| June, 2016

FLICKS: The BFG & Independence Day: Resurgence

Posted on 30 June 2016 by LeslieM

flicks063016By “Cinema” Dave


It has been 34 years since director Steven Spielberg released his 6th motion picture, E.T. the Extraterrestrial, whose box office gross made him the King of Summer blockbusters. At the time, Harrison Ford was dating Melissa Mathison, who wrote the screenplay for E.T. When Mathison fell ill, Spielberg reviewed some of her screenplays and was impressed by her adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The BFG, which was published in 1982, the same year that E.T. the Extraterrestial was released. While best known for his dark children’s novels like James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Dahl’s The BFG confronted an emotion he was unfamiliar with — sentimentality. The diverse collaboration between Dahl, Mathison and Spielberg has created a fine motion picture based on a book.

Sophie (Rudy Barnhill) is an orphan with insomnia. One night, she spots a giant (Mark Rylance) roaming the streets of London. Fearing reprisals from humans, the giant abducts Sophie and takes her to his hovel. Fearful at first, Sophie develops a kinship with the giant, who she names “BFG” — short for Big Friendly Giant.

Sophie learns that BFG is actually the runt of the giants and that he is frequently bullied by his brethren. When the mean giants get too aggressive, BFG plans to return Sophie to the orphanage. However, Sophie has another idea and it involves meeting the Queen of England.

Being Spielberg’s first Walt Disney movie, The BFG is pure family entertainment. There is fantastic cinematography that is spiritually enhanced by John Williams’ musical score. There are scary moments, but not scary enough to induce nightmares. There are subtle moments of humor, with a whizzpopping belly laugh that builds to absurd levels. The BFG is a good afternoon escape from the summer heat.

A sequel 20 years in the making, Independence Day:Resurgence opened last weekend with disappointing box office. While the sequel does provide the science fiction community their jollies, the film is not as good as the predecessor.

With reference to the fictional events of 1996, Jeff Goldblum and Madame President (Sela Ward) learn that the aliens are planning a counterattack. They recruit the children of the heroes from the first movie to fly into danger. Things go wrong when the aliens unleash a secret weapon. Cliches abound. One cliche involves sacrificial death. With a swelling musical score, this dramatic scene feels false; the sacrificial death proves meaningless.

The best part of this film features Goldblum and Judd Hirsch’s kvetching father. The bantering between the two feels real with much humor and humanity.

Happy 4th of July!

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Broward AM next week

Posted on 30 June 2016 by LeslieM

By Gary Curreri

The Broward County Men’s Amateur Golf Tournament is around the corner. The tournament, which will feature the top players from throughout Broward County, is slated for the Jacaranda Golf Club in Plantation and will be played the weekend of July 9-10.

After receiving valuable feedback in efforts to increase numbers, we have consolidated the tournament into a two-day, 36-hole championship,” said Andrew Michael, director of golf at the Jacaranda Golf Club.

The event was originally slated to be played last December; however, poor weather forced the cancellation of the tournament for the first time in its 48-year history. Michael added some tweaks to the tournament format that he hopes will attract a large field.

Obviously, with the cancellation of December’s tournament, we found an opportunity to see if the two-day series would be better than the three (days) from a participation standpoint,” Michael said. “We are going to test it out and go from there. We are about 80 percent sure that this will be the time frame of the tournament moving forward.”

Michael will also introduce two additional flights. They will have a Super Senior Flight for players 70-Over and a Junior Flight for golfers 13-17. Should they want to play in the open divisions, they would have to declare ahead of time.

We are trying to create more interest and attract more players to participate,” said Michael, who took over as Director of Golf in December 2014. “We are limiting registration to the first 80 players and we would like to get to that number. As long as we keep increasing the mark from the previous year, we will be happy. Our goal is achieve a full course field.”

Michael said the tournament was reduced from three days to two, allowing for players with busy work schedules the opportunity to participate and will give all participants the opportunity to compete regardless of age with the addition of the Super Senior and Junior flights. Golfers also don’t have to be Broward County residents to play.

The tournament was forced to cancel in December because the club received five inches of rain over a 36-hour period. There was four inches of rain on the first day leaving standing water, which washed out the majority of the bunkers. Michael said at the time that the course was unplayable.

The field will offer opportunity to compete for net and gross positions for the Open, Senior (50 and up) and Super Senior (70 and up). The Championship and Junior flights will award gross only positions.

The Broward County Amateur Championship has a storied past and past winners include Chris Couch, Rick Woulfe, Pete and John Wegmann, Ty Strafaci and defending champion T.J. Shuart.

To register for the 2016 event, visit www.Jacarandagolfclub.com or contact the golf shop at 954-472-5836. The final day to register is July 1.

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Posted on 30 June 2016 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

June 14: Two men burglarized about 20 cars. They smashed car windows and pried open car doors. They stole a car to escape. The incident was reported at 1062 S. Military Tr.

June 16: A woman reported her purse stolen at 210 Federal Hwy.

June 16: A man was refused service at a Texaco station at 4517 N. Dixie Hwy. He stole a bottle of soda.

June 20: A man reported that someone broke into his car parked at 2301 W. Sample Rd. and stole a computer, U.S. Passport and social security card.

June 20: An armed robbery took place at 7-Eleven at 1156 E. Hillsboro Blvd. A man working at the 7-Eleven said that two men were involved in the robbery. The employee said one man hit him with a handgun and ordered him to the ground. The other man took two cash register drawers containing $125. Both men ran out of the store and escaped in a car.

June 25: Deputies responded to calls of a male wearing a mask and carrying a knife near the movie theater in Deerfield Mall. Subject was detained. The investigation is ongoing.

Lighthouse Point

June 6: Someone vandalized a vending machine at 4521 NE 22 Ave. causing $1,000 in damage. A 60 lb. rock was found nearby.

June 6: Someone used the victim’s card at 2700 N. Federal Hwy. and made a purchase amounting to $127.14.

June 6: A vehicle was found at 4000 NE 31 Ave. and was not registered nor had a tag assigned to it.

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Posted on 30 June 2016 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

Entertainment Schedule

South Stage (SE 1 St. and Ocean Way)

Whisky Six: 12- 1 p.m.

Army Gideon: 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Caribbean Chillers: 3 – 4:30 p.m.

The Regs: 5:15 – 6:45 p.m.

Eaglesmania (Eagles Tribute Band): 7:30 – 9 p.m.

North Stage (Hillsboro Blvd. and Ocean Way)12:30 p.m. until fireworks. Bands include: The Rockaways, Baker Act, The Hucklebucks, The Search, Tonto Goldberg, Kristin Cappiello, Late for Dinner and other special guests.

Parking/ Trolley: Parking on the barrier island will be limited during the event. Complimentary parking will be available at The Cove Shopping Center and St. Ambrose Catholic Church. Attendees can make the short walk across the bridge to the event or take the complimentary shuttle service between The Cove Shopping Center and the beach or St. Ambrose Catholic Church and the beach. The shuttle will run from 11 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., then the shuttle service will be suspended when Hillsboro Blvd. and the Hillsboro Blvd. bridge are closed to vehicular traffic, and will resume from 11 p.m. to midnight.

Road Closures:

International Fishing Pier will be closed at 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 2 and will reopen at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, July 5.

Ocean Way from Hillsboro Boulevard to SE 4 Street, the Main Beach Parking Lot, the lot behind Ocean Rescue Headquarters and the Pier Parking Lot will be closed at 12 a.m. on Monday, July 4 and will reopen on the morning of July 5.

SE 2 Street and SE 1 Street at A1A will be closed at 6 a.m. on Monday, July 4 and will reopen on the morning of July 5.

On July 4, from 6 to 11 p.m., the Hillsboro Boulevard bridge, A1A from Hillsboro Boulevard to SE 3 Street, and Ocean Way at NE 21 Avenue, will be closed to traffic.

On July 4, from 7 to 11 p.m., the Hillsboro Boulevard Bridge will remain in the locked down position from 7 to 11 p.m. for pedestrian traffic.

For any questions regarding the event, visit www.deerfield-beach.com/4thofjuly or contact the Community Events and Outreach Division at 954-480-4429.

Pompano Beach

Pompano Beach Fishing Pier

222 N. Pompano Beach Blvd.

Pompano Beach, FL 33062

Starting at 6 p.m. Live music, featuring Chain Reaction, a Journey tribute band, followed by emcee Kenny Walker and 102.7 The Beach Radio Station. 9 p.m.— fireworks will fill the night sky as they are launched from the end of the Pompano Beach Fishing Pier. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome; however, personal fireworks, glass containers, alcohol and pets are prohibited.

Pier Parking Garage, located across the street from the pier,will be open. For more information about garage, see pg. 9. For more information on event, visit www.pompanobeachfl.gov or call 954-786-4111.



Posted on 30 June 2016 by LeslieM


Guided Tour of Butler House

Saturday, July 2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Historic Butler House

380 E. Hillsboro Blvd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Learn the history of the historic Butler House. New Alice B Gift Shop now open.

Rainforest Planting Party, Part 2

Saturday, July 2, 9 a.m. to noon

Deerfield Beach Arboretum

Constitution Park

2841 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Help plant out Rain Forest! Lunch will be served at noon. Wear closed-toed shoes and bring work gloves.

For more information, call 954-480-4494.

Donate blood, receive free movie ticket

Monday, July 4, 9:15 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Big Red Bus”

AIA and SE 2 Ave.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Donate blood and receive free movie ticket, limited-edition T-shirt. Free wellness checkup. Includes blood pressure, pulse, temperature, iron count and cholesterol screening.

Call 888-936-6283 for more information.

Worth the Drive!: 11th Annual Florida Supercon

Friday, July 1 to Monday, July 4

Miami Beach Convention Center

1901 Convention Center Dr.

Miami Beach, FL 33139

Celebrating comics, anime, video games, fantasy and sci-fi. Long list of celebrities attending! For tickets, visit www.floridasupercon.com.

Save the date: DFB Shop opens

Thursday, July 7, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

International Fishing Pier

200 NE 21 Ave.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

The City of Deerfield is pleased to announce the launch of DFB Shop, the new souvenir, bait and tackle shop.The City will celebrate this launch with hors d’ oeuvres, music and fashion show to unveil the new beach bags, T-shirts, hats and more. All attendants receive 20-percent discount on clothing items that day only! See also e-commerce site at www.deerfieldbeachshop.com.

5th Annual Boca Burger Battle

Saturday, July 16, 7 to 10 p.m.

(VIP starts at 6 p.m.)

Sanborn Square Park

72 N. Federal Hwy.

Boca Raton, FL 33432

Look for Federal Highway from Palmetto Park Road NE 2 Street to be shut down again to make way for this culinary extravaganza. See chefs from around the area light up their grills and get to cooking, all competing to see who will create the Best Boca Burger. Quench your thirst with craft beer and wines. A portion of proceeds benefit PROPEL (People Reaching Out to Provide Education and Leader-ship). Live entertainment by Voodoo Possum and Big City Dogs. No pets allowed. Rain or shine. $50 General Admission, which includes three drink tickets and unlimted food tastings. VIP, which receives unlimited food and drink tastings and early entry, is $75 (Pre-Sale), $125 (Regular).

Purchase Tickets online at www.bocaburgerbattle.com or call 561-338-7594.


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CLERGY CORNER: The summer vacation of the church

Posted on 30 June 2016 by LeslieM

Trinity Season is the long summer vacation of the Christian Church. It lasts from Ascension Day (40 days after Easter) until Advent Sunday (usually the first Sunday in December), a span of seven or eight months. The rest of the year is filled with days and weeks of intense activity — a myriad of events that celebrate the life and teachings of our Lord and define Christianity. Our Lord spent six intense days of activity during the Creation; but, the seventh day, He rested. He surely knew our lives could benefit by following the same pattern, so He gave us Trinity Season to rest and re-charge our batteries.

Now, whether our own vacation is a week or more long, or simply a series of “day-cations,” we should consider our vacation a gift from our Lord and use it, as it was given, for our joy and benefit.

That raises a question … how should we use it for our joy and benefit? We are all aware of the things we need in our lives to make our lives work: time with our Lord, family, friends and time with ourselves. If you are anything like me, you have probably discovered that when your life is out of sync, you have let some of the things that make your life work, slip out of your life. Our Lord’s gift of Trinity Season gives each of us an opportunity to gaze deep into our hearts and identify those things that are truly necessary for our well-being and make certain they are right where they need to be.

Summer vacation and time with our Lord: When we gaze deep in our hearts, we had better see our Lord looking back at us, because Saint Paul reminds us, “In him we live and move and have our being.” There is no life apart from our Lord or apart from the life He planned for us.

Our summer vacation is a perfect time to make certain we are walking, hand-and-hand, with Him, in the same direction. Revisiting our prayer life is a wonderful way to enrich our walk with Him. The words we use are not important. He knows our concerns and what is in our hearts. Whether we are newbies or oldsters to daily prayer, the way we do it is the same. Find a quiet place, turn off the chatter in our minds, and be with the one who loves us most. Speak to Him as we do to a loved one, and listen to Him as we do our most trusted friends. If we make this a part of our summer vacation, then, come fall, He will have made us brand new.

Summer vacation time with family and friends: It is no secret that our Lord made us social beings, some more than others, but all in need of some measure of companionship. If you are blessed with ideal relationships with family and friends, then you have a wonderful summer vacation ahead of you. However, if you are like me, and “wonderful” does not describe all your relationships, then our Lord has given us a summer vacation promise of how He heals broken relationships. Again the words of Saint Paul: “Let peace of our Lord rule in your hearts. Forgive one another, and, above all things, put on love which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” Love is the best slave for hurt relationships. Smear it on heavy and cover all that hurts!

Summer vacation and time with ourselves: Life can be exhausting, both physically, emotionally and spiritually. Shakespeare famously said that “sleep knits up the raveled sleeve of care, is sore labor’s bath and is the balm of hurt minds.” True enough, but I say that summer vacations also have a restorative effect on our exhaustion! Yes, it is good to spend time with ourselves, or as someone once said, to be alone “with the beating of our own heart.” But the wonderful thing about spending time with ourselves is that it gives us the opportunity to invite others to come into our world, and for them to invite us into theirs, so we can all share our joys, benefits and challenges together.

If all this sounds a little bit like “kumbayah” to you, please don’t blame me. Perhaps we can use some of that in this disjointed world in which we live.

Have a wonderful summer, reconnect with all those who are dear to you, and may the Lord bless us all.

Rev. M. Tracy Smith, SSA, Rector is from the Saint Peter’s Anglican Church, 1416 SE 2 Terr., Deerfield Beach, FL 33441. For more information, call 954-695-0336. Morning Prayer at 10 a.m. on Wednesday; Holy Communion at 10 a.m. on Sunday, and 7 p.m. on Thursday.

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Williams helps Bengals to 2nd place finish in county meet

Posted on 23 June 2016 by LeslieM

SPORTS062316By Gary Curreri

Pompano Beach’s Jevon Williams was in familiar territory recently as he successfully defended his 100-meter boys hurdles championship at the Broward County Middle School track and field championships at Coral Springs High School.

I didn’t expect it,” said Williams, who recently graduated from Pompano Beach Middle School. “It is kind of like winning a super bowl, but it is better because it was for my school.”

The 14-year-old Williams would know about winning Super Bowls as he won a youth football championship with the Pompano Eagles 13-Under team.

In addition to defending his hurdles title in 14.24, he also won the high jump with a personal best leap of 5-10. His previous best was 5-8. He barely clipped the bar as he attempted to top 6-0.

Williams put in a dominating performance in the boys hurdles as he won by nearly a second over Seminole Middle School’s Cody Brown (15.22). The Bengals finished second in the meet with 62 points, just nine points behind four-time defending county champion Lauderdale Lakes Middle School.

I did good,” said Williams, who has been running track for three years. “It was pretty hard to repeat in the hurdles, but I had the experience.”

Other top local finishes with Pompano Beach Middle School athletes in the championships included Robert Floyd, who finished eighth in high jump (5-4); Darnell Deas, who placed third in the boys 100-meter dash (11.84), and Jeremiah Mathieu, who placed third in the boys 800 (2:12.18).

Pompano Beach kept the meet interesting as it went 2-3 in the 200-meter dash as Shamari Lawrence was second (23.25), while Williams was third (23.74). Pompano Beach also had two standout relay performances as their 4×100 relay took first (44.44), while the 4×400 relay was fourth.

Not to be outdone, the girls also turned in some solid efforts as they tied for ninth in the county with Sawgrass Middle School with 18 points. Lauderdale Lakes’ girls won the championship with 94 points.

Jaleah Williams was one of three girls to break the 1-minute barrier as she was third in the girls 400-meter dash (59.73). K’Nyah Isaac of Pembroke Pines Charter won the girls 400 (56.43). Williams also took third in the 200-meter dash (26.41).

The Bengals girls relays teams also earned points as the 4×400 relay team was fourth in 4:42.17, while the 4×100 relay clocked 55.37 to place eighth.

Simply Soccer Camp offered

Area residents are headed to the Simply Soccer camp that is in its 28th year in nearby Coral Springs. The soccer camp is for boys and girls, ages 5-15, of all skill levels, who will be taught a variety of soccer skills from dribbling to shooting.

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. You do not have to be a city resident to attend.

The remaining dates are June 27-July 1, July 11-15, July 18-22, July 25-29, Aug. 1-5, Aug. 8-12 and Aug. 15-19.

You can register daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Coral Springs Gymnasium, 2501 Coral Springs Dr., in Coral Springs. For information on the Coral Springs camp, call 954-345-2200.

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FLICKS: The Music of Strangers & Finding Dory

Posted on 23 June 2016 by LeslieM

By “Cinema” Dave


There is a strong disconnect from what I see on television news and what I am witnessing at the local movie theaters. While headline news is simply atrocious with rhetoric that can be found in either The Book of Amos or The Book of Revelations, at the cinemas, I see happy people attending happy movies.

Opening tomorrow, The Music of Strangers features cellist Yo Yo Ma assembling his “Silk Road Ensemble,” a collection of international musicians who bring forth their own cultural artistry. Formed in the year 2000, the subject of the 9/11 terrorist attacks is presented, but this tragedy is not exploited. This film talks about cultural understanding through the international language of music.

In this 15 year artistic odyssey, Yo Yo Ma travels through China, Iran and Spain, countries that introduced Western Civilization to Asian culture in the 15th Century. After this cross cultural exchange of goods and services, “Silk Road Ensemble” is an appropriate name for Yo Yo Ma’s band of musicians. We watch and listen to these fine craftsman express themselves with familiar instruments like a cello, banjo or a clarinet. Yet, we are also introduced to the indigenous sounds of instruments like the Chinese pipa and the Persian kamancheh. After watching these individuals perform and party backstage, you may feel better about the world.

When Finding Nemo was released 13 years ago, I was told that a mother was upset at the violence that Nemo and his father endured in the film’s opening. Now that the child is college age, I wonder how that individual is now holding up.  Unlike Finding Nemo, Finding Dory does not open with the death of a parent, but this sweet movie does provide some scary moment about loneliness and alienation.

This new Walt Disney Pixar motion picture opens with a close-up of big-eyed baby Dory, who announces her name and that “she has a short-term memory problem.” We are then introduced to Dory’s loving parents (voiced by Kate McKinnon and Bill Hader), who are teaching their special needs child. Dory becomes lost and spends the rest of the movie trying to remember why her parents are so important.

Finding Dory is that simple of a movie. Yet the film is rich with character development and emotional resonance. Dory (perfectly voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) is such a vulnerable character, yet one is surprised by the strength she has gained through listening to her inner voice.

Dory’s charm forges a relationship with Hank the Octopi (Ed O’Neil), a streetwise curmudgeon with three hearts of gold. Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo (voiced by a new child actor) both return in supporting roles.

What is so unique about the documentary The Music of Strangers and the animated film Finding Dory is the lack of villains in both movies. In today’s popular entertainment culture, it is refreshing to see individuals overcoming challenges by simply being themselves.

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Posted on 23 June 2016 by LeslieM

RE: SW 10th St.

Dear Editor:

I attended the two hour meeting of the COAT/MPO [Community Oversight Advisory Team/Metropolitan Planning Organization] on Saturday at the high school. There is some history that should be noted. The changes in the 10th street corridor were first addressed when I was mayor in the 1980s. At that time, to be elected a county commissioner, you had to run county-wide, as there were no districts. Century Village had 16,000 registered voters then, so their political clout made sure that the proposal was defeated.

Along came Gerry Thompson, who engineered the Sawgrass Expressway that everyone claimed was a road to nowhere. Incidentally, it was first named the Deerfield Expressway. The future projection is that it will carry 75,000 cars. That was also built while I was mayor.

I listened today to the arguments for and opposed to the suggestions that were made in reference to what should happen to the 10th Street corridor. Although this proposal affects the citizens of Deerfield Beach the most, I am convinced that it will become a reality anyway and the quality of life for a great many of our residents will be adversely effected.

The [representatives from the citied affected] who spoke for the project will probably prevail. The best we can hope for is that the COAT can convince the MPO to give us a solution that we can all live with.

If I understood correctly, the MPO will meet on July 14 to make a decision. For your information, there are 25 voting members on the MPO with 13 alternates who may vote if anyone of the 25 is absent. The city of Deerfield Beach has just one voting member. I think you can figure what the result may be.

Mayor Jean Robb

Deerfield Beach, FL



Posted on 23 June 2016 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

June 7: A woman serving as property manager reported that a home at 616 Hibiscus Dr. in her development had a broken window. She believes someone tried to break into the home but was unable to do so.

June 7: A woman serving as property manager reported that a home at 702 Hibiscus Dr. was broken into. The front door was open and a window was broken. A television was stolen.

June 7: A bicycle was reported stolen from 5 Guys at 296 S. Federal Hwy.

June 9: It was reported that three entered Aldi’s food store at 7 NE 45 St. and stole three air conditioning units.

June 10: Burglary of business at 150 S Powerline Rd. Unknown suspect(s) attempted to gain entry by prying the lock and handle to a storage unit located at Public Storage. No entry was made.

June 10: Shoplifting reported at 3825 W Hillsboro Blvd.

June 11: A man parked his trailer in the rear of a business at 1801 Green Rd. on June 10 and noticed it was missing on June 11.

June 11: Two suspects entered 3599 W. Hillsboro Blvd., took items and left without paying.

Lighthouse Point

June 1: The victim said someone stole a tag off the 2016 Buick Endure while it was parked at 2800 N. Federal Hwy.

June 5: The victim said someone used her American Express Card and charged $500 at a business at 2450 block of N. Federal Hwy. Police were unable to verify the use.

June 6: Someone stole a hand mixer, blender and foot file from packages that were delivered to a residence at 2560 NE 44 St. The loss was $120.70.

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