CRIME WATCH

Posted on 17 October 2018 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

Oct. 2: The owners of Com-Esco LLC at 245 SE 21 Ave. reported that $103,140 in corporate funds for Fiscal Year 2017 was stolen by a man who had been doing accounting for the company. Another accountant discovered the loss of funds.

Oct. 2: A man reported that someone tried to break into his home at 5300 NE 10 Ave.

Oct. 2: A woman reported that someone broke into her car parked at 4020 W. Hillsboro Blvd. and stole a purse valued at $300.

Oct. 3: A man was arrested and charged with battery. He body slammed a woman against a wall and also destroyed furniture in the living room. The incident was reported at 957 SW 15 St.

Oct. 5: A man reported that another man walked up behind him and held a knife to his throat. The man was later arrested and charged with aggravated assault. The incident was reported at 641 S. Ocean Dr.

Lighthouse Point

Sept. 25: A resident reported a dog loose at 4521 NE 22 Ave. Police arrived but were unable to locate the dog.

Sept. 25: A resident found a black wallet at 2831 NE 26 St. He turned the wallet and its contents over to police.

Sept. 28: The victim said he last saw his tag at 2101 NE 41 St. The victim said he placed the tag on the roof of his car while he placed a new dealer tag on the vehicle. He forgot that he had placed the tag on his roof and drove away. He discovered it was missing when he arrived in Weston.

(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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Brightline hosts Tasting Train event

Posted on 12 October 2018 by LeslieM

By Rachel Galvin

If you have never ridden on Brightline’s high speed train before, you are in for a treat. From the beautiful architecture of its train station to its well-lit large parking structure, Brightline begins to impress before you even get aboard its train. The inside of the station is spotless with a modern seating area complete with a place to charge your phone and access to a cafe where you can buy something to eat or drink, and other items, before hopping on board. (Check out the bathroom with a high tech faucet that has water, soap and a dryer within it).

Brightline began serving passengers from Ft. Lauderdale (101 NW 2 Ave.) to West Palm Beach on Jan. 13 and from Ft. Lauderdale to Miami (600 Miami Central Ave.) on May 19, so now it is taking passengers daily tri-county. Next expansion will be from West Palm Beach to Orlando, and then extend beyond that. It is the only privately owned and maintained passenger rail system in the country.

They certainly have taken great care to maintain their trains. The inside is spotless with some seats facing each other with tables, to make it easier to do work with their onboard WiFi or eat snacks that are available for purchase. The staff is very friendly and accommodating.

They are going out of their way to come up with unique ideas to attract passengers. On Oct. 5, they had their second Tasting Train event. Passengers were greeted on board in either West Palm or Ft. Lauderdale. On the train, they were offered their choice of Antinori wines.

Family-owned, Antinori Wines is the oldest wine producer in the world. They control everything from seed to fermentation and beyond.

This reporter’s selection was the Villa Antinori Toscana Bianco 2016, which was a light and refreshing perfect first choice. They offered up a plastic container of snacks to pair with the wine consisting of crackers, cheese, brie, cheddar and walnuts. There wasn’t too much time for chit chat with fellow passengers as the train made it to Miami in about a quick half hour; time sped by and the ride was so smooth.

Once there, everyone left their seats and headed into the Miami station with a similar feel and setting, but with vibrant artistic murals by Typoe that screamed Miami with its color palette and design. Everything here was carefully thought out, down to the barely noticeable scent pumped in, which was vanilla with a hint of citrus. Guests were treated to a musical performance by Mr. Trombone and a DJ from My Party My Way while they mingled and snacked on more cheese, crackers and the like, as well as a cup with burrata topping chopped tomatoes drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette, passed hors d’ oeuvres like rice balls, stuffed mushrooms, meatballs and more.

We are focusing on creating a unique experience and re-imagining the way people think about trains. Where else can you have wine tasting with the oldest family-owned wines?” said Ali Soule, director of Public Affairs and Media Relations, who said the next Tasting Train will be scheduled sometime in December, but may not necessarily be centered around wines. Stay tuned…

On the way back to Ft. Lauderdale, another plastic box of treats awaited passengers, including dried fruits and nuts, and pretzels, and a bottle of water.

To find out more about Brightline, visit www.gobrightline.com.

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CRIME WATCH

Posted on 11 October 2018 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

Sept. 25: A man got into an argument and hit his girlfriend repeatedly causing injuries to her lip. The incident was reported at 631 Anderson Cir.

Sept. 25: Someone broke into work trucks parked at 1040 E. Newport Center Dr. and stole battery-operated tools. The loss was estimated at $2,250.

Sept. 25: A woman reported that someone tried to break into her home at 4250 NE 3 Ave.

Sept. 25: A woman reported her car parked at LA Fitness at 1000 E. Hillsboro Blvd. was broken into and her purse stolen.

Sept. 26: It was reported that a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck was stolen from the parking lot of Love Fellowship Church at 77 NW 5 St.

Lighthouse Point

Sept. 25: A resident reported a dog loose at 4521 NE 22 Ave. Police arrived but were unable to locate the dog.

Sept. 25: A resident found a black wallet at 2831 NE 26 St. He turned the wallet and its contents over to police.

Sept. 28: The victim said he last saw his tag at 2101 NE 41 St. The victim said he placed the tag on the roof of his car while he placed a new dealer tag on the vehicle. He forgot that he had placed the tag on his roof and drove away. He discovered it was missing when he arrived in Weston.

(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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PBHS Class of 1968 Visits Hillsboro Lighthouse

Posted on 06 October 2018 by LeslieM

By Rachel Galvin

From Sept. 28 to 30, the Pompano Beach Senior High School Class of 1968 held its 50th reunion, including a school spirit night ice breaker and dinner dance with music from 1965 to 1968. Mr. & Mrs. 50th Reunion were recognized – George Gardner and Sue (Colton) Franklin, said Cherryl Cook, one of the organizers of the event. Some of those attending the reunion also made a Sunday trip to the Hillsboro Lighthouse, leaving their home base of the Pompano Beach Marriott and heading by trolley over to see the landmark and take a tour happily provided by Ben, who portrays the Barefoot Mailman.

Visitors could also climb the 175 stairs up to the top to get a great view on a perfectly beautiful day.

The group who had assembled posed on the stairs to the entrance of the lighthouse, which have new railings that were just put in to match the original design (based on old blueprints, etc) from 1906, with materials donated by Skyline Steel. This was one such renovation recently made to the lighthouse. Among other things, they just replaced 48 tie rods and turnbuckles that were devastated by last year’s Hurricane Irma. They fixed it using a brand new process, said President of the Hillsboro Lighthouse Preservation Society Ken Herman.

The lighthouse is the most powerful continuous public lighthouse in the world, according to Herman. Want to visit the lighthouse? Their next event is on Barefoot Mailman Remembrance Day, Oct. 13. Find out more at www.hillsborolighthouse.org.

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Crown Fine Wine & Spirits Wine Tasting

Posted on 04 October 2018 by LeslieM

By Lois Crockett

Three “Moscatoteers” and a Beer Drinker walked into the brightly lit, clean Crown Fine Wine & Spirits store in Ft. Lauderdale (1030 NE 15 Ave.) to attend a wine tasting and have some fun.

Upon first walking in, the two gents at the cash registers were there to sign you in, give you a wine list and tiny golf pencil along with a wine glass and send you on your way to explore the wonderful world of wines.

Crown wine tastings are set up with several numbered stations throughout the store. On Friday night, Sept. 28, there were six. Each station has several wines and the sommeliers are knowledgeable and generous pourers.

Wines are discounted 15 percent, which can be quite a windfall if you’re considering a $79.99 bottle of wine. Being the Three “Muscatoteers” (Wine for All and All for Wine), the first thing we did was scope out the priciest bottle and make a beeline for a taste of Rodney Strong’s Crown Cabernet Sauvignon. There aren’t enough oh’s in smooth to describe the taste.

We clicked with the sommelier, Keith Hill at Station No. 2. We enjoyed the Etude Pinot Noir and a couple of other samples. Treated to small slices of bread to cleanse our palate (and glass, if you’re that picky), we were treated to cheeses, jams and myriad treats carried by the store for gift items or go-togethers for get-togethers.

The Three “Moscatoteers” and the Beer Drinker tripped lightly onto the station featuring Moscato wines …. light, fizzy, exceptionally pleasant and refreshing; we enjoyed imbibing such delightfully lovely wines. Across the way was “The Big Gun:” the $79.99 bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon. The Cab is the preferred choice for sophisticates, although blends merit a taste and can be interesting as well. We learned red wines can and should be aged, white wines new, within a year or two for best taste.

Finally, we tried the Frosé, think 7-11 slurpy tricked out as a rose wine. Sweet, light, and bracing — this was the highlight of my pink night and even my red wine loving companions were encouraged to take a taste — and loved it!

In all, we sipped, swilled, shrilled and thrilled our way through the tasting and brought home delicious delights to be enjoyed at home. The Beer Drinker is starting to love wine. See you next time!

[To find a Crown Wine Tasting near you, see ad below.]

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CRIME WATCH

Posted on 04 October 2018 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

Sept. 17: A man reported that someone stole a JBL speaker from his motorized scooter parked at 286 SW 1 Terr.

Sept. 19: It was reported that an iPhone and gold jewelry valued at $1,200 was stolen from a UPS warehouse at 1332 NW 3 St.

Sept. 20: It was reported that a Nissan Pathfinder was stolen from a Dollar General Store parking lot at 1377 S. Dixie Hwy.

Sept. 20: A man reported that $2,100 in cash was missing from his nightstand at 51 W. Sample Rd.

Sept. 24: A woman reported that a Ford 150 vehicle was stolen from her home at 125 NE 5 Ave.

Lighthouse Point

Sept. 22: A resident told police she lost her wallet at a store at 3722 N. Federal Hwy. The wallet contained $50 in currency, credit cards and a driver’s license. No fraudulent activity on her credit cards was reported.

Sept. 22: A resident called police about a loose white dog in the area of 2813 NE 27 St. and she was unable to catch it. When police responded, they found the owner swimming in his pool in the backyard and he said he didn’t know the dog had gotten loose.

Sept. 24: The victim returned home and saw a package on top of his mailbox at 4051 NE 27 Terr. The victim unloaded his groceries and when he went back outside the package was gone. The loss was $20.

(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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CRIME WATCH

Posted on 27 September 2018 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

Sept. 11: A woman reported that she left her pink beach bag at 400 N. Ocean Dr. while she and her boyfriend went paddleboarding. When they returned, they found the bag had been stolen. It contained two iPhones valued at $1,000 each and a credit card.

Sept. 11: A woman reported that someone stole her vehicle tag at 498 NW 3 Way.

Sept. 11: The owner of Ted Conner Landscaping said lawn equipment was stolen from his trailer at 2371 SW 15 St.

Sept. 15: Someone entered a vehicle parked at 401 S. Powerline Rd. and stole a bookbag, shoes, shorts and a scooter key.

Sept. 15: Someone broke into a vehicle parked at 71 SE 21 Ave. and stole a purse with a passport and debit card.

Lighthouse Point

Sept. 8: The store manager observed a male subject leave the store pushing a shopping cart with clothing. The subject was located behind a nearby bank getting into a vehicle and the property was recovered.

Sept. 5: A local resident found a Labrador Retriever at 3280 NE 31 Ave. and held it until the owner was located.

Sept. 3: The store manager observed a male subject pushing a shopping cart with items and left the store at 2450 N. Federal Hwy. without paying. The subject left in a vehicle. However, police conducted a traffic stop and the property, valued at $247.23 was recovered.

(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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CRIME WATCH

Posted on 20 September 2018 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

Sept. 3: It was reported that a computer drive valued at $150 and a portable GPS valued at $130 were stolen from Target at 3599 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

Sept. 4: It was reported that a man broke into a vehicle parked at 501 SE 6 Ave. He stole a bag with a wallet. Later the man used a credit card contained in the wallet to purchase Nike shoes valued at $203 and used the credit card to make purchases at Circle K.

Sept. 4: A man reported that his vehicle, a Lincoln MKX, was stolen from a driveway at 1808 Flamingo Pl. The man had left the car there while taking a trip.

Sept. 4: A woman reported that her home at 959 SE 2 Ave. was entered and jewelry valued at $9,620 and an iPhone 6 were stolen.

Sept. 7: It was reported that a woman stole $400 worth of merchandise from Target at 3599 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

Lighthouse Point

Aug. 30: Police responded to a hit on a stolen tag and located the vehicle at 3580 N. Federal Hwy. with two subjects inside. When police approached the vehicle they noticed a strong odor of cannabis coming from the inside. A search of the vehicle turned up a pipe used for methamphetamine and a bag containing marijuana. They were taken into custody.

Aug. 30: A public works employee notified police that he observed numerous $1 bills on the roadway at 3700 N. Federal Hwy. The employee said the bills were near a Mustang vehicle and the owner said that he had just discovered a large amount of money was missing from his vehicle and was able to claim the money.

Aug. 29: The victim said she parked her vehicle at 3120 N. Federal Hwy. and went inside the business. When she returned, she discovered her papers on the front passenger seat were thrown about. Nothing appeared to be missing.

(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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Comic Cure Brings laughs to Mizner Park

Posted on 18 September 2018 by LeslieM

By Rachel Galvin

On Sept. 1, America’s Got Talent’s own D.J. Demers delighted the sold-out crowd at the Comic Cure event at Mizner Park Cultural Center in Boca Raton. But he wasn’t the only comedian. There were also several local comedians from their comedy class, including Susan Bussell, Jim Story, Paul Margoles and Sharon Pfeiffer, who is brand new to comedy.

Pfeiffer is also an actress who has been in many independent local films and will be seen in the upcoming film Beach Bum with Matthew McConaughey, and also Zac Efron and Isla Fisher, which was filmed locally. She joked about her former life being married to the mob, literally. Her story has been told in I Married a Mobster in 2012. Today, she has escaped that world back in New York and made a home here in Boca Raton, where she has a huge group of friends, many of whom came out to support her in this milestone in her life.

Comic Cure has different comedians headline every month. They just completed their America’s Got Talent Summer Series. They will be taking a break and starting back up with comedians on Oct. 27 with comedienne Dana Eagle. Proceeds from each event go back to different causes. This night proceeds went toward several organizations, including B’not Hadassah and Festival of the Arts. Members of both organizations got up to speak briefly. [Festival of the Arts Boca will be held at Mizner Park Feb. 28 through March 10, 2019 and will include musical performances and book talks by authors.]

For more information on upcoming Comic Cure shows and classes, visit http://comiccure.com.

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CRIME WATCH

Posted on 13 September 2018 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

Aug. 27: A man reported his vehicle stolen from 3390 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

Aug. 27: A woman reported that a man she knows punched her in the face three times with a closed fist. The incident was reported at 210 SW 3 St.

Aug. 27: A man reported that someone stole his vehicle that he left overnight. The incident was reported at 3901 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

Aug. 27: A man said that while he was working at 3112 W. Hillsboro Blvd., someone stole items from his trailer.

Aug. 27: A man reported that someone entered his home at 1116 SE 14 Ct. and stole a computer and jewelry.

Lighthouse Point

Aug. 19: The driver’s rear side window of a 1991 Lincoln Limo that was parked at 4211 NE 22 Ave. was smashed. The damage was estimated at $350.

Aug. 19: The store manager at 3700 N. Federal Hwy. was approached by a customer who said there was a male subject acting suspiciously in the store. The subject pushed the shopping cart with groceries outside the store and left without paying. The loss was estimated at $125.

Aug. 19: The victim said someone stole six reels, two trolling rods and a reel rod from a 35-ft. fishing vessel that was docked at 4110 NE 30 Ave. The victim went to New York and asked a friend to detail the boat while he was gone. He returned four days later to find the property was missing. The victim suspected the friend. They met up at a pawn shop and the friend admitted to the crime (for drug money). The property was valued at $8,150.

(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.)

NOTE: The Observer has received more reports of break-ins or suspicious behavior in The Cove. Be vigiliant!

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