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Posted on 29 August 2019 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach

Aug. 13: A woman who owns a vending machine company reported that a former employee stole money from seven machines. The incident was reported at 580 N. Federal Hwy.

Aug. 13: Someone entered a home at 75 SW 12 Ave. and stole a box of collectable coins.

Aug. 13: It was reported that someone entered JB Maintenance and Supply at 75 SE 10 St. and stole a pressure washer valued at $600 from the store room.

Aug. 14: A man opened a locked perfume case at Walgreens at S. Military Trl. and stole four bottles of perfume valued at $361.

Aug. 14: A man and a woman stole six 18 packs of beer valued at $208 from Publix at 150 S. Federal Hwy.

Aug. 15: A man reported a backpack with a cell phone, $180 and clothing stolen. The incident was reported at 2068 NE 2 St.

Lighthouse Point

July 31: The alarm company reported that the business at 2490 N. Federal Hwy. had its burglar alarm going off. They attempted to contact the key holder to no avail. A perimeter was established and there were no signs of an intrusion.

Aug. 2: Police responded to a shoplifting in progress at 3780 N. Federal Hwy. The store manager said a female subject entered the store with two purses and proceeded to place items in one of them while walking around the store. Police were asked to confront the subject inside the store, and she told officers that she had no intention of taking the items and that she placed them in her purse because her cart was full. She was found to have some active warrants out of Broward County and was taken into custody without incident. 

(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 01 August 2019 by LeslieM

Home School Curriculum Planning Event

Thursday, Aug. 1, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Boca Raton Public Library (Community Meeting Room)

400 NW 2 Ave.

Boca Raton, FL 33432

Come out and learn about curriculum choices, network with new and experienced home school parents, and discover library and area resources. Refreshments will be served. Event is free and open to the public. Parenting and home school books will be on sale at the event for only $1 each. To register or for more information, visit www.myboca.us/957/Library.

Dive in Movies —
Finding Dory

Friday, Aug. 2, 8 p.m.

Houston Sworn Pool

901 NW 10 St.

Pompano Beach, FL 33064

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. This is a free event. Snacks and refreshments will be available. For more information, call 954-786-4116.

Old Town Untapped

Friday, Aug. 2, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Bailey Contemporary Arts

41 NE 1 St.

Pompano Beach, FL 33064

Old Town Untapped is a monthly craft beer and arts festival hosted by the Pompano Beach CRA and features free samples of local beers crafted by breweries in Pompano Beach’s emerging craft beer scene. In addition, the streets of Old Town are lined with food trucks, artists, crafters and interactive art. Inside Bailey Contemporary Arts, guests can grab some locally roasted coffee at Blooming Bean Coffee Roasters and walk through the galleries rotating art exhibits each month. 

The Big Buck Music Fest

Saturday, Aug. 3, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex

445 SW 2 St.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

The festival will include live musical performances from local & global artists, including headliner Lil Jon, as well as great food from well-known restaurants & food trucks, and an interactive kid zone. Parental Advisory: Beginning at 7 p.m., there will be mature content and explicit language included as a part of the show. It will be at the discretion of the adult supervisor of the children to determine if they wish to stay and take part. General Admission: $7.27 DFB Resident; with promo code: $4.63. Tickets: www.eventbrite.com/e/the-big-buck-music-fest-tickets-62871356921. For more information, see Pg. 1.

Back 2 School Pool Party

Sunday, Aug. 4, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Township Community Aquatic Center

2500 Lyons Rd.

Coconut Creek, FL 33063

The 3rd annual Back 2 School Pool Party is here! Free school supply giveaways for all kids, a three-hour celebration with music, games, food, swimming and more! Come and have fun with your friends and family. Open to the public, fun for all ages. Food truck will be present with hot dogs, snacks and amazing desserts. Presented by Style My Own & Good Fight Mission. For more information, e-mail: info@stylemyown.com.

Preschool open house

Thursday, Aug. 8, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Center for Active Aging

227 NW 2 St.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Speaker Jayne Hafer, preschool manager, will talk about “Preparing your Child for School.” Visit the classroom and meet the teachers. Refreshments will be available, as well as free child-sitting. The preschool serves children ages 3-5 years and promotes successful learning in a nurturing, loving childcare setting. Weekly tuition includes breakfast, lunch and snacks. Teachers are certified and the school is a 5+ Quality Rated School with APPLE Accreditation. Free Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten is offered beginning Aug. 14, from 9 a.m. to noon. Please call 954-480-4473 for more information or e-mail jhafer@dfb.city.

Save the Date:

Symphony of the Americas Summerfest Concert

Friday, Aug. 9, 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Deerfield Main Beach Parking Lot

149 SE 21 Ave.

Deerfield Beach, FL  33441

Mark your calendars for this free family outdoor performance. The concert, organized by the Deerfield Beach Historical Society is supported by the City of Deerfield Beach, the Deerfield Beach Rotary, Kiwanis Club, Woman’s Club and Cultural Committee, as well as State of Florida Cultural Affairs. The concert is free; bring along a chair or blanket. A variety of food and drink are available for purchase with all proceeds to benefit the sponsoring groups. For additional information, please call 561-299-8684 or visit www.deerfield-history.org.

Summer Jam Put Back

Saturday, Aug. 10, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

DS Sports Plex

3650 SW 10 St.

Deerfield Beach, FL, 33441

Game Time Clothing Presents their second annual event. A four team basketball tournament, 3 point contest, skill competition, fashion show, fun zones, food, beer and wine. Kids under 15 are free, ages 15-18 are $5 and adults are $15. For more information, call 954-798-6535 or 954-882-3373.

Woman’s Club Trips

Naval Museum in Ft. Pierce

Tuesday, Aug. 13 8:30 a.m.

Deerfield Woman’s Club is delighted to offer a very special trip to Ft. Pierce and Stuart. The National Navy Seal Museum is home to one of the most unusual collections of artifacts & exhibits of any museum. Cost is $90. Includes round trip Motor Coach transportation, a tip to your driver, a visit to the museum, a sit-down lunch overlooking the beach and a visit to historic downtown Stuart. Limited seats. Call now. Men are welcome too. Call Sally 954-427-2175 for more information.

GET FIT’ at the Center for Active Aging


Yoga Lite with Laura Newman —

Monday, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.


Enhance Fitness® Program with Julie —

Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 10 to 11 a.m.  


Zumba Gold with Ayheza Newell —

Tuesday & Thursday, noon to 1 p.m.


Sit N Fit Yoga with Diane Zantop —

Tuesday & Thursday, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.


Senior Aqua Movement

Tuesday & Thursday at the DFB Aquatic Center —

1 to 1:45 p.m.


Exercise Room includes treadmills, stationary bikes, cardio fit machine and more. Open Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


These are available every week. The Center for Active Aging is located at 227 NW 2 St., in Deerfield Beach. For more information, please call 954-480-4447. Need a ride?  Give them a call. The Center for Active Aging offers transportation services.

Read with Grandma Connie

Come to the Percy White Library at 837 E. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach, FL 33441 and meet Grandma Connie, a foster grandparent who helps children become successful readers. She will hold office hours on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m.to 3 p.m. On Tuesday and Thursday, she will be available between noon and 5 p.m. Her schedule gets pretty full, so it is best to meet with her and schedule a block of time to meet with her. Call 954-357-7680.

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Deerfield Beach Senior League falls at state tourney

Posted on 11 July 2019 by LeslieM

By Gary Curreri

The Deerfield Beach Little League Senior Division baseball team advanced to the state tournament by winning the district and sectional titles. Pictured above (L to R): (Bottom row): Gio Caffro, Dawson Lallance, Colin Calvet, Janelle Calvet, Melchor Feliciano & Marcus Gonzalez; (top row): Anthony Masiello, Junior Feliciano, Salvatore Saccente, Nicky Lash, Sanders Chartier, Keanu Siracusa, Neile Thomas, Maxwell Thomson, Lorenzo Feliciano, Dylan Radtke, Jason Siracusa, Preston James & Neile Thomas. Submitted photo, courtesy of Jason Siracusa

Deerfield Beach Little League President Jason Siracusa always believed his Senior All-Star team could advance to the state tournament. And they did not disappoint. The Deerfield Beach Little League Senior All-Stars defeated both Coral Springs and defending state champion North Springs to win the District 10 tournament and advance to Florida State Championship tournament. 

The Little League District 10 Seniors All-Star tournament at the Deerfield Beach Middle School Athletic Complex with North Springs topped Coral Springs, 8-1. Deerfield Beach then withstood numerous distractions lasting four hours, including a lightning delay to pull out a 10-inning, 7-6 win.

With Coral Springs and North Springs squaring off in the loser’s bracket game, Coral Springs got off to a strong start and pulled out a 12-3 win to advance to the final against Deerfield Beach.

After giving up one run in the top of the first inning, Deerfield Beach came out swinging and never looked back. Deerfield Beach put up 12 runs on 13 hits and handily won the game 12-5 sending the very talented squad to the Florida State Senior Division Little League championship in Lakewood Ranch from July 5-7. 

The majority of the Deerfield team played together in the Juniors Division last season where they went 13-1, winning their district championship and finishing second overall in the state of Florida.

At this year’s state tournament, Deerfield Beach overcame a rain delay and defeated St. Cloud, 4-1. The local squad then dropped its next two contests to finish pool play, 1-2.

Deerfield Beach lost to Hancock American, 14-2 and then fell to Land O’Lakes, 3-1. Land O’Lakes went on to win the state title with an 11-3 win over previously unbeaten San Mateo. Against Hancock American, Deerfield fell behind early and couldn’t recover. When Hancock defeated St. Cloud, it finished 2-1 in pool play and ended Deerfield Beach’s hopes of advancing to the championship round.

Deerfield Beach still turned in a solid performance in defeat against the eventual state champion. Deerfield Beach pitcher Brock Buerosse tossed a complete game and gave up 3 runs on 4 hits, but it wasn’t enough as Deerfield’s bats were virtually silent scoring 1 run on just 3 hits.

“This is the second year in a row Deerfield has sent a team to the state tournament,” Siracusa said. “We have made some improvements over last year’s (team) but left our core intact.

“But the competition at the state level is pretty fierce,” he added. “As one of the younger teams in the tournament, Deerfield held up against teams that were comprised of 16-year-old high school varsity players. Our team was made up of 16 players. Everyone had a role and when called upon they performed the way we expected. I’m proud of every single one of them.”

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Posted on 05 July 2019 by LeslieM

Annual 5th of July Beach Cleanup

Friday, July 5, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Chickee Hut across from the Fire Station

71 S. Ocean Way

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Come join city staff for beach cleanup and continue the community’s efforts to help keep Deerfield Beach both clean and green. Snacks and water will be provided to all volunteers. Parking passes for the duration of the event will also be available to the first 50 volunteers.

Beautifully Broken exhibit opens

Friday, July 5, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Bailey Contemporary Arts

41 NE 1 St.

Pompano Beach, FL 33064

One in five Americans are affected by mental health conditions. Yet, this common illness often remains hidden behind a wall of secrecy and isolation. “Beautifully Broken” is an exhibit curated by ArtHeart, a non-profit that raises funds and awareness for orphans around the world. The exhibit explores mental health through contemporary visual art. It breaks down societal stigma and offers an opportunity to encounter and understand mental health through the eyes of nine artists. Exhibit runs through Aug. 30. July 5 is opening reception.

Intro to Wild Ales/Brewery Tour

Saturday, July 6, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Odd Breed Wild Ales

50 NE 1 St.

Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Go on a journey through the wild beer process they use at Odd Breed to come up with their creations. At the end, get two 5.5 oz. pours included in the $10 cost of admission. Get ticket details at www.oddbreed.com under ‘shop.’

Comics Guru Calvin Reid speaks

Sunday, July 7, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Boca Raton Museum of Art

501 Plaza Real

Boca Raton, FL 33432

Reid will discuss how his life has been shaped by art, comics and the book industry. He is internationally renowned as a central figure in the rise and success of graphic novels as a publishing genre. Non-Members – $5, free for members. Space is limited. Reserve your tickets at www.bocamuseum.org/events/calvin-reid–editor-publishers-weekly-comics-world. For more info, call 561-392-2500.

Old Town Untapped

Sunday, July 7, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Bailey Contemporary Arts

41 NE 1 St.

Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Old Town Untapped is a monthly craft beer and arts festival hosted by the Pompano Beach CRA and features free samples of local beers crafted by breweries in Pompano Beach’s emerging craft beer scene. In addition, the streets of Old Town are lined with food trucks, artists, crafters and interactive art. Inside Bailey Contemporary Arts, guests can grab some locally roasted coffee at Blooming Bean Coffee Roasters and walk through the galleries rotating art exhibits each month. 

Working Families Orientation

Monday, July 8, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

E. Pat Larkin Center

520 NW 3 St.

Pompano Beach, FL 33060

The Center for Working Families (CWF) provides a space to overcome hurdles that may be holding you back and help you move towards creating a step-by-step plan for attaining your long-term goals. Through the coaching process, clients will focus on financial education, asset building, job training, career advancement, public benefits screenings and identifying personal goals for a successful financial future! To register, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/orientation-offered-in-city-of-pompano-center-for-working-families-orientation-tickets-58027131713.

Ballroom Dancing

Tuesday, July 9, 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Center for Active Aging

227 NW 2 St.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Every Tuesday.Ballroom Dance with Soutien Peng & Karen Donaldson. No partner needed. For more information, call the Center for Active Aging at 954-480-4447.

Knit & Crochet Group

Tuesday, July 9, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Center for Active Aging

227 NW 2 St.

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Beginners welcome. No experience necessary. Benefits include a feeling of accomplishment and reduced stress. Currently, this dedicated group is making Afghans for Vietnam Veterans. Steve Siplak of CarePlus provides the yarn. The Center offers Transportation Services. Need a ride? Give them a call. For more information, contact Ann Sico, Recreation Coordinator at 954-480-4447.

Save the Date:

Music under the Stars

Friday, July 12, 7 p.m.

The Great Lawn

Corner of Atlantic and Pompano Beach Blvd.

Come enjoy an evening of great music and entertainment as Vista Motor Company presents Music under the Stars every second Friday of the month. Featured band for this event is Pure Heart (a Heart tribute band).

Blended Conversations

Saturday, July 13, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Pompano Beach Cultural Center

50 W. Atlantic Blvd.

Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Blended Conversations combines art & conversation, examines the world around us and how we exist in it. Come listen to a variety of local artists share their own real life stories in an intimate, relaxed and informal setting. Refreshments provided. Tickets cost $10 at the door or visit www.ccpompano.org.

Hillsboro Lighthouse Tours

Sunday July 21, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Sands Harbor Resort Boat Dock

125 N. Riverside Dr.

Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Enjoy a great view from the lighthouse! Parking is on the east side of the street in the city (pay) parking lot. Registration/check-in starts 30 minutes prior to the first sail time and remains open until the last boat returns. The boat leaves the Sands dock to the lighthouse at each sail time. The boat leaves the lighthouse dock to the Sands approximately 30 minutes later (for an approximate 1 hour round trip). Members will register/check you in, provide you with a wrist band, and assist you with boarding for the boat ride to/from the lighthouse. A current HLPS membership or a $35 per person transportation fee is required. There are seven shuttle boats; the sail times are hourly from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Beat the Heat

Saturday, July 13, 2 p.m.

All Pet Supermarket stores

Is your pet getting enough water? To celebrate National Pet Hydration Awareness Month and help raise awareness about the importance of hydration for pets this summer, Pet Supermarket is holding a special event. The special event will feature workshops to educate attendees on various tips, tricks and products to help prevent pet dehydration as the days get hotter. Vendors and animal welfare groups will be on-site to share information about pet hydration for all pets, big and small. Attendees will also enjoy raffles, giveaways and 20 percent off on all dog and cat feeding supplies. The event will provide hydration tips for dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, small animals, fish and ferrets, and is free and open to the public.

Woman’s Club Trips

Navel Museum in Ft. Pierce

Tuesday, Aug. 13 8:30 a.m.

Deerfield Women’s Club is delighted to offer a very special trip to Ft. Pierce and Stuart. The National Navy Seal Museum is home to one of the most unusual collections of artifacts & exhibits of any museum. Cost is $90. Includes round trip Motor Coach transportation, a tip to your driver, a visit to the museum, a sit-down lunch overlooking the beach and a visit to historic downtown Stuart. Limited seats. Call now. Men are welcome too. Call Sally 954-427-2175 for more information.

Paint with Pat!

Local artist Pat Anderson has two classes coming up in which you can learn how to paint the beautiful landscapes you see around you. 1st class is Tuesday, July 16, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hillsboro Inlet Park Pavilion, 2700 N. Ocean Blvd. in Pompano Beach. The 2nd is Sunday, July 21, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hillsboro Lighthouse. Pat Anderson’s Plein Air Art in the Parks is for age 10 to seniors. Open to all levels. Bring photos of you and huggable friend. Pat will show you how to paint your scene then position two people by the ocean. See display ad in the Observer today on pg. 3. Art supplies for watercolors are free. You are welcome to bring your favorite art supplies for acrylics or oils. Professional instruction and Leaf Bar tables & easels provided. Bring lunch. Two awesome days of painting for $60. Extra fee for access to lighthouse and grounds. Get more details and sign up by calling Emma Lou Olson Civic Center at 954-786-4111 or visit www.PatAndersonArtist.com/classes.

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Innocent wins middle school long jump title

Posted on 20 June 2019 by LeslieM

Deerfield Beach Middle School’s Vitawens Innocent takes a bite out of his first place medal at the Broward County Middle School track and field meet at Coral Springs High School. Innocent won the boys long jump. Photo by Gary Curreri

By Gary Curreri
Vitawens Innocent capped off his 8th-grade year at Deerfield Beach Middle School by winning the Broward County championship in the boys long jump. Innocent, 15, was the lone competitor to surpass 19 ft. in the event and easily topped the field with a jump of 19 ft., 10-1/4 in. He also finished 5th in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.28.
“The sport is very important to me because it shows people that I am doing something with myself and that is exciting,” said Innocent, of Pompano Beach. He has only been competing in track for two years. He is planning on playing football for Deerfield Beach High School in the fall.
“The long jump is a little bit scary in the beginning, but when I am in the air, I just float. It feels like I am flying.”
The Pompano Beach girls finished seventh overall with 28 points, while Deerfield Beach was 18th with 8 points. Pembroke Pines Charter won the girls title with 71 points.
In the boys competition, Forest Glen captured the county title with 50 points. Deerfield Beach finished in 8th place with 24 points.
Other locals who fared well in the competition were Steven Martin of Deerfield Beach Middle who finished second in the shot put (41-09.25); Deerfield Beach Middle’s Stanley Jean-Claude, who finished 7th in the 800-meter run (2:22.47); Pompano Beach Middle’s Ashley Shaw was 2nd in the girls 100-meter dash (12.50) and 3rd in the 200-meter dash (26.08); Pompano Beach Middle’s Alyssa Irwin was 4th in the girls high jump (4-07.75); Deerfield Beach Middle’s Ty’Kerra Edwards was 2nd in the girls long jump (14-11.50); Pompano Beach Middle School’s Tierra Nesmith was 6th in the girls discus (68-03) and 8th in the girls shot put (26-02.25); the Pompano Beach girls 4×200 meter relay was 4th (1:50.77).

Sunshine State Games water polo headed to Deerfield
The 2019 Sunshine State Games Water Polo Championships takes center-stage starting Friday as 59 teams throughout Florida, and international teams from Ecuador, Trinidad & Tobago, and Barbados as well, strap on the headgear and maneuver the competition to score in the watery nets.
With approximately 1,180 athletes, the SSG Water Polo Championship is the largest annual water polo tournament in the Southeast Zone ranging in age groups 10 and under to Open Men’s and Women’s Divisions.
The three-day tournament will take place at two venues in Broward County, including the Coral Springs Aquatic Center (Friday-Sunday) and Deerfield Beach Aquatics Center (Saturday and Sunday only).
“I have been participating in the Sunshine State Games as an athlete for 17 years, three years as a coach, and now in my second year as the state director,” said Water Polo state director Anna Rosen. “The Games provide a great sense of community and family in this area. I have always loved this tournament, and I look forward to seeing the continued growth for years to come.”

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Precautionary Boil Water Alert for a Small Section of Deerfield Beach

Posted on 28 May 2019 by LeslieM

On Tuesday, May 28, 2019, a water main break occurred after a car crashed into a fire hydrant on the corner of FAU Research Blvd. and SW 10 Street. In order for city workers to isolate the line for repair several valves had to be shut off, causing an interruption in water service.

This Precautionary Boil Water Notice applies to residents and businesses located along FAU Research Blvd between SW 15 Street and SW 10 Street, the West side of SW 9 Avenue to FAU Research Blvd, between SW 11 Court and SW 15 Street, as well as People’s Trust Insurance. If you do not live in this area, this boil water notice does not affect you.

As a precaution, we advise that all water used for drinking, cooking, making ice, or washing dishes be boiled. A rolling boil of one minute is sufficient. As an alternative bottled water may be used.

This Precautionary Boil Water Notice will remain in effect until a bacteriological survey shows that the water is safe to drink. You will be notified when this order has been rescinded.

Please follow us on social media for all updates.

If you have any questions you may contact Adrian Mocanu at 954-480-4370.

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Deerfield 50/70 team holds on for 8-5 win

Posted on 02 May 2019 by LeslieM

By Gary Curreri

Christian Osornio and Daniel Silveria collected multiple hits to lead the offensive charge, while Roman Odiernia blasted a two run home run to deep left field in the third inning as the Deerfield Beach Little League’s 50/70 team jumped out to an early lead and then held on for an 8-5 win over host Federal recently.

Osornio started on the mound for Deerfield Beach and tossed two innings of one-hit, one-run ball. He also struck out three and walked one as the local squad built an early 6-1 lead in the interleague contest.

Robert Odiernia and Alex Riveria pitched the middle of the game and gave way to closer Ryan Jarrett, who sealed the deal as he yielded no hits and no walks while striking out four and allowed 0 runs in 2.1 innings of work. 

Others contributing to the 10 hits for DBLL were Caleb Wahlers, Jarrett, both Odiernia boys, Donovan Campbell and Anthony Fronte. Federal was only able to manage three hits in the game.

Golf Course closes for reconstruction of new greens

The city of Pompano Beach has temporarily closed the Greg Norman Signature Golf Course for the renovation of their putting greens.

The Pines Course, located at 1101 N. Federal Hwy., is one of two courses located at the city’s public golf course. The second course, the Palms Course, will remain open during the reconstruction.

The re-grassing of the Pines Golf Course putting greens will provide a much-improved turf surface. Platinum Paspalm turf has been chosen based on the conditions at this facility. The city has been testing the Paspalm turf on four greens over the past year which has proven to be highly successful.

The process of re-grassing involves many steps, including applying herbicide in order to aid in the removal of the existing turf, applying soil amendments, frequent rolling of surfaces to develop a consistent turf stand, aerification, installation of the premium sod, etc.

The Greg Norman Design Pines Golf Course is tentatively scheduled to re-open by the end of June weather permitting.

Pompano Beach Men’s Golf Association results

The Pompano Beach Men’s Golf Association held a One Best Ball of a Foursome tournament at the Pines Course and the group of Henry Lesburt, Bill O’Brien, Robert Raser and Tom Breur (blind draw) carded a 51 to win top honors.

Tom Breur, Bob Mascatello, Lance Naiman and Dave Hall (blind draw) shot a 53 and won on a match of cards with the third place team of Richard Anderson, George Duarte, Carlo Spirito and Bart Valerio. Finishing in fourth was Jim DeCicco, Jim Dunn (blind draw), Gary Gill and Richard Plasky with a 55. Frank Cutrone, Bill McCormick, Paul Murphy and Gene Stoller shot a 56 to finish fifth.  The closest to the pin winner on the third hole was Pat McClain.

The Pompano Beach Men’s Golf Association followed that tournament up with another contest – Two Best Ball of Foursome at the Pines Course.

Paul Berning, Joe Patchen, Richard Plasky and Bob VanZandt carded a 117 to take first place. Placing second after a match of cards was Jim Blake, Frank Cutrone, Lee Hammer and Bill Sincavage, who shot 118. Andy Burt, Jim Dunn, Dave Hall and Harlan Tyler (blind draw) finished third with a 118.

Henry Lesburt, Bob Mascatello, Jay Thorn and Tom Joyce (blind draw) were fourth after shooting 120 and won on a match of cards. Jim Foster, Bill Hadersbeck, Mike Katawczik and Tim O’Brien finished fifth. Winning the closest to the pin contest on the seventh hole was Jerry Goodman.

Pompano Beach Women’s Golf Association results

The Pompano Beach Women’s Golf Association held a One Best Ball Even Holes, Two Best Balls Odd Holes tournament and the team of Sue Bardhi, Vonnie Okeefe, Nancy Oshea and Patti Matera (blind draw) won with an 86. Finishing second, just three shots back with an 89, was the team of Abby Ages, Deanne Baumann, Dianne Levanti and Anita Macmichael.

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All-STAR Buddies hold basketball event

Posted on 25 April 2019 by LeslieM

By Gary Curreri

The City of Deerfield Beach Parks & Recreation Department’s All-STAR Buddies program in partnership with the Special Olympics recently hosted the inaugural “Choose to Include” Basketball Event at the Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex.

Kenny Lawrence, who runs the special needs All-STAR Buddies programs for the City of Deerfield Beach, said the one-day event empowered athletes of all ages and abilities to engage in a fun, safe environment with an emphasis on sportsmanship. Approximately 150 people throughout the county attended the event.

Throughout the day, special needs athletes were helped by Buddies in the games and, at the conclusion, every special player received a Special Olympics Florida T-shirt and a medal.

With the central theme of breaking down social barriers for individuals with special needs, the event included basketball games, a family festival, along with a dance.

“The concept of unified programming allows for individuals who don’t have a disability compete alongside those who do,” Lawrence pointed out. “This concept helps promote unity and acceptance which is what the city’s program, All-STAR Buddies, was based around.”

The city also presented Buddy Benches at this event. The Buddy Benches were created as a part of an anti-bully movement the city has adopted. 

“Children from each of the city’s aftercare programs decorated these benches,” Lawrence said. “The benches will eventually be installed throughout the city and neighboring schools, including Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The bench being installed at Stoneman Douglas was created as a memorial bench in honor of the 17 who lost their lives last year.” 

“I created the idea of this event as a way to share with the community a program that I fell in love with while working with the Special Olympics over the last 12 years,” Lawrence said. “Outside of being a head coach for the Special Olympics, I am also a unified player on a basketball and volleyball team. I’ve been blessed with the opportunity over the years to work side by side by my idols and wanted to share this experience with everyone.”

Among those who attended the event was Lawrence’s close friend, Kevin Sutton, host of the Kevin Sutton Show for ESPN sports talk radio out of Orlando. Sutton and his family made the trip down from Orlando to spend the day with the kids and announce the basketball games.

Lawrence said the program known as All-STAR Buddies started August 2018.

“The program was created to be an all inclusive program designed to promote inclusion and acceptance for all participants,” he said. “The program allows for everyone to join regardless of having a disability or not and provides a safe non-judgmental environment that encourages socialization and understanding.”

Here’s a list of the programs All-STAR Buddies currently offers and their locations: basketball (Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex), soccer (Middle School Athletics Complex), track (Middle School Athletics Complex), kickball (Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex), photography (Hillsboro Community Center), fishing (Deerfield Beach International Fishing Pier), art (Highlands Community Center), music (Teen Center), bowling (Strikes in Boca) and clay animation (Hillsboro Community Center).

Clay Animation is a class that brings clay to life using older cartoon techniques in creating videos out of individual still frames using cameras.

The city also offers S.T.R.E.A.M. (Constitution Park). This class offers a different themed project each week based off of the class’s abbreviated name. Week 1 – Science, Week 2 – Technology, Week 3 – Recreation, Week 4 – Engineering, Week 5 – Art, Week 6 – Math.

“These are six-week programs that run throughout the year,” Lawrence said. “Each class is based out of a different location throughout the city. It was designed this way to provide the All-STAR Buddy programming throughout the city.”

Currently, the city is working on its summer camp programs which start June 10 and will run through Aug. 2. This summer’s All-STAR Buddy summer camp program will run Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“This will be the first time the city has offered a full camp for individuals with special needs,” Lawrence added. “As for future programming, we are planning on adding several new programs to the year as well, including future ‘Choose To Include’ events.”

For more information on the Buddies programs, contact Lawrence via e-mail at klawrence@deerfield-beach.com.

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Phat Boy Sushi & Kitchen

Posted on 11 April 2019 by LeslieM

By Rachel Galvin

Sometimes, you don’t need all the flair… you just want things simple. Phat Boy Sushi & Kitchen lives by that philosophy. Much like a Ying & Yang symbol, the aesthetics of their newest restaurant located in Deerfield Beach is based on black and white, with large scale muted geisha paintings adding a sense of harmony and authenticity.

Phat Boy Sushi & Kitchen works to be as genuine as possible in its Japanese selections as it offers up a large variety of not only sushi and sashimi, but plenty of choices straight from the kitchen as well. For a perfect beginning, try their delicious Banging Shrimp which is jumbo shrimp battered in tempura and served covered in a mildly spicy mayo topped with scallions.

One of their more popular dishes is their Mushroom Tobanyaki, which is a pretty big size for an appetizer. It consists of three different type of mushrooms sauteed in a rich soy sake sauce with a touch of butter, although the buttery flavor is obvious throughout.

Always popular is their ramens. They have several types. This reporter tried the Tonkotsu Ramen and it was huge. (They definitely allow for sharing and will separate dishes into bowls ahead of time). The large bowl was filled with a salty and creamy pork broth. Inside was a six minute egg, shitake mushrooms, caramelized and tender slices of marinated pork belly, scallions, bean sprouts, seaweed and onions. Digging into the bottom unveiled the egg noodles just waiting to be discovered.

They have yakitori, seafood selections, salads, rice, stir fry and more. If you don’t like raw fish, you can order a California Roll, for example, which has cooked crab. For $3.50 more, you can upcharge to real (not imitation) King Crab, which is delicious and sweet. On the menu are the desserts — with traditional selections like mochi ice cream and more unconventional ones too. Their most popular is fried oreo.

“We cater to those who eat sushi and kitchen food. We serve our food tapas style, geared toward sharing,” said manager Breyden Haessig.

They also have a bar with beer, wine and sake. There is a “reverse happy hour” from 10:30 p.m. until close. They offer draft beer for $2.50 and bottomless hot sake for $10.

The restaurant is open seven days a week 11:30 a.m. to midnight.

Owner John Maser said he has wanted to create food since he was young.

“I enjoy people’s smiles because they like my food,” said Maser. “I have always wanted to do this since I was a kid. Sushi can be much more artistic. I can make it more beautiful.”

“This is our third location,” said Haessig. “The first one was in Oakland Park for three years. We also have a location in downtown Ft. Lauderdale which has been open for a year. We opened here before the first of the year.”

He said the restaurant caters to people’s needs.

“A lot of places say no substitutes [We will customize for you]. Tell us what you want. We want people to come and leave happy,” he said.

Phat Boy Sushi & Kitchen is located at 949 S. Federal Hwy. For more information, call 754-227-5489 or visit www.phatboysushi.com.

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Deerfield Beach Little League celebrates opening day

Posted on 28 February 2019 by LeslieM

By Gary Curreri

The annual tradition of face painting, hot dogs and various contests, including a home run derby helped kickoff opening day for the Deerfield Beach Little League on Saturday. 

“We’ve been in this fine city for 62 years,” gushed Deerfield Beach Little League President Jason Siracusa. “This is our second season with a new board of directors and we are looking forward to an even better year this season.”

Siracusa said the difference between last year and this year is that they are coming off a championship season. He would know firsthand as last season, Siracusa coached the Junior Division team to the state finals where they finished runner-up.

“Our league has grown since last year and our registrations are up,” said Siracusa, who said there are now 20 teams in the program. “Our sponsorships are up and we have a lot of new families, especially in the younger divisions which is really the future of our league. 

There are approximately 250 players in the league, from ages 4 to 16, Siracusa said opening day was a success. There was a tug of war between coaches and players, a cornhole competition, home run derby, fast pitch and a “triathlon” which consisted of hitting, throwing and running for the younger age groups.

“It was a great day,” Siracusa said. “We had a couple of more events. “The mayor and a couple of city commissioners were here and this was really about bringing everybody together for one time without any baseball, without any games going on. It just gave everybody a chance to get to know each other.

“We had our competitions, a BBQ and then off we go, the season starts,” Siracusa added. “This year was a lot easier than last year. We’ve embraced technology. We built a good foundation last season and we are more streamlined this season, financially and structurally. Building on that, we did a lot of online registrations. We have apps for the managers to help keep track of their teams to communicate with their teams and it makes it a better experience for everybody.”

 Siracusa said the top goals for the program this season is more championships, competitive baseball through both the city’s games and interleague play with neighboring communities in both the junior and 50/70 divisions. The league will consist of T-Ball, Coach-Pitch, Majors, 50/70, Junior and the Seniors, which will begin play in May after the high school season. Siracusa said running the program takes a lot of work and he credited the effort of the volunteers for keeping them on track.

“We didn’t get in all of our uniforms until yesterday,” Siracusa said. “We changed our uniforms this year too. The uniforms are brighter and they seem to be a bit more fun. We have the kid’s names on the back and we have Deerfield Beach in large letters on the front so everywhere we go, we are representing our city. We wanted to make sure we put out a good vibe from our city. 

Angel Davober, 9, of Pompano Beach, a Cresthaven School third grader, said he has played the sport since he was 4.  

“It’s fun and cool because you get to play a lot of different positions,” said Davober, who plays third base, second base and outfield. “I like playing third base the most. Today was awesome because you got to do a lot of different things.”

Deerfield Beach’s Neile Thomas, 14, of Deerfield Beach, has played in the league since he was 6. 

“There is a lot of good stuff to like about the league,” said Thomas, a Pompano Beach High School freshman, “It is very family oriented. The coaches put their players’ safety before winning, but we win too.”

Thomas was a member of the state runner-up Junior Division team a season ago.

“It’s pretty cool to get your name on a banner because you can come back in a couple of years and people you know you can say, ‘I was on that team,’” Thomas said. “On a scale from 1 to 10, that was like an 11. Going to a state tournament was like one of the coolest things I have ever done. Hopefully, this year we will go to states again and win it this year.”

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