| October, 2011

Boca Raton’s Lynn University to host final presidential debate

Posted on 31 October 2011 by JLusk

–By Rachel Galvin —

On Oct. 22, 2012, all eyes will be on Boca Raton. As the presidential campaigns wrap up, the final debate between red and blue will take place at Lynn University. The determination for the location to be Boca Raton over other contenders came down to several considerations, including the importance of the state of Florida as a swing state, the close proximity of the university to major transportation routes and the success of last year’s Congressional debate between Ron Klein and Allen West. The decision to have the debate in Florida was agreed upon across party lines and is seen as a benefit not only for the university, but the surrounding area as well.

According the Lynn University’s website (www.lynn.edu): “A debate would attract an estimated 5,000 to 8,000 people (including several thousand members of the domestic and international media) to the Boca Raton area. These people could stay in the area up to a week, generating a sizable economic impact.”

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Student Government Day Highlights, Deerfield Beach

Posted on 28 October 2011 by LeslieM

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Daytime Radness at Island Watersports, Deerfield

Posted on 28 October 2011 by LeslieM

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Congressman West visits UPS terminal

Posted on 28 October 2011 by LeslieM

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Dry Ice and Co2 Available for your Halloween Needs!

Posted on 28 October 2011 by LeslieM

Dry Ice and Co2 Available for your Halloween Needs!  Deerfield Beach Fire Equipment is the “real deal” for Dry Ice and CO2.  They have been supplying all of the big parties for years.

It’s not too late!  Call: 954-428-7778.  Hours:  Mon. through Fri. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.,  Sat. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., closed on Sunday.

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Posted on 27 October 2011 by LeslieM

Saturday, Oct. 22, 9 a.m.

Photos by Diane Emeott

See more in 10-27 Observer newspaper.

Video soon on ObserverTV

More than 10,000 came out to Mizner Park in Boca Raton early Saturday morning, Oct. 22, to walk the 2.5-mile course along the newly completed Palmetto Park Promenade in an effort to combat cancer.

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Daytime Radness

Posted on 27 October 2011 by LeslieM

Above (L-R) Karly, Cheyne, Linsey Cottrell, owners of Island Water Sports.

Video coming soon to ObserverTV

About 6,000 people filled the parking lot of Island Water Sports in Deerfield Beach last Friday, Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. for the first annual Daytime Radness.

Attendees were able to skate the VANS half pipe, pick up some free stuff from their favorite vendors like Quiksilver, Volcom and SkullCandy, and be a part of giving back to their community.

Event helped raise money for local and national charities including: Grind for Life, the Karen Rice Benefit, and Give Jeans a Chance.

Through the sale inside the store and raffle tickets, Island Water Sports and its sponsors raised more than $5,500 to help Karen Rice, who left for MD Anderson in Houston on Saturday.

More Photos by Diane Emeott

More Photos By Rachel Galvin

Hitting the halfpipe

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Events help athletes feel ‘special’

Posted on 27 October 2011 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach’s James Muir rolls a strike during the recent Area Fall Classic Special Olympics bowling competition at Sawgrass Lanes in Tamarac. Photo by Gary Curreri

By Gary Curreri

Deerfield Beach’s James Muir surveys his shot and lets the bowling ball loose. As it rolls down the alley, he coaxes the shot with his body until the ball strikes the pins and nine fall.

He gives a thumbs-up sign and walks back to retrieve the ball from the return and lets the ball fly again. He knocks down the final pin and gets his spare as his parents, William “Sandy” and Susan, sitting behind him, exchange high fives with their son.

Muir, 21, was one of 900 athletes competing in the Area Fall Classic Special Olympics bowling competition recently at Sawgrass Lanes in Tamarac.

“It’s great,” said Sandy Muir, a longtime high school basketball coach and guidance counselor, whose son has been in the Broward County Special Olympics for more than 10 years. “It is real beneficial for him. This is really our social life.”

James Muir has also been involved in basketball, swimming and golf. However, he likes basketball and bowling the most.

“I look at the pins,” said Muir, who is also a member of the Tamarac Bulldogs, special needs program. “I think about the approach with the ball in the middle and hit the pins straight.”

“This is a lot of fun,” he added. “It is good to bowl. It is important to get a good score and, to do that, you have to be professional. You have to concentrate.”

Muir’s father said his son enjoys the different social activities that the Bulldogs offer.

“He has always been pretty social,” the elder Muir said. “I think all of the activities are good for him. They have dances … arts and crafts, and this has really helped him because he has a whole network of friends.”

Sandy Muir said it is also a great opportunity for the parents to meet people who have the same interest that they do.

“It’s different because he is competitive and he wants to win, but it is not life and death,” said Sandy.

“While he is doing it, he’s competitive; but when’s he’s done, he’s done. He forgets all about it.”

James agreed: “I have made a lot of friends. I like the dances too. I dance with my girlfriend. I am going to keep doing this for 10 years.”

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FLICKS: The Rum Diaries, Margin Call & FLIFF flicks

Posted on 27 October 2011 by LeslieM

Women of Entre Nous with creators of About Fifty on Chairman’s Cruise

By Dave Montalbano


Having portrayed Hunter S. Thompson in Terry Gilliam’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Johnny Depp now crosses the line from reality to fantasy with The Rum Diaries.

Written by Thompson in the 1950s, but not published until 1998 (to coincide with the release of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,), The Rum Diaries is a fictional adaptation of Thompson’s escapades as a journalist in the Caribbean. It’s probably closer to the truth than Terry Gilliam’s biopic.

Depp portrays journalist Paul Kemp, a writer in search of his voice. Lotterman (Richard Jenkins), the editor, hires Kemp to write horoscopes for the only newspaper in Puerto Rico. Chaperoned by Sala (Michael Rispoli), Kemp uncovers the white collar corruption of Sanderson (Aaron Eckhart), the lure of Sander-son’s skinny-dipping fiancée (Amber Heard) and the call of the wild.

Containing an aire of anti-capitalist propaganda, The Rum Diaries is a fun ensemble piece with a great soundtrack and beautiful scenery. In contrast, Margin Call retains some of the “anti-capitalist propaganda” themes, but sets the story in the urban jungle known as Wall Street.

Unlike Oliver Stone’s manic Wall Street movies, Margin Call contains a deliberate pace that explains how the stock market fell apart in the autumn of 2008.

The story begins with the firing of Eric Dale (Stanley Tucci), who gives a flash drive to his former trainee Peter Sullivan (Zachary Quinto).

While analyzing the data, Sullivan realizes that a financial time bomb has been lit. From this point forward, Sullivan follows the chain of command, beginning with his immediate supervisor (Kevin Spacey) and ending with the corporate editor (Jeremy Irons).

Margin Call is a good serious movie that may be far more appropriate than some of the Halloween releases this weekend.

The Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival (www.
fliff.com) begins their outreach to Muvico Pompano this weekend. Playing Saturday, About Fifty has received positive buzz from the press and FLIFF ticketbuyers.

Halloween weekend, FLIFF will feature a trio of unrelated horror movies, Vamperifca, Deadheads and Dr. Limp-tooth. While entertaining in their own right as contemporary B-Monster Movies, all three movies contain a sense of déjà vu.

Vamperifca will be remembered as a showcase for Martin Yurkovic, played with limp-wristed zeal. He is both funny and frightening. While Dr. Limptooth deals with flaccid vampire teeth, Deadheads has nothing to do with Jerry Garcia and everything to do with Zombies.

Cinema Dave’s “Adventure Pack” is raffled off for FLIFF.

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Crime Watch

Posted on 27 October 2011 by LeslieM


Oct. 21 A man was arrested and charged with burglary of an occupied dwelling and grand theft of over $20,000. The man broke into a home at 53 SE 5 Ave. when the owner was sleeping. The man stole more than $30,000 worth of jewelry, electronics and other items.

Oct. 21 A man reported that he was approached by a man with a gun, who threatened him at 951 NE 51 St. The victim gave the gun holder his wallet, money, watch and jewelry.

Oct. 21 A man reported his car stolen from 1310 SE 14 Court.

Oct. 22 A woman reported her car parked at 1005 S. Federal Hwy. broken into. She reported her purse with a cell phone and $100 stolen.

Oct. 22 A man reported that while his car was parked at the LA Fitness garage at 1000 E. Hillsboro Blvd., someone broke into the vehicle and stole his iPod, digital camera and GPS.

Oct. 22 A man said that his roommate at the Comfort Inn, 50 SE 20 Ave., stole $1,000 from his wallet. The wallet was in the room safe.

Oct. 23 A man was observed stealing $60 worth of clothing from Styles for Less at 3848 W. Hillsboro Blvd. The man took the clothing and escaped in his car.

Oct. 23 A woman left her purse in a shopping cart at Target at 3599 W. Hillsboro Blvd. When she returned to look for it, she found that it was missing.

Oct. 23 A woman reported her purse stolen from either her home or vehicle; she was not sure. The incident was reported at 499 NW 3 Ave.


DEERFIELD — District 4

Oct. 14-15  Burglary to a business was reported at Westway Towing, 2571 W. Hillsboro Blvd.  Unknown suspect(s) gained entry to the company office by unknown means (no signs of forced entry were discovered) and used tools from the storage room, including an electric saw, to cut off the drop door on the floor safe. An undetermined amount of cash was removed from the safe. Video was available and scene was processed.

Oct. 15 Grand theft occurred in the shopping plaza at 1895 W. Hillsboro Blvd., NE corner of Hillsboro Boulevard and Military Trail.Victim drove bike to shopping plaza and, while inside, the unsecured bike, was stolen.

Oct. 15 Grand theft was reported Oct. 17 at Dollar Tree, 4005 W. Hillsboro Blvd. Victim advised that her wallet was stolen as she shopped. The wallet, valued at $900, contained $600 cash, the victim’s passport and DL, and nine Chase Visa Cards. The victim advised that the credit card company called on 10-15-11 and advised her that the cards were used at the Super Target at 3500 W. Hillsboro Blvd. The victim was unable to provide any other details.

Oct. 17 Armed robbery arrest was made at Rent-A-Center, 1706 W. Hillsboro Blvd. The day before, an employee of Rent-A-Center was robbed at gunpoint while entering a work van in the parking lot. Stolen in the robbery were two bank deposits. Suspect fled on foot east through the parking lot. A perimeter was quickly established with Canine and Air Unit on scene. One person of interest was detained at the scene. BSO Robbery detectives responded and through their investigation, quickly identified and arrested the armed suspect.

If you see suspicious activity in your neighborhood, please call 911.



Oct. 16 A woman reported her Porsche stolen from her home at 2765 NE 25 St.

Oct. 17 A man who works at CVS at 3580 N. Federal Hwy. reported that a man walked out of the store with five boxes of diapers. The employee asked the man to return the diapers, but the man placed them in his car and left. One box fell out of the car.

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