| April, 2011

Judge decides no civil action against BSO

Posted on 29 April 2011 by JLusk

Carmita Scarlett addresses media

–By Rachel Galvin–

At 3 p.m. April 29, Kendall Coffey, attorney for Circuit Court Judge Ilona Holmes, gave a press conference at the home of the judge’s sister, Carmita Scarlett, in which he announced that the judge “would not initiate  civil action” at this time.

This is in response to an incident that happened on Easter Sunday in which Broward Sheriff’s officers, thinking they were responding to a burglary in progress, investigated the wrong home, demanding the family members, who had just finished Easter dinner, to leave the home. (See original complete story also in Breaking News, including 9-11 call).

But what Scarlett saw was a man knocking on her window with a flashlight and she feared for her life, not knowing if it was a criminal intending to harm her. So she told her sister, the judge, who happened to be armed. The judge said time and again who she was and announced she was armed. Coffey demonstrated how she carried the gun out of the home at her side, laid it on the ground, announcing that she was putting the gun down. In her other hand, she held a cell phone, and when she went to put that down, announcing what she was doing, they yelled at her to step away from the gun, according to Coffey.

Coffey reiterated that the Judge was only taking prudent steps in this incident and that she was not confrontational in any way and is a respected judge, adding that many judges are armed.

“In the midst of a potentially dangerous situation, she acted prudently,” he said, adding “Judge Holmes is hopeful steps will be taken proactively to avoid incidents like this in the future.

Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti, who also issued an apology to Judge Ilona Holmes in a statement on April 28, also felt his men acted appropriately, but regrets the misunderstanding and the unfortunate events that took place.

The Sheriff said, “This past Sunday, the Broward Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a home burglary in progress from a concerned citizen who provided incorrect information regarding the home address. On scene, the deputies continued to receive incorrect information from the citizen and, based upon this information, believed they were at the correct address.

“A report of a burglary in progress at a residence is an extremely dangerous and tense situation for law enforcement, which requires an assertive response. The Broward Sheriff’s Office is evaluating the circumstances of this incident to ensure that appropriate response procedures were followed.

“We deeply regret that Judge Holmes and her family went through this experience and understand that this incident, resulting from a series of unfortunate events, may have been traumatic for them.”

The judge and her family appreciated it, but Scarlett feels that officers at BSO need sensitivity training, feeling that race may have been a factor in the amount of force used in the incident.

“I don’t think crime has a color to it,” said Scarlett. “They need sensitivity classes. The chief explained to me that he has some good cops. I agree. But they were not the same cops who came to my house.”

Scarlett was joined by members of her family and her neighbor Pastor George Brown, whose home was the correct address where BSO should have been investigating, the home where a neighbor saw lights going on and off and, knowing Brown was not home, called BSO fearing burglars were in the residence.

“We still don’t know why [the lights were going on and off],” said Brown.

Scarlett said that their neighborhood is one in which “everyone has keys to everyone else’s homes. We watch out for each other. It’s old fashioned…”


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Obama wants more jobs? He needs to decrease taxes … for everyone!

Posted on 28 April 2011 by LeslieM

The politicians used to say “It’s the Economy (Stupid).” Now, Business owners are saying “It’s the high Taxes (Stupid)!”


The formula is really quite simple:

Increase taxes = increased costs = increased prices = decreased business = decreased jobs.

Decreased taxes = decreased costs = decreased prices = increased business = increased jobs.


Therefore, it should be obvious to the president and his advisors that if they want more jobs, they need to decrease taxes on the people who produce the jobs.

He apparently is willing to consider that, but stubbornly wants to limit it to those making $250,000 or less. That probably sounds reasonable to most people. However, what he and “they” don’t understand is that if a businessman is fortunate enough to “make” $250,000, very little is left for him to live on after he pays his taxes and, typically, a bank loan from those funds.

For example, assume a businessman or woman borrows $1 million for a business to employ 20 people. First, he would probably need to have saved at least $200,000 to invest in the business in order to get a $1 million loan. So he has $1,200,000 invested in the business. But now he must make enough money from the business to pay back the bank loan and interest. Assuming the loan is at 6 percent, and he has 10 years to pay back the bank, he has to make $60,000 just to pay the bank interest, plus another $100,000 to pay the bank loan principal. If he is successful and makes $260,000 from the business, he pays the bank $60,000 in interest, leaving him $200,000 in taxable income. He pays income taxes to the U.S. government of approximately $56,000, leaving him $144,000. From that, he has to pay the bank $100,000 principal on the loan, leaving him $44,000 to live on. He certainly is not a rich man, all due respect to the President.

However, under Obama’s proposed plan, it gets worse. If someone is successful, grows their business and hires more people, he wants their tax rate to increase from 35 percent to 39.6 percent, for a 13.1 percent increase in their tax rate. This certainly does not encourage people to grow their businesses and hire people. In fact, it does the opposite and also weakens businesses ability to borrow money.

The fact is the president can’t increase taxes on the people who create 85 percent of the jobs in America and then wonder why they don’t invest more and hire more people. It causes the opposite reaction, which is a big reason why the economy is stifled.

David Eller, Publisher


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Biondo’s pizza: More than just a pizza pie

Posted on 28 April 2011 by LeslieM

Joe at Biondo’s pizza tosses the dough for a pie.

By Becki Coffy

Biondo’s pizza has been open in The Cove Shopping Center in Deerfield Beach for the past 14 months. I wish I had discovered this quaint eatery a year ago so that I could be reporting on everything on their menu. Don’t let its small size fool you, the menu is large enough to satisfy your desire for great pizzas, subs, salads and more.

Joe Biondo decided to open an Italian restaurant 40 years ago in the Port St. Lucie area and enjoyed the fruits of his labor for many years. After a career change and partial retirement, he decided to go back into the business and we are so glad he did.

Joe does most of the cooking using recipes from his mother and other family members. He proudly states that the sauce is his mother’s recipe, which he still has handwritten on the paper she gave him. His uncle shared the pizza crust technique that he uses even now for his breads and pizza dough. Good food transcends time, and he is happy to share these family specialties with his customers.

Knowing that Joe makes dough fresh every day, we decided to start with the homemade garlic knots. They were served piping hot and covered with real butter and fresh garlic. They were crispy on the outside and oh-so-fluffy and tender on the inside. The butter added another dimension to the flavor and really stepped it up a notch.

Next, we ordered the Stromboli filled with mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, sausage and peppers. It was stuffed with fillings and lots and lots of hot melted cheese. It was served with homemade red sauce rich with tomatoes, onions, basil and other seasonings. It was full of flavor, and, yet, light to the taste. We gobbled it up so quickly we needed a second helping to finish our dish.

Our final choice from the menu was the white pizza. Joe tells me it is one of the more popular dishes on the menu, although the pepperoni and cheese pizza always tops the list.

Again, the crust set the stage for a mouthwatering treat handmade by the owner.  Crispy and tender, it was just thick enough to hold up to the ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses loaded on the top. This was a little slice of pizza heaven. The pizza can also be ordered with spinach, but I thought it was perfect just the way it was served.

The menu offers 6- and 12- inch subs. The Italian combo is the most popular, but they also have a tuna salad sub, oven roasted turkey, roast beef, ham and cheese, and even a hamburger hoagie. Rounding out the sub choices are sausage and peppers, chicken parmesan, and meatball. I intend to try both the chicken parmesan and meatball, as these are prepared using “mama’s “ recipes; and if they are half as good as the red sauce, then I’m in for a treat.

Giving a nod to Joe’s lovely wife, Janet, they have completed their sub choices with the Philly cheese steak. Janet, originally from Philadelphia, thought her hometown should be represented too. She assures me it is the “real deal.”

Pizza’s can be ordered in 10-, 12- and 16-inch sizes and there are 18 topping choices from which to choose. Calzones and Strombolis have become very popular selections, and the true ‘Buffalo’-style wings can be ordered medium, hot, garlic and barbeque.  House, Caesar and Chef salads are available, and I am told by friends that the antipasto is delicious.

Before you order, be sure to check the desserts and save room.   The filling for the cannolis is prepared daily and the cannolis are made to order to ensure their freshness. Assorted flavors of Italian ices and New York-style cheesecake are also available.

Biondo’s is located at 1619 SE 3 Court in Deerfield Beach in The Cove Shopping Center.  Monday and Tuesday offers a 16-inch cheese pizza for $6.95 and several other specials are available. Call 954-427-7754 for pick-up or delivery.

Until we eat again …

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Phillies top Marlins 8-6 in Majors Division

Posted on 28 April 2011 by LeslieM

The Phillies Kyle Bombardier tags out the Marlins’ Louis Esposito in a Deerfield Beach Little League Majors Division game. Photos by Gary Curreri


By Gary Curreri

Joey Zingarella pitched four solid innings and delivered a clutch 2-out, 2-run double to lift the Phillies past the Marlins, 8-6, in a Deerfield Beach Little League Majors Division game Friday night.

Zingarella went the final four innings and struck out the final Marlins batter as the Phillies improved to 9-5 with its sixth consecutive victory. Zingarella finished the game with six strikeouts.

Kyle Bombardier, Kyle McSweeney and Andrew Putney all scored two runs in the win, while Marcel Prummel had a key defensive play in the outfield.

“We are one of the teams to beat,” said Phillies coach Chuck Brown. “I gave my younger kids a chance to play and it showed they have to show up to play every inning.”

The Phillies jumped out to a 5-2 lead before the Marlins rallied to tie the game at 5-5 in the fourth. The Phillies broke the deadlock in the fifth as Kyle DeFrancisco doubled, Bombardier had an RBI singled and Alec Brown singled. Bombardier stole home and Brown scored on an error for an 8-5 lead. The Marlins’ Evan Dolan scored in the top of the six, but Zingarella shut the door and struck out the last batter to end the game.

Brown has been coaching eight years and said he enjoys working with the players. Most of the players in the Majors Division are between 10 and 12 and have baseball experience. He said they have one practice and two games a week. If he can get some hitting in at local batting cages, they also try and do that.”

“When we start off, I really want to find out their skill level and try to develop them and make them better by the end of the season,” Brown said. “If everybody improves, then it is a mission accomplished.”

Shane Reilly, another veteran coach of the Deerfield Beach Little League, said he was happy how his Marlins’ team kept battling back in the contest. The team slipped to 5-8 on the season with the loss.

“They kept battling,” Reilly said. “They always do. We have only lost one other one-run game. Usually, if we are in it, we win it.”

Louis Esposito, who went 2 for 2 with two walks and a run scored, led the Marlins. Zach Audet was hit by a pitch, walked and had a double, while Wade Patton had a walk, single and a sacrifice fly.

Reilly said his team has five games left before the playoffs, and they have some tinkering to do.

“We have to get better with our defense and our base running,” Reilly said. “That’s where we have struggled this year. We had five outs on the base paths today and that’s where we lost it. The main goal is to get better every game, both as an individual and as a team. Our goal is to get better for the playoffs.”

Shane Lovello bears down on a pitch for the Phillies in a Deerfield Beach Little League Majors Division game.

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Scream 4 & Tambien La Lluvia

Posted on 28 April 2011 by LeslieM

By Dave Montalbano


Scream 4 opened two weeks ago with disappointing box office results. It is a sequel that was 11 years in the making to the original Scream trilogy, which had already suffered from the laws of diminishing returns. In this film, Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) returns to her hometown, the site of the original murders and the death of her mother. Sidney is in town to promote her self-help book.

Within moments of Sidney’s book signing, a body is found in the trunk of her car. Sheriff Dewey (David Arquette) is called to investigate. Proving to be as incompetent as ever, Sheriff Dewey watches the body count rise as the ghost face killer murders the neighborhood cool kids. Feeling bored and neglected by living in a small town, Dewey’s wife, Gayle (Courtney Cox), becomes inspired and begins investigating the murders.

Scream 4 is an improvement over of Scream 3. The self-conscious humor about horror movie clichés remains. The biggest flaw with each successive Scream flick, the body count gets bigger and bigger. This makes the surviving characters from each film as indestructible as horror movie icons, while victims become anonymous. As he has done in the past, director Wes Craven strives for deeper meaning, but the superficial characters and plot by numbers mars any serious discussion about violence in the media.

One fun subplot of the Scream franchise is the creation of the fictional Stab movie-within-the-movie series that comments on the exploitation of horror films. This subplot is used in Tambien La Lluvia (Even the Rain), a Spanish movie that comments on the exploitation of the poor in Bolivia.

Humanitarian movie producer Costa (Luis Tosar) is shooting a biopic about Christopher Columbus and his exploitation of Native Americans. He and his director Sebastian (Gael Garcia Bernal) choose Bolivia because they can find cheap help. As they mock Columbus’ religious motivation, the production team is blind to their own treatment of their poverty-stricken employees.

Unlike the blatant slice-and-dice action of Scream 4, Tambien La Lluvia  presents passive-aggressive horror inflicted upon the poor. While filming their Columbus opus, the crew learns that a mean corporate entity plans on privatizing the water supply. This backstage drama is played out against the production of the motion picture. Unlike the solid conclusion of Scream 4, Tambien La Lluvia concludes upon lyrical symbolism that is more meaningful.


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Posted on 28 April 2011 by LeslieM


Through Sunday, May 1

Flagler Dr. along Intracoastal, (Okeechobee exit off I-95), West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Muscial line-up: Jason Mraz, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Ziggy Marley, O.A.R., Styx, Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, Gregg Allman, Jeff Beck and more. Food, drinks, wine tastings, Juried art & craft show, and fireworks the last night! TGI5k race on April 29 includes admission to festivities. www.sunfest.com.


Greater Pompano Beach Republican Club meets

Thursday, April 28, 7 p.m.

Emma Lou Olson Community Center, 1801 NE 6 St., Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Officer Elections, guest speaker — Sheela Venero, secretary of Broward Executive Republican Committee & Spec. Assistant to Gov. Rick Scott. Discussion of current state legislation, grassroots activism in off-election year. Refreshments served. 954-786-7536.


City of Lighthouse Point Annual Arbor Day Celebration

Friday, April 29, 10 a.m.

Dan Witt Park, 4521 NE 22 Ave., Lighthouse Point, FL 33064

Members of Daughters of American Revolution giving LHP a tree. 954-943-6500.


LHP Chili Cook Off

Saturday, Apr. 30, 6:30 p.m.

Lighthouse Point Tennis Center, 3500 NE 27 Ave., Lighthouse Point, FL 33064

Benefits; “Wishing Well International Foundation.” Music, auction, raffle and more. Also, tennis Round Robin (ages 18+) from 4 to 6 p.m. at LHP Yacht & Racquet Club, 2701 NE 42 St. Registration by Apr. 10. Call LHP Tennis Center: 954-946-7306.


8th Annual Jim Moran YATC S. Florida Golf Tournament

Saturday, April 30, 7:15 a.m. (registration)

Jacaranda Golf Club, 9200 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation, FL 33324

Benefits local Youth Automotive Training Center (YATC). Registration followed by shotgun, putting contest, silent auction and raffle luncheon. 954-428-0909 or www.yatc.org.


1st Annual Deerfield Beach Wine & Food Festival

Saturday, April 30, 4 to 8 p.m.

The Cove Shopping Center, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Celebrity chefs from around the area, exotic wines, unique vendors along the Intracoastal Waterway. $47. 561-338-7594. www.deerfieldbeachwineandfoodfestival.com.


Boca Green Market

Saturday, April 30, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Royal Palm Place, S. Federal Hwy. & S. Mizner Park Blvd., Boca Raton, FL  33432



Spring Concert

Sunday, May 1, 2 p.m.

Pompano Beach High School, 600 NE 13 Ave., Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Youth Choir from New Presbyterian Church brings together award-winning high school students from around South Florida singing classics to Gospel. Admission is free, but Love Offering taken. 954-946-4380 or www.newpres.org.


Deerfield Beach Green Market

Sunday, May 1, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sullivan Park, 1724 Riverview Rd., Deerfield Beach, FL 33441



Beauty & Beast Hair Show

Monday, May 2, 6 p.m. to midnight

Elks Lodge, 700 NE 10 St., Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Local cosmetology students, barbers, stylists from tri-county area compete for next level in the W.W.W. “hair smack-down” and 2012 Diva Hair Academy Awards prizes, etc. Benefits charity for handicapped kids, assists with medical expenses and sending them to camp. $45 — licensed barber/stylist or $40 — students/general public (dinner included). Tickets purchased at Exotic Hair, 1771 S. Congress Ave., Lake Worth, FL 33461. 561-434-3141.


LHP Library Summer Camp registration

Monday, May 2, library hours

Doreen Gauthier Lighthouse Point Library, 2200 NE 38th St, # A, Lighthouse Point, FL 33064

Runs June 13-17 at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church Education Building. Pre-K-5. Sports clinics, Mad Science fun and more! Special guests daily. First 100 students receive T-shirts provided by Balkan & Patterson, LLP. $185/ wk. if you enroll by June 1, $205 after . 954-946-6398.


Save the Date:

Deerfield Beach Rotary Youth Scholarship Golf Tournament

Friday, May 13, 7:15 (check in), 8 a.m. (Shotgun start)

Deer Creek Country Club, 2801 Deer Creek Country Club Blvd., Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Benefits scholarships given to local students by Rotary. Call for pricing and info, prices range as low as $100 (sponsor) or $125 each for foursomes. 954-640-6225.


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Letters to the Editor

Posted on 28 April 2011 by LeslieM

Hillsboro Boulevard TREES

Dear Editor:

I see that they are going to cut down 121 trees on Hillsboro Boulevard. BUT, the city has the $$ to plant new ones! Isn’t that nice … How about some trees for Hillsboro from Dixie to Federal? How about throwing something our way (those of us who live in the area)? Give us a little something to ease the pain of the eyesore that is the Dixie Flyover! Hillsboro from Dixie to Federal is like a runway.

Donna Lavoie

Deerfield Beach


Dear Editor:

Deerfield Beach is known for its beautiful Hillsboro Boulevard median trees. The canopy is one of the most mentioned features of Deerfield, second only to the beach.

121 trees in the median of Hillsboro (the ones marked with yellow tape) are slated to be CUT DOWN. The mahogany and oak trees took decades to mature to their beautiful, tall, full-canopied form.

The city’s rationale for this chainsaw massacre is that the trees obstruct the visibility of tractor-trailer trucks along Hillsboro Boulevard.

Deerfield Beach wants to cut down 71 percent of the live oaks, 59 percent of the mahoganies, and 100 percent of the geiger trees. Of the 121 trees the City of Deerfield Beach wants to remove, at least 56 or 46 percent are recommended “Wind Resistant Trees,” according to the very publication the city cites as an authority. And all of the “Wind Resistant Trees” that the city wants to remove are also native species.

Yet of the 126 trees the city wants to use as replacements, only 52 percent are on the “Wind Resistant Tree” list — only if you consider Royal Palms as trees.

In summary, the City is planning to cut down 121 trees, and replace them with 126 trees (including palms), for a 6 percent net increase in “Wind Resistant Trees.”

The question of sight distance is not relevant because virtually all of the trees have canopies 5 feet or more above the sight line datum — consistent with DOT standards. Nor do the branches touch the trucks going by.

What is odd about this is the city says they applied specific criteria to determine which trees to cut and which trees not to cut, but the facts do not support their reasons.

Given this, how, in a county that is built out from the ocean to the everglades, can anyone justify allowing these majestic beauties to fall to the chainsaw?

Bett Willett

Deerfield Beach


Re: District 2 Special Election

Dear Editor:

My name is David Cody and I am a concerned, qualified elector and citizen of District 2 in the city of Deerfield Beach.  I have previously e-mailed you a copy of my blog post regarding the Special Election that will occur in Deerfield Beach between May 29, 2011 and June 28, 2011, if we follow the City’s Charter.

I wanted you to know that the consensus of most District 2 residents is that we want, no demand, that the Special Election take place as soon as statutorily possible.  We do not want to drag this out nor let the city drag this matter out.  We are ready to move forward positively toward a goal of District redevelopment and growth, and for that we need an elected representative in our city government.

We are hoping to resolve this matter as soon as possible, and, hopefully, no later than the 50th day or the following Tuesday, if it must be on a Tuesday.

In an attempt to have a good voter turnout, will you please consider having the election on a Saturday, when the majority of District 2 residents are not working.  If the goal of our democracy is to allow the people to vote for their representatives, then scheduling that vote on a day when the majority of qualified electors are available would be the most sensical thing to do.  However, I have no illusions that the electoral process is usually absent of common sense, due to statutory constraints.

Deerfield Beach seems to be the capital of Special Elections lately. And District 2 has not escaped that fate. With the removal of Sylvia Poitier on April 14, 2011, Deerfield Beach’s City Charter states that if no regular city election is scheduled within nine (9) months, the commission shall schedule a special election to fill the unexpired term of mayor or a commissioner held not sooner than forty-five (45) days (May 29, 2011), nor more than seventy-five (75) days  (June 28, 2011) following the occurrence of the vacancy or vacancies.

They may choose to appoint someone from District 2 to fill her position and we will, as a community of concerned individuals, attend every commission meeting to ensure that that individual is doing what is in the best interest of all his/her constituents. We know that 45-75 days is a long time and anything can happen if we are not vigilant and mindful. If the past couple of years has taught us nothing, then I hope it has taught us that.

David Cody

Deerfield Beach


Editor’s note: According to City Attorney Andy Maurodis (April 21 Observer), “there is no provision for an interim appointment in these types of cases.” Scheduling of a Special Election is up to the office of the Supervisor of Elections, when they can do it per advertising requirements.


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Mother’s Day

Posted on 28 April 2011 by LeslieM

Are you ready for Mother’s Day? It’s less than a few weeks away. I know it’s a little early, but I wanted the opportunity to give the ladies the honor they deserve. For you history buffs, let me fill you in on some of the Mother’s Day details. Mother’s Day in the USA started long ago when Anna Jarvis organized a day to raise awareness of poor health conditions in her Appalachian community. She called it “Mother’s Work Day.” When she died in 1905, her daughter began a campaign to memorialize her mom. In 1914, Anna, the daughter named after her mother, saw her hard work pay off when President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill recognizing Mother’s Day as a national holiday. Today, the second Sunday of May has become the most “dined out” day of the year, and telephone companies record their highest volume of calls. The flower and candy businesses are not bad either. Oh, let us not forget about “the card.”



5 I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.



You are important and you will leave a mark on this earth. It’s up to you as to what you leave behind and pass on. All throughout the Bible, women have played an incredible role in the plan of God. We see women being used by God in amazing ways, helping to fulfill His divine plan. Women have always played a key role in God’s plan, and I want to make sure we never lose sight how important they are to all of us. Take the time to thank the women in your life who have helped shape you into the person you are today.


Proverbs 31:10

10 A capable, intelligent, and virtuous woman—who is he who can find her? She is far more precious than jewels and her value is far above rubies or pearls.



What’s the most important Mother’s Day ever? This one! Oh, I am sure you can recount some very special Mother’s Days. But the one you observe this year should be the best ever. Also, make sure your kids do the right thing. Honor the special ladies in your lives by recognizing the valuable contribution they make at church, as well as at home. It’s not easy being a wife, mother, churchwoman, bread-winner, homemaker, taxi driver — you name it! Let her know how you feel.

If I can speak to moms, and women in general, on behalf of the husbands, fathers, brothers and sons today, I would like to say this. The music of your life is beautiful. You are a beautiful flower with delicate petals and a wonderful fragrance. We envy the relationship you have with our children and grandchildren. God created you beautiful in the depth of your being, and it is that beauty that draws us to you. We praise God for you and thank God for you, even though we don’t tell you nearly as often as we should.

Pastor Tony Guadagnino

Christian Love Fellowship Church


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NE 2nd Avenue closed due to work at Deerfield City Hall thru May 7

Posted on 28 April 2011 by LeslieM

Beginning this Saturday, April 30 at 6 AM, NE 2nd Avenue in, front of City Hall, will be closed to vehicular traffic between NE 1st and NE 2nd Streets, due to work on the clock tower. The road will be closed for one week, reopening on Saturday, May 7 at 6 PM. Questions can be directed to the city’s Facilities Maintenance division at 954-480-4315.

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Pompano CRA breaks ground on Altantic Blvd. streetscape

Posted on 28 April 2011 by LeslieM

The Pompano Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) held a Groundbreaking Ceremony for Streetscape Improvements to East Atlantic Boulevard between AIA and Pompano Beach Boulevard on April 27.

This is the first shovel in the ground project in the East CRA District. Planned improvements include reconfigured street lanes, wider sidewalks for outside dining and improved landscaping, according to Sandra King, spokesperson for Pompano Beach.

Construction will officially begin on May 2.

During the ceremony, Mayor Lamar Fisher said, “This has been a long journey. Now we can celebrate that a vision has become a reality and that dreams do come true.”

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