| September, 2015

McDougle brothers hand out $2K in scholarships

Posted on 30 September 2015 by LeslieM

sports100115By Gary Curreri

Even though the Deerfield Beach High School football team came up short in its game on Friday night against visiting Jacksonville Bolles, Bucks quarterback Teddrick Moffett was the big winner earlier in the week when he was presented with a very large check.

Moffett and Blanche Ely High School linebacker David Francis were each awarded $1,000 scholarships from the McDougle Family Foundation. The two players were recognized as MVPs of the rain-shortened McDougle Bowl held in honor of the McDougle Brothers on Sept. 12.

Stockar McDougle (1996 Deerfield Beach grad) and Jerome McDougle (1997 Blanche Ely grad) were on hand for the second annual McDougle Bowl game. Stockar McDougle went on to play college football at the University of Oklahoma, while Jerome McDougle played at the University of Miami. Both brothers went on to play in the NFL.

The scholarships were handed out during a pep rally at Deerfield Beach. Moffett accounted for four scores, while Francis had an interception and fumble recovery.

The mission of the McDougle Family Foundation and Firstability Program is to encourage teens to stay focused on their education and provide at-risk students with support during those crisis moments.

Jerome McDougle said the game and the Foundation help start the students off with the tools necessary to succeed. Jerome McDougle, who played with the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants from 2003-2008, said the game has its place.

The McDougle Bowl is super important because it’s about two guys coming back to the community to show the kids there are many ways to make it to the next level,” he said. “You get through the front door and achieve success through academics.”

This is awesome,” he continued. “It is great for me and my brother to come back to one of the greatest rivalries in Broward County and we were a part of it. Both teams have had players go and play in the National Football League so it is good for us to come back.”

Stockar McDougle, who played with the Detroit Lions from 2000-04 and the Miami Dolphins in 2005 before finishing his career with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2006-07, called it cool for him and his brother to give back to the community. He is the only one from his family that didn’t attend Blanche Ely because of unusual boundaries during his high school tenure.

This is all about pouring more resources into the community,” Stockar said. “We have a lot of athletes who have come out of these two programs and who have gone on and done great things.”

Deerfield Beach coach Jevon Glenn said the game has taken off and is glad the McDougle brothers are invested.

It has gotten bigger and actually better,” said Glenn, who played in the game in 1995-96. “Especially with the McDougles coming on board and doing everything leading up to the game. I am very pleased and proud of the growth that the game has had over the 20 years.”

Class 4A power Jacksonville Bolles (5-0) scored 26 unanswered points in the second half to carve out a 33-15 victory over the Bucks (3-1) in a battle of unbeaten teams. Moffett once again was the star as he scored on runs of 97 and 46 yards to account for both Bucks’ touchdowns.

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FLICKS: Black Mass

Posted on 30 September 2015 by LeslieM

By Dave Montalbano


Every generation of ticket buyers learns about the underbelly of society through the movies. In the 1930s, Al Capone was represented by movies like The Public Enemy, Little Caesar and Scarface. The Genovese Family was a direct influence on The Godfather movies.

In recent times, the Boston thug and FBI informant James “Whitey” Bulger has been represented by award winning motion pictures set in Boston, most notably Mystic River and The Departed. Each of these motion pictures presents its protagonist as an anti-hero who defies society’s conventions and is defeated by his own character flaws.

As portrayed by Johnny Depp, Black Mass details the 40-year rise and fall of Whitey Bulger. Already a sociopath thug in the Southie section of Boston, Bulger fathers a son with girlfriend Lindsey Cyr (Dakota Johnson). When this son retaliates against a bully in the schoolyard and gets suspended from school, Bulger advises him to avenge himself “when no one is looking.”

Despite his criminal activities, Bulger is deeply connected with the legitimate world through his brother Billy (Benedict Cumberbatch), a member of the state legislature, and FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton). The legend of Whitey Bulger grows as he becomes the criminal lord of Boston. Bulger’s criminal empire expands to Ireland and Miami.

Johnny Depp is getting his best notices in years. Like a grey-haired cobra, Depp performs with steely restraint. A comforting friend one moment, Depp’s Bulger can easily knife an acquaintance in the back a moment later. While Depp is the master of ceremonies, Black Mass is a full ensemble piece featuring good performances from Joel Edgerton, Dakota Johnson and Benedict Cumberbatch.

While it does not match the artistic heights of The Godfather movies, Black Mass does provide an interesting chapter in Hollywood made gangster movies. Scott Cooper’s Black Mass is a fine companion piece to Ridley Scott’s American Gangster with Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe headlining a fine ensemble cast. These movies walk a fine line between fantasy and reality.

When I attended the Friday afternoon screening of Black Mass, the packed auditorium was full of men wearing T-shirts representing Al Pacino’s Scarface, Giancarlo Espositio’s faux fast food chicken shack from Breaking Bad and older men wearing black. This bizarre experience was like going to the opening day of a Marvel comic movie, except that Black Mass does not celebrate heroes.

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Posted on 30 September 2015 by LeslieM

Remember, if you see anything suspicious, call 911 immediately.

Deerfield Beach

Sept. 10: A man reported his firearm stolen from his car at 678 Siesta Key Cir.

Sept. 14: A woman was arrested and charged with stealing $136 worth of merchandise from Bealls, 1079 S. Federal Hwy.

Sept.15: A man reported his car stolen from his driveway at 120 SW 3 Ave.

Sept. 16: A woman reported her bicycle stolen from her home at 283 SW 3 Ct.

Sept. 26: Suspects stole $245.96 in merchandise from the Marshall’s store at 3852 W. Hillsboro Blvd. in the Deerfield Mall.

Sept 27: A man stole money, a wallet and a passport from the victim’s residence at 530 Deer Creek Jefferson Dr.

Lighthouse Point

Sept. 7: Victim paid for food at Arby’s at 3780 N. Federal Hwy. and later could not locate her wallet. The loss was $162.

Sept. 7: Victim left a wallet at work at 2800 N. Federal Hwy. When she returned, the door was open and the wallet was missing. The loss was $385.

Sept. 8: A store employee saw a male subject take a backpack, diapers, T-shirt and sunglasses, valued at $52.96 and leave the CVS Pharmacy at 3580 N. Federal Hwy. without paying for the items. As the store employee gave chase, the subject discarded the items and fled.

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Posted on 30 September 2015 by LeslieM

Long live the Mayor

On Tuesday night, Sept. 15, Mayor Robb held her second “Talk to the Mayor” forum. During the 12 years I have attended commission meetings, no mayor took the initiative to actually to hear what residents think. Right out the gate, the first speaker criticized the mayor unnecessarily. Rather than applaud the mayor for her years of contributions to this city, she choose to malign her.

Most resident concerns centered on problems BSO needs to address, but, due to lack of boots, as stated by Chief Schnakenberg, these problems don’t get resolved. Rather than spend over a million dollars to purchase unbuildable beach lots, which residents do not want bought, the prudent move would be to add additional police officers to make our city safer … rather than being concerned about a couple of signs which are unnoticeable and a RV that doesn’t block one’s ocean view.

What should incense the citizenry of Deerfield Beach is paying a group of lawyers over a million dollars for property that cost them $4,000 twenty years ago. Yes, you read that correctly. Four thousand dollars annualized and compounded for 20 years, if invested in the stock market would bring a fair investment return. Even an unusually high 19.85 percent would be $150,000, not a million and a half dollars, which is more in line with what the lawyers are seeking.

Questions to ask: “Why didn’t the city buy these parcels a few years back when they had the opportunity before our city leaders made the horrendous mistake of giving Boinis an additional $200,000 for a beach lot the state was giving $200,000 for?” “Why didn’t the City allow a Sweet 16 for a lawyers’ daughter when the lawyers were always generous when the city would request using their land for events?” And, thus, the ensuing problem. The answer to these questions are mismanagement by our City Manager and the department heads under him, plus the City Commissioner who “expedited” the last beach sale by giving that owner an extra $200,000.

There is a public referendum procedure in place when it comes to selling city property above a specified dollar amount. Likewise, a public referendum is warranted before the city goes forward with purchases in excess of a million dollars.

Caryl Berner

Deerfield Beach

Thanks for community input

It is my pleasure to let you know that the budget for fiscal year 2015-2016 was passed at our last meeting on Sept. 21. I want to thank those of you who came out to give us your input and those of you who contacted me directly to share your thoughts and views on how your tax dollars are being spent.

Friends, I am proud that we are moving the city in the right direction, financially. We are fiscally stronger today than we have been since the economic downturn we all experienced a few years ago. I am pleased to let you know that we [the commission] voted to lower the millage rate in this budget, from a rate of 6.7688 to 6.6688, which is approximately one-tenth of a mill.

This decrease in the millage also resulted in a decrease of about $500,000 to the budget. While it isn’t as much as I would like to have seen, this rate reduction still provides tax relief while maintaining service levels and a healthy reserve.

Our next commission meeting is scheduled for Oct. 6, 2015 in City Hall Chambers located at 150 NE 2 Ave. The meeting begins at 6:45 p.m. and I hope to see you all there!

If you have any concerns or questions for me, you can always email me at bganz@Deerfield-Beach.com

Bill Ganz

Vice Mayor



Posted on 30 September 2015 by LeslieM

Community Resource Fair

Thursday, Oct. 1, 2 to 8 p.m.

Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex

445 SW 2 St., Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Free. Meet with organizations dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, expand and succeed. Resources available to residents needing job training, résumé and job interview preparation, employment preparation for veterans and programs for young adults 16-24.


Saturday Oct. 3 through Sunday Oct. 4

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Quiet Waters Park

401 S. Powerline Road, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Activities include Doggie Fun Zone, Adoptions, Rescue Groups, Doggie Marketplace, K9 Splash Adventure ($5 per dog) and much more. Dogs must be socialized and well-behaved. Proof of current rabies and a County tag required. Park entrance fee of $1.50 per person (over age 5).


Saturday, Oct. 3, 1 to 5 p.m.

Town Center Mall at Boca Raton

6000 Glades Rd., Boca Raton, FL 33431

Fashion shows throughout the day near Neiman Marcus. Personal styling sessions, contests, giveaways and more. Get the scoop on the fall season.

Coast Guard Safe Boating Course

Saturday Oct. 3, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Coast Guard HQ building, Spanish River Park

3939 N. Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton, FL 33442

Certificate given on class completion, plus Florida Boating ID card, required for boaters under 26 years. Some insurers give discounts for course completion. Bring lunch. $35 per person. Call 561-391-3600.

Yard Sale

Saturday, Oct. 3, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

St. Peter’s Anglican Church

1416 SE 2 Terr., Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Indoors. Rain or shine. Great items priced to sell! Call 954-695-0336.

Duende AMP Festival

Sunday, Oct. 4, 3 to 10 p.m.

Pompano Amphitheatre

1806 NE 6 St., Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Local bands compete for Most Amped Performance and winner will perform at 6:30 p.m. followed by Sammy Figueroa, Otis Cadillac, The Jason Taylor Foundation’s Bluapple Poetry Network, and Body and Soul Dance Theatre. Also, 12 artists will compete against each other during 45-minute preliminary rounds creating a new work of art during ARTwar. Only one artist will become the winner. Part of Duende weekend of activities. Visit www.broward.org/Broward100 for more information.

9th Annual Page One Passion Breast Cancer Awareness event

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

New York Prime

2350 NW Executive Center Dr., Boca Raton, FL 33431

Appetizers, pink champagne, cocktails, networking and raffle. $25. In support of Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Must pre-register at www.pageonepassion.com.

Soroptimist 42nd Annual “Women of Distinction” Award Breakfast

Wednesday, Oct.7, 8 a.m.

Boca West Country Club

20583 Boca W. Dr., Boca Raton, FL 33434

$60 per person. Contact: Judith Hinsch, 561-859-1883 or www.soroptimist4women.org.

Save the Date!

6th Annual Ranse Jones Classic Volleyball Tournament

Friday, Oct. 9 through Sunday, Oct. 11

North of the International Fishing Pier on the beach Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

To benefit the Ranse Jones Stroke Awareness Fund. For more information, visit www.ranseclassic.com.

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CLERGY CORNER: The Holiday of Sukkos; To live in a modern world and keep ancient customs

Posted on 30 September 2015 by LeslieM

To be productive today, you must have learned to use computers and phones. You must be so fluent in using them that you can do anything while still using it. I just read in a recent study that most moments are captured by a person through a phone camera. For example, if you were to go to a sports game and there is a high fly ball to center field – snap, snap, snap – or if you go to a park and there is baby taking her first steps – snap, snap, snap. Those moments are seen and captured forever.

The good thing about being so tech savvy is that we accomplish a lot more in less time. We can send things across the globe in a flash. We can do amazing research on anything and have instant answers to any question we have on any subject. All this has made us much more productive than we ever were. It has made anything possible. So many wonderful things have started because of technology. Relationships, friendships, partnerships, cures are just a few examples of some of the great things the modern world has brought us.

With all that said, there are some negative things as well. I won’t go through the list, but I will point out one which I think we can work on. And that is the lack of personal attention and focus which, before technology, we were forced to have. Say you wanted to tell something to your mom, you would go down the block to your mom’s house and tell her in person. Today, you would text five words. Say you wanted to tell your child “I love you.” In the past, you would have had to tell them in person while looking in their eyes. Today, you text them while you are at work ‘Iluvu.’

We have lost all personal communication and have forgotten how to enjoy each other. We have forgotten how to sit across from each other and be the social, loving and caring creatures that we are!

We need to fix this, but the question is how?

Sunday, Sept. 27, Jews across the world began the seven day Holiday of Sukkos [or Sukkot]. After Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, the Torah says we must dwell in a Sukkah. (A Sukkah is a hut. It has four walls and a roof made from tree branches). How does one fulfill the mitzvah of dwelling in the sukkah? One should eat, drink and live in the sukkah, both day and night, as one lives in one’s house on the other days of the year: for seven days, a person should make his home his temporary dwelling, and his sukkah his permanent dwelling.

In Sukkot, you shall dwell for seven days,” instructs the Torah, “…in order that your generations shall know that I made the children of Israel dwell in a sukkah when I took them out of the land of Egypt.” (Lev. 23:42-43).

According to Chabad.org, our sages, noting the Torah’s use of the verb “to dwell” in the above verses, define the mitzvah of sukkah as a commandment that, for the duration of the festival of Sukkot, the sukkah is to become our primary dwelling place. Everything ordinarily done in the home should be done in the sukkah.

So every autumn, just as the weather is turning inhospitable, we move outdoors. For a full week, we exchange our regular home for a home which leaves us at the mercy of the elements, demonstrating our trust in G-d’s providence and protection, as our ancestors did when “following Me in the wilderness, in an uncultivated land.” (Jeremiah 2:2).

Dwelling in the sukkah for seven days is a beautiful and inspiring experience. Perhaps this is the solution to our problem. Leave the modern world and enter into the ancient world. Surround yourself with family and friends … talk to them, spend time with them, learn with them, sing with them, eat with them, play with them, read with them. Experience G-d’s timeless solution to a modern problem. Happy Sukkos.

Rabbi Tzvi Dechter is the Director of Chabad of North Broward Beaches located at 4081 N. Federal Hwy., #100A, Pompano Beach, FL 33064. For all upcoming events please visit www.JewishLHP.com.

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Robinson hopes to make his mark on the court

Posted on 24 September 2015 by LeslieM

sports092415By Gary Curreri

As a high school junior at Highlands Christian Academy, Herman Robinson knows his time is now.

The 17-year-old Robinson, of Deerfield Beach, made the most of his opportunity recently in the “Comin’ For That #1 Spot Basketball Showcase” at the Coral Springs Gymnasium where he and another 200 athletes performed in front of college coaches and national recruiting services.

This is awesome,” said Robinson, a standout point guard for Highlands Christian. “It is a great experience. This is pretty big to come out here and show my skills and be put on the map.”

The 10th annual tournament featured more than 200 boys and girls middle and high school aged players showcasing their skills in the two-day event at the Coral Springs Gymnasium.

Tournament organizer Tony Perkins holds various tournaments during the year; however, this is his lone showcase event. The boys played on Saturday, while the girls came in on Sunday. The athletes are guaranteed three games, in addition to skill development from various coaches.

The purpose is to get a lot of these kids in South Florida exposure on a national level,” Perkins said.

Robinson said basketball is his “life”, although he has his priorities in order.

God comes first, then after school comes basketball,” Robinson said. “Basketball has helped me tremendously. It has helped me become organized, have leadership and be able to go to school on time. It has helped me because the coaches are on top of me.

College does interest me,” Robinson added. “This summer I went to Bob Gibbons camp (at the Suwanee Sports Academy in Atlanta). I have had coaches come up to me saying this year they will be contacting me.”

Bucks rout visiting Colts

Teddrick Moffett got the host Deerfield Beach High School football team off to a quick start as he accounted for three first quarter touchdowns to lift the Bucks to a 56-2 victory over Coral Springs Colts in the District the 11-8A opener for both teams.

Moffett hit Randerick Gervin for a 14-yard TD pass, and followed that up with a 25-yard scoring run. He added a 55-yard scoring toss to Ryan Powell to build a 20-0 lead. The Bucks (3- 0, 1-0 in the district) put the game away with a 29-point second period to force a running clock that helped put the winless Colts (0-4, 0-1) out of their misery.

Moffett, a senior, added scoring tosses of 12 yards to Jerry Jeudy and 11 yards to Jefftey Joseph. Aaron Robinson returned an interception of 30 yards for a score.

The Bucks’ Lafleur Limprevil went in from 5 yards out, and, after a Colts’ safety, Alton Allen caught a 28-yard TD pass from backup quarterback Alec Brown to close out the scoring. The Bucks ran for 112 yards and added 95 yards through the air. It limited the Colts to 117 yards total offense, seven first downs.

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FLICKS: The Second Mother, The New Girlfriend & Stonewall

Posted on 24 September 2015 by LeslieM

By Dave Montalbano


Opening tomorrow, The Second Mother kicks off Hispanic Heritage month. With dialogue in Portuguese and English subtitles, this film is a two-hour drama with humorous moments about family life and the social caste system in Brazil.

Val (Regina Case) is the devoted housekeeper to a doctor and his high class wife. She dotes upon their son, Fabinho (Michel Joelsas), who feels a special attachment to his “Second Mommy.” Early in the film, Val is babysitting Fabinho at the pool when the telephone rings. When Val answers the phone and talks to her estranged daughter Jessica (Camila Mardila), Fabinho becomes confused.

As the years past, Val becomes as much of the fixture of the doctor’s house as the living room sofa. When Jessica arrives in town to take a series of entrance exams, the doctor impulsively offers to let Jessica stay in the guest room. Complications arise as Jessica observes Val’s intimate relationship with Fabinho.

The Second Mother is a fresh motion picture about the rites of passage for a mother transferring from middle age, a wealthy family adjusting to empty nest syndrome and two young people confronting responsibility in the world. It’s contemporary and is likely to be remade as an American sitcom.

From France comes The New Girlfriend, a film that is being promoted as an Alfred Hitchcock-style thriller. The film is much more related to Hitchcock’s later, more personal work, like Marnie, Spellbound and Rebecca, three films that rely more on psychological revelations than cliffhanging action sequences.

Stonewall is a slice of contemporary American history much like Straight Outta Compton and Black Mass. Directed by Roland Emmereich (Independence Day), Stonewall details the birth of the Gay Liberation movement from the riots in New York City.

Despite the televised distractions caused by football, baseball and the Republican debates, the motion picture box office is enjoying its best September in over a decade. Expect 2015 to close out as a memorable movie-going year.

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Posted on 24 September 2015 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

Sept. 4: A trailer in the parking lot of Riverhouse Terrace Apartments at 222 N. Federal Hwy. was entered and two paint sprayers valued at a total of $8,000 and two pressure washers valued at a total of $3,000 were stolen

Sept. 8: A work trailer parked at 1501 Green Rd. was entered and tools valued at $1,500 were stolen.

Sept. 8: A motorcycle was stolen from 780 NW 41 St.

Sept. 9: A man reported three watches stolen from 231 NW 38 Ct. The total loss was $36,000.

Lighthouse Point

Sept. 3: The victim received a call that there was fraudulent activity on her credit card. Three gift cards were purchased at a store located at 3700 N. Federal Highway. The loss was $317.85.

Sept. 4: A dealer tag was stolen from car dealership at 2800 N. Federal Highway.

Sept. 4: Someone broke into a vehicle parked at 3330 N. Federal Highway and stole a purse containing a wallet, driver’s license, credit cards and a social security card. The loss was $80.

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Posted on 24 September 2015 by LeslieM

Ugly trailer marring beach views

Dear Editor:

I live on NE 20 Avenue, one block from the public beach access that is located at 4 Court and A1A. I have always enjoyed waking early and walking to the beach to appreciate and thank God for yet another sunrise. It doesn’t matter whether the sunrise is extraordinarily spectacular or whether it is diminished by clouds. It DOES matter, however, that the sunrise is now and has been, for a few years, obscured by an unoccupied, unsightly trailer with an EXPIRED Florida license plate.

The signage around the trailer states “private property.” I have no objection with people owning beach property; however, I do object that there seem to be different rules for different people.

A few years ago, I purchased a small, pop-up camper. I parked it on the property (behind our hedge line) for three to four days until I was able to tow it to its final destination that coming weekend. The camper was legally registered and out of sight of neighbors. Within a day after parking the camper behind the hedges, the camper was tagged by the city with a warning to either remove the camper or face a fine. I complied with the warning, in accordance with the law. Problem solved!

It is beyond my comprehension how an unsightly, unregistered trailer, can remain on the beach, for every nearby neighbor, visitor and/or passerby to see. The location of this unsightly, unregistered trailer poses a threat not only to the public, but, also to the public beach property surrounding it. It is an eyesore on the beach of Deerfield, which prides itself on the beauty of its beaches.

Lorraine S. Kelly

Deerfield Beach

[Editors Note: The commission is working to find a solution to this issue. It is currently in litigation. “It’s an on-going problem we are hoping to resolve in the coming months,” said a city representative.]

Thank you, Thomas Roofing

Dear Editor:

Twenty-five years ago this past January, I needed a new roof on my home. I contacted a Deerfield roofing company. A new roof was put on and it looked great. This past January, Citizens Insurance stated that my current roof would have to meet certain qualifications. Ultimately, it meant I would have to have a new roof. I called Steve at Thomas Roofing who put the roof on in 1995. Steve also replaced the back patio roof after Wilma. (Incidentally, I wrote Steve to replace that back roof as I had left town to get away from the hurricane. He called me and, in three days, he had replaced the patio roof. I paid him when I returned to Deerfield a couple weeks later.)

When it came to this past January, I called Steve again. He was no longer in the business of putting roofs on homes, but he still had a business to repair, clean, pressure clean, etc. any roof. He gave me names of two Deerfield roofers. I phoned them. They came and [each] gave me an estimate.

I phoned Steve who helped me make a decision between the two companies. At the time it was being replaced, Steve came over and confirmed the work this roofer was doing was the best. Steve went out of his way to be a good neighbor, Deerfield business man and just a very nice guy.

Thank you, Steve, for being my friend.

J. M. Harte

Deerfield Beach


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