| April, 2018

Denoma wins club championship

Posted on 26 April 2018 by LeslieM

By Gary Curreri

Terry Denoma made the most of his recent “snowbird” visit to Pompano Beach.

Denoma recently won the Pompano Beach Men’s Golf Association Club Championship. The part-time Pompano, part-time Illinois resident is gaining ground on his wife Mimi, who won the Pompano Beach Women’s Golf Association Club Championship two years ago and finished second this year to Marianne Weber.

I retired last year, so I usually spend about four months a year in Florida,” said the 69-year-old Denoma. “I got to meet so many nice guys. This was the first year I was in the league. My wife won it two years ago, so I had to do something. She’s the real golfer. I’m a hack. I just got in the right division.”

Denoma said winning the club championship was unexpected.

I have always enjoyed match play versus stroke play,” Denoma said, “because I have too many bad holes and you just have to have the right holes in match play.”

Denoma started out the tournament in the C Class and shot 86-83 to win his division to advance to the championship round against the winners of the other classes (A, B, and D) and played in a one-day tournament where Denoma, and his 22-handicap, prevailed when he shot an 86.

It was just a lot of fun,” Denoma said. “It was my first year, so I didn’t know what to expect. The starter Dennis told me I got a parking spot now. Do I really get a parking spot? I will have to look at that when I come back down.”

Denoma said he has played ever since he got out of college and believes after this season in the Pompano Men’s Golf Association that his handicap will drop to about a 17.

The thing I will remember most is when you are on 18 and there is water on the left and the other guy is right down the middle,” he said. “You hit and hope that you stay in the fairway and that you can bogey the last hole and try to win it.”

Denoma parred the final hole and wound up winning by three strokes.

I’m a competitor and I always played sports,” Denoma continued. “I think that is why we all play golf because we can still compete at it, even at an advanced age. I am going to try and get better. That is the one thing about golf, you always look for the next shot or the next day. My goal is to beat my wife sometime.

I don’t think it is going to happen,” he continued. “She is like a 10 handicap and my son is a four, so I stay away from him. I also have to thank Deborah Brown for all of the time she puts into organizing this and stroking all of our egos. She puts a lot of hours in.”

What’s next up for Denoma, who admittedly said he isn’t as good of a golfer as his wife?

I have one hole-in-one, and my wife has three,” he said. “I guess I am going to be chasing her there too.”

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FLICKS: Marvel movies, On Chesil Beach & upcoming events

Posted on 26 April 2018 by LeslieM

By “Cinema” Dave


There is a big movie that opens this weekend that is the culmination of 10 years of Marvel Comics super heroism and will break box office records — Avengers: Infinity War, which has already broken the Black Panther box office record for most sellouts before the movie opens. (Unfortunately, due to previous commitments, this reporter was unable to attend the critics screening last Tuesday evening in Miami).

With Avengers: Infinity War, kicking off the summer blockbuster season, each week will present more Marvel movies (Ant-Man and The Wasp Woman) and the continuation of the Jurassic World series. There will also be a new Star Wars Anthology Series that will feature a younger version of Harrison Ford’s ionic character, Solo: A Star Wars Story.

With support from CJ’s Comics & Collectibles, ‘The Lost Museum of the Jedi’ will materialize in the Youth Services section of Deerfield Beach Percy White Library (located at 837 E. Hillsboro Blvd. in Deerfield Beach) for four weeks this May. This exhibit will feature artifacts from the four decade history of the Star Wars franchise and will include viewing of vintage toys, books, reading records and VHS tapes.

On May 1, elementary, middle and high school aged individuals will be able to view the top prizes for a costume contest that will occur during a special free movie screening on Saturday, May 19 starting at 2 p.m. [Movie title withheld]. The first 30 people in attendance will receive a Star Wars comic book donated by CJ Comics & Collectibles (located at 3548 NE12 Ave. in Oakland Park).

For those seeking quieter fare, On Chesil Beach opens this summer (May 18) in select theaters and is based on the Ian McEwan novel. Set in 1962, this film examines an idyllic courtship that leads to a stressful wedding night. With talent like Saorise Ronan, Billy Howie and Emily Watson, one can expect On Chesil Beach to become a sleeper hit this summer.

For parties and audience-friendly screenings, Savor Cinema (located at 503 SE 6 St. in Ft. Lauderdale) will provide some unique movies starting May 3 with its Cinco de Mayo Fiesta. The buffet party features tacos, margaritas and screening of Sex, Shame & Tears, a Mexican comedy starring Demian Bichir and Monica Dionne.at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $20 FLIFF members/$25 non-members.

On May 5 from 4 to 8 pm., they will have a Kentucky Derby Party with mint juleps, hors d’oeuvres and buffet. Awards for best bonnets and hats, and best dressed couple; plus prizes for pick of winners. $50 FLIFF members/$65 non-members.

For more info. on Savor Cinema showings and to buy tickets, visit www.fliff.com.

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Posted on 26 April 2018 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

April 10: It was reported that someone entered a vehicle parked at 4353 NE 6 Ave. and stole a Dewalt table saw and a Dewalt chop saw.

April 10: A man reported that someone stole his Ford 250 vehicle from his driveway at 1221 SE 5 Ct.

April 10: A woman reported that her home at 731 Cypress Ln. was broken into.

April 10: A man and a woman were reported as having stolen two Samsung phones from the Verizon store at 3656 W. Hillsboro Blvd. The woman threatened the store manager with a box cutter and then broke the front door before exiting.

April 10: A woman reported her son’s bicycle was stolen from Park Ridge Elementary School. The incident was reported at 5200 NE 9 Ave.

Lighthouse Point

April 3: An employee found a stack of credit cards in the store at 3780 N. Federal Hwy. and turned them in.

April 4: A store employee observed a female subject take two 16-oz. bottles of soda and leave the store at 3580 N. Federal Hwy. without paying for them. The loss was $3.98.

April 4: A female subject went into 3700 N. Federal Hwy. and said she was there to drop off an iPhone to the produce manager. The victim said the manager was not there and said the subject then asked if he needed any electronics. The victim said he would like to have an iPhone, flat screen TV and a laptop. The subject told the victim that she could have all of the items for $400. The victim then attempted to withdraw $400 and was unable to and the subject said they would take $300. The victim then withdrew $300 and handed it over to the subject who said they would return in 20 minutes and never did.

(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 26 April 2018 by LeslieM

Zumba Gold Classes

Thursday, April 26, 8:30 to 9:15 a.m.

Shall We Dance Studio

600 S. Federal Hwy.

2 Floor, Room 226

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Great for beginners. Low impact. Improve your flexibility, focus and overall movement. Silver sneakers free. Walk-ins $8 a class. Class continues every Tuesday and Thursday. Call Angel at 954-224-0886.

Coastal Cocktails

Friday, April 27, 5:15 p.m.

Deerfield Island Park

1720 Deerfield Island Park

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

First launch leaves the dock at Sullivan Park at 5:15 p.m. and the last launch leaves the island at 9:45 p.m. $20 donation/per person for light fare, 2 drinks, island tours, music. A unique experience to raise funds to preserve the island by Friends of Deerfield Island Park. Limited reservations, call Pat at 954-892-9443.

Community Backyard Garage Sale

Saturday, April 28, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Historic Butler House Backyard

380 Hillsboro Blvd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Be a vendor and bring your own setups or be a shopper and find something for everyone. Applications are available by contacting judithofdfb@gmail.com or elilly707@aol.com. For more information, call Judi at 954-461-1152.

AAUW Installation Luncheon

Saturday, April 28, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Lighthouse Point Yacht Club

2701 NE 42 St

Lighthouse Point, FL 33064

The Ft. Lauderdale Branch of AAUW (American Association of University Women) will hold its annual installation luncheon. Featured speaker: Colleen Lockwood — national VP, Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program. New members welcome! Reservations/information available at 954-570-5423 or at pompanoscholar@yahoo.com.

34th Annual Pompano Beach
Seafood Festival

Friday, April 27 to Sunday, April 29

Pompano Beach Pier

222 N. Pompano Beach Blvd.

Pompano Beach, FL 33062

Over 20 bands, 150 art & craft vendors, plenty of seafood and more! Friday admission is $10, Saturday is $20, and Sunday is $15; $30 gets you all three (all available in advance online). Parking garage is now open on A1A across from the Pompano Pier or park in the lot at A1A and Atlantic. Festival is open Friday from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information contact Kyle Good at kyle@goodeventmanagement.com, 954-570-7785 or visit www.pompanobeachseafoodfestival.com.

Tree Giveaway

Saturday, April 28, 9 to 11 a.m.

Central City Campus

401 SW 4 St. A,

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

The city’s annual tree giveaway is open to Deerfield Beach residents only. For additional information, visit www.DFB.city/earthmonth or call 954-480-1420.

Green Market

Saturday, April 28, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

NE 1 Avenue and Atlantic Boulevard

Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Green Market Pompano Beach is a locally-produced open air market featuring the best of local fruits and vegetables, baked goods, fresh seafood, gourmet teas and coffee, specialty food items, as well as home-made crafts, health-related products and live music. Last event of the season. Dogs welcome. For more information, email greenmarketpompano@gmail.com or call 954-786-7824.

The Most Interesting Floridians”

Saturday, April 28, 11 a.m. to noon

Deerfield Beach Percy White Library

837 E. Hillsboro Blvd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Jeff Klinkenberg covers some of the most interesting folks he’s interviewed and profiled in nearly half a century of Florida travels from Key West to Pensacola.

An Island in the Middle of a City

Saturday, April 28, 2 p.m.

Deerfield Beach Percy White Library

837 E. Hillsboro Blvd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Lecture from Friends of Deerfield Beach Island Park president Ira Wechterman. He will discuss the mission of Deerfield Island Park, which includes advocacy for and support of this green “urban wilderness,” protections for gopher tortoise refuge and the recent establishment of a Butterfly Garden.

Boca Bash

Sunday, April 29, 10 a.m.

Lake Boca

Boca Raton, FL 33431

It’s that time of the year again! Boca Bash is always the last Sunday in April! Bring your boat (or best raft) and bathing suit.

National Day of Prayer

Thursday, May 3, Noon to 1 p.m.

City Hall Commission Chambers

150 NE 2 Ave.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

The City of Deerfield Beach once again welcomes everyone to unite and pray together as a community at the 67th Annual Observance of the National Day of Prayer. For more information, call 954-480-4429.

Relay For Life


NOW Saturday, Sept. 22, 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Quiet Waters Park

401 S. Powerline Rd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Was April 28-29, now September! There will be an Opening Ceremony, Survivor/Caregiver Walk, Luminaria Ceremony, Closing Ceremony. Join them to lead the fight for a world free from cancer and cheer on survivors and people that suffer from this disease. For more information, contact Alex Klomparens at alexandra.klomparens@cancer.org or 616-364-6121.

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CLERGY CORNER: Royalty watching in 2018

Posted on 26 April 2018 by LeslieM

Great Britain’s royal family has been receiving a lot of media attention lately. Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 92nd birthday on Saturday, April 21. A concert featuring numerous artists and thousands of adoring subjects was held in her honor as she continues to enjoy the prestige of being the longest reigning monarch in British history. In addition, the world had been anxiously awaiting the arrival of Prince William and Duchess Kate’s third child. On Monday, April 23, they announced the birth of a son at St. Mary’s Hospital in London. The latest royal addition is fifth in line for the throne behind his grandfather, father and two older siblings.

Prince William’s younger brother, Harry, is set to marry actress Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle on May 19. Their storybook romance and impending nuptials have drawn comparisons to the courtship and wedding of Harry’s parents, Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, in 1981. It seemed as if the entire world paused to watch that ceremony, which was televised from St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Many people feel that Meghan’s good fortune is more akin to that of actress Grace Kelly, who wed Prince Rainier III of Monaco in 1956. The talented actress left Hollywood behind to assume the role as a sovereign of Monaco after a brief courtship with Rainier. Their ceremony at the time was touted to be the “wedding of the century.” To be wooed and wed by a Prince is the stuff that fairy tales are made of; but these accounts are real.

There is another form of royalty watching going on. The recent observance of Easter, where Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, brings to mind the beliefs concerning His second coming. Numerous verses of scripture confirm that He will return one day. Revelation 22:12 relates His promise to the apostle John, “And behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.” Apostle Paul wrote, in 1 Thessalonians 4:16, “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first.”

A Pew Research Center survey found that most Christians expect Christ to return soon. Another poll discovered that a large number of believers feel that we are living in the “last days,” or “end times,” which signal the return of the Lord. Jesus predicted, in Matthew 24 and 25 that certain events and behavior would indicate that His return was near. Many believers think that those indicators are undeniably apparent in our modern world. The Apostles Creed, which documented the doctrinal beliefs of the Church, states that He will return to judge the living and the dead. Many Protestants hold to the scriptures that refer to His reign over a kingdom and look forward to a time when He will rule on earth as King of kings, and establish lasting peace.

When you add the verses that refer to the Church as a bride and Christ as a groom (Ephesians 5:32 and Rev. 19:7), you understand why many believe that a royal wedding is in the Church’s future. To some it may sound like the stuff of fairytales. To numerous believers though, it is a soon coming reality as certain as the events we are observing among the royals of Britain. To remind themselves of this certainty, the first century believers used to greet each other with the word “Maranatha,” the Lord is coming. The question is, are you watching for His return?

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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Blackburn gets personal best discus throw, aiming higher

Posted on 19 April 2018 by LeslieM

By Gary Curreri

Pompano Beach’s Sydney Blackburn keeps her goals close.

The talented Highlands Christian Academy sophomore track star recently accomplished one of those goals as she threw 151.02 ft. in the discus and won the District 13-1A title.

Her throw is the second best in the state behind Hallandale High School senior Amani Heaven’s 161.50 ft. throw at the Pepsi Florida Relays. Blackburn’s throw is also the 18th best in the country.

That felt really good because there were a lot of people from school there,” said Blackburn, who also won the shot put event that day with a throw of 37.10 ft.“The athletic director was there; the headmaster was there and so was my teammates.”

Blackburn said she sometimes feels pressure because she shoulders the load for her team.

I just know that I am one of the captains, so if I am having a bad day, it will affect the others on my team,” she said. “It helps me know that my team is depending on me, so it helps me calm down. The competition I have now is not as good as my summer track.”

She finished fourth at the state meet last year in the shotput with a throw of 36.1 ft. but scratched on all three attempts in the discus.

My throw would have been the winning throw at states,” said Blackburn, who was 9th in the state in the shotput in her 8th-grade year and was 14th in the state in the discus event that year. “They said I walked out of the circle wrong and didn’t count my throws. It was disappointing, but it really motivated me this year.

I want to get 155 ft. in regionals and hopefully 160 at state,” said Blackburn, who placed 4th in the National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas with a throw of 144.75 ft. last July. It was her previous best throw until the district competition last week. Blackburn competes for Broward Elite Track Club out of Pine Crest in Ft. Lauderdale during the summer.

The regional competition is Wednesday at Calvary Christian in Ft. Lauderdale.

Blackburn, 16, is a sophomore and has spent 10 years at the school.

It is a small school, but I enjoy going there,” Blackburn said. “With public schools, you get to experience more, but in my district there is very good competition.”

I like to keep my goals close,” Blackburn said. “My goal is to get into the high 170s by the time I finish high school. My highest last year was in the 130s, so I am improving each year.”

Blackburn is highly thought of by Highlands track coach Brenda King.

Sydney is our most valuable track member not just because of her points but she is our heart beat,” King said. “She is a fun loving young lady who does not mind working hard at athletics or academics.

Most importantly, Sydney, her family and me are all humbled to enjoy this great ride of her success through hard work.

Sydney has always desired to go to college and participate in a sport,” added King, who said that Blackburn has drawn interest from the University of Miami and University of Virginia as well as Butler. “Now, track has made it more real for her. Sydney has special God given talents and she must be treated in that manner. She reminds daily of why I love to coach.”

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FLICKS: A Bag of Marbles & Deep Sea 3D at MODS IMAX

Posted on 19 April 2018 by LeslieM

By “Cinema” Dave


The motion picture industry is having a fine spring with Rampage, A Quiet Place and Ready Player One dominating the box office. It will be eight days before the most hyped and most secretive movie of the year opens, Avengers: Infinity War. In the meantime, check out an indie film or a selection from IMAX’s Museum of Discovery & Science (MODS) in Ft. Lauderdale.

A French, Yiddish, Russian and German movie with English subtitles, A Bag of Marbles is a simple film about a Jewish Family trying to evade the encroaching Nazis in France and Italy during WW2. The use of European landscapes creates beautiful cinematography, which add to the innocent perspective of the young boys. When the boys are outside traveling, the film feels like a Mark Twain Adventure with Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.

It is in the indoors that one feels the tension and witnesses the cruelty of Adolph Hitler’s goons. Moments of family joy celebrating a Mom’s violin solo is interrupted by Nazis who complain about hearing Jewish music. Situations get darker when the boys are brutally captured and interrogated by a commandant who wants them medically examined for circumcision.

Though a title works as a dramatic piece of symbolism, A Bag of Marbles is a very humane motion picture. The boys are not superheroes, they bicker and cry for the most immature reasons. Early in the motion picture, the youngest boy befriends a German soldier because the soldier is “cool.” Based on a true story from Holocaust survivors, A Bag of Marbles is a movie about growth.

Deep Sea 3D has returned to MODS. Narrated by Kate Winslet and Johnny Depp, Deep Sea 3D is a 45-minute documentary about the creatures that live in the darkest and deepest oceans on Planet Earth. The most monstrous creature of Deep Sea 3D has to be the Humboldt Squid, a vicious character. With tentacles that can extend up to 6 ft., this carnivore has superior underwater vision and can rip its prey to shreds with its beak.

My favorite character had to be the Mantis Shrimp. This scrappy fighter defends his turf from an over-reaching octopus. While the octopus has the advantage of eight tentacles and a slimy disposition, the Mantis Shrimp manages to out box his predator with his attitude, front claws and speed. As scary as the Humboldt Squid is, the Mantis Shrimp provides the best comic relief and a moment to cheer.

Both A Bag of Marbles and Deep Sea 3D present big screen entertainment, sharing the theme of survival. With decent box office numbers, perhaps big screen entertainment will survive another summer.

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Posted on 19 April 2018 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

April 3: A man reported that someone stole money from him at 1101 S. Military Tr.

April 3: A woman reported that a woman who is her neighbor hit her on the head with a glass bottle during a fight. The incident was reported at 5321 NE 10 Ave.

April 3: A man said that a man he knows stole $300 from him at 321 NW 39 St.

April 6: A man reported that a scooter was stolen from his home at 1324 S. Deerfield Ave.

April 6: A woman reported that a phone was stolen from a package delivered to her home by Amazon at 41 Deer Creek Rd.

Lighthouse Point

March 22: The victim brought his vehicle to a mechanic at 2733 NE 28 St. who said it looked like the ABS wires had been cut.

March 22: The victim last recalled seeing his wallet at a store at 3780 N. Federal Hwy. It contained $5 in cash, an ID card, social security card and a debit card. The loss was $20.

March 31: A pair of keys was located and dropped off at the police department at 2000 NE 36 St.

(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 19 April 2018 by LeslieM

A Class Act

Through May 13, times vary

Pompano Beach Cultural Center

50 W. Atlantic Blvd.

Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Written by Norman Shabel, this play by TheatreSouth focuses on a trio of lawyers who accuse General Chemical Co. of polluting water across the country through cancer-causing factory runoff. These attorneys are hoping for a big payoff from the deep pockets of the corporation, while the “suits” at the latter plan to use blackmail as leverage to pay as little as possible. Tickets are $21.50-$25.50, to purchase visit www.ccpompano.org or call 954-545-7800.

8th Annual Dinner & Auction

Every Sole Counts”

Thursday, April 19, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Boca West Country Club

20583 Boca W. Dr.

Boca Raton, FL 33434

Cocktails, dinner, entertainment, live & silent auctions, raffles. Complimentary valet sponsored by Lesser Lesser Landy & Smith. Special performance by The Motowners. Tickets are $125 per person. Benefits In Jacobs Shoes. To purchase, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/in-jacobs-shoes-8th-annual-dinner-auction-every-sole-counts-tickets-41077121777. For more information, call 954-905-2505 or e-mail info@injacobsshoes.org.

7th Annual Board Swap

Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Island Water Sports (IWS)

1985 NE 2 St.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

You can buy, sell & swap your used Surf, Skate, Skim, SUP & Wakeboards. Same thing goes for Wetsuits, Fins and Accessories. The sample sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is a fundraiser to support surf and skate camp scholarships. There will also be free surf & stand-up paddle lessons from 6:45 to 9 a.m. along with a beach cleanup from 9 to 11 a.m. (meeting at IWS) and also a Broward County Intracoastal Waterway clean-up at 9 a.m. to noon (meeting at Sullivan Park). For more information, call 954-427-4929.

Stop the Bleed Class

Wednesday, April, 25, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Broward Health Medical Center

1600 S. Andrews Ave.

Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316

Jami Rothenburg, RN, BSE, Trauma Outreach Coordinator/EMS Liaison at Broward Health Medical Center, will teach a Stop the Bleed class, which combines lecture with hands-on training to help prepare the community on how to control active bleeding. Uncontrolled bleeding is the No. 1 cause of preventable death from trauma. The goal is to teach you how to recognize a life threatening active bleed and how to apply a tourniquet or direct pressure to “Stop the Bleed.” Free class. For more information, call Jami Rothenburg at 954-468-8935 or e-mail jrothenburg@browardhealth.org.

Cuisine of the Region

Wednesday, April 25, 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Hillsboro Club

901 Hillsboro Mile

Hillsboro Beach, FL 33062

Food and wine from local restaurants, silent/live auction. Proceeds benefit N.E. Focal Point CASA, Inc. supporting programs and services offered at the Center for Active Aging. Sponsorships available. Auction items accepted. Tickets: $75 (advance), $100 (door). Please call 954-480-4460 or e-mail rwilliams@deerfield-beach.com for further information or to purchase tickets.

Save the Date:

34th Annual Pompano Beach Seafood Festival

Friday, April 27 to Sunday, April 29

Pompano Beach Pier

222 N. Pompano Beach Blvd.

Pompano Beach, FL 33062

One of South Florida’s longest running and most popular outdoor festivals. Enjoy seafood and other cuisine, shop for items, enjoy live entertainment and more. 150 art & craft vendors.The festival is open Friday, April 27 from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, April 29 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. A three day pass is only $30 (available online only). Friday admission is $10, Saturday is $20 and Sunday daily admission is $15 (all available in advance online). Pompano’s new 600 car parking garage is now open on A1A across from the Pompano Pier and another 300 cars can be accommodated in the lot at A1A and Atlantic. For more information, contact Kyle Good at kyle@goodeventmanagement.com, 954-570-7785 or visit www.pompanobeachseafoodfestival.com.

Relay For Life

Saturday, April 28 to Sunday, April 29, 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Quiet Waters Park

401 S. Powerline Rd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

There will be an Opening Ceremony, Survivor/Caregiver Walk, Luminaria Ceremony, Closing Ceremony. Join them to lead the fight for a world free from Cancer and cheer on survivors and people that suffer from this disease. For more information, contact Alex Klomparens at alexandra.klomparens@cancer.org or 616-364-6121.

Jerry’s Girls

April 19 through May 13

The Wick Theatre

7901 N. Federal Hwy.

Boca Raton, FL 33487

Jerry Herman’s great works come to life. Presented by the amazing talents of Susan Anton, Klea Blackhurst, Julie Kavanagh and Lauren Sprague. these stars light up the stage with a musical revue that spans Herman’s career. Featuring songs like “Hello Dolly,” “Put On Your Sunday Clothes,” “Mame,” “Bosom Buddies,” “La Cage” and many more! Tickets are $89 per person. To see more showtimes and purchase tickets, visit www.thewick.org.


Join the City of Deerfield Beach for a series of Earth and Arbor Day events to celebrate the planet in all corners of the community.

Tree Giveaway

Saturday, April 28, 9 to 11 a.m.

Central City Campus

401 SW 4 St A.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

The city’s annual tree giveaway is open to Deerfield Beach residents only. For additional information, visit www.DFB.city/earthmonth or call 954-480-1420.

DFBee Apiary Grand Opening
Now has been RESCHEDULED

Saturday, June 2, 9 to 11 a.m.

401 SW 4 St.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

It was to be held on April 21, but this event has been rescheduled to June 2. In partnership with The Urban Beekeeper, the City of Deerfield Beach will open its first honeybee apiary. The grand opening will include presentations from their sponsors and a variety of activities. Save the date.

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CLERGY CORNER: Digital wafers and virtual wine

Posted on 19 April 2018 by LeslieM

“… on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.’” (I Corinthians 11:23b-25)

Some call it “The Lord’s Supper.” Some call it “The Eucharist.” Some call it “Holy Communion.” There are many names but just one purpose and that is to connect us. When we gather to receive the wafer or bread, wine or grape juice, we connect with God and we connect with our fellow communicants. If I were to look for a trendy word to describe this experience, I would call it “The Divine Connection.” Indeed, it is a divine connection.

Are we connected? Some people would say that we are more connected than ever. We have smart phones, computer tablets, Apple watches, as well as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snap Chat. Wifi is available in every Starbucks or McDonalds. We panic when we lose our cell phone signal on road trips. We are so connected that we are actually in bondage to technology. If I leave the house without my cell phone, I actually break into a sweat. I am just as guilty as anybody else in this regard. But are we really connected?

I hear people complain all the time about going to restaurants and seeing people sit across the table from each other and text. They are not making eye contact. They are not listening. They are not speaking. They are texting. Are they texting each other? That would be pretty sad. Are they ignoring each other and texting their friends? That is sadder yet. They may be making a digital connection but they certainly are not making a human connection.

I know that technology can be a great asset. I know that there are ways that churches, synagogues, mosques and other places of worship can utilize technology in very helpful ways to communicate. I heartily endorse the use of technology in churches because I use it all the time. Case in point, I am writing this from my computer.

If homebound people cannot attend worship but can stream a sermon … terrific. If someone is out of town and wants to stream a sermon … terrific. If someone wants to listen again to a sermon I left recorded on a website … terrific. And then I come to a realization. While the sermon is a major part of our worship experience, it is not the only major part of our worship experience.

I can listen to a sermon and I can sing along with hymns and songs, but Holy Communion is an experience that I cannot simulate with technology. There is no such thing as a “digital wafer.” There is no such thing as “virtual wine.” If you want to experience Holy Communion, the only way that is possible is on a human-to-human level.

I happily bring Holy Communion to homebound people or hospitalized people, and every worship service at Zion includes Holy Communion. Human interaction is the only possible way to distribute communion and I have to say that this is good. The lack of human interaction is taking its toll on society whereas Holy Communion is one of the last vestiges of human interaction left.

Even for faith traditions that do not celebrate Holy Communion in the manner in which we do, we celebrate communion in the general sense of the word. Communion and community have a common root and faith-based communities are sacred space where humans interact in person. Our places of worship provide an invaluable service during the digital age. We pray together; we praise together; we sing together; we listen to one another and we speak to one another. When someone in our community is hurting, we empathize, sympathize and hug. Technology cannot do any of these things.

May we people of faith never lose sight of the important role we play in the lives of the people we serve. When God speaks to his people it is through sending people, not text messages.

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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