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VOLUME 55 • NO. 8 FEBRUARY 23, 2017

DELIVERED TO: HOMES & BUSINESSES IN • DEERFIELD BEACH • LIGHTHOUSE POINT • HILLSBORO BEACH • POMPANO BEACH • BOCA RATON

OF INTEREST

Woman’s Club

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Remembering Deerfield History

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LHP Commission meeting

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Pioneer Days Parade

By Diane Emeott Just before the 10 a.m. parade on Saturday, Feb. 18, the Bed Race began. Four teams of Deerfield bed racers set out up and over the Hillsboro Boulevard Bridge to the beach to compete in

By about 10:15 a.m. the Pioneer Days Parade came into view after departing from Pioneer Park. Stars of this year’s parade included beloved robot R2-D2 and some of its cast mates from Star Wars.

Wine & Cheese event

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Tigers fall

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“A wicked man puts up a bold front, but an upright man gives thought to his ways.” – Proverbs 20:29

Among the 65 entrants were BSO Mounted Posse on horseback, motorcycle cops, SWAT vehicles and a battalion of fire trucks, a string of antique cars, floats, all four Deerfield Beach commissioners; candidates for the March 14 Municipal Election; Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca and Broward County Property Appraiser Marty Kiar. Two marching bands — from Stranahan High School in Ft. Lauderdale and the Deerfield Beach High School “Bucks” — brought spirited live music and dance moves to families gathered along the parade route. Said Mike and Randi Blatt, who rode their bikes to the parade, “We come every year. We love all the neighborhood stuff! We live in Lighthouse Point and just had our Keeper Days parade last weekend. See Pioneer Days, pg 17

New parade Grand Marshals the annual Pioneer Days NBA Miami Heat players Bed Race. First-place winner of James Johnson and Willie the Bed Race was BSO Reed brought a couple of kids Fire Rescue; second place with them to enjoy the ride went to People’s Trust in a sports car convertible. Rapid Response Team, (They replaced original Grand a.k.a. “George’s Angels;” Marshal NFL Miami Dolphins third place went to JWR running back Jay Ajayi, who Construction Services Inc.; had to bow out at the last minute and fourth place went to due to a family emergency.) Burger Craze, which is next door to the Wyndham hotel. 4 Best decorated was JWR Construction. The Bed Race began outside the Deerfield Beach Chamber of Commerce building at Riverview Road and Hillsboro Boulevard, as it has for the past few years. (1) Parade Grand Marshals James Johnson and Willie Reed. (2) Bed Race Winners, BSO Fire Rescue. (3) BSO Mounted Posse on horseback. (4) “Star Wars” characters march down Hillsboro.

ALSO INSIDE Opinion ..............................6 Nautical..............................8 Sports ..............................10 Dining & Entertainment ....12 Happenings .....................15 Religion ...........................16 Classified.........................18 Real Estate ................18, 19

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On The Beach

By Rachel Galvin The Pioneer Days parade winds down Hillsboro Beach toward the beach, where plen-

ty of entertainment awaited them - a carnival, food and drinks, and vendor booths to explore.

(Pictured): (Left) Jude and Richard Vose. (Middle) Serving up food. (Right) Jeff Elmore and Zoe the dog. (More pics pg. 3)

Ganz (L) at District 4 mtg.

Commissioner Ganz holds Last District 4 meeting

By Diane Emeott More than 50 residents from Deerfield Beach’s District 4, District 3, District 2, District 1, and neighboring cities packed Constitution Park Community Center, Tuesday night, Feb. 21, for Commissioner Bill Ganz’ final district meeting as District 4 Commissioner. “Thank you all very much for coming out. This is our 32nd District 4 meeting,” said the eight-year incumbent commissioner, who is now running for mayor in the March 14 Municipal Election. “Before we started this, there were occasional District 4 meetings. We started doing them quarterly. This has been a fantastic experience for me. I think an informed public is very valuable.” “We’re here to learn something,” said one Deerfield resident. Ganz joked that while he has kept city staff away from their families and up late nights, “at least we have kept them well fed,” referring to the array of refreshments and coffee served at each district meeting from various District 4 restaurants. In attendance were City Manager Burgess Hanson, Assistant City Managers David Santucci and Kara Petty, CFO Hugh Dunkley, Code Enforcement Supervisor Bernard Pita, Director of Planning & Development Services Eric Power, Director of Environmental Services Tom Good, BSO Captain Rob Schnakenberg, BSO Lt. Andrea Tianga, BSO Fire Rescue District Chief Richard “Rusty” Sievers and Director of Public Affairs & Marketing Rebecca MedinaStewart. District 4 candidates Todd Drosky and Joe Hines, District 3 candidate Bernie Parness, and fellow mayoral candidate Gwyndolen Clarke-Reed also attended the meeting.

Projects

• The BSO substation on Powerline Road is slated to reopen in early May. Petty updated residents that there will be new painting, new

landscaping and new signage on the outside, as well as an interior remodel. “We will be expanding the Recreation Program in there for all ages. It will continue to serve as a substation, and be available to rent out for meetings,” Petty explained. “What is going to happen to the 1970s wood paneling?” asked Ganz. “It is going away,” Petty said. • A new Dog Park for the northwest corner of Quiet Waters Park is expected to break ground after the Renaissance Festival, with a late June opening. The dog park is to have a splash pad area for dogs, according to Petty. “I’m excited that it’s incoming, glad it is going to be out west, and glad it is being paid for by the [Broward] county. However, it’s taking too long in my opinion; I’m not going to hold my breath on the date,” said Ganz, who added that he understood there are very strict requirements for dog parks.

Getting the word out

Medina-Stewart spoke of a recent Boil Water Alert in Deerfield, for which her office reached an estimated 30,000 residents via email, phone calls and text messages, and 70,000 through social media. “You need to notify everyone within 24 hours. It’s county protocol. As soon as we got the go-ahead from the county for our communication, the Code Red Alert went out, in about four hours. Press releases always go out first, then Code Red Alerts,” she said. Medina-Stewart encouraged residents, “If you’re not yet signed up with the city, you should be,” adding that residents must register and sign up for Code Red Alerts (which include evacuation notices in the event of a hurricane, e.g., October’s Hurricane Matthew, not just Boil Water Alerts.) See District 4, pg 17


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