| January, 2012


Posted on 26 January 2012 by LeslieM

Singles Support Group

Thursday, Jan. 26, 3 to 4 p.m.

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

Are You Single? Make new friends, give and receive support, and discuss interesting topics. Divorced, widowed and separated singles are welcomed! 954-480-4449.


Parks and Recreation: Open Public Forum

Thursday, Jan. 26, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Constitution Park, 2841 W. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Share ideas, thoughts and concerns. For more information, call 954-426-6898 or visit www.Deerfield-Beach.com/parksandrec.


Jeff Fisk band plays CJ’s

Friday, Jan. 27, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.                                                                                                                                       

CJ’s Drafthouse, 1825 W. Hillsboro Blvd., (corner of Military Trail), Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

For more information, call CJs at 954-428-9129.


32nd Annual Deerfield Beach Festival of the Arts

Saturday, Jan. 28 & Sunday, Jan. 29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Main Beach Parking Lot, (South of Pier between Hillsboro Blvd. and SE 4 St.), Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

More than 130 artists, food, ethnic vendors, beer, wine, continuous LIVE music. Monies raised fund scholarships for graduating Deerfield Beach seniors.  954-426-6898.


Nautical Flea Market

Saturday, Jan. 28, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 29, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Pompano Community Park, 2001 NE 10 St., Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Bargains for boating and diving gear, nautical clothing, marine surplus items, anchors, mooring products, nautical arts and crafts, food and more. Low Tides perform on Sat., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. $5 per day, children 12 and under, FREE. 954-786-4111 or visit www.nauticalfleamarket.com.


Coed Volleyball League Open Nights

Tuesday, Jan. 31, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Westside Park Gymnasium, 445 SW 2 St., Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Every Tuesday, same time. Have a casual game of Volleyball with friends. Once enough participants come out, teams can be formed. They hope to start the league mid-February. Also – Adult basketball and Women’s Flag Football set to begin new seasons in February. 954-480-4439.


Sunset Green Market

Wednesday, Feb. 1, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

2240 NW 19th St. (corner of Butts Rd. & 19 St.), Boca Raton, FL 33431

Farmer’s market featuring locally-grown produce, bakery items, plants & flowers, organics, doggie treats, Amish foods, soaps, teas & coffee, fresh herbs, and more. 954-270-9917.


­Save the date: Unity in the community

Saturday, Feb. 4, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Pompano Community Park, 2001 NE 10 St., Pompano Beach, FL 33060

FREE food, entertainment. Bounce houses, clowns, fun bus, DJ Joe Balistreri will manage entertainment. 954-899-5557.

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The mathematics of lying

Posted on 26 January 2012 by LeslieM

There is a wonderful joke about a pastor who tells his congregation that his sermon for the upcoming week will be about those who lie. He tells them to go home and study a particular chapter from the Book of Mark.

The next Sunday, the pastor begins his sermon with, “Last week, I asked all of you to study the 17th chapter of the Book of Mark; could those of you who did so please raise your hand?”

And, sure enough, almost every person in the congregation raised their hand, and that is when the Pastor says, “You are the ones I need to talk with today because there is no 17th chapter in The Book of Mark!”

I recently talked to my own flock about those who lie. I asked them what the opposite of lying is and, sure enough, one of them immediately called out, “truthing.”

What a great word, although, if you look it up in the Dictionary or Thesaurus, you probably won’t find it. Instead, you will find that the opposite of “lying” is “standing,” perhaps that is why when someone is known for telling the truth, we call him a stand-up guy!

Of course, the opposite of lying is telling the truth, but, as we all know, “To Tell the Truth” is not necessarily a reality, it is more of a game show, at least, it was a game show.

While I am making light of it, I really don’t think that telling the truth is something that should be taken lightly. In fact, we should be on a steady diet of truth, and by diet, I’m not talking about what we put into our mouths, but rather what comes out of our mouths and what we let into our ears.

I was with a couple of math teachers the other night around dinner time, and it got me thinking about a mathematical equation for the truth I had learned long ago. It is found in the Talmud (Sanhedrin, 29a) and the formula reads, “When you add to the truth, you subtract from it.” Wow, how’s that for a mathematical conundrum? And, I will be brazen enough to use a bit of New Math by continuing the equation with, “And when you add to a lie, a small one becomes bigger and bigger.”

During my sermonette last week, I asked, “When you think of a profession known for lying, which profession comes to mind?” (I’ll let you come up guess what they came up with).

And then, I reminded everyone that we are in the midst of an election campaign and in unison everyone called out, “POLITICIANS.”

Maybe, just maybe, that’s because politicians seem to make more promises during a campaign than anyone can possibly fulfill; or maybe it’s just that the politicians really don’t have the power to put their promises into effect. I’ll leave that for you to decide.

Do the math and wash … I mean watch … what comes out of your mouth!


Shalom My Friends,

Rabbi Craig H. Ezring


Rabbi Ezring is a member of the National Association of Jewish Chaplains and serves in this capacity in a number of Health Care settings in the area including Advocate Home Care Services and L’Chayim Jewish Hospice in Partnership with Catholic Hospice of Broward County.

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The Cove Bagel: Best breakfast & lunch all day – the New York way!

Posted on 26 January 2012 by LeslieM

By Becki Coffy

If you are looking for a unique breakfast and lunch restaurant in Deerfield Beach, look no further than The Cove Bagel and Deli.

This special eatery offers a full breakfast selection and an authentic deli with all the delicious meats and salads you enjoyed back home and have been searching for here in town.

With 40 years in the business, Steve and Karen Kay opened their restaurant in Deerfield Beach eight years ago.  The help of their children, Stacy and Adam, truly makes this a family affair.  From babies to Baby Boomers, there is something to meet everyone’s satisfaction.

The menu is quite extensive, and it really was difficult for my husband and me to select just one dish to sample.  My husband decided to enjoy something from the breakfast menu, so I chose something from the lunch side.

Had I realized they offered Eggs Benedict, my decision would have been made for me!  Breakfast is served all day and only farm fresh eggs and the freshest ingredients are used.  The three -egg omelettes are enormous and filled with cheeses, meats, fresh vegetables, Nova or you may create your own.  Muffins, English muffins, toast and, of course, bagels are available with your meal.

My dining partner chose The Cove Slam, which includes French toast or pancakes, eggs, bacon and sausage. The pancakes were light, fluffy and definitely some of the best we’ve had in Florida. The bacon and sausage had great flavor and were cooked just the way we like it. A unique dish that I intend to try in the future is the crunchy French toast— French toast smothered with frosted flakes and grilled to a crisp finish.

For my selection, I chose the classic Reuben sandwich stacked high with mounds of National Deli corned beef, Swiss cheese and sauerkraut on grilled rye and served with French fries and two huge half sour  pickles that were fabulous.

Steve, the owner, also brought us a piece of marble chiffon cake, complimentary to all his customers on the weekends, while the supply lasts. He often offers complimentary items so his customers can sample something they may not usually order.

The lunch menu offers homemade matzo ball and chicken noodle soup, plus the soup of the day and 10 types of burgers, including a turkey burger and a turkey patty melt. All burgers are served with fries, lettuce, tomato, onion, coleslaw and pickle – no skimping here! Fish and chips, chicken tenders and shrimp in a basket are all available for $7.99. Triple decker club, chopped liver, tongue, tuna, chicken, egg, shrimp and whitefish salad sandwiches help round out the menu. Be sure to try any of their “hot opens” – turkey, brisket or roast beef with gravy and French fries.

For those looking for lighter fare, there are grilled chicken sandwiches and seven salad choices from which to choose. Cove specialties include cheese blintzes and potato pancakes. Don’t forget to try one of their famous super deli sandwiches – corned beef, pastrami and brisket to name a few.

Our wonderful waitress, Connie, says she has a pastrami sandwich every day. The ingredients used in the restaurant are never frozen, and the salads are made in small batches throughout the day so that everything is amazingly fresh. It doesn’t get much better than this!

Although seating is available inside and out, we sat inside and enjoyed looking at all the memorabilia collected over the past 45 years. Whether hanging on the wall, sitting on the shelf or hiding in the corner, there was something to bring back great memories from a simpler time.

Outside seating is pet-friendly, and they will even bring a bowl of water out for your furry companion!

The Cove Bagel and Deli is located in The Cove Shopping Center on Hillsboro Boulevard at the Intracoastal in Deerfield Beach. Breakfast and lunch are served all day. They are open six days a week from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (closed on Mondays).  A children’s menu for both breakfast and lunch is offered. Catering services and free delivery to local businesses and residences is available. 954-481-8600.

Steve and his wife, Karen, make a point of learning their customer’s names and making everyone feel welcome and at home. The prices are affordable, the portions are large and the food is delicious. The Kay’s really live up to their motto, “The old-fashioned way is still the best way.”

Be sure to stop by and enjoy all that The Cove Bagel and Deli has to offer. Steve and Karen have made this more than a restaurant, they’ve made it part of the neighborhood.  Until we eat again…

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Commercial structure fire – 2nd alarm located at: 1180 SE 4 Ave., Deerfield Beach

Posted on 23 January 2012 by JLusk


Five apartments are uninhabitable and the American Red Cross Disaster Action Team is assisting  with the displaced residents



Broward Sheriff FIre Rescue units responded to a 2-alarm fire at the Lime Tree apartments .The first call came in around 6:40 p.m. Monday Jan 23. Firefighters made an aggressive attack on the fire, declaring it out in about 20 minutes. Primary and secondary searches were conducted however no victims were found. One patient is being treated for a medical condition. There was heavy smoke in the structure which required ventilation while firefighters checked for any extension of fire.

The Broward Sheriff Fire Marshals Bureau and the State Fire Marshal’s Office will conduct the cause and origin investigation

 see video after the knockdown on ObserverTV

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Interview Dennis Max, Frank & Dino’s

Posted on 19 January 2012 by LeslieM

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Firefighter Bill Elliott, remembered

Posted on 19 January 2012 by LeslieM

By Andrea Freygang

He was a fine American. For the man known for recognizing fellow Americans, that is how Firefighter Bill Elliott will be remembered. Elliott, 49, died in the line of duty on Friday, Jan. 6 when he fell from the top of a 100-ft. aerial fire truck during a training exercise in Pompano Beach. Elliott served 22 years as a firefighter with the department and is the department’s first on-duty death. Bill was previously with the Lighthouse Point Fire Department for seven years, making him a 29-year veteran of the fire service.

Fellow firefighters and personal friends Mike Anderson and John Butler were two of the thousands that showed up at Elliott’s family home after his death.  The duo explained how their friend Bill Elliott always ended conversations telling people they were fine Americans. In the aftermath of his death, many remembered what a fine American Elliott was.

“It sounds like a cliché, but he was the epitome of a good firefighter—everyone respected him in Pompano Beach,” said Firefighter Stan Babinski, who worked with him in Pompano Beach before moving to the Lighthouse Point department. “This has just been a total devastation for everyone because he is family.”

Since his death, a non-stop stream of visitors have come from around the state in support, starting with over 200 people who were at the hospital, then filled the home he shared with his brother John Elliott, also a firefighter.

“It was a career that chose him. He was working in Lighthouse Point public works and they asked him to work in either the police or fire. He chose fire,” said his brother. “He was an old-fashioned firefighter—he was hands-on, very mechanical — he could take anything apart.”

John also joined the “brotherhood” at his family’s urging.

“I wanted to be a firefighter when I was a kid though I worked for years in carpentry and finally my mom convinced me to follow my brother’s footsteps,” said John Elliott. “She knew what my dream was as a kid and I saw the camaraderie and brotherhood.”

And that camaraderie is what was helping to carry him through his brother’s death.

“Everyone has helped me get through this whole thing. I knew even after it’s all over, they will still be here to help me,” said John Elliott. “He had more friends than anyone I’ve ever seen.”

The response for the first line-of-duty death in Pompano Beach was incredible.

“It’s unfathomable — so many units from all over the county and all over the state —a few thousand people are expected at his funeral,” said Firefighter Scott Friend. “We’ve lost great people, but never in the line of duty.”


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Deerfield attracts top volleyballers

Posted on 19 January 2012 by LeslieM

Local beach volleyballers Mark and Steve Van Zwieten (right), said the competition on Deerfield Beach could be fierce. Photo by Gary Curreri

By Gary Curreri

With the Ranse Classic and the Red Bull Spiked Tournaments, Deerfield Beach has been making a name for itself both locally, nationally and now internationally as four Olympic teams have recently practiced on the local sand.

The most recent were the Canadian women and Russian men, who have spent the past two weeks at the local beach honing their skills and going through vigorous workouts and even playing against some of the top local competition.

Mark Van Zwieten, 24, of Pompano Beach, has been playing volleyball competitively for the past 15 years and played against the Russian team.

“I started in the backyard when I was 3 and that was because my family was into it,” said Van Zwieten, who graduated from Cardinal Gibbons High School in 2005 and led his team to a 31-0 mark and a state championship. He was named the MVP.

“It is really nice that the beach is attracting top teams. It is something that I haven’t utilized as much as I would like to and it is something I am ready to start. I’ll be able to get out here more on weekends.”

Van Zwieten has also excelled on the beach. He has played in four FIVB Beach Volleyball Junior World Championships and competed in the Under 19 Beach Volleyball World Championships in France in 2005.

In October, Mark Van Zwieten and his partner, Andrew Fuller, placed fifth in the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.

“It’s nice to represent the country,” Van Zwieten said. “I’ve gone to a lot of places through volleyball. The Pan Am games was an amazing event and I got to see the top players from around the world.”

Van Zwieten said the attraction to Deerfield Beach is simple since everything is so close.

“People can come down here and spend the whole day here,” he said. “You could play for a couple of hours, go grab lunch and come back and play some more. You don’t have to go and try and find parking or anything like that.”

The “pickup games” are very competitive.

“It varies throughout the year, but they can get really competitive,” Van Zwieten added. “There are consistently top level players coming through Deerfield and it is nice to see the variety of players from throughout the world.”

His brother, Steve Van Zwieten, 27, of Coconut Creek agreed:

“It is really cool,” said Steve Van Zwieten, who recently played in the USA Cuervo pro tournament with Mike DiPierro and placed 13th after losing to the second ranked team in the U.S. in Nick Lucena (Ft. Lauderdale) and Matt Fuerbringer. Van Zwieten’s wife, Kendra, is also a top player. “Just growing up here and being able to play all over the world. You go to California and Europe. It’s been great. California is definitely a little bit stronger, but everything is spread out. Everything on the east coast is here. Teams from Brazil and teams have come from California come here on a regular basis.”

Steve Van Zwieten believes the sport can continue to grow because of the juniors now playing.

“When I was 18, there was no juniors tour,” Steve Van Zwieten said. “Now, alongside our tour, there are junior kids. The sport is starting to grow, especially with the economy. It is a really cheap sport to play. Here, you just need a ball to play. You have to really be in shape because of the heat and the beach sand …  running around all day.”

Captain Lee Magnuson, who has a court dedicated in his name, helped get the courts built. Now, roughly 100 volleyballers, ranging in age from 14 to 72, will filter through Deerfield Beach on a weekly basis.

“Instead of going to Ft. Lauderdale or Miami, they will come to Deerfield Beach,” said Jimmy Mason, 54, who spends four months a year from Michigan. “It has a lot to offer – the restaurants, the pier and seven regulation courts and one futbal court.”

Local veteran volleyballer Hank Hoffman, 70, of Deer-field, said the sport got a boost locally when former Deerfield Beach resident, Cindy Phillips, started with Beach Dig and offered clinics.

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FLICKS: War Horse

Posted on 19 January 2012 by LeslieM

By Dave Montalbano


War Horse is a modest motion picture; it raised $67 million since it’s Christmas Day release. It got shut out of last weekend’s Golden Globe Awards, but earned Best Picture Award through the National Board of Review and the AFI Movie of the Year Award.

Given these under-publicized honors, War Horse is destined to become a literary cinema classic for years to come.

Based on Michael Morpur-go’s award-winning juvenile fiction novel, War Horse tells the story of Joey, a horse raised on a farm in Ireland. Joey and Albert (Jeremy Irvine) develop a symbiotic relationship that saves the farm from a greedy landlord (David Thewlis) for one more year. When World War I raises its ugly head, Ted’s father sells Joey to the military effort.

Being the last war involving a Calvary charge, Joey is put in the front line against the German Army. Through war’s inferno, Joey ends becoming a German War Horse, but not before encountering such interesting characters as two war deserters, a farmer and his frail granddaughter.

Director Steven Spielberg is the perfect director for this type of motion picture, with echoes of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial and Schindler’s List. The most powerful violence occurs off-screen, but the consequences of war are presented without blinking.

Being a student of film master John Ford, Spielberg’s visual homages are apparent.

The human actors are perfectly cast. If young Albert Narracott keeps his nose clean, War Horse will be a launching pad to a long career as a leading man.  Emily Watson and David Thewlis provide reliable support. While Joey is portrayed by 17 horses, the fictional character becomes real in War Horse.

Besides being technically proficient about the horrors of war, War Horse is a heartwarming movie about peace. Without special effects, explosions and computer animation, the thematic climax involves scared enemies in the trenches, barb wire and Joey trapped in the neutral zone. Resolution of this subtle scene is real.

For stoic people who shield their emotions, animals serve as a conduit. For me, the loss of Bill Elliott, who graduated with me from Deerfield Beach High School, became real when I saw his dog, Dinghy, standing guard over the dearly departed master during the memorial.

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Crime watch

Posted on 19 January 2012 by LeslieM


Jan.14 A man reported that his home at 2045 Discovery Circle was broken into and $7,000 worth of fishing poles were stolen.

Jan. 14 It was reported that Armen’s Auto Repair at 37 NE 1 Terr. was broken into. Although there were computers and other expensive items in the office, nothing was stolen. Only the desk drawer was entered.

Jan.15 A man reported two batteries stolen from his commercial vehicle parked at 4100 N. Powerline Rd.

Jan. 15 It was reported that an unlocked rental car was entered and $900, jewelry, a laptop, cell phone and shoes were stolen. Total loss was estimated at $30,000.

Jan. 16 A woman left her purse in an unlocked car parked at 4394 NW 9 Ave. When she returned, she noticed the purse was stolen, containing a driver’s license, Social Security card and $330.

Jan.16 A woman was arrested and charged with stealing items from Publix at 1337 S. Military Trail. She placed items in her purse and tried to leave the store without paying for the items.

Jan. 16 Another woman was issued a notice to appear after attempting to steal $54.77 worth of items from Publix at 1337 S. Military Trail.

Jan.16 It was reported that two tires were stolen from a van parked at 1301 SW 34 Ave.

Jan. 16 A woman reported that the passenger-side window of her car parked at 1000 E. Hillsboro Blvd. was broken into and her purse valued at $70 was stolen.

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Letters to the Editor

Posted on 19 January 2012 by LeslieM

Dear Editor:

Where is the outrage?

Citizen’s Windstorm “requested” an inspection of my home in The Cove, so well-built in 1955 and maintained that there never was a claim for damages in all these years.

Their 26-page report basically said that my house was not up to the 2004 code and they could no longer allow me the discounts. Therefore, they would increase my $2,200 annual premium to $3,761!

Total insurance on my home, including flood and homeowners insurance, will increase to over $5,200 a year.

Now, I read in the paper that our Florida legislators want Citizens to increase their premiums by 10 percent and Gov. Scott is in agreement.

How can a widowed retiree on a fixed income continue to live here? This way, Citizens is chasing me out of my home with the help of the Florida legislature and governor.

Instead of fighting this injustice, several of my neighbors are dropping their insurance, taking their chances with the next hurricane or tornado.

Is this what our Florida government wants? Do we need to have our elderly citizens “occupy” Tallahassee, as the folks occupied Wall Street, in order to be heard?

Mrs. Cunera Voute

Deerfield Beach


Editor’s note: Citizens Insurance, or Citizens, is the popular name for government-established, not-for-profit insurers in Florida and Louisiana. In Florida, the insurer is Citizens Property Insurance Corporation. In Louisiana, the insurer is the Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corporation. Both were established in their respective states as insurers of last resort.

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