| July, 2013


Posted on 25 July 2013 by LeslieM

Woodcarving Class

Thursday, July 25, 6 to 9 p.m.

The Sugar Chest Antique Mall 960 N. Federal Hwy. Pompano Beach, FL 33062

Novice to advanced, welcomed. This rare night class is a big opportunity to start or continue this great hobby/business. Tools/wood/patterns/ instruction. FREE, but must register: 954-783- 2178.

Greater Pompano Republican Club meets

Thursday, July 25, 7 p.m.

Emma Lou Olson Community center 1801 NE 6 St. Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Ruth Roman, a freelance political writer, will report on the Broward County commission. Tea Party Ft. Lauderdale founder, Danita Kilcullen, will report on the Broward County School Board and Diversity Committee. Refreshments served. 954-786-7536 for more information.

Greater Pompano Beach Democratic Club meets

Thursday, July 25, 7 p.m.

E. Pat Larkins Community Center 520 Martin Luther King Jr .Blvd. Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Speaker: State Representative Gwyndolen Clarke-Reed. Food and refreshments served. FREE, open to public. Information: 954-691-6019.

FREE Car Wash

Saturday, July 27, 9 a.m. to noon

Eller Building Eller Street & Federal Highway Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Community Outreach program by First Baptist Church of Deerfield Beach.

Doggie Boot Camp Exercise Class

Begins Monday, July 29. Mondays, 6 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 to 10 a.m.

Villages of Hillsboro Park 4111 NW 6 St. Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Sponsored by City of D.B. and East Paws Pet Services. Participants and their dog can engage in a fun, challenging workout (cardio, strength, balance, yoga/stretching and dog training). $60 per 10 week session. Registration: www.deerfield-beach.com and at all City of DB Parks & Rec. facilities, or call: 954- 480-4494.

3rd Annual Family Night

Tuesday, July 30, 5 to 10 p.m.

Duffy’s Sports Grill 401 N. Federal Hwy. Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Eat, drink and have fun! 10 percent of proceeds benefit NE Focal Point CASA, Inc. Find out about services and volunteer opportunities. Meet staff. Win door prize.

Community Prayer

Thursday, July 25, 6:30 p.m.

Mount Calvary Baptist Church 800 NW 8 Ave. Pompano Beach, FL 33060.

RAISE YOUR VOICE AND NOT YOUR HANDS” community prayer and info. session. Carmen Jones, 954-249-9026.

March/ Rally

Saturday, July 27, noon

McNair Community Center, Parking Lot 951 NW 27 Ave. Pompano Beach, FL 33069

Starts at McNair Community Center and proceeds north on 27 Avenue to east on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and returns to McNair Community Park. A rally follows.

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CLERGY CORNER: Anger Management

Posted on 25 July 2013 by LeslieM

Do you remember the 2003 award-winning movie Anger Management, directed by Peter Segal, starring Jack Nicholson and Adam Sandler? Adam Sandler plays a businessman mistakenly sentenced to an anger management program. Jack Nicholson plays an aggressive anger management instructor.

It probably is not a good sign that anger is so common that millions of people will go see a movie just to laugh about it. It is also telling that the instructor in the movie had more difficulty controlling his anger than did his students. This is equivalent to a driver’s education instructor who cannot drive a car.

In the movie, this makes for comic relief. In the world, this makes for hypocrisy. Few people think anger is a good thing. It can make the blood boil and keep us awake at night. There is no way to be angry and have the peace of Christ. There is no way to be angry and share the peace of Christ.

Jesus teaches, “Let go. Get over the rage. Turn the page. Make peace even with your adversaries.” Letting go, not being mad, and making peace is hard.

I remember watching an interview of former Indiana University basketball coach Bob Knight, who once got so mad during a televised basketball game with Purdue University that he famously picked up the chair he was sitting on and threw it completely across the floor.

During the interview, Coach admitted he really did have a hard time controlling his temper. You may have heard the saying, “Don’t beat a dead horse.” Coach Knight’s wife told him once, “You can get off now, Bob. The horse is dead.”

Some things that make us mad are minor. We usually get over them quickly and move on. But some things that happen are life-altering and moving on is next to impossible. When we, or someone we deeply care about, is wronged in a serious way, it is not comparable to a bad call by a referee in a basketball game. Holding a grudge can be a natural reaction to a serious grievance.

It is important to point out Jesus does not say, “You do not have a reason to be angry.” He does not say, “You are not justified in being angry when you or someone you love suffers harm.” What Jesus teaches is “If you want to be forgiven, then you have to forgive too.”

Jesus arguably makes the “Don’t Stay Mad” doctrine even harder for us when he sets aside what is a popular notion — “Don’t get mad. Get even.” Unfortunately, Jesus rules out revenge too! Can you feel the disciple’s hill getting steeper to climb all the time? I can…

Christ’s teachings about forgiveness are drawn from the Personal Holiness Code in Leviticus, which reads “Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against any of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself.”

More often quoted today, however, and also found in Leviticus, is the standard “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.” This principle is commonly misused as an excuse for retaliation when what it really calls for is that the scales of justice be in balance.

In other words, we don’t amputate the hand that shoplifts or stone adulterers to death, but we do want the punishment to fit the crime.

If you have a grievance, and you want to know how to turn the page and get over the rage or if you are fighting the instinct to get even, I encourage you to read Christ’s Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5 – 7).

You can also join us Saturdays @ Six or Sunday morning at 8:30 or 11 a.m. Our series on Christ’s Sermon on the Mount continues with the message “Privacy Please” based on Matthew 6.

Reverend Andrews is Minister at Community Presbyterian Church of Deerfield Beach (Steeple on the Beach) located five blocks south of Hillsboro on AIA. See more @ www.communitych.org or on Facebook.

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PB Chamber Fine Food and Wine

Posted on 25 July 2013 by LeslieM

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Boca Burger Battle

Posted on 18 July 2013 by JLusk

IMG_1703By Rachel Galvin

The rain poured, but that didn’t stop thousands of people from crowding into Sanborn Square to enjoy the Boca Burger Battle July 13. Over 20 restaurants served up their signature burgers and 11 judges, including restauranteur Dean Max, radio personalities , the Burger Beast Sef and others, waited to try them. There was also live entertainment and other vendor booths, including the Big Green Egg company, who showed off their unique cooking concept, a unit that bakes, grills and even smokes. Students from Le Cordon Bleu helped chefs. There also were beers, wine and spirits on-hand. A portion of the proceeds benefit PROPEL. There was an after party at Jazziz Nightlife in Mizner Park. SCROLL DOWN for more pictures and WINNERS. For more information, visit http://bocaburgerbattle.com/



The rainy weather did not prevent hungry guests from arriving to Sanborn Square to take in the ambiance, mouth-watering burgers and more!










Judge’s Pick for Best Grill Master went to:
1st place – Bite Gastrotruck
2nd place – Potions In Motion
3rd place – Shake Shack

Judge’s Pick for Best Alternative Grill Master went to:
1st place – 4th Generation

People’s Choice for Best Boca Burger went to:
1st place – Morton’s Steakhouse
2nd place – Rebel House
3rd place – Potions In Motion


Many vendors showed off their wares, including In the Biz Solutions, which showcased their unique bathing suits.



drunk girls

Ashley Esnes and Isabel Stolk were having a blast playing in the rain. Ashley’s one regret was that there was not a best raincoat contest.


Robert Stanfield manages to not only brilliantly pull off a stylish yellow poncho of sorts, but also serve the judges some delectable onion rings from Tucci’s Fire N’ Coal Pizza while coordinating the entire festivities. Stanfield and Russell Spadaccini are the pair behind making events like this and others possible in the tri-state area. To see more about their culinary events, visit www.bocaraton.com.




Red Brick Grille was one of the 20 restaurants who braved the rain to serve their hamburgers.


Anisha Staton gave out samples of her gourmet fortune cookies, pictured here. This is her own business and she makes the cookies herself! www.atasteoffate.com.



Sylvia Alfonzo, a student at Le Cordon Bleu, helped serve up burgers at Kapow! These unique burgers were created with three types of meat: chuck roast, sirloin and beef shank, along with a kimchee sauce aioli wrapped in a banana leaf and served in a peking duck bun.


The burger from NYY Steak House at Seminole Coconut Creek Casino was a combination of dry aged pine brisket and ribs topped with aged white cheddar, among other tasty ingredients. They even make their own bacon in-house!


Eleven judges decided the fate of the Burger Battle competitors.

big green egg

Big Green Egg grills it up! This unit not only grills, but can bake cookies, smoke fish or pretty much cook anything. The headquarters is based in Atlanta, but these units can be found here in Florida, including at Culinary Concepts in Pompano Beach, which was also on-site.


The crew from BirthdayComp.com told business owners and guests about their wonderful service that allows everyone to get special offers fro free on their Birthday day, week or month just by signing up! Businesses benefit from free exposure and guests get free stuff, from a discount on clothing or a free piece of pizza to a mini-golf game, karate class, limo ride, champagne and more. Visit www.birthdaycomp.com for details.


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Posted on 18 July 2013 by LeslieM

By Dave Montalbano


King Kong vs. Godzilla will be celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. This international classic has been an influence for young people. The Japanese art form of “anime” is the flower that this film seeded.

Pacific Rim also owes a debt to this classic. This new release opens in 2013 when the first Kaiju attacks the California shores. Kaijus are giant sea creatures from the Pacific rim that want to eradicate mankind. The world governments unite and create the Jaeger Program. Jaegers are giant robots that are used to battle the Kaijus, piloted by two people in the central processing unit.

The robot vs. sea monster battles become a generational conflict. During one such battle, Raleigh (Charlie Hunnam) loses his brother and his Jaeger, Gipsey Danger, is sent into a storage unit. After years of self-imposed exile, Raleigh is greeted by his old boss, Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba). The Kaijus are planning a full frontal assault and the Gipsey Danger must be taken out of mothballs in what could be mankind’s last stand.

Like a good war movie from the Golden Age of Hollywood, Pacific Rim snatches victory from the jaws of defeat. Character clichés mount and Mr. Pentecost gives a rousing speech about the survival of mankind with a nod to Shakepeare’s Henry V and Bill Pullman from Independence Day.

Co-written and directed by Guillermo del Toro, this film is the director’s first movie in five years. Despite being on the Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Discovery IMAX screen, del Toro’s visual eye seems a bit rusty.

All of the battles take place at night, in the rain or underwater. Fortunately, his attention to detail is not lost in the background, especially in Hong Kong scenes that look like Disneyworld Epcot at night.

Ironically, the secondary characters create most of the audience empathy. Ron Perlman shines as Hannibal Chau, an entrepreneur who sells Jaeger anatomy on the black market. Nerds Geiszler (Charlie Day) and Gottleib (Burn Gorman) steal the spotlight as bickering scientists who unlock the secrets of the Kajiu.

Pacific Rim is the victim of high expectations. Fans of giant monsters and robots like the film. It should be interesting to see if the film will be remembered in 2063 anno domini.

Fans of the 1963 film King Kong vs. Godzilla will have an opportunity to see this epic FREE on the big screen August 17 at 2 p.m. For more information, call 954-357- 6530 at Imperial Point Library.


Peterson holds football clinic

Posted on 18 July 2013 by LeslieM


Pompano Beach’s Eric Krauss follows his shot on the 12th hole at the Woodlands Country Club during the sixth annual Frankie Foundation Golf Tournament at the Woodlands Country Club in Tamarac. Photo by Gary Curreri

Pompano Beach’s Eric Krauss follows his shot on the 12th hole at the Woodlands Country Club during the sixth annual Frankie Foundation Golf Tournament at the Woodlands Country Club in Tamarac. Photo by Gary Curreri

By Gary Curreri

Patrick Peterson said it was important for his inaugural football skills clinic to be in his hometown.

I was born and raised here in Pompano where there is a great tradition and a lot of great athletes,” said Peterson, 21, a twotime All-Pro defensive back for the Arizona Cardinals. “I felt it was an obligation and a priority for me to come back and give back to the kids and show them that I appreciate them as much as they appreciate me.”

More than 175 youngsters ranging in age from 7 to 17 turned out for the inaugural “Patrick Peterson Skilled Football Camp” at the Four Fields Sports Complex in Pompano Beach recently. Peterson’s parents, Patrick Sr. and Shanera, were also on-hand to help out. The age group ranged from 7 to 17, and he made it a point to greet every camper individually.

Many of Peterson’s pro and college teammates were on-hand to help Peterson deliver his message that reinforces the values of hard work and respect that he learned as a young man.

Hard work and dedication is what I thrive off of,” Patrick Peterson said. “[My dad and I] continuously worked day in and day out. Even when I was 2 years old, I had a work ethic that I always wanted to be better.

Not being good enough was never an option,” Peterson continued. “I always wanted to be better than the guy I lined up against. I wanted to be the best player I could be every time I stepped on the field … to show them there are always ways to get better. It is a pleasure to be here and be in these guys’ good graces to give back and share … my football knowledge with them.”

Peterson first started playing youth football with the Pompano Eagles and went on to star at Blanche Ely and LSU before getting drafted by the Cardinals in the first round.

Shanera said her son started to say the word “football” at age 2. She agreed it was important for him to hold his first clinic in his hometown.

It was very important because, when he started planning it, he always spoke of doing his first camp in Pompano Beach, where he was from,” Shanera said.

Peterson Sr. agreed: “It’s great to see my son giving back and teaching the kids to become something they have always dreamed of.”

The kids paid a $10 fee and got a T-Shirt, lunch, drinks, grab bag with Arizona Cardinals flag, wristband and specialty-made blackout for under their eyes.

Pompano Beach’s Bryce Cunneen, 11, came away impressed.

It felt great meeting Patrick Peterson because he is a great football player and role model for kids,” said Cunneen, a sixth grader at St. Coleman’s School. “[He] and his dad do a lot for the Pompano Beach community, including his speed and agility training.

The clinic was awesome,” Cunneen added. “We learned how to be a better athlete and ‘how if you look up to your dreams, you will always go up! Never give up! They taught us a lot with the drills, how to perform at our optimum level! “

Peterson shared one message with the players that he hopes will stick.

Never give up on your dream and never let anyone tell you that you can’t do anything, even yourself,” Peterson said. “You always have to have confidence in yourself and self motivation, I believe, to be successful.”

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Posted on 18 July 2013 by LeslieM


July 12 An apartment at 1741 NW 2 Court was broken into. The patio sliding door was smashed and a television was stolen.

July 13 A woman reported her car stolen from 264 NE 45 Court.

July 13 A burglary was reported at Community Presbyterian Church at 1920 SE 5 St. Nothing was reported stolen.

July 14 A man reported that he saw two men enter his vehicle parked at 6 Helwig Terr. He ordered the men to leave.

July 14 A man reported that someone entered his car parked at 200 S. Ocean Dr. and stole his wallet.

July 14 A man was arrested and charged with petit theft. He stole $40 worth of items from Publix at 150 S. Federal Hwy.


June 30 A woman reported that her iPhone 5 was stolen. She said her phone was placed on the hostess stand at the Sicilian Oven at 2486 N. Federal Hwy. A man was observed near the stand and then left and entered a green car. The phone was valued at $649.

July 2 A man was arrested and charged with possession of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia at 2100 NE 36 St.

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Posted on 18 July 2013 by LeslieM

Parasailing regulation

Dear Editor:

In light of the most recent parasailing accident in Panama City, FL [2 Indiana teens injured July 1], I believe that my bill, HB-245, could have aided in avoiding this tragic accident.

The refusal of Rep. Debbie Mayfield, (R-Vero Beach, FL), to hear my bill in Committee shows an unwillingness to deal with issues that have a direct effect on the tourism and economics of our state.

Several legislative attempts have been made to bring regulation to the Parasailing industry.

During the 2013 Legislative Session, I filed HB 245 in an effort to bring regulation. (Senator Maria Sachs carried the bill in the Senate, SB 64). Representative Debbie Mayfield, (R-Vero Beach, FL), refused to hear the bill in the first committee of reference, Business & Professional Regulation Subcommittee.

I have spoken with Representative Jimmy Patronis, (R-Panama City, FL). He has indicated that there was push back from Aquatic Adventures of Panama City Beach to have the bill heard during this session. There was support for HB-245 from Water Sports Industry Association (WSIA), Daytona Beach Parasail, Inc., Broward County Marine Advisory Committee and Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission (FWC).

My thoughts and prayers are with the teen victims and their family members. I will be filing this bill again in the upcoming Legislative Session and I am hoping that the leadership will see the need for having this bill heard in committees and that it passes favorably on the floor of the House of Representatives.

State Representative

Gwyndolen “Gwyn” Clarke-Reed

Deerfield Beach

Another Boca Jewel

Dear Editor:

The other night in Wold Theatre on the campus of Lynn University [where the last Presidential debate was held] there was a packed house. The Atlantic City Boys gave a bravura performance that was applauded and cheered by all. How wonderful to have the Grand Dame of Boca Theater, Jan McArt, produce programs for all of Boca’s residents. This summer program is such a welcome respite from our becoming a closed-until-next-season town. While it is very nice to be able to park everywhere once the snow birds are gone, we still look for things of interest, enlightenment and entertainment. Cheers to Lynn University President Kevin Ross for the foresight in opening the theater for full time residents and summer visitors. Cheers to Jan McArt for doing her always impeccable job of bringing great talent to us. I’m definitely a fan and have renewed my subscription for next season.

Etta Schaeffer

Boca Raton



Posted on 18 July 2013 by LeslieM

ROX Florida Beach HP volleyball championships

Thursday, July 18 to Saturday, July 20

on the beach Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Team competition day 1 & 2, individual competition day 3 to determine the best team/athlete in each age division! FREE for spectators. Info: www.floridavolleyball.org/teamflorida- beach-hp-all-stars.html

American Legion Celebrity Golf Tournament

Friday, July 19, 8:15 a.m. (Shotgun Start)

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

Sponsored by American Legion, Glenn Miller Post 287. Registration: $125-per person, $400 per foursome. 954-290-4342.


Friday, July 19, 7 p.m.

Emma Lou Olson Civic Center 1801 NE 6 St. Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Performance by Symphony of the Americas and Mission Chamber Orchestra. $10. 954-786-4111.

Dinner & Chinese Auction

Saturday, July 20, 5 to 8 p.m.

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

Benefits Wreaths Across America. $ 10, includes: baked ziti, salad, bread, desserts, etc. 954-421-6097.

Butler House Tour

Saturday, July 20, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

380 E. Hillsboro Blvd. Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Tours first and third Saturday of the month. The Old School Museum is also open by appointment. Visit www.deerfield-history.org and find and like Deerfield Beach Historical Society on Facebook.


The Lighthouse Point Cornhole Tournament V

Saturday, July 20, 4:30 to 8 p.m. (4 p.m. Registration)

Frank McDonough Park 3500 NE 27 Ave. Lighthouse Point, FL 33064

Fundraiser to Benefit Pompano Mustang 10U Baseball Team’s climb to World series in TX. $10-per person/$20- per team. Families welcome, adults only in tourney. Music provided. Bring food, drinks, cooler, folding chairs.

Kiddush Luncheon

Saturday, July 20, after morning services

Young Israel of Deerfield Beach Social Hall 202 Century Blvd. Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Members and guests from Century Village invited. 954- 725-8207.

Christmas in July

Thursday, July 25, 10 a.m.to 1 p.m.

Broward Outreach Center 1700 Blount Rd. Pompano Beach FL 33069

Serve-A-Thon. Services provided to our homeless residents and guests: Adults – LIVE entertainment, FREE health screenings, tote bags, meals, clothing, haircuts/ styles and showers. Children: arts & crafts, bounce house, clown, face painting, cotton candy and snow cones. 954-554-5118.

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Posted on 18 July 2013 by LeslieM

Wow, is it really momma’s yahrzeit again? Has she really been gone for so long? Wow.

You know what WOW stands for don’t you? WOW stands for Women of the Wall. WOW stands for women who are standing up for their rights as human beings and as Jews. This is a group of women who once a month head over to the Kotel, the Wailing Wall, to pray … and they do something that my mother never did (at least, not that I know of), but my wife did right here at our Temple, wear a tallit, a prayer shawl.

The first time I did the High Holy Days here, I don’t think that any woman had worn one during the services and, if they did, I think maybe they would have been shot … or spit on, or yelled at.

The truth is that as soon as Carol put on her tallit, she was immediately reprimanded in harsh tones and harsh glares. But, it was not one of the men in the Congregation who did so. No, it was one of the women.

My wife was a Brooklyn girl and, as such, she knew how to open up her mouth. I don’t know what Carol told her, I do know that by the end of the service the woman was quite taken by her.

The founding documents of this great country, that we are blessed to live in, states, “We hold these truths to be selfevident: that all men are created equal.” Notice it doesn’t say anything about women, nor does it say anything about slaves. Slaves have been looking for freedom throughout all time … and women, too, have been looking for the same freedom as men have had…

Fortunately, there have been many changes in the world and many changes in our faith since my mother and my wife passed away.

It is no longer an uncommon sight to see women in a Conservative Shul wearing a tallit. It is no longer unusual for a member of a Reform Synagogue to wear a Yarmulke. It is not unusual for a Conservative Shul to be egalitarian and count women toward the minyan and call them up for any and all honors. And even the World of Modern Orthodoxy is moving in directions that many never believed would come as Rabbi Avi Weiss just ordained a group of women.

Yet, in Israel, there is a politically powerful “Ultra Religious Minority” who would still keep women in the back of the bus, who would still keep a woman from wearing anything that shows a little arm or a little leg … and, who would still try to keep women from praying at the Wall, especially if they happen to be wearing a Prayer Shawl. WOW!

How would my wife and my mother respond to the Women of the Wall? My wife would probably have flown to Israel to be with them. My mother might never have chosen to wear a tallit. She might not have chosen to be called up for an Aliya. But, I will tell you what I think she would have done. I think she would have rooted them on … and, if anyone tried to stop them … well, I think she would have been one of the first to raise her voice and, if necessary, her fists.

Come to think of it, I think my mother of blessed memory just might have wound up getting herself locked in jail defending the rights of the Women of the Wall. So, if you ask me what kind of woman my momma was, I can answer that in one word … WOW!

Shalom my friends,

Rabbi Craig H. Ezring

Rabbi Ezring is the spiritual leader of Temple Beth Israel of Deerfield Beach. High Holy Days tickets are now on sale in the Temple office off of Hillsboro and Military. Regular Shabbat services are open to everyone on Saturday mornings from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

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