| November, 2018

Bucks win again; one game from state championship game

Posted on 29 November 2018 by LeslieM

By Gary Curreri

The Deerfield Beach High School football team is within two games of going where no previous team has gone – a state championship.

After his team dismantled visiting Miramar, Plantation, and Palm Beach Central in successive weeks, the Bucks (12-1) have undefeated Miami Columbus (13-0) coming to town on Friday night for the Class 8A state semifinal with kickoff slated for 7:30 p.m.

Deerfield Beach football coach Jevon Glenn believes the home field advantage will pay off.

We have a lot of respect for that program and what they have done over the years and this year,” said Glenn, whose team downed Palm Beach Central, 21-6, last Friday night. “It is time to go after it and we are ready. Two years ago, we got close when we got to this round and lost to Southridge.”

The Bucks reached the state final in 2005 when they lost to Palm Beach Gardens, 49-29, at Dolphin Stadium, now known as Hard Rock Stadium.

Our motto all year has been, ‘let’s make history,’ Glenn said. “We are trying to do something that has never been done around here. I told our guys, and I put the onus on them to make a new culture around here.”

It also pays off to have junior running back Jaylan Knighton, who carried 23 times for 130 yards and two touchdowns. With the effort, he has padded his season totals to 2,045 yards and 28 total touchdowns this season.

The Oklahoma commit, who rushed for a school-record 347 yds. in a win over Taravella earlier this season, scored on runs of 1 and 8 yds. as the Bucks seized a 14-0 halftime lead.

After Palm Beach Central (11-2) cut the lead to 14-6 on a Charles Stewart 5 yd. TD run, the Bucks padded their lead to 21-6 on a 26 yd. pass from Derohn King to Dashaun Davis with 2:43 left in the third quarter. The Broncos had won 11 straight coming into the game, with their other loss coming to Atlantic, 14-0 in the first week of the season.

We are going to be here for the long haul,” said Glenn, whose only loss this season came at the hands of St. Thomas Aquinas, 38-6 six games ago. “For some of these kids, this is their second time in four years playing in the state semifinal game.

We told them after the game that we want to set the bar at the highest of the high and be state champion,” Glenn added. “We will let the kids that come after them follow. We are going to live in the moment. We’re peaking at the right time.

Obviously we’ve got a ways to go, but we’re playing really good football right now both sides of the ball.”

Glenn said he knows what to expect from the Explorers, who entered the game having outscored the opposition, 456-154. They were on a six-game winning streak last year before they were upset by Miami High in the regional finals.

Deerfield Beach, on the other hand, has outscored its opponents, 399-125, and are riding a six-game winning streak.

I know that (Miami) Columbus is a very disciplined, well-coached team,” Glenn said. “They have a lot of great athletes and it is going to be a battle of two good football teams.”

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FLICKS: Creed II

Posted on 29 November 2018 by LeslieM

By “Cinema” Dave

http://cinemadave.livejournal.com

Ralph Breaks the Internet scored high with the box office receipts, along with Creed II, The Grinch and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Bohemian Rhapsody is showing consistent box office returns with Rami Malek’s performance as Freddy Mercury being talked about for award consideration. But, grossing $55 million, Creed II probably received the best return of investment from lower production costs.

Creed II (or Rocky 8) is a stand-alone story about a boxer named Adonis “Donnie” Johnson (Michael B. Jordan) who fights by the name of “Adonis Creed,” the son of the late Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) from the first four Rocky movies. Apollo died in the ring from the fists of Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren), a boxer from the Soviet Union. Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) defeated Drago in an epic 15 round battle and the Soviet Union collapsed.

Thirty three years later, Adonis Creed has become champion, creating a marketing opportunity for Ivan Drago, whose life has been miserable since losing to Rocky Balboa in 1985. Drago has trained his son, Viktor (Florian Munteanu) to become a fighter and sets the stage for a Creed-Drago rematch. (The original fight occurred when the current combatants were in diapers). This, of course, opens up some old psychological wounds for both Donnie Johnson Creed and Rocky Balboa.

The stage is set and Creed II takes this complicated history and forges a simple story. It helps to have seen the other seven Rocky movies in advance, but it is not necessary. Creed II is a unique story about individuals trying to solve problems in their own lives. It is a film of little moments that create a whole satisfactory experience.

For example, there is a subtle nod to Rocky’s illness from the last movie when Donnie compliments his mentor’s new hairstyle. In Creed, Rocky underwent chemotherapy treatment and lost most of his hair. While still intimidating and brutal, Ivan still has a little boy vulnerability about him, especially when his ex-wife (Brigitte Nielsen — who happens to be Stallone’s ex-wife also) appears.

There are plenty of boxing scenes in the movie with the usual inspirational training montage. Being a Creed and not a Rocky movie, the music used in this film plays homage to Ennio Morricone’s work in the Clint Eastwood/Sergio Leone spaghetti westerns. But don’t worry, the original Rocky musical cue is used at the precise moment.

It is these subtle details of the past that enhance the world of Adonis Creed, who is going through the rites of passage with the love of his life, Bianca (Tessa Thompson). Besides battling the demons of the past, Creed II looks at the importance of familiar responsibilities in the present moments. Creed, Balboa and Drago each face a challenge in their own family unit. Creed II provides a fascinating denouement that is appropriate for this holiday season.

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CRIME WATCH

Posted on 29 November 2018 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

Nov. 13: A Ford F350 was broken into and $30,000 worth of tools were stolen. The vehicle was parked at 351 W. Hillsboro Blvd. in the parking lot of La Quinta Inn.

Nov. 13: It was reported that a maintenance golf cart was stolen from outside a clubhouse at Hidden Woods of Deer Creek at 207 Deer Creek Blvd.

Nov. 13: It was reported that an A/C unit valued at $1,000 was stolen from a home at 1213 SW 1 Terr.

Nov. 13: Three women were observed stealing about $2,000 worth of cosmetics products from 1041 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

Nov. 13: It was reported that a vehicle parked at 501 E. Sample Rd. was broken into and a semi-automatic pistol valued at $540 was stolen.

Nov. 18: A woman reported that someone siphoned five gallons of gas from two vehicles parked at 70 SE 6 Ave.

Lighthouse Point

Nov. 10: The victim who lives in the 3800 block of NE 25 Ave. said someone opened a fraudulent account in her name and discovered a $3,300 transaction. She said she never opened a credit card account.

Nov. 10: A subject was warned previously to stay away from the area and returned to 3650 N. Federal Hwy. and was causing a disturbance. The subject initially refused to leave the premises, but eventually did and was trespassed again by police.

Nov. 12: The victim who lives at 2182 NE 28 St. said three of his vehicles were entered during the night. $2 was removed from one vehicle, a glove box was taken and placed in the driver’s seat of a second vehicle, and nothing appeared to be taken from the third vehicle. All three vehicles were unlocked.

(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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HAPPENINGS

Posted on 29 November 2018 by LeslieM

SW 10th Street Workshop

Thursday, Nov. 29, 2:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Doubletree Hotel

100 Fairway Dr.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

The workshop will have an open house format and FDOT staff will be available to answer questions. There will be a presentation every 30 minutes. Alternatives for SW 10 Street will be presented. This will be the first opportunity for many of you to see firsthand the concepts that FDOT is proposing for SW 10 Street. This is also your last major opportunity to provide comments and feedback. The next step during the summer of 2019 will be FDOT selecting a preferred alternative for design. For more information, contact FDOT at 954-777-4427 or toll free at 866-336-8435, ext. 4427, or via e-mail at Robert.Bostian@dot.state.fl.us, or visit the project website at www.sw10street.com.

Cookies and Fashion

at FIFI’S Fine Resale Apparel

Thursday, Nov. 29, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

FIFI’S Fine Resale Apparel

306 S. Federal Hwy.

Boca Raton, FL 33432

The Zonta Club of Greater Deerfield Beach invites all Fashionistas to join them on a FUNraising event. Enjoy shopping, along with friendship, cookies and wine. All proceeds to support Zonta’s various local charities. For more information, contact Sandy Manning at bosanboc@comcast.net or visit www.Zontadeerfieldbeach.org.

Members Only” Holiday Party

Thursday, Nov. 29, 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Sample-McDougald House Museum

450 NE 10 St.

Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas, sip on champagne and nibble on holiday treats as you preview this year’s fully decorated holiday home at the historic Sample-McDougald House. Open beer/wine bar, live musical entertainment. Santa arrives at 7 p.m. Enjoy hot apple cider on the porch, Miss Christmas Joy and more as you celebrate the holidays with your friends at the historic home. Membership can be purchased or renewed at the door or through their website starting at $35 (individual), $40 (duo) or $50 (family). For more information, visit www.samplemcdougald.org or call 754-307-5446.

District 2 Community Meeting

Thursday, Nov. 29, 7:30 p.m.

Hillsboro Community Center

50 Hillsboro Technology Dr.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Vice Mayor Gloria J. Battle invites all District 2 residents to a District Meeting. Mayor Bill Ganz has been invited to present the 2018 State of the City. All residents are welcome to attend. For more information, contact the Office of the City Manager at 954-480-4263 or visit www.Deerfield-Beach.com.

Annie

Thursday, Nov. 29 to Sunday, Dec. 23

The Wick Theatre

7901 N. Federal Hwy.

Boca Raton, FL 33445

The Wick Theatre is proud to present Annie, starring Emmy Award-winning actress Sally Struthers as Miss Hannigan. Fun for the entire family, the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit features a terrific score and tells the heartwarming tale of Little Orphan Annie, who stole the heart of a lonely millionaire. Classic songs performed with a live orchestra include “Tomorrow,” “Easy Street,” “It’s the Hard-Knock Life,” and “You’re Never Fully Dressed without a Smile.” For tickets and more information, visit www.thewick.org or call 561-995-2333.

Coastal Cocktails

Deerfield Island Park

Saturday, Dec. 1, 3 to 7 p.m.

1720 Deerfield Island Park

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

First ferry from Sullivan Park leaves at 2:30 p.m. They will be serving light fare, wine, beer, water. There will be raffles, a silent auction and island music. Highlights will be tours of Deerfield Island Park, the Nature Center, and the official presentation of their new educational Wingspan exhibit. $20 donation per person for members and $45 non–members (includes 1 year membership). Rain Date: Sunday, Dec. 2. RSVP to iwechterman@gmail.com.

Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, Dec. 1, 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Historic Butler House

380 E. Hillsboro Blvd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

There will be breakfast, a chance to take a photo with Santa, and arts & crafts. Family of 4: $10. $5 for each additional person. For more information, call 954-429-0378. Save the Date for Cocktails with Santa on Dec. 6, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. for the adults to grab some spirits and sweet treats ($20 donation).

Letters to Santa Claus

Saturday, Dec. 1 to Saturday, Dec. 15

The City of Pompano Beach Parks & Recreation Department can help prove Santa’s “real” by delivering the letters to the North Pole and making sure Santa replies to your child’s letter. Letters and envelopes will be available to fill out for jolly ole St. Nicholas at the following recreation centers:

Emma Lou Olson – 1801 NE 6 St.

Highlands Center – 1650 NE 50 Ct.

McNair Center – 951 NW 27 Ave.

Mitchell Moore Center – 901 NW 10 St.

For more information, visit www.pompanobeachfl.gov or call 954-786-4111.

Save the Date:

Pompano Beach Garden Club meeting

Monday, Dec. 10, 12:30 p.m.

Emma Lou Olson Civic Center

1801 NE 6 St.

Pompano Beach, FL 33060

The meeting is open to the public. The Program “Holiday Designs” presented by Pompano Beach Garden Club members. For more information, call 954-253-9938.

Garden Club of Lighthouse Point

Meeting & Presentation

Thursday, Dec. 20, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Lighthouse Point Yacht Club

2701 NE 42 St.

Lighthouse Point, FL 33064

Speaker will be Jason Liechty, Senior Environmental Coordinator Broward County Planning & Community Resilience Division. Presentation will be “Rising to the Challenge of Our Rising Seas.” This meeting is open and free to the public. For more information, email Caroline Steffen at c.caroline.steffen@aol.com or visit The Garden Club of Lighthouse Point at www.lhpgc.org.

Worth The Drive: Art Basel

Thursday, Dec. 6 through Sunday, Dec. 9

Miami Beach Convention Center

1901 Convention Center Dr.

Miami Beach, FL 33139

In their American show, leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa show significant work from the masters of modern and contemporary art, as well as the new generation of emerging stars. Paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, films and edition works of the highest quality are on display in the main exhibition hall. Public Days: Thursday, Dec. 6, 3 to 8 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, Dec. 7 & 8, noon to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 9, 12 noon to 6 p.m. www.artbasel.com.

Deerfield Women’s Club travels

Friday & Saturday, Jan. 11 & 12

Overnight stay in St. Augustine and Jacksonville. Alhambra Dinner Theatre and historic St. Augustine plus second day dinner at Hurricane Pattie’s on the water before going home. Cost is $253.

Friday & Saturday, Feb. 22 & 23

Overnight in Ft. Myers. Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre to see “Guys and Dolls.” Shopping and lunch on the beach at Parrot Key. Cost is $183 all inclusive.

There is limited seating still available for all trips. For more information, or if you would like to go on these trips, contact Sally Brinkworth at 954-427-2175.

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CLERGY CORNER: … freely you have received, freely give

Posted on 29 November 2018 by LeslieM

Many of our most fervent prayers include reminders of lessons our Lord teaches us. A number of years ago I read a prayer, used at the end of a worship service, to dismiss the congregation. The prayer included an important reminder – “freely you have received, freely give.” I have used this prayer of dismissal ever since. It seems particularly important at this time of year.

Our Lord created a world with seasonal cycles. The book of Ecclesiastes reminds us that “to every thing there is a season . . . a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted.” Western Christianity observes the time of planting in the spring of each year. The observance is called Rogation Days and includes this prayer for a bountiful harvest: “Almighty God, we beseech thee to pour forth thy blessing upon this land, and to give us a fruitful season.” And then, as the seasons of the years progress, most religions and cultures have traditions of giving thanks, during the harvest season, for what our good earth has provided. Here in the United States, we give thanks, on Thanksgiving Day, often times with this prayer: “Almighty God, we give thee humble and hearty thanks for this thy bounty; beseeching thee to continue thy loving-kindness to us, that our land may still yield her increase.”

Our Lord’s promise to us is that we will freely receive what we truly need. However, there is a caveat to this promise which is spelled out in the book of Deuteronomy: “Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessings of the Lord thy God which he hath given thee.” What does this mean? It may be helpful to think of this giving and receiving as our bank account with God. He will always provide us with the basics — his unconditional love and support — but if we look to receive anything beyond that, then what we can expect is dependent upon what we give back to God from what he has given us. If we give back nothing, if we put nothing in our bank account with him, then we cannot expect to receive anything beyond the basics. Our relationship with God is simple; all we need to do is listen and live according to his lessons.

Why is the freely giving part particularly important at this time of year? The answer is obvious. Most governments, institutions, and churches are making their plans and budgets for the coming year in support of the needs of our commonweal. Whether these needs may be met is dependent, to a great degree, on the willingness of God’s people, to generously give back a portion of the time, treasure and talent they have received from Him. Can our God count on each of us? I recently saw a survey which indicated that charitable giving increased in 2017 by 5 percent. This sounds encouraging, but the survey also indicated that current giving is about 2.5 percent of income, whereas it was 3.3 percent during the Great Depression. Not a hopeful trend!

If we are to model our lives based on the teachings of our Lord, and if we are to uphold the brave words in our Declaration of Independence to further “preserve and protect life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” then the challenge to be met by God’s people is clear. When we gather at our Thanksgiving tables this year, we must thank God for the blessings we have “freely received” from him, and then commit to “freely give” back to him a generous portion of those blessings so that in this world, his will be done. Holy Scripture teaches us that “the harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few.” The harvest is God’s will and we are the laborers that will bring it to fruition. May our God bless us all during this Thanksgiving season.

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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Knighton carries Bucks past Plantation in regional semifinal

Posted on 21 November 2018 by LeslieM

By Gary Curreri

Photo by Gary Curreri

Jaylan Knighton carried 26 times for 132 yards and one touchdown and added a 31-yard TD reception as host Deerfield Beach blanked Plantation, a 23-0 victory in a Region 3-8A semifinal last Friday night. The shutout was the first in 19 regional semifinal playoff games for the Bucks in school history. The Colonels’ loss was their eighth straight in regional semifinal games dating back to 2002.

Deerfield Beach (11-1) will host Palm Beach Central, a 38-0 winner over Western, in a regional final Friday. The Bucks improved to 15-7 all-time against Plantation. Knighton, a junior running back, has continued to pad his season statistics. Entering this Friday’s regional semifinal against Palm Beach Central, the Oklahoma commit has 1,915 yards on 210 carries.

Jaylan is the best player in Broward County this year,” Deerfield Beach coach Jevon Glenn said following the game “He’s a special player. He’s a once in a lifetime type of player for most schools. He’s built for greatness.”

Much of the credit also goes to the Deerfield defense that not only registered the shutout but held the Colonels (10-2) Wing-T offense to 51 rushing yards on 36 carries.

Knighton had his longest reception of the season, hauling in a 31-yard pass from Derohn King for a 21-0 halftime lead. It was Knighton’s first touchdown catch this season. Knighton’s first touchdown of the night came on a 12-yard run with 3:13 left in the first quarter for a 7-0 lead.

The score was Knighton’s 25th rushing touchdown of the season. Deerfield went up 14-0 when a Colonels punt was blocked, and Keyon Martin returned it 17 yards for the touchdown.

Freshman running back Jaziun Patterson, who replaced Knighton late in the game, rushed for 99 yards on six carries. Deerfield added a safety in the third quarter, the only points scored in the second half.

The Bucks will have their hands full with a Palm Beach Central team that is also rolling. The Broncos have outscored the opposition, 485-89, for the season and are riding an 11-game winning streak after opening the season with a 14-0 loss against Atlantic High School. They haven’t been tested in the postseason, winning 44-14 over Wellington and 38-0 over Western.

Deerfield Beach is on a 5-game winning streak following its 38-6 defeat at the hands of St. Thomas Aquinas. They have outscored their opponents, 375-112.

Breur wins closest to the pin contest, and birdies hole

Tom Breur not only won the closest to the pin contest by hitting his tee shot to 2 ft., 11 in. on the third hole at the Pines course in the Pompano Beach Men’s Golf Association tournament on Nov. 14, he sank the putt for a birdie. It was one of the highlights of the One Best Ball of a Foursome tournament that drew 49 players.

Three teams needed to go to scorecard playoffs after shooting 54s. The first two had to go back six holes on matching scorecards before the team of Frank Cutrone, Charles MacMichael, Bill McCormick and Dennis Rooy won the championship. They shot 15 for the six holes, while the team of Oscar Aleman, Andy Burt, Bob Mascatello, Val Rapoport had a 16. Third place went to the team of Terry Denoma, Jerry Goodman, Bill Sincavage and Willie Smith. They had 28 on the back nine. The team of Henry Lesburt, Tom Pawelczyk, Pete Strychowskyj and Don Worrell shot a 55.

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FLICKS: FLIFF wrapped, A Star is Born keeps growing

Posted on 21 November 2018 by LeslieM

By “Cinema” Dave

http://cinemadave.livejournal.com

The Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) concluded its bravest year yet on an upnote, with a successful closing night extravaganza featuring an outdoor screening of Caddyshack at the Ft. Lauderdale International Country Club. Released almost four decades ago and directed by the late Harold Ramis, that popular film was produced by Barbra Streisand’s former hairdresser and live-in boyfriend, Jon Peters.

For legal reasons, Jon Peters also holds a producer credit for this summer’s critically acclaimed and consistent box office champion since Oct. 5, A Star is Born. Driven by social media, many single females in their 20s have attended repeat screenings of this fourth remake, this time starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, who also makes his directorial debut.

The film opens with Jackson Maine (Cooper) on stage at the height of his country rock star game. The next scene features a female voice breaking up with her boyfriend on a cell phone while in a toilet stall. As Ally (Lady Gaga) walks out of the restaurant, her place of work, the title first appears on the big screen, “A STAR IS BORN.” Though simple, these two sequences foreshadow so much.

Seeking to decompress after another stadium filled show, Jackson visits a bar with live music. Though a drag show with female impersonators, Jackson is tearfully impressed with Ally’s rendition of “La Vie En Rose.” He invites himself backstage and asks Ally to join him for a drink.

With developing chemistry, Jack and Ally collaborate on songwriting and singing. During one loud auditorium show, Jack forces Ally onstage. Ally nails the moment and record executives take notice.

As one constantly learns from the entertainment business, so many successful people in the spotlight have many demons in their backstage life. Although this is the fourth adaptation of A Star is Born since 1937, it is a painful lesson that each generation must endure and learn.

With less Hollywood trappings compared to the three previous versions of the film, Bradley Cooper’s unfussy direction tells a truthful tale. Lady Gaga sheds her flamboyant persona and reveals the soul of Ally, the New York girl who has much in common with Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (Lady Gaga’s real name). A performance driven movie (expect Sam Elliott to be nominated for Best Supporting Actor, along with his leading man and lady), A Star is Born is a performance-driven movie that will be talked about during awards season.

Happy Thanksgiving Day!

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CRIME WATCH

Posted on 21 November 2018 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

Nov. 8: A woman reported that her vehicle parked at 335 NE 48 St. was broken into and a purse with credit cards, a laptop and a tablet were stolen. The total loss was estimated at $1,100. A second vehicle at the same location was broken into and a purse with $120 was stolen.

Nov. 8: A man reported that a man asked to use his cell phone and then chased him with a gun. The incident was reported at 456 NW 2 Terr.

Nov. 8: A woman said that her home at 7 SE 15 St. was entered and three bags with credit cards, a Brazilian passport, two checks and $280 in cash were stolen.

Nov. 8: Two women were arrested and charged with shoplifting $717 worth of items from TJ Maxx at 3812 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

Nov. 8: A woman reported her bank account was hacked and $488 was stolen from the account. The incident was reported at 813 W. Sample Rd.

Nov. 9: A man stole $100 in cash and about $1,400 worth of Florida Lotto tickets from Stop N Save Food at 404 S. Powerline Rd.

Lighthouse Point

Nov. 10: The victim, who lives in the 2300 block of NE 28 St., received a notice from her bank of an overdraft. Two checks were made out in the amounts of $2,210 and $2,280.70. The victim said the checks were cloned because they were still in her checkbook. The checks were made out to a Miami woman who said she was the victim of a 2017 auto burglary and her purse and driver’s license were stolen.

Nov. 10: The victim said he checked out of the store at 3600 N. Federal Hwy. and dropped a 14K gold money clip and $120 in cash. He returned asking if it had been returned. Surveillance video showed a female subject pick it up, go outside the store and return empty handed. She used the victim’s debit card to pay for her purchase.

Nov. 10: A female subject was trespassed from 3650 N. Federal Hwy. after acting aggressively towards customers of a business. She had been previously warned to stay out of the area when the businesses were closed.

(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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HAPPENINGS

Posted on 21 November 2018 by LeslieM

Coffee & Healthy Conversations

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 9 a.m.

Broward Health North

201 E. Sample Rd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33064

Stop by for a health checkup and cup of coffee. Includes free health screenings, such as posture evaluations, stroke risk assessments, cholesterol checks and more. There will be a physician lecture presented by Andre Landau, MD, Medical Director of Cardiac Services. To register, call 954-759-7400 and select option 5, or visit BrowardHealth.org/Events.

Broward County Wastewater Project Community Outreach Meeting

Thursday, Nov. 29, 7 p.m.

1147 Hillsboro Mile

Hillsboro Beach, 33062

Cookies and Fashion at

FIFI’S Fine Resale Apparel

Thursday, Nov. 29, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

FIFI’S Fine Resale Apparel

306 S. Federal Hwy.

Boca Raton, FL 33432

The Zonta Club of Greater Deerfield Beach invites all Fashionistas to join them on a FUNraising event. Enjoy shopping along with friendship, cookies and wine. All proceeds to support Zonta’s various local charities. For more information, contact Sandy Manning at bosanboc@comcast.net or visit www.Zontadeerfieldbeach.org.

Members Only” Holiday Party

Thursday, Nov. 29, 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Sample-McDougald House Museum

450 NE 10 St.

Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas, sip on champagne and nibble on holiday treats as you preview this year’s fully decorated holiday home. Open beer/wine bar, live musical entertainment. Santa arrives at 7 p.m. Hot apple cider on the porch, Miss Christmas Joy and more await you as you celebrate the holidays with your friends. Membership can be purchased or renewed at the door or through the website starting at $35 (individual), $40 (duo) or $50 (family). For more information, visit www.samplemcdougald.org or call 754-307-5446.

District 2 Community Meeting

Thursday, Nov. 29, 7:30 p.m.

Hillsboro Community Center

50 Hillsboro Technology Dr.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Vice Mayor Gloria J. Battle invites all District 2 residents to a District Meeting. Mayor Bill Ganz has been invited to present the 2018 State of the City; therefore, all residents are welcome to attend. For more information, contact the Office of the City Manager at 954-480-4263 or visit www.Deerfield-Beach.com.

Coastal Cocktails

Saturday, Dec. 1, 3 to 7 p.m.

Deerfield Island Park

1720 Deerfield Island Park

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

First ferry from Sullivan Park leaves at 2:30 p.m. They will be serving light fare, wine, beer, water. There will be raffles, a silent auction and island music. Highlights will be tours of Deerfield Island Park, the Nature Center and the official presentation of their new educational Wingspan exhibit. $20 donation/per person for members and $45 non–members includes 1 year membership. This will be a unique experience to raise funds to improve the island by Friends of Deerfield Island Park. Rain Date: Sunday, Dec. 2. RSVP to iwechterman@gmail.com.

Save the Date:

Deerfield Beach Arboretum Meeting

Thursday, Dec. 13, 7 p.m.

Deerfield Beach Arboretum at Constitution Park

2841 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

Deerfield Beach Fl, 33442

Speaker will be Kristen Hoss. She is an educator and ecological consultant who teaches the Florida Master Naturalist Program in Broward County with over 25 years of experience in marine, aquatic and terrestrial ecology, and the management of natural areas, including wildlife. You will learn the importance of native plants, as well as how to determine what plant to plant where. Light refreshments will be served. Several plant giveaways will be held. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 954-480-4494.

Annie

Thursday, Nov. 29 to Sunday, Dec. 23

The Wick Theatre

7901 N. Federal Hwy.

Boca Raton, FL 33445

The Wick Theatre is proud to present Annie, starring Emmy Award-winning actress Sally Struthers as Miss Hannigan. Fun for the entire family, the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit features a terrific score and tells the heartwarming tale of Little Orphan Annie, who stole the heart of a lonely millionaire. Classic songs performed with a live orchestra include “Tomorrow,” “Easy Street,” “It’s a Hard Knock Life” and “You’re Never Fully Dressed without a Smile.” For tickets and showtimes, visit www.thewick.org or call 561-995-2333.

3rd Annual Riptide Music Festival

Friday, Nov. 30 to Sunday, Dec. 2

Ft. Lauderdale Beach

1100 Seabreeze Blvd.

Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316

The World’s Biggest Beach Party will feature more than 30 bands, including the following (more to be announced soon):

Friday, Nov. 30 – The Jacksons, Sheila E., Lisa Lisa, Baha Men & The Sugar Hill Gang

Saturday, Dec. 1 – Panic! at the Disco, Sublime with Rome, Dirty Heads, Young the Giant, Cold War Kids, Blue October, Bishop Briggs, Sir Sly, Alice Merton, Bob Moses, The Driver Era Dreamers, lovelytheband & Superorganism

Sunday, Dec. 2 – 311, Live, Matt and Kim, Third Eye Blind, Collective Soul, Sugar Ray, Everclear, Crystal Method, Just Loud & Silent Rivals

To purchase tickets, visit www.riptidefest.com. For more information, email info@riptidemusicfestival.com.

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CLERGY CORNER: To whom are you thankful?

Posted on 21 November 2018 by LeslieM

In this season, we are often reminded and encouraged to be grateful for what we have and enjoy, but there is seldom any direction as to whom we should be thankful. I recently read a story of a blind boy stationed on a sidewalk with a sign identifying his infirmity. Strangers would pass by and place coins in his hat. A gentleman stopped to observe him for a while, then took the sign, wrote something else on the back of it and put it in its place. People began to contribute even more money when they read the sign: “it’s a beautiful day but I can’t see it.” The point of the story was that we should be thankful for the abilities we possess but often take for granted. There was no mention as to whom we should direct our gratitude, however.

As a believer, I am convinced by Scripture and experience that God is the source of our blessings. There was a time when most would readily agree with that sentiment. I was intrigued to learn that all 50 states acknowledge God in the preamble to their constitutions. The Alabama Constitution states, “We the people of the State of Alabama…invoking the favor and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish the following Constitution…” California’s Preamble: “We, the people of the State of California, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom…” Connecticut states, “The People of Connecticut, acknowledging with gratitude the good Providence of God in permitting them to enjoy…” Florida’s Preamble: “We, the people of the State of Florida, grateful to Almighty God for our constitutional liberty…establish this Constitution.” Vermont’s Preamble: “Whereas all government ought to…enable the individuals who compose it to enjoy their natural rights, and other blessings which the Author of Existence has bestowed on man…”

Earlier generations willingly noted the goodness of God and rightfully appreciated His Providence. Technological and scientific advancements have certified our potential and made us more confident in our pursuits, but experience reveals that we do not have mastery over every circumstance. We owe our gratitude to someone greater than ourselves for the ability to breathe, think, act and achieve. Biblical admonitions abound concerning our need to be thankful to God. Psalm 106:1, “Praise ye the Lord. O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good; for his mercy endures forever.” Colossians 4:2, “Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving.Isaiah 12:4-5, “And you will say in that day: Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted. Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth.”

It is not enough to be merely grateful or thankful for something, one must necessarily be grateful to the person who made the thing possible. As a boy I learned the popular doxology which begins with, “Praise God from whom all blessings flow.” It established the fact that any good, beneficial and pleasant thing or experience had its origin in the favor of the Almighty God. As I look back over a lifetime of experiences, I am more and more appreciative to God for His undeniable goodness. Thanksgiving has become more than a seasonal acknowledgement of blessings. It is a daily practice that begins with the realization that I’ve awakened to a new day.

Hailey Bartholomew from Australia discovered how to overcome the sense of being stuck on the treadmill of life: find something daily for which to be thankful. It revolutionized her life as she began to see things she had never noticed before. She learned to live with gratitude and celebrate life. Why not follow her lead and cultivate a lifestyle of appreciation to God for His daily expressions of mercy and grace? In this season and always, have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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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