| October, 2019


Posted on 16 October 2019 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

Oct. 1: A woman reported that someone tried to break into her home at 503 NE 47St.

Oct. 1: A man reported that three aluminum ramps were stolen from a flatbed trailer at 1401 Green Rd. The total loss was $4,000.

Oct. 1: It was reported that a burglary took place at Hook Fish and Chicken at 244 W. Hillsboro Blvd. The loss was about $3,000 worth of new and used cooking oil.

Oct. 1: A man was observed stealing two Fitbits from Target at 3599 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

Oct. 2: A man was arrested and charged with retail theft at Home Depot at 60 SW 12 Ave. He stole three grinder blades valued at $467.

Oct. 2: A man was arrested and charged with retail theft from Home Depot at 60 SW 12 Ave. He stole two chain saws.

Oct. 2: A man reported his motorcycle stolen from 256 NE 47 St.

Lighthouse Point

Sept. 25: A wallet was found at 3500 NE 27 Ave. The property was recovered and placed into property.

Sept. 26: Police responded to an alarm call at a restaurant located at 2426 N. Federal Hwy. They found a rear door open. The property was checked and it was secure.

Sept. 26: Police responded to an interior burglar alarm at 2901 NE 47 St. The property was checked and it was found secure.

(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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Family Secrets

Posted on 16 October 2019 by LeslieM

Fifty-five years ago, the mother of a loving family gave birth to a baby girl with Down’s syndrome. The child was sent to an institution and never mentioned in the family again … A middle aged daughter sits with her aging mother, who survived Auschwitz and learns that her father had been married before and had two daughters. She also learns that her father’s first wife and two daughters were murdered in Poland by the Nazis … A husband and wife celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary and the husband, recovering from a heart attack, tells his wife that he has fallen in love with his cardiologist — his male cardiologist … These are a few examples of secrets families carry. More often than not, they carry shame along with the secrets. “We are as sick as our secrets” is a slogan said at 12 Step programs, along with encouragement to share those secrets with a higher power and another human being in order to remove the power the secrets holds.

Keeping certain things in our lives to ourselves can certainly be a normal aspect of privacy; but, when such secrets have an impact on the family’s well-being, they can cause hurt and disrupt familial bonds.

As a licensed psychotherapist, I hear details of family secrets during many of my family therapy sessions.

Some of the family secrets disclosed include physical abuse, substance abuse, sexual abuse and hidden political opinions. (Families say they can finally open up about sexual abuse due to the “Me Too” movement and others say they hide their political opinions due to the current U.S. political climate.)

At times, family secrets are maintained due to the desire to protect someone. Parents try to protect their children from information and past situations they believe if known would be painful. Sometimes, this desire to protect does the opposite. One example is a parent not telling their child they are adopted. Another example is a caretaker who is known to the child as their mother tells the child that another relative is their actual birth mother. In these situations, honesty is best. Honesty will decrease the long held belief of protection and shame associated with family secrets.

Keeping a secret sometimes is the better choice and not unhealthy. If a patient tells me they wish to keep their past sexual escapades from their spouse or even their voting record a secret, I help them see that privacy is an active choice that they can be content with.

Many issues that were stigmatized in the past such as adoption, divorce, sexual orientation and gender identity have become more accepted today. Discussing these issues with openness helps affirm to a family that their situations are not shameful. They have become normalized and cared about.

My work as a psychotherapist is to cultivate honesty within the family system and to encourage dealing with family issues in a healthy manner. Family secrets can be worked through and families can realize that “change is possible.”

Dr. Julia Breur is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private clinical psychotherapy practice in Boca Raton. Her website is www.drjuliabreur.com. For more information, e-mail info@drjuliabreur.com or call 561-512-8545.

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Posted on 16 October 2019 by LeslieM

Marine Advisory Board Meeting

Thursday, Oct. 17, 6 p.m.

City Commission Chambers at City Hall

150 NE 2 Ave.

Deerfield Beach, FL, 33441

The public is invited to attend. For further information, please contact the city’s staff liaison to the Board, Patrick Bardes, at pbardes@dfb.city.

8th Annual Brazilian Festival of Pompano Beach

Saturday, Oct. 19, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 20, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Pompano Beach Community Park

820 NE 18 Ave.

Pompano Beach, FL 33060

You are invited to enjoy Brazil’s art, culture, music and cuisine. Visit an outdoor circus featuring live performances of mascots welcoming kids during the day. The kids zone includes an inflatable playground with slides, moonwalks, waterfalls, obstacle courses, rides and games that will keep families busy all day. The amazing journey into Brazil’s art, culture, tradition and cuisine is the focus of the exhibitors’ zone. Experience a line-up that will include performances, fashion, cover and local bands, headliners and a closing Musical Act.General Admission: $5/day, $8/weekend pass; VIP: $45/day, $80/weekend pass. Free for children under the age of 13.

19th Annual Health & Wellness Expo

Saturday, Oct. 19, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Center for Active Aging

227 NW 2 (Eller) St.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Activities will include vendors with “healthy” information and education for all ages, flu shots administered by Walgreens and free health screenings. The screenings will check balance, blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, hearing, vision, stroke risk assessment, memory screening, HIV and skin cancer. There will be door prizes, giveaways and entertainment. Breakfast and lunch will be available for purchase at affordable prices. For additional information, contact Robin Marzullo, 954-480-4446 or e-mail rmarzullo@dfb.city.

Kiwanis Golf Tournament

Saturday, Oct. 19, 8 a.m. shotgun start

Pompano Municipal Golf Course

1101 N. Federal Hwy.

Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Come out and support the Kiwanis Club. Registration is $125/individual or $500/foursome. To register, mail payments to Kiwanis Club of Deerfield Beach, PO Box 1105, Deerfield Beach, FL 33443, or visit www.deerfieldbeachkiwanis.org. Make checks payable to Kiwanis Club of Deerfield Beach Charitable Foundation.

A Concert for Hope

Sunday, Oct. 20, 2 to 6 p.m.

The Butler House

380 E. Hillsboro Blvd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

An afternoon of music to celebrate Cancer survivors and remember those we have lost. $10 donation to the American Cancer Society includes two luminaria bags for the upcoming Nov. 2 Hope on the Beach event. For info., call T.J. Eagen at 954-592-3150.

Lighthouse Point Commission Meeting

Tuesday, Oct. 22, 6:30 p.m.

Fletcher Hall

2200 NE 38 St.

Lighthouse Point, FL 33064

Book talk – Frankenstein

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2 p.m.

Percy White Library

837 E. Hillsboro Blvd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus, is a classic piece of gothic literature. This book discussion will ask the question “Why is Mary Shelley’s book still popular today after 200 years?” Books are available for check-out with a library card.

Save the Date:

2nd PlanIt Pompano

Community Workshop

Thursday, Oct. 24, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

E. Pat Larkins Community Center

520 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Pompano Beach, FL 33060

The City of Pompano Beach, along with its consultant team, will be holding the second of the Community Workshop series for the public to provide input to help prepare the latest update of their Comprehensive Plan. To register for the workshop or for more information, visit http://planitpompano.cgasolutions.com.

Open Mic

Thursday, Oct. 24, 2 to 3 p.m.

Percy White Library (Meeting Room)

837 E. Hillsboro Blvd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Join the audience, rap, sing a song or read a poem.

Commercial Real Estate Broker Breakfast

Tuesday, Oct. 29, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Hillsboro Community Center

50 Fairway Dr.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Join the City of Deerfield Beach as it celebrates the dealmakers that contribute to the city’s vibrant business. Breakfast will be served as attendees learn about the city’s new development projects. The staff will also share information on available programs and incentives for investment, as well as ongoing improvements in the city’s permitting process. This is an opportunity to create strong partnerships between real estate agents, developers, and municipal and community leaders. The event is free, but registration is required via Eventbrite: https://dfb-commercial-broker-breakfast.eventbrite.com. For additional information, contact Gigi Chazu at 954-395-6051orgchazu@deerfield-beach.com.

Meet & Greet

Tuesday, Oct. 29, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Umberto’s Italian Restaurant

2780 E. Atlantic Blvd.

Pompano Beach, FL 33062

Greater Pompano Beach Sister Cities, Inc. cordially invites you and your friends for a meet and greet to thank their supporters. One complimentary drink and delicious appetizers included. $25 per person. Proceeds benefit Pompano Beach Sister Cities. To R.S.V.P., e-mail tpnjp4@gmail.com or call 954-975-0578. Please makes checks payable to Pompano Beach Sister Cities, 2661 S. Course Dr. #408, Pompano Beach, FL 33069

AAUW Membership Meeting & Presentation

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 12:30 p.m.

Emma Lou Olson Civic Center

1801 NE 6St.

Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Come out for the first monthly membership meeting and educational presentation of the season! After a brief membership meeting, Denise Elliott, League of Women Voters, will discuss the Electoral College & the Interstate Compact.  New members welcome. No charge. To R.S.V.P., call 312-316-6229 or e-mail: pompanoscholar@yahoo.com

Pat Anderson’s Art Class

Tuesday, Nov. 5. 10:30 a.m.

Sample-McDougald House

450 NE 10 St.

Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Come on out for Watercolors in the Butterfly Garden. “Paint what you see while you see it. Tomorrow it will change.” Classes will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. $40 a class, or $100 for all four classes. Art supplies, instructions and easel setup are included. Bring lunch for picnic tables under the shade of pines and Oaks. For information on November classes, visit http://patandersonartist.com/.

Pat Anderson’s Art Show

Tuesday, Nov. 5. 2 p.m.

Sample-McDougald House

450 NE 10 St.

Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Two decades of Pat’s Plein Air paintings include Flagler RR to Key West, Panama Canal while Art Instructor Onboard, Bahamas: Abacos Hope Town, Marsh Harbour, Man Of War Cay, Green Turtle Cay and Treasure Cay, prior to Hurricane Dorian. Paintings will show through Nov. 12. Admission and tour of the house will be $10, which includes Pat’s lecture: “Mangroves-Mansions-Memories.” For more information visit, www.samplemcdougald.org.

Deerfield Beach Woman’s Club Trips:

Murder Mystery Train

Friday, Nov. 8 until Saturday Nov. 9.

Jump aboard for an overnight trip to Ft. Myers. This trip includes one night at the Hyatt Place hotel with hot breakfast, a trip to Depot Museum, a visit to Miromar Mall with coupon booklet, and a visit to Tin City — sit down dinner & show on the Mystery Dinner Train. The price is $222 per person and all inclusive. Don’t miss out. For more information and to make your reservation, call Sally at 954-427-2175.

Day Trip to Bayside

Market Place Miami

Thursday, Dec. 5.

Lunch at Bubba Gump known for Forest Gump Movie and a 1 ½ hour sightseeing boat tour. The price is $75 and all inclusive. To make reservations, call Sally at 954-427-2175. Hurry seats for this trip will be going fast.

Historic Butler House Tours

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

The Butler House

380 E. Hillsboro Blvd.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

The historic home of James D. and Alice Butler is right here in Deerfield Beach and you can get a tour and find out more about our local history. Donations appreciated. For more information, call 954-429-0378.

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Things promised and present

Posted on 16 October 2019 by LeslieM

All things are yours, whether . . . the present or the future—all are yours, and you are of Christ and Christ is of God. (1 Corinthians 3:21-23)

Sometimes, we shrink the truths of the Gospel down to things promised. To be sure, we have been promised an eternity with our Lord, and this eternity will be a place where there will be no more sorrow or sin, pain or persecution, fear or unfaithfulness, disease or death. In a word, it will be the paradise that was lost in the Garden of Eden by the sin of Adam and Eve. The apostle Paul describes this as the beatific vision of God: “Now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face” (1 Corinthians 13:12).

But what about now? What does the Gospel promise us in this present life? What blessings can we expect before we cross the Jordan and enter into our eternal rest?

This article would indeed have no end if I were to try and set before you all that we have been given, for “the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ . . . has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3). Here are just a few things, which I pray will be both a comfort and an encouragement to you. We are . . .

Unconditionally loved

Completely forgiven

Perfectly accepted

Totally empowered

Supernaturally strengthened

Utterly united to God in Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit

We must always remember that the Gospel is not only a promise of eternal life. It also impacts our everyday life as well. As the apostle Paul wrote in the passage that opens this article, Whether things present or things to come, ALL THINGS ARE OURS!” And what was Paul doing, but simply advancing a truth that God had already set before His people.

The upright shall have good things in possession. (Proverbs 28:10 KJV)

Christian, it is important to remember that even a life full of “good things” does not mean we will not experience difficulties. Jesus promised that we will experience troubles in this life (John 16:33). The unbelieving world will present problems for the Christian, from intense pressure to intentional persecution.

And if that was not trouble enough, the believing world will present its problems too. Why? Because we are still sinners in moment-by-moment need of a Savior. We say things we ought not say; do things we ought not do; and think things we ought not think, making life difficult on ourselves and those around us. But remember this too: After the promise of problems, Jesus assures us, “But be of good cheer! I have overcome the world.” Because Jesus was an overcomer, we, too, are to be overcomers, regardless of the challenges and difficulties we face on this side of the grave.

In closing, as a child of the Most High God, you currently have good things in your possession. To live out this truth is to live a life marked by joy and thanksgiving to the One who has so graciously given it to you. And above all that you have been promised, you have the presence of your Lord Jesus everywhere you go. When Jesus walked with His disciples, they had Him with them physically, but not every moment of every day. But when Jesus left this earth, He sent His Holy Spirit and promised that His Spirit would dwell within us every moment in this life . . . and in the next. “Surely I am with you always,” He assures us, “to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).

May this truth set us free to love our God and to proclaim His incredible promise to a world that desperately needs to hear it.

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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Experiencing Nirvana At Pompano Beach Cultural Center

Posted on 10 October 2019 by LeslieM

By Rachel Galvin

When grunge came on the scene in the 1990s, the soul-searching rough-around-the-edges musicians were such a departure from the glossed-up, big-haired entertainers that hit the charts in the Me decade that preceded it. One of the biggest names in the flood of newcomers in the ‘90s was Nirvana and the band’s angst-filled frontman Kurt Cobain.

Sub Pop Records owner Bruce Pavitt got to know the tortured artist and gave his insights into him, the band and the evolution of the music industry in a special event held Sept. 21 at the Pompano Beach Cultural Center. The packed audience of about 200 people watched as he showed many of the photos that were taken during a European tour in 1989, pictures that are in his new book called Experiencing Nirvana.

After Sub Pop Records popped on the scene in the late ‘80s, their name and logo became ubiquitous. But few knew the struggles going on behind the scene as Pavitt and his partner Jonathan Poneman spent their time on the phone promoting their artists and sending out materials, working to keep the phone line from being disconnected. They managed heavy hitters in the indie world like Soundgarden and Mudhoney but it seemed that Nirvana might be their golden ticket. They continue to “represent the spirit of independent creativity” to this day.

Cobain, according to Pavitt, was a humble, quiet, sensitive soul. He was an animal lover. He owned gerbils and rabbits. He also had a sense of humor. His simple dreams included having a single played on the local radio station and “maybe opening up a petting zoo.”

He never had an inkling of the fame he would attain. His ripped up jeans, thrown-on vintage thrift store T-shirts and plaid flannel would become part of the look of an age, and people would be devastated when he was gone, a life lost too soon.

There was a glimpse of what lied beneath the artist during that European tour. On one stage in particular, Pavitt mentioned that Cobain “had a nervous breakdown,” jumping up on the PA system and smashing a guitar (which he was known to do). He was distraught. When Pavitt spent time with him trying to understand, Cobain said that when he looked into the audience, all he saw were the kids who bullied him in high school.

Pavitt talked about how the ‘90s really became very “inclusive.” Instead of people feeling like they were watching an exhibition, they could look at the ‘90s artists and what they were wearing and say, “I have a flannel shirt” (for example), put it on and feel a part of the group. In the ‘80s, everything “felt very excessive,” he said. The clothes, hair and style all were too expensive for the average person.

The feeling of being part of the group that the ‘90s brought was also captured in energetic photos by photographer Charles Peterson, photos used by Sub Pop.

Sub Pop has always been about capitalizing on the independent spirit, the regional market, knowing there is something intrinsic about a sense of tribal identity. Before grunge hit, people couldn’t find Seattle on a map, he said. But, after, a lot of people moved there and the area got international attention as people strove to understand the “Seattle sound.” BBC writer John Peel wrote a great article mentioning Sub Pop in 1989 that helped to get them on the map as well.

Asked where the next regional movement in music is, Pavitt responded, “Los Angeles” and mentioned Billie Eilish, who recently made an appearance on SNL and elsewhere, and graces the current cover of Elle and can be seen elsewhere. She has been around for awhile, but her star certainly seems to have grown brighter lately. Perhaps her rise to fame is because she stands out from the crowd and rebels much in the way Cobain did, although his seemed less purposeful. One noteworthy example is that Cobain refused to be on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine unless he could wear a T-shirt that said “Corporate magazines still suck.” (Magazine cover in picture above, top left).

Whatever he did, Cobain went from obscurity to one of the biggest stars around in a short period of time. By 1992, he had sold four million copies of his record.

Pavitt added, “Every once in a while, things come together and an artist breaks through. I live for those moments.”

Nirvana would be spirited away by Geffen Records and left Sub Pop behind, but Cobain’s talent and memory made a huge impression on the record label and on Pavitt.

He said, “People would come up to me and tell me where they were when they heard ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit,’” which was on the next album Nirvana did after leaving Sub Pop, telling stories of the impression the music made on people.

Pavitt commented on the evolution of music.

“People don’t buy music. They rent music. It is amazing record stores even exist [mentioning he stopped by Sweat Records in Miami]. Streaming is here to stay,” he said. “[This generation is] not going to read an article. They will read a headline. When I was younger, I read the article, drove to the city, got the record, read the liner notes and thought about it.”

His “manic relationship with music” started at a young age. When he was 9 years old, he worked hard to make money to buy a record player. He never thought he would make money doing this, but said if you are working with people you want to spend time with and doing what you love, then it is not work; it is play.

“There is always going to be art in society, always creative stuff. The trick is getting exposure to creative people,” he said.

There is a movie in the works about his own creative journey and that of Sub Pop, which just celebrated its 30th anniversary on Aug. 11, 2018. For more information on what Sub Pop is up to now, visit www.subpop.com.

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You had me at Aloha

Posted on 10 October 2019 by LeslieM

By Rachel Galvin
The Deerfield Beach Chamber of Commerce’s “You Had Me at Aloha” Happy Hour event held at the Hampton Inn on Sept. 26 was a fun occasion, a way to let off some steam after a day of work. People hung out by the pool and listened to the musical stylings of D. Marion & Company, featuring Ms. Carolyn Dudley. They ate some tropical treats and had some chilly cocktails. They had a chance to talk to their fellow chamber members.
The Chamber always has events coming up, including their Community Heroes Awards on Nov. 8 at 11:30 a.m. at the Wyndham Resort. Look for more on that soon. For more information, visit www.deerfieldchamber.com.

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Don’t let a hip problem slow you down… Broward Health has solutions

Posted on 10 October 2019 by LeslieM

Dr. Jacob Landes, D.O. with his staff — Supervisor Eileen Leonor & Medical Assistant II, Marta Alvarez — ready to welcome patients.

By Rachel Galvin

Last month, the Today Show’s Al Roker’s hip replacement surgery hit the news. But the process is fairly common. In fact, approximately 400,000 people each year undergo hip replacement surgery, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Whether it is due to arthritis, a sports injury or anything else, having something wrong with your hip can really slow you down. But there are several solutions to help you get back to striding with success. Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Jacob Landes, D.O., from Broward Health, explains that surgery does not need to be the first step.

“We don’t need to jump straight to surgery. We can start with a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory,” he said.

Another option is utilizing Corticosteroid injections.

The issue with both of those solutions when treating arthritis is that the pain could come back leading to more injections in three or four months. It gets rid of the inflammation and lowers the pain but is not a cure. But the process can be repeated.

They can also do a Viscosupplemention treatment, which involves injecting hyaluronic acid into the joint, which creates a type of padding, occupying space, “basically acting as a fluid-like shock absorber,” he said. That can lead to a longer amount of relief. Usually, this is done in a series, like once a week for three to five weeks, though is more commonly performed for knee arthritis. He added that insurance companies usually like to see that patients try steroids or other processes first before undergoing surgery.

For those in whom surgery is indicated, he said there are different types of hip replacement surgery available. One of the most popular is “anterior.” Broward Health North’s Joint Replacement Center was the first in South Florida to begin performing hip replacement surgery using the anterior approach with the assistance of the Hana® table. The anterior approach allows the surgeon to reach the hip joint from the front as opposed to the lateral (side) or posterior (back) of the hip, which is required with more traditional replacement surgery.

Having this surgery does not have to require significant downtime. In fact, usually patients are walking the same day. They suggest the patient stay overnight for observation, especially if they are older or have other health issues.

They try to prepare people ahead of the surgery for the best result, getting them more active because, said Landes, “stronger legs recover more easily.” They also review the patient’s medical records to ensure they are ready for the procedure.

They minimize pain after surgery by doing an injection during surgery that numbs the pain and slowly releases over 48 hours. They can also prescribe something like an anti-inflammatory if needed. The procedure is much simpler than it used to be as far as after care. The doctor will review everything a patient needs to know, but it is pretty straight forward and people can get back to their daily life right away.

Broward Health North’s Accredited Joint Replacement Program has been awarded Advanced Disease Specific Certification for both hip and knee – one of only two in the state, and the Blue Distinction of Excellence by Blue Cross & Blue Shield. The program has a dedicated Orthopedic unit with dedicated, specially trained nurses and staff in Joint care, including private rooms for all Joint Replacement patients.

Broward Health North is located at 201 E Sample Rd. in Pompano Beach. To find out more about their award-winning Joint Replacement Program, visit www.BrowardHealth.org/orthopedics.

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First Tee program kicks off at Pompano Golf Course

Posted on 10 October 2019 by LeslieM

The Crockett Foundation Pompano kicked off its fall 2019 First Tee program recently at the Pompano Beach Golf Course.

By Gary Curreri

The Crockett Foundation Pompano kicked off its fall 2019 First Tee program recently at the Pompano Beach Golf Course.

The nine week program, which has been in partnership with The First Tee of Broward County for three years, focuses on the nine core values that are connected with the game of golf and carries over to home life. Those values are courage, determination, teamwork, persistence, integrity, citizenship, justice, commitment, and excellence. 

The coaches for the program are TJ Ziol and Darrell Welker, and they are helped by volunteers Alan Freedman, Valerie Bertuccelli and Ashton Mahfood.

The Crockett Foundation, a Broward County-based non-profit organization, has positively impacted the lives of thousands of children since its inception in 2002. Its after-school programs focus on math, reading, health and technology for middle-school students.

“The Crockett Foundation has helped more than 1,000 students in our local community graduate from high school with better grades and a more positive outlook on life,” said Jack Bloomfield, Director of Operations for the First Tee of Broward.  

The First Tee is an international youth development organization introducing the game of golf and its inherent values to kids and teens. Through after-school and in-school programs, it helps shape the lives of young people from all walks of life by reinforcing values like integrity, respect, and perseverance through the game of golf.

Pompano Beach Men’s Golf Association results

The Pompano Beach Men’s Golf Association held several events recently. Pompano Beach Men’s Golf Association held a One Best Ball of Threesome and Two Best Balls on Holes No. 1 and No. 18 on Oct. 2 at the Pines Course.

The winning team was composed of Neil Lang, Dennis Sejda and Pete Strychowskyj, who shot a 60. The team of Dave Dowling, Jim Muschany and Tom Pawelczyk finished second with a 63 and won on a match of cards.

Finishing in third was the team of Chuck Brown, Lance Naiman and Willie Smith, who also shot a 63, while the team of Bill Delaney, Al Holcomb and Kevin Narus was fourth with a 64 and also won on a match of cards. Winning the closest to the pin contest was Charles Schaeffer.

The Pompano Beach Men’s Golf Association held a Two Best Balls of a Threesome event on Sept. 25 on the Palms Course.

Al DiBenedetto, Jim Greeley and Tom Pawelczyk shot a 122 to take top honors, while Dave Dowling, Gary Gill and Joe Patchen shot a 125 to finish second. Taking third was the team of Jorge Duarte, Lance Naiman and Willie Smith with a 128.

Dennis Sejda won the Closest to the Pin on Hole No. 11.

The Pompano Beach Men’s Golf Association held a One Best Ball of a Threesome and Two Best Balls in the Middle, No. 9 and 10 event on Sept. 18 on the Palms Course.

Taking top honors was Jim Blake, Tom Breur and Gary Ruderman, who carded a 63, while Dave Dowling, Jim Muschany and Dennis Sejda shot a 64 to finish second. Gary Gill, Joe Patchen and Willie Smith shot a 65 and won on a match of cards to finish third.

The winner of the closest to the pin competition on hole No. 7 was Gary Gill.

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“Sympathy for the devil” begins with Joker

Posted on 10 October 2019 by LeslieM

By “Cinema” Dave


Joker is probably the most ambiguous movie to open with such strong box office revenue. It helps to have a comic book character with almost 80 years of villainy. Mix that with almost 50 years of movies featuring urban alienation, and it is little wonder why Joker became a box office monster last weekend.  

“Sympathy for the devil” begins with an unreliable narrator. Understanding this concept will enhance your viewing pleasure of this film if being seated next to a madman on a roller coaster ride is your idea of pleasure.

The film opens with Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix) putting on his clown make-up and preparing for his temp job as a sign carrier for a failed business.  After being mugged on the street by a bunch of callow boys, Arthur loses his job because his sign is destroyed.

Defeated, Arthur returns to his one room apartment that he shares with his delusional mother.  The two find pleasure in watching Murray Franklin’s (Robert DeNiro) celebrity night time television show. Beyond that, many things happen and Arthur is right in the middle of these wild situations. Sometimes, Arthur is the agent of chaos; sometimes, he is the victim of chaos. Regardless of the circumstance, Arthur laughs at jokes that only he understands.  

Through the cloak of ambiguity, this film manages to raise social messages.  From a subway shooting that echoes Bernard Goetz’s 1984 headlines, Arthur inspires a mass protest to “Kill the Rich” by people wearing clown make-up, which echoes the 2014 Ferguson Missouri riots. 

Batman’s Father, Thomas Wayne (Brett Cullen) is a self-made billionaire, who commits to the political ambition to become Mayor of Gotham City, which echoes Donald F. Trump’s Presidency.

Much like Renee Zellweger’s performance in Judy, Joaquin Phoenix’s performance as Joker is likely to be Oscar-nominated. The actor runs the gamut of human emotions.  One feels sorry for Arthur, but the seduction of evil is real and an unsuspecting individual could easily become the Joker’s prey.

Though clowns have been part of the entertainment industry since the Roman Circus, recently clowns have been front and center during recent Halloweens. Sid Haig’s Captain Spaulding and Pennywise the Dancing Clown from Stephen King’s It books and movies have been trick or treat favorites and horror movie convention winners.  Like Cesar Romero, Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker fits right into this Rogues Gallery Circus.

For those who want to don greasepaint beyond Halloween, the Kazoo and Drum Corps for the “Day of the Dead” is seeking volunteers for the parade in Downtown Ft. Lauderdale on Saturday, Nov. 2.  (Visit the website at www.dayofthedeadflorida.com.)

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Posted on 10 October 2019 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

Sept. 24: A woman reported that someone entered her work vehicle parked at 5341 NE 8 Terr. and stole a work bag containing a wallet, $20 in cash, credit cards and a driver’s license.

Sept. 24: Unknown suspects stole two vehicles from a parking lot at 410 Deer Creek Jefferson Dr. The vehicles were later recovered at nearby parking lots.

Sept. 24: A man was seen stealing $218 worth of miscellaneous tools from Home Depot at 60 SW 12 Ave. The man was stopped and issued a notice to appear in court.

Sept. 24: A man reported grand theft and fraud. He paid $6,554 for a steel building and an additional $1,200 for plans. The building was never delivered and the man was unable to get information about the status of the building. He is not sure where the business he was dealing with is at the present time. The incident was reported at 450 Fairway Dr.

Sept. 24: A man said someone stole two minibikes valued at $1,400 from in front of a garage at 470 NW 39 St.

Sept. 25: A man was seen stealing headphones valued at $150 from Target at 1200 S. Federal Hwy.

Lighthouse Point

Sept. 25: A backpack was found at 2888 NE 24 St. The property was recovered and placed into property.

Sept. 23: A broken cell phone was found at 4541 NE 22 Ave. The property was recovered and placed into property.

Sept. 23: Police responded to an alarm at 2241 NE 25 St. There was no alarm sounding, and the property was checked and it was found secure. A neighbor tried calling the homeowner to no avail.

(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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