| May, 2012

Fire in CVE; Farnham P

Posted on 31 May 2012 by JLusk

Apartment fire started in the back bedroom near a mattress. Fire was knocked down in less than 30 minutes. Building evacuated by BSFR. No injuries reported and building is being ventilated.

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Bad attitude Rocker shouldn’t throw stones

Posted on 30 May 2012 by LeslieM

Surveillance video captured two incidents of a rock-slinging vandal who hurled stones at high-end cars parked at an auto dealership in Deerfield Beach.  The incidents happened around 11:15 p.m. May 11 and 11:30 p.m. May 17 at Domani Motors, 70 SW 10 St., Deerfield Beach.

In the first incident, the video shows the man in jeans and a T-shirt riding a bicycle with another shirt tied around his head. He threw a rock that smashed the windshield of a 2007 black Jaguar.

Six days later, cameras captured the man walking up to a row of high-end vehicles and repeatedly hurling stones at the cars.  He caused more than $20,000 damage to three Bentleys and a 2001 Lotus, in addition to the Jaguar.

Anyone with information about these incidents or this vandal can report it to Det. Roberto Colon at 954- 480-4289 or make an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers of Broward County at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online at www.browardcrimestoppers.org.


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Parakeet killed in Pompano home fire

Posted on 30 May 2012 by LeslieM

Pompano Beach Fire Rescue responded to an apartment fire at 9:40 a.m. Wednesday morning, May 30 at 2275 NE 9 St.  A neighbor reported smoke coming from the apartment. No one was home at the time of the fire. Pompano Beach Fire-Rescue evacuated the small apartment complex, extinguished the blaze and discovered the family pet parakeet “Limey” dead in the living room.

The apartment is a total loss. The Red Cross is assisting the mother and her two kids, ages 13 and 6, with temporary housing.

Pompano Beach Fire-Rescue is investigating the cause of the fire.

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Posted on 30 May 2012 by LeslieM


May 22 A woman reported that her home at 801 NE 51 St. was broken into and jewelry was stolen.

May 23 A man reported that his car parked at 4341 NW 6 Ave. was broken into. A DVD player, radar detector, pliers and wrench were stolen.

May 23 It was reported that a man stole coffee equipment valued at $650 from Armstrong Fitness. The man was a former employee of Armstrong Fitness.

May 23 A woman reported that while friends visited her home at 224 SE 9 Ave., #9, someone stole her iPhone from her nightstand.


DEERFIELD – District 4

May 22 Fraud arrest was made during an ongoing investigation. Suspect was identified after using a stolen credit card taken from a December 2011 residential burglary in Villa D’Este. Suspect was located and agreed to meet with detectives. Post Miranda warning, he admitted he was given the credit card from a known associate as part of a payment he was owed. Suspect fraudulently purchased an iPad from Target. Teletype confirmed two misdemeanor warrants. Suspect was charged with identity theft and the two warrants.

May 20 Conveyance burglary occurred at Constitution Park, 2841 W. Hillsboro Blvd., between 3-5 p.m. Victim parked in the parking lot of Constitution Park to use the children’s playground. Upon returning to car, the right front passenger window was smashed out and a Touchpad was removed from the front passenger seat. The Touchpad was covered by notebooks and a sweater. No witnesses.

Remember, if you see anything suspicious, call 911 immediately.



May 19 A woman reported that three women approached her while she unloaded groceries into her car at Publix at 3700 N. Federal Hwy. One woman stole her purse. Victim reported that unusual charges began to appear on her credit card shortly after the theft.

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Letters to the Editor

Posted on 30 May 2012 by LeslieM

Alcohol sales on Sundays

Dear Editor:

I will be out of town [June 5], when they decide [whether] to let people buy booze on Sunday morning.

I moved to Deerfield Beach in 1972 and since then, people told me they were going to change the name from Deerfield Beach to Beerfield Beach. We here are always within reach of a bar or store that sells alcohol and never go thirsty.

How many more halfway houses and rehabs do we need here? We are sending the wrong message. ‘Come to Deerfield if you need a drink on the way to church. You can get it, no problem!’

Oh well, there is not a household here, I don’t think, that wasn’t somehow in some way affected by a drunk! Think. Was it a member of your family, a friend, or a complete stranger who almost killed you in a car?

[Mothers Against Drunk Driving] MADD is not a social club. These are serious people trying to help people. The restaurant is serving great food. People will go for the food, not booze.

I really respect your newspaper. You always influence people to do the right thing.

Alcohol is really very slick. It takes on many faces and people will defend it to the death and, it does kill.

I hope [the city commission] will step up, and not be quick about this vote!

John Morrell

Hillsboro Beach


Political ads

Dear Editor:

There’s currently an ad running on TV dealing with the President’s Healthcare Act.

This ad tells half-truths and complete lies. They also try to tear apart the reputation of Senator Bill Nelson.

Senator Nelson is a well-meaning, professional and caring public servant. While this ad appears to be sponsored by the local Chamber of Commerce, it is not. It is sponsored by the National Chamber of Commerce and attacks only Democrats. It obviously is a political pact. Be aware that the only ones represented by this group are international and big business.

If I were a member of a local Chamber of Commerce, I would be very concerned that local citizens would feel that I belonged to a biased group and would treat me and my business accordingly. Please be aware of what you are hearing and seeing during this insane political season.

Demand that your representatives are just that, representing you and that country you love.

Don’t listen to anyone who is more interested in furthering the interests of a political party over the interests and needs of our population and our country.

Take heart. This will ultimately end, and hopefully our politicians will take their oaths of office seriously.

Etta Schaeffer

Boca Raton


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Posted on 30 May 2012 by LeslieM

Night of Caring

Thursday, May 31 – 6 p.m. (Cocktails/silent auction) 7 p.m. (Dinner/ awards)

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Grand Ballroom

One Seminole Way, Hollywood, FL 33314

United Way of Broward County honors Publix Supermarkets (Leader in Caring Award) and Nova SE University Chancellor Ray Ferrero, Jr (Lifetime of Caring Award). Presented by JM Family Enterprises and Toyota. $125 individual, table of 10 – $1,250. www.unitedwaybrowardnightofcaring.


Fishing for the Dream

Friday, June 1 (Captain’s party) – 6 to 8 p.m.

Saturday, June 2 (Fishing) – starting at 7 a.m., (BBQ) – 2 to 5 p.m.

Lighthouse Point Yacht & Racquet Club, 2701 NE 42 St., Lighthouse Point, FL 33064

This 2nd annual tournament benefits Deliver the Dream, a nonprofit organization that provides retreats for families in crisis or serious illness. Event includes a party and silent auction, fishing tournament and a BBQ afterward. www.deliverthedream.org/get-involved/fishing-tournament.


Open house/BBQ

Saturday, June 2 – noon

American Flyers, 801 NE 10 St., Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Tour facility with certified flight instructor. Chance of winning two hours FREE instruction in flight simulator. Lunch promptly at noon, arrive 10-15 mins. Early. 954-785-1450. www.americanflyers.net.


U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Safe Boating Course

Saturday, June 2, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Imperial Point Medical Center auditorium, 6401 N. Federal Hwy., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308

$50 per person, includes materials and lunch. 954-942-8108 for registration and info.


Pompano Beach Chamber Business with a Twist

Wednesday, June 6, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Diamond Strike Lanes and Sports Bar, 2200 N. Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Chamber members $10 Non-Chamber or No RSVP $15


17th Annual Brad Vestal Memorial Golf Tournament

Saturday, June 2 – 8 a.m.

PB Golf Course & Galuppi’s

1103 N. Federal Hwy., Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Info: 954-553-8738.


“Shimmy for a Cause”

Sunday, June 3 – 6 p.m.

ArtServe auditorium, 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304

Relay for Life may be over, but other events, like this one, help benefit the American Cancer Society. Presented by the Anti-Cancer Belly Dancers. $25.


Youth Choir Spring Concert

Sunday, June 3 – 3 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church of Coral Springs/ Margate, 7955 Royal Palm Blvd., Margate, FL 33063

New Presbyterian Church in Pompano Beach’s 25- voice youth choir performs a spring concert, ranging from classical to gospel. Also presenting the musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Offering taken. 954-448-5083.


Brotherhood Ride honors Bill Elliott

Monday, June 4 – noon

Station 24, 2001 NE 10 St., to Station 61, 2121 NW 3 Ave., Pompano Beach, FL 33060

The Brotherhood Ride was established five years ago to honor firefighters and police officers killed in the line of duty. The 2012 ride honors 11 fallen heroes. Part of the ride will be in Pompano, starting at noon, to honor firefighter Bill Elliott, who died while on duty after falling from a ladder on Jan. 6, 2012.


PBHCIA meets

Tuesday, June 5 – 7 p.m.

Pompano Beach Highlands Park, 1650 NE 50 Ct., Pompano Beach, FL 33064

Pompano Beach Highlands Civic Improvement Association will meet and guest speaker Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca will speak. Learn about developments in the county. Refreshments available. 954-933-6393. www.pbhighlands.org.


Laugh Your Stress Away

Wednesday, June 6 and 13 – 7 p.m.

Aroma Grill, 3996 W. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Comedians, singers, entertainers, open mic, free prizes. Percentage of proceeds benefit 13-year-old undergoing chemotherapy. Info: 954-531-6870.

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CLERGY CORNER: Moments to remember

Posted on 30 May 2012 by LeslieM

I just read a story about a wedding guest … a member of the bride’s family, who refused to let go of the groom (during a dance) and when the bride tried to cut in, she got so violent that she had to be escorted off the premises.

I am tired of the negative stories. I want to focus on the positive ones, which brings me to a recent wedding, which included items of members of the family from generations past — a great grandmother’s ring, a chupa (wedding canopy) made by a grandfather, a wine goblet from the groom’s Bar Mitzvah and another from the bride’s Bat Mitzvah, and an embroidered handkerchief from the bride’s momma of blessed memory.

After the traditional breaking of the glass, the bride and groom went to a private room for a short time and, then, the music started. The bride and groom entered for their first dance together as husband and wife. Then came the ever-popular father/daughter dance. I looked at the father’s eyes and I could just imagine him picturing her as a baby, as a toddler, as a young girl and, now, here she was all grown up and ready to start a family of her own.

They held each other and started to sway to the music and then I heard the father tell his daughter that he still remembered how they used to dance and how much it meant to him and right then and there, the bride took off her shoes and did what she used to do as a child … she put her right foot on her daddy’s left foot and she put her left foot on her daddy’s right foot and as he moved, he lifted her right along with him.

Of course, I overheard him say it was not quite as easy as it was so many years before, but there was no mistaking

that a memory was not only being relived, but a new memory was being created, something to pass down from generation to generation. It was, indeed a beautiful moment … a moment to cherish for all time.

Now let me tell you about the other touching moment … one that came during a very different right of passage … a funeral. During a recent eulogy, I talked about the deceased’s talent with a pair of knitting needles and some yarn. I talked about how she made sweaters and afghans and I talked about how nothing can make you feel warmer than your momma’s afghan; if you put it on, you can feel all her love surrounding you..

A few hours after the service, I called the daughter of the deceased, who had a three-hour ride home after the service and she wanted to get home before it got dark. But I found out she did not go straight home. She went back over to her mother’s condo. Do you know why? That’s right, she went to get the afghan that her mother made for her many years before and she told me that whenever she feels sad or sick, whenever she has a fever with the chills, she is going to grab that afghan. I, for one, can’t think of a better medicine. Now, if only she had her momma’s recipe for chicken soup.

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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It’s That Time Again

Posted on 30 May 2012 by JLusk




We anticipate that the 2012 Atlantic basin hurricane season will have reduced activity compared with the 1981-2010 climatology. The tropical Atlantic has anomalously cooled over the past several months, and it appears that the chances of an El Niño event this summer and fall are relatively high. We anticipate a below-average probability for major hurricanes making landfall along the United States coastline and in the Caribbean. However, coastal residents are reminded that it only takes one hurricane making landfall to make it an active season for them, and they need to prepare the same for every season, regardless of how much activity is predicted.


(as of 4 April 2012)


By Philip J. Klotzbach1 and William M. Gray2







Forecast Parameter and 1981-2010

Median (in parentheses)

Issue Date

4 April 2012

Named Storms (NS) (12.0)


Named Storm Days (NSD) (60.1)


Hurricanes (H) (6.5)


Hurricane Days (HD) (21.3)


Major Hurricanes (MH) (2.0)


Major Hurricane Days (MHD) (3.9)


Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE) (92)


Net Tropical Cyclone Activity (NTC) (103%)




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Chargers win league title

Posted on 30 May 2012 by LeslieM

By Gary Curreri

Simply perfect.

The eighth graders at St. Coleman’s School capped off four years of perfection as they won 49 consecutive matches dating back to when they were fifth graders (including a 25- 16, 18-25, 15-12 victory over previously undefeated St. Bonaventure (Davie) recently in the All Broward Catholic Conference tournament).

After splitting the first two games in the final, St. Bonaventure seized a seemingly insurmountable sevenpoint lead before the Chargers battled back.

“It was going to take a lot of fight to get back into the game,” said St. Coleman’s coach Kristin Scher. “The girls never gave up though and kept pushing.”

With St. Bonaventure leading 11-4, Bailey Pearlman served eight consecutive points to pull St. Coleman’s ahead, 13-11. After a sideout, Madison Faust served at 14-12 to win the match for the Chargers and sealed the team’s 17th consecutive victory of the season.

“We knew going in it would be a tough match because St. Bonaventure had a great team,” said Scher, who noted that St. Bonaventure’s team hadn’t lost a match in a decade. “Our girls worked very hard all season though and really wanted this victory. I was so proud of them, not only for the win, but also for the way they won it. To be behind like that in a match and come back takes a lot of talent, confidence and heart – all of which this team has.”

“I am so proud of the way the whole team played together all season long,” Scher added. “They set a goal at the beginning of the season to remain undefeated and they worked hard to accomplish that. They are a great group of girls both on and off the court, and it has truly been a pleasure to coach each and every one of them.”

St. Coleman’s plays in the North League of the All Broward Catholic Conference (ABCC). The tournament featured the top teams in both the North and Central Leagues.

Scher cited the strong play of eighth graders Gabby Cook, Tori Tocco, Pearlman and Faust. The team advanced to the final with victories over St. Anthony, 25-19, 25-23; St. Mark’s, 25-9, 25-14, and St. David, 25-14, 25-23.


Soccer camps slated

For the first time ever, Simply Soccer will hold four summer camps in the city of Pompano. Dates are June 11-15, 25- 29; July 23-27 and Aug. 13-17.

Registration will be held at Pompano Beach Civic Center. The soccer camp is for boys and girls, ages 5-14 of all skill levels, who will be taught a variety of soccer skills from dribbling to shooting. This is the sixth year of camp offerings in Pompano Beach.

There are three sessions each day (for the Pompano camp) 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. ($100 weekly); extended hours camp is available 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. ($125 weekly); Tiny Tot program is offered for kids ages 5 and 6 from 9 a.m.-noon ($55 weekly).

Campers must bring a soccer ball, swimsuit, shin guards, water bottle and lunch. For more information, call the city of Pompano Parks and Recreation Department at 954-786- 4119 or 954-786-4111.

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FLICKS: Men in Black III

Posted on 30 May 2012 by LeslieM

Marvel’s The Avengers remains the best motion picture of the year, despite the full court synergy of Men in Black III, which opened last weekend with a $70 million gross.

The new Men in Black is the second best movie of the trilogy, which is an easy thing to write considering how limp Men in Black II was.

Men in Black III opens on a prison moon base. Boris aka “the Animal” (Jemaine Clement) escapes to settle a score with MiB Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones). Back in 1969, Agent K amputated Boris’ arm as Apollo 11 prepared for blast off. Agent J (Will Smith) is kept in the dark to this history, until Agent K disappears into thin air.

With the help of Agent O (Emma Thompson), Agent J time travels to 1969 to kill Boris and rescue Agent K. On the radio, Agent J drives big cars with fenders and listens to rock ‘n roll on AM radio. He meets Andy Warhol (Bill Hader), who may be a MiB Agent. The MiB3 plot meanders until the predictable climax during the Apollo 11 lift off.

After the climax, MiB3 contains a surprisingly emotional revelation that explains the relationship between Agents K & J. This one emotional scene makes up for all of the superficial action of MiB2 and MiB3 combined.

As the younger version of Agent K, Josh Brolin does a decent impression of TommyLee Jones. Will Smith takes center stage this time, but like a good ringmaster, he knows when to defer the spotlight to his supporting players.

Cinema Dave had the chance to meet many celebrities at the May-Hem horror convention in Orlando Memorial Day weekend. (Pictured) Cinema Dave and actress Linda Hamilton, who is known best for her role as Sarah Connor in Terminator, but also played in TV’s “Beauty & the Beast,” the film “King Kong Lives” and others.

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