| August, 2019

Hutchens captures county bowling championship

Posted on 22 August 2019 by LeslieM

Michael Hutchens won the men’s open championship at the Broward County Top 8 Bowling Tournament at the Strikers Family SportsCenter in Sunrise recently. Photo by Gary Curreri.

By Gary Curreri

Michael Hutchens defeated Matt Lazarus, 224-223, to win the men’s open championship in the Broward County United States Bowling Congress Association’s Top Eight Tournament at the Strikers Family SportsCenter in Sunrise recently.

The 36-year-old Pompano Beach man was sitting in third place during qualifying until he rolled a 274 to seize the top seed. 

“I loved it,” Hutchens said. “It was awesome! I love the sport because it is competitive and you can beat anybody,” Hutchens said. “It doesn’t matter what generation you are from, what you like or what your personal interests are. Anything about this game, it doesn’t matter. We are all here for one thing and that is to bowl, and that is what I love.

“You can be a rocker, you can be country or you can be rap,” he continued. “You can be anything you want.”

It was his debut in the Top-8 tournament. He moved to Florida from Indiana in 2013. He bowls at Diamond Strike Lanes in Pompano on Wednesdays, Strikes@Boca on Thursdays and Sawgrass Bowl in Tamarac on Fridays.

The top eight bowlers from around Broward County competed in the one-day event in six divisions –Boys and Girls, Men’s and Women’s Open, and Senior Men and Women. 

“I just wanted to show that I belonged, that’s it,” said Hutchens, who said he has bowled more than a dozen perfect 300-games. “I usually average between 225 and 230, but averaged 240 today. To me, bowling is about fun. It is the enjoyment of the game, meeting new people and everybody fits in because we love one thing and that’s bowling. We all want to win.

We all want to enjoy it, but at the same time we want everybody to be good.”

The competitors in the tournament bowled three games of qualifying and the top four bowlers in each division bowled step ladder finals. The fourth-seeded bowler took on the third seed and that winner bowled the second seed, and the that winner bowled the top-seed for the title.

To qualify for the event, bowlers need to bowl in two leagues in two different houses (bowling alleys) or two leagues in the same bowling center. They have to compete in at least 2/3 of the league to qualify for the Top-8. Juniors needed only one league to qualify for the annual tournament.

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Tel Aviv on Fire opens

Posted on 22 August 2019 by LeslieM

By “Cinema” Dave


Despite what Representative Rashida Tlaib says, things must be getting better between Palestine and Israel … at least in the movies. The winner of the Venice, Haifa and Seattle Film Festivals, Tel Aviv on Fire opens tomorrow in area theatres. It is a satire about relations between the Palestinians and the Israelis, but with good intentions.

Tel Aviv on Fire is a popular soap opera that is about the “Six-Day War,” circa 1967.  With gritty vacuum tube television technology, we are introduced to the fictional Tala, who is a Palestinian spy with plans for terrorism upon Israel. The actress who portrays Tala has charisma and attracts both Palestinian and Israeli fans.

As the producers decide how to wrap up their soap opera, an executive producer hires his bumbling nephew Salem, who has no experience writing screenplays. He does have an ear for dialogue, and Salem becomes a valuable assistant to the soap opera, which makes Salem a local celebrity at the border crossing between Israel and Palestine.

With great celebrity, comes great responsibility. While crossing the border, Salem runs afoul the Israeli checkpoint officer. Fortunately for Salem, the officer’s family is fans of Tel Aviv on Fire. Unfortunately for Salem, the family wants to influence their own story lines into the soap opera.  

A foreign language film with both English language and English subtitles, Tel Aviv on Fire is a gentle motion picture.  Both sides of the border will find some laughs and the conclusion does satisfy.

This weekend, The Peanut Butter Falcon expands its theatrical distribution in South Florida. The national box office has been slow for this movie, but it is one of the highest rated movies of the year on Rotten Tomatoes.Com in which both critics and public reaction match by a mere one percent difference.

As dire as recent big screen entertainment has been, both The Peanut Butter Falcon and Tel Aviv on Fire are two life-affirming movies with genuine laughs and warmth.  

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Celebrate National Dog Day

Posted on 22 August 2019 by LeslieM

Jonathan Swift once said “Every dog must have his day.” National Dog Day stands as one of our favorite canine holidays, so I have made a guide of fun things to do and a list of some of our favorite dog quotes. Our furry family members deserve to be celebrated every day of the year, so let’s take time to appreciate the love and value that dogs bring to our daily lives.

National Dog Day is celebrated Aug. 26 annually and was founded in 2004 by pet & family lifestyle expert and animal advocate Colleen Paige. www.nationaldogday.com.

This special day honors all breeds, pure and mixed and serves to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, either from public shelters, rescues and/or pure breed rescues.

During these steamy dog days of summer, there is still plenty of ways to have fun while staying cool and celebrating this observational holiday. Here are eight ways to celebrate National Dog Day:

Host a National Dog Day party: Invite your friends and their dogs for fun in the backyard or dog park. Create a memorable day full of celebrating, games, food and treats!

Pamper your dog: Spend quality time bonding with your dog. Create an “at home” spa, complete with bath, pet-icure, teeth brushing, massage and plenty of hugs.

Picture day: Spend the day taking photos of your dog and post on social media, or hire a professional pet photographer for a fun photo shoot.

Go swimming: Head for the beach or your pool. Dogs love to splash around in the water and to fetch toys. Before you let your dog jump into that lake to cool off this summer, pay heed! Blue-green algae, also called cyanobacteria, is a microscopic bacteria found in freshwater ponds, lakes and streams. Not all types of algae are poisonous, but some types of blue-green algae produce toxins that are dangerous to dogs. You can’t tell simply by looking at them whether or not they are dangerous, so it is best not to run the risk of allowing your dog to come into contact with water where the algae may be present.

Outdoor fun: If you and your dog enjoy the outdoors, there are lots of options. In the morning hours before it gets too hot, go for a walk, hike or jog. Off the leash parks are also fun, especially when you bring along a canine buddy. Remember to bring plenty of water, treats and pick-up bags.

Volunteer: There are many volunteer opportunities if your dog is friendly and well-behaved. A growing number of libraries and schools invite canine volunteers to help children improve their reading skills. You and your dog can also visit people at nursing homes and hospitals. Keep in mind that most organizations will typically screen you and your dog before you start your volunteer work.

Teach your dog a new trick: Don’t believe the saying “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Learning new tricks will keep your dog’s mind sharp, and it’s something you can do to celebrate together.

Adopt a dog from a local shelter: If you are considering adding a new pup to your family, head over to your local shelter and see what they have to offer. What better way to celebrate National Dog Day than by giving a forever home to a dog in need?

Here is a list of some our favorite dog quotes that put the love we have for our dogs into words:

A dog is the only thing on Earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”– Josh Billings

Everything I know I learned from dogs.” – Nora Roberts

Dogs’ lives are too short — their only fault, really.” – Agnes Sligh Turnbull

Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” – Roger Caras

Happiness is a warm puppy.” – Charles Shultz

I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive.” – Gilda Radner

Dogs have a way of finding the people who need them, and filling an emptiness we didn’t ever know we had.” – Thom Jones

The bond with a true dog is as lasting as the ties of this Earth will ever be.” – Konrad Lorenz

Jo Jo Harder, is a Boca Raton based author, stylist, producer, pet lifestyle expert, CEO and creator of America’s Top Dog Model Contest. Jo Jo has been at the helm of America’s Top Dog Model ® brand since 2005, and her unique approach to discovering, developing, and managing top dog models has gained international attention. America’s Top Dog Model’s new weekly reality series “How to Get to the Top” is currently showing on YouTube through Sept. 4. www.americastopdogmodel.com.

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Posted on 22 August 2019 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach
Aug. 6: A man reported that he saw another man use an unknown object to break the rear window of his vehicle while he was driving on 10 SW 10 St. The damage was estimated at $200.
Aug. 6: A woman was arrested and issued a Notice to Appear because she stole $210 worth of merchandise from T.J. Maxx at 3812 W. Hillsboro Blvd.
Aug. 9: It was reported that someone stole an RC car valued at about $800 from RC Boca Hobbies at 442 W. Hillsboro Blvd.
Aug. 9: A man reported that a man and a woman entered Hillsboro Cove Condominiums at 1301 E. Hillsboro Blvd. and stole his kayak.
Aug. 9: A woman reported that her car parked at 3624 W. Hillsboro Blvd. was broken into and an iPhone 3 valued at $300, a Coach purse valued at $600 and $300 in cash were stolen.
Aug. 9: A woman reported that her purse was stolen from her car parked at 100 N. Military Trl.

Lighthouse Point
July 26: Police responded to 3700 N. Federal Hwy. in reference to three male subjects asking for money throughout the plaza. Police told them a permit was needed and they were trespassed from the store.
July 27: A resident at 4421 NE 24 Ave. found a Goldendoodle with no collar and no tags in the area. He said he would hang on to the dog until the owner was located.
July 31: Police responded to an alarm call at 2414 NE 26 St. Police said it turned out to be a false alarm.
(This is a partial list. For Deerfield Beach Crime Watch in full, visit www.DFB.City and click on “Sign Me Up” to receive the city wide report.)

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Posted on 22 August 2019 by LeslieM

Power Lunch Series:
Achieve Breakthrough Results
Thursday, Aug. 22, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Casa Maya
301 SE 15 Terr.
Deerfield Beach, FL 33441
Brought to you by the Deerfield Beach Chamber of Commerce. Get ready to laugh and learn great sales techniques with speaker Michael Altshuler. Members: $20 and non-members: $3. Register at https://deerfieldchamber.chambermaster.com/eventregistration/register/4658

Pompano Stand Up Live
Thursday, Aug. 22, 8 to 10 p.m.
Pompano Beach Cultural Center
50 W. Atlantic Blvd.
Pompano Beach, FL 33064
Come out for a night of fun, hosted by nationally acclaimed comedian Rickey Smiley! The night will also feature four local emerging comedians: Komedian Kermit, Christopher Priester, Pam Bruno and Chea Butter. There will be a full bar and concessions available. Bring a friend and enjoy a cocktail. Two drink minimum. 21+ only. $40 General Admission; $45 at the door; $60 VIP Includes reception, preferred seating and one drink; $100 Exclusive VIP includes Meet & Greet with Rickey Smiley plus a signed copy of his book, private reception and one drink. Tickets: https://tickets.ccpompano.org/TheatreManager/1/tmEvent/tmEvent165.html

Dive In Movie- Finding Dory
Friday, Aug. 23, 8 p.m.
Houston Sworn Pool
901 NW 10 St.
Pompano Beach, FL 33060
The City of Pompano Beach Parks & Recreation Department invites you to cool off with a dip in the pool while you enjoy a featured flick — free! Snacks and refreshments will be available. For more information, call 954-786-4116.

West Marine Deerfield Beach Presents Customer Appreciation Day!
Saturday, Aug. 24, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
West Marine
110 N. Federal Hwy.
Deerfield Beach, FL 33441
All stores open one hour early exclusively for West Advantage Customers! The first 10 customers will receive a free bucket. Submit product reviews in store for a chance to win a $500 West Marine Gift Card. Customers who sign up for a West Advantage Gold membership in store have a chance to win a free Boat U.S. Unlimited Towing Package. Find the hidden toy boat in store for a chance to win a $500 West Marine Gift Card. Giveaways and refreshments available. Learn about your local tower and towing services. For questions about this event, call at 954-427-6165

Centennial Celebration
Saturday, Aug. 24, 6 p.m.
Double Tree Hotel by Hilton
100 Fairway Dr.
Deerfield Beach, FL 33441
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church is hosting a 100 year celebration, including a reception, dinner and program. Donations will be $75 per person and $600 for a table of 10. Please call 561-685-9190 for more information.

Tech Fair
Monday, Aug. 26, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
E. Pat Larkins Community Center
520 MLK Blvd.
Pompano Beach, FL 33060
This is an opportunity for hiring managers, job seekers and IT apprenticeship organizations to connect with each other and grow! For more information, e-mail dahlia.baker@copbfl.com or call 954-786-7866.

Business and Bagels
Wednesday, Aug. 28, 9 to 11a.m.
E. Pat Larkins Community Center
520 NW 3 St.
Pompano Beach, FL 33060
Meet City of Pompano Beach & Broward County Officials. Learn about small business certification, upcoming transportation projects – Penny for Transportation Impact, local Preference Ordinance and Look Local First Initiative, as well as how to become a registered vendor. For Information, contact, dahlia.baker@copbfl.com or 954-786-7866.

Save the Date:
South Florida Career Fair
Thursday, Aug. 29, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Sheraton Suites Cypress Creek Hotel & Conference Center
555 NW 62 Ave.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309
Presented by Broward County Chamber of Commerce. These events are ideal for all of your hiring needs. There will be dozens of community partners and hundreds of media partners. For more information, visit www.SouthFloridaCareerFair.com

Montage – A Film Series
Thursday, Aug. 29, 7 to 9 p.m.
Pompano Beach Cultural Center
50 W. Atlantic Blvd.
Pompano Beach, FL 33060
Support the Reel showcases four thought-provoking films from local black filmmakers in our Tri-County region. These films, and the discussion that follows, will engage the audience in an open-ended conversation about art, history, relationships, policies and women’s rights. This event will be moderated by Emmanuel George, a Miami native who incorporated the Black Broward Film Project in 2018 and is a passionate advocate for history and community activism. Free event. For tickets, visit https://tickets.ccpompano.org/TheatreManager/1/tmEvent/tmEvent167.html

Beyond the Borders
Summer Art Exhibition
Opening Reception
Thursday, Aug. 29, 6:30 to 8:30p.m.
Historic Ali Cultural Arts
353 Martin Luther King Blvd.
Pompano Beach, FL 33060
Beyond the Borders is the culmination of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County’s summer Art with a Heart program. Each club provides youth with art classes taught by caring, talented artists using a variety of artistic styles and mediums. The art program provides youth with an outlet to communicate their emotions and ideas, and the opportunity to become empowered by the diversity within our communities. The theme of this year’s exhibition encourages these young artists, ages 6 – 18, to look beyond societal norms and to explore new ways of interacting with their world. The artwork was created in four categories: acrylic paint, recycled art, cardboard 2D sculptures and graffiti art.

Monthly Business Breakfast:
The Future of Work
Thursday, Sept. 5, 7:30 to 9 a.m.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Deerfield Beach
100 Fairway Dr.
Deerfield Beach, FL 33441
Panelist will discuss 21st Century workforce trends, disruptions and what they are doing to prepare. Members: $25, non-members: $30. Register at https://deerfieldchamber.chambermaster.com/eventregistration/register/4659

Clyde Butcher Photography —
Fine Art Exhibit
Saturday, Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Old School House Meeting Room
232 NE 2 St. (Eller Drive)
Deerfield Beach, FL 33441
Organized by, the Deerfield Beach Historical Society. Sponsored, in part, by the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. Suggested Donation – $5 per person. Books and calendars available for purchase. For information, call 954-429-0378 or visit www.deerfield-history.org

Ibis Bridge closure open house canceled

The Open House scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 22 has been cancelled, as FDOT has not yet determined a project commencement date. A Community Outreach event will be rescheduled once a date has been determined.

Sprouts Grand Opening – Aug. 28

On Wednesday, Aug, 28, Sprouts will hold its grand opening at 7 a.m., with a ribbon cutting at 6:45 a.m. The highly-anticipated new store is located at 930 S. Federal Hwy. (where Costume World used to be) in Deerfield Beach. Not only Sprouts, but the entire shopping strip has been redeveloped, and much of it is still under development.

Guests will also have the opportunity to meet natural living expert and Emmy Award-Winning host of NBC’s Naturally, Danny Seo and receive giveaways before the store opens at 7 a.m. Danny will gift the first 100 guests a reusable shopping bag worth over $100 full of environmentally-friendly products from premier natural brands, including Vital Proteins, Wild Planet, Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day, Boiron and XLEAR, plus a copy of his magazine Naturally, Danny Seo. Additionally, the first 200 shoppers will receive 20 percent off their initial total purchase. Also, a muffin and coffee samples will be served to everyone in line before the doors open. Every customer on grand opening day will receive one free reusable bag with purchase.

The public is invited to join the festivities and shop for any of the thousands of healthy items offered throughout the store. Weekend guests are invited to explore new natural and organic products during Taste of Sprouts on Saturday, Aug. 31 when guest favorite and trending items, including a selection of exclusive Sprouts Brand products, will be sampled throughout the store.

There also will be a cooking demo on the night before (Tuesday, Aug. 27) from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. with Registered Dietitian Megan Perez! Megan will demonstrate how to prepare three easy and healthy recipes with fresh and unique ingredients from Sprouts. Guests will hear Megan’s tips for healthy shopping and eating and get motivated to create new, healthy meals at home. Every attendee will receive a complimentary reusable shopping bag and a Sprouts Brand product. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Free admission. Everyone will have an opportunity to shop the store before the official opening.

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Memories, markers and monuments

Posted on 22 August 2019 by LeslieM

At the time of this writing I’m sitting in an airport lounge waiting to board a delayed return flight from New York to Florida. I’m also reflecting on the reason for this trip: the passing of a dear friend and mentor whose life was celebrated in an impressive three-day event. Christian minister and pastor Rev. Dr. A.G. Quarrie was an influencer who caused many people from different generations and different countries to converge on Bronx, NY to show respect for his leadership and to offer comfort for his family. We shared our memories of his friendship and example, and spoke of the great void that now exists with his departure. With numerous tributes and commendations, punctuated with moving gospel songs and powerful homilies, the combined services were a fitting marker to a life well lived. His impact and legacy will live on in the lives of those whom he touched in a powerful way.
I’m also looking ahead to the upcoming dedication of the memorial park on the site of the Old Colored Cemetery in Deerfield Beach. (See more on the event, pg. 4). Once slated for residential development, the site was preserved through the vigorous outcry from members of the community who knew the significance of the land. Thanks to the determination of our community’s leaders, monies to purchase the land and create a memorial park were secured, and the site will serve as a monument to an undeniable past that should never be forgotten. There will also be a statue in honor of the late Branhilda Richardson-Knowles, who served as a midwife for many of the community’s citizens of color who were born in homes rather than hospitals due to social conditions at the time.
As I write this, I’m sitting in an airport that is undergoing major reconstruction to modernize and update the facilities and travel experience for the millions of travelers that pass through its terminals each year. You can only imagine the congestion and confusion that exists as motorists and travelers attempt to navigate the maze of steel, construction equipment, and re-routed traffic, that make entering and exiting the airport an adventure in and of itself. Pictures of the finished product look impressive, but the experience is unnerving and frustrating. Sometimes, in our rush to give birth to the future we produce undeniable birth pangs in the present.
I’m of the opinion that history should be noted and, in some cases, preserved through markers and monuments. Far too many in our day have no appreciation for the past and either take too much for granted or seek to erase the realities of what once was in order to create what they desire. History can be denied but it cannot be undone. Like sounds which once released cannot be reclaimed, neither can the experiences of the past be retracted and refurbished. What’s done is done, and we can only appreciate and celebrate, or contemplate and educate ourselves concerning the good and bad of history. There is something to be learned from all of the past.
As the ancient Israelites made their journey towards the land of promise, they were instructed to set up markers and memorials to their experiences of God’s presence among them. In Exodus 17:14, Israel’s victory over the Amalekites in the valley of Rephidim was to be written and recorded for a memorial. In Exodus 28:29, Moses is given this directive, “So Aaron shall bear the names of the sons of Israel on the breastplate of judgment over his heart, when he goes into the holy place, as a memorial before the Lord continually.” And the successful crossing of the Jordan River during flood season was marked, in Joshua 3:17, by stones which were to serve as “a memorial to the children of Israel forever.” Through these markers future generations would gain knowledge of their history. As Marcus Garvey once said, “A people without knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”
May we never forget the people, places and events that shaped us and positioned us for the present and future.

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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Pompano Beach Golf Course hosts mentor program

Posted on 15 August 2019 by LeslieM

Pine Crest mentor coaches (L to R): Mitchell Davis, Rafael Salazar, Dylan Glatt & Sam Fruit.
Submitted photo, courtesy of Jack Bloomfield.

By Gary Curreri

The First Tee of Broward recently held its 4th annual Mentors Day at the Pompano Beach Golf Course. The Mentors Day was created four years ago by students from the Pine Crest School golf team as a way to introduce groups of deserving young people to the game of golf. 

This year, they once again partnered with the youth organization, Love Our Nation and Tee-2-Green students at Pine Crest and members of the Pine Crest boys golf team.

This was the third year that Pine Crest senior golfer Dylan Glatt coordinated the program. He was assisted by three other boys, varsity golfers in mentoring, and they were seniors Sam Fruit and Rafael Salazar and freshman Mitchell Jacobs.   

“The student mentors taught practice range safety, demonstrated the full swing, chipping and putting, and then the children got to try it out for themselves,” said Jack Bloomfield, director of operations for the First Tee of Broward County. “At the end of the instruction portion of the program, the children participated in a putting contest.”

“It was a wonderful day,” Bloomfield added. “I would also like to thank the Pompano Beach Golf Course for hosting the event.”

The program concluded with a luncheon for all of the participants sponsored by Galuppi’s on the Green Restaurant. Following lunch, each child was presented with a goody bag filled with golf-related prizes sponsored by the PGA Superstore, Jack Nicklaus, Edwin Watts, The Pompano Municipal Golf Course and the Glatt Family.

Pompano Beach men’s golf results

The Pompano Beach Men’s Golf Association held a Two Best Ball of Foursome tournament on Aug. 7 at the Pines course.

The team of Dave Dowling, Jim Greeley and Dennis Sejda carded a 113 to take first place ahead of Al DiBenedetto, Robert Raser and Roy Wilhoite who finished two shots back with a 115. Finishing in third was the team of Gary Gill, John Grether and Bob Mascatello, who shot a 123 and won on a match of cards.

Wilhoite won the closest to the pin contest on the third hole by hitting his shot to 12-feet from the hole. He also calmly made the putt for a birdie.

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Innovation Boca New Innovation Strategist

Posted on 15 August 2019 by LeslieM

Pedro Moras networking at a Brazilian Business Group event.

By Karen Lustgarten

Just three months into the newly-created position of Innovation Strategist for the newly-created Boca Raton Innovation Office, Pedro Moras is in a whirlwind of meetings with city officials, heads of different departments, representatives of organizations, citizens, the start-up community, the business community and leaders of Smart cities in other states and countries. He’s in the information gathering stage, researching to determine where Boca Raton lies as a technology hub on the Smart city spectrum.

His input into Boca’s existing technology and innovation ecosystem is coming from various sectors to identify gaps, strengths, where the city needs to improve and where residents want it to be. At this stage, he’s determining what the city needs to do and the period of time to get there in order to champion Boca Raton as a Smart city and an innovative ecosystem attracting talent.

“The time it will take, the investment it will take, the impact it will have in the community and how do all these things interconnect” is part of the goal setting said Moras. “I didn’t want to come into this position as Innovation Strategist with an arrogant approach saying this is what the city should be doing. I’d rather take a step back, learn, get feedback and we start building a strategy for everyone.”

Boca Raton

Smart City goals

The Smart city concept integrates information and communication technology (ICT) and various physical devices connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) network to make city operations and services more efficient, and to connect to citizens. Surveillance, automated transportation, smarter energy management systems, water distribution, urban security and environmental monitoring are examples of IoT applications for Smart cities.A Smart city would thus be a city government that not only possesses ICT technology, but has also implemented this technology in a manner that positively impacts the quality of life to make a community more livable.

Smart cities that Moras admires include San Diego, Seoul, Singapore and New York City, “…which is evolving in an interesting way by how they are merging Smart city and the start-up ecosystem,” he noted.

In cities like Hong Kong, technology applications, such as sensors and analytics around air quality, is a major priority because of their high air pollution issue. In Boca Raton, air pollution is important, but he said we don’t have a compelling issue about air quality.

“As we continue our research, one of the goals is to understand and prioritize the unique needs of our city so that we can begin mapping out which Smart city applications and technology make the most sense for Boca,” he said, saying that one major goal is creating a holistic Smart city strategy. Based on early assessments, Moras sees mobility (transportation and traffic) and green technology as important areas of focus here.

He noted that Boca is using quite a bit of technology — sensors in traffic lights, gathering data points.

“Of all the technology we have in the city, how do we bring in that data in a holistic manner and create an intelligent system that allows us to make sense of all that data in order to make better decisions?” he asked.

He said there are many systems in the city being used effectively“…but they are pretty much like silos [isolated from other systems]. So how do we make all these technologies talk to each other?” Some of the integration is already happening he said.

“When we talk about Smart city, we are specifically asking what are the gaps in the city, where do we want to be and what are the projects that are going to get us there? Then, we bring in the right players who we met with across the city and externally. We want to take the mission and vision created and manifest them into something visual where we can see what Boca Raton will look like over the next 10 to 15 years and start building a clear path to getting there. We’re at that stage right now,” he said.

For Boca Raton to be a technology hub, there needs to be an interconnection of things.

“We started talking about the concept of creating a stronger entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem. A big piece of that is engaging the start-up community, and how do we make the start-up community stronger? How do we give the right resources and funding for the start-up community and define what types of start-ups we want to attract into our environment? So there’s a lot of strategic work that needs to happen,” he said.

Entrepreneurial emphasis

Pedro Moras is familiar with entrepreneurial start-ups. Born in Brazil and raised in South Florida, he will be tapping into his experience to help further grow the city’s start-up and innovation culture, and promote Boca Raton as a Smart city — an innovation and technology hub.

Prior to his new position, Moras co-founded a successful pet food technology start-up (PetMio) that utilizes advanced artificial intelligence technology to create customized pet nutrition products. He was managing partner at the Konnected Minds Group, a Miami-based innovation consultancy, and was a founding member of the Transformational Innovation Group at Jarden Consumer Solutions (now Newel Brands), a corporate new ventures group focused on new product and business opportunities.

In leading the development of Boca Raton’s Smart City and innovation ecosystem strategy, Moras says he has a lot to unpack beginning with researching Boca’s existing situation. Innovations are happening here he said; he is seeking details about them and areas for improvement.

“Understanding this will allow us to create a detailed Smart city vision and strategy,” said Moras.

Karen Lustgarten is president of Multi-Media Works, a multiple award-winning media company specializing in video, PR, print and social media with offices in Broward and Palm Beach Counties. She founded a newspaper in Washington, DC, was a syndicated columnist and a bestselling author. www.multi-mediaworks.com.

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The Peanut Butter Falcon soars

Posted on 15 August 2019 by LeslieM

By “Cinema” Dave


The Peanut Butter Falcon opens tomorrow. This independent sleeper film is an acknowledgement of the American dream. This film contains so many subtle echoes of American cinema and literature, expect media buzz about this filmaround awards season.  

Without a family, Zak (Zack Gottsagen) has Down’s Syndrome and lives in an assisted living facility with his aged roommate Carl (Bruce Dern), a retired engineer. Zak’s caseworker is Eleanor (Dakota Johnson), a sympathetic soul who is trapped within the rigid rules of the assisted living facility. Inspired by Zak, Carl and Eleanor find escapism by watching VHS copies of Southern Wrestling featuring The Salt Water Redneck (Thomas Haden Church). 

Across a river, Tyler (Shia LeBeouf) continues his long-standing feud with Crabber Duncan (John Hawkes). A passive aggressive game of tit for tat literally explodes with a dock fire. As Tyler flees for his life, he learns he has a stowaway, Zak, on his little dinghy.

Filmed on the outer banks of Georgia, the narrative for this filmechoes Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Pat Conroy’s The Water is Wide and Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Sufficeth to say, The Peanut Butter Falcon is a meandering and leisurely told tale, but one that engages the ticket buyer up until the final image before the credits roll. Despite outrageous situations, itnever loses a human connection.

Not since Chris Burke’s work as “Corky” on the ABC Television Series Life Goes On, has an actor with Down’s Syndrome taken on such a responsible role. With a natural truth, Zack Gottsagen acquits himself as the title character. Despite a wide generational gap of acting schools (from the Actor’s Studio to the World Wide Wrestling League), the ensemble cast provides generous support towards their leading man.

Despite being tabloid fodder, both Jake “The Snake” Roberts and Shia LeBeouf provide transformative performances that may have affected their personal lives in a positive way. Shedding her Fifty Shades of Grey notoriety, Dakota Johnson gives a winning performance. Even the notorious Bruce Dern provides charm as a rebel who is confined to a chair in an assisted living facility.

Every couple of years, there is a motion picture sleeper that awakens the Dog Days of August box office. A roller coaster ride of laughs and tears, The Peanut Butter Falcon is a sharp contrast to the motion pictures on the big screen these days, go see this one for some Saturday matinee popcorn-eating fun!

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Posted on 15 August 2019 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

July 30: Someone entered a vehicle parked at 1278 S. Military Tr. and stole a dash camera and passport.

July 30: A woman reported that someone broke into her home at 6 SE 10 Ct. and stole a vehicle.

July 31: A woman reported that her home at 341 SE 11 St. was broken into and two computers and a purse with credit cards were stolen.

July 31: A man reported that two vehicles parked at his home at 1418 SE 12 Ave. were burglarized.

July 31: A woman reported that her Toyota Camry was stolen from her home at 279 SW 3 St.

July 31: A man reported that a trailer was stolen from 1649 SW 1 Way. Video surveillance showed two men stealing it.

Lighthouse Point

July 26: Contact was made with a victim at 3580 N. Federal Hwy. to pick up surveillance video from a recent theft. Police then combed through the License Plate Recognition and found a vehicle that matched the description at the location at the time of the theft. It was later determined that the subject who was driving the vehicle lived in Pompano, and it was confirmed that she committed the theft. The victim did not want to prosecute and collected $20 to cover the loss of the items.

July 26: Police and fire responded to a fire alarm at 2486 N. Federal Hwy. It was determined to be a false alarm.

July 26: Police responded to a residence at 4410 NE 29Ave. where the resident said he lost his wallet someplace.

(This is a partial list that we receive from BSO & LHP Police Dept. 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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