blvd..

Lighthouse Point

Dec. 14: The victim who resides at 4431 NE 24 Ave. said a tag was either lost or stolen off a vehicle. The victim discovered it was missing upon returning home.

Dec. 16: The store manager said a subject stole fried chicken and beer valued at $13.28. He was apprehended outside the store at 2450 N. Federal Hwy.

Dec. 18: A wallet containing credit cards, checkbook, and gift card was taken while the victim was shopping at 3772 N. Federal Hwy. The victim believed that three female subjects who were shopping in the same aisles might be responsible.

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Laura Duksta Envisioning success

Posted on 09 January 2017 by LeslieM

By Rachel Galvin

With 2017 upon us, many are ready to declare their intentions for the new year. But announcing your goals and making them happen are two different things. There are so many ways to set goals and make good things happen in your life. Many have watched the popular film The Secret (or read the book) and learned about the Law of Attraction but were left feeling that a step was missing. Why did they spend time visualizing but nothing came to fruition? Those who really study these types of self-help practices know that to really transform themselves they can’t just think about things to make them happen, they have to take action. But a first step is not only thinking about something, but also putting it on paper, or creating a “vision board.”

Author Laura Duksta knows all about creating something from nothing and utilizing a vision board to focus her intentions. Today, she is the best-selling author of three books, has traveled around the country promoting her book and travels back and forth between Ft. Lauderdale and Nashville.

But she didn’t always have this life. At age 11, she lost all her hair to Alopecia Areata, which caused her to wear a wig, hiding herself from the world. She withdrew and thought she would never be able to do the things she wanted in life. It wasn’t until her 30th birthday when she decided to give up the wigs and come out as “the bald chick,” a hip moniker that would help in her new life.

Her first book came about when she was praying for her sister, but something told her to pray for her nephew instead. From that experience came the idea for her first book, I Love Your More, an illustrated flip book for kids that focuses on the relationship between mother and son. She self-published it. At the time, she was a bartender in South Beach so becoming an author certainly was a departure and the first step on her journey to finding herself and spreading the message of love around the world, something she had in her heart deep inside when she was a young girl.

One of the manifestations from her vision board had to do with a number — 11 million, which she had put on her board as an intention of how many lives she hopes to touch, how many books would be eventually out in the world. When she switched her publishing to Sourcebooks, at the first meeting, the owner, to the surprise of everyone in the room, said that the vision for the book was 11 million copies sold, a number for which seemed way too large for a first-time writer. But, to Duksta, the number was no surprise; after all, she had it on her vision board.

I love vision boards, because I am a visual person. I have become a big fan of visioning,” she said, adding, “The power of a vision board is connecting your goals and dreams to what it actually looks like in life. One of the key ingredients to achieving your goals and dreams is being able to see it as already so — feel and believe it in your mind and heart, to the point that it draws a tear of inspiration when possible.”

What is a vision board? Usually, it is a poster board with cutout images and words from a magazine or newspaper that you hope to manifest.

Duksta said, “Put that photo-shopped picture of you accepting that Oscar on your vision board, and take five to 10 minutes every day to imagine yourself accepting your Oscar and reciting your speech. What does it feel, sound, look, taste and smell like? Making this real is why Einstein said ‘Imagination is more powerful than knowledge.’

Our mind cannot discern between reality and virtual reality; so placing ourselves into the scenes of our life we wish to manifest puts the Universal Laws of Attraction, Appreciation and Vibration into motion and we draw to ourselves what we think, and thank, about, and resonate with.”

Duksta went on to write two other books: You are a Gift to the World and now I’ll Hug You More. She goes around the country doing book talks and motivational speeches, especially for children.

For more information on this dynamic and inspirational author, visit www.lauraduksta.com.

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Pre-planning a funeral? Kraeer-Becker Funeral Home can help

Posted on 09 January 2017 by LeslieM

By Rachel Galvin

When a loved one dies, there is often shock, disbelief, denial, anger, profound sadness. When the person who has passed has not left their loved ones with their final wishes, conflict can ensue between family members, making the situation even worse. That is why, although it is difficult to think or talk about, doing pre-planning for a funeral is the best and most loving thing a person can do for those left behind, according to Annie O’Mara and Jeff Marsman of Kraeer-Becker Funeral Home in Deerfield Beach.

Planning a funeral after someone has passed is not easy.

O’Mara, the Funeral Director, said, “Putting together a funeral is like planning a wedding in three days.”

She explained that besides picking whether the person will be buried or cremated, there is the selection of the casket, the clothing, the music, whether there will be a luncheon after, etc. There is always the question for those left to do the memorial if they are doing what their loved one who has passed would have wanted.

Having the discussion before it is necessary alleviates that wondering ‘Am I doing the right thing?’ It also allows for a more rational conversation. They get exactly what they want. When a death happens, the family members are in such a state of shock, it heightens the emotions and makes it more difficult. It is a loving gesture [on the part of the person who makes the pre-planning for themselves. It [eliminates] the burden,” she said.

Marsman, the Director of Family Services, said, “No two services are the same. Every family is unique.”

O’Mara added, “We can accommodate everyone’s religion, cultural beliefs and personalities. If it is possible, I can make it happen. There is no right or wrong way. I can make sure it is as special and individual as the person was.”

She has seen it all. She has been at Kraeer for the last 1 ½ years but was funeral director for 11 years elsewhere on the west coast.

She said, “I have cried with a few people. We sometimes laugh. I cannot change what has happened, but I can make the process the best it can be, make the experience easier.”

One of the other reasons, she said, to do pre-planning is to lock in the price.

The last 50 years, the average cost of a funeral has doubled every 10 years…,” she said.

Rates for funerals can run over $7000 said Annie and that is just for a service and economical casket. When you add clergy, an obit, escorts for the funeral procession, a luncheon, etc., it can add up. Kraeer-Becker handles A to Z, including clergy, florist, caterer, cemetery and more. Each cemetery, she explained, has different requirements, which she navigates and explains to the customer.

The plans are guaranteed by the state. If something happens to the funeral home or insurance company, the state will make sure it is still honored. If the funeral home goes out of business, another sister home or associated facility will take it over, she added.

Like the banking industry, we are insured,” she explained. “We [Dignity Memorial] are the largest provider of family services within the country. If you move to California, Texas, Nebraska, [etc., we can transfer the plans]. You don’t have to worry about redoing it.”

Dignity Memorial has over 2000 locations in North America. The Kraeer-Becker Funeral Home in Deerfield Beach is located at 217 E. Hillsboro Blvd. For more information, call 954-427-5544 or visit www.kraeerdeerfieldbeach.com.

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CRIME WATCH

Posted on 05 January 2017 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

Dec. 20: A woman was the victim of a battery at 321 Goolsby Blvd. The woman was slapped by a co-worker.

Dec. 20.:A woman reported that she believes her gardener stole and forged two of her personal checks. The incident was reported at 300 NW 2 Court.

Dec. 20: A man reported that someone shot at his car. He said that there was a bullet hole on the rear driver side window of his car. The incident was reported at 5200 N. Dixie Hwy.

Dec. 20: A woman reported that a man tried to break into her home through a kitchen window at 1440 SW 6 Ave. The woman scared him off.

Dec. 20: Two men were seen stealing 48 bottles of Grey Goose vodka valued at $1,342 at Crown Liquors and Wine Merchants at 306 S. Federal Hwy. The men fled in an SUV.

Lighthouse Point

Dec. 10: A subject took two 12 packs of beer and a shrimp platter and fled the store at 3700 N. Federal Hwy. The loss was $89.01.

Dec. 12: The victim arrived home at 4101 NE 26 Ave. to find the rear door unlocked and the slider pried open. A jewelry box, jewelry, social security card, laptop and Apple iPad were stolen. The loss was $2,121.

Dec. 13: A tag was stolen off a work trailer that was parked at 2616 NE 26 Ave.

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CRIME WATCH

Posted on 29 December 2016 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

Dec. 13: Someone entered a vehicle at 264 NW 41 Ave. and stole a wallet with three debit cards, a social security card and customer checks.

Dec. 15: Someone entered a home at 5200 NE 5 Ter. and ransacked the interior.

Dec. 17: A man was sitting at the Mobile Gas Station at 901 W. Sample Rd. drinking a beer. Two men approached him. One man told the victim he had “done wrong” and then stole his cell phone valued at $100. The other man then displayed brass knuckles.

Dec. 17: A woman said that two people came to the door of her house at 400 SE 10 St. to check on contaminated water. Once inside, the two people stole a diamond ring and gold bracelet for a loss of $6,000.

Dec. 17: Three women entered All Shoes $9.88 at 3206 W. Hillsboro Blvd. and stole 10 pairs of shoes. They escaped in a Toyota.

Lighthouse Point

Nov. 29: A male subject went into a store at 3700 N. Federal Hwy. and selected meat and seafood items in a shopping cart and then left the store where he put the items in a car and was driven away. The car was located and the driver said he picked up the subject and had no idea he was stealing the items. He said he dropped him off in Pompano with the items. The loss was $800.20.

Nov. 29: The victim lost a wallet after making a bank deposit and went to a fast food restaurant at 4800 N. Federal Hwy. Two Visa cards and a debit were in the wallet.

Nov. 29: There was a five car crash at 2400 N. Federal Hwy. and, during the investigation, police discovered a baggy containing a small pipe and synthetic cannabis while the subject was in ambulance.

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CRIME WATCH

Posted on 24 December 2016 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

Dec. 4: The residential director for Blue Sky Treatment Center said that three television sets were stolen from three apartments at 961 SW 15 St.

Dec. 9: It was reported that a man stole an 18 pack of beer from a Mobil Gas Station at 901 W. Sample Rd.

Dec. 9: An elderly woman was tricked by a younger woman into letting her into a home to check the water. The woman then stole $700. The incident was reported at 2379 SW 15 St.

Dec. 9: A man reported that his car parked at 1000 E. Hillsboro Blvd. and a key fab, headphones and $150 in cash were stolen.

Lighthouse Point

Nov. 17: Someone stole a political sign from in front of the residence at 1990 NE 31 Ct. The loss was $13.90.

Nov. 20: The victim went shopping and paid for groceries at the store at 3200 N. Federal Hwy. The victim recalled placing her wallet on a counter and then realized it was missing. The wallet contained ID, a social security card and a credit card.

Nov. 25: Someone attempted to enter a residence under construction at 3730 NE 23 Ave. No entry was made.

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CRIME WATCH

Posted on 15 December 2016 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

Nov. 28: It was reported that a Christmas light projector was stolen from a front lawn at 317 SE 13 St.

Nov. 28: Someone entered a victim’s home at 2396 SW 17 Dr. and stole a purse, money, credit cards and checkbook.

Nov. 28: Someone stole a Honda pressure cleaner from 120 SE 7 St.

Nov. 29: A person entered a home at 2382 SW 17 Dr. while the owners were sleeping and stole several items.

Nov. 29: Someone entered a car parked at 1956 SW 15 Ct. and ransacked it. Nothing was stolen.

Lighthouse Point

Nov. 12: A male subject went into a store at 2450 N. Federal Hwy. and selected beer, sandwiches and shaving gel. He went into the restroom with the merchandise and then left the store. The store manager believes he may have done it earlier in the day because merchandise was found on the floor. The loss was $21.55.

Nov. 14: A male subject entered a store at 3722 N. Federal Hwy. and stole a laundry hamper. The loss was $29.99. A search revealed that he had two additional thefts.

Nov. 15: A loss prevention officer followed a female subject who stole three cosmetic items and placed them in her pants before leaving the store at 3700 N. Federal Hwy. without paying for them. The items were valued at $56.94.

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CRIME WATCH

Posted on 08 December 2016 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

Nov. 18: A group of women walked out of Hobby Lobby at 3555 W. Hillsboro Blvd. with merchandise valued at $743.87. It was reported that the merchandise was returned to a Davie store for gift cards.

Nov. 22: It was reported that toothbrush head replacements were stolen from CVS at 1829 W. Hillsboro Blvd. The total loss was $255.92.

Nov. 22: Someone broke into a Ford pickup truck parked at 609 N. Federal Hwy. and stole a Glock 23 handgun.

Nov. 22: It was reported that two electric scooters and one tricycle were stolen from Target at 3599 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

Lighthouse Point

Nov. 9: Police responded to an alarm coming from the ATM outside the bank at 3550 N. Federal Hwy. Work was being performed on the ATM.

Nov. 10: Police were dispatched to 2681 NE 47 St. regarding a male subject carrying lawn tools and the witness did not see a lawn truck in the area. Police made contact with the subject and a truck was found nearby. The case was cleared.

Nov. 10: Police discovered a damaged vehicle in front of a vacant business as 4750 N. Federal Hwy. The vehicle was secure.

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