| September, 2019

Tornadoes snap 16-game losing skid

Posted on 19 September 2019 by LeslieM

Pompano Beach High School football coach Johnathan Firth talks to his team. Photo by Gary Curreri

By Gary Curreri

Sophomore Danny Bobes provided the lift host Pompano Beach needed in rallying from an early 10-0 first quarter deficit and snapped a 16-game losing skid dating back to 2017 with a 20-10 win over Miami Country Day last Friday.

Bobes finished the game with 17 carries for 132 yards and one TD on offense to go along with five tackles and a sack on defense. He also recovered an onside kick for the Golden Tornadoes whose last victory was a 19-8 win over Pembroke Pines Charter on Sept. 28, 2017. They finished 1-9 that year and 0-10 last season. The team dropped the first two games this season as well.

Pompano Beach sophomore quarterback Nico Diaz was efficient as he completed eight of 10 passes for 150 yds. with a TD pass and two-point conversion. He also rushed for a TD. 

Senior wide receiver Hunter Kalman added three receptions for 112 Yds. and a TD and a two-point conversion, while junior defensive lineman Diego Orrelana had 10 tackles, including four tackles for losses and a sack. 

“We fell behind 10-0 after the first quarter, but we rallied together and overcame that to win,” said Pompano Beach coach Johnathan Firth. “My guys are still learning how to win and that showed early as we had a bunch of first quarter mistakes shooting ourselves in the foot.

“However, we stuck to the game plan and cleaned up the penalties and mistakes, which allowed our talent to shine,” Firth added. “I think fighting our way back to win like this can be a turning point for us. This was also huge for our seniors who haven’t won in over a year. Now that they know what it feels like, they will be hungry to get this feeling back.”

Pompano Beach will travel to Northeast High School to play tonight (Thursday, Sept. 19) at 7 p.m.

Pompano Beach Men’s Golf

The Pompano Beach Men’s Golf Association held an individual play (Low Gross and Low Net in classes) on Sept. 11 at the Pines Course.

Gary Gil carded an 83 to win the Low Gross title in the Class A Division on a match of cards. Winning the Low Net championship was Bill Hadersbeck who shot a 65 to win by two shots over Fred Joy. Chuck Brown was third with a 68.

In the Class B Division, Mike Marruquin won the Low Gross title on a match of cards after he shot an 82.

Jim Greeley won the Low Net title for the division with a 62 and defeated Oscar Aleman who shot a 65 and Tom Breur who shot a 66 and won on a match of cards.

 Jack Permenter fired an 85 to take first place in the Low Gross competition for the Class C Division. Willie Smith recorded a 60 to take first in the Low Net for the division. Dave Dowling, who shot a 64, and Neil Lang, who shot a 65, finished second and third respectively.   

Oscar Aleman won the closest to the pin hole No. 3.

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Couples, Aging and Retirement

Posted on 18 September 2019 by LeslieM

Aging can be a very difficult topic for couples to discuss. The first aging sign most couples realize is a reduction in their energy levels.

A couple I currently see in therapy, both age 65, spoke to me about them physically slowing down and their lack of energy throughout the day. The husband said it was a sign of aging and not a very good one. The wife said they were simply learning to finally pace themselves.

I told this couple that everyone feels tired at times. In fact, according to a recent study by the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, nearly a third of those aged 51 and up experience fatigue.

Four areas of fatigue to explore:


Illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease and Cancer cause fatigue. Medications such as antidepressants and treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation can also cause significant fatigue.


Apnea causes sleeping problems, and an overactive bladder and enlarged prostate can cause people waking up multiple times at night to use the bathroom which disrupts sleep.

Mental Health

Anxiety and depression can cause fatigue. I recommend an individual seek therapy for relief. To search for a psychotherapist that fits your needs go to the website: psychologytoday.com/us/therapists or find a therapist at association sites as the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy: aamft.org


Energy can be drained by what you eat and drink. The energy zappers include fried foods, sugar-laden snacks, caffeine, soda and alcohol.

Addressing retirement

It is not uncommon for a 50-something aged couple to sit down with their accountant or financial planner to discuss retirement only to discover that each has their own vision. When it comes to talking about retirement, couples can be plagued by the same obstacles that keep many people from talking about finances throughout their married life. Couples either do not get around to it, or it is a subject that is too difficult to address.

One couple I worked with in therapy had different ideas about where they would live once they retired from their corporate jobs. One partner wanted to move to Arizona while the other wanted to stay in Boca Raton in order to be close to their children and grandchildren. Within a few therapy sessions a compromise was met. The couple agreed to continue to be home based in Florida, but also own a reasonably priced condominium in Flagstaff, AZ to enjoy as they choose with their family members throughout the year.

I recommend that couples do not focus on the concerns of aging alone. Researchers are finding that if we think about getting older and retiring primarily in terms of decline or disability, our health will likely suffer. If we tend to view aging in terms of opportunity and growth, our bodies and minds will respond kindly. I highly recommend that couples practice forgiveness along with having a sense of humor at times about getting older. 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, call 561-512-8545, visit www.drjuliabreur.com or e-mail info@drjuliabreur.com

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Universal Horror with 3 from Hell & Us, while neighbors help Bahamas

Posted on 18 September 2019 by LeslieM

By “Cinema” Dave


It was a hot Sunday August night years ago at the Pompano Muvico when Cinema Dave watched Rob Zombie’s creation, The Devil’s Rejects [which was released in 2005]. With visceral violence and terrible torture scenes, Cinema Dave wondered what type of people would pay to see such a film. He questioned the psychological make-up of the people sitting next to him and cheering the exploits of Otis (Bill Moseley), Baby (Sheri Moon Zombie) and patriarch Captain Spaulding (Sid Haig).  Now, Cinema Dave owns a DVD copy of it.

A follow up to his first movie, House of a 1000 Corpses [2003], The Devil’s Rejects is now considered Rob Zombie’s best movie.  Barely a blip in the 2005 box office, the filmwas rated highly by national critics like Roger Ebert. A cult phenomenon through the horror convention circuit and through the camaraderie of the actors, Zombie put paper to pencil and created 3 from Hell, a direct sequel featuring Bill Moseley, Sheri Moon Zombie and Sid Haig in a brief appearance as the patriarch.

Unless you were in a movie theater for the last three weeknights, you missed the big screen edition offilm as the film is now being processed for a DVD/Halloween release next month. Riding the vibe of this independent cult film trilogy, Universal Halloween Horror Nights in Orlando is devoting a haunted ride exhibit to the Firefly Family from the film.

Halloween Horror Nights is also dedicating a haunted house to Us, Jordan Peele’s next film after his Oscar winning screenplay, Get Out.  Starring Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, Us is a horror movie that is too long for its own good.  There are plenty of thrills and laughs, but the horrific explanation is complicated and takes too long to explain. (US is currently available on DVD).

Beyond the fantasy of terror movies, there is the realistic horror of Hurricane Dorian upon the Bahamas recently. Unlike the selfish behavior of people seen in a horror movie, our South Florida neighbors have stepped up to help our Caribbean neighbors with donations.

Beginning 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20, the Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival’s (FLIFF) Savor Cinema (503 SE 6 St., in Ft. Lauderdale) in partnership with the Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Discovery and Science, will screen Eye of the Dolphin and Beneath the Blue, two films filmed in the Bahamas that were previously honored by the festival. Throughout the double feature, there will be a Bahamian party in the courtyard.  While ticket prices vary, all proceeds will go to Bahamian charity relief efforts. For more information, find FLIFF on Facebook.

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Posted on 18 September 2019 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

Aug. 30: A man reported a burglary at his apartment at 174 SE 3 St. A woman and man were seen entering the apartment.

Aug. 30: A man was arrested and charged with aggravated assault at 401 SW 13 Pl. He threatened his girlfriend with a tire iron.

Aug. 31: A man was observed breaking into a car and stealing a cell phone. The cell phone was tracked to the corner of SE 6 Ave. and SE 13 Ct. The incident was reported at 620 SE 10 St.

Aug. 31: A woman reported her car vandalized at 1428 SE 4 Ave. She found her windshield wipers bent.

Lighthouse Point

Aug. 17: Police responded to an intrusion alarm at 3031 NE 46St. The report was that there was motion in the family room. When police investigated, they found the property secure.

Aug. 17: A resident wanted to turn in a gun that he found at his father’s home at 3249 NE 28Ave. The resident said he was also considering selling the gun but was going to get the gun cleaned and priced. If it wasn’t worth much, he was going to return it to the police department.

Aug. 21: Police received an alarm call at 2308 NE 30Ct. The report was that there was motion in the cabana area. As police were responding, they received a call that the alarm was accidently tripped while they were performing work in the area.

(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 18 September 2019 by LeslieM

Chef shakedown

Friday, Sept. 20, 6 p.m.

Lighthouse Point Yacht Club

2701 NE 42 St.

Lighthouse Point, FL 33064

There will be a cook-off with 16 local chefs from your favorite local restaurants where you can be the judge, and four local Bartenders will shake it up to see who will make the best cocktail in town, which will be judged by a famous celebrity panel. Guests will visit each restaurant’s sampling station and vote for their favorites! Come out for music, celebrity judges and raffle items! Tickets are $100. To purchase, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/lhpyc-1st-annual-chef-shakedown-tickets-64178980057?ref=episodes

Food Truck Round Up

Friday, Sept. 20, 6 to 10 p.m.

41 NE 1 St.

Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Come out on the 3rd Friday of every month in Pompano’s Old Town. Enjoy great Food Truck dining, full bar, live DJ & bands and so much more! For questions about how to become a food or non-food vendor, please e-mail info@gourmettruckexpo.com.

Jr. Anglers Day

Saturday, Sept. 21, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

International Fishing Pier

200 NE 21 Ave.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Come out for the 4th Annual Deerfield Beach Jr. Anglers Day. A family fun-filled fishing event with fishing clinics, goodie bait buckets, arts & crafts, face painting, fishing and much more! Availability only to first 300 registered participants. Register online at www.deerfield-beach.com/1553/Jr-Anglers-Day.

The Narrative of a Slave Woman: an

exploration of American Spirituals

Saturday, Sept.21, 6 to 9 p.m.

John Knox Village

Village Centre Auditorium

651 SW 6 St.

Pompano Beach, FL 33060

This unique program is a powerful presentation examining the issue of slavery by combining musical performance with spoken slave narrative accounts. Guest artists Opera Soprano Dr. LaToya Lain and pianist Dr. Casey Robards have presented this program at universities and churches throughout the country. The event will be informative, enlightening and moving. Members of John Knox Village or the Venetian Art Society — $35, General Admission — $50. Get tickets at https://venetianartssociety.org/events/lain-robards/

Victory Dolls perform

Saturday, Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m.

Mizner Park Cultural Center

201 Plaza Real

Boca Raton, FL 334332

The Victory Dolls present I Left My Heart at the Stage Door Canteen.Step back in time with an Andrews Sisters inspired musical group that honors the vets and first responders with their vocal harmonies. Performances benefit, support and raise awareness of the non-profit organizations that support these groups, including Honor Flight of South Florida, Gary Sinise Foundation, Wounded Warriors Families Support and others. For more information, visit www.miznerparkculturalcenter.com.

Fall fellowship spaghetti dinner

Saturday, Sept.21, 6 p.m.

Saint Peter’s Anglican Church

1416 SE 2 Terr.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Come be a guest, no reservations needed!

Call 954-695-0336 for information.

Nirvana exhibit

Saturday, Sept. 21, 8 p.m.

50 W. Atlantic Blvd.

Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Pompano Beach Cultural Center is thrilled to present Experiencing Nirvana, a photo exhibition that presents a glimpse into grunge rock micro-history, with an inside look at a crucial eight-day period in the touring life of Nirvana by the co-founder of Sub Pop Records, Bruce Pavitt. Many of these photos have never been exhibited before. Come out for a special multi-media presentation and meet and greet with Bruce Pavitt. Tickets are $20 to $30. For more information, visit www.ccpompano.org or call 954-545-7800.

SW 10th Street Meeting —

for Waterford Courtyard

WednesdaySept. 25, 7 p.m.

Waterford Courtyard at Crystal Lake South

2630 SW 15 St.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will be holding a community meeting with the residents of Waterford Courtyard at Crystal Lake South at the Pool Room. As part of the SW 10 Street community outreach, this meeting has been scheduled to discuss the project and gain insight from the communities on or near the corridor. Residents of these communities are encouraged to attend. Any resident who would like to express their views regarding the project may e-mail Robert Bostian of FDOT at Robert.bostian@dot.state.fl.us.For more information regarding the SW 10th Street corridor improvements, visitwww.SW10street.com.

Save the Date:

Largest Expo & Golf Outing

Thursday, Sept. 26, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Deer Creek Golf Club

2801 DC Country Club Blvd.

Deerfield Beach, FL, 33442

Play golf, hear motivational speakers, attend seminars and more. Hosted by the Greater South Florida Chamber of Commerce. Find out details by calling Rob at 954-580-8802. (See ad, Pg. 2).

Technology Workshop: Hacked

Thursday, Sept.26, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Wyndham Resort – Deerfield Beach

(Royal Palm A Ballroom)

2096 NE 2 St.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Presenters will offer a security briefing on cities who have dealt with computer security problems. They will discuss the rise of ransomware, the dark web and what to do before, during and after a breach. Tickets are $20 for members; $30 for non-members. To purchase tickets visit, https://deerfieldchamber.chambermaster.com/eventregistration/register/4662.

Networking at Night: You had me at Aloha

Thursday, Sept. 26, 5 to 7 p.m.

Hampton Inn

660 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Come out for networking at night and enjoy a fun and relaxed luau party. With live music, appetizers and raffle prizes. Tickets for members are $20 and $30 for non-members. Includes two drink tickets. For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.deerfieldchamber.com.

Marcos Conde Solo Exhibition

Through Friday, Sept. 27

Bailey Contemporary Arts (BaCA)

41 NE 1 St.

Pompano Beach, FL 33060

ArtLit live painting competition winner Marcos Conde is featuring his work in a solo exhibition at BaCA’s West Gallery. His focus is on developing art projects that “display aspects of nature and the use of a vibrant appearance.”

Movies in the Park — Dumbo

Friday, Sept. 27, 8 p.m.

Community Park/Multi-Purpose Field

1700 NE 8 St.

Pompano Beach, FL 33060

The City of Pompano Beach Parks & Recreation Department invites you to their first ever Movies in the Park. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Held on the 4th Friday of every month at Community Park. This is a free, family – friendly event.

Dunn’s Run

Sunday, Oct. 6, 7:30 a.m. (Race begins)

Deerfield Main Beach Parking Lot

149 SE 21 Ave.

Deerfield Beach, FL, 33441

The 23nd Annual Dunn’s Run benefits The Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County. The Dunn’s Run has earned its reputation as the race that signifies the start of the running season attracting over 2,000 runners, walkers and participants. One of the largest racing fields in the Tri-County. This event, which is fun for everyone regardless of ability, attracts the masses. The starting line location is at the intersection of Ocean Way & SE 2 Street near Deerfield’s Beach Main Beach Parking Lot. Hillsboro Boulevard South of Federal will close at 7 a.m. See ad, pg. 16.

Pick-up packet on Sept. 28 at Two Georges at The Cove from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 1754 SE 3 Ct. in Deerfield or on Oct. 5 at Jersey Mike’s from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2350 N. Federal Hwy., Ste. 102 in Pompano. You can register online at www.firstgiving.com/event/bgcbc/23nd-Annual-Dunn-Run-5K-Run-Walk-5-Mile-Run.

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Progress . . . Not perfection

Posted on 18 September 2019 by LeslieM

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17)
I meet far too many Christians who believe being a “new creation” means they are now to have the passion of the prophets, the discipline of the disciples and the strength of a superhero saint. Both sacred scripture and personal experience has taught me this is simply not the case. To be sure, through the sinless life, sacrificial death and supernatural resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, sin has been conquered and crushed. But, as I frequently remind our congregation, we must remember that inasmuch as sin no longer reigns in the life of the Christian – it still remains in the life of the Christian. We will fight the sin battle all the way into glory.
Now, before we were saved by the blood of the Lamb and made a new creation, we could only sin in the eyes of the Lord. Nothing we did brought honor, glory or praise to His name because everything we did we did for our own honor, glory and praise. Our selfish ambition and self interest ruled our hearts and shaped our lives. But when Jesus showed up, all that changed. As a new creation, we have an ability we did not have before Jesus. We now have the ability to resist the devil when he comes knocking at our door, and flee from the sinful impulses that still reside in the old nature. But if we think we will reach perfection in this life, we are setting ourselves up for certain defeat.
The ultimate outcome of the Christian life is perfection; when we cross the Jordan, we will be perfectly conformed into the image and likeness of our Lord Jesus Christ. But until that day, we will struggle against the sin nature that still resides within us. We must remember the same man who penned the above passage in his letter to the Corinthians also penned the following one in his letter to the Romans:
I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do . . . For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do — this I keep on doing. (Romans 7:15, 19)
Paul was indeed a new creation, but he still battled against the sin nature that still remained within and so will you and me. Yet, the orientation of our lives has been radically changed by Christ. Instead of the heart beating for the self, it begins to beat for our Savior. We desire to live a life that is pleasing and acceptable to the One who saved us from sin, Satan, death and ourselves. When Jesus raises us up from death to life and makes us a new creation, He renews our mind, realigns our will and reorients our heart. At this level of living, because Christ is living in us (Galatians 2:20), we begin to make real and measurable progress against sin.
As new creations, we now have a new identity which cannot be shaken, because it is rooted in the unshakable One. Clothed in the righteousness of Christ, the Father sees us as He sees His son . . . perfect in every way. And, as a “new creation,” we now have a new power within us to fight against every temptation to sin that is greater than any power that comes up against us. Let the truth of who you are set you free to make forward progress and, when you don’t, fear not. You are unconditionally loved and completely forgiven.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. Never forget that . . . Amen!
Tommy Boland is the pastor for Cross Community Church, located at 841 SE 2 Ct. in Deerfield Beach. For more information, call 954-427-3045 or visit www.thecrosscc.org.

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Anglers gather to help the Bahamas

Posted on 18 September 2019 by LeslieM

By Rachel Galvin

“It started five days ago with a phone call and a text…” said George Albert, referring to what would become a huge effort to help out the Bahamas.

On Friday night, Sept. 6, the parking lot of Big Dog Tackle (1440 N. Federal Hwy. in Pompano Beach) was filled with people busily going into and out of the store bringing box after box of supplies that had been donated to the trucks waiting outside. Inside, food, water, diapers, clothing and more were hastily being sorted and put in boxes, taped up and labeled ready to be put on a dolly and taken to the trucks. The effort was quick and massive.

“We have been working all day today and yesterday,” said Albert, who is on the board of Offshore Anglers of Pompano Beach and was joined by a large group of people from his group to make sure this effort happened.

Bringing supplies and loading them onto trucks was only the first part of the effort. The next step was getting them to the islands. That meant driving the trucks at 5:30 the next morning to the 14th Street Boat Ramp in Pompano to unload them onto about 40 boats, which were slated to leave bound for the Bahamas at 7 a.m. They also had obtained planes to fly from the Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport. They had received all the proper permissions from the Bahamian government. The supplies would be taken to a church there that they had been talking with to make sure they go to those most in need.

Nicole Zapetis, owner of Big Dog Tackle, when asked why they decided to do this, said, “We’re a local store. We wanted to do what we could. We expected people to come out and drop some boxes. [But we never expected this many]. We couldn’t be more thankful. Some of our customers have come out to help load trucks. I could never have imagined there would be so many people.”

She added, “I want to thank All My Sons, who donated trucks. Hooker Electric got the planes together. Offshore Anglers of Pompano Beach helped to get the boats.”

Daniel Horak, one of the people helping, said people were already loading trucks when he showed up to drop some things off. He heard about it through word of mouth.

“It is really nice to see,” said Horak, adding, “the Bahamas are in our backyard. A lot of us spend a lot of time there.”

For more information on Big Dog Tackle, visit https://pompanobeachtackle.com. For more on Offshore Anglers of Pompano Beach, visit https://offshoreanglerspompanobeach.org.

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Local cruise line helps the Bahamas

Posted on 12 September 2019 by LeslieM

By Rachel Galvin

On the Bahamas Paradise website, it announces that cruises have been canceled on Sept. 7, 8, and 11. The reason is Dorian.

When the storm hit, I knew right away that Bahamas Paradise CEO Oneil Khosa would be lending a helping hand. After all, that is what he did during Hurricane Irma. (The company worked alongside the Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] to house more than 2,000 first responders for two months after the storm on its Grand Celebration ship). And, I was right. Not only did he use one of his vessels, the same cruise liner, to deliver much-needed supplies to the islands, which were devastated in the storm and bring manpower to help where needed, but, he went a step beyond by helping to evacuate for free more than 1100 people who wanted to leave the Bahamas and come to South Florida.

Once again, Khosa extended his generosity and took on the task because he said it is “the right thing to do.”

In addition, they are still seeking supplies. To see a list of what they are seeking, visit www.BahamasReliefCruise.com and www.MissionResolve.org. Residents can deliver products to Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s warehouse, at 301 Broadway Ave., Bay #7, in Riviera Beach.

Mission Resolve and Bahamas Relief Cruise are working to coordinate a unified effort to help in the short and long term to rebuild in the Bahamas. All proceeds raised will go directly to provide relief to those affected by the storm.

The group not only includes senior executives from Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, but also The Subculture Group, Everglades Trust,  Titou Hospitality Group out of West Palm Beach and Resolve Marine Group and Mission Resolve out of Broward County.

Since the Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line is in Freeport constantly, as their two cruise lines go back and forth from the Port of Palm Beach to Freeport, they have a one-on-one direct contact with the government there so can work with them to make sure the most critical needs of Bahamians are addressed.

Bahamas Paradise’s cruise lines sail from the Port of Palm Beach, but they are headquartered in Deerfield Beach. For more information, visit www.bahamasparadisecruise.com.

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Pompano Beach falls to Monarch in home contest

Posted on 12 September 2019 by LeslieM

Pompano Beach quarterback Kevin Connors scrambles for yardage against visiting Monarch last Friday night. Monarch won the contest, 55-0.
Photo by Gary Curreri

By Gary Curreri

Pompano Beach High School football coach Johnathan Firth has taken strides in rebuilding the program. While the scores of their first two games aren’t indicative of the progress being made, Firth believes they are on the right track.

The Golden Tornadoes dropped its opener 32-8 to Hollywood Hills and followed that up with a 55-0 loss to Monarch. It was Pompano Beach’s 16th straight loss dating back to 2017. The team’s last victory was a 19-8 win over Pembroke Pines Charter on Sept. 28, 2017. They finished 1-9 that year and 0-10 last season.

“The intensity is back at school and we have a few playmakers,” said Firth, who returned to coaching this season. “We have Danny Bobes, who I think is right there with the best in the state. It is a good tough squad.

“We are trying to bring leadership and bringing attitude back to the program,” he added. “We just want them to stick it out through the adversity. People leave the program after a couple of bad games or after a bad year. They should stick through it when they are young and, when they are a junior or a senior, you are right with everyone else.”

Monarch’s Peter Zamora threw five first half touchdowns last Friday night to carry the Knights past Pompano Beach. Zamora pledged $25 for every TD he threw to help the Hurricane Dorian victims in the Bahamas. Pompano Beach also helped the Hurricane victims with a collection bin set up near the concession area.

High-powered Monarch entered the game having outscored the opposition 80-8 with a 45-8 win over Nova and Piper 35-0.

Firth said battling through adversity will help shape the players’ lives as they get older. He said some adjectives to describe the team would be their toughness and their fight.

“It definitely builds character,” Firth said. “We have a lot of guys here when I took over. I hit up the other sports and the ROTC and they are all out here. They ended the season with 18 kids last year, and we have 43 this year. They are working, and we are trying to get them ready to play.”

Firth said he “recruited the halls” and doubled the roster.

The Tornadoes won their spring jamboree game to prepare for the season by topping Village Academy.

“That definitely took their confidence to the next level and now they believe,” Firth said. “I think we will have a successful season by the end of this year.”

Pompano Beach Men’s Golf Association

The Pompano Beach Men’s Golf Association held a 3-man scramble event on Aug. 28 at the Pines Course.

The team of Jerry DeSapio and Bill Hazlett took top honors with a 66 by using alternating shots. The team of Chuck Brown, Jim DeCicco and Jim Foster was second with a 67, while Len Ackley, Neil Lang and Lance Naiman took third with a match of cards after carding a 68. Gary Gill, Jim Muschany and Gene Stoller finished fourth with a 68.    

The winner of the closest to the pin for hole No. 17 was Lance Naiman.

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Edie & Official Secrets opens, Friday the 13th film plays

Posted on 12 September 2019 by LeslieM

By “Cinema” Dave


While in exile from Hurricane Dorian, I watched The White Tower on the TCM Channel, a forgotten film starring Glenn Ford, Alida Valli, Claude Rains, Sir Cedric Hardwicke and a very young Lloyd Bridges that was released in 1950.  Filmed on the RKO Pathe Studio lot with some exterior shots on a mountain, the film is a fascinating character study about man vs. nature.

The concept of old woman vs. nature is the theme of Edie, being released tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 13, in our community. A seemingly simple British film with a running time of 102 minutes, Edie has much character and philosophical depth that echoes 20th Century literature like Thomas Merton’s The Seven Storey Mountain. (Available in libraries, this bookpresents the philosophical disciple of a monastic life, with one’s inner longing for an adventuresome life).

Having been a caretaker to her infirm husband for 30 years, Edie suffers from empty nest syndrome when her spouse passes away.  Her children make arrangements for her to live in a retirement hotel, but Edie resists when she remembers her childhood dreams of climbing Mount Suilven in the Scottish Highlands.

Like any good Homeric adventure, there are villains and detours along the way. When she hires a personal guide, Edie learns to overcome her own shortcomings. Proving that it is never too late to learn, Edie is a beautiful epic.

Given the 18 year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks this week, it seems appropriate that Official Secrets also opens this week. This somber procedural details Katharine Gun’s (Keira Knightley) ordeal when she released classified information to the public. Under Orwellian legalese, Gun is prosecuted for treason. 

Being a British film, Official Secrets is highly critical of both British and American governments during these early years of terrorist fears.  With the exception of Gun’s plight (though well-played by Knightley’s understated performance), there is an odd emotional detachment to the events. Yet, Official Secrets is an important film that smartly debates censorship and the public’s right to know information.

Tomorrow is Friday the 13th. Expect a visit from Jason Voorhees, the boogie man who stalks teenagers that indulge in sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll music. Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan will be screening this Friday night at Savor Cinema in Ft. Lauderdale. Considered a lesser Jason Voorhees effort, this Friday the 13th flick is being presented by Popcorn Frights with their exploitative ethos worthy of a William Castle presentation. Beginning at 8 p.m. with a mere $10 admission, Popcorn Frights will provide a Pop Up Video Doom Room, a live interactive performance and Here Comes the Night, a Friday the 13th fan film. 

Save the Date for the Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival. It is scheduled for Nov. 1-17 at Savor Cinema at 503 SE 6 St. in Ft. Lauderdale. For more information, visit www.fliff.com.

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