| November, 2015

Stuart wins tourney

Posted on 27 November 2015 by LeslieM

By Gary Curreri

Janet Stuart is showing no signs of age as she won her 5th Pompano Beach Women’s Golf Association 2015 Past President’s Cup Championship recently.

Stuart, 82, won in a tiebreaker of a match of scorecards over Debbie Brown, 58, of Deerfield Beach. Stuart shot an 85 (net 67) on the second day after an opening round 95 (77 net). The winner was decided by using the USGA recommended method and going back on the last nine holes played to determine the winner.

Stuart scored a 43, less nine handicap strokes for a net total of 34, while runner-up Debbie Brown, of Deerfield Beach, shot a 42, less seven handicap strokes for a total of 35. Stuart won the tiebreaker by one stroke.

(Winning) this particular tournament was a surprise to me because I hadn’t done too well on the first day,” said Stuart, of Oakland Park, who won her 5th President’s Cup title after shooting a two-day net score total of 144. “I didn’t figure I had a chance so I wasn’t paying much attention to it, so maybe that was good. I didn’t get nervous.”

Brown, 58, of Deerfield Beach, said she knew when they tied with the 144s that she would be runner-up.

Janet and I played together the last round of the President’s Cup,” Brown said. “When they announced the tie, I knew right away I had lost the competition because of our back nine scores and our handicaps.

When they announced I had won, I also knew that was incorrect,” Brown added. “I refrained from the discussion and allowed those present to resolve it … Of course, I was disappointed, but Janet Stuart has long been my hero when it comes to golf. I admire her and I am encouraged by her that the future holds many more bright sunny days of golf.”

Stuart also won the President’s Cup titles in 2000, 2001, 2010 and 2012. She’s won a couple of Club Championships at the Pines Course at the Pompano Beach Golf Course too.

It was more of a surprise because I am getting up there and all these young girls are playing well,” said Stuart, who is currently a 17 handicap. “I almost shot my age the second round and I was thinking more of that than winning the tournament. I was hoping to sneak in a couple of more pars or birdies coming in.”

Bucks blanked; season over

Deerfield Beach saw its seven-game winning streak and hopes for a state championship come to a screeching halt on Friday as visiting Flanagan blanked the Bucks, 17-0, in the Class 8A regional semifinal.

Deerfield Beach (10-2) entered the game averaging 32.2 points per game; however, Flanagan (10-2) gave up just three first downs and 79 total yards in a dominating defensive performance.

Devin Bush broke a scoreless tie with a 21-yard touchdown early in the second quarter, and Angel Trujillo added a 32-yard field goal with three seconds left in the first half to give the Falcons a 10-0 lead. Flanagan’s defense held the Bucks to 21 yards in the first half and no first downs.

Flanagan, which avenged a 14-7 overtime loss to Deerfield Beach in the 2013 regional quarterfinals, iced the game on Dredrick Snelson’s 25-yard TD run with 7:50 remaining in the game.

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FLICKS: FLiFF closes, The Wonders opens

Posted on 27 November 2015 by LeslieM

flicks112615By Dave Montalbano


While weary from an intense three-week festival of screenings, red carpets and special events, the volunteers, staff and journalists closed the 30th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLiFF30) on a triumphant note at The Ritz Carlton Hotel on A1A in Fort Lauderdale. Given the theme of history emphasized by George Hamilton’s return appearance to FLiFF, it was appropriate to end the festival near the beach where Where the Boys Are was filmed 55 years ago, which Hamilton was in.

FLiFF was only three years old when bassist Jaco Pastorious was beaten to death by a bouncer in a Wilton Manor’s bar. Much like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, [blues singer] Robert Johnson and Amy Winehouse, Jaco’s talent was not truly appreciated until his demise. To acknowledge his life, Cinema Paradiso will present an encore screening of the documentary Jaco this Thanksgiving weekend. Check Jaco out on the big screen with a nuanced sound system; you will enjoy seeing home movies of the Pastorius Family frolicking on Deerfield Beach during the 1970s.

Direct from Italy with English subtitles, The Wonders opens tomorrow. It is a bucolic film about a family of beekeepers in Tuscany. Despite living in a heavenly countryside, the parents struggle to live the simple life as their children become distracted by appearing on a reality television show. With gorgeous cinematography and Italian neoclassic realism, The Wonders is a quiet alternative to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 and Creed.

In my 16 years of writing a film column for Thanksgiving, this year’s current news headlines make it difficult to find things to be grateful for. Yet, one can find peace in history. During the bloodiest days of the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of “Thanksgiving,” and the United States of America has been celebrating this holiday for 152 years, now THAT is something to feel grateful for. (See more about Thanksgiving history on pg. 6).

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Posted on 27 November 2015 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

Nov. 8: An attempt was made to steal a truck at 4140 NW 3 Ave. The passenger door was damaged.

Nov. 8: A woman reported her car parked at 406 SE 2 St. entered and a debit card and credit card stolen from the car.

Nov. 9: A man held a clerk at gunpoint at the Federal Highway Public Storage at 415 S. Federal Hwy. The man received money from the clerk.

Nov. 9: A man stole two gift sets of vodka from Walgreens at 1041 E Hillsboro Blvd.

Lighthouse Point

Nov. 4: Someone stole a tag off a 1995 Chevy pickup truck while it was parked at 2800 N. Federal Hwy.

Nov. 4: A vehicle was reported stolen from Palm Beach and police attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The vehicle fled and police later found that several vehicles in the area were broken into at 2170 NE 44 St.

Nov. 4: Several vehicles were ransacked in the area of 2160 NE 44 St. and the center console and glove box were open. It is unknown if anything was taken.

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Posted on 27 November 2015 by LeslieM

Note: Dates and times may change. Please contact venues to confirm.

Food Drive at Cinépolis USA

Now through Dec. 4

Cinépolis USA Movie Theatre

3984 W Hillsboro Blvd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Going to the movies? Help the community at the same time by donating non-perishable food items. Donors who bring two non-perishable items will receive a free popcorn. Donations will go to Feeding South Florida and Agape Food Bank. Call 954-571-2445.

Light Up Downtown Boca Celebration

Wednesday, Nov. 25, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Mizner Park Amphitheatre

590 Plaza Real

Boca Raton, FL 33432

Boca’s annual tree lighting and outdoor celebration includes snow mountain, entertainment, carnival rides, carolers, childrens crafts and more.

Santa’s Arrival Snow Party

Friday, Nov. 27, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Pompano Citi Centre

1955 N. Federal Hwy.

Pompano Beach, FL 33062

Hourly snowfall. Free pictures with Santa (bring your own camera). Family fun includes Elfie Selfie dress-up station, face painter, Write Letters to Santa, DJ, arts and crafts. Raffle giveaway for Breakfast with Santa. Visit www.PompanoCityCentre.com.

6th Annual Light up MLK

plus Gospel Concert

Saturday, Nov. 28, 5 to 8 pm.

Annie Adderly Gillis Park

601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Free. Emcee Rodney Baltimore. Tree lighting at 7 p.m. Following the festivities, The Ali Cultural Arts Center at 353 Hammondville Rd. will host a concert by critically acclaimed Gospel singer, Giel. Concert: $10 per person. Call 954-786-7824 or visit www.aliarts.org.

Backyard Holiday Arts and Crafts Sale

Sunday, Nov. 29, 1 to 4 p.m.

Historic Butler House

380 E. Hillsboro Blvd,

Deerfield Beach FL 33441

Sundays at the Butler House features holiday arts and crafts – be a buyer or a seller under the Big Banyan Tree this week. Florida Highwayman painter R.L. Lewis Jr. will display his art and sign copies of his new book. Music, gift drawing, food and good times. Call 561-299-8684.

Women in Distress Toy Drive

Dec. 1 to 4; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Dec. 7 to 11: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Dec. 14 to 18: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Jim and Jan Moran Family Center

4700 NW 3 Ave.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33064

Donate new, unwrapped toys for babies and children, gifts for teens, and gifts for moms and dads that kids can select from to give their parents. Gift cards and wrapping paper also needed. Visit www.womenindistress.org or call Eileen Trower at 954-760-9800 ext. 1246.

14th Annual Lighthouse A’Glow

Wednesday Dec. 2, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Frank McDonough Park

3500 NE 27 Ave.

Lighthouse Point, FL 33064

Free. Spend an enchanted evening with family and friends. Come out to meet Santa, enjoy some holiday refreshments and caroling.

Jungle Queen cruise for seniors

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Departs from Highlands Community Center

511 NE 44 St.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Age 55 and over. Bus ride to the Jungle Queen for a 90-minute cruise along the historic New River viewing spectacular homes and yachts. Includes lunch at Golden Corral following the tour. $20 per person. Register at any community center or www.deerfield-beach.com/registration.

Yuletide Parade and Celebration

Thursday, Dec. 3, 6:30 p.m.

City of Pompano Beach

2400 E. Atlantic Blvd.

Pompano Beach, FL 33062

Parade route starts at Riverside Drive and heads west on Atlantic Blvd. to McNab Park. Dazzling floats, marching bands, dancers, fire clowns, amazing entertainment, and Santa Claus himself! Events in the park include tree lighting, fireworks, children’s activities, entertainment and more. Call 954-786-4111.

Save the Date:

Ocean Way Holiday Celebration

Dec. 5, 5 to 9 p.m.

Deerfield Beach Pier

Snow showers, Activities for kids, photos with Santa, holiday treats, vendors, and more.

Santa’s Switchboard

Wednesday, Dec. 9 and Thursday Dec. 10

Free. Jolly Old St. Nick will be making personal phone calls to children in Pompano Beach between 4 and 7 p.m. Santa speaks English, Spanish and Creole! Sign up in advance at www.pompanobeachfl.gov under “Events”, or visit the Emma Lou Olson Civic Center at 1801 NE 6 St., Pompano, Beach, FL, 33060, to fill out a form.

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CLERGY CORNER: Be grateful!

Posted on 27 November 2015 by LeslieM

Andrew Carnegie was considered to be the richest man in America during his lifetime. Having made his wealth in the steel industry, he advocated for philanthropy and practiced what he preached by reportedly giving away over $350 million to public charities. I recently read that he also left $1 million to one of his relatives, who was consequently displeased with the amount when compared to the large sums given to other causes. He should have been grateful that he got anything at all.

Samuel Liebowitz was a criminal lawyer and judge who reportedly saved 78 men from the electric chair. It is said that none of them ever thanked him.

In the Gospels, it is recorded that Jesus was approached by 10 lepers who begged him to heal them. He instructed them to go and show themselves to the priest. On the way, they were all healed but only one returned to thank the Lord. Jesus publicly inquired about the other nine, noting that only one had returned to voice his appreciation.

The expression of gratitude is a characteristic of civilized society. We were taught as children to say “thank you” when given gifts, on receiving a compliment or when we were the objects of the kindness of strangers. Good manners dictate that we acknowledge the graciousness of our fellowman. Only animals and barbarians are so callous in their disregard of others, and so consumed with themselves, that they display no sense of indebtedness for acts of good will.

Bible teacher H.A. Ironside was said to be dining in a crowded restaurant when he was approached by a gentleman who asked to share the table with him. He consented and then bowed his head to give thanks for his meal, as was his custom. The surprised gentleman inquired if Dr. Ironside was ill or displeased with his food.

Upon learning that Dr. Ironside was engaging in a habit of thanking God for his meal, the gentleman scoffed, “Oh, you’re one of those, are you? Well, I want you to know I never give thanks. I earn my money by the sweat of my brow and I don’t have to give thanks to anybody when I eat. I just start right in.”

Dr. Ironside replied, “Yes, you’re just like my dog. That’s what he does, too!”

As we prepare to celebrate another Thanksgiving Day, we ought to be grateful for the many blessings and good things that we are able to enjoy. Even in the seemingly difficult circumstances of life, and with all of the chaos that exists on a national and worldwide level, we can still find a reason to be grateful. Life may not be all that we would desire for it to be, but consider that things could be a lot worse than they are right now. Somewhere on this planet there is someone who would gladly trade places with you.

Do you have people in your life who genuinely love you? Do you have a comfortable bed to sleep in at night? Are you able to eat when you feel hungry? Do all five of your senses still work? Do you know your name and where you live? Are you in possession of any good memories? If you can answer “yes” to at least one of these questions you have a reason to be grateful. Even the simple things, that we often take for granted, should be appreciated. God has blessed us in many ways and He rightly deserves our thanks.

Several Psalms encourage gratitude to God for what He has done by making the same exhortation, “Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.” (Psalms 106:1, 107:1, and 136). May this directive to an ancient people in their day inspire our attitude and behavior in our day. God has shown us great mercy, goodness and grace. Let’s be grateful. Happy Thanksgiving!

Bishop Patrick L. Kelly is the pastor of Cathedral Church of God, 365 S. Dixie Hwy., Deerfield Beach, FL 33441. 954-427-0302.

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Miami Book Fair

Posted on 25 November 2015 by JLusk


By Rachel Galvin

The Miami Book Fair brought in authors and book lovers from around the world. Held at the Miami Dade College, the event, in its 32nd year, ran Nov. 15 to 22.

It included book talks, special programs, a Children’s Alley and the popular street fair. More than 250 publishers and booksellers exhibited and sold their books. Whether a person was looking for a book on astrology or a comic book for their nephew, there was something perfect to buy, and many books were as low as $5 or even $1.

The IberoAmerican Program, which included talks by more than 80 Spanish-speaking authors from around the world, was just one IMG_7302program focused on diversity. Foodies appreciated the cooking demonstrations in Miami Culinary Institute’s state-of-the art Wine Theatre. There was even live entertainment to watch.

C-SPAN was among the journalists present to document the festivities. Guests could see them broadcast from beneath a tent just like the other long line of book vendors at the book fair.

Want more information? Visit www.miamibookfair.com.




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Bucks to battle Flanagan in regional semifinal

Posted on 19 November 2015 by LeslieM

sports111915By Gary Curreri

If Deerfield Beach is to move on in the Class 8A state playoffs, it will have to fly past the visiting “Dirty Birds” from Flanagan High School on Friday night.

The Bucks (10-1) will host Flanagan (9-2) in the regional semifinal beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Flanagan has won 8 of its past 9 games, with the lone loss coming against St. Thomas Aquinas, 19-14 two weeks ago. Flanagan’s other loss came against South Plantation, 13-12, in the third game of the season.

The Falcons reached the state semifinals last season, while the Bucks failed to make the playoffs last year for only the second time since 1998. The other time Deerfield Beach didn’t make the playoffs was in 2011. It has been seven seasons since Deerfield Beach reached the regional finals. It lost 34-30 to Miramar in the Class 8A regional final in 2008.

Deerfield Beach is on a 7-game win streak with the team’s lone loss coming to Jacksonville Bolles, 33-15. It edged Plantation, 17-14 in the regional quarters as junior Jerry Jeudy caught 10 passes for 123 yards and scored on touchdowns covering 48 and 6 yards from senior quarterback Teddrick Moffett, who was 13-of-16 for 147 yards.

Senior Jefferson Souza also hit a 48-yard field goal. Sophomore running back Jordan Johnson kept the Colonels in the game with 188 yards rushing and two touchdowns.

Tigers upset bid comes up short

Blanche Ely’s football team put up a valiant effort; however, it dropped a 16-14 decision to host Dwyer in the Class 7A regional quarterfinal game last week.

After Dwyer took the opening kickoff and drove 59 yards for the 7-0 lead on a 3-yard scoring run by Jakari Moses, the Tigers (2-9) answered swiftly with an 80-yard scoring toss Zack Perdue to Thomas Gattis on the first play from scrimmage to cut the lead to 7-6.

Dwyer (10-1) took the ensuing kickoff and Moses struck again when he caught a 17-yard TD pass from Toddy Centeio for a 13-6 advantage. Ely pulled to within 13-12 just before the halftime intermission when Jeremy Taylor caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from Perdue.

Midway through the third quarter, the Tigers grabbed its first lead of the game when it hauled down Moses in the end zone for a safety after an Ely punt was downed at Dwyer’s 1-yard line. That 14-13 lead held up until Patrick Trepcos kicked a 37-yard field goal with 8:26 remaining in the game for the 16-14 win.

Ely missed wide right on a potential go-ahead 34-yard field goal with 4:10 remaining.

Martin turns pro

Pompano Beach’s Chasity Martin will make her professional boxing debut tonight at the Jaragua Casino and Resort in the Dominican Republic.

The 18-year-old will fight Santo Domingo featherweight Mariela Martinez on the undercard of the Euri Gonzalez-Geyson Bastardo welterweight bout.

I have great respect for the officials and staff of USA Boxing, but it’s time I move forward,” said Martin, who fights out of King Cobra Boxing under the direction of Mike Tyson’s former sparring coach Stacey McKinley.

Martin won the Sunshine State Games title earlier this year with a unanimous decision over Joke Dekeersschieter (Heart & Soul Boxing). Martin spent four years fighting as an amateur. She had hoped to make the U.S. National team and fight in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, but lost a split decision to two-time national champion Anna Crutchfield in a pre-qualifying round.


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FLICKS: Spectre & FLiFF

Posted on 19 November 2015 by LeslieM

By Dave Montalbano



Given the horrors we recently witnessed in Paris, the heroism of a fictional character like James Bond should feel false. Yet the Spectre box office has proven the value of movie escapism. Of all the Daniel Craig 007 adventures, Spectre feels like the most typical James Bond flick.

The film opens strong with Bond in Mexico tracking an assassin. From this endeavor, Bond finds a clue to a terrorist organization with links to previous movies, Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and Skyfall. The mastermind of crime is Franz Oberhauser (Christoph Waltz) who employs Mr. Hynx (Dave Bautista), a huge henchman with a double barreled shotgun. Bond must rescue the beautiful Dr. Swann (Léa Seydoux), whose father was a soldier under Oberhauser.

Spectre raises some great questions about field espionage and computer surveillance, yet the film offers no solutions. After the opening, the best thing about Spectre is the cat and mouse game between Bond and Mr. Hynx. When Hynx disappears, the film limps to its conclusion.

FLiFF this week

This weekend, Amy Madigan and her husband Ed Harris will visit the 30th annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival and receive their Lifetime Achievement Awards. While the couple has worked as professional collaborators for years, their most critically-acclaimed work together was Pollock, Harris’s award-winning directorial debut.

Harris will attend the Florida Premier of The Adderall Diaries at the Cinema Paradiso- Ft. Lauderdale on Friday night at 8:15 p.m. (Film also showing at the Hollywood location on Saturday at 6 p.m). Harris portrays Neil Elliott, the vindictive father of Stephen Elliott (James Franco), who is a once successful novelist who has become addicted to Adderall.

Thirty years ago, Ed Harris starred in a locally-produced movie which included Blair Brown and Richard Jordan. The film was based on a best-selling John D. MacDonald mystery novel about corrupt small town politics, greedy land developers and Florida’s vanishing environment. Titled A Flash of Green, the film will be showing at Cinema Paradiso in Ft. Lauderdale at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21.

The film was directed by Victor Nunez, a Florida resident, who will be presented the Florida Prize award for his commitment to Florida filmmaking. The award will be given to him by Ed Harris. The awards ceremony and gala will be held at the Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood at 6:30 p.m.

For ticket information for the gala or any other FLiFF events, call 954-525-FILM (3456) or visit www.fliff.com.

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Posted on 19 November 2015 by LeslieM

RE: The Cove parking meters

Dear Editor:

For the most part, the audience [at the Nov. 9 commission meeting] seemed to be the most concerned about the nine variances that the hotel builders were asking the city to approve. No one seemed to realize what four of the commissioners agreed to with the first item on the agenda. It was an agreement that Commissioner Miller had worked out with the Brunos and their attorney, Tom Connick. The vice-mayor was smart enough to realize this was a bad deal, but he voted for it anyway. The mayor pointed out this was no different than what had [previously] been proposed on Oct. 6 by the vice mayor. As a result of the proposal at that meeting, Dr. Bruno wrote to the city on Oct. 8 and warned the city that he would sue if any of the variances were approved. What changed?

What the commissioners allowed to happen was an agreement that forced the developer to pay half of the maintenance for The Cove parking lot for 10 years, [with] no mention of who would pay the other half of the annual fee of $37,500. What Miller did for them and the taxpayers of the city was to agree that the city would not try to assess The Cove property owners or attempt to meter the parking lot for 10 years. The city would pay the other half of the tally for the next 10 years, and The Cove merchants would get an addition 10-year free ride [to add to] the 50 years [in which] they already paid nothing.

Not one person on the dais side was able to prove hardship, which is the premium reason for the granting of a variance. Commissioner Battle thought there was a hardship because that was all they could do with the property. She could not have been serious. The city attorney was asked to read the criteria outlined to be met in order to qualify for a variance. Did this project meet any of them? I think not. And for those who insisted the plan was outdated, a [look at] Municode would inform you that it was amended on Sept. 16, 2008.

Steve Krevoy

Deerfield Beach



Posted on 19 November 2015 by LeslieM

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

Deerfield Beach

Nov. 2: A woman reported that while she was asleep in her home at 4901 NW 2 Ave., someone broke into her home and stole a purse.

Nov. 2: A semi-tractor truck and refrigerated trailer was stolen from 4250 N. Powerline Rd.

Nov. 2: A vehicle parked at 1401 Congressional Way was entered and a radar detector, wallet, pocket knife, cash, credit cards, electronic cords and credit cards were stolen.

Nov. 2: A landscaping truck was stolen from 4100 N. Powerline Rd.

Lighthouse Point

Oct. 23: Someone smashed the passenger side window of a 2013 GMC pickup at 3448 NE 31 Ave. Nothing appeared to be missing. The damage was $150.

Oct. 28: A man paid for a meal at a restaurant at 3150 N. Federal Hwy. using a $50 bill. He received change from the cashier and one of the $20 bills he received was counterfeit. The cashier remembered two females each paying with $20 prior and believes one of them handed her the counterfeit bill.

Oct. 29: Someone smashed a window while the victim was at a dance studio at 1827 NE 25 St. and stole a purse valued at $30. The damage to the window was valued at $300.

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