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P e l i c a n Pelican e 1500 -A E Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach, FL 33060 Pompano Beach € Deer eld Beach € Lighthouse Point € Lauderdale-Bye-Sea € Wilton Manors € Oakland Park € Hillsboro Beach € e Galt € Palm Aire Visit Us Online at: • 954-783-8700 • Send news to siren2415@gmail.comFriday, August 17, 2018 Vol. XXVI, Issue 33Price 10¢ Redevelopment, gentri cation, consensus top issues in mayoral debateBy Judy VikPELICAN STAFFPompano Beach Three of four mayoral candidates in the Nov. 6 election faced off in a forum Saturday, sponsored by the Pelican and hosted by Hopewell Baptist Church. Commissioners Rex Hardin and Mike Sobel and political novice Debresia Lesane addressed a myriad of topics ranging from why they should be mayor to concerns about gentrification and overdevelopment. A fourth candidate Cynthia Floyd was unable to attend due to a personal commitment. In introductory comments, Lesane said she was born and raised in See DEBATE on page 4 District 7 school board candidates to face o in Aug. 28 Primary The School Board of Broward County is composed of seven districts, several of which, including District 7 will be on the Aug. 28 Primary election ballot. District 7 covers schools in Pompano Beach, Deerfield Beach, Margate and Coconut Creek and is currently represented by Nora Rupert. She is being challenged by Hubert St. Clair and Mike Olbel. Rupert’s focus is on high-risk kids, mental health issues and school safetyBy Judy WilsonPELICAN STAFFNora Rupert, 54, wants to be elected to a third term on the Broward County School Board representing Dist. 7 which includes the cities of Pompano Olbel wants strong communication; a focus on multicultural studentsBy Anne SirenPELICAN STAFFMike Olbel, 33, is a candidate for the Broward School Board, Dist. 7. Olbel is a first generation citizen of parents who migrated from Haiti. See OLBEL on page 2 See RUPERT on page 3 Code allows government o ces in new Oakland Park SquareBy Judy VikPELICAN STAFF Oakland Park -City Commissioners have voted to allow government offices as a permitted use in the Dixie Highway Downtown Mixed Use District. The vote was 4-0 at the Aug. 1 meeting. Vice Mayor Sara Guevre kian See OP DEVELOPMENT on page 16 Deutch here with message for Democrat voters By Judy WilsonPELICAN STAFFDeerfield Beach “We do have a message,” Congressman Ted Deutch [D. Dist 22] told a largely partisan audience Monday at Century Village East.Cong. Ted Deutch takes a sel e with supporter Faye Adam during his campaign stop at Century Village East Monday. See DEUTCH on page 12 Deer eld gains more favorable recycling terms; service begins again Sept. 3By Judy WilsonPELICAN STAFFDeerfield Beach – City commissioners were set this week to sign a contract with Waste Management that gives the city better options than were offered by the company in July when recycling here was abruptly halted. Mayor Bill Ganz, who cast the See NEW CONTRACT on page 21 Late-breaking: Complaints led against Hardin and Eaton; McNeil withdraws -Page 13To critics who complain the Democratic Party is short on ideas, the four-term congressman said, “If


2 The PelicanFriday, August 17, Have an event for our calendar? THE PELICAN (PP 166 • ISSN 2381-716X) is published weekly on Fridays at 1500 E. Atlantic Blvd. Ste. A, Pompano Beach, FL 33060. Subscription rates are $13.78 annually. Applications to mail at Periodicals postage rates is pending in Fort Lauderdale. Tel: 954-783-8700 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Pelican, 1500 East Atlantic Blvd. Ste. A, Pompano Beach, FL 33060.THE PELICAN1500-A East Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach, FL 33060954-783-8700PUBLISHER: Anne Siren He recalls a childhood, being the youngest of five sons, where his parents worked “several low-paying jobs to make ends meet.” And he is proud to claim a BS in criminal justice from University of Dubuque [Ohio] and a masters degree from Iowa State University in business management after his graduation from Pompano Beach High School in 2004. This is the first time Olbel has made his run for a seat on the board. Olbel’s background in the community includes 15 years in social service, business and education. He has served as an advisory board member for the Pompano Beach Boys and Girls Club. As a grant writer and executive director of Community Based Connections, Inc., a registered Florida non-profit, Olbel has raised funds to promote afterschool programs, juvenile second chance programs and early prevention programs. He is the recipient of the STEM Speaker Award and has helped raise funds for an after -school program in District 7 that focuses on debate, STEM and coding. To Olbel, it’s just a matter of being there. He says, “We need more community presence with the school board members. People need to know and communicate with their school board member; District 7 is a forgotten district.” All schools in District 7 serve multi-cultural students who speak native languages at home and struggle to learn English at school, he said. That should be addressed, says Olbel, with town hall meetings to discuss issues with language, low readership and community participation. Some of those meetings should be held at familiar gathering places like churches and community centers for parents and caregivers. And school board members should offer night meetings for parents who are unable to attend the standard day meetings. “We need to be community-oriented to meet with parents, board members and teachers,” Olbel said. Olbel is a believer that all schools should prepare students for a global experience. “It’s important that we have multi-language opportunities in our school,” he adds. “English-speaking students will also benefit from learning the languages of their fellow students from different countries. From my own experience at Pompano Beach High School, we had that option. Olbel says he can use his talents on the school board to: Add more resources through business partnerships; encourage businesses near schools to adopt the school and create avenues for career opportunities. And he adds that this school board has not been a good steward of tax-payer dollars. “I will bring financial accountability to the board. Tax dollars must be used for what they were meant to be used at the time we agreed to use them,” Olbel said. “The prime example is the $800 million bond, passed in 2014; projects are incomplete and many have not even been started.”Olbel is married to Kristenia, a Fort Lauderdale police officer. They live in Pompano Beach with their son, Mikelange. OlbelContinued from page 1 Olbel St. ClairHubert St. Clair makes second try for District 7 seat Please see page 6


The Pelican 3 Friday, August 17, (954) 463-4431 Beach, Deerfield Beach, Coconut Creek and Margate. A resident of Coconut Creek, she is married to husband Eric and has three adopted children. She holds a communications degree from Florida Southern College and an alternate education certification from FAU. She began her career substituting at Broward County public schools. That led to a fulltime position teaching reading to at-risk 9th grade students at Piper High School. She is certified to teach ESOL, gifted, ESE and Ell students. She was elected to the executive board of the Florida School Boards Association and serves as treasurer. In 2015 she received the UNA/USA Distinguished Advocate for Education Award. She currently serves as chairman of the Broward County School Board Priorities• Resolving mental health issues among young people is a high priority for Rupert along with safety at local schools. She says there is a six-month wait for young people to receive counseling services at Henderson Mental Health Center. She now serves on a board appointed by the governor to address mental health issues. The state is contributing $5.1 million toward that effort. Rupert is particularly proud of the fact District 7 had 13 under performing schools when she was elected in 2016. Now there is only one, Deerfield Beach Elementary, which was just two points off the mark in the last testing period. The improvements have come about, she says, because she has involved the community bringing in mentors and tutors from Wynmoor Village and Century Village East. Some schools in her district have taken on new programs: Coconut Creek High is now a magnet school offering health science, IT, court reporting, automotive technology, culinary arts. Sanders Park Elementary opened a communications and broadcast magnet program last year and Blanche Ely High has partnered with Emory Riddle Aeronautical University to teach aviation, aerospace and engineering for college credit. Two have won the Magnet School of America Award. Working with a dental office, she obtained $300,000 in free care for 600 -plus children. “That was a thing of joy for me,” she says. “When you butt up against the administration, you have to go to the community.” Rupert takes credit for the state’s first cyberbullying law passed here in Broward County. She is also on a state task force aimed at reducing school testing. Rupert ways when the shooting at Marjory Stonemen Dougles occurred, the school system had no plan in place for emergencies. Neither school board members nor the public could get information from the administration. “We need a ground game for basic emergencies,” she said. She is not a fan of School Superintendent Robert Runcie saying he is not accountable to the taxpayers, citing a glaring example: the $800 million bond issue of 2014 that floundered and has still not put the promised school improvements in place. “I am hopeful the delays are now being dealt with,” she said. “We have asked for a compressed timeline [on the improvements].” Her classroom experience with at-risk kids has made this population her focus. “We have dropped the ball on advocacy here,” she says. Identifying the kids with problems – some of them gifted – is essential. Rupert points to the school board’s successes in the areas of safety, a prime public concern. A network of 10,000 real-time surveillance cameras have been upgraded; 2,500 more cameras will be installed. The district will meet the state law requiring an armed safety officer at every school and has improved “code red” active assailant training for staff and students. A private security firm has completed a security risk assessment and implementation of those findings will begin. Doors and gates will be locked throughout the school day. The Sandy Hook Promise Foundation will implement violence prevention programs at schools across the district. Across the county, the district is adding STEM programs in high schools, the Cambridge International Program at Dillard and Monarch High, an engineering and plant science course at Plantation Middle. Forty elementary schools now offer a dual language program. A grant from a robotic foundation has put robotics education and competition in 113 district schools; more will be added this year. But the Key to advancing all programs is the “teacher in the classroom,” Rupert said. Rupert said her goal for the next four years is to make sure the board’s promises come to fruition. She cites her intent: “Promises made; Promises kept.” RupertContinued from page 1Rupert


4 The PelicanFriday, August 17, Pompano Beach, graduated from Ely High School and studied physical therapy. She wants to end gentrification and unite the city through economic growth. Hardin said he has lived in Pompano since 1963 and is a Pompano Beach High School graduate. He has served as District 3 commissioner for 12 years. “Economic development is key, especially in the Northwest,” Hardin said. “We have some good plans, but part of the key is not overdevelopment. Pompano Beach needs to stay the quiet town it is with quality development. Without quality of life we’ve failed.” Sobel, serving his first term as commissioner in District 1, said he is running for mayor “not to earn income but out of a sense of public service and devotion to my family and to my residents. “Pompano Beach is not the sleepy town it was five to 10 years ago,” Sobel said. “We need someone with the capability of understanding and negotiating multi-million dollar contracts in the best interests of residents. Smart growth is critical.” “People over politics,” Sobel said to applause from his supporters. Pelican publisher Anne Siren posed the questions starting with why the candidates are qualified to be mayor. Sobel: “We have many good things going on, but not everything is about economic development. I’ve been the watchdog on the commission. Accountability to residents is critical, and transparency is critical. How we spend taxpayer dollars is what I’m about. “We have some quality of life issues. It’s all about balance.” Lesane: “I’m a revolutionary, a unifier. I’m determined, capable, passionate. I will be the voice of all the residents. I’m the only candidate who has the best interests of residents at heart. My greatest attribute is empathy. Officials haven’t come up with solutions for us.” Hardin: “I’ve been on the commission for a number of years. I’m a past president of Rotary, past president of McDougald House PreserDebateContinued from page 1Pompano Beach candidates for mayor share ideas“We have many good things going on, but not everything is about economic development. I’ve been the watchdog on the commission. Accountability to residents is critical, and transparency is critical. How we spend taxpayer dollars is what I’m about. “We have some quality of life issues. It’s all about balance.” “Taxation without representation. Gentrification. Now we get change without a choice. Taxpayer dollars are spent on one side of town, at the beach. We have no choice but to rent homes that should have been rebuilt and to go to schools built with asbestos. Everyone in every district should have the same future.” “Economic development is key, especially in the Northwest,” Hardin said. “We have some good plans, but part of the key is not overdevelopment. Pompano Beach needs to stay the quiet town it is with quality development. Without quality of life we’ve failed.” Hardin -Lesane -Sobel See DEBATE on page 5


The Pelican 5 Friday, August 17, Send The Pelican your news! editor.pelican@ vation Society and have led these organizations to make change. I’d like to take my leadership skills and lead the city to greater prosperity. The mayor doesn’t work alone. He has to work with five others. He needs to build consensus, to identify problems and find solutions with staff. I can lead teams forward and make things happen.” Q. How can we maintain quality of life and how does this apply to seniors and children? Sobel: Affordable housing and smart development [are needed.] It means having a handle on the homeless/vagrancy problem. We have vets who don’t know what benefits they have. I have tried to do something about that, and will hit the ground running when elected. Quality of life means our children go to top schools. Families look for places with the best schools. It’s a Pompano Beach problem, and we need to do something about it.” Q. What are the top concerns? Lesane: “Taxation without representation. Gentrification. Now we get change without a choice. Taxpayer dollars are spent on one side of town, at the beach. We have no choice but to rent homes that should have been rebuilt and to go to schools built with asbestos. Everyone in every district should have the same future.” Q. You say you want to move this city forward and achieve consensus. Are you talking about on the dais or in the city, and is there consensus? Hardin: “Before we do anything, we need to have consensus of residents. We have had a focus on economic development in the Northwest and have tremendous opportunity now with the Innovation District in the CRA. This will be a driver for jobs. As mayor, I will have meetings throughout the city to find out what’s important and educate residents on what’s going on.” Turning to the topic of gentrification, Hardin said the NW CRA invested in homes, creating homes in Canal Pointe, across from Hopewell, in the area that was the impoverished Carver Homes. “That was a worthy project and did create quality, affordable housing.” Sobel: Gentrification is a concern and an issue. “We have programs where developers can skirt supplying affordable housing by paying into a fund.” Q. The city recently sold a building in Northwest Pompano Beach for $1 million. The District 4 commissioner asked that the money be used in District 4. Do you agree? Hardin: “I voted no. The property on Powerline Road was purchased three to four years ago. Revenues come from all areas. It’s bad public policy to earmark public funds for one area. We should allocate resources where we need them.” Sobel: I voted for it. Commissioner Perkins asked for a half a million. I suggested the whole million [go to the northwest.] The northwest has been deprived of equity and fairness for a long time. In this sale, the funds went to the operating fund. In this one instance it was appropriate. Lesane: “Our mayor is an auctioneer. Selling land has been sport. It’s obvious what side of town needs the most attention. The city should be judged by how it treats the lowest.” Q. Despite a bond approved for $180 million, the city is still proposing an increase in taxes, fire assessment and debt payments. How can we stop this upward movement? Hardin: “The bond is going for recommended capital improvements. More people will be employed on these projects. The budget provides for needed services, including additional community service aides [to address the homeless situation] and five new park rangers to deal with those causing disruptions in parks.” Sobel: “There has been no evaluation of city departments and no real budget cuts for years. I’m voting against the increase in millage and fire assessment.” Q. The city recently took over East Atlantic and Dixie. Was that a good idea? Hardin: This is a critical part of the redevelopment plan. The roads are narrowing so people can get across the street.” Sobel: “The new philosophy is that they’re not interested in moving traffic. The goal is to calm traffic and focus on pedestrian walkways.” He voted against the re-design. Q. [from an audience member] to Hardin: Why did you buy 15 web names in the name of Sobel, and have you recorded the purchase as a campaign expense? Hardin: “I haven’t recorded the purchase as a campaign expense because it wasn’t a campaign expense. If Commissioner Sobel wants a domain name all he has to do is call me. Would I do it over? Probably not. I didn’t set up a website. There was no evil intent. We should be talking about the future of the city. This detracts from what we should be talking about. Sobel: If it benefits a campaign, it is a campaign expense. Denying me access to residents is not the leadership, integrity and quality we want.” Asked if she wanted to weigh in, Lesane said,”Enough. That back and forth is too much.” DebateContinued from page 4


6 The PelicanFriday, August 17, Pompano Beach, Deer eld Beach, Lighthouse Point, Lauderdale-Bye-Sea, Wilton Manors, Oakland Park, Palm Aire, Galt Ocean Mile and Hillsboro Beach e Pelican is published weekly on FridaysStreet Address: 1500-A E. Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach, FL 33060 Telephone: 954-783-8700 € Fax: 954-783-0093Letters to the Editor are encouraged and accepted for print if signed, although a writers name will be withheld on request; letters must also include a daytime telephone number. Advertising rates are available upon request. Subscription rate is $13.78 including tax for one years delivery in Greater Pompano Beach; $95.40/per year including tax for others in the United States; call 954-783-8700 for rates abroad. e Pelican is a nonpartisan newspaper and reserves the right to decline advertising. Copyright 2018. Reproduction of this publication in whole or in part is prohibited without written permission of the publisher. e Pelican is a member of the Greater Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce, Deer eld Beach Chamber and the LBTS Chamber. e Pelican is a state certi ed woman-owned minority business. e Pelican is delivered to businesses, libraries, schools, o ces, hospitals, news racks and single family homes. All advertising and copy is published at the sole discretion of the publisher. We welcome your critiques and ideas concerning this publication. Anne Siren, publisher Vice president Christopher H. Siren Editor-in-chief Michael d Oliviera Graphics: Rachel Ramirez Windsheimer € Website: David Ginsberg Classi eds: Anne Siren, Jeanne McVicker Contributing Writers: Phyllis J. Neuberger, Judy Wilson, Malcolm McClintock, Judy Vik, Concepcion Ledezma, RJ Boyle and Jim ChiefyŽ Mathie Account Executives: Carolyn Mann, Ellen Green, Mary Beth McCabe, Patti Fanucci, AC Carbone Distribution/Circulation: Al Schmidberger Special O ce Assistant: Cathy Siren ESTABLISHED 1993 € Volume XXVI, Issue 33 Founding Editor and PublisherAnne Hanby Siren Pompano Beach is:Your city Your voice Your vote The public is encouraged to attend the following public forums as Pompano Beach faces its future:Development • Education • Infrastructure • Searise preparation • Taxes • Fees • more . On Nov. 6, voters will choose a new mayor and ve district commissioners. Please attend the following public forums to become an educated voter Aug. 25 District 3 forum Candidates: Tom McMahon and Mike Skversky 5 p.m. at Christ Community Church, 901 E. McNab Road Sept 8 District 1 forum Candidates: John Denis Cavanaugh, John Geer, Andrea Leigh McGee, Donald Sidney McNiel 5 p.m. at St. Martin Episcopal Church, 140 SE 28 Ave. Sept. 15 District 2 forum Candidates: Rhonda Eaton and Tom Terwilliger 5 p.m. at St. Nicholas Church, 1111 E. Sample Rd. Sept. 22 District 4 Candidates: Carmen Dixon Jones, Beverly Perkins and Ed Phillips 7 p.m. at Hopewell Baptist Church, 890 NW 15 St. Aug. 31 District 5 Candidates: Luciene dePaula Gomes, Leila Moavera and Barry Moss 5 p.m. at the Herb Skolnick Civic Center, 800 SW 36 Ave. Sponsored by The Pelican Newspaper 954-783-8700 Letters Oakland Park Fraudulent email solicits funds for ill boy This city’s website has a warning to residents about a fraudulent email that requests donations on behalf of a child and includes unauthorized use of the city’s logo. The city’s Information Technology Services staff and Broward Sheriff’s Office are investigating the source of the fraudulent activity. “Please be sure to delete/ignore any emails soliciting donations that have fraudulently pasted the city’s logo, an unknown email account or other unverified city information,” the warning says. The email solicits funds for a three-year-old named Danny, who needs surgery on a tumor. Donations are sought to Fundly. Numerous warning signs indicate this is a fraudulent email, according to the warning. The email includes, no name, telephone number or street address, as well as requesting donations be made via a third party site. The city has created an email address: for residents to send emails appearing to originate from the city that they suspect are fraudulent or inauthentic. Residents are urged to send the original email as an attachment (do not foward) so the city has access to the embedded technical information available only in the original email. City staff can then foward these emails to the appropriate law enforcement agencies. Residents also are reminded to never enter personal or financial information into a site they were taken to by a link. To the Editor, I’d like to see a follow up investigative story about the hookworm attached the Pompano Beach beaches. Please publish, or reference, the Pompano Beach city ordinance which relates to “pets on the beach.” There is a posted sign at the entrance to the beach on North 16th and Ocean Boulevard which says “No Pets Allowed,” yet there are scores of dogs on the beach every day. I questioned an officer who was patrolling the beach (on an ATV) about why he did not hand out tickets to folks with dogs; his comment was, “without a complaint, they do not take any action.” Does this mean the city is aware of the extreme violation of their rule and is ignoring or not enforcing the law? Will it take another outbreak of an illness before the city enforces laws on the books? Sincerely, Mark SatchellSt. Clair in second try for Dist. 7 seat The third candidate in the Dist. 7 School Board race is Hubert St. Clair, 57, a resident of Winston Park in Coconut Creek. St. ClairSt. Clair was educated at FAU where he got a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, Nova SE where he earned a Master’s in public administration and at Grand Canyon U. in Phoenix where he received a Doctor in Education degree in organizational leadership. St. Clair has raised only $1,030 for his campaign and says he does not obtain money from anyone. He has no website and has received little press. He ran against Nora Rupert in 2013 receiving 3,000 votes to her 10,700. In that attempt, too, he spent almost no money. St. Clair says he is running because School Superintendent Robert Runcie has failed to secure Broward County Schools and he will make sure the schools are “safe places for our children.” He says, in an email to the Pelican, that he will get the best qualified teachers, address the real problems of the public schools, fix the system so that it works for the residents, students, teachers and employees of Broward County Schools. He also says it is imperative to “stop corruption and develop a sustainable democratic organization free of dictatorship and manipulation of employees.” He is married to his wife Elonne who is a nurse and has one son, a student at FAU. St. Clair is currently unemployed.


The Pelican 7 Friday, August 17, The Broward Supervisor of Elections urges all citizens to vote on the Aug. 28 primary and Nov. 6 elections. Deadline to register to vote for Nov. 6 is Oct. 8. For vote-by-mail forms, call 954-357-7050, ext. 2. CHURCH DIRECTORY Come Worship


8 The PelicanFriday, August 17, Send your stories and photos to siren2415@ or call 954-783-8700. Business matters Ted Conner Full service Landscaping Services racks up 41 years of satisfying customers By Phyllis J. NeubergerPELICAN STAFFThis family-owned business, Ted Conner Landscaping, Inc., is located at 1560 NW 24 Ave. in Pompano Beach. Jason Conner, co-owner and general manager, is proud of the company’s 41 years of delivering satisfaction to its long list of customers, its consideration of their 80 employees and the 25 full service, fully equipped trucks on the road and ready to fill customers’ needs. Jason grins and says, “I’ve been involved since I was a toddler and able to help clean equipment.” A graduate of Cardinal Gibbons High School, he went on to graduate Northeastern University in Boston. Added to his financial knowledge is his membership in ISA [International Society of Arborist Culture]. He is a certified arborist. “My father and I are best friends.” He says. “We have combined the best of the old school and the new school. He respects my knowledge as an arborist and welcomes the additional services we are able to offer. This is my 15th year as general manager; I love it. I like being outdoors, meeting new people and using my financial background and my creative training in landscape.” Asked about weather that surely must create challenges for a landscaper, Jason says, “If it rains, we’re basically shut down. We work six days a week from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and we’re professional jugglers keeping customers and employees happy in Broward County and a few in South Palm Beach and in North Dade. “ Employees all work outside, often in Florida’s high temperatures. Jason says, “We do our best to keep our staff educated, and safe. We provide lots of ice, filtered water, electrolyte tablets and advice.” Services offered 1. Customize full land scape maintenance service program to meet budget and objectives. Full time crews covering Eastern Broward and Southeast Palm Beach Counties. 2. Lawn fertilization and pest control. In-house Certified Pest Control Operator Licensed by the State of Florida. Fertilization and Integrated Pest Management (chinch bugs, grubs, etc.) programs, Whitefly Specialists. 3. Perimeter and indoor treatments for ants, spider, roaches, etc. Rodent control and bait box monitoring. Mosquito control, Flea & Tick treatments, Bee removal, Bed bug treatments. 4.Termite treatment In-house Certified Operator licensed by the State of Florida. 5. Irrigation services In-house State Licensed irrigation contractor. Design, repairs, installations, preventative maintenance programs to ensure your system is running efficiently and set properly year round. 6. Tree trimming and stump removal ISA Certified Arborists on staff. Tree Surveys / Tree Appraisals / Hazard Tree Analysis. 7. Landscape design and installation 3 full time designers on staff. Certified LIAF Inspector (Landscaping Inspectors Association of Florida). 8. Landscape lighting with safe low voltage lighting options. They are licensed, insured and a drug-free company.Customers Have their sayJohn and Herb Heflin owners of Sunkiss Nursery in Pompano Beach are enthusiastic customers of Ted Conner Landscaping. Herb says, “They’ve been providing maintenance, irrigation, fertilization. pest control, landscaping and tree trimming for the nursery and our homes for 25 years. We recommend them to everyone.” Susan Cobb director of business operations for Christ Church campuses in Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach, says, “I can’t say enough good about Ted Connor Landscaping, Inc. They have been accommodating us no matter the many demands we have made of them for over 15 years. We have up to five parsonage homes and several schools so there are times when they can’t do their job. They just return and work with our schedule. They maintain and provide all needed services. They are the best.” Joey Accardi says, “We have been using Ted Pausing for a photo in front of one of their 25 trucks are [left] Jason Conner, co-owner and general manager with Ansel Davis, landscape maintenance manager. [Courtesy] See TED CONNER on page 9Pompano Beach Library seeking FriendsThe books, the computers, the programs and the librarians are busy these days with patrons at the Pompano Beach Library, 50 W. Atlantic Blvd. Now they need some Friends of the Library. A “get together” meeting is planned for Aug. 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to learn about the Friends, a volunteer group that supports the programs offered in all departments, from children to computer classes. Interested volunteers are welcome. Call 954-3577595 for details.


The Pelican 9 Friday, August 17, Send The Pelican news about your organization! Conner landscaping for both residential and our business since the early 90’s. It has been a pleasure to work with Ted and his team for all these years as they have provided us with great customer Ted ConnerContinued from page 8 Landscape lighting with safe low voltage are some of the many services offered by Ted Conner service and quality product. I would highly recommend Ted.” Joey Accardi Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Subaru Okeechobee Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram, Pompano Beach, To set up a free consultation, call 954946-6383. Visit the website at www. or e-mail


10 The PelicanFriday, August 17, 2018pelicannewspaper.comPhyllis J. Neuberger wants your suggestions about people making a difference. Phyllis’s book, China Dahl, is available on Call 954-7838700. Making a Di erenceVolunteer Divich shines her own bright light on preserving the famous Hillsboro Lighthouse By Phyllis J. NeubergerPELICAN STAFFDebbie Divich is a teacher/ librarian at Ramblewood Middle School in Coral Springs. She says, “I work with sixth, seventh, and eighth graders teaching them how to use a library. I tell them researching on Google is just the beginning. I teach them to go way beyond that to find and use the many library resources that exist.” [Left] Volunteer Debbie Divich visits a lighthouse in Scotland. [Top] This avid reader is pictured at the nation’s Library of Congress. [Courtesy] And this teacher is an active member of the Hillsboro Lighthouse Preservation Society [HLPS]. “My art and television production students visit the Hillsboro Lighthouse; they have made several movies to persuade our legislators to create permanent funding for this landmark. So far their movies have not succeeded, but we keep hoping, “ she says. Her enthusiasm, energy and willingness to go that extra mile is keeping that hope alive. After teaching in Miami for 14 years, Divich moved to Lighthouse Point in 1999. That’s when she found the lighthouse. “I rode my bike around the lighthouse, but I couldn’t get near it. I asked around and found out about the HLPS and joined,” she says. “We’re all volunteers, really dedicated people who put our hearts and souls into keeping the famous light shining. I’ve become very See DIVICH on page 11


The Pelican 11 Friday, August 17, Send The Pelican news about your club or organization! DivichContinued from page 10 The Hillsboro Lighthouse was built in 1906 by an 1890 act of Congress that read “ This light is very much needed by vessels bound through the Florida straits into the Gulf of Mexico or to the island of Cuba. Its erection will complete the chain of lights which extend from Jupiter Inlet to Tortugas, so that the navigator can make one light before losing sight of another.” involved. I’ve written a few grants. As media coordinator, I contact the press and do everything I can to keep the Lighthouse image out there.” In March, Divich and Chris Doone produced a successful fundraising gala, Dinner Under The Stars, at the lighthouse The event raised almost $18,000 that will go to repairs and maintenance of the lighthouse. She says, “We seated 283 guests and 20 volunteers, all celebrating our 111th Anniversary. Tickets were $112 per person. Members, guests and local celebrities entered on a red carpet and wined, dined and danced under bright stars and a full moon. They viewed artists at work and bid for top notch raffle prices. The evening highlight was the invitation to climb the 176 steps to the top where they had an opportunity to view the Fresnel lens with Ralph Krugler, HLPS historian. No more than six guests could enter the small motor room at a time, and only two could climb the narrow ladder up to Ralph and the brilliantly glowing, Second Order Lens. When the full moon rises with its orange hue, a light sensor timer starts the motor which rotates the two, 9-foot clamshell prisms and reflects the single, 1,000 watt GE light bulb to create a solid light that sweeps every 20 seconds. This light is easily seen by mariners 28 nautical miles out to sea, the North American record for light visibility. Art Markenian, who is the club’s inspiration as well as the brains and muscle behind the repairs had this to say. “Debbie Divich and Chris Doone managed all of the organizational details and decisions including guest registration, planning and logistics, menu, caterer, the DJ and music. They both did an amazing job, especially considering they have full time jobs.” They are already working on the March 22, 2019 gala. “Last year we sold out by February,” Divich says. “This year we would like to sell out before Christmas. My mom and sisters flew in from Indiana to help take tickets, set tables, tend bar and clean up. We bought plates, linens and flatware this year because they were the same price as renting. Of course this means making time to wash, dry, prepare linens so that all of this stuff is in shipshape for next year.” Divich admits putting in hundreds of hours but says, “It was worth it. I love this place. It’s not going to fall into disrepair on my watch.” Does she have time for a personal life? She laughs. “I have two rescue kittens. I like to paddleboard and read. I’m an obsessive reader. I take vacations every year and visit a lighthouse in every vacation. Thank you, Debbie Divich, for your dedicated efforts to preserve this historic landmark. New members to HLPS are welcome. Call Linda Peck at 954-942-2102.


12 The PelicanFriday, August 17, we are in the majority, special interests, large corporations and the wealthiest Americans will have to step back on their effort to cut Medicare by half a trillion dollars.” The Democrats have to win 30 seats in November to gain that majority. Deutch, 52, faces opposition in the Aug. 28 primary from Jeff Fandl, 49, of Coconut Creek, who is running as a progressive liberal. Fandl has experience in the insurance industry and favors a single-payer plan for the American Healthcare Act. In the race for campaign funds, Deutch is approaching $1 million as of the June 30 report. Fundl has $15,000. Political observers see Deutch as gaining momentum in Congress. He is a member of the Climate Solutions Caucus, the ranking Democrat on the Middle Eastern Sub Committee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the ranking Democrat on the House Ethics Committee. He is the cosponsor of the Udall-Deutch constitutional amendment to remove big money from politics. If they have the votes, Democrats will reopen Medicare’s ability to negotiate drug prices Deutch said. Moving on to the infrastructure, he said the country needs to invest in its roads and bridges which will put people to work in goodpaying jobs. And continuing the message Deutch said, “We should not turn on the poor . we’ve always been a country of immigrants. And we should take care of our veterans. We want to restore faith in our government.” When several people said resources for veterans were not always available and asked about privatizing the agency, Deutch said the answer is to make sure everyone has access to VA services, not taking the agency private. To people who complained that felons who have served their time have difficulty getting voting rights restored, Deutch reminded them that an amendment on the Nov. 6 ballot restores those rights except for those convicted of murder or sexual assault. He favors changing the federal laws on medical marijuana so states like Florida where voters legalized the drug can operate more freely “to reduce suffering.” The federal government has also prohibited research into the effects of medical marijuana and that too needs to change he said. Deutch spent the early days of this campaign dealing with the aftermath of the Stoneman Douglas High School massacre. This week he said, “I have never seen resolve like that of the survivors and the grieving families.” The community he represents is one that makes him proud Deutch said. “I am grateful for the veterans and the retired teachers who have served us . and now the kids who are better connected than any other generation. “The day I was elected in April of 2010 was the opportunity of a lifetime.” DeutchContinued from page 1 Pick up your Pelican at your local Publix Supermarket, Walgreen’s and Whole Foods. Subscribe for a free subscription at Call 954-783-8700.


The Pelican 13 Friday, August 17, Complaints led against Hardin and Eaton; McNeil withdraws By Anne SirenPELICAN STAFFPompano Beach City Commissioner Rex Hardin said earlier this year he was “. . glad it was over” when the Florida Ethics Commission [FEC] fined him $1,300 for misuse of campaign funds. That charge went back to 2014. This month, Hardin, who is now running for mayor, has again become a target of the Florida Ethics Committee by failing to report expenses for purchasing websites using the name of his opponent, Mike Sobel. A Pompano Beach resident filed a complaint in May asking the FEC to investigate those omissions. Said the resident, “Approximately 14 domain names were purchased by Mr. Hardin on April 11 that include Mr. Sobel’s name. It appears Mr. Hardin was seeking to sabotage Mr. Sobel’s ability to obtain a domain name for his own campaign needs.” The resident added that no expenses for the domains were included in Hardin’s campaign reports. On Saturday, Hardin answered a question about the websites, posed by an audience member at a candidates’ forum hosted by The Pelican Hardin responded that the domain websites were not part of his campaign. He called the discussion of the purchases a “distraction” from the issues they should be discussing. A spokesperson from the FEC said this newest investigation is ongoing and by law, Hardin was notified of the complaint shortly after it had been received. The earlier charges stem from the 2014 election when, among other complaints Hardin was accused of “ . .profiting from campaign funds.” That profit came when Hardin outsourced campaign material to third-party printers. Hardin is the owner of Cypress Printing According to the Inspector General’s Office [IOG], Hardin “ . marked up the printing [from wholesale printing] by 307 percent” and in another case, charged his See CAMPAIGN TARGETS on page 23


14 The PelicanFriday, August 17, Commissioners approve reduced millage rate; property values rise By Judy VikPELICAN STAFFOakland Park -Commissioners have recommended a budget of $89.7 million, a decrease from this yearÂ’s $109.5 million or an 18.1 percent decrease. The general fund budget is $53 million. Commissioners approved a preliminary millage rate of 5.9985, down from 6.0985. This is the fifth consecutive reduction in millage. The city continues to see an increase in property values, Andrew Thompson, financial services director, informed commissioners. The property tax base has grown by 10.8 percent since last year, the second highest growth rate in the county. With the change in millage rate, the median, homesteaded single-family resident would see an $8.45 increase in city taxes. The city has three non-advalorem special assessments. The recommended budget proposes no change in the fire assessment at $199 per residence, no change in the solid waste assessment at $217 per unit or the storm water assessment at $84 per resident. The fire assessment fee generates about $5.7 million. Average fee in the county is $257. The proposed stormwater budget includes funding for a study of Cherry Creek to see if dredging is recommended. The recommended budget is a fiscally conservative plan, consistent with the cityÂ’s adopted fiscal policies, according to City Manager David HebertÂ’s budget message. The budget continues goals of the cityÂ’s strategic and business plan. The proposed budget calls for $2.6 million in unassigned fund balance or 23.6 percent of operating appropriations. Infrastructure : The budget provides an aggressive Community Improvement Program with continued focus on infrastructure and See BUDGET on page 15


The Pelican 15 Friday, August 17, Send The Pelican your news! editor.pelican@ securing long-term investments. The program provides for continued inflow and infiltration reduction; and implementation of streetscape projects that promote pedestrian and bicycle mobility and sustainable roadways. Streetscape projects include improvements to NW 10 Avenue from Park Lane West to Prospect Road and design of NE 11 Avenue improvements from 37 to 39 Sts. Smart growth redevelopment and community appearance: Provides for projects that will deliver walkable and sustainable neighborhoods. Public safety: The budget accommodates a 2.63 percent increase over last year for Broward SheriffÂ’s Office for police services. Fire Rescue provides overtime funding and major financial commitment related to City Police & Fire Pension Plan to the Florida Retirement System. Parks, Leisure Facilities and Activities: More improvements to Stunson Nature Trail; funding for restoring and growing the cityÂ’s tree canopy; and continues the cityÂ’s roster of events. Oakland Park Image: Continues POP-star program and emphasis on landscape and beautification. Public hearing dates Sept. 6 Adoption of tentative millage rate and tentative FY 19 budget; first reading of solid waste commercial rates ordinance. Sept. 12 Adoption of the fire, stormwater and residential solid waste assessment rates. Sept. 20 Adoption of final millage rate and final FY 19 budget, CIP, compensation plan, and fiscal policies; second reading of solid waste commercial rates ordinance. BudgetContinued from page 14


16 The PelicanFriday, August 17, Now o cially on sale at your local Publix/Walgreen stores 10 cents at checkout Thank you, Pelican Readers was absent. The action helps pave the way for city hall offices move to the proposed Oakland Park Square development. The city is currently in negotiations with Integra Investments over a proposed $45 million investment in the downtown, according to consultant Renee Mille. She said the development could result in $250,000 in annual tax revenues. The public-private partnership would include residential units, live-work units, retail and parking. The development is proposed on West Dixie Highway on both sides of NE 38 Street, west of Funky Buddha. Even with this amendment approval, the commission must still decide whether to move the existing administrative offices, and when. The current proposal calls for a 15-year lease for city hall with two five-year options for renewal. “This is not about where City Hall should be located. This won’t automatically move city hall,” Jennifer Frastai, engineering and community development director, explained. “This provides greater leverage. This is a great opportunity to move the project forward.” Frastai stressed that no actions or decisions have been made yet on the current city hall building. “This doesn’t mean city hall is moving or has to move,” Miller added. But with this decision, the city “can negotiate from a position of strength.” Staff recommended approval of the ordinance. During public comments at the P&Z meeting, former mayor and commission candidate Steve Arnst said he disagreed 100 percent. He said government offices are allowed now by conditional use. “This is all about moving city hall.” But with the change to permitted use, he said, “You lose control. This is not needed. If this is what it takes to make this deal, it’s a shaky deal.” With this change, he said, “Immigration or any government agency could come into the downtown. They would have that right.” Speaking at the commission meeting Arnst added, “This puts the green light for the city hall move. Staff and the city manager have put a full court press on this. It’s well enough left alone.” “It’s clear to anyone outside this room this has already been decided,” said resident Jeff Helyer. “Mixing government with other businesses is a bad idea. I don’t want to see city hall in a condo. It’s clear the city has decided on this path, and no amount of logic can persuade you.” At the July 18 city commission meeting, former mayor Layne Walls also urged commissioners not to approve the change. “This is not something you need to do. Don’t give away your control. It’s there for the protection of the city,” she said. Mitch Rosenwald, a commission candidate, said he’s for development of the lots but said city hall as the primary anchor is not the right use. “It doesn’t make sense to rent city hall. It’s a bad precedent. You will be at the mercy of the landlord.” “ I support this project,” said Commissioner John Adornato. “I’m supportive of moving city hall there.” “For 13 years we’ve been waiting and wondering what’s going to happen with those lots,” said Commissioner Michael Carn. “I like this business plan. I wholeheartedly support this item and this project.” “I absolutely support this project. This is a great first step, and I like thinking outside the box,” said Commissioner Matthew Sparks. “I don’t mind moving city hall across the street while we decide what to do with this city hall.” Mayor Tim Lonergan said he supported the ordinance. During discussion at the July 18 meeting, City Manager David Hebert said, “This developer is interested in moving forward with a sizable investment.” If conditional use approval was required, “ it creates substantial risk for the developer,” Hebert said. “I’m trying to eliminate as much risk as possible. I’m trying to bring a product to conclusion that makes the most sense for the city and the developer.” Code changeContinued from page 1


The Pelican 17 Friday, August 17, Art8/18 Watercolor Basics Workshop. 11 a.m. $30 includes supplies. No experience is necessary for this fourhour introductory workshop to the wonders of watercolor painting. The class includes all materials. Space available for 12 students. Ages 16+ BACA, 41 NE 1 st., Pompano Beach. 954-284-0141.BoatingPompano Beach Rotary Club meets at noon at Galuppi’s Restaurant, 1103 N Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach. For details or membership information call 954-6499200. Community Presbyterian Church of Deer eld Beach hosts Prime Timer Seniors in Briggs Hall weekly on Wednesdays. Meditation, exercise, Bible study, guest speakers, trips and lunch. At the church, 1920 SE 5 St. 954-427-0222. South Florida Depression Glass Club meets monthly on the third Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Wilton Manors Woman’s Club, 600 NE 21 Ct. Join the members to learn more about Vintage Glass & Pottery that is made in America. Call 954649-9547. Gold Coast Fly Fishers South Florida chapter of Fly Fishers International hosts meetings on the last Tuesday of the month to discuss outings of y shing in South Florida at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Post 142, 171 SW 2 St. Pompano Beach. Call 954-299-0273. The Boca Raton Stamp & Coin Club meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at Stratford Court Auditorium, 6343 Via de Sonrisa del Sur, Boca Raton. BocaRatonS tampAndCoinClub@gmail. com. Miniature Club, Les Petits Collecteurs on the rst Wednesday of the month, 6:45-9 p.m. at the Boca Raton Community Center, 150 NW Crawford Blvd., Boca Raton. Guests & new member welcome. Call ahead, 954725-1270. The Broward Shell Club meets monthly on second Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at the Emma Lou Olson Civic Center, 1801 NE 6 St., Pompano Beach. Call 954-2965633. Pompano Beach Westside Kiwanis meets on the rst Tuesdays and third Saturdays monthly at 8:30 a.m. at the E. Pat Larkins Community Center, 520 MLK Blvd., Pompano Beach. Call 954-733-2386. Rotary Club of Oakland Park/Wilton Manors meets on Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Caruso’s Restaurant, 4165 N. Dixie Hwy. from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oakland Park. 954-275-5457. Pompano Beach Lighthouse Rotary Club meets on Tuesdays at 7:30 a.m. at Galuppi’s on the Green, 1103 N Federal Hwy., Pompano Beach. Call 954-253-6251. Events8/21 The Pompano North Beach Alliance will host a community forum with Broward County Sheriff’s Of ce Aug. 21 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Pompano Beach Library, 50 W. Atlantic, Pompano Beach. The event includes safety and crime prevention tips. The free event is open to the public for questions, 954-357-7595.Libraries8/29 6 to 7:30 pm. Oasis: Introduction to Computers Learn basic computer skills including using the mouse and the keyboard, while working with Microsoft Windows 7 and 10. Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library, 2800 NW 9th Court, Pompano Beach. (954) 357-7670.North Regional College Library -Thursdays – Digital Downloads Open House. Access and download the library’s free books. Noon to 1 p.m. 954-201-2601.NatureWednesdays, 7 to 10 p.m. Buehler Observatory Broward College A. Hugh Adams Central Campus 3501 S.W. Davie Road. Davie, Explore the sky through the lens of powerful telescopes at the Buehler Observatory. Free. Call 954-201-6681. Gumbo Limbo Nature Center 1801 N Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton –Learn about behaviors of sh, sting rays, and other marine life during these free daily feeding presentations. Call 561-544-8605.Theater8/10 – 26 – Constellations by Nick Payne. Vanguard, 1501 S. Andrews, Fort Lauderdale. Tickets $20 to $35. Call 954-650-5938. 8/25, 26 – Dixie’s Tupperware Party at the Wick, the off-Broadway show that won the 2008 Drama Desk. Tickets $55. The Wick Theatre, 7901 N. Fed. Hwy., Boca Raton. 561-995-2333. 8/29 – 9/2 – When a Baby Cries by Benita Alane Cornick, is about the redemptive power of new life and is part of the company’s new playwright series. Evening performances (7 pm) Wednesday-Sunday. Tickets are $28 See CALENDAR on page 19Labor Day Eve9/2 Join Silvie Bells at Packy’s Sports Pub, 7 p.m. to midnight 4480 N. Federal Hwy., LHP 100% Proceeds bene t Neonatal Intensive care Unit [NICU]


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Zonta Club invites all Crafters, Jewelry Artisans, Fine Arts, Holiday Gifts, Pottery, and other Artisans to join us from 8 am to 5 pm at our Annual Festi-Fall. Vendor space is 8 x 6 and costs $50 per space or two spaces for $85. Those who wish to have their same booth space as last year, must respond before July 15th. We expect a good crowd as we are centrally located. Admission is $3 per person or $2 with ad coupon, and children under12 free. Door prizes and the Bake Sale. Contact Sandy Manning at 561-392.2223 or Condos for RentPOMPANO BEACH CONDO for Rent. 1/1, block to beach/ Intracoastal. Fully furnished and equipped. Pool, laundry, private parking. $1,195/per mth. Plus Electric. Free wi cable. Up to Dec. 15. One month refundable security. No pets/smoking. 954-993-3682. Townhouse for RentPompano Beach – 2 story townhouse, 2BD/1.5BA, pool, hot tub, washer/dryer, 3 car parking space, all utilities and cable included. Pets ok. Storage shed. Completely private. $1,800.00. 954-709-6802. Apartments for RentLauderdale By The Sea – 2BR/2BA Apts, $5,000/Mo. Also in Manhattan 1BR Penthouse Unit. $3,000/Wk. Call Gloria at 239-574-4586. Pompano Beach – 1320 NE 23 Ave, 2BR/2BA, pool, coin laundry, private patio, Sm. Pet OK. $1200/ mth. Application fee required. 954-907-2258. Pompano Beach – 1Bdrm/1Bath, dogs allowed, on the water, dock avail, school, granite kitchen, SS appliances, outdoor patio, quiet cul-desac, serene water view. $1,195/ mo.. Call: Mark, agent 954531-2862. Ef ciency for RentPompano Beach Very clean, large efficiency on private property. Separate entry. Walk-in closet, large bathroom. Utilities included with basic cable, $800/mth. $1000 Security. For single person, over 40 preferred. Background check and employee veri cation. Call Alina 954-427-8518. Mobile Home for Sale TIDEWATER ESTATES – 55+ community, 2bd/2ba, $9,995 OBO. Move in 8/30. Owner motivated. Call 754-301-1975.Homes for SaleLIVING THE DREAM! 70’ WATERFRONT/ OCEAN ACCESS$715,000 Open oor plan with split bedrooms, 2 car garage w/circular paved driveway. Impeccable home with all features one could want. High tech security, whole house automatic generator, tiki hut overlooking water. Professional low maintenance landscaping. Everything is like new. Call Mark Seramur for special pricing and private viewing at 954-531-2862., Bea Morley RE Group. Apartment Buildings for Sale12 units for sale $699,000 10 units ocean access with 145 ft on wide canal $1,799.000 Call Mark, agent 954-531-2862. OWNER FINANCING Condos for SalePompano Beach – Leisureville Updated 2BR/2BA, corner condo with beautiful golf course view. Impact Windows. Great Amenities. 55+ Community. $84,500. Call Ruthie Brooks, Balistreri Real Estate, 954-803-4174. Lauderdale-by-The-Sea 4050 N Ocean Drive. DIRECT OCEAN VIEW!!! 1Bd/1Ba, CLOSE TO EVERYTHING! $212,000 Building on the Beach. Cash Only. No Renting. Charles Rutenberg Realty. 954-260-6552. Pompano Beach 2Bd/2Ba. 1620 N. Ocean Blvd. Lowest price on the Beach. $299K. Corner Unit. High Impact Windows. Ocean Views. Charles Rutenberg Realty. 954-260-6552. Pompano Beach – 710 N Ocean Blvd. DIRECT OCEAN VIEW!!! 2bd/2ba. Totally Updated. Impact Windows. New A/C. Top of the line appliances. $329,000. Owner 832-205-4100. OPEN HOUSEOpen House Sunday, August 17th 1:00 3:00 Pompano Beach 620 SE 4th Ave Beautiful 3BR/2BA on 70 feet of water. Open oor plan with spacious rooms. Updated kitchen. Large screened patio overlooking canal. $549,788. Call Ruthie Brooks, Balistreri Real Estate, 954-803-4174. EDDIE BUYS HOUSES/ CONDOS CASHAny Condition, size, price range or location! Cash offers and quick closings! Rent to Own option. Call: 954-300-2274. 24Hour recorded Message. Visit: Email: Innovativehome buyers@gmail. com. ANTIQUESAntique Buyer – Buying Antiques & Art. Jewelry. Watches. Paintings. Military Items. Guns. Swords. Coins. Silver. House Calls. Free Appraisals. Robert’s Antiques. 954-295-6808. Employment Are you 55 or older and seeking employment in Ft. Lauderdale? Urban League of Palm Beach County provides paid training opportunities at locations such as government agencies, senior centers, non-pro ts, schools and hospitals. This on-the-job training can then be used as a bridge to nd employment outside of the program. To participate, you must be: age 55 or older; unemployed and seeking employment; qualified as low income. To apply, please call 954858-5884 or visit the SCSEP of ce at 2901 W Cypress Creek Road, Suite 116, Fort Lauderdale. Help WantedBait and Tackle Clerk Part-Time. 1-2 days per week. Retired ok. Pompano 954-946-1307. Gift Shop Help – Part-time position. Mature person to assist at beach gift shop in Pompano Beach. Call 954-554-1297. Piano Player WantedPiano Player Wanted for Choral Group. Call Herb 754-307-5312. Hairdressers WantedHairdressers if you are renting a studio join Yellow Strawberry Salon, 2907 E. Commercial and Bayview. Signing Bonus, 2 week paid vacation yearly. High percentage. No Stress. Telephone SalesPart time telephone sales rep renewing magazine subscriptions. 10 am thru 2:30 pm or 2:30 pm thru 7:00 pm. East Fort Lauderdale. No experience necessary. 954767-6022. Driver neededPompano Beach veteran needs a small truck or SUV to transport items from here to Melbourne. Items include small furniture and personal items. 954-638-9656 Personal ServiceNeed a ride somewhere? Call Bob for personal transportation. Reasonable rates. 954-254-6221. Home Repair ServicesMike’s Handyman Service – Call Today! – Fix Today! Fans, Lights, Drywall Patching, Sof ts, Facia, Carpentry, Painting, Garage Cleanouts and More! Call 727-218-2878. SupportN.E. Focal Point offers weekly Caregiver Support Groups. Wed. at 10 a.m. and Thurs. at 4:30 p.m. The Center conducts the caregiver training and support group for individuals caring for people with Alzheimer’s disease, memory impairments, dementia, and cognitive limitations. Call 954-480-4463.ClassesLine dancing at the Beach Community Center by Galt Ocean. A fun exercise for both the mind and the body. Wednesdays from 6 8 pm. Beginners Welcome! 781.812.5878 for details. Yoga All-Inclusive Yoga program. The program is designed with the special populations in mind but open to all to enjoy. For more information, please call 954-480-4494 or email Kenny Lawrence at klawrence@ deer Constitution Park, 2841 W. Hillsboro Blvd., Deer eld Beach.Board gamesPlay Pinochle Mon from 6 to 9 p.m. at Emma Lou Olson Civic Center, 1801 NE 6 St., Pompano Beach. 954-554-9321. Play Bridge Bridge Games. New Season night games $7. Monday 7 p.m. Friday 7p.m. Pompano Bridge Club, 180 SW 6 St., 954-943-8148. Play Bridge & Mahjong Fridays at 10 a.m. Jarvis Hall, 4501 N. Ocean Drive., Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. Call 954-640-4225. Scrabble – Free. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Emma Lou Olson Civic Center. 954-786-4111. Bingo – St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, 1111 E. Sample Rd., Pompano Beach. Thursdays 1 to 4 p.m. and Sundays 2 to 5 p.m. Call 954-942-5887. Bingo every Tuesday night at 7 p.m. American Legion Auxiliary Unit 142, 171 SW 2nd Street, Pompano Beach. p.m. 954-942-2448. Bingo – Tuesdays at St. Martin Episcopal Church at 11:30 a.m. 140 SE 28th Ave, Pompano Beach. Call 954-941-4843. Knitting and crocheting instruction at 1 p.m. at Temple Sholom, 132 SE 11 Ave., Pompano Beach. All levels invited. Call 954-942-6410. Water Fitness – Pompano Beach Aquatics Center. M/W/F at 9 and 11 a.m. All levels. Evening Classes T/Th at 6:30 p.m. Cost $3 per class. Call 954-786-4128. Shuffleboard – Mondays and Wednesdays 9:30 -11:30 a.m. at McNab Park, 2250 E. Atlantic Blvd. 954-786-4111. 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The Pelican 19 Friday, August 17, and can be purchased at www. Pompano Beach Cultural Center 50 W Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach. 954-545-7800. 10/18 – 11/11 – Pirates of Penzance Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta is an uproarious comedy with a brilliant score. Swashbuckling pirates, a love story and bumbling constables combine to make for a wonderful evening with fabulous music. The Wick Theatre, 7901 N. Fed. Hwy., Boca Raton. Tickets $75-$95. 561-995-2333. 11/30 -12/23 – Breadcrumbs Theories of identity are put under the microscope in this time-bending drama. An aging writer (Angie Radosh), who despises technology, accompanied by a mysterious stranger, (Jacqueline Laggy) travels back in time to the dark woods of the past, unearthing a tragedy that shatters their notions of language, loneliness and essential self. Jennifer Haley, playwrite; directed by Keith Garsson. Tickets $30-$35. Boca Sol Theatre, 3333 N. Federal Hwy., Boca Raton. 561-447-8829.Tours Butler House tours Deer eld Beach – The historic Butler House is open every Saturday for tours, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 380 E. Hillsboro Blvd. Admission is free; donations accepted. 954-429-0378 or history@Deer eld-history. org. Sample-McDougald House – 450 NE 10 St., Pompano Beach, the 1916 Sample-McDougald House is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Daily historic tours. Call 754-3075446. Tour Historic Pompano Beach From the Sample-McDougald House to the Indian Mound. Tours tell tales of the land to farms to its time today. Meet at 9 a.m. Founders Park, 217 NE 4 Ave., Pompano Beach. 10 a.m. tour bus leaves. Tickets $15/person. 954-782-3015 for the next tour date.Nature Wednesdays, 7 to 10 p.m. Buehler Observatory Broward College A. Hugh Adams Central Campus 3501 S.W. Davie Road. Davie, Explore the sky through the lens of powerful telescopes at the Buehler Observatory. Free. Call 954-201-6681. Gumbo Limbo Nature Center 1801 N Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton –Learn about behaviors of sh, sting rays, and other marine life during these free daily feeding presentations. All ages; children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Call 561-544-8605.SportsOver-50 Baseball – Play the game on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m. at Pioneer Park in Deer eld Beach. All skill levels, All welcome. Dues $40 annually. Call Denis Tranchida at 954-647-1621. Swim Classes The Deer eld Beach Aquatic Center will offering summer swim lessons taught by American Red Cross certi ed Water Safety Instructors. Call 954420-2262.SundaysBingo Thursdays at 1 CalendarContinued from page 17 See CALENDAR on page 19


20 The Pelican Friday, August 17, Westminster Academy football team rebuilds at an out-of-town retreat By Concepcion LedezmaPELICAN SPORTS After guiding Lakeland Victory Academy to four consecutive state appearances during his four-year run, Coach Tommy Lewis had to start from scratch at Westminster Academy [WA]. Despite enduring an 0-8 mark in his first year with the Lions, Lewis’s joy of coaching and impacting others never wore off. “Yes, we struggled on the field from a competitive standpoint, but when I see the big picture I see the byproduct of doing things right,” Lewis said. “I’m talking about being great husbands and fathers . and we were still able to send a couple of our players to college.” One difference for Lewis this year is being able to promote camaraderie with his players during the summer months. Following a successful spring game, a 14-7 victory over Somerset Academy of Pembroke Pines last May, the coach held a series of off-season conditioning programs. That included a week-long retreat in Lake Placid the first week of August. “It’s all non-contact; it’s an opportunity to get everyone together and just talk base: offense, special teams and defense,” Lewis said, while adding it wasn’t all football business, “but they also did some slip-and-slide and played some beach volleyball. “This was something I didn’t have a chance to do when I came in last year... it’s a good way for the guys to bond.” Even with the warm gettogether, WA still faces some uncertainty on the field as it prepares for first live-action test in a 7 p.m. preseason matchup against Palm Glades Academy at home on Aug. 17. With no experienced quarterback returning from last fall, Lewis is taking a long look at senior Bradley Hedba, a 6’3” 200-pounder the coach refers to as “old schooled.” “He played quarterback for us last spring,” the coach said. “He did a good job for us. What I like about him is that he’s a good athlete, reminds me a bit like Tim Tebow, hard-nosed, and he’ll come at you dropping his shoulders.” Lewis was pleased with his production in the spring game, going 4-for-7 for 56 yards. He also had six rushes for 40 yards, including a 12-yard touchdown run. “He hadn’t played football in a few years, and the guys from the team encouraged him to come out, telling him there was no quarterback returning,” Lewis said. “He still has a lot to pick up and catch up on, but his hitting covers up mistakes. He brings a certain toughness that everyone loves and respects.” Blake Thifault (5’11” 180) is another incoming senior player who had a solid spring game and plays both linebacker and strong safety. The Lions should also benefit from the emergence of Lewis’s adopted sons Micah and Tobias Lewis, both incoming eighth-graders. Micah started at running back and linebacker in the spring game, contributing an eight-yard TD run in the third quarter. He’s coming off a season where he was selected to the Southeastern Football Conference last year. Tobias started for the Lions as a defensive back, where he is expected to grow with the rest of his young teammates. Another intriguing member of the Lions football team is Chinese exchange student David Zhu, (6’1”, 225), who had his moments excelling at linebacker; despite his lack of experience, he was selected as an honorable mention on the all-conference team, along with fellow returner Donovan Lassiter. “Last year was the first time he has ever played football,” Lewis said. “He just soaks everything in. He’s always working hard, whether it’s in the weight room or on the field. He’s one of our rising juniors.” Lassiter (5’8” 145), a receiver/defensive back, is the other junior expected to contribute with his knack for the big plays. “He’s very fast, coming off a track season where he was on the 4 X 100 relay team,” Lewis said. “He’s getting some reps at quarterback, and he’s definitely going to help us with his kickoff and punt returns.” On special teams, Matthew Romero, who converted both of his point-after-touchdown kicks in the spring game, is expected to both kick and punt for WA. The Lions will open their season at home, Aug. 24, against their spring opponent Somerset in a game set for 7 p.m. kickoff. p.m. and Sundays 2 to 5 p.m. at St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, 1111 E. Sample Road, Pompano Beach. 954942-5887. MondaysIn Your Shoes – Second and fourth Mondays at 10 a.m., free discussions for adult men and women, led by professional facilitator at Temple Sholom, 132 SE 11 Ave. 954942-6410. ThursdaysSit N’ Fit Chair Yoga Tuesdays & Thursdays. 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Chair Yoga for Young at Heart Senior, Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:45 to11:30 a.m. Center for Active Aging, 227 N.W. 2 Street, CalendarContinued from page 19 See CALENDAR on page 21


The Pelican 21 Friday, August 17, Pick up your Pelican at your local Publix Supermarket, Walgreen’s and Whole Foods. Subscribe for a free subscription at pelicannewspaper. com. Call 954-783-8700. deciding vote rejecting Waste Management’s first offer, indicated he would vote for the new contract. He called the current recyclables market the “new normal” that all cities are facing. “I am certainly not happy with the staggering increase in the processing fee. But we do have more flexibility and control, which we did not have in the original proposal. Like many of the residents I can’t imagine our city not having a recycling program.” Commissioner Bernie Parness also voted no. This week he said, “We felt by saying ‘no’ they would renegotiate,” Parness said of Waste Management. “I still have more studying to do of the new contract, but I am leaning that way . It will take education and cooperation from the public.” Assuming the new contract was approved Thursday night, recycling will restart here Sept. 3. Under the new agreement, the city can drop service to multi-family residences and commercial properties. And it addresses an expensive issue: the level of contaminated materials that were in the city’s recycling bins. Cities pay extra if contaminated products are more than 10 percent of the materials coming to the processing plant. Under the original formula, that figure was hard to calculate and alarmed Deerfield’s board because the contamination rate here was as high as 50 percent. The new terms allow the city an 18 percent contamination rate for the first six months without penalties. Despite the new terms, the cost of recycling is estimated to be an additional $300,000 in 2018-19. Waste Management has raised the tonnage fee from the current $51 to $96 due to the declining market for recyclables worldwide. Waste Management owns the only recycling facility in Deerfield Beach. Other options are in South Broward and Palm Beach County and the cost and time to haul the materials would be more expensive than Waste Management’s fees. The company is offering 120 hours of educational outreach as to what can be recycled and what cannot. It will also contribute $15,000 for environmental initiatives each year of the fiveyear contract. The city is adopting the slogans – “Know Before You Throw,” and “When in Doubt, Leave it Out” and will educate the public on its website with a newlycreated character, Ricky the Recycling Ranger, beginning in October. An educational initiative using printed materials begins Monday, Aug. 20. In order to control the quality of recycled materials, the blue bins will be audited for contaminates. Violators will be given notice and a new ordinance will allow enforcement. Plastic bags and containers with food waste cannot be recycled and are the worst contaminants. New contractContinued from page 1Deer eld Beach. Call 954-4804446. Agape Cafe opens its doors to all who are hungry every Thursday between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. at St. Martin Episcopal Church, 140 SE 28 Ave. Call 954-941-4843. FridaysRotary Club of Pompano Beach meets on Fridays at noon at Galuppi’s on the Green, 1103 N Federal Hwy., Pompano Beach. 954-7863274.VolunteerBroward Center for the Performing Arts seeks ushers to welcome patrons and help them nd their seats. The Center offers a three-hour course for training. Call 954468-2684.Important Numbers• BSO Victim/Witness services 954-321-4122 • Women-in-Distress 24hour line – 954-761-1133 • 24-Hour Crisis line – 211 • NE. Focal Point Senior Center – 954-480-4449 • Abuse [elderly & children] 800-96 ABUSE CalendarContinued from page 20


22 The Pelican Friday, August 17, Catching the ocean viewPublic art in all the right places adds a sense of place for cities By Jim “Chiefy” MathiePELICAN WRITERPublic art can take many diffe rent forms: sculptures, paintings and the trending and very popular murals on buildings. It gives a community an identity or a “brand” if it is being marketed. Deerfield Beach started adding bronze deer sculptures around the city several years ago. The idea was to identify the community with the origin of the city’s name, as the presence of deer must have been frequent in the past. Now, to be consistent with the City of Deerfield Beach efforts to become a nautical destination, public art is being used to highlight its marine features. This is especially portrayed on the eastside such as at Island Water Sports with murals to an area surrounding the S-Curve and pier instead of a sign that just says public parking? In Pompano Beach, there are fish sculptures of Pompano installed in strategic locations throughout the city. Even the eastern end of the soon-to-be replaced Pompano pier will be shaped in a similar design, effectively reminding us of our unique location. After all, Pompano is a fish, so it’s good to remind folks where they live, work and play. Pompano Beach’s parking garage is covered in huge sails on the outside, highlighting its presence its iconic shark smashing into its faade. The recent upgrades to Flanigan’s and the Whale’s Rib make use of multiple marine features such as waves and fish. These compliment the two metal, ten-foot tall fish sculptures at the entrance to the International Fishing Pier. There’s even a new addition to the Deerfield Island parking garage. Instead of just a sign on each end that says public parking, they’ve added colorful murals. The south end has a marlin and the north end has a yellow fin tuna, both created by artist Mike Savlen. According to owner Bill Bodenhamer, this came about because folks were driving around looking for public parking. What better way then adding a few nautical theme Artist Mike Savlen created this mural at the Deer eld Island Parking Garage depicting a marlin. [Courtesy] See OCEAN VIEW on page 24


The Pelican 23 Friday, August 17, RJ Boyle’s Fishing reportFishing reportSend your marine news to The Pelican at editor. On Saturday, we shed the Nickel Sword sh tournament. Our crew consisted of Bouncer Smith, John Bassett, John Bar eld and myself. A dozen boats shed, but we were lucky enough to catch the only sh, 558 lbs. We caught the sh on the Buoy rod 400 feet off the bottom. The sh raced around the surface for an hour, and this seemed to gas her out a bit. Once she settled in, we worked her up and closed the deal. -RJ campaign $500 for “ . time he spent designing his campaign mailers” [and] another “ . $50 for “ . .delivering them to the post office.” In District 2, Terwilliger les claim against Eaton on false residencyTom Terwilliger hopes that his third run for the District 2 seat will be a charm. And it could be if his charges of fraud against his opponent, Rhonda Eaton, leave him unopposed. Terwilliger claims that Eaton falsified her residency in the city when she filed for the District 2 election Nov. 6. Terwilliger says there is ample evidence that she has lived in Boca Raton up until a few months ago. He has filed his complaint with Florida Secretary of State, the Division of Elections, the city and Broward Supervisor of Elections. The city and the Supervisor of Elections require an oath from a person as to residency. Without a complaint, the oath is taken as true. Terwilliger’s claim is that Eaton’s oath was fraudulent. Eaton responded to the complaint. “As a long time activist and resident of Pompano Beach, I am fully qualified to run for Pompano Beach Commission District 2. I moved back to my Cresthaven home in Pompano during the first half of last year and can produce documentation that demonstrates this,” she said. But it turns out that there are two versions of the city charter: on-line and hard copy. And there are some discrepancies The on-line copy of the charter requires that all candidates must live in the city for one year prior to “qualification,” which was June 22. That’s Terwilliger’s claim: Eaton moved from her home in Boca Raton on October 17, 2017. That would not be enough time for qualifying residency. But the hard copy of the charter requires a oneyear residency prior to the “election,” Nov. 6 as opposed to “qualification period.” Using that version of the charter, Eaton has fulfilled her residency. A city spokesperson said this is a “first,” but she had been advised that “at this time, it is not the purview of the city to determine eligibility or disqualification of a candidate.” As to investigating the veracity of a candidate’s oath or Terwilliger’s claim, this spokesperson said that it would be done by the state and the county supervisor of elections.McNiel drops District 1 campaignDon McNiel has removed his name from the Nov. 5 ballot for the District 1 seat. He says his reasons are based on “the discord and undercurrents of obstruction” at commission meetings. McNiel, a retired Navy, Coast Guard and Delta pilot, making his first run for office, said he is throwing his support to McGee and Hardin in the November election. Campaign targetsContinued from page 13


24 The Pelican Friday, August 17, Oakland ParkJunior Tennis championship goes to USA and local player who posts perfect recordBruno Kuzuhara of Coconut Creek, a junior player at Dillon Tennis Center in Oakland Park, was undefeated in singles and doubles play over the weekend at the ITF World Junior Team Championships in the Czech Republic at which the American team placed first. All the players are age 14 or younger. Bruno is 14. Prior to this competition, the United States team first had to qualify and won the North/ Central American Zone in Mexico City a few months ago. In the finals in the Czech Republic, the U.S. team defeated Peru, Thailand and Russia. In the first round of playoffs, the U.S. defeated Australia, then Paraguay and finally the host nation Czech Republic. The U.S. last won in 2012. Bruno is the only player in the history of the event to win a singles match in the finals, 6-0, 6-0. He eased past Czech player Oldrich Vejsicky. Bruno also came back to win the doubles with partner Evan Wen. “Bruno is an all court player,” said Mike Bennett, who has coached him at the Dillon Center since he was four years old. “He is an aggressive topspin baseliner, who looks for the short ball to finish the point or attack the net.” Bruno is home schooled through Florida Virtual School. -Judy VikUSTA Coach Jon Glover and his players Bruno Kuzuhara, Victor Lilov and Evan Wen pose with their trophies after winning championship in Czech Republic. (Courtesy) near the ocean. Anyone can build a concrete structure intended to provide public parking, however, in using sail sculptures or fish murals, both Pompano Beach and Deerfield Beach are creat ing nautical themes. Lauderdale-by-the-Sea placed nautical sculptures depicting the ocean reef and marine life. This has reinforced their desire to be known as “The Shore Dive Capital of Florida.” All three cities have been active in wrapping those utility boxes along the swale areas with pictures of marine life. Instead of looking at ugly gray electrical or cable boxes, they highlight the beauty of the nautical life. Public art has the power to transform the image of a community, and this is something we can all applaud. Let’s keep adding those sh murals, sculptures and marine life pictures to our communities. We all need to “Catch an Ocean View.” Ocean ViewContinued from page 22