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Nova Scotia—A Northern Delight PAGE 10
Pompano Beach Centennial Park A Reality! PAGE 36
Pompano Citi Centre Pet Expo PAGE 30
Over Ninety-Year-Old’s
Annual Luncheon PAGE 67
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Around the Point is a column that includes news items relevant to the residents of LHP.
We reserve the right to reject material that may not be in the best interest of the community.
A r o u n d t h e
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MOMS’ CLUB NEED FUNDS TO
PROVIDE SHADE FOR KIDS
The Lighthouse Point MOMS Club has adopted a new project
of putting a shade covering over the large playground at Dan
Witt Park! The shade covering will really make the park
enjoyable all year long. We can all remember times when the
slide was just too hot to slide down! We also are very aware of
the harmful effects of the sun on our children's skin. It would
be really nice to enjoy our beautiful weather with just a little
more shade at the park this summer!
The LHP MOMS’ Club has been working hard, raising funds
by selling water and popcorn, among other novelties at our
city's recent events. They have also begun to sell engraved
bricks in the walkway leading up to the playground. The last
time these bricks were sold was ten years ago, and now a whole
new generation of children will be able to play at the
park, enjoying the legacy of those engraved before them!
The bricks are for selling for $100 and can be purchased on
our website www.shadethepark2010.com. Other naming
opportunities are also available. If you are interested, please
contact Julie Marshall at 305-733-9198 or Jennifer Castresana at
954-770-4707. If you love this park, PUT IT IN STONE!
PLEASE SUPPORT RELAY FOR LIFE!
American Cancer Society Deerfield Beach-Lighthouse Point
Relay for Life event begins at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 1st and
continues until 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 2nd. It will be held
at Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach, FL. This is the 26th
Anniversary of the Relay For Life event.
I am raising money for my team which is participating in the
event. Last year our DB/LHP event raised $102,000. If you are
interested in donating to my team which is Healing Spirits, you
can go to my page which is: http://main.acsevents.org/site/
TR/RelayForLife/RFLFY10FL?px=5585624&pg=personal&fr_id=
21035
You can either donate online, or send a check to me, made
out to the American Cancer Society.
Also, we are looking for survivors to honor, so if you or a
loved one would like to participate, please come shortly before
3:00 p.m. to sign up, or you can sign up on our website.
Survivors receive a lovely purple survivor T-shirt, are recognized
during our opening ceremony, and are treated to a delicious
dinner from CJ’s Draft House in Deerfield Beach.
About 9:00 p.m. on Saturday night we have a luminaria
ceremony where we place the names of people that either
survived cancer or passed from it on a white bag saying in
honor or memory of the person’s name with a candle in it and
we remember them as we walk the track all night long.
I’ll make a luminaria bag for your friend or family member,
please provide me with their name and if it’s in honor or memory.
I truly appreciate you being a part of my life and I am so very
blessed because you are my friend.
Best wishes and friendship always, Carol Landau
SOLVING THE
FORECLOSURE CRISIS ONE
HOMEOWNER AT A TIME
Kimberly Nelson of RE/MAX Partners
has earned the prestigious Certified Dis -
tressed Property Expert (CDPE) des ig -
nation, having completed exten sive train -
ing in foreclosure avoidance and short sales.
Short sales allow the cash-strapped
seller to repay the mortgage at the price
that the home sells for, even though it is lower than what is
owed on the property. With plummeting property values, this
can save many people from foreclosure and even bankruptcy.
In the Lighthouse Point area, there are some homes in danger
of being foreclosed on in all price ranges. Local experts even
say that high priced homes are not immune.
“This CDPE designation is invaluable as I work with sellers
and lenders on complicated short sale,”said Nelson. “It is so reward -
ing to be able to help sellers save their homes from foreclosure.”
“The first step toward relief in this situation is to consult a
professional Realtor that has this highly specialized designation.”
Said Kim. This can make all the difference in the world
toward finding a workable solution while there is still time to
take action.”
Alex Charfen, founder of the Distressed Property Institute,
said that Realtors with the CDPE designation have valuable
training in short sales that can offer homeowners alternatives to
foreclosures, which virtually destroys the credit rating.
CDPE is the premier designation for Realtors handling short
sale negotiations with lenders.
“My goal is to educate as many people as possible, so that
we can help as many homeowners as possible,” said Nelson.
SURGERY NEEDED FOR COOPER
By Linda Bourguet
This past summer, my
mom noticed that Cooper,
her year-old Shih-Tzu mix
(named after actor Gary
Cooper), had a gray cast
around his eyes. My mom,
having bad arthritis in her
legs and osteoporosis in her
hips, could barely make it
around her house, and found
it impossible to care for him.
A visit to a veterinarian
ophthalmologist confirmed
our worst suspicion that
Cooper had juvenile cataracts and would most likely be blind in
six months. Surgery would be $3,000 for both eyes. As much as
we loved Cooper, this was beyond my budget, and assisted
living for mom was going to cost $3,000/month.
Well, Elizabeth at Gigi + Luca Pet Boutique came to my
rescue. She is presently fostering Cooper at the store. “He is
very well behaved and one of the sweetest dogs I’ve ever met,”
says Elizabeth. Word of Cooper’s plight has spread throughout
the community. As much as several people would like to adopt
him, none has the funds for his surgery.
Stephanie Fischer, a dog lover who works with animal rescue
groups, is spearheading fund raising efforts for Cooper. Cooper
now has his own Facebook page, “Help Cooper,” where you can
see all the latest information on his progress and make a
donation for his surgery.
Please do what you can to help Cooper. How could you not!
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10 Nova Scotia
Travelogue
15 St. Coleman’s
Italian Festival
30 Pompano Citi Centre
Pet Expo
40 Food for the Poor
Charity
42 Dr. Hari Singh
on Anti-Aging
67 Over Ninety-Year-Old’s
Annual Luncheon
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I’ll Take a Window Seat,
If You Don’t Mind
The latest NASA project has attached
a $27 million observation deck to the
International Space Station which will
provide unprecedented 360-degree
spectacular views of the earth and
possibly a serious peek at whatever
space garbage may be passing by.
The Associated Press reported that
the new lookout area, which can simply
be described as a bay window, is
approximately 5 feet tall and 10 feet in
diameter, with its round central
window at 31 inches across. I can see
the astronauts now, fighting to see who
will look out the 31-inch window first.
Certainly five astronauts cannot look
out a 31-inch window together, now
can they?
Hey, I’m as American as the next guy,
but once again our taxpayer dollars are
being used with tremendous disregard
for the needs of our people on mother
earth. Compound that with the cost of
the crazy wars we find ourselves
fighting, and the end result is a country
in an uncontrollable tailspin.
A brief news flash reported that the
government may ease up on the NASA
program because of the downturn in
the economy. But that news, like the
promise to get every American the
same medical treatment as those who
serve in Congress, is an example of the
continuing spin coming out of talking
heads in Washington.
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Changing Times Means
Making Personal Changes
About 10 years ago,
the job I loved the most
was performing as a
pianist at hotels, in
Broadway theaters, or in
a concert venue. But it
was plainly evident that
a huge change was
taking place in all segments of the
enter tainment industry, and a decision
regarding survival had to be made
quickly. Change translates to “going
with the flow” axiom, in that you must
face the problem and deal with it as
quickly as possible.
In “Switch: How to Change Things
When Change is Hard,” a new book by
Chip Heath and Dan Heath, they
approach the subject of hanging onto
old habits and provide us with tools
that are more effective than “willpower,”
leadership,” and such. Through infor -
mative stories, the authors cover many
subjects plaguing those sometimes
unwilling to face change (like me). This
book may help, but must be read with
an open mind.
M A G A Z I N E
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for the Deerfeld Relay. In addition, it is the frst year that the Deerfeld Beach/Lighthouse Point Relay
for Life achieved over $100,000 in donations. Balkan & Patterson was proud to be a contributor to this
outstanding achievement.
If you would like to join the Balkan & Patterson team PINK POWER, or learn more about sponsoring
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Al’s Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Anti-Aging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Around the Point . . . . . . . . . . . 5
As I Was Saying . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Beauty Spot of the Month . . 26
Broward Mayor. . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Cantankerously Yours . . . . . . 56
Cookin’ with the Community. 62
Editorial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Eyes Have It. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
Garden Lady . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Green Harriet . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Happy Birthday . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Hot Off the Grill . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Identity Theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
I Love My Pet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Legal Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Library News. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Lighthouse Point Chambe . . 19
Mortgage News . . . . . . . . . . . 48
On Religion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Out & About . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Pet Birthday Gallery . . . . . . . 71
Sheriff Lamberti Reports . . . . 64
Skin Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
Strange, But True . . . . . . . . . . 54
Boo and Rocky
Hello Lighthouse Point,
Our names are Boo and Rocky. Boo is white, like a ghost, and Rocky looks like
a raccoon. We have lived in Lighthouse Point for most of our 14 years. Boo was
born in Jupiter but Rocky’s birthplace is unknown, since he was dropped off in
the street by an irresponsible human.
We enjoy chasing the birds, lizards, frogs and other critters in the yard. When
we were younger we used to jump the six-foot fence just to agitate our owner.
Now we are too old to jump that high without bodily injury. So mostly we sun
ourselves outside in the winter and stay indoors in the summer.
We also do tricks for company. Simple things like shake hands and rollover.
We refused to jump through flaming hoops or speak like a dog. We are cats
after all.
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I Love My Pet
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you love your pet, your name, address, phone and the name of your pet.
Send photos by regular mail, or by email as a PDF or jpeg file to
LHPnews@bellsouth.net. No photos will be returned.
To accommodate the many
requests we get for our publication,
copies of the Lighthouse Point
Magazine are now available during
the first week of each month at:
LHP Library, Police Station,
Red Fox Diner, LHP Yacht &
Racquet Club, J. Marks, Yahoo’s,
Rita’s Ice, Bonefish Mac’s, Duffy’s
Diner, Federal Grill, European Eden
Buffet and Offerdahl’s Cafe.
Call for other locations.
APRIL QUOTE
“If you ever injected truth into politics, you’d have no politics.”
– Will Rogers
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he Maritime or Atlantic Provinces of Canada are
composed of three distinct Provinces. Nova Scotia, New
Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. All offer miles of
diverse scenery and cultures. Although the distances are
small, covering all the ground via the scenic routes can be
time consuming. Our ten days covered the entire coastline
of Nova Scotia with a very small portion of New Brunswick.
There may be friendlier, more helpful people
somewhere but I would be hard pressed to know where
that might be. We found them all to be, to quote a friend,
quaintly refreshing. They will offer directions and if they
don’t know will ask you to wait a minute, run inside and
seek someone who does.
Our math skills were tested immediately by the metric
system; converting the kms to miles and the temperatures
from Celsius to Fahrenheit. There are easy ways and it soon
became second nature. (FYI: 2685 kms represents about
1,491 miles.)
When to go: Their summer season is roughly June
through September with fall crossing September through
November. Our temperatures (September 8 through 18)
ranged from early morning lows of 50°F (10°C) to 70°F
(20°C) We chose the fall for the cooler weather and the
hopes of better whale watching but any season will offer
its own qualities and experiences. Many of the sights,
restaurants and B&Bs close for the “winter” after
Thanksgiving (theirs is October 13) so travelers should be
careful about planning!
The food: Throughout the provinces, food represents a
mix of local and international cuisine. As a rule the food is
simple, basically prepared seafood, mostly scallops, lobster
and Haddock. It is always fresh but there is not a large variety
of dishes or culinary experiences. There was an abundance
of fish, but we found limited vegetables and salads, lots of
French fries and a smattering of pizza places in most towns.
There are a few foods that must be tasted if you are to
say that you have truly sampled the local cuisine.
Poutine comes in two “styles” and they differ depending
upon locale. In New Brunswick, it is a meat filled ball
covered in a potato mixture and cooked. In Nova Scotia it
is French fries, covered in gravy and topped with
mozzarella cheese curds. It can be found in all the “fast
food” as well as Italian restaurants (here the gravy is
tomato) throughout Nova Scotia.
Rapur or familiarly Rappie Pie is best described as a
variation of pot pie. A traditional Acadian, dish it derives
its name from the French term for “grated potatoes.” It has
a flavor similar to chicken pot pie or chicken soup. All
the water is removed from potatoes which are then
layered lasagna style over a meat, chicken or fish mixture
and baked. The potato layers take on a bit of a gelatinous
texture which, while not attractive to look at, is delicious.
Getting there: Nova Scotia is easy to reach by air as
well as by the “Cat Ferries” from Bar Harbor and Portland
Maine. These are sleek, well appointed ships with any and
all amenities one could possibly need for a three to six
hour trip (depending on beginning location and final
destination). These amenities range from shopping and
restaurants to first run movies and kiddie playrooms. We
chose the most direct route; a flight to Halifax.
Getting around (via car): The province of Nova
Scotia is divided into regions. Each region has at least one
significant travel route, off the highway system. These
are: The Eastern Shore, Cape Breton Island, Northumber -
land Shore, Fundy Shore and Annapolis Valley, Yarmouth
and Acadian Shore and South Shore. Each presents its
own flavor.
Scenic routes are marked as “trails,” “routes” or “drives”
each with a blue logo on white sign and clearly marked.
Otherwise, signage is poor at best and non-existent at
worst. Many places will be marked in one place with no
follow-up. Even some sights named in the travel guides
offer no further directions so staying alert is a must.
Our GPS was a God send. Though there were addresses
in the books for the B&Bs that we chose, they were
frequently not in towns or cities and the address was
difficult to find. Take the time to “Google” the coordinates
for these places and enter those into the GPS. Those will
be found easily.
Accommodations: We chose B&Bs and Country Inns.
There are chain hotels available however smaller villages
and towns rarely offer them. The ways of the B&B have
changed. Most own enough land that they have added
newer units to the property. While some of the additional
units are done in period style many are not so we chose
the old whenever possible. Since many of them are in rural
locations choosing an Inn over a B&B is a good choice.
These will offer not only breakfast but dinner as well
(reservations usually required). The breakfast is not
included in the room price at the inns as they are in the
B&Bs but they were handy and the food was great.
2685 Kilometers Around
Part I
By Judy Sullivan, Photos By Bill Sullivan
On The Road Again:
Nova Scotia
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HALIFAX
An interesting blend of the old and the new with both
18th and 19th century architecture and bold skyscrapers,
Halifax can easily be explored on foot. It seems to be the
hub of the scenic travel ways for the province and is
situated on one of the deepest harbors in the world.
While we saw most of the city via car, we did make a
stop at the Fairview Lawn Cemetery. The cemetery is the
resting place for 121
souls lost to the Titanic
disaster. The White Star
Line paid for simple
granite markers for each buried there. Some of the families
paid a higher sum for more elaborate markers. In addition,
19 are buried in the Roman Catholic cemetery and 10 in
the Baron de Hirsch Cemetery. The names and date of
death (April 15, 1912) are inscribed on the stones. Those
who were unidentified were left blank and names are
inscribed as they became identified, a continuing process.
The graves are laid out in gentle curves said to follow the
curves of the landscape but also suggest the outline of the
bow of a ship. One of the best known is that of an
unknown child. Though the child has now been identified
the marker still bears the inscription “An unidentified child”
It was commissioned by the sailors of the CS MacKay-
Bennett, the ship that recovered the body. This was one of
the few grave sites with flowers and the only one with
children’s toys
THE EASTERN SHORE;
MARINE DRIVE
The Eastern Shore runs roughly from Halifax to
Guysborough. As early as the 1600s, permanent
settlements were springing up along the Eastern Shore.
Most were driven by the abundance of fish. As the ships
became bigger, better and travelled further out to sea the
need for faster ships became necessary in order to get the
catch home before it spoiled, hence the shipbuilding and
lumber industries began bringing prosperity to the region
as well. Soon some mining followed and there are
remnants of mining communities along the eastern shore.
A few Acadian communities were established along the
Eastern Shore. These were established in the early 1700s
when the Acadians (French) petitioned the government to
settle this region. Traditionally farmers, they found the hard
rocky soil unsatisfactory for farming and turned to the sea
for cod, mackerel and lobster.
We began in Halifax/Dartmouth metro area and traveled
north on the Marine Drive. The Eastern shore is dotted
with charming seacoast communities with interesting
names such as Ecum Secum, Sober Island and Musquo -
doboit Harbor. It features a rugged diverse coastline with
salt marshes and sea birds. There is an abundance of small
museums, hiking trails, historic fishing villages, restored
areas and provincial parks. Most Eastern Shore settlements
have historic churches as their centerpiece.
The recreated village of Sherbrooke is a living history
of restored buildings and costumed inhabitants
demonstrating the early days of shipbuilding, lumbering
and gold mining of 1860 to 1890. Nearby one can visit
MacDonald’s Sawmill. Powered by water it no longer
functions but clearly shows the old methods.
Standing atop a bluff and reached via a small gravel road
stands the Fort Bickerton Lighthouse. Actually two
lighthouses; the original of 1910 now housing the museum
and the new currently operating lighthouse, it is a
provincial park.
Leaving the lighthouse we took the Cross Harbor ferry
across a narrow inlet. A cable driven ferry, it operates year
round, 24 hours a day at a cost of $5.00 per car. Our
journey then continued through deep spruce woods and
barren rock lands to Faraday Station Lighthouse then thru
wetlands to our destination for the night, the Acadian
Village of Charlos Cove near Guysborough.
Our Hosts for the night at Seawind Landing Country Inn
were David and Annemarie, Toronto transplants who
moved there for a quieter life. The inn’s true owners
however, were three Pyrenees Mountain Dogs: Emma Lou,
Copper and Beaufort. Huge, beautiful, friendly and well
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Time for “Spring Cleaning”
of Your Investments
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clutter and get things organized. But this year, you might also
want to “clean up” your investment portfolio.
Consider these suggestions:
First, dispose of things that aren’t working. If a long-term
investment hasn’t performed well, you may be better off by
replacing it.
Next, get rid of duplicates. For example, if you own several
stocks issued by similar companies, you could incur
problems if a downturn affects the industry to which these
companies belong.
Finally, put things in order. Over time, your portfolio might
have become too aggressive or too conservative. Try to
restore your portfolio to its proper balance — one that
reflects your risk tolerance, time horizon and long-term goals.
By doing some spring cleaning on your portfolio, you can
keep it positioned to help you make progress toward your
key financial objectives.
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Poetry On Strings
Local Poet David Plumb Collaborates With Marionette Maker, Pablo Cano
David Plumb, poet and author, and member of the Fort
Lauderdale Writers’ Group, collaborated with Little Havana
marionette creator, Pablo Cano in their book, Poetry On
Strings. Each poem was written specifically for individual
marionettes, profiling their features and spotlighting their
unique personalities.
Cano’s marionettes, all unique, are made up of raw
materials found in junkyards and thrift shops. Music from
the 20s, 30s and 40s generally brings them to life, but
poetry adds another dimension.
Plumb helps tell the
story of Cano’s mario -
nettes through poetry in
35-minute live shows that
Cano and Plumb perform
around South Florida.
Their first collaboration
was at the Miami Inter -
national Book Fair a few
months ago.
The performance begins
with Plumb lyrically
describ ing the physical
features of a marionette,
followed by song and
chore ography to animate
his creations. Pulling
strings from above, the
Cano moves the legs, arms
and mouths of his smaller
marion-ettes. There’s larger
creations such as red and
white Matilda the Hippo
with a guitar-shaped smile and round brown eyes. Her body
is an old wooden sign and painted cracker tins and beer
kegs form her arms and legs. Cano moves her with poles
and wires from behind.
In one number, Cano pulled strings from above his Fred
Astaire doll with the sequined black tux to have him tap
dance and mouth, “Puttin’ on the Ritz.” Plumb wrote the
Fred Astaire piece after he saw this marionette standing on
the sidelines of Cano’s collection. From the poem: “Why
hang off stage? You look great given the state of things.
Got the thin legs, an easy swing just waiting for a violin, a
little drumbeat.”
“When I started writing the poems, I had no plan,” said
Plumb, a Broward College adjunct professor and author
of eight books. “It was serendipitous. Pablo and I we’re
tuned in.
Plumb first caught Cano’s creations two years ago at the
Coral Springs Art Museum. He was smitten by a silver-
rimmed, smiling Lolita Coffee Cup. “I looked at Lolita and
I saw a sense of her persona,” Plumb said. “With Lolita
Coffee Cup, we were on target, but sometimes I saw [the
marionettes] a little differently than how Pablo saw them.”
After two years and more than 30 poems later, the artists'
visions came together as Poetry on Strings, a book of
poems. Plumb supplied the words and Cano supplied
the marionettes.
Cano, who came from
Cuba to the United States
in 1962, made puppetry a
part of his life 25 years ago
when he was searching for
a project for his master’s
thesis at Queens College
in New York. Refusing to
see life as two-dimensional,
he created his marionettes.
“As an artist I would get
bored painting,” he said.
“Painting a canvas was like
washing another dish.''
As a writer of prose and
poetry, fiction and non-
fiction, Plumb discovered
a new voice in writing
about marionettes, one
that came very easy to
him. “With some of
the marionettes, I just
hung around with
them to see if they’d
talk to me,” he said.
Poetry On Strings
is available at Books
and Books Bookstore
in Coral Gables, The
Coral Springs Museum
and amazon.com. ◆
For further
information contact
David Plumb at
dplumb4 @aol.com.
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Lighthouse Point Chamber of Commerce
Monthly Social
By Jane Alford
Big Bang for our Buck at the Bank: Bank United branch in
Lighthouse Point was the venue for the February Social. Lucille
Pignataro, Branch Manager, welcomed the 57 guests to her
location. Sicilian Oven in the Shoppes of Beacon Light prepared
pizza pies, Stromboli and a pasta dish that required an encore
performance. It was delicious!
Michele Greene, the Chamber’s President, kicked off the
meeting by greeting new members and guests. Officer Esposito of
the LHP Police force was introduced to the membership and
shared the information of the upcoming Special Olympic Run that
will occur down Federal Highway in April. The Chamber will be
donating $1,000 this year for this event.
Julie Wheeler, Membership Chair introduced the new members
and announced the membership has grown to 163 members.
Sydnee Renard, the Social Chair mentioned that the calendar for
2010-2011 is open and those interested in hosting a monthly social
at their place of business to please book early as the 12 months do
fill up quickly.
Nominations for the Board of Directors and the new officers
will be posted in April, so nominations from the floor or
volunteering for those open positions will take place at the March
Social. This networking meeting will be held at Dr. Paula Hedglon’s Chiropractic Office
on Sample Road.
The 6th Annual Taste of Lighthouse Point was held on Tuesday, January 19th, 2010 at
the Lighthouse Point Yacht & Racquet Club. This event netted $30,555.00 of which a
portion goes back to the Chamber to support its members in advertising and marketing.
The new Navigator is at the press and will be out soon. Copies will be mailed to
residents and extra copies will be available at merchants around town. The distribution
of the bulk of the Taste money will be voted by the committee in March and announced
the following months and distributed by the summer months. Suggestions are being
taken from the community and local organizations.
Being no further business, the meeting was adjourned and the social picked up and
continued to enjoy the delicious pizzas from Sicilian Oven.
www.lhpchamber.com ◆
New Members: Barry and Sharon Vinig,
Simon O’Connell and William Cohn
Sydney Reynard and Kathleen Moore
Michele Greene and Officer J. Esposito
Mayra Robinson, Dr. Paula Peet and
Andrea Freygang
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Business Forum Installs New Officers
Robert Heyman hands gavel to Carlos Arenas
The Dinner celebrating the installation of the Business
Forum’s new regime for 2010 was held at the Westin Hotel
in Fort Lauderdale on February 14th.
Kim Sherman, a founding member of the Business
Forum since 1976, welcomed everyone to the annual
event, and former Business Forum President Robert
Heyman gracefully handed over the duties to the new
president, Carlos Arenas.
Other newly elected officials were: Randall Richards,
Vice President; Luana Corral, Secretary and Ellen Peoples,
Treasurer. Newly elected Directors were: Kathleen Doyle,
Jet Eschenbrenner, Dr. Shudong Wang and Stu McIver. ◆
New President
Carlos Arenas
Past President
Bob Heyman
Kim Sherman Betsy Sherman Stu McIver
New Officers and Board L to R: Penny Raymond, Kathleen
Doyle, Ellen Peoples, Randall Richards New President Carlos
Arenas and Robert Heyman, outgoing president.
Outstanding Service: Standing L to R: Dr. Shudong Wang,
Stu McIver, Kathleen Doyle, Bob Heyman, Luana Corral,
Ellen Peoples and Randall Richards; kneeling is Carlos Arenas.
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As I changed into my book-
selling duds in the bathroom of
a gas station in rural Florida,
dropping my undies in a wet
spot I only wished was floor-
cleaning solution, the thought
occurred to me: This author’s
life isn’t quite as glamorous as
people imagine it to be.
A recent book appearance
took me from my home in
south Florida to tiny Zolfo
Springs. (Look it up. I had to). There, I dodged fresh patties in a
cow pasture to meet up with the annual Florida Cracker Trail
Ride. Three years ago, I saddled up for research on the cross-
state trek. The ride is the setting of the second book in my
“Mace Bauer Mystery’’ series. Six days on horseback. Sleeping in
a tent. Tinkling outdoors. What was I thinking?
The Cracker Trail folks invited me back to talk about writing
“Mama Rides Shotgun.’’ This surprised me, since I’d taken their
nice, family-oriented event and milked it for fictional murder and
mayhem. They were good sports about it, though. I even sold a
few books that night at the little Cracker Trail Museum on the
banks of the Peace River, almost 200 miles and a world away
from the frantic pace hereabouts.
Being a former reporter, I got to thinking about full disclosure,
somewhere between the cow manure and the icky bathroom. I
love a lot of things about being an author. But I feel compelled
to bust a few common myths:
It’s glamorous (See above, regarding suspicious puddles and
steaming patties.)
It’s lucrative. With two published books and a third coming
this summer, I make about one-tenth what I earned at USA Today
newspaper. I’m lucky my patient husband of 21 years, Kerry
Sanders, earns a decent paycheck as a TV reporter for NBC News.
A majority of authors keep their day jobs to make ends meet.
Readers adore you.
“Oh, your books are funny?’’ The woman curled her lip.
“I hate funny mysteries.’’
Or, the guy who raised his hand at a book-signing: “You
obviously have some talent as a writer. Why don’t you write
something meaningful?’’
A long pause from the podium. “Uhm, next question?’’
For most of us, the writing life isn’t a whirl of book parties, six-
figure advances, and Oprah’s couch. It’s pecking away, page by
page, to finish the next book by deadline. It’s spending more
money than you take in, traveling to try to sell the books that
are already out. And, yes, it’s dodging the occasional cow patty
in a pasture outside Zolfo Springs.
(Disclosure, again: I did get to go on the Today Show. Hey, I
have NBC connections! On my website, www.DeborahSharp.com,
you can click to see my five minutes of glamour and fame,
surviving forever on the Internet.) ◆
MAMA GETS HITCHED
It may be Mama's fifth try at tying
the sacred knot, but that’s no reason to
tastefully scale back. She’s planning the
Wedding of the Century in little
Himmarshee, Fla. — complete with a
“Gone With the Wind’’ theme, her
daughters in Scarlett O'Hara dresses, and
a ring-bearing Pomeranian sporting a
satin vest and top hat.
But what’s a Bridezilla to do when her
caterer is found murdered in the VFW
kitchen? With a list of suspects longer
than the gift registry, daughter Mace must
find the real killer. If she can’t, Mama’s
Special Day is sure to turn especially deadly. (Midnight Ink, July
2010, $14.95)
MAMA RIDES SHOTGUN
Before Mama’s nuptials, she convinces
daughter Mace to saddle up for some
country-gal bonding on the Florida
Cracker Trail. The six-day ride is going
fine until a wealthy rancher keels over
dead in his Cow Hunter Chili.
Lawton Bramble is a former beau of
Mama's (Frankly, who isn’t?) He had a
bad ticker, and a slew of enemies who
might have "spiced" his chili. When the
trail ride leads to murder, Mace must
corral a killer before the low-down varmint can
strike again. (Midnight Ink, $14.95, 2009)
MAMA DOES TIME
Mama is a true Southern gal,
with impeccable manners, sherbet-
colored pantsuits, and the ability to
serve sweet tea or sidestep alligators
with equal aplomb. Her antics drive
her grown daughters Mace, Maddie,
and Marty to distraction.
One night, while settling in to look
for ex-beaus on “Cops,’’ Mace gets a
frantic call: Mama’s found a body in the
trunk of her turquoise convertible and
the police think she's the killer. If the
girls can’t find the real culprit, Mama
goes to prison, just like an embarrassing lyric from a country-
western song. (Midnight Ink, $13.95, 2008)
EDITOR’S NOTE: We are proud to say that Deborah Sharp
is a long-standing member of the Fort Lauderdale
Writers’ Group and Writers’ Network of South Florida.
Of Literary Myths and Cow Manure
By Deborah Sharp
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AS I WAS SAYI NG
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My Facebook Family Reunion
By Alan Williamson
It was a Thursday night and The Office was coming on in two
minutes, which meant that the only place you’d normally find
me would be on the sofa waiting for the show to start. Except I
wasn’t there. And things were far from normal.
Instead of settling in to catch one of my favorite sitcoms, I
was in front of my computer scanning a picture of an old family
pet that everyone had long since forgotten so I could post it on
Facebook. Why in the world would I bother to do this you ask?
Well, if you really need to know, it’s because my brother Jim had
posted two other old photos of family pets on Facebook leading
my cousin Dawn to speculate about the name of a dog that we
kept in a coup outside a corral fence by the barn in our backyard.
So there you have it. I had a perfectly logical reason for my
actions…or at least that’s what I tell myself. But then, you tell
yourself a lot of things to justify your bizarre behavior once
you’ve turned into a love slave of the Facebook gods.
Facebook addicts will confirm that it all starts innocently
enough. In my case, the ad agency I worked at wanted me to
become more familiar with social media and suggested I get a
Facebook page up and running. I got it “up” alright, but “running”
would be a generous way to describe my initial activity level in
the land of social media. For months, my Facebook page sat
frozen — just another lifeless mannequin posing in the
cyberspace storefront. Meanwhile, I noticed that several of my
co-workers had already amassed a couple hundred “friends” in
their Facebook networks while my network still consisted of my
colleague Stu down the hall, our receptionist, my brother Jim
and sister-in-law Sandy, and someone pretending to be Mystery
Science Theater head writer Michael J. Nelson.
Sensing I actually needed to “do something” to get more out
of my Facebook experience, I started posting short, thought-
provoking messages on my home page wall like the following:
• What is the purpose of Chinese buffets? Do we really need a
choice of 29 different chicken and rice dishes?
• FACT: When handed a new pen to try, nine out of ten people
will write their own names. The tenth person will write “Bon
voyage Mimi.” No one knows why.
• Is it “the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak” or “the flesh
is willing, but the spirit is weak”? I’m getting pretty tired of
the spirit and the flesh pointing fingers at each other and
bickering about who’s a team player.
Anyway, you get the idea. This approach, of course, failed
miserably and cut my network of friends from eight down to
four. I even lost the fake Michael J. Nelson. After another long
period of Facebook inertia, I was on the brink of pulling the plug
on my woeful little page when the following short sentence
posted to my wall caught my eye:
Alan and Andy McGrane are now friends.
Hello. It was my good buddy Andy. The real Andy. The Andy
I had struggled to keep in touch with in the years since he
moved away. Suddenly, Facebook’s potential to connect and
keep up with friends and family hit me like a pie in the face
thrown by some cosmic prankster/pie-maker. A slew of similar
messages followed.
Alan and Eric Williamson are now friends.
Alan and Kristen Williamson are now friends.
Alan and Rachel Williamson are now friends.
Alan and Marjorie Bornkamp Williamson are now
friends. (Hi Mom.)
Alan and Dawn Bornkamp Barbacci are now friends.
Alan and Sue Calia are now friends.
Before I knew it, I had an entire family reunion at my
fingertips whenever I wanted it. The compelling upshot of that
unprecedented possibility was that I wanted it more and more.
I wanted to see the rare picture my brother posted of our long-
gone grandfather and Great Aunt Shirley. I wanted to see (and
poke fun at) the profile picture my mom posted of her as a
patriotic four-year-old saluting the photographer. I wanted to
trade wisecracks on family photos from years gone by showing
alarming hair styles and drop-dead hilarious fashion statements.
Most of all, I wanted to enjoy the new world of quick and easy
conversations that Facebook made possible with relatives I
hadn’t had contact with in years. Consider this recent exchange
with my cousin Dawn after I posted a picture of me running a
5K race during my college days.
Me: This showcases my ability to pass older, heavyset guys
and young children during the home stretch.
Dawn: r u wearing JOX sneakers?
Me: I don’t think so — back then I wore Pumas a lot.
Dawn: Classic blue suede-ish style…nice.
See? Nothing earth-shaking or newsworthy. But that’s
precisely the beauty of it. With Facebook, suddenly you’re sitting
at a family reunion and that dusty old photo album that someone
flips open starts the quips and comments flying.
Which brings me back to that Thursday night when I almost
missed an episode of The Office while posting a photo on
Facebook of a dog my grandmother Bessie gave us because he
was eating all her furniture. The dog’s name was Thor and we
kept him in the backyard by the barn where furniture was scarce
and the chances to bark at horses and whiffle ball-playing kids
were unlimited.
Somewhere, in that big dog coup in the sky, I’d like to think
Thor is looking down at his Facebook photo album and thinking:
“Nice family reunion guys — thanks for remembering me. And
while I have everyone’s attention, I just want to set the record
straight: I only ate furniture when Bessie forgot to feed me.” ◆
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Congratulations to the residents at 2631 Sample Road, winners of the Lighthouse Point Community’s
Beauty Spot of the Month Award for March, chosen by the LHP Beautification Committee.
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Easter and Passover represent the most profound time
of the year in garden life; the resurrection principle is so
readily visible, for after the “death” of winter, there is the
“rebirth” of spring.
Here, in South Florida, it’s not quite as obvious, but if
you look around you’ll see it in the trees as they drop
some old leaves and sprout new tiny bright green ones;
Cypress trees are a good example. You’ll see it as the
increased humidity causes everything to leap into a new
growth cycle. You’ll see it as the birds, and other
creatures become more active as courtship begins.
The seasons are a beautiful reminder that God is the
great recycler. He loves to take what appears dead and
give it a new purpose.
As I walk in my garden, I am in awe of all the checks
and balances he has designed into the system of nature.
Everything has a purpose. The fallen leaves become
mulch which earthworms and beneficial soil bacteria
breakdown into fertile earth, into which the seeds fall,
sprout and grow,
to begin the
cycle again.
This great gift
of the earth is all we need and all we have. The Old
Testament character, Job, said: “Speak to the earth, and it
will teach you.” Have you had this conversation lately?
Have you listened? It’s telling you to treat it with kindness
and understanding. It’s telling you that what you do to it
will inevitably come back to bless or haunt you.
If you still use toxic products in your garden that
pollute our precious water, and poison the environment,
it’s time to reconsider. If you haven’t yet taken the time
to think about your natural resources, do it; for as the
hero of the season says: “A man reaps what he sows.”.
And so it is.
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Donna can be reached at 954-783-GATE, or at www.donnas
gardengate.com
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It was Saturday, but most doggies were in their Sunday best,
prancing proudly on the main stage for the Pet Competition at
Pompano Citi Centre.
The judging was difficult when one pet continually out-
dressed, or out-performed the next. Gifts to the winners were
donated by local pet stores.
In the first group of entrees, Rosebud was first and Maxie the
Devil Dog came in second. In the second group, Tucker was first;
Yode, second; Molly Meg, third and Prada, fourth.
The only cat in the competition was Kitty-Boo, who
won…paws down. ◆
PET EXPO AT POMPANO CITI CENTRE
Story & Photos by Jon Frangipane
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4th Annual Community
Saturday, April 17, 2010
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
BRING YOUR DOCUMENTS
• Shred Confidential Records
• Free Certified Shred Truck
• Business or Personal Use
• Food & Beverages
BREATHTAKING
AND
LIFESAVING
AT THE
SAME TIME.
On January 3
rd
, the imperial treatment got even better when we
opened the doors to our NEW emergency department. Inside, you
will find four times the space of our previous emergency department–
24,500 sq. ft. filled with the most advanced diagnostic and therapeutic
tools available. This brand new addition also includes 20 private treat-
ment rooms, designed with input from ER physicians and nurses for a
more efficient and comfortable environment. Our goal: great care at
great speed, with short wait times. That’s the imperial treatment!
To learn more, visit BrowardHealth.org/IPMC.
POWERFUL EMERGENCY CARE
6401 N Fcdcra| h|ghway, Fort Laudcrda|c, FL 33308 · 954.776.8500
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New Location on the Water
3100 E. OAKLAND PARK BLVD. • FT LAUDERDALE, FL 33308
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PEDIATRIC DENTISTS
Dr. Robert Stephens
Dr. James Bennett
Dr. Lauren Governale
“SERVING SOUTH FLORIDA FOR
OVER 35 YEARS”
(SATURDAY HOURS AVAILABLE)
954-781-1855
1930 NE 34th Court • Pompano Beach, FL
Email: sfldco@bellsouth.net
Website: www.sfldco.com
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(left to right) Pompano Beach Commissioner Barry Dockswell, Pompano Beach
Commissioner Rex Harden, Pompano Beach Commissioner George Brummer, Broward
County Commissioner Kristin Jacobs, Pompano Beach Mayor Lamar Fisher, Broward
County School Board Member Bob Parks, Broward County Commissioner Albert Jones,
Pompano Beach Commissioner Woody Poitier
POMPANO BEACH CENTENNIAL PARK
Marv
The “Construction Team”
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On February 18th, the final restora -
tions were to begin for the Sample-
McDougald House, which include
landscaping and site improvements. All
of the work and materials have been
donated by local companies. The
grounds, designated as Centennial Park
to commemorate Pompano Beach's
100th anniversary as an incorporated
municipality, will have a home-grown
ambiance, featuring native trees and
vegetation, with adequate space for
special events and social functions.
Other aspects of this phase will
consist of parking, lighting, walkways
and restrooms.
The Sample-McDougald House, built
on Dixie Highway in 1916, was placed
on the National Register of Historic
Places in 1984. In 1999 community
volunteers established the Sample-
McDougald House Preserva tion Society, Inc, a not-for-profit
organization that sought community support for moving
and restoring the historic landmark. The home was moved
to 450 N.E. 10th St. in 2001 to ensure its preservation and
increase public availability and usage.
The home served as the base for Albert Neal Sample's
farming operations that stretched from Lighthouse Point
out west past present-day Powerline Road. Sample funded
and constructed a road in 1917 to reach his cropland.
Today that thoroughfare is Sample Road. In 1943, the
house was purchased by William and Sarah McDougald,
whose family donated the house to the Sample-McDougald
House Preservation Society in 2001. ◆
Betsy McDougald Buntrock,
who lived with her family in
the home from 1943 to 1972,
was there to enjoy the festi vities
with husband, Marvin. ◆
For more information,
contact Sample-McDougald
House Preservation Society,
Inc. at (954) 292-8040 or
visit www. amplemcdougald
house.com.
Marvin and Betsy (McDougald) Buntrock
A REALITY!
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Food for the Poor
Charity Event at LHP Yacht Club
Torrential rains have recently caused even more
devastation on Haiti’s already suffering population. Food
for the Poor urged all who attended the charity event at
the Lighthouse Point Yacht & Racquet Club to join together
and give toward this extremely worthwhile cause.
Food for the Poor not only delivers badly needed food
items to the island, but also erects homes for homeless
families, supplies medicine and health care in hospitals and
clinics, subsidizes orphanages, teaches children and adults
by providing knowledge and training for the careers.
Presently they are also involved with the building of 600
small homes about 30 miles outside Port-au-Prince. Each
home will give shelter to five people, so this is an
important start for these needy people.
Currently, the organization is active in eight mainland
countries and nine island nations that include: Belize,
Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Mexico,
Dominican Republic, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Trinidad
and Tobago.
Among the restaurants that graciously donated food
were: Sicilian Oven, Edible Arrangements, Le Val de Loire
French Restaurant, Irie Food, Hot Tomatoe, Le Bistro, Chops
Lobster Bar, Olympia Flame Diner, Wine Watch, Daily Grind,
LHP Yacht Club, Cafe Maxx and City Fish Market.
Please give your support by sending your contributions
to: www.FoodforthePoor.com ◆
Robin Mahfood, Michele Greene and Linda Lennon
Story & Photos by Jon Frangipane
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Julie Mahfood, Linda Lennon, Michele Greene,
Dave Stevens, Gina Dube
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There are many different ways in which the anti-aging process
works in the human body. But Lighthouse Point resident Dr. Hari
Singh, gastroenterologist at the Broward Health Imperial Point
Medical Center, with a thriving practice just next door, finds the
key to overall well-being is to find balance in life. This very
humble, refined, soft-spoken, easy-going and albeit extremely
busy man is a community member everyone should
acknowledge.
If you walk into the medical center and happen to find Peggy
working behind the front desk, she’s very fond of Dr. Singh’s. “I
love this man,” she proclaimed. “He did a colonoscopy on me and
I’d trust him with my life.”
“He’s a very nice, gentle and caring person,” Linda, Dr. Singh’s
Office Manager chimed in. “He’s very compassionate and the
perfect physician for someone who needs a gentle disposition
from a doctor.”
If you can imagine, people continue to sing his praises. The
man has fans. How does he react by hearing this news, with an
uncomfortable laugh; what else would you expect?
In fact, on April 22 2008, Dr. Singh was recognized and
awarded the Broward Health Imperial Point Medical Center’s
first Most Valuable Physician award. Most Valuable Physician
honors doctors are chosen for their exceptional performance
with providing respect and concern when interacting with staff,
patients and their families, sharing their expertise and promoting
collaboration among peers and staff, displaying composure in
crisis situations, responding quickly to the needs of staff, patients
and their families, and for upholding the trust and confidence of
families and patients.
He received a personal plaque as well as a plaque that is
displayed in the medical center along with a banner, gift
certificate to a local restaurant and a designated parking place.
“Recognizing physicians for going that extra mile is so
important,” said Chief Executive Officer Calvin Glidewell. “We
were pleased to announce Dr. Singh as the first recipient.”
Lighthouse Point Magazine caught up with Dr. Singh with an
invite into the private physician’s lounge at Imperial Point
Medical Center where a card key allows one entrance. Dr. Singh
hinted at his personal anti-aging techniques during this meeting.
They are as follows:
• FAMILY
• DEDICATION TO ONE’S PROFESSION
• BALANCE
• TRAVEL
• PHOTOGRAPHY
• GARDENING
• RELIGION and CHARITABLE FUNCTIONS
If you happened to see a picture of Dr. Singh in the February
2010 issue of Lighthouse Point Magazine, you’ll notice that he’s
‘painting a mural’.
“I’ve been working in this hospital since 1993 and I’m here all
the time and my office is right next door. And they wanted the
physician’s to add something to the new ER when it opened.
There was a painting going into the ER and they had wanted a
physician to paint something personal on it. So that’s all I did
and that’s what’s in this picture.”
So, any rumors folks may have heard about Dr. Singh being a
professional artist, they’re not true. He was merely helping to
usher in the new emergency room that was recently built at the
medical center.
“We’ve had a small emergency room for a long, long time and
the new one is about four times the size as the other one and we
all appreciate that,” Dr. Singh explained. And our patients
appreciate that because now everyone has their own individual
room when they come into the ER and it’s much more efficient.
In the old one they used to have people in stretchers lined all the
way down the hall. So, we’re excited about it and I was just
demonstrating my excitement about it by adding a personal
touch to this painting. It’s not anything special — I don’t paint
on a regular basis. I didn’t even realize I had my picture taken.”
But there are other ways in which Dr. Singh not only
expresses himself creatively but does allow his creativity to be
an outlet for his own personal anti-aging strategy.
“I do have certain ways to de-stress. I think a balance in life is
very important. I’m in a position where I have to work hard
everyday but at the same time I achieve this balance by realizing
what’s important. The most important thing I think is your
loyalties to your family because you’ll always have your family. If
you have this loyalty and a good relationship with your family
then you’re a healthy person.”
“I think most people forget that and therefore I think it’s
important to find time to spend with each member of your
ANTI -AGI NG
LHP Physician Dr. Hari Singh Advocates
That Balance in Your Life is Key
By Marla Schwartz
Dr. Hari Singh and Dr. Manreet Singh
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family. I have two sons, one (Sean) is in college in Boston and
one (AJ) is in eighth grade at Pinecrest. My wife is a dentist and
she finished dental school in between having children, so they’re
six years apart,” he said.
Also “my wife, Manreet, and I make every effort each night to
walk about two-and-a-half miles and that’s good because when
you walk together you can discuss things and you get exercise.
Sometimes it’s a little late at night but it doesn’t really matter
because we’re together and we’re walking in our neighborhood.”
If one can only imagine, a doctor’s life is very stressful, so the
walking and family activities certainly help him focus his
energies in a positive way. He was in college when the thought
of becoming a physician came to him.
“I think a lot of people
whose father’s are doctors,
sometimes tend to go in that
direction too. My father, Dr.
Golshan Singh, is retired now,”
he pointed out. “My father was
an OBGYN and was well-
known and began working
here (Imperial Point Medical
Center) in 1974.”
The practice where Dr.
Singh meets his patients is
called Broward Health Practice
and is run by the Hospital
District. “The benefit of that is
it allows me just to be a doctor.
I don’t have to deal with office
matters and billing so I can
spend my time focusing on
patient care,” he said.
And because he has the
freedom to practice as he
chooses, something that he
earned through his hard work, he has embraced a passion for
traveling around the world. Perhaps this is a desire stemming
from his childhood seeing that he was born in Ghana, Africa.
“I grew up there until we moved to Florida when I was
twelve-years-old. I went to a Christian School that was an English
speaking school. My parents are from North India, in Punjab.
Most of our family still lives in India and we were just there over
Christmas. I have traveled all over the world and really enjoy
traveling all around the United States,” he said. “I’ve been to most
of Europe and I wouldn’t mind visiting it again because it has
been awhile. I’m told that Prague is an interesting place to go
and potentially it may be on my list of places to visit. But I was
just thinking that Australia would be nice to go to see.”
Before he makes his traveling plans — he’s busy trying to
concentrate on the here and now. “Today is what is known as a
procedure day for me and I started the day doing colonoscopies
and endoscopies and I’m also on-call for emergencies which
consisted today of people who are bleeding, vomiting blood. I
had to decide whether to start them on appropriate resuscitation
and treatment and what type of therapeutic intervention to
choose. Plus, I also have to go to the office today to see
some patients.”
As it turns out, Dr. Singh may not be a painter, but he’s an avid
photographer. “I really enjoy taking photographs when I travel,”
he said. “I took a photography class in college and I really liked
it. I instantly converted to digital technology. I
like to play with the computer and do all
kinds of artsy stuff.” But when he cannot
travel and partake in photography, what does
he do to keep himself on an anti-aging
regimen? “I also like gardening. I don’t get as
much of an opportunity to garden as I used
to as I’ve gotten busier (as he explains this his
pager goes off) but I do have the opportunity
on the weekends, when I’m off.”
“That’s interesting, somebody just paged me
to my pager number,” he laughed. Good, that
means we have him for a few more minutes.
“I also have my religion that I practice,” he
said. “I’m a Sikh, a religion that originated in
Northern India. It’s monotheistic, meaning
that both men and women are equal. We have
a Temple out in Southwest Ranches, just south
of Weston. We try to go every Sunday when
I’m not on call. The membership is fairly large with about two to
three hundred people that include Miami, Broward and Palm Beach
counties — that’s a big area. There’s twenty-five million Sikh’s in
the world and we tend to be spread out all over the world.”
“We get involved with charitable functions within the church
and individually. We also donate to causes at the time of need,”
he explained. “For example, we donated to Haiti — or if there’s
a tsunami somewhere, I think it’s important to donate at the time
of need because that’s when people really, really need it. I think
all of us seek to help other people. It’s the nature of human
beings to want to help other people. There are a lot of things to
be positive about when it comes to the human spirit.” ◆
For an appointment with Dr. Hari Singh, please call his office
at Broward Health Practice: 954.771.7294. For additional
information on Imperial Point Medical Center, 6401 N. Federal
Hwy., Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 33308, call 954.776-8500, or visit
www.BrowardHealth.org
Dr. Hari Singh’s educational background is as follows:
Emory University in Atlanta. Undergraduate.
Chemistry Major.
Baylor College of Medicine. Houston, Texas. M.D.
University of Pittsburgh. Internal Medicine Residency.
University of Florida Department of Medicine.
Gastroenterology Fellowship.
Dr. Manreet Singh in India
Sons AJ and Sean
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Thanks to an article that you ran
in Lighthouse Point Magazine, I
read about pups available for
adoption at Gigi & Luca. I had
recently put down my family pet of
fourteen years and was pretty much
sure that I was content to be without
any pets for awhile (or forever).
However, I got in touch with
Elizabeth over at Gigi & Luca. She
filled me in on a little background
regarding “Snowy.” It turns out that
Snowy was among a number of dogs that were born up in
Orlando this past October.
The breeder had run into personal problems and was
no longer able to care for the pups that she had planned on
breeding or selling. The good folks over at Gigi & Luca’s
got wind of the problem and sent a representative up to
the middle of the state to rescue the pups.
Once back in LHP, Elizabeth Correa, owner of Gigi & Luca
found them all to be in neglected shape. She took them in,
had them bathed, and set out to find each a good home.
I don’t really know what ever possessed me to pull into
the parking lot across from “The Pink Church” on that
fateful day, but I did. Without any reason, I walked into Gigi
& Luca’s and was instantly drawn to the puppies that were
displayed inside. Most of the puppies were of the tiny
variety... teacup Yorkies, Chihuahuas, etc.… and then there
was a little ball of white fluff. He
was jumping wildly in his cage as if
to say, “Look at me!” He was hard
to miss.
Elizabeth noticed my interest and
released him from his cage. The pup
tore around the store, leaping in the
air like a wild rabbit and slipping
and sliding as he took each turn in
the store. In a few moments he wore
himself out and lay with all four feet
splayed out like a bearskin run, at
my feet. I bent down and petted the dog and asked, “Boy or
girl (hoping she would say girl)?” “It’s a male and he really
needs a good home.” Another glance his way and those
eyes sealed the deal. Within moments, “Snowy” was in my
car and on his way to his new home. It turns out that we
are both lucky…he to have a nice new home and me to
have a great little pup.
Snowy has become a common fixture in the Day Camp
Office of Pine Crest School, where he spends many days of
the week. He has a fan club of people who think that he
is adorable and that he has the happiest personality.
Now nine-months old, Snowy is one happy Lighthouse
Point resident, who can often be seen taking laps around
Frank McDonough Park, in the shopping basket of
Lowe’s, and in his own car seat of the car. Another
happy ending… ◆
Deerfield Beach/Lighthouse Point Relay for Life
Please come and support our Deerfield Beach/
Lighthouse Point Relay for Life event May 1st and 2nd at
Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach. This event is a direct
support to the American Cancer Society and benefits
cancer survivors, those fighting cancer, and families dealing
with the loss of a family member from cancer.
Last year our event raised over $100,000 for Relay for
Life, and we are hoping to add to this total for 2010. It is a
life changing experience when you participate in Relay for
Life. If you are a survivor of cancer, the Survivor Walk and
Dinner is a rewarding start to this incredible event. The
Luminaria Ceremony, of silence and candles tugs at every
heart in attendance. It is the opportunity to remember
loved ones lost to cancer and honors those who have won
their battle. The number of teams who never stop walking
and entertaining all night long is impressive and
heartwarming. The music, entertainment, food and raffles
provide plenty of enjoyment for all.
For anyone who has been touched by cancer, we ask
you to join us in this community wide outreach to help
fight this powerful disease. There are many ways that you
can help support us in May. From sponsorship, to creating
a team, to donating, or just coming to our event to see what
happens, we welcome you to come be a part of Relay!
Our event this year is themed with the countries around
the world. You will enjoy food, entertainment and
activities from Italy, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Mexico, the
United States, Brazil…and so many more!
Please visit www.relayforlife.org/dblpfl to learn more
about Relay for Life. Please contact Amy Patterson at 561-
750-9191 or 954-899-8878 if you would like to form a team
or sponsor our Relay for Life. Amy Patterson is the Liaison
for Lighthouse Point to Relay, and serves as Captain of the
Balkan and Patterson Pink Power Team. ◆
Snowy… my rescue dog
By Karen Dunne
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behaved they had the run of the place with the exception
of the kitchen and dining room. Both dinner and breakfast
were excellent.
THE CEILDH AND
CABOT TRAILS
Turning north, we picked up the Ceilidh (pronounced
Kay-lee) Trail toward Margaree Valley. Reminiscent of the
Scottish highlands the region was attractive to Scottish
settlers making this area a stronghold of Scottish culture. It
is legendary for salmon fishing; world class Celtic
musicians and step dancing (think River Dance). The
names of the towns such as Inverness, Mabou and
Dunvegan suggest the Scottish heritage.
The one mile long rock fill Canso Causeway completed
in 1955 connects the mainland of Nova Scotia to Cape
Breton Island. It crosses the Strait of Canso. The Canso
Canal at the eastern end allows ships to navigate the strait.
In Mabou we stopped to
stretch and to photograph
the church. Scottish
tradition here is so strong
that the Celtic language is
still taught in the local
school. We were directed
for lunch to The Red Shoe
Pub. This eatery is owned
by the Renkin sisters an
extremely popular Canadian
singing group. A brother,
Jimmy Renkin is a current
popular recording artist.
Continuing along the trail thru Inverness, the largest
community on the trail we began to see a change in the
landscape with rolling meadows, dairy cattle and sheep.
Our stop tonight in Margaree Valley was the Normaway
Inn, a 250 acre property with horses, cabins, an old Inn,
bike rentals and its own airstrip. Originally built in 1829 by
the MacPhersons, it has been in the MacDonald family
since 1944.
Here we stayed in cabins with both pot bellied stove
(wood provided on the porch) and a large Jacuzzi tub in
the room. The Inn’s restaurant was excellent, renowned
for being featured by chef Rachael Ray. They have their
own garden and feature delicious breads and chowders
(the porridge bread is a must). They also grow and process
blueberries. After dinner we were treated to fiddle music
and step dancing in the
upstairs parlor by local
musicians preparing for
the upcoming Celtic
Music Festival to be held
in October. Bill is still
talking about the blueberry pancakes!
A photo stop in Cheticamp to snap the church found us
in a busy Acadian fishing village, with a harbor full of boats.
Lively Acadian French is still actively spoken here and we
were told it is a good place to sample the Acadian food. At
the northern end is the entrance to the Cape Breton
2685 Kilometers Around
Continued from page 11
On The Road Again:
Nova Scotia
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National Park. Just
before entering the
park, we stopped at
Joe’s Scarecrows. A
large open field, it
held several “scare -
crows” of various
“themes” all created
by local artists. A stop
well worth making!
The major por tion
of the Cabot Trail
passes through Cape
Breton National Park
considered to be one
of Canada’s most
stunning and diverse
parks. The portion
we covered was a 66
mile roller coaster
ride through high -
lands and plateaus. Rising along the coastal highlands, the
park covers 366 square miles of mountains and coasts. After
a stop to purchase our “permit” we continued with
overlooks to the Gulf of St. Lawrence, soaring eagles, rocky
beaches and deep canyons. The brochure advised that the
moose were so plentiful that we were “guaranteed” to see
one. Our sightings were limited to the many “Moose Crossing”
signs posted along
the way!
We crossed over
McKenzie Moun tain
to Plea sant Bay; up
North Mountain and
down to Beulach Falls
on the Aspy River.
The Trail con tinues
along the coastline
and exits the park
near Ingonish.
Our lunch stop
was at Neils Cove at
the Chowder House.
If ever there were a
picture postcard of
the Nova Scotia area
(other than Peggy’s
Cove) this was it!
Piles of Lobster traps,
fishing boats, and a
lighthouse as well as the requisite church steeple were
there. A local artist displayed his work at the restaurant
and promised a gallery just “up the road” in Ingonish where
we stopped to purchase prints.
Continuing on the Cabot Trail you reach the eastern side
of St Ann’s Harbor. The St. Ann’s region was settled by
Highland Scots. The Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts
at South St. Ann’s is the only one of its kind in North
America. Our stop for the night was Beddeck.
Beddeck sits at the edge of the Bras d’Or Lake and is
best known now as the Cape Breton summer home of
Alexander Graham Bell. He was drawn here because the
scenery reminded him of Scotland. The home sitting on a
bluff overlooking Baddeck Bay is still inhabited by his
descendants. The site, a National Historic site boasts a large
collection commemorating his life and work.
Our Bell View B&B stood on a hill overlooking the home
and bay. It was a lovely old yellow house. Immaculately
maintained, most noticeable was
the fact that the inside looked
like a layout for the Christmas
edition of Southern Living Mag -
a zine. Large beau tifully done
swags, wreaths, lights, pinecones,
angels, and plaid bows filled
every space. When asked, the
proprietor indicated that these
were “Fall” decorations! Dinner
brought the first whole lobster
of the trip. ◆
Upcoming: East to Ft Louisbourgh, west to Pictou and
New Brunswick, south to St John and ferry across to
Digby and Digby Neck then north up the South Shore to
Halifax. See Part 2 in our May Issue!
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MORTGAGE NEWS
According to the latest housing data
released by the Florida Realtors
Association, Florida’s existing home
sales rose in December 2009. Purchasers
can get such great values on bigger
homes in the $1mm plus market, and not loose proportionately as
much on their $400-500k home, that it makes sense to take some
cash out of the stock market and invest in their lifestyle. Families
grow, companies relocate, retires, downsize, couples marry and
divorce, and unfortunately, elders pass away. All these “life
experiences” stimulate the market no matter what phase of the
downturn or upswing we are experiencing.
If you are one of the many finally ready to start looking for a new
home do your homework. Drive through neighborhoods at
different times of the day and evening. You may find, noise, poor
lighting, trash pick-up issues, etc. Visit parks and supermarkets.
Check out the schools and the churches, even the gyms. If it’s on
the water check out the depth and width of the canal and how long
it takes to get to the inlet or Intracoastal by boat. Don’t forget the
exposure of the home. The sun can be blinding. What about
Restaurants that deliver? Distance to Towne Centre? Golf Courses?
The beach? Muvico? Depending on your lifestyle, seemingly trite
conveniences can be deal breakers.
If you think you’ve found “home”, make sure you take into
consideration the Real Estate Taxes and Property Insurance.
Investigate what the monthly condo maintenance includes. Some
buyers get excited with the price of the home based on a monthly
payment derived from a financial calculator they utilized on the
internet, not realizing that the other costs drive their actual payment
too high to afford.
Hopefully, during this process you have been working with an
experienced Licensed Realtor. I find the best way to choose a
Realtor is through referral and/or by checking out the yard signs in
your desired neighborhood. Realtors who concentrate in a
particular area are usually more in the loop of what’s going on in
that area than you would imagine.
Most experienced Realtors won’t show you property until you
become Pre-Qualified by a reputable Mortgage Broker. Prepare by
organizing your financial records including two years of Income Tax
Returns and W-2s and current bank statements for all accounts. Pre-
Qualification may uncover issues that can be rectified but may
require time and leg work so meet with the Mortgage Professional
early in the process. DO NOT make any major purchases or change
jobs until you consult with your Mortgage Professional. We have
seen many situations where one seemingly small payment threw
the Debt to Income Ratio out of guidelines. If you have a mattress
bulging with cash, deposit it as soon as you start shopping. ◆
Karen Hammett is a licensed Mortgage Broker and owner of
Howard Grace Mortgage located in the Duval Court
Professional Centre located at 625 SE 10th Street in Deerfield
Beach. Please call her at 954-421-3010 or e-mail her at
karen@howardgracemortgage.com.
Getting back in the Groove
By Karen Hammett
A nice neighbor is a nice thing to have,
but a bad neighbor is a nightmare.
Sometimes it is just the little things that
are annoying. The neighbors are probably good people who really
have no intention to annoy you...or... you wonder, “do they?”
The most frequent complaint that I hear about is the neighbors’
trees over hanging the property line. Those branches can be a
nuisance for a variety of reasons: they block the sun; they intrude on
the ability to use the property; they drop leaves or fruits or berries
[which may attract flies, cockroaches, and vermin]; and they are
knocking over your fence.
Along with the intruding branches problem we often hear about
the tree’s roots invading and pushing up the pavement or cracking
into the sewage lines or house foundation. You cannot cut down the
annoying neighbors’ tree, but you are privileged, at your own expense,
to trim back any encroaching branches, tree roots, or other vegetation,
which have grown onto your property. If, by some chance, the trees
are Australian pine, Norfolk Island pine, Melaleuca, Brazilian Pepper, or
Florida Holly, Section 86-1 of the Lighthouse Point City Code requires
that the tree must be removed if they were planted after 1979.
Unkempt yards certainly can be annoying, not to mention an
eyesore in an otherwise lovely Lighthouse Point neighborhood.
Section 30-31 of the City’s Code compels owners or occupants to
keep their lots reasonably clean of all refuse, trash, and debris. If
you complain to the City, it must send the offending owner or
occupant a notice to clean-up or be charged by the City for the cost.
If the lot is not cleaned within fourteen days of the notice, Section
30-34 provides that: “the city shall cause it to be cleaned and the costs
thereof shall be assessed against the lot as a special assessment.”
Section 86-30 provides minimum standards for maintaining
property: the grass shall not exceed eight inches high, adequate
irrigation must be provided, and the lot to be “reasonably free of
weeds, disease, dead plants and other conditions evidencing
inadequate care and maintenance.” The trees, shrubs, hedges and
groundcover must not be allowed to become overgrown. In the
case of hedges, that height is five feet above the normal ground level
from the front setback line to the front lot line and six feet high to
the rear lot line. On waterfront lots, the height is limited to three
feet from the rear setback line. Corner lots cannot have a hedge or
wall within twenty-five feet of the corner. In all cases no wall, fence,
tree, or hedge may obstruct motorists’ safe use of the roadway.
In our next articles on Neighborly Nuisances we will take up the
subjects of offending noise, animals, flooding, and property use. Stay
tuned, there will be something to annoy everyone. For more info,
please go to: www.shermanlegal.com ◆
LEGAL MATTERS
Neighborly Nuisances–Part One, the Plants
By Kim Douglas Sherman, Esquire
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Role of the Readers’ Advisor
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It seems coincidental that the Miami Herald’s editorial page
should feature a reading cartoon recently after Chad Lowe’s satirical
Sun Sentinel “no batteries, no screen, no downloads” in a previous
column. This Miami Herald cartoon is equally satirical, but
somehow seems sadder — two young boys are looking at a book as
one remarks “it’s called a book, but I’m not sure where the batteries
go.” Are we so jaded that any medium of communication must take
a battery? While I thought of the constant connection and
attachment we seemingly have to electronic devices the most
recent edition of Public Libraries arrived which gave me a glimmer
of hope.
The cover story of this professional journal was “Readers’
Advisor” to the end that “readers are our best advocates”. A study by
OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) indicates that readership
is UP! The public’s perception of the library is first and foremost a
place for BOOKS — the printed word. As budgets grow slimmer
and slimmer the competition between technology and print
becomes fiercer. One can become “connected” to electronics at
home, at school, even at the corner Starbucks, but the vast array of
knowledge in tactile bound form is available truly only at the Library.
Knowledgeable clerks at the mall’s bookstore can point out the
displays of latest bestsellers, but have they read any? Can the clerk
suggest additional authors or corresponding subject matter?
Bookstores for people who love books are a Mecca of resources;
but for many a librarian bookstores are a magnetic treasure-trove of
ideas for marketing and advertising. Technology has improved our
methods of sharing the printed word with readers with the use of
blogging, Facebook, or wikis, but our best method is the face-to-face,
one-on-one meeting of the readers’ advisor and the seeker.
The role of reader’s advisor is subjective at best. Your best friend,
your brother-in-law, your neighbor, teacher, doctor, or pastor can be
a reader’s advisor with wonderfully rich suggestions of “what to read
next” — most of us suffer from the “too many books, too little time”
syndrome. The Lighthouse Point Library staff and volunteers are
readers — casual readers some, voracious others, and eclectic
insatiable still others. To this point, I must compliment Rosemary
Wilson, the library’s circulation specialist. Rosemary falls into the
final category and more importantly she remembers what our
patrons read. She recalls genres and authors as easily and accurately
a contestant on Jeopardy. There is perhaps no more satisfying day
than being able to introduce a new author to a patron or connecting
a reader with a resource.
This readers’ advisory role is a mutually beneficial cycle — strong
public library collections support and foster a reading public. The
reading public supports the local library with advocacy, money,
and time. ◆
LI BRARY NEWS
Ms. Katherine Franklin was
named to the dean’s at Duke
University, Trinity School for
the Fall 2009 semester. She
was among 2,109 students
who achieved that honor.
To make the Arts & Sciences
dean’s list, students must rank
in the top third of their college;
for dean’s list with distinction,
the top tenth of their college.
Katherine is a resident of
Lighthouse Point, attended
North Broward Preparatory
Schools in Coconut Creek and was a recipient of the
Lighthouse Point Chamber of Commerce Scholarship for
2009-2010. ◆
John Walsh, Troop 229, Deerfield
Beach was awarded the rank of
Eagle Scout at a ceremony on
February 28th. John's Eagle Service
Project was turning a storage room
at the pre-school at St. Mary
Magdeline's Episcopal Church into
a music classroom and tiling their
playroom. John is a Senior at
Pompano Beach High school and is
the son of Millie and Brian Walsh,
the owner of Body & Soul Boutique
located in the Shoppes of Beacon
Light, in Lighthouse Point. ◆
Area Student On Dean’s List
At Duke University
Lighthouse Point Resident
Awarded Eagle Scout Status
Katherine Franklin
John Walsh
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WOMEN’S CLUB OF LIGHTHOUSE POINT
ANNUAL CHARITY FUNDRAISER
Tiara Soiree Fashion Show Luncheon
By Pati Ryder, President
The Women’s Club of LHP has raised
$10,000 with all proceeds donated to LHP
Organizations and charities throughout the
community with continued commit ment
to their Purpose — Celebrating 35 years of
creating friendships and sharing a common
interest in the civic and social welfare of the
community. Since the year 2000, the
Women’s Club of LHP has donated in
excess of $125,000 to Light house Point
Organi zations and Local Charities.
This Fundraiser was made possible
because of the truly generous spirit of
giving of members, individual donors, local
merchants and sponsors, combined with
the hard work and dedication of our Charity
Fundraiser Committee Volunteers! “Why we
Volunteer? — For a sense of belonging and
the chance to make a difference.”
The Women’s Club of LHP welcomes new
members from all zip codes. Please phone
954-946-3855 for further information. ◆
President Pati Ryder and Ways
and Means Chairwoman
Debbie Knight.
Please take a moment to listen to Yvonne Brown sing a song dedicated
to the plight of poor and starving children.
Go to www.YouTube.com
Click “Videos” and type in “Yvonne Brown”
And listen to “So They May Live”
Words & Music by Jon Frangipane
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Here you’ll find some myths you may have believed as fact. Let’s
begin with the following misconceptions:
1. Eve ate a bad apple An apple a day might keep the doctor
away, but they have still had bad publicity as the “forbidden fruit”
that Eve tasted in the Garden of Eden, thereby making life difficult
for all of us. Yet nowhere in the biblical story of Adam and Eve is an
apple mentioned. It is simply called “the fruit of the tree that is in the
middle of the garden” (Genesis 3:3). OK, it COULD have been an
apple, but it might just as well have been an apricot, a mango, or
any other sort of fruit.
2. Newton was hit by an apple Apples continued to get bad
press with the famous story that scientist Sir Isaac Newton was
under a tree, minding his own business, when an apple fell on his
head. Just as well it provided him the inspiration for the laws of
gravity, or the poor apple would never be forgiven! But while the
falling apple is a good story, it probably never happened. The story
was first published in an essay by Voltaire, long after Newton’s death.
Before that, Newton’s niece, Catherine Conduitt, was the only
person who ever told the story. It was almost certainly an invention.
3. Walt Disney drew Mickey Mouse One of the world’s most
famous fictitious characters, Mickey Mouse, is credited to Walt
Disney. However, Mickey was the vision of Disney’s number one
animator, Ub Iwerks. Disney, never a great artist, would always have
trouble drawing the character who made him famous. Fortunately
for him, Iwerks was known as the fastest animator in the business.
He single-handedly animated Mickey’s first short film, Plane Crazy
(1928), in only two weeks. (That’s 700 drawings a day.) But give
some credit to Disney — when sound films began later that year, he
played Mickey’s voice.
4. The Great Train Robbery was the first feature film When
it was released in 1903, “The Great Train Robbery” pioneered
several techniques, includes jump cuts, medium close-ups and a
complex storyline. But the first feature film? It was only ten minutes
long! Even most short films are longer than that. The first feature-
length film was a 100-minute Australian film, “The Story of the Kelly
Gang,” released three years later. Even if you think of a feature film
as the “feature” of a cinema program, the title would go to one of a
number of French films made during the 1890s (but I won't name
one, as that could cause any number of arguments).
5. Van Gogh sliced off his ear Van Gogh is known as the
archetypal starving artist, only selling one painting in his lifetime,
and — in a quarrel with Gauguin — slicing off his ear, not long
before committing suicide. Though he did face a tragic end, and his
own paintings sold poorly, it is worth noting that he spent most of
his life teaching and dealing art. He only spent eight years of his
life painting, which helps to explain why he didn’t starve to death.
Also, he didn’t slice off his entire ear, just a portion of his left lobe.
Painful, but not nearly as bad as you might have thought.
6. Witches were burned at stake in Salem The Salem (Massa -
chusetts) witch trials of 1692 led to the arrests of 150 people, of
whom 31 were tried and 20 were executed. But just as these trials
were based on ignorance, there are many misconceptions about
them. For starters, the 31 condemned “witches” were not all women.
Six of them were men. Also, they were not burned at stake. As any
witch-hunter would know, a true witch could never be killed by this
method. Hanging was the usual method — though one was crushed
to death under heavy stones. ◆
1. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to beat
dehydration. Alcohol consumption, fatty foods, and insufficient
water are some of the main reasons people feel “hung over” and
heavy from the holidays. Every cell in your body needs adequate
water to function properly so try to drink at least 2 Litres a day
to flush fat and toxins out.
2. Take a high-quality B-complex and vitamin C supplement,
both of which are depleted by alcohol consumption and stress—
and chances are you have had both.
3. Eat fruit in the morning on an empty stomach—fruit is the
best food to keep the lymphatic system cleansed and moving
properly. The lymphatic system is what I call “the body’s version
of a street-cleaner”—it sweeps up toxins, fat, and the by-products
of bodily processes to lessen pain, inflammation, cellulite, and
toxic overload in the body. Just don’t overdo.
4. Eat a large green salad for lunch and dinner. And if you
just can’t stand another salad, wrap it up! Put lettuce, sprouts,
avocado, tomato, and cucumber (or some combination of these)
in a wrap. Add a dash of sea salt and freshly cracked peppercorns
and you have a delicious meal in a hurry.
5. Eat a small healthy snack every two hours to stabilize
blood sugar. Wild blood sugar fluctuations can deplete your
energy, cause weight gain, intensify food cravings, and depress
your immune system, making you more vulnerable to those cold
and flu bugs found in droves in the winter months. My preferred
option is raw, unsalted almonds—they’re loaded with calcium
and blood-stabilizing fiber and protein. Eat 10-12 as a snack
between meals.
6. Avoid eating sweets, synthetic sweet -
eners or foods sweetened with them.
Instead, eat fruit and sweeten herbal teas with a few
drops of stevia-an herb that contains steviosides,
substances that are naturally 1000 times sweeter
than sugar, without the nasty effects on your blood
sugar levels.
7. Be sure to fit some exercise into your day.
A minimum of twenty minutes of vigorous activity will get your
circulation going, improve lymph flow, increase energy, and help
your body burn any bulges you may be carrying. If it’s too cold
outside, try jumping on a mini-trampoline. It’s one of the best
forms of exercise for getting your lymph to eliminate fatty
deposits and cellulite in your body.
8. Avoid margarine and foods made with hydrogenated and
trans fats. These toxic foods make your body’s detox organs
like the liver sluggish. They also require huge amounts of energy
to digest. They also lead to weight gain and are linked to a host
of other health problems.
9. Avoid foods that contain synthetic colors, preservatives,
and other additives. Remember, “if you can’t read it, don’t eat
it.” By avoiding them throughout the day, you are giving your
liver a break so it can devote its energy to burning fat.
10. Add beans to your diet in soups, salads, stews, chili, or
other foods. The humble legumes are the most overlooked
healthy foods, yet they are packed with protein, fiber, and
complex carbs (the good ones) that cleanse your bowels,
stabilize blood sugar, and keep you feeling full for hours. Can’t
stand the aftermath of eating beans—simply take a digestive
enzyme that includes cellulase with meals that contain beans.
Cellulase helps improve the digestion of beans.
10 WAYS TO HELP YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
Green Harriet
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CANTANKEROUSLY YOURS
“Fast, Free and Easy!”
(*@%!?*#+!)
By Wendell Abern
Dear Internet Fans,
Confession: I am just barely computer-literate. I can use my
computer as a word processor, I can send and receive e-mails, I can
play bridge on an international bridge site, and I can Google.
Not much else.
My expertise is further hampered by Borbick, the miniaturized
terrorist who lives inside my computer. Borbick gets his jollies by
disrupting me frequently.
Recently, my friend Alan sent me an e-mail requesting that I vote
for him in a contest being conducted online by the Ft. Lauderdale
Sun-Sentinel: a BOB, or Best of Blogs, competition. I thought to
myself ... okay, this shouldn’t be too hard. I clicked on the link
Alan provided.
I found myself staring at a long series of Blog titles in categories
ranging from Art to Travel, found the Humor section and Alan’s entry.
I clicked on “Vote,” and now found myself staring at a Sun-Sentinel
site that read, “We’re saving your BOB Awards Information! But to
continue, please enter your Sun-Sentinel.com login information, or
set up a new account below if you don’t have one.”
Wait. What did this mean? Did “saving your BOB information”
mean my vote was counted?
Not being certain, I typed in my login information, and was
informed (in red ink, thank you), “The e-mail address you entered is
not in our system.”
I stared at my computer for a few seconds and then shouted, “Are
you working for the Sun-Sentinel now, Borbick?”
I went back to my e-mail site and sent a quick note to Alan, telling
him I was trying, but wasn’t sure if my vote counted. He sent a
quick e-mail back, assuring me the newspaper was just using the
contest to get people to register with the Sun-Sentinel, that it was
free and there were no strings attached.
The next day, I voted again. I think. Still not certain, I went to
register with the Sun-Sentinel. Up pops a page headlined,
“Registering for South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com is fast, free and easy!”
Yeah. Right.
I filled out a form, typing in my e-mail address, gender, zip code
et al, and was then asked to agree to the newspaper’s privacy policy
and terms of service. Because I wanted to see just how fast, free
and easy it was to register, I read every word of their terms. Took me
seventeen minutes.
However, I felt I was now set, and clicked on the box marked,
“Register.” And was quickly informed, once again in red ink, “The e-
mail address you entered is not in our system.”
I cut loose with a loud stream of some of my favorite expletives,
ending with, “Okay, Borbick, how much is Comcast paying you?”
I waited another day. Filled out another form to register with the
Sun-Sentinel, and was rejected once again. However, the newspaper
posted a note saying “...for further assistance, contact kpellegrino@
sun-sentinel.com.
I went back to my e-mail site and composed the following:
“Dear Ms. (or Mr.) Pellegrino,
I have been trying to register on your site in order to vote in a
contest. I keep getting a pop-up that reads, ‘The e-mail you
registered is not in our system.’ Please advise.”
When I returned to my e-mails later that afternoon, I quickly
went to an e-mail from a Kathleen Pellegrino.
“Dear Wendell,
I am referring your inquiry to the appropriate editor involved in
the contest.”
“What, appropriate?!” I shouted. “How appropriate does an editor
have to be!? I’m not trying to reach some diplomat in the Bulgarian
embassy or something, for God’s sake, I just want to vote in a contest!”
I scanned through my incoming e-mail list and found an e-mail
from one Seth Liss at the Sun-Sentinel. He wrote:
“Hi Wendell,
Your user name is: dendyabern. I set up a new password for you
at ********. You can go ahead and change your password after you
log on. Thanks, Seth”
I spent the next few minutes wondering if anyone in the world
has as much trouble navigating the Internet as I do. How many
friends of Alan were trying to vote, and then giving up? How many
votes was he getting?
With some trepidation, I clicked on the link to the BOB contest
site. I voted again (I think), then went to the Sun-Sentinel site, typed
in my e-mail address and my new password and was once again
informed, “The e-mail you registered is not in our system.”
I cursed the Sun-Sentinel, Ms. Kathleen Pellegrino, Mr. Seth Liss,
Alan, Borbick, Bill Gates and the Bulgarian ambassador, and went
back to my inbox.
I wrote another e-mail to Ms. Pellegrino, with a copy to Seth Liss.
Dear Ms. Pellegrino,
Your associate, Mr. Seth Liss, told me I could vote with the
username dendyabern and a new password. I tried, and was once
again informed, “The e-mail you registered is not in our system.”
Please try to understand something:
I AM JUST TRYING TO VOTE FOR MR. WILLIAMSON’S BLOG!
THAT’S ALL! WHAT IS THE BIG PROBLEM?!!!!
Very cantankersouly yours, and rightfully so. Wendell Abern
P.S. Do you happen to have a very small cousin named Borbick?
To her credit, Ms. Pellegrino answered right away with a
compassionate e-mail that informed me she was sorry I continued
to have this problem and had asked Seth Liss to help resolve it. She
disavowed any knowledge of Borbick.
Seth Liss, almost simultaneously, sent an e-mail saying, “You don’t
have to register. Just sign in. You are already registered.”
Okay, we’ll see. I went back to the voting page and voted for
Alan. Then I voted for him again. And again. And again.
Heeding Seth Liss’s comforting e-mail, I did not even venture to
the site for registering. I was already registered, right?
To this day, I vote for Alan daily. As long as that voting page
remains posted, I will continue to vote for him.
Alan, if you happen to be reading this, I have now voted for you
138 times. Or not at all. I have no way of knowing if my votes have
been counted. My feeling about the whole experience is that if
you don’t win this contest, you can blame it on Borbick. ◆
Cantankerously Yours,
Wendell Abern
Wendell Abern can be reached at dendyabern@comcast.net.
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ON RELI GI ON
The Hidden Treasure
By Reverend Jack Noble
For over a billion people on this troubled planet, the
year’s most poignant moment comes at dawn on Easter
morning. Not much mystery there, I should think. I mean,
our deepest dread is the fear of extinction, of being the
candle blowing in the wind finally sputtering-out, the
ceasing to be, the losing of our place. In Easter morning
though, leaping as it does across continents and oceans,
plains and mountains, Christian believers everywhere feel
once again that great tug of hope.
I am certain that we each have holidays that stand out
in our memory — a special Easter or Christmas. In our
thinking-back, for reasons that are not always immediately
clear “that one stands-out above all the others.” For me, the
one I will always remember is the Easter sunrise I spent
aboard a cruise ship where I was serving as chaplain. I
remember it like yesterday. In my mind’s eye, I can yet see
those great spears of light breaking across the skies from
east to west, the wake of the ship reaching out, and out,
and out into the darkness, and then of course the ageless
words of that ageless story.
After everyone else had wandered-off I stayed behind
soaking-up that lingering moment. Over next to the rail
was one of the ship’s engineers. We had become friendly.
So I walked over to him. As you might expect he was plain-
spoken, but there was a bit of the wistful poet in him, too.
The horizon was empty — for as far as we could see. Our
ship was alone in this vast ocean. But those moments of
worship had left me with a sense of wholeness and the
awareness that I was a part of something big and powerful.
I mentioned this to my friend.
Looking out toward the sea he said, “you felt it too? That
was the treasure.” As dawn broke over head, everything
was quite. And after a moment or two, I inquired,
“The treasure?”
I thought he sounded suddenly a bit shy, as he explained
what he meant. He said the thought was not original to
him, and he couldn’t remember where he’d heard it first —
but it came to him from childhood no doubt. Then he said
something about since that first Easter a vast treasure had
been gathering. Not of gold or anything like that. “This
treasure,” he said, “was invisible.” Going on he said, “This
treasure, being stored in some great house somewhere,
was being made up out of all the thoughts and emotions
evoked by that first Easter, from countless minds and hearts
down through the centuries. All of the awe and reverence
and wonder, all of the love and the yearning, all of the
gratitude and prayer was being stored, and that we had just
added to it.”
“These things,” he said, “did not just happen and then
vanish. Not at all. Like tiny particles of energy, or light,
they had their own permanence. None of it was ever
lost.” He explained that it’s all still there – out of sight, out
of time – but with unending reality. These things are a kind
of infinite reservoir from which any human being
could draw.
Then, with the matter-of-fact tone one might expect
from a man who worked in and on machinery all his life
and throughout his day, a man no doubt who’d seen a lot
of life over the years, he concluded the matter with, “And
that, my friend, is what you’re talking about just now. The
hidden treasure of Easter.”
Over the years I’ve thought about that conversation
many times, especially in this season. And each time I do,
I have been caused to wonder. We have been, by our
culture, conditioned to think of reality in terms of tangibles
— the material. Yet, I am becoming more and more
convinced that deep inside us we know that we are not
merely bone and flesh. We know deep down, that we are
not only whirling electrons. Away at the core of our
existence we understand that we are something more. We
are our hopes and dreams. We are that great conundrum
of pain and joy, anger and tenderness, tears and laughter.
We understand somewhere deep in our psyche that in the
great balance such things outweigh all of the measurables
with which we surround ourselves and fill our lives.
My friend the engineer was right, at least as far as I am
concerned. In the legacies of Easters-past there is much
from which to draw — faith to be borrowed, strength to be
found, courage to be taken. Each of us have our own
problems, we have our areas of weakness, our moments of
despair. But that triumphant cry rings down through the
ages, Be of good cheer! I have overcome the world!
So it comes again this year. The light pours over the rim
of the world and once more it is Easter Day! ◆
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Eyelids – the Hard to Treat Areas
THE EYES HAVE I T
Lazy Eye – Don’t Let Your Child Go Undiagnosed
By Dr. Steven Wigdor
How often have you been frustrated with trying to get rid of those
bags, wrinkles, and/or dark circles under the eyes? So many products
have come and gone making false claims about treating these eyelid
problems. Now there is finally a technology that can properly infuse
anti-aging serum into the lower eyelid so that in just 30 seconds, you
can see an immediately noticeable reduction of fine lines, wrinkles,
puffiness, and dark circles that lasts for hours and improves the
eyelids over time.
This is the same concept of the highly successful Clarisonic skin
cleansing system that was launched several years ago to skin care
professionals for the deep cleansing of pores and acne-prone skin.
Building on the absorption benefits of the sonic skin cleansing
system, the Opal
®
extends Clarisonic products from sonic cleansing
to sonic infusion.
The soothing, gentle vibrations at 125 movements per second
infuse an anti-aging eye serum in the outermost layers of the
epidermis where it begins to work immediately. As a Dermatologist,
I have found it is not only a better method for getting eye serum into
its target area of action, but its gentle massaging effect stimulates the
lymphatic system to drain the fluid that causes puffiness away from
the eyelid skin. This instantly creates a smoother, firmer, and more
refreshed look to the eyelid skin.
What ingredients are in the eye serum that is anti-aging?
Delivered in a moisturizing base, natural anti-oxidant compounds
such as flavonoids and polyphenols (found in green tea), chelators,
and peptides (such as copper) are all well-documented to lighten,
brighten, and tighten the under eye area. They also are known to
reduce the appearance of puffiness and bags.
In these days of false advertising and cosmetic products that do
not live up to their hype, it is refreshing to have the Opal
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does it provide an immediately noticeable reduction in the
appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but its benefits improve over
time and build with cumulative use. Your eyelid skin will
immediately feel refreshed and energized, and you will see noticeable
improvement in skin firmness, tightness, and texture. ◆
For more information, call Hecker Dermatology Group, P.A. at 954-
783-2323, or visit us online at www.heckerderm.com . HDG is
also happy to announce the addition of Dr. David Hecker, board-
certified Dermatologist.
It is essential to have both eyes aligned
together and seeing well, during the critical
early years of a child’s growth, for proper
vision development to take place. In a
child, an otherwise healthy eye not seeing properly is called a lazy
eye. A lazy eye is not really lazy, it just wasn’t given a chance to
work. If it doesn’t receive a chance by an early age, the eye will
probably never be able to see properly. Schoolwork and any activity
requiring depth perception can all be effected.
Whenever a child needs a significantly higher prescription on
one eye compared to the other, and a correction is not provided,
there is a high probability for the brain to suppress or not use the
eye. It’s also possible to have the eyes improperly aligned with each
other. This is called strabismus. This will also cause the brain to
suppress one eye in order to avoid seeing double. If a child has
either of these conditions, even though the eye might be healthy,
the connection to the brain is not being given a proper chance to
develop. A lazy eye usually results. To improve a child’s lazy eye, it’s
imperative to discover the problem early. It’s generally considered
that after the age of nine, improvement is very difficult to obtain.
The younger the child is when the condition is discovered, the
better the chance of improvement.
Parents will often test their child’s vision by comparing it to
there own. It’s not uncommon for a parent to ask a child when they
can see a particular road sign and compare it to there own vision.
It’s important to understand, that unless you carefully check the
vision of each eye separately, you will not detect the problem. A
child will rarely tell you that they see blurry. As far as a child knows,
everyone sees the same way they do, they have nothing to compare
to. A parent will also not be able to detect minor misalignments
between the eyes that will inhibit binocular vision development.
Pediatricians will usually evaluate a child’s eyes at very young
ages. Eye exams by an Optometric Physician are usually performed
beginning at the age of three. Ensuring proper health of the eyes,
binocular clear vision, and correct muscle balance will allow for
proper development during the critical early years. If a lazy eye is
discovered, eyeglasses, contact lenses, eye exercises or sometimes
intermittent patching of the good eye is usually all that is necessary
to correct the problem.
The worst thing about a lazy eye is not discovering it early. Make
sure your child has an eye exam now. Remember, everyone has
hindsight protect your eyesight! ◆
Dr. Steven Wigdor, an Optometric Physician, and his staff
welcome your calls and questions in Lighthouse Point at
954-943-6210. You can also find us at www.eyecareandeye
wear.com
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SKI N CARE
By Melanie S. Hecker, MD, MBA
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Cookin’ With The Community
April Fool’s Recipe Fun!
We encourage those who can perform magic in their kitchens to submit favorite creations that can be enjoyed by readers
of our magazine. To submit your recipe, please email us at: LHPnews@bellsouth.net and type “RECIPE” in the subject line.
MEATLOAF CAKE
WE ALWAYS WELCOME YOUR FAVORITE RECIPES PLEASE SHARE THEM WITH YOUR NEIGHBORS!!
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What you’ll need:
• Two round cake pans
• Your favorite meatloaf recipe
• Mashed potatoes
• Ketchup
• Cherry tomatoes
Preparation
Prepare your favorite meatloaf recipe as you normally would,
but, before baking, divide the mixture into the two round cake
pans and pat it flat.
• Bake as usual, but shorten the cooking time (these thinner
meatloaves won’t take nearly as long to cook).
• While the meatloaf is in the oven, make a batch of mashed
potatoes, adding a little extra milk to them and whipping
them with an electric beater until they are fluffy and
spreadable.
• When the meatloaves are done, invert one of them onto a
round plate.
• Cover the meat with a thick, even layer of mashed potatoes.
• Place the other meatloaf on top of the potato layer, and
finish frosting the “cake” with the remaining potatoes.
• Garnish with halved cherry tomatoes to look like cherries.
• Just before serving, decorate the top of your cake with
ketchup. Write a personalized message, or just a simple
“Happy April Fools’ Day!”
SPAGHETTI TORTE
What you’ll need:
• A large springform pan, generously greased
• Your favorite pasta sauce
• A pound of pasta
• Mozzarella or provolone cheese
• Ricotta cheese or more pasta sauce for “frosting”
Preparation
• Toss your favorite pasta sauce with about a pound of
cooked pasta.
• Gently fold a couple of beaten eggs into the pasta mixture,
and then spread half of this mixture into the well-greased
springform pan.
• Sprinkle the pasta with shredded provolone or mozzarella
cheese, and then cover the cheese with the remaining
pasta mixture.
• Bake in a preheated oven at 350° F (175° C) for 30 minutes.
• Allow your spaghetti “cake” to rest for about 15 minutes
before unmolding it from the springform pan.
• “Frost” this tasty cake with ricotta cheese or drizzle it with
more pasta sauce just before serving.
DOG FOOD DIP
Ingredients
• 2 pounds lean ground beef
• 1 onion, chopped
• 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
• 1 pound processed cheese food, cubed
• 1 (12 ounce) jar sliced jalapeno peppers, drained
• A clean, new dog food dish
Preparation
• Place lean ground beef and onion in a large, deep skillet over
medium high heat. Cook until beef is evenly brown and
onion is soft. Drain and turn heat to medium low.
• Pour in condensed cream of mushroom soup. Mix in
processed cheese food and desired amount of jalapeno
peppers. Cook and stir until all ingredients are well blended,
about 10 minutes.
• Transfer the mixture to a medium bowl. Cover and chill in
the refrigerator 8 hours, or overnight.
• Reheat the mixture in a slow cooker, mixing in about 1
tablespoon of water to thin if necessary, before serving.
Mound mixture into clean dog food dish.
Serves 12.
FISH STICK SURPRISE
Candy bars coated in toasted coconut look like just like fish
sticks, and a scoop of vanilla ice cream topped with caramel
sauce can look suspiciously like mashed potatoes and gravy.
What you’ll need:
• Cylindrical candy bars (like Mounds™, Twix™, Baby Ruth™,
or Kit Kat™)
• Toasted coconut
• Vanilla ice cream
• Caramel sauce
• Gummy candies in the shapes of vegetables—peas, carrots,
corn—available in bulk at most candy stores.
Preparation
• Place the candy bars on a microwave-safe plate and zap them
on high power for about five seconds—just long enough to
soften the chocolate without completely melting it.
• Sprinkle the toasted coconut on a sheet of waxed paper and
roll each candy bar in it until completely coated.
• Arrange two or three “fish sticks” on each plate alongside a
small handful of gummy veggies.
• Just before serving, use a round scoop to adorn each plate
with a serving of vanilla ice cream “potatoes” and top with a
drizzle of caramel “gravy.”
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The famous Red Fox Restaurant in Lighthouse Point is
the venue for this group of guys to meet for breakfast once
a week to share friendship and great food.
Recently, the group took a "field trip' to another famous
restaurant at the Farmer's Market in Pompano Beach,
probably the oldest restaurant in the area. Following the
good food and conversation, they were given a tour of the
Farmer's Market and learned how important this
establishment and industry is to our community.
Bill Sullivan, Bob Parks, Fred Schorr, Paul Zalesky, Lou Petrone, Phil Linville and Mike Branigan.
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Sheriff Al Lamberti
Reports
Broward County Crime
Stoppers – More than
Just a Tip Line
By Sheriff Al Lamberti
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Hot Off the Grill
By John Offerdahl
(a.k.a. The Gridiron Griller)
Crime in Broward County is something we cannot escape. As one of the largest
sheriff’s offices in the country, we strive to promote crime prevention and public safety
initiatives focused on protecting the citizens we serve. Crime Stoppers is a nationwide
program that encourages citizens to report information they may have regarding criminal
activity. Any tip leading to the arrest of a suspect is eligible for a reward up to $1,000.
The Crime Stoppers Program of Broward County started in 1981 to assist detectives
in criminal investigations. The program is a non-profit 501(c) 3 and is overseen by the
Crime Stoppers Council of Broward — a 35 member board consisting of non-active law
enforcement and community leaders. The Crime Stoppers Program is housed at BSO
headquarters and the tips are answered by BSO employees. All callers remain anonymous
— we do not want your name, we need your information. Tips can be reported via
telephone: 954.493.TIPS (8477) or toll free 1.866.493.TIPS, you may also text message
your tips to 274637.
Broward County citizens have helped make BSO’s Crime Stoppers Unit consistently
one of the nation’s top performers. With the help of the community, more cases have been
solved, arrests made and property recovered. Since its inception, Crime Stoppers of
Broward has cleared nearly 19,000 cases and tips have resulted in more than 11,000
arrests. A street value of more than $363 million worth of drugs, property, cash and
weapons has also been recovered. To their recent credit, in February 2010, Crime
Stoppers closed a 10-year old case where the tip led detectives to the identity, description
and whereabouts of a suspect wanted for a homicide that occurred in 2000.
To date, Crime Stoppers of Broward County has paid more than $2.2 million in
reward money to citizens who phoned us with tips. Reward money comes from the Crime
Stoppers Trust Fund, which is overseen by the Florida Office of the Attorney General.
Funds are collected from donations made by businesses and citizens, as well as a $20
Crime Stoppers Fund Fee, which is assessed to each person when they are arrested. The
Crime Stoppers Board of Directors is also responsible for fundraising. Each year, they
sponsor various events, including a golf tournament, the annual Crime Stoppers Gala and
other events to fund the reward account.
Crime Stoppers also oversees special programs within Broward County, these include:
• Dead Beat Parents: Crime Stoppers will take tips on dead beat parents who are not
paying child support as ordered by the court and forward the information to the
appropriate law enforcement agency. A reward of $200 may be paid to the tipster.
• Gun Stoppers: Crime Stoppers will pay $100 for the recovery of an illegally owned
weapon and up to $1,000 for the arrest of a felon in possession of an illegally owned
firearm. The purpose of the program is to lessen the prevalence of illegally carried
firearms in Broward County and reduce gun violence.
• Illegal Dumping: Signs are posted at illegal dump sites and other areas to discourage
illegal dumpers and to publicize the reward system. People who are caught illegally
dumping are subject to fines and imprisonment.
• Student Crime Stoppers: Broward County students are encouraged to report crimes
committed in or around their schools. If the tip leads to an arrest, the student could
qualify for a cash reward of up to $100.
• Terrorism: As a direct result of the September 11th attacks, a reward of up to $15,000
may be collected for any information on person(s) who are planning terrorist activity.
• Kid Saver Fingerprinting: This program was developed to provide law enforcement
with fingerprints and a photograph of children and the elderly in the event they should
ever go missing. This program is made available to any community event in which
children will be present.
Crime Stoppers focus is to create safer homes and safer communities. I am confident
with their hard work and your tips, the Broward Sheriff’s Office will continue to assist
in this mission through enforcement, crime prevention efforts and our public safety
initiatives.
For more information about Broward County’s Crime Stoppers Program, visit
www.browardcrimestoppers.org.
SPICY SHRIMP BOWL
Ah springtime! Beautiful weather abounds
and the NFL draft is right around the corner.
The backyard beckons, the grill grins – time to
eat outdoors! This month I have the perfect
recipe for you — the Spicy Shrimp Bowl. It is
just the right combination of hot and cold, steamed and crisp, sweet
and spicy. You can even lay out the ingredients and let everyone
assemble his own. Too busy with spring training? Stop by one of my
cafes and bring the Spicy Shrimp
Bowl home for your training table. It
is our featured recipe right now
during “springtime” at Offerdahl’s
Café Grill.
READY
Cazal Marinade
1/2 c. olive oil
1/2 c. fresh lime juice
1/2 tsp. Lawry’s season salt
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
Bowl Ingredients
1 cup brown rice
1 cup pearled barley
5 3/4 cups chicken broth
1 head broccoli, cut into florets, stems excluded
1 bag shredded carrots
1 cucumber, seeded and diced
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
2 T. chopped cilantro
Sauce
1/4 cup prepared teriyaki sauce
1/4 cup spicy brown mustard
Mix thoroughly to create sauce
PREP
Prepare your entrée & sauces…
Mix the Cazal marinade ingredients thoroughly and put into a
large Ziploc with 1 lb. jumbo defrosted and shelled shrimp.
Marinate for 30 minutes. Cook rice and barley together in a rice
cooker with chicken broth. Steam carrots and broccoli and
keep warm.
LETS GRILL!
Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Thread shrimp onto wooden
skewers and grill on a well-oiled grill grate until shrimp is pink.
Once shrimp is grilled, assemble 4 bowls in this order: rice, broccoli,
carrots, cucumber, almonds and cilantro. Top with a skewer of
shrimp and serve with a side of spicy dipping sauce.
Johnny says…
"People think eating healthy is boring… then again they haven’t
tried our Spicy Shrimp Bowl!Offerdahl’s Cafe Grill is located at
2400 North Federal Highway • Lighthouse Point, FL
(954) 788-3464
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Bailey Woodruff Title Company celebrated its First
Anniversary in style at the home of owners Mary and
Roger Stefl. Over 200 people feasted on German cuisine
provided by Old Heidelberg Restaurant and original crepes
flambéed by French Chef Patrick.
The world famous Low Tides provided great music for
dancing and there were no problems with the neighbors,
thanks to the efficient Valet Parkers.
Bailey Woodruff would like to thank all the loyal clients
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I DENTI TY THEFT
How to Catch Identity Theft Early
By Denise Richardson
If you have ever been the victim of identity theft, you know
how financially and emotionally damaging it can be. When
someone uses your personal information without your
permission, you are responsible for learning of its use and
stopping further damage from occurring. If you fail to do so
in a timely manner, the creditor can report late or defaulted
accounts to the credit bureaus and damage your credit score.
Ongoing identity theft can be difficult to clear up since your
personal information can be repeatedly sold. If you catch
identity theft early, however, you have a better chance of
clearing your good name and averting further harm to your
name — and credit.
Take Collection Calls and Letters Seriously
If you receive debt collection calls for a debt you do not
owe, or have received several threatening letters regarding
unpaid debts, watch out! This could be an early indicator of
identity theft.
When identity thieves apply for credit in your name, they
will often use a false address and telephone number. Debt
collection agencies, however, employ skip tracers. A skip
tracer’s job is to track down debtors who have moved,
changed their telephone numbers, or provided their creditors
with false contact information. The skip tracer will be able to
find you based on your name and Social Security number. You
will then be contacted by the debt collection agency
regarding the unpaid debt.
Take any communication you receive from a debt
collection agency seriously. Ignoring the problem could land
you in court for an illegitimate debt. Collection calls and
letters are often the first indicators of identity theft that you
can expect to receive.
Review your Credit Report
Identity theft is often exacerbated by the fact that
consumers typically don't review their credit reports. When
someone opens an account in your name the creditor will
often report the account to the credit bureaus. The debt, along
with your payment history on the account, will then appear
on your credit report. It’s important to take advantage of your
right to obtain a free annual credit report. Be careful to obtain
your credit report from the legitimate place at annualcredit
report.com or by calling the toll free automated line at 877-
322-8228 from the phone number the credit bureaus have on
record for you.
Subscribe to new High-Tech Services
Criminals are tech savvy — so we need to be too. The trick
to reducing the impact of a fraud is to learn about it quickly.
Learning of fraudulent activity before it lands on your credit
file can help mitigate financial losses and prevent harm to your
credit score. Today there are high-tech services new to the
market in identity theft protection. The LifeLock Identity Alert
system for example monitors many forms of both credit and
service account applications for the misuse of your
information. Here's how they claim it works: anytime they find
individual pieces of your identity in applications for credit
cards, wireless services, retail credit, utilities, check reorders,
mortgage loans, auto loans, and payday loans they alert you . If
the application is fraudulent their remediation team takes steps
to protect your identity. Early notification of potential identity
threats helps reduce the impact should a fraud occur.
Missing Mail
If you have stopped receiving bills or credit card and bank
statements, there may be a sinister cause. Identity thieves will
sometimes remove your mail from your mailbox in order to
review it for personal financial information. They will also
often put a change of address in the post office and divert
your mail to their location. Once they have your banking
information and credit card numbers, they may then use
these tools to make unauthorized purchases in your name.
Inaccurate Credit Card Statements
Not all identity thieves will make expensive purchases on
your credit cards. Some will make small purchases using your
credit card number to see whether you notice the charges
and report them as fraudulent. Over time, an unobservant
consumer can be a gold mine for an identity thief. An
individual who notices fraudulent charges is likely to
immediately cancel his credit card account, thus derailing the
identity thief’s income source. Someone who does not
regularly monitor his accounts, however, can remain a victim
for years without ever realizing that he is paying charges that
were made by a stranger.
Scrutinize your credit card statements when you get them
for any purchases you do not remember making. Identity
thieves are more likely to use your credit card number to
make purchases online since they are not required to present
your actual card. Thus, internet purchases that appear on your
credit card statement should be evaluated more carefully.
If you are observant and watch out for the early warning
signs of identity theft, you are more likely to catch the
practice early. The earlier you become aware of identity theft,
the less trouble you will have putting a stop to it and
convincing creditors that the charges were made without
your permission. If you believe you have been the victim of
identity theft, file a police report, report the theft to the FTC,
notify your other creditors and account holders, change PIN’s,
review your credit reports and bank statements immediately
to prevent further damage. ◆
For more tips on how best to secure your identity visit
me at GiveMeBackMyCredit.com or email me directly at
deniserichardson@givemebackmycredit.com
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Lucy McKie, left, was born in Stoney
Brook, Long Island in 1910, and then
moved to Corona in 1919.
She married Salvatore Marra in
1929 until he passed away in 1968.
In December, 1977 she remarried to
David McKie who passed away in 2004.
Lucy is the proud mother of 3
children, 8 grandchildren, and 6
1
/2
great-great grandchildren. “I am thank -
ful for my longevity. I am thankful that
I have a residence in Lighthouse Point
in the parish of St. Paul the Apostle
Catholic Church. I am especially
thankful for dear Monsignor Brice and
my dear family.”
Over Ninety-Year-Old’s Annual Luncheon
Volunteers from the Women’s Club helped at the luncheon.
(L to R) front row: Judy O’Hara, Betty Arcella*, Cathie
Desjean*, Anne Hutchinson, Diana Marcinka*, Marie Puleo.
Back row: Carolyn Bergamini*, Diane Seiwert, Franki Klemyk,
Marlene Tassi , Lucille Damato. (Not pictured Rosa Barros*)
*Board Members of the St. Paul’s Women’s Club
who planned the event.
St. Paul Women’s Club committee
member Carolyn Bergamini greeted
each guest with a big smile as they
entered St. Paul’s for the Annual
Over 90 Luncheon.
Attending the event was Lucy
McKie, who will be 100 years old
this June. Ms. McKie appeared sprite
and extremely delighted to be there.
Accordi onist Vinnie Dulisse played
wonderful selections from the 30s
and 40s as guests met and chatted.
Father Maroor and Monsignor Brice
were also in attendance.
Thanks to the committee mem -
bers and volunteers who arranges
the affair, and to Lighthouse Point
Florist who donated and delivered
the beautiful flower arrangements
for the event.
Committee members include:
Diane Marcinka, St. Paul’s Women’s
Club Vice President Betty Arcella,
Cathie Desjean, and Carolyn Bergamini.
Those in attendance and year of their birth were: Antonia
Alum, 1914; Joseph Biviano; Emma Francem, 1915; Elmer Grade,
1914; Dorothy Gurzynski, 1919; Sylvia Hagmaier, 1918; Virginia
Hanley, 1914; Ann Martin; Marie McGill, 1919; Lucy McKie, 99;
Elizabeth Miller; John Millette; Kathleen Millette; Antoinette
Picazio; Edwin Smith; Ida Tassi; Kay Zullo; and Ursula Schneider.
Kathleen Millette serenades husband John
with “I Love You Truly.”
(L to R) row: Ann Martin, Betty Miller, Kay Zullo, Lucy McKie, Antonia Alum,
Antoinette Picazio, Sylvia Hagmaier, Ursula Schneider. Middle row: Emma Francem,
Ida Tassi, Edwin Smith, Marie McGill, Joe Biviano, Dorothy Gurzynski, Virginia Hanley,
Elmer Grade, John and Kathleen Millette. Back row: Monsignor Brice, Father Maroor
Dorothy Gurzynski
and Joe Biviano Edwin Smith, Monsignor Brice and Joe Biviano
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AL’ S CORNER
Then and Now
By Al Siefert
By Mayor Ken Keechl
It was a little over thirty years ago when
I started my electric business. Back then,
many of the products that you see on the
market now were not available and many of them were not invented
for several years.
Wiring devices such as switches, receptacles, dimmers and
motion detectors have made many improvements in their style and
uses. For example, 30 years ago, receptacles came only in ivory or
brown. Many devices are now available in over 20 colors giving you
the flexibility to closely match the different colors you may have
throughout your home or office.
Tamper proof receptacles are relatively new on the market and
protect against someone getting a shock while inserting foreign
objects into the receptacle openings. These receptacles are now
required on all newly constructed homes. They are also a good
precaution for families with inquisitive children.
There are many new, smarter switches on the market now. The
motion switch is good for rooms where the switch location is hard
to find in the dark, or in areas where someone forgets to turn the
light off when they leave the room. These switches also have a
manual on/off capability and some are dimmable. These switches
are easily adjustable to program delayed off time from a few seconds
to several minutes. The hall, guest bathroom, laundry and garage are
good places for these devices.
The original Lutron dimmer switch was introduced in 1961. It
had a rotary dial and sold for $3.98. Since then, there have been
more advances in dimmer switches than most of the new wall
devices. Today you can control a dimmer with a remote control.
These remotes are great for dimming the lights while watching a
movie or turning the light off when going to bed.
The new electronic dimmers allow you to dim the lights from
many locations. It was not too many years ago that you only had one
location to work the dimmer even though several switches worked
to turn the light on and off.
To emphasize the changes in the industry over the last few years,
I purchased my first cell phone in the 1980s for $1,600. It was a
Motorola Transportable. It weighed about 4-5 pounds and only made
and received phone calls. In this new age of electronics you can
now control your home’s automation, view your security cameras
and program your DVR from remote locations, including your cell
phone. ◆
This article was submitted by Al Siefert of Al Siefert Electric, 5691
NE 14 Ave, Ft Lauderdale Fl 954 493 941.
Mayor Ken Keechl
Broward’s Courthouse Problem Solved
Without Raising Taxes
Last year, in my newsletter “Broward’s Courthouse Problem:
More Taxes Aren’t the Solution,” I wrote about the deplorable state
of our downtown courthouse. I argued that, if possible, we should
renovate the courthouse. More importantly, I also strenuously
argued that we should not ask the voters of Broward County to tax
themselves to build it.
In two additional newsletters last year, Broward County
Courthouse Task Force Recommendations, Part 1 and Part 2,” I wrote
about the formation of a Broward County Courthouse Task Force and
its subsequent recommendations. First, the Task Force found that it
would be more expensive to renovate the downtown courthouse
than to rebuild it. Second, the Task Force recommended financing
the rebuilding of a cheaper ‘scaled-down’ courthouse with existing
revenue. The Task Force specifically and unanimously argued against
asking the voters to tax themselves. Once before in November 2006,
the Broward County Commission had asked the voters to tax
themselves for a new courthouse; they rightly refused to do so.
On February 2, the Broward County Commission voted 6 to 3 to
follow the recommendations of the Courthouse Task Force. I was in
the majority. It was absolutely the fiscally conservative approach.
To my surprise, the media’s spin on the vote was to characterize it
as a vote to increase taxes. I think the ‘spin’ was unfortunate. I
understand that the press has to sell newspapers, but the truth
shouldn’t be brushed aside in the process. So, here is the full story.
The original November 2006 courthouse proposal was to build a
courthouse at a cost of approximately $510 million. The Task Force
recommended a ‘scaled-down’ courthouse proposal that would cost
approximately $328 million (and add a much needed parking garage.)
We had previously set aside $120 million in our budget for other less
important projects. By using that money, we would need to borrow
$208 million dollars.
By a 6-3 vote, we agreed to use non-voted debt, which would cost
the average taxpayer $8.00 per year. However, what wasn’t reported by
the media was the fact that by the time we need the money, this $8.00
increase will be offset by the expiration of other debt totaling about
$37.00 per taxpayer. So, in actuality, your tax bill would decrease by
approximately $29.00 per year. And we will have fulfilled our Consti -
tutional duty as County Commissioners to provide a safe and usable
courthouse for our judges, jurors, court personnel and our residents.
In closing, for more than 3 years I have told you that I would not
raise the tax burden on your families or mine. The current millage
rate is 5.3889. When all is said and done, and the additional dollars
borrowed for the scaled-down courthouse, the new millage rate
would be lower: somewhere between 5.1889 and 5.0789.
You elected me to take care of problems that needed solving. And
you told me to do it without raising your taxes. My vote
accomplished both of your demands. ◆
Broward County Commissioner and Mayor Ken Keechl, 954 357
7004, www.broward.org/kkeechl
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Jane Ellen Glasser has had two
books published, "Naming the
Darkness" and "Light Persists,"
which won the Tampa Review
Prize for Poetry.
The Millionaire
By Jane Ellen Glasser
A woman is scrubbing a pan, still in her
curlers and bathrobe, when the doorbell
that would change her life rings. Caught
in a camera’s eye, Sophie stares at a big smile,
an extended hand. She’s confused.
She’s embarrassed by her appearance.
She’s crazy with disbelief. She reaches
for the check and reads. “Arnold!” she screams.
“Arnold, oh my God, Arnold, come quick!”
You know the story. He quits his job
and blows his dough on black jack
in Atlantic City. Sophie’s relatives are
merciless. New homes. New cars. Soon
the couple’s broke. The marriage falls apart.
She has a love affair with the butcher.
They get hitched. Every night she cooks
up a feast with red meat from his shop.
For the first time in her life, Sophie
is really happy. As for Arnold, he’s content
to get back his old job as janitor at the bank.
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Michele Greene
is a State Farm agent
in Light house Point.
Michele began her
career 22 years ago
as a new agent and
business woman in
Deerfield Beach
and then moved to
Light house Point
late 1999.
“In the changing
times that we all
experience it is
nice to be with a large, stable parent company that can
withstand the many ebbs and flows of this business and
industry” stated Greene. At State Farm they offer 72
different products. She is an agent that not only provides
insurance products, but also financial services — she
educates people plus provides banking services through
the internet as a virtual bank. From homeowners and that
changing market, to banking products of checking, savings
accounts, credit cards, mortgages to mutual funds for
retirement planning as well as educational savings
products — the gamut is full. She has and has to maintain
many licenses to be able to completely serve her clients
and customers.
Her work life is complimented by her community life
and her personal life. In the same 22 years as she looked
into give back to her community locally and countywide;
she was introduced to her charity of choice. Expecting a
child herself at the time, Michele wanted to work with
children and young mothers. Children’s Home Society of
Florida provided the opportunities she was looking for.
Michele now serves as Chairman of the Board for
Children’s Home Society – Intercoastal Division in Broward
County and on the state board as Chairperson of the
Development Committee for Florida.
Michele has been the President of the Lighthouse Point
Chamber of Commerce for the last three years. Membership
has tripled and the signature event: the Annual Taste of
Lighthouse Point has gone from netting $2,000 to last year
over $30,000. She states that when you take a good idea,
bring in a lot of hard working business owners, it is
limitless in what a good team of folks can do together!
In addition to CHS, Michele
volunteers with Toys for Tots and
through her church — St. Elizabeth
of Hungary as a volunteer teacher,
Eucharistic minister, lector and pastoral council member.
Michele says everyone can be a volunteer. She has been
the top volunteer state wide for State Farm Insurance
Companies for the previous four years. If you can only do
it once a month or even once a year, the reward of knowing
you have helped a child is worth it. It is easy to do and can
make a lifetime of difference.
Her team members in her office support what Michele
is and what she does. A diverse group of women that total
over 150 years of combined experience make the office a
well tuned machine. From sales to service and the claims
background, they all specialize in certain aspects of the
business and then complement each other with
techniques of learning all that there has to know and
understand to be able to serve their clients. They, too, are
involved in their own communities from supporting their
church to local youth sports. It goes to show that what
goes around comes around for each and everyone.
As I begin each day in whichever arena it may be, I
realize that what may appear to be a challenge ends up at
the end of the day to be an accomplishment. Assisting an
insured, raising money of the awareness for those without
a public voice, nurturing my son and family and taking time
with friends — it is a blessing and it is my pleasure. ◆
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Michele Greene and her office team.
Look for our building and our sign.
The Many Endeavors of Michele Greene
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