| March, 2014


Posted on 20 March 2014 by LeslieM


March 12 A man reported that someone tried to break into his car parked at 1906 NE 6 Ave. The driver’s side door lock was punched in.

March 12 A man reported that he was punched in the face and kicked repeatedly and that a suspect stole $400 from him. Incident took place at 5101 N. Dixie Hwy.

March 12 A woman reported her car driver’s side window was smashed. Incident took place at 401 E. Sample Rd.

March 13 The passenger window was smashed on a car parked at 4072 Eastridge Dr. and a purse was stolen.

March 13 The rear passenger window was smashed on a car parked at 4053 Eastridge Dr. $30 in quarters was stolen.


Feb. 15 The victim, who lives at 2201 NE 36 St. said he purchased a movie ticket and provided his driver’s license; however, he hasn’t seen it since.

Feb. 15 While making a traffic stop at 3700 N. Federal Hwy. for not wearing a seat belt, taillights not working and driving with a suspended license, the officer noticed a beer can on the floor and three baggies of marijuana and MDMA.

Feb. 16 Police responded to a truck being parked in the middle of the street at 2000 NE 48 St. A male subject was found sleeping in the passenger seat and the car was running. There was no one in the driver’s seat. Officers smelled cannabis coming from the vehicle and the subject’s breath. They also discovered six baggies in his front pocket, 90 empty baggies in the vehicle used for distribution of drugs and 52 grams of marijuana.

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Posted on 20 March 2014 by LeslieM

Garden Club of LHP

Thursday, March 20, 11 a.m.

2700 NE 36 St. (E. Sample Rd.) Lighthouse Point, FL 33064

Fun with Pollinators & Natives” Bees, Moths and Butterflies, with Bryan Scott, Broward County Master Naturalist I and Park Ranger Aide. Horticulture Tips by Mona Johnston, raffle and refreshments. 954-942-9310 or visit www.lhpgc.org.

Marine Advisory Board meets

Thursday, March 20, 6 p.m.

Old School House 232 NE 2 St. Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

South Florida Chamber Ensemble Piano Trio (SFCE) performs

Friday, March 21, 7:30 p.m.

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

Program 5: The Secrets of Longevity.” Hear music by composers whose healthy lifestyles contributed to their longevity and hear tips from local medical professionals on how to live to 100 and beyond. Free reception following concert with healthy snacks provided by Whole Foods Market, Coral Springs. $15 regular admission, $10 for students/seniors/ military. Children under 12 free with paid adult ticket. 954- 803-3762 or www.sfcemusic.com.

FREE carousel rides

Friday, March 21, 3 to 5 p.m.

Pompano Citi Centre 1955 N. Federal Hwy. Pompano Beach, FL 33062

Free rides for World Down Syndrome Day. Info: www.worlddownsyndromeday.org.

An Evening With the Stars

Friday, March 21, 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Fern Forest Nature Center 201 Lyons Rd. South Coconut Creek, FL 33063

Speakers cover basic telescope techniques and general astronomy information. FREE. For information, call 954- 384-0442.

Women’s Club of Coc. Crk. Garage Sale

Saturday, March 22, 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

North Recreation Complex 4455 Sol Press Blvd. Coconut Creek, FL 33073

Items include toys, jeans, jewelry, small appliances, games, men’s and women’s business suits, boots, designer shoes, children’s toys, clothes and housewares. 954-540-2374.

Pancake Breakfast

Saturday, March 22, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Johnny Tigner Community Center, Westside Park 445 SW 2 St. Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Held by the Kiwanis Club of Deerfield Beach – West. $7. 954-428-1537.

Dixieland/ Hot Jazz Session

Sunday, March 23, 1-4 p.m.

Henry’s Hideaway SE corner of Andrews Avenue & McNab Road Pompano Beach, FL 33069

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

CRA Job Fair

Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 3 to 7 p.m.

E. Pat Larkins Community Center 520 MLK Blvd. Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Looking for a job? Stop by this job fair, dressed to impress with resume in hand. 954-586-1132.

North Broward Democratic Club

Wednesday, March 26, 7:30 p.m.

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

Speaker: Former Congressman Ron Klein. Topic: update on Washington D.C. FREE and open to the public. Refreshments served. 954-783-8232.

Gotta Dance: Tribute to Gene Kelly

Wednesday, March 26, 7 p.m.

Herb Skolnick Community Center 800 SE 36 Ave. Pompano Beach, FL 33069

A song and dance tribute presented by Rome and Marina Saladino and pianist Jim Weber. $20. 954-786-4590.

Save the date: Last Chance—ObamaCare sign-up

NEXT Friday, March 28, 5 to 9 p.m.

E. Pat Larkins Community Center 520 MLK Blvd. Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Bring Driver’s License, proof of income (last three months pay stubs, statements from all income sources (alimony, child support, SSI, retirement accounts, etc.), Social Security cards or numbers for everyone on application, immigration documents (green card, certification of citizenship or naturalization), proof of insurance (ID cards/policy number for all persons on application), most recent tax return. 954-786- 4848.

Save the date: Cuisine of the Region

Wednesday, April 23, 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Hillsboro Club 901 Hillsboro Mile (A1A) Hillsboro Beach, FL 33062

Tasty tidbits from area restaurants, live & silent auction, door prizes and more. Benefits NE Focal Point. $60 at door/ $50 advance. Tickets available at NE Focal Point, 227 NW 2 St., Deerfield Beach, FL 33441. 954-480-4460.

Pre-Teen Dance

The City of Deerfield Beach Parks and Recreation Dept. presents Pre-Teen Dances for youth ages 10 – 12 at Westside Park, 445 SW 2 St., on Fridays, March 21, April 18, May 16, June 20, July 18, Aug. 15 and Sept. 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Come jam to the latest hiphop sounds. Refreshments sold. $2. 954-480-4481.

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CLERGY CORNER: The salt of the Earth

Posted on 20 March 2014 by LeslieM

Not long ago, I had an issue with my blood pressure. Fortunately, I have a wonderful Cardiologist, Dr. Lawrence Weinstein, and, with his wisdom, and a bit of mazel, the very first medicine he prescribed for me worked like a charm. Of course, while it worked, the first few samples I was given needed to be cut in half and, let me tell you something, it was not exactly a mechaya to my taste buds.

Mary Poppins sang, “Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.” And while a spoonful of sugar can, indeed, make the medicine go down, it can also make your glucose level go up. And that is when someone mockingly said, “Why don’t you just take it with a grain of salt.” But any of you who have dealt with high blood pressure know that salt is not such a wise thing either as it will make your blood pressure go up. Oy, sometimes you just can’t win.

Truth is, I love salt and most of you who know me know that I also love chocolate … chocolate covered almonds, chocolate covered peanuts, chocolate covered macadamias, chocolate covered pretzels and, let’s not forget the various chocolate pastries we have at our Kiddush at the end of our services.

Then again, we also have things like white fish salad, lox and chips, and do you know what all of those have in common? That’s right, they are loaded with salt. The other day I felt like I was coming down with something and I went out to get some chicken soup. The regular kosher soup I looked at had over 1,000 milligrams of salt in it, so I got the low sodium version, and it still had some 570 grams, enough to overdo my quota for the day.

You shall season your every offering of meal with salt, you shall not omit from your meal offering the salt of your covenant with G-d, with all your offerings you must offer salt.” (Vayikra 2:13)

To this day, when we partake of Challah on Shabbat, it is traditional to either dip it in salt or to sprinkle some salt on the piece we are about to eat as Challah is representative of one of the sacrifices and a sacrifice requires salt.

While my blood pressure causes me to say “No” to salt and to look at salt in a negative way, I cannot forget that there is a positive side, a holy side to salt as well. For instance, to this day when my throat gets sore, it is not unusual for me to take to gargling with warm salt water.

Isak Diinisen talks about the healing power of salt saying, “The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears or the sea.” When I dance, sweat pours out of my pores literally cleansing my body of many impurities. When I am by the sea, my mind is cleansed by the sound of the waves and the beauty of the waters. And, as for tears, what is the main ingredient in tears? Salt water! Tears, too, are cleansing. The falling of those precious drops from your tear ducts cleanses your heart and your soul and enables you to let go of a lot of hurt.

So have a good sweat. Have a good cry. And go spend some time relaxing down by the sea, and, while you are there, I hope you can feel Gd calling out to you reminding you that you are the salt of the earth.

Shalom my friends,

Rabbi Craig H. Ezring

Rabbi Ezring is the spiritual leader of Temple Beth Israel of Deerfield Beach. We welcome you to join our warm and caring family for Shabbat and festival services. We’ll make your heart glow…who knows, you might even fall in love with Shul all over again.

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Deerfield Beach resident a fugitive, found after 40 years

Posted on 14 March 2014 by JLusk

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James Jones a.k.a. Bruce Keith

A wanted fugitive  living in Deerfield Beach was apprehended March 14 at his job in Pompano Beach.

The man, James Jones, 69, went under the assumed name of Bruce Keith. He was originally arrested for premeditated murder and aggravated assault in the death of a fellow Army private at Fort Dix in New Jersey. He was sentenced and sent to the penitentiary in Leavenworth, KS in 1974, but escaped three years later.

When the U.S. Marshals were brought in to work on the case, they found their man, who was arrested without incident.


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FLICKS: 300: Rise of an Empire

Posted on 13 March 2014 by LeslieM

By Dave Montalbano


When I posted the review of 300 on my blog seven years ago, the views were outstanding. The first responses that I received were complimentary, especially from an individual claiming to be in the military. Eventually, the responses turned sour, nasty and insulting. The Iranian government banned 300 due to the depiction of the Persian Army. Seven years later, this entry still receives a regular dosage of spam.

While not as good as its predecessor, 300: Rise of An Empire has opened with a strong box office, revealing that ticket buyers enjoy watching history taught by comic books. Based on Frank Miller’s graphic novels, this new 300 is more of a companion piece than a direct sequel to the old 300.

The film opens a generation before the events of the first movie. King Darius is killed by an arrow shot by Themistocles (Sullivan Stapleton) in battle. The late King Darius was the father of Xeres (Rodrigo Santoro), a deluded individual who proclaims himself a god. While the delusional King seeks the spotlight, behind the scenes Artemisia (Eva Green) pulls the strings of Persian politics. Undefeated as the Admiral of the Seas, Artemisia seeks to avenge the glory of King Darius.

As a ragtag selection of city states, Greece is a bickering democracy awaiting to be conquered. Themistocles, an Athenian, is fully aware of these political problems and desperately seeks cooperation with the Spartans, especially Queen Gorgo (Lena Headey). Gorgo is the widow of the king, whose army of 300 Spartans were slaughtered by the Xeres and his Persian Army of thousands. Themistocles is fully aware that Artemisia has topower to crush the bickering Greek Isle.

Like the first 300, the computer graphics create vivid action scenes involving navy battles. Unlike the first 300, this new movie seems sloppy in direction. Utilizing the 3-D technology, 300 Rise of an Empire features too many scenes of splattered blood floating in the air.

Despite some disappointing visuals, this film is a fun movie to learn about Greek and Persian history. While Stapleton is a likeable leading man, it is the women who rule this empire. While reprising her role from the first movie, Headey gives a stoic performance with simmering rage. As the angry Artemisia, Green is given many memorable moments with a sword.

As the title role in Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill

For Green cements her image as today’s femme fatale.

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Posted on 13 March 2014 by LeslieM


Feb. 24 A man reported his Chevrolet Impala stolen from 4141 Eastridge Circle.

Feb. 24 A man stole two speakers from Target at 3599 W. Hillsboro Blvd. The man left the store and entered a car that drove away.

Feb. 24 A man at La Quinta Inn at 100 SW 12 Ave. reported that someone stole his luggage from his room.

Feb. 25 A man reported his bicycle stolen from 708 SE 4 St. Feb. 26 A man reported his bicycle stolen from 430 SE 3 Court.

Feb. 26 It was reported that an individual stole soap and vehicle freshener from the Family Dollar store at 4811 N. Dixie Hwy.

DEERFIELD — District 4

March 7 Lost property was reported at Deer Run, 404 S. Powerline Rd.

March 7 Traffic Offense – DUI and Damage Property occurred at Quiet Waters, 4200 SW 10 St.

March 7 Theft – Retail /Shoplifting took place at Super Target, 3599 W. Hillsboro Blvd. An unknown female stole $657.95 in merchandise from Target.


Feb. 8 Someone took an iPhone5 from a man’s desk at 2800 N. Federal Hwy. The victim said two subjects were near the desk and asked to use a restroom. They fled the business. The phone was valued at $600.

Feb. 12 Victim said his driver’s license was either lost or stolen when he was at a bank located at 2850 N. Federal Hwy. He went back to the bank, but couldn’t find the driver’s license.

Feb. 12 Victim believes he lost his driver’s license at a store located at 3722 N. Federal Hwy. He called the store. However, they don’t have it.

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Posted on 13 March 2014 by LeslieM

Sawgrass Expressway Expansion mtg. TODAY

Dear Editor:

Some of you may have read [in the newspaper] that the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization (M.P.O.) will be discussing expanding the Sawgrass Expressway through 10th Street at their next meeting TODAY, March 13 in the Trade Centre South building, 100 W. Cypress Creek Road, Suite 850, Ft. Lauderdale at 9:30 a.m.

This is being brought forward by the Vice Mayor of Coral Springs, Larry Vignola.

Obviously, this will have a tremendous effect on our city.

Many of you have shared with me your concerns regarding this type of expansion. I too am very concerned with the impact this will have on our quality of life. I recommend to those of you who wish to express your feelings on the matter to contact Coral Springs Vice Mayor Vignola at lvignola@coralsprings.org.

While I encourage you to be passionate in expressing your concerns, and while I recognize that many of you share my passion for this issue, I implore you to be respectful and courteous to Vice Mayor Vignola.

Bill Ganz

District 4 commissioner

Deerfield Beach


Beach renourishment, ELECTION

February was a very eventful month in [Broward County] District 4.

From Pompano’s Unity in the Community event, Lighthouse Point’s Keeper Days, Deerfield Beach’s Founders’ Days weekend, to the many celebrations for Black History Month, it was a great month to be out and about in our community.

While it was great to see so much civic involvement, an issue that continues to be at the forefront of my agenda has been the renourishment of our beautiful beaches.

Our economy relies heavily on the strength of our beaches and critical time passes each day that we do not have the necessary federal permits in hand. The good news is that we have all of our necessary permits and approvals from the State of Florida.

Last year, we received nearly $10 BILLION in our local economy from the 13 million visitors who came to Broward for our beautiful beaches.

As it currently stands, we are awaiting the biological opinion from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Marine Fisheries (NOAA Fisheries).

I traveled to Washington, D.C. earlier this month to advocate for our beaches and returned with renewed hope that they understand the critical nature of our project and are motivated to issue our permit.

Persistence is key to our success and I will not stop until I see the trucks hauling sand to our beach.

We now need your help in contacting all of our federal elected officials in Washington, D.C. Please contact each of their offices and respectfully urge our representatives to do the following:

Please urge the Secretary of Commerce to ensure that the biological opinion of the Segment II Beach Project is completed as soon as possible.”

You can find your federal representative by visiting www.house.gov and clicking on Find Your Representative.


March is Election month for many of Broward’s municipalities and Tuesday was Election Day. It is often said that the government closest to the people governs most effectively.

For most Broward residents, your city and county elected officials comprise your local government that provides the majority of your essential services.

As a former [Lighthouse Point] city commissioner, I know all too well that voter turnout is key to a successful election.

If there is anything we can do to assist you with your vision for a better Broward, please do not hesitate to contact our office at 954-357-7004 or by email at clamarca@broward.org. Or visit our website www.broward.org/district4,

As always, it is my honor to serve you.

Chip LaMarca

Broward County commissioner, District 4



Posted on 13 March 2014 by LeslieM

Sisterhood of Temple Beth Israel meets

Thursday, March 13, 11:30 a.m.

Temple Beth Israel 201 S. Military Trail Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Mini lunch served. Hebrew Academy Children’s Choir performs. Info: 954-428-6265 or 954-421-7060.

Shining a Light on ACS

Saturday, March 15, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Community Presbyterian Church, Briggs Hall 1920 SE 4 St. Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Casual worship gathering, light meal. Preparing for Relay for Life (Apr. 5 at Quiet Waters Park). FREE, canned good donation appreciated, will be donated to Gateway Community Outreach. 954-427-0222.

Ballet & Jazz Dance for Children

Saturday, March 15, 1–3:45 p.m.

Constitution Park 2841 W. Hillsboro Blvd. Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Children ages 6-15. Registration technically over but still may be able to get a free class, or possibly enroll. $90 for 8 weeks plus registration fee- $30. Each class will hold a recital at the end of the session. To register, visit www.deerfield-beach.com or visit any of the City of D.B. Parks & Recreation facilities. 954-480- 4494.

Elite Force Martial Arts Black Belt Spectacular

Saturday, March 15, 11 a.m.

Township Center for the Performing Arts 2424 Lyons Rd. Coconut Creek, FL 33063

Tickets Available at the Dojo. 954-785-1348.

6th Annual Prayer Breakfast/Fundraiser

Saturday, March 15, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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

Guest speaker: Bishop Patrick Kelly. Donation: $10. Call 954-418-0216 or 954-667-5074 for tickets.

New Presbyterian Church Concert Series

Sunday, March 16, 2 p.m.

Pompano Beach High School Gymnasium 1400 NE 6 St. Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Samuel Metzger, Organist, Farewell Concert. No tickets needed, offering will be taken. 954-946-4380 or www.newpres.org.

Dance Fitness for Adults

Monday, March 17, 7p.m.

Constitution Park 2841 W. Hillsboro Blvd. Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Registration until March 13 (you may be able to come in after for free trial class). $100 for 8 weeks plus registration fee-$30. To register, visit www.deerfield-beach.com or visit any City of DB Parks & Recreation facilities. 954-480-4494.

Zonta Club of Greater Deerfield Beach meets

Tuesday, March 18, begins 11:15 a.m.

DoubleTree by Hilton 100 Fairway Dr. Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

11:15 to 11:45 a.m. — social networking, noon — lunch and business. Guest Speaker: Dr. Brian Sheen, Complementary & Alternative Medicine Practitioner and Life Coach at The Quantum Healing & Empowerment Center. $20 all inclusive. Cash or checks only. RSVP: queenrmv1@bellsouth.net or 561-750- 7355.


Wednesday, March 19, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

50 NE 1 St. Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Features Harmony Jones, a contemporary mixed-media artist. FREE. Food trucks on-site as well as wine, snacks, and live music. Info: 954-586-1111.

Woman’s Club meets

Wednesday, March 19, 7:30 p.m.

910 E. Hillsboro Blvd. Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Info: 954-421-4700.

5th Annual All People’s Day Diversity Festival

Saturday, March 22, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pompey Park 1101 NW 2 St. (indoor) & NW 10 Ave. (outdoor) Delray Beach, FL 33444

Non-profit event that brings in people from all over. Dance, music, social theater, costumes, culture, interactive booths, Origami folding, games, crafts, Kids’ workshop from 9 to 11 a.m. Call 561-495-9818 for more information. Some kids’ activities require registration and may have an extra fee.

SAVE THE DATE: Rotary Charity Scholarship Golf Tournament

Friday, May 9, 11:30 a.m. registration; 1 p.m. shotgun start; 5:30 p.m. dinner & awards;

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

The Deerfield Beach Rotary Fund has provided over $100,000 in charitable contributions over the past 6 years, including providing scholarships to high school graduates in the area. Sign up today. Call 954-421-5550 or visit www.deerfield rotarygolf.com for more info.

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CLERGY CORNER: Try happiness

Posted on 13 March 2014 by LeslieM

James 5:13

13 Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray. Are any of you happy? You should sing praises.


No one is exempt from going through bad times, but please do not forget that we have many good times also. Whether everything is great or it totally stinks, God should always have our attention.

Last Sunday, when I went to church, I knew I was in for a great day. How could I not be? I was in God’s House, the “Happiest Place on Earth.” However, as I looked around at this happy place, I started to think. In this happy place, there was a crying child, a man who just lost a family member to cancer, a young woman going through a divorce and a preacher who felt each of their pain. I couldn’t help but think, even in God’s House, the happiest place on earth, there is still suffering and hurting people. Check out Psalms Chapter 20 (Awesome)

Psalms 20

1 In times of trouble, may the LORD respond to your cry. May the God of Israel keep you safe from all harm.

2 May he send you help from his sanctuary and strengthen you from Jerusalem.

3 May he remember all your gifts and look favorably on your burnt offerings.

4 May he grant your heart’s desire and fulfill all your plans.

5 May we shout for joy when we hear of your victory, flying banners to honor our God. May the LORD answer all your prayers.

6 Now I know that the LORD saves his anointed king. He will answer him from his holy heaven and rescue him by his great power.

7 Some nations boast of their armies and weapons, but we boast in the LORD our God.

8 Those nations will fall down and collapse, but we will rise up and stand firm.

9 Give victory to our king, O LORD! Respond to our cry for help.


For some, our happiest place is with our family and friends, or taking a walk on the beach. We cannot escape suffering; no matter how hard we try we are not exempt.

Sometimes, suffering is used for correcting; sometimes, it is used for God’s glory; sometimes, it is used to build our character and, sometimes, one person suffers for another’s benefit.

Yet, there are times when we really don’t understand why others or we ourselves are suffering. Like Job from the Bible, we must seek to trust God and endure because we win when we do! We have a happy place found in the presence of the Lord. If God could hear Jonah’s cry from inside the whale, then I am sure he can hear your cry. One thing is for sure: if we are suffering in any way, then we should be praying and talking to God a lot. What do you think?

Perhaps, you are in a season of hurt or suffering right now. In this moment, it may not be clear why your suffering is happening. Your role in this season is to spend time with and reach out to God, knowing that He will help you through this trial with His strength. In this way, at the end of the day, you will be able to rejoice in who God is.

James 5:13 says we should pray and praise God during the good times and the bad times. In good or bad times, we’d better be spending time with God. Try happiness; it is found in the presence of the Lord.

Tony Guadagnino is the pastor at Christian Love Fellowship Church, 801 SE 10 St.,Deerfield Beach, 33441. www.CLFministries.org

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Tornado tries to touch down

Posted on 06 March 2014 by JLusk

Thursday, March 6, at 2:45 p.m. heavy rain bands passing through Boca Raton, developed a small twister.  Trees were damaged and several awnings were ripped from their foundation.photo

PHOTO BY: Jim Wilson

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