| July, 2014

Murphy, Calix following their dreams

Posted on 31 July 2014 by LeslieM

Jordon Murphy boxes in the recent Boxing at the Creek VII card at the StrikeGym in Coconut Creek. Photo by Gary Curreri

Jordon Murphy boxes in the recent Boxing at the Creek VII card at the StrikeGym in Coconut Creek. Photo by Gary Curreri

By Gary Curreri

Anthony Calix calls boxing the hardest thing he has ever done in his life.

It was just pure energy,” said Calix, 17, of Margate, who recently graduated from Coral Springs High School and is going to Palm Beach State College. “It doesn’t come easy like school and working. Nothing to me gets more intense than this.”

Calix fell to 0-2 in his amateur career after he dropped a Jorge Torres in the recent Boxing at the Creek VII card at the StrikeGym in Coconut Creek. Calix, who fights for the Deerfield Beach BSO PAL, has been boxing since he was 13 and recently started competitive matches.

Calix said it isn’t nervewracking being in the ring.

When you are in there, you get the most powerful feeling ever,” Calix said. “It is like everybody is there to see you work and perform. Most people don’t know what it is like to be an athlete. They just see people doing things that you, yourself, as a normal person, wouldn’t do. It is inspiring. It is more energy for me.”

Boxing presents different challenges for Calix than other sports. Calix used to run track.

Compared to boxing, track is really boring,” Calix said. “It is a really static sport. Somebody is going to run faster than somebody else and that is it. Here, somebody can be losing the whole match and win it back in the last round. Someone might get knocked out of nowhere. It is dynamic. The exciting part about it too is that you could be trailing, and it only takes one punch to win it.”

When Calix first started, he used to take the 2-1/2 hour bus ride from Margate.

It’s good,” Calix said. “That’s all I got. Without them I wouldn’t be here. It kind of is a team sport. We support each other and we make each other better at the end of the day.”

Deerfield Beach’s Jordon Murphy, 14, won his bout in the Coconut Creek event. Murphy, a six-year veteran of boxing, won Ringside World and Nationals and was hopeful of repeating this year.

Murphy, a freshman at Monarch High School, improved to 56-10 with the win.

My coach and I don’t really worry about the local shows,” Murphy said. “It is all about practice. He wants to see what we can do before we go to the big shows. I wanted to work on my footwork and beating him to the punches. I don’t think I did that good. I could have worked on more. I think I could have done better.”

As long as he wins, it’s okay.

If he were to lose at a local show heading into a big competition, it would give me a bad reputation and people would be thinking other stuff about me,” Murphy said. “They would say that I slacked off.”

His favorite fighters are Manny Pacquiao and Canelo Alvarez.

I like how they are smart fighters,” Murphy said. “Manny works punches and Canelo hits hard and fast.”

Simply Soccer camp

Local residents have an opportunity to take advantage of World Cup soccer fever this summer as the Simply Soccer camp closes out its 26th year in Coral Springs.

There have been record numbers this year for the camp, which was also previously held in the city of Pompano. The soccer camp is for boys and girls, ages 5-14, of all skill levels, who will be taught a variety of soccer skills from dribbling to shooting.

Remaining dates are July 28-Aug. 1; August 4-8; August 11-15. There are three sessions each day ranging from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; extended hours camp from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and a Tiny Tot program for kids ages 5 and 6 from 9 a.m. to noon. Full day campers must bring a soccer ball, swimsuit, shin guards, water bottle and lunch. For information, call 954-345-2200.


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FLICKS: Hercules & Master Sang

Posted on 30 July 2014 by LeslieM

flicks073114By Dave Montalbano


Born in Seoul, South Korea in 1966, Sang Koo Kang immigrated to the United States and has lived the American Dream. His family settled in Miami and Sang drew attention for kicking field goals in High School. While Hurricane Coach Jimmy Johnson took notice of this young talent, Sang impressed the legendary Bobby Bowden and became the Florida State Seminole field goal kicker for four years. With his interest in martial arts, Sang Koo Kang earned the designation “Master Sang.”

Upon graduation in 1990, Master Sang opened a small martial arts studio in Miami Beach on Collins Avenue. Sang’s Academy has grown to several schools in Miami- Dade area and expansion into Coconut Creek. As for success, Sang says, “1. Make sure you have the right attitude, you are special and different from others. 2. Everything must be consistent, you have to find something and be the best at it.”

Director Brett Ratner cast Master Sang in Rush Hour 2 and 3 and, more recently, Sang was flown to Budapest, Hungary to contribute his expertise for Hercules, starring Dwayne Johnson. Sang is philosophical about his involvement with the motion picture.

Brett Ratner is a genius, so smart with a good eye. Ratner gets his family involved and works with good action people. Going to Budapest and working with Brett Ratner helps set a good example for my children that they can do it.”

With $30 million in the box office treasure chest, Hercules is proving to be formidable summer blockbuster. Marketed as another “sword & sandals special effects extravaganza,” this film contains a good story with strong character development and clear action-packed visuals.

Based on the graphic novel The Thracian Wars by Steve Moore, this Hercules debunks the “son of Zeus legend” with a story about a mortal mercenary and his team of myth-makers. The King of Thrace (John Hurt) recruits Team Hercules to train his country of farmers to become soldiers. After accomplishing this task, Thrace gains an empire.

Despite his box office success, Ratner is an under-rated filmmaker. Hercules tells an old story with a modern twist and is perfect for a matinee.

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15 Years of FLICKS; congrats, “Cinema” Dave

Posted on 30 July 2014 by JLusk

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“Cinema” Dave Montalbano Photo by Barbara McCormick

The Observer’s Flicks columnist celebrates 15 years

Congratulations to “Cinema” Dave Montalbano for successfully completing 15 years of coverage with his Flicks column. Steadfastly relaying information on current films playing at a theater near you, Montalbano, a 1981 Deerfield High School graduate and Florida State University alum, incorporates film history into every piece. His knowledge of the classics is evident and his love for cinema keeps him writing year after year. When not writing and watching movies, this former teacher and WAXY radio promotions coordinator spends time at local film festivals and Spooky Empire events, and dining with his mother, who just celebrated a 90th birthday not long ago. His “mortgage-paying job,” as he terms it, is with Broward County libraries. In addition, he is just finishing up his third novel. This one, still untitled, is themed Christian Horror, whereas his last, “Davy Jones & the Heart of Darkness” was set on the high seas. His first book, “The Adventures of Cinema Dave and the Florida Motion Picture World” includes many of his columns from The Observer as well as other historical tidbits and essays. What’s next in the world of Cinema Dave? Visit his blog to find out: http://cinemadave.livejournal.com.

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Posted on 30 July 2014 by LeslieM


July 16 A man was arrested and charged with stealing crab meat valued at $54.96 from Publix at 3740 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

July 16 A woman reported that her iPhone and a wallet were stolen from her room at an assisted living facility at 1050 SW 24 Ave.

July 17 A man was reported running from a home at 269 NW 39 Court with a pillow full of items stolen from the home. He escaped in a car driven by another man.

July 18 A man reported being stabbed by a man and having his iPhone and a keyboard stolen. Incident was reported at 311 NW 46 St.

DEERFIELD — District 4 July 28 Burglary to a business was reported in Deerfield Mall at 3912 W. Hillsboro Blvd. Unknown persons made entry into the business via the air conditioner on the roof. The suspect removed the AC panels and crawled through the air conditioner into the business. Once inside, the suspect cut two holes into the side of the safe using a grinder. The safe contained $6,419.The suspect had knowledge of the business because the alarm was active with motion sensors and the business was equipped with video security. The security video showed the suspect bypass the alarm motion sensors by crawling on the floor to the area where the safe was stored.

July 28 Theft took place in Deer Pointe at 293 NW 36 Ave. The Florida decal was stolen off a Florida tag.


July 2 The victim ran into a business and left her vehicle unlocked at 3170 N. Federal Hwy. When she returned, she discovered three purses, $50 in cash, debit cards, make-up and perfume valued at $776 stolen from the vehicle.

July 3 A subject was found to be operating a stolen 2014 Ford Focus following a teletype check during a traffic stop at 1850 NE 25 St. The subject was charged with auto theft and driving with a suspended license.

July 3 A loss prevention officer observed a male subject take three pieces of raw meat and leave the store located at 3700 N. Federal Hwy. without paying for them. The loss was $80.

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Green Market to re-open in Boca

Posted on 30 July 2014 by LeslieM

Dear Editor:

We at the former Deerfield Beach Green Market would like to THANK all the vendors, merchants and public who supported its existence.

We, as all of you, were disappointed when we received the cease-and-desist order from the City.

All The Cove merchants and public signatures submitted to the commission, over 200 to keep it open, were met with deaf ears from the mayor.

We thank Commissioner Miller and Ganz who stood up and were in favor of keeping it going as a very successful entertainment event for the city. We know that a lot of vendors, merchants and the public are disappointed that it is no longer there at The Cove.

But we have good news for you.

We are re opening in North Boca Raton on Federal Highway at The Wick Theater and Costume Museum, at 7901 N. Federal Hwy.

Most of the same vendors who serviced you before will be there. Take the family and visit the new market and tour the theater for an exciting experience.

The venue will be open every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine. It is pet friendly.

Again, we thank all of our supporters and hope to see you at the new market.

Arthur Damato

Community Green Market Events

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Posted on 30 July 2014 by LeslieM

Art Exhibition of Vintage Trains

Through August 10

Lil’ Ole Caboose Restaurant

204 S. Powerline Rd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Exhibition of Tulla Lightfoot’s paintings of vintage trains. All artwork will be for sale and duplicates of images can be ordered.954-428-1597.

World percussionist performs

Friday, August 1, 3 p.m.

Boca Raton Children’s Museum

498 Crawford Blvd.

Boca Raton, FL 33432

Buckley Griffis will perform an amazing performance, exploring different countries through drum rhythms. Founder and program director of Rhythm Weavers, he performs for crowds around the state. Parents and kids get to play a variety of fun and interesting instruments. $10 per family. For information, call 561-368-6875. www.cmboca.org.

Country Music Festival

Saturday, August 2, noon to 9 p.m.

Main Beach Parking Lot

149 SE 21 Ave.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Boot scoot boogie to the country beats while enjoying the beach view. The country music fest features plenty of music, vendor booths to browse through, art to see and more, as well as a classic car show and a mechanical bull. Complimentary parking/shuttle service available at The Cove Shopping Center, continuously from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Ocean Way from Hillsboro Blvd. to SE 3 St. and Main Beach Parking Lot will close 6 a.m. on August 2 and will reopen Sunday, August 3 in the morning. See music schedule, Pg. 1. For information, call: 954-480-4429 or visit www.deerfield-beach.com/cmf.

About Boating Safely

Saturday, August 2, 8:30 a.m.

Imperial Point Medical Center

6401 N. Federal Hwy.

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

$50 includes ABS Booklet, Certificate of Completion, submission to State of FL for State’s Boater I.D. Presented by U.S. Coast Auxiliary Flotilla 34. 305-509-9034.

Save the date: National Night Out on Crime

Tuesday, August 5, 6 to 9 p.m.

Quiet Waters Park

401 S. Powerline Rd., Pavilion #10

Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Turn on your porch lights and come out for an evening of fun with your neighbors, local businesses and Broward Sheriff’s Office as they take a stand against crime. Music, food, prizes, children’s activities and BSO demonstrations. Operation Medicine Cabinet — bring your unwanted, unused and expired medications for $5 Publix gift card (one per family, while supplies last). Shred your documents –FREE, maximum 5 bags or boxes. For information, call 954-571-4553.

Save the date: Brynth “BP” Peterson CD Release Party

Thursday, August 7, 8 p.m.

Bailey Contemporary Arts (BaCA)

41 NE 1 St.

Pompano Beach, FL 33060

CD release event for BP, who was born and raised in Pompano Beach. Tickets available at the door for $10 ea. For more information, visit www.bacapompano.org.

Save the date: DBHS Class of 1974 40th Reunion

Friday, Sept. 12 and Saturday, Sept. 13

Embassy Suites Deerfield Beach

950 S. Ocean Way

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

$85 per person includes “Meet & Greet” with hors d’oeuvres, Friday 5:30-7:30 p.m., and Saturday dinner/dance with DJ/photographer. Payment can be made to: Linda Threlkeld, 17580 Lake Park Rd., Boca Raton, FL 33487 or by credit/debit card through Paypal (1974.DBHS.Reunion@gmail.com). Paypal price is $90 due to processing fees. For more information, call debbywebb1@yahoo.com.

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Posted on 30 July 2014 by LeslieM

“Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations “(Psalm 90: 1).

Moses’ statement written for the benefit of the tribes in the wilderness is often borrowed and applied to contemporary communities of faith.

It is a declaration that beyond buildings and roofs, God himself is the abode of the believer.

In God, he puts his trust, his confidence and his faith. His offspring and succeeding generations inevitably follow the same pattern and make the same proclamation. It springs from the realization that God guides, comforts, protects and provides for those who put their trust in Him. He can be counted on to be faithful, dependable and true.

One such community of faith in our fair city is the Cathedral Church of God (365 S. Dixie Hwy).

For 90 years, the congregation has witnessed the faithfulness of God as they have served him and the community.

In August of 1924, at the corner of Dixie Highway and SW 2 Street, a small group of Christian believers proclaimed the “Full Gospel” and laid a foundation for what would become Deerfield Beach’s first Pentecostal church.

In the ensuing decades, the church would grow as many individuals and families began to put their faith in God and bear witness to the power of the Gospel. Many of the founding members’ progeny are still actively involved in this ministry of faith.

Today, the church is celebrating a rich history and legacy that has lasted for several generations. Cathedral Church of God is one of the leading congregations in the Florida/Cocoa Church of God (Cleveland, TN). It has produced numerous leaders who have served the state and national offices in administrative positions. Various other ministries and congregations have also emanated from the church.

Current community outreach includes an afterschool tutoring program, bi-weekly feeding program, and support for various social service agencies. All of which are an expression of an abiding faith in God and a desire to demonstrate that faith in service to others.

In honor of their 90-year milestone, the church is planning a host of activities for the month of August.

In addition to the dynamic worship and preaching that takes place every Sunday, there will be an outreach to the community on the church’s property August 13 to 15 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. each night. Activities include music, testimony, proclamation and praises, as well as distribution of bags of groceries and children’s backpacks on Friday, August 15th.

Saturday, August 30 at 3 p.m., the church will hold a celebration and homecoming service with many dignitaries (both civic and ecclesiastic), ministry partners, friends and former members.

The concluding event will be a grand banquet at the Westin hotel in Ft. Lauderdale on Sunday August 31 at 3 p.m.

The entire community is invited to come and help celebrate in any of these events.

More information can be obtained by calling the church’s office at 954-427-0302.

Bishop Patrick L. Kelly,


Cathedral Church of God Deerfield Beach

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BOMB THREAT in Deerfield

Posted on 29 July 2014 by JLusk


Photo by Jacob Shendell

 A Bomb Threat was reported at: 685 E. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach. : BSO’s deputies and the Bomb Squad are responding to a report of a possible explosive device in a car near the above address. Deputies have closed road traffic on East Hillsboro Boulevard from the 800 block to the 500 block. Homes and businesses in that area have been evacuated.

UPDATE:  4:49 P.M. At 2:15 pm a 911 call came in that a explosive device was set in a car at 685 E. Hillsboro, possibly by a party involved in a recent separation and a suspect that was arrested for domestic violence. He called a family member of the female involved in the domestic case at her place of work and told here it was in her car outside. BSO and Homeland Security responded and checked for a device. The suspect has a military background and that concerned everyone and which made his threat was credible. No device was located and they are looking for the suspect.

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FLICKS: A Wolf at the Door, A Coffee in Berlin, A Most Wanted Man, Boyhood

Posted on 24 July 2014 by LeslieM

By Dave Montalbano


For the past 10 years, San Diego Comic-Con has become as much of a summer staple as the summer movie blockbuster season. While local businesses like CJ’s Comics, Tate’s Comics and Docking Bay plan local events, Hollywood studios will promote their agendas with Marvel Comics/Disney expected to announce their movie titles until 2019, featuring some of the final screen appearances of Captain America, Thor and Iron Man in their current incarnation.

Lacking the multimillion dollar promotional budget of comic books and cartoons, there are a series of independent films opening locally that could stand scrutiny. One such movie, Boyhood, is generating Oscar buzz for director Richard Linklater.

Filmed once every nine years, Linklater created three films (Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight) about the maturation of a couple played by Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke. Hawke returns in Boyhood, which has been filming for 11 years starting in 2002. The purpose of this project was to document the rites of passage of the film’s leading man, Ellar Coltrane as Mason Jr. (Hawke portrays Mason Sr.)

Given the current international crisis in Ukraine, A Most Wanted Man is a timely spy thriller about a half-Chechen, half-Russian fugitive who takes refuge in an Islamic community in Hamburg, Germany. This film is based on Jean Le Carre’s best-selling book of the same name.

This film also features Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s final performance in a leading role. This ensemble piece also features Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright and Willem Dafoe. What the film lacks in big budgeted explosions, this thriller will make up with suspenseful character motivation.

A Coffee in Berlin seems to combine two elements of A Most Wanted Man and Boyhood. The winner of six German Academy Awards, A Coffee in Berlin is about the rite of passage for a college dropout slacker.

While the countdown to Halloween does not start until August, A Wolf at the Door opens this weekend and features a parent’s worst nightmare, child abduction. This Miami International Film Festival winner opens this weekend at Cinema Paradiso (www.fliff.com).

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Posted on 24 July 2014 by LeslieM


July 6 Someone entered a business under construction at 1151 S. Powerline Rd. and stole 288 rolls of copper wire.

July 6 A truck parked at 3650 SW 10 St. was broken into and $10 in change and a Bowie knife were stolen.

July 7 Two women and three men were observed burglarizing a trailer at 1197 S. Military Trail. They stole a backpack blower.

July 7 A woman reported that she saw two men attempting to break into her home at 4920 NW 15 Terr. The woman was home at the time.

July 7 A man reported that he let a woman borrow her car. The woman did not return the car. The incident was reported at 895 Crystal Lake Dr.

DEERFIELD – District 4

July 4 – 5 Three reports of retail theft/shoplifting were made from the Target store at 3599 W. Hillsboro Blvd. On July 4, a suspect stole a Peeble Smart watch,valued at $149 from the store. Also on July 4, a suspect stole 3 Bose in-ear headsets, valued at $429, from the store. On July 5, suspects took 26 boxes of Crest White Strips and left the store without paying for the items.

July 7 Theft of a $1,000 generator was reported from Schmid Construction at 3551 W. Hillsboro Blvd. Incident occurred between July 4 and July 7.

July 7 Burglary to a business occurred at AJZ Properties, in the Sports Mall at 1151 S. Powerline Rd. Between 2:30 p.m. on July 6 and 6:50 a.m. on July 7, unknown persons unlawfully entered the business (DBA Cache Cleaners) AJZ Properties. The business is under construction and entry was made by prying open a side glass window. Approximately 288 rolls of copper wire, valued at $11,000, were taken.


June 27A female subject took a ladies blouse, placed it in her shoulder bag and fl ed the store located at 2430 N. Federal Hwy. Loss was $152.

June 29 A victim said she was in a fight with another female who dragged her out of the vehicle by her hair at 2450 N. Federal Hwy. The subject accused the victim’s boy friend of taking $300 from a hotel room. A search of the subject revealed Xanax and she was arrested for possession of narcotics.

June 29 A subject was observed taking two steaks and then fleeing in a waiting vehicle from a store at 2430 N. Federal Hwy. Loss was $28.97.

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