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Posted on 18 May 2017 by LeslieM

One Day Safe Boating Class

Saturday, May 20, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pompano Beach Sail & Power Squadron

3701 NE 18 Terr.

Pompano Beach, FL 33064

Learn basics of navigation, docking, emergency situations, water sport safety and local laws. $25 for Broward Co. residents/$60 for all others (includes textbook and hand-outs.) To register, visit www.PompanoSafeBoating.com or call 754-444-1470.

Historic Butler House Tours

Saturday, May 20, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

380 E. Hillsboro Blvd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Enjoy a free guided tour of the historic Butler House, home of pioneers J.D. & Alice Butler. This Spanish mission style home was built in 1923 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Ocean Brews & Blues Festival

Saturday, May 20, 3 to 7 p.m.

Main Beach Parking Lot

149 SE 21 Ave.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Spend a day at the beach for an exciting craft brew festival. Unlimited sampling of assortment of 100+ beers from some of America’s best craft breweries while listening to a variety of blues music entertainers. There will be an assortment of local foods and arts and craft vendors. $40/person until May 19. Event Day tickets: $45. All tickets include 3.5 hours of unlimited sampling of beers and a souvenir glass from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Parking on the barrier island will be limited during the event. Attendees can make the short walk across the bridge to the event or take the complimentary shuttle service. Complimentary parking will be available in The Cove Shopping Center. Shuttle service will run continuously from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 954-480-4429. To purchase tickets, visit www.dfb.city/oceanbrew.

Family Night Event

Saturday, May 20, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Sugar Sand Park

300 S. Military Tr.

Boca Raton, FL 33486

A free event for kids with special needs and abilities and their families. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. There will be carousel rides, children’s science explorium, glitter tattoos, photo souvenirs, activities and classes. To register online and for more information, visit www.sugarsandpark.org/special-needs-programs.

39th Anniversary of DB Church of Christ

Sunday, May 21, 1 p.m.

DB Church of Christ

360 SW 2 Ave.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441


Monday, May 22 to

Wednesday, May 24, 7 p.m.

Oveta McKeithen Park

445 SW 2 St.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Gospel meeting.

For more information, call 754-366-8644.

Celebrating Life event

Sunday, May 21, 4 p.m.

1400 SE 8 Ave.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

At private residence. This event is to introduce the Love Sami Organization to the community. This group helps bring healing to suicide survivors and their families, friends and more. There will be bounce houses, face painting, animals, food & drinks, and more. Parking available at nearby Target. Info: www.LoveSami.Org.

Save the Date: Sacred Steal Unity Showcase Concert

Saturday, June 3, noon to 6 p.m.

Church of the Living God

176 SW 6 St.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

The concert will be featuring some of the greatest African American steel guitar players from Keith & Jewell Dominion Churches of the Living God. Outside event. Bring personal chairs.

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CLERGY CORNER: Luke 10:25–37

Posted on 18 May 2017 by LeslieM

You shall love your neighbor as yourself

(Leviticus 19:18 and Mark 12:31 NRSV)

In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 7:12)

Is civility enough? I ask this provocative question in light of a society where civility is lacking and, that being said, it is still not enough, not if we want to change the world for the better.

I was in conversation with a Rabbi in the community where I previously served. We talked about a Coexistence Festival in Sarasota and the topic of tolerance came up. We agreed that interfaith dialogue was an important step in the right direction because we are neighbors coexisting in the same community. Finding common ground in faith is a great way for religious leaders to lead the charge, ecumenically. By the way, “ecumenical” means “community minded.”

Yet, the Rabbi in his wisdom questioned the word “tolerance.” And he asked me a question, which I found to be enlightening: “How would you like it if you heard me say ‘Jeff, I tolerate you?’ Would you feel good inside?” He made a good point. Civility is not enough.

Yet, civility is still lacking. Drive in any grocery parking lot on Saturday. Hesitate one tenth of a second at a green light. Go shopping at the mall in December. Stand in front of somebody in a parade. We have a hard time coexisting in public and we haven’t even got to religion or politics. We literally haven’t even left the parking lot.

While we struggle for civility, a golden rule is shared, shared by many faiths. In our faith it is found in Matthew 7: 12 In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.” (NRSV) Treat people the way you want to be treated. This is a good start, but it only takes us to civility. In fact this golden rule is bronze, at best. It isn’t enough. We have gotten to tolerance but we haven’t gotten to love.

Engaged in dialogue, Jesus was asked about the greatest commandment. Aside from the first, to love God, he mentioned the second and he replied: You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18 and Mark 12:31 NRSV). Now we are getting somewhere. Now we are starting to move the dial of progress in society. Now THIS rule IS golden.

But who is our neighbor? This was another question that was asked of Jesus. I think the person who asked him wanted to hear the answer: “the people I like.” Liking the likeable, loving the loveable, what is remarkable about that? Then Jesus responded to his question not with a short answer but a parable, the parable of the Good Samaritan. This parable was all about liking the unlikeable and loving the unlovable, and finding value in a person from a culture and religion that was despised. Jesus’ answer was anything but comfortable. “Love my neighbor? I don’t even LIKE him.”

Upon further self examination as well as life experience, I have come to a thought. We don’t have to tackle civility before we address the need to love. In fact, if we aspire to love one another as we love ourselves, civility will fall into place.

Tolerance and coexistence are fine, but they are, at best, mediocre aspirations. I don’t want to merely coexist with my neighbor in mutual tolerance. I want to love my neighbor. Love is what moves the dial in the right direction.

Now that we have left the parking lot, we can move into the direction of a mutual existence that is grounded in love. In love, we can dialogue and build ecumenical bridges with people of different faiths. In love, we can engage in political conversations with friends with whom we disagree. In love, we can think twice before we honk at the person who pulls out of his or her parking spot without looking, or cuts us off, or hesitates for more than a second at a green light. Let all that you do be done in love.” (I Corinthians 16:14)

Pastor Gross is a pastor of Zion Lutheran Church, located at 959 SE 6 Ave., Deerfield Beach, FL 33441. For more information, call 954-421-3146 or visit www.zion-lutheran.org.

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FLICKS: A Quiet Passion & One Week and a Day

Posted on 11 May 2017 by LeslieM

By “Cinema” Dave


Even with the releases of King Arthur Legend of the Sword, starring Charlie Hunam, and Snatched, featuring Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer, expect Marvel’s Guardian of the Galaxy Vol.2 to dominate the box office this weekend. In the following weeks, Alien Covenant and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No Tales will seek the box office bonanza, but there are still quieter movies opening this weekend.

A Quiet Passion is a two-hour biography about poet Emily Dickinson and her pastoral New England influences. This was a passion project of actress Cynthia Nixon (who plays Dickinson) with Terence Davies’ confident direction. A Quiet Passion is a worthy afternoon watching an episode of PBS’s Masterpiece Theater.

The film opens with young Emily being defiant in a girl’s boarding school. She graduates and returns home to live with her family. Her financially secure father, Edward (Robert Carradine), is a stern character, but supports Emily’s point of view. As America becomes divided by the Civil War, Emily writes poetry about battlefield bloodshed without ever leaving her Massachusetts mansion.

A Quiet Passion enters theatrical art house territory during these sequences. Matthew Brady’s famous photograph about the Gettysburg Battle is seen, with Emily Dickinson’s words providing color commentary. Later in the movie, a prone Dickinson lays in her sick bed near death. The cinematography from realism to Brady’s inspired sepia tone, makes the case that Emily Dickinson belongs to the ages.

An Israeli film with English subtitles, One Week and a Day opens this weekend. Despite being a foreign movie, the film feels like a contemporary American drama. It explores the aftermath of grief and the path of letting go through forgiveness.

With the loss of their son, Eyal and his wife Vicky attempt to continue their life as before. Something does not feel right to Eyal, so he returns to the classroom too soon, causing bureaucratic discomfort. In their new environment, both Eyal and Vicky learn the value of living life in the moment, by playing with kitty cats and performing pantomime with air guitars and medical aid. The film invites conversation. Fortunately for our community, director Asaph Polonsky will be at theaters May 13 & 14 for Q&As. Check theaters and Q&A times at http://bit.ly/AsaphInFlorida. One Week and A Day does not feature space battles and dancing Groots, but this weekend’s screening will be an enriching experience.

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Posted on 11 May 2017 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

April 24: It was reported by Empire Today at 354 Hillsboro Technology Dr. that an employee embezzled $2,020.

April 26: A man reported being punched by a woman he knew at 766 Rich Dr. The man was punched in the face.

April 26: A woman reported her car parked at 810 SE 7 St. broken into, ransacked and $30 stolen.

April 27: A man was reported for stealing two Apple iPhones still in boxes from Metro PCS at 3616 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

April 28: A man stole three cases of beer from a Chevron gas station at 3355 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

April 28: A victim at 4361 SW 10 Pl. was duped into sending $750 to the Dominican Republic by callers fraudulently claiming to be the DEA with a warrant for her arrest. She reported the crime when they asked for more money.

April 28: An unknown black male attempted to steal household appliances at 3599 W. Hillsboro Blvd. He fled unsuccessfully without items when approached by Loss Prevention.

April 28: A complainant at 666 Lock Rd. reported his lost tag.

April 29: An unknown white male stole seven hair products valued at $1062.88 at 3820 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

April 30: A victim at 3551 W. Hillsboro Blvd. reported his green Cummins Onan RV QR 7000 generator valued at approx. $6,000, stolen from his mobile home between April 28 and April 30. DNA was collected.

May 1: A victim at 561 NW 48 Ave. reported his laptop computer, computer mouse and charger were missing from his bag that was in the back seat of his vehicle parked in his driveway over the weekend. No forced entry was observed to the vehicle.

May 2: An Unknown suspect(s) unlawfully entered the residence at 16 NW 45 Ave. by smashing the rear sliding door.

May 2: A shoplifter was held in custody at a Target store located at 3599 W. Hillsboro Blvd. Loss Prevention officer stated the suspect/arrestee concealed three ladies garments in her black bag and attempted to leave without paying for the items.

Lighthouse Point

April 14: The victim said someone entered a 2013 Infiniti that was unlocked at 2860 Marina Cir. Nothing appeared to be missing.

April 14: The victim discovered a driver’s side door ajar at 2869 Marina Cir. It is unknown if anything was taken.

April 14: The store manager observed a male subject select six steaks and placed them in a coat before he fled the store at 2450 N. Federal Hwy on a bike. Two of the steaks fell out of his pocket as he fled. He was apprehended nearby with the remaining steaks. The loss was $98.30.

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Posted on 11 May 2017 by LeslieM

Dear Editor:

I’ve been following the Deerfield Beach-Hillsboro sand erosion problem with great interest. I live in this area (over 25 years) and have always observed the natural ebb and flow of beach sand. Yes, there are times when there’s less sand as a result of wave action; however, this illustrates the natural ebb and flow of the sand.

Hillsboro has re-nourished their beach at least three times that I’m aware of yet never, let me repeat, never have I observed any attempt on their part to retain the sand. They claim the Deerfield Beach groins block the natural flow, however, the beach looks full to me. Their erosion problem is not caused by our groin system. Deerfield Beach doesn’t allow structures to be built on the beach. Hillsboro does, with condos built right up on the sand to the high water line. Could that be a cause of their problem?

To quote their Mayor:

Hillsboro Beach spent $17 million in 17 years on beach remediation. The last major nourishment done by the Town was in 2011 at a cost of $6.1 million, financed with a 10-year loan that retires in 2020. The sand from the 2011 nourishment was gone by 2014, leaving six years of payments for a beach no longer there. Since the cost of sand is rising exponentially as the resource becomes more and more scarce, the next major nourishment is estimated to cost as much as triple the 2011 expense.”

My question is why have they never made any attempts to retain the sand? Rather than fix the blame (on Deerfield Beach) perhaps they should look at ways to fix their problem. Just my 2 cents.

Henry Gould

Deerfield Beach

[Response from Hillsboro Beach]: The best way to understand the situation between Hillsboro Beach and Deerfield Beach is to think of the water wars out west. Water flows downstream, and so does the sand on our coastline. Building structures to trap the natural sand-flow starves downdrift beaches, just like damming water on a river harms people downstream. Deerfield has 56 sand-trapping structures called groins. Since the rock piles go all the way to the municipal line, the final scouring effect created by the structures is forced downstream into Hillsboro Beach. Building more structures simply pushes erosion to another place. Pompano Beach (and sea turtles) would not be very happy with Hillsboro Beach if Hillsboro were to install manmade structures all along our coastline; and, in reality, a massive groin field that pushes erosion into another municipality would not be approved today.

Deerfield was given permission to build their groins over 50 years ago. Coastal science has come a long way since then, but, even 50 years ago, downdrift erosion was acknowledged in the permits granted to Deerfield. In order for Deerfield to be allowed to build those structures, they had to accept certain conditions. One of the conditions, clearly stated in the permits, is that any downdrift damage caused by the groins is the responsibility of the permittee to rectify at the permittee’s expense – the permittee being Deerfield.

Yes, the beach erodes and accretes because occasionally the flow of sand reverses itself for a short period of time, like it did for a couple of weeks last month. Ultimately, however, the sand flows far more often from north to south on our coastline, and manmade structures that interrupt that flow always cause erosion on the downdrift side. Most people would agree, building more structures would only create more problems for our fragile beach environment.

Deb Tarrant, Mayor

Town of Hillsboro Beach



Posted on 11 May 2017 by LeslieM

Ribbon cutting: Pompano Beach Cultural

Center & Library

Thursday, May 11, 5:30 p.m.

The Pompano Beach Cultural Center

50 W. Atlantic Blvd.

Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Free and open to the public. Following the ceremony, view the world premiere of Cuban art exhibit and live performances throughout the building. For more information, visit www.ccpompano.org or call 954-839-9578.

DB Friends of the Arboretum meet

Thursday, May 11, 7 p.m.

Constitution Park

2841 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Speaker, Gerry Behan, president of the Friends, authority on horticultural nomenclature and identification of trees and plants. Usual plant giveaway and light refreshments will be served. Free meeting, open to the public. For more information, visit www.treezoo.com or call 954-480-4495.

Kiwanis West to honor DB teachers

Friday, May 12, 6:30 p.m.

Woman’s Club of Deerfield Beach  

910 E. Hillsboro Blvd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Dinner, entertainment and awards ceremony. Tickets $30. Call 954-428-1537, also available at the door.

Family Fun Day Making Crafts for Mom

Saturday, May 13, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Pompano Citi Centre

1955 N. Federal Hwy.

Pompano Beach, FL 33062

Children of all ages are welcome to make arts and crafts for mom. Ride the carousel during this event for $1. Free event, no registration required. For more information, visit www.pompanociticentre.com.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Saturday, May 13, 9 a.m. to noon

Central City Campus

401 SW 4 St.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

For safe disposal of hazardous household items, Deerfield Beach Residents may bring items and materials to this event. Cost is free to DB Residents only. For more information, visit www.deerfield-beach.com.

Mother’s Day celebration

Sunday, May 14, 2 to 5 p.m.

Star Ballroom

2309 E. Atlantic Blvd.

Pompano Beach, FL 33062

Bring your mother, friends or sweetheart for an afternoon of socialization, fun, door prizes, dancing and refreshments. Cost: $15 per person or 2 for $25 donation. For reservations, tickets or information, call 954-480-4447. Proceeds to benefit NE Focal Point Senior Center, Alzheimer’s Day Care Center and Preschool.

Mother’s Day Painting events

Sunday, May 14, see times below

Uptown Art

6018 SW 18 St.

Boca Raton, FL 33433 6018

Painting “Pink Flowers in a Mason Jar, 1 to 3 p.m. $25 per painter. “Sunset Beach Dunes,” 4:30 to 7 p.m., $30 per painter, offers a “mom & me” option. Both events offer buffets of cheese, meats and other antipasti dishes. Everyone encouraged everyone to bring own drinks and food as well if they would like. For more information, visit www.uptownart.com or call 561-218-4557

Tuesday Night Beach Dances

Tuesday, May 16, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Main Beach Parking Lot

149 SE 21 Ave.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Johnny Vincent” will be playing. Wear your dancing shoes and bring your beach chair for a fun evening under the stars. Free event. For more information, call 954-480-4429.

Woman’s Club of Deerfield Beach meets

Woman’s Club DB Clubhouse

Wednesday, May 17, 7 p.m.

910 E. Hillsboro Blvd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Representative from Hope for Freedom, non-profit organization whose purpose is to raise awareness of human trafficking through outreach to schools. For more information, visit www.dbwc.org or call 954-421-4700.

History at High Noon

Wednesday, May 17, noon to 1 p.m.

Commission Chambers,

Deerfield Beach City Hall

150 NE 2 Ave.

Deerfield Beach FL 33441

David Anderson, turtle specialist at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, will share interesting marine life stories just in time for turtle season. This presentation is part of a series of talks sponsored by the Historical Society and held the third Wednesday of each month at “High Noon.” Light refreshments will be served; free entrance, donations accepted. Free. For more information, go to the Historical Society’s website, www.deerfield-history.org, or call 561-429-0378.

Save the Date: Ocean Brews and Blues Festival

Saturday, May 20, 3 to 7 p.m.

Main Beach Parking Lot

149 SE 21 Ave.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Spend a day at the beach for an exciting craft brew festival. Unlimited sampling of assortment of 100+ beers from some of America’s best craft breweries while listening to a variety of blues music entertainers. There will be an assortment of local foods, and arts and craft vendors. Ticket prices $40/person until May 19. Event Day tickets $45. All tickets include 3.5 hours of unlimited sampling of 100+ beers and a souvenir glass from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Parking on the barrier island will be limited during the event. Attendees can make the short walk across the bridge to the event or take the complimentary shuttle service. Complimentary parking will be available in The Cove Shopping Center. Shuttle service will run continuously from 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 954-480-4429. To purchase tickets, visit www.dfb.city/oceanbrew.

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CLERGY CORNER: A gracious boss and even more gracious God

Posted on 11 May 2017 by LeslieM

When I was a first officer, one of my responsibilities included the preflight inspection. This proverbial “kicking the tires” began with checking pressure gauges and the plane’s structural integrity, and usually ended with me searching for a ramp agent for the code to get back into the jet-bridge.

On one particular flight from Greensboro, North Carolina to Memphis, Tennessee, I made a small mistake. While opening the panel that revealed the gauge for the crew oxygen level, I noticed the power wasn’t established to the aircraft yet, which was needed for the check. I decided I would continue the rest of the preflight and then circle back to this particular panel, which I left open.

By the time I had scuttled around the entire plane — having crawled under the wheel wells to check the fire detection loops and poked my head in the aft avionics bay, etc. — my brain had jettisoned the whole open panel thing.

As we departed toward Memphis, immediately after we raised the gear, a loud whooshing sound filled the flight deck. Having completely forgotten about the panel being open, we both assumed there might be a structural issue with the plane and prepped for a return to Greensboro.

Since we had yet to burn off the enroute fuel, we would have to do what’s called an “overweight landing.” It’s nothing unsafe; but, prior to a subsequent departure, a mechanic must review the aircraft to ensure no damage was incurred due to landing heavier than designed.

We landed and radioed for a contract mechanic, which meant a serious delay. The captain was cool with my mistake and we chilled on the ramp, knowing it’d be best to steer clear of the angry people inside. While we waited, the local firemen stopped by with their new shiny truck and offered to give us a ride and demonstration of its capabilities — though I wasn’t sure they could provide the fire protection I needed.

I was raised to take responsibility for my actions so, upon our return to Memphis, I headed for my boss’ office for the “carpet dance.” I confessed my error, which undoubtedly caused havoc for most of the passengers and cost the company thousands of dollars — probably more than my first officer’s yearly salary at the time.

Though this incident occurred in my early 20s, I still remember how gracious my chief pilot was as he asked whether I had learned something from the experience. I had. From that day forward, no matter what … never leave a panel open.

My point? Imagine that you lent $20 to one friend and $2,000 dollars to another. After an unexpected bonus from your employer, with this new income you decide to forgive both debts. Which of your two friends will have a greater thankfulness and joy? As we know in similar stories recorded in scripture, the one who had the greater debt forgiven.

Speaking from experience, I’ve had to ask others for forgiveness many times; but, it’s the moments similar to those above that move me the most. The greater the debt the greater is the thankfulness.

So I have to ask, why aren’t we living everyday in the awareness of what God has done for us —the sin He’s blotted out for our sake through His sacrifice on the cross? Why do we neglect to meditate upon the depth of this grace in a way that moves us to respond in some capacity?

My concern is that too many of us are living a lukewarm and complacent faith, unaware how big our mistakes are and how awesome (how deep!) His grace is. Litmus test: If you’re not talking about Jesus (and what He’s done personally for you) I’m not sure you fully comprehend His grace and forgiveness.

If this is you, perfect! Put down the paper and get alone with God in His Word and remind your soul that “Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and He is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for u,” and that “victory is ours through Christ, who loved us” Romans 8:34; 37.

C.J. Wetzler is the NextGen pastor at First Baptist Church of Deerfield Beach. Before transitioning into full-time ministry, CJ was a commercial airline captain and high school leadership and science teacher. For questions or comments he can be reached at cj@deerfieldfirst.com.

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Anderson takes first in regional all-around

Posted on 04 May 2017 by LeslieM

By Gary Curreri

Lighthouse Point’s Taylor Anderson is showing Michigan State University that they made a good choice in offering her a full gymnastics scholarship.

The problem is that the Spartans still have to wait two years for her services. Anderson, a Level 10 gymnast at American Twisters in Coconut Creek, had a good showing in three of her four events at the Region 8 Level 10 championships where she finished first in the All-Around (37.275).

The 16-year-old was first in the bars (9.600), tied for first in the beam (9.400) and tied for third in the floor (9.350) at the Regional competition at the Kidsport Gymnastics Academy in Burlington, North Carolina that featured 495 gymnasts in both Level 9 and Level 10.

Anderson also tied for 18th in the vault (8.925). Her efforts on bars and beam tied her personal bests for the events.

Gymnastics means a lot to me because I do it so much and I have done it my whole life,” said Anderson, a sophomore at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale.

I love doing all of the flips and having fun…just being able to do what gymnastics is,” Anderson added. “It is just a crazy feeling knowing what to do and how do it.”

Anderson, who gave her verbal commitment to Michigan State University, earlier in the school year, also had a strong showing at the prestigious Tim Rand Invitational competition at the Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center. The meet attracted 1,300 competitors.

In placing second in the all-around (37.525), Anderson won the bars (9.675); placed second in the beam (9.400); tied for fifth on the floor (9.300) and was seventh in the vault (9.150).

Admittedly, it is like a job with a 6-day, 30+ hours a week commitment.

It is really tough, but it pays off,” Anderson said. “You have to think about the outcome of it and what is going to happen in the future.”

Taylor comes in the gym everyday and works really hard for her goals and their aspirations,” said American Twisters coach Christina Ramirez.

Highlands advances 11 to state track meet

Highlands Christian Academy Sydney Blackburn won the shot put (35-08) and placed second in the discus with a throw of 120-08.00 at the Region 4-1A competition at Westminster Academy last week.

Freshman Ciara Huntley was second in the triple jump (30-07.50) and junior Sasha Graham placed third in the 400-meter dash (1:02.25) to qualify for the girls state championships. Highlands Academy was sixth in the meet with 48.25 points.

After placing fourth in the 1,600-meter run (4:44.16), junior Ryan Szklany battled back to win the boys 3,200-meter run (10:09.64).

Highlands Christian senior Josiah Ritzer was second in the boys discus (121-11), and third in the shot put (42-10.25) and senior Jake Peterson was third in the boys 110-meter hurdles (16.47). Senior Herman Robinson was fourth in the shot put (41-07.75) and freshman Alex Villas was fourth in the triple jump (38-10.50).

The Knights qualified three athletes in the pole vault taking second, third and fourth: Sophomores Chanz Miller (12-00), Kyle Coulson (11-06.25) and junior Scott Bush (10-11.75). The boys were fourth in the meet with 67 points.

The state championships are this weekend at IMG Academy Stadium in Bradenton.

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FLICKS: In Search of Israel Cuisine & Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2

Posted on 04 May 2017 by LeslieM

By “Cinema” Dave


With The Dinner opening this weekend, this weekend’s movies feature an emphasis upon family and food also with two new releases, In Search of Israeli Cuisine and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2.

In Search of Israeli Cuisine is a documentary that explores the Israeli culture through food. While the emphasis features geographic and anthropological lessons, this documentary is entertainingly told. James Beard award-winning Chef Michael Solomonov serves as the film’s guide. Besides being a chef, Solomonov was born in Israel, but was raised in Pittsburgh. Despite being embarrassed in his youth by his grandmother’s ways, Solomonov develops an appreciation for his Israeli Heritage.

Given that the State of Israel is only seven decades old, Israeli cuisine is not as respected when compared to Italian or French food. Through interviews, it is disclosed that Israel is still a nation of immigrants and people who, like Solomonov’s grandmother, were European Holocaust survivors who brought their culture to a young state. With the tradition of Shabbat in place, this weekly family ritual sustains the Israel culture though turmoil and war. In Search of Israeli Cusine presents a comfortable and appetizing human story.

For all of its psychedelic weirdness, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 feels familiar. The film opens with an epic battle with a giant space slug that likes to eat batteries. The Guardians of the Galaxy, Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Rocket Racoon (Bradley Cooper) and Groot (Vin Diesel) easily defeat the monster, but run afoul the people who hired them.

After a perilous escape through an astro field, Peter Quill meets Ego (Kurt Russell), a man who claims to be Peter’s father. The Guardians separate when Peter, Drax and Gamora visit Ego’s planet. While making repairs on their damaged spaceship, Rocket Racoon and Groot come under the influence of Yondu (Michael Rooker), a blue headed alien who abducted Peter Quill from Planet Earth.

Much like the original Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol.2 features a marvelous soundtrack that is pure nostalgia for people who lived in the 1970s. The film opens with the ELO (Electric Light Orchestra) classic “Mr. Blue Sky” and features a dancing Baby Groot. The sequence is so much fun; why not join in the fun this weekend?

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Posted on 04 May 2017 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

April 17: A man said that two landscape vehicles parked at 950 S. Powerline Rd. were broken into and a leaf blower was stolen.

April 21: A man entered a business at 2515 W. Sample Rd. and asked for cigarettes. He then stole a coin machine with $110 and fled.

April 21: A woman reported that her car parked at 1000 E. Hillsboro Blvd. was entered and a laptop, $300 and a check for $295 was stolen.

April 22: A manager at CVS at 2 S. Federal Hwy. reported that someone entered the CVS and stole some items.

April 22: A woman stole five HP ink cartridges from Target at 3599 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

Lighthouse Point

April 14: Someone broke into a vehicle at 2835 NE 28 Ave. and rummaged through the console and glove compartment. Nothing appeared to be taken.

April 14: The victim said someone entered their unlocked Chevy Impala at 2813 NE 27 St. and stole Gucci sunglasses from a glove compartment. The loss was $300.

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