| November, 2011

Bridge Closed for Renovations on Hillsboro Blvd.

Posted on 10 November 2011 by LeslieM

During fall 2011, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will perform bridge renovations underneath and inside the Hillsboro Boulevard Bridge.

This work requires the bridge to be closed at nighttime, Sunday through Thursday, for a three week span, beginning Dec. 4. and ending Dec. 23 (Please note, the bridge will not be closed Friday or Saturday nights).

During bridge renovations, all traffic crossing the Hillsboro Boulevard Bridge will be detoured to the Palmetto Park Road Bridge via U.S.1 or A.1.A.

Bridge renovations include:

High pressure water cleaning

Sand blasting

Painting steel beams underneath bridge

Work will occur from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Bridge renovations are never easy for residents and business owners living in or around the construction zone. The project team appreciates your patience and understanding during this difficult time.

Project Office Location:
275 Commercial Blvd. Suite 260
Lauderdale by the Sea, FL 33308

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America Recycles Day in Deerfield, FREE Starbucks coffee and free reusable mugs

Posted on 10 November 2011 by LeslieM

On Tuesday, Nov. 15, the City of Deerfield Beach Recycling Division and Starbucks are partnering again to celebrate the 8th annual America Recycles Day. The event will be held from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Starbucks, at 130 S. Federal Hwy. in Deerfield Beach.

Join millions of Americans across the nation to pledge  to recycle more, buy recycled, and to find something new to recycle. It’s simple – just stop by Starbucks to sign the pledge card and receive free coffee and a free reusable mug, while supplies last.

You can also pledge online at www.americarecyclesday.org. Signed pledges are eligible for drawings to win $100 gift cards from Publix.

Recycling reduces the pollution-generating extraction of natural resources from our planet that is required to create new products. Recycling is also the simplest act an individual can do to positively impact the planet.

Since its inception in 1997, the nationally celebrated America Recycles Day has been held each year on Nov. 15, to focus on encouraging people to reduce and prevent waste, promote recycling, and become better stewards of the environment. For more information about recycling in Deerfield Beach, contact the Recycling Division at 954-480-4454 or visit www.Deerfield-Beach/recycling.

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Historical Essay No. 70

Posted on 10 November 2011 by LeslieM

Since our family, the Eller family, has lived in Deerfield Beach since 1923, I’ve often been asked to put in writing some of the history of the area, either experienced personally, or that I heard from my parents or grandparents. For some of you old timers who might be worried about certain old “scandals,” don’t worry. I won’t be writing about those (smile). To read previous historical essays, go to www.observernewspaperonline.com and click on “The History of Deerfield.”

David Eller, Publisher


While I’m Away at College, Observer  newspaper is born – In Deerfield –

Some of you may have noticed that there has been a pause in my Historical articles for a few months and may have wondered why? It is quite simple. I’ve only written about things I personally knew to be true. How our family came to South Florida in 1923, after having first immigrated to North Carolina from Switzerland and Germany some 150 years earlier.

How my grandfather, Hoyt Eller, a skilled carpenter and farmer in his early 30s brought his wife and five children here to live in a tent next to the Hillsboro River/Canal and Dixe Highway. How he worked directly for the famous architect Addison Mizner to do the finish carpentry work for the Boca Raton Hotel. How he saved his money and went to farming land he bought for $1 per acre at what is now Quiet Waters Park, and later on $15 per acre in what is now the City of Parkland.

I wrote about some of the farm families like the Butlers, Wiles and Jones, who were already in Deerfield at the time.

How my father, Marlin Eller, quit farming with his father at age 21 to start his own business manufacturing large water pumps to sell to local farmers and government agencies for irrigation or drainage.

I wrote about the fact that when I started first grade at Deerfield Elementary School in 1947, there were only six students, and I was the only boy. Now I’m informed that first graders in Deerfield are measured in the hundreds. Stories about other local families were included along the way, as I wrote many stories trying to share what it was like growing up here in north Broward County in the 1940s and ‘50s. The ‘60s began with me at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, and then onto the University of Florida in Gainesville, which I graduated from with an engineering degree in 1964.

However, when I wrote the story about college, I suddenly realized that I was getting away from my original objective of writing about the history of this area, the north Broward County/South Palm Beach area. Therefore, in order to stay true to my initial objective, I will attempt now to combine the two, by telling some of what was going on in my life at college and, at the same time, to tell what was simultaneously going on back home in Deerfield (using the Observer archives). Eventually, the two storylines will merge when I graduate from college and come home.

For instance, while I was away at college, in 1962 the Observer newspaper first began publishing under the direction of Margaret Moore (the mother of my good friend from high school, Adrian Moore) and the first Publisher, Bill Beck of Delray Beach.

Meanwhile, in the morning of my first day at college in DeLand, we freshmen engineering students found seats in the auditorium before the head of engineering, Dr. Lowry entered. Very distinguished-looking with a white beard and wavy white hair he told us to “Look at the student sitting in front of you. Now look at the one to your left. Now look to the right. Only one of you will ever become an engineer. The others will flunk out … or become a lawyer… or something else.” That was my first day and introduction to college. And he was right.

David Eller, Publisher

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FLICKS: Joe Frazier, LHP Book Sale and the ghost of Tom Doniphon

Posted on 10 November 2011 by LeslieM

By Dave Montalbano


John Wayne portrayed Tom Doniphon, The Man who Shot Liberty Valance, although Ranse Stoddard (James Stewart) got the credit for eliminating the bad guy, portrayed by Lee Marvin. As your humble swashbuckling journalist and information scientist, I have always sought the Tom Doniphons lost in the shadows of history.

Often considered the stepping stone in the overhyped career of Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier is the Tom Doniphon of pugilistic history. The South Paw from Philadelphia was the heavyweight champion of the world from 1969-1973 and only lost to two men – twice – Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. After his heavyweight heyday, it was revealed that “Smokin’ Joe” was partially blind from cataracts when he was World Heavyweight Champion.

Overcoming handicaps is something Joe Frazier was trained to do at a very young age. Frazier’s father, Rubin, lost his left arm a year before Joe was born. Growing up in rural North Carolina, Frazier became his father’s “left hand man.” There is no irony that when Frazier knocked down Ali in Superfight I 40 years ago, he did it with a left hook. Given his perseverance growing up, it is appropriate that he has a cameo appearance in the original Rocky.

The search for Tom Doniphon is apparent in my book, The Adventures of Cinema Dave in the Florida Motion Picture World. In the final chapter, I wrote about the importance of letting go of the many artifacts in my apartment, which has been hard since they remind me of the people associated with them. While it would be “easy” to throw them out, I feel it would devalue the spirit of generosity in which I received them, so I have been donating them to nonprofits “From the Cave of Cinema Dave.”

While the “Cinema Dave Adventure Pack” raised $50 for the 26th Annual Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival, I wonder how much money will be raised at the Doreen Gauthier Lighthouse Point Library Semi Annual Fall Book Sale next Thursday, Nov. 19?

LHP Library has received eight boxes from my cave, with more on the way. Besides “special collection VHS” and movie related books, one will find text books, biographies and historical books that were used to supplement the curriculum for a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence circa 1996.

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SPORTS: FAU loses homecoming to ASU

Posted on 10 November 2011 by LeslieM

The FAU Owls couldn’t get it right when they were shut out 20-0 by the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers to open up their new on-campus stadium on Oct. 15.

But the Owls had a second chance for another first in their new home. The Arkansas State University (ASU) Red Wolves were the first opponent in FAU’s inaugural Homecoming Game. The results were encouraging. With 10:55 left in the first half, the Owls were -13 yards in total offense.

But that was before running back Alfred Morris got his hands on the football and ran for 39 yards, thus putting the Owls in the black in total offense.

Two plays later, the Owls capped off a four play, 71-yard drive as Morris would score a 13-yard touchdown as he tied Doug Parker with 25 total all-time, rushing and receiving. FAU trailed at this point 15-7.

With 2:49 left in the first half, the Owls put together a seven plays, 62-yard and 3:16 drive and cut ASU’s lead 18-14. Morris would cap this drive with a four-yard touchdown run as he broke Parker’s record with 26. Morris has 22 rushing and four receiving touchdowns.

In the second half, Morris picked up where he left off, as he had 33 yards on the Owls opening drive, which led to an FAU eight play drive that went 70-yards and lasted 4:36.

Quarterback Graham Wilbert connected with Derek Moise for an 18-yard touchdown. It was the first of Moise’s career. The Owls took a 21-18 lead, and this was the first FAU lead in the new stadium.

But that lead wouldn’t last long as ASU responded with a six plays, 40 yards and 2:18 drive that gave them a 25-21 lead. It was capped by a seven-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Aplin to Taylor Stockemer.

The Red Wolves scored 21 unanswered points to build a 38-21 lead by the 7:39 mark in the fourth quarter. Aplin had five touchdowns, four rushing and one passing. He threw for 244 yards.

Morris finished with 163 yards rushing, while Graham ended his night with 147 yards and two interceptions. FAU had four turnovers and committed nine penalties for 69 yards in the 39-21 loss. ASU out gained FAU in total yards 429-281 and first downs 28-15.

The Owls dropped to 0-8 and 6-5 in Homecoming Games. The Red Wolves lead the all-time series 4-3.

When the game was over, Morris downplayed his personal accomplishments as he said, “This is bittersweet, but we wanted to win. As usual, we made a lot of mistakes. The film shows it. I don’t play for the accolades, but because I love the game. I don’t look at stats, just wins and losses.

“I take pride in blocking and take it serious because I don’t want them touching my other running back or quarterback. The positive part of this game is we showed we can move the ball.

“But I don’t want to be part of a win-less team. We have four chances to win a game. We’re not desperate for a win, but hungry for one. If I had the answers to this losing, I’d try to fix it.”

Coach Schnellenberger added, “Taking the lead in the third quarter was an accomplishment. This game was more disheartening because of the improvements you saw. I was a proud football coach and remain one. It’s tough trying to develop a football team that hasn’t won. What’s history is history. It’s a different type of development and we’ll continue to develop these players for the new coach.”

FAU’s next chance for a win is on Saturday night at 6 p.m. when it travels to Miami to face FIU in the Shula Bowl.


Scott Morganroth can be reached at www.scottsports33.com.

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Crime Watch

Posted on 10 November 2011 by LeslieM


Nov. 3 A woman reported that her car, parked at 280 NW 45 Ave., was broken into and a Coach purse valued at $400 was stolen.

Nov. 3 A woman reported that her home at 660 Emerald Way was broken into and $10,000 worth of jewelry was stolen.

Nov. 3 A woman reported that her home at 504 SE 13 Dr. was entered and jewelry, a Rolex watch and an iPad were stolen for a loss of $8,000.

Nov. 4 A reported front window of a residence at 2255 Woodlands Way was smashed but no entry was made.

Nov. 4 A man reported when he walked through the parking lot of LaQuinta Inn at 351 W. Hillsboro Blvd., a man tackled him and tried to steal his gold necklace. The victim fought off his attacker.

Nov. 4 An employee of Bicycle Generation at 1346 E. Hillsboro Blvd. reported that a man walked into the store and stole a bicycle valued at $3,000.

Nov. 5 A woman reported that her car parked at 333 SE 20 Ave. was entered and two pairs of sunglasses were stolen.

Nov. 6 A man was arrested and charged with Grand Theft Auto and violation of probation at 333 SE 20 Ave. The man had stolen a motorcycle and was on probation for robbery.

Nov. 6 A person entered an unlocked car at 4 SE 14 Place and stole a CD player and receiver.


DEERFIELD — District 4

Oct. 28  Residential burglary occurred in Deer Creek, 2913 Via Napoli. Victim’s housekeeper called to report unknown person(s) entered the residence. While inside, the suspect(s) removed jewelry items. Victim will put together a list upon return to the residence.

Oct. 29  Burglary to a business took place at Maxim Crane Works, 3800 N. Powerline Rd. Unknown suspect(s) cut the east side fence and entered the compound. There was a truck on the property that had items in the rear tampered with, but the vehicle owner was not able to respond. Total loss to be determined. There were no surveillance cameras.

Oct. 30 Conveyance burglary was reported in Deer Creek, 245 Deer Creek Blvd. Complainant advised unknown suspect(s) entered possibly unlocked vehicle and stole a GPS ($150) and radar detector ($200) from the interior, and golf clubs ($700) from the trunk. Vehicle was not processed due to inclement weather.



Oct. 31 A woman who was staying at the home of her daughter reported that someone entered the home at 3314 NE 27 Terr. and stole diamond earrings.

Oct. 31 A man reported his outboard motor stolen from his boat at 2364 30 Court.

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Letters to the Editor

Posted on 10 November 2011 by LeslieM

Solar power

Dear Editor:

Clean energy is the best way to create the jobs we need, and there is no question we need jobs now. There are more than 5,500 solar companies putting more than 100,000 people across the country to work, and this industry keeps on growing at a time when few industries are.

Since a solar company called Solyndra recently fell victim to a competitive marketplace a few weeks ago, politicians and pundits who depend on Big Oil and King Coal have been using Solyndra as an excuse to vilify an industry that is one of the best ways to get Americans working again. An investment in solar energy creates seven times more jobs than the same investment in dirty coal, nuclear or natural gas. The attacks on solar energy are a purely political maneuver to keep our country chained to dirty energy at a time when we desperately need to move forward toward a clean energy future.

Politicians can talk about creating jobs all they want, but that’s all I have seen so far — talk, no action. The ones who are actually working to address the unemployment rate are the ones who are calling for more investments in clean energy, like solar power. Investing in clean energy companies is one of the few ways we can actually see American industries grow.

Sarah Ryan

Delray Beach

Dear Editor:

Why? Who puts more people to work than solar companies?  Dirty energy (like coal) is an old tired investment. Nuclear could bring Fukushima-like clean-up jobs –but — who needs that? Realistically, investment in clean energy like solar power has given us an American Industry that is actually growing. That’s where we can create jobs. Don’t you agree?

Ms. Beth Widzowsky

Boca Raton

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Posted on 10 November 2011 by LeslieM

The Real Deal II – How to do Business in Pompano Beach

Thursday, Nov.10, 6 to 8 p.m.

E. Pat Larkins Community Center, 520 Martin Luther King Blvd., Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Free seminar/ networking event for development and construction industries. Designed to increase participation of local companies in City and CRA construction projects. Light refreshments provided. 954-586-1111.


Moonlight at Beacon Light

Thursday, Nov. 10, 5 to 8 p.m.

The Shoppes at Beacon Light , 2400 N. Federal Hwy., Lighthouse Point, FL 33064

FREE entertainment, food, wine tastings, craft show and drawings.


Salute the Troops Camping Special

Friday, Nov. 11 to Sunday, Nov. 13

Quiet Waters Park, 401 S. Powerline Rd., Deerfield Beach, Fl 33442

For active-duty and honorably discharged veterans of the U.S. armed forces, National Guard and reserve units. $26.25/site per night. Maximum stay: 3 nights. Extra fees may apply. Current ID and written documentation required. Info: 954-357-5100.


Boca Wine & Food Festival

Saturday, Nov. 11 & Sunday, Nov. 12

An exclusive event sure to bring thousands of people. Over 70 chefs, with over 50 culinary stations, will present international cuisine. Held Along E. Camino Real from the Boca Raton Resort to Federal Hwy. For more info., visit www.bocaratonwineandfoodfestival.com.

Free car washes for Veterans & military personnel


Lighthouse Car Wash

Friday, Nov. 11, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

1048 E. Sample Rd.-Sample Plaza Shopping Ctr., Pompano Beach, FL 33064

Sponsored by Grace For Vets. 954-647-9559, www.lighthousecarwash.net or www.graceforvets.org.


Simoniz Car Wash

Friday, Nov. 11., 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

5190 N. Federal Hwy, Lighthouse Point, FL  33064



1500 S. Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach, FL  33062



Offer applies to veteran or active military personnel offering proof of service. (DD214 form, military I.D., Veterans’ organization membership card, or, vehicle plates that display POW, Veterans, or military medal/ribbon status).


4th Annual “Hidden Treasures” Indoor Rummage Sale

Saturday Nov. 12, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 13, 9 a.m.to noon

Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, 5201 N. Military Tr., Deerfield Beach, Fl 33442

Jewelry, furniture, housewares, toys, accessories, books, food items, baked goods. 954-421-3246.


Book Fair

Saturday, Nov. 12, 9 a.m. to noon

St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 2500 NE 14 St. Causeway, Pompano Beach, FL 33062

Mostly hardcover. 954-786-9348.


Songs of Liberty A Patriotic Concert to Honor America’s Veterans

Saturday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m.

Community Presbyterian Church , 1920 SE 4 St.  , Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Free. Featuring Classic Kids String Ensemble & Choir, Alessandro Watson, 13 yr. old bagpiper, Boca Raton Community H.S. JROTC Color Guard, Yankee Doodle Tappers and Irish Step Dancers, Antique Car Club Exhibit, Maria’s House Montessori School Singers. 954-427-0222.


Annual Christmas Boutique

Saturday, Nov. 12, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. , Sunday, Nov. 13, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

St. Paul The Apostle Catholic Church (Parish Hall), 2700 NE 36 St. (Sample Road), Lighthouse Point, FL 33064

Beautiful handmade Thanksgiving and Christmas items, gifts, home baked goods, plants, religious items. 954-943-9154.


Broward Farm Bureau Day and 4-H Fair

Saturday, Nov. 12, 8 a.m. till 1 p.m.

Green Market Pompano Beach

Comer of Dixie Highway and Atlantic Boulevard, Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Features special exhibits, demonstrations, games, vendors and 4-H chicken bar-b-que competition.  Call 954-260-3136 or www.greenmarketpompano.com.


FREE Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Saturday, Nov. 12, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

St. Paul United Methodist Church, 244 SE 2 Ave., Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Hosted on church grounds. Call: 954-427-9407.


About Boating Safety (ABS) Course

Saturday, Nov. 12, 8 a.m.

Dixon Ahl Recreation Center, 2200 NE 38 St., Lighthouse Point, FL33064

Presented by U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 3-7, Lighthouse Point. $45 (includes materials/lunch). Limited space. Information/registration, call 954-557-0582 or www.flotilla37.org.


Women in Distress Seeking Thanksgiving Donations

Drop off location:

Jim and Jan Moran Family Center, 4700 NW 3 Ave. , Deerfield Beach, FL 33064



Monday, Nov. 14 to Thursday, Nov. 17, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.



Monday, Nov. 21, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.


The Deerfield Beach Democratic Club

Sunday, Nov. 13, 3 p.m.

Century Village East Le Club, 3501 West Dr., Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Conversation with Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz about Israel.

For free tickets and info call Bernie: 954-415-5658.


America Recycles Day in Deerfield

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Starbucks, 130 S. Federal Hwy., Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

FREE Starbucks coffee and free reusable mugs. 954-480-4454 or www.Deerfield-Beach.com/recycling.


Prime Timers meet

Wednesday, Nov. 16

Community Presbyterian Church, 1920 SE 4 St., Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Planned trip Nov. 13-14 to Central Florida. More trips to come. Community invited to participate in all activities. Meetings Wednesdays (Through April). 954-427-0222.


History at High Noon

Wednesday, Nov. 16, noon to 1 p.m.

City Hall Commission Chambers, 150 NE 2 Ave. , Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Presented by the DB Historical Society. Free, donations welcome. Speaker: Florida Public Archaeology Network “Pre-Historic Snowbirds.” 954-429-0378.


Business Presentation

Thursday, Nov. 17, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Lighthouse Point Library, 2200 NE 38 St., Lighthouse Point, FL 33064

How credit scores affect you and what you can do to make them better, Wheeler Mortgage. RSVP to Julie Wheeler at juliewmc@bellsouth.net or 954-422-9400, Ext. 1.


Save the date: Job Fair

Saturday, Nov. 19, noon to 4 p.m.

Hilton Hotel, Hibiscus Ballroom, 100 Fairway Dr., Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Sponsored by Toyota of Deerfield Beach. Free, except table and sign charge.  Classic Car show on 20th! Contact Ted Smith: 561-310-0109.


2011 Christmas Baseball Bootcamp

Monday, Dec. 26 to Friday, Dec. 30, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Highlands Christian Academy, Knights Field, 501 NE 48 St., Pompano Beach, FL 33064

Presented by South Florida Baseball School. Ages 8 through 18. Space is limited. 954-326-2373 or www.sflbaseballschool.com.

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Posted on 10 November 2011 by LeslieM

It wasn’t all that long ago that the Major League Baseball Season came to an end. Baseball isn’t just the Great American Pastime. Baseball has always had a special place in the heart and soul of The Jewish People.

I suspect it started way back before anyone ever heard of Abner Doubleday. In fact, it started way back in Biblical Times. Why else do you think that G-d chose to start the Torah with the words, “In the Big Inning?”

Come to think of it, why else would G-d tell one of the Patriarchs to make a sacrifice …

And, even though the ancients may have lived in a Patriarchal society, even the women got into the game because every Purim we read about Queen Esther throwing a ball. And if throwing a ball was good enough for the Queen, then maybe Polo shouldn’t be the sport of Kings. Maybe they should try playing some baseball.

It was just a couple of weeks ago that we read Parsha Lech Lecha. In this Chapter of the Bible, G-d has picked the roster. He has chosen the starting line-up and, he has decided that Abram should, “Go  fourth.”

In baseball, the one who bats fourth is lovingly referred to as the “Clean-Up Hitter.” This is the player who is statistically most likely to do something that enables all the other runners on base to make it home … and, as Dorothy said in The Wizard of Oz, “There’s no place like home.”

Most of you reading this column have your home down here in sunny South Florida. But I suspect that many of you are not aware that we, just like Abram, and just like the clean-up hitter, were recently called “fourth.”

Unfortunately, the fourth we were called was not about heading to Canaan, nor was it about bringing others home. Then again, maybe it was about bringing others home if you are talking about the heavens as your final home; because it seems that we of our beloved Sunshine State were just listed as the fourth worst drivers in the Country … and I am not talking about a drive out on the golf range. A clearinghouse for car insurance information put us fourth in a research study that took into play things like traffic fatalities, citations and arrests; and we did not score so well.

In baseball, even if the clean-up hitter hits a homerun, he can’t bring anyone else home unless someone before him gets on base, which brings us to the first batter, the lead-off man.

And again, sadly, we, the drivers of Sunny Florida do indeed lead-off. We come in first in the rankings in the number of traffic citations issued and, talk about semi-pros, we are pretty close to No. 1 in, surprise of surprises,  careless drivers. So I guess I better stop keying this into my computer, put my coffee down and stop talking on my cell phone until I get off the road …

So ladies and gentleman of South Florida, were you paying attention?

We came in fourth, but we can do better. Let’s clean up our roads. Help others make it home … and may the Great Umpire in the Sky be by our side in our driving, in our going fourth, and may He bring all of us home safely.


Shalom My Friends,

Rabbi Craig H. Ezring


Rabbi Ezring is a Hospice Chaplain and Member of the National Association of Jewish Chaplains. He also provides Professional Pastoral Care Services to a number of health centers in Broward County.

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The Crab Stop

Posted on 03 November 2011 by LeslieM

By Becki Coffy

Local Deerfield Beach resident, Tracey Gilmore, opened The Crab Stop restaurant in April 2011 and hasn’t looked back since. Her eyes are on the future.

No stranger to business, Tracey graduated from Deerfield Beach High School and attended college in Daytona Beach, where she received her MBA and returned home to start the Gilmore janitorial service company with her mother, Betty Gilmore. But the food she discovered in Daytona beckoned her to open yet another business, and The Crab Stop was born.

While in college, Tracey discovered The Crab Stop restaurant in Daytona, where owner, Oliver Ross, featured his signature Maryland-style blue crabs. Unable to find anything like the Maryland blue crabs here in south Florida, she decided to partner with Mr. Ross and open a branch here locally to share the taste with the people of her hometown.

Tucked away in the 10th Street Plaza in Deerfield Beach is the recently-opened Crab Stop restaurant.

My husband and I stopped by to sample some of the delicious dishes that Tracey and fiancé, former NFL Miami Dolphin player Calvin Jackson, cook up in the kitchen.

Calvin is responsible for creating the special sauce that tops the monster burger and accompanies the fried shrimp. The shrimp is served in a light and crispy breading and is not hidden in a heavy batter. The special sauce is ‘cool heat.’ The combination of the warm shrimp with the cold sauce is delightful. The smooth creamy sauce has just a hint of heat at the end of each bite.

Next, we tried a combo platter that included Maryland- style blue crabs, snow crab, corn, hardboiled egg and red potatoes with sausage. All this is sprinkled with a secret seasoning that makes all the flavors of the dish pop. Drizzle lots of warm butter and secret seasoning over the crabs, corn and potatoes and you’ve got a butter drippin,’ finger lickin’ meal.

I was familiar with the sweetness of the snow crab, but had never experienced the deep rich flavors of the Maryland blue crab … delicious. The boiled red potatoes were served with chunks of sausage cut up in them, and the hardboiled egg dipped in the special butter sauce was a unique taste sensation. Dungeness and golden crab are also on the menu.

Believe it or not, we also decided to split the monster burger. This enormous burger is made fresh daily and never frozen. It was a flavorful, juicy burger topped with cheese, lettuce, tomato and Calvin’s special sauce.

Don’t let the name Crab Stop mislead you. There are plenty of items on the menu for those looking for fish, burgers and chicken. Buffalo wings, fried shrimp, fried fish and a monster burger that is truly a monster help to round out the menu.

Tracey also dishes up daily luncheon specials from smothered liver and onions, smothered turkey legs with rice and gravy and pasta Alfredo to Friday’s special of barbeque ribs and chicken on the grill.

At this time, the restaurant offers mostly take-out; however, there are a few tables available for dining in. Tracey’s next goal is to open a food truck business, allowing her to bring all the delicious food and flavors to other cities. They are available for catering both private and corporate events. A special menu including turkey, ham, salads, shrimp and crab will be offered for holiday parties. Staying true to their motto, “You’ve tried the rest, now try the best,” The Crab Stop brings their distinctive flavors to share with our area. Be sure to stop by and meet Tracey and her family.

The Crab Stop, located at 71 SE 10 Street in Deerfield Beach, is open Wednesday through Monday and closed on Tuesdays. Please go to www.crabstopdeerfield.com for specific hours of operation. For take-out orders, call 954-531-6752. Until we eat again…

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