| May, 2011


Posted on 26 May 2011 by LeslieM

Floating Family Movie Night: “Megamind”

Friday, May 27, at dark

Deerfield Beach Aquatic Center, 501 SE 6 Ave., Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Free event.  Bring raft, chair or float. Concessions available. 954-480-4200.


First Christian Church of Pompano Beach — Yard Sale

Saturday, May 28, 8 a.m. to noon

1860 NE 39 St., Pompano Beach, FL 33064

Proceeds go toward church day school and youth activities. 954-942-2515.


Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Kick-off Celebration

Tuesday, May 31, 6 to 9 p.m.

Marriott Hotel, 5150 Town Center Cir., Boca Raton, FL 33486

Learn about Oct. 22 Mizner Park walk to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer. Complimentary food, music, speakers. R.S.V.P.: 561-394-7751 ext. 5308.


Tastings & Tapas

Thursday, May 26, 6 to 8 p.m.

Carmen’s at Bridge Hotel, 999 Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432

Wine and tapas experience hosted by Frank Reider, respected wine connoisseur and author. Tastings from highly-rated South American wines. Stay for dinner, get 20% discount. 561-886- 4570 or visit www.bocaratonbridgehotel.com.


Brain fitness – stimulate your thinking

Tuesday, May 31, noon to 1 p.m.

NE Focal Point Senior Center, 227 NW 2 St. , Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Free. 954-480-4446 or ctowle@deerfield-beach.com.


Deerfield Beach Raiders Tackle Football and Cheerleading Program registration

Tuesday, May 31, 6 to 8 p.m.

Deerfield Beach Middle School Athletic Complex, 701 SE 6 Ave. , Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Also June 7. For ages 5-15. Bring copy of participant’s Birth Certificate, two proofs of residency and registration fee – $75/residents, $85/others. 954-480-4427.


Seminar Series with Dr. George Thomas Sharp

Wednesday, June 1, 7 p.m.

Solid Rock Christian Church, 189 W. Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432

Also June 5, 6 at 7 p.m. and June 5 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Topics: Genesis, Paganization of American and more. Presented also by South Florida Bible College. Childcare available – infants through 10 yrs. 561-750-6501 or www.solidrockchristianchurch.com.


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Posted on 26 May 2011 by LeslieM


John 14:27

27 Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]



Why is it that when things aren’t going our way, or when trials arise, we can’t seem to handle things well? Fear, anxiety, worry, attitudes and life’s cares seem to get the best of us. The majority of the things we worry about are tied to our past. Are we going to let yesterday’s problems dictate what we do today? We need to remember that yesterday is gone. There is nothing we can do about it. We are able to start fresh each day (today). We choose each day, what kind of day we are going to have, so decide to have a great and peaceful day.

Matthew 6:27 tells us that the things we worry about so often are the things that are beyond our control. We need to trust in the Lord. Shifting our focus off of God and onto the problems is a sure formula for worry. We then allow worries and problems to become bigger priorities than God. When that happens, the things we worry about begin to consume us! When life’s hassles get too big and you feel overwhelmed, stop, take a deep breath and focus on what God is doing today.


Philippians 4:7-8

7 Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.

8 Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious — the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.

The Message Bible


When you worry about tomorrow, you’re worrying about what you can never control, and you rob yourself of peace today. Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow.  Matthew 6:34 says “God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.” When you begin to worry, don’t panic — pray. God is the one who has all the answers. God is waiting patiently on us. He’s saying, “I’m here, give everything to me.”  God knows what you’re going through.

How are we ever going to learn to have peace, if we do not trust the God we serve? In order to have peace and to be a peacemaker, we need to trust our God. Scriptures speak of the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding. You have to be at peace in order to know you’re in the will of God. If you’re not at peace, you’re not trusting God. Don’t let stress and worries rob you of the peace you could have. Focus on God!


This devotional was taken from a Bible study by Rosalind Guadagnino.

Pastor Tony Guadagnino

Christian Love Fellowship Church


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Broward Schools using Furlough Days to save over $4.5 Million

Posted on 26 May 2011 by LeslieM

More than 800 Broward County Public Schools administrators will receive notices of furlough days for the 2011/2012 school year as part of an effort to help close the budget deficit of $141 million. Superintendent James F. Notter, today, provided notice to the leadership of the District and school administrators’ groups about the number of furlough days.

“These actions are being taken to help mitigate the anticipated budget shortfall that the District is facing,” said Superintendent Notter.

Central and area office administrators and principals will have 15 furlough days and assistant principals will have 10 furlough days for the 2011/2012 school year.  This would be the equivalent of a four to six per cent decrease in salaries for a total of $4,553,085.

The furloughs will impact 212 District administrators, 229 principals and 430 assistant principals.  Also, to maximize the savings in energy, the dates for furlough days will be standardized to the closing of schools and District sites.

District officials will initiate discussions with unions to finalize the number of furlough days for their respective groups. District and school administrators, however, will experience the greatest impact of the furloughs to help shoulder the burden of the State budget reductions.

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Pompano Beach CRA Business Resource Center Grand Opening

Posted on 26 May 2011 by LeslieM

The Pompano Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is pleased to announce the Grand Opening celebration of the Pompano Beach CRA Business Resource Center located at 50 NE 1st Street, on Tuesday, May 31st from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

In 2010, through the dynamic economic development vision of the Pompano Beach CRA, the Pompano Beach CRA Business Resource Center was born. This 2,234 square foot facility located in Old Pompano has been newly renovated to house the Microenterprise Business Loan Fund Program, along with the Business Incubator and the Job Placement Center, the latest programs supported by the CRA. International Enterprise Development, Inc. (IED) has been contracted to create, develop, administer and operate these additional programs as well.

The Microenterprise Business Loan Fund Program offers training workshops, one-to-one technical assistance, business support, loan application, loan approval process, loan disbursements and collections and on-going business monitoring. This program has been successfully operating since 2006 and over $500,000 in micro loans have been approved and disbursed in the community. The Business Incubator
provides an opportunity for the next step of growth for micro and small businesses, offering seven private offices with business services, such as marketing, bookkeeping, business coaching and office space for client meetings as well as use of office equipment at a very reasonable rate.

Micro/small businesses can also have the opportunity to take advantage of this new facility, in a virtual way. Training will be offered to incubator businesses and on-site staff will be there to assist. The Job Placement Center will focus on providing links to the people of Pompano Beach to job opportunities through the creation of partnerships, training, education and individual support.

The Grand Opening event will include a ribbon cutting ceremony, hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. Plaques will be given to Florida Shores Bank for its generous support of the Center and to Mr. Stephen Cohen of Regent Bank in appreciation for his years of leadership as the Chairman of the NW Pompano Beach CRA Microenterprise Business Loan Fund Loan Committee. A plaque will also be hung in the center to recognize the Pompano Beach CRA Board, the NW Advisory Committee, Florida Shores Bank, Regent Bank, Comerica Bank, SunTrust Bank, Bank Atlantic, PNC Bank and Metro Broward Economic Development Corp. for all of their dedication and support to economic development in Pompano Beach.

For more information, call 954-786-7867.

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Splash Luau at Quiet Waters Park

Posted on 26 May 2011 by LeslieM

WHAT: Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach will host a Splash Luau, for all ages, on Friday, June 10, from 6 to 10 p.m. This family-oriented event will include a movie, luau games, and other activities, along with splash time in the park’s Splash Adventure water park.

The $5.50-per-person admission fee does not include refreshments. Space is limited. Advance ticket sales are required and available by phone through the park office and at Splash Adventure during normal operating hours.

WHERE: Splash Adventure

Quiet Waters Park

401 S. Powerline Rd., Deerfield Beach 33442


WHEN: Friday, June 10

6-10 p.m.

WHO: For all ages.

HOW: $5.50/per person. Advance ticket sales required. Fee does not include refreshments, which are available for purchase.

For further information, call the park at 954-357-5100, or visit www.broward.org/parks. The park is accessible via Broward County Transit Routes #14 and #48.

Founded in February 1956 and accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies, Broward County Parks and Recreation manages nearly 6,500 acres, encompassing 18 regional parks and nature centers, six neighborhood parks, and 21 natural areas at various stages of development. Facilities include water parks, campgrounds, a target range, a stadium, skate parks, an observatory, mountain bike trails, an educational farm with stables, and a velodrome and other sports facilities. Hours and fees vary by location. For more information, visit www.broward.org/parks.


Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations in order to participate in County programs, services, and activities must contact the Special Populations Section at 954-357-8170 or TTY 954-537-2844 at least 10 business days prior to the scheduled meeting or event to request an accommodation.


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Broward County Ordinance Regulates Pill Mills

Posted on 24 May 2011 by LeslieM

Broward County Commissioners unanimously passed an ordinance regulating Pain Management Clinics in the unincorporated area and have agreed to educate and encourage all cities to adopt the same ordinance.   The ordinance also included amendments by Commissioner Kristin Jacobs to prohibit these clinics from operating within 1200 feet of another pain management clinic, place of worship, child care center or educational center.  The Pain Management Clinic ordinance is intended to serve as a model Ordinance for cities to consider in establishing regulations for pain management clinics within their municipal jurisdiction.

“The intent is to have a uniform ordinance across all jurisdictions to prevent loopholes, “said Commissioner Kristin Jacobs. “Our next step is to take this to the cities for adoption.”

Commissioners authorized the lobbying of cities on behalf of Broward County in order to meet guidelines set in the Broward County Code of Ethics.

“We need to treat this like a 31 city campaign.  We should let our cities know that all nine of us support this ordinance and want the same ordinance enacted in all cities,” said Commissioner Chip LaMarca.   Commissioners LaMarca and Jacobs have participated in protests outside of Pain Management Clinics organized by the group STOPP NOW—Stop the Organized Pill Pushers.

The ordinance provides a specific legal definition for Pain Management Clinic, creates zoning regulations in unincorporated Broward County and mandates a “Certificate of Use” which requires the following:

  • name of the owner/operator
  • proof of registration with the Florida Department of Health
  • an affidavit stating that no one convicted of a drug-related felony within a five year period will work, volunteer, or be allowed on the premises
  • limited hours of operation between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday
  • posted Certificate of Use in a conspicuous and easy to read location
  • one parking space per ten gross square feet of customer waiting area and one parking space per two hundred gross square feet of the remainder of the building
  • all activities be conducted within a completely enclosed building

The ordinance states that Pain Management Clinics already legally in existence must comply with the requirements within 60 days of the effective date and provides one year for pre-existing clinics to comply with parking and location requirements.

Currently there are no Pain Management Clinics in unincorporated Broward County. Any Pain Management Clinic wishing to operate in the unincorporated Broward County area would have to apply for a Certificate of Use and associated business fees would be collected under the proposed ordinance.

In March, the Broward County Pain Management Clinic Task Force issued its final report with recommendations for the licensing and location of pain management clinics otherwise referred to as “pills mills”.   The Commission instructed the County Attorney to draft a model ordinance based on those recommendations.

Broward County has been referred to as the “pill mill” capital of America. In 2009 a Broward County Grand Jury issued a report noting the proliferation of pain clinics throughout the County. The number of pain management clinics in Broward more than doubled from August 2008 to November 2009.



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Man Struck, Killed By Commuter Train Rail Traffic Halted For Several Hours in Pompano

Posted on 24 May 2011 by LeslieM

A man believed to be homeless was struck and killed by a commuter train late Monday morning in Pompano Beach.

Just before 10:30 a.m., a northbound Tri-Rail train was approaching Hammondville Road when a pedestrian trespasser was walking westbound towards the tracks and stopped right in the path of the oncoming Tri-Rail train, about 500 feet south of Hammondville Road. The train, traveling at 79 miles per hour, struck the pedestrian, instantly killing him. The engineer stopped the train after the impact, approximately 2,000 feet north of the Hammondville Road crossing.

The train had 127 passengers and two crewmen on board at the time of the incident. Both rails were shut down well into the afternoon while BSO Crime Scene Unit detectives processed the scene, which was almost ½ mile-long. Rail traffic has since resumed, in time for the afternoon commute.

Broward Sheriff’s Office homicide detectives are conducting the investigation.

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BSO catches suspects in Deerfield robbery

Posted on 23 May 2011 by JLusk

On May 23, BSO were called out to a robbery that happened in the 400 block of W. Hillsboro Boulevard. Suspects had fled but not after choke-holding the victim and taking her purse. But a citizen witnessed the incident and reported right away. Next, BSO deputies came in, set up a perimeter and apprehended the two suspects, who were charged with strong arm robbery.

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Yankees win 2011 DBLL Major League Championship

Posted on 19 May 2011 by LeslieM

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LIVE Thursday on DBLL TV: Rockhounds vs Volcanoes Championship Game

Posted on 19 May 2011 by LeslieM

Join us on DBLL TV Thursday, May 26 at 6:30 p.m. for the Rockhounds vs. Volcanoes championship game. Stay tuned after the game for LIVE interviews with coaches and the winning team.

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