| August, 2012

Crime Watch

Posted on 22 August 2012 by LeslieM


August 18 A woman reported that her car was broken into and a purse was stolen. Report was made at 3857 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

August 18 A woman reported that her home at 4491 Crystal Lake Dr. was broken into. A glass door was smashed. The woman reported that a television was stolen. Also, a safe containing $30,000 in cash and $15,000 in jewelry was stolen.

August 18 It was reported that a man entered Walgreens at 1325 South Military Tr. and stole 11 bottles of alcoholic beverages. Loss was estimated at $320. The man left in a car.

August 18 An unknown suspect broke into a trailer and stole tools and lawn equipment. Incident was reported at 3350 SW 10 St.

August 18 A man reported that his mobile home at 4906 NW 4 Ave. was broken into. The man did not know what items were missing.

August 19 A woman reported that her car parked at 4111 NW 6 St. was broken into and a purse was stolen.

August 19 An unknown suspect entered a car parked at 1305 SW 25 Ave. and stole $10 in quarters, a Bluetooth and prescription sunglasses.


DEERFIELD – District 4

August 6 Conveyance burglary was reported in the Hammocks at Riverglen, on NW 42 Way. Victim parked a 1999 Black Mercedes in the driveway at 1:30 a.m. Fiancé began receiving text alerts that there were charges to credit card. Finance went out to the vehicle and discovered wallet and two credit cards missing. Also missing was a Movado Watch Valued at $750. Victims advised that the vehicle was left unlocked.

August 8 Conveyance burglary was reported at 3812 W. Hillsboro Blvd. Victim reported parked Ford F-250 at the location. Victim returned 15 minutes later, found dashboard torn apart. Investigation revealed the subject entered by breaking the rear slider lock. Once inside, the subject removed a GPS, Fish finder, Apple Macbook Pro, and an in dash DVD/navigation system. Total loss: $3,500. Scene was processed.

August 8 Conveyance burglary was reported at 3580 W. Hillsboro Blvd. Victim removed black leather Kenneth Cole purse valued at $50 from the passenger-side front seat of vehicle. Purse contained a Metro PCS cell phone, $10 in cash, and the victim’s FL DL and SS card. Vehicle was processed with one latent fingerprint lifted from the passenger side front door. Vehicle’s doors were left unlocked and victim did not see the subject(s). Video surveillance shows a dark-colored unknown type vehicle pulling up next to the victim’s vehicle at 9:29 a.m. but did not reveal any license plate or visual of suspect(s). The vehicle was observed leaving the parking lot and heading east on Hillsboro Boulevard.

August 8 Residential burglary took place on NW 1st Way, in Highland Meadows Estates Mobile Home Park. Unknown suspect(s) forced open rear bathroom window and removed unknown make/model television. BSO was unable to make contact with victim at this time. Scene was processed.

Remember, if you see anything suspicious call 911 immediately.



August 6 A woman reported that her home at 4120 NE 22 Ave. was entered. She reported that a laptop, iPad, diamond ring, Playstation 3 and five men’s watches were stolen, and that a Wii game console was missing.

August 6 A woman was arrested on two active warrants at Publix Supermarket at 2450 N. Federal Hwy.

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Posted on 22 August 2012 by LeslieM

Cove Neighborhood Watch Meeting

Thursday, August 23 – 7 p.m.

DB Chamber of Commerce Building 1601 E. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

For more information or to be put on distribution list, email DFBCove@gmail.com.


Closing Reception “Hot Fun in the Summertime”

Thursday, August 23 – 7-10 p.m.

D’Larosa-Lurie Gallery 302 S. Federal Hwy., Boca Raton, FL 33432

Featuring Andy Warhol as “The Model Boy.” Captured for eternity by renowned photographer David Siqueiros more than 25 years ago, these are limited edition photographs never before seen! Also featuring: sculptors – Michel Hernadez, Harriet Fuld, Stanley Goodman and Peggy Greenfield. Featured Artists: P. Cherry, Mark Cherry, Anne Deon, Rosanne Saccoccio and Sinuhe Vega. 561-843-9291.


Women’s Equality Day Celebration

Friday, August 24 – 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Florida Atlantic University, Engineering Bldg. 777 Glades Rd., Boca Raton, FL 33431

Free event Commemorating the 92nd anniversary of women’s voting rights. Theme: ‘Voting is Power.’ Keynote speaker: Susan Bucher, the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections, and other panelists, including Pam Goodman, former vice president of the League of Women Voters; Josephine Beoku-Betts, director of FAU Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies; Candace Britt, FAU Honors Student in the Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies; and Thomas Burns of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. Attendees are encouraged to dress in white and purple as did the suffragists. For more information, call 561-297-3865.


Remembering Andrew Admission Special: Zoo Miami

Friday, August 24 – 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Zoo Miami 12400 SW 152 St., Miami, FL 33177

Buy one admission, get one admission FREE of equal or lesser value – in honor of Hurricane Andrew’s 20th Anniversary! General admission: $15.95 plus tax/adult; $11.95 plus tax/child 3-12. Parking free. For more information, visit www.zoomiami.org or call 305-251-0400.


D.B. McDonald’s grand reopening

Saturday, August 25 – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

McDonald’s 3901 W. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Visit by Ronald McDonald, free children’s activities with a bounce house, face painting, balloon artist. Popcorn sales benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities. Through Sept. 3, Happy Meals are $1.99.


Shop for a Cause Fundraiser

Saturday, August 25

Macy’s – Various locations

Macy’s shoppers can save 25 percent on most items and enter to win $500 gift card. Fundraiser for Pompano Beach resident Torryn Battle, who was hit by a car and is paralyzed from the neck down and ventilatordependent. Proceeds will help fund a customized power wheelchair and device that allows him to communicate with his eyes, as well as an automated voice to help with communication. Contact LeAnne Kerr at 954-589-9991 or www.HelpHopeLive.org and search Torryn Battle’s page to donate.


Singing & Swinging in the Pines

Saturday, August 25 – 6 to 9 p.m.

Boca Raton Children’s Museum 498 Crawford Blvd., Boca Raton, FL 33432

Fundraiser benefits Boca Raton Children’s Museum. Food, fun, music, dance. Cost: $35 in advance/$50 at door. 561-368-6875 or www.cmboca.org.


City of D.B. Fall Baseball Registration

Monday, August 27 – Friday, August 31 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Middle School Athletic Complex 501 SE 6 Ave., Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Coach Pitch/T-ball – ages 6 to 8 yrs old. Cost-$50 DB residents/ $60 for non-residents. Fall Ball – ages 9-11 and 12-15. Cost-$65 DB residents/$ 75 non-residents. Volunteer coaches and sponsors also needed. 954-426-4426.


“Feed the Children” Volunteers Needed

Wednesday, Aug. 29 – 8 a.m. to 2-3 p.m.

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

Volunteers needed to unload boxes of food and personal care items to distribute to 400 pre-selected families for event hosted by Gateway Community Outreach. 954- 725-8434.

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Deerfield, LHP, Pompano in the Cone

Posted on 22 August 2012 by JLusk

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Pompano wins state lifeguard title

Posted on 15 August 2012 by LeslieM

By Gary Curreri

Gwen Bencie made the most out of her first year in the Deerfield Beach Ocean Rescue Junior Lifeguard program.

Bencie, 11, of Deerfield Beach, had spent her previous two years as a junior lifeguard with the Ft. Lauderdale program before moving to her hometown program.

She won the Girls C Division beach flags title, as well as the paddleboard championship, and placed third in the surf swim division in the second annual Florida State Junior Lifeguard Championships in Ft. Lauderdale recently.

“It is the first time I actually won beach flags,” said Bencie, who will be a Deerfield Beach Middle School sixth grader in the fall. “I was actually surprised, but really excited too. I never won beach flags before and the girls were really fast. I like junior life guarding because it is actually a lot of fun.”

Bencie said paddleboard is her favorite event. She’s captured nationals, regionals and states.

“Junior Life guarding has made me a stronger paddler and stronger in beach flags,” Bencie said. “It has also helped me learn about the water. They teach you how to rescue people.

Mike Brown, who heads the Deerfield Beach program, said the junior lifeguards get to see the other lifeguards from the other beaches and they may know them from school.

“We are proud to represent Deerfield and there is a lot of camaraderie there,” said Brown, who has been with the city for 15 years and headed up the program as its coach for the past six years. “A lot of kids, especially the ones who have never been a part of a team, accomplished something.”

Pompano Beach won the team competition with 1,240 points, while Ft. Lauderdale was second with 810 points. Hollywood and Deerfield Beach were third and fourth with 455 and 360 points, respectively, in the competition that featured nearly 150 competitors recently.

Other local double winners included Pompano Beach’s Sloan Sizemore (Run-Swim- Run, surf swim, Girls B Division); Pompano Beach’s Shane Shulte (Paddleboard, Run-Swim-Run, Boys C Division); Pompano Beach’s Kelly Shulte (Paddleboard, Surf-Swim, Boys B Division).

Individual winners included Pompano Beach’s Julia Schulte (beach flags, A Division); Glenis Carlson (beach flags, B Division); Pompano Beach’s Konnor Katzmark (Paddleboard, Boys A Division); Pompano Beach’s Race Wilhate (Run- Swim-Run, Boys B Division); Pompano Beach’s Clayton Adkins (Run-Swim- Run, Boys A Division).

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FLICKS: The Haunting of Whaley House

Posted on 15 August 2012 by LeslieM

By Dave Montalbano


It was 13 years ago this month that The Sixth Sense was released, becoming the biggest grossing horror movie of all time. While the following summers presented some fine ghost stories on the big screen (What Lies Beneath, The Others), no horror film has come close to The Sixth Sense’s nearly $300 million box office gross.

Released recently on DVD, The Haunting of Whaley House brings some fun back into the ghost story genre. Penny Abbott (Stephanie Greco) is a tour guide for the Whaley House in San Diego. Under the tutelage of Bethany Romero (Lynn Lowry), Penny is warned not to do three things that could disturb the spirits of Whaley House. Because of peer pressure, Penny relents and ends up doing the three things she was warned about.

Penny allows her amateur ghost-busting friends into the house under the cover of night. The Whaley ghosts are not amused and plot their passiveaggressive retribution.

It should be noted that this film is an Asylum production. Besides providing the Syfy Channel B-movie fare like Shark Week documentaries and Bigfoot (starring members The Partridge Family and The Brady Bunch, Danny Bonaduce and Barry Williams, respectfully), The Asylum produced fare with titles like Bikini Spring Break and Mega Python vs. Gatoroid.

The beauty of this film is that it acknowledges the B-movie expectations of cheesy special effects deaths, morbid humor and one scene of gratuitous nudity. Writer/Director Jose Prendes’ dialogue is snappy with humor.

Genre veteran Lowry (Cat People, The Crazies) bookends the tale, providing both menace and sincerity. As the central character Penny, Greco confidently leads an ensemble of character actors.

Halloween season begins early this year and The Haunting of Whaley House delivers the first chill of autumn.

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Posted on 15 August 2012 by LeslieM


August 8 A man with a stocking cap over his face robbed the Bank Atlantic at 1299 S. Military Tr. The man jumped over a counter with a large semi-automatic handgun and demanded money. The man took a large amount of loose cash and fled. He left with $4,021.

August 8 A person broke into a home at 3790 NE 4 Terr. and stole a laptop, Amazon Kindle and jewelry.


DEERFIELD – District 4

August 5 – Residential burglary was reported in Highland Meadows Estates Mobile Home Park on NW 51st Street at 8:49 p.m. Incident was thought to have occurred between July 28 at 7 p.m. and August 5 at 4 p.m. An unknown subject gained entry by removing the window of the carport door and gained entry. The owner of the home is currently out of town and the neighbor who checks on the property noticed the breain. The residence was not ransacked and the only item reported missing was a 46″ Samsung.

Remember, if you see anything suspicious call 911 immediately.



July 30 A man reported that someone entered his home at 2000 NE 30 Court and stole two laptop computers. The laptops were valued at $2,200.

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Letters to the Editor

Posted on 15 August 2012 by LeslieM

Boat lifts, zoning issues

Dear Editor:

About a year ago now, I installed two new boat lifts at my house — one for me and one for my 14-year-old son’s new boat. [I’ve ] come to find out that there is a city ordinance that only allows one lift when there is 80 ft. of sea wall, two lifts if you have 100 ft. I had to remove one lift at a great expense. Never mind, [it] broke my son’s heart. Maybe I should have said we were handicapped and used the ADA [Americans with Disabilities Act] as an excuse for the lifts. I don’t think the city would have given us a variance.

[RE: recent zoning issues], the city needs to stand up to these people and fight when they know they are right. Stop being intimidated by the threat of a lawsuit. I don’t think the ADA was meant to house drug addicts in multi-million-dollar homes on the Intracoastal.

P.S. Maybe I’ll move my six-bay auto repair shop to my house in The Cove. Think the city would let me?

Steven J. Fabrizio

Deerfield Beach


Time extension for Providers on Probation to submit improvement plans

Dear Editor:

I applaud the Florida Office of Early Learning (FLOEL) for re-opening the window for Providers on Probation (POP’s) to submit their Program Improvement Plans. The loss of these VPK services would be detrimental to the parents and the community.

I have been in contact with the Dept. of Education and the Early Learning Coalition, requesting that the closing date be extended for a number of Providers of VPK who had not previously responded.

I encourage the providers of VPK who fall into this category to submit their Program Improvement Plan before the closing date – August 20, 2012.

This is the FINAL opportunity to submit Improvement Plans before the start of the 2012-2013 program year.

State Representative Gwyndolen Clarke-Reed

Deerfield Beach

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Posted on 15 August 2012 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach Chamber After Hours

Thursday, August 16 – 5:30-7 p.m.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House 225 NE Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton, FL 33432

Members-$12.50/ Non-members $17.50. www.deerfieldchamber.com.


Orthopedic Lecture For Golfers

Thursday, August 16 – 6 to 8 p.m.

Deer Creek Golf Club – Biscayne Room 2801 Country Club Blvd., Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

FREE event hosted by Broward Health North. Experts share secrets on how to optimize your golf game with tips how to warm up, stretch correctly, take care of knees, repair what may be hurting your game. Limited space. Call for reservations: 954-759-7400.


Kick-off Party: Food for the Poor’s 5K Walk/Run for Hunger

Thursday, August 16 – 6 to 9 p.m.

World of Beer, at the Promenade at Coconut Creek 4437 Lyons Rd., Coconut Creek, FL 33073

FREE admission. LIVE music, raffle prizes and drink specials. 888-404-4248.


Deerfield Thrift Relay for Life Treasure Hunt

Saturday, August 18 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Corner of Hillsboro Blvd. and NE 2 Ave. Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Games, food, bike raffle, 50/50 “Pot of Gold”, DBHS Key Club Relay Team car wash and a fun treasure hunt for gift cards & prizes. www.relayforlife.org/dblpfl.


Fruitful Field workday

Saturday, August 18 – 9 a.m. to noon

Parkway United Methodist Church 100 NE 44 St., Pompano Beach, FL 33064

Move dirt, mulch trees and plant! Snacks, light lunch, water and lemongrass tea available. Bring work gloves, sun protector, hat, closed-toe shoes. www.thefruitfulfield.org.


Bon Festival

Saturday, August 18 – 4 to 9 p.m.

Morikami Museum 4000 Morikami Park Rd., Delray Beach, FL 33446

Inspired by Japan’s three-day Obon holiday honoring the spirits. Taiko drumming, American and Japanese cuisine, Kirkin Beer Garden and Sake Station. Candelit lanterns released after dark to float on Morikami Lake. Myriad lights signify the guidance of departed souls back to where they came after their brief visit. SOLD OUT – unless tickets already purchased online. ($15 adults / $6 kids ages 4-17. FREE for members and kids 3 and under) visit www.morikami.org/bon. or call 561-495-0233.


About Boating Safety (ABS) Course

Saturday, August 18 8 a.m.

Dixion Ahl Recreation Center 2200 NE 38 St. Lighthouse Point, FL 33064

Presented by U.S Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 3-7. Cost $45 (includes all materials and lunch.) Limited space. Info & registration, call Gene Cain at 954-557-0582 or email auxcain@hotmail.com.


Gilda’s Club

Tuesday, August 21 – 10 to 11:30 a.m.

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

Lecture topic: “Cost of Care.” 954-480-4446


DB Zonta Club Charter and Installation Banquet

Tuesday, August 21 – 6 p.m.

Deerfield Beach Country Club 50 Fairway Dr., Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Cocktails served 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. and Installation/ Presentation – 8 p.m. $40 per person. Contact Carol Morris: 561-276-8338.


Lighthouse Point Chamber Night at Cap’s

Tuesday, August 21 – 6 p.m.

Cap’s Place Restaurant 2765 NE 28 Ct., Lighthouse Pt., FL 33064

Park car at Cap’s Dock. Regular meeting and social followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. Dinner at 10 percent off included for chamber members. RSVP required. www.lhpchamber.com.

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CLERGY CORNER: Encouragers

Posted on 15 August 2012 by LeslieM

I took up cycling as a hobby at age 40. A sports injury and surgery had ruled out several sports I enjoyed since childhood. It happens.

One of the organized cycling rides my first year was a one day trek across Indiana. Even the idea of a one-day, 160-mile bicycle ride seemed a little crazy and it proved to be. My posterior was sore for a week.

Late in the day of the ride, I was in trouble, about to run out of stamina and daylight. With several miles still to go and only 40 minutes remaining to cross the finish line, my prospects for completing the ride were fading as the sun neared the west horizon.

Chills and cramps intensified. Doubt grew. I didn’t think I could make it.

We find ourselves in this physical and mental place sometimes don’t we? We call it life!

I climbed a long hill and was pedaling only a few miles an hour with my head down when a van slowly passes. I am barely aware of the van’s existence when a young boy I had never seen before sticks his head out the window and yells out at me. “You can do it. You’re almost there. Keep going!” Tears begin to flow down my cheeks!

I am not positive the van or the boy is real. You may think I am kidding, but I am not. I wondered then, and I wonder now, if the boy was an angel, an encourager sent from God…..

Have you ever needed an encourager? Of course you have. Have you been an encourager to someone else? I hope you have.

From the first family to the patriarchs to Moses, the Lord is the premier encourager of all encouragers. And imagine, after 40 years, with Moses leading in the wilderness how Joshua must have felt when Moses rested with the patriarchs and left Joshua in charge with such a formidable job to do!

Talk about cramps, chills and exhaustion! Talk about the need for encouragement! But when the Lord commissions Joshua, the Lord does not appoint, anoint and walk away.

The Lord provides the path and the encouragement Joshua needs and the Lord provides the path and the ultimate encouragement we all need through Christ in order for us to finish the race set before us.

In fact, through faith in Christ, we are all called to be encouragers!

Paul says it this way to the Ephesians. “Since you have heard about Jesus and learned the truth that comes from him, let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.” (Ephesians 4)

This is Good News to share!

As we swell with national pride and celebrate our success as a nation in the Olympics, we also need to celebrate encouragers behind the scenes. Behind every Olympian, behind all God’s children are encouragers, and God knows we need them.

We all know people who need encouragement for the long road and each of us are created and strategically-positioned to uniquely be that person for someone else. Most times, we are called to encourage family, friends and coworkers. Sometimes, we even have the chance to encourage a stranger.

But, all times, wherever and whenever there are encouragers, God is driving the van.

Thanks to my young unknown encourager, I finished what would prove to be my first of many treks across Indiana. I will forever remember the young encourager’s words, “You can do it. You’re almost there. Keep going!”

I will see that young man again some day beyond the west horizon …

Reverend Dr. Dennis Andrews is Minister at Community Presbyterian Church of Deerfield Beach (Steeple on the Beach) located five blocks south of Hillsboro on AIA. www.communitych.org.

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Bike Safety for back to school

Posted on 11 August 2012 by LeslieM

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