| September, 2013

Deerfield Beach rallies to top Douglas, 47-31

Posted on 26 September 2013 by LeslieM

Pages 09-16By Gary Curreri

Deerfield Beach coach Allen Jackson had a feeling his team might start off slowly in its District 11-8A opener against rival Douglas on Friday night.

After all, the Bucks hadn’t been challenged in their opening two contests as they outscored Northeast, 37-0, and Blanche Ely, 46-6, before having last week off with a bye.

We knew this was going to happen,” Jackson said. “Both teams came into the game undefeated and a win is a win. We’ll take it any way we can get it. This is a big, big, big win. Deerfield hasn’t been 3-0 to start the season in a while.”

Senior running back Aeron McNeal rushed for 117 yards and three touchdowns as visiting Deerfield Beach rallied for the come-from-behind 47- 31 district victory over Douglas.

McNeal was ejected from the contest with 8:30 remaining in the game after being called for his second personal foul penalty in the game. It is unknown what his status will be for this week’s game against Coral Springs. The Bucks were penalized for 160 yards in the game.

We aren’t sure what is going to happen with that,” Jackson said. “Our athletic director (Vinnie Tozzi) was going to talk to the officials and see what is up.”

Douglas (2-1, 0-1) took a 7-0 lead on a 15-yard scoring toss from Brett Israel to Tate Lehito. The score capped a 9- play, 68-yard drive. Deerfield Beach answered as it took the ensuing kickoff and marched 77 yards in eight plays as McNeal scored the first of his two touchdowns in the first half to tie the game at 7-7.

The Eagles scored off a fake punt to grab a 13-7 lead as Israel found Corey May with a short pass and he went 41 yards for the score with 11:35 remaining in the first half.

Deerfield Beach (3-0, 1-0) took the lead for good at 14- 13 on a 34-yard scoring run by Brandon Powell with 8:22 left in the first half. Douglas was driving for a go-ahead score late in the first half, however Israel’s pass was deflected and Powell returned the interception 53 yards to set up McNeal’s 48-yard TD run with 1:24 remaining in the first half.

That gave us the momentum right there,” Jackson said. “It was what we needed and we were able to straighten things out after that.”

Douglas’ Davian Daley pulled the Eagles to within 21-19 as he scored on a 1- yard run to cap a nearly 9- minute drive to open the second half.

Deerfield’s McNeal broke off right tackle and scampered 20 yards to push the lead the 27-19 with 1:03 left in the third and the Bucks iced the game on a 73-yard TD pass from Danarious Graham to Leonard Scott with 8:30 remaining in the game. Douglas closed to within 34-25 on a 5-yard TD run by Khalil Herbert; however, Justin Morgan caught a 20-yard scoring toss from Graham, and then returned an onside kick 50 yards for the score to up the lead to 47-31.

The Eagles added a 24-yard scoring toss from Israel to Ryan Allison in the fourth quarter.

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FLICKS: Metallica: Through the Never & Laser Light Experience

Posted on 26 September 2013 by LeslieM

By Dave Montalbano


When I was growing up, local movie theaters like Wometco Deerfield Ultravision used to have midnight movies on Friday and Saturday nights. They featured Grindhouse movies or LIVE concert documentaries, like Wings Over America or It’s Good to See You Again, Alice Cooper.With the advent of Saturday Night Live and home video, these movies became an endangered species.

Leave it to producer Charlotte Huggins to bring back nostalgia for a time gone buy. A veteran of 3-D family entertainment, Huggins has produced Metallica: Through the Never, a concert video with a surreal visual narrative thread. This film may not be for the “Lawrence Welk” lovers, but Heavy Metal heads my age and younger will want to experience it.

As the band Metallica (James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Lars Urlich, Robert Trujillo) begin performing their sold-out apocalyptic concert, Trip the roadie (Dane DeHaan) is sent on an errand to retrieve a leather bag. Much like “Rosebud” from Citizen Kane or the briefcase from Pulp Fiction, the bag is the plot’s “MacGuffin,” and Trip’s quest to retrieve the bag takes on epic proportions.

There are some fantastic visuals of Trip confronting a vicious van accident, a street battle between anarchy and order with drops of apocalyptic terror mixed in. The unrelenting guitar shreds the viewer’s nerves, but there is a soothing denouement.

The beauty of seeing this concert in 3-D is that one can study the details. Monster Maven Kirk Hammett’s blistering guitar solos are enhanced by his movie poster tributes to Vincent Price and Boris Karloff that can be found on his guitars. With this attention to detail, one can appreciate the depth of this film.

For those seeking to continue the concert experience on the big screen, the Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Discovery & Science IMAX Theater will be presenting The Laser Light Experience with four laser experiences, two by Pink Floyd (Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall), and Laser Zeppelin and Laser Vinyl Classics.

In 45 minutes, Laser Vinyl Classics contains nine anthems of Rock ‘n Roll with laser visualization throughout the theater. Van Halen, KISS and Aerosmith are highlights, but Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody steals the show.

Both Metallica: Through the Never and The Laser Light Experience should be a field trip for the Bucks’ Class of ’83 reunion next month.

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Posted on 26 September 2013 by LeslieM


Sept. 12 A tractor trailer truck was reported stolen from 4250 N. Powerline Rd.

Sept. 13 A woman reported her portable gasoline generator stolen from her garage at 1212 SW 48 Terr.

Sept. 13 A fight broke out between two separate families at 288 SW 5 Court. One victim was hit in the face with a small brick by an unknown suspect.

Sept. 14 A man reported that his home at 33 Deer Creek Rd. was entered and electronic equipment stolen.

Sept. 14 A maintenance building at 401 S. Powerline Rd. was entered and 30 lawn care items were stolen.

Sept. 15 A home at 1313 SE 2 Ave. was broken into. Stolen were: two handguns, four diamond rings valued at a total of $9,000, 15 gold bracelets valued at a total of $1,500 and 30 antique watches valued at a total of $5,000.

Sept. 15 Three men entered a home at 4144 NW 5 Terr. and stole two men’s watches.

DEERFIELD – District 4

Sept. 16 Drugs/narcotics offenses were reported at Quiet Waters, 400 S. Powerline Rd. The officer made a traffic stop for dark window tint. There was the smell of marijuana inside the vehicle. The marijuana was located and field-tested positive. The defendant was released on a notice to appear in court and given a citation.

Sept. 16 Sexual assault by a custodian, sexual battery on a victim11-12 years of age (under 18) took place in Deer Creek Plaza, 3693 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

Sept. 16 Possession of Cannabis, not more than 20 grams, was reported at Quiet Waters, 400 S. Powerline Rd.


Sept. 15 A woman reported that a man sold her a car part for $940.

Sept. 16 It was reported that a building at 2502 N. Federal Hwy. was vandalized. The building was spray painted.

Sept. 17 The manager of Publix Supermarket at 2450 N. Federal Hwy. reported that a man tried to return medications. The manager believed the man was attempting to commit a fraud. The man was issued a trespass warning and ordered not to return to the Publix.

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Posted on 26 September 2013 by LeslieM

Taxation without representation”

Dear Editor:

My father, who was a college professor, once told me that you could be the smartest person in the world, but if you do not have any common sense, you’re not going far in life.

This [city] commission needs to make some hard choices. Stop the spending — you can’t just raise taxes or the fire fee every time you need more money. You can’t spend more than you take in, period. Where are the people supposed to get the money? We can’t just go ask for a raise when we need more money with the insurance, and just about everything is going up. What are we, the people, supposed to do? Isn’t that what the revolutionary war was about — taxation without representation?

Steve Fabrizio

Deerfield Beach

RE: Fire fee, taxes

Dear Editor:

I have to respond to the comment made by one resident [“Deerfield passes NEW $175 fire fee, Sept. 19 Observer] concerning how unfair it is for people from Century Village to pay the $175 fire fee when they only occupy units comprising 1,000 sq ft.[or less].

The fact is that Century Village [in District 3] uses the services of fire-rescue more than any other district in Deerfield Beach, and, aside from District 2, they pay next to no real estate taxes.

District 1 presently pays approximately 48 percent of the total taxes in the city and yet those people who contribute the least – Districts 2 and 3 — constantly complain!

The reason that Deerfield Beach is going broke is that out of approximately 74,000 residents who live in Deerfield Beach, only approximately 35,000 actually contribute to its tax base!

Allowing Century Village to be developed here in Deerfield Beach has turned out to be one of the most fiscally irresponsible decisions ever made! This development is a burden to our city and has caused and will continue to contribute to the financial downfall of Deerfield Beach!

Pat Jolivet

Resident of The Cove

Deerfield Beach

Dog owners: Control your pets

Dear Editor:

I have a note that I would like posted in the newspaper about warning dog owners to be in control of their dogs. My small dog was attacked by two large dogs. The owner did not have control of the dogs and they belted out of their collars to attack my dog. Luckily, my dog survived!

Joan Murphy

Lighthouse Point



Posted on 26 September 2013 by LeslieM

Greater Pompano Beach Democratic Club monthly meeting

Thursday, Sept. 26, 7 p.m.

E. Pat Larkins Community Center 520 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Pompano Beach, FL 33441

Speaker: Broward County School Board Member, District 7, Nora Rupert. Refreshments will be served. FREE and open to the public. If you have any questions, e-mail batt671@yahoo.com.

Deerfield Beach Computer Club meets

Friday, Sept. 27, 10 a.m.

Century Village, Le Club, Rm. B 3501 W Dr. Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Every Friday except holidays. $1 per person. For more information, contact: Barry at 954- 725-9331 or visit www.db-cc.org.

5 Family Yard Sale

Friday, Sept. 27 & Saturday, Sept. 28, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

First Christian Church 1960 NE 34 St. Lighthouse Point, FL 33064

Petco Grand Opening

Saturday, Sept. 28 & Sunday, Sept. 29

3774 N. Federal Hwy. Lighthouse Point, FL 33064

Ribbon cutting: 8:55 a.m., pet adoptions and giveaways. Store has pet essentials from food to clothes, toys, etc. (including Star Wars apparel). www.petco.com.

SCORE Workshop

Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, 10:15 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Percy White Library 837 E. Hillsboro Blvd. Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Thinking of Owning a Business? Come to this introduction covering what you need to learn about what it really takes to start your own business. Registration is required. To register go to www.browardscore.org.

Annual Women’s Health Expo

Tuesday, Oct. 1, 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Broward Health North 201 E. Sample Rd. Pompano Beach, FL 33064

FREE, fun girl’s night featuring shopping, networking, exhibits, health presentations and raffles. Vendors include jewelry, clothing, skin care products, candles, accessories, food, spa, fitness and more. Topics: Breast Health, 5:30 p.m.; Diabetes, Hypertension and Weight Management, 6 p.m.; Wrinkle Relief, 6:30 p.m. Mammograms available until 7 p.m. (insurance or $115 self pay). To RSVP, call the Broward Health Line 954-759-7400 or visit BrowardHealth.org/events. Portion of proceeds for Broward Health North Comprehensive Care Center.

Sea Turtle Awareness

Saturday,Oct.5,10 to 11a.m.

International Fishing Pier 200 NE 21 Ave. Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Dr. Rusenko from Gumbo Limbo Nature Center and the Broward County Turtle Program will present the program. For more information, call 954-480-4417.

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Posted on 26 September 2013 by LeslieM

Syria is the focus today, not so much in the church as in the news.

One might think we have attention deficit disorder given we still have troops in harm’s way in Afghanistan. We’ve been out of Iraq for such a short time despite almost everyone’s interest (theirs and ours) in our departure. “Thank you, America. You can go home now!” Things have grown more violent in Iraq in our absence. Curious how that happens …

If there might be a moment of calm in the world, then maybe we’d refocus on the threat of North Korea, as they march toward a nuclear capacity already enjoyed (I use that word loosely) by Pakistan and Israel, to name a few.

If we were to have a lull in crises, we would surely shift our focus back to Iran’s nuclear development progressing in the shadows of Ahmadinejad’s promise to wipe Israel off the face of the map. Should we have a lull in crises, we might then focus on the conflicts of every continent, including our own.

No wonder the world barely noticed Sept. 21 was the International Day of Peace.

The United Nations and the world’s powers, including and especially our own nation, aim to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons for obvious reasons. There are fanatics who would love to kill a million people rather than a few thousand or a few hundred.

If you’ve been awake the last several weeks, you know it was the use of chemical weapons in Syria (chemical weapons sometimes referred to as “the poor man’s nuclear bomb”) which prompted the threat of military intervention by the U.S.A.

By conservative estimates, more than 100,000 people have been killed in the past two years in Syria, 2 million refugees have fled the country and, most notably, on Aug. 21 of this year, almost 1,500 men, women and children were killed with sarin gas. We may argue as to who is responsible, but no one can dispute the inhumane suffering of so many innocent people.

There are millions of peaceloving Syrians. Are they better off with the Assad regime, a Russian-supported secular government many believe is corrupt, or with rebel forces, many of whom have ties to Hezbollah and Al-Qaida? Do we even know? Do our political leaders really know?

What is unfortunate is we don’t seem to know and what is even more unfortunate is Syria is not the only mess in the world today.

Jesus says, “My kingdom is not of this world...”

Can we turn the other cheek to a jihadist who threatens to remove our head? Can we wage war against an enemy and love them at the same time?

Even the Prince of Peace points to the inevitability of war in this conflicted world when he says, “You will hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not alarmed; for this must take place, though the end is not at hand. For nation will rise against nation …” (Matthew 24)

Jesus also teaches that much is expected of those to whom much is given. This is true of nations as well as people.

Thank God there are nations able to confront regimes that build concentration camps with gas chambers for these are regimes and chambers that must be torn down.

In these times when there are too many conflicts for even the world’s superpower to contain or even completely understand, then surely we will turn to the Lord.

Pray “the Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Come, behold the works of the Lord; see what desolations he has brought on the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire…” [Psalm 46]

God’s Kingdom is our focus today, not so much in the news, as in the church.

Dennis Andrews is the Pastor at Community Presbyterian Church, “Steeple on the Beach,” located five blocks south of Hillsboro Blvd. on A1A. Sunday Services are held at 8:30 and 11 a.m.

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BSO Deputy Rivera’s funeral Friday at Calvary Chapel

Posted on 24 September 2013 by JLusk

deputydanielriverabrowardsheriffsofficerThe men and women of the Broward Sheriff Office are mourning the loss of a dedicated colleague, Deputy Daniel Rivera, who died Saturday night of injuries he sustained in a car crash. He leaves behind a 14-year-old son, Damian Luis Barrio, and many other grieving relatives, friends and coworkers.

Visitation for Rivera will be held Thursday, Sept. 26 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Pompano Beach, 138 NE 1 STreet, Pompano. The funeral is 11 a.m., Friday, September 27 at Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale, 2401 W. Cypress Creek Road, Fort Lauderdale. Interment is at Our Lady Queen of Heaven, 1400 State Road 7, North Lauderdale.

Deputy Rivera, 32, started with the Broward Sheriff’s Office in 2003. He served in the agency’s Department of Detention until May 2012 when he transferred to the Department of Law Enforcement. He was a road patrol deputy in BSO’s Pompano Beach district. He was driving on Interstate 95 just before sunrise on Sept. 11 when his car left the roadway and hit a tree.

“Our entire agency is feeling the loss of this young, brave deputy who was taken too soon from his family, friends and coworkers,” Sheriff Scott Israel said. “I am praying for Deputy Rivera’s family to find comfort and strength during this time.”

Deputy Rivera was a confident, hard-working deputy who loved fitness, dancing to Latin music, rooting for the New York Mets and being with his friends, family and his girlfriend. He was born in Brooklyn and attended the High School of Art and Design in Manhattan, John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan and Florida Atlantic University. Deputy Rivera was an auxiliary police officer with the New York Police Department before moving to Florida at age 19. He attended Church by the Glades in Coral Springs.

Other survivors include his mother, Miriam Cuin, a captain with the New York City Department of Corrections; father, Antonio Cuin, a warden with the New York City Department of Corrections; sister, Jessica Ducos; brother, Carlos Ducos; grandparents, Moises and Maria Hernandez and girlfriend, Andrea Mendez.

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Family-friendly travel to NYC

Posted on 21 September 2013 by JLusk


By Rachel Galvin

Thinking about traveling with your family to the Big Apple? Wondering what to do? While this seems to be more of a great place for adults, there are places great for families, although waiting until children are a little older is probably preferred. Here are a few options.

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art (www.metmuseum.org). From Egyptian temples to modern art, this is a great place to teach children about the art world. Ask about their family programs and free days. Exploreother museums nearby.
  • American Natural History Museum (www.amnh.org). Look at fossils of dinosaurs; learn about whales or other creatures, see a film in IMAX or visit the planetarium. (While in the area, check out the Dakota Building (1 W. 72 St.). This 19th century landmark has been home to countless celebrities, including John Lennon, who died here. Nearby in Central Park, you will find “Strawberry Fields.”)
  • Central Park Zoo (www.centralparknyc.org/visit/things-to-see/south-end/central-park-zoo.html). In the southeast corner of the park, birds fly free in the aviary while reptiles slither nearby safely behind glass. Monkeys preen on rocks in a serene man-made lake. Also look for a polar bear, snow leopard and other animals.
  • Empire State Building (www.esbnyc.com). The 86th floor offers a great view. Bring quarters for a closer look.
  • NBC Studio Tour (www.nbcstudiotour.com). See a behind the scenes look of some of the shows filmed here and be part of the action. Wear a jacket. It is very cold in here! Right next door is Radio City Music Hall (www.radiocity.com).
  • Times Square. Experience the excitement of the Great White Way. Visit M&M World (1600 Broadway) and the Hershey’s store across the street.
  • New York City Library (www.nypl.org). Visit the free exhibit “Why Children’s Book’s Matter,” about the history of children’s literature. On Fridays, from 1 to 2 p.m., in nearby Bryant Park, there are free fencing lessons. Call 212-382-2255 for info. Nearby are Grand Central Station and the Chrysler building.
  • United Nations (http://visit.un.org) is currently closed from Sept. 21 to Oct. 7. They have a special tour for kids. Email unitg@un.orgwith questions. Mail your postcards here; they have a post office near the gift shop.
  • FAO Schwarz (www.fao.com). This is a must-see for kids of all ages! You can build your own doll, or a whole doll house. You can even play beautiful music with your feet on the full size piano, just like the movie “Big.” Look for the Zoltar.
  • For a better view of the islands, check out the Circle Line Cruises (www.circleline42.com/new-york-cruises/home.aspx). Another great view is from the Brooklyn Bridge. See the nearby “Freedom Tower.”

Lodging is the most expensive part of a NYC trip. You can find food, gifts and even clothes that are very inexpensive. Do your homework, buy a book about the city that includes a good subway map. Look for discounts online. Bring your walking shoes and a camera. Take

the Big Apple by storm! See more at www.observernewspaperonline.com.

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Burglary Suspect chased By BSO;crashes in Deerfield

Posted on 19 September 2013 by JLusk

BSO dispatch received a call of a breaking and entering at 9:10 a.m. at 2201 Bay Drive in Pompano Beach. A deputy was injured trying to apprehend the suspect on Hillsboro Blvd. and A1A. It appears the suspect hit the deputy with his vehicle causing non life-threatening injuries. A SWAT team moved in on the suspect and removed him in front of hundreds of shocked by-standers

PBFR transported the deputyIMG_20130919_093527_240 to Broward Health North.

The suspect is in custody.

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Raiders compete in Pop Warner League

Posted on 19 September 2013 by LeslieM

Pages 09-16By Gary Curreri

Deerfield Beach Raiders coach Bobby Cooper took in stride his Pop Warner Tiny Mite team’s loss to host Delray Rocks.

The Rocks got touchdown runs of 50 and 32 yards from Jayden Parrish, a 43-yard TD run from Zandher Mesidort and a 50-yard scoring run from Courtney Brown to improve to 3-0 for the year. Deerfield fell to 1-2 with its second consecutive loss.

That is a very good team right there and our kids have got nothing to be ashamed of,” said Cooper, who has been coaching youth football for the past eight years. He took over the Raiders just eight days before the season opener. “Our kids kept fighting to the end. They didn’t quit and I am really proud of them. They are right about where they should be, considering how young and inexperienced they are.”

The Tiny Mite Division is composed of players ages 5- 7, who weigh between 35 and 75 lbs. The majority of the players on the Raiders team are 13. There are three players who are 7 and one who is 6 years old.

By contrast, the undefeated Rocks have an experienced team.

We have 15 returning players from last year’s team, so they have been doing really well,” said Delray Rocks coach Anthony Guy, who has been coaching for 12 years, including the past six with the Rocks. “The best thing about this process is seeing the work that they put in on the field before the season is paying off.”

Cooper agreed and said his team is looking to rebuild from the bottom weight class. They have three teams in the program ranging from the Tiny Mite program to the Midget Program.

The hardest part about working with 13 5-year-olds, and you only got two who have ever played (football) before, is to have patience,”

Cooper added. “The key is to have a lot of patience. If you don’t have patience, you don’t need to be out here.” Cooper and his staff concentrate on the basics with his Treasure Coast-based Pop Warner program.

We teach them about teamwork and we like to get the families involved, especially the fathers,” Cooper said. “We try and get the families to spend time with the kids. We are teaching them everything they need to know. It also isn’t about winning. We want them to learn important lessons and sports will do that.”

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