| June, 2017

Katzmark killed in tragic accident

Posted on 29 June 2017 by LeslieM

By Gary Curreri

The Pompano Beach lifeguard community lost one of its most decorated competitors in a tragic car accident on Sunday morning.

According to reports, it appeared Konnor Katzmark, 22, was bait fishing on the bridge near Atlantic Blvd and US-1, and was struck and killed by a driver as he attempted to cross the road. There is a blind spot near the top of the bridge located near St. Coleman Church.

Katzmark started with the Pompano Beach Junior Lifeguard Program when he was 9 years old, and in the nine years he was in the Juniors Program, he won numerous National Titles in both the paddleboard race and the distance run.

Oftentimes while watching him compete in the paddleboard races, I would think to myself that he was truly “one with the ocean,” said Pompano Beach Junior Lifeguard Association President Nemia Schulte. “His style and speed on the paddleboard were truly a beautiful sight to watch.”

Katzmark was also one of the “founding competitors” for Youth Team USA in the U18 Worlds Competition in Australia in 2012. He, along with Schulte’s daughter, Julia, and Coach Chris Nowviskie, were the first representatives of Team Pompano to represent the United States in the coveted international competition simply known as “Worlds.”

Afterwards, they were all honored with a proclamation from the City of Pompano Beach, along with being chosen as the Grand Marshals for the Yuletide Parade, due to their international representations of Team Pompano.

To many of us who had the privilege and honor of knowing him, Konnor was more than just a great waterman and competitor,” Schulte said. “Yes, he was a phenomenal surfer as well and he often embodied that typical “surfer dude” stance.”

Katzmark served as a professional lifeguard for both Deerfield Beach and Hollywood and was a multiple-time regional and national champion in the Rescue Board Race, 2K Beach Run, and Ironguard events.

But to those who really knew him,” she continued, “Konnor was a great friend, sibling, brother and son. He was one of the most generous persons with his time and help for others. He had an infectious ready-made smile on his face, and his charismatic prose often led many of us in fits of giggles.”

Schulte called Katzmark an “overall good guy” and even though he graduated from the Juniors Program three years ago, Katzmark still touched many of the younger Juniors’ lives, oftentimes going surfing, fishing or learning to skateboard with him.

In honor of Konnor, we request that everyone wear beach attire to both Friday and Saturday’s services,” said Schulte, who added there would be a Paddleboard Swim Out for Katzmark in the upcoming weeks as a tribute. “Beach attire would be considered board shorts and T-Shirts for the men and sundresses for the women.”

There will be a funeral visitation at Kraeer Funeral Home, 200 N. Federal Hwy., in Pompano Beach on Friday, June 30 from 4 to 8 p.m. Services will be held on Saturday, July 1 at 10 a.m. at St. Coleman Catholic Church, 1200 S. Federal Hwy., in Pompano Beach.

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FLICKS: Transformers 5: The Last Knight & Filmed in Broward — this weekend at Savor Cinema!

Posted on 29 June 2017 by LeslieM

By “Cinema” Dave


In the past decade, we have witnessed five Transformers movies from Paramount pictures, the studio that sold off their Marvel movie franchise to Disney. In the previous four incarnations, I would drag myself into a screening, but would leave pleasantly surprised with having been drawn into this science fiction world of man and machinery symbiosis.

This 5th film, Transformers 5: The Last Knight features nonstop action for the first 40 minutes of the film, takes an exposition break, and then pummels the viewer with another 45 minutes of computer-enhanced special effects that take place on a science fiction dead planet and Stonehenge, England.

The exposition scenes are the most interesting moments in this film. This is the point when major characters come together at an English castle and discuss their hypothesis. It helps that one of these characters is portrayed by Sir Anthony Hopkins, a newcomer to the franchise. With echoes of a luncheon hosted by his characters from The Remains of the Day and Hannibal, Hopkins listens to (leading man) Mark Wahlberg’s and (young Megan Fox lookalike) Laura Haddock’s plans to save the world.

While the subtext reviews the Arthurian legend of King Arthur, Merlin and The Knights of the Round Table, there are assorted clever details that link the previous four movies to The Last Knight, including a subtle dig to former Transformers leading man Shia LaBeouf (Remember him?) The palace scene also allows a moment of self-deprecation in which Sir Anthony Hopkins delivers an inspirational speech, complete with a soaring musical score.

Besides confronting the end of the world, Transformers 5 deals with Optimus Prime’s identity crisis and Bumblebee’s attempt to find his own voice. (At least this Transformer is wise enough to use John Wayne’s voice when the going gets tough.) Yet, once the good Transformers fight with the bad Transformers, one can hardly differentiate which side one is supposed to cheer for.

Cars 3, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2, Wonder Woman and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales are more fun to see on the big screen these days. Also Megan Leavey is pure drama for people who like to laugh, cry and feel patriotic.

As a vacation from computer-enhanced special effects extravaganzas, check out Filmed in Broward at the Savor Cinema in Ft. Lauderdale this weekend. The most recognized features include the Lifetime Movie Network (LMN) presentations of Boyfriend Killer and Girlfriend Killer, both starring actress/producer Barbie Castro and directed by Alyn Darnay. Be on the lookout for films featuring local talent Diana Rice and many others. The screenings are free, but there will be a fee for the parties, receptions and extravaganzas afterward. [On Saturday, July 1, from 9 a.m. to noon, Darnay will be the guest speaker at the Actor’s Cultural Theater (ACT Broward), 10 SW 11 Ave., Ft. Lauderdale. That is a free event in which he will be discussing acting, writing and directing]. For information contact 954-525-FILM or visit www.FLIFF.com.

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Posted on 29 June 2017 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

June 13: Two people were arrested and charged with grand theft from Target at 1200 S. Federal Hwy. The two individuals worked together to steal $510.72 worth of electronics and clothing from Target.

June 13: A man reported that two women stole $40 from him at 225 NW 1 St.

June 13: A woman reported her purse stolen from her while she was at Bealls Outlet at 1079 S. Federal Hwy.

June 13: A woman reported her car stolen at 150 NE Eller St.

June 15: A man was arrested and charged with stealing merchandise from Home Depot at 60 SW 12 Ave.

Lighthouse Point

May 27: A 2015 Jeep SUV was rummaged through while it was parked at 4400 NE 27 Ave. The victim said the vehicle was unlocked and nothing appeared to be taken.

June 1: As an officer was on routine patrol, he came to a stop at the corner of a parking lot at 1821 NE 25 St. As he attempted to back out, the right bumper made contact with two metal poles that were part of a garbage enclosure causing three minor marks on the bumper.

June 2: As an officer was on routine patrol at 4800 NE 21 Terr., he encountered a small dog that did not have a collar or anyone in the area looking for him. The dog had a tracking chip and the dog’s owner was located.

(This is a partial list. For Deerfield Beach Crime Watch in full, visit www.DFB.City and click on “Sign Me Up” to receive the city wide report.)

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Posted on 29 June 2017 by LeslieM

Father Daughter Brunch

Saturday, July 1, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Hillsboro Community Center

50 Hillsboro Technology Dr.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Spend an afternoon enjoying food, fun with your daughter. All ages are welcome. Tickets may be purchased now at the Oveta Mckeithen Recreational Complex, 445 SW 2 St. $10 for adults, $5 for ages 12 and under. For more information, contact staff at 954-480-4481.

Deerfield Beach 4th of July Celebration

Tuesday, July 4, noon to 9 p.m.

Main Beach Parking Lot

150 NE 2 Ave.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Come out and enjoy food, arts and crafts, the JM Family Kids’ Zone and free entertainment with one of South Florida’s largest fireworks show beginning at 9:05 p.m. For more information, see Pg. 1.

Tour Historic Pompano

Saturday, July 8, 9 a.m.

Founders’ Park

217 NE 4 Ave.

Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Find out more about the City of Pompano Beach. Boarding will begin at 10 a.m. and, for the early birds, a tour of the famous Kester Cottages takes place at 9 a.m. Tickets are limited and will be $15 per person. For more information, call Pat at 954-782-3015.

Social Catalyst Jerry’s After Hours Art Show

Saturday, July 8, 6 to 8 p.m.

Jerry’s Artarama Deerfield Beach

242 S. Federal Hwy.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Social Catalyst” is a Community Group Art Exhibition! Free beer & wine [over 21]. Music by Robert Brantley of Jolt Radio. Featuring Artwork by Brandy Lynn Magill, Tristina Dietz Elmes, Frances Tyler, Stephanie Leyden, Lauraly Atria, Kayla O’Keefe, Stacey Coon, Emmanuel Gonzales, Niko Yulis, Chy Walton, Bhavna Bhen, Sophia Vigne, Jean Marc, Cesca Veo, Spoke, Gigi Ritch, Florencia Clement de Grandprey, Galen Todd Traxler, Ben Hicks, Christopher Ian Macfarlane, Ivan Roque, Gregory Dirr, Lady Larva, Kelcie McQuaid, CHNK, Dominic Mattioli and John English. A select group of local artists will be Live Painting during the event. Jerry’s will be inviting special guests from arts & cultural organizations to offer insight on other community art exhibitions & opportunities happening throughout the year. For more information, e-mail KelcieMcQuaid@gmail.com.

South Florida Pop Up Mall

Sunday, July 9, noon to 5 p.m.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Deerfield Beach Resort & Spa

950 SE 20 Ave.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Many different vendors will be at this event, including a lot of local hand-crafted vendors. Come hangout and have some fun. It’s indoors so you can escape the Florida heat.

Tree giveaway — Pompano Beach

Saturday, July 15, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

City of Pompano Beach Nursery

1000 NE 3 Ave.

Pompano Beach, FL 33060

The City of Pompano Beach will give away two trees per residence on a first-come, first-served basis. To qualify for a free tree, you must live within the city limits and provide proof of residency. Each resident will be given a choice among many varieties, including Simpson stopper, Clusia Rosea, Live oak, Mahogany, Silver buttonwood, Purple Tabebuia, Dahoon holly, Queen palm, Thatch Palm and Triangle palm. Instruction sheets for planting will be handed out with the trees. For more information, call 954-786-5517. Event will also happen on Saturday, July 22.

Zonta Club of Greater Deerfield Beach meets

Tuesday, July 18, 11:45 a.m.

Deerfield Beach DoubleTree by Hilton

100 Fairway Dr.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Come find out more about the Zonta Club, an organization of executives and professionals who work together to advance the status of women locally and worldwide. They do this through service and advocacy. The speaker will be Kathryn Bailey, from the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center in Deerfield Beach. For more information, contact Sandy Manning at bosanboc@bellsouth.net.

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CLERGY CORNER: Our Lord’s Beautiful World

Posted on 29 June 2017 by LeslieM

Yes … the world our Lord gave us is beautiful in so many respects!

John Denver wasn’t the only one to see beauty in a rocky mountain high. We see it every day in the beautiful sunrises over our sandy Florida beaches. The Greek sculptor of the Venus de Milo wasn’t the only one to see beauty in the human form. We see it every day in the faces of those we meet. The pilgrims, on that first Thanksgiving Day, weren’t the only ones to be blessed by our Lord’s bounty. We are likewise blessed by the abundance spread before us at produce counters and farmers’ markets. We live in a beautiful, wonderful and abundant world created by our Lord. But it’s not always the paradise we would like it to be; so often, cruelty and anger hold sway. What is missing?

Saint John gives us a one word answer in his exquisitely crafted First Epistle, “God is love, and he that does not love, does not know God.” This simple statement is not a teaching about what love is, as much as an invitation to consider the effect of God’s love on our lives.

The first effect is to give us the assurance that we live in the hands of a benevolent God. If God is love, then it follows that He creates in love, rules in love and judges in love. His love is ever flowing in our lives, and, during those times when it seems He has turned his face from us, the reality is we have likely forsaken our trust in Him. Our assurance of God’s love, in good and bad times, is best realized directionally and positionally, that is, turning toward God on bended knees.

A second effect of God’s love is to make Him known to us. Theologians are quick to contend that knowing God is beyond the ability of the human mind; maybe so, but not beyond the potential of the human heart. God gave us hearts to power our bodies, but He also encoded our hearts to get and give love. Anyone who has ever been truly loved by another person, or anyone who has ever been willing to give their all for their beloved, has been given some hint of God’s love for us. We come closest to knowing God when we open our hearts and share our love with those with whom we share His Body. We can’t think our way to God with our minds; we can only approach Him with our hearts.

And, finally, a most important effect of God’s love, is that it helps dispel the shadow of fear that cruelty and anger casts over our beautiful world and over our individual lives. Dealing with our fears can be tricky because we can’t always eliminate their causes. One way God’s love helps us deal with them is by telling us over and over again that He will not let us “go it alone.” Holy Scripture, from beginning to end, teaches this truth about God’s love. The Old Testament tells us, “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee” [Psalm 55:22]. The New Testament continues and expands on this teaching, “The God of all comfort; who comforts us in all our tribulation, so we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble” [1 Corinthians 1:3-4]. God created us, freed us from sin and teaches us what we need to know to spend eternity with Him … and He does it all with one word, love.

Johann Arndt, a man much smarter than me, once said, “At the Last Judgement, God will not ask us what we know, but rather how we have loved.” — Yes!

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. Wednesday: Holy Communion at 10 a.m., Sunday: Holy Communion at 10 a.m.

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Pompano Beach Middle Tracksters complete season

Posted on 22 June 2017 by LeslieM

By Gary Curreri

The Pompano Beach Middle School boys and girls track teams closed out the school year with some outstanding performances in the season-ending county championships at Coral Springs High School.

Ja’leah Williams had one goal at the Broward County Middle School track and field championship meet, and that was to defeat someone from Lauderdale Lakes. So, in her final middle school meet, she did just that and more in defeating everyone from the county to win the 800-meter run with a time of 2:23.21, she successfully defended her title.

This is very big because it was my last year and I finally beat someone from Lauderdale Lakes in an individual event,” said Williams, 14, of Pompano Beach. “That was my goal.”

This is her third year in the sport and she took also third in the 400-meter dash last year.

I was very tired and I didn’t have any water, Gatorade or anything,” Williams added. “I just had to breathe in and breathe out. My friends want me to play flag football at Blanche Ely, so I might not do track next year.”

Williams was also a member of the 4×100 and the 4×400 relay teams. The 4×100 relay was third (51.89); the 4×200 relay was fourth (1:51.28), while the 4×400 team won the county title with a clocking of 4:08.34.

We came in second in the 4×100,” Williams said, “so I really wanted to win the 4×400 and we did.”

Pompano Beach’s De’Wante Deas clocked a 14.64 to finish second in the 100-meter hurdles. The 15-year-old Pompano Beach Middle School eighth grader also was third in the 400-meter dash (52.32).

I didn’t run the hurdles last year, just the 400,” said Deas, who was fourth in the 400 a year ago. It was his first year on a track team. “I ran them this year because my school needed it. I like to run. I am pretty fast and I like the competition.”

Two other Pompano Bengals competed in the finals. Kaleese Smith was fourth in the girls long jump with a 14-04.00, while Elijah Mohorne threw 35-05.00 to place seven in the boys shot put.

Deerfield Beach Middle School also had a couple of strong performances from Nate Metellus, who clocked a time of 11.99 to finish fourth in the 100-meter dash. The boys 4×400 relay finished fifth with a time of 4:00.51.

The Pompano girls team finished fourth with 36 points. Lauderdale Lakes was the runaway winner with 83 points. The Pompano Middle School boys team finished 11th with 18 points, while the Deerfield boys scored 9 and finished in a tie for 17th with Pioneer Middle School.

Simply Soccer camps offered

The Simply Soccer camp has entered their 29th year of camps in nearby Coral Springs. The camp is for boys and girls, ages 5-15, of all skill levels, who are 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 camp just concluded its second week and there are seven sessions left this summer including June 26-30; July 10-14; July 17-21; July 24-28; July 31-Aug. 4; Aug. 7-11 and Aug. 14-18.

Register daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Coral Springs Gymnasium, 2501 Coral Springs Dr., Coral Springs. For information, call 954-345-2200.

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FLICKS: The Hero, Cars 3 & Lou

Posted on 22 June 2017 by LeslieM

By “Cinema” Dave


Receiving much praise since its debut at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, The Hero opens locally in neighborhood theaters. As the ironically-named title character, Sam Elliot has earned his best notices in years as an iconic actor whose career peaked many decades ago. A man out of time, Lee Hayden (Elliot) makes a living doing voice-over for barbecue sauce and spends his free time getting stoned with an old actor friend, Jeremy (Nick Offerman).

Diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer, Hayden attempts to make amends with his estranged daughter Lucy (Krysten Ritter) and his ex wife, Valarie (Katharine Ross -Sam Elliot’s real life wife). Having burned emotional bridges many years ago, the reconciliations are cold. While toking with Jeremy, Lee makes the acquaintance with Charlotte (Laura Prepon), a stand-up comedian. Through Charlotte, Lee is given one last dose of living fully. While attending an awards banquet, he is given career redemption and, through moments of generosity, the actor becomes a social media sensation again. But, through Charlotte, Lee is given a brutal reminder about his vulnerability and fatality.

The Hero sets false expectations for a Sam Elliot film in which he wears a 10 gallon hat. The title is meant to be ironic. Elliot takes full advantage of his public persona, while revealing painful truths about aging. His voice is as strong as ever, but as the film progresses, the tough-looking cowboy fades into a pot smoking has been. The Hero is hard to watch, but is a truthful statement about a generation of actors whose time has passed them by.

Having not seen the previous Cars movies, I was drawn to Cars 3 on Father’s Day when mainstream critics questioned if this film was meant for children. It does provide enough slapstick to hold a child’s attention, but this new Disney Pixar animated movie has themes and emotional content that relates to middle-aged adults. It is a reminder of Pixar’s award-winning films like Monsters Inc., Wall-E, Up and Toy Story 3.

After many successful years on the racing circuit, Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) is defeated by a younger rival who is faster, stronger and more scientifically aerodynamic. Taking advice from his dearly-departed mentor, Doc Hudson (the late Paul Newman), McQueen trains “old school,” but is forced to work with young Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo), a perky trainer with unrealized dreams. Cars 3 has an adult appeal for people who like The Karate Kid, Cinderella Man and Rocky Balboa.

Being a Pixar/Disney release, Cars 3 includes a brilliant short subject film titled Lou. Set in a playground, Lou feels like an Aesop Fable with a subject about bullies and loss. Both Cars 3 and Lou create a life-affirming afternoon at the movies.

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Posted on 22 June 2017 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

June 6: Two men were arrested and charged with stealing three watches valued at $379.90 from Target at 1200 S. Federal Hwy. Each man was on felony probation for grand theft.

June 6: Following a verbal altercation, a man was arrested and charged with battery after hitting his girlfriend in the face three times. The incident was reported at 274 SE 9 Ave.

June 6: A man reported four tires and rim stolen from his Honda Accord at 473 NW 36 Ave.

June 9: A woman reported her boyfriend hit her with a leather belt. The man was arrested and charged with battery. The incident was reported at 4161 NW 9 Ave.

June 11: A woman reported her car parked at 3390 W. Hillsboro Blvd. was broken into and a purse stolen.

Lighthouse Point

May 18: Someone smashed the passenger side window of a vehicle and stole a purse that was in the front seat while it was parked at 4754 N. Federal Hwy. The purse contained a wallet, $100 cash, a driver’s license and credit cards. The loss was $876.

May 19: The victim said her purse was stolen while she was at a bus stop at 3700 N. Federal Hwy. The purse contained a work permit, ID card, debit and bankcard and a driver’s license.

May 20: Someone entered the victim’s Nissan Pathfinder through an unlocked door while it was parked at 3060 NE 23 Ave. A large bird feeder that did not belong to the victim was thrown against the door inside and spilled out.

(This is a partial list. For Deerfield Beach Crime Watch in full, visit www.DFB.City and click on “Sign Me Up” to receive the city wide report.)

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Posted on 22 June 2017 by LeslieM

Hot Summer Solstice White Party

Friday, June 23, 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

City Pub

956 S. Federal Hwy.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Don’t miss this sensational event! Dance to the amazing music of “It Takes Two” band. There will be a prize for the hottest male & female white attire. There will be high energy people, music & fun! Also come in for dinner and enjoy a rib dinner for only $9.99 before 8 p.m. Full menu all night. Enjoy a slice of white cake as well. There is a $5 entertainment fee. For more information and to R.S.V.P., call 954-427-8213 or visit www.deerfieldcitypub.com.

SamBones Rocking Summer Show

Friday, June 23, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

American Rock Bar and Grill

1600 E. Hillsboro Blvd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Only $5 at the door, 2 for 1 drinks all night. Load in starts at 6:30 p.m. There will be some parking behind the bar. Static Momentum will play 8 to 8:45 p.m., Vinyl Answer will play 9 to 9:45 p.m. and Castafella will play 10 to 10:45 p.m.

High Tea Hat Parade

Saturday, June 24, 2 to 5 p.m.

Hillsboro Community Center

50 Hillsboro Technology Dr.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church invites you to a High Tea Hat Parade to celebrate St. Mary’s 100th Anniversary. The church was started by the Bahamians who came here, according to former State Representative Gwyndolen Clarke-Reed. $20 donation. Contact 954-480-9340 for more information.

The Gold Coast Amateur Radio Association

Amateur Radio Field Day

Saturday, June 24 through Sunday, June 25

During daylight hours

Quiet Waters Park

Bald Eagle Pavilion

401 S. Powerline Rd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Members of the Gold Coast Amateur Radio Association will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise. Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio. The event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend. Anyone may become a licensed Amateur Radio operator. There are over 725,000 licensed hams in the United States, as young as 5 and as old as 100. And with clubs such as the Gold Coast Amateur Radio Association, it’s easy for anybody to get involved right here in Broward County. For more information about Field Day, call Michael Wolf at 954-993-1256 or email k2hxc@comcast.net

Free Dive Fridays all Summer Long!

Friday, June 30, 7 to 9 p.m.

Papa’s Raw Bar

4610 N. Federal Hwy.

Lighthouse Point, FL 33064

June is National Scuba Month! Free Dive IPA will be $5 on tap every Friday all summer long! Bring your scuba license for an additional $1 off and wear your mask between 7 & 9 p.m. for a FREE Pint of Freedive! Tell a friend & Celebrate with Coppertail Brewing Co. & Papa’s Raw Bar!

Percy White Library Events

837 E. Hillsboro Blvd. (in the Meeting Room)

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Summer Break Spot Program

Thursday, June 22, 1 to 2 p.m.

Lunch Program for children under the age of 18. This will

also be held on the 26, 27 and 28 of June from 1 to 2 p.m.

Building a Better Future with The Dennis Project. Engineering Innovators! – Light it Up! (Teen)

Thursday, June 22, 2 to 3 p.m.

Ever wonder what makes a radio come alive? Learn how electricity flows in their everyday electronic world with a variety of circuit projects using Snap-Circuit kits. Then create circuits that will play music on electronic devices. (Limit 30 -Teens – Pre-Registration is made at Reference Service Desk).

BCL Fun Day

Saturday, June 24, 11 a.m. to noon

Create a new craft or do a new activity each day. For ages 7-13! Snap Circuit Laboratory.

Classical Music Appreciation Afternoon with Mozart

Saturday, June 24, 2 to 3 p.m.

This is a new program hosted by Walter Ladden. This program features a sample of Mozart’s music as well as anecdotes about the composer and performers.

Mother Goose Time – Color Fun Storytime and Craft

Monday, June 26, 10 to 10:45 a.m.

Mother Goose Time – Children up to 36 months and their caregivers.

• “Every Hero has a Song” with Matthew Sabatella

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

As the United States of America begins to celebrate its 241st birthday, Matthew Sabatella returns to Deerfield Beach Percy White Library with this new program.

Magnificent, Mysterious Buildings around the World with Safari Sue

Wednesday, June 28, 11 a.m. to Noon

Safari Sue the Adventurer will share her storytelling magic show about mysterious buildings around the world, from Egypt to the Andes! For more information, contact Panna Mody at PMody@Broward.org or call 954-357-7699.

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CLERGY CORNER: Do you know what you need?

Posted on 22 June 2017 by LeslieM

The story is told of King Midas who was granted one wish of his choosing. Being fond of treasure, he asked that whatever he touched would be turned into gold. With his wish granted, he began to touch everything that was common and watch it transform before his eyes. Cups, spoons, chairs and metal coins all now glittered and sparkled with golden brilliance. His delight with his new ability was soon turned to frustration and sorrow as he began to realize that he could not control this gift, for when he embraced his only daughter she turned into a lifeless statue of gold.

We have all imagined what we would do, should we be given the opportunity to have one wish granted. Some would ask for great sums of money; others would request houses or land; and maybe others would ask for fame and notoriety. Maturity teaches, however, that granted wishes are the object of childhood fantasies, and are the fodder for fairy tales and the imagination. It is mainly through hard work and diligent labor that we can attain the things that we desire.

There is something to be said though, of seeking God for favor and asking Him for specific blessings. The Bible indicates that God delights in, and longs for, our petitions and prayers. Unfortunately, some may have been led to believe that they will not receive the things that they request from God. His word assures us, however, that appropriate asking nets appropriate responses.

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7). “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you shall ask what you will, and it shall be done unto you” (John 15:7).

To those who may argue that prayers are useless, James 4:2 cautions “You do not have what you want because you do not ask God for it. And when you ask, you do not receive it, because your motives are bad; you ask for things to use for your own pleasures.”

There is a need then, for the petitioner to make the kinds of requests that please God and secure His ready answer. Purely selfish motives will not be rewarded. When the intent is for the benefit of others and the glory of God, there is an opportunity for success.

In 1 Kings chapter three, Solomon was the newly established king of Israel. In succeeding his father, David, he differentiated himself from his brothers, Absalom and Adonijah. Rather than presumption and arrogance, he displays reverence and humility. He worships God and prays for wisdom to lead the nation.

In a dream one night (verse 5), God appeared to him and urged him, “Ask, what shall I give you?”

Solomon’s answer exposed his sincerity.

Therefore, give to your servant an understanding heart to judge your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of yours?” (verse 9).

It is recorded that God was pleased with Solomon’s request and granted him superior wisdom along with wealth and honor.

Our encouragement comes from knowing that, despite our inabilities and inadequacies, God stands ready to give us divine support to manage whatever tasks lay before us. In our weakness, He is able to provide strength, and cause us to succeed where others may expect us to fail. But we must ask Him, and believe that He will give us what we need. It is time to align our desires with His design, and to pursue His purposes in our living. Then we can be free to make our requests with the confidence that He will answer affirmatively. Like the mothers of the church in our faith, tradition would say, “tell Him what you need!”

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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