| September, 2014

Murphy, Fuentes win boxing titles

Posted on 04 September 2014 by LeslieM

sports090414By Gary Curreri

In one short year, Dangelo Fuentes is making quite a name for himself in the boxing ring.

Fuentes, 15, who lives in Delray Beach and is a freshman at Olympic Heights High School in Boca Raton, said he took up the sport to stay out of trouble and he has racked up seven wins in seven bouts and recently captured the 125-lb., 15-16 Novice Division at the Ringside World Tournament at the Independence Events Center in Independence, MO.

I’m very glad,” said Fuentes, who turned to boxing after a stint with the Pompano Tigers youth football program. Fuentes defeated Daniel Fulton (Missouri) by unanimous decision to take the title. “It is amazing. I never thought that I would win the world championship in just one year. I have great people around me with Coach Steve (Collazo) and boxers like Jordon (Murphy).”

Fellow Deerfield Beach Broward Sheriff’s Office PAL boxer Jordon Murphy, 14, also captured the 90-lb., 13-14 Open Division championship in the international tournament that featured more than 1,700 participants from 15 different countries. The completion included six rings, seven sessions and over 1,000 bouts.

Murphy’s win came just six months after winning the National Silver Gloves Tournament, also held in Missouri. It marked the second consecutive Ringside World Tournament title for the Deerfield Beach teenager. He won last year in the 85-lb. Division.

It was cool winning it two years in a row,” said Murphy, a freshman at Monarch High School in Coconut Creek. “There was a lot of pressure on me to win it this year because I had won last year too.”

Murphy won by unanimous decision over Jeremy Adorno (Pennsylvania) in the championship bout. He moved up a weight class this year and won all of his fights by unanimous decisions.

I focused on my training and what my coaches told me,” Murphy said. “It was more difficult this year than it was last year. It wasn’t as hard as I thought it was going to be. This will help me with my confidence going into my future fights.”

All PAL programs are free of charge. All participants must be currently in a school or home schooled. For more

information, contact BSO Deputy Butch Santy at 954-778-0174.


The City of Pompano Beach Parks and Recreation Dept. invites you to take part in a lively racket game for all ages and abilities called Pickle-ball! The Pickle-ball showcase will be held at the newly constructed Pickle-ball courts at Community Park next to the basketball courts on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 4 to 6 p.m. A demonstration will be given so everyone can learn how to play this fast growing sport.

Pickle-ball is a net game that incorporates tennis, badminton, ping pong and racquetball. It is played on a badminton-sized court with special Pickle-ball paddles, made of wood or high-tech aerospace materials. The ball used is similar to a whiffle ball, but slightly smaller.

The lower net and whiffle ball allow the game to be accessible to people of all ages and abilities, while still allowing more competitive players to test their skills. It was designed to be easy to learn and play whether you’re five, 85 or somewhere in between. It is a fun sport that has picked up a lot of popularity in recent years.

For more information call 954-786-4119.


Florida juniors won three singles titles and five doubles championships at United States Tennis Association (USTA) Clay Court National tournaments played across the country recently in the 12 through 18 age groups.

Among the winners was Deerfield Beach’s Taylor Russo, who teamed with Miami’s Adriana Reami to capture the Girls’ 16s doubles title in Virginia Beach, VA. The unseeded pair upset the Californian No. 2 seeds Katie Chang and Claire Liu 6-4, 6-4 in the final.

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FLICKS: The Discoverers & The Last of Robin Hood

Posted on 04 September 2014 by LeslieM

By Dave Montalbano

http://cinemadave.livejournal. com

With the exception of the juggernaut box office of Guardians of the Galaxy, August 2014 will be remembered as a very disappointing month for The Expendables and Sin City fans. So it is a sense of relief that we begin the new season with more gentle fare with new movies opening this weekend, The Discoverers and The Last of Robin Hood.

Written and directed by Justin Schwarz, The Discoverers is a family drama about loss and redemption with humorous moments spread throughout the film. Griffin Dunne portrays Lewis Burch, a history professor who works for a paper mill university by day and moonlights as a security guard by night. He has written a 500+ page book about the Lewis & Clark expedition and he hopes to present his book at a swanky writer’s conference in Oregon.

Professor Burch uses this opportunity to create a family trip for his son and daughter. The son is a pot smoking womanizer and the daughter, Zoe (Madeleine Martin), is having the worst birthday ever. Along the way, Burch is forced to take a detour to his parent’s house, which leads to more personal trauma.

The family trauma is real, but how the family deals with the drama is unreal. The deluded grandfather (Stuart Margolin) finds solace by recreating the 19th Century world of the American discoverers Lewis & Clark. The Burch family join Grandpa in this world minus cell phones, vegan meals and other modern conveniences. The results are painfully, but tastefully, amusing.

The Last of Robin Hood also deals with history; it is a film about Errol Flynn’s final years as a fading Hollywood icon. It has been said that when Flynn passed away at age 50, he had the organs of an 80-year-old man from his hard living, drinking and womanizing. It seems appropriate that the elder swashbuckler is portrayed by 67-year-old Kevin Kline, who eerily seems possessed by the ghost of Errol Flynn.

While the ghost of former glory is significant, The Last of Robin Hood is about the actor’s last love, Beverly Aaland (Dakota Fanning), and her embittered stage mom Florence (Susan Sarandon). The winter-spring romance appears genuine, but unfortunately a mother’s ambition becomes fodder for the sleazy paparazzi.

This film feels like a time capsule of the same world presented in Oscar-winning movie L.A. Confidential. Like that film, The Last of Robin Hood features authentic performances from Kline, Sarandon and Fanning. If you like movie history that is timely, go see this film.

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Everything’s Coming Up Rosen: I’ll take a pass – on passwords

Posted on 04 September 2014 by LeslieM

By Emily Rosen



Am I the only person suffering from chronic password-itis?

When, where and who is the person who will come up with one single way to ID oneself in the cloud. Surely, the technology is already there. Is it possible that every time Obama goes into a new website, he needs to establish a user ID and then come up with a password (how many times can he use POTUS 1600?) which must be case sensitive, have at least nine characters, including at least one number, and it must be “STRONG?”

So, do I care if someone uses my ID to get into Amazon, Walmart, Fandango or the Ritz Carlton (oh yeah!) or any one of a zillion websites I surf regularly?

I am sick and tired of inventing passwords and changing my “user ID,” as ‘they’ recommend doing every so often. And what’s worse – if I don’t write them down immediately, poof … out of my head and I have to start all over. Time Magazine this week is touting all kinds of “cloud” statistics – but I wonder if anyone ever compiled the number of wasted hours spent on filling out the information requested in order to browse most websites? And then you make one eensy weensy typo and, bang, you have to start all over again. If, like me, you have fat fingers that mistakenly wander to adjacent letters on the keyboard, fergetaboutit … You’re doing this three and four times over.

The ‘they’s have me coming and going – and ‘they’ know everything there is to know about me already. This past week, every time I go into my email, I get pictures of hammocks, shoe racks, Italy, designer sheets and – well – you don’t have to know everything – but those were my most recent searches.

So, I wrote down my latest password for www. XYZ – It’s on a scrap of paper somewhere in the jungle of my desk. But where? Ah yes … there it is, finally. NOW what do I do with it? What do YOU do with yours? Okay, I’m feeling risky — and I’m telling! I go into my WORD DOCS and simply add (in alphabetized order) the new site and password. I have four single spaced pages of passwords, some of which I used only once, recently. Others of which I used only once seven or more years ago, and, when I try to get back into the site, my password is no longer valid. Here I go again.

Ah, but then I’m always changing one or more … and back into my DOCS I go. The clock is ticking. More time wasted. So I print out the entire four pages – and Computer be damned – I find one of those old fashioned things called pencils – cross out the old password and do a write-in with the new one.

What happened to fingerprints, voice ID, retina recognition or whatever new technology is surely in the pipelines? One year away? five years? 10? Meanwhile, I consult the four-page printout on my desk for each “open sesame” to a website. I feel like I have retro-gressed to the dark ages.

Forget Google drones, 3-D printing, computer watches – get me one universal SECURE password. Puleeeze!

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Posted on 04 September 2014 by LeslieM


August 18 A man reported that a man he knew broke into his apartment at 550 NE 44 St., broke windows and caused about $1,000 in damage.

August 18 A car parked at 640 SW 14 St. was broken into and speaker box, speakers and change was stolen.

August 18 Someone broke into a home at 879 Tivoli Circle and stole a laptop, three watches and a television.

August 18 A woman stole a vacuum cleaner from Target at 3599 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

DEERFIELD – District 4

August 12 Theft of a bicycle was reported in theGates of Hillsboro, 236 NW 41 Ct.Unknown suspect(s) removed a blue mountain bike from the front yard of the victim’s home. Loss was valued at $50.

August 13 Theft – Retail /Shoplifting took place at Target, 3599 W. Hillsboro Blvd.The subject walked out of Target with a Graco Stroller without paying for it.

August 18 Burglary to a dwelling or structure causing damage over $1,000 occurred in Riverglen, at 550 NE 44 St.


August 6 A subject was observed taking a porterhouse steak and placing it in her large purse without paying for it. She was apprehended outside the store at 2450 N. Federal Hwy. The merchandise was valued at $57.46.

August 8 Two subjects entered a store located at 3700 N. Federal Hwy. and took items valued at $223, and began to exit the store before being stopped with the merchandise.

August 27 A male subject was observed taking fried chicken from the deli and left the store at 2450 N. Federal Hwy. without paying for it. When confronted, he dropped the chicken and fled. The loss was $10.99.

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Posted on 04 September 2014 by LeslieM

RE: Boys & Girls Club; Rod Coddington removal

Dear Editor:

I have to own up to two mistakes.

The first one is easy, since the city has received verification that ALL OF THE MONEY THAT IS RAISED BY Dunn’s Run goes directly to the Deerfield Boys & Girls Club, so Commissioner Ganz was correct and I was wrong in believing that the money was allocated among the 13 clubs. I must say, then, that I have no problem with Dunn’s Run, not now or in the future.

The second mistake is one that is more difficult to explain. I should have voted “NO” when the question was raised by Commissioner Miller to remove Ron Coddington [who was Miller’s appointee] from the Marine Advisory Board.

How often have I been chastised by my fellow commissioners for bringing up material at the end of a meeting without previous notice. That is exactly what happened with the batch of e-mails thrown at us at the last meeting.

Had we had the opportunity to read them, we would have noticed the date, on some, of 2011 – before Coddington served on the Marine [Advisory] Board, since there was no Marine [Advisory] Board then. [The ordinance to form a Marine Advisor Board passed June 18, 2013.]

A great number of the emails were directed to the commission in reference to the four years it was taking to pave Hillsboro Boulevard, the delay in the repair of the damage to the fishing pier – all of those were done as Coddington’s credentials as an engineer. He was able to point out the deficiencies in the city’s actions. I don’t think he was out of line with those. What was accomplished was that the city used his expertise to take action.

No one on the dais questioned his ability to serve on the Marine Advisory Board at the time the vote was taken.

For all of those reasons, I am asking for a reconsideration of the vote for his removal that was taken at the last meeting.

Jean Robb

Mayor Deerfield Beach

Editor’s note: At the Wednesday night, Sept. 3 city commission meeting, there were two items regarding the Marine Advisory Board. Agenda item No.25 was a discussion item, requested by Mayor Jean Robb, to reconsider the removal of a Marine Advisory Board member. Agenda item No.20 was a resolution appointing Thomas Nolan as a member of the Marine Advisory Board and Julie Cisneros as an alternate member of the Marine Advisory Board; and providing for an effective date.

Thank you” for $ returned at ATM

Dear Editor:

On Saturday, August 30, my daughter and I went to the [Wells Fargo] ATM machine [at the corner of 10th and Federal Highway] to get $60 out with my debit card. The [ATM] machine wrote on the screen that I did not have that much in my account. As we drove around the corner, a man came running after us saying, “Ma’am, did you just leave the ATM machine?” We said “Yes.” “You left $60 in the machine!” he said.

I was so touched by this. I think it is a great human nature story. I can’t tell you how surprised and thrilled about his honesty [I am].

Melba Hebert

Boca Raton



Posted on 04 September 2014 by LeslieM

New Yoga Class at NE Focal Point

Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2 to 3 p.m.

NE Focal Point Senior Center, Multi-Purpose Room 227 NW 2 St. Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

FREE for all HealthWays SilverSneakers Members. For Non Healthway members, $10 monthly donation. Classes with certified Instructor Maxine Rolle held every Wednesday. Annual $15 registration donation requested for an identification card for the NE Focal Point Senior Center. For more information, call 954-480-4447 or email tsutton@deerfield-beach.com.

Deerfield Beach Middle School Open House

Thursday, Sept. 4, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Deerfield Beach Middle School 701 SE 6th Ave. Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Come out to meet all the teachers. 754- 322-3300.

SW 15th Street Beautification

Saturday, Sept. 6, 7:30 a.m.

Deerfield Beach High School 910 SW 15 St. Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Help plant flowers, laying sod and other landscaping. Be there at 7:30 a.m.; clean-up is 8 a.m. to noon. Parking for all volunteers available in high school parking lot or at the lot next door to the Fire Station located at 1441 SW 11 Way. Wear closed-toe shoes or work boots and bring work gloves. Volunteers should also wear sunscreen and/or a hat for protection from the sun. The City will have plenty of water & Gatorade available; lunch will be provided.

The beautification project, dedicated to Fallen Navy SEAL, Petty Officer Second Class James Suh, to take place in front of High School, includes trees, signage, monuments and flags. Nearly one year ago, Vice Mayor Ben Preston and several City of Deerfield Beach staff sat down with DBHS Principal, Jon Marlow to put this plan into action. A memorial for James Suh will be unveiled in his honor on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2014.

If you have any questions, call 954-480-4430.

Yard Sale

Saturday, Sept. 6, 8 a.m. to noon

First Christian Church 1860 NE 39 St. Pompano Beach, FL 33064

Proceeds will go toward the church youth activities. For more information, call the church office at 954-942-2515.

Deerfield Beach Orchid Society meets

Tuesday, Sept. 9, 7:30 p.m. Sharp

Women’s Club of Deerfield Beach 910 E. Hillsboro Blvd. Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Dan and Margie Christensen of Dan and Margie Orchids will present an informative program on “Dos and Don’ts.” New members welcome. No charge for a guest to visit the fi rst two times. After that, there is an annual membership fee. www.deerfieldbeachorchidsociety.org.

Sunday Matinee Music Series: Brazilian Voices Choir

Sunday, Sept 7, 3 to 4 p.m.

Downtown Boca Raton Library 400 NW 2 Ave. Boca Raton, FL 33432

Performance by the Brazilian Voices choir, a 50 female vocal group that is a non-profi t community service organization that performs and records locally, and internationally. Under the direction of world-renowned Brazilian singer and songwriter, Beatriz Malnik.

This launches the 2014-2015 Friends of the Boca Raton Library Sunday Matinee Music Series, which takes place the fi rst Sunday of each month from September 2014 to April 2015. A wide variety of performers featuring every genre of music are scheduled for the one-hour free concerts. Reservations required: 561-807-7141 or www.bocalibrary. org. For more information, please call 561-299-8684 or www. bocalibraryfriends.org.

Deerfield Beach High School Open House

Tuesday, Sept. 9, 6 p.m.

Deerfield Beach High School 910 S.W. 15 St. Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Meet the teachers, listen to them describe programs, expectations, grading system and syllabus. This is an important event for parents and staff. 754-322-0650.

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group

Wednesday, Sept. 10, 10 a.m.

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

Weekly Caregiver Support Group, meets every Wednesday at 10 a.m. Upcoming Meeting Dates September 17 and 24. Meetings allow caregivers to share their experiences with each other, learn from each other and gain valuable information. Guest speakers are also scheduled to present information to help caregivers understand and deal with various situations. Kelly Gallo, LMHC, facilitates the Support Group. For information, call 954-480-4463.

Save the date: 2nd Annual Fest-Fall Arts & Crafts Show

Saturday, Sept. 27, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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

Presented by the Zonta Club of Deerfield Beach. Features arts & crafts, food and gift baskets. Funds benefit Women In Distress and Zonta initiatives. Seeking vendors, financial sponsors and swag bags too. Email elilly707@aol.com or call 561-299-8684 for more information.

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CLERGY CORNER: “Labor Day” or “La-Bore Day?”

Posted on 04 September 2014 by LeslieM

Labor Day just came and went and many of us are right back where we were before, at work!

So, you might be wondering, what does Jewish tradition say about work? Let me give you just a few examples.

For those of you who are struggling, working overtime, working two jobs, for those of you who come home achy and exhausted from heavy labor, and for those of you who are under constant stress in the workplace, this line from the Talmud might be of interest to you. It says, “To earn a living can be as hard as to part the Red Sea.” (Talmud: Pesahim, 118a)

Also in the Talmud (Kiddushin), we read, “Not to teach your son to work is like teaching him to steal.”

And there is an old adage that says, “The hardest work is being idle.” And you will have to pardon the pun here, but I simply can’t resist telling you that if you disagree with this statement, you just might be an “idle worshipper.” (Feel free to groan … LOL).

I read a story many years ago from the works of Psychoanalyst Morris Mandel. As I recall, it tells of a young woman who has a most unusual job. She sits in a store window all day with one of those old potter wheels where one foot sits on a pedal that must keep a good and constant rhythm going up and down while the other foot rests flat on the floor throughout the work day.

A customer watches in fascination for a while and goes over to the woman at the potter’s wheel and says, “Your foot must get awfully tired having to move up and down so rapidly all day long.”

To which the laborer responds, “No, it’s not the foot that works that’s tired …it’s the foot that just sits there; it’s the foot that is idle.”

Indeed for some of us, idleness just might be, as my Christian Colleague would say, “The Devil’s Work.” And whenever I hear that, I can’t help but picture Flip Wilson using his famous comedic excuse, “The Devil made me do it.”

On Labor Day weekend, many of you may have gotten to travel. Many of you might also have to travel on business during the year. When I was growing up, United Airlines had a wonderful advertising slogan that said, “Fly the friendly skies of United.”

But nowadays, instead of being united in the skies, it seems that many just have too much idle time on their hands. And so it was that two passengers recently thought of themselves and of no one else and, in the midst of the idleness sitting on a plane for hours, they both lost their cool.

One was using a device, a knee defender that makes it impossible for the person sitting in front of you to lean their seat back. He refused to remove it when a complaint was made and that is when the other passenger lost it as well and threw a cup of water in the other’s face. Both will argue that they were in the right, but they both had too much time on their hands and they were both wrong. On top of that, their childish behavior led to everyone else being delayed.

Drink not from the bread of idleness,” lest it lead you to sin. Keep busy with your labor and with Mitzvoth and you will not become an “idle worshipper.”

Shalom my friends,

Rabbi Craig H. Ezring

Rabbi Ezring is the Spiritual Leader of Temple Beth Israel of Deerfield Beach. The Temple is located one block South of Hillsboro Blvd. on Military Trail. Come by and see how warm and haimishe this Congregational Family is. Better yet, become a part of our family!

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