| March, 2019

THE THERAPY ROOM: Are we destined to become our parents?

Posted on 20 March 2019 by LeslieM

A patient’s story

Nancy, a fictitious name I am using for confidentiality purposes, arrived at her scheduled psychotherapy session emotionally distraught and explained that she just saw her reflection in a mirror and realized that she has the same quirky facial expression that her mother has. Nancy’s uncle recently told her at a family gathering that she looks just like her mother. Prior to the psychotherapy session, Nancy had an argument with her husband and used harsh words, actually the same harsh words that her mother used when she argued with her father. Nancy began to cry and asked me, “Am I insane? Can I be turning into my mother? How do I stop this from happening?”

It’s partly due to our DNA

I informed Nancy that awareness is the initial step she is beginning to take to determine if she is expressing similar traits to her mother. I explained that we all have two biological parents, so there are going to be physical similarities, but we are not clones of our parents, and it would be ideal if during early childhood we could choose personality traits and physical expressions that do not imitate our parents. Nancy and I needed to focus on the many role models she grew up with, including siblings, other family members, friends, teachers, etc. in order to examine the numerous role model variations that are part of her identity.


When a person is stressed, it is very difficult to be conscious of the fact that they are reenacting patterns such as using the same harsh words in an argument that a parent used. It is necessary to work on reducing the stress level and, at the same time, realizing that it is not necessary to snap and be nasty to others like a parent demonstrated. Choosing to do things differently than our parents and then repeating our new way of doing things again and again allows our brain to create new pathways and, therefore, we do not repeat parental learned patterns.

Nancy asked me to explain what I meant by saying that the brain creates new pathways. I explained that neuroscience and neuropathways shed light on how we become like our parents and how the brain develops. When we are stressed, we tend to access the neuropathways that were formed when we were a child. We were taught these patterns by our parents. When you create new pathways that reflect who you want to be, even how you want to react to certain situations versus accessing an old pathway or pattern you learned as a child, you will not think or feel like you are your parents.

Benefits of Psychotherapy

Nancy is not destined to be her mother as she fears and is working to recognize and understand the negative parental patterns and behaviors she learned as a child. Nancy also said that she appreciates many positive patterns she learned from her mother and father, and wants to discuss them further in therapy. Nancy is learning more about who she is and who she wants to be. I continue to encourage and support Nancy (and you) by saying, “Change is always possible.”

Dr. Julia Breur is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private clinical psychotherapy practice in Boca Raton. For more information, visit www.drjuliabreur.com.

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Municipal Election Photos

Posted on 14 March 2019 by LeslieM

Photos by Diane Emeott

A thumbs up on Election Night from Debbie and Ben Preston, outside Duffys.
Michael Hudak (Center R) and wife Paula (Center L) stand with firefighters outside Cross Community Church polling place.
Candidate Dan Herz outside Percy White Library polling place.
Michael Hudak with supporters outside Flanigans Watch Party on beachside.
Dan Herz supporters Rita Masi, Phyllis and Charles Mavrikis gather at City Pub Watch Party.
Pete and Nancy Marchione make the effort to vote at Cross Community Church
Four District 1 Commissioners, Joe Miller, Michael Hudak, Pam Militello, Peggy Noland outside Flanigans Watch Party at Beach.
Holding up a Ben Preston sign outside Boys & Girls Club.

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Prezzo is back

Posted on 14 March 2019 by LeslieM

With a new chef and healthier options

By Rachel Galvin

If you travel into Boca Raton just north of Yamato on Military Trail, you will find a very interesting shopping locale called Park Place, which opened two years ago but may still be unknown to many. The open air feel and fresh modern architecture are quite inviting. Within this shopping oasis, you will find several eateries, including Prezzo, which opened a little over a year ago. If that name sounds familiar, it should. You may remember Prezzo from years ago. It became a popular hotspot after originally opening in west Boca in 1989 bringing with it one of the first wood burning pizza ovens to South Florida.

Executive Chef Patrick Delay just started with Prezzo back in August. This up-and-coming chef was nominated for the Eater 2019 Young Guns award (the winner will be announced this summer) and is the youngest in the restaurant group, which includes Max’s Grill in Mizner Park, as well as Deck 84 and Burt & Max’s in Delray.

He has recently added some new items to his menu to accommodate those seeking healthier options. His veggie forward focus includes vegetable lasagna made with butternut squash noodles and other hearty, but healthy, ingredients. They also have zucchini noodles. Many items are easily made gluten free upon request.

A must-try is the Quinoa & Squash Salad — a light but filling option. Roasted chicken lays atop quinoa and arugula, mixed with pieces of roasted butternut squash and zucchini, sprinkled with dried cranberries with added pumpkin seeds for texture, made with balsamic vinaigrette.

A nice traditional entrée with a healthier spin is their chicken marsala. Rich with flavor, the chicken falls apart easily with a fork and pairs nicely with cauliflower cous cous, which serves as a great alternate base for the dish, and savory mushrooms.

Seeking comfort food? An option like baked rigatoni, which has a pop of flavor with its added crumbled Italian sausage, is a nice choice. It also has broccoli, red pepper flakes and parmesan cream.

They also have chicken, pork, seafood, pasta, pizza and more, so there is plenty to eat. Many items have carried over from the original Prezzo, like their fusilli pasta, roasted garlic breadsticks and their wood oven-baked apple tart, which makes for a nice light dessert (The best part is the cinnamon gelato on top).

There are plenty of specials here, including a 12 for $12 menu (including a beverage) Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a half priced happy hour daily from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.— buy one entrée, get the second one half off.

There is a full bar with a happy hour from 12 to 6 p.m. (from any seat in the restaurant) with wine by the glass specials and ½ priced beer and spirits. Enjoy live music on Thursdays from 8 to 9:30 p.m. on the outdoor patio. This is a great spot for a date night or family outing.

Prezzo is located at 5560 N Military Tr., #300, in Boca Raton. For more information, visit www.prezzoboca.com.

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Tigers win 8th state basketball championship

Posted on 14 March 2019 by LeslieM

By Gary Curreri

Blanche Ely basketball coach Melvin Randall promised his team could be special. It turns out he was right.

The Tigers won their eighth FHSAA championship and second Class 8A title in a row with a 57-52 victory over Bradenton Lakewood Ranch on Saturday at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland. It marked the second consecutive game that Blanche Ely erased a double-digit deficit to pull out the win.

The Tigers (25-6) closed out the season on an 18-game winning streak since a 64-47 loss to Tampa Hillsborough in the Charger Classic two months ago at Suncoast High School.

Aderes Staton-McCray led the Tigers with 19 points and the win meant that the Tigers have won more state championships than any other school in Broward County. They were previously tied with Dillard at 7. Lamont Evans added 12 points and Malachi Hazelton chipped in with 9 points and 6 rebounds before fouling out.

Joshua Scott also became the first player in school history to win three championships, and he celebrated the moment with a T-shirt documenting his 2016, 2018 and 2019 titles. The front of the T-shirt had three photos of Scott with three championship rings superimposed over his body. The back of the shirt read: “The first to ever do it!”

“It’s really a blessing,” Scott said after the game. He finished with 9 points and 5 rebounds despite playing with foul trouble. “This one is more special, probably because I’m the first person at Blanche Ely to get three.”

Blanche Ely nearly didn’t make it there when they erased a 15-point halftime lead against Windermere in the semifinals to win 56-54. Hazelton had 14 points and 8 rebounds in the win, while Tyrecke Francois had 12 points in the win.

“Like I always say, it’s a blessing. I’m a very, very blessed man,” said Ely coach Melvin Randall, who has won seven of the Tigers’ eight titles. Wade Edmond won the other one in 1993.

“I know how hard I work,” added Randall, who also won titles at Deerfield Beach in 1997 and 1999. “I know how hard I work these kids, and they stepped [up] to the challenge. And they’re the ones that really, really deserve this moment.”

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line becomes home run sponsor

The Deerfield Beach-based Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line has partnered with Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium to offer a fan a chance at a two-night cruise during Miami Marlins Spring training games in addition to the Florida State League’s Jupiter Hammerheads and Palm Beach Cardinals play their regular season at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium April through September.

“We are thrilled to bring the excitement of Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line to thousands of baseball fans at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium during both Major League Spring Training and the Minor League regular season,” said Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line CEO Oneil Khosa. “This partnership solidifies our commitment to show locals and visitors everything Palm Beach County has to offer. You can go from a fun ball game to a quick getaway on a whim.”

Every time the home team hits a home run, the unmistakable Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line horn will sound, images of Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s ships will display on the 35-foot Jumbotron and one lucky fan will have the chance to win a Bahamas Paradise cruise courtesy of the cruise line. 

“We are very excited to start a new partnership with Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line,” said Mike Bauer, general manager of Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. “They provide a first-class experience and we cannot wait to introduce our fans to their gorgeous ships and vacation packages.”

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FLICKS: Unique film — To Dust — opens this weekend

Posted on 14 March 2019 by LeslieM

By “Cinema” Dave


As much as this writer loves his monster movies and spends his Saturday nights watching Svengoolie on MeTV, I’ve never watched an episode of Six Feet Under, a cable series about a funeral home run by a family. The actual science and business of this practical business is more likely to give me nightmares, compared to watching legends like Vincent Price and scream queen Linnea Quigley roaming the graveyards in search of flesh and brains.

To Dust opens this weekend and is a comedy/drama about death and decomposition. As expected, this is a serious and sad movie. Yet, for those in the medical profession with a dark sense of humor, To Dust is a movie for you.

The film opens with the sound of labored breathing with a respiratory machine. When the breathing and machine stops, the husband Shmuel (Geza Rohring) cuts his coat in grief [as per Jewish custom]. As the hospital staff begins the purification rites, Shumuel questions his wife’s soul and current state of pain.  

Shumuel seeks answers through science.  After attempting to find answers through higher level learning at university centers, Shumuel decides to pick the brain of a high school science teacher named Albert (Matthew Broderick).  Reluctant at first, Albert gets involved in the study of bodily decomposition as if he were trying to win the school’s science fair.

With echoes of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary, Albert and Shmuel’s pursuit of science takes them from one bizarre situation to another.  Despite being a Kosher Cantor, Shmuel uses the corpse of a pig to determine the actual time of bodily composition, since a pig’s anatomy is similar to that of a human [pork is not kosher]. 

To Dust is filled with many of these contradictory scenes of the human condition. When a classic black & white monster movie plays on a television at Albert’s house, that somehow feels normal. These little details offset the gruesome subject, making To Dust a humane film in the long run.

As the blockbuster release of Captain Marvel has been revealed, the summer box office blockbuster is fast upon us, with Dumbo set to open at the end of this month.  Unique films like To Dust, The Last Resort and Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel will likely be pushed aside. See these unique films on the big screen when you get a chance.

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Posted on 14 March 2019 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

Feb. 26: It was reported that an X-Box was stolen from Beks Club Hostel at 400 E. Atlantic Blvd.

Feb. 26: A woman reported that her ex-boyfriend took her car keys and hid her vehicle without permission. The incident was reported at 2320 S. Cypress Bend Dr.

Feb. 26: A man reported that another man tackled him, grabbed his neck, punched him in the ribs and stole his wallet. The incident was reported at 599 W. Atlantic Blvd.

Feb. 27: It was reported that the front window of Sunoco at 2351 N. Powerline Rd. was shattered.

March 3: A woman reported her vehicle stolen at 940 NW 9 Ave.

March 3: A man reported being beaten by three men at 405 NW 3 Ave.

Lighthouse Point

Feb. 18: Police responded to an audible alarm at 4940 NE 28 Ave. The home was found to be secure.

Feb. 18: Police received a call of a loose dog with a blue collar at 2500 NE 22 Ave. The area was checked but the dog was not found.

Feb. 20: A bicycle was found at 3899 NE 21 Way. It was recovered and turned into police.

(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 14 March 2019 by LeslieM

Florida Renaissance Festival

Through March 24, weekends

Quiet Waters Park

401 S. Powerline Rd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Featuring Renaissance-theme performances, artisans and activities, the festival features theme weekends, including:

Kilts & Colleens: March 16 & March 17

Magic, Witches and Wizards: March 23 & March 24

Call 954-776-1642 for more information.

Music under the Stars

Friday, March 15, 7 p.m.

Great Lawn

Intersection of Atlantic Blvd. & Pompano Beach Blvd.

Pompano Beach, FL 33062

Music and entertainment. Held every second Friday of the month. For more information, visit www.pompanobeachfl.gov or call 954-786-4111.

Boca Raton Green Market

Saturday, March 16, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Boca Raton City Hall (North parking lot)

201 W. Palmetto Park Rd.

Boca Raton, FL 33432

Have a fresh cup of coffee, a bite to eat, listen to some music, pick up some local produce, grab a gift for someone or restock handmade soaps or candles. Relaxed setting. Bring the entire family, including the family pup, to enjoy a few hours in the outdoors. Held on Saturdays.

Open House & Spring Cleaning Sale

Saturday, March 16, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Dixie Divers

455 S. Federal Hwy.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

BBQ, flea market and more! Check out the new second floor, complete with pool. Bring your scuba dive equipment to exchange, price accordingly and show to the dive community; sell or exchange for something else. For more info., visit https://dixiediver.com and find them on Facebook.

Historic Butler House Tour

Every Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

380 E. Hillsboro Blvd.

Deerfield Beach, FL, 33441

For more information, visit www.deerfieldbeachhistoricalsociety.com.

Concert in the Park

Saturday, March 16, 6 to 9 p.m.

Frank McDonough Park

3500 NE 27 Ave.

Lighthouse Point, FL 33064

Free concert, featuring Bon Jovi and Journey Tribute Bands!

Family Fun Day

Saturday, March 16, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sullivan Park

1633 Riverview Rd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Join Kiwanis of Deerfield Beach for face painting, music, games, crafts and a great time. For more information call, 954-980-1833.

St. Patrick’s Day Car Show

Sunday, March 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Pioneer Park

217 NE 5 Ave.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

First annual fundraiser of its type for the Kiwanis Club. Open to all makes and models. The top 40 vehicles will be awarded. Register your vehicle for $20. Hosted by DJ Rockin Rich. Raffle prizes. Food trucks. Donations accepted. Free admission. Proceeds benefit children’s charities and other community organizations. For more information, visit www.deerfieldbeachkiwanis.org.

Save the Date:

DBICA meeting

Thursday, March 21, 7 p.m.

Community Presbyterian Church/ Educational Center

1920 SE 5 St.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Please visit www.dbica.com for more information.

Highwaymen Art Show & Sale

Friday, March 22, 7 to 9 p.m.

Sunday, March 23, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pompano Beach Woman’s Club

314 NE 2 St.

Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Seven of the famed Highwaymen painters will gather for an exhibition and sale of their vibrant landscapes of an unspoiled Florida. Sponsored by the Pompano Beach Historical Society, the show and sale will feature artists Curtis Arnett, Al Black, Mary Ann Carroll, Issac Knight, Robert (R.L.) Lewis, Willie Reagan and Doretha Hair Truesdell. The Florida Highwaymen were a group of 26 African-American mostly self-taught artists of the 1950s to 1980s who painted the undeveloped Florida landscapes of their time. Their original paintings are highly demanded by collectors and enthusiasts. For information or to purchase tickets, visit www.pompanohistory.com or call 954-782-3015.

Dive in Movie – Shark Tale

Friday, March 22, 8 p.m.

Houston Sworn Pool

901 NW 10 St.

Pompano Beach, 33060

Free event. Cool off with a dip in the pool while you enjoy a featured flick. Snacks and refreshments available. For more information, call 954-786-4116 or visit www.pompanobeachfl.gov.

Woman’s Club of Deerfield Beach

100th Anniversary

Luncheon Celebration

Saturday, March 23, 11 a.m.

Royal Fiesta

1680 SE 3 Ct.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Celebrate these wonderful women who are always volunteering to help at events. This is a milestone! $40. Reservations: 954-421-4700.

Jeans, Jackets & Jewels

Saturday March 30, 7 p.m. (6 p.m. reception)

Sample-McDougald House

450 NE 10 St., Pompano Beach, FL 33060

It is time for a roast! Join in for a fun evening of good-natured jabs at this year’s guest of honor, Pompano Beach’s “cowboy” city manager of Pompano Beach, Greg Harrison, a native of Oklahoma. Rain or shine – the event is tented. Wear your favorite upscale western attire and enjoy a gourmet BBQ feast, musical entertainment and live auction items. For more information, visit www.samplemcdougald.org.

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Bacchus Beckons

Posted on 07 March 2019 by LeslieM

Kickoff party for upcoming Boca Bacchanal

By Rachel Galvin

On Feb. 12, a sophisticated set gathered at Boca Raton’s Saks 5th Avenue in the Town Center Mall for Bacchus Beckons, a much-anticipated kickoff party in which guests could discover more about upcoming Boca Bacchanal events and at which the vitners for the Vitner Dinners were announced.

If gastronomy is your game, then you will want to mark your calendar for a food lover favorite – Boca Bacchanal, held April 4 to 6.

The fun begins on Thursday, April 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. with a new addition – Bubbles & Burgers. This is a casual way to meet this year’s featured chefs while getting a taste of specialty burgers, and different champagnes and wines. It is held at Boca Beach Club at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. Tickets are $75 each.

It is followed on Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. with Vitner Dinners, which will be held at local private homes and historic venues. Guests get the chance to taste the creations of acclaimed chefs, paired with picks from local vitners. This is a most coveted 5-course VIP dining experience. Tickets are $350 each.

The fabulous Grand Tasting will be held on Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. also at Boca Raton Resort & Club, at which guests can get a taste of signature dishes from top chefs as well as sips from premier wines and champagnes. There will also be silent and live auctions. Tickets are $125.

Don’t miss the VIP party for an hour prior for an additional $75 (must be purchased in conjunction with a Grand Tasting ticket). Guests will gather dockside at the Resort’s marina and enjoy a special menu and wine list, as well as have a chance to meet this year’s vitners.

For more information, including listing of all vitners and chefs for dinners, and to purchase tickets, visit www.bocabacchanal.com.

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Knights fall in regional soccer final

Posted on 07 March 2019 by LeslieM

By Gary Curreri

Highlands Christian Academy coach Davidson Loriston Sr. looked back at his 2018-19 boys soccer campaign with pride.

After not making the postseason last year, the Knights not only made the postseason, they won the district title and advanced all the way to the Class 1A regional final before losing 2-1 to host Lakeland Christian. It was their first trip to the regional finals in 19 years.

Along the way, Highlands Christian (11-8-2) needed penalty kicks to defeat St. John Paul II Academy for the district championship and,two games later, needed double overtime to defeat the Eagles again.

Highlands Christian lost in the regional quarterfinals in 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, and in 2017 to Trinity Christian, 1-0, when they had last made the postseason. The Knights also lost in the regional semifinals in 2004, 2005, 2014 and 2016.

“It was amazing,” said Loriston Sr., who moved up to head varsity coach after coaching the middle school program at the school. “I told the kids that we had to work and do our part and God would take care of us. They all bought into it. 

The team received strong play from goalkeeper Daryl Carney, who logged 1,180 minutes played and posted four shutouts along with forward Jonathan Pereria, a junior, finished as the team’s leading scorer with 24 goals, and 3 assists. Pereria scored the lone goal against Lakeland Christian in the regional final. Carney left the regional final with a concussion just 15 minutes in, which also hurt the Knights’ chances.

Loriston Sr. said he didn’t even talk about winning the district championship.

“Honestly, when I met with the team, I told them my goal was not to win district,” he said. “I told them my goal was to make it to the final four. From there, the kids believed it.

“My team overcame a lot of things during the season,” Loriston Sr. said. “There were times when we just sat down and talked. I told them to worry about the things they could control and nothing else. I told them not to worry about it. This is your stress relief. Just go out and have fun.”

He said the team had two rallying points. The first when Thiago Nery was lost for the season to an injury and the second when they dropped a 3-0 decision to St. John Paul II Academy at home.

“After that game,” Loriston Sr. said, “we went around in a circle and each kid talked about what they could do better. The next two times we played St. John Paul II, we beat them. They deserved everything that they worked for this year.”

The team also benefitted from a trio of midfielders in sophomore Payton Caja (6 goals, 4 assists), and seniors Thiago Nery (8 goals, 10 assists in 14 games), and Lor Louis (4 goals, 7 assists). Unfortunately for the Knights, they lost Nery to a broken collarbone in a loss to Pine Crest last in the season.

Senior defenders Kyle Coulson (4 goals, 5 assists) and Ronison Exavier (2 assists) also played well in the back. Loriston also cited the efforts of freshman midfielder Moses Edson (goal, 7 assists) and junior defender Raphael Nery (goal, assist).

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Posted on 07 March 2019 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

Feb. 19: A man drove up to JB’s on the Beach in an Acura and took four empty beer kegs valued at $36 each and placed in the vehicle. He was confronted by a business employee and then drove off. JB’s has reported that between 30 and 40 beer kegs were stolen in the past week. The incident was reported at 300 N. Ocean Dr.

Feb. 19: A man reported that his computer and headphones were stolen from an unsecured area near his apartment at 4200 Crystal Lake Dr., Apt. 205. He left the items in a bag and made a quick stop to his apartment.

Feb. 19: A woman reported that someone entered her car parked at 120 Jim Moran Blvd. and stole her wallet with credit cards and an iPhone. JM Security showed a man reaching into the window of the car. It was reported that one credit card was later used at a Target on Hillsboro Boulevard.

Feb. 21: A man reported that four rims and tires valued at $150 each were stolen from his vehicle parked at 951 Siesta Key.

Feb. 22: A man reported that someone stole a flat screen television from the office of a restaurant at 2410 Century Blvd.

Lighthouse Point

Feb. 13: Police responded to a report of a subject yelling at customers at 2450 N. Federal Hwy. The subject was trespassed from the premises.

Feb. 13: The victim said he lost $182 at 3700 N. Federal Hwy. and returned the following day to see if anyone had returned it.

Feb. 15: A green and tan umbrella was found by the front door at 3701 NE 22 Ave. It was recovered and turned into police.

(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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