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I FEEL COMPELLED TO ADMIT THAT I AM A HUGE FAN OF DAIRY QUEEN. And the one right here in town is the perfect escape on a hot Florida night. It has a drive-thru, which allows me to visit in my pajamas — a simple joy I truly appreciate. However, on a recent trip to our beloved Queen, I noticed a new and somewhat amusing offering: “artisan style” sandwiches. I kid you not. The next natural question is “What are these sandwiches?” First on the list is the exotic chicken, bacon ranch sandwich. Other options include a turkey BLT and an artisan-style Philly sandwich. The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines an artisan as “someone who produces something (as cheese or wine) in limited quantities, often using traditional methods.” I suppose one could say placing chicken between two halves of a sliced roll is a traditional method, but honestly, I think the Dairy Queen marketing gurus are overreaching here. Let’s be real — Dairy Queen is a huge chain, so we’re not talking limited quantities either. In fact, from what I understand of the fast food world, unless a sandwich can be mass-produced, it can’t be profitable. So a mass-produced, artisan sandwich is a true oxymoron. And beyond that obvious contradiction, shouldn’t an artisanal sandwich include ingredients such as foie gras, black truffles, Spanish manchego or an English stilton? Merely days later, I was reading a recipe for braised short ribs served over grits. It was an extremely intricate recipe with instructions and a list of ingredients reminiscent of War and Peace. And then I saw it: the recipe called for artisanal grits. Really? What’s next? Artisanal frosted flakes? And what exactly would happen if I used ordinary grits — or even, heaven forbid, generic grits? Not long after the grits episode, during my almost-daily pilgrimage to Starbucks, I noticed they were featuring “artfully iced” coffee. No one loves Starbucks more than I do, but when we are elevating the act of putting ice in coffee to chill it, well, I think we can all agree, it’s got to stop. Why are we labeling so many things artisanal and why does it bother me so much? Perhaps I should just get over it. I’m somewhat of a food dork and I appreciate foods produced in small batches by people who take extra care and pay special attention to details. But really? Grits? Iced coffee? So when I see even Dairy Queen has hopped on the “artisan” bandwagon, I can’t help but feel as if it’s all a con. I know all foods are not created equal. I realize some grits are mass produced by giant food conglomerates. And I appreciate that somewhere in North America there is an enthusiastic farmer who grows corn from seeds handed down from his great-great grandfather Frederick, who traded fur with the Sioux to acquire the unique strain of corn seeds. And this farmer mills the corn into meal using nearly invisible fairies descended from cumulus clouds that form over the farmland only when the mockingbird sings. But, at the end of the day, it’s just grits. Labeling foods such as chicken bacon ranch sandwiches, grits and iced coffee as “artisan” diminishes the true meaning of the word. Maybe just call them “small-batch” grits. Or “really terrific coffee.” Let’s just reserve the word artisan for truly artistic endeavors. Of course, none of this will prevent me from labeling my mother’s meatloaf recipe as artisanal in the hopes that my kids will finally like it.
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Broward Health North hospital has partnered with the Ranse Volleyball Classic in an effort to support the Ranse Jones Stroke Awareness Fund. Ranse Jones was a 34-year-old Flagler County fire fighter who suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm while competing in the volleyball semifinals of the Panama City AVP Young Guns tournament. He passed away six months later in November of 2010. The Ranse Volleyball Classic pays tribute to his memory by raising stroke awareness and providing funds for new technology at Broward Health North’s Comprehensive Stroke Center. More than $150,000 has been raised collectively by the last four tournaments. The goal this year is $35,000. Oceans 234 will also host a silent auction and prize drawing the day of the final tournament.
WHEN: Nov. 5 & 6 • WHERE: On the sand, Deerfield Beach
Martha Lemasters will be in Deerfield Beach for a series of book signings and discussions. Lemasters is the author of “The Step: One Woman’s Journey to Finding her Own Happiness and Success During the Apollo Space Program.” The book is her memoir and first-hand account of her years working for IBM at Kennedy Space Center as a PR writer on the Apollo program during the 60’s and 70’s. It is the first book written about the Apollo program from a woman’s perspective, and from the perspective of one of the contractors, not NASA. As a PR writer, Lemasters had a unique opportunity to pursue a story anywhere on the grounds of the Center, including the pad and throughout the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). “I believe the Apollo team was the greatest technological team ever assembled, achieving the most difficult challenge of all mankind to date,” says Lemasters. “I speak from experience. I wrote about these people. I know the sacrifices — the commitment was intense.” “The Step” is also about Lemasters’ journey to finding her own success. As a divorced mother of three daughters, she spent years proving herself in a maledominated workplace to finally realize her dream of becoming a writer. WHEN/WHERE: All events on Oct. 19: NOON History at High Noon, City Hall,
150 N.E. Second Ave. 2pm Century Plaza Leon Slatin Library, 1856 W. Hillsboro Blvd. 7pm Deerfield Beach Women’s Club, 910 E. Hillsboro Blvd.
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Deerfield Beach Chamber of Commerce’s GALA 2016
The Deerfield Beach Chamber of Commerce’s Masqueradethemed Gala 2016 will award several companies with the “Champion of the Community” award. The gala will feature live music, silent and live auctions, a dance floor and dinner. Guests are welcome to network, promote their businesses, invite co-workers and friends, or simply enjoy a great night out. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will benefit Kiwanis Club of Deerfield Beach Charitable Foundation. WHEN: Oct 22, 6:30-11:45pm WHERE: Embassy Suites, 950 South Ocean Drive, Deerfield Beach Member tickets $150, Non-member tickets $175.
Pitbull of Blues Band at Deerfield Beach
Al Pellenberg is the winner of this year’s Deerfield Beach Festival of the Arts poster contest. Al was visiting on vacation when his friend suggested he enter. The 37th annual Festival of the Arts will take place Jan. 28 & 29, 2017
As part of Deerfield Beach’s Beach Sounds live music series,The Pitbull of Blues Band will perform. The Pitbull of Blues Band is a Florida-based band led by the dynamic and charismatic front man Josh Rowand. Rowand plays the slide guitar with a fiery passion. The high-energy band plays regularly on the festival circuit and is known for mixing traditional and original blues music. WHEN: Oct. 23, 7-8:30pm WHERE: Deerfield Beach’s main beach parking lot, 149 S.E. 21st Ave. COST: Free
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Ain’t ‘fraid of No Ghost ROTARY CLUB OF POMPANO BEACH’S HAUNTED MANSION & HALLOWEEN EXPERIENCE
Oct 14 - Oct. 29 The Rotary Club of Pompano Beach will host its third annual Halloween horror experience and haunted mansion at the historic SampleMcDougald House. Every year the event is themed. Past themes included “Horror in the ER” and “Carn-evil.” “Every year the club takes the Haunted House to a new level,” says Rotary president, Whitney Metevia. “We keep the theme secret and do
a big reveal to create even more excitement. Crowds have grown from word of mouth, bringing people from surrounding cities.” The project helps raise funds for Pompano Beach Rotary’s major service projects, scholarships, local charitable support and community outreach. Past Rotary projects have included: teaching children karate for staying in school and getting good grades; helping a homeless shelter
offer hygiene products, serve food and rebuild a children’s playground; providing financial means for children with cleft-palates to receive surgery; and providing water and supplies for victims of disaster. This year’s experience, entitled “ain’t ‘fraid of no ghost,” is scheduled for Friday and Saturday nights from 7 to 11pm, starting Oct. 14, ending Oct. 29. Tickets can be purchased in advance on EventBrite.
The city of Pompano Beach’s Boo Bash is a spooktacular event with carnival games, un-boo-lievable stage performers, DJ music, dancing, a “howlin’ haunted bus,” inflatable jump houses, games and a costume contest. Boo Bash is a free, family-friendly event. WHEN: Oct 28 from 6 to 9pm • WHERE: Community Park, 820 NE 18th Ave. • COST: Free For more information call 954-786-4111
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The Butler House will host a farmer’s market and Halloween harvest day. Candy, cornstalks and pumpkins—is there any other way to celebrate Halloween? WHEN: Sunday Oct. 30, 10am-2pm WHERE: Butler House, 380 E. Hillsboro Blvd. COST: By donation
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Bring the family out to enjoy a day filled with fall fun. Pick out the perfect pumpkin, run through a hay maze, enjoy a hayride, get your face painted, listen to live music, participate in some arts & crafts, or visit the petting zoo. WHERE: Pioneer Park WHEN: Oct. 15, 3-7pm FEE: Free, items available for purchase
Family Halloween Hoedown
Head out for a not-so-scary event. There are activities for the entire family include a pumpkin carving competition, costume contest, horse-drawn hayrides, petting zoo, pumpkin patch, Halloween games and more. WHERE: Villages of Hillsboro Park WHEN: Oct. 27, 6-9pm FEE: Free
A spectacular Halloween carnival complete with prizes, treats, games and a costume contest. WHERE: Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex WHEN: Oct. 29, 6-8pm FEE: Free
St. Ambrose School’s Pumpkin Patch Oct. 16 - 31
The pumpkin patch at St. Ambrose Catholic School (363 S.E. 12th Ave., Deerfield Beach) will be open seven days a week from 9am to 9pm starting Oct. 16 and running until Oct. 31. Visitors can buy pumpkins, gourds, corn stalks and hay. Pumpkins cost $0.80 per pound. The patch will also have a photo area for taking a fall picture with your family or friends. Deerfield Beach!
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OCT. 5 & OCT. 19: FIRST & THIRD WEDNESDAYS OF EVERY MONTH 7-8PM / $15 Fresh Air with Byrd is a bi-monthly writing workshop for all levels of writers and performers. Richard “Byrd” Wilson is an award-winning poet and public speaker. Artists looking to improve their poems, songs, stories and delivery are encouraged to attend the workshop. Classes can be taken sequentially, or individually. Byrd gives instruction and inspiration through writing challenges, group critiques and a cohesive and succinct lesson plan. Attendees are provided free entrance to Lyrics Lab, an open-mic night which follows.
Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Peter Cetera will perform at The Pompano Beach Amphitheater (The Amp). Cetera was the singer, songwriter and bass player for legendary rock group Chicago, which was recently inducted into the Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame. WHEN: Oct. 29 WHERE: The Amp, 1806 N.E. Sixth St. COST: Tickets range between $40 and $100
Montgomery Gentry with Special Guest, Love & Theft
From “Hillbilly Shoes” to “Headlights,” Montgomery Gentry has become one of the most identifiable duos in country music. Their outlaw-meets-gentleman sensibilities, their yin-and-yang personalities and their intensely energetic live performances are legendary. Love & Theft is a younger act with memorable hits such as the #1 country smash “Angel Eyes,” and the top-10 hit “Runaway.” WHEN: Oct. 15, 6pm WHERE: The Amp, 1806 N.E. Sixth St. COST: Tickets range between $25 and $95
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Bargain hunters rejoice! The City of Pompano Beach Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department will host a giant indoor garage sale featuring over 80 vendors. The event is free and open to the public. Attendees can find everything from housewares, toys, collectibles, tools and more. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. WHEN: Oct. 15 from 8am to 2pm WHERE: Emma Lou Olson Civic Center, 1801 N.E. Sixth St. COST: Free to attend For more information call 954-786-4111
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Broward College’s Village Square
The Village Square provides a safe and comfortable forum for lively discussions and civic engagement on diverse matters of local, state and national importance. Village Square’s open-forum debate series is scheduled to begin in October and run through May 2017. Topics for the upcoming season will include hate speech, religious tolerance, prison reform and over criminalization, systemic poverty and public hospitals. The series will close in May with a panel discussing one of the top stories covered by the Sun Sentinel editorial board. The non-partisan discussions consist of two event formats: Dinner at the Square and Take-Out Tuesday. Each Dinner at the Square is held at a different venue. Guests are provided dinner as they listen to a panel of community representatives and topic experts presenting varying viewpoints. Tickets are $35, including dinner, for pre-registered guests; and $45 at the door. The second event series, Take-Out Tuesday, is free TOPIC DATES:
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Under the Sea BY JIM MATHIE
WHEN STACY RITTER SPOKE AT A JOINT Chamber of Commerce breakfast for Deerfield Beach and Pompano Beach last month, she had some inspiring words. Ritter is the newly appointed President of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). The number of visitors enjoying our county is at an all-time high, with over 15 million tourists spending time here in 2015. Combined tourists spent more than $14 billion on lodging, restaurants, shopping and entertainment. “Tourism has more of a financial impact on our economy than any other private sector industry in Broward County,” stated Ritter. There are more than 180,000 hospitalityrelated jobs in Broward County. During Ritter’s speech, she mentioned that the recently installed underwater camera at the Deerfield Beach International Fishing Pier is “the most watched camera of all of the sunny.org website cameras.” The sunny.org webcam page is the most visited and shared link of all the social media channels tourism officials post on. With a total of 16 cameras available on their website, it appears folks want to watch what’s going on above, and below the ocean. Access to the camera is not only available through sunny.org, but the city of Deerfield Beach website: DFB.City/beachcams. The beauty of the city’s website is you can also access the other two beach cameras: one facing east from the Hillsboro bait house, the other facing west from the end of the pier. According to the city’s spokesperson Rebecca Medina-Stewart, since the underwater camera has been operational, its footage feed has been the most viewed page on the city’s website.
Funded in part by the CVB, the city of Deerfield Beach has really showcased the cameras. Their website has been completely redesigned and there’s an app with immediate access to the cameras. Go to the app store and get your InsideDFB app. Not to be outdone, the City of Pompano Beach is including an underwater camera when their new pier gets built in two years.
Behind the Scenes
The underwater camera requires electricity and an internet connection. The end of the Deerfield Beach International Fishing pier has both. A cable is connected to the camera and a wireless connection is used between the bait house and the end of the pier. This type of live-streaming, underwater webcam uses a pan-tiltzoom (PTZ) underwater camera system. There is a patent-pending CleanSweep™ self-cleaning arm on the glass globe that removes the buildup of algae. Periodic maintenance is needed to replace the cleaning arm and assorted parts. In the case of Deerfield Beach, there is also wave action The Deerfield Beach underwater camera is part of a worldwide network of to consider because of its close proximity to shore. cameras installed by viewintotheblue.com. The company has additional Nothing could be drilled into the concrete pier pilings, underwater cameras in Florida at the Bahia Honda State Park and the so everything had to be secured to a column with a Dry Tortugas National Park. Other camera locations in the United States series of brackets, chains, nuts and bolts. include the Frying Pan Shoal Tower in North Carolina, and Channel Islands So log on, watch the fish swim and remember National Park in California. They also have cameras in the Caribbean including Bonaire and Grand Cayman. There is even an international that somewhere in Peoria, Illinois or Minnetonka, camera at Gibraltar. And these are all part of a network of a youth-based, Minnesota someone may be watching those same non-profit organization calledTeens4Oceans.org. fish and planning their next winter escape to sunny South Florida.
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Kids and Divorce BY JILL SELBACH
WOW! YOUR EYES LOCK ON TO SOMEONE LIKE YOUâ€™VE never seen before. Your heart is pumping, your stomach has butterflies, you see him and you are instantly drawn to him. Soon after, you begin a relationship and you are so excited to start your lives together. You get married, have a couple of kids, life is grand. Then, it is not so grand. The issues seem too difficult to solve. You canâ€™t seem to find your way back to where you once were. Divorce is something that many couples face today (although, divorce rates are a little less than in previous years). The crude annual divorce rate is currently around 3.6 divorces for every 1,000 people in the U.S., regardless of age. This break down in families causes all sorts of dilemmas. Divorces produce emotional turmoil,
especially when children are involved. The protective instincts of parents emerge, as do behaviors that are not necessarily characteristic of the people involved. Children are often the innocent bystanders to pay the price. This is never the intent of any parent, but often happens to be the outcome. Divorce introduces vast changes into the lives of children, regardless of age. The people coping with the most changes in the wake of divorce are the children. Children move house to house, on a schedule that suits parents. This frequently disrupts education and causes anxiety. Being away from one parent
for a period of time is disconcerting. Many times children blame themselves when parents breakup, and parents should be mindful of this. There are many things parents can do to make a divorce easier on children. When parents can have a civil, businesslike relationship where parenting is concerned, children thrive. Time-sharing schedules are only the tip of the iceberg. A time-sharing schedule that works best for the children, based on the needs and ages, must be determined. Selecting a mode of communication that works for each parent needs to be chosen (i.e., email, text, etc.). Each parent will have their own parenting style, but basic rules and structure (e.g., bed time, homework, curfew) should be consistent between households when possible. Contact information for both parents should be given to school, extra-curricular activities and any services that are used by the children. This will allow communication to be given to both parents and relieves one parent from the responsibility of transmitting volumes of information. Divorced parents need to communicate information that pertains to the children. Some examples of important information would be doctor appointments, illnesses, rewards and consequences. Speak respectfully about the other parent in front of children; damage to child-parent relationships can be a direct result of disrespectful talk. Be open to compromise and discuss issues upon which you disagree. If the parental relationship is too tense or conflict-prone, bring in a third party to help; hire a therapist or enlist the aid of a parent coordinator. A parent coordinator is a neutral party who has been trained to help parents in highly conflictual divorces come to successful resolutions. In my experience, parents and children who seek out professional consultation early on in the divorce process fair the best. Therapists can bring up situations that typically cause the most conflicts and help create strategies to make the transition easier for all. Dr. Jill Selbach is a licensed clinical psychologist. For more information visit drjillselbach.com or call 954-618-8412.
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Secrets to a Successful Marriage BY JAMES TERLIZZI OCTOBER MARKS MY WEDDING ANNIVERSARY. I HAVE BEEN married for 57 years. If I had committed murder, I’d be out by now. My wife hates that joke, but she tolerates it because it makes other people laugh. We have lasted this long primarily due to our initial agreement to each assume certain responsibilities. Under the agreement, my wife makes all the small decisions and I make all the big ones. For example, she decided how many children to have, where we should live, which house to buy, for whom to vote, when and where to vacation, etc. I decide what to do about ISIS, whether or not quantum mechanics accurately makes the case for parallel universes, and how to deal with Vladimir Putin. I used to handle the finances but, for some strange reason, my wife decided she didn’t like my two-pronged retirement plan: hitting the Powerball jackpot, or winning the Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes. Here’s another tip: If your wife cooks (mine is a great cook), never complain about a meal or the next thing she makes will be reservations. There is one exception. It is permitted to complain about liver. This has a religious connotation, as every year I give up liver for Lent. For all of you husbands out there, I now will reveal, at the risk of great physical harm, a closely-guarded secret: All women take a course called “Refrigerator Camouflage.” They can put an item in the fridge that you will never find. It is designed to make you feel helpless and dependent. Don’t fight it. You cannot win. A few days ago I searched the fridge for two hours looking for a slab of leftover meatloaf, without success. Then the conversation went like this: Me: “Did you eat that last piece of meatloaf?” Wife: “It’s in the fridge.” Me: “Can’t find it.” Wife: “Pull out the egg basket. Behind it is a tub of hummus. Under the hummus you will find that I cut up the meatloaf and put it into a smaller container that says ‘Jello’.”
When we were younger, my wife was sensitive to cold, while I was always warm. That has now reversed. Warning—keep the temperature where she wants it. I once tried playing “thermostat roulette,” changing the temperature without telling her. Within ten seconds her heat sensor went off and I have the scorch marks to show for it. Here are some telltale signs that your marriage may be in trouble: Men: You come home from work and your clothes are on the front lawn. Your wife keeps playing over and over a message on your answering machine from “Bambi’s Escort Service.” You find in the medicine cabinet a bottle of Succinylcholine and a hypodermic syringe. Women: He leaves and doesn’t come back. Finally, if you men want to preserve your marriage, there is one rule that is inviolable: Always put the toilet seat back down.
BY LORIE GREENSPAN
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT, INSPIRED IDEAS AND RESIDENTIAL EXPANSION HAVE ENABLED THE CITY OF DEERFIELD BEACH TO GROW AND THRIVE SINCE THE 1800S. MORE THAN 200 YEARS LATER, THE CITY IS POISED TO REINVENT AND REVITALIZE ITS ASSETS THROUGH A COMPREHENSIVE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PLAN. Welcome to Deerfield Beach, a city with a storied past that is rocketing forward with ambitious plans for revitalization and economic development. Between its international fishing pier, a beach that rivals any in South Florida, thriving commercial businesses, quiet residential areas and city parks, Deerfield Beach is an integral player in the economic topography of Broward County. As redevelopment now becomes a powerful force in the city’s future, community leaders have joined in a cooperative effort to design the best ways to provide for current and future residents, and businesses. Measures are being taken to meld history with dynamic new ideas to bring Deerfield into the 21st century, while preserving the city’s rich past. In preparing for the next phase of growth, officials have zeroed in on a basic, but profound premise: Institute programs that advance the quality of life and increase resident income. “When families make more money they are more stable. Raising the incomes of residents fixes social ills,” said Community Redevelopment Agency Director Kris Mory. With a myriad of economic possibilities coming together — all focused on advancing what is unique about Deerfield Beach — the way forward appears to be a mix of regional collaboration on job creation, redevelopment and marketing programs. It is an initiative that takes away the old structures to build a city with a lasting footprint, while also not forgetting what made Deerfield Beach a unique and vital area. Deerfield Beach!
A New Town Center Imagine a time when Dixie Highway was a nine-foot-wide trail. Today it is the focus of the town’s redevelopment effort to create a town center. In recognition of the “tremendous potential” for revitalization in the old “heart” of Deerfield Beach, the city’s Planning and Development Services Department has teamed up with other city and private entities to draft a comprehensive plan for the center, called Pioneer Grove. The center is a project that defines, refines and re-addresses the potential inherent in the city’s historic roots. The vision
Rendering of the revitalization of The Cove Shopping Center, one of the city’s “most important assets,” where a 12,000-squarefoot restaurant and nine-story hotel are approved for construction.
for the center includes a wide spectrum of destinations including municipal offices, recreational venues, shops, restaurants, entertainment hubs, a passenger rail station, public square, museum and places of employment. The proximity of a variety of housing options within walking distance to one’s daily needs, as well as parks, open spaces, community centers and retail shopping, is central to the plan. “We know a healthy downtown is an important part of overall economic health and quality of life,” said Kris Mory, the director of Deerfield Beach’s contracted Community Redevelopment Agency. “We want to redevelop this area to revitalize and renew the historic downtown area.” A number of exciting new transportation opportunities are in the works. Along the Florida East Coast Railway
(which goes right along Dixie Highway and has traditionally been for freight lines), a new track is being built to accommodate Brightline, Florida’s newest highspeed, privately-funded train that will take passengers from Orlando to Miami with stops in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. Brightline is approximately scheduled to be completed between West Palm and Miami by summer of 2017, On this same track, plans are in the works for a new commuter train that would stop in Deerfield Beach, where the city plans to build a new train station adjacent to Pioneer Grove. City officials believe this railway, combined with Tri-Rail and more pedestrian options, will draw people to the area and create a town center that is “everybody’s neighborhood.” Plans to create a trolley from Pioneer Grove to the beach are also part of the city’s vision. The Citywide Economic Development Strategy recognized the importance of moving people to and from the beach and their places of employment, which are mostly concentrated near the I-95 corridor. Another part of the plan is to build a large parking garage at the new train station. When people are done with the beach they may take advantage of the trolley back to Pioneer Grove, have dinner there, and walk back to their car at the parking garage. This makes the loop between beach, activity centers, shopping and restaurants more easily traveled. For the city’s 78,000 residents, having a town center is Kris Mory just another facet of making Deerfield Beach a jewel among its neighbors. It will help create a city with identity, and serve as a central meeting place for locals as well as tourists. In planning the center, the city has taken into account a number of characteristics that make Deerfield Beach unique. A planning brochure titled “A Town Center Plan for the City of Deerfield Beach” made public in June of 2015, states that the way in which “numerous items of public art and urban design are connected in design details and
location … contribute to the city’s singular character. Its natural features, such as the flat topography, subtropical plant materials, and climate, influence the image of the area. Examples include the drawbridge over the Intracoastal Waterway and the beach front with its public access and distinctive pavement design. The Dixie Highway flyover is a landmark with its deep tropical blue paint. The fact that most buildings are relatively low in height and that there are no towering walls of highrise buildings is another characteristic that sets Deerfield Beach apart from other nearby cities.” The city plans to use some of these signature characteristics in the art and architecture of the new town center. Phrases in the plan, such as “unique, coordinated and attractive design character” and “strong identity,” illustrate an emphasis on creating a more cohesive and connected Deerfield Beach. Another part of the vision as stated by the plan is to build a “craft and artisan workshop area along the railroad track” mixed with workforce housing. City officials have also targeted other geographic areas of the city to redevelop, including the Cove Shopping Center, Sullivan Park and the Intracoastal Waterway. Here are the highlights:
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The city has plans to develop nine acres along the Tri-Rail tracks for residential, commercial and hotel/office use. This development underscores a focus on Transit Oriented Development (TOD). Improving the city’s gateways is another goal, especially the intersection of I-95 and Hillsboro Boulevard, which is an interchange in “desperate need” of a makeover. Improved landscaping and signage will help make a “visual impact,” Mory said, “so that even if drivers don’t get off the highway, they will want to come back.” Revitalization of The Cove Shopping Center is a top priority. It is one of the city’s “most important assets.” The city’s redevelopment plans include: a 12,575-square-foot restaurant situated to the west of the Intracoastal Waterway; a 134-room, nine-story hotel, which has already been approved for construction; a four-level parking garage; a boardwalk along the Intracoastal Waterway; and a walkway that runs underneath the Hillsboro Boulevard bridge to Sullivan Park. “The Cove is one of Deerfield Beach’s oldest and most popular shopping plazas,” Mory said. “When you think of Deerfield Beach, you think of The Cove.” The Sullivan Park renovation includes building new recreation facilities, adding eco-tourism programs, constructing a 52-foot-diameter splash pad for kids, and completing a public marina with 11 boat slips. “Right now the city doesn’t have public access to the Intracoastal Waterway,” Mory said. These improvements will provide the access, as well as make activities such as stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking more accessible to the general public. Improvements to Sullivan Park are expected to raise property values within a half-mile of the park.
Given the city’s position as a draw for tourists, all of these improvements, in particular the hotel, will play an important role in generating tourism dollars. Deerfield Beach is ranked fifth in Broward County for the highest proceeds from collecting “bed tax,” which is calculated by the number of people who stay in hotels. This indicates a healthy number of visitors to the community.
An Important Layer
While the buildings, streets and acreage of Deerfield Beach are set to become a reconfigured landscape, the other component of the city’s redevelopment approach deals with the less tangible area of education. If you raise the standards within the school system and you attract a population that values those standards, it raises the standards of city living. The idea to improve upon the city’s vocational schools, foster relationships with school boards, as well as with educational entities such as Broward College and the University of Miami, is seen as a way forward on the education front. “One of the big recommendations is to fix public schools,” said Kris Mory, the director of Deerfield Beach’s contracted Community Redevelopment Agency. “Companies here need skilled employees. If we could beef up vocational training programs we could bring up the incomes of existing residents.” With this as a goal, the city plans to focus its educational energies on shoring up vocational training and the availability of two-year technical school education to existing and potential residents. “Deerfield Beach has a good supply of well-paying jobs,” Mory said. “The problem is that people come here to work, and live somewhere else.” City Manager Burgess Hanson added that “quality schools are a must in order for us to attract new residents and retain those who live here now. This will help our city maintain strong housing market values and sales.” [CONTINUED ON PAGE 35]
‘Vibrant Coastal City’
Urban Design Plan for Town Center Recreation and Open Space
ACCORDING TO A NEW STUDY COMPILED BY A CONSULTANT TEAM AT FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY METROPOLITAN CENTER, WHICH WAS PRESENTED TO THE CITY IN SEPTEMBER, DEERFIELD BEACH HAS MANY STRENGTHS. THE STUDY MADE A VARIETY OF SUGGESTIONS FOR CITY DEVELOPMENT. HERE ARE SOME HIGHLIGHTS:
Government Center Commuter Rail Station Residential Artisan Craft Shop Local Retail/Commercial Retail Core
The study determined that a major strength of Deerfield Beach is its vibrant A1A corridor and the amount of available acreage in the city. Broward County is approaching full build-out, with under 2,000 acres of privatelyowned, vacant land. Metrostudy, a real estate analysis firm, has determined that Broward County is virtually out of land suitable for residential development, and is one of the most land-constricted counties in the U.S. Luckily, Deerfield Beach has 355.6 vacant, undeveloped acres, of which, 126plus acres are industrial and 78-plus acres are for commercial land use.
Another strength of Deerfield Beach is its central location within the county: 69.1 percent of the city’s residents work in Broward County, and the percentage of residents working in Deerfield Beach expanded from 21.8 percent in 2000, to over 28 percent in 2013. The study emphasized what the consultant team describes as a “significant, interconnected and diversified local economy,” with 5,665 business establishments employing more than 62,000 workers and generating local annual sales of over $19.3 billion. “Further, the City of Deerfield Beach’s economy is characterized by its strong level of interconnection to the global economy,” the study states. “The city’s local establishments are local branches of multinational firms who employ over 37 million and have annual sales of over $8.9 trillion.” The business sectors of finance, insurance and real estate services grew to over $2 billion in local sales. Employment rates in those industries increased by 33 percent from 2000 to 2010, while employment in the fields of professional, scientific, management and administrative services increased 37 percent from 2000 to 2010 (and again by an additional 5 percent from 2010 to 2013). Educational, health and social services grew 45 percent and another 2 percent for the same periods. “The city’s core industry composition, mix, and availability of support services provides significant competitive advantages and potential growth opportunities that may be unique to South Florida,” states the study. The study suggests that an Economic Development Steering Committee, should be responsible for promoting the city’s development strategy, monitoring its progress and developing a permanent economic development organization within the city. In addition, to market Deerfield Beach as a destination for business and lifestyle choices, and build on the ‘Vibrant Coastal City’ brand, the study suggests creating an organizational structure to support implementation as well as provide Steering Committee members with tools and speaking points to pitch the strategy within their networks. The study also proposes having an economic summit, posting the Economic Development Strategy on the city and chamber websites, providing annual updates on the progress of the plan’s implementation, and even starting a YouTube channel as a way to share new initiatives.
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A Path to the Future In under two decades, Deerfield Beach has transformed from a city that had no plan for economic development, to one with a comprehensive vision on the cusp of vast changes to build upon the city’s strengths. How did that happen? Dave Mirantz was the president of the board of the Deerfield Beach Chamber of Commerce from 2013 to 2014 when it was brought to his attention that Deerfield Beach was the only city in Broward County without a formal economic development strategy or plan. The city had had a Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) since 1999, which had been established utilizing tax increment revenue (TIR) to partner with the private sector. The CRA’s aim was to increase investment in the redevelopment area and upgrade infrastructure for the eastern end of the city. The CRA geographical area spans along Hillsboro Blvd. east of Federal highway. While the CRA has made numerous strides since it was developed, the city still had no formal economic development plan when Mirantz held his position of president of the board. Dave Mirantz Mirantz put together an Economic Development Task Force, which included some of the biggest companies in the city. They conducted research with other municipalities and put together proposals to launch an official plan. “The vote to approve the plan was 5-0 to proceed,” Mirantz recalled, adding that the city commissioners “understood the commitment.” The move was wise. For any city to compete economically it has to participate in Enterprise Florida, the state’s marketing arm for economic development. To do that, the city must involve itself with Enterprise Florida’s “power partners,” such
as the Fort Lauderdale Alliance, which was encouraged to see Deerfield Beach generating a long-term economic plan. To maintain the development plan long past the swearing in and departing of elected officials, an advisory board was formed. “The advisory board is a forum for community input other than the City Commission,” Mirantz said, emphasizing that the biggest commitment to an economic development plan “is in the strategy, and stewardship of the strategy. Most Dixie Hightway “flyover “bridge, Photo by Jeff Graves municipalities have an organization in place to be stewards of the plan – that way we bring the business community and elected HOW MUCH officials closer together.” WILL ALL For the chamber to be vibrant, he explained, “it needs THIS COST? to be an advocate to the business community, to create Answer: $370,000. The study stresses an economic development plan, and bring value to that the economic members.” development department A consultant team at the Florida International must have “sufficient University (FIU) Metropolitan Center was brought in professional capacity and to conduct a study on Deerfield Beach in order to make resources” to perform at recommendations for the economic development plan. the highest level, which The completed study, which was released in September, breaks down to $150,000 for the economic made a number of suggestions, including finalizing a development director’s Strength, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threat (SWOT) salary; $80,000 for the summary analysis and developing an Economic economic development Development Council (EDC). Mirantz is working with coordinator, $40,000 current President of the Board Betty Masi to help carry for clerical support and out the suggestion made by the FIU study. Highlights $100,000 for marketing from this study are featured on page 34. The full study and promotional materials. can be found on the City of Deerfield Beach website.
EDUCATION An Important Layer
Indeed, the city’s planning brochure describes the city as “more than just a pretty beach,” but stresses that “for so long [Deerfield Beach] never had an economic development strategy,” and has “been in response mode.” Today, the city can tout “healthy and enviable” advanced industry clusters among its assets, said Mory, including highly valuable aerospace, pharmaceutical and research and development businesses that thrive along S.W. 10th St. and Military Trail. “What’s so exciting about these types of clusters is that they tend to grow and tend to offer high salaries and attract associated
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industries,” Mory stressed. For example, the presence of firms such as SHL Pharma, a part of the Swiss SHL Group — a high-tech maker of advanced drug delivery systems that expanded its manufacturing and R&D facility in Deerfield Beach in 2014 — demands the hiring of engineers, designers and associated suppliers. Aside from the newcomers, there are many existing businesses that help Deerfield Beach thrive. These include many that have expanded or are in the process of expanding, such as UPS, Publix Warehouse, Double Eagle Distributors, JM Family Enterprises and the Sun-Sentinel. Deerfield Beach!
The Attraction of Attractions
The Butler House, a Mediterranean Revival style building on East Hillsboro Boulevard, dates to 1923 and is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
natural resources and steadfast, sensible leadership, which is taking this city in an exciting new direction.” “We are uniquely positioned for growth,” added Mirantz. “We have the greatest beach in South Florida, to the credit of people who curbed expansion in Deerfield Beach; we’re in the middle of major highways, and have more underdeveloped land than any other municipality in Broward. There are pockets of high-paying new tech jobs, and our financial stability is the best in South Florida. We are ready for planned growth.”
“We are uniquely positioned for growth. We have the greatest beach in South Florida, to the credit of people who curbed expansion in Deerfield Beach; we’re in the middle of major highways, have more underdeveloped land than any other municipality in Broward. ” —Dave Mirantz
A Storied Past
effects often exacerbated by economic downturns or major disasters.” Still, Hanson lauded the city’s strengths. “Our city’s greatest assets are our community, our businesses,
The area slated for redevelopment in Deerfield Beach contains several historic sites, which include the Old Schoolhouse Building next to City Hall and the James D. and Alice Butler House where the Historical Society is housed and holds a variety of community events.
This constant flow of new energy and business activity into Deerfield Beach complements a range of attractions enjoyed by residents and tourists. One of Deerfield Beach’s main features is the Deerfield Beach International Fishing Pier, which the city claims attracts thousands of tourists and fishermen annually. Another attraction, Deerfield Island, is accessible only by boat and is operated by the Broward County Parks Department. The Island is a 53.3-acre park that offers outdoor recreational opportunities and environmental education. A free 20-minute boat shuttle transports guests from the dock at Pioneer Park to the island three times a day. Quiet Waters Park at 401 S. Powerline Road, is, as its name implies, all about water. The 431.4-acre park includes the Splash Adventure water park, Ski Rixen USA cable water-skiing, a marina with boats for rent, and several lakes for fishing. The park also features mountain bike trails, basketball courts and a campground with platform tents and tepees. It is also home to the popular Renaissance Festival. These exceptional recreational features, combined with everything else the city has to offer, make Deerfield Beach a rare find along the South Florida coast. Nonetheless, there are challenges, said City Manager Burgess Hanson. One is the “fast and continual change of global commerce and technology.” The second is “avoiding complacency during the good times and failing to prepare, and to make decisions that have long-term
Deerfield Beach’s wheels of forward motion began when Henry Flagler advanced his railroad to Miami, opening up a “tropical wilderness.” Thereafter, especially after World War II, the rolling tide of settlement and migration from the North propelled a never-ending train of people into South Florida and Deerfield Beach.
When it was incorporated on June 11, 1925, the city elected its first mayor, George Emory Butler, Jr., and opened its first library, which served a population of 1,300 residents. Deerfield Beach stayed primarily agricultural until the end of World War II, when tourists descended and prompted the growth of hotels and motels along the beach.
Technology & Research Additional possibilities for Deerfield Beach’s future reside in its current mix of technology, business and research and development centers. Florida Atlantic University Research & Development (FAU R & D) Park is a strong part of that mix. It is home to People’s Trust Insurance Company, which plans to launch a five-story expansion. In addition, it is the site of a planned, new, Spring Hill Suites hotel. The FAU R&D Park is a powerhouse for advancing the creation and success of businesses, and fostering interactions What the technology center offers to the Deerfield Beach boom is taxes and job creation. between companies, mentors, investors, service providers, government entities and large corporations by placing them all in one convenient location. In addition, the proposed Hillsboro Technology Center will offer a dynamic blend of industrial, office and hotel uses. The availability of 75-plus acres of land (a former golf course) east of I-95 off Hillsboro Boulevard, was a “rare opportunity” that could not be passed over, said developer Malcolm Butters. When built out, the park will offer around one million square feet of industrial and office space, plus the 110-room hotel. There will also be a recreation building and a public park with jogging and walking trails. The plan incorporates “the latest in environmental design, recycled materials and energy efficiency to achieve a sustainable development.” Phase One of the development opens this fall. It will feature 250,000 square feet of industrial space, plus 88,000 square feet of office space, including the new corporate office of The Learning Experience Day Care Center. What the technology center offers to the Deerfield Beach boom is taxes and job creation. “This was an easy choice for the city, in terms of the economic benefits,” Butters said.
On June 22, 1898, a post office opened to serve a population of 20 settlers; by 1910, four or five stores, a lodge, and the Australian and Pioneer Hotels were doing business in Deerfield Beach. The key, however, to the city’s economy, was the produce shed near the railroad depot, where farmers brought their vegetables and fruits for shipment to the north.
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Also of historic note are the city’s “Kester Cottages,” houses built in the late 1930s by brothers Stuart and William Kester, settlers from West Virginia. Only a few of these structures are still standing. An open space area in the southern end of the study area was once a burial ground. According to historical accounts, the site has “deep and personal memories for area residents and is reflective of an important period in the community’s history.”
s s e n d a R s h p m u i Tr DNESS CELEBRATION THE 6TH ANNUAL DAYTIME RA FIT THE HAGERS ON FRIDAY OCT. 21 WILL BENE N LEGENDARY SKATER (ISLAND WATER SPORTS’ OW A NON-PROFIT FAMILY) AND GRIND FOR LIFE, FAMILIES BATTLING ORGANIZATION THAT HELPS ES HIS OWN STORY CANCER. AARON HAGER SHAR OF BATTLING CANCER.
BY DA NI EL LE CH AR BO NN EA U It’s Sept. 12 and I’m sitting across the table from Aaron Hager — the dad of Roman and Rocco Hager (two of the most badass “groms” on the Island Water Sports competitive skateboarding team). Aaron is wearing a baby blue, button-up shirt with pink flamingos on it and sporting a bright pink arm cast with the words “I love you” written on them in black Sharpie marker. He has a short buzz cut and is looking a little pale, but for someone who just finished the last of twelve chemotherapy treatments just three weeks prior, he looks pretty bright and cheery. At the table with us is Linsey Cottrell, one of the owners and operators of Island Water Sports (IWS) whose family opened the famous extreme water sports shop back in 1978. She’s bantering back and forth with Aaron about Rocco’s long blonde hair and Ramon starting middle school next year. Linsey is a huge fan of the Hager boys, who are well-known on the IWS team for their wild personas and generous, kind hearts. She applauds Aaron and his gorgeous wife Angie for raising such “rad” boys in such an unconventional parenting style, which lets the boys pursue extreme sports with fiery passion. Both Roman (aka “The Lord of the Board”) and Rocco are sponsored skaters (by big names like NikeSB and Krux Trucks) who have gained a rather large and loyal following in the South Florida surf-skate-skim culture. All four of the Hager family are known for their edgy styles and daredevil spirits. Angie (who is Aaron’s own epic, love-at-first-sight story) is a counselor at Camp Woodward, the famous training ground for aspiring professional skateboarders. Aaron, who works
at Zimmerman advertising, is the media guru of the Hager crew and helps the boys run their social media channels, which feature the boys in extreme skate videos and skim competitions. In recent months, however, Aaron has been posting videos of a different kind. For about six months, Aaron has been battling colon cancer. In June, after seven of twelve chemotherapy treatments, Aaron posted a hilariously-heartwarming video to Facebook of himself dancing in Superman underwear in his living room. The video got over 5,000 views and 51 shares. With the video, Aaron writes: “In celebration of being over half way done with chemotherapy treatments we made this video. Warning underoos are involved! One thing I have always believed with all my soul is that making people laugh is the best personality trait a human can have. Yes I am a total idiot, always have been, always will be. Lord only knows what kind of video we will make when I am done with this chemo crap.” “Well it’s time for another video,” Aaron tells Linssey and me over lunch. On Sept. 9, just three days before we meet, Aaron received the good news: his most recent scans came back cancer free. “September 9 — that date — is now as much a part of my life as anything else,” Aaron says. “It’s my new birthday. I don’t want to celebrate my real birthday any more.”
It was on Aaron’s 43rd birthday — Feb. 22, 2016 — that his battle with cancer began.
The Unlucky Birthday
Aaron was at work that day when he started to feel strange. It came on fast and strong. He was woozy and disoriented. The hallway floor felt a bit like Jello. He was sweating and clammy, so went outside for some fresh air. It didn’t help. He called Angie, who later said it was the “most bizarre phone call she had ever gotten.” While Aaron’s mind felt clear and he could articulate his words without slurring, there was a disconnect between his brain and his ability to form words. The lag time was staggeringly delayed — by about five or six seconds. Then a wave of nausea hit his insides like a tsunami. He thought he might have food poisoning, but when he sat on the toilet, rivers of blood poured from his behind. He knew something was seriously wrong. Angie came and got him and took him to the emergency room where doctors immediately rushed him to the stroke unit. They did CT Scans and MRIs of his brain, but found nothing. He had been so disoriented and unable to get his words out that he hadn’t even told the doctors about the blood. When he finally did, the doctors put him under anesthesia and did a colonoscopy.
“I remember waking up in the recovery room and Angie was there and she didn’t look right. She’s sitting there and I can tell, something ain’t right,” Aaron recalls. He had not suffered a stroke; What he had was a large, bloodthirsty tumor in his colon that had drawn the blood away from his brain. When the doctor explained the tumor, the first thing Aaron said was, “Am I going to die?” “That was a bad day,” Aaron says, looking away and laughing awkwardly. “It was really bad. It was either the next day, or the day after that they did the surgery. They removed the tumor and took out three feet of my colon.” Thankfully, the part of his colon doctors removed was on the ascending side; if it had been on the descending, Aaron would have had to wear a poop bag for the rest of his life. “I remember being like ‘Am I going to have to wear a poop bag? Please God, I don’t want to wear a poop bag. Oh my God, No,’” Aaron recalls chuckling. When Aaron went home to recover from the surgery, the process was torturous. Air and gas had gotten stuck inside the cavities of his body from having been opened during surgery. “It was pain that I didn’t think a human body could even produce. For the most part, I take pain pretty well, but this was mind-blowing,” Deerfield Beach!
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actual condition dubbed “Chemo Brain.” “Everybody gets it in different ways because you’re being pumped with poison,” he says. “Chemo is like the devil in a bag.” Even so, Aaron says it was never an option to not undergo treatment. “I could never leave Angie ever. That woman is my entire soul. I mean, I had to put myself in the position that seemed like the best decision to be here the longest and chemo, unfortunately, at this point in 2016, seemed like the best decision to make,” he said.
When Aaron got the good news on Sept. 9 three weeks after his last chemo treatment, he blubbered like a baby. He was at home when the doctor called. Angie and Roman were out front and Rocco was playing with the dog. Aaron took the call and started crying. Rocco came in and was immediately concerned, not knowing what was going on. He gathered Angie and Roman, who stood by, anxiously waiting to know what was going on. Aaron could barely blubber out the words, “I’m crying because I’m so happy.” “Everyone was hugging on me and happy,” Aaron says. “I probably cried for a solid hour.” Now Aaron’s eyes are on the future. “The fog of all the negative worrying about losing is going away. Now I am able to see clearly,” he says. “Here is my second chance. What am I going to do? Where do I want to be? What do I want to do? Let’s not waste any more time. Let’s figure out as a family what we’re going to do and how we’re going to be happiest together. Let’s get there. Whatever it takes. It’s going to take some time to fully break out of the darkness for all four of us in our own different ways, but once we do, that light is going to be a hell of a lot brighter than it ever has been.” In the blurriness of his journey, one thing is abundantly clear: Aaron’s family is his lifeblood.
In honor of the Hager family and other families who have been through, or are going through, a similar battle with cancer, Island Water Sports (IWS) has announced that this year’s Daytime Radness beneficiary will be the Hager family. IWS has teamed up with Grind for Life, a non-profit organization that aids families struggling with the financial and emotional burdens of cancer. The founder of Grind for Life, Mike Rogers, is a semi-pro skateboarder and two-time cancer survivor. “Mike is a great, ripping skateboarder. He lost his eye to cancer,” said Linsey. “Grind for Life is a cool organization. Hopefully we can create some awareness. People don’t really think about the consequences and other expenses that come with having cancer. A lot of kids need to be reminded of this — they don’t have a clue about how cancer can rock a family.” Cottrell hopes the Hager boys, who are known as some of the most giving and encouraging boys in the skate community, can help spread a message of hope. “Having people like Roman and Rocco go through it firsthand and share their story could encourage other kids who are going through the same thing,” she said. “It’s not like they will have words of wisdom or anything, but at least they can say ‘Dude, I’ve been there bro. I’ve been there.’”
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he says. “There was nothing you could do. Pain killers wouldn’t even touch it. I’d try and put my arms up, but you’re cut open, so you’re like ‘Oh my god - ahhh.’ It was so bad. I mean so bad.” Aaron laughs as he mimics the agony with his hands over his head. “All I can do is kind of laugh at it at this point — at how bad it was,” Aaron says. Once Aaron recovered, Angie and he believed the drama was behind them. They went to the doctor for a follow-up appointment looking forward to having the ordeal over with. They were blindsided when the appointment took a dark turn. The cancer had spread to his lymph nodes. He would have to undergo chemotherapy for about six months. “That’s when the whole ‘Am I going to win? Am I going to lose? Am I going to die? Am I going to leave my wife and kids?’ started,” Aaron says. “So much bad stuff goes through your head. You don’t want it to, but it does.” In the following months, Aaron underwent chemo treatments. It was a tremendously difficult six months, in particular during the summer, when he and Angie agreed she and Roman should go to Camp Woodward for several weeks. While they were away, Aaron played the single-father role to Rocco while going through chemotherapy and continuing to work. “My work was super cool. Rocco came to work with me almost every day. We hooked him up in my office. He had an X-Box and a big TV and a bean bag. It worked out fine, but it was very difficult to go through chemo without my whole family…still having to be dad and work and feel like crap, but pretend that I don’t so I can still do all the things I needed to do. I went to a pretty dark place for awhile,” Aaron says. “You’re scared to death that you’re not going to win — that you’re going to lose your kids and that your kids are ten and eleven years old and are going to have to go through their teens without their dad. Bad stuff goes through your head.” While Aaron had the loving support of his family and work, Aaron says the darkness and loneliness were tremendous. “The hardest thing to describe to anybody is yes, everybody loved me. Everybody told me ‘we’re here for you.’ Everybody said ‘you’re going to win.’ Everybody tells you. Everybody at work is crazy supportive and coming in and checking on me. Everybody at home. ‘Are you OK dad?’ But I’ve never felt so alone in my entire life. I’ve never had so many people wanting to help and tell me that they are there, yet felt so alone.” Aaron says it’s this independently-fought mental battle that’s the worst part — an
The Brazilian AND PROMOTES Spirit MESSAGES OF GLOBAL UNITY BY DANIELLE CHARBONNEAU
The Rio de Janeiro spirit of Carnival is coming to Pompano Community Park Oct. 22 for the 5th annual Pompano Beach Brazilian festival — the largest Brazilian festival in South Florida and ranked the “Best Brazilian Festival in the United States” by the 2013 International Brazilian Press Awards. Last year’s festival drew approximately 10,000 celebrants to the 300,000-square-foot Pompano Beach park to enjoy a vast array of music, international cuisine and Brazilian festivities. The festival features over 100 local vendors, 40 food vendors, a kids zone, extreme sports park, two stages, a celebrity VIP area and parading Samba performances by internationally-renowned troupe SambaLá (who performed in the 2010 Rose Parade, the 2014 Coca-Cola World Cup trophy tour and on “Dancing with the Stars”). This year, event organizer and co-founder Luciano Sameli projects the festival will draw nearly 20,000, due mostly to this year’s much-anticipated, headlining band, Cidade Negra.
The Pompano Beach Brazilian Festival will take place Oct. 22, 2016 at Pompano Community Park from 10am to 10pm. Admission is free.
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Cidade Negra (translation Dark City) is a Latin Grammy awardnominated reggae band who has been performing for nearly two decades. “Cidade Negra is one of the best reggae bands of all time in Brazil,” said Sameli. “They are a historic reggae band with lyrics that promote unity and love.” Unity is a theme Sameli and festival co-founder Mayor Lamar Fisher hope the event will promote. From its beginning in 2011, the festival has placed emphasis on bridging the gaps between the Broward community at large, and the Brazilian community. Brazilians and Brazilian Americans account for roughly 7 percent of Pompano Beach’s total population and 11 percent of Deerfield Beach’s (based on the 2000 census data). Roughly 300,000 Brazilians live in South Florida and Broward County has one of the largest percentages of Brazilians per total population outside of Brazil. Ten years ago, in 2006, the Brazilian population in Broward county alone accounted for 63 percent of the tri-county total population of Brazilians (according to the Broward County Urban Planning and Redevelopment Department Planning Services Division). Understanding the Brazilian’s integral and essential part of the Broward community, Mayor Fisher saw the festival as a way to celebrate and connect the community. He recruited Sameli, who at the time was working for a Brazilian television station, to help plan the festival. Since then, the festival has doubled in size. “We started the first year with approximately 5,000 people. The second year about 7,500, and last year 10,000,” said Sameli. “The festival is truly a way of showing what the Brazilian Luciano Sameli community is capable
A TASTE OF BRAZIL BY ABBIE GONÇALVES, FOOD WRITER PHOTOS BY HALI WALSH
The vibrancy and beauty of Brazilian culture can easily be recognized in its samba, soccer and steak! For those who have never explored the “flavors of Brazil,” you don’t need to book a trip to Rio de Janeiro to get your first taste. Brazilians make up a significant demographic in South Florida, and they have influenced the culture in many ways, one of those being food. It’s a cultural experience you don’t want to miss. As the wife of a Brazilian, I like to think I have a taste for it. Here are my local picks:
Casa do Pastel
To start with the basics, you must be sure to visit Casa do Pastel, located near I-95 off of Sample Road. Don’t be fooled by the ethnic shopping center and humble displays; Casa do Pastel is one of the best Brazilian bakeries in our area. If you are a first time visitor, ordering a few “pão de queijo” is the perfect place to start. These little loaves of cheese bread are a Brazilian staple and for good reason. Casa do Pastel is best known for their pastels (hence the name—House of Pastel). These savory baked goods are similar to a the latin food staple, the empeñada, and there are vegetarian, beef and chicken varieties. My personal favorite is the chicken and catupiry (cream cheese) coxinha—a fried potato dough pastry. A little bit of ketchup or hot sauce on there and I could eat these for lunch every day. Casa do Pastel also offers a variety of traditional Brazilian deserts and gorgeous cakes. You can also get a desert pastel, freshly made, on-the-spot, with chocolate goodness melted inside.
If you are a meat lover, than this next spot is the place of your dreams. This traditional Brazilian churrascaria (steakhouse) features all-you-can-eat meat, as well as an extensive wine list and a delicious anti-pasta bar. Pampas Gaucho opened just this year on Federal Highway in Lighthouse Point and already has a steady following. A rotation of meats, ranging from picanha (top sirloin) to shrimp, is brought on long metal skewers and cut right onto your plate. My favorites were the filet mignon, the ohso-tender beef ribs, and the top sirloin—cooked medium rare. There is a small plastic coin on the table that you flip to communicate with the servers. Red means, “I’m still working on my plate;” green means, “bring on the meat!” With all the delicious flavors coming from the kitchen, “green” is the safest bet so you don’t miss anything. The salad bar has a wide selection and also offers the
traditional rice and black beans that compliment the meat perfectly. In addition to all this, throughout the meal, small sides are brought to your table including mashed potatoes, Brazilian cheese bread and fried plantains. And if you aren’t quite full (which isn’t likely) they have a dessert cart featuring Brazilian classics like brigadeiro cake (chocolate and condensed milk goodness) and Florida favorites like Key lime pie. The decoration and outside appearance of this restaurant are not much to speak of, but the wait staff is attentive and extremely friendly making you feel welcomed and at home the moment you walk in. They are open every night for dinner at 5pm and for lunch Friday through Sunday from noon to 3pm.
Located in the heart of Deerfield Beach is another incredible Brazilian restaurant with a menu focused primarily on seafood. Barracuda is in a hidden corner near Island Water Sports, but it will quickly make its way to the top of your “dining-out” list. Whether you’re looking for a casual lunch after the beach or a night out with friends, this is the place to go. The menu is extensive, creative and delicious. The blackened fish tacos pair perfectly with the Key lime coco caipirinha, a coconut variation of the traditional Brazilian cocktail. The Portuguese clams, mussels and chorizo appetizer is outstanding and is served with a fresh Portuguese bread loaf. The white wine and lemon broth the appetizer is cooked in is so good, you might have to resist tipping the small cast iron pot and drinking the little bit left once the shells have been emptied. One entrée, in particular, intrigued my friend and I when we stopped in for lunch. One taste of the Camarao na Moranga, and I was beyond delighted with our choice. Fresh shrimp sautéed in white wine, then baked in a baby pumpkin and filled to overflowing with tomato-cream sauce. This decadent dish is served with jasmine rice and perfectly cooked vegetables. The shrimp was incredibly soft and flavorful, and the sauce made me want to lick the plate clean. As I fished out the last few pieces of shrimp
from the pumpkin bowl, I decided to scoop out a bite of the beautiful orange flesh. Only my full stomach kept me from gobbling it down as well! “Perfection at every bite” is the best way to describe a dining experience at Barracuda. The chef is truly a master of taste and textures and I personally can’t wait to go back and work my way further down the menu. Beyond the delicious dining experience, Barracuda features nightly live entertainment that showcases the best of Brazilian music from samba to Forró. Come early because on nights like Thursday and Sunday there is standing room only.
of doing together. The festival is meant to display that the Brazilian community is united and has outstanding small businesses.” In the last five years, the festival has generated 1,600 temporary jobs and donated more than $10,000 to local institutions. In addition, it has contracted services from about 150 local businesses, and helped more than 400 local small businesses with brand exposure. While the cultural focus of the festival is Brazilian, Sameli says the festival is helping to establish Broward County as a “multi-cultural capital of Florida.” “Even though the festival is Brazilian, it is also multi-cultural,” Sameli adds. “For example our 40 food vendors— we have Greek food, we have Hispanic foods, we have Brazilian foods and all types of cuisines. We have fish. We have grilled foods. We have a variety that is unbelievable. It’s becoming one of the largest multi-cultural food festivals.” “The festival has also been extremely important to promote Pompano and Broward nationally and overseas,” said Sameli. “People have been coming out from other states—from New York and Colorado and Las Vegas and California. And a lot of
Music at the Festival CIDADE NEGRA Having performed for over two decades, Cidade Negra is a Brazilian reggae legend. The band formed in 1991 and in 2002 recorded their first acoustic record on MTV Brasil. In 2001 Cidade Negra was nominated for a Latin Grammy music award, and in 2005 for the Brazilian VMAs (VMB) for best music video.
THATI Thati is a Brazilian pop singer from Salvador, Bahia. At age 11 she won her first guitar. At 13, Thathi was already performing in shows on the road. Her show, entitled “Cássia Eller by Thathi” will pay tribute to Eller, the legendary Brazilian rock ’n’ roll musician. Thathi is known for her deep voice, electric personality, rebellious spirit and eclectic style.
people from Brazil. It has been growing exponentially.” The music lineup is just as diverse as the food. The festival will feature Paulinho Reis, a rising Brazilian country music star; Thathi, a rebellious rock ’n’ roll guitarist who will pay tribute to Brazilian legend Cássia Eller and was voted the “Best Cover Artist in Bahia Salvador;” Cravo e Canela, Florida’s own and only Forró Band; and Macaxeira, a samba-reggae band and winner of the international Brazilian Press Award for best Brazilian band in the United States. In addition to promoting unity and multiculturalism, from the beginning the festival has placed emphasis on promoting environmentally-conscious practices. This year, the infrastructure of the festival—including the set designs and stage — will be built with nearly 100 percent recycled, and recyclable, materials. It’s a cause that’s extremely important to Sameli. “I’m from Brazil and we have seen what has happened in Brazil in the Amazon forest the past few decades,” said Sameli. “It’s something that makes Brazilians extremely sad. Global warming is, today, the most important concerns of our generation. So one of the most important things of the festival is the environmental protection and awareness.” The main “Eco Stage,” where Cidade Negra will perform, is themed “The Flora and Fauna of Brazil.” The facade will be covered with giant, three-dimensional flowers made of recycled paper. Each flower has a different symbolic meaning including love, hope and faith. Visit brazilianfestpompano.org for more information.
CRAVO E CANELA Cravo e Canela is the only South Florida band that plays traditional Forró, the most popular genre of music and dance in Brazil’s Northeast. Historically, ”going to the Forró” meant simply going to party. The music is based on a combination of three instruments accordion, zabumba (a type of bass drum) and a metal triangle.
MACAXEIRA Macaxeira was founded in 1999. Led by Victor Souza, the band will perform a wide variety of music in English and Portuguese. Their repertoire includes covers from Brazilian and American performers infused with the rhythms of Samba. Macaxeira recently won the International Brazilian Press Award for the best Brazilian band in the United States.
PAULINHO REIS A southern Brazilian native, Pauinho Reis performs in the Sertanejo musical style, a country-folk style of Brazilian music. Paulinho has thousands of fans on YouTube and has developed a cult following of ardent fans.
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DEERFIELD BEACH Amante’s. Italian Close to the International Fishing Pier, steps
from the sand, stands Amante’s Italian Cuisine (and Bob’s Pizza). It’s a wonderful Italian bistro that caters to everyone. You choose from a fantastic, casual family pizza experience to an elegant dinner and everything in between. Amante’s is usually bustling: filled with locals and visiting guests there for a sumptuous, after-beach meal or pizza. The menu has all the Italian favorite pasta dishes, meat entrées and daily chef specialties. Everything is very well prepared. 2076 N.E. Second St., 954-426-1030 $$
Baja Cafe. Mexican A hometown favorite is Pepe’s spinach
enchiladas with the added chicken or shrimp. It’s creamy and savory with every bite and is served with a heaping helping of refried beans and rice. 1310 N. Federal Highway, 954-596-1304 $
Barracuda Seafood Bar & Grill. Seafood • Brazilian This
spot by the sea serves seafood with a touch of Brazilian flare such as the Bobo de Camarao, shrimp sautéed in coconut milk, saffron, palm oil and yucca cream baked in a cast iron skillet. 1965 N.E. Second St., 954-531-1290 $$ Breakfast on the beach at Cafe Med
Cafe Med. Italian Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with a family-style menu available. 2096 N.E. Second St., 954-596-5840 $$
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Casa Maya. Mexican Start with a margarita and it only gets
better from there. This is not your typical Mexican joint—it’s better. Try gobernador tacos: a combination of shrimp with diced poblanos, onions, tomatoes and cilantro on a crispy corn tortilla topped with melted cheese. See, we told you it’s not ordinary. 301 S.E. 15 Terrace, 954-570-6101 $$
Chanson at the Royal Blues Hotel. Seafood • Seasonal Chanson gives you the opportunity to eat a fine, fresh seafood meal, and then take a stroll to see the ocean from which it came. 45 N.E. 21 Ave., 954-857-2929. $$$$ Deerfield Beach Cafe. American Part of the Deerfield Beach
International Fishing Pier, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner to all the beachcombers. So skip the cooler and grab something here— so easy. 202 N.E. 21 Ave., 954-426-0500 $
Frank & Dino’s. Italian If your mom won’t make Sunday gravy, the folks at Frank & Dino’s will take care of you. 718 S. Federal Highway, 954-427-4909 $$$ JB’s on the Beach. Seafood Glorious beach views and a private glass room perfect for business or family affairs. 300 N. Ocean Way, 954-571-5220 $$$
La Val de Loire. French Whether it’s a night out with the family or a romantic dinner for two, this quaint spot in the Cove Shopping Center serves classical French cuisine. 1576 S.E. Third Court, 954-427-5354 $$$
Les Amies. French This cozy gem is aptly named Les Amies (translation: friends) as the proprietors and all the staff make you feel right at home. The service is friendly and attentive. Start with the pâté—a very generous portion served with all of the traditional accompaniments. And of course you can’t go wrong with the traditional French onion soup. The menu offers a comprehensive list of French dishes including duck a l’orange. The skin is crispy while the meat is succulent and buttery. There are plenty of other classics to choose from, including a rack of lamb, chicken Française, beef bourguignon, filet mignon au poivre and filet of sole menuière. The restaurant has a comprehensive choice of wines and the staff are knowledgeable about the offerings and steered us to a lovely pinot noir. Word to the wise: don’t miss out on the chocolate crêpes. 626 S. Federal Highway, 954-480-6464 $$$ Little Havana. Cuban If you are looking for authentic Cu-
ban food and music accompanied by speedy service on a busy, crowded night, then look no further. Little Havana has a very accommodating staff to match their even more accommodating menu items. They have fantastic lunch specials, and most
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of their dinner plates will feed two happily. Their masas de puerco frita and their Little Havana steak are two of the standout menu items, aside from their zesty chimichurri. Sadly, you can’t make a meal out of chimichurri, so ask for it on the side with whatever you are ordering. You won’t regret it. 721 N. Federal Highway, 954-427-6000 $$
Ocean’s 234. Seafood Amazing views of Deerfield Beach and the pier with gluten free options available. 234 N. Ocean Blvd., 954-428-2539 $$$ Patio Bar and Grill at the Wyndham. American Steps away from the beach with specials and live music nightly. 2096 N.E. Second St., 954-596-8618 $$ Rattlesnake Jake’s. Tex Mex Dive bar close to the beach with live music and plenty of menu items to choose from. 2060 N.E. Second St., 954-421-4481 $$ Taj Indian Restaurant. Indian We have two words for you:
lamb korma. This classic Indian dish varies from restaurant to restaurant, and while we don’t have their recipe, we can tell you it’s juicy leg of lamb cooked in a rich cream sauce with raisins and cashews. 201 S.E. 15 Terrace, 954-304-7032 $$
Tamarind. Sushi • Thai Did you get caught up in a tornado and land in Nobu—that most famous of all sushi restaurants? Probably not. You’re most likely just at Tamarind which offers a hipper vibe than your run-of-the-mill sushi place—and some inventive rolls and Thai entreés. 949 N. Federal Highway, 954-428-8009 $$
Tijuana Taxi Co. Mexican Perhaps it’s the all day happy hour with $5 Cuervo margaritas, but as soon as you enter, the weight of the day lifts off your shoulders. The atmosphere is friendly and fun all around. There is outdoor patio seating available and a large U-shaped bar inside. The portions are generous—certainly enough to take home for lunch the next day. We loved the spicy shrimp tacos—soft flour tortillas filled with Cajun-grilled shrimp in a spicy chile lime sauce, topped with cilantro slaw, avocado and pico de gallo. The menu has a lot more than tacos—there’s all the Mexican favorites plus burgers, sandwiches, steaks and more. And for the little ones there is kids night on Sunday: kids eat for 99 cents from the kids menu. 1015 S. Federal Highway, 954708-2775 $ The Tipperary Pub. Irish • American A classic neighbor-
hood pub—where if you go often enough, everyone will indeed know your name. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner just in case you need a red eye—half tomato juice,half beer. 1540 S.E. Third St. 954-421-9769 $
Two George’s. Seafood An intracoastal hot spot with live music, a great view and a legendary Friday happy hour. 1754 S.E. Third Court 954-421-9272 $$
dining out Whales’ Rib. Seafood Locals know it well and tourists know it from Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. 2031 N.E. Second St., 954-4218880 $$
Hott Leggz. Wings • Bar Food Pub grub at a true sports bar. They even have TVs in the booths. 3128 N. Federal Highway, 754307-2444 $$ Jetta Republic. GREEK Traditional Greek offerings close to
LIGHTHOUSE POINT Bonefish Mac’s Sports Grille. American Bar food and a
wide array of televised sports games with a game room for kids. 2002 E. Sample Road, 954-781-6227 $
Bura. Northern Italian Enjoy the intimate atmosphere and friendly staff. The gnocchi are little delectable dumplings topped with tender chunks of veal in a light tomato broth. 2014 E. Sample Road, 954-597-6909 $$ Cap’s Place. Seafood Lighthouse Point’s own hideaway, sea-
food joint dating back to prohibition. Take the short boat ride over to the restaurant. 2765 N.E. 28 Court, 954-941-0418 $$$
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The Fruitful Field
If you love to cook and eat fresh, organic and locally sourced produce, this program is for you. The Fruitful Field is a community supported agriculture program. Once enrolled, your personal share will be waiting for you at the Whole Foods Market in Pompano Beach at their weekly local farmer’s market. There is also a Saturday pickup option. Look forward to variations of kale, tomatoes, carrots, herbs, eggplant, arugula, mustard greens and Swiss chard, just to name a few. If you aren’t currently incorporating any of these into your dishes, don’t fret; Tracy Dillon, the Farm Manager includes recipes. Fruitful Field’s three types of shares range from $100 to $160 per month, with produce pickups each week from November through mid-April. The shares are structured as buy/give, so half of the monthly amount is considered a donation, allowing Fruitful Field to provide fresh greens, vegetables and fruits to families in need, soup kitchens and food pantries. The give portion of shares also helps support Grow City, Fruitful Field’s youth program, which provides teenagers in the community with their first paid jobs. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your share now and enjoy through April!
home. 2420 N. Federal Highway, 954-933-2394 $$
Le Bistro. French • Bistro Fresh and local produce is always used. And vegetarian, dairy free and gluten free menu items are available. The restaurant also offers cooking classes. 4626 N. Federal Highway, 954-946-9240 $$$ Lito’s Turf & Surf. Seafood • American Family owned and
operated with catering options available. 2460 N. Federal Highway, 954-782-8111 $$
The Nauti Dawg Marina Café. American Nestled in at the Lighthouse Point Marina, the Nauti Dawg is a local favorite. Start with the tuna wontons—crispy fried wonton wrappers topped with tuna tartare, seaweed salad, red pepper mayo, wasabi and a hit of sirracha. For a taste of New England, the lobster roll can’t be beat— a generous portion of lobster with just the right amount of mayonnaise. Of course you can’t go wrong with the fresh fish sandwich—ask what the catch of the day is. The fish Reuben is another great sandwich option—just sub in some fresh fish for the pastrami and you’ve got yourself a little healthier version of the classic. All sandwiches come with a side and while French fries are always a delicious option—the restaurant offers a tangy cucumber salad (among other choices) that provides a nice crunch to any sandwich. They are a dog friendly restaurant. 2830 N.E. 29 Ave., 954-941-0246 $$ Pampa Gaucho Churrascaria. BRAZILIAN Traditional rodizio for your inner carnivore. 4490 N. Federal Highway 954943-3595 $$ Papa’s Raw Bar. Sushi • Seafood Situated right next door to their parent restaurant Seafood World, Papa’s Raw Bar does indeed seem like the hip child of an established restaurant. While the fresh food is the real star, the Keys-inspired décor certainly accounts for part of their charm. The restaurant serves a selection of clams and oysters on the half shell. There are also a few options for cooked oysters including the black and blue version topped with blue cheese and bacon. The menu also goes way beyond the typical raw bar offerings with inventive tacos and sliders. Papa’s also offers a wide array of sushi and sashimi. Start off with one of the towers of Van Buskirk (you’ll find a few menu items named after locals.) The bare naked lady version is a combination of spicy wahoo and tuna with tobiko and masago topped with spicy mayo and served with taro chips. They serve all your classic sushi rolls but the superstars are their specialty rolls. There are plenty of land lubber options including burgers and hibachi offerings. And to wash it all down, they have about a zillion craft beer options and a wine list too. The Bimini Room which is adjacent to the main restaurant is available for private parties and boasts a Hemingway inspired mural—another respectful nod to the Keys. 4610 N. Federal Highway, 754-307-5034 $$ Seafood World Market & Restaurant. Seafood They offer the freshest seafood with simple ingredients and have a huge selection of seafood to choose from if you want to cook yourself. 4602 N. Federal Highway, 954-942-0740 $$$ Sicilian Oven. Italian • Pizza High-top seating, casual seating and bar seating to accompany your crispy, thin pizza. Start with the Gorgonzola salad. 2486 N. Federal Highway, 954-785-4155 $
POMPANO BEACH Aconchego Bar and Grill. Brazilian A taste of Brazil in the
heart of Pompano Beach. Open for lunch and dinner. 7 S.E. 22 Ave. 954-782-8040. $
Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza. Pizza • Wings You can cred-
it this place with bringing the whole “coal-fired pizza craze” to South Florida. Pizza and chicken wings—do you need anymore? Try the cauliflower pizza—good and good for you. 1203 S. Federal Highway, 954-942-5550 $$
The Beach Grille. American Delicious eats near the beach
with the capability to order online. 3414 Atlantic Blvd., 954-9466000 $
Bella Roma Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria. Italian • Piz-
za Tasty dishes, large portions and delivery is available. 40 S.W. 15 St., 954-784-3696 $$
Bobby Rubino’s. Barbecue • american Specials and coupons
are posted daily and catering is available. The restaurant also has a large bar room where you can dine at the bar or booths. The place is a Pompano Beach icon. 2501 N. Federal Highway, 954781-7550 $$
Brew Fish. bar and grill Dine outside in the tiki hut overlooking a canal right in Pompano Beach. Comprehensive menu and attentive staff. 200 E. McNab Rd., 954-440-3347 $$ Briny Irish Pub. Irish • Bar Food At the end of East Atlantic
Boulevard, steps from the ocean, is Briny’s Irish Pub. There is a large beer selection plus the regular and, dare we say, unique mixed drinks. The kitchen offers an array of bar food as well as some classics like bangers and mash and fish-n-chips. The casual atmosphere is created by an immense array of nautical artifacts and oddities that fill every inch of the pub. The bar is large and there are tables, too—many have ocean views. Music plays constantly, often live with a dance floor if one is inclined. 3440 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-942-3159 $
Bru’s Room Sports Grill. American Named after Bob “Bru”
Brudzinski , where else would you go to watch the Miami Dolphins play? Wings and other bar food available. 235 S. Federal Highway, 954-785-2227 $
Calypso Restaurant and Raw Bar. Caribbean High-quality ingredients, inventive cooking, and a very welcoming staff. 460 S. Cypress Road, 954-942-1633 $$ Carrabba’s Italian Grill. Italian Open for lunch and dinner and provides gluten free options. 1299 S. Federal Highway, 954782-2688 $$
Checkers Old Munchen. German Sprechen sie Deutsch? You don’t find too many authentic German restaurants around town. So when you’re looking for a change in your restaurant rotation, take a trip back to the old country at Checkers Old Munchen. The restaurant’s exposed wood framing is reminiscent of the German half-timbered architectural style and the walls are lined with classic German beer steins. For a traditional German meal,
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dining out try the wienerschnitzel—it’s divine—a lightly breaded veal cutlet (or pork) sautéed in lemon butter and topped with homemade brown gravy. The entrées are served with your choice of two side dishes. The spaetzle (German noodles) are a real homemade treat and not to be missed—throw a little of that brown gravy on them and they could be a meal unto themselves. The red cabbage is both classically sweet and sour and there are other options too including potato dumplings, potato salad and even hot potato salad. As you look around, you can’t help but get the feeling that most of the patrons are returning customers—which, of course, is a great sign. And the next time we get a hankering for some schnitzel, we know where to go. Imbibe to your hearts content with their wide assortment of German beers. 2209 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-785-7565 $$
Chez Porky’s. Barbecue A low-key spot serving a bunch of southern favorites. 105 S.W. Sixth St., 954-946-5590 $$
Cypress Nook. German This place has been in business for 38 years—talk about staying in power. 201 SE 15 St., 954-781-3464 $
Darrel & Oliver’s Cafe Maxx. International This restau-
rant is an anchor of the South Florida fine dining scene. 2601 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-782-0606 $$$$
Fish Shack. Seafood A small, roadside seafood shack, for a small seafood town. This is truly one of those best kept secret type places. With only a handful of tables, we’re selfishly hoping not too many people get in on this secret gem in Pompano Beach. 2862 N.E. 17 Ave., 954-586-4105 $$ Flanigan’s Seafood Bar & Grill. Seafood • American Get green with a deal every day. 2500 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-943-3762 $$
The Foundry. American • Continental Seating options galore, from bar seating to lounge seating and good old-fashioned casual dining seating. 2781 E. Atlantic Blvd., 754-205-6977 $
Galuppi’s. American What could be more entertaining than watching golfers swing and blimps ascend as you sip a drink at an outdoor bar? 1103 N. Federal Highway, 954-785-0226 $
Gianni’s Italian Restaurant. Italian Enjoy traditional Italian
fare while you talk to the traditional Italian staff. Don’t skip the romaine salad with the blue cheese. 1601 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954942-1733 $$
The Gyro Joint. Middle Eastern Eat in, or carry out. It’s all Greek to me. 165 S. Cypress Road, 954-946-9199 $ Houston’s. American Enjoy this contemporary eatery for lunch or dinner. Outdoor bar and seating on the Intracoastal available. 2821 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-783-9499 $$$ J Mark’s. American A relaxing, modern restaurant and bar with food and service to match. 1490 N.E. 23 St., 954-782-7000 $$$ La Rachetta at Whole Foods Market. Pizza and Wine Bar
Get your shopping done while you take care of your appetite. They offer weekly deals on meals and drinks with lots of beers on tap and wines by the glass. For something different, try the sweet southern swine pizza—a light and crispy pizza topped with pork belly, arugula and cheese. Or try one of the plethora of meatballs—all are a satisfying treat. The truffle fries are great with anything. 2411 N. Federal Highway, 954-942-8778 $
La Veranda. Italian La Veranda is superb. The atmosphere is elegant yet very comfortable and warm. Being seated in their namesake veranda is a joy in itself. Inside or out, one can enjoy a truly special evening in the Tuscany inspired surroundings. The bar has live music, too. Be it drinks from their full bar, a bottle from the copious wine selection or naturally the Italian food, everything is served perfectly, so expect to be delighted. The staff takes pride in ensuring you are having great experience. There is a big selection of pasta, entrées and traditional dishes, with new favorites to be discovered that the wait staff will happily explain. You can taste the love in their homemade scrumptious desserts. If you’re looking to celebrate or simply treat yourselves to an evening of superior dining, La Veranda is an excellent choice. Reservations are suggested. 2121 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-943-7390 $$ Malulo’s International Seafood. Peruvian • Seafood
South American inspired seafood. Located in a strip mall, but so are a lot of places—give it a try. 900 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-785-0014
McCoy’s Oceanfront. American Located at the beautiful Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa, dine indoors or pool-side on the covered patio with the beach as your backdrop. 1200 N. Ocean Blvd., 954-782-0100 $$
Mediterraneo Cucina Siciliana. Italian True Sicilian food served for dinner only. Closed on Mondays. 420 N. Federal Highway, 754-222-9174 $$
Ruby’s by the Sea. Italian Italian by the sea is more like it. 2608 N. Ocean Blvd., 954-785-7700 $$ Rusty Hook Tavern. American Located on the Pompano In-
tracoastal, sit inside or outside, just keep in mind that the word tavern means a local place to gather around the table. 125 N. Riverside Drive, 954-941-2499 $
Sands Harbor Patio Restaurant. Sandwiches • Wings Lo-
cated in the Sands Harbor Hotel and Marina on the intracoastal, sit poolside or water side, either way, you better know how to swim. 125 N. Riverside Drive, 954-942-9100 $
Seaside Grill. Seafood • American Enjoy a view of the Atlan-
tic while enjoying fresh seafood and an ice cold cocktail. Don’t worry if you’re not a fish lover—there are plenty of entrée choices from the land. Located at Lighthouse Cove Resort on the ocean. 1406 N. Ocean Blvd., 954-783-3193 $$
Shishka Lebanese Grill. Middle Eastern It’s not easy to
make a good falafel (chick peas, fava beans garlic and cilantro seasoned and deep fried, served with tahini sauce) but the ones at Shishka are worth every single calorie. There are plenty of other choices too from the classic hummus to baba ghanouj to chicken and meat shawarma. 1901 N. Federal Highway, 954-943-2999 $$
Spanx the Hog BBQ. Barbecue Using only natural ingredients, dine in, take out, or order custom catering. 147 S. Cypress Road. 954-590-8342 $ Sunset Catch. Italian • Seafood Fresh seafood served daily, and they even have their very own “wine doctor.” 101 N. Riverside Drive. 954-545-0901 $$
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2201 is made on the premises—even the desserts. We started off our meal with the pygros, a tower of eggplant, potatoes and ground beef topped with a cool yogurt sauce. The dish is reminiscent of the classic Greek dish moussaka, but the cool yogurt sauce replaces the bechemel. Finish off with the Greek yogurt mousse, a lovely lightly sweetened cloud with a hint of cocoa and a strawberry sauce to compliment. Table 2201 has a menu full of your Greek favorites without all of the hooplah. So if you are looking for a genuine Greek dinner without having to dance on tables and yell “opa”—not that there’s anything wrong with that—Table 2201 is a good choice. 2201 E. Atlantic Blvd., 718-600-2236 $$
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Umberto’s of Long Island. Italian • Pizza Family tradition baked into every bite. 2780 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-784-7110 $$
Valentino’s Italian Cuisine. Italian • Pizza An abundance of Italian fare served for lunch or dinner. If you can’t make it over to dine in, fret not, they offer free delivery. 427 S. Federal Highway, 954-545-4881 $$ Wings ‘N Things. Wings • Barbecue It doesn’t look like much from the outside but it’s worth trying it out. 150 S.W. Sixth St., 954781-9464 $ Yakuza. Japanese • Thai Yakuza is an authentic experience. The contemporary Asian anchored décor is a feast for the eyes: warm, inviting and totally unique. The feeling is authentic and not forced. The attentive servers address each table with personal concern. Central to the dining room is a large classic sushi bar, displaying the fresh fish offerings. But sushi is only part of their menu. Yakuza has a brilliant selection of Japanese and Thai specialties and favorites. Every mouth-watering choice is prepared and presented with care. We were impressed by the freshness and variety of tastes offered. Modern is a fair descriptor as Yakuza offers unique approaches to traditional Japanese and Thai fare, making them new, unique and their own. Try their specials. 2515 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-951-6077 $$ Zuccarelli. Italian • Pizza This place is more than just a pizza joint. From eggplant Parmesan to shrimp fra diavlo, you will leave quite satisfied. The portions are generous and come with a fresh house salad. Bring your breath mints because their warm garlic rolls are on point. 1340 N. Federal Highway, 954-941-1261 $$
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The Foundry is a cornerstone of the new and improved and way hipper Pompano Beach. The décor is truly factory-inspired chic with exposed air ducts, complemented by brick and dark wood tones. In fact, it almost feels like you are back in some secret Chicago speakeasy located in the back of an actual foundry. And let’s face it, everything is more fun when there is a touch of secrecy attached. While the vibe is distinctly old school, the menu is quite modern with various offerings drawing on influences from around the globe. With it’s eclectic menu, The Foundry is a great choice when your friends can’t decide what they feel like eating. With a full raw bar, small plates, salad options, pizzas and several full-blown entrées, there is something for everyone. And while the menu is varied, they manage to pull it all off — everything we’ve tried has been up to snuff. Full disclosure: we are fans of small plates and sharing, so this is truly our kind of place, and we’ve been back several times. The last time we were there, we tried the sea scallop crudo special, which was spot on: a lovely combination of thinly-sliced, raw scallops and fresh citrus. From the regular menu, the sushi stack is a great place to start: seasoned sushi rice, tuna, salmon, avocado and cucumber, mixed with kimchi mayo and a few tempura flakes for a little crunch. It’s almost too pretty to eat. Almost. We devoured it. For something on the lighter side, the beet and citrus salad is a super star and a perfect way to start your meal. It’s marinated red beets, local citrus, baby arugula, fresh herbs and crumbled feta cheese, with a toasted hazelnut vinaigrette. It’s light, yet packed with flavor. For something with a little more heft, the burrata appetizer is a great choice. It’s locally-sourced burrata, with traditional basil pesto, heirloom tomatoes, a crumbling of olives for a little briny accent, all served with ciabatta toast. Other small plate options include the shrimp and lobster toasts, and the barbacoa toasts — both are great for sharing. If you are trying to impress your date, head to the back of the restaurant, sit at the raw bar and order the seafood tower, which includes colossal shrimp, oysters and clams on the half shell, half a lobster, ceviche and snow crabs. But don’t worry, if you’re more of a straight shooter, there’s a great burger with irresistible fries. However, the Foundry burger with red onion marmalade, melted gruyere and thick-cut bacon is the way to go.
Quick & Casual DEERFIELD BEACH Quick & Casual Biondos Pizza Plus. American Have you ever been in the mood for pizza, but your kids crave burgers and fries? Next time, remember that the “plus” in Biondos Pizza Plus is there to settle the food debate. 606 S. Federal Highway, 954-427-7754. Bob’s Pizza. Pizza • Italian Pizza served remarkably close
to the beach—as if pizza could be get any better. 2076 N.E. Second St., 954-426-1030
Burger Craze. Burgers Beaches on the outside,
cool and coastal atmosphere on the inside. Do you need another reason to have a burger today? 2096 N.E. Second St., 954-596-5949
Charlie’s Fish Fry. Seafood Fish and chips, lobster bisque, blackened mahi sandwich among other seafood favorites.. 1200 E. Hillsboro Blvd., 954-573-7198 Charm City. Burgers Go ahead, order the tater
tots, we know you want to. In fact, order anything on their menu. Try the emperor—an American kobe beef patty with aged Swiss, truffled aioli and sautéed mushrooms—a burger fit for a king. 1136 E. Hillsboro Blvd., 954-531-0300
Duffy’s Sports Bar and Grill. American With more TVs than people, Duffy’s is your destinations for all things sports. 401 N. Federal Highway, 954-429-8820
El Jefe. Mexican For a truly inventive take on Mexican street food, this small yet bright and cheery taco joint is full of surprises. Try the El Mistico—a beef barbacoa quesadilla with queso blanco, mole negro and truffle crema. Yes, we said truffles. In the mood for seafood? The El Rey crispy shrimp taco with guacamole, spicy mayonnaise and cabbage slaw is the perfect combination of spice, crunch and seafood. 27 N. Federal Highway, 954-246-5333 Mawi’s Cafe. Italian Family owned Italian bistro serving breakfast and lunch all day—paninis, bagels, salads, smoothies and more. 1934 S.E. Third Court, 954-481-8600
The Pickle Barrell. Delicatessen Get in touch with your inner New Yorker at this old style deli complete with friendly guys behind the counter filling your sandwich with enough pastrami to feed a family. 33 E Hillsboro Blvd., 954-427-0650 Olympia Flame. Diner Be decadent and get the turkey pot pie
or go healthy and order a Greek salad. With a traditionally huge diner menu, you can’t go wrong at the Olympia Flame. Friendly staff makes you feel like a regular—even if you aren’t—but you should be. 80 S. Federal Highway, 954-480-8402
The Sticky Bun. Deli • Bakery • Brunch. Everyone will find something to munch on, whether it be their flour-less chocolate cake or a short rib panini with fontina cheese and pickled red onions… yum. 1619 S.E. Third Court, 754-212-5569 Tucker Duke’s Lunchbox. Burgers The names of the burgers are as unique as what’s inside of them. This place can challenge
your burger building skills any day of the week. 1101 S. Powerline Road. 954-708-2035
Umberto’s Pizza. Pizza Family tradition baked into every bite. 233 N.E. 21 Ave., 954-421-7200
LIGHTHOUSE POINT Quick & Casual Burger Fi. Burgers Everything at Burger Fi is cooked to or-
der which makes it stand apart from some other famous burger places which shall remain nameless. Don’t miss the fries and the larger-than-life onion rings are a meal unto themselves. The breakfast all day burger is topped with a fried egg. 3150 N. Federal Highway, 954-933-7120
Red Fox Diner. Diner Treat yourself to one of the daily spe-
cials at the Red Fox and you just may think that you aren’t at a diner at all—but a bonafide restaurant. But if you are in the mood for some comforting diner food, Red Fox never disappoints. From tuna-melts, to burgers to some of the best biscuits and gravy around, you will always leave satisfied. Breakfast and lunch served daily. 2041 N.E. 36 St., (Sample Road) 954-783-7714
Packy’s Sports Pub. Sports bar If you are looking for a local spot to watch the game, Packy’s always seems to pack them in. 4480 N. Federal Highway, 954-657-8423
Westshore Pizza and Cheesesteak. pizza • subs Plenty to choose from at this fast-casual joint. Pizza by the slice or the pie, subs and of course the cheesesteaks. Arrive hungry, the cheesesteaks are huge. 3650 N. Federal Highway, 954-393-0322
POMPANO BEACH Quick & Casual 5 Girls Burgers. Burgers Burgers, better known as broads,
served by some badass women. A dream come true. 2659 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-783-8889
Alice’s Xpress Mediterranean Grill. Mediterranean
Freshly made and authentic regional cuisine. Open for lunch and dinner. 103 N.E. Third St., 954-941-0410
Antica Roma Caffé. Italian Café You have to wonder where
we got our caffeine fix before Starbucks. Thank goodness for places like this, where you can get a classic cappuccino or espresso. They also serve a plethora of Italian panini and desserts. Cannoli anyone? 1915 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-366-4346
Cafe Brie. Sandwiches • Salads A little gem of a place that
serves fantastic sandwiches, salads, quiche and desserts. 2765 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-532-7800
The Dandee Donut Factory. Bakery • Pastries Donuts, donuts and more donuts. From the classic old fashioned sour cream to Boston cream, these babies are just begging to be dunked. Bagels, breakfast and lunch also available. 1900 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-785-1461 Cafe Sportivo. Cafe Cash only, but don’t let that stop you. They are family owned and operated with a variety of espresso drinks. 2219 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-782-6672
Jack’s Old Fashion Hamburger House. Burgers • Hot Dogs Enjoy a burger and tunes on the ol’ jukebox as you sip your milkshake. And top your burger with some of that secret sauce. 591 S. Cypress Road, 954-942-2844 Jukebox Diner. Diner Bright, classic seating, jukeboxes, and that old-school diner feel. 2773 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-960-5882
La Cocinita. Deli • Sandwiches What could be better than oldschool eats? Old-school prices. Where else can you get a burger for a few bucks? 143 S. Cypress Road, 954-942-8778
Lester’s Diner. Diner American comfort fare in a retro setting. 1924 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-783-2109 Lighthouse Cove Tiki Bar. American Seaside eats and happy hours. Dreams do come true. 1406 N. Ocean Blvd., 954-784-2804 Miyako. Japanese buffet Endless sushi and Japanese fare for a price that is unbeatable. Hibachi grill for those who don’t do the sushi thing. 1157 S. Federal Highway, 954-783-8883 Pasquale’s Pizza. Pizza Family owned and operated serving pizza by the pie and by the slice. 2680 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-6010707 Phil’s Heavenly Pizza . Pizza Seating indoors and outdoors
with gluten free pizza options. 2647 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-943-9270
Pizza Mia. Italian • Pizza Known for their New York style pizza, but serving much, much more. 3919 N. Federal Highway, 954-5824444 Pudgies Cafe. Deli Food • Sandwiches Serving breakfast and
lunch daily, stop in for a burger or an omelette any time any way. 2301 N.E. 16 St., 954-941-1430
Rocket Pizza. Pizza In addition to all your typical pizzas, they also serve a BLT pizza among other original offerings. 601 N. Federal Highway, 954-943-5387
Bella Monte Italian Deli. Sandwiches 2688 E. Atlantic Blvd.,
Steak Shop & Deli. Sandwiches Everyone needs a cheesesteak now and then. Order one here and you’ll think you’re in the heart of Philly. 1801 E. Sample Road., 954-941-5790
Big Louie’s. Italian • Pizza A South Florida chain offering
Stingers Pizza. Pizza • American Dine in, or order delivery.
classic Italian dishes—get down with a generous portion of chicken Parmesan. Carryout and delivery available. 2190 N. Federal Highway, 954-942-5510
Brendans. sports bar Burgers, wings and more—you get the picture. 868 N. Federal Highway, 954-786-0033
Burgers & Suds. Burgers • Hot Dogs • Sandwiches. Unique
eats, like a burger served between two glazed donuts. Yes, donuts. 360 E. McNab Road, 954-772-8007
They will bring your pizza to the beach. 1201 S. Ocean Blvd., 954782-2344
Sunshine Bagel. Bagels • Deli Serving up bagels and sandwiches in a friendly atmosphere. 260 N. Ocean Blvd., 954-788-7498
Tortillería Mexicana. Mexican Looking for a taco that goes beyond ground beef and toppings? Not only will they supply you with fresh, unique tacos, but the corn tortillas are made from scratch daily. Bonus! 1614 E. Sample Rd., 954-943-0057 Deerfield Beach!
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Saturday, October 15 ● 10am – 2pm
Guided Butler House Tour Alice B at Pioneer Grove Gift Shop Open Butler House, 380 E Hillsboro Blvd Fee: Donation
Wednesday, October 19 ● Noon – 1pm History at High Noon Martha Lemasters, Presenter
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One woman’s remarkable story working at Cape Kennedy during the Apollo Space Program
DFB Commission Chambers, 150 NE 2nd Ave
Saturday, October 22 ● 10am – 2pm Guided Butler House Tour Alice B at Pioneer Grove Gift Shop Open Fee: Donations accepted
Saturday, October 29 ● 10am – 2pm Guided Butler House Tour Alice B at Pioneer Grove Gift Shop Open Fee: Donations accepted
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Sunday, October 30 ● 10am – 2pm Sundays at Butler House “GROW DEERFIELD” Farmer’s Market
Halloween Harvest – Candy, costumes, and cornstalks ! Butler House, 380 E Hillsboro Blvd Fee: Donation www.deerfield-history.org (954) 429-0378 “Like” us on Facebook
photo opps End of Summer Party Island Water Sports
PHOTOS BY JEFF GRAVES
Lindsey Cottrell from Island Water Sports, giving directions on how to play crab races
Elli 7 plays with a large set of Jenga
Mitch 10 years, just fionished surf camp this summer
Maya serving up cotton candy
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Say cheese! Look for us around town to snap your photo. This month our intrepid photographer scoped out folks waiting at The Whales Rib in Deerfield Beach. PHOTOS BY JEFF GRAVES
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Bernado, Robert, Sergilo, Hunter, Gabriel and Hainer
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Thank You Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County Congratulations on your 20th Anniversary of Dunnâ€™s Run two decades of walking & running for the kids!