| April, 2012

Deerfield Beach Dolphins season championships

Posted on 26 April 2012 by JLusk

Three records were broken during the kids’ 6-10 session.

By Caitlin Lindsey
As Shakespeare once wrote, “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have…” well, some have to stick it through the rain and lightning to prove greatness.

That is exactly what the Deerfield Beach Dolphins did on Saturday, April 21.

This past weekend was not ideal for swimming, but that didn’t keep the Swim League Spring Championship from happening. The Championship was split into two segments; kids 6-10 years old in the morning, and ages 11-18 in the afternoon.

During the first session, the rain delayed the meet for an hour, but Dolphins were able to sneak in a couple of first places –one was in backstroke, at about 27 seconds. The second session, also, was delayed for about a half hour. Events were: the 200 medley relay, 50 freestyle, 50 breaststroke, 50 backstroke, 50 butterfly, 100 individual medley, and 200 freestyle relay. (A medley is backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, and freestyle, not to be confused with an IM: butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle. Three records were broken in this season’s championships, all during the younger kids’ session.

No doubt this is just a sign of good things to come … not the rain, but the record-breaking.

Keep up with the Deerfield Beach Dolphins. Summer is just around the corner, featuring the Summer Championships and all that sunny weather!

Swimming Spring Championships (4-21-12)

Team Rankings


Female Team Scores

1. Deerfield Beach Dolphins

2. Palm Beach Gardens Makos

3. YMCA of Boca Raton Barracudas


Male Team Scores

1. YMCA of Boca Raton Barracudas

2. Deerfield Beach Dolphins

3. Palm Beach Gardens Makos


Combined Team Scores

1. Deerfield Beach Dolphins

2. YMCA of Boca Raton Barracudas

3. Palm Beach Gardens Makos


Congratulations Dolphins!



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Evron named Zion Athletic Dir.

Posted on 25 April 2012 by LeslieM

By Gary Curreri

Mitch Evron was named the new Athletic Director at Zion Lutheran on April 10, succeeding Cody Loomis.

Evron, who spent the past nine years at the David Posnack Jewish Day School in Plantation, has a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training and Sports Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh.

Evron has more than 20 years of athletic experience, having been an award-winning coach three times in tennis and soccer. He has also coached professional athletes, includingAndyRoddick and Marty Fish, and has developed dozens of Division I college scholarship athletes.

Tigers fall in ESPNHS classic

Ely High School’s boys’ basketball team recently dropped a 67-61 decision to St. Benedict’s of New Jersey in the opening roundoftheeight-teamESPNHS National High School Invitational at Georgetown Prep in suburban Maryland.

Ely coach Melvin Randall said his team, which won the state title in the spring, showed it deserved to be among the country’s elite teams.

Clide Geffrard led the Tigers with 18 points. Blanche Ely (30-3) led, 40-32, at halftime as Geffrard had 14 points and the Tigers made 57.7 percent of its shots from the field; however, St. Benedict’s employed a manto- man defense in the third quarter and pulled away.

Flegel shines at local event

Lighthouse Point wakeboarder Noah Flegel won the Open Men’s Division at Board Up in Ft. Lauderdale with 80.55 points and helped the USA team capture the 2012 IWWF Pan Am Region Wakeboard Championships recently at Mills Pond Park in Ft. Lauderdale.

Colombia placed second with 540 points, while Ecuador was third with 510 points. Mexico (280 points), Argentina (80 points) and Guatemala (55 points) rounded out the top-six teams. Divisions included Boys, Junior Boys, Junior Men, Junior Women, Masters Women, Masters Men, Veteran Men, Open Women, Open Men, Pro Women and Pro Men.

The win may help the local teenager possibly be part of the World Cup for next year. With two different 720-degree spins and landing his first Crow 540 in competition, it was tough for the other competitors to keep pace.

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FLICKS: Monsieur Lazhar

Posted on 25 April 2012 by LeslieM

By Dave Montalbano


With the unseasonable chill in the air and the dawn of the summer blockbuster season, sometimes an odd film is released and the timing is perfect, such is the case for Monsieur Lazhar. Oscar-nominated for best foreign language film, Monsieur Lazhar relates to Florida students and teachers in their final month of the school year.

Set in Montreal, the film opens in a snowy schoolyard with children in recess. As per classroom routine, a little boy brings the snack to the classroom before recess ends. When he opens the classroom door, the little boy finds his teacher hanging from the ceiling in a successful suicide.

Enter Monsieur Lazhar (Mohamed Fellag), an Algerian refugee who offers his services as a substitute school teacher. While the principal expresses concern over teaching credentials and the children find the Algerian’s teaching methods disruptive, Lazhar instinctively begins the healing process for the community.

For classroom authenticity, Monsieur Lazhar is a truthful motion picture. The emotional pain is real. However, youth has a way of distracting it with humor. The poker-faced Lazhar accepts this childlike behavior, yet his pain in private life is just as comparable.

With Sun Fest coming next weekend, May 2-6, to the north of us, and the welcome return of the Ft. Lauderdale Air Show this weekend, a quiet film like Monsieur Lazhar should not be lost in roar of the engines and the high decibels of a Fender Amplifier. It opens tomorrow at the Living Room Theater on the Florida Atlantic University (FAU) campus.

If you go Friday night, the Living Room Theater will host a red carpet Meet & Mingle Networking Drive event for the Palm Beach County Filmmakers. This event will raise funds for Caught in the Middle, which was written by students for students.

And in the spirit of shameless self promotion, autographed copies of The Adventures of Cinema Dave in the Florida Motion Picture World will be sold for $25. Each sale will include an artifact from the “Cave of Cinema Dave”, something Monsieur Lazhar would be proud to own.

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Posted on 25 April 2012 by LeslieM


April 20 A man reported that his vehicle parked at 4377 SW 10 Place was broken into. An iPod nano, iPod charger and change were stolen.

April 20 A woman reported that her car parked at 3401 Country Club Blvd. was broken into by smashing a window. The woman reported that her purse was stolen, containing her credit cards, a wedding ring and a watch.

April 22 A woman reported that her home at 60 Farnham C was entered through a rear bedroom window. She said that a television was stolen.

April 22 A woman reported that her home at 331 NE 48 St. was broken into and a cell phone was stolen.

April 22 A man was seen shoplifting razor blades, deodorant and body wash from CVS at 2 S. Federal Hwy.

April 22 It was reported that vending machines in the middle school cafeteria at 701 SE 6 Ave. were vandalized and chips and candy were stolen.


April 13 A woman was arrested and charged with burglary and battery at 2141 NE 42 St. The woman forced her way into an apartment and began destroying property. The woman then struck a man she believed had tried to burglarize her apartment with a sneaker. At the time of the attack, the man was in a deep sleep. When awakened, he said he knew nothing of the burglary.

April 14 A woman reported that her car, parked at 3110 N. Federal Hwy., was broken into. She said that a purse containing $2,000, five credit cards and other items was stolen.

April 16 A woman reported that her home at 3300 NE 23 Ave. was broken into. $12,300 worth of cash and $16,000 worth of jewelry were reported stolen.

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Letters to the Editor

Posted on 25 April 2012 by LeslieM

Paul and Young Ron Show”

Dear Editor:

The City of Deerfield Beach’s recent decision to seek public input regarding its existing prohibition against Sunday morning alcohol sales was discussed early last week during the “Paul and Young Ron Show” on South Florida radio station 105.9FM.

The DJs specifically expressed their aspirations of speaking with me about the topic. They made their objection to the existing prohibition abundantly clear. Likewise, most constituents who have contacted me about it agree such prohibitions are “behind the times” so to speak – and they are, in many ways correct. While my final position on the matter will be stated at the time of the vote and not before, in response to the radio show’s inquiry, I feel obligated to express a few observations about the topic now:

  1. Before taking down a wall, one should have a full understanding of what it was put up to protect against in the first place.
  2. 2) There is Great Value in providing an opportunity for public input. The law has been around for decades. Providing a few weeks for our constituents to express their thoughts about it is only proper.
  3. 3) At this time, when The Cove neighborhood is trying to protect their families and property values from a drug-andalcohol rehab center with nine addicts residing in a singlefamily home, many constituents are rightly concerned about the loss of Traditional Values in our society in general, and specifically about the lack of respect for a day that many of us reserve to Honor God.

4) Our businesses here in Deerfield Beach deserve to be on an equal playing field with surrounding communities.


As a follower of Christ and a believer in the Bible, I can understand how these so-called “Blue Laws” came about. I also Know that I am Saved by GOD’s Grace and my Personal Faith, and not by Works. I think Tim Tebow has it correct as he tries to get people to open the Bible to John 3:16. Those 25 words are the essence of the Gospel, not the Blue Laws!

Joseph P. Miller

District 1 commissioner Deerfield Beach


Cove Crime Watch meeting

Dear Editor:

I attended the Crime Watch meeting forThe Cove area last Thursday night [April 19]. A large number of BSO staff from the Deerfield area attended. They were all very informative, professional people.

Initially, the meeting was a positive exchange between residents and the BSO team.

I was appalled at the behavior of a few of the residents. Childish outbursts, argumentative towards the BSO staff, rude comments and behavior were all a part of the remainder of the meeting.

I hope these meetings continue and I truly appreciate the time and energy BSO puts into protecting our neighborhood.

For those of you who cannot conduct yourselves in proper adult behavior, don’t come and disrupt what could be a very long-lasting, productive relationship between BSO and our residents. Furthermore, let your neighbors know to call BSO if there are robbers in your house – NOT another neighbor that’s 50 miles away. NOBODY can help STUPIDITY.

Mary House

Deerfield Beach


Thank-you” to CERT

Dear Editor:

April 15-21 marked National Volunteer Week. On behalf of the Deerfield Beach Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), I would like to thank each of our CERT volunteers for your hard work and dedication this past year. Because of each of you, our team has become one of the most recognized and respected teams in the area.

We have responded to fires in our city to assist with firefighter rehab and canteen services, we have been asked to assist Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) in missing person searches, we have kept up our skills with continual training, and we have participated in community activities. We have even been requested for Mutual Aid for a missing person search in Pembroke Pines! Our work is appreciated by Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue, BSO law enforcement, our city commission and our city management. As a team, CERT is a vital asset to our community. All that each of you do is greatly appreciated. THANK YOU!

If anyone is interested in becoming a member of CERT, e-mail CSjursen@bellsouth.net or call 954-803-6338.

Carol Sjursen

Deerfield Beach

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Posted on 25 April 2012 by LeslieM

DB Rotary Youth Scholarship Golf Tournament

Friday, April 27

11:30 a.m. – check in

12:15 p.m. – putting contest

1 p.m. – shotgun start

Crystal Lake Country Club

3800 Crystal Lake Drive

Deerfied Beach FL 33064

Info: 954-553-9576.

Writing workshop

Friday, April 27, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Center for Group Counseling

22455 Boca Rio Rd., Boca Raton, FL 33433

(Also May 4, 11). $60, for 3 sessions. 561-483-5300.

Food & Flick Festival

Saturday, April 28, 5:30 to 10 p.m.

Pompano Community Park

820 NE 18 Ave., Pompano Beach, FL 33060

FREE. Food trucks from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Movie begins at 8 p.m. Music by Wesley Phillips (formerly played for Michael Jackson and Jackson 5). Proceeds support Gateway Community Outreach. www.foodandflickfestival.com.

An Evening Social with Alice Butler

Saturday, April 28, 4 to 8 p.m.

Butler House

380 E. Hillsboro Blvd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Food, music and history. Benefits American Cancer Society. Sponsored by $10. 954-592-3150.

Art show

Saturday, April 28, 4 p.m.

Percy White Library

837 E. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Maverick artist Victor Hugo Vaca Jr. visits. His exhibit, still on display. Find out what his innovative Modern Art Gonzo Journalism is all about.

DB Arbor Day/ Earth Day

Saturday, April 28, 9 a.m. to noon

Deerfield Beach Recycling Center

401 SW 4 St., Deerfield Beach, FL 33441


Kiwanis Club Pancake Breakfast

Saturday, April 28, 9 to 11 a.m.

Westside Park Recreation Center

445 SW 2 St., Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

$5 donation.

US Coast Guard Auxiliary

Safe Boating Course

Saturday, April 28, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Imperial Point Medical Center, auditorium

6401 N. Federal Hwy., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308

Materials and lunch provided. $50, includes materials. 954-942-8108.

Yard Sale – Florida Humane Society

Saturday, April 28, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

3870 N. Powerline Rd., Pompano Beach, FL 33064

Postponed due to rain. This one will be inside if raining. Donations accepted Thursday to Sunday, for special arrangements, call 954-785-2165.

Garage Sale

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

Curves of Lighthouse Point

1847 NE 25 St., Lighthouse Point, FL 33064

Benefits The American Cancer Society. 954-783-2900

Ladies Spring Luncheon

Saturday, April 28, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Deer Creek Country Club

2801 Deer Creek Country Club Blvd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

First Baptist Church women’s ministry. $25. 954-427-1216.


Yoga for life

Sunday, April 29, 3 p.m.

620 SE 10 St.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Organized by Hillsboro Beach Hope.

Beach clean-up

Sunday, April 29, 9 a.m.

Meet at church (233 NE 26 Ave., Pompano Beach FL, 33062) and then head to beach (N. Ocean Park, 3424 NE 16 St., Pompano Beach FL, 33062).

Intracoastal History Tour

Sunday, April 29, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Deerfield Island Park

1720 Deerfield Island Park

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

$5/person. Must be at the dock at Sullivan Park by 9:30 a.m. to catch shuttle. Final date for this season. 954-357-5100.

New building dedication

Sunday, April 29, 6 p.m.

Christian Love Fellowship Church

801 SE 10 St., Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Speakers: Pastor Tony Palmisano, Dr. Joseph Guadagnino and Bishop Anthony Pelt. Refreshments. 954-428-8980.

Tedder Neighborhood Watch

Monday, April 30, 7:30 p.m.

Parkway Methodist Church

100 NE 44 St., Deerfield Beach, FL 33064


Arboretum tour guide class

Starting Monday, April 30, 6 p.m.

Constitution Park

2841 W. Hillsboro Blvd.,

Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

(Also May 7, 14, 21) Learn Family, Genus, species and common names of dozens of different trees and plants. Growing and maintenance pointers also covered. $25 (free to members). Participants asked to conduct two public tours of Arboretum. Bring clipboard, pen or pencil and maybe a lawn chair. 954-234-1002.

Mutt-Tini & Meatballs

Wednesday, May 2, 6 to 8 p.m.

Ernie’s Chophouse

3150 N. Federal Hwy.

Lighthouse Point, FL 33064

Complementary meatballs, one Mutt-tini and one raffle ticket. Proceeds go to Dogs Rule Rescue. 954-380-DOGS (3647). www.ddogsrulerescue.org.

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CLERGY CORNER: The Scarlett Letter

Posted on 25 April 2012 by LeslieM

The Scarlet Letter begins in 17th Century Boston, then a Puritan settlement. A young woman, Hester Prynne, is led from the town prison with her infant daughter, Pearl, in her arms and the scarlet letter “A” on her breast. A man in the crowd tells an elderly onlooker that Hester is being punished for adultery. Hester’s husband, a scholar much older than she is, sent her ahead to America, but he never arrived in Boston. The consensus is that he has been lost at sea. While waiting for her husband, Hester has apparently had an affair, as she has given birth to a child. She will not reveal her lover’s identity, however, and the scarlet letter, along with her public shaming, is her punishment for her sin and her secrecy. On this day, Hester is led to the town scaffold and harangued by the town fathers, but she again refuses to identify her child’s father.

Hester supports herself by working as a seamstress. Shunned by the community, she lives in a small cottage on the outskirts of Boston. Community officials attempt to take Pearl, her daughter, away from Hester, but, with the help of Arthur Dimmesdale, a young and eloquent minister, the mother and daughter manage to stay together. Dimmesdale, however, appears to be wasting away and suffers from mysterious heart trouble, seemingly caused by psychological distress.

Hester and Dimmesdale arrange to flee Boston together. The day before their departure, the townspeople gather for a holiday and Dimmesdale preaches his most eloquent sermon ever. Dimmesdale, leaving the church after his sermon, sees Hester and Pearl standing before the town scaffold. He impulsively mounts the scaffold with his lover and his daughter, and confesses publicly, exposing a scarlet letter seared into the flesh of his chest. He falls dead, as Pearl kisses him.

Hester and Pearl leave Boston, and no one knows what has happened to them. Many years later, Hester returns alone, still wearing the scarlet letter. When Hester dies, she is buried next to Dimmesdale. The two share a single tombstone, which bears a scarlet “A.”

Hollywood released their version of the story years ago. I had enjoyed the book as a child and, therefore, I was eager to see the movie. I was disappointed. I believe that the people who wrote the movie really missed out on what the Scarlet Letter was really about. I believe the story is about Redemption. Hester has this Scarlet letter on her chest that she must where at all times. Instead of feeling sorry for herself and cowering away, she does all she can to help others. After several years, she becomes more famous for her charitable work than she is for her Scarlett letter.

The “A” no longer represents her sin, but instead, it represents the person she has become. That is why I believe that, even after she was given permission to remove the letter, she continued to wear it – until her death.

I believe this is one of the biggest misconceptions concerning Jesus Christ. Christ does not want you to carry a Scarlet letter around. He wants to take the scarlet letter from you. 1 John 1:9 states, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” That word “confess” simply means, “to agree.” In other words, “Agree with God concerning your sin and He will make you clean.” What’s holding you back?
What prevents you from having the relationship with God that you were created to have?
Deron Peterson is the Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church of Deerfield Beach.

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Broward Transit #50 Crashes; 14 hurt in DFB

Posted on 24 April 2012 by JLusk




Fourteen people were taken to four hospitals in Broward and Palm Beach counties after a bus and two cars collided in Deerfield Beach, according to Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue.

It happened around 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday in District 2 a residential neighborhood just south of Hillsboro Boulevard near Dixie Highway, Sheriff’s spokesman Mike Jachles said.

Broward County Transit bus# 50  and two passenger cars crashed at the intersection of Southwest 4th Street and 2nd Avenue, he said.

A woman and a one-year-old from one of the cars were taken to West Boca Medical Center. 12 additional patients  were transported  to North Broward Medical Center, Northwest Medical Center and Boca Regional Hospital, all by Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue, Jachles said.





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Car burglar hits 14 cars in Deer Creek April 15

Posted on 18 April 2012 by LeslieM

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Zion finishes national runner-up

Posted on 18 April 2012 by LeslieM

Pictured (L-R) (back row): Assistant Coach Joseph Harrigan, Nash Williams, Justin Nobles, Chris Judge, Brogenskee Polynice, Jephthe St Fleur, Jordan Strowbridge, Brandon Bornelus, Assistant Coach Scott Rosado, head coach Francis Bornelus; (front row): Coulton Yanulevich, Joshua Forde, Noah Rosado, Adrian Johnson, Preston Piltoff. Submitted photo.

By Gary Curreri

While the Zion Lutheran Middle School boys’ basketball team may not have come home with the gold from the recent National Lutheran Basketball Tournament in Indiana, the Lions turned heads and made some history in the process.

Eighth graders Brandon Bornelus and Brogenskee Polynice were selected to the All Tournament Team after helping the Lions to a runner-up finish in the weeklong, 32-team tournament at Valparaiso University in Indiana. Zion Lutheran was the lone boys’ school to have two members of its squad named to the All-Tournament team.

Zion Lutheran, which placed 12th in last year’s national tournament, opened this year’s event with a 50-41 victory over St. John, S. Euclid, Ohio and followed that up with three consecutive one-point victories to reach the championship game against Our Redeemer from Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, where it dropped a 54-39 decision.

Francis Bornelus was the team’s head coach and was assisted by Scott Rosado and Joseph Harrigan. The coaches nicknamed the players, The Cardiac Kids, following their narrow, lastsecond victories. Bornelus hit two game-winning baskets for the Lions.

“The kids were really, really super resilient and executed late game situations pretty well,” said John Guion, the school’s director of basketball operations and the assistant athletic director.

He is also the head varsity basketball coach. The team had lost in the state finals to St. Paul of Boca Raton, 48-47, last month.

“Chris Judge was huge for us,” Guion added. “He was a kid who didn’t have more than 10 points all year in a game and he had 16 in one of the games. Chris was so impressive. He just stepped up at the right place at the right time. He was huge for us. Polynice averaged a doubledouble for us in every game and Preston Piltoff hit a key 3-pointer in just about every game.”

Zion Lutheran also defeated Pilgrim (Green Bay, Wisconsin), 33-32, Shepherd of the Hills (San Antonio, Texas), 48-47, and Salem (Orange, California), 43-42, to advance to the title game.

“Honestly going into the tournament, we weren’t sure where we stacked up,” Guion said. “We knew we had a pretty good team. We were second in the state of Florida and we knew that St. Paul (Boca Raton) was strong. As soon as we got the first win, it just snowballed from there.

“The kids treated it as a business trip,” Guion said. “It wasn’t about having fun, it was about accomplishing something.”

Guion said the team lost in the final to a better team, but said the players handled the adversity very well and showed good sportsmanship.

“It was disappointing to lose in the final initially, but when they realized how they had come a long way,” Guion said, “it was a good result. There isn’t too much to be disappointed about. They did a great job of competing.”

Guion said it bodes well for the future of Zion Lutheran. The Lions varsity team finished the season at 16-6, but suffered a first-round loss in the district tournament.

“I expect these kids to move up and help the varsity next year,” Guion said. “Those kids that moved up from last year were pretty good players and helped my team as freshmen. Hopefully, that success works its way to me.”

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