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Friday, September 2, 2011 Vol. XIX, Issue 35 Call 954-783-8700 to Advertise Email: siren2415@gmail.com Pompano Beach Deer eld Beach Lighthouse Point Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Wilton Manors Oakland Park Hillsboro Beach The Galt Palm Aire The Pelican Pelican Visit us online at www.pompanopelican.com The The Pelican Pelican2011 Pelican History Edition, Vol. IIII By Bill JohnsonPELICAN WRITERLighthouse Point Its dark when Ray and Jackie Kathmeyer are on patrol in a Lighthouse Point neighborhood. Driving slowly down a residential street, Jackie spots an open garage door, an invitation to a thief, and, if the homeowner is away, a means of easy access for a burglar. They stop, ring the doorbell and alert the homeowner to the open door. If the homeowner is away, Ray and Jackie will leave a written notice of their visit. During two hours on patrol, the couple alerts three homeowners to their open doors. Each time the owner is grateful for the reminder. At rst glance, the Kathmeyers appear to be police of cers. They wear police uniforms and patrol in a police car, but they are not police of cers. They do not carry weapons and have no law enforcement authority. They are volunteers in the Citizen Observer Patrol program, and the words on their car -- citizen patrol volunteer identify them as such. Their function is to look and listen, says Police Chief Ross Licata. They are our eyes and ears. As such, the Kathmeyers are alert Someone is watching in Lighthouse Point making residents and businesses less vulnerable to crime See PATROL on page 19 Fishing pier begins with bait house, access walkwayContract cost is higher than estimateBy Judy WilsonPELICAN STAFFDeer eld Beach Environmental permits have been issued for the reconstruction of the International Fishing Pier entrance, restaurant and underpinnings and this week commissioners voted to go ahead with an ancillary building that will give shermen and sightseers access to the larger portion of the pier not under construction. As presented this week, pier goers will have continual access to the See PIER on page 21 Ray and Jackie Kathmeyer Fire takes down one of Deer elds longest-standing eateriesBy Judy WilsonPELICAN STAFFDeer eld Beach State investigators may still be shifting through evidence left in the wake of a twoalarm re that destroyed the landmark restaurant Crabby Jacks on Sunday. The popular eatery known for its crab legs, wings, dolphin sandwiches and cold beer burst into ames around 7 a.m. engul ng almost the entire structure in a matter of minutes. At presstime, arson had not been ruled out and investigators had tested for accelerants. The origins of the re became problematic when it was learned restaurants owners Tanson Corp. were facing a court date stemming from their reported failure to keep their lease current. A court hearing held a few days before the re failed to resolve a dispute over the amounts owed to building owner Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust had not produced a settlement and the parties were scheduled to return to court September 6. The restaurant operators may have been on borrowed time. Their lease was terminated on May 19. Ramco-Gershenson purchased Rivertowne Square in 1998. Crabby Jacks restaurant, in operation here for Total loss. Crabby Jacks shortly after re was extinguished Sunday morning.See FIRE on page 2


2 The PelicanFriday, September 2, 2011 20 years, was in an outparcel building Federal Highway just south of SE 10 Street. In a Pelican story published two weeks ago, Crabby Jacks manager Ed Alfaro was quoted as saying because of tough times, we really want to offer an affordable dining experience. Entire meals could be had for under $10. He also said that customers, in keeping with the establishments aim to treat customers like family, volunteered to do repairs for free. It took 50 re ghters an hour to extinguish the blaze that observers likened to a barn re as the ames crackled ercely and dense black smoke billowed from the bar and restaurant area. One of the charms of Crabby Jacks was its wooden, shanty-like frame surrounded by porches and decks. Fire ghters from Pompano and Fort Lauderdale help Deer eld Beach Fire/Rescue quell the ames. It may be the last major re for the local department which is scheduled to merge with the Broward County Fire Department in October.FireContinued from page 1 Assistant Fire Chief Gary Fernaays surveys the scene with police and re personnel after Crabby Jacks was destroyed by re on Sunday morning. Entrance to Crabby Jacks patio


The Pelican 3 Friday, September 2, 2011 Deer eld Beach Leaders of the movement to rescind the utility tax say they will present city commissioners with the signatures of 6,000 registered voters opposing the tax at the September 6 commission meeting. Jean Robb, co-chair of the effort, said she is hopeful when the commission sees how many voters disagree with their decision to enact the tax, they will agree to remove it. The group needs only about 4,300 signatures to Utility tax opponents ready with signatures, public hearing proposed city budget set put the issue to the voters although the city has hired the law rm of Weiss & Serota to research a state statute that may prohibit a referendum that would rescind a property or utility tax.Budget hearing is TuesdayDeer eld Beach Citizens get their opportunity to comment on a proposed $73.8 million budget for the coming scal year Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. As proposed, the budget allows a one mil decrease in property taxes and according to City Manager Burgess Hanson was balanced with the help of the newly enacted utility tax which goes into effect October 1. Also helping lower the operating fund are union contracts with city employees which decrease salaries by ve percent, eliminate merit pay and require contributions to their health insurance premiums. Final reading of the budget ordinance will be Tuesday, Sept. 20.Welcome back, Mr. Chip Lighthouse Point Former Lighthouse Point city commissioner, Chip LaMarca, will open his of ce as District 4 Broward County Commissioner at the Doreen Gauthier Lighthouse Point Library on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to meet with residents. I want to be accessible. Opening this of ce provides a convenient alternative to residents who dont wish to drive to Fort Lauderdale, said LaMarca. Commissioner LaMarca served six years as city commissioner in Lighthouse where he and his wife, Eileen, reside. In 2010, LaMarca was elected to the Broward County Commission. District 4 consists of Deer eld Beach, Lighthouse Point, Hillsboro beach, Pompano Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Sea Ranch Lakes, Oakland Park, Wilton Manors, Lazy Lake and Dania Beach. Call 954-357-7004. Chip LaMarca


4 The PelicanFriday, September 2, 2011 SOLID ROCK REALTY had been a vision and a dream of Christinas for several years however it was only a vision and a dream until one night near Christmas when she was enjoying an evening with friends. Christina landed on her soap box again about affecting changes in her industry and one of her friends, Cal Morrison, said Please, how long have you been talking about that? You are NEVER going to do it! To Cals credit, that was the impetus and the rest is history. SOLID ROCK REALTY was founded in June of 2003 in Pompano Beach, FL very near Caf Max. Her dearest friend Kate Major was certainly the lead person in helping Christina take her vision and ideas and putting them on paper to create a business model that is currently being realized today. The mission of Solid Rock Realty is to create a paradigm shift in the way agents are trained and consumers are served. To meet todays consumers desires and demands for a more knowledgeable and experienced consultant who is fully aware of the challenges of the ever changing real estate market, Solid Rock Realtys professional real estate consultants commit to rigorous training and coaching weekly and sometimes daily. They are highly educated and experienced in many aspects of the business. Todays consumer also wants to be an integral part of the process discussing strategy and know it will be implemented effectively. Solid Rocks consultants operate with transparency and eliminate all the real estate secrets. They empower the client to be part of the entire real estate process of selling, buying, or investing. They work through the process from the consumers perspective. They serve with knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm. The real estate climate is always changing. We are all watching history be written in the real estate world today. We are seeing more families in distress because of the increasing number of delinquent and underwater mortgages. In an attempt to help those families, our agents have earned the Certified Distressed Property Expert designation. This gives a working knowledge of the entire situation and all options available to homeowners today. We come beside them to walk them through the process by providing the information and help they need to make wiser decisions and get on the road to recovery sooner. Technology is also a large part of properly serving todays consumer. Every agent at Solid Rock Realty is highly trained and efficient in maximizing all technology available in our industry to better serve our clients. The Solid Rock Realty office is equipped with all the latest, greatest technology. We offer our location for various meetings and gatherings that benefit the greater community. If you have a need please feel free to contact us to see if we can be of service to you in this way. There is a strong commitment to local communities at Solid Rock. Each month they invite friends, clients and new comers into their office to hear about some aspect of homeownership from a local expert. All the speakers donate their time and talents for free. Members of their team also serve animals, elderly, children and at local events. One of Christinas favorites is the Pompano Beach Rotary club. They will be rolling out some exciting new ways to further promote community in the coming months. You can reach Christina by stopping by the office at 2044 NE 36 Street, Lighthouse Point, FL, 33064. She can also be reached at Christina@solidrockrealty. net, on Twitter @relst8lady, on facebook at http://facebook.com/christina.henley, on Linkedin at Linkedin. com/in/Christinahenley, on Skype at relst8lady, or call her direct at 954-290-2772.One womans dream becomes a reality in Broward County and to many a source of education that leads to smarter decisions in buying and selling We were located at 2633 E Atlantic Blvd, Pompano Beach. Here we are cleaning up for the build-out. In 2008 we moved from Pompano Beach to Lighthouse Point where we are now at the Gateway Centre. At Gateway, clients enter through this lobby on the second oor. Solid Rock Realty, 2044 E. Sample Road, Lighthouse Point 954 290-2772


The Pelican 5 Friday, September 2, 2011 said 80 employ ees came out last Dunns Run volunteers waving the ag in preparation for next big eventBy Judy WilsonPELICAN STAFFDeer eld Beach Runners and walkers in the 15th annual Dunns Run Sunday, October 2 will cross a nish line festooned with American ags. I feel very committed to being patriotic, said Jim Dunn, originator of the event. I want to bring attention back to patriotism by putting the ag on all our event materials. I want that to be a visible reminder of the American dream. Dunns vision, of a community run/walk that would raise money for the Jim and Pat Moran Unit of the Boys and Girls Club, has grown to become the unof cial start of the runners season attracting 2,000 entrants at all athletic levels. New this year is the title sponsor Reagon Wireless Corp. that contributed $20,000 to earn that designation. Company spokesman Mark Laf er said volunteers at the Boys and Girls Club had asked the Deer eld Beach rm to donate. We believe in giving back to our community and providing a foundation for young people to build upon and become productive taxpaying citizens in society. We are a strong believer in Castle Cares shows its team spirit. With 45 participants, Castle Group was one of the largest teams in last years Dunns Run. [Photo courtesy of Dunns Run]See RUN on page 14


6 The PelicanFriday, September 2, 2011 The Pelican . What can we do for you? Deer eld Beach, Pompano Beach, Lighthouse Point, LauderdaleBy-The-Sea, Wilton Manors and Oakland Park The Pompano 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 writers name will be withheld on request; letters must also include a daytime telephone number. Advertising rates are available upon request. Subscription rate is $31.80 including tax for one years delivery in Greater Pompano Beach; $93.80/per year including tax for others in the United States; call 954-783-8700 for rates abroad. The Pelican is a nonpartisan newspaper and reserves the right to decline advertising. Copyright 2011. Reproduction of this publication in whole or in part is prohibited without written permission of the publisher. The Pelican is a member of the Greater Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce, Deer eld Beach Chamber and the LBTS Chamber. The Pelican is a state certied woman-owned minority business. The Pelican is delivered to businesses, libraries, schools, of 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, publisherExecutive Assistant: Mary Hudson Graphics: Rachel Ramirez Windsheimer Adriana Bonilla Bookkeeper: John White Classi eds: Fran Shelby Contributing Writers: Phyllis J. Neuberger, Judy Wilson, Malcolm McClintock, Judy Vik Copy editors: Phyllis J. Neuberger, Phil Barnes, Connor Sheridan Account Executives: Paul Shroads, Carolyn Mann, Bill Heaton, Special Of ce Assistant: Cathy Siren ESTABLISHED 1993 Volume XVIIII, Issue 35 Founding Editor and PublisherAnne Hanby Siren Letters Mayor should get her facts straightTo the Editor; To the mayor and commissioners, please judge the Deer eld Beach Housing Authority on the truth. The August 25 edition of The Pelican had an article about the housing authority with part of the article referencing Mr. Michael Weiss. The article indicates that Mr. Weiss at one time was a recipient of SHIP funds to make repairs to his home. In the article, Mayor Peggy Noland defended her choice of Mr. Weiss as her nominee for the housing authority board saying, I chose Mr. Weiss because he had windows replaced in his home by the housing authority ve or six years ago that are still leaking The mayor is factually in error in her accusation against the housing authority. The truth is that the Deer eld Beach Housing Authority has never been involved in any window replacement concerning Mr. Weisss home. The truth is that the city ran the SHIP program. Tom Connick Deer eld Beach attorneySeptember as Hunger Action Month, lets serve it upSPECIAL TO THE PELICAN Feeding South Florida (formerly Daily Bread Food Bank) is encouraging residents to join the ght against hunger during Hunger Action Month, Feeding Americas national movement to raise awareness and take action to help the 50 million Americans who experience hunger. Throughout the month, Feeding Americas nationwide network of more than 200 food banks, including Feeding South Florida, is working to engage citizens to take action and help spread the word about how pervasive hunger is in every community. Feeding South Floridas Ways in 30 Days campaign, a fully customized local calendar at www.feedingsouth orida.org, provides individuals with exciting ways to participate in community efforts to ght hunger throughout September. Nationwide, 50 million Americans suffer from food insecurity. However, hungers impact is felt by many more than the millions living with food insecurity: it impacts child development, health and wellness, education, workforce development our general welfare as a nation. It is also an issue right here in our community and at the local level, Feeding South Florida works to combat hunger and aid the hungry living in South Florida. According to Feeding South Floridas records, over 936,000 individuals in South Florida experience food insecurity; 318,378 of those are children. The food insecurity rate in South Florida is 16.8 percent. Recently, Feeding South Floridas agencies are reporting a 39 percent increase in the demand for food services, due to the current economic climate. Whether its through advocating and raising awareness, making donations, or volunteering, there are many ways that individuals can nd the right way for them to make a difference, said Judith Gatti, executive director of Feeding South Florida. Through our efforts during Hunger Action Month, we hope to enable many South Florida residents to learn about opportunities to get involved in the ght against hunger. 954-783-8700 September 11 EventsSept. 11 9 a.m. Deer eld Beach will hold a tribute to the men and women who lost their lives and/or families on Sept. 11 at the agpole located at the intersection of Hillsboro Boulevard and Ocean Way, or Southeast 21 Avenue. At 1 p.m., the city will participate in the U.S. Senates National Moment of Remembrance. At that time, rst responders, houses of worship and others throughout the country will sound sirens and bells in a signal for each of us to Stop and Remember those lost on this day ten years ago. Sept. 11 7 p.m. St. Marks Episcopal Church 1750 East Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, will present The Requiem by Gabriel Faure, an instrumental and vocal tribute, in the sanctuary to commemorate the tenth anniversary of September 11. Call 954-563-5155.


The Pelican 7 Friday, September 2, 2011 Making a Difference Phyllis J. Neuberger wants your suggestions about people who are making a difference. Call 954-783-8700. By Phyllis J. NeubergerPELICAN STAFFMark your calendar! Pack up the family and come to the Amphitheater for the citys free evening remembering 9/11. The city will pay tribute to the many who lost their lives and the many who saved lives on that tragic day when America was attacked by terrorists. Working in behalf of the city, Sandra King, the citys public communications director and her committee have designed an unforgettable evening, Sunday September 11 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Pick up an American Flag as you come in and wave it whenever the mood strikes and it will often during this dramatic program, certain to produce goose bumps. Chuck Lanza, Broward County Emergency Manager will be the keynote speaker. Mayor Lamar Fisher will welcome everyone to the amphitheater and act as the Master of Ceremonies throughout the program which begins with the stirring entrance of the Honor Guard of Pompano Beach Fire Rescue and BSO with bag pipe and drums who march onto the stage to present the colors. After the Pledge of Allegiance, the night will be lled with sounds of a rousing rendition of the Star Spangled Banner as it has never been sung before by the nationally known Liberty Voice Group, booked just for this occasion. Dr. Edward Hernandez, Sr. Minister at Christ Community Church ,will give the invocation followed by a large screen video of 9/11, lest we forget. Then to remind us that Pompano Beach remembers 9/11 after ten years with a moving, patriotic tribute on Sunday, Sept. 11 America will always survive, the audience will be treated to lively patriotic musical performances by Valerie Tyson and Darrell House. Next, one minute prayers will be offered by four local clergy including Reverend Robert Stanley, Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church, Father Thomas Foudy, St. Colemans Catholic Church, Rabbi Tzvi Dechter of Shabbad Synagogue, and Reverend James Latezia of New Covenant Presbyterian Church. The Liberty Voice returns with a medley of patriotic songs. This will wrap up a night of remembering the fallen and surviving heroes and heroines who are marked forever by the events of September 11, 2001. A dramatic ag climax aims to send every person in the Amphitheater home feeling thankful to have remembered, happy to have paid tribute and proud to be an American. The Pelican thanks King and her committee including Captain Adkins and Major Knowles of Pompano Beach BSO, Fire Chief Harry Small, Assistant Fire Chief John Jurgle, and from the Parks and Recreation Department Director Mark Beaudreau and Chris Sisto, supervisor of special events for providing this impressive 10 year remembrance.


8 The PelicanFriday, September 2, 2011 Business matters The Pelican takes a look at local business owners. Call The Pelican to nd out how you can tell your story here because business matters. 954-783-8700. Briefs By Phyllis J. NeubergerPELICAN STAFFPaul Webb is a well-known area commercial and residential Realtor, with RE/MAX in Motion at 2301 E. Atlantic Blvd. in Pompano Beach. Hes proud to be the top selling independent agent within a firm of 140 agents. After 24 years with FP&L as a T & D Manager, he decided to switch careers and become a Realtor which he did in 1996. He says, I worked for Balistreri Real Estate for a few years, but left to join RE/MAX because it was a better fit. Ive been here for 10 years and Im number one in sales and income in my office and have the awards to prove it. Asked how hes doing in this tough market, he smiles and says, Its been pretty good for me because I know what Im doing. I admit, its an insecure time and clients look for experienced professionals. The Pelican has been working for me. My ad, Pauls Pick of the Week, has generated a lot of conversation and interest. In fact, Im closing on a condo sale this week as a result of that ad. In answer to the question whos buying, he says, Younger people, many of whom are first time buyers with good credit, are choosing homes in Old Pompano and Harbor Village. Old Pompano is popular because there are quite a few good buys there in solidly built homes. These young people like living in an historic district. Paul Webb Realtor with RE/MAX in Motion Is optimistic about the Real Estate marketSome of my clients are condo owners who are taking advantage of the low interest rates to buy a home of their own. Theyre tired of condo living and its rules and regulations. Continuing he points to Harbor Village as the new, desirable area.. Between the CRA improvements and the new Publix store, people who want to live in a mixed use neighborhood are gravitating to this area. They want to walk to banks, grocery stores and restaurants and they dont want to waste time driving long distances to work. Webb feels the market has reached a plateau, and is very near, if not at, the bottom. Sellers need to realize that the economy has changed. They must face the fact that a property is only worth what people are willing to pay for it, he says. Its just the reverse of eight years ago when it was a sellers market. A happy seller is the one who realizes a ready, willing and able buyer is better than no buyer. Those who wont face this are not going to sell. Sellers need to focus on their goals, their plans and how long they are willing to wait to reach those goals. About condo sales, he admits there are very attractive units for sale, price wise, but he cautions, be careful not to buy into a building with too many foreclosures. Those who make that mistake face very high monthly fees to make up for See WEBB on page 9 Paul Webb, Realtor, says Old Pompano and Harbor Village are neighborhoods enjoying new popularity. Webb is shown here in his of ce at 2301 E. Atlantic Blvd. in Pompano Beach.Oakland Park Oakland Park Main Street, in partnership with Big Dog Station, presents Gourmet on Wheels from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at the south end of NE 12 Avenue (Main Street) in downtown Oakland Park. Food trucks and artists will be downtown for an evening of food, live music, arts and crafts and a 50/50 raf e. For more information, call 754214-0041.Big trucks, big dogs hit Oakland Park District 4 meeting set for September 15Deer eld Beach Commissioner Bill Ganz has scheduled his next quarterly District 4 meeting for Thursday, September 15 at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held at Constitution Park Community Center, 2841 W. Hillsboro Boulevard. Light refreshments will be served. The quarterly district meeting is a communication tool that Commissioner Ganz uses to stay in contact with his constituents. He also publishes two e-subscriptions, the District 4 Crime Report, and the District 4 Monthly Newsletter. For more information on the meeting, call 954-480-4263 or e-mail web. commission@deer eld-beach.com.


The Pelican 9 Friday, September 2, 2011 owners who have defaulted. This Realtor feels $150,000 to $450,000 is the working class price range. He makes a very important point, saying, Buyers must be prepared to put down at least 20 percent which secures the equity in the home. The banks are more agreeable with this type of buyer and more likely to give the best interest rate, which currently is an amazing 2 to 3 percent. Over leveraged houses caused the situation weve been in. The buyer was able to get a home for very little down, but faced tough monthly payments. When the buyer couldnt make payments, it was easy to walk Realtor who makes the deal happen. Echoing these testimonials is retired Air Force Colonel Henry Hoffman, who says, My personal experience has shown me that Paul is experienced, honest, trustworthy and gets results. I have felt nothing less than 100 percent satisfied. Webb beams and admits, Theres nothing better than satisfied customers to keep a salesman like me buying and selling properties for enthusiastic clients. Call 954-8995041. because there was not enough invested. The banks should not have loaned money on this basis. And the buyer should have been more realistic. Both were to blame and both sides lost. To be a buyer, one must have some skin in the game and be willing to put down hard earned savings. These times offer an opportunity to realistic buyers and sellers to achieve what is still, The American Dream. Webb has collected many compliments in his career. Eddie Accardi, Accardi Motors says, My purchase would never have been possible without Pauls skill and diligence. I am glad to make a personal recommendation. Ronald Platt, Lighthouse Point attorney, says, Hes a no nonsense, top notch WebbContinued from page 8 Candidates for Hillsboros open seat must submit resumesHillsboro Beach Aspirants to the city commission seat vacated last month by Celinda Sawtelle have until Friday, Sept. 9, at 4 p.m. to present their resumes to City Clerk June Mark. The commission is expected to ll the seat at its regular meeting Tuesday, September 13, 9 a.m. The town charter requires they appoint someone to ll the vacant position. Sawtelle resigned July 12 citing business matters. Vice mayor at the time, she had been on the commission since March 2008. Her term expires in March 2012 and the person chosen to replace her will serve until then.


10 The PelicanFriday, September 2, 2011 By Cynthia ThumaPELICAN WRITERWilton Manors Theres nothing like taking care of business on a golf course. But in Wilton Manors some groups take to the lanes of the local bowling center. For the fth consecutive year, the trio of neighborhood associations in Wilton Manors have done just that, putting their pride on the lanes for the Wilton Manors Neighborhood Associations tournament at Manor Lanes on August 27. Its all the associations, said Celeste Ellich, treasurer of the East Neighborhood Association. We started it and got the plaque that hangs here. The winning team gets its picture in it for a year. The Island Citys movers, shakers and community activists lled the lanes, shared some laughs and bowled their best to uphold their associations honor. For the third year, the ENA -winners of the title in 2007 and 2010 -made off with top honors in a nailbiter, edging out the Westside Association of Wilton Manors, or WAWM, by an average series score of 346.15 to 341.82. WAWM was seeking the crown for the second time, having also won in 2008. The Central Area Neighborhood Association, or CANA, winners in 2009, didnt turn out enough bowlers to compete for the title. To be eligible, a team needed a minimum of 10 members. Although the competition was keen, the mood on the lanes was light. I bowl once a year, said City Commissioner Julie Carson, holding her own with the ENA team. I think Ive done four of them. My nephew was here earlier; I think hes done three of them. I think its wonderful. It brings the neighborhood associations together. High-game winners were WAWMs Debbie Barbuto and Brian Gordon. ENAs Ellich and Phillip Lester won high-series honors.Youth football kicks offPompano Beach Youth tackle football is no bigger anywhere in the nation than in South Florida, and one of the hottest spots is in Northeastern Broward County. Pompano Beach alone is served by three premiere programs the Tigers, Cowboys and Chiefs. And up through a few years ago, had been served by a fourth the Eagles. Deer eld Beach is served by two programs the Packer-Rattlers and the Raiders. Oakland Park and surrounding areas are represented by the Northeast Rebels. These teams play in a variety of leagues covering geographic areas great and small. The Northeast Rebels play in the American Youth Football League,or AYFL, which includes associations in Broward and Palm Beach counties. The AYFL started in 1996 with three teams and grew steadily. Its last growth spurt was in 2006, when the league changed its bylaws to add three teams from the United Youth Football and Cheerleading, which disbanded the Rebels, Deer eld Raiders and Fort Lauderdale Jaguars. In 2010 the Rebels program produced its rst Super Bowl champion its peewee team. AYFL was the fastest program out of the blocks in 2011, kicking off the season on August 13. The Deer eld Beach Raiders went on to become part of the Treasure Coast Football Conference, or TCFC, a Pop Warner organization for youths 5 to 15 years, which includes 18 associations in six counties. Regular-season play in the TCFC began August 27. The behemoth South Florida Youth Football League consists of 22 associations covering three counties, and more than 6,000 players. Northeast Broward has four representatives: the Deer eld Beach Packer-Rattlers, Pompano Beach Cowboys, Pompano Beach Tigers and Pompano Beach Chiefs. The programs have turned out many youths who have gone on to high school and college gridiron glory. A few have gone on to play professional football. Henri and Zack Crockett, Al Harris, Donnell are but a few. We all played for the Pompano Chiefs, says Henri Crockett, now retired from pro football, and operating the Crockett Foundation. The Crocketts, both Ely grads, played for Florida State before going into the pros. Harris went to college in Texas before the NFL. Bennett played for the Chiefs before going on to Cardinal Gibbons High, the University of Miami and the Kansas City Chiefs, where he played. Now retired from his playing career, Bennett is entering his third year as Northeast Highs head football coach. The SFYFL also began its regular season on August 27. Bowling takes the lead in WM, Pompano Bids head for the goal posts


The Pelican 11 Friday, September 2, 2011 We have worked hard to create a warm, loving and age appropriate educational environment that allows children to explore all areas of learning in a fun and positive way, says Michele Kerrigan, the perpetually effervescent owner of the award-winning Joshuas Tree pre-school. This well-established learning center has been dutifully providing the most trusted developmental environment for infants in the Pompano Beach area since 1990. We prepare your child for elementary school by providing stimulating and exciting lesson plans, adds the friendly entrepreneur who also enjoys the support of her co-proprietor husband Kurt a fully licensed nurse who works in the field. With a challenging curriculum, 3 superbly equipped playgrounds, cheerful classrooms and a dedicated staff, Joshuas Tree has earned many accolades from parents and State officials alike. We have received the Gold Seal of Excellence Award from the Child Care Licensing Department and our certified teachers all have Bachelors degrees Joshuas Tree, 7 NE 14th Avenue Pompano Beach, FL Tel: 954-943-KIDS (5437) www.joshuastreelearningcenter.comFor over 20 years, Joshuas Tree has been recognized as one of the nest pre-schools in Pompano Beachin child development as well as certifications is adult/infant/ child CPR, says Kerrigan with well-deserved pride. The relentless emphasis on early learning is designed to help kids from 6 weeks to 5 years old be better prepared to tackle the subsequent levels of our educational system. Many of our little graduates have gone on to attend prestigious colleges and Universities, says the visibly devoted Kerrigan. It is the philosophy of Joshuas Tree that early childhood should be a time of fun, warmth, security, exploring and discovery. Our staff tries to nurture and encourage these qualities in the children who attend. This family owned and operated pre-school offers a very low student to teacher ratio for a substantially more personalized pedagogical approach. Our pre-schools purpose is to provide an atmosphere that encourages social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth and development of the child as a whole, reiterates Kerrigan who also has two Licensed Practical Nurses on staff. In addition, Joshuas Tree participates in healthful local programs such as My Gym an exercise regimen for kids that offers a structured, ageappropriate, weekly class that incorporates music, dance, relays, games, special rides, gymnastics and sports. Children have loads of fun as they gain strength, balance, coordination, agility and flexibility while developing social skills, confidence and self-esteem. The conveniently located pre-school just off Atlantic Avenue is also a member C-Quell the Community for Quality, Early Learning & Literacy program started by Family Central. This federally funded community grant links parents, children and communities in Broward County through the combined goal of promoting early literacy and parent advocacy. The eminently affordable Joshuas Tree is a godsend for parents wanting to ensure a bright and exciting future for their offspring. I played Tball for the Joshuas Tree team when I was 4 yrs old, says a buoyant Dana Snider. Now I am back as a teacher after having completed my Family & Child Sciences Degree at Florida State University. With this kind of loyalty and dedication, local parents can rest assured that Joshuas Tree is a Pompano Beach institution that will give their progeny the best chance of success in a highly competitive world.Front view. Long time staff member Miss Gloria teaches the alphabet to a classroom of 2 and 3 year olds. At Joshuas Tree, the kids have plenty of outdoor playground space to keep active. Owner Michele Kerrigan takes a few minutes to pose with 2nd generation Joshuas Tree students. We are proud that the rst kids we had at the school are now sending us their own children!


12 The PelicanFriday, September 2, 2011 Nancy Nieto may not tower over other men and women in stature. But she knows construction and she knows how to build towers. She has built quite a few in her 42 years. This petite and perky woman has climbed on shaky rooftops to repair them, has climbed 400 foot towers and she doesnt hesitate to compete in the male-dominated business of construction. Actually its a natural that she followed in her familys footsteps building everything from building homes to communication towers since thats essentially where she learned the construction trade. Her familys company, Nieto Commercial and Residential Contractors, operated in Long Island, New York. In the summers, Nancy helped in just about every capacity as a child and through her school years. I started out remodeling kitchens, she says. I absolutely understand women when they talk about their kitchens. In my own house, the kitchen is our main room. In 1997 Nancy moved to South Florida where she had a job waiting for her. She also had a child waiting to be born, her daughter Camille. Nancy had come down here as Regional Director for Commsite International, a company that designed wireless communication systems. Her responsibilities included acquiring land to build the sites, obtaining permits and zoning approvals for the erection of communication towers. She managed the TCTS Contracting Firm, 1323 SW 1st Way, Deer eld Beach 954-429-8339 or 954-629-1396After horri c tragedy, Nancy Nieto makes the comeback to her world of construction with hard hat rmly in placeentire process until the tower was built and the system was on air. She managed about 60 employees and the company built about 200 towers on the project alone. But in 2005, when Camille was about 7, Nancys world exploded, literally. Hurricane Wilma had left many in South Florida without power. Nancy was very familiar with generators, so on Monday October 31st, she purchased a new one for her home in order to keep the refrigerator cooling and her family comfortable. But it kept surging down, she said. I had a bad feeling about it. I had to reset it twice within one hour of having it installed, and I nally shut it down. I told the family not to use it and called an employee to come pick it up the following morning. But then that awful Tuesday morning November 1st, someone in the family needed the power and turned the generator on. Within 20 minutes of operating the generator surged down, Nancy went outside to reset it and the generator just exploded. Subsequently, there were two explosions that followed. People in the house were screaming and the neighbors were screaming. One of the explosions threw Nancy against a concrete wall and she was on re. Unaware at the time that the impact against the wall had broken her jaw, her clavicle, four ribs, a broken nose and shoulder blade, Nancy knew she needed to shut down the power to prevent another explosion and the re from reaching gas cans that were in the area. Nancy ran towards the generator and with her good hand reached through the re in excruciating pain and managed to hit the power button. Then Nancy ran around the house and jumped into the pool. Then she started ripping her clothes off. All this happened in less then 2 minutes but to me it seemed a lifetime she recalls. She explains that after so many years in this business, that requires frequent safety training drills, ripping off the clothes keeps the material from sticking to the skin. Its something that you need to do immediately to save as much skin as possible. It was a bad morning, she says. and it wasnt even 7:30 a.m. All hell had broken loose in a matter of a second. Once at the hospital physicians began working on her desperate to try and save her life, nally they induced her into a coma, which lasted months. Most of her body suffered burns. Even today, part of her arms and hands remain wrapped for protection. Her jaw is still broken and she needs various surgeries to her knee and shoulder as well. Her medical bills spiked at about $2.4 million. At that time, Nancy lived in Lighthouse Point. In a very real way, Nancys survival had a lot to do with the way she had conducted not only her business but also her life. Hoards of people stepped in to help. To Nancy it seemed that the entire city of Lighthouse Point was in and out of the house her family rented while her home was being repaired.. We had lost everything. One family brought us a Christmas tree and truckloads of things we needed. All of a sudden it seemed that people remembered all the small things that I had done, that I did not even remember. They just hung in there for me and my family. Her own company had collapsed during her many months in the hospital. Employees stole everything that was not bolted down and customers that she had worked with for years, just dropped her from their vendors list, knowing the condition she was in. This was heartbreaking to Nancy. During this time Camille and her nephew Bobby and niece Nina had not been allowed to see her because of the severity of her injuries. Family members stepped in to care for Camille while Nancy began the long rehabilitation process. Regardless of everything that I have been through, Nancy says, I feel blessed and fortunate to be alive. I know I still have a long road ahead of me, but with the continued support of my family, friends and God, I know I will be ne. And she is. Today, Nancy sits at her desk, busy with her new company, TCTS Contracting Firm. Shes excited about Camilles new sport, gure skating, and her new construction company ts her ideally. I like to plan construction projects in a complete time frame. I keep the customers involved in the planning. They know when the plumber will come and when inspections are scheduled. In fact, some customers just give Nancy the keys during construction while they are away. In those cases, Nancy provides daily progress reports with pictures through email. This gives my clients a comfort level, she says. I also accept credit cards to help facilitate the payment schedule. We try to help the clients stay within their budgets. Now I build and design to provide turn-key projects. This requires a great deal of coordination between the different trades she says. Those operations range from building and installing fences to homes, bridges and buildings. Nancy says she uses the Oompa Loompa technique, referring to the characters of the same name in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movie where the Loompas work in perfect synchronization. Its critical to nd a group of people who can work with you. Coordination and project management are key. If one person deviates from the plan, it throws everybody else off. My goal is to ensure that our customers are not only satis ed but actually happy when the project has been completed. A happy customer provides good references and great referrals.Nancy Nieto, owner of TCTS Contracting has built trust and value with her clients since 1997. Members of BBB Lic.# GCG 1505939


The Pelican 13 Friday, September 2, 2011 By Ric GreenPELICAN GUESTLets get this out of way from the start. I am totally smitten with the 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS550. I never thought it was possible to have a crush on a car, but then I saw and drove the CLS550, it was true love. This is a state-the-art luxury four-door sedan that when asked to dance, acts like a sports car. That attitude is due in part to a new all-aluminum 402-hp 4.6-liter V-8 engine that sports twin turbos and a rapid-multispark ignition that can fire up to four times per millisecond. 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS550: A four-door sports car catches on The power plant is matched to a seven-speed transmission that has been re-engineered for smoother, more efficient and more responsive performance. Its futuristic sculpted lower bodywork profile and a grill that has been taken from the 1959 Mercedes-Benz190 twoseater also draw me to this piece of automotive art. The new 2012 CLS is the second generation of a car that was introduced six years ago as a stylish and pricier alternative to the E-Class sedan. Following its introductionSee MERCEDES on page 29


14 The PelicanFriday, September 2, 2011 ADVERTISING? ITS PART OF DOING BUSINESS. CALL US. 954-783-8700. our free market society, Lafer said. The day gets underway at the beach, 7:30 a.m., when runners in the 5-mile race hear the starting gun. They will be followed by runners and walkers in the 5K many of which represent teams like the one Castle Group enters called Castle Cares. Cathy Donnelly, marketing director for Castle Group, said 80 employees came out last year to either participate or cheer on their comrades. Her company believes Dunns Run is team building as well as an opportunity for employees to give back. We like it because anyone can participate. We are huge supporters of the Boys and Girls Clubs and have been since 2004 so this run hits all our buttons. Other companies counted on to bring large numbers to the event are JM Family Enterprises with upwards of 40, and JR Dunn Jewelers. There are valuable prizes for the team raising the most money and all entrants are eligible for rewards commiserate with their donation: those raising $100 for the charity receive a Brooks Dri-Fit t-shirt, those contributing $500 receive a Philip Fruitz or Garmin Forerunner sports watch. Top reward, a top-of-the-line Garmin watch, goes to one runner or walker contributing $1,000. Entrants should register prior to the run at parties being held Sept. 24 and Two Georges at The Cove. On Oct. Panera Bread, 2101 N. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach will hold registrations. Entrants will receive their race number, Dunns Run T-Shirt, good bad and a timing device. On race day, the band Atlas Shrugged will provide entertainment and Panera Bread will be serving breakfast. Other large donors include Comcast, JM Family, JR Dunn and Frank Congemi. Sponsorships are available beginning at $500. Booth rentals are $300. RaceContinued from page 5


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16 The PelicanFriday, September 2, 2011 St.Colemans Church to host funlled retro dance party featuring musical tribute to Elvis PresleyBy Malcolm McClintockPELICAN WRITERPompano Beach -This party is de nitely for the grown-ups, says event chairman John S. Borsi. We do so many activities for the kids that we thought it would be nice to put something together for the parents. It will give the adults a chance to get to know each other better. Sponsored and hosted by the St. Colemans Parish Mens Club, this Musical Tribute to Elvis Presley Dance Party is opened to everyone in the public interested in meeting new people or getting re-acquainted with old friends all while enjoying toe-tapping favorites from the 50s, 60s and 70s. But of course, the main draw will be talented local Elvis impersonator David Morin. I rst saw David perform at the Hard Rock Caf and he was truly excellent. We are very excited to have him as the star of our evening, says a visibly enthusiastic Borsi. Originally from the French Island of Martinique, Morin became hooked on Elvis at a young age when his father introduced him to the inimitable music of the King. The family then moved to Florida when Morin was 9 years old and, over the years, his passion for Elvis continued to burn ever brighter until his spot-on Elvis impersonation became a full time profession. He now entertains nostalgic fans all over South Florida with the backing of his TCB Band. Slated for Saturday Sept. 17 from 7 until 11 p.m. at St-Colemans Parish Hall, this throwback social will be raising funds to help refurbish the Hall itself. We do a lot of philanthropic work to raise money for good causes, says Borsi, a banker by profession who now devotes much of his energies to helping others in the community. Admission to the event is $15 per person and includes a dinner of gourmet hamburgers, hot dogs, loaded baked potatoes, salad, root beer oats & soda. Even more eye-watering is the all night Happy Hour pricing on beer and wine at $2 and $3 respectively. Bring your poodle skirts, bobby socks, saddle shoes or anything retro you can think of. We will be having many contests including dance, lipsync, hula-hoop and limbo, with trophies awarded to the winners! says the exuberant former commercial lender. The St-Colemans Mens Club is made up of about 500 members from the Parish and is extremely active in organizing fundraising events throughout the year. Charity drives such as the annual golf classic, the yearly shing tournament, the Childrens Christmas party, regular spaghetti dinners, weekly sh fries and a host of other activities allow the Club to collect donations for many of laudable and praiseworthy causes. The club helps groups like Americas Moms for Soldiers send care packages to our servicemen and women abroad. It is also tireless in its efforts to assist the Special Olympics of Broward County. We also have youth sports leagues such as soccer and Elvis impersonator David Morin will be leading the way at St-Colemans September 17th Musical Tribute to Elvis Presley Dance Party. Geared toward a more mature crowd, this $15 per person event will feature plenty of tasty food, fun prizes and, of course, great music. See ELVIS on page 17


The Pelican 17 Friday, September 2, 2011 basketball. At Christmas time, we provide free presents for disadvantaged kids and, in general, try to help as many other charities as we can all year round, adds Borsi. But on this occasion, although money is being raised for the Church, it is really about putting a friendly, convivial and affordable soire together for a demographic that actually remembers an era when songs were original, music had meaning and the future was bright. All our members and our Club president have been extremely supportive in this endeavor. Even the Womens Club is helping out! Honestly, where can you nd a fun party, a good meal, a great show and parking for $15 a person? says Borsi who is hoping this will become a regular event at St-Colemans. Indeed, at that price guests should have ample dollars left over to pay the babysitter or simply buy a new pair of blue suede shoes. Call John Borsi at 954 661 8007, visit the Mens Club website at www.stcmc. org or simply show up on Saturday the 17th around 7 p.m.to St-Colemans Church located at 1200 S. Federal Hwy in Pompano Beach. ElvisContinued from page 16


18 The PelicanFriday, September 2, 2011 Applications for Unsafe Structures BoardDeer eld Beach The city is seeking quali ed applicants to serve on its Unsafe Structures Board. Applicants for the nine-member board must be a permanent resident with technical expertise in one of the following areas: registered architect, electrical contractor, attorney at law, plumbing contractor, real estate appraiser, real estate property manager, or a citizen with experience and background in social problems. The positions for a registered engineer and general contractor are currently lled. Meetings are held monthly as needed. The boards duties include hearing appeals of decisions made by a building of cial and af rming, modifying or reversing the of cials decision, reviewing actions arising from non-compliance of a notice of violation and determining appeals pursuant to the Minimum Housing Code. For more information about serving on the Unsafe Structures Board, contact Jerry Ferguson, Director of Planning and Growth Management, at 954-480-4211 or jferguson@deer eld-beach. com. Information and the board application are available at www.Deer eld-Beach. com/advisoryboards. istrict 4 meeting scheduled for September 15 DEERFIELD BEACH Commissioner Bill Ganz has scheduled his next quarterly District 4 meeting for Thursday, September 15 at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held at Constitution Park Community Center, 2841 W. Hillsboro Boulevard. Light refresh-


The Pelican 19 Friday, September 2, 2011 for anything suspicious or signs of trouble. On foot patroling Exchange Club Park, they discover shattered glass all over the entrance to the restrooms where someone has smashed a large glass globe on an outside light. Ray reports his observation by radio, and a park maintenance worker is dispatched to clean up the glass. On patrol in shopping malls, Ray and Jackie pay close attention to parked cars, looking for children or animals that may be locked inside. They stroll through supermarkets and retail stores on the theory that their very presence in uniform may prevent shoplifting or more serious crime. If they spot something that needs attention, they call it in. There is no pretense that we are law enforcement of cers, and we dont want to get involved in anything hazardous Ray says. Thats not our responsibility. There are now 38 such volunteers. Most of them are assigned to a wide range of duties other than patrol. Cathy Lipton, for instance, works inside the police station one or two afternoons each week ngerprinting people who require prints for background checks for employment. When police had trouble contacting a business owner one night, Lipton spent a week visiting businesses to update the police departments contact list. When a rash of thefts from automobiles troubled a neighborhood, Lipton delivered yers door to door to warn homeowners. She and other volunteers patrolled a retail area where thieves had been busy stealing from elderly womens purses. On weekends, Lipton also helps on the marine patrol boat. Other volunteers use radar guns to identify speeders. They record auto registration tags so that a friendly warning letter about the 25 mph speed limit can be sent to the vehicle owner. The volunteers direct traf c at large public events, parades or festivals. The volunteers come from all walks of life. Among them are military veterans, an airline pilot, a nurse and a retired supertanker captain who now operates the police boat. Cathy Lipton joined last year. Ray Kathmeyer has been dedicated to public service since he retired 15 years ago. He loves living in Lighthouse Point and serves on the Waterway Committee and Code Enforcement Board in addition to helping the police. Anything I can do for the city, I want to do, he says. Ray recruited his wife Jackie, a pre-school teacher, and they patrol for two hours every Monday night. Between Jan. 1 and Aug. 22 this year, volunteers logged 1,389 hours of service. When Licata became chief eight years ago, the program existed with seven or eight volunteers. He changed that dramatically. Its nice to have them when we need them, he says. They help us do more with less.Editors note: To join this group of volunteers requires a background check and a department interview. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and live in Lighthouse Point. Call 954-942-8080.PatrolContinued from page 1


20 The PelicanFriday, September 2, 2011 By Judy WilsonPELICANDeer eld Beach Close to the start of a major expansion, the management of Toyota of Deer eld Beach threw a big party last week that attracted a large number city and elected of cials and community leaders. According to company spokesman Ted Smith, the party was meant to celebrate the economic blossoming of the city and pay tribute to those individuals who help spur development. David Mathews, general manager of the dealership, comes to town with years of experience and a reputation for community giving. He is the recipient of a major award given by the Chamber of Commerce in Pembroke Pines, Smith said. He wants to establish the same reputation here for charitable work. Mathew is the former manager of Toyota of Hollywood and of three dealerships in Pembroke Pines, including GM Lexus. In Deer eld Beach, the rst task facing the management team is building a brand new dealership. The greatly expanded facility at the present site, 1441 S. Federal High-Toyota introduces new management, plans for expansion at a festive event Deer eld Beach Mayor Peggy Noland is welcomed by David Mathews, general manager of Toyota of Deer eld Beach. State Rep. Gwyn Clarke-Reed is greeted by GM David Mathews. See TOYOTA on page 21The Florida Humane Society, one of Three Sets of Heroes honored at the party, was represented by its founders Bob and Carol Ebert. Other heroes were the DB Chamber of Commerce and US Army recruiters. [Photos by Jeff Graves]


The Pelican 21 Friday, September 2, 2011 Rev. Hyvenson Joseph WORSHIP DIRECTORY: PierContinued from page 1pier, at least in the beginning stages. City commissioners, sitting as the board of the Community Redevelopment Agency, or CRA, approved a $196,138 contract with Stiles Construction, Inc. to build the temporary bait house south of the current entrance. Construction may begin as early as September 12. Construction of a temporary walkway to the pier is set to begin November 1. Demolition of the current pier restaurant, bait shop and restrooms is planned for November 28 with the temporary walkway and bait shop ready for customers on November 25. The pier redo, in the planning stages for 18 months, is a LEED, or green building certi ed project. CRA Manager Keven Klopp said he is con dent it can attain the silver status meaning it will meet a large number of LEED requirements. Work on the pier should be completed in October 2012, Klopp said. The nished product will offer a wide entrance with ocean views, trellised walkway, two-story restaurant with ocean and dune views, a lifeguard/BSO lookout station, bait shop, and, according to architect Steve Edward, a fresh, 21st Century style. Still to be considered by the commission is the nal contract amount, now being projected at 12 percent over the architects rst estimate of $3.6 million. Representatives of Stiles Construction said prices being received from their sub-contractors are driving up the end cost. The cost is a little more than budgeted, Klopp said. The staff is pushing to reconcile this gap. I am con dent by the time of approval, there will be no concerns. Klopp said Stiles is getting wideranging bids from its subs and called it a volatile market. Commissioner Bill Ganz said I am really upset with the discrepancy. I am a painin-the-ass with my money, and Ill continue to be. Stiles will work under a guaranteed maximum price contract which means once approved there can be no change orders. Chamber appraisal is lowered The citys appraisers have taken a new look at the limitations on the use of the Deer eld Beach Chamber of Commerce Building and have lowered their estimates of its value to $376,000, from the original $420,000. Purchase of the building is on the CRAs priority list and ties in with the future development of Sullivan Park. Two weeks ago, commissioners turned down the chambers $399,000 price tag. Speaking for the chamber, realtor Kiku Martinson said the Broward County Appraisers Of ce has placed a $481,980 value on the 60-year-old building. Showing each commissioner the appraised value of their own home, she asked them if they would be willing to sell for that gure, generally considered to be well below market. If you would not sell your own property for its appraised value, why would you expect the chamber to? she said. Her query drew no comment from the board. way and on adjacent acreage where the Ramada Inn and a restaurant were located, will be state-of-the art Smith said. It will be light years ahead of what is here now. The dealership is owned by the Van Tuyl Group headquartered in Phoenix, AZ, that purchased it in December of 2009. The Group is the largest privately held operator of automobile dealerships in the U.S. with 65 locations in Arizona, Kansas and Texas. Both Mathews and Smith came to the company this April to launch the new facility. ToyotaContinued from page 20The Pelican 954-783-8700


22 The PelicanFriday, September 2, 2011 Whether coming home after work to a small apartment or a large mansion, the cool air is the rst welcome home most people get. And when that doesnt happen, many South Floridians just pick up the phone and call Air Magic. In fact they have been doing just that since 1969. And the folks at the family-owned company in Oakland Park know their customers as well as their air conditioners. They provide complete air conditioning services, advice and that welcomed relief when the house cools down again. Bob Krinkie, the young man from St. Paul, MN became owner of Air Magic in 1981. Bob moved to Pompano Beach and bought a home next to St. Colemans Church. He grew up in St. Paul, MN and worked at his familys business, Snelling Heating & Cooling Company, established in 1935. It is still in busines today under the management of his cousin Phil Krinkie. Bob and his wife Pam were attracted to Pompano Beach. It was a friendly place like Minnesota, Bob says. Now their daughter Lynn and her husband Dennis Johnson are among the eight employees at Air Magic. Lynn and Dennis have three boys, and Lynn is active with her sons in youth sports in Pompano. Lynn stations herself at Mission Control in the center of the of ce near Dixie Highway and Commercial Boulevard. She is busy taking calls and sending service technicians to service or repair the units. When he bought Air Magic, Bob brought the Carrier/Bryant brand with him. He carries all the other familiar names in air conditioning such as Lennox, Rheem, Ruud and Trane, but his signature brand is Bryant, the very rst air conditioner invented in 1902 by Dr. Wills Carrier. Bryant, an upscale unit, is the one that Bob installed in his own home two years ago. The fourton unit is Bryants top of the line Evolution model and is so quiet it is hard to know when it is running, Bob says. Because it runs slowly and cools very efciently, Bob calculates he has saved 55 percent a month on his electric bill since installing his Evolution. Air Magic specializes in the design, engineering and installation of residential comfort systems in homes, and Bob stresses the professionalism of his sales crew and his eld personnel. Air Magic offers other services to maintain climate control, duct cleaning, ltration and maintenance programs. The company also offers cleaning systems, the Bryant Perfect Fit Air Puri er and the Guardian Air Cleaning Systems. Other products at Air Magic include duct cleaning, maintenance programs, tune-ups, ductless systems, ltration and water source heat pumps. Two years ago, he installed both in his own home and that has removed all the smoke and pet odors as well as mildew. It completely cleared the air. Its an amazing system, he says. Currently, the manufacturer is offering rebates on the system. In these tough times, customers of Air Magic can nance the purchase of a new air conditioner in a variety of ways. Air Magic also stands behind its work and ensures their customers 100 percent satisfaction. But when Bob isnt on the job at Air Magic, he looks forward to spending some quality time with his numerous fruit trees that he planted shortly after moving here. Today he boasts varieties of fruit trees that few people have ever seen: Lychee, Sapodillas, Egg Fruit, Sweet Sop, Macadamias, Star Fruit, and the Barbados Cherry. An accomplished urban gardener, Bob recommends the Carrie variety of mango tree for backyards here because it produces a delicious and disease-resistant fruit and doesnt grow too big. The same can be said for the star fruit, which bears year round and produces a lovely ower. Bob is also a member of the Pompano Beach Elks Air Magic Air Conditioning 4910 NE 11 Avenue, Oakland Park 954-491-4557The family at Air Magic has a long history in air conditioningLodge and the Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce. He attends Christ Methodist Church in Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Lutheran Church. He says he was raised Methodist, but his father-in-law was a Lutheran preacher. When time allows, the ocean draws him to the beach where he enjoys jogging. But as this Air Magic Company has been the source for so many years of success, Bob still puts his clients at the top of his list. We believe in the MidWest traits of friendliness, honesty and sincerity, Bob says. We are here to help people. Simply call us.Lynn, Bobs daughter, and her husband Dennis, are part of the famous Air Magic team where members are always on call for cooling solutions. Bob Krinkie, owner and founder of the company stays active in the company..


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24 The PelicanFriday, September 2, 2011Robert E. Bateman amassed enough land to build Lighthouse Point and Coconut Creek, and his company has kept most of it insured. More than 60 years ago, native Floridian Robert E. Bob Bateman, founded the firm Bateman and Co. Real Estate and Insurance. It was July, 1947, a significant year for Pompano Beach. The bustling was taking place at the Farmers Market where young and old farmers were gaining wealth as the growers of winter vegetables that could be shipped north via the Florida East Coast Railway. The FEC station on Northeast Third Street and North Dixie Highway1947 stayed busy. It was the year that the City of Pompano and the Town of Pompano Beach merged. Two brutal hurricanes hit the city that year causing flooding as far west as Dixie Highway. 1947 arrived with a huge need for new homes. Bateman Bateman, Gordon & Sands Insurance, 3050 N. Federal Hwy., Lighthouse Point 9549410900Robert E. Bateman amassed enough land to build Lighthouse Point and Coconut Creek, and his company kept most of it insuredcontrolled much of the land where homes were going up. He helped found the cities of Lighthouse Point and Coconut Creek. And all of those new houses needed insurance. Two-car families were emerging. Those cars needed insurance. The landscape was ripe for insurance agencies.Bateman was on target.Batemans first office was on East Atlantic Boulevard. That original company focused on property insurance on homes cropping up on Hillsboro Shores and the surrounding cities. In 1954, Bateman decided to partner with his colleague Lloyd C. Cassels and formed Bateman and Cassels, Inc. This expanding business provided all forms of property and casualty insurance. We were more diversified back in those days, said Larry Sands, an officer of the firm. The economy and timing was good and business was good. Following their philosophy of consumer trust and service, Bateman and Cassels, Inc. saw great business growth between the late fifties and sixties. With business booming, diversifying was again the way to go. Batemans interest in the community was not entirely related to business. He joined Kenneth Daehler and John H. Weir to begin the foundation of the First Presbyterian Church, or The Pink Church. The original church held vesper services at the chamber of commerce building. Later services moved to the drivein theater on North Federal Highway near the Terry Ford location. Bateman donated land for the church. Today The Pink Church is a landmark. In September of 1961, Bateman and Cassels merged with another local businessman, Byron C. Gordon, and the firm was renamed Bateman, Cassels and Gordon. Larry Sands became part of the team via Gordon and Associates. The firm added life and health products in addition to real estate and the other various insurance policies. Around this same time, Nederlanden Marine Insurance was also formed within the firm. Well, we had a lot of retail business and some manufacturing and of course we had some construction, said Sands. We had personal lines. We were more spread out with different types of businesses or different types of insurances. Sands said the diversity in their business kept them ahead of the curve when it came to slow downs in the economy and that the company never suffered too badly. Several years following the death of Lloyd C. Cassels, in 1968, the business changed to Bateman, Gordon & Sands, Inc. In the early seventies, the firm offered financial services. Today Bateman, Gordon & Sands, Inc. is one of the largest independently owned, full service, insurance agencys in Broward County. All facets of insurance are being provided by experienced, licensed professional staff. Bateman, Gordon & Sands, Inc. is currently located on North Federal Highway in Lighthouse Point and is still owned and operated by relatives of its founder, Robert E. Bateman. In 2009, Bateman, Gordon & Sands, Inc. relocated to Lighthouse Point at 3050 N. Federal Highway, from Pompano Beach. [Above] Principals Larry Sands and Duran Brown [Below] Long time receptionist Nancy Russo has never missed a days work in 17 years Classic advertising in Pompano Beach s era featured Sands and other sales persons with short vignettes about the company.


The Pelican 25 Friday, September 2, 2011The Over Easy Caf, 318 E. Oakland Blvd, Wilton Manors 954-561-1177 www.theovereasy.comWe can remember when.. It was called Tommys Diner, now it Cathys place, It had three pay phones, now it has Wi-Fi, The walls were blah, and now the seascape hand-painted mural is discussed, Angie worked there in the 90s, now she works in the 2010s, Specials were listed daily inside, now they are on Facebook, The only thing healthy was oatmeal, now there are other options, We advertised on Selkirk, now its in the Pelican.. Those were and are the days of owner Cathy Cerniglia who has been in the restaurant business since 1995 when she and her husband rst opened this quaint eatery. We make just about everything from scratch says Cathy who has received multiple awards for her chili and pineapple upside down cake. In fact, the whole family has gotten involved with sons Michael and Tony also contributing to the success of this bustling diner. Offering a hearty selection of breakfast favorites, the Over Easy Caf is a great place to get the day started. There are approximately 20 varieties of omelettes on the menu such as the classic Western style with ham, green peppers and onions, the novel Bacon Cheeseburger and the more esoteric Greek omelette loaded with tomatoes and Feta cheese. On this day, Carol, recently home from a New York jaunt, was back for her favorite egg white omelette with spinach, and shes quick to praise the dish. They use fresh spinach. Its great along with another favorite, the black bean burger. As Oakland Park Boulevard vehicles race east and west, Over Easy patrons enjoy a For two decades, Wilton Manors Over Easy Caf has offered fresh menus, community service and its friendly welcomerespite from the noise and hurry as they enjoy their dishes. But what makes this caf the one patrons choose for a return? Its the food and the sincere welcome. Cathy and Angie Kilgore, a wait person, have both raised their children as they continued to work. The kids ate their meals here and worked on their homework at the counter or an empty booth. And they are doing well. Michael, 18, came in on this day with his girlfriend, Tina. The brownies looked good to them, so they munched down for a few minutes. Michael has been waiting tables here for a few years, but its Dads business that has intrigued him as a future job. He studies at Atlantic Vocation College in the machinist program, and he helps his dad at his shop, Pompano Machine in Pompano Beach. Asked what a machinist does, the young man reaches over and unscrews the top of a saltshaker. If its made out of metal, we can do it, he says. When asked how he feels about waiting tables, he laughs. Do you really want to know? And then his mom joins into the laughter. Many of the patrons know this family, and have seen both sons, Michael and Tony grow up. Tony has been cooking for the past ve years. Donna Reed, [Yes, thats her name], decides to join the conversation. At Over Easy, she says, the foods a gimmie. And getting to know Cathy is a big plus. No surprise there because after running Over Easy all week, Cathy stays busy with her Kiwanis Club helping the community. On Sept. 17, she and other club members are hosting a Kids Day at Wilton Manors Elementary School. The day will be lled with games and free hot dogs, chips, popcorn and sno cones. Entrance to the event is canned or non-perishable foods to help stock up the Wilton Manors Food bank. Two customers, Harry and Dale have already brought in 10 cases of food. Over Easy Caf is the choice for the A Student Breakfast held quarterly at Northeast High School to give honor to the students working hard and getting good grades. We also cater the Back to School luncheon for the teachers, Cathy adds. Cathy has found over the years that even with friendly service, its food that keeps Over Easy busy. She orders her bread from Protanos Bakery, a familyowned shop in Hollywood, and carefully supervises all quality when she stocks up. We deliver and do a lot of catering for breakfast and lunch says Cathy, For example, we prepare complete meals for many of the local kids camps as well as cater for many area attorneys and other professionals. Fresh homemade soups such as Chicken Tortilla, Loaded Pizza, Steakhouse and Gumbo are prepared daily. The lunch menu features an impressive array of sandwiches, burgers, salads and hot dishes. With $5 lunch specials and no item on the menu over $9, an outing at the Over Easy Caf will go over easy with your wallet. There is ample free parking, wheelchair accessibility and major credit cards are accepted. Another highlight for Thanksgiving is the homemade pumpkin pies. Unlike most, we make our pies entirely from scratch using pumpkins from the Kiwanis patch. Nothing comes from a can, says Cathy with the pride of a woman who knows how good her desserts are. This year she anticipates selling 200 pies For those who want to make their holiday experience a little brighter, reserve your own before it is too late! Cathy sits back and listens to son, Michael, as he discusses his future business plans. Over Easy cafe 1986. Tommy and Cathy in 1988. Tony Cerniglia, Cathy with Jenna Sappington Angie Kilgore and Cathy


26 The Pelican Friday, September 2, 2011 Classi edsCall 954-545-0013 PUBLIC NOTICEDeer eld Beach Housing Authority Invitation for Bids 2011-8 Grounds Maintenance The intent of tihs IFB is to select one Contractor to provide all labor, materials and equipment necessary for a complete grounds maintenance program for three (3) Deerfield Beach Housing Authority properties of varying sizes. Sealed bids will be received until Monday, Oct. 3, 2011 at 12 Noon at 533 S. Dixie Highway, Suite 201, Deerfield Beach, Florida, 33441. Bid packages are available for pick-up at the above address from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by emailing crobinson@dbhaonline.org. Direct inquiries to Pamela Davis, Executive Director at 954-425-8449, Ext. 12. HELP WANTEDBAIT & TACKLE CLERK Part Time 1 Or 2 Days Per Week. Retired OK! Pompano Beach. 954946-1307. 9-9 ROYAL MAID CLEANING SERVICE is hiring maids. Call 954-480-6243. 9-2 ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT For Property Management Firm. Data Entry, Client Contact, Assist Executive. FT/PT. 954-7727012. 9-2SEEKING EMPLOYMENTCNA ELDERLY CARE. Hospital And Nursing Home Experience. References Available. Live-Out. Hourly Rate. Call 954-993-4878. 9-2 LPN AT CNA PRICES! Will Give Tender Care To Your Loved Ones. Live Out. Broward Area Only! Dependable & Honest. References Available. Your Car Or Mine For Shopping & Appointments. 954-8957850. 9-9 CNA/HHA SEEKING Job For Elderly. 10 Years Experience. References Available. Hourly Live-in. Transportation. Reasonable Rates. 954-8822594. 9-2SERVICESOLD RETIRED PLUMBING CONTRACTOR Looking For Work. No Job Too Small. Free Estimates. CFC 027532. Low Rates. 954-496-6420. 9-2 DANNY BOY ELECTRIC Lic & Insured. Lic. #EC13004811. No Job Too Small. Free Estimates. 24/Hr Service. 954-290-1443. Beat Any Written Estimate. Sr, Discount. 9-23 HOME/OFFICE REPAIRS By State Certified G.C. Reasonable. CGC025802. More Information Call 954815-1007. CALL BRENDAN THE HANDYMAN!!! Construction & Repairs.. Carpentry, Plumbing, Roo ng, Masonry, Windows, Painting, Decking, Tile. Free Estimates. 954-7736134. Emergency Calls. 9-9 GOT JUNK? DUMP TRUCK CLEANUPS Trees/ Landscape, Yard Fill. Paint/ Pressure Wash/ Roofs/Home Repairs Welding, Etc. Dave 954-818-9538. 9-23BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIESNew GREEN technology. New defroster control saves energy in home refrigerators, commercial chillers. Patented. All optical. Simple mfg. Strategic partners needed..www.NewAvionics.Com. 954-568-1991. PATIENT TRANSPORT CAR SERVICE For Ambulatory Patients, Lucrative Well Established Business & Client List. 4 Accounts in Deer eld Beach Area, YearRound Doctors Pay For Transportation. $30K. 954725-0076. 9-9MUSICIANS WANTEDThe American Legion Symphonic Band is now accepting new members for the 2011-2012 season. College age to seasoned seniors are welcome. Rehearsals are held on Wed. evenings at American Legion Post 142 in Pompano. Percussionists, euphonium and clarinet players are especially needed. If you enjoy making music, call Jim McGonigal, Music Director at 954-647-0700 for more info.HOMES FOR SALELEISUREVILLE REDUCED $109,550. ATTACHE MODEL. 2/2, Garage, Front Porch. Very Private. 2 Active Clubs & Heated Pools. FREE Golf. New Water & Sewer System. 55+. Realty 3000. 561-8663839. 9-2 FT LAUD/IMPERIAL POINT Huge Corner Lot, 3/2, Pool/2 Car Garage. Great Sq Ft. Owner Says Sell! Asking $350K. Earthrise Realty. 954303-8284. 9-2HOMES FOR RENTPOMPANO BEACH Cottage Style House 2/1, Pool. Large Fenced Yard. $1075 Month. Call Darci 954-783-3723. 510 NE 35 Street. 9-9 CHARMING POMPANO 2/1 Large Fenced In Back Yard With Shed $1075 1 NE 34 Street. Call Darci 954-783-3723. 9-16 FORECLOSURESNOW IS THE TIME To Buy Foreclosures At The Best Possible Price. Yvette Gaussen Broker. 954-614-7773 yvettegaussen@earthlink.net. 9-2CO-OP SALESPOMPANO BEACH 1/1 On Water, Dockage Available At Your Door. $59,500. Coldwell Banker Barbara 954-6291324. 9-2DUPLEX FOR SALELAUDERDALE BY THE SEA Easy Walk To Beach & Shops. Rented As Triplex, Good Income. Lowest In Town $330K. Earthrise Realty. 954303-8284. 9-2 CONDOS FOR SALEPALM-AIRE #105 9th FLOOR. 2/2 Super Split King. 1500+ Sq Ft. New Air, Full W/D, Hurricane Windows, Lovely Piano. Nicely Furnished. Near Pool, Shopping CloseBy. Offered At $129K. Low Maintenance & Taxes. 954895-4596. Private Sale. 9-23 DEERFIELD BEACH Large 2/2 Enclosed Sunroom, 2 Walk-In Closet.s. 55+ Community. Pool. 3 Miles To Beach. $59,900. Call 954-4218114. 9-2 LIGHTHOUSE POINT 2/2 Condo 1st Floor. Great Complex. No Pets. $62,500. Call Barbara At Balistreri Realty 954-263-7129. 9-2CONDOS FOR RENTDEERFIELD BEACH Waterfront Furnished 2/2, Huge Balcony. Awesome View! Heated Pool, Cable, Covered Parking. No Pets Or Realtors. Good Credit Required. Annual $1100. Call 631-885-3342. 9-9 POMPANO A1A Nassau House. Direct Ocean SE Corner. Unobstructed View Of Atlantic. Oversized Living Room. Clubhouse, Pool. 2/2 Yearly $1200 Mo. 954-5880562. 9-9 POMPANO BEACH Oceanfront Condo 2/2 Pompano Beach Club 15th Floor Oceanfront. Views Of Ocean & Intracoastal, Restaurant, 2 Pools, Private Beach, Bar, Etc. Newly Updated. $2,500/Month. Pictures On Request. 570-2469240 Audrey. 9-2 DEERFIELD BEACH 2/2 Corner Unit. New A/C, Pool, No Pets Or Realtors. Good Credit Required. Annual $825/$850. Call 631-885-3342. 9-9APTS FOR RENTDEERFIELD/POMPANO BEACH 1 BR & 2 BR APTS FOR RENT. Remodeled, Paint, Tile, Etc. W & D On Site. Pool. Pet Friendly. Call George 954-809-5030. 9-23 POMPANO MCNAB RD & NE 18 AVENUE 1 & 2 Bedrooms Furnished/ Unfurnished. $675 $875 And Up. Pool, Tile Floors. Central A/C. 954-610-2327. 9-9 POMPANO A1A APARTMENTS & EFFICIENCIES Starting At $269. Includes Utilities, WIFI, Maid Service, W/D, BBQ, Pool Access. Pay Weekly Or Monthly. 954-943-3020 Ext O. 9-2 POMPANO BEACH 1/1 -1/2 Block To Beach $775 Per Month. 239-898-4799 For More Information. 9-2 412 SUNSET DRIVE, POMPANO BEACH. Owner/Agent 954-608-7368 QUICK MOVE-IN 2 BLOCKS FROM BEACH AMENITIES: POOL, LAUNDRY. EFFICIENCY $745/MONTH. EXCELLENT CONDITION INCLUDES ALL AMENITIES. $500 SECURITY. 9-9 POMPANO SE WEEKLY DSL Internet. Studios, 1/1, 2/1, 2/2 Luxury Furnished. Phone, Cable, Electric Included. PoolSpa, Laundry. Beach 1 Mile. $260 Week Up. 954-943-4992. 9-2 POMPANO BEACH Intracoastal Waterfront Lush Setting With: Pool/BBQ area/Laundry. 2 blks from beach. Studio, $775/mo., Large 1 BR/1 BTH, $1050 /Mo. 2 BR/2 BTH Separate House, Large Covered Patio, Private Pool, Electric Included, $1800/Mo. Quiet Secure Neighborhood. 954-5889317. 9-16 POMPANO 1/1 APT. & STUDIO Newly Renovated. Pool, Laundry. Federal Hwy No Of Sample Road. $700/$625 Per Month. Anthony 954-857-5207. 9-2 POMPANO BEACH 1 Or 2 Bedroom E OF FEDERAL Tiled, 10 Overhang. Walk To Everything. Park At Your Door. From $675 Month. 954254-6325. 9-2 POMPANO GARDENS $795 1/1 $200 Deposit. Nice Area Minutes To Beach Pet OK. Please Call 954-515-2554. 9-2 POMPANO BEACH 1/1 NW $650 SW 1/1 $725 2/1 $925 2/1 NE $950 TH 2/1.5 $1095 All FREE Water. Rent + $70 Mov-U-In. 954-7816299. 9-9 POMPANO BEACH 1 & 2 Bedroom From $495. Easy Movein. 1/2 OFF DEPOSIT. Remodeled. Great Location. 954-783-1088 For More Info. 10-7 STUDIOS EFFICIENCIESDEERFIELD BEACH A1A Live at the beach off season. Ef ciencies available for $275 Weekly, pay as you go, no deposit or security, cable, pool, laundry, wireless. Ocean Villa 954-427-4608. 9-9OUTDOOR STORAGEDEERFIELD BEACH OUTDOOR STORAGE For Boats, RVs, Commercial Vehicles & More. Call Chris At 954-520-1777. 8-19COMMERCIAL FOR RENT-SALEPOMPANO COMMERCIAL OFFICE Spaces Available. Ranging From As Low As $500 To $700 Depending On Square Footage. Please Call Darci At 954783-3723. 9-9 SPECIAL SALE 264 SQ FT Secure Warehouse Space In Pompano Beach. Call 954543-0146. 9-16 COLLECTIBLESAVON COLLECTIBLES Christmas Plates 1970 2009. Ruby Red Cape Cod Service For 8. Steins From 1970 1995. Best Offer!!! Pompano 954-785-7594. 9-2 CARS FOR SALELINCOLN TOWN CAR, Immaculate, 4 Door, White Top, White Leather Interior, One Owner, Handicap Parked No Dings, See Virtual Tour: www.photoshow.com/watch/ EU7XF8CA. Also Craigslist. Reduced $1500. Now $9400. 954-868-6517. 9-2MUSICAL ITEMSBABY GRAND PIANO $1,200 FIRM. CALL 954-783-8700. ORGAN for SALE Excellent condition. $400. Call 9542950194. EQUAL HOUSING OPORTUNITY Advertise in The Pelican for coverage in nine North Broward cities. The Pelican 954-783-8700 We Mean Business!


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28 The Pelican Friday, September 2, 2011 Weekly Fishing ReportCapt. RJ Boyle is an experienced angler in South Florida. His studio is located in Lighthouse Point. Call 954-420-5001.. This week in fishing has been not very solid in any one category. In other words a lot of fish have been caught,but just not consistent for any one species. The daytime sword bite has been off a little bit as one day we will see three or four bites, and the next day maybe one if were lucky. Yet the fish that are caught have been above average. We are also getting a lot of reports of nice dolphin being caught while waiting for the sword bite. These dolphin are in the 20 to 30 pound range. The wahoo bite has also been off and on, and the fish that have been caught are in the 20 to 70 pound range with the majority of them being caught off the edge of the reef in the 300 to 400 foot range. With the snapper spawn ending, the bite has slowed considerably, the exception being during the Saturday afternoons passing storm. The large swell shook the reef up a little, and some nice muttons and mangroves were biting through Sunday, Hopefully next weeks report will not include inconsistency. Get Tight RJ The PelicanWe Mean Business954-783-8700


The Pelican 29 Friday, September 2, 2011 Shhh! The babies are already nesting. Watch your step on the beach. Its turtle season in South Florida MercedesContinued from page 13 in 2006 the design would become one of the more influential, forward-looking designs of the last decade. The CLS550s unique profile has its maker calling it a four-door coupe design. The DNA of the MercedesBenz CLS550 now shows up in luxury cars like the Jaguar XJ, is very obvious in the Volkswagen CC and also appears in the new Hyundai Elantra. I think it is that design combination of the old and new that has turned my head. Performance with style has always been the trademark of the vehicles that wear the three-pointed star. Mercedes Airmatic suspension is standard and it offers a choice between comfort and sport settings. Given that my CLS550 test car was riding on the optional 19-inch wheels, and ultralow-profile 35and 30-series tires, the air suspension was able to deliver great ride quality. A hallmark of a MercedesBenz coupe has long been its exquisitely crafted 4passenger interior. The 550CLS is laid out as a true 2 + 2 as a full-length console divides the cabin into four separate comfort zones. Each seat is individually contoured for its sole occupant. And every detail, from the hand-finished wood and leather trim to its abundance of advanced features, is impeccably executed. Racecars performing four-wheel disc brakes are another reason to like the CLS550. When you lift off the accelerator quickly the Predictive Brake Priming system sets the pads closer to the discs, for a more immediate response when you hit the brakes in a panic stop. The base price of $71,380 means this car will sell well in South Florida. Plus there are some great options that while pushing the price tag higher, I feel are worth the money. Available options I would recommend include a backup camera, heated and active ventilated front seats, adaptive high beam assist, full-LED headlamps, a lane tracking package that lets you know if you are drifting from your lane, and my new favorite option in any car; blind spot assist which notifies you when a car is beside you out of your field of vision. Night vision assist and Parktronic are also available. After spending time behind the wheel of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz 550CLS, I know I have found a new addition to that handful of autos I will refer to in the future when asked by friends what is my favorite car. Now if I could just win the Lottery.


30 The Pelican Friday, September 2, 2011 By Judy VikPELICAN STAFFOakland Park Commissioners moved another step forward with redevelopment plans for Main Street with action taken on Wednesday. They authorized city officials to execute a loan agreement and promissory note with Broward County for $695,393 to acquire property Purchase completes a tract central to redeveloping Main Streetat 3148 NE 12 Avenue. Funding for the purchase, along with soft costs and demolition, is being requested under the countys Loan to Grant Program. The city has amended an agreement with the county to make county Redevelopment Capital Program, or RCP, funds originally targeted for the NE 5th Avenue Improvement project available to the Loans to Grant Program. The city completed the 5th Avenue project without using RCP funds. Available to the city is $1.093 million, more than enough for this new acquisition for which the city has offered $675,000, the lower of the two appraisals it received. The funds must be used by June 2012. The purchase from Oakland Park Leasing, Inc. is subject to county commission approval. Commissioners approved the staff recommendation to adopt the ordinance on first reading, 4-1, Mayor Suzanne Boisvenue dissenting. They also approved a staff recommendation to amend the Interlocal Agreement with the See PURCHASE on page 32


The Pelican 31 Friday, September 2, 2011 Please wait while I get the door, said a young woman when The Pelican arrived for this interview. Although looking very young, it turned out that Rose Lonce, who opened the door had two favorite titles: a grandmother and a Bichon Frise specialist. About nine dogs roamed around the spacious grooming area, contented and curious with guests and with each other. At three grooming stations, one student and three groomers were busy with more dogs and one cat. And there was a complete absence of barking. Lisamarie Silverman, owner of Pets Playground since 1966, stood with the cat as its nails were being trimmed. This is more than a grooming salon; Pets Playground is a grooming school that offers full certi cation for people wanting to enter this growing business. The school presently has 11 students at various stages of completing their required 300 hours. Silvermans second school of the same name is located in Margate, 326 State Road 7. She and her co-owner, B.J. Agouino have been grooming and caring for pets there for eight years.Pets Play Ground 1296 N. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach 954-782-4994 Pets get the full treatment at Pets Playground from grooming to pedicures and all day care with a cageless recreation areaThere is a major need for certi ed groomers, she says. And groomers make from $30,000 to $100,000 depending on their locations and specialties. Theres plenty of work out there. She adds that pets, particularly in South Florida are considered part of the family. And with this climate, pets need the air-conditioned space of a house just as much as humans do. Too much sun for pets can lead to skin cancer. And here at Pets Playground, these animals get the same respect as people get, possibly more. Theres singing, laughter, treats and in some cases, dancing to keep the stress low and the pets contented as they are bathed, groomed, trimmed and uffed. But not all dogs or cats get the run of the salon. They must be spayed or neutered and have a non-aggressive personality to be in the main room, says Silverman. But that doesnt mean a cage, something that Silverman doesnt like. These animals stay in special spacious suites where they can see and hear the activities, and the staff can watch them as well. And there are runs outside for those dogs that need a bathroom break. Lonce, the Bichon specialist, is also a licensed veterinarian assistant and a teacher here. She explains the issues surrounding the Bichon. These dogs are known for their bell-shaped heads. Some owners are taking them to shows, and they are very particular about the grooming. From her previous work as a veterinarian assistant, Lonce says the rst focus is on safety for the animals and the people. Silverman, whose calm spirit and knowledge of the industry, emanates throughout the salon, gives credit to her late husband, Glen, for helping the business get on its feet 15 years ago. He died in 2003, He always said, I was the grease and he was the wheels in the early days, Silverman says, even though its clear that today, she is the driver of this popular business which also operates as a daycare facility for dogs and cats. Some pets are dropped off for day care only and picked up in the afternoons. Silvermans love of her clients is obvious with every move. And she has good advice to offer to pet owners. With new dogs, you cant just dump them with a trainer. You have to go with them, she says. And if you are looking for a pet, please go to a shelter and grab an animal on death row. Beyond that she says prospective owners should match the animal to their personality and to their homes. Big dogs and small apartments are not good matches, she adds. In her role as a groomerteacher, Silverman follows a very strong code of ethics. We are a tight knit community. Groomers are needed right now, and we are here to give our students careers. There are lots of positions available all over this area. We suggest that our students work in shops for a year or two before they go out on their own. And if they do start their own business, she adds, They are required to stay outside a ve-mile radius from this school.Katie Rhoady keeps her quarter horse at Sand & Spurs in Pompano Beach. Being around animals is a natural for this assistant teacher at Pets Playground. Giving her a hand with a cat grooming is Lisamarie Silverman, owner of Pets Playground.. Rose Lonce puts the nishing touches on two puppies who are anxious to get back to the playground. Wilnelia Quant has completed 200 hours at Pets Playground. She hopes one day to own a grooming salon of her own.


32 The Pelican Friday, September 2, 2011 county to participate in the Loan to Grant Program for $763,041. Funds would go to land acquisition, demolition and site improvement. The city plans to demolish most of the blighted property at the southern entrance of Main Street at Oakland Park Boulevard. The purchase completes a large tract of land that will be available for redevelopment, according to Ray Lubomski, community and economic development director. An environmental assessment shows no evidence of contamination, he added. The building formerly housed a T-shirt store and a golf store. The northern portion is occupied by the Big Dog Saloon, under lease with the current owner. Commissioners also approved a recommendation to improve the area for an amount not to exceed $82,198.Commissioners approve increase in ambulance fees In other business, commissioners gave initial approval to increase the citys ambulance fees. The fees havent been raised since September 2005 and are the lowest EMS transport fees in Broward County, according to Donald Widing, fire-rescue chief. The vote was 3-2, Mayor Suzanne Boisvenue and Commissioner Jed Shank dissenting. With the changes, fees for basic life support increase from $400 to $670. Fees for ALS1 (advanced life support) go from $400 to $700 and for ALS2 from $530 to $750. Widing said the increases are expected to result in an increase of $101,000 in revenues.PurchaseContinued from page 30 Call The Pelican 954-783-8700 See Answers on page 29The Pelican, We Mean Business 954-783-8700

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