| February, 2017

Pioneer Days Parade 2017

Posted on 23 February 2017 by LeslieM

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Pioneer Days Bed Race 2017

Posted on 23 February 2017 by LeslieM

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Tigers fall in regional semifinal

Posted on 23 February 2017 by LeslieM

By Gary Curreri

There will be no state championship three-peat for the Blanche Ely boys’ basketball team this season.

Palm Beach Lakes’ Daiquan Wyatt saw to it as he banked in a layup with just six seconds remaining to give the Rams (23-3) a 64-62 victory over the host Tigers in the Region 4-8A semifinal on Tuesday night.

Blanche Ely guard Mike Forrest missed a desperation three-point heave from just inside half-court at the buzzer setting off a wild celebration for the Rams and ended the Tigers bid for a sixth state championship under coach Melvin Randall.

It marked the second consecutive time that the Tigers (25-7) were stymied in the regional semifinals in a quest for a third straight state championship. After winning back-to-back state titles in 2012 and 2013, the Tigers fell to Boyd Anderson, 61-54. They also lost 70-57 in the regional semifinals to Dwyer in 2010.

Blanche Ely defeated Dwyer in the regional semifinal 75-56 in 2015 and again in last year’s regional quarterfinal, 57-52, en route to winning back-to-back Class 7A state titles.

Wyatt and Tyrese Mapp each scored 19 points for the Rams in the victory, while Lavorris Givins added 18.

We’re just glad to stay alive,” said Palm Beach Lakes coach Lorenzo Hands following the contest. “[Blanche Ely] is a great team, well-coached. They’ve set the bar the past couple of years and that means we’re heading in the right direction, but we still have a way to go.”

Palm Beach Lakes carried a 32-30 lead into the locker room at the intermission and then flexed its muscle in the third period to start to pull away as it opened an eight-point, 54-46 lead and eventually carried a 6-point lead into the final quarter.

Blanche Ely, which faced a similar deficit in a regional quarterfinal win over Dwyer in overtime, were able to take a 58-56 lead with 2:27 remaining in the game when Joshua Scott converted two free throws. Forrest scored eight of his 11 points in the fourth quarter and Geremy Taylor delivered two free throws with 35.8 seconds remaining to knot the game at 62.

We got off to a bad start,” Taylor said. “We came back from six points down in the fourth quarter. Mike (Forrest) hit a couple threes but we couldn’t pull it through. This is very disappointing.”

Jordan Strowbridge had a team-high 16 points for the Tigers, while Taylor and Forrest each finished 13 points.

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FLICKS: Year By The Sea

Posted on 23 February 2017 by LeslieM

By Dave Montalbano


As the longest standing film columnist in Broward County, I’ve seen certain movies like Boynton Beach Club and Play the Game that resonate in our community during this time of the year. Year by the Sea will be this season’s cult movie that neighbors will be talking about.

Based on Joan Anderson’s three New York Times best-selling memoirs, Year by the Sea opens with a montage of home movies. We witness a young man getting married as his parents, Joan (Karen Allen) and Robin (Michael Cristofer) bicker in the backroom. After 30 years of marriage, Robin sells their house and announces that they are moving to Kansas. Joan has other plans.

Taking a page from Henry David Thoreau, Joan relocates to Cape Cod to live her life, deliberately. While adjusting to the rustic life, Joan takes stock in herself and begins learning new things, like running the cash register, digging for clams and spending an afternoon on Seal Island.

As her editor (S. Epatha Merkerson) coaches her to write her next book, Joan develops a friendship with Erikson (Celia Imrie), a wise neighbor whose husband is dying in an old age home. As she copes with her empty nest syndrome, Joan realizes it is never too late to find some time to play.

Watching Year by the Sea is a pleasant experience. The Cape Cod Tourist Bureau should provide director Alexander Janko and cinematographer Bryan Papierski honorary keys to the city. This simple film takes full advantage of the New England shoreline. The setting becomes its own nurturing character.

As the most nurturing character, Celia Imrie steals the show. Besides dispensing words of wisdom with a glass of wine, Imrie’s Yoda-like character is a pleasurable person to hang out with. Year By the Sea is Karen Allen’s movie from start to finish. There are moments in which her performance could have become melodramatic or verged towards slapstick (especially during the early scenes in which our heroine is adjusting to island life). Allen underplays these moments, which makes her character more humane and empathetic. It’s great to see Karen Allen in a leading role again.

Take an afternoon to go see Year By the Sea with some friends some afternoon. It is a positive movie about life, letting go and renewal.

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Posted on 23 February 2017 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

Feb. 7: A woman said another woman stole her wallet from her purse while she was shopping in a store at 4008 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

Feb. 8: A suspect was arrested at Sun Trust Bank for grand theft and passing a forged bank bill at 1761 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

Feb. 10: A man was arrested and charged with theft of a license plate and two active warrants at 600 E. Hillsboro Blvd.

Feb. 10: Someone removed a screen and forced a front door open in an attempt to break into a house at 723 SW 2 Ave.

Feb. 10: A person was arrested and charged with stealing $317 worth of merchandise from Target at 3599 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

Feb. 12: Someone broke into a Citgo and stole an ATM machine with $3,000.

Lighthouse Point

Feb. 2: The victim discovered two 50-gallon drums of car wash soap/tire shine at 5190 N. Federal Hwy. pushed over with the tops intentionally unscrewed. A check of security video showed two juvenile subjects throwing rocks at the rear window breaking both the top and bottom windows. There are no cameras where the drums are stored. The loss was $1,363.

Feb. 4: The victim ordered a patio table and six chairs and it was delivered at her residence at 2630 NE 18 Terr. She was not home at the time of delivery and someone stole the property, valued at $700.

Feb. 5: A victim said a Samsung Galaxy tablet was stolen from a store at 3742 N. Federal Hwy. The loss was $189.99.

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Posted on 23 February 2017 by LeslieM

Viva Lighthouse Point

Thursday, Feb. 23, (call for time)

Lighthouse Point Yacht & Racquet Club

2701 NE 42 St.

Lighthouse Point, FL 33064

Women’s Club of LHP annual fashion show and fundraiser luncheon. $60. For reservations or information, call 954-781-1748 or email lorrensullivan@aol.com.

A Native Forest in an Urban Environment

Saturday, Feb. 25, 2 to 3 p.m.

Deerfield Beach Percy White Library

837 E. Hillsboro Blvd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Slideshow features history of the island, Al Capone and evolution of Deerfield Island Park. Presented by The Friends of Deerfield Island Park. For more information, call 954-357-7680.

Black Heritage Banquet

Saturday, Feb. 25. 7 p.m.

Ovieta McKeithen Recreational Complex

445 SW 2 St.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Come out for a delicious soul food buffet and live entertainment as Deerfield Beach Salutes Hometown Heroes in the following categories: Business Professional, Theodus Times; Community Service, Ella Poitier; Educator, Ms. Rhonda Scott; Athletic Role Model, Brandon McThay; and Community Organization, Delta Lodge 519. Also given for the first time will be The Emmanuel Knowles Humanitarian Award, of which Wayne Barton will be the recipient. $30, $240/table; each table seats 8 guests. For more information, call 954-480-4429

One Day Boating Class

Saturday, Feb. 25, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pompano Beach Sail & Power Squadron

3701 NE 18 Terr.

Pompano Beach, FL 33064

Learn the basics of navigation, docking, emergency situations, water sport safety and local laws. $25-Broward Co. Residents/$60 for all others. Includes textbook and Florida education card after completion. For more information, visit www.PompanoSafeBoating.com or call 754-444-1470.

A Day at a Boutique

Sunday, Feb. 26, 11:30 a.m.

Temple Beth Israel

201 South Military Tr.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Taylor Marie’s will be bringing her mobile retail clothing store, fashionable clothing and accessories from respected, high quality brands. Also Kosher Chicken luncheon served. $36. For reservations, call 954-421-7060 or stop by the office Mon – Fri., 9 a.m. to noon. Checks can also be mailed to Sisterhood Temple Beth Israel.

Paws for a Cause

Sunday, Feb. 26, 2 to 6 p.m.

Baja Café

1310 S. Federal Hwy.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Pet Adoption, raffle and prizes. Baja Café will donate a portion of your check to Canine Companions for Independence, a non-profit organization that enhances lives of people with disabilities. Sponsored by Woman’s Club of Deerfield Beach. For more information, call 954-596-1304.

Sundays at the Butler House

Sunday, Feb. 26, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Butler House

380 E. Hillsboro Blvd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Theme: Backyard Garage Sale, lots of treasures for sale. Also, “Grow Deerfield” DFB Farmer’s Market. For more information, call 954-429-0378 or visit www.deerfield-history.org.

Deerfield Beach Hadassah meets

Monday, Feb. 27, Noon

Century Village Le Club

3501 West Dr.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Program: Dr. M. Jaffer, of Senior Medical Associates, speaks on sexuality and aging. Refreshments served. Everyone invited. For more information, call 954-427-9902 after 6 p.m.

Senior Friendly Technology Boot Camp

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

NE Focal Point Senior Center

227 NW 2 St.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Join Hands On Broward and learn technology essentials. Bring in your Smart Phone, iPad and Kindle for a free tutorial on how to use these products. Learn about social media. See Computer Center. For more information, call 954-480-4447.

St. Ambrose Carnival & Music Festival

Thursday, March 2, 5 to 10 p.m.

Friday, March 3, 5 to 11 p.m.

Saturday, March 4, 1 to 11 p.m.

Sunday, March 5, 1 to 8 p.m.

Food, live entertainment, rides, games, raffles and much more. Visit www.stambrosecarnival.com for more information. See ads, pg 10, 18.

Save the date: Safari with the Soroptimists

Saturday, March 25, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Hugh’s Culinary

4351 NE 12 Terr.

Oakland Park, FL 33334

Dinner, dancing, auctions, raffles and an opportunity to have your picture taken with “wild” animals! Open bar and entertainment provided by D.J. Joe Balistreri. $100 per person. Proceeds benefit the Soroptimist Education Awards and Woodhouse. For information and ticket purchases, contact Becky Walzak at 561-459-7070 or Teri Kovacs at 954-609-1534.

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CLERGY CORNER: The Spiritual Legacy of MLK

Posted on 23 February 2017 by LeslieM

As we near the end of another Black History Month, it is worthwhile to consider the life and message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was a champion of social justice with his call for racial equality and harmony. His willingness to engage in peaceful public protest against the injustices of his day still inspires. His messages and speeches sounded a clarion call to peace and brotherhood, and remain an undeniable part of the civil rights movement.

The greatest legacy of Dr. King, in my opinion, is the faith that inspired, informed and ignited his pursuit of equality and brotherhood. What else could explain his unwavering message and mission? What else could cause him to be so passionate and determined that only an assassin’s bullet could stop him?

All that Dr. King attempted and accomplished in the struggle for civil rights was framed in the context of his religious faith. He was first and foremost a preacher of the gospel, and his beliefs were the lenses through which he viewed life and humanity.

In a sermon delivered at a Chicago church in 1967, he confessed “before I was a civil rights leader, I was a preacher of the gospel. This was my first calling and it still remains my greatest commitment. You know, actually all that I do in civil rights I do because I consider it a part of my ministry. I have no other ambitions in life but to achieve excellence in the Christian ministry. I don’t plan to run for any political office. I don’t plan to do anything but remain a preacher.”

It is quite clear that his religious training, his belief system, his faith was the thing that gave rise to his philosophy, his action, and his dream. His undeniable connection with God inspired him to be an instrument of moral conviction and social transformation.

Dr. King’s faith also informed his dream of social justice. He once preached a sermon, Guidelines For A Constructive Church, from Isaiah 61:1. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor, he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

As he rightly saw it, God had established the mission of the church and set clear guidelines for real ministry to the world. Such ministry would address the conditions of life here on earth along with the hope of life in heaven. It was his conviction that “any religion that professes to be concerned about the souls of men and is not concerned about the slums that cripple the souls – the economic conditions that stagnate the soul and the city governments that may damn the soul – is a dry, dead, do-nothing religion in need of new blood.”

The faith of Dr. King also provided him with courage in the face of great challenges. Early on, his leadership of the boycott against the city of Montgomery, Alabama made him a target of scorn and hatred. He noted years later that during the time he had received many nasty, threatening phone calls, sometimes over 40 in one day. He did his best to withstand the storm of backlash. A midnight phone call ordering him to clear out of town in three days or else, got the better of him one night, and he was unsettled by fear.

Overwhelmed by a sense of uncertainty he almost gave up. In desperation, he confessed his fear and weakness to God in prayer. And he says, “it seemed in that moment that I could hear an inner voice saying to me, Martin Luther, stand up for righteousness, stand up for justice, stand up for truth. And lo, I will be with you, even until the end of the world.” He was encouraged that night to continue the fight despite the threats.

As his faith inspired, informed and encouraged his pursuits, may our faith guide us as well. Let’s leave a strong spiritual legacy for those who follow.

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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New Grand Marshals for Pioneer Day parade

Posted on 18 February 2017 by JLusk

The Deerfield Beach Parks and Recreation Department would like to notify the public that unfortunately due to a family emergency, Jay Ajayi, will not be in attendance at the Pioneer Days parade this Saturday, February 18 at 10 a.m. The city is excited to announce that current Miami Heat players, James Johnson and Willie Reed, will be taking Jay Ajayi’s place as this year’s co-grand marshals!

Make sure to come out on Saturday, February 18th for the Pioneer Days Parade to give James Johnson and Willie Reed a warm Deerfield Beach welcome!

 For more information on the Pioneer Days event weekend or to sign up to participate in this year’s parade please visit: www.dfb.city/pioneerdays.

 For additional information, please contact the Community Events & Outreach Division at 954- 429-1847.

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FLICKS: Fanny’s Journey

Posted on 16 February 2017 by LeslieM

By “Cinema” Dave


Football withdrawal weekend provided box office gold for three motion pictures last weekend. The Lego Batman Movie, Fifty Shades Darker and John Wick: Chapter Two collectively earned more than 120 million dollars. In contrast, the Oscar best picture nominees, Hidden Figures, La La Land and Lion barely earned $16 million at the box office.

Fanny’s Journey, a French movie with English subtitles, opens tomorrow. Based on a true story, this is a beautiful drama about World War II.

After Mussolini’s downfall, Hitler’s agents ruthlessly order their leader’s Final Solution — eliminate any and all Jews. Seeing the writing on the wall, responsible adults export children to Switzerland. When the adult leading the refugees becomes separated from the children, 12-year-old Fanny leads the orphans to the promise land.

What makes Fanny’s Journey so fascinating to watch is the everyday heroics of Fanny’s actions. The protagonist does not outrun enemy machine gun fire with a soaring musical score. Instead, she must find a way to cook and feed the dozen of children she is responsible for. Heroism is found to be the daily routine.

While the threat of danger is consistent, Fanny’s Journey never loses a child’s perspective of the world. At certain times, the child-like wonder about the world is fresh and innocent; one scene features children splashing each other by a cool stream. In contrast, there are moments of danger in which silence is needed for survival, but one young child cannot control their verbose nature. The Nazi atrocity is not seen, but the deadly threat is felt throughout the film.

As the son of two World War II veterans, I am well versed with that history. Today’s youth are well-versed about the achievements of President Barack Obama. This weekend, young and old will be given the opportunity to meet Fanny Ben-Ami, who will be visiting the Delray and Living Room Theaters, which will be screening Fanny’s Journey. Call the theaters for special dates and times.

Save the date: for Wednesday, Feb. 22. Silverspot Theater in Coconut Creek will premier Year by the Sea, starring Karen Allen and based on the memoir by Joan Anderson. Both the actress and the author are expected to walk the red carpet for the 7 p.m. show.

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Posted on 16 February 2017 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

Jan. 31: A man stole a lottery ticket stand and lottery tickets from the counter of Stop N Go at 3774 NE 3 Ave.

Jan. 31: A man reported that someone tried to steal his truck and, in the process, damaged the exterior door lock and the ignition lock. The incident was reported at 1050 E. Newport Center Dr.

Jan. 31: A man reported that his residence at 1434 SE 2 Terr. was broken into and $1,500 in cash stolen.

Feb. 4: Someone broke into three cars parked at 4311 Crystal Lake Dr. From one of the cars, a laptop computer and a Florida driver’s license were stolen.

Feb. 4: A man reported that his 2002 Jaguar vehicle was stolen from in front of a business at 1444 SE 3 Ct.

Lighthouse Point

Jan. 28: The victim said he rented his home at 3719 NE 29 Ave. to a female through a credit card for $7,755.11. The credit card was later determined to be fraudulent and the amount was cancelled. The victim provided police with her contact information and contact was made with another female who said she was not aware of the incident and lived in West Palm Beach. Police said she also appears to be a victim in the incident.

Jan. 28: The victim said she lost her cardholder containing a driver’s license and debit card. She said the last place she remembered seeing it was while she was shopping at Publix at 3700 N. Federal Hwy.

Jan. 31: A 9-year-old golden retriever was found in a backyard of a residence at 2761 NE 48 Ct. The owner of the dog responded and told police that someone had done work at his residence and left the gate open where the dog got loose.

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