Lighthouse Point Magazine February 2018

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elcome to Coastal Resort Estates. I am proud to invite you on a monthly tour of East Deerfield Beach, Lighthouse Point, Hillsboro Shores, East Pompano Beach and Fort Lauderdale’s finest estate properties offered exclusively in excess of one million dollars. It is my pleasure and privilege to represent these important estates. Please enjoy this sampling of properties from my current Coastal Resort Estates collection. I wish to thank my valued clientele for their trust, confidence and loyalty throughout the years. My relationships with both buyers and sellers are defined by discretion, integrity, professionalism at the highest level, as well as unparalleled personalized and customized service.

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DISCLAIMER: The written and verbal information provided including but not limited to prices, measurements, square footages, lot sizes, calculations and statistics have been obtained and conveyed from third parties such as the applicable Multiple Listing Service, public records as well as other sources. All prices are either list price, sold price, and /or last asking price. Premier Estate Properties has listed, sold or participated in the sale of these properties. The transactions representing both buyers and sellers are calculated twice. Premier Estate Properties’ marketplace is all of the following: Vero Beach, Town of Orchid, Indian River Shores, Town of Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, Manalapan Beach, Point Manalapan, Hypoluxo Island, Ocean Ridge, Gulf Stream, Delray Beach, Highland Beach, Boca Raton, East Deerfield Beach, Hillsboro Beach, Hillsboro Shores, East Pompano Beach, Lighthouse Point, Sea Ranch Lakes and Fort Lauderdale. All written and verbal information including that produced by the Sellers or Premier Estate Properties are subject to errors, omissions or changes without notice and should be independently verified by any prospective purchaser of a Property. The Sellers and Premier Estate Properties Inc. expressly disclaim any warranty or representation regarding all information. Prospective Purchasers’ use of any written and verbal information is acknowledgement of this disclaimer and that the prospective purchaser shall perform their own due diligence. In the event a Buyer defaults, no commission will be paid to either Broker on the Deposits retained by the Seller. “No Commissions Paid until Title Passes.” Prospective purchasers shall not rely on this information when entering into a contract for sale and purchase. Some affiliations may not be applicable to certain geographic areas. If your property is currently listed, please do not consider this a solicitation. Copyright 2018 Premier Estate Properties Inc. All Rights Reserved. FEBRUARY 2018 | LIGHTHOUSE POINT





6 Bedrooms / 5.5 Baths

This spectacular home will captivate you from every angle! Panoramic wide water views of 102’ of deep water. Pool and summer kitchen.


Elegant gated estate pool home is minutes from the Hillsboro inlet on 100’ of waterfront on a deep canal accommodating the largest yachts.


5 Bedrooms / 6 Baths

New luxury coastal home in Lake Placid. Finished with the highest quality and craftsmanship. Long water views on 100’ of water.


5 Bedrooms / 6.5 Baths

Gated Lighthouse Point estate home with stunning views on Lake Placid. Tropical pool, summer kitchen and covered poolside patio.

7 Bedrooms / 5.5 Baths

Stunning waterfront pool home in the heart of Lighthouse Point. Summer kitchen, pool, 90’ of deep water access, 5 mins from the Inlet.


5 Bedrooms / 7 Baths

Palatial family estate pool home in amazing location minutes from Hillsboro Inlet. Elevator, two fireplaces, 80’ of waterfront, summer kitchen.



4 Bedrooms / 4.5 Baths

6 Bedrooms / 6 Full, 2 Half Baths


4 Bedrooms / 2.5 Baths

Lighthouse Point waterfront estate. Panoramic views of Lake Placid on intersecting canals. Lavish master suite, 85’ of waterfront, pool/spa.

Lovely Florida style cul-de-sac home located on 110 feet of deep water. Light, open floor plan with great water views of 125’ wide canal.

3 Bedrooms / 2.5 Baths

Beautiful updated pool home with a large backyard and pool area, perfect for entertaining. Close to a private Intracoastal park!


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Gorgeous Contemporary remodel with 58 ft of water, no fixed bridges, all impact glass, open floor plan, marble pavers, new pool with built in spa & tanning shelf, covered patio.

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$1,499,000 5BR/4.5BA 105 ft. of deep water, east exposure, Soaring ceilings, amazing waterfront & marina views.

Completely renovated Lake Placid estate home, 85 ft. of deep water, marble floors, impact glass, newly painted inside & out, new dock & 20K lb boat lift, mins to Inlet.

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escape to this luxurious, three story waterfront home in Lighthouse Point with spectacular views, luxurious living/sleeping quarters & an elevator to make life simpler, 103 ft. of deep water.

Immaculate single family in Boca, updated kitchen & baths, stainless steel appliances, over sized 2 car garage.

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Creatively Speaking


Around the Point


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Personal Development


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Legal Matters


Urban Adventure


Cantankerously Yours


Dining Out


Happy Snaps




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For the love of maps — especially pink ones. Culture and happenings around town and beyond including a plethora of festivals such as the Renaissance Festival, the St. Ambrose carnival and the St. Coleman’s Italian Festival. Plus, our beat reporter Marie Puleo keeps you up-to-date on city news. A peek behind the open sign at Eyebrow Design. Humorist Jim Terlizzi shares random thoughts on senior citizen texting, Leonardo da Vinci, coupons and a Saudi prince. Discipline your disappointments in 2018. Embracing the single life on Valentine’s Day. Attorney Martin Zevin offers advice on revocable living trusts. Danielle Charbonneau takes us along for kiteboarding 101. A ten-minute play by Wendell Abern. Our extensive list of local restaurants plus the staff has lunch at the beach. The people of Lighthouse Point smile for the camera. A birthday is always a reason to celebrate. In spite of the drama, civic engagement is important.

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Lighthouse Point natives and co-chairs of the inaugural Keeper Days 5K, Coco Spieker and Kelly Donoghue, were photographed by Debra Todd. Coco and Kelly have known each other since they were six years old.

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The Wild Pink Yonder AS A KID, I SPENT HOURS STUDYING AN ILLUSTRATED MAP OF LONG ISLAND THAT HUNG IN OUR DEN. MY FAVORITE PUZZLE BACK THEN was a map of the United States. I guess you could say I’ve always had a thing for maps... which brings me to my first map memory… It was a beautiful spring day — the sort of day where the air seemed to sparkle. My parents decided we should take a ride. Typically, this meant we didn’t have a set destination. We would just pile in the car and go. Sometimes we would travel just 15 minutes to have lunch in the neighboring town of Cold Spring Harbor. Other times we would venture upstate and pick apples. But on this day, my parents decided we would set course to Connecticut.

My Father busted out his map of New England, planned our route and folded the map back up perfectly. I was beyond excited for this trip as we would be crossing state lines. As I sat in the back seat and




watched the scenery move beyond me, I nearly exploded with anticipation. Connecticut was not far. Finally, I couldn’t wait even one more second. I blurted out “Tell me when we get to Connecticut.” My mother replied “We’re already in Connecticut.” Her answer devastated me. How had I missed the crossing? And surely she must be mistaken. Nothing was pink. You see, on my father’s map of New England, New York (where we lived) was green and Connecticut was pink. Logically, I thought once we crossed over into Connecticut, all of the leaves would be pink. I thought the lawns would be pink. I thought the bushes would be shades of magenta and surely the stately trees lining the highway would beam with magnificent fuchsia foliage. I explained my theory to my family and naturally everyone thought I was being remarkably adorable. I felt nothing but disappointed. But it was OK. I don’t remember what we actually did in Connecticut that day. But knowing my parents, we probably stopped somewhere and had a great lunch of fried clams in some hideaway on the Long Island Sound. We probably went antiquing in a 17th century colonial home. And most likely, we stopped for ice cream. To this day, I love reading maps. Sure, I know we all have our phones. But phones are for finding places you already know about. Maps are romantic. Take out a map; let it guide you. Read a map and discover the unknown. Maybe it will be pink.

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Keeper Days 2018

The City of Lighthouse Point is excited to continue a wonderful tradition — Lighthouse Point “Keeper Days.” The fun-filled weekend will take place February 9-11. The honorees include Jim and Ann Marie Dunn, Charles McLaughlin and Police Officer Paul McCormick. The 2018 theme is “Small Town Big Hearts – Giving is the Heart of the Point.” The Keeper Days Dinner will kick off the weekend on Friday, Feb. 9 at 6pm and is $60 per person. On Saturday, Feb. 10, at 8:30am, the Inaugural Keeper Day 5K Run, presented by Lighthouse Point magazine, will kickoff at Frank McDonough Park. See more details on page 72.

Waterway Cleanup

The Lighthouse Point Marine Advisory board is sponsoring a waterway clean up on Saturday, March 3. The event is a great opportunity for residents to keep the city’s waterways beautiful and for students to earn community service hours. Participants can obtain trash bags and gloves if needed at Dan Witt Park on March 3 from 9-11am. Debris drop off will be at the dock of Fletcher Park, 3035 NE 31st Ave., from 1-3pm. Please call city hall at 954-943-6500 for further questions.

Lighthouse Point’s Chamber of Commerce has voted to merge with the Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce. The Lighthouse Point Chamber will now operate as a council underneath the umbrella of the Pompano Beach Chamber. A council board for the Lighthouse Point Chamber Council will be selected and two members of that council will serve on the main board of the Pompano Beach Chamber. The decision was made at a meeting on Jan. 9 at Dixon Ahl Hall where leaders from both Lighthouse Point and Pompano Beach Chambers discussed the viability and interest of continuing an independent Lighthouse Point Chamber. Ric Green, the president of the Pompano Beach Chamber, briefed the group on how the councils operate. The merge will mean that Lighthouse Point Chamber Council members will become a part of the 700-member Pompano Beach Chamber and have access to the same staffing. The Margate Chamber of Commerce recently merged with the Pompano Chamber in a similar manner.

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26th Annual Florida Renaissance Festival

In the northwest corner of Quiet Waters Park, a grand and whimsical world inspired by the Renaissance era is constructed. A castle entrance beckons guests to enter through its arches; a king and queen perch on their thrones to watch knights joust to the death wearing heavy silver armor and ornate battle gowns. Children thrust lances through a golden ring while riding a wooden horse down a greased cable called a Quintain. Across a courtyard, an expert archer aims his handmade wooden bow, nailing a target from a spectacular distance, and an apothecary gives lessons on medicinal plants. Hungry adults sink their jaws into juicy turkey legs and guzzle cold beer, while actors mingle in costume in the streets. These are some of the delights to be had at the Florida Renaissance Festival, which will be celebrating its 26th year and 19th year in Deerfield Beach. Over 100 artisans and 100 performers will be in attendance. Every weekend boasts a new theme, including: “Swashbucklers & Sirens” (Feb. 10 & 11); “Time Travelers” (Feb. 17 - 19); “Virgins and Barbarians” (Feb 24 & 25); “Bodacious Bodices and Wenches” (March 3 & 4); “International Weekend” (March 10 & 11); “Kilts & Colleens” (March 17 & 18) and “Witches, Warlocks and Harry Potter” (March 24 & 25). Attendees are encouraged to wear costumes in theme. WHEN: Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to sunset from Feb. 10 to March 25, plus Monday Feb. 19 (President’s Day). WHERE: Quiet Waters Park, 401 S. Powerline Rd., Deerfield Beach COST: One day adult admission is $25; Kids ages 6-11 are $12; Children under 5 are free. A season pass for all seven weekends is $160 for adults and $59 for kids. Parking is complimentary and VIP parking is available for $15. Entrance to Quiet Waters Park is $1.50 per person.

Full Moon Paddle

Every full moon you can paddle board by moonlight with Island Water Sports. In 2018, the first three full moon paddles will take place on Feb. 1, Mar. 1 and April 1. The tour will take guests through Deerfield’s canals by multi-million dollar neighborhoods. The paddles fill up quickly, so participants are encouraged to register in advance on EventBrite. The paddle session is approximately 3.5 miles and an hour and a half. WHEN: Feb. 1 at 5:30pm, March 1 at 5:30pm; and April 1 at 6:45pm (start times vary based on the moon rise) WHERE: Meet at Island Water Sports (1985 NE Second St, Deerfield Beach) COST: For participants renting a paddle board, cost is $30. For those bringing their own board, cost is $10. For more information visit or call 954-427-2929

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“Wicked” on Tour

Valentine’s Day Vintage Dinner at the Sample-McDougald House Enjoy a one-of-a-kind, vintage Valentine’s Day while dining inside the SampleMcDougald House. Guests will be greeted with cocktails on the porch, hors d’oeuvres and live music. Guests will then be escorted to a dining table for a three course dinner. WHEN: Feb. 14; Prosecco, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served from 6:30 to 7pm; Dinner begins at 7pm. WHERE: Sample-McDougald House at 450 NE Tenth St. in Pompano Beach COST: Price is $195 per couple. Tables are shared by 3 to 5 couples. Members of the Sample-McDougald house will receive a 10 percent discount. Reservations are required. Dinner will include a salad, main course, dessert, wine and a postdinner coffee and tea service. For more information visit

Couples Valentine’s Forging Workshop Looking for a “hot” date-night activity for Valentine’s Day but tired of the same old dinner date? Bring your Valentine out on a unique date to learn the basics of blacksmithing. You and your date will create a beautiful finished project together. The evening will include entertaining instructors, wine, cheese and all the tools and materials necessary. No experience is required. WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 14 from 6:30 to 9:30pm WHERE: The Guild Urban Craft & Folk Art School (205 NW 16th St., Pompano Beach COST: $150; Register at

“Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz” is a Broadway musical based on the 1995 Gregory Maguire novel “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, an alternative telling of the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz.” The musical is told from the perspective of the witches of the Land of Oz; its plot begins before and continues after Dorothy’s arrival in Oz from Kansas. “Wicked” tells the story of two unlikely friends, Elphaba (the Wicked Witch of the West) and Galinda (whose name later changes to Glinda the Good Witch), who struggle through opposing personalities and viewpoints, rivalry over the same love-interest, reactions to the Wizard’s corrupt government and, ultimately, Elphaba’s public fall from grace.

“Wicked” celebrated its tenth anniversary on Broadway in 2013. By August of 2017, it surpassed “Mamma Mia!” to become Broadway’s seventh longest-running musical and eight longest-running show. WHEN: Friday, Feb. 14 through March 2 WHERE: Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale COST: Tickets range between $49 and $169 and can be purchased at

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35th Annual Saint Coleman Italian Festival In 1984, the St. Coleman Italian Festival was just a spaghetti dinner with pony rides. Now the festival is a huge event with food, carnival rides, music and live entertainment. It serves as one of the largest fundraisers for the St. Coleman elementary school and parish. In past years, proceeds from the festival renovated the administration wing of the school, and built the outdoor gymnasium, media center and parish hall kitchen. Bring your family out to enjoy the fun. WHEN: Friday, Feb. 16 from 1-11pm; Saturday, Feb. 17 from noon to 11pm; Sunday, Feb. 18 from 12 to 8pm WHERE: Saint Coleman Catholic Church, 1200 S. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach

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3rd Annual Saint Coleman Cornhole Tournament

In this annual cornhole tournament players compete for bragging rights, a traveling trophy and recognition in the Saint Coleman church bulletin and event brochure. WHEN: Qualifer begins Sunday, Feb. 19 at noon. Top 16 point scorers qualify for tournament play. The single elimination tournament runs from 4:30 to 8pm. Games go to 15 net scores. Players will throw eight bags for total points. COST: Entry Fee is $10

Impact Broward, a non-profit dedicated to helping people thrive as they age, will host Celebrate Broward! The banquet will honor community members who have demonstrated commitment to creating quality life for older people. Impact Broward’s valued volunteers also will be recognized. The festive evening includes live musical entertainment led by Blues Soulster Joel DaSilva, Caribbean jazz artists Rootz of Music and 13 year-old jazz singer Ava Faith. WHEN: Friday, Feb. 2 from 6-9pm WHERE: The W Fort Lauderdale (401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.) COST: Tickets to the benefit are $85 and are available at

Charitable Foundation’s 30th Anniversary Celebration

Thirty years of charitable fundraising initiatives and goodwill in Broward County is well worth a grand celebration. This enchanting evening will include live and silent auctions, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and live music. Self-parking is complimentary. Special guests will include Pompano Beach Mayor Lamar Fisher and NBC 6 News Anchor, Trina Robinson. WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 6pm WHERE: Pompano Beach Cultural Center (50 W. Atlantic Blvd.) COST: $45 per person; tickets can be purchased at

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Country Music Legend Willie Nelson & Family

Willie Nelson is a multiple Grammy and CMA award-winner. He will be joined by the Family, his touring group, for a night filled with classic hits. With 25 singles having reached number one on the charts, Nelson is one of the most prolific singer-songwriters of his generation. His songs, including “On The Road Again,” “Mama Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys,” and “Always on My Mind,” crossed genres and his iconic style has made him one of the most recognized entertainers in the world. WHEN: Feb. 13 at 7:30pm WHERE: Pompano Beach Amphitheater, 1801 NE Sixth St. COST: Tickets range between $35 and $100 and can be purchased at

Pompano Beach Piano Competition

Listen to some of Pompano Beach’s most talented young piano players. WHEN: Feb. 24 at 7pm WHERE: Herb Skolnick Community Center, 800 SW 36th Ave., Pompano Beach

Dead & Company performs in Ft. Lauderdale

WHEN: Monday, Feb. 26 at 7pm WHERE: BB&T Center (1 Panther Pkwy. in

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Winter Concert Series Winter Concert Series: Rockin’ the Legends 2

WHEN: Wednesday, Feb.7, 7:30 to 9pm WHERE: Emma Lou Olson Civic Center, 1801

NE Sixth St., Pompano Beach The Curtain Call Playhouse will perform classic songs including pop, doo wop, country rockabilly, gospel, jazz and R&B.

Valentine’s Day Big Band Dance

WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 14, 7:30 to 9pm WHERE: Emma Lou Olson Civic Center, 1801

NE Sixth St. Come enjoy a musical event with a variety of music from the 20’s, swing era and more. Whether you want to dance or just listen, this will be a fun Valentine’s Day event for music lovers.

Eric & the Jazzers

WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 21, 7:30 to 9pm WHERE: Herb Skolnick Community Center,

800 SW 36th Ave., Pompano Beach Some of the best jazzers in South Florida play some heartfelt American Jazz. Eric & the Jazzers will perform greats from Charlie Parker, Max Roach, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and more.

Tina Turner Tribute

WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 28, 7:30 to 9pm WHERE: E. Pat Larkins Center, 520 Martin

Luther King Blvd., Pompano Beach The Tina Turner voice, heels and strut are back on stage as Kat Riggins performs a stunning and powerful portrayal of one of pop’s biggest divas ever.

Habitat for Humanity of Broward Receives $1 Million Grant On Nov. 28, Habitat for Humanity of Broward was awarded a $1 million grant by the Mary N. Porter Legacy Fund of the Community Foundation of Broward. The grant will assist the agency as it builds its largest community in its 34 year history – A Rick Case Habitat Community – which will cover nine acres in Pompano Beach in the Blanch Ely neighborhood and feature 77 homes and a community park. “We are beyond grateful and excited to partner with the Community Foundation of Broward and to honor Miss Mary N. Porter’s philanthropic legacy in such a powerful way,” said Nancy Robin, Habitat Broward’s CEO & Executive Director. “Habitat for Humanity has great vision, strong leadership and a track record of making a difference in our community,” said Linda Carter, President/CEO of the Community Foundation of Broward. “We truly believe in this project and its power to transform lives to create a better Broward, which was Mary’s vision.” The $1 million award will help Habitat Broward with both infrastructure and foundations for the new Habitat homes. Once the infrastructure is completed, the organization hopes to start vertical build on the first phase of homes in the first quarter of 2018.

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Pompano Beach Update

BY JEFF LEVINE For years (decades?) there wasn’t really much new happening in Pompano Beach. But, recently, that has changed dramatically. It seems almost every week there’s another restaurant, shop or construction project popping up. It’s easy to loose track of all the changes. So, as a longtime Pompano Beach resident, I thought I’d try and keep you in the loop. • LAS ORQUIDEAS is a recently opened restaurant worth checking out. Located next to Jersey Dogs on Atlantic Blvd. between the bridge and A1A, the spot has been home to revolving restaurants over the past few years — at least four (but I lost count). Here’s hoping these folks will stay put for a while. The family run joint serves up a terrific, tasty variety of Latin American specialties. Our group tried the Colombian chicken soup, skirt steak, breaded pork chops and fish special. All delicious. The sangria tasted a bit weak (me likes my beverages strong) but we had a great time listening to the live entertainment as we sat outside on a beautiful South Florida evening. • Last month in Pompano! magazine, we had a review of the REDEVELOPMENT PROJECTS around the beach area. In case you missed it, read it on our website ( Rendering of the Beach House Restaurant

• We are now hearing from city officials that the BEACH HOUSE RESTAURANT , located on the beach two blocks north of Atlantic Blvd., is

hoping to open as soon as late February. This might be a bit optimistic as the structure is still little more than cinderblock and metal,but let’s keep our fingers crossed. • Right next door, the rebuilding of the Pompano Beach FISHING PIER continues. It is a little more than 25 percent done toward its early 2019 completion goal. The construction work itself has become somewhat of a tourist attraction. On days when workers are driving the giant pilings into ground, you’ll find many a grown man (and an occasional woman) staring at the equipment like a bunch of astounded children.

Broward College Speaker Series welcomes Thomas Friedman

In its fifth year, the Broward College Speaker Series continues to feature notable speakers from a variety of backgrounds to educate, enlighten and entertain the community on a variety of topics. From current events in our nation, to finding inspiration beyond all odds, this year’s roster of speakers will bring their personal perspectives on the world around us. On Feb. 21, the series will feature Thomas Friedman, a foreign affairs columnist with The New York Times and the bestselling author of “The World is Flat.” He is renowned for his direct reporting and sophisticated analysis of complex issues facing the world. According to Foreign Policy magazine, “Friedman doesn’t just report on events; he helps shape them.” Winner of three Pulitzer Prizes, he has covered monumental stories from around the globe for The New York Times since 1981. Friedman will speak on the topic: “The Big Trends Shaping the World Today: Economics, Technology, & Geopolitics.” WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 7:30pm WHERE: Amaturo Theater at The Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale COST: Ticket prices vary around $50 . Visit for more information.

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St. Ambrose Carnival

Pioneer Days

Deerfield Beach celebrates its roots with this three day festival. The event features a carnival, arts and crafts, food vendors and live entertainment. On Saturday the event will feature a parade and grand fireworks show.

WHEN: Friday, Feb. 16 from 5-10pm; Saturday, Feb. 17 from 10am to 10pm; Parade will be Saturday, Feb. 17 at 10am; Grand fireworks display will be Saturday Feb. 17 at 9:05pm; Sunday, Feb. 18 from 10am to 6pm WHERE: Main Beach Parking Lot, 149 SE 21st Ave., Deerfield Beach COST: Free

Deerfield Beach’s Movies in the Park The Saint Ambrose Carnival celebrates it’s 24th anniversary this year with rides, food and other fundraising opportunities for the church. At the same time, it is also a music festival kicking off on Thursday, March 1 and continuing with on-stage entertainment daily until Sunday night. The selection of bands this year brings some of the best performers from Broward, Dade and Palm Beach Counties onto one stage and will be the highlight of this year’s festivities. WHEN: Thursday, March 1 - Sunday, March 4 WHERE: Saint Ambrose Catholic Church, 380 S. Federal Highway, Deerfield Beach COST: Pricing varies. Visit for more details.

Bring your blanket and lawn chairs for a movie in the park, under the stars. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. February’s movie is “Storks.” WHERE: Villages of Hillsboro Park, 4111 NW Sixth St., Deerfield Beach WHEN: Friday, Feb. 2 at 7pm COST: Free

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Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance By Annual Donna Torrey

The Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance at the Boca Raton Resort & Club — a weekendlong fundraiser benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Broward County — will feature Tim Allen as the gala’s comedian headline entertainer. Allen will also join Jay Leno The 17th annual Food Network & as a celebrity judge for the benefit’s auto show. Jay will be presenting the “Big Dog The holiday season is Beach in high gear, and for many families in some cities) because they grow too tall, and are Cooking Channel South Wine Garage Award” to his favorite automobile and motorcycle during the car show. this&means shopping for a Christmas tree. When I was a susceptible to lightening strikes and hurricane damage. Food Festival (SOBEWFF) returns child, I used to very sad about allThe theBoca treesRaton Please, if you own one,events don’t plant it outside. They just Wednesday, Feb.get 21-Sunday, Feb.thinking 25. Concours d’Elegance include: thatSOBWFF were iscut, then Imost learned that Christmas tree don’t belongRegistry™ in our Florida landscape. Fortunately, there one but of America’s FRIDAY FEB. 23: The duPont Live Hangar Party at Atlantic Aviation at prestigious gourmet gatherings. the Boca Raton Guests willexcellent experiencechoices gourmet tastings 20 farming is big business in many states and considered a Airport. are some really for those from who more wishthan to have The Festival has raised more than of South Florida’safinest restaurants and that indulge anplanted array of fine and spirits renewable resource. living holiday tree caninbe intowines the landscape, $26 million that to date for the Chaplin well as live entertainment. Guests can also perusearboretum. an impressive selection of exotic Although knowledge made me feel better,asfor some, creating a Christmas memory School of Hospitality & Tourism cars, motorcycles, extravagant boats, private jets, premier vendors and more. it could still be considered wasteful. If you are one of those Our Florida native, Southern Red Cedar (Juniperus Management at Florida International SATURDAY, FEB. 24: Features educational automotive seminars designed for the people who would rather choose an alternative, there are salicicola) is a great choice as is the Arizona cypress University (FIU). This year’s festival true automotive collector enthusiast. The Grand Gala Dinner, Auction & Show will two options: artificial, or an actual living tree. (Cupressus arizonica). Both evergreens make a striking, low will feature more than 90 events, follow, featuring a cocktail hour and silent auction, gourmet dinner and live auction, What probably comes to mind is one of those “darling” maintenance addition to the landscape, and are great bird including soirées, wine seminars, including one-of-a-kind trips and experience packages, luxury jewelry, and more. little Norfolk Island pines being sold in many chain stores. attractors, both for nesting and as a food source. They grow tasting and cooking demos, an array Guests will also enjoy a stellar performance by Tim Allen. While these make nice houseplants, unfortunately, they to aroundthe 25automobile feet, prefer full sun andexhibition are drought tolerant. of new parties and intimate dining Sunday, Feb. 25: Features and motorcycle with Celebrity grow to be quite large, and quickly! The result is that they pyramidal shape makes the Best of all, their experiences, expanded CRAVE Greater Judges, Jay Leno and Tim Allen. Guests from around the world will experienceperfect an LHP are Fort booted out ofSeries, the and houseplant (youshowcase Christmas tree! featuring Lauderdale more. For world and into, automotive like no other, vehicles and motorcycles from an array guessed it) athe outside those on tight budget,world! the festival of time periods. even features over a dozen events Therehas will also be an exclusive Brunch with Jay Leno and Tim Allen Sunday Now, our well-intentioned choice for the holidays Garden gate Nursery is located in the Pompano Citi under $100. a full schedulemenace! of morning from 10-11am. turned into anFor environmental Norfolk Island pines Centre. Donna can be reached at 954-783-GATE, or at visit Forillegal more information and tickets, visit are events considered dangerous in the landscape (actually

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Monthly Happenings Open Mic Night

Third Mondays, Feb. 21, 9pm 26 Degree Brewing hosts a monthly open mic night on the third Monday of every month from 9pm until close. All acts are welcome, from comedy to poetry, juggling and music. Drafts are $1 off during the event. 26 DEGREE BREWING, 2600 E. Atlantic Blvd. in Pompano Beach

Old Town Untapped

First Fridays, Feb. 2, 6-9pm Fun-filled event featuring beer tastings, food trucks, live music, vendors and art exhibits at Bailey Contemporary Arts (BaCA) and the surrounding neighborhood. Every first Friday of the month. Free. BACA, 41 NE First St., Pompano Beach.

Pints & Poses, Yoga & Brews

First & Third Sundays, 10am | and Second & Fourth Wednesdays, 6pm Yoga and craft beer go together like chocolate and peanut butter, chips and salsa, wine and cheese. Every first and third Sunday of the month, and second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, a yoga instructor will help you find inner peace and flexibility. Afterwards, 26 Degree’s bartenders will help you find your inner thirst. Classes on Sundays start at 10am; Classes on Wednesdays start at 6pm. Cost is $15 and includes a full hour of yoga and a beer of your choice. 26 DEGREE BREWING, 2600 E. Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach

Yoga on the Beach

Sundays, 9-10am Juliana from Yoga4Life Studios teaches yoga beachside. By donation. POMPANO BEACH, on the patch of artificial turf near the fountains at the very east end of Atlantic Blvd., 754-307-9489

Pier Food Truck Round Up

Third Fridays, Feb. 16, 6pm, free Join for an evening of food trucks, music and fun. Bring blankets and folding chairs. Entertainment and full bar. POMPANO PIER, 222 N. Pompano Beach Blvd.

Happy Hour at the Beach

Thursdays, 5-8pm Enjoy a relaxing night at the beach with a unique twist on boring old discounted drinks! Visit any of the participating merchants for BOGO, 2-4-1’s and half price specials. The night features revolving live music each week! ATLANTIC BLVD., between A1A and Pompano Beach Blvd.

down for an hour in the galleries amongst art and artists. Each week will vary with something different — special guests, artist speakers, simple hands-on activities, or just a calm break. Free to attend. BACA, 41 NE First St., Pompano Beach

Pompano Beach Green Market

Every Saturday, 9am to 1:30pm The Green Market features local food vendors, farmers, artisans and live music. The Green Market happens every Saturday from Oct. 14 until the end of April 2018. The Market is located at the CORNER OF ATLANTIC BLVD. AND NE FIRST AVE.

Fresh Air with Byrd & Lyrics Lab

First & Third Wednesday, Feb. 7 & 21, Workshop from 7-8pm, Lyrics Lab from 8-11pm Fresh Air with Byrd is a writing workshop for all levels of writers and performers held at Bailey Contemporary Arts (BaCA) every first and third Wednesday of the month. 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 this workshop. Attendees are provided free entrance to Lyrics Lab, which follows. Lyrics Lab is an open mic night for all creatives. Beer, wine and kombucha are served. $15/ pp for the writing workshop. $10 for Lyrics Lab. BACA, 41 NE First St., Pompano Beach

Lunch with Art

Every Wednesday, 12:15 to 1:15pm Nourish your creative side! The Bailey Contemporary Arts invites you every Wednesday to bring your lunch, or grab a little nosh from the in-house café, and sit

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Soulful Sunday and Brunch After Dark

Second Sundays, Feb. 11, 6pm Every second Sunday the Historic Ali Cultural Arts will have live music and brunch after dark. Tickets are just $5. ALI CULTURAL ARTS, 353 MLK Blvd., Pompano Beach

Get Hired

First Wednesdays at noon Every first Wednesday The Pompano Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) will host a Job Seeker Orientation Workshop and Job Seekers Toolkit session at the CRA Job Placement Center (McNair Community Center, 951 NW 27th Ave. Pompano Beach). At noon, the workshop will teach attendees how to utilize the center. Then, at 1pm, participants can attend the “Job Seeker’s Toolkit” session. Every month the toolkit session will aim to connect prospective employees with employers and useful resources.

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Detective Andrew Gianino was recognized as Police Officer of the Year by Lighthouse Point Police Chief Ross Licata for his accomplishments in 2017. Gianino played an instrumental role in the arrest of numerous offenders and the solving of dozens of criminal cases. “Andrew is an exceptional employee with an outstanding work ethic who has contributed in so many positive ways to help make this city a better place,” said Licata. Gianino conducted an extensive embezzlement investigation involving a personal assistant who was defrauding her employer — a Lighthouse Point resident who owns a Boca Raton-based business — of more than $400,000. Gianino scoured bank and ATM records, financial documents, subpoenaed bank video and personal IP addresses, and obtained the appropriate probable cause which led to the employee’s arrest. Gianino also tracked down one of two subjects who had targeted an 82-year-old Lighthouse Point resident in a distraction-type burglary, and entered the victim’s apartment on NE 36th Street under the guise that she had a water leak requiring immediate |

attention. While one of the subjects distracted the victim, the other entered her bedroom and removed jewelry and other valuables. One of the offenders was eventually identified and arrested for the Lighthouse Point burglary, and other similar crimes in surrounding jurisdictions. Gianino investigated an aggravated battery case involving multiple subjects in Frank McDonough Park. Following a dispute, a teenage victim was knocked unconscious by one of the subjects, who then stole personal items from the victim. Gianino tracked down and interviewed people who were in the park, and was able to put together a probable cause which was necessary to bring robbery charges against the offender, who was from Fort Lauderdale. Another significant case that Gianino solved last year was a residential burglary in which suspects entered Lighthouse Point in a stolen vehicle, and one of them subsequently entered and ransacked an unoccupied home. Gianino’s investigation led to the arrest of a prolific burglar, and the recovery of thousands of dollars in stolen property. He also investigated a scam in which a female psychic operating out of a Lighthouse Point shop convinced a woman she was cursed in order to con her out of $32,000 in money and jewelry over a period of several years. Gianino worked the case with an out-of-state private investigator, which led to the arrest of the psychic on grand theft charges. During the past year, Gianino received accolades from the State Attorney’s Office for his outstanding work, and numerous Department commendations. He was also recognized for his community service work. Gianino, who grew up in Coral Springs, began his law enforcement career with the Lighthouse Point Police Department in 2013. He was a >>>

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<<< patrol officer for two years before becoming a detective. This is the second time that Gianino has been named the city’s Police Officer of the Year. The first time was in 2014. “I’m honored to receive it,” said Gianino. “It’s nice to be recognized for all the hard work throughout the year.” He said he likes the challenge of piecing the evidence together and “seeing where it goes,” and being able to give the residents of Lighthouse Point closure in their cases, whether it’s by making arrests or returning their stolen property.

Firefighter of the Year

Firefighter Mike Brown was presented the Firefighter of the Year award by Lighthouse Point Fire Chief Shawn Gilmartin. Before giving Brown the award, Gilmartin commended three other firefighters who he said had gone “above and beyond” to improve the

department in the past year: Shaun Johnson, Mike Della Rocca and Nick Palmisano.




In choosing to honor Brown, Gilmartin considered his “years of service, leadership, character, and pride of ownership of the fire department.” “Mike has unquestionably proven himself in all these areas and has earned the respect and gratitude of the entire fire department, making our fire department a better place,” said Gilmartin. Brown, who grew up in Lighthouse Point, has been with the city’s fire department for five years. Prior to that, he served three years with Brevard County Fire Rescue. Brown is certified as a firefighter paramedic, fire officer, fire instructor and fire inspector. He uses his fire inspector certification to carry out fire safety inspections of businesses and multi-family residences throughout Lighthouse Point, and to educate them on fire safety and fire prevention. Brown is frequently called on to share his knowledge with the personnel on his shift, said Gilmartin. “Through his confidence and ability and work ethic, Mike shows leadership by example every day, and was able to put himself in a position to be promoted quickly to the rank of driver-engineer,” said Gilmartin. That promotion took place last October. Brown is one of three people in the fire department who are certified to install child restraint systems in vehicles. He demonstrates to expecting parents and grandparents the correct way to install car seats, and offers information on pool safety and sleeping safety. Gilmartin said that Brown does all kinds of maintenance repairs around the station on a regular basis, and played an instrumental role in the makeover of the Lighthouse Point fire station that took place last June for an episode of “Designing Spaces,” the home improvement show that airs on the Lifetime network. He did plumbing, electrical, painting and carpentry work, using skills he learned from working with his father, a 40-year Lighthouse Point resident who does home remodeling. Brown said he is humbled to receive the award. “Everyone works really hard around here,” he said. “We’re a small department, so we tend to wear many hats. I wish I could share it amongst everybody, but I guess someone has to take it.” ABOVE LEFT TO RIGHT Lighthouse Point Fire Chief Shawn Gilmartin and Firefighter Mike Brown



City to Allow Synthetic Turf, But With Restrictions The City Commission voted last month to adopt an ordinance that allows for the installation of synthetic turf on all properties within Lighthouse Point, as long as property owners comply with specific design and installation standards. It also allows for synthetic turf to be considered as pervious area, and for it be included in the calculation of pervious area on a property. According to city code, a lot is required to have 25 percent pervious space to ensure adequate drainage on the property. Last year, the City Commission upheld a decision made by the Planning and Zoning Board that synthetic turf was not pervious and that it did not satisfy the 25 percent pervious space requirement. A resident who

had covered his entire property in synthetic turf had tried to win an appeal of the board’s decision against him, which his lawyer presented to the City Commission. City Commissioners discussed at length whether the City should allow artificial turf to be used in the 25 percent pervious space, but in the end, the consensus was that this specific property did not meet the city’s code. However, the City Commission agreed to move




forward with information gathering to determine whether the City should consider making changes to the code related to synthetic turf. Following a review of the materials currently being installed as synthetic turf — including presentations of products by installers and comments from the City Engineer — and a review of current municipal ordinances governing the installation of synthetic turf, City Administration, with the guidance of the Planning and Zoning Board, drafted the ordinance that was just adopted by the City Commission. The new ordinance provides a definition for synthetic turf, and requires property owners to obtain a building permit for the installation of synthetic turf. In addition, the synthetic turf must be installed by a Florida-licensed general contractor or a Florida-licensed landscape architect. The ordinance provides standards for how the synthetic turf must be installed and maintained. The ordinance allows for synthetic turf to be installed on an entire property, except within a swale area or public right-of-way, however, in order for the landscaping plan to be approved, there needs to be a balance of trees, shrubs and other natural vegetation. The ordinance originally would have required that property owners obtain approval from the Community Appearance Board prior to the installation of synthetic turf, but the City Commission removed that requirement. The ordinance was passed on a 4-1 vote. Commissioner Michael Long voted against the ordinance, mostly because of concerns about the safety of materials used in synthetic turf.

Three City Commissioners Re-elected Unopposed

Each of the three Lighthouse Point city commissioners who were seeking another threeyear term in the city’s March election have been re-elected unopposed. Commissioner Earl Maucker (Seat 1), Commissioner Michael Long (Seat 2) and Commission Vice President Jason Joffe (Seat 3) were declared re-elected at 12pm on Jan. 9, as there were no candidates who filed to run against them. The timeframe for candidates to file their paperwork was Jan. 2-9, 2018. The city will not hold a municipal election in March, since there were no other items scheduled to be on the ballot. The city will save the approximately $25,000 it costs to hold an election. The three commissioners will be sworn into office at a meeting next month, at which time the City Commission will elect a new Commission President and Vice President for the ensuing year, in accordance with the city’s charter. Maucker was first elected in 2012. Prior to being elected, he filled an unexpired term on the Commission, and then spent a year on the city’s Planning and Zoning Board. Long has served on the Commission since 1999, and Joffe was elected to his first term in 2015. Commission President Sandy Johnson (Seat 5) and Commissioner Kyle Van Buskirk (Seat 4) were both re-elected unopposed in 2017.

An Update on the Reuse Irrigation Project in Lighthouse Point PHASE ONE TO FINISH AHEAD OF SCHEDULE The first phase of the City of Pompano Beach reuse irrigation pipeline installation project, which began last November in Lighthouse Point, is set to be completed at the beginning of this month, about five months ahead of its scheduled deadline, according to the Pompano Beach Utilities Department. The project is part of an effort to establish a reuse water system, known as OASIS, for properties in Lighthouse Point that obtain water from Pompano Beach Utilities, which is generally the southernmost portion of the city. Once the system is in place, all customers in the affected service area will be required to use only reuse water to irrigate their lawns and landscaping, rather than drinking water (also known as potable water). The first phase of the project, carried out by DBF

Construction, included not only Lighthouse Point, but a portion of Pompano Beach as well. It involved installing the trunk line underneath the roadway, laying service lines that lead to each residence or business, and placing meter boxes for reuse water. The next step will be for Line-Tec, the plumbing company contracted by the City of Pompano, to connect the reuse meter box to the customer’s existing irrigation system, using a method that will involve minimal digging and protect landscaping. The City of Pompano will be sending customers information about the connection process towards the end of this month. The streets that have black “scars” covering the areas

where the pipes were installed are anticipated to be completely repaved as of this month. The City of Pompano is paying for the street repaving related to each phase of the project. In Lighthouse Point, the project began at the corner of NE 24th Street and 26th Avenue (near The Pink Church), and headed east along NE 24th Street to NE 22nd Avenue (Lighthouse Drive), then north to NE 27th Street, continuing east just beyond NE 26th Avenue (in the Marina area). The cost of Phase 1 of the project is $1,735,000, with a $400,000 grant coming from the South Florida Water Management District and a $300,000 grant coming from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The remaining costs will be the responsibility of the City of Pompano Beach. Property owners may only incur minimal hook-up costs, depending on their existing irrigation system (for example, if they have a well water system). The project will have four more phases involving smaller side streets, with the next phase taking place in the Marina area, and expected to begin in April. This second phase involves a smaller area, so it should not take as long as the first phase. OASIS water rates start at 89 cents per 1,000 gallons, compared to $2.34 for drinking water, and there are no sewer charges. Just as customers currently pay a 25 percent surcharge on their monthly billed amount for drinking water, there will also be a 25 percent surcharge on their monthly billed amount for reuse water. The first phase of the project will result in a total of 101 connections coming off the trunk line in Lighthouse Point and Pompano Beach. Phase 2 in the Marina area will result in approximately 55 connections. Upon completion, this multiphase project will produce approximately 490 reuse customers resulting in 0.6 to 1.0 MGD (million gallons per day) of potable water saved. FEBRUARY 2018 | LIGHTHOUSE POINT






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RICK REMEMBERS THE FIRST TIME HE SAW A KITEBOARDER. HE WAS SITTING ON THE BEACH AT DUSK WHEN SUDDENLY HE SAW A YOUNG MAN BEING EFFORTLESSLY DRAGGED THROUGH THE WAVES ATTACHED TO A NEON KITE. RICK WATCHED AS THE kite pulled the man’s body along the shoreline for miles, as far as Rick’s eyes could see. Rick imagined the exhilaration — the sense of freedom and weightlessness of being pulled through the water by the wind. While Rick had been a water sports enthusiast since the day he moved to Florida at the age of 19, he had never seen anything like kiteboarding. He didn’t even know what it was called. He went home and started researching. At the time, the sport was so new he couldn’t find anything about it, but he knew he wanted to try it. A whole year passed before he finally learned of the sport. When he tried it for the first time in 2001, there were only about 100,000 people in the world kiteboarding. Now Rick has been kiteboarding for 18 years and teaching the sport for ten. “I was instantly hooked,” he said. “Since then I’ve never looked back. Most people try it and are hooked for life.” I, like Rick, remember the first time I saw a kiteboarder. I watched a guy jump out of the water using the power of his kite. He got several feet of air above a crashing wave before landing smoothly back on his board, then weaved in and out of the surf, carving it like butter. I was jealous. I immediately wanted to try it, but thought I probably wasn’t strong or sporty enough. I assumed at the time that kiteboarders need extreme upper body strength to manage the kite — strength I probably didn’t have. So for over a year, I sat




in the sand and watched kiteboarders on Pompano Beach, growing evermore curious. I did this with other adventure sports too, sitting on the sidelines, jealous and cowardly. Then, about a year ago, I said enough is enough. No more sidelines. I made a decision that I would try the activities I had always wanted to, but never had. That decision led to my writing this Urban Adventure column and trying out a whole slew of activities, like Porsche racing, flyboarding, shark tagging, roller derby, and most recently, kiteboarding. Rick, the owner and instructor of Pompano Beach Kiteboarding, was my courageous and patient teacher. For my first lesson, I met Rick on the sand behind the Pompano Beach Marriott hotel. I was nervous, not knowing what to expect. When I arrived, Rick had laid out three kites on the sand, each a different size. I helped him straighten out the lines attached to the smallest of the three . The lines were attached to a bar used to steer the kite. Step one was to get the kite in the air. Step two was to learn how to lightly steer the kite using the bar. Unfortunately, I had almost no experience flying a kite. As >>>

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<<< a kid, I tried to fly the flimsy, diamond-shaped kind (with a single string and a criss-cross frame in the center), but usually ended up sprinting like a crazy person with the kite dragging pathetically through the dirt behind me. Flying a real, two-line kite was actually completely foreign to me. Thus, when the kite took flight on my first try, I tensed my arms and jerked the bar too quickly, causing the kite to come crashing down. I did this repeatedly, over and over, growing fairly insecure in my ability to learn. Rick, however, assured me. He said tensing up is the number one mistake beginners make. Contrary to my initial assumption, operating a kite doesn’t take Herculean strength. In fact, it’s the opposite. Flying the kite (at least at first) should take very little strain. The wind does the work, not your muscles. To demonstrate this, Rick showed me how to steer the kite with just two fingers. There is a softness and subtlety to the motion. One must find a sort of inner calm to steer with a smooth rhythm. Once my body found that rhythm, flying the kite started to feel like a dance. Watching the kite swoop in a figure eight, my body lightly swayed side to side as I learned the motion. After about ten minutes with the smallest kite, Rick progressed me to the second, larger kite. Surprisingly, I had more success on the second kite. It seemed slightly less responsive to my jerky, tense movements. I was better able to feel the rhythm. Still, I barely kept the kite in the air. I crashed it over three dozen times. On my second lesson, I was nervous again. I wasn’t sure if my brain would remember what I had learned two weeks earlier. I was amazed when, on my first try, flying the kite came right back to me. Muscle memory is magical. It was incredible how much better I got from the first lesson, to the second. It was as if the skill had somehow marinated and jelled in my mind. By the third lesson, Rick progressed me to the largest kite. Now this kite had real power. Wearing a harness around my waist, the kite could easily drag me. As I got the hang of using the bar to steer and feel the power of each turn, Rick instructed me to let the kite drag me on my heels through the sand. I would turn the kite and drag right; turn the kite and drag left. I was giddy with excitement. I was slowly learning the art. A few times I inadvertently let the kite drag too hard, its weight pulling me off balance. I’d land on my butt or chest in the sand, laughing, but even falling was fun. With each crash I brushed myself off and tried again. It was exhilarating to feel the kite lift me. I could see, however, how beginners have occasionally had horrible disasters. I thought of those famous YouTube videos of kiters smashing into buildings. I asked Rick about such accidents and he kind of chuckled, saying those accidents are easy to avoid.

FREE INTRODUCTORY STRETCH “All you have to do is let go of the bar,” he said Unfortunately, when one panics, the instant human impulse is to grip harder. Kiting is often counterintuitive. When you think you need to pull harder to give the kite more power, you actually need to let go (which lets more wind into the kite); and when you think you need to let go, you actually need to pull tighter. Teaching your mind to do this though takes time. For my fourth lesson, which I have not completed yet, Rick said we will most likely go in the water and learn how to body drag. I can’t wait. While I am somewhat sad I’ve been a slow learner and haven’t made it to the water yet, I





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GAYLE: And what does she have to do with immigration? ROB: Ah! Outside the box, Gayle. Outside the box. GAYLE: Rob. Mr. Amstatter. You’re speaking in riddles. ROB: Think of what she is, Gayle. What she has become! She’s a beacon! She has become a beacon! GAYLE: Rob. Mr. Amstatter. She’s a symbol. Of liberty. You think that’s wrong? ROB: That was not her original intent! She was simply a gift from France! Few people realize she was meant as a celebration of – GAYLE: Yes, yes, we know that here. Of the emancipation of slaves after our Civil War. But now – ROB: Now she’s a magnet! She’s like an open invitation! Asking all kinds of people from all over to come join us! GAYLE: But ... she is a beautiful symbol of – ROB: Of everything we have to change to make this country great again! You see, we don’t want her attracting immigrants! We don’t want them! This isn’t the Nineteenth Century any more! She -GAYLE: She helped make this country great! She contributed! To our diversity! To our freedom! To our – ROB: We are going to change her. GAYLE: What are you talking about? We just went through renovations ... ROB: We’re not talking about cosmetic renovations. We’re talking about a complete re-design. Beginning with her torch. GAYLE: What? What about her torch? ROB: It has to go. Instead, it will be replaced with her hand held up like a police officer’s, to stop traffic. GAYLE: NONPLUSSED. ROB: We have already contacted several architectural and engineering firms to engage in a top secret competition ... asking them to submit designs and rough cost estimates on the change. GAYLE: STILL NONPLUSSED. ROB: Very surreptitiously, of course. No one outside of our small sub-committee is aware of this activity. Just last week, we selected the winning design. And now that you have been informed, we would like you to contact the winning firm and come to an agreement on some kind of timeline. We’re all kind of hoping for a finishing date by the end of 2019. >>>

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The 2018 Keeper’s Day theme is “Small Town, Big Hearts” and the four honorees — Chuck McLaughlin, Officer Paul McCormick, and Jim and Ann Marie Dunn — most definitely fit the bill. All have a proven heart for philanthropy, service and community. Their dedication to the Lighthouse Point community has been demonstrated in extraordinary ways.



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Officer Paul McCormick has been working in one capacity or another for the Lighthouse Point Police Department since 1980 when he re-located to South Florida from Patterson Township, Pennsylvania where he had been an officer for four years. He currently serves as a Community Police Officer, but has worked in many capacities over the years including Patrol, Marine Patrol, Investigations, Narcotics, Training and Administration. He was also involved with the department’s efforts to computerize in the mid eighties and started teaching basic computers and software applications at the local Police Academy. Officer McCormick also helped other police departments learn USA Software’s “Crime Files” programs and wrote the instruction manual for their Mobile Report Writing Software. He has worked as a Field Training Officer and Shift Supervisor but says he is now “quite content” to work as the Department’s Community Policing Officer, where he does a combination of all the duties he has come to love. McCormick is also very involved with ministry at his church, Saint Vincent de Paul (SVDP). The St Vincent de Paul Society has a mission is to foster spirituality by helping the poor and homeless. McCormick volunteered as a member of the Society for several years before taking on the responsibility of President of the St. Elizabeth of Hungary Conference of the Society, which he did for six years. After serving the maximum term he was asked to fill the position of Vice President of Stores, for the District Council of Pompano Beach at the SVDP Thrift Store. The Thrift Store is owned and operated by the District Council which is made up of the eleven Parish Conferences of the area Catholic Churches. The Thrift Store proceeds pays for the Special Works of the Council.

Jim & AnnMarie Dunn James Robert Dunn started his career in 1967 as a sales representative for IBM. During a sales call to a jewelry company in Malden, MA, Jim picked up a magazine about the jewelry business and became intrigued. When his schedule allowed, Jim took correspondence courses in gemology, and went to New York to learn about diamonds and colored stones. “I bought a little microscope and I was playing scientist at home,” he said. While at IBM, Jim met his future wife, Ann Marie Pelliccia, who was working as an executive secretary. Like Jim, she was driven by an entrepreneurial spirit. She was 10 years old when her family immigrated to the U.S. from Italy. It didn’t take long for Ann Marie to master the English language and become the interpreter for her father’s cabinet-making business. She went to work every day after school with her father from age 11 until she graduated high school. Soon after, she joined the team at IBM. “It was IBM that helped us forge our philosophies about customer service and business ethics,” said Ann Marie. The couple married in 1969 and together decided to take a chance by starting a jewelry business. With their savings of $10,000, the couple purchased a small house in Hanover, MA and converted it into their first jewelry store, The House of Gems. During the first year, their store was burglarized and every piece of jewelry was taken, including customers’ repairs. To make matters worse, the Dunns were in between insurance policies. The couple went from door to door informing and reassuring each client that their prized possessions would be replaced. Ann Marie and Jim paid for the stolen jewelry out of their own pockets to preserve their reputation of integrity and trust. Word spread when the couple made good on their

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promise, and business began to grow by leaps and bounds. The House of Gems soon outgrew its tiny location. Jim and Ann Marie relocated the store to a nearby mall in South Weymouth, MA and changed the name to J.R. Dunn Jewelers, emphasizing the importance of the familyowned and operated business. In 1978 the couple relocated to South Florida and opened a small jewelry boutique, serving a select clientele by appointment only. This is when the Dunns were fortunate enough to have 18-year-0ld Robert Pelliccia, Ann Marie’s brother, come on board at the age of 18 and eventually start creating one-of-a-kind custom creations for their discerning clients. It didn’t take long for J.R. Dunn Jewelers to outgrow its location once again; that brought about the monumental decision to purchase a 6,000 square-foot building on Federal Highway in Lighthouse Point, Florida. Today, the Lighthouse location has expanded to >>> FEBRUARY 2018 | LIGHTHOUSE POINT


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<<< 8,000-square-feet and is conveniently located between Boca Raton and Ft. Lauderdale. Jim, Ann Marie and their son, Sean, run the business together. Sean earned his undergraduate degree in business management from the University of Florida and his gemological degree from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). Jim credits Sean with much of the technological advancement achieved at the store, including the creation of the company’s e-commerce website,, nearly 10 years ago. Now J.R. Dunn serves clients in more than 20 countries. In addition to being a close knit family who supports one another, the Dunns have forged many great relationships with their employees, clients and the local community. “If you’re in business and the people in the community are supporting you, then you should go back and support the community,” said Jim. The Dunns credit these relationships for having allowed J.R. Dunn Jewelers to persevere and thrive — even in tough times. In 2007, the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship at Nova Southeastern University inducted Jim Dunn into its Entrepreneur Hall of Fame. Jim Dunn’s honor came as a complete surprise, even though he was honored with the Sun-Sentinel’s Excalibur Award for “Small Business Leader” in 2002. Jim and Ann Marie are actively involved in numerous charitable organizations and dedicate significant time to the Boys’ and Girls’ Club of Broward County. In 1996, Jim organized “Dunn’s Run” and over the past 22 years has raised over $3 million for the organization.

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C huck McLaughlin Chuck McLaughlin is best known in Lighthouse Point as the owner of Bonefish Mac’s restaurant, but in the tight-knit community of American Vietnam veterans, he’s known as a local hero. Every morning, Chuck goes out to breakfast with other veterans. They talk about golf, work, family and health. They share rides, stories and meals. Chuck is a member of the Marine Corps League and spends every Tuesday from 10am to 2pm filling out paperwork for disabled veterans. The Marine Corps League and his other fellow veterans help to carry each other’s burdens. Helping others seems like second nature to Chuck and the other members of the League. Perhaps that’s because they still carry the same lesson that Chuck learned all the way back in boot camp on Parris Island when he was undergoing basic training: “It’s not about you, it’s about the guy to your right and the guy to your left, so take care of them.” Chuck served during some of the most brutal battles of the Vietnam War including the Operation Prairie IV assault and the Tet Offensive. During his 13 months of service — from April 27th, 1967 to May 11th, 1968 — he participated in 17 field operations, was honorably discharged from active service in Vietnam as a corporal, and received a Meritorious Mast for his exemplary service during the Tet Offensive. After his time as an active-duty Marine, Chuck went to Clarion College and received a masters

in education. His path from college led him to Lighthouse Point where he settled down and eventually opened Bonefish Mac’s (named after his nickname, which he got over 25 years ago from his fishing guide in Bimini, Bahamas). Now Bonefish Mac’s has four locations in Florida including Port St. Lucie, Wellington and Coral Springs. The goal of the restaurant is to promote local community. The restaurants feature local residents photos in frames all around the bar. “The concept at our place is that our famous people are the customers and their neighbors,” said Chuck’s wife, Jane McLaughlin. The restaurants also give patrons the chance to own a piece of the bar. “We call it the plaque club,” said Jane. ”It is like having your own bar stool at the bar. Each guest can purchase a plaque that is put on the bar marking their space. One hundred percent of the money collected from the plaque sales goes to a local charity.” Jane and Chuck have been married for 45 years and together have three children and three grandchildren. Chuck exudes patriotism, service, friendliness and a community spirit. “I look back at everything I’ve been through, everything I’ve done, everything I have, and I just can’t help but say to myself, ‘man, I’m so lucky,’” Chuck said.

LEFT Chuck McLaughlin (right) visits the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. TOP The August 2016 cover of Lighthouse Point magazine featured the 50th anniversary of Chuck entering the Marine Corps.






City Will Host Inaugural Keeper Days 5K Residents of Lighthouse Point have long tossed around the idea of hosting a five kilometer (5K) race and walk during Keeper Days weekend. On Feb. 10, one will finally transpire. The city’s recreation committee, along with the event’s co-chairs Kelly Donoghue and Coco Spieker, are organizing the inaugural event for the morning of the annual Keeper Days parade. Runners and walkers will gather at Frank McDonough Park, move down Sample Road, and turn left onto Lighthouse Point Drive where they will turn around near The Pink Church to return. “This is hopefully the start of a great new Lighthouse Point tradition,” said Donoghue, who along with Spieker, is an avid runner. The recreation committee for the city has been involved with starting new athletic and recreational programs over the last several years. Proceeds from the sponsorships and registrations will help fund these programs for youth and adults. Participants will receive commemorative t-shirts and finisher medals. Adult runners must register with a $25 fee and a $12 fee for children 12 and under. Registration is online at: Https:// inaugural-keeper-day-5K

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From Feb. 22 to March 17, the Pompano Beach Cultural Center will host a retrospective exhibit featuring the works of Laurence Gartel, the “Father of Digital Art.” The exhibit will trace the evolution of technology and digital art through Gartel’s visionary work.

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When Boca Raton-based artist Laurence Gartel began exploring digital art in 1975 as an eager 19-year-old in Buffalo, New York, he had a vision. He saw a world in which art would be created using digital technology — a world in which, eventually, digital art would replace painting. At the time, his vision was inconceivable. His idea was mocked. Gallery doors slammed shut in his face. No one could even begin to comprehend his vision. Now, just over 40 years later, in a tech-savvy world with smartphones, Photoshop, image-editing apps and Instagram, it’s hard to imagine a time when capturing images wasn’t as easy as a flick of the finger.

“Not only did I see the idea [for digital art] before anybody else, but I spent all my life trying to prove it,” he said. “When I started, I was the only one. Now the whole world is a digital artist. It’s shocking to know that I am the person that started it.” When Gartel first started exploring digital art, the technology to save his work did not even exist yet. There were no floppy disks. The only way




Not only did I see the idea [for digital art] before anybody else, but I spent all my life trying to prove it. When I started, I was the only one. Now the whole world is a digital artist. It’s shocking to know that I am the person that started it.

ABOVE Laurence Gartel with early technology © Gartel 2007

“Wobulator” Experimental TV Center. Photo courtesy of the artist, Laurence Gartel © 2007

to capture an image was on a camera. Gartel recounts the story of how it all started: He was 19, sitting in the back of a classroom at the School of Visual Arts in Buffalo, New York. His class was watching a Charlie Chaplin film called “Modern Times.” His brain started wandering, thinking about how he could capture a still image of what he was watching. He took out his long lens camera and tried to photograph the screen, which wasn’t easy. At the time, moving pictures were created with film strips, which meant a moving line entered the screen every few seconds. He was clicking away when a guy tapped him on the shoulder. “What are you doing?” the guy asked. “I’m trying to capture an image,” Gartel responded. The guy smiled. “There’s a place in Buffalo you can do stuff like that,” he said. The stranger invited Gartel to a little hole-in-the-wall place in one of the dingiest, most dangerous parts of the city. “I thought, ‘Am I an idiot? He probably wants to steal my car and my wallet and my camera.’ But I went anyway because I was curious,” Gartel remembers. “Upstairs was a place called Media Study Buffalo.” It was there that Gartel got his start, followed by a job at an experimental television station in Binghamton, where he met a “video guru” named Nam Paik. Together Gartel and Paik started experimenting with altering moving pictures using primitive analog systems, voltage meters and magnets. A photograph taken of Gartel in the late ‘70s probably best captures the spirit of his quest. In the black and white photograph, Gartel is surrounded by gadgets, wires, knobs, voltage meters and old-school computers. He appears as the mad scientist, literally inventing his own technology to manipulate, capture and save digital images. He said it is hard to explain what he was doing, but he tries. “The gray scale,” he explains, “has eight shades. By tuning into specific shades of gray and altering their volume at a given axis point, we could change and alter the image.”

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“Monitors” Experimental TV Center. Photo courtesy of the artist, Laurence Gartel © 2007

Once the image had been manipulated, Gartel would capture his work with a still camera on a tripod. Soon, he started using a Polaroid SX-70 camera with instant film to achieve immediate results. He would collectively put these images together to create a “Digital Quilt” which he called a “Polaroid Mural.” Gartel started collecting these works and eventually put together a portfolio. He went doorto-door to galleries around New York, where he was denied and mocked. He shares a story of how at the Bonino Gallery on 57th Street, the curator told him, “Look kid, come back in 20 years.” So that’s exactly what he did. Twenty years later, he went back, still with no success. “For so long, it was like I was Jesus…Like I was a prophet and was going around telling them the end of the world, or the beginning of the world,” Gartel laughs. In spite of the rejections, Gartel kept at it, discovering new techniques while working his way deeper into the New York art scene amongst

ARTIST’S STATEMENT ABOUT THE EXHIBIT “The exhibition will include a variety of works that have used different technology over time. The resultant works of Orthographic Prints, Thermal Prints, Iris Prints, large-scale Inkjet Prints, Cibachrome Prints, as well as 3D “sculptural” Prints. I will also have images that merge with 3D filament drawing capabilities, and the Polaroid SX-70 digital quilts. Included in the show will be a very special installation of media showcasing the enormity of press I have received over time, as well as the magazine and book covers that have utilized my work. The show gives an overview, rather than beckoning to be a ‘catalogue raisonne.’ It is impossible at this time to showcase the full spectrum of my history. The show aims at engaging the viewer to see what was done with crude technological tools in the art-making process, and how that has improved through time. In my estimation, the past and the present are on parallels as to the excitement each work brings. Innovation comes from experimentation. We must dare to be different and take risks if we are ever to move culture forward.”

legendary creatives and musicians like JeanMichel Basquiat, Sid Vicious and Mick Jagger. He met Andy Warhol at Studio 54. “Everyone who was anyone could congregate there,” he said. “It was a magnet for artists of all skills…It was there that I struck up a conversation with Warhol about the potentials of computer art. He invited me to his studio to help him learn the Amiga Computer. He was very shy, and I showed him the toolbox and how to use the video camera to input images into the system.” Warhol famously utilized those techniques to create Debbie Harry’s iconic 1980 album cover. “Most people believe digital art came out of the pop art era and that Andy Warhol taught me, when in actuality it was reversed,” Gartel said. In the ’80s, Gartel finally started to make strides. His “Moz Ocean” piece, a Polaroid SX-70 mural consisting of 324 individual prints, was showcased at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, New York and the Long Beach Museum of Art in California. In 1989, Gartel created the first digital art cover for Forbes magazine. That same year, he released his book, “Laurence M. Gartel: A Cybernetic Romance,” and had a museum show called “Laurence Gartel: Nuvo Japonica” at the Joan Whitney Payson Gallery in Portland, Maine. Gartel is particularly proud of that show because it was on this occasion that his work actually replaced Van Gogh’s “Irises,” which had previously sold at auction for $53 million. In its place is where Gartel’s work was showcased. In that moment, Gartel knew his once cockamamie prediction had indeed come true. His digital art literally replaced a Van Gogh. Since then, Gartel’s work has garnered him a



LEFT “Lion Head” Photo courtesy of the artist, Laurence Gartel © 2017 BELOW “Wobulator” Experimental TV Center. Photo courtesy of the artist, Laurence Gartel © 2007

piece graced the cover of the Grammy Awards program book, telecast tickets, poster and other promotional materials. Right now, Gartel has a touring show in Europe with a 300-page accompanying book called “Warhol vs. Gartel: Hyp Pop.” The show pairs up Gartel’s work with Warhol’s to show the evolution of pop and digital art. As a creative visionary, Gartel is continuously trying to push the envelope. “The drive, the indefatigable drive, still exists because I can never rest on my laurels. I can never kick my feet up,” he said. So what’s next? Gartel believes 3D digital art created with 3D printers is the wave of the future. He was the visionary for the 3D Print Show in Santa Clara, California and has talked of getting involved with the digital technology center in the new Pompano Beach Library, which opened last month and features a 3D printer.

wide range of international successes. He created the first Solar Powered Satellite Art Truck in Hamburg, Germany and drove it through five countries, arriving in Monte Carlo as the Official Artist of the Monaco International Film Festival. He created a famous Absolut Vodka advertisement and the art for the NASA Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) Mission launch at Kennedy Space Center. He started creating “art cars” — cars wrapped in colorful digital artwork — in 2010, when Tesla, the electric car company, asked him to produce a car to showcase during Art Basel Miami Beach. Recently, Gartel was the featured artist of the Oslo Motor Show in Norway, creating a BMW art car live in front of 40,000 people. Perhaps his most famous work of all: the official artwork for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. That striking work features a life-sized version of the iconic Grammy statuette wrapped in the distinctive psychedelic imagery of the artist using vinyl, glitter and prismatic materials. The




Gartel’s exhibit at the Pompano Beach Cultural Center, entitled “Laurence Gartel: A Cybernetic Romance” (after the name of Gartel’s first museum exhibition at the Fine Arts Museum of Long Island in 1988), will be on display from Feb. 22 to March 17. Visit for more information.

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BY SALLY J. LING Project History! is a collaborative project between the Deerfield Beach Historical Society, historian and author Sally J. Ling and Deerfield Beach High School. In honor of Black History Month, February’s edition tells the tales of two of Deerfield Beach’s oldest churches.




Congregation of the First Zion Missionary Baptist Church at 125 SW First Ct. in Deerfield Beach between 1947 and 1967. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory.

Florida East Coast Railway housing, c. 1900 Courtesy of Deerfield Beach Historical Society

First Zion Missionary Baptist Church


s Henry Flagler’s Florida East Coast Railroad pushed south toward Miami in 1896, AfricanAmericans, many from Miami and the Bahamas, and white folks from states farther north moved into the primitive South Florida area that is now Deerfield Beach. By 1902, about forty blacks and five white families began clearing land to plant pineapples and winter vegetables in what would eventually become a thriving agricultural community. To fulfill the need for Christian worship services within the black community, two Methodist leaders, Reverend Lawrence and Mrs. Knight, brought the community together and held services in a bush arbor built from palmetto fronds. The congregants, a mix of six Methodists and ten Baptists, stayed together for about two months until the Baptists formed their own church, First Zion Missionary Baptist Church, the earliest church to be established in Deerfield.




Their first Sunday School was held in a vacant railroad section house, one of several clapboard houses that at the time paralleled the railroad tracks. After two Sundays, they moved to a oneroom house offered by Gus Bell. In April 1903, the congregants built a palmetto shack in front of the same site as the present day church. Thirteen residents initially joined the church by letter of transfer or profession of faith. Reverend A.J. Thomas of Lemon City, Florida, near Miami, served as the church’s pastor for the first two years. In 1905, Reverend L.J. Ely became the pastor. During his two year tenure, the church moved to its present location and built a 12’ x 24’ wooden structure to accommodate the growing congregation. As members joined, the church was enlarged and an organ added. Plans for a parsonage were on the drawing board when the then pastor Reverend B.F. Goodwin died while purchasing lumber for the structure. Over the ensuing years, several pastors

served the church and the congregation continued to grow. The church was again enlarged, pews installed, and a piano added. A baptismal pool replaced baptism by immersion in either the Hillsboro Canal or Atlantic Ocean. Belva Russell, 79, was six when she

Belva Russell, 79, was six when she joined the church and remains a member today. She said that on Sundays back then her family attended church morning, noon, and night.

joined the church and remains a member today. She said that on Sundays back then her family attended church morning, noon, and night. “We went to Sunday school, 11 o’clock service, any special programs at 3 o’clock, and returned at six for the evening service. We also went to youth programs mid-week,” she said. One of her fondest memories was the pot luck dinner they had about every six weeks. “It was an old fashioned dinner. The men would come in overalls and the women in long dresses and bonnets. We had a chance to eat some of everyone’s cooking,” said Belva. By 1952, the congregation had grown sufficiently enough to be able to afford colorful stained glass windows which modernized the church. In 1958, the church acquired four adjacent lots that allowed it to once again expand. In the ensuing decades, the church continued to thrive under the leadership of a

number of different pastors. Today, a State Historical Marker identifies First Zion Missionary Baptist Church as the oldest church in Deerfield Beach. It is currently pastored by Reverend Theodus Times.

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Leola Brooks, 91, doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t attending Deerfield Beach Church of God. Born in Deerfield in 1926, she was christened in the church and remains its oldest member. Growing up one of nine children on the east side of the railroad tracks, she remembers walking to the Pentecostal church and participating in every service it had, not that it was an option. “My parents were rather strict and made us go. I occasionally played sick when it was time for Sunday School,” she said. Looking back on her time in the church, she remembered it as a wonderful experience. Aside from making friends, it gave her an outlet for her “dramatic side” when she performed in Christmas plays or gave stirring speeches. She also loved memorizing scripture, singing songs like “Jesus Loves Me,” and participating in Easter egg hunts — traditions that continue to this day. The church got its start in August of 1924 when God inspired Bishop Joseph Eleazer Johnson, originally from the Bahamas, to travel from his home in Goulds, Florida, near Miami, to preach to the black community in Deerfield Beach. Described as a “thin, frosty white haired, sharpfeatured man full of the Holy Ghost,” he began his ministry in the city by evangelizing door-to-door. Without a building in which to conduct services, he and Reverend Nathaniel Edgecombe of Fort Lauderdale chose the corner of Southwest Second Street and Dixie Highway as their pulpit. As Edgecombe preached a forceful Full Gospel message, a crowd gathered. By the end of the preaching, fifteen persons had been “’slain’ by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.” Deacon Wiley, owner of a barber shop across the railroad tracks from the “street meeting,” offered his store


in which to hold services. By November 1924, nine founding members established the first Church of God in Deerfield Beach. Within a year, growth of the congregation increased to 20 and the church moved out of the barber shop and into a tent on Old Dixie Highway where it continued to grow. In the meantime, the congregation purchased land on Robinson Road on which to construct its first sanctuary which was dedicated in 1926. Two years later, powerful winds from the 1928 hurricane destroyed the entire building. Undaunted, the congregation constructed a new building, debt free, on the same site. It included a kindergarten. Gwendolyn McDonald remembered the influence Dora West Gibson, one of the church’s founding members known as “Mama Dora,” had on her as a young girl. Known as a “prayer warrior,” Mama Dora would gather the children in her home at noon for prayer.

“The anointed oil was put on our foreheads and prayer would begin. As children, we felt that we would never get out of her house — we were anxious to go back outside to play and prayer time interfered with playing. Now, many years later, we are now adults and the beneficiaries of that ‘inconvenient prayer time,’” wrote McDonald as a reflection for the church’s commemorative booklet celebrating its 90th birthday in 2014. In 1937, the congregation built a new church at 365 South Dixie Highway (where the church is today). Members began construction on a parsonage in 1959 and incorporated as the “Church of God Colored Work of Deerfield Beach, Florida.” By 1973, the church needed more space to accommodate their growing membership, and a new Sunday school and educational building were added. It expanded again in 1985 when they opened a new sanctuary and enlarged the parking lot.

When the church updated their articles of incorporation in 1991, the congregation changed the name of the church to Cathedral Church of God. A milestone occurred in 2010 when, for the first time, women were allowed to serve on the Pastor’s Council. Sisters Mary Fulmore and La’Netta Henry became the first women to serve on this council. Today, Bishop Patrick L. Kelly, who has been with the church for eight years, pastors approximately 250 members. Y

Baptism in the Hillsboro River, 1900. Boca Raton Historical Society

Information for this article was obtained from interviews with respective church members as well as church histories from the archives of the Deerfield Beach Historical Society. These include: “History of the First Zion Missionary Baptist Church of Deerfield Beach” and “Linking to the Past…,” a 2014 commemorative booklet from Cathedral Church of God celebrating its 90th year. FEBRUARY 2018 | LIGHTHOUSE POINT



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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 $$


with tuna tartare, seaweed salad, red pepper mayo, wasabi and a hit of sirracha. For a taste of New England with a twist, try the lobster roll. 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 NE 29th Ave. (at the Lighthouse Point Marina), 954-941-0246 $$

Cap’s Place. SEAFOOD Lighthouse Point’s own hidden seafood joint dating back to prohibition. Take the short boat ride over to the restaurant. 2765 NE 28th Court, 954-941-0418 $$$

Pampa Gaucho Churrascaria. BRAZILIAN Traditional rodizio

Fetta Republic. GREEK Traditional Greek offerings close to

Papa’s Raw Bar. SUSHI • SEAFOOD Situated next door to their parent restaurant Seafood World, Papa’s indeed seems 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 menu goes way beyond 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. And to wash it all down, they have about a zillion craft beer options and a good wine list too. 4610 N. Federal Highway, 754-307-5034 $$

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Le Bistro. FRENCH • BISTRO Professional chef, Andy Trousdale serves up both classics and inventive new dishes at this little neighborhood gem. 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

for your inner carnivore. 4490 N. Federal Highway, 954-943-3595


Seafood World Market & Restaurant. SEAFOOD They offer the freshest seafood with simple ingredients. There is also a seafood market in the restaurant. 4602 N. Federal Highway, 954-942-0740 $$$ Sicilian Oven. ITALIAN • PIZZA High-top seat-

ing, casual seating and bar seating to accompany your thin and crispy pizza. Don’t skip the Gorgonzola salad. 2486 N. Federal Highway, 954-785-4155 $

DEERFIELD BEACH Amante’s. ITALIAN Close to the International Fishing Pier, steps from the sand, stands Amante’s Italian Cuisine (and Bob’s Pizza). 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 98



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dishes, meat entrées and daily chef specialties. Everything is very well prepared. 2076 NE Second St., 954-426-1030 $$

Antonio’s. ITALIAN For 56 years Antonio’s has been serving authentic Italian cuisine. They’ve got all the classics with a few out of the ordinary dishes too. We were positively swooning over the chicken marsala. In the mood for pizza? They’ve got that too. Dine in or take out with delivery and catering available. Located in the Cove Shopping Center. 1636 SE Third Court, 954-427-4871 $$ 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, 954-5961304 $

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 NE Second St., 954-531-1290 $$

Biondo’s. ITALIAN. • PIZZA Enjoy traditional Italian fare in a

small, intimate setting. 606 S. Federal Highway, 954-427-7754


Café Med. ITALIAN Authentic Italian restaurant right on the ocean with an Italian chef from Rome. Excellent service, coupled with carefully prepared dishes just across from the ocean always provides for a lovely dinner. Live music nightly. Breakfast and dinner available daily. 2096 NE Second St. (at the Wyndham Hotel), 954-596-5840 $$$ Casa Maya. MEXICAN Start with a margarita and it only gets better from there. This is not your typical Mexican joint — it’s better. Try gobernador tacos: a combination of shrimp with diced poblanos, onions, tomatoes and cilantro on a crispy corn tortilla topped with melted cheese. See, we told you it’s not ordinary. 301 SE 15th Terrace, 954-570-6101 $$

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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 NE 21st Ave., 954-857-2929. $$$$ with gorgeous views of the plush gardens and waterfall. The restaurant offers daily lunch and dinner specials, a Sunday breakfast buffet and covered patio dining so you can dine al fresco. 2801 Deer Creek Country Club Blvd., 954-421-5553 $$


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Deerfield Beach Cafe. AMERICAN Part of the Deerfield Beach

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DINING OUT RESTAURANTS 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 $$$

Kevin’s. SUSHI • THAI The juxtaposition of the outside (a strip

mall) — to the inside which is a lovely atmosphere is quite surprising. Kevin’s serves high quality fare for the sushi enthusiast. Very friendly staff serving a lot of regulars. 706 S. Federal Highway, 954-418-3939 $$

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 SE Third Court, 954-427-5354 $$$ Little Havana. CUBAN Little Havana has fantastic lunch spe-

cials and most of their dinner plates will feed two. Their masas de puerco frita and their Little Havana steak are two of the stand-out menu items, aside from their zesty chimichurri. 721 N. Federal Highway, 954-427-6000 $$

Luigi Di Roma. ITALIAN Enjoy all your favorite classic Italian dishes served in a clubby room complete with brick arches, warm tones and lighting. 718 S. Federal Highway, 954-531-6151 $$$

tell you it’s juicy leg of lamb cooked in a rich cream sauce with raisins and cashews. 201 SE 15th 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 (Mon.-Fri., 11am-7pm) with $5 El Jimador 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 for a doggie bag. 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 $4.99 kids menu. 1015 S. Federal Highway, 954708-2775 $

Muddy Waters. ISLAND • AMERICAN A relaxing neighbor-

hood place offering fresh seafood, chowders, burgers, wraps, salads and plenty of appetizers to go along with their full bar. Finish off with their pretzel crusted tequila key lime pie made in house daily. 2237 W. Hillsboro Blvd., 954-428-6577

The Tipperary Pub. IRISH • AMERICAN A classic neighborhood pub — where if you go often enough, everyone will indeed know your name. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Try a red eye — half tomato juice, half beer. 1540 SE Third St., 954-421-9769 $

Ocean’s 234. SEAFOOD Amazing views of Deerfield Beach and

Two George’s. SEAFOOD An intracoastal hot spot with live

Patio Bar & Grill. AMERICAN Everything is freshly prepared

Whales’ Rib. SEAFOOD Locals know it well and tourists know

the pier with gluten free options available. 234 N. Ocean Blvd., 954-428-2539 $$$ and served just steps away from the beach. Live music nightly. 2096 NE Second St. (at the Wyndham Hotel), 954-596-8618

music, a great view and a legendary Friday happy hour. 1754 SE Third Court, 954-421-9272 $$ it from Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. Whatever you do, don’t skip the whale fries. 2031 NE Second St., 954-421-8880 $$


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Rattlesnake Jake’s. TEX MEX Dive bar close to the beach with live music and plenty of menu items to choose from. 2060 NE Second St., 954-421-4481 $$


Taj Indian Restaurant. INDIAN We have two words for you:

the heart of Pompano Beach. Open for lunch and dinner. 7 SE 22nd Ave., 954-782-8040. $

lamb korma. This classic Indian dish varies from restaurant to restaurant, and while we don’t have their recipe, we can

Aconchego Bar and Grill. BRAZILIAN A taste of Brazil in

Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza. PIZZA • WINGS You can credit 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., 954946-6000 $ Bella Roma Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria. ITALIAN • PIZZA

Tasty dishes, large portions and delivery is available. 40 SW 15th 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. This place is a Pompano Beach icon. 2501 N. Federal Highway, 954-781-7550 $$

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DINING OUT RESTAURANTS 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-nchips. The casual atmosphere is created by an immense array of nautical artifacts and oddities that fill every inch of the pub. 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 This spot is home to the Seminole Club of Broward County. Wings and other bar food available. 235 S. Federal Highway, 954-785-2227 $

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Calypso Restaurant and Raw Bar. CARIBBEAN Since they opened their doors in 1990, Calypso has been a local favorite. This gem of a restaurant is known for their fresh, wild caught fish, Bahamian conch dishes, Jamaican jerk and American favorites too all served with an island flair. On any given day, look around and you’ll see fellow diners devouring their house special cutter (sandwich)—sautéed shrimp with garlic butter, mushrooms and cheddar all stuffed into a hollowed out kaiser roll. Check out the special board for a variety of locally caught fish with everything from grouper to snapper to wahoo among others. Plenty of land lubber options are also available including filet mignon. For island comfort food, don’t miss one of their curries or rotis. Fresh oysters and clams are also available. Wash it all down with a draft beer, a glass of wine or choose from over 40 different bottled beers. So if you are in search of high-quality ingredients, inventive cooking and a very welcoming staff, head over to Calypso. 460 S. Cypress Road, 954-942-1633 $$ Carrabba’s Italian Grill. ITALIAN Open for lunch and dinner and provides gluten free options. 1299 S. Federal Highway, 954-782-2688 $$

Checkers Old Munchen. GERMAN Sprechen sie Deutsch? You don’t find many 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, try the wienerschnitzel — it’s divine a lightly breaded veal cutlet sautéed in lemon butter and topped with homemade brown gravy. 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 side 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. 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 $$ Chef Dee’s. SUSHI • SEAFOOD A small neighborhood place

with plenty of charm. Impressive sushi rolls and a varied menu with something for everyone. 3919 N. Federal Highway., 954-582-4444

Cypress Nook. GERMAN This place has been in business for

38 years — talk about staying power. It’s open for three meals a day and there’s nothing like a little knackwurst with your eggs. 201 SE 15th 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 $$$$

Dos Amigos. MEXICAN When you feel the hankering for a fa-

lunch specials Monday – Friday starting at $9.95. Don’t skip the romaine salad with the blue cheese. 1601 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-942-1733 $$

jita, this Pompano Beach spot fits the bill. Try the margaritas too. 1308 N. Federal Highway 954-781-1955 $$

The Gyro Joint. MIDDLE EASTERN Eat in, or carry out. It’s all

Fish Shack. SEAFOOD A small, roadside seafood shack, for

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 $$$

a small seafood town. This is truly one of those best kept secrets. With only a handful of tables, we’re selfishly hoping not too many people get in on this gem in Pompano Beach. 2862 NE 17th Ave., 954-586-4105 $$

Flanigan’s Seafood Bar & Grill. SEAFOOD • AMERICAN Get

green with a deal every day. 2500 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-9433762 $$

The Foundry. AMERICAN • CONTINENTAL Seating options galore, from bar seating to lounge seating and good old-fashioned casual dining seating. 2781 E. Atlantic Blvd., 754-2056977 $

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 Ital-

ian fare at this family owned and operated establishment, serving everything from pasta to gourmet specialties like Chicken Gianni’s and fresh seafood. Pair your dish with a bottle of wine or cocktail from their full bar. They also offer daily

Greek to me. 165 S. Cypress Road, 954-946-9199 $

J Mark’s. AMERICAN A relaxing, modern restaurant and bar

with food and service to match. 1490 NE 23rd St., 954-782-7000


Kings Head British Pub Pompano Beach. PUB Fish and

chips, bangers and mash, savory pies and other British classics are all made on premises. 900 E Atlantic Blvd., 754-2228671 $$

La Forketta. ITALIAN Full Italian menu with all the classics. 3003 N. Federal Highway, 754-222-8059 $$ La Rachetta at Whole Foods Market. PIZZA AND WINE BAR

Get your shopping done while you take care of your appetite. Enjoy weekly deals with plenty 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 $




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La Veranda. ITALIAN The atmosphere is elegant, yet comfortable and warm. Inside or out, one can enjoy a truly special evening in the Tuscany-inspired surroundings. Be it drinks from their full bar, a bottle from the copious wine selection or naturally the Italian food, everything is served perfectly. Expect to be delighted. 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 yourself 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., 954785-0014 $

McCoy’s Oceanfront. AMERICAN Located at the beautiful

Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa, dine indoors or poolside 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 $$ Nikki’s Orange Kitchen. CONTINENTAL Open for breakfast,

lunch and dinner. Enjoy salads, sandwiches and entrées all with a Mediterranean influence. Organic and gluten free options available. Enjoy the location right across from the Pompano Fishing Pier. Have dinner and take a stroll — it’s why we live here, people. 1 N. Ocean Blvd., Ste 102, 954-532-2771 $$-$$$

Ocean Grill & Tiki Bar. AMERICAN Beach front dining at the

Beachcomber Resort — go for the view. 1200 S. Ocean Blvd. 954-941-7830 $$$

Pho Lavie. VIETNAMESE If you have never had Vietnamese food, you are missing out. This spot will delight you. Everything is so fresh. Go, you’ll thank us. 3321 N. Federal Highway, 954-941-4155 $$ Ruby’s by the Sea. ITALIAN Italian by the sea is more like it. 2608 N. Ocean Blvd., 954-785-7700 $$ Rusty Hook Tavern. AMERICAN Located on the Pompano Intracoastal, 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

Located 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 $

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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 $$

Sette Bello. ITALIAN This is a true gem just south of the PomFor advertising rates and information please call 954-603-4553

pano Beach border serving expertly prepared Italian food with quite a bit of a flare. In other words — not like mom used to make…this is way, way better. (No offense to mom.) A perfect place to celebrate a special occasion or a romantic dinner for two. 6241 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. 954 3510505 $$$

Shishka Lebanese Grill. MIDDLE EASTERN It’s not easy to 104



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 $$ Table 2201. MEDITERRANEAN • SEAFOOD Everything at Table

2201 is made on the premises — even the desserts. Start with the pygros, a tower of eggplant, potatoes and ground beef topped with a cool yogurt sauce. Finish off with the Greek yogurt mousse, a 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 $$

Take Sushi. JAPANESE • SUSHI Fresh, authentic Japanese fair delivered to your door? Yes, please. 2714 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954785-2442 $ Talay Thai. THAI • JAPANESE A small and cozy place with de-

Pho Lavie V I E T N A M E S E R E S TA U R A N T Open 7 days a week, 10am-10pm 3321 N. Federal Hwy., Pompano Beach

(Near Sample Road intersection, behind Dunkin Donuts)


livery and carry out. 2233 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-941-1123 $$

Umberto’s of Long Island. ITALIAN • PIZZA When a pizza is

named Grandma’s Pizza — you must order it. And trust us, you won’t regret it. There is 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. 150 S. Sixth St., 954-7819464 $

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Yakuza. JAPANESE • THAI The contemporary Asian anchored décor is a feast for the eyes: warm, inviting and totally unique. 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. 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 $$ Zuccarelli. ITALIAN • PIZZA This place is more than just a pizza joint. From eggplant Parmesan to shrimp fra diavolo, you will leave quite satisfied. The portions are generous and come with a fresh house salad. Bring your breath mints because their warm garlic rolls are on point. 1340 N. Federal Highway, 954-941-1261 $$ We try to be accurate, but it’s always a good idea to call first before heading out on your dining adventure.

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BY RICHARD ROSSER THE REMNANTS OF THE LIGHTHOUSE POINT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AGREED AT A JANUARY MEETING TO DISBAND FORMALLY AND BECOME a “council” of the Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce. The Rotary Club of Pompano Beach took over the annual Taste of Lighthouse Point fundraising event. The Hillsboro Lighthouse Preservation Society is holding their second annual dinner-under-the-stars event in March — perhaps the next step in a long tradition. Established entities go away and new ones emerge. I could go on. Volunteerism is at the core of our society. Uncompensated effort for the greater good of the community has been part of our nation from the very beginning, and it’s a big part of our communities today. But what is done, and by whom, is constantly changing. And that’s OK. Different people with different ideas may create something better. Or not. And that’s OK too. What’s not OK is doing nothing or it’s cousin: waiting




for someone to ask you to do something. Young people are required to do service hours but I’m sure, collectively, they don’t have enough good opportunities due to a lack of transportation and developed skills. Retirees may have time and maturity, but perhaps physical limitations. Adults can, and should, step up to fill the gaps. Putting forth some effort to help out is part of what makes a nice place to live, into a great place to live. And sure, people differ on how to do things and committees can’t agree on blue table cloths or peachcolored ones. The “some ol’ people” have been doing whatever for years. And perhaps that event has indeed passed it’s expiration date. What truly matters are good attitudes and strong commitments toward the greater good. Changes to civic institutions can be disruptive in a community. Hard feelings are created and may linger, sometimes for good reason. But change is inevitable. And that’s OK too.

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