| October, 2012

Construction ongoing at course

Posted on 25 October 2012 by LeslieM

While rain may not be the best thing for golfers, it suits Pompano Beach Golf Course Golf Pro Bob Loring just fine. “We are mowing greens on 1 through 12 and we are putting bunkers in places that warrant it,” said Loring, who has been the pro at the facility for the past 11 years and is looking forward to the Greg Norman Signature Design on the Pines course. “We are rolling the fairways and it’s a growing time for most of the holes.”

“The rain has helped it tremendously with the growing,” Loring added. “With the last six holes, they sprigged it with the grass 1½ times the amount they did on the first 12 holes to help it catch up and fill in areas faster. We are excited about the rain because it has definitely helped the growing.”

All holes have been grassed on Greg Norman’s redesign of the Pines Course and the final punch list items are occurring on the Pines Course, slated to open on time on Nov. 16. The city is also finishing up with the irrigation on the neighboring Palms course. Loring said they also put in concrete cart paths for the entire 18 holes and added that the remaining greens would be mowed by mid-October. Golfers are talking about the redesign on a daily basis.

The Pines Course, which is located at 1101 N. Federal Hwy., is one of two golf courses at Pompano Beach Municipal that originally opened in 1960.

“People who are playing on the Palms Course are seeing the formation of the holes and what they are looking like now,” said Loring, who noted the grass first went down on the course in late July. “They are looking like golf holes now with the grass growing in. People are really excited.”

“This is one of the most exciting things that I have ever been involved with in golf,” said Loring, who is working with the city’s public information office, parks and recreation office to have a grand opening ceremony.”

“We would like to have Greg Norman out here for the opening ceremony and we are not sure if he is in the country at that time,” Loring said. “We are going to be looking to have major tournaments out here.”

The course design was commissioned by the City of Pompano Beach in an effort to modernize the facility and give the city a championship golf course that will serve as a pillar for the community, providing a first class amenity for the residents and tourists of Pompano Beach.

Loring said the course is already one of the most talked about courses around.

“It hasn’t even been played on yet and people are talking about it,” Loring said. “Everywhere you go, people are saying, ‘Oh, you’re in Pompano where that Greg Norman Course is going to be.’ People are going to definitely want to come out and play it.”

Norman has made several site visits to the course to review the construction progress on his Signature Design – which will be his first design at a municipal golf course. “I was introduced to the sport of golf through public access golf courses in Australia, so this project and public golf are very special to me,” Norman said. “I see this as the first of many municipal golf course design and renovation projects that I would like to be involved with.”

For more information, contact the Pompano Beach Golf Course at 954-781-0426.

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Posted on 25 October 2012 by LeslieM


Oct. 19 A man reported that a tow truck took his car from his home at 430 NE 40 St.

Oct 19 A Coca Cola delivery driver reported that a man snatched his gold necklace and gold pendant from his neck and fled in a car. Incident was reported at 301 E. Sample Rd.

Oct. 20 A man was arrested and charged with burglary conveyance. He entered a car that was not his own. Arrest took place at 115 SE 14 Court.

Oct. 21 A woman reported her car stolen at 492 NW 44 Terr.

Oct. 21 A man was observed stealing two bottles of vodka from Walgreens at 1325 S. Military Trail. Loss was $57.98.

Oct. 21 A man was sleeping by a pool at 603 Siesta Key. When he woke up, he found that his cell phone valued at $300 had been stolen.

Oct. 21 A man reported his car stolen at 1427 SE 8 Court.


DEERFIELD – District 4

Oct. 18 Grand theft occurred at 3599 W. Hillsboro Blvd. Suspect(s) entered the business together and removed a 37″ Vizio television. Suspects exited through the front door and fled in a pickup truck.

Oct. 19 Auto theft was reported at Antiques and Country Pine, 1240 E Newport Center Dr. at 4:35 p.m. Unknown suspect(s) removed box truck (2004, white, 923-THN) from the north parking lot of the business. Truck was emblazoned with “Antiques and Country Pine” on both sides. Affidavit was signed and vehicle entered into teletype.

Oct. 22 Auto theft was reported on NW 44 Terrace. Victim parked her 1995 red Acura Integra SR at her residence at 3 a.m. and was told by neighbors that it was no longer there at 9 a.m. There were no suspects. Auto Theft Affidavit was signed and vehicle entered into teletype 10BR395.

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



Oct. 8 A man reported that his rod and reel set and a spear gun had been stolen from his home at 3801 NE 26 Ave. Total loss was $1,900. There were no signs of forced entry. His daughter told him she had hosted at least 20 friends at the home while he was away. The man and his daughter are reviewing CCTV footage to see if one or more of the guests may have stolen the items.

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Posted on 25 October 2012 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach Computer Club Meets

Friday, Oct. 26 – 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Century Village E, Le Club/Activity Ctr, Rm. B 3501 West Dr., Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

$1 per class (fee waived for first-time guests). Nonresidents must show valid ID at West Gate. Club meets every Friday except holidays. 954-725-9331 or www.dbcc. Org.

Trunk or Treat on Halloween Street

Friday, Oct. 26 – 6 to 9:30 p.m.

E Atlantic Blvd. at Cypress Road (SW Corner) Pompano Beach, FL 33062

FREE Event. Children can “trick or treat” for candy out of decorated car trunks or truck beds. Activities include: vampire ball show, ghostly games, bounce house, psychics, spooky crafts, costume contest. Bring blanket and chairs for presentation of The Corpse Bride at 8 p.m. 954-786-4111.

Boca Raton Greenmarket

Saturday, Oct. 27 – 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Royal Palm Plaza, SW Parking Lot S. Federal Hwy. and S. Mizner Blvd. Boca Raton, FL 33432

Freshly-picked fruits and vegetables, local growers, fresh juices, hydroponic/organic produce, baked goods, plants, fresh herbs, fresh mozzarella, gourmet foods, jams & jellies, oils & vinegars, orchids/fresh cut flowers, gardening accessories, soaps, fresh pasta, doggie treats & supplies, fresh fish & seafood, food samplings, community service organizations, health info. Will be held Saturday mornings through April 27, 2013.

K9 Water Festival

Saturday, Oct. 27 & Sunday Oct. 28 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Quiet Waters Park- Splash Adventure 401 S Powerline Rd., Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Dogs ages 4 mo. and up. Admission-$5 per dog, per 50- minute session (sessions begin hourly). 4 p.m. sessiondogs 25 pounds and under. Donations accepted for homeless animals at Broward County animal shelters. 954-357-5100. 2012 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Saturday, Oct. 27 – 9 a.m.

Mizner Park Amphitheatre 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, FL 33442

Details: http://makingstrides.acsevents.org.

Dixieland-Hot Jazz Session

Sunday, Oct. 28 – 1 to 4 p.m.

Henry’s Hideaway St. Henry Catholic Church 1500 S Andrews Ave., Pompano Beach, FL 33069

Presented by Hot Jazz & Alligator Gumbo Society. $10. 954-563-5390 or 561-809-6410.

Hallelujah Night

Wednesday, Oct. 31 – 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Solid Rock Christian Church 189 W. Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432

Free games, crafts, candy & prizes. Free food, drinks. 561-750-6501.

Rummage Sale – Vendors, Crafters Wanted

Saturday, Nov. 3 – 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

St. Ambrose Church Parking Lot 380 S Federal Hwy., Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Spaces $15-$30. Reservations required. Rain or shine. 100% fees help support Deerfield Beach Boy Scout Troop 119. 954-895-0050.

Halloween Candy Buy-Back Program

Tuesday, Oct. 30 to Thursday, Nov. 8

Office of Dr. Brian Rask, DMD, FAGD, PA 2701 NE 14 St. Causeway, Ste. 2 Pompano Beach, FL 33062

Kids can bring in their Halloween candy and we will buy it by the pound or give prizes and gift cards. Also, free hygienic dental supplies. All candy collected goes to “America’s Moms for Soldiers,” who will include candy in care packages sent to troops. Do not need to be a patient to participate. 954-782-1864.

Night Hike

Saturdays, Oct. 27 – 7 to 8 p.m.

Deerfield Island Park 1720 Deerfield Island Park, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

All ages, $5 per person. Must be at Sullivan Park dock at 6:30 p.m. to catch boat shuttle to park. Preregistration required and must wear sturdy shoes. 954-357-5100.

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CLERGY CORNER: Laughter as medicine

Posted on 25 October 2012 by LeslieM

Laughter can be the best medicine. It won’t cost you anything, and it is one of the purest forms of medicine on the market. In times of doubt, hold on to the promises God has given you in the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. When we have God in our lives, these character traits can grow in us.


22 A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones. AMP

PSALMS 30:11-12

11 You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy,

12 that I might sing praises to you and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give you thanks forever!


In 1998, Universal Studios released a movie entitled Patch Adams, named for the man whose story it tells. If you saw the movie, you may recall that Adams chose to go back to school late in life because he wanted to help people. His only roadblock was the system. One thing he felt was necessary for the recovery of his patients was laughter – a sound often missing from the halls of hospitals around the world. He brought a personal touch and smile to patients, many of whom were dying.

It’s been over 40 years since Patch Adams founded Gesundheit, the hospital, and it still prides itself on fun. Besides offering free healthcare, two main elements of its vision are:

• All patients are treated as friends.

• The healthcare experience is infused with fun.

Job 8:21

21 God will let you laugh again; you’ll raise the roof with shouts of joy, (The Message Bible)

It sometimes can seem impossible to laugh when someone is sick, or unthinkable to joke if bad news comes our way.

Laughter offers more than a distraction from the pain. It offers healing and revitalizing medicine for our souls. In fact, laughter has been found to medically decrease stress, strengthen the immune system, relax the muscles, benefit the heart and lungs, and decrease pain by releasing endorphins which produce a sense of general well-being. Laughter is a gift from God for our souls.

As the proverbs states, laughter is good medicine, healing and rejuvenating. I, for one, am thankful that grief is not a permanent condition. A cheerful and positive outlook can make a world of difference in the most difficult situations. God can always bring joy out of tragedy and exchange mourning for laughter. It’s not always easy to smile when things are tough, but we can have a joyful heart. Even Paul, when he was in jail, found joy in his sufferings, because he trusted in the Lord and knew the best was yet to come.

Find your joy. Take your medicine … because the best is yet to come

Pastor Tony Guadagnino

Christian Love Fellowship Church

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Observer TV at Rock the Vote & Lynn University during presidential debate

Posted on 23 October 2012 by JLusk

While ObserverTV host Rachel Galvin was interviewing people at Rock the Vote in Mizner Park; other members of the team were busy navigating Spin Alley at Lynn University. At Rock the Vote, the band Neon Trees, best known for their song “Everybody Talks,” a current No 1 hit performed. Our own Jim Lusk had a backstage chat with them before they played.

Look for more on our team coverage here on the web and in Thursday’s paper and also stay tuned for our video of highlights of both events coming soon on ObserverTV.

Special thanks to Andrea Freygang and her BrowardNetOnline for partnering with us. We would also like to thank the City of Boca Raton, MWI, Atlas Party Rental, Paragon Theaters, Sunbelt rentals, Chrissy Biagiotti, Jeff Graves, Jim and Marilyn Wilson, our team support at Rock the Vote –Jake and Sari, Rent-a-Center, Comcast. Thank you to Rock the Vote and Xbox Live for putting this event together.

The set, on a trailer parked in Mizner Park, is ready to go. A large crowd has assembled awaiting the concert.

Popular alternative band Neon Trees performed.
Photo by Rachel Galvin.

On-air host Rachel Galvin prepares to interview people at Rock the Vote.

Videographer Jeff Graves behind the camera.

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Wayne Treacy gets 20 years

Posted on 23 October 2012 by JLusk

By Rachel Galvin

Wayne Treacy, now 18, found guilty of first degree attempted murder in July, faced a possible 50 year sentence after his brutal attack on Josie Lou Ratley in March 2010. But on Oct. 22, Broward Circuit Judge David Haimes seemed to make a compromise, sentencing him only to 20 years. Hopefully, this will offer some solace to Josie’s family, although Josie’s battle will be fought for a lifetime.

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Posted on 18 October 2012 by LeslieM

By Dave Montalbano


Despite Dabney Coleman’s sudden cancellation, The 27th Annual Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) kicks into high gear this Saturday at Muvico Pompano with highly acclaimed independent motion pictures.

For young people and families, at 1 p.m. is Sammy 2: Escape from Paradise. A hit at the recent Cannes Film Festival, Sammy 2 is a sequel to animated Belgium film A Turtle’s Tale. While protecting a bed of hatchlings from the ocean floor, Sammy and his sidekick, Ray, are captured and sentenced to an aquarium at a swanky restaurant. According to FLIFF Director Gregory von Hausch, the 3D animation is spectacular with a funny and endearing story.

Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut, Quartet will screen at 5 p.m. Maggie Smith, Albert Finney, Billy Connolly and Tom Courtenay portray residents of Beacham House, a home for retired opera singers.

At 7 p.m. The Sapphires is the opening night film. Set in 1968 at the time of the Robert Kennedy/Martin Luther King Jr. assassinations, The Sapphires is about four young women from a remote Aboriginal Mission who become musical rivals to Diana Ross and the Supremes. Set in the backdrop of the Vietnam War, the film features pure soul music in full Dolby Digital Sound.

Stay to see Deadfall at 9 p.m. Oscar-winning director Stefan Ruzowitzky will be there.

Some of the best films this year are about music. Be on the lookout for the following toetapping documentaries on the big screen: David Bromberg, Unsung Treasure – about a musician who collaborated with George Harrison and Bob Dylan. Narrated by Bromberg, Unsung Hero features historical black & white celluloid.

Andrew Bird: Fever Year follows this unique musician on tour, while he battles chronic illness and an indifferent creative muse. Beyond the music, Fever Year features Bird’s artistic visuals of string and analog technology.

FLIFF runs Oct. 19 – Nov. 11 For details, visit ww.fliff.com.

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Player still finds dreams on the diamond

Posted on 18 October 2012 by LeslieM

By Gary Curreri, Special Correspondent

Deerfield Beach’s Jim Eddy enjoys playing baseball on the weekends.

Eddy, 47, plays for the Cardinals in the Liberty Hardball Men’s Baseball League based out of Coral Springs. He leads the league with a .571 batting average and said he looks forward to playing in the Sunday games all week.

“You want to have some competition, so that’s why I don’t play softball,” said Eddy, who is an athletic trainer and coaches football at Highlands Christian Academy.

“I wouldn’t play in a league if there wasn’t any competition,” added Eddy, who had played with the Federal League since 1995, and has been with the Cardinals for the past three years. Eddy was a 1989 draft pick of the Montreal Expos.

“I don’t get nervous anymore and you don’t have that adrenaline. I think I am too old for adrenaline.” The Cardinals have won two out of the past three years of the league. There are many former professional players in addition to Eddy in the league. The Liberty Hardball league features players 28 and older on seven teams.

There are a couple of players in their 60s still swinging for the fences. The league plays on Sunday mornings at Mullins Park, Cypress Park in Coral Springs and Sabal Pines Field in Coconut Creek.

The present, three-yearold circuit is an offshoot of the Coral Springs Men’s Senior Baseball League that folded after the 2009 season. There are seven teams in the league that play a 20- game season that begins in March and typically runs through October following the playoffs. Because the league had four weeks of rainouts this season, the season may extend into November.

The Top 2 teams get a bye and the remaining teams make the playoffs and play in a 2 out of 3 format. The top seeded team gets to choose the venue to play in.

Powell paces Bucks

Running back Brandon Powell rushed for 184 yards and two touchdowns as host Deerfield Beach (2-3) stunned Blanche Ely, 19-0, in a non-district contest on Saturday night. Aeron McNeal also had a stellar game for the Bucks as he scored on a 14-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter. McNeal finished with 114 rushing yards against the Tigers (4-2).

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Posted on 18 October 2012 by LeslieM


Oct. 12 A woman reported that her purse, containing a camera, cash, phone and gift cards, was stolen from her while she was at 3812 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

Oct. 13 Someone broke into the tool room on the northwest corner of the Emerald Seas Resort at 660 NE 21 Ave. and stole a cordless drill and a hammer drill. Total loss was $375.

Oct. 14 A man reported his bicycle stolen at 310 NE 44 Court.

DEERFIELD – District 4

Oct. 8 Residential burglary was reported on SW 15 Street – Meadow Lakes. Victim advised that sometime Sunday during the day, unknown suspect(s) entered his apartment and took an HP notebook computer. Front door and all windows were locked. Rear slider has locked storm shutters on them. Victim advised that maybe someone made a copy of his spare key that he had left outside last week, but was not left outside today. A PS3 game station was left next to where the computer had been and nothing inside the apartment had been secured. Victim stated he originally thought he may have misplaced the computer but was adamant that he wanted a report completed.


Oct. 9 A woman reported that while she dropped off her daughter at Education Station Pre-School at 2458 N. Federal Hwy., someone smashed the window on her car and stole a purse with a wallet containing $70 in cash, six credit cards, a Florida Driver’s License and a makeup case.

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Posted on 18 October 2012 by LeslieM

GFWC Woman’s Club of Deerfield Beach meets

Thursday, Oct. 18 – 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

910 E Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Meet and greet, find out about membership. Free, light refreshments served. This is the first of their evening meetings. For more information, call 954-421-4700.

Fun with Flowers

Thursday, Oct. 18 – 2 p.m.

St. Paul’s Educational Hall 2700 NE 36 St., Lighthouse Point, FL 33064

Sponsored by Garden Club of Lighthouse Point. Make and take floral arrangement. $15-per person. Bring scissors. Refreshments served. 954-942-4957.

DB Island Community Assoc. meets

Thursday, Oct. 18 – 7:30 p.m.

Community Presbyterian Church, Briggs Hall 1920 SE 5 St., Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall

Friday, Oct. 19 to Sunday, Oct. 21 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Forest Lawn South Funeral Home & Cemetery “The Pyramid” 2401 Davie Rd., Davie, FL 33317

Memorial service includes presentation of the colors, performance of National Anthem and Taps against backdrop of American Flags and 2/3rd Replica of Vietnam Wall. Band/school performances. 954-792-9360.

Open House celebrates arrival of new bus

Friday Oct. 19 – 3 p.m.

Emeritus at Deer Creek 2403 W. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Music and refreshments. 954-426-3800.

Daytime Radness

Friday, Oct. 19 – 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Island Water Sports 1985 NE 2 St., Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

The largest surf and skate event in South Florida is back and will benefit charities Surfers for Autism, Christian Skaters and the Thabit family; their daughter was in an accident and they need to raise funds for her care. Last year, over 8,000 people attended and they raised $6,000 for local charities. There will not only be sales on surf and skate items, but also a Vans half pipe where professional skateboarders will perform and novices can have fun and compete. Well-known brands like Quiksilver, Volcom and Vans will be there. Raffle Prizes. 954-427-4929.


12th Annual Health & Wellness Expo/ Operation Medicine Cabinet

Saturday, Oct. 20 – 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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

Health screenings, flu shots, vendors, Door Prizes, entertainment, clowns, food available for purchase. Operation medicine cabinet prescription drug take-back program until noon. Sponsored by Broward Sheriff’s Office and United Way Commission on Substance Abuse. www.sheriff.org/omc. 954-480-4446.

FREE Concert – Ray LaBean

Saturday, Oct. 20 – 6 p.m.

Community Presbyterian Church 1920 SE 4 St., Deerfield Beach, FL 33441 ‘ Uplifting Christian Music. Free snacks, refreshments, childcare. 954-427-0222.

Spaghetti and Meatball Dinner

Saturday, Oct. 20 – 3 to 8 p.m.

American Legion Post 162 820 SE 8 Ave., Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

$10 per person – includes bread/salad. Proceeds to benefit Pioneer Park Christmas Wreath Project. Hosted by American Legion Post 162 Auxiliary. 954-421-6097.

Tee Off Fore Wellness Golf and Tennis Tournament

Monday, Oct. 22

Deering Bay Yacht and Country Club 13610 Deering Bay Dr., Coral Gables, FL 33158

Lead sponsors: Golf-Sharp General Contractors, Inc., Pompano Beach/Tennis-Lindsay Spalding and Julie Steven. Benefits Cancer Support Community of Greater Miami. Info: 305-254-2111 or www.cancersupportcommunitymiami.org/spevents.htm.

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