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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, September 7, 2018 Vol. XXVI, Issue 36Price 10¢ By Judy VikPELICAN STAFFPompano Beach – Three of four candidates in the race for the Dist. 5 commission seat addressed campaign issues and concerns in a forum last Friday at the Herb Skolnick Community Center. Incumbent Barry Moss and challengers David Miller and Leila Moavero took part in the event, hosted by The Pelican. Candidate Luciene Gomes did not attend. Born and raised in San Francisco, Moavero moved here 25 years ago. She worked for and then became owner of Executive Printing & Mailing. She describes herself as “a mom” and “cares about our kids like there’s no tomorrow. I’m running because I care. I think I can stand up for the residents and their wants and to make sure we’re building a city that’s good for our residents and good for businesses and tourists, too. We have to look out for all the districts in Dist. 5 candidates discuss safety, improvements in Collier City See DIST. 5 on page 2 Medical marijuana dispensaries to open in Deer eld Beach By Judy WilsonPELICAN STAFFDeerfield Beach – This city commission’s 3-2 vote in August 2017 to allow cannabis dispensaries in certain business zones comes to fruition this month. Two “green companies,” Curaleaf and VidaCann, will open locations here, evidence of what is likely to become one of the state’s fastest-growing new industries. In the race to be the first in this market, VidaCann will cut the ribbon on its first Southeast Florida location Saturday, 10 a.m. at 1101 S. Powerline Road. See DISPENSARIES on page 20 Deer eld Beach upholds ban on Styrofoam use at city events, page 4 BSO launches free school safety appBy Michael d’OliveiraPELICAN STAFFBroward – “If you see something, send something.” That’s the tagline the Broward Sheriff’s Office is utilizing to promote its new school safety app – SaferWatch. The app, which can be downloaded for free in the Apple App Store or Google Play, comes months after the February mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. But its development was begun months before the shooting, say BSO officials. “The SaferWatch application allows you to report non-emergencies and suspicious activity and submit See APP on page 10 Family seeks help to transport Ely student to Atlanta; football injury leaves Wilbens Morissaint paralyzed By Michael d’OliveiraPELICAN STAFFPompano Beach – Sergine Morissaint’s brother, Wilbens, is paralyzed from the shoulders down and confined to a hospital bed. But she and the rest of her family are the ones having trouble staying optimistic. “We’re sad but we’re trying not to be sad around him because he’s so positive,” she said. On Aug. 24, Wilbens, 16, a junior and cornerback with the Blanche Ely High School varsity football team, was injured during his team’s 26-10 victory against Stranahan. “I remember putting my head down [during a play]. People say I got blindsided.” See WILBENS on page 24Blanche Ely football player Wilbens Morissaint was left paralyzed after he was injured in an Aug. 24 game against Stranahan High School. Members of the community have started raising money for Wilbens to pay for his transportation to an Atlanta hospital that specializes in spinal cord injuries. Wilbens is pictured with his sister, Sergine [far right], family friend Jasmine Brutus and Dr. Richard Foltz. [Staff]


2 The PelicanFriday, September 7, 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 our city. Our commissioners have to work together. I want to be sure and keep an eye on the overall health of the entire city.” Moss, completing his second term as commissioner, was born in Taunton, Mass. He graduated from American University in Washington, D.C. and then worked for U.S. Senators Claiborne Pell of Rhode Island and Lloyd Bentsen of Texas. After teaching English in Portugal, he worked for 23 years as a real estate appraiser in Washington, D.C. He retired at the age of 57 and moved to Florida. In Palm Aire, Moss has served as vice president of his condo and on the board of Palm Aire United. He’s president of the Palm Aire-Cypress Bend Democratic Club. He teaches reading at Pompano Beach Elementary School and helps children with homework at the Jan Moran Library. “I’m pleased and proud to be part of a team that’s made great progress in the city,” Moss says. “Great things are happening here, and I want to make sure they continue.” Miller is from Collier City, “the other side of Atlantic Boulevard,” he says. “It’s our turn. I would like to see cultural change. I care about the community.” He was born and raised in Pompano Beach and educated in Atlanta, Ga. He manages the city’s only community garden and is the first cultural arts ambassador in the city. He volunteers teaching chess and as a mentor in an entrepreneurship program at the Jan Moran Library. Pelican publisher Anne Siren posed the questions to candidates. First they were asked for their top concerns in the district and in the city and how their leadership could provide change. Miller said safety, and suggested adding cameras to get visuals on what’s happening. Education is another of his concerns. He said he’s worked as a security guard and understands patrolling and surveillance. He says BSO knows him. “My leadership will be my relationships. When I hear of a problem, I address it.” Moss says Dist. 5 is unique with 80 percent of the area south of Atlantic Boulevard, almost all of it condos, and the northern part consisting of Collier City, “an area in need of a helping hand.” He said Collier City has seen a number of improvements as more citizens have Dist. 5Continued from page 1become involved in making the community better. One hundred new affordable homes have been built, the streets are cleaner and the city’s recently passed G.O. Bond will provide funds for a makeover at the McNair Center. Moss said he is looking for the right kind of development to broaden the tax base. “Change is scary to some, but the only constant is change. We need to make sure the kind of change is good for the MillerMoaveroMosscity and make sure it grows in the right direction and not just haphazard construction and development.” Moavero said, “In Palm Aire, you have it pretty good. I want to make sure you continue to have a safe, secure place to live and socialize and learn.” Education is one of her top concerns. “If you have good schools, property values will rise. More people will want to move into the district,” she said. Moavero said she and her partner have spent two years teaching karate to 136 kids at Pompano Beach Elementary School, and many of those students wound up on the honor roll. For six years she has worked with the Pompano Beach High School Interact Club, where students raised $2,000 for charity. “We can’t control our schools or teachers, but we can help,” she says. “Go and spend an hour a week to help a child read. If they can read better, they will have a better job. Sometimes all it takes is a little bit of time.” Q. Can you call yourself conservative when it comes to city spending? Moss : “I’m very thrifty. I am a fiscal conservative. I work very hard so the city doesn’t go overboard with spending. Money is being spent well. I’m all for the G.O. Bond. The bond will cost you residents $60 to $70 a year. It will get you two new fire stations, new roads, new lights.” Moavero said she’s skeptical about the proposed increase in millage, noting, “I would like to know that someone looked at the budget and See DIST. 5 on page 3


The Pelican 3 Friday, September 7, Dist. 5Continued from page 2 See DIST. 5 on page 8how they could make cuts. The fire assessment increase is necessary to meet new standards.” Moavero suggested it may be cheaper to pay the homeless to wash city cars or clean the parks rather than pay city workers. Miller : Asked if he would watch how the city is spending, Miller responded, “I shop at Sears. I don’t have nothing Gucci.” He said he comes from a side of town where not a lot of money has been spent. “My part of the city isn’t that great.” Q. The city has increased the number of assistant city managers. Do we need to continue to pay $1.2 million to RMA to continue growth for the city? Can’t the city take over? Moss : “The RMA contract ends in November. There was a group of people who thought they weren’t doing an adequate job. RMA decided it was no longer worth their trouble, so they stepped aside. The city is employing new people to take over CRA. In my estimation, RMA would have done a better job than city staff. The only group who had a vision for the city for five, 10 years down the road was RMA. I’m pleased with what they did. Now we have to re-invent the wheel. The city hasn’t increased the number of assistant city managers. We’ve moved some people around.” Moavero : “RMA had a great vision and great plans for how the city can grow and lot of plans residents didn’t like. There was a lot of contention and a lot of anger. I think they did a good job, but I’m kind of glad they resigned. There was too much contention and anger. “With every plan, half the residents would already say it was lousy before they even heard it. We have a lot of smart people working for our city who care about what the city becomes and how traffic will flow. City staff is more than capable of continuing the vision and adjusting it where needed.” Miller : “I applied to RMA for a job and didn’t get it. I am not impressed with what I have seen.” Q. If you had millions of dollars, what would you do in Collier City? Miller : “We need lighting, cameras, landscaping. We have a lot of illegal dumping.” He suggested a parking garage at McNair. Moss : “The city has spent dollars on underground pipes and sewers in the area.” The G.O. Bond includes funds for the McNair Center. A French group is planning to build a $10 million-plus soccer academy and dorms on the west side of 31 Avenue. On the east side that developer plans 70 units and townhomes. The city has just approved a new commerce park on 31 Avenue. Other townhomes are being built on 27 Avenue, and Habitat for Humanity has just finished six homes off 27 Avenue. “We’re turning a corner.” Moavero : “One of the biggest things [in Collier City] is safety. There is a lot of crime. There’s no stop sign at the McNair Community Center. They need lighting. Q. An audience member asked, 70 percent of the district is Palm Aire. What would you do for Palm Aire? Moavero : “I live here and I love it. I’m not sure what Palm Aire needs. Let’s talk. Let’s have a cup of coffee. Tell me what you need. I’m not sure what we need.” Moss : “We have beautiful lakes and walking trails. I’m working with Friends of the Lakes. There are three recreation facilities in District 5. We need more. Palm Aire has 10,863 units and six entrances. With the Isle Casino being developed into a mega development, we will have a critical need for access into Palm Aire.” Miller : “I don’t have much experience [in Palm Aire] except for shopping at Publix. I would suggest a citizen patrol and better bus stops.” Q. What is your position on the city’s proposed changes on Atlantic Boulevard, where there will be more businesses and residences and lanes may be narrowed? Moss: “I support what they’re doing. It’s conceptual, but something has to be done.


4 The PelicanFriday, September 7, By Judy WilsonPELICAN STAFFDeerfield Beach – The city commission’s decision to continue its ban of Styrofoam products at city-sponsored events brought an immediate reaction from Dart Industries that had set up a foam recycling bin here. The manufacturer of Styrofoam food containers abruptly ended its recycling program on Wednesday. The city had been warned. At the Aug. 29 commission meeting, Dart spokesperson Mike Martinez said if the city did not rescind its ban on foam single-use products, his company would likely remove the bin at the city’s recycling center. “We did it on a trial basis in hopes you would rescind Deer eld Beach City Commission makes move on two environmental issues; but there is paybackthe ordinance,” Martinez said. “We can only recycle where our product is not banned.” When he learned of Dart’s action, Mayor Bill Ganz said, “It’s disappointing, but not unexpected. It’s a shame after all these years in our city, it took a Styrofoam ban for them to bring a recycling program forward. “Most companies that practice good corporate stewardship bring these programs forward without strings attached. I’m hopeful we can find a way to continue the program.” The Styrofoam ban was put in place in October 2017 because the city had no way to recycle the product and because Commissioner Joe Miller deemed its use an environmental concern. Answering that problem, Dart Industries set up a recycling bin at the city’s recycling center. The company collected the material and hauled it to its facility in Plant City where it is turned into marketable pellets. When the ban was put in place, Dart got the commission to agree that if they provided a successful recycling program, the ban would be Girl Scout Annabella Mory addresses commission on plastic straw ban. [Staff] See PAYBACK on page 19 Send your news to editor.


The Pelican 5 Friday, September 7, 2018pelicannewspaper.comEmail your news to editor.pelican@ Phyllis J. Neuberger wants your suggestions about people making a difference. Phyllis’s book, China Dahl, is available on Call 954-7838700. Making a Di erence Canine Assisted Therapy Dogs bring smiles, consolation and love to veterans, children, hospitals, hospice care facilities and moreCAT fundraiser: The Great Gatsby Gala When: Oct. 19 Where: Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum. What: Dinner, drinks and professional dancers teaching guests the Charleston and other dances popular in the 20s. Tickets are $125. Purchase at By Phyllis J. NeubergerPELICAN STAFFAfter the Feb. 14 tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, 41 Canine Assisted Therapy dogs [CAT] were called in to assist grieving students and staff. A 19-year-old gunman had killed 17 persons and injured others. “We got letters from parents and teachers thanking us for being there and comforting those who were reluctant to return to their school building,” says Joanne Jurgle. That’s just one example of the value of the organization founded in 2009 by Jurgle and Debra Burger. Says Jurgle, “We had been volunteers in other organizations, and we questioned the way therapy dogs were placed, treated and trained.” That spurred the creation of CAT. They set new standards in the field of animal assisted therapy. This nonprofit organization provides canine companionship for veterans, children and adults in hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and hospice organizations. With 120 volunteers, CAT serves more than 60 facilities annually throughout Florida. “Our dogs are therapy dogs,” explains Jurgle. “We differ from service dogs. Our goal is to get as many people as possible to smile and interact with our dogs. Service dogs are trained for one person to help that person live a somewhat normal life. “Our therapy of love has produced some mini-miracles. We’ve had people take their first steps in many months in order to walk a therapy dog down the hall. “Stroke victims in recovery have spoken their first words to our dogs. Just recently we had a young adult in a comma who came out of it and her first move was to reach over and pet a dog.” Jurgle owns three CAT dogs. Chance, a golden retriever, has been with her since 2009 and is still dispensing love. Her poodle, Hope and another Golden Retreiver, Layla, are active parts of her team. Recently Jurgle stepped down as executive director of CAT, but she has no qualms about her replacement. “I feel extremely confident and blessed to have the opportunity to pass the executive director responsibility to Courtney Trzcinski who has the biggest heart I have ever encountered.” CAT offices are located at 1040 NE 45th Street in Oakland Park. The 1,800 square-foot facility houses the offices for evaluation, orientation and continuing education.Courtney Trzcinski“I became executive director Aug. l,” Trzcinski says, “and I am one busy lady working 9 to 5, five days a week and many nights and weekends to keep up. Fortunately I love the work. We are a staff of two full-time salaried and one salaried part timer. “Our 120 teams are all volunteers who work at least two hours a week and usually much more. They give an estimated total of 10,000 volunteer hours a year.” Trzcinski’s duties include grant writing, creating community relationships, awareness and support, and fund raising. “We have an annual budget of about $200,000 funded by corporate sponsorships, individual donations and our two big fundraisers that happen each year. Our next one, The Great Gatsby Gala, is Oct. 19. We hope to bring out many old and new supporters.” In addition to visits to John Knox Village, Holy Cross Hospital, hospice care locations, nursing homes and Women in Distress, CAT teams visit children’s pre-schools and daycare facilities with a Central Bark representative to teach children how to approach a dog safely to prevent improper interaction and dog bites. The CAT Pack Reader program sends dogs to classes where students are poor readers. Those children read out loud to the dogs; the therapy has proven to increase reading skills.About CAT• An organization governed by board of directors including area business and community leaders, including a local veterinarian. • Members evaluate, train, and certify therapy teams for specific programs and audiences. Not all pets are suitable for every assignment. Therapy teams that work with nursing home residents or veterans, for example, may require different temperaments and skills than therapy teams that work with school children or special needs populations. • Volunteers require Level II National Criminal Background Screening. In the State of Florida, Level II Screening is required for volunteers working with children, the elderly and special needs populations. • An annual membership fee contributes to the cost of CAT’s $1 million general liability policy, a CATbranded t-shirt and bandana for the therapy team. • CAT provides ongoing support to volunteer therapy teams, from orientation to assessment, evaluation, certification, mentoring, facility placement, and day-to-day assistance and reassessment. • CAT offers continuing education opportunities for both therapy team handlers and volunteers performing other roles. • CAT partners with client facilities to develop customized programs for specific populations, including: • Broward County Court System • Quantam House • Salah Children’s Hospital • TrustBridge Health Hospice by the Sea, Inc., Hospices of Palm Beach Broward Counties. For further information call: 954-990-5175.CAT staff [left to right] Courtney Trzcinski, executive director; Joanne Jurgle, founder and Aneysi Fernandez.


6 The PelicanFriday, September 7, 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 36 Founding Editor and PublisherAnne Hanby Siren Mr. President, stop demonizing the free pressFreedom of the Press is threatened by the man who holds the highest office in the land. Only dictators use free speech to attempt to eliminate our constitutional right to enjoy it. America is great because of the free press. The term fake news and your tweets have created a very polarized country where hate, violence and name calling fill the air waves like never before. We are a great country because the free press has made our leaders accountable by reporting what they say and what they do. The free press does not judge. It reports. The Pelican is a small paper in a small town but our news reporters tell our readers the facts, despite their personal feelings. This editorial page, is where we can vent our personal positions. Although I am a feature writer, I greatly admire the dedicated Pelican news writers who report the local news…all sides of it as it happens. That’s what a free press does be it the New York Times, the Washington Post, or The Pelican Journalists keep America safe by having the courage and character to dig for the truth, and pursue it, sometimes even losing their lives to do it. Journalists will continue to report the facts, including your tweeted version, because that’s what we do. We will continue to separate the truth from the fiction coming from the current White House. And we will be here doing our jobs long after you are gone. -Phyllis J. NeubergerThis campaign is between the voters and the candidates; The city and its vendors should step backSign stealing in Pompano Beach is relentless. And not without good reason. Placing signs on businesses and homes is and always has been the most effective strategy for candidate name recognition. Politicians know well that the majority of citizens have a lot more to think about than worrying about the way a city is run. These citizens have more immediate issues on their minds from mowing the lawn to helping their children with homework. So when these good citizens, good family keepers drive around the city in their errands, jobs and baseball games, they see signs. And whether or not they have studied the backgrounds of persons running for office, they will notice the signs on lawns and businesses in their drives. They also notice in particular the signs on lawns of people they know and respect. And after a while those lawn signs have determined their votes. It’s the basic advertising rule; repetition leads to familiarity and eventually to trust. So the sign stealing is serious. We were informed, but have no proof, that elections offer opportunities for sign-stealing income. In this case it was $10 per sign. Last week The Pelican ran story on a private citizen who removed a “Rex Hardin” sign; she returned the sign and apologized. This week, it turns out that an employee from city’s code enforcement contractor, Calvin Giordano, arrived at a business owner’s shop and told the owner that “Mike Sobel’s” signs were too large and and had to be removed or else violations would be issued with a $250 fine.” In a letter to the city manager, Sobel wrote: “My campaign team was notified around 10:00 am on 9.5.18 that someone from code compliance told a business that some of my signs were too large and also screwed to trees and had to be removed or else violations would be issued with a $250.00 fine. “I also asked for the name of the enforcement officer, so that I have a record if future similar incidents occur. [third request]. “Lastly, with all the non-compliant code matters that need attention throughout this city, I find it peculiar that any code officer was either directed or initiated on his own the need to give attention to my properly placed campaign signs on private property, previously stolen twice before, especially considering the circumstances described above. “You stated that he was not directed by anyone, but elected to do this on his own as part of his normal job duties. “Lastly, Calvin Giordano code enforcement services contractor, is partially funding with at least $7,500.00, a political action committee that has announced its intentions and actions to aggressively oppose my candidacy for mayor, which in my view, means there is a clear conflict of interest in this city contractor doing anything to interfere with my campaign signs under the authority of a code compliance service contract. “This has to stop immediately. In my view, Calvin Giordano cannot contribute funds to support the opposition PAC, while also taking actions or enforcing laws that adversely affect my campaign through its city code compliance contract. In my view, this may well be a clear breach of the standard “Conflict of Interest” provision in every city service contract.” See SIGNS on page 7CommentaryBattle’s retort to Packer Rattler propaganda deserves applauseThe right to express thoughts publicly without a rebuttal from the press is part of the culture of community journalism. We let a lot of misinformation and innuendoes spoken by the public at government meetings go unchallenged. Generally, people have a right to their opinions, even if badly informed. But last week, Vice Mayor Gloria Battle responded from the dais to accusations that she did not care about the young players in the Packer Rattler football program because city official have denied the team a playing field in Deerfield Beach. Ms. Battle said she had had enough. As observers of the situation she describes, we will stand with her in her indignation. Here’s a some of what she said. “I am filled up to here with the Packer Rattlers . it’s been three and a half years.” Then she gave a history lesson: The long-term Packer Rattler organization, venerated by so many, was dissolved by the state for failure to file the proper paperwork. A new non-profit, Deerfield Beach Packer Rattlers, Inc. was formed in 2010 but also struggled with documentation and failed to file financial forms with the city. Fraud was suspected. Then the problems got worse. Packer Rattlers League coaches were charged with gambling. BSO investigated. ESPN did a national story. On some teams, kids were being paid for making touchdowns. Then Deerfield Beach instituted Level 2 background checks for everyone working with young people in city parks. So, the Packer Rattler coaching staff falsified their credentials and let unauthorized people on the field. Said Battle of the city’s decision not to provide Packer Rattlers a playground, “In no way did we intend to have our children out there.” Battle did not mention that in its last days as a sanctioned city organization, there was as much violence on the sidelines as action on the field at Packer Rattler home games. When speakers are groomed by dark advocates of a cause – a cause they have no real knowledge ofthey should be rebuked. They do not have the facts of the matter but that doesn’t stop them from stepping up to the mic. Even after her attempt to educate the public on Packer Rattler’s sordid recent history, another mouthpiece took her to task this week. Without showing their own faces, the Packer Rattlers continue to propagate their message – that the city had been unfair and has no regard for its youth. Shame on them and the people who carry their water. And hurrah for the vice mayor’s forthright attempt to set the record straight. -Judy Wilson Battle’s complete statement can be viewed on the Aug. 29 city commission video.


The Pelican 7 Friday, September 7, CHURCH DIRECTORY These are serious accusations. Makes sign-stealing look like petty crime, but nevertheless it is falls into the category of dirty-tricks. We would rather see candidates run on the issues. ** The Pelican will endorse one person in each of the five districts early next month. And we will endorse one person for mayor. Hopefully, these endorsements will give voters more reason to vote for a candidate than simply name recognition -Anne Siren Pelican staff SignsContinued from page 6 Sign snatcher caught on cameraThis person was caught on video outside the law of ces of Commissioner Mike Sobel. The video follows the person as he throws and scatters Sobel and John Geer signs near the of ce. Sobel is a candidate for Pompano Beach Mayor; Geer is seeking the District 1 Commission seat. The election is Nov. 6.


8 The PelicanFriday, September 7, Send your stories and photos to siren2415@ or call 954-783-8700. Business matters The Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce names Lee and Tom Waldo Shining Stars at today’s event By Phyllis J. NeubergerPELICAN STAFFThe applause will be loud and enthusiastic at today’s Annual Shining Star Event when Lee and Tom Waldo step up to receive the Stewart Kester Award. The award is named for this city’s pioneer developer. Lee and Tom are a perfect choice for their dedication to preserving the area’s history. The Shining Star annual event is sponsored by the Greater Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce, now including the Margate and Lighthouse Point chambers. This year’s Shining Star Luncheon, recognizing outstanding business and community leaders for their contributions, is at the Marriott Pompano Beach Resort and Spa. Tom Waldo, almost a native, came to Pompano Beach with his family at 16. A graduate of Pompano Beach High School, he is the owner of Bell Painting, Inc. His dedication to the Sample McDougald House is legend. Currently serving as vice president of its governing board, he has donated his services to restore and maintain the interior and exterior painting of this historic museum; and he is about to do a total indoor/ outdoor repaint as soon as the new roof has been installed. Lee Waldo, museum manager, has been the “go-to” person ever since the House was opened to the public on Dec. 1, 2012. She loves the variety in her job that includes managing the volunteer program with 25 volunteers, house tours and bridal and event rentals. She also maintains the house, grounds and heritage kitchen garden. And she does it all in the budgeted 25 salaried hours. Lee says, “I’m on hand all of the hours that the house is open to the public and for the special events. “The flexible hours work with my lifestyle. I love my job and thoroughly enjoy the people I work with and the community we represent. It has been a privilege to work with the high quality people drawn to the Sample McDougald House Board. “I was mentored by former executive director, Dan Hobby, and I’m thrilled that he has returned to us as a board member. I treasure my friendship with him.” About receiving this honor as a Shining Star, Lee says, “Tom and I are pleased to have the Sample McDougald House being recognized for becoming the city’s first museum and its impact in preserving the history of a much earlier period. Some of the original furnishings, donated by the owners, date back to the 1916s.” Lee has been in Florida since 1988 and says, “Tom introduced me to Pompano Beach and I knew this was a city I would be happy in and I have been.” Married for 20 years, they have five children between them and 10 grandchildren. Congratulations to Lee and Tom. We are all grateful to you for your outstanding contributions to the city’s first museum.Lee and Tom Waldo are honored with the Stewart Kester award at the annual Shining Stars Event. The couple reveres history and proves it with their dedication to the preservation of the Sample McDougald House. [Staff] Dist. 5Continued from page 3If we don’t do something, we will have chaos. We will have discussions with the community.” Moavero : “The idea of the change is to make it more pedestrian friendly. I’m not so sure about cutting lanes from three to two. I would like to know what the police and fire chiefs say; will that slow down emergency vehicles? Lets cone it off and try it. We’ll see if this is a good plan or if it will screw up traffic. Let’s see if we like it or if the city is nuts and needs a better plan.” Miller : “I don’t like the plan. I would never shorten Atlantic Boulevard. Never.” Q. Why would you be the best candidate to serve as District 5 commissioner for the next two years? Miller : “I want to bring a fresh feeling to the city. I want to help out the residents.” Moss : “I’m proud to have worked on the commission, and the city is making great strides. We’ve moved this city forward in the right direction. I want to make the city a better place to live in.” Moavero : “I care. Residents will tell me what I need to care about. My opinion doesn’t matter. My caring will bring what this district hasn’t had for few years. I want to make sure the city stays the greatest city in Broward County.” ‘ Wilton Drive update Wilton Manors – At the city commission meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m., the Broward MPO will provide an update on the redevelopment of Wilton Drive into two lanes.


The Pelican 9 Friday, September 7, Kindly attend tea at the House at 3 p.m.Pompano Beach – Members of the South Florida Club of the National Federation of Business and Professional Women, will serve tea, sandwiches and cakes Sept. 15 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Sample McDougald House, 450 NE 10 St. The free event is a membership drive. Club president, Liz Benham, says the club is for all women, working and retired.“We are an international organization focused on developing business, leadership potential for women of all ages,” she says. “Guests will enjoy a variety of bonnets, and we hope will wear one of their own.” The organization was founded in 1919 by Dr. Lena Medesin Phillips, an attorney who practiced law in Kentucky and fought for women’s rights. The club meets monthly at the Olive Garden in Fort Lauderdale, featuring guest speakers on relevant topics to women’s issues. Pictured are Janet Costello, Colleen Kelly, Dawne Richards, Susan Gingerich, Jane Crowley, Patricia Harris and Marianne Miccoli. Those interested in attending the tea or requiring more information on the club should call 954-9605277. Pompano Tornadoes Class of 1968 reunion this monthPompano Beach – Ed Kaczmarek, Charyl Jennaro, Cherryl Cook and Ed Dietrich put the nishing touches on a banner, designed by local artist Pat Anderson, calling all members of the Class of 1968 to join them for the 50th reunion. The “Our Golden 50th Weekend” takes place from Sept. 28 to 30 at the Marriott of Pompano Beach, 1200 N. Ocean Drive. For details, email cherrylcook1050@


10 The PelicanFriday, September 7, anonymous tips directly to the Broward Sheriff’s Office,” said Sheriff Scott Israel in a press release. “This is a valuable tool for everyone, but our initial goal is to have students and school staff download the app and report suspicious behavior and activities. With your help, we can make our schools and community even safer.” Using the “tipster” feature, users can directly provide tips to BSO officials. Users can also sign up to get alerts from a list of public and private schools in Broward. Tracy Clark, spokesperson for Broward Schools, said SaferWatch is another tool that can be used to help keep students, faculty and administrators safe. “This is a resource that can be utilized to help maintain safe and secure learning environments.” The list of issues users can report include ones relevant to schools, such as bullying and possession of weapons. Users can also report on issues that happen outside of schools, including identity theft, kidnapping, mental health concerns, vehicle theft, organized crime activity, fraud, driving under the influence and code enforcement. For emergencies, BSO officials say individuals who need help should still dial 911.Pompano to release “Where’s My Inspector?” pagePompano Beach – Residents and contractors who want to know when their inspector will arrive will soon be able to track the inspector’s position online. City officials said they will soon launch the “Where’s My Inspector?” page on the city’s website – pompanobeachfl. gov. Eugene Zamoski, chief information officer, said it could be launched as soon as Sept. 10, pending a final review by the city manager. “You’ll be able to put your permit number into the field and [see the] map of all the places the inspector’s going to go . it will give you an idea where the inspector will be and what the estimated time of arrival is.” Zamoski said inspectors will also be able to use the map and change appointments to improve efficiency. If an inspector finishes an appointment and his or her third appointment is closer than the second appointment, he or she will be able to go to the closer one first. The page is the product of a “Hackathon” the city hosted recently, said Zamoski. Individuals, including technology experts, from around the county were invited to come up with technology-based solutions to problems faced by the city. The winning idea was “Where’s My Inspector?” Asked if “Where’s My Inspector?” would send text message alerts to individuals with appointments, Zamoski said that is a feature that will be developed in the future. AppContinued from page 1 The REV. ALAN HOWARD SIRES 86, died on Aug. 24. Services are Saturday, Sept. 15 at 4 p.m. at Pompano Calvary Chapel, 210 NE 2 St., Pompano Beach.ObituaryLet The Pelican know about what’s happening in your community! Call 954-783-8700


The Pelican 11 Friday, September 7, Camden Blane with mother and father, Lee and Melissa; Matt Blane with Marsha and Bobby Arena, Phyllis Blane, Louis Arias, Danny Decker,Willie Velez and Sammy Blane in front. [Staff]Blane family closes Hungry Howies, landmark pizza favorite By Anne SirenPELICAN STAFFOn Sunday, Hungry Howies in Lighthouse Point closed its doors after 23 years in business. Neither Matt nor Phyllis Blane had planned to close; in fact they had considered selling. Problem was Brixmor, the company that owns Venetian Isles Shopping Center, is not handing out leases. Then business became more complicated when Hungry Howies’ corporate office mandated costly changes to its franchise owners. “I’m 75. They are tearing down this plaza in two years. I would never get my money back,” Matt Blane said. There it was; big development steamrolling another mom and pop business. So what was it about this mom and pop that brought long-time pizza lovers to the small shop on Sample Road to say goodbye? Probably it was their community involvement, friendly Top Camden with grandparents Matt and Phyllis. Looking on is Marsha Arena. Left Phyllis with Chris Kowalaczyk. See BLANE FAMILY on page 16 Fire ghter Michael Blane was away for the farewell party.


12 The PelicanFriday, September 7, 2018pelicannewspaper.comPick up your Pelican at your local Publix Supermarket, Walgreen’s and Whole Foods. Subscribe for a free subscription at Call 954-783-8700. By Judy WilsonPELICAN STAFFDeerfield Beach – Powerful hitting and depth on the mound took the Deerfield Beach Mets to the state title game this summer. After compiling a 13-1 regular season record, the Juniors Little League squad swept the Dist. 10 tournament, defeating Fort Lauderdale 10-9 and moving on to the state championships in Tallahassee. For the regular season, the team compiled 179 runs to their opponents’ 24. Looking forward, Team Manager Jason Siracusa said, “Most of these players will move to the senior division and likely stay together, Deer eld Junior Little League team posts standout seasonincluding the coaches. We already have some very talented seniors that will strengthen the team, so my expectation is that the Deerfield Beach LL Senior Division will pick up where the Juniors left off and come home with a state championship next year.” This year’s state matchup did not start off well for the Deerfield Beach Juniors. They lost the first game to South Beach, 7-0. Then, faced with a do or die situation, they pulled out a 2-0 win against last year’s champions, South Fort Myers. Keanu Siracusa threw all seven innings, giving up only three hits. Deer eld Beach Junior Little League State-Runners Up. Back Row: Danny Lallance [coach], Keanu Siracusa, Lorenzo Feliciano, Neile Thomas, Sanders Chartier, Brock Buerosse, Neile Thomas [coach]. Front row: Junior Feliciano (coach) Maxwell Thomson, Dawson Lallance, Gio Caffro, Zach Gargum, Janelle Calvet, Jason Siracusa [manager]. [Courtesy] See STANDOUT on page 15


The Pelican 13 Friday, September 7, By Malcolm McClintockPELICAN WRITERLocated about half a mile east of Dixie Highway, the clean and efficient Jet’s Pizza is the ideal spot for hungry patrons seeking soul-warming food at eminently affordable prices. “First and foremost, we are known for our famous square Deep Dish Detroit style pizza,” says store proprietor Nick Orow, a Michigan With strong focus on quality and customer service, Pompano Beach’s Jet’s Pizza serves up outstanding deep dish specialties Jet’s Pizza 437 E. Atlantic Blvd. Pompano Beach 954-782-5387 [JETS] Sunday to Thursday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. Jet’s Pizza owner Nick Orow shows off a freshly prepared deep dish pie. [Staff]native whose family brought the Jet’s concept to Florida several decades ago. “Jet’s has been around since 1978 and now has over 400 locations across the country.” Judging by the popularity of the Jet’s brand, the recipe for success lies in the company’s fierce commitment to providing the freshest and most skillfully prepared specialties using only the highest quality ingredients. “They really do have the best Deep Dish pizza in South See JETS on page 14 The chicken wings are always a popular option.


14 The PelicanFriday, September 7, Have an event for our calendar?Email happy to make regular handtossed, New York style, thincrust or gluten-free pizzas,” adds Nick. “And we encourage all our customers to take advantage of the free crust flavorings such as Cajun, parmesan or the incredibly popular Turbo which combines butter, garlic and Romano.” Over the years, Jet’s has added several other items to the menu. Noteworthy entries include a multitude of freshly Jet’s PizzaContinued from page 13 The Greek salad is a great complement to any Jet’s pizza. [Staff]The Cinnamon Stix are freshly baked and topped with vanilla ic ing. [Staff]prepared salads, delectable Jetzees stuffed crispy dough sandwiches and mouthwatering hot or mild chicken wings. There’s also a cornucopia of available dipping sauces, including jalapeo cheese and garlic butter. Small pizzas start at $8.49, chicken wings at $7.49 and salads at $6. Jet’s offers a host of monthly specials, a long list of combo packs and several lunch specials including two slices and a drink for $5. Eat-in with free parking, pick-up and delivery are all available while catering is a great option for office functions, birthday parties or special events of any size. And for a sweet sensation, Jet’s dessert offering features freshly baked Cinnamon Stix with butter and cinnamon sugar topped with vanilla icing. Enjoy!Malcolm McClintock holds an MBA and has lived in Thailand, Spain, France, Mexico, Canada and the US where he has developed a deep appreciation for world gastronomy. Florida,” asserts area resident Diane Deforge. “I have been a loyal repeat customer since the day they opened.” Using special flour and purified water, this signature dish starts with perfectly weighed portions of daily made, hand-pressed dough that always delivers the exact crunchy texture and consistency sought after by true pizza connoisseurs. “We also offer several alternative base sauces such as Alfredo, BBQ or Ranch,” states Nick. “We then add just about any topping desired. We are known for our superior cheeses, meats and daily, freshly chopped vegetables.” Indeed, from premium hand-grated mozzarella to Italian sausage to grilled chicken to vine-ripened tomatoes, Jet’s always ensures that every pizza is made to exact specifications. “Of course, we are also


The Pelican 15 Friday, September 7, earned the save and contributed two hits to the win. The next day, coming off the 12-hour doubleheader, Deerfield took on Inverness and was shutout, 18-0. The Central Florida travel team turned out to be a powerhouse, winning every game in the tournament and giving up no runs. Last week, the team was recognized by the Deerfield Beach Commission for its outstanding season. Siracusa thanked city staff for cooperating with his request that the district playoff be at the Middle School Athletic Complex so The Mets could be at home for the Dist. 10 championship. He said the city’s parks and recreation staff kept the field in excellent condition. “The athletic department was really behind us.” Siracusa is also the new president of Deerfield Beach Little League and said he hopes to grow the organization next year. In the Dist. 10 title game against Fort Lauderdale, Deerfield Beach rallied from a 5-0 deficit early in the game to post two runs in the third inning and four runs in the fifth to take a 6-5 lead. In the sixth, Fort Lauderdale scored and went ahead 9-7, but Deerfield matched them with two runs. With the scored tied 9-9, The Mets scored on a fielder’s choice to win, 10-9. Contributing to that win at the plate were Lorenzo Feliciano, Brock Buerosse and Janelle Calvert. Calvert went three for four and threw out a runner stealing second base. Seracusa pitched four innings allowing five runs and striking out seven batters. George Caffin and Thomas came in to relieve him. StandoutContinued from page 12Bad weather kept the players on and off the field for eight hours, putting The Mets on the field against South Lakes after 8 p.m. In a high-scoring game, Deerfield won it around midnight, 12-8. Pitcher Neile Thomas The Pelican Newspaper


16 The PelicanFriday, September 7, service and consistently good food. Chris Kowalczyk grew up very familiar with the “yellow box” pizza. “Since I was a kid, this was an institution. It won’t be the same here,” he says. Kowalczyk, no longer a kid, is in his first year of medical school at NSU. He was at this final day, picking up and walking out with his favorite pizza in hand: large cheese with Parmesan crust. “I’ll probably eat the whole thing by myself,” he said. “But this is sad.” Lighthouse Point Commissioner Kyle Van Buskirk shares those same feelings; his memories go back to visiting his grandparents in this city and ordering from Hungry Howies. “I still call them Mr. and Mrs. Blane,” he says. Now Buskirk’s children are into the “Yellow Box” at Trinity School where on Fridays, Hungry Howies pizza is always on the menu. Matt’s and Phyllis’ sons, Lee and Michael, are fire fighters: Lee with West Palm Beach, and Michael with BSO in Lauderdale Lakes. Both grew up in the Hungry Howies kitchen doing everything from cooking to delivering. So looking back, Matt and Phyllis have no regrets in their lives which began in New York. They arrived in South Florida in 1976. Matt had been working in a New York coffee shop. Their son, Lee, was 18 months old. “I had no idea what I was going to do,” he says. So he bought a food truck and sold Sabrett hot dogs. He made it work. Their next business was a Hungry Howies franchise. Phyllis speaks of Matt’s work ethic with tearful and admiring eyes. “It hasn’t been easy. Matt’s up before dark. He goes to Sam’s for supplies. He works seven days until after 11 p.m. When he gets home, he likes a glass of milk and a forkful of peanut butter right out of the jar.” Matt puts his arm around Phyllis, his bride of 46 years. “If it’s a good night, I get 40 minutes to myself.” And a helluva ride. Then Matt leaned over as if he were going to spill a very piece of news. “We’re blue-collar food, but in Lighthouse Point, we captured the white-collars seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.” Blane familyContinued from page 11


The Pelican 17 Friday, September 7, Events9/8 Adoption event at Woof Gang Bakery, 216 NE 36 St., Lighthouse Point. Gifts, raf es, sales and doggy ice cream bars. Lab Rescue of South Florida and Furever Family will host adoptions. 1 to 4 p.m. 754-205-6150. 9/13 – Gatsby’s Joint – Wine & Chill speakeasy hosts evening of wine and food tastings with smooth jazz of Mel Williams. Guests get $10 discount from sign-up fee. 6:30 p.m. Cost $25. Sign up at 9/13 Florida Trail Association st 7:15 p.m. Fern Forest Nature Center, 201 Lyons Road South, Coconut Creek. Program is Florida Black Bears by Florida Wildlife 954-609-472 9/28 – 9/30, 2018 Class reunion for Pompano Beach High School Golden Tornadoes, Class of 1968. “Our Golden 50th Reunion Weekend.” Marriott of Pompano Beach Resort & Spa, 1200 N. Ocean Drive, Pompano Beach. Contact Chairperson Cherryl Cook, for information/registration forms. 12/14 – Decide now to be part of the Pompano Beach Holiday boat parade. For information about joining the parade or a sponsorship, contact the Pompano Beach Chamber at 954.241.2940 or email LibrariesJan 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. North Regional/Broward College Library offers adult coloring, tness programs, group jigsaw puzzling and classes in English and Spanish. 1100 Coconut Creek Blvd., Coconut Creek. Call 954-201-2601. NatureNights at the Observatory. Wednesdays, 7 to 10 p.m. Buehler Observatory, Broward College A. Hugh Adams Central Campus, 3501 SW Davie Road. Davie. Explore the sky through the lens of powerful telescopes at the Buehler Observatory. Free. Call 954-2016681. 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.Theater10/18 – 11/11 – Pirates of Penzance Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta is an uproarious comedy. The Wick Theatre, 7901 N. Fed. Hwy., Boca Raton. Tickets $75-$95. 561-9952333.Tours 9/8 Tour Historic Pompano Beach From the Sample-McDougald House to the Indian Mound. Tours tell tales of the land from farms to its time today. Meet at 9 a.m. at Founders Park, 217 NE 4 Ave., Pompano Beach. 10 a.m. tour bus leaves. Tickets $15/person. 954-782-3015. 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 754-307-5446. Hillsboro Lighthouse Tour the lighthouse Sept. 8. Board the shuttle boat at the Sands Hotel dock, 125 N. Riverside Dr., Pompano Beach. Boats leave on the hours from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $35 per person transportation fee. Details 786251-0811.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 954201-6681. 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.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 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 p.m. and Sundays 2 to 5 p.m. at St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, 1111 E. Sample Road, Pompano Beach. 954-942-5887. 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. 954-942-6410.


18 The Pelican Friday, September 7, 2018pelicannewspaper.comCLASSIFIED MARKETPLACE To place your classi ed ad please visit or call 954-783-8700 by Wednesday at 5 p.m. REAL ESTATE • SALES • CARS • TRUCKS • SERVICES • JOBS Studios Condos for SaleRivergate Townhouse. Intracoastal. $599K. Hillsboro Beach. Port de Mer. $369K Call 954-788-5728. Furnished studios BOCA/ DEERFIELD $199/week and up -$39/Daily -$699/ Month and up. Furnished studios – Utilities Paid. Call 954-934-3195. The Pelican Classi eds Work 954-783-8700 Place your classi ed ad online at pelicannewspaper.comSubscribe for home delivery [$13.78] or free online subscription at Retire in North Carolina CHRISTMAS DESIGNERS HIRING NOW!! We are looking to hire seasonal positions, for Lighting installers and Christmas helpers for the 2018-19 Holiday season. Starts mid-September to mid-December. Must be able to work outside. Requires a valid driver’s license. Lots of work, availability 7 days a week, $13/Hr. A great QUICK opportunity to make extra money. We offer OVERTIME. Can lift 40 pounds plus. No experience necessary. APPLY online Http://www. HIRING or call 954-947-3359. Condos for Rent POMPANO 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. Room for RentPompano Beach – One small room. Handyman special opportunity. Private Entrance. Share kitchen. Bath and Pool. Rent $125/week. References. No alcohol, drugs or pets. One person. Call or text. 954854-7367 or 954-829-4606. Looking for room Seeking room for rent. Experienced in nursing, elderly care, cooking, cleaning, driving. Loves people and furry friends. 754-235-0893. Seeking apt or houseSeeking small apt or small house E Pompano. Reasonable rent. Must be pet friendly. Quiet semi retired lady. Call 754-757-5962. Homes for SaleNear Asheville, NC. 4/4 Would make a great B&B. 4.5 acres. A/C, Furnace, Spa, Creek, Springs. Two Fireplaces. Near Trails and State Park. 828-625-4427. Pompano Beach HighlandsSuper starter home. 2BR/1BA with family room. Updated kitchen. Large yard. $187,788. Call Ruthie Brooks, Balistreri Real Estate, 954803-4174. Asheville area. New construction. Gated Community. OWNER FINANCING, No quali cation. 20% down. $189,000-$250,000. (2 or 3 or 4 bedrooms). Enjoy year-round Farmer’s Markets, Art Festivals, Mountain Craft Fairs and endless cultural activities in the “San Francisco of the East”. Call Mark Seramur 954-531-2862.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. Fort LauderdaleLOOK NO FURTHER!4501 NE 21st Ave. Short ride to the Beach! Quiet, 1BR/1.5 Bath, pool, SS appliances, balcony, parking, new A/C, freshly painted, FSBO asking $144,500. Call David @ 917513-0236. SERVICES HOME HEALTH CARESmiling Heart H.H. will care for your loved ones in their homes. Light housekeeping, personal care, companions, errands and doctor’s appoints. Lic./Bonded/Insured. Visit www.smilingHHC or call for Free in home visit. 954-908-1560. TAX SCHOOLLearn to prepare income tax returns with an IRS Approved Provider in Pompano Beach – Atlantic Tax Service. Possible employment available upon completion. Classes start 9/10. Call 954-783-5353 for details.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. I BUY HOUSESAPARTMENT BUILDINGS VACANT LAND AND COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES FOR CASH I pay CASH and close at your convenience. Any condition. Specialized in estate sales. Local references. Call Richard at 561-571-2037. 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. 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; quali ed as low income. To apply, please call 954-858-5884 or visit the SCSEP of ce at 2901 W Cypress Creek Road, Suite 116, Fort Lauderdale. Seeking EmploymentEmployed professional looking for extra work. Errands, computer work, of ce work. Contact David at 210-982-7077. Lost and FoundLost keys corner of NE 23 Dr and N. Dixie Hwy. next to funeral home 954-304-4135. 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 954-4804494 or email Kenny Lawrence at klawrence@deerfield-beach. com. Constitution Park, 2841 W. Hillsboro Blvd., Deer eld Beach. New Art Class at Herb Skolnick Center. Instructor Pat Anderson, Introductory Class September 17 at 2 – 4 pm. FREE! For more information call 954-786-4590.Board gamesPlay Pinochle Mon from 6 to 9 p.m. at Emma Lou Olson Civic Center, 1801 NE 6 St., Pompano Beach. Call 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. 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The Pelican 19 Friday, September 7, PaybackContinued from page 4lifted in six months. So, true to his word, last week Miller asked the commission to repeal the ban. But there was strong sentiment against his request from the public. Catherine Uden, chair of the Broward Chapter of Surfrider said, “Styrofoam contains dangerous chemicals.” She said she is particularly concerned about its effect on children. Susan Steinhauser, a Coconut Creek resident who is a frequent beachgoer here said,” What we don’t see are the micro particles [of Styrofoam] that are being eaten by sea life. Imagine if Deerfield Beach could lead the way [to a ban].” A kayaker from Fort Lauderdale said, “I am shocked you are repealing this ban.” Another speaker said the minute pieces of Styrofoam that end up in public places are impossible to clean up. Countering those comments, Martinez said the amount of styrene [the dangerous element] in his company’s products “is parts per billion. There is more in your beer and coffee. There has never been a documented account of a person getting ill from Styrofoam. Be an environmental leader. Repeal the ban and continue recycling.” To the suggestion that paper materials could replace foam, Martinez said the plastic liners used in paper cups are just as nonbiodegradable as foam. In fact, most of the refuse put into the Dart recycling bin had not been food containers but packaging materials which can be recycled. Commissioner Miller said, “Banning Styrofoam is more a token act than reality.” Commissioner Todd Drosky said, “Dart has lived up to their end of the bargain.” But the rest of the commission sided with the public and voted 3-2 not to rescind the ban. That same evening, Miller placed another environmental item on the agenda: to ban the sale or use of plastic straws at commercial establishments in the city. Annabella Mory was among the members of Girl Scout Troop 10708, who read a statement calling for a ban on all non-biodegradable products and urging the use of reusable straws. “A little change can lead to big change. It is clear straws are bad for animals and the environment. Tonight, Deerfield Beach can set an example for the rest of the world.” Vice Mayor Gloria Battle said, “You can’t get a plastic straw at Disney. Three restaurants here are already not using them. This is something we can do easily.” Commissioner Todd Drosky countered saying his research revealed people with disabilities need straws in order to drink liquids. “This may have unintended consequences,” he said. And from areas where straws have been banned he said there is “not much empirical data.” Both paper and metal straws present problems he added asking, “Does the good to the public outweigh the harm to the vulnerable?” But the commission majority said other options exist for the disabled and the first reading of the ordinance passed 4-1, Drosky opposing. The straw ordinance will come for a final reading and public hearing Monday, Sept. 17.


20 The Pelican Friday, September 7, Curaleaf is remodeling a storefront at 140 N. Federal Highway for its first dispensary in Broward County and plans to be open this month. Both companies grow the marijuana and process it in this state. Distribution is at dispensaries or via delivery. Spokespersons for both say educating the public on the uses of medical marijuana is a key component of their operations. Medical marijuana, or cannabis, was overwhelmingly approved by Florida voters in 2016. But local governments have the right to regulate it, somewhat. Many have banned it all together or have moratoriums in effect. Its proponents cite its beneficial effect on pain, muscle spasms and neurological conditions. Opponents say it is still an unknown product and fear it is the first step in the legalization of recreational marijuana. In Broward County, Deerfield Beach and Wilton Manors were among the first cities to approve dispensaries. Curaleaf’s Regional Manager Michael Costa said his firm “is always looking to locate where there is a need.” The company is based in Miami-Dade and has been delivering the product by mail. “This is an industry in its infancy,” Costa said. “But it is a very highly regulated one. There are welllaidout procedures with double and triple checks.” Cannabis users must get an order written by either a medical doctor or a doctor of osteopathy who has taken a two-hour training course provided by the state. At the dispensary, personnel who have passed Level 2 background checks, will fill the orders and educate the patient on the devices used to ingest the drug. Costa said his company seeks dispensary personnel who have had some pharmaceutical or retail training. The dispensary will contain private education rooms for patients and families and a community meeting room where workshops will be held for prospective patients. He calls Curaleaf a “vertically integrated company . we do seed to sale and control the quality,” he said. “A third-party lab tests [the product] for contaminants. There is an abundance of testing.” The product is pre-packaged at the Dade County processing facility, so no compounding is done at the dispensary. Peyton Moseley, vice president of product development for VidaCann, based in Jacksonville, said his firm has 15 signed leases around the state and is looking for more. “The hard part is finding the real estate and the zoning,” Moseley said. VidaCann received its Florida license last October, planted its first crop in December and had oils in May. It opened its first dispensary in June. It is a non-profit partner with Johns Hopkins. The Deerfield Beach location will have D.O. Pamela Parzynski on site to write orders. Moseley and his wife are in the medical field. They have a child with epilepsy who is a cannabis user. He said the two-hour course given doctors who want to become certified is not enough and VidaCann is interested in educating doctors as well as patients. He encourages the public to visit the Powerline Road dispensary, “They will be pleasantly surprised,” he predicted. “It is a very, very nice, high-end retail facility with a great staff . we do everything to provide the best quality products and help people navigate the system.” Chiropractor Harley Bofshever is a registered cannabis patient. He has found the product to be a miracle cure for the muscle spasms and back and knee injuries he sustained when he fell off his roof after Hurricane Wilma. “I was in severe pain and I couldn’t take narcotics while treating my patients,” he said. The pain caused him anxiety which led to depression, so he started to research marijuana products. As a “natural health care provider myself, it seemed the right step,” he said. Bofshever did his research in California where he met a doctor with years of experience in prescribing medical marijuana. The result is that he became a patient, DispensariesContinued from page 1began treatment and two months later, feels like a new man. “I’m not hurting. I cut my anti-depressant meds in half. I can cook and do housework. I am not drugged. I don’t feel the effect of the product, but my pain level stays down. I can now sleep six to eight hours. “Without a doubt, this has saved my life,” he said. Now at his practice on Hillsboro Boulevard and Lyons Road, Bofshever has become an advocate for medical marijuana. He suggests it for PTSD, depression, anxiety, chronic pain, muscle spasms, migraines, and even diabetes, citing one patient that had See DISPENSARIES on page 21


The Pelican 21 Friday, September 7, Send your news to editor.pelican@ a good result controlling insulin. It is also prescribed for glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and Crohn’s Disease. “The older crowd is less open [to cannabis],” Bofshever said. “But they are starting to realize that a neighbor or a friend is using it without becoming addicts.” Lauren Garcia-Velez works at an ad agency in Miami that represents Curaleaf. “As more and more people are waking up to the benefits of cannabis, the negative stigma is disintegrating,” she said. A source of information for those interested in the use of cannabis is the Florida For Care organization which distributes information on the industry’s best practices, research and feedback. Eric Stevens is the contact. Another source is the Office of Medical Marijuana, Florida Dept. of Health. DispensariesContinued from page 20 Con dent Westminster Academy braces for rst conference matchBy Concepcion LedezmaPELICAN SPORTSFort Lauderdale – After winning by the skin of its teeth in the season opener, Westminster Academy’s [WA] football team is ready for the season’s first true challenge. The sting of starting out 0-8 in 2017 isn’t lost on second-year coach Tommy Lewis. That’s why a 2-0 start, albeit a forfeit in week two, is still looked at with caution. “Our guys are excited we’re 2-0,” the coach said, “but not satisfied. We’re looking forward to playing our conference’s defending champion.” It happens to be Miami Palmer Trinity, who will visit the WA Sports Complex for a 7 p.m. kickoff tonight. This season started well enough for the Lions who took a 13-0 lead midway in the fourth quarter in the season opener against Pembroke Pines Somerset. It turned into a thriller as the Panthers rallied for 12 unanswered points, forcing the Lions to buckle down defensively before hanging on to a 13-12 win. Two weeks later, Hillel Community [Miami Beach], was forced to forfeit due to a lack of paperwork and a late start in practicing for the season. WA welcomed the rest, despite getting the win off the field. See WESTMINSTER on page 23


22 The Pelican Friday, September 7, RJ BoyleÂ’s Fishing reportFishing report Classic new lmOver the last month I have lmed with some legends of shing. Richard and Nick Stanczyk owners of Bud and MaryÂ’s Marina in Islamorada have changed the lives of many as they are true pioneers of modern daytime sword shing. Twelve years ago they dropped a bait down to the bottom in 1,600 feet of water during the day. They never felt the bottom, so they let all of the line out on their Penn reel. When they reached the bottom of the spool they locked up the reel and began to wind it in not knowing that a 60-lb sword sh was on the other end. If they had not caught that sword in the day on the rst attempt we would probably still be shing only at night for swords. Handcranking that sword to the surface took several hours. The stories these guys tell is nothing short of epic! You can join our instructional shing platform called RJÂ’s Crew to watch at -RJ Boyle Richard and Nick Stanczyk with RJ Boyle share sh tales. [Courtesy]


The Pelican 23 Friday, September 7, WestminsterContinued from page 21“Of course our guys would rather play,” Lewis said. “But it gives us a chance to clean some things to prepare for Palmer.” The coach believes he can improve last year’s record, starting with his adopted son, Micah Lewis, an eighthgrader who led the team with 24 tackles [14 solos and 10 assists] in WA’s victory over Somerset. He also had 53 yards on eight carries, including the third-quarter touchdown that gave the Lions its two-score lead. Quarterback Bradley Hedba led all rushers with 67 yards on 16 carries, including a sixyard score for the Lions’ first score of this campaign. Hedba had plenty of help from the line, led by right tackle Franke Mistretta who recorded eight tackles and two quarterback sacks. Matt Romero led the special team with his returns, resulting in consistent good field position for the Lions. “We’ll need to play our best and compete, start to finish,” said Lewis of his team’s pending challenge against Palmer Trinity. “We’re glad to have them on our home field.”Pompano looks to reboundAfter getting outmatched by Monarch, 44-0, in its season opener, Coach Melvin Jones is hoping the bye week was time enough to regroup. “It was needed to heal up some bumps and bruises,” he said. The Tornadoes [0-1] will travel to Hollywood Hills to take on the Spartans at 7 p.m. tonight. Quarterback Blake Loiacono will not be available due to a shoulder injury. “Our much younger QB’s [Nathan Pratt and Nicko Diaz] are getting much needed experience and will be ready to lead this team,” Jones said.Gibbons looking for rst winCardinal Gibbons is still looking for its first win after host Milton High [Ga] crushed the Chiefs, 44-17 last week. The Chiefs entered the season 22-4 under DuBuc, with all the losses coming against district rival and current defending state champion American HeritagePlantation. Gibbons will travel to Dillard [1-1] to take on the Panthers tonight.


24 The Pelican Friday, September 7, After that, he said he remembers not being able to feel his arms and legs and teammates calling to the sidelines for help. According to Dr. Richard Foltz, Wilbens has a C4 and C5 fracture, which is halfway down his neck. Foltz, who operated on Wilbens for four hours when he was brought to Broward Health North the night of his injury, said he suffered an immediate and complete inability to move at the time of the impact. “Paralysis, it’s a very daunting opponent. The recovery time is in years,” said Foltz. But Wilbens said he’s on a different schedule. “I’m hoping to get back to a special game we have. I’m hoping to play in the Soul Bowl [this November against Dillard] or even watch from the sidelines.” His hospital room walls are plastered with posters from teammates and fellow students, wishing him well and encouraging him to recover. Jasmine Brutus, a friend of the Morissaint family, is praying for that outcome. “And, by the grace of God, he will be on the sidelines,” she said. Along with God’s help, the family is seeking the community’s. Medicaid, said Sergine, will cover the cost of Wilbens surgery at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, a hospital WilbensContinued from page 1that specializes in treating and rehabilitating individuals with spinal cord injuries and neuromuscular problems. But she said money, about $10,000, is needed to pay for Wilbens’ air transportation to and from the hospital. There will also be a number of other expenses the family will need help with, such as a special wheelchair. The family’s home will also have to be given alterations to accommodate Wilbens’ wheelchair. A GoFundMe account, run commissioner Ed Phillips said the silence was over. “You can be assured it’s no longer on silence,” he told Brutus. Before the incident, Phillips said he and others had been trying to figure out how to raise money to buy uniforms for the marching band at Ely. Now, that’s not the priority. “This supersedes that.” by Brutus, has been set up to collect donations – gofundme. com/strong-tiger-wilbens. At a Wednesday meeting of community leaders at the E. Pat Larkins Center, Brutus expressed dissatisfaction with what she called a lack of community response; a representative from the Shepherd Center, she said, reached out to Wilbens’ family before any local hospitals did. “His injury is on silence right now,” she said. At that same meeting,