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November 2016

Fruitful Fields


Urban Farming’s Fight Against Hunger

The 2016 Map the Meal Gap numbers reveal 15.5 percent of Broward County is food insecure. Local and statewide organizations are seeking creative solutions. Pompano Beach’s own grassroots non-profit and u ban farm, Fruitful Fields, offe s one model for engaging the community through urban agriculture.



Cecilia Lueza: An Artist’s Journey

Florida-based artist Cecilia Lueza has been commissioned to create a mural on the E. Pat Larkins Community Center. Lueza shares her journey of moving to the states from Argentina, becoming a public artist and the vision behind her planned Pompano Beach mural, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of November.

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Do colleges and universities really need juice bars, sushi and gyms? Maybe not. Perhaps without the luxuries, the price tag wouldn’t be quite so staggering.

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The Price is Not Right Last weekend, my old college buddy Janique and I traveled to Allentown, Pennsylvania to attend our 30th reunion at Muhlenberg College. Neither of us had been back on campus since graduation, and indeed the place has changed quite a bit. The improvements are truly impressive—until you hear the price tag. We arrived on campus on a picture-perfect, fall day. We checked in at the student union and decided to give ourselves an informal tour of the improved facility. First stop: the dining hall. Most people don’t hold weddings in rooms as impressive as this one. With a vaulted wooden ceiling, huge, three-story windows providing plenty of natural light, a balcony and a fi eplace, it was like a modernized Hogwarts — simply spectacular. Back when I was in school, the cafeteria was reminiscent of a rundown LaGuardia airport. It was completely dismal — but no one seemed too bothered by it. As college students, we were under the impression that bad food in a less-than-gorgeous facility was par for the course while away at school. It was good enough. Now the college even has a video about how great the food is. Are you kidding me? Does anyone see anything wrong with that? I’d like to think that when I was in  school, the food was not sub par due to an evil plan by the administration to torture us; but rather, it was part of a concerted effort to eep costs down.  Naturally, we also had to check out the snack bar, a favorite spot of ours while at “the ’berg.” In our day, we snacked on pierogi and shoofly pie (an Ami h classic.) Now, they serve sushi. Sushi. They serve sushi at the snack bar. At a college. There’s just something inappropriate about borrowing money to go to school but snacking on sushi while you’re there. I love to go out for sushi, but if I had asked my parents for “sushi money” when I was in school, it’s quite possible that they would still be laughing 30 years later. Our next stop: the gym. I could not believe my eyes. I won’t go into detail, but it was crazy nice. After e picked our jaws up off the floo , we spoke to the receptionist about the new facility. She agreed that it was pretty over-the-top, but also mentioned that prospective students wouldn’t choose Muhlenberg if it didn’t provide amenities similar to those of other schools.  I remember when I was at Muhlenberg, the college sent tuition bills to the students in an effort to ma e each student cognizant of the cost of their education. Now that college is so expensive, that couldn’t be more appropriate. Families are spending enormous


sums on college. Kids are borrowing money like mad—often graduating with staggering amounts of debt in relation to their earning potential. I’m all for an educated populace and, of all the things my parents gave me, my college education at Muhlenberg was clearly the best investment. But when I graduated, it was $10,000 per year for tuition, room and board. Adjusted for inflation hat would be around $20,000 today. Currently, the total cost for attendance at Muhlenberg is $59,280 per year. And perhaps there are a few life lessons in not being so comfortable for four years. College is not only an academic education, but for many kids, it’s the fi st time they are living away from home. It’s a time when young adults are transitioning to true independence and learning to manage life in the “real world.” If you start off hat journey eating sushi instead of ramen, you may be in for a rude awakening when you get your fi st pay check. I can’t help but think that if these kids didn’t have Starbucks in the library, full kitchens in their dorms, a dining room that looks like a Ritz Carlton, a gym fit for hedge und managers, then perhaps the cost of college wouldn’t be so enormous.  As a mother, I understand the temptation to give your kids the moon and the stars. As I walked around school that day, I couldn’t help but wish my own kids end up somewhere equally as impressive for four years of college. But at the same time, I want them to know the value of a dollar. I want them to know that I’ve worked hard for years so I can affo d to go out for a sushi dinner when the mood strikes. I’m no accountant and I haven’t looked into the college’s finances. I ca ’t be sure if cutting out all the frills would bring the price down to something more modest. But I do know that all that fancy stuff costs mon y. The astronomical cost of a college education is disturbing at best, and criminal at worst (can anyone say bubble?) Colleges are becoming country clubs while we all stand around and complain about the price. How much would these kids suffer if hey couldn’t buy a smoothie at the gym? I can answer that: not at all. When you’re thirsty, even a water fountain can rock your world.

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The Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show Nov. 3 - 7

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) is the world’s largest in-water boat show. It takes place in seven locations with nearly 1,500 boats displayed across more than 3 million square feet of exhibit space. The show draws approximately 1,000 exhibitors from more than 30 countries, which display an amazing array of marine products, accessories, fishing gear, art, jewelry and more. Boats include astonishing super-yachts, fishing boats, runabouts and boats for every budget. WHEN: Nov. 3 - 7, 10am to 7pm WHERE: Seven locations including Bahia Mar Fort

Lauderdale Beach Hotel & Yachting Center, the Hall of Fame Marina, Las Olas Municipal Marina, Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, Sails Marina, Hyatt Regency Pier 66 Marina and the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center. COST: The Prime Time Preview on Thursday Nov. 3: $45. GENERAL ADMISSION ONE-DAY TICKET: Adult: $28, Child (age 6-15): $12, Children (under 6): Free. DAY TICKET: $46 (Valid any two days Friday, Nov. 4 to Monday, Nov. 7)


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The Greater Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce’s 34th Annual Golf Tournament will benefit Broward Children’s’ Center. This Fall gathering of members and non-members is the perfect way to meet and greet in an outdoor setting. Companies form teams with employees and clients, blending sportsmanship and business on one of Pompano Beach’s most beautiful courses, the Greg Norman Course. This event is open to the public. Start the day off with Bloody Mary’s, Mimosas and breakfast. Cocktails, snacks and Jell-O shots will be served on the course. After the golf tournament is over, lunch will be provided and prizes awarded. WHEN: Nov. 5, Registration begins at 7:30am WHERE: Greg Norman Course at the Pompano Golf Course, 1101

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The Village Square’s Take-Out Tuesday Panel Debate Nov. 15

The Village Square provides a safe and comfortable forum for lively discussions and civic engagement on diverse matters of local, state and national importance. Village Square’s open-forum debate series started in October and will run through May 2017. On Nov. 15, Village Square will host a panel discussion on religious tolerance. The format, called Take-Out Tuesday, invites guests to bring their own take-out dinner and enjoy as they listen and participate in the discussion.

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High School Placement Test Saturday, December 3rd 8:00 a.m.

Cardinal Gibbons High School is dedicated to preparing each student to meet the challenges of an ever-changing world. Our unique college preparatory curriculum, extra-curricular programs and community service promote the academic, moral, social, athletic, artistic and spiritual development of the student. The High School Placement Test is required for current eighth grade students who wish to attend a Catholic high school. It is important you schedule the exam at your first choice school in advance to secure a space. Apply online at For questions about the High School Placement Test and the admissions process call (954) 491-2900 ext. 108.


PompanoPICKS Orchid Obsession Show & Sale The Deerfi ld Beach Orchid Society will host the 5th annual orchid show and sale at Emma Lou Olson Civic Center. The event will feature orchid sales, supplies, displays and classes. WHEN: Nov. 19 & 20 from 10am to 5pm WHERE: Emma Lou Olson Civic Center, 1801 NE Sixth St., Pompano Beach COST: $5 general admission. Children under 12 are free. For more information visit deerfie dbeachorchidsociety. org

Artist’s Reception for “Invisual: The Works of Goldstein and Nicola” Throughout November and early December, Bailey Contemporary Arts will showcase powerful work from two very different artists tackling the same phenomenon: invisibility. Bonnie Goldstein and Christina Nicola come from two very different worlds and generations, and yet, profoundly convey the same experience in their work: the fight o be heard. Sarah M. Benichou, Director and Curator at the Bailey Contemporary Arts, decided to put these artists together — one established and one emerging — to underline the continued struggle women face to establish their place in society, regardless of color, age, class, or geography. Both of these artists use strong execution, textures, and surfaces to convey presence, significan e, tenacity and fragility, all at once. WHERE: Bailey Contemporary Arts (BaCA). 41 N.E. First Street, Pompano Beach. WHEN: Artist’s Reception is Friday, Nov. 4, at 6pm in conjunction with Old Town Untapped. Exhibit on display Nov. 2 through Dec. 12. Dates and hours available online at COST: Free

Ali Cultural Arts One Year Anniversary Party November marks the one year anniversary of the opening of Pompano Beach’s Ali Cultural Arts center. In celebration, Paxton Ingram, top-8 artist from NBC’s hit reality show “The Voice,” will perform. In addition, the Rock Road Historic Preservation Group will open their permanent display; and Pompano Beach resident Bo Holloway will showcase his collection of old photographs, which capture past Pompano residents, among them individuals who have gone on to have successful careers in sports, television and business. The Ali Cultural Arts Center is a platform to enrich the community through visual and performing arts and engage patrons in creative dialogue. The building itself is significant as it represents the history of the African American community. The historic building was the fi st


African American-owned building in Pompano Beach and was a boarding house for traveling black entertainers who were not allowed to stay east of the tracks due to racial segregation. Rumor has it that legendary entertainers such as Cab Calloway and Louis Armstrong were among the guests at the Ali boarding house. In 2012 the Pompano Beach Community Redevelopment Agency purchased the building and drafted lans to develop the building into a world class cultural arts venue. The plans expanded the building by 2,400 square feet and created an outdoor courtyard for concerts. Ali Cultural Arts in now a steward for the history of the Northwest district of Pompano Beach and a nexus for musicians, visual artists, dancers and spoken word poets that have been influenced or inspired by black culture.

DETAILS: Nov. 5 at Ali Cultural Arts, 353 Hammondville Rd, Pompano Beach. Both the Holloway and Rock Road Exhibits are open and free to the public from noon to 3pm. The Paxton concert is at 8pm and costs $20 per person.

PompanoPICKS Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. (JROTC) program commemorates Veteran’s Day with the annual Fallen Heroes Ceremony Nov. 10, 8am, Pompano Beach High School courtyard

BY STUDENT AND CADET STAFF SERGEANT HALEY BLATT, EXECUTIVE OFFICER, ECHO COMPANY, POMPANO BEACH HIGH SCHOOL TORNADO BATTALION,GRADE 11 I’d like to give a shout out to all Veterans on Armistice Day. But wait, you might be thinking: “What is Armistice Day?” It is the original name for Veterans Day. On Nov. 11, 1918, the fighting of World War I unofficially came to an end. One year later, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Armistice Day, which became an American tradition. Twenty years later, in 1938, Armistice Day became a legal holiday and a day of celebration in American history to honor the soldiers who participated in WWI. In 1954, after World War II, congress recognized this day to honor American veterans of all wars for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. This is now known as Veterans

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Day. In our community, Pompano Beach High School (PBHS), Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. (JROTC) program commemorates Veterans Day with the annual Fallen Heroes Ceremony. Under the leadership of Lieutenant Colonel Gregory Johnson and First Sergeant Milton McGruder, this has been a tradition for the past 11 years. Every cadet in the Tornado Battalion participates in the ceremony and its preparation. Each cadet is responsible for obtaining sponsors for at least 40 flags. Each flag has the name of a fallen hero who has died in the line of duty while serving their country since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The flag also identifies the soldiers home state, rank, branch, date of death, and their age on that date. There will be 6,858 flags in the courtyard of PBHS for the ceremony. During the ceremony, JROTC cadets have different jobs. Many cadets are part of the 50 states and the territories flag detachment, the 21-gun volley and battalion formation. There is also a reenactment of the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the color guard, and flag folding team that retires an American flag with the assistance of veterans in our community. It is hard to find a dry eye at the end of the ceremony. The ceremony is a tribute to our Armed Forces, “for it is through the Armed Forces that we protect our country and our flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our republic.”

One of The Amp’s most popular events is coming back. The Festival of Praise Tour 2016 is a family-style event that will uplift, motivate, encourage, inspire and entertain. This Game of Life tour will feature some of Gospel’s biggest and brightest on the same stage with ensemble performances and music by each artist highlighting their classic hits and most memorable anthems. This year’s tour will feature Fred Hammond, Hezekiah Walker, Israel Houghton, Karen Clark Sheard, Regina Belle and Casey J.

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Broward Children’s Center 13th Annual Miles for Smiles 5K and Festival Fundraiser

On Saturday Nov. 5 Broward Children’s Center (BCC) will host its 13th Annual Miles for Smiles 5K and Festival fundraiser. The BCC offers medical, educational, recreational and therapeutic services to infants, children and young adults with special needs. The BCC’s care recipients are some of the most medically fragile and technologically dependent children in the nation. Event participants will run or walk five kilometers of the Pompano Beach Air Park Trail course, ending at the Pompano Beach Elks Lodge. Once participants cross the finish line, there will be food, drinks and family-friendly activities, including bounce houses, a DJ, face painting and games. The top three finishers in each category—runners, walkers and wheelchairs—will receive medals and an award. WHEN: Nov. 5, 2016 from 8am to 12pm. Registration will remain open until Thursday, Nov. 3 at 5pm WHERE: The Pompano Beach Air Park Trail Course, ending at the Pompano Beach Elks Lodge (#1898), 700 NE 10th St.

COST: Pre-registration ticket prices are $20, last minute participants can pay $25 at the gate. Children under 10 are free. Each participant will receive breakfast, lunch and a goodie-bag to go. For more information, visit

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“It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing!” The Stage Door theater company brings back the ’30s and ’40s with music and dance numbers from Benny, Duke, Ella, Glenn, Billie, Cab, Louis and dozens more. Relive the opulence of this bygone era told through the classic songs you love. WHEN: Wednesdays at 2pm, Fridays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm & 8pm through Nov. 20th. WHERE: Stage Door Theater, 8036 W. Sample Rd., Margate, FL 33065 COST: Tickets range from $38 to $42. For more information call the Stage Door box office at 954-344-7765 or visit


Gridiron Grill-Off Food & Wine Festival The 7th annual culinary competition for charity will pair football legends with South Florida’s top chefs and feature deliciously creative food, wine, spirits and more. “We are thrilled to continue this one-of-a-kind tradition, where food and charity collide to help Feed the Needs of Kids in Crisis,” said John Offerdahl, event founder and former Miami Dolphins All-Pro Linebacker. “Like in years past, we will continue to invest back into the community and align with those individuals and businesses that share our mission.” Former NFL players and top chefs will pair up into teams to create the finest grilled sensations. Last year’s 2015 Judge’s Choice Champion was the Grilled Spanish Octopus, prepared by former Dolphins running back Troy Stradford and Chef Greg McGowan of Pelican Landing at Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six. The Fan’s Favorite award-winning entrée, prepared by former running back Mark Higgs and Chef Ralph Pagano of Naked Taco, was the Key West Shrimp Tacos. Approximately 3,000 attendees are expected at the event, which will also include live music, a cornhole competition, silent auction and an assortment of beer, wine and spirits. One hundred percent of event net proceeds will benefit Offerdahl’s Hand-Off Foundation. Charitable recipients include 4KIDS of South Florida, HOPE South Florida, Here’s Help, Florida


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PompanoPICKS Recurring events Fresh Air with Byrd at BaCa

First & third Wednesday of every month/ 7-8pm / $15 Fresh Air with Byrd, a bimonthly writing workshop for all levels of writers and performers. Richard “Byrd” Wilson is an award-winning poet and public speaker. Artists looking to improve their poems, songs, stories, and delivery are encouraged to attend this workshop. Classes can be taken sequentially or individually. Byrd gives instruction and inspiration through writing challenges, group critiques, and a cohesive and succinct lesson plan. Attendees are provided free entrance to Lyrics Lab which follows. WHEN: Nov. 2 & Nov. 16

Lyrics Lab at BaCa

First & third Wednesday of every month/8-11pm/$10 Lyrics Lab is a unique, no-ego,

open-mic night every fi st and third Wednesday of the month from 8 to 11pm. Bring your latest work — poems, verse, songs, lyrics and beats — to share in an intimate space with renowned hosts and poets, accompanied by a twopiece house band. Interested in performing? Arrive early to get your name on the list. WHEN: Nov. 2 & Nov. 16 COST: $10 entry; Full bar with drinks starting at $4

Old Town Untapped

Nov. 4/ First Fridays at BaCa/ 6 to 10pm Fun-fil ed event featuring beer tastings, food trucks, live music, vendors and art exhibits at BaCa. Free.

First Fridays Cuisine & Poetry at Magnetic Art Space Nov. 4/ 7pm Pompano Beach’s arts and culture scene is exploding.

One of the fastest-growing indulgences takes place at Magnetic, Pompano Beach’s newest pop-up art gallery. Magnetic is an incubation initiative designed to showcase Pompano Beach talent alongside international artists and serve as inspiration for the type of programming that will be included at the city’s new cultural center, set to open early 2017. Magnetic will host weekly events for lovers of art, music, film, and poet y. First Friday’s feature Broward literati, performers, off-thestreet talent and resident poet Eccentrich (who just placed 2nd at National Poetry Week). Doors open at 7pm with performances starting at 8:15pm. RSVP online.

Music Under the Stars

Nov. 11 Second Friday of every month This month Music Under the Stars will feature the

Caribbean Chillers band, a Jimmy Buffet tribute band. In addition to music, this month Vista Motors of Pompano will also host a car show. WHEN: Nov. 11, 7pm WHERE: The Great Lawn, Corner of Atlantic and Pompano Beach Blvds. For more information visit pompanobeachfl. ov or call 954-786-4111.

Movies on the Lawn

Nov. 18 Third Friday of every month at the Great Lawn Bring your lawn chairs, picnic blankets and popcorn for a family-friendly, free movie night on the Great Lawn. This month the movie will be “Good Dino in 3D.” WHEN: Nov. 18, 8pm WHERE: The Great Lawn, Corner of Atlantic and Pompano Beach Blvds. For more information visit pompanobeachfl. ov or call 954-786-4111.

Deadline for Veteran Wreath Sponsorships Nov. 27

The Lighthouse Point Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution is seeking wreath sponsorships for the 2016 Wreaths Across America National Day of Remembrance ceremony. The Daughters of the American Revolution is a local service organization with a long history of supporting veteran causes. The Daughters will host the Wreaths Across America event on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016 at noon in the Pompano City Cemetery where more than 650 veterans are buried. The ceremony, which also takes place each year at Arlington National Cemetery and cemeteries across the nation, is open to the public and concludes with volunteers placing a fresh evergreen wreath on each veteran’s grave. Last year alone, more than 900,000 veteran’s were honored with a wreath. For information about the ceremony or to sponsor a wreath, please contact Lighthouse Point resident Sarah O’Connor at 917-328-6438. Sponsorships must be received by Nov. 27, 2016.


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The Value of Fishing BY JIM MATHIE

Held on Sept. 17 at the Deerfi ld Beach International Fishing Pier, the fi st annual Jr. Anglers Day gathered close to 200 kids and their families. Five-year olds stood on top of upside down Home Depot fi e-gallon buckets to hold their rod and reel over the railing. For many of these youngsters, it was their fi st time ever catching a fi h … and they caught fi h. Under the guidance of Captain Skip Dana, City Commissioner Bill Ganz, and many volunteers, the youngsters were taught how to tie knots, bait their hooks and cast their rods. Most of them caught just small bait fi h, which have been in abundance around the pier for a few months, but some caught a few keepers. Seeing 5-year-old’s learning to fi h made me think of the quote Morie caught her fi st fish ver with the help of Alex , a volunteer at the Jr. Anlgers Fishing Day.

“give a man a fi h and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fi h and you feed him for a lifetime.” Now these kids are probably hooked for life. They will join the more than 2.5 million recreational anglers in the state of Florida, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. With 1,260 miles of coastline,


7,700 lakes and 10,500 miles of rivers, Florida is the top fi hing destination in America. And according to the International Game Fish Association, Florida has more world-record fi h catches than any other state or country, making the state the “Fishing Capital of the World.” So when communities are searching for economic growth, fi hing provides a lot of opportunities, especially if it’s recreational fi hing. According to a report by the American Sportfi hing Association, the economic benefit of ecreational saltwater fi hing contributed three times more to the national gross domestic product (GDP) than commercial fi hing. But the overall impact of those recreational saltwater fi herman was just two percent of the total harvest. The recreational sector added $152.24 in value-added, or GDP, for one pound of fi h landed, compared to the commercial sector’s $1.57 for a single pound of fi h. Put another way, recreational fi hermen spend a lot of money to catch a small amount of fi h compared to commercial fi herman. That’s not to say commercial fi heries don’t contribute to the state’s economy. Florida is the 11th ranked state in commercial landings and the second largest commercial fi hery in the nation, generating $12 billion in in-state sales. The top four landings from 2012 were stone crab, spiny lobster, white shrimp and red grouper. However, Florida is the number one state where anglers spend their money. Florida leads all states in economic impact for its marine recreational fi heries, and is one of the top producing commercial fi heries in the country. Just saltwater fi hing alone profits he state $7.6 billion and supports 109,000 jobs. We’re so fortunate to be part of “vibrant coastal communities” that provide opportunities to fi h. In the case of the Jr. Anglers Fishing Day, the City of Deerfi ld Beach provided support through their Parks and Recreation Division. There was also help from Chaos Rods, the International Game Fish Association, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Home Depot and many others to make a favorable impression on youngsters and support the local economy.

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When and how did you start this business?

I started this business in 2006. I was looking at another location and the negotiations with the landlord were unnecessarily convoluted. I happened to come into Beacon Light and noticed the end cap bay was available. I sat in my car at diffe ent times of the day and just observed the people traffic, ondering if a preschool would be successful here. After meeting ith the owner and his team, it was clear this would be a good partnership. We opened in February of 2006 and have been growing steadily. 

opened the school. They now live in Palm Beach and were on their way to the Fort Lauderdale airport to pick someone up. He insisted to his mother that they make a stop to see me! I was floo ed. He is now in high school and doing fantastic. To be thought of by a young man his age and to further make it a point to stop by is a testament to my dedication and integrity in my quest for early childhood education and the advocacy of this age group of children. 

What is difficult about running this business

Seeing the need in the community for not only quality childcare and early education, but the greater need of young families for support and guidance from their community. Where is mom-ordad 101 in any curriculum? I’m still looking for it. So we advocate, nurture and love the children by also supporting and guiding the families that care for them. 

What is the most rewarding part of this business?

Seeing the results in the children’s faces as they go through our program and grow and develop is rewarding. However, when I have them come back to the school to just visit truly warms me to the core.

How many employees do you have?

We have approximately 20 staff me bers at any given time.

What else should people know about your business? What was your inspiration? 

My inspiration then, and to this day, are the children. Any diffi lt day is made better by sitting down on the carpet with a group of 2-year-olds and listening to their take on the world around them. Or watching a child, as many have, go through our program from a young toddler to graduating from our VPK program. We’ve now added kindergarten and our fi st class is doing fantastic. 

What were you doing before running this business?

Before the business? Hmm.. Seems I was born to advocate for children. I started in childcare nearly 30 years ago as a parttime job in high school.  I have my degree in special needs, early childhood education.  So I can’t say there’s been a “before” this business. I’ve always been in the business of child development and advocating for them. 

What makes you passionate about your business?

That’s an easy one. Recently I had a visit from a young man and his mom. He was in my fi st group of children I cared for when I fi st


We are a preschool not a daycare, which means we are dedicated to the children’s development and growth from three months old through kindergarten, and up to 12 years old in our afte care and day camp programs. We have been 100 percent in every state and county inspection since the day we opened. That alone speaks volumes of our integrity. You can go on the myflorida com website and check out our record and any other preschool in the state. You can go on our website ( and read the real, unedited opinions of parents and guardians on our performance. Our fi st and foremost concern is the well-being, growth and development of the children. 

Do you have a mission statement?

Yes. Embracing the uniqueness of each child with integrity.

What are your hours of operation?

We are open from 7am to 6pm. We welcome you to take our virtual tour on our website. It will be updated soon to showcase our new 3000-square-feet indoor area and our 5000-square-feet sports fi ld with hypoallergenic artificial tur . In the mean time, feel free to call and schedule a tour of our facilities.

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Tackling the Holidays BY JILL SELBACH

TIPS FOR MANAGING STRESS DURING THE BUSY WINTER SEASON The holidays are around the corner. Family gatherings, visits with relatives and friends, oh my! This is a very enjoyable time for many people and a very stressful time for others. Spending time bringing families together can often lo k like something out of “Meet the Fockers.” Memories are made, some good, some not so good. The holiday season can bring up memories of loved ones who are no longer here and will be missed. Some people find he holidays overwhelming, lonely and down right depressing. There are a few things to keep in mind. MANAGE YOUR STRESS LEVEL BY PLANNING. Create a schedule and stick with it. This will help with avoiding the stress of forgetting things and having to make last-minute decisions. Keep doing the things you usually do to manage stress, like exercise, eating well and meditation. HAVE REASONABLE EXPECTATIONS. Don’t expect this year to be holiday bliss for the fi st time with well-behaved family. You’re just setting yourself up for disappointment. You know how Uncle Fred pushes your buttons, and the best strategy is to expect the typical behavior. Devise a way to cope with diffi lt people before you put yourself in the situation. Commit not to engage with family who “lay the bait” for you. If you prepare yourself and expect the typical behaviors, it will be easier to overlook them, or even find he humor in it. DON’T SET YOURSELF UP TO FAIL. Set good boundaries. Decide ahead of time how much time you will spend with family or at family gatherings. Set limits on the number of events you will attend, for whom you will be buying gifts and h w much holiday baking you will do. Forget about perfection. Your house will be in disarray and that’s OK. Remember, you can’t do it all.


Focus on what really matters: the people in your life. MOST OF ALL, REMEMBER WHAT THESE HOLIDAYS ARE ALL ABOUT. They are about gratitude. Thanksgiving, a time to really

focus on giving thanks for who we are, who we have and what we have achieved. Individuals who regularly practice gratitude by taking the time to acknowledge and reflect upon heir lives with regard to things for which they are grateful tend to be more positive, enjoy life more, sleep better, get sick less and express more kindness and compassion. When feeling blue, it is always a good idea to “get outside of yourself.” Stop thinking about yourself and turn your attention to others. Look for ways to serve others. This is a win-win. You feel good about helping others and others benefit rom your help. Get kids involved in helping or serving others over the holiday season. Volunteer at a soup kitchen or bring your kids to the grocery store to shop for all the things needed to have a holiday meal and take it to a local shelter or food bank. It is never too early to teach your kids about gratitude and serving others. Dr. Jill Selbach is a licensed clinical psychologist. For more information visit or call 954-618-8412.

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We Gather Together Many of us are now seriously planning for the holidays, beginning, of course, with Thanksgiving. My favorite Thanksgiving memory is set, of all places, in the Atlantic Boulevard Publix (the “old” one. As the “old” one is beginning to fade from memory, I’m beginning to wonder when we will stop calling it the “new” Publix). One Thanksgiving Eve around 2006, I found myself in that Publix. Standing in front of the turkey case were two neighbors, one from Senegal and one from Venezuela. Both were recent immigrants who, having begun raising families here, decided it was time to host their fi st Thanksgiving dinners. They knew little other than one must purchase and roast a turkey, to be served with appropriate side dishes. To this day, that scene remains a heartwarming memory; they were both so excited to be raising their young children as “real Americans.” What a perfect example of how, almost all of us, or our ancestors, become “Americans” one tradition at a time. I paused to imagine my grandmother doing the same thing, except that she certainly wasn’t standing in a store; she likely eyed the chickens on her farm, determining which would best serve as the turkey. Nevertheless, she, as well as countless immigrants before and since, learned to host this most American of holidays. Whether you’ve been celebrating Thanksgiving for one year or 50, there are some fascinating twists and turns on the road to Thanksgiving 2016. • According to, the original 1621 celebration boasted no pies, cakes, or desserts, unlike today’s culinary extravaganza. The Pilgrims had no oven, and the Mayfl wer’s sugar cache was nearly depleted. In addition, despite the apparently good intentions of these early settlers, we now know that these celebrations marked a rare example of cooperation and peace between the Pilgrims and the Native Americans. • In 1827, Sarah Joseph Hale, author of “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” embarked on a 36-year quest, lobbying every official imagi ble,


to make Thanksgiving a national holiday. Finally, at the height of the Civil War, Hale got her wish. President Lincoln decreed that Thanksgiving, which had been more or less continually observed (albeit on diffe ent days in diffe ent states) since 1621, would be celebrated nationally on the last Thursday in November. • For those of you who bemoan the commercialization of “Black Friday,” the tradition has pretty deep roots. In 1939, in an effor to pull the nation out of the Great Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt moved it to a week earlier in an attempt to get people shopping for the December holidays sooner. Naysayers mocked the idea, calling it “Franksgiving.” Nonetheless, Roosevelt prevailed, and in 1941 the “new” day for Thanksgiving became law. • Interestingly, the State Climate Office of orth Carolina has a handy page on their website where you can find he warmest, coldest, and wettest Thanksgiving Days (and other holidays) on record. Pompano Beach (really!) holds the record for the warmest – way back in 1946, when we rang in at a broiling 89 degrees. Happy Thanksgiving!



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A Season for All Autumn is the time of year in Florida when transplanted northerners wistfully yearn for the changing seasons, particularly as leaves turn red and gold. When this happens to me, I take out my Crayola Ultimate Case containing 152 diffe ent colored crayons and gaze at the 20 or so shades of red, plus gold, raw sienna, burnt sienna and my favorite, Pink Pig. (I have a lot of crayons, as I’m not permitted to use sharp objects.) Several of my friends complain that Florida has only two seasons — hot, and hotter. I beg to diffe . Florida has more seasons than any other state. For example, there is Drive Your Car Into a Canal Season, which coincides with Drive Your Car Into a House Season. In all the years I lived in Jersey, I can remember only one instance where a car drove into a house. Unfortunately, it was my car, and my house. Then there is Leave-Your-Car-Running-While-You-Dash-Into-aStore-to-Come-Out-and-Find-the-Car-Gone-With-the-Kids-in-theBack-Seat-Season. Seems like this happens every week, although it generally ends well, as soon as the carjacker finds he is n w a kidnapper and bails out. The parent then is grateful to get his car back and, in most cases, his kids as well. Florida also has what is euphemistically called Lobster Season. This is the time when it is legal to risk your life diving for spiny lobsters. I don’t consider these lobsters. They are more like undersea cockroaches, as you might find in he ice-covered ocean of Jupiter’s moon Io. Maine lobsters are not attractive either, but at least they have some panache. I wonder who was the fi st person to see a spiny lobster and say: “This looks good, let’s eat it.” Probably the same guy who decided to eat tripe. I’ll bet he washed it down with Jägermeister, which, translated from the German, means “if you can drink this, you will eat anything.” The best season in Florida is Stone Crab Season. These are



really tasty suckers. In anticipation of last Stone Crab Season, I had amassed $3,000 in savings, which gave me the choice of buying two medium stone crab claws or one jumbo. Don’t get me wrong, New Jersey has some beautiful places, but where I used to live, Hudson County, we did not look forward to changing seasons. For example, the coming of fall meant we had to pick up the leaves from our tree. Notice I didn’t say trees. We only had one in the whole county. Each resident was entitled to pick up one leaf to enjoy. Anyone who picked up two leaves was shunned. Winter meant Pothole Season and inevitable front end damage to cars, along with snow turning to colorful brown slush. Spring began with dog droppings protruding through the melting snow, followed by the blooming of poison sumac and birds hacking and coughing. Summer in Jersey is just as hot as Florida. The diffe ence is, in Jersey you can see the air. The idea for this column was sparked by a piece in the September issue of this magazine, written by our creative director. If you don’t find his column humorous, blame her.

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Feeding South Florida — a member of the Feeding America food bank and Florida’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization — has released its latest 2016 Map the Meal Gap Study. The study calculates food insecurity numbers by using county-level data on average food costs from the Nielsen Company to break down the food budget shortfall of South Florida residents. The study then approximates the number of meals missing from the tables of people at risk of hunger in South Florida each year. The 2016 data shows a food budget shortfall of $454 million per year in South Florida — which equals a shortfall of $19.10 per person, per week (or about two days worth of food per week). Based on income, that means 784,110 people (13.4 percent of the population of South Florida) is at risk of hunger. In Broward County, the percentage is event higher: According to the study, Broward County has the most over all food insecure residents in South Florida, with 15.5 percent of the total population designated food insecure. “Food insecurity” refers to USDA’s

measure of “lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members, and limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods.” Even more striking, the study calculated that 21.5 percent — or about one out of five children — in South Florida are food insecure. According to Florida Kids Count (a department of Child & Family Studies at the University of South Florida), over 157,000 students (59.9 percent) in Broward County public schools qualified for the free or reduced lunch program in the 2013-2014 school year. “It took a number of eye-opening visits to local food banks and many conversations with people struggling to find their next meal to understand that hunger in America is a very real problem,” said philanthropist Howard Buffet — son of Warren Buffet and founder of a multi-billion-dollar organization that fights global hunger. In the face of these numbers, which show only slight improvement in the last three years (a decrease of about 2 percent), a vast array of organizations


at the local, statewide and national level are fighting to create more equitable, sustainable, stable and nutritious food systems. These organizations include food pantries, soup kitchens, policy councils, advocacy groups, non-profit organizations, churches and synagogues. In Broward County alone, there are dozens of organizations aimed at helping the hungry and rethinking south Florida’s food systems. With the popularization of the farm-to-table and slow food movements, many of these organizations have recognized local, urban farming as one weapon in the fight against food insecurity. Among such organizations is Pompano Beach’s Fruitful Fields — a grassroots non-profit organization and hidden gem of urban agriculture.

Fruitful Fields

Tucked away in the Tedder neighborhood, just east of 1-95 behind the Parkway United Methodist Church, Fruitful Fields is an island oasis in a sea of homes, schools, freeways and retail stores. November marks the beginning of harvest season, which means the field will soon be brimming with vegetation, including tomatoes, eggplant, collard greens, Tuscan kale, arugula, green beans, bananas, broccoli, herbs, medicinal plants and more. Fruitful Field’s goal is to educate youth in the art of agriculture, provide fresh food to the surrounding neighborhoods, help stock local food banks, pantries and soup kitchens, and creatively use farming to engage, educate and mentor individuals in the community. The Field

has several programs aimed at accomplishing these goals, including a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) crop share with a fifty-fifty, buy-give setup; a paid youth internship program called GrowCity, which targets disadvantaged youth; weekly free meals for the hungry; and a large number of volunteer opportunities. Fruitful Fields started in 2008 with about two dozen plots for people in the community to grow their own vegetables, help feed their families and exchange tips. The organization’s co-founder, Flavio Sloat, said South Florida can be a difficult place to grow for even experienced farmers. “If you’re coming from Jamaica or the Bahamas or somewhere like that you’re fine,” said Sloat. “But if you’re coming from Connecticut or Ohio, it’s really, really hard. You get the seasons wrong. You think that the soil has more nutrients than it really does, so you way under-fertilize. You don’t know how pests work. And we have different pests here.” In the beginning, Sloat envisioned Fruitful Fields as a place for growers to learn. As the program developed, however, Sloat (who left his career as an attorney to pursue his passion work in organic farming) realized the Field had far more potential. “Early on we decided that if we were going to grow food — if we were going to make an impact in food and education — we were going to have to professionalize it a bit. It couldn’t be haphazard, small holders just doing their 10-by-10 plots. It would need to be an organized operation.”

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With all the buzz about eating “organic” and “natural” it’s hard to know what to think and where to start. So let’s just start with the basics. What does the word “organic” mean when it comes to the label on your food and other products? In order for a product to have the USDA “Organic” label at least 95 percent of its ingredients must be free of synthetic additives such a pesticides, dyes, chemical fertilizers, genetically-modified organisms, and, if we are talking about dairy or meat, the animals were not given antibiotics and/or hormones. Now that may sound like I’m speaking another language, especially if you aren’t in the natural food business or interested in agriculture or farming. So let me try to demystify the concept to some extent. Let’s start with organic produce and grains. Unless the produce is labeled “organic” chances are that these crops were grown using pesticides and chemical fertilizers to deter pests and weeds from destroying the crop and to help the plants grow quickly. However, the harsh and toxic nature of these agricultural treatments would normally destroy the crops themselves along with the pests. In order to keep the crops resilient to these chemicals, many of these crops have been genetically



modified to withstand chemical treatment. The best example of this is corn and soy. These two crops are grown across the United States and more than 80 percent of these crops have been genetically modified. This means that the genetic make-up of these foods has been altered so they are resilient to chemical pesticides and fertilizers. This may be a dream-come-true for the farmer; but for the consumer, it’s actually more of a nightmare. You are now consuming food that has been changed at a genetic level, plus the pesticides and weed killers that were used on the food you’re eating. And it should come as no surprise that toxic chemicals which would have killed the crop itself may have a negative effect on your body. Now, even if you avoid all products containing non-organic corn and soy, you still have another problem. These two foods are used as animal feed at almost every large commercial farm. These animals are also typically injected with antibiotics to keep them from getting sick and fed growth hormones to increase their size. Now that I’ve scared you a bit, let me give you the good news: In the last decade, awareness of these issues has been raised, and supply has grown to


That’s when Fruitful Fields found a small of c Cou hildren grant for fruit trees through the Community nt in mea y are fo Browa Foundation of Broward. rd od i ning n go t 81,710 secure “After that we actually started doing what o be c , d hu hildren we considered urban farming,” said Sloat. ngry . Now the center of the field boasts banana trees, Barbados cherries, figs and papayas — an “urban forest kind of thing” said Sloat. To the east of the fruit trees are the community plots. Sprinkled around the property are a whole host of plants and growing zones, ranging from herbs to vegetables and medicinal trees. There are Neem trees (used for tooth paste and indigestion) and Moringa Oleifera — the so-called “miracle tree.” “We have some Moringa trees growing along the back fence line and everyday people will come and lean over and harvest it because it’s a known medicinal kind of thing,” said Sloat. On the backside of the church, there’s an aquaponics tank, which uses fish waste to help fertilize the plants, and in the garden are a network of bee hives where Sloat and volunteers harvest raw honey. An outdoor kitchen stands on the edge of the field where Fruitful Fields hosts a community meal on Wednesday nights. In season, the meal features a fresh salad made with 100 percent homegrown vegetables. The community meal is free and open to the public. There’s enough food to go around. Last year, Fruitful Fields harvested 7,500 pounds of food, not including what was grown in the community plots. In addition to operating the farm, Fruitful Fields started GrowCity, a program for disadvantaged youth in which a small number of young people ages 14 to 17 can participate in paid after school internships in which they learn about agriculture and are mentored in things like public speaking. The program had its pilot year last year with five participants; this year GrowCity has accepted

meet the demand for organic, non-genetically modified organism (GMO) products. It’s as easy as a stop by Whole Foods to find an overwhelming variety of products that are certified organic and labeled “non-GMO.” Now the cost of these products can be steep. For those of you (like me) who are on a tight budget, here’s a few tips: The USDA regularly publishes their research regarding the amount of pesticides found in produce. They publish something called the “Dirty Dozen” list. These items are the ones that are “organic mustbuys” because the non-organic variety contain high levels of toxic chemicals. The “Dirty Dozen” list for 2016 includes: strawberries, apples, nectarines, peaches, celery, grapes, cherries, spinach, tomatoes, sweet bell peppers, cherry tomatoes and cucumbers. They also recommend you buy organic leafy-green vegetables and hot peppers if you eat these frequently. In addition, they release a “Clean 15” list that lets you know which foods you don’t need to stress over. This list includes: avocados, sweet corn, pineapples, cabbage, frozen sweet peas, onions, asparagus, mangoes, papayas, kiwis, eggplant, honeydew melon, grapefruit, cantaloupe and cauliflower. Shopping local farmer’s markets in season is another way to cut costs. When organic food comes from down the street, it often costs less than when it travels long distances to make it to your basket. Local farmers often have an abundance of certain crops as they are harvested, so they price their goods to sell quickly and avoid perishable waste. In Pompano Beach, a local farmer’s market takes place at Whole Foods on Wednesday nights from 4 to 9pm, but there are about a dozen others in Broward County. My best advice is to get informed and take charge of your food choices. Abbie is a health and wellness blogger, artist’s wife, full-time mom and enthusiastic foodie. She has lived in South Florida for the last seven years and currently lives in Pompano Beach. She has a passion for living and promoting a holistic healthy lifestyle, starting from the inside out!

Local Food Pantries and Soup Kitchens

Blessings Food Pantry at Christ Church 9am-12pm, Monday-Thursday. 210 NE Third St., Pompano Beach 954-771-7300, All Saints Catholic Mission Soup Kitchen open daily, 4pm-5pm 3350 Powerline Road, Oakland Park 954-396-3086, Christian Love Fellowship Church Food Pantry, Mon., Wed. & Fri. 10:30am-2pm 801 S.E. 10th Street, Deerfield Beach 954-428-8980, Gateway Community Outreach 90-day assistance program 291 S.E. First Terrace, Deerfield Beach 954-725-8434, Homeless Prevention & Food Program Haitian Evangelical Baptist Church Food Pantry, must call in advance. Wed. & Fri., 10am-2pm 153 NW 12th Street, Pompano Beach 954-479-7113 Our Father’s House Soup Kitchen Soup Kitchen & Food Pantry Lunch: Mon-Fri, 11:30am-12:55pm 2380 Martin Luther Boulevard, Pompano Beach 954-968-7550, Pentecostal Gospel Temple Ministries Food Pantry, Mon. - Thur., 10:30am-4pm 900 S. State Road 7, Margate 954-979-9999 San Isidro Catholic Church Food Ministry 2310 Hammondville Road, Pompano Beach 954-978-2302 Deliveries—Saturday Only St. Ambrose Catholic Church Food Pantry (for Deerfield Beach residents only) 380 S. Federal Highway, Deerfield Beach 954-427-2225, St. Laurence Chapel Soup Kitchen Breakfast: 8:30am-9:30am Lunch: 12:30pm 1698 Blount Rd, Pompano Beach 954-972-2958, Temple Beth Orr Food Pantry Tuesdays, 10am-12pm 2151 Riverside Drive, Coral Springs 954-753-3232 NOTE: Many of the food pantries require guests to have a photo ID and proof of residence. Please check with individual pantries for requirements. If you would like to donate food, please confirm specific donation times with individual pantries and check their desired wish lists.


ten, and has four on a waiting list. Of the ten participating youth, nine are Haitians and Hispanics from the Tedder community; one is a “diversity candidate” from Boca Raton, Sloat said jokingly. “Tedder is a very poor community that has no jobs for teenagers,” he said. The GrowCity participants come after school to farm, and, one night a week get to participate in a group meal, which they cook themselves in the outdoor kitchen. “We do a lentils and brown rice dish every week. We give them a list of what they can go pick to put into the pot and we give them fi e minutes. They go running around and then we put it in the pot and we get it cooking,” said Sloat. “Then we work, and then we come back and eat together. It’s training them about diffe ent food habits.”

A Lesson in Cooking

Grow City food prep

This education in cooking and food habits, Sloat says, is not only important for the GrowCity participants, but also for their families and the community at large. In the past, Fruitful Fields gave away shares of their crops to local families in-need, but what Sloat found is that many of the families didn’t know how to best utilize the donation within the framework of their lives and schedules. “We’ve done some experiments with giving food out to needy families,” explained Sloat, “but often what we’ve found is that they would come back the next week and say they didn’t have time to cook it or weren’t able to for one reason or another. I think a lot of food insecurity has to do with creating food — cooking food. It is really seen as something that is optional, or that they don’t have time for, or they don’t know how to do anymore.” Sloat says he sees the problem get incrementally worse for immigrant families the longer they assimilate to U.S. culture. “When folks are recent immigrants here, they still will want the fresh produce. They want the greens. But as those same people get mired in poverty or have very complicated schedules, with very limited transportation, they start eating worse and worse foods,” said Sloat. “They will use their food stamps and just buy the easy foods to prepare that are often the cause of certain kinds of sugar addictions and high starch diets. Not only are the youth hungry, but they are hungry for real food.” Breaking the cycle can be hard. “These families in poverty are so pressed for time, and so on the edge financially and emotionally that they often don’t see their ability to cook,” said Sloat. “So having ready-made meals here that are actually cooked in a traditional, old-fashioned kind of way, like on Wednesday nights, and teaching the youth that, hey, maybe they need to take over the family cooking two or three nights a week, is a way of reversing the trend.” In addition to GrowCity and the Wednesday night meal, Fruitful Fields offe s CSA membership with a fifty-fifty, buy-give setup. Fruitful Fields has operated the CSA for four years now and it has grown incrementally. People from Broward county can sign up to receive a monthly share of fresh produce , which they can pick up at Whole Foods market in Pompano Beach or at Fruitful Fields. The box


of produce comes with recipe ideas to cook the seasonal goods. There are three levels of CSA shares: a full garden share, which is $160 per month; a half/sampler garden share, which is $100 per month; and green shares, which are $100 per month. These CSA shares are priced above market value so that half of the proceeds go toward the CSA member’s produce, 30 percent goes to donate produce to local food banks and soup kitchens, and the other 20 toward the GrowCity program’s paid internships. Members of Fruitful Fields’ CSA get a 50 percent tax write-offon the cost of their share. Interested participants can sign up at thefruitfulfi and pay monthly via PayPal.

A Model to Share

Sloat said that although Fruitful Fields is significan ly more humble in scale than some other food programs like Feeding South Florida, the grassroots nature of Fruitful Fields has its benefits and potential “I think it’s a good model,” said Sloat. “A great thing about using church property is that it doesn’t have the politics and the complications like city land does. And a lot of churches have available space.” For example, in the 60s, the United Methodist church where Fruitful Fields now lives had planned on building a school, which was never built. “There are a lot of churches like that — that have bought property cheap, but have it sitting around empty,” said Sloat. “So if they can become convinced that this is a way to re-think community engagement, it is a great thing.” The Fruitful Fields’ model already spawned a similar program in Margate, FL called the Green Earth Community Garden after some of Green Earth’s founders apprenticed at Fruitful Fields for a year. The Green Earth Community Garden similarly offe s the community fifty-fifty, buy-give CSA crop shares. In addition to church land, Broward County has an abundance of available land. A study conducted by Anthony Olivieri, a community food systems consultant for the Broward Regional Health Planning Council and the founder of FHEED (Food for Health, the Environment, Economy & Democracy), found that on the current available, empty, private and public land in the county, Broward could satisfy roughly 80 percent of its own fresh fruit and vegetable needs. Sloat believes with a little available space and some creativity, there’s hope to decrease food insecurity in Broward. Though, he said it is important to note that food insecurity is not solely about food, rather stems from many social ails. He encourages people to think holistically.

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Cecilia Lueza An Artist’s Journey

Some people know their passion from a very young age, while others discover it along life’s path. Public artist Cecilia Lueza is most definitely of the first variety. Her passion for art has been the burning light guiding her life since she was a child growing up in Argentina. Art eventually led her to the United States. “The only thing I always knew was that I wanted to be an artist,” said Lueza. “That was my dream and my goal in life.” Lueza now resides in Florida and was recently selected to paint a mural on the west facade of the E. Pat Larkins Community Center in Pompano Beach, as part of the VisualEYES mural series honoring Broward County’s centennial anniversary, which took place on Oct. 1, 2015. The project, which was initiated by the Broward Cultural Division last year, features a group of ten South Floridian artists who were chosen to create a public mural in each of the nine County Commission districts, as well as one at Port Everglades. Lueza’s mural on the E. Pat Larkins Community Center is scheduled to be completed this month. In planning the mural, Lueza was required to conduct four community engagement workshops


with Pompano Beach residents and city officials. tilizing their collective feedback, Lueza was able to design a mural she hopes reflects he city’s identity. In these engagement sessions, Lueza discovered the majority of people wanted a mural that would tell a meaningful story, be striking and full of color.

The artist, who describes her style as somewhere “between abstraction and fi uration,” is known for her use of vibrant colors and bold patterns. Throughout her career, Lueza has explored a wide range of artistic media, from traditional forms such as painting and sculpture in wood, metal, polyurethane, and ceramic, to installation and multimedia art. Murals, however, is what Lueza enjoys creating the most. “There’s a magic element about murals, where you can really transform a wall, a whole building, and create a diffe ent perception and elevate people’s spirits,” Lueza said. “When it’s done right, it can be amazing.” So what makes a mural succeed? Lueza said it requires choosing a theme that’s the most appropriate for the building and surrounding area. If the muralist is telling a story, they must find a w y to translate the story into something large scale, without too much detail. “You have to think about the area and the people who live there,” said Lueza. “That’s where the concept of community comes in, because it’s not something you’re doing for yourself; it’s something you love to do, but you’re doing it for others, and sharing it with others.” Sharing her art with others, and the joy that comes with the process, is something Lueza began long ago. She started her artistic journey in her hometown of Posadas,

“There’s a magic element about murals, where you can really transform a wall, a whole building, and create a different perception and elevate people’s spirits,” Lueza says. “When it’s done right, it can be amazing.” “It was interesting to see how people react to the idea of a mural, and what they think about their city, their community, their history,” said Lueza. “It seems like people who live in Pompano really love their city, and they want it to be beautiful, they want it to be unique, which is great, and I’m ready to make it more beautiful.” Another source of inspiration for the mural was a book, “Pompano Beach: A History of Pioneers and Progress,” that was given to Lueza by the Pompano Beach Historical Society. Filled with over 100 photographs of the city throughout time, the book provided her with an understanding of the people and events that shaped Pompano Beach into the community it is today.


a city perched on a bluff bove the Paraná River in northeast Argentina. Like most children, she liked to draw, but at around age 10, she wanted to try something more three dimensional. She found a natural resource that proved to be the perfect medium: clay. Living in a region abundant with natural red clay, she would go to her family’s garden and grab handfuls of the red earth, mix it with some water, and use tools to shape it into small objects. “It was amazing,” Lueza recalled. She baked the objects in the sun until they became very hard, then painted them using water color or acrylic paint. When these miniartworks were complete, she gave them to her family and friends. “I would copy things from books on clay making, or other things I saw. I remember loving to make these small dolls. They were like cones, with a head at the top,” said Lueza. “Maybe that was my fi st attempt at sculpture.” She also remembers making representations of doves. Even now, birds are a recurrent theme in her artwork, and a source of inspiration. “I love their beauty and the freedom they have,” said Lueza. Seeing Lueza’s artistic interest and talent at a young age, her mother enrolled her in art classes at a local museum. After hig school, Lueza moved to Buenos Aires to study at the National University of La Plata, where she earned her master’s degree in painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts in 1994. She remained in Buenos Aires, intent on earning a living as an artist, but the opportunities to fulfill hat ambition proved scarce. So she started an art paper and wrote about the city’s arts scene. Late at night, she would paint. In her job as a writer, she interviewed other artists in Buenos Aires, including established artists with long careers, which she said was tremendously beneficial. hey were an example of what she wanted to strive for as an artist; They were always traveling to diffe ent places for the many projects they were working on, and they were committed to their craft On the other side of the spectrum, she also interviewed struggling artists who had to work jobs in offices or in etail in order to make ends meet. “I would see these people who were really very talented and very dedicated to their passion, but still couldn’t make a living doing what they love,” said Lueza. “In Argentina, there’s an elite group of artists that are very successful, but for the majority of artists, it’s very diffi lt. There aren’t enough programs to support artists, and public art projects are very rare.” In 1998, Lueza landed her fi st solo show in Buenos Aires. Soon afte , she met some Latin American artists from Miami who were in town for an art fair. When they told her how much they enjoyed living in Miami, she decided it was time to try something new, and to take a leap of faith. She went to Miami, and stayed for several months to test the waters, then went back to Buenos Aires. In late 1999, Lueza returned to Florida. She became a foreign correspondent in Miami for an art magazine based out of Spain. As a journalist, she had access to a vast array of art. While she had only intended on staying in Miami for a few years, Lueza made a host of new friends and met her future husband. She grew Florida roots and became the assistant

“Descent,” wall sculpture

to renowned Argentinian artist Pérez Celis, who she considers a mentor and at the time had a studio in Miami. “He was one of the artists that I treasure the most because he was very humble and kind,” she said of Celis, who died in 2008. “It was a huge inspiration to observe him working from very early in the morning until late in the evening, putting all his passion into his art,” said Lueza. “He showed me that you need to work tirelessly, and to dedicate most of your life to your work if you want to be successful.” As a multimedia artist, Celis also inspired her to “go beyond the canvas.” “At the time, I never imagined that I could do sculpture, murals, studio work and installations like he did, but it happened,” Lueza said. “Little by little, I started making my way as a professional artist. I started exhibiting here and there, and selling my work. It was a slow process, but it’s finally p ying off.” Her work has been exhibited in group and solo shows in cities throughout the world, including New York, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Miami, Tampa, Palm Beach, Mexico City, San Juan, Madrid and Paris. It is also part of numerous public and private collections. She participates in two or three gallery or museum exhibits a year, but public art has been Lueza’s main focus since 2002, when she did her fi st public sculpture installation in the U.S. Now she completes about eight public art projects in diffe ent cities each year. “I love public art, and I think it’s one of the great things that I found here in this country,” said Lueza. “The appreciation for public art, and the support, and the opportunities for public artists like me, that’s something very great.” In addition to murals and large-scale sculptures, her public artwork includes painting intersections. She completed three on Las Olas Boulevard in downtown Fort Lauderdale in 2014 for the city’s Connecting the Blocks Painted Intersection Project. Along with a


team of community volunteers, Lueza brought the intersections to life with vibrant color and bold geometric patterns. The goal of the street mural was to use art to alert motorists that the intersection is a place frequented by pedestrians and bicyclists. This past September, Lueza painted an intersection on Central Avenue in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, as part of the city’s 2016 SHINE Mural Festival. Her 39,000 square-foot, street-level mural transformed the intersection with dazzling patterns of color. “When I paint intersections, I have to create something that can complement the urban landscape of the surrounding area,” she said. “I have to envision something that’s more architectural, more geometric.” Earlier this year, she completed a set of two wall sculptures for the cruise ship Royal Caribbean Ovation of the Seas. Royal Caribbean International partnered with a London-based art agency to assemble a permanent collection of contemporary pieces by artists from around the world for the ship’s halls, stairways, restaurants and staterooms. Each of the wall sculptures Lueza contributed depicts the profil of a woman who, instead of having a fle hly body, has one made of dozens of birds, each diffe ent, cascading down from her shoulders. The birds transition from black to vivid color. “Usually, art on cruise ships doesn’t stand out, but this particular cruise ship is one of the fi st to invest a lot of time and effort to h ve a really unique contemporary art collection,” said Lueza.

Lueza’s street art at the intersection of Las Olas Blvd. and S.E. Second Ave.

Her current works-in-progress include a mural she was commissioned to paint in a historic section of Marion, Iowa. As part of the city’s project to transform a matrix of alleyways from underutilized spaces to engaging places with public art and cultural activities, Lueza has designed a mural for the wall of an outdoor stage that will serve as a focal point for creative expression. Inspired by the concepts of innocence, history and community, the mural, entitled “Midnight Wonder,” depicts a girl holding a small box from which a flock of nati e Iowa birds soar their way to freedom,


the black background creating a striking contrast to the colorful birds in flight “When it comes to my public art pieces,” Lueza said, “I want them to be playful, energetic and dynamic, and to inspire people to feel that way.” Another upcoming project is a large horizontal sundial that Lueza has designed for Camino á Lago Park in Peoria, Arizona. The sundial will have a circular mosaic tile base representing a desert landscape at sunset, and a metal pointer in the form of a hummingbird that seems to sip from a native fl wer emerging from the desert. The mosaic, comprised of approximately 150,000 Italian tiles made from recycled glass, will have a diameter of 18 feet; the hummingbird, made of polished, heavy-gage aluminum plate, will be almost eight feet tall and 12 feet wide. In many ways Lueza has accomplished her dream. Like the artists she admired and interviewed in Buenos Aires, she now travels from place to place creating vibrant public art pieces in a range of mixed media. “I decided to really make an effort and st y here, even when that meant leaving behind my parents, my siblings, my friends, everything I knew,” said Lueza. “But I always knew that art was my passion, and I was very committed to make it work.” And living your passion isn’t always a straight and easy path. “You have to have faith, and keep going no matter what, because sooner or later something good is going to happen,” Lueza said. “And of course, you have to be surrounded by people who believe in you and support you. I have my family, which is very important.” Today Lueza lives between Miami and St. Petersburg, Florida with her husband and 9-year-old daughter. Her husband is her “number one supporter,” and helps with the technical aspects of her public artwork, while her daughter is her “mini-assistant,” with artistic inclinations of her own. One of the goals she still has as an artist is to one day create a public artwork in her hometown in Argentina. “That’s one of my dreams, to do something big and amazing there,” she said. “It’s a place that really needs a lot of love when it comes to art and beautification” Lueza also wants to continue to grow as a public artist, doing permanent, timeless works that will be enjoyed for many generations. As for the mural she’s painting in Pompano Beach, her goal is to convey the city in a way that is both beautiful and meaningful. In October, Lueza had designed two potential drafts of he mural: one depicting the pioneering women of Pompano Beach, the other focused on an envisioned future for the quickly-developing city. The final design ill be selected by a city committee. The mural is scheduled to be completed by the end of November. “I hope the community will be very happy with it,” she said.

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Pier, steps from the sand, stands Amante’s Italian Cuisine (and Bob’s Pizza). It’s a wonderful Italian bistro that caters to everyone. You choose from a fantastic, casual family pizza experience to an elegant dinner and everything in between. Amante’s is usually bustling: filled with locals and visiting guests there for a sumptuous, after beach meal or pizza. The menu has all the Italian favorite pasta dishes, meat entrées and daily chef specialties. Everything is very well prepared. 2076 N.E. Second St., 954-426-1030


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Casa Maya. MEXICAN Start with a margarita and it only gets better from there. This is not your typical Mexican joint—it’s better. Try gobernador tacos: a combination of shrimp with diced poblanos, onions, tomatoes and cilantro on a crispy corn tortilla topped with melted cheese. See, we told you it’s not ordinary. 301 S.E. 15 Terrace, 954570-6101 $$ Chanson at the Royal Blues Hotel. SEAFOOD • SEA-

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Ocean’s 234. SEAFOOD Amazing views of Deerfi ld Beach and the pier with gluten free options available. 234 N. Ocean Blvd., 954-428-2539 $$$ Patio Bar and Grill at the Wyndham. AMERICAN Steps away from the beach with specials and live music nightly. 2096 N.E. Second St., 954-596-8618 $$


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

Taj Indian Restaurant. INDIAN We have two words for

you: lamb korma. This classic Indian dish varies from restaurant to restaurant, and while we don’t have their recipe, we can tell you it’s juicy leg of lamb cooked in a rich cream sauce with raisins and cashews. 201 S.E. 15 Terrace, 954-304-7032 $$

Tamarind. SUSHI • THAI Did you get caught up in a tornado

and land in Nobu—that most famous of all sushi restaurants? Probably not. You’re most likely just at Tamarind which offers a hipper vibe than your run-of-the-mill sushi place—and some inventive rolls and Thai entreés. 949 N. Federal Highway, 954-428-8009 $$

Tijuana Taxi Co. MEXICAN Perhaps it’s the all day happy

hour with $5 Cuervo margaritas, but as soon as you enter, the weight of the day lifts off your shoulders. The atmosphere is friendly and fun all around. There is outdoor patio seating available and a large U-shaped bar inside. The portions are generous—certainly enough to take home for lunch the next day. We loved the spicy shrimp tacos—soft flour tortillas filled with Cajun-grilled shrimp in a spicy chile lime sauce, topped with cilantro slaw, avocado and pico de gallo. The

We also offer catering for takeout service and banquet service. Reserve our party room. Open seven days a week from 11:30am–10pm Live music Wednesday - Sunday  5pm-10pm

721 S. Federal Hwy., Deerfield Beach • (954) 427-6000


DiningOUT menu has a lot more than tacos—there’s all the Mexican favorites plus burgers, sandwiches, steaks and more. And for the little ones there is kids night on Sunday: kids eat for 99 cents from the kids menu. 1015 S. Federal Highway, 954-7082775 $

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 just in case you need a red eye—half tomato juice,half beer. 1540 S.E. Third St. 954-421-9769 $ Two George’s. SEAFOOD An intracoastal hot spot with live music, a great view and a legendary Friday happy hour. 1754 S.E. Third Court 954-421-9272 $$ Whales’ Rib. SEAFOOD Locals know it well and tourists know it from Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. 2031 N.E. Second St., 954-421-8880 $$

LIGHTHOUSE POINT Bonefish Mac’s Sports Grille. AMERICAN Bar food and a wide array of televised sports games with a game room for kids. 2002 E. Sample Road, 954-781-6227 $ Bura. NORTHERN ITALIAN Enjoy the intimate atmosphere and friendly staff. The gnocchi are little delectable dumplings topped with tender chunks of veal in a light tomato broth. 2014 E. Sample Road, 954-597-6909 $$


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

Fetta Republic. GREEK Traditional Greek offerings close to home. 2420 N. Federal Highway, 954-933-2394 $$

Hott Leggz. WINGS • BAR FOOD Pub grub at a true sports bar. They even have TVs in the booths. 3128 N. Federal Highway, 754-307-2444 $$ Le Bistro. FRENCH • BISTRO Fresh and local produce is always used. And vegetarian, dairy free and gluten free menu items are available. The restaurant also offers cooking classes. 4626 N. Federal Highway, 954-946-9240 $$$

RED FOX DINER Come see us at our new location at

2041 NE 36th Street Lighthouse Point

on Sample Road just east of Federal Highway

954-783-7714 Open 7 days for breakfast and lunch. We deliver too.


Lito’s Turf & Surf. SEAFOOD • AMERICAN Family owned and operated with catering options available. 2460 N. Federal Highway, 954-782-8111 $$ The Nauti Dawg Marina Café. AMERICAN Nestled in at

the Lighthouse Point Marina, the Nauti Dawg is a local favorite. Start with the tuna wontons—crispy fried wonton wrappers topped with tuna tartare, seaweed salad, red pepper mayo, wasabi and a hit of sirracha. For a taste of New England, the lobster roll can’t be beat— a generous portion of lobster with just the right amount of mayonnaise. Of course you can’t go wrong with the fresh fish sandwich—ask what the catch of the day is. The fish Reuben is another great sandwich option—just sub in some fresh fish for the pastrami and you’ve got yourself a little healthier version of the classic. All sandwiches come with a side and while French fries are always a delicious option—the restaurant offers a tangy cucumber salad (among other choices) that provides a nice

crunch to any sandwich. They are a dog friendly restaurant. 2830 N.E. 29 Ave., 954-941-0246 $$

Pampa Gaucho Churrascaria. BRAZILIAN Traditional rodizio for your inner carnivore. 4490 N. Federal Highway 954-943-3595 $$

Papa’s Raw Bar. SUSHI • SEAFOOD Situated right next door

to their parent restaurant Seafood World, Papa’s Raw Bar does indeed seem like the hip child of an established restaurant. While the fresh food is the real star, the Keys-inspired décor certainly accounts for part of their charm. The restaurant serves a selection of clams and oysters on the half shell. There are also a few options for cooked oysters including the black and blue version topped with blue cheese and bacon. The menu also goes way beyond the typical raw bar offering with inventive tacos and sliders. Papa’s also offe s a wide array of sushi and sashimi. Start off with one of the towers of Van Buskirk (you’ll find a few menu items named after locals.) The bare naked lady version is a combination of spicy wahoo and tuna with tobiko and masago topped with spicy mayo and served with taro chips. They serve all your classic sushi rolls but the superstars are their specialty rolls. There are plenty of land lubber options including burgers and hibachi offerings. And to wash it all down, they have about a zillion craft beer options and a wine list too. The Bimini Room which is adjacent to the main restaurant is available for private parties and boasts a Hemingway inspired mural—another respectful nod to the Keys. 4610 N. Federal

Highway, 754-307-5034 $$

Seafood World Market & Restaurant. SEAFOOD They offer the freshest seafood with simple ingredients and have a huge selection of seafood to choose from if you want to cook yourself. 4602 N. Federal Highway, 954-942-0740 $$$ Sicilian Oven. ITALIAN • PIZZA High-top seating, casual seating and bar seating to accompany your crispy, thin pizza. Start with the Gorgonzola salad. 2486 N. Federal Highway, 954-785-4155 $

POMPANO BEACH Aconchego Bar and Grill. BRAZILIAN A taste of Brazil  in

the heart of Pompano Beach. Open for lunch and dinner. 7 S.E. 22 Ave. 954-782-8040. $

Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza. PIZZA • WINGS You can credit this place with bringing the whole “coal-fi ed pizza craze” to South Florida. Pizza and chicken wings—do you need anymore? Try the caulifl wer 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 •


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DiningOUT PIZZA Tasty dishes, large portions and delivery is available. 40 S.W. 15 St., 954-784-3696 $$

Bobby Rubino’s. BARBECUE • AMERICAN Specials and coupons are posted daily and catering is available. The restaurant also has a large bar room where you can dine at the bar or booths. The place is a Pompano Beach icon. 2501 N. Federal Highway, 954-781-7550 $$ Brew Fish. BAR AND GRILL Dine outside in the tiki hut overlooking a canal right in Pompano Beach. Comprehensive menu and attentive staff. 200 E. McNab Rd., 954-440-3347 $$ Briny Irish Pub. IRISH • BAR FOOD At the end of East At-

restaurant is an anchor of the South Florida fine dining scene. 2601 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-782-0606 $$$$

Fish Shack. SEAFOOD A small, roadside seafood shack, for a small seafood town. This is truly one of those best kept secret type places. With only a handful of tables, we’re selfi hly hoping not too many people get in on this secret gem in Pompano Beach. 2862 N.E. 17 Ave., 954-586-4105 $$ Flanigan’s Seafood Bar & Grill. SEAFOOD • AMERICAN

Get green with a deal every day. 2500 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954943-3762 $$

lantic 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 offe s an array of bar food as well as some classics like bangers and mash and fi hn-chips. The casual atmosphere is created by an immense array of nautical artifacts and oddities that fillevery inch of the pub. The bar is large and there are tables, too—many have ocean views. Music plays constantly, often live with a dance floor if one is inclined. 3440 E. tlantic Blvd., 954-942-3159 $

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 $

Bru’s Room Sports Grill. AMERICAN Named after Bob

al Italian fare while you talk to the traditional Italian staff. Don’t skip the romaine salad with the blue cheese. 1601 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-942-1733 $$

“Bru” Brudzinski , where else would you go to watch the Miami Dolphins play? Wings and other bar food available. 235 S. Federal Highway, 954-785-2227 $

Calypso Restaurant and Raw Bar. CARIBBEAN

High-quality ingredients, inventive cooking, and a very welcoming staff. 460 S. Cypress Road, 954-942-1633 $$

Carrabba’s Italian Grill. ITALIAN Open for lunch and din-

ner and provides gluten free options. 1299 S. Federal Highway, 954-782-2688 $$

Checkers Old Munchen. GERMAN Sprechen sie Deutsch?

You don’t find too many authentic German restaurants around town. So when you’re looking for a change in your restaurant rotation, take a trip back to the old country at Checkers Old Munchen. The restaurant’s exposed wood framing is reminiscent of the German half-timbered architectural style and the walls are lined with classic German beer steins. For a traditional German meal, try the wienerschnitzel—it’s divine—a lightly breaded veal cutlet (or pork) sautéed in lemon butter and topped with homemade brown gravy. The entrées are served with your choice of two side dishes. The spaetzle (German noodles) are a real homemade treat and not to be missed—throw a little of that brown gravy on them and they could be a meal unto themselves. The red cabbage is both classically sweet and sour and there are other options too including potato dumplings, potato salad and even hot potato salad. As you look around, you can’t help but get the feeling that most of the patrons are returning customers—which, of course, is a great sign. And the next time we get a hankering for some schnitzel, we know where to go. Imbibe to your hearts content with their wide assortment of German beers. 2209 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-785-7565 $$

Chez Porky’s. BARBECUE A low-key spot serving a bunch of southern favorites. 105 S.W. Sixth St., 954-946-5590 $$

Cypress Nook. GERMAN This place has been in business for 38 years—talk about staying in power. 201 SE 15 St., 954-7813464  $


Darrel & Oliver’s Cafe Maxx. INTERNATIONAL This

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, 954-7850226 $

Gianni’s Italian Restaurant. ITALIAN Enjoy tradition-

The Gyro Joint. MIDDLE EASTERN Eat in, or carry out. It’s all Greek to me. 165 S. Cypress Road, 954-946-9199 $ Houston’s. AMERICAN Enjoy this contemporary eatery for lunch or dinner. Outdoor bar and seating on the Intracoastal available. 2821 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-783-9499 $$$

J Mark’s. AMERICAN A relaxing, modern restaurant and bar with food and service to match. 1490 N.E. 23 St., 954-782-7000 $$$

La Rachetta at Whole Foods Market. PIZZA AND WINE

BAR Get your shopping done while you take care of your appetite. They offer weekly deals on meals and drinks with lots of beers on tap and wines by the glass. For something diffe ent, 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 truffl fries are great with anything. 2411 N. Federal Highway, 954-942-8778 $

La Veranda. ITALIAN La Veranda is superb. The atmosphere is elegant yet very comfortable and warm. Being seated in their namesake veranda is a joy in itself. Inside or out, one can enjoy a truly special evening in the Tuscany inspired surroundings. The bar has live music, too. Be it drinks from their full bar, a bottle from the copious wine selection or naturally the Italian food, everything is served perfectly, so expect to be delighted. The staff takes pride in ensuring you are having great experience. There is a big selection of pasta, entrées and traditional dishes, with new favorites to be discovered that the wait staff will happily explain. You can taste the love in their homemade scrumptious desserts. If you’re looking to celebrate or simply treat yourselves to an evening of superior dining, La Veranda is an excellent choice. Reservations are suggested. 2121 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-943-7390 $$ Malulo’s International Seafood. PERUVIAN • SEAFOOD

South American inspired seafood. Located in a strip mall,

SUNDAY BRUNCH 10am – 2pm $16.99

2-for-1 Bloody Marys and Mimosas Call 954-785-0226 to make your reservation



Jimmy Buffet Tribute Band

NOV 4 AT 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM Party in paradise with Jimmy Stowe & the Stowaways as they sail into port with an incredible mix of trop-rock tunes and a captivating stage show. With lead singer Jimmy Stowe at the helm, this dynamic party/dance band performs all the “Songs You Know By Heart” and more. Parrot Heads Welcome!

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French Cuisine


DiningOUT but so are a lot of places—give it a try. 900 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-785-0014 $

McCoy’s Oceanfront. AMERICAN Located at the beautiful Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa, dine indoors or poolside on the covered patio with the beach as your backdrop. 1200 N. Ocean Blvd., 954-782-0100 $$ Mediterraneo Cucina Siciliana. ITALIAN True Sicilian food served for dinner only. Closed on Mondays. 420 N. Federal Highway, 754-222-9174 $$ Ruby’s by the Sea. ITALIAN Italian by the sea is more like it. 2608 N. Ocean Blvd., 954-785-7700 $$

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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 $

Seaside Grill. SEAFOOD • AMERICAN Enjoy a view of the

Atlantic while enjoying fresh seafood and an ice cold cocktail. Don’t worry if you’re not a fi h lover—there are plenty of entrée choices from the land. Located at Lighthouse Cove Resort on the ocean. 1406 N. Ocean Blvd., 954-783-3193 $$

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

make a good falafel (chick peas, fava beans garlic and cilantro seasoned and deep fried, served with tahini sauce) but the ones at Shishka are worth every single calorie. There are plenty of other choices too from the classic hummus to baba ghanouj to chicken and meat shawarma. 1901 N. Federal Highway, 954-943-2999 $$

Spanx the Hog BBQ. BARBECUE Using only natural ingre-


dients, 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. We started off our meal with the pygros, a tower of eggplant, potatoes and ground beef topped with a cool yogurt sauce. The dish is reminiscent of the classic Greek dish moussaka, but the cool yogurt sauce replaces the bechemel. Finish off with the Greek yogurt mousse, a lovely lightly sweetened cloud with a hint of cocoa and a strawberry sauce to compliment. Table 2201 has a menu full of your Greek favorites without all of the hooplah. So if you are looking for a genuine Greek dinner without having to dance on tables and yell “opa”—not that there’s anything wrong with that—Table 2201 is a good choice. 2201 E. Atlantic Blvd., 718-600-2236 $$

Take Sushi. JAPANESE • SUSHI Fresh, authentic Japanese



fair delivered to your door? Yes, please. 2714 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-785-2442 $

Talay Thai. THAI Dine on delectable Thai and Japanese dishes, get your food delivered or carry it out. 2233 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-941-1123 $$

Umberto’s of Long Island. ITALIAN • PIZZA Family tradition baked into every bite. 2780 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-7847110 $$ Valentino’s Italian Cuisine. ITALIAN • PIZZA An abun-

dance of Italian fare served for lunch or dinner. If you can’t make it over to dine in, fret not, they offer free delivery. 427 S. Federal Highway, 954-545-4881 $$

Wings ‘N Things. WINGS • BARBECUE It doesn’t look like

much from the outside but it’s worth trying it out. 150 S.W. Sixth St., 954-781-9464 $

Yakuza. JAPANESE • THAI Yakuza is an authentic experience. The contemporary Asian anchored décor is a feast for the eyes: warm, inviting and totally unique. The feeling is authentic and not forced. The attentive servers address each table with personal concern. Central to the dining room is a large classic sushi bar, displaying the fresh fish offerings. But sushi is only part of their menu. Yakuza has a brilliant selection of Japanese and Thai specialties and favorites. Every mouth-watering choice is prepared and presented with care. We were impressed by the freshness and variety of tastes offered. Modern is a fair descriptor as Yakuza offers unique approaches to traditional Japanese and Thai fare, making them new, unique and their own. Try their specials. 2515 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-951-6077 $$ Zuccarelli. ITALIAN • PIZZA This place is more than just a

pizza joint. From eggplant Parmesan to shrimp fra diavlo, you will leave quite satisfied. The portions are generous and come with a fresh house salad. Bring your breath mints because their warm garlic rolls are on point. 1340 N. Federal Highway, 954-941-1261 $$

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DEERFIELD BEACH Quick & Casual Biondos Pizza Plus. AMERICAN Have you ever been in the

mood for pizza, but your kids crave burgers and fries? Next time, remember that the “plus” in Biondos Pizza Plus is there to settle the food debate. 606 S. Federal Highway, 954-4277754.

Bob’s Pizza. PIZZA • ITALIAN Pizza served remarkably close to the beach—as if pizza could be get any better. 2076 N.E. Second St., 954-426-1030 Burger Craze. BURGERS Beaches on the outside, cool and coastal atmosphere on the inside. Do you need another reason to have a burger today? 2096 N.E. Second St., 954-596-5949 Charlie’s Fish Fry. SEAFOOD Fish and chips, lobster

bisque, blackened mahi sandwich among other seafood favorites.. 1200 E. Hillsboro Blvd., 954-573-7198

Charm City. BURGERS Go ahead, order the tater tots, we

know you want to. In fact, order anything on their menu. Try the emperor—an American kobe beef patty with aged Swiss, truffled aioli and sautéed mushrooms—a burger fit for a king. 1136 E. Hillsboro Blvd., 954-531-0300


Mon - Sat 11a.m. - 10p.m. Sun 4p.m. - 9p.m. We accept reservations 2209 East Atlantic Blvd. Pompano Beach (1 block east of Federal)



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Authentic Greek Food

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Greek Taverna Mediterranean Seafood & Grille

Du˜ y’s Sports Bar and Grill. AMERICAN With more TVs than people, Du˜ y’s is your destinations for all things sports. 401 N. Federal Highway, 954-429-8820

El Jefe. MEXICAN For a truly inventive take on Mexican street

food, this small yet bright and cheery taco joint is full of surprises. Try the El Mistico—a beef barbacoa quesadilla with queso blanco, mole negro and tru° e crema. Yes, we said truffles. 27 N. Federal Highway, 954-246-5333

Mawi’s Cafe. ITALIAN Family owned Italian bistro serving breakfast and lunch all day—paninis, bagels, salads, smoothies and more. 1934 S.E. Third Court, 954-481-8600



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The Pickle Barrell. DELICATESSEN Get in touch with your inner New Yorker at this old style deli complete with friendly guys behind the counter filling your sandwich with enough pastrami to feed a family. 33 E Hillsboro Blvd., 954-427-0650 Olympia Flame. DINER Be decadent and get the turkey pot pie or go healthy and order a Greek salad. With a traditionally huge diner menu, you can’t go wrong at the Olympia Flame. Friendly sta˜ makes you feel like a regular—even if you aren’t—but you should be. 80 S. Federal Highway, 954-480-8402 The Sticky Bun. DELI • BAKERY • BRUNCH. Everyone will find something to munch on, whether it be their flour-less chocolate cake or a short rib panini with fontina cheese and pickled red onions… yum.˙1619 S.E. Third Court, 754-212-5569 Tucker Duke’s Lunchbox. BURGERS The names of the

burgers are as unique as what’s inside of them. This place can challenge your burger building skills any day of the week. 1101 S. Powerline Road. 954-708-2035

Umberto’s Pizza. PIZZA Family tradition baked into every bite. 233 N.E. 21 Ave., 954-421-7200

LIGHTHOUSE POINT Quick & Casual Burger Fi. BURGERS Everything at Burger Fi is cooked to

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order which makes it stand apart from some other famous burger places which shall remain nameless. Don’t miss the fries and the larger-than-life onion rings are a meal unto themselves. The breakfast all day burger is topped with a fried egg. 3150 N. Federal Highway, 954-933-7120

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Red Fox Diner. DINER Treat yourself to one of the daily

specials at the Red Fox and you just may think that you aren’t at a diner at all—but a bonafide restaurant. But if you are in the mood for some comforting diner food, Red Fox never disappoints. From tuna-melts, to burgers to some of the best biscuits and gravy around, you will always leave satisfied. Breakfast and lunch served daily. 2041 N.E. 36 St., (Sample Road) 954-783-7714

Packy’s Sports Pub. SPORTS BAR If you are looking for a local spot to watch the game, Packy’s always seems to pack them in.˙4480 N. Federal Highway, 954-657-8423 Westshore Pizza and Cheesesteak. PIZZA • SUBS Plenty to choose from at this fast-casual joint. Pizza by the slice or the pie, subs and of course the cheesesteaks. Arrive hungry, the cheesesteaks are huge. 3650 N. Federal Highway, 954393-0322

POMPANO BEACH Quick & Casual 5 Girls Burgers. BURGERS Burgers, better known as

broads, served by some badass women. A dream come true. 2659 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-783-8889

Alice’s Xpress Mediterranean Grill. MEDITERRANEAN

Freshly made and authentic regional cuisine. Open for lunch and dinner. 103 N.E. Third St., 954-941-0410

Antica Roma Ca˜ é. ITALIAN CAFÉ You have to wonder

where we got our ca˜ eine fix before Starbucks. Thank goodness for places like this, where you can get a classic cappuccino or espresso. They also serve a plethora of Italian panini and desserts. Cannoli anyone? 1915 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-3664346

Unique eats, like a burger served between two glazed donuts. Yes, donuts. 360 E. McNab Road, 954-772-8007

Cafe Brie. SANDWICHES • SALADS A little gem of a place that serves fantastic sandwiches, salads, quiche and desserts. 2765 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-532-7800

Chez Cafe. COFFEE • BAKERY A warm and cozy place to grab breakfast, lunch or a latte.1631 S. Cypress Road, 954-933-3453 The Dandee Donut Factory. BAKERY • PASTRIES Donuts, donuts and more donuts. From the classic old fashioned sour cream to Boston cream, these babies are just begging to be dunked. Bagels, breakfast and lunch also available. 1900 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-785-1461

Blvd., 954-946-0333

Cafe Sportivo. CAFE Cash only, but don’t let that stop you. They are family owned and operated with a variety of espresso drinks. 2219 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-782-6672

Big Louie’s. ITALIAN • PIZZA A South Florida chain o˜ ering

Jack’s Old Fashion Hamburger House. BURGERS • HOT

Bella Monte Italian Deli. SANDWICHES 2688 E. Atlantic

classic Italian dishes—get down with a generous portion of chicken Parmesan. Carryout and delivery available. 2190 N. Federal Highway, 954-942-5510

DOGS Enjoy a burger and tunes on the ol’ jukebox as you sip your milkshake. And top your burger with some of that secret sauce. 591 S. Cypress Road, 954-942-2844

Brendans. SPORTS BAR Burgers, wings and more—you get the picture.˛868 N. Federal Highway, ˛954-786-0033

Jukebox Diner. DINER Bright, classic seating, jukeboxes, and that old-school diner feel. 2773 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-9605882


Kilwins Lauderdale By The Sea 117 Commercial Blvd. (954)-267-8991



A Few Good Finds VEGA CIGARS!

2763 E. Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach Organic Coffee! Come and get it!˜ That’s right, you can now stop in to your neighborhood cigar shop, Vega Cigars for either a cup or even a bag of organic Honduran Coffee. Kafie Trading Co. is a family owned and operated business that not only brings us some of the finest cigars but coffee as well! “A percentage of each sale will benefit the Mission of Cigar Rights of America, which works to protect the cigar industry in the U.S. as well as Honduras, and throughout Latin America” —Dr. Gaby Kafie


1619 S.E. Third Court, Deerfield Beach If you haven’t popped in to the Sticky Bun in The Cove Shopping Center, you’re missing out! Serving breakfast and lunch daily (closed Monday) owner Pauline originally from Somers Point, New Jersey serves up her made-with-heart-and-soul specialties. “The Jersey Special” made with New Jersey’s own Taylor Pork Roll, egg and cheese and served on Pauline’s house made English Muffins seems to be a crowd pleaser. And at just $7.95. it includes a side of fresh fruit. Let’s not forget the Nutella Banana Panini. And of course you can get a Sticky Bun.˜ This just in: Sticky Bun is licensed to sell Beer and wine! Pair either of those with the˜ “Pulled Pork Arepa” and you’re in hog heaven, no pun intended.


2101 N. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach, D101 Pompano Citi Centre Tucked away in Pompano Beach’s Citi Center you will find fresh baked creative desserts. From cupcakes to cupcakes in jars, wedding cakes, cookies,˜French macaroons and˜the list goes on. Keep them in mind for your next big event. New: Ask about their “Bake with Batter Co.” ˜classes in the Batter Co. kitchen (located on the second˜floor of the Pompano Citi Centre).


La Cocinita. DELI • SANDWICHES What could be better than old-school eats? Old-school prices. Where else can you get a burger for a few bucks? 143 S. Cypress Road, 954-942-8778 Lester’s Diner. DINER American comfort fare in a retro setting. 1924 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-783-2109 Lighthouse Cove Tiki Bar. AMERICAN Seaside eats and happy hours. Dreams do come true. 1406 N. Ocean Blvd., 954784-2804 Miyako. JAPANESE BUFFET Endless sushi and Jap-

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Pasquale’s Pizza. PIZZA Family owned and op-

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Phil’s Heavenly Pizza . PIZZA Seating indoors and outdoors with gluten free pizza options. 2647 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-943-9270 Pizza Mia. ITALIAN • PIZZA Known for their New York style

pizza, but serving much, much more. 3919 N. Federal Highway, 954-582-4444

Pudgies Cafe. DELI FOOD • SANDWICHES Serving breakfast and lunch daily, stop in for a burger or an omelette any time any way. 2301 N.E. 16 St., 954-941-1430

Rocket Pizza. PIZZA In addition to all your typical pizzas, they also serve a BLT pizza among other original o˜ erings. 601 N. Federal Highway, 954-943-5387 Steak Shop & Deli. SANDWICHES Everyone needs a cheesesteak now and then. Order one here and you’ll think you’re in the heart of Philly. 1801 E. Sample Road.,°954-941-5790 Stingers Pizza. PIZZA • AMERICAN Dine in, or order delivery. They will bring your pizza to the beach. 1201 S. Ocean Blvd., 954-782-2344 Sunshine Bagel. BAGELS • DELI Serving up bagels and

sandwiches in a friendly atmosphere. 260 N. Ocean Blvd., 954-788-7498

Tortillería Mexicana. MEXICAN Looking for a taco that

goes beyond ground beef and toppings? Not only will they supply you with fresh, unique tacos, but the corn tortillas are made from scratch daily. Bonus! 1614 E. Sample Rd., 954943-0057

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We speak about values quite ofte during election seasons. Here’s a value that I have: the children in our community shouldn’t beg for money on the street corner — for any reason (except the Jerry Lewis Telethon. They have earned the right to be an exception to the rule). Too often e see kids right outside of Publix just asking for contributions to their team or club, as opposed to selling cookies or having a car wash. Of course, many kids do actually work to raise money and that is commendable. But still, every now and then you’ll see some just merely asking for a handout. I understand that football teams and marching bands need funds. And our children should all be getting better educations — all of them — and this includes sports, arts and music programs. Shouldn’t the next generation be even smarter about the world so they can lead it when we are old and incapable? But begging on the street is wrong. Sure, it’s a quick and efficient means to get mo y. But the cost is too high. Children are fantastic observers, but they aren’t so great at interpreting, so we all need to be concerned with what they are learning when we tell them it’s OK to just ask for money to fund their team or program. In this scenario, kids learn two things: First, they must think that just standing around outside of a store and asking for money is acceptable. It’s not. Second: perhaps students feel that the adults in their community don’t truly value their commitment to their extracurricular endeavors if we don’t fully fund them.


It’s OK and advisable to ask kids to chip in toward their activities, but how about some work in order to earn the extra money? How about the respect of an actual presentation about what the funds actually go toward? And what does this say about our community as a whole? Our schools are too poor to affo d uniforms or travel to away games (to name a just a few examples). Perhaps Broward County Schools should develop guidelines as to how money can be raised for extracurricular activities. Adults who are allowing, or encouraging, these street-corner fundraising campaigns, may have limited options to help the students. But we should demand that students or their parents work in some way for the funds. Otherwise, community taxes should cover the needed expenses, or the program should be cut. Let’s not tell our kids to just beg. This is not an indictment of education overall; far from it. I’d rather we expand programs, in many ways our local students experience fantastic learning opportunities, but teaching our kids decency requires effort and disci line. The result will be a stronger community. Share your thoughts, opinions and wisdom with the community. Send us your idea to If we like it, we’ll ask you to spend the time on making a final ar icle.

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Pompano! Magazine November 2016  
Pompano! Magazine November 2016