Posted on 21 November 2018 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lighthouse Point

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

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

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

(This is a partial list. For Deerfield Beach Crime Watch in full, visit www.DFB.City and click on “Sign Me Up” to receive the city wide report.)

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Posted on 15 November 2018 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

Oct. 30: A man said that someone stole his iPad Mini 2 valued at $150 from his vehicle parked at 4333 NE 3 Ave. The man is a Comcast technician and was installing an alarm at a home during the theft.

Nov. 2: A woman reported that someone entered a car and stole her Apple iPad. A man next door also reported that his vehicle was burglarized but nothing was stolen. The incident was reported at 3851 NW 7 Pl.

Nov. 2: It was reported that someone stole a generator from inside a food truck parked at 682 S. Military Tr.

Nov. 2: A woman reported that her boyfriend stole her iPhone following an argument at 599 E. Hillsboro Blvd.

Nov. 5: A woman reported her Honda Civic stolen from 4311 Crystal Lake Dr.

Lighthouse Point

Oct. 21: A loose dog was found walking alone at Copans and Dixie Hwy. and the resident brought the dog back to her residence at 1911 NE 28 Ct. Attempts to locate the owner were unsuccessful.

Oct. 22: Police responded to a report of a suspicious person at 2100 NE 36 St. The victim said she was trying to leave the office building but there was a shirtless man sleeping and blocking her from leaving. The subject had an outstanding warrant and was transported to jail.

Oct. 23: The victim said a known subject stole a vehicle alternator from the passenger compartment of a 1998 Ford pickup truck at 3778 N. Federal Hwy. The loss was $250.

(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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SOS Children’s Village celebrates 25 years

Posted on 10 November 2018 by LeslieM

By Rachel Galvin

For 25 years, SOS Children’s Village has been providing a home and hope to foster children. In that time, they have served over 700 children, with 183 of them being reunified with families and 44 placed in forever homes through adoption, according to Executive Director Jillian Smath.

On Nov. 1, they held a special event to mark their 25th anniversary at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. The luncheon brought out 275 people. Honorees included Marcy and Art Falcone; Jennifer and Marc Bell, members of the founding SOS Board of Directors; Arthur Adler, on behalf of the Boca West Children’s Foundation; Jay Dipietro, on behalf of the Club Managers Association of America; SOS employee Eryc Allen; SOS alumni Ernst Pierrelouis and Edith Stein, in memory of her husband Martin Stein.

About the event, Smath said, “This is really celebrating 25 years of serving children of Broward County. We wanted to look at how we got here and honor the people who have been instrumental in getting us here today and now we look forward to the next 25 years.”

She added that proceeds from the event will go toward SOS Children’s Village and said, “We have about a $4 million budget. Half is paid by the state. We have to raise the other half.”

The event was emceed by event chair Max Tucci, who said he has visited the Village and encouraged people to not only go to the events, but to visit the children, saying that the kids want people to say, “I hear you. I see you. You Matter.”

He co-chaired the event with Angela Fisher, who emotionally spoke to the audience, saying, “I have been involved seven years, Max invited me. I can’t describe the feeling I have when I step into the village.”

The sold-out event had Rolonda Watts as the guest speaker. She is an actress, standup comic and author. She told the story of being raised by parents who were foster children and said they were the most successful people she knows. She said SOS Children’s Village helps children to be successful, saying it takes a village and this is a village we can believe in.

The event also featured honorary chairs former Miami Heat player Mark Strickland and his wife Tomi Rose.

Jackie Lewis today is married and has a child. But, at one time, he was a foster child growing up at SOS Children’s Village. He addressed the crowd, talking about his experiences.

He said, “I came in 4th grade and was adopted when I was 16. My mother was an employee at SOS. What I was given was a blueprint not only for what love should look like, but what family should look like. Thanks to Next Steps (which helps kids who have aged out of Foster Care), I have had someone who has been side by side with me. What SOS does is it allows children to dream, which most foster kids never get to do. It is not a foster care facility. It is literally a home. I go back to visit. I don’t have to be ashamed [to be a foster child]. I have been given opportunities that most kids won’t have. I have been to sleep-away camp, football camp. I have met All Stars. It showed me that the sky’s the limit. It’s about the love you can give to another person. On behalf of the alumni, I would like to thank you. The money you give allows us to grow and be productive members of society. We don’t have to be a statistic.”

There were some generous bidders during the live auction. The event raised $170,000 overall.

Many who have given back to SOS were honored at the event and a music video by Xavier Lewis was shown. Guests enjoyed a delicious lunch and received a swag bag when they left.

SOS Children’s Village in Florida is part of a worldwide network of more than 500 international villages caring for foster children with the aim to keep siblings together and to ultimately reunify families if possible while creating a home for them in the meantime. The local village is in Coconut Creek and includes 13 family-style homes around a cul-de-sac, each staffed by a full-time live-in houseparent with SOS providing an array of support services and enrichment opportunities to help the children grow into productive adults.

To find out more about SOS Children’s Village, visit

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A Nite at the Races for the Exchange Club

Posted on 10 November 2018 by LeslieM

By Rachel Galvin

Wearing Derby attire, guests gathered at the Sheltair hangar of the Pompano Beach Airpark on Nov. 3 for this year’s 150 Drawdown Dinner benefiting the local Exchange Club and the multiple charities they support. Guests could watch the horse races that were projected on the wall and bet using Exchange Club bucks for real prizes. There were also multiple raffles, silent and live auctions, and more. The band got everyone up on the dance floor while their violinist and saxophonist roamed through the room. A delicious three-course dinner was offered buffet style, served up by John Knox Village. Of course, a party themed “Night at the Races” could not be complete without mint juleps. TapSnap captured the moment with its pop up photo booth complete with props. Prizes were given for best outfits. It was a wonderful evening for a great cause.

The Exchange Club’s charities include The Children’s Healing Institute, the Broward Children’s Center, the Boys and Girls Club, First Tee of Broward, Our Father’s House Soup Kitchen, Woodhouse, Dynamos, the DAV, Honor Flight and many more. The Exchange Club is a 501(c)3 non-profit service organization, which focuses on child abuse prevention, community service, student recognition and scholarships, and Americanism and Veteran’s support. For more information, visit

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Posted on 07 November 2018 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

Oct. 24: A woman reported that she met a man inside a Stop-N-Go at 3774 NE 3 Ave. to purchase a cell phone for $150. The woman gave the individual $150 for the cell phone but the man fled without providing the phone. The man who took the money was later caught by police and identified by the woman.

Oct. 25: A man reported that he has a video recording of someone entering his backyard at 101 SE 11 Ct. and stealing a weed eater, rigid generator and a dive bag containing dive equipment.

Oct. 25: Someone broke into a vehicle parked at 71 SE 21 Ave. and stole a gym bag with an e-reader and a Kindle, as well as a bag with food.

Oct. 25: Unknown suspects stole $400 in merchandise from Target at 3599 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

Oct. 28: A man reported that his car parked at 1121 SE 15 Ave. was broken into and $40, a SunPass device and garage door opener was stolen.

Oct. 29: A man reported his bicycle were stolen from 101 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

Lighthouse Point

Oct. 16: Police stopped a vehicle at 2001 NE 36 St. after it had gone through the city’s license plate recognition. The driver said he had not reported his license plate stolen and police were able to confirm.

Oct. 16: A subject took a bag from a store at 3780 N. Federal Hwy. and used it for personal items. The store manager wanted the subject trespassed from the store due to previous issues.

Oct. 20: The victim stated that $25,000 in purses were stolen from her and her daughter’s rooms at 2510 NE 43 St. There were no signs of forced entry. The victim said the only people with access to the residence were the housekeeper and the victim’s four children.

(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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Casino Night 1920s style

Posted on 03 November 2018 by LeslieM

For Pompano Historical Society

By Rachel Galvin

The soiree began at the Pompano History Museum as guys and gals dressed to the nines in 1920s attire gathered. Once there, they were given a special key to get into the secret party (which happened to be right across the street at the Woman’s Club). An antique 1926 fire truck sat in front. Ladies greeted them at the door drinking tea and it was only the key that allowed them to step into the real “secret” event just like a Prohibition era speakeasy. Inside, Shane Lamar and his crew were pumping out the music while guests played casino games and enjoyed specialty cocktails, and bid on live and silent auction items using their tickets they won during playing games. They even auctioned off one of the rarest bourbons in the world, Pappy’s Van Winkle. Another Perfect Party served up dinner, which included a meat carving station, and Shanna Benson made cakes for the event too. Proceeds for this fundraiser benefit the historical society.

The joint was jumpin’ but the coppers found out and came in and everyone had to hide their hooch. They took away the man who said he was in charge, Thomas McMahon, Pompano Historical’s president. But it was all in good fun and he returned; but it made for quite the humorous spectacle.

McMahon, who is also running for a District 3 commission seat in Pompano, said, “The event is a great success. We have had great success from the community. It has been a tradition. Every year has been a different theme.”

It’s fantastic,” said Jim Post, treasurer. “It brings a lot of people together to have a good time. It’s a great turnout.”

This is the best venue we have had. This is our annual fundraiser besides the Highwaymen event in March. It helps preserve Pompano history,” said board member Jerry Bowman.

The Historical Society has events yearlong, brings in speakers and gives tours in their museum and Kester cottages. For more information, visit

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7th Annual Brazilian Festival

Posted on 03 November 2018 by LeslieM

By Rachel Galvin

Every year, Pompano Community Park is packed with people for the annual Brazilian Festival. This year’s event, Oct. 20-21, had the same elements as other years but seemed even bigger. Kids were riding on the zipline, hopping on a mini ferris wheel or other rides, or rock climbing and sliding down a large inflatable slide. Adults were partaking in adult beverages or snacking on plenty of the Brazilian cuisine available while mingling through vendor booths. Everyone was getting into the Brazilian beat listening to multiple bands on the stage.

The stage artwork was designed with pop art by Valter de Morais, a Brazilian artist, who has been working on his art for 38 years. Today, he lives in Pompano. This was his first time at the festival and was asked to not only create art on the stage, but also had his own booth showing off not only his pop art pieces, but also a catalog of pictures of murals and other portraits on canvas. He also brought his 1962 Renault Dolphin with some of his artwork on the side.

I came from Brazil, lived in Boston for three years and then moved to Florida,” said De Morais. “I have exhibitions all over the world. CJR Fine Arts in West Palm Beach is my agent…” he said, adding of the event, “I love it. It is beautiful … so many Brazilian people.”

The Brazilian channel CBTV streamed live from the event.

Barbara Parreiras, who was helping out the crew, said of the event, “It’s really nice. Brazil has all kinds of cultures.most think just of Samba and Carnival, but it’s not just that. The fact we can do professional [networking here], it’s a good way to support Brazilians.”

Hugo Neira, of Vista BMW & VW Pompano, who sponsored the event, added, “This is fun. We are trying to get our neighborhood to know about us.”

For more information on this annual event, visit

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Posted on 01 November 2018 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

Oct. 12: A woman reported that someone stole her iPhone at a gas station at 299 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

Oct. 13: A woman reported that someone stole $230 from her purse at 4700 NW 3 Ave.

Oct. 14: The business Phone Fix at 3764 W. Hillsboro Blvd. was broken into and many laptops were stolen.

Oct. 15: A woman reported that someone stole a semi-truck and a 53 ft. trailer with plastic landscaping pots at 3201 SW 15 St.

Oct. 15: A woman had her purse stolen by a man who snatched it and then fled in a car. The incident was reported at 3740 W. Hillsboro Blvd. in the parking lot of a Publix.

Lighthouse Point

Oct. 10: The elderly victim said she invited a company to her residence at 4110 NE 24 Ave. to look at jewelry for pricing and to sell some of her jewelry at auction. She said after they looked through it, later in the day, she was unable to find a bracelet. She called the two representatives from the company and they denied taking it. The victim’s live-in aide also said she monitored the two reps from the company and did not believe they took it. The victim said she would continue to search for the property.

Oct. 12: Police responded to a report of a suspicious person at 2600 NE 22 Ave. Police reported the subject was lost and in need of directions.

Oct. 15: The victim said someone stole her wallet while she was shopping at 3780 N. Federal Hwy. The victim noticed that her wallet was missing when she went to the register to pay. The wallet contained a driver’s license, $120 in cash and a debit card.

(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 25 October 2018 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

Oct. 9: A man attempted to pass a $100 U.S. bill that had “For Motion Picture Use Only” on it at Publix at 150 S. Federal Hwy. The man handed it to a clerk hoping the clerk would not notice an attempt to pass counterfeit money. The man fled on a skateboard.

Oct. 9: An individual entered a Home Depot at 60 SW 12 Ave. and stole a Ryobi generator valued at $699.

Oct. 9: A woman quit her sales job at GNC at 1335 S. Military Tr. and left with $2,557 in money from transactions. There were 17 customer transactions involved.

Oct. 10: A woman working as lifeguard reported that her bicycle was stolen. The incident was reported at Tower 6 at 600 SE 21 Ave.

Oct. 12: A woman reported that someone stole jewelry from her valued at $2,500 at 3001 Deer Creek Country Club Blvd.

Lighthouse Point

Oct. 7: The victim said he noticed his Glock 26 was missing from the driver’s side door of his vehicle that was parked at 2141 NE 35 St. There were no signs of forced entry. The loss was $500.

Oct. 7: The victim said her security surveillance camera captured two male subjects in a golf cart pull into her yard and take two political signs valued at $50.

Oct. 9: The victim said he lost a wallet as he went from the front of his residence at 2757 NE 29 Ave. and his car. He said his driver’s license was also in the wallet. There was no fraudulent activity on any of the cards.

(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 17 October 2018 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

Oct. 2: The owners of Com-Esco LLC at 245 SE 21 Ave. reported that $103,140 in corporate funds for Fiscal Year 2017 was stolen by a man who had been doing accounting for the company. Another accountant discovered the loss of funds.

Oct. 2: A man reported that someone tried to break into his home at 5300 NE 10 Ave.

Oct. 2: A woman reported that someone broke into her car parked at 4020 W. Hillsboro Blvd. and stole a purse valued at $300.

Oct. 3: A man was arrested and charged with battery. He body slammed a woman against a wall and also destroyed furniture in the living room. The incident was reported at 957 SW 15 St.

Oct. 5: A man reported that another man walked up behind him and held a knife to his throat. The man was later arrested and charged with aggravated assault. The incident was reported at 641 S. Ocean Dr.

Lighthouse Point

Sept. 25: A resident reported a dog loose at 4521 NE 22 Ave. Police arrived but were unable to locate the dog.

Sept. 25: A resident found a black wallet at 2831 NE 26 St. He turned the wallet and its contents over to police.

Sept. 28: The victim said he last saw his tag at 2101 NE 41 St. The victim said he placed the tag on the roof of his car while he placed a new dealer tag on the vehicle. He forgot that he had placed the tag on his roof and drove away. He discovered it was missing when he arrived in Weston.

(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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