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DECEMBER 2014

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elcome to Coastal Resort Estates. I am proud to inviteyou on a monthly tour of East Deerfield Beach, LighthousePoint, Hillsboro Shores, East Pompano Beach and FortLauderdale’s finest estate properties offered exclusively inexcess of one million dollars. It is my pleasure and privilegeto represent these important estates. Please enjoy thissampling of properties from my current Coastal ResortEstates collection. I wish to thank my valued clientele for theirtrust, confidence and loyalty throughout the years. Myrelationships with both buyers and sellers are defined bydiscretion, integrity, professionalism at the highest level, aswell as unparalleled personalized and customized service.

For a confidential consultation and evaluation of yourproperty, please contact me. I look forward to your inquiriesanytime.

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The zany merchants from the Shoppes at Beacon Light are having a holiday drawing with 22 businesses participating. Visit stores in the plaza starting on November 28 to enter the drawings for cash, gift certificates and merchandise valued at over $5,000. (L-R) Rene Sabatini, Millie Walsh, Lane Laubscher, Mary Provenzano and Bob Jackson holding Juliette Woodmansee.

Paint & Plaster is the newest way to express your creativity. Brenda Reis shows off some finished pieces from the studio in the Pompano Citi Centre.

The crew from Akasha Education Co-op are lead by Ernest & Melissa Rodriquez from their home-school facility near Dan Witt Park. They offer help with homework, test-prep sessions, individual tutoring for students in elementary through high school grade levels.

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DESIGN & CREATE

The way we design:Simple, Clean lines that make BOLD statements& Must Function for our client’s daily lives.

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If you talk to Todd & Scott Bird, co owners of Paver & Marble Specialists (also known as Superior Power Washing Inc) they want their customers to be ‘more than happy’ with the work they do.

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Their goal and business motto is; to design with simple clean lines that will make bold statements, and must function for their clients’ daily lives.

This motto and passion is exemplified in the outdoor hardscape design work and remodeling they do for swimming pool areas, patios & walkways, driveways, water features and anything else you might consider for the outside of your home or commercial space.

Being a family owned company, it allows Todd & Scott to be on all job sites from start to finish. They both say, “We provide our customers with very skilled installation and repair crews. In addition, we complete all projects in a professional and scheduled manner”.

The Bird brothers have managed to co own Paver & Marble Specialists for 20 years due to their great communication skills with the client, ensuring that they follow each customer’s vision, making each job unique. Their mantra is “It’s not about getting a lot of work; it’s about doing a great job on each and every project”.

However, looking beneath the surface you will see that both Todd and Scott are the product of many years of construction expertise. Their father, Jim Bird has been in the construction business for 40 years, and both sons grew up helping in his business but they both feel that their forte is in outside surfaces and hardscape. They must first understand the client’s needs in order to give each of them something that flows with the landscape of their property. It is something

the brothers are both passionate about. “The key to any project is communication. We make sure that all jobs go smooth from start to finish because of great communication”, they explained.

Whether it’s small or a large elaborate job, clients rave about the Bird brothers’ ability to create outdoor masterpieces and also be on time with the schedule. (Something which is rare in their industry!)

If you talk to former clients you will hear that Todd & Scott are not just talking about it, they mean it, as explained by Edward Salantrie, a Ft Lauderdale based lawyer; “I recently hired Superior to install a marble pool deck. They had to excavate my existing 800 sq ft concrete deck and extend it to 1,300 sq ft. They also integrated a 75ft retaining wall with a swooping pathway and staircase. In addition, the pool remodel consisted of a new 2ft marble coping around the pool and spa, including new glass pool tile and new Diamond Brite color. This entire project was done within 10 days and transformed my backyard in to a resort setting!! The workmanship and professionalism was remarkable”.

Another client, Annemarie Mancini says “I knew from the first visit with Scott that I had made the right choice. He had such enthusiasm and vision for turning an ugly concrete pad into a beautiful brick paved patio. He was in constant communication with me throughout the entire project and the job was started and completed on time, as promised. The crew were professional and took great pride in their work. Thanks to

Pavers & Marble Specialists I have the most beautiful patio area that we can enjoy for years to come”.

It is also important to know that they are a fully licensed and insured brick paver company and that they offer a 2 Year Warranty on all services and workmanship. Paver & Marble Specialists also do repairs for any pavers, solve any drainage issues, root removal and most importantly protect your new investment with their clean & seal division.

Superior Powerwashing also has a special ‘Clean & Seal Green’ process that utilizes state-of-the-art equipment and industrial cleaning solutions that are environmentally friendly. Hot water and steam are used with a rotating surface cleaner to remove and kill mold, clean dirt, remove stains and impurities on brick paver or marble surfaces. Using only the best sealer products to enhance and protect pavers, and apply them with a professional grade airless sprayer that gives precise and appropriate coverage.

“Design is our passion and communication is one of our top qualities. We want everyone to know that we deliver on our mission statement;

Quality Service + Quality Products = Customer Satisfaction

At Paver & Marble Specialists, we never tire of doing a great job”!

Call Paver & Marble Specialists (Superior Powerwashing) for a free estimate at: 954-850-3359.

Discount coupons also available on their website: www.SuperiorPavers.net.

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Susan Nelson Specializing in “You”, the client!

954-242-6400 [emailprotected]

BRAND NEW TO THE MARKET

VENENTIAN ISLES $1,495,000

4BR/3BA, 90 ft. of deep water, boat lift, custom designed kitchen, pool, 3 car garage.

LIGHTHOUSE POINT $1,100,000

3BR/2BA 100 ft. of deep water, No Fixed Bridges, pool, 5 min to inlet, very private.

LIGHTHOUSE POINT $659,000

3BR/2BA in Coral Key, 80 ft. of deep water, large screened patio, pool & spa.

Please visit my website www.SusanNelson.com to see more of my exclusive Listings!

4210 NE 31st Ave, LHP $5,495,000 1422 SE 12th St, Deerfield $1,149,000 2541 NE 32nd Ct, LHP $4,995,000 4271 NE 23rd Ter, LHP $995,000 2457 NE 26th St, LHP $4,400,000 3801 NE 25th Ave, LHP $829,000 2616 NE 24th St, LHP $2,849,000 2800 NE 30th St, LHP $619,900 2500 NE 44th St, LHP $1,699,000 1235 SE 12th Ave, Deerfield $519,000 3861 NE 24th Ave, LHP $1,699,000 / $7500 mo 4931 NE 25th Ave, LHP $499,900 2790 NE 23rd PL, Pompano $1,699,000 2010 NE 32nd St, LHP $479,000 / $4000 mo 2271 NE 25th St, LHP $1,399,000 4231 NE 22nd Ave, LHP $299,000 3100 NE 23rd Ave, LHP $1,395,000 2772 NE 30th Ave #6C, LHP $219,000 3860 NE 24th Ave, LHP $1,250,000 1536 SE 15th Ct #207, Deerfield $179,850 1239 SE 13th Ave, Deerfield $1,249,000 2120 NE 42nd Ct #4, LHP $114,900 3011 NE 55th PL, Ft. Lauderdale $1,249,000 1361 NE 27th Way #4 & 6, Pompano $1700 mo 4110 NE 27th Ave, LHP $1,197,000 1361 NE 27th Way #5, Pompano $2000 mo

VENENTIAN ISLES $995,000

4BR/3BA, 90 ft. of deep water, new roof, bar, paver patio & pool. Price includes brand new kitchen.

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contents

58CATCH A

RISING STARIntroducing Jess Taylor,

Lighthouse Point’s very own country music rising star.

64VICTORIAN CHRISTMASFort Lauderdale’s

Stranahan House offers a look back at holidays past.

70THE OUT OF TOWNERS

Stuff to do to entertain those holiday out of town guests who

seem to show up this time of year.

DECEMBER 2014

VOLUME 12

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58Jess Taylor, during the filming of her video Do You Feel it Too

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departments12 Creatively Speaking

It’s a small town afterall.

14 Around the PointBits and pieces from Lighthouse Point and beyond.

24 Fish TalesExtreme kayak fishing summer re-cap.

26 Community CookingWhat to do with a parsnip.

28 Garden LadyGifts of the garden.

28 Beauty Spot of the MonthA butterfly garden emerges.

30 Personal Development Turn fear into power.

32 Senior Shout OutPets make great friends.

34 Legal MattersAll about wills and trusts.

36 Incredible FactsHoliday tidbits and trivia.

38 Behind the Open SignHave Faith...

40 The Parenting GameHow to avoid spoiling your kids during the holidays.

44 Life’s JourneyThe miracle of the staircase.

46 Cantankerously YoursEighth annual scroogie awards.

50 Blast from the PastThe story of Brett’s Pride.

52 It’s ElectricLooking back and moving forward.

54 Skin CareLet’s Talk Zinc Oxide

74 Happy SnapsSmiling faces around town.

92 Happy Birthday PetsOur furry friends celebrate.

94 Happy Birthday KidsOh, to be young.

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CREATIVELY Speaking BY SUSAN ROSSER

ON THE COVERJess Taylor wears a tiered dress

by Analili available at Body & Soul Boutique, Lighthouse Point. Analili is a made in the USA

brand based in Miami. Photograph by Debra Todd.

Hair and makeup by Annie Berry.

It’s Small Town (afterall)

The Gilmore Girls is a television show centered on Lorelei and Rory Gilmore—a young, quirky mother and daughter making their way in a small, New England town. But, the real star of the show is the idyllic town in which they live; Stars Hollow, Connecticut. Stars Hollow is a place where the diner owner knows you by name, you’re kooky neighbor is not only interesting, but a dependable friend and your paper is delivered by a neighborhood kid. Netflix recently aired all seven seasons of the Gilmore Girls; and though I am somewhat embarrassed to admit this, I binged-watched all 153 episodes with my daughter Zoe in a matter weeks.

I think what drew me into the show when it first aired in 2000, was not just the spot-on, clever and almost rhythmic dialogue—it was that town. It’s the epitome of small town America.

So what makes a small town special? It’s in the details. It’s a revered annual Halloween costume contest, a garden club, sports leagues, tree lined streets, holiday celebrations, movies and concerts in the park and of course being greeted by name at your favorite local hang-out. It’s a tight-knit community investing in its own success.

Maybe it’s living here in Lighthouse Point—a great example of small town America—that first gave my husband Richard his latest great idea (or maybe it was seeing Zoe and me glued to the Gilmore Girls.) The last three issues of Lighthouse Point magazine have been delivered by local kids—just like the old fashioned paper routes. The kids are earning money for their various clubs and activities. So far, the Pompano Beach High School International Club is earning money towards their trip to Costa Rica. The Pompano Beach Football (soccer) Club is earning money toward their expenses and the Pompano Beach Piranhas baseball team are working for a trip to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

The response by the community to our new delivery system is overwhelmingly positive. When the assistant principal of Pompano Beach High School shows up in your driveway on a Sunday morning to deliver magazines—well, that’s dedication to a community. And as for the students—they’ve been great. Magazines are heavy and it can be quite a job shlepping them around in the hot Florida sun. They get the job done and are grateful for the opportunity.

Lorelei and Rory Gilmore would be proud to call Lighthouse Point their home.

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VOLUNTEERS MAKE A DIFFERENCE

If you have a few extra hours each week and would like to help others, please consider volunteering at a Broward Health facility. It will give you the opportunity to give back, as well as:

Meet new friends Participate in fundraisers & other fun events

Gain a sense of accomplishment and self-worth

Touch the lives of those in need

To volunteer, call 954.786.5199.

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Contributors Wendell Abern • Andrea Corn • Erica and Jan Davey

Craig Haley •Melanie Hecker • Emily Jancura Bill Johnson • Al Siefert • James Terlizzi

Elin Trousdale • Marty Zevin

Debra ToddPHOTOGRAPHER

Shane BergeySENIOR CLIENT OUTREACH COORDINATOR

Richard RosserPUBLISHER

Susan RosserCREATIVE DIRECTOR

ADVERTISING INFORMATIONTo advertise in Lighthouse Point, call Richard Rosser at 954-234-8518 or email him at [emailprotected]

CirculationLighthouse Point is published monthly by Lighthouse Point

Publishing and delivered by mail, free of charge each month to residents of Lighthouse Point, Pompano Beach, Deerfield Cove, Hillsboro Mile and businesses in these communities.Copies of Lighthhouse Point are available each month at the

LHP Library, Lito’s Turf & Surf, Red Fox Diner, LHP Yacht & Racquet Club,

The Nauti Dawg Marina Café, and Offerdahl’s Cafe.

Contact UsDrop us a line and let us know what you’re thinking.

Lighthouse Point magazine is all about community and your ideas and comments are important to us. All letters to the

editor may be edited for grammar and length. Send letters to:

Editor, Lighthouse Point Magazine 2436 N. Federal Hwy. #311 • Lighthouse Point, Florida 33064

or email [emailprotected] for camera-ready art and prepayment of ads

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of the preceding month of publication.

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That name is registered by a different company.

Lighthouse Point Magazine is owned and published 12 times per year by Lighthouse Point Publishing, LLC.

Copyright 2014 by Lighthouse Point Publishing, LLC. All rights reserved.

No part of this magazine may be reproduced without the prior written consent of Lighthouse Point Publishing, LLC. Requests for permission should be directed to: [emailprotected]

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AROUND THE PointLighthouse A’Glow

Spend an enchanted evening with family and friends. Come out to meet Santa, enjoy holiday refreshments and caroling. WHEN Wednesday, December 3, 2014TIME 6:30pm to 8:30pmWHERE Frank McDonough ParkPhoto by Debra Todd

TRINITY CHURCH’S ANNUAL LIVE NATIVITY Trinity Church Lighthouse Point will hold its annual Live Nativity on Tuesday, December 9, 2014. The Trinity Worship Team will sing Christmas carols beginning at 6:45pm outside at the steps of the sanctuary’s main entrance off 39th Street. The live nativity will start at 7:15pm and all children are welcome to participate the story of Christmas comes to life. Please meet inside the sanctuary at 6:45pm to get a costume. Tis event is free and open to the community.

Those places where you can paint and bake your own pottery have a been around for many years. And it can be fun to spend some time creating a piece of art that may be treasured for years.

David Ashley liked the concept but knew there had to be a way to remove the big problem of delayed gratification—you had to wait for your

masterpiece to be baked in the kiln.

He figured there had to a similar process that would allow customers to leave the studio that day with their artwork. “There had to be an alternative version of the standard pottery,” according to Ashley.

Then he found plaster. “It’s regular plaster you’d find at Walmart” but the mix and the molds seem to have been mastered by Ashley over the years. He also perfected the coating that seals each piece although pieces can not be submerged in water or placed in a dishwasher.

He founded “Paint & Plaster” over nine years ago. His story starts at the kitchen table like so many entrepreneurs before him and now includes a new studio at the Pompano City Centre.

Artists (customers) can purchase and paint all sorts of items from large three-dimensional gumball machines, christmas ornaments or figurines. The bulk of the items cost $7.99 to $12.99 with special items reaching the $30 or $40 mark. There is a bargain bin with $3 items.

The studio attracts parents with kids looking to paint christmas tree ornaments for grandma, birthday parties, couples on dates, and ladies-night-out groups. Painting workshops are offered for painting plaster and canvas.

Get Plastered

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AROUND THE Point Magni f i c en t HomesP r e s e n t e d b y :

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STATELY REMODELED 5/5 FAMILY HOME ON 23 rd AVE LIGHTHOUSE POINT O F F E R E D A T $ 1 , 5 7 9 , 0 0 0

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Time for Cheer L O C A L H O L I D A Y C E L E B R A T I O N S

13th Annual

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DEERFIELD BEACH SCUBA SANTADecember 6, 10am - 1pm Aquatic CenterBring out the family to have your pictures taken underwater with Santa. Must be able to swim and hold your breath for at least five seconds.

HOLIDAY ICE CREAM SOCIAL WITH SANTADecember 10, 6pm- 8pm Westside ParkMake your own ice-cream sundae, sing your favorite Christmas songs, create crafts projects and meet Santa.

MOVIES IN THE PARKDecember 12, 7pmVillages of Hillsboro Parkee Polar Express while enjoying the cool winter air. Bring blankets and chairs for a fun night out. Concessions and glow merchandise will be sold.

WINTER WONDERLANDDecember 18, 3pm - 5pm Villages of Hillsboro ParkAn afternoon of frolicking fun at“Winter Wonderland.” This

celebration of the season features two giant “snow hills,” horse drawn hayrides, a giant peppermint twist game, refreshments, holiday treats and a visit from Santa Claus.

SNOW DAYDecember 20, 2pm - 6pmWestside ParkThis event will include activities and rides for all ages, arts & crafts vendors, entertainment, and a special visit from Santa. Photo opportunities will be available.

POMPANO BEACHSANTA’S SWITCH BOARD

Want to receive a phone call from Santa? He is making phone calls on December 15 and 16 between 4pm and 7pm to all the little girls and boys. Keep a look out for the forms online coming soon at pompanobeachfl.gov/switchboard.

YULETIDE ON ATLANTICDecember 4, 4:30pm Atlantic Blvd.The parade will feature dazzling floats, marching bands, dancers and a variety of other entertainment. After the Yuletide Parade, head over to McNab

Park for children’s activities, arts and crafts, glitter tattoos, inflatable slides, and of course, Santa! Be sure to have your camera charged and ready for a picture opportunity with Santa Claus and other characters joining the fun. Mayor Lamar Fisher will light the community Yuletide Tree to officially ring in the holiday season in Pompano Beach. Refreshments will be available in the park. For more information call 954-786-4111.

18TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY IN THE PARKDecember 1310am - 4pm901 Northwest 10th StreetAnnual Holiday in the Park events allow families of all ages to enjoy entertainment, face painting, bounce houses, food vendors and free toys to all registered children.

52ND ANNUAL HOLIDAY BOAT PARADEDecember 146:00pmParade begins at Lake Santa Barbara and goes North to Deerfield BeachFor more information or to register your boat please contact the Greater Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce at [emailprotected] or 954-941-2940.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTADecember 209am - 11amEmma Lou Olson Civic Center 1801 NE 6th StreetHe is making his list and checking it twice! This is your chance to come see Santa Claus, eat breakfast with him and enjoy many more activities. Tickets on sale for $5 at the Civic Center. For more information, please call 954-786-4111.

COCONUT CREEKHOLIDAY FANTASY OF LIGHTSNov. 21, 2014 through Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, open nightly 6 -10pmTradewinds ParkThe 20th edition of the Holiday Fantasy of Lights, with three miles of giant animated holiday displays and illuminated trees, is larger than ever blending the favorites of the past and the excitement of new creations by Brandano Displays.

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Time for Cheer L O C A L H O L I D A Y C E L E B R A T I O N S

Let’s talk about what is REALLY going on in the current real estate market!We believe in the QUALITY of your transaction, not the quantity of ours!

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New home coming soon! Over 6,800 square feet, 5-bedrooms, 6 ½-baths, elevator, club room, open floor plan. Stunning water vistas through the walls of glass on the South Grand Canal. Features 90’ of Deepwater dockage just off the Intracoastal - just 1 mile to the inlet! Call for more information and pre-constrcution pricing! $3,295,000.

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Charming 3-bedroom, 3 ½-bath home with 2,500 sq. ft. under air, located just off the point! New kitchen, all bathrooms completely updated. Breezy waterfront and pool areas, including Tiki Hut and massive 28K boat lift. Located just 1.2 miles to the Inlet! $939,000.

Spectacularly maintained "90’ of deepwater" Venetian Isles gem. Features 3-bedrooms, 3-bathrooms, family and living room! Fabulous pool area with waterside deck. Located on a quiet cul-de-sac street, near yacht club! Just 1 ½ miles to Hillsboro Inlet. $829,000.

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Unquestionably one of the finest waterfront ranch homes in LHP! 100% professionally remodeled to perfection. Direct eastern exposure on "Canale Bravo" with 90’ of deepwater dockage. Covered loggia, volume ceilings in living areas, impact glass. Stunning! $1,090,000.

WHEN ONLY THE FINEST WILL DO!

600 NE 20th Avenue, Deerfield Beach

Top tier custom built estate home (2012) on 120’ of Deepwater. One off the point and one canal off the Intracoastal, with ICW views. Over 7,400 sq. ft. of impeccable quality construction and finishes. Huge club room, elevator, media room. Offered fully furnished. $3,995,000.

Charming duplex 300-feet to Deerfield Beach! Updated 1/1 and Very Updated 2/2. Zoned for 4 units with 8 parking spots! Over 20 restaurants and pier within walking distance! Newer windows, private backyard. Live the beach lifestyle! Development potential is also here! $599,900.

3000 NE 44th Street, Lighthouse PointAmazing water views from this built-in-2004 quality estate home with 159’ of southern exposure on the North Grand Canal. Large water feature pool and spa, 20’x15’ covered loggia with summer kitchen, huge master bedroom balcony, easy dockage for large motor yacht. $3,150,000.

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AROUND THE Point

TEMPLE BETH EL OF BOCA RATON PRESENTS

Chanukah Under the StarsA Musical Celebration of Chanukah Friday, December 19, 2014Mizner Park Amphitheater, Boca RatonFree

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Bounce houses and play area. Food for purchase such as Italian, Mediterranean, American, vegetarian, kid friendly cuisine and potato latkes!

6:00 PM Young children’s Chanukah Shabbat and songfest.

7:30 PM Festive Chanukah and Shabbat service, community menorah lighting and musical holiday celebration.Limited seating is available; please bring lawn chairs and blankets. For more information, visit tbeboca.org/Chanukah-Under-the-Stars or cal 561-391-8900.

If you are the type to binge watch an entire season of Top Chef on a rainy Sunday, then you do not want to miss the opportunity to attend the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival’s Annual Grand Tasting. The concluding celebration hosts the best wines, co*cktails, artisan vendors and tastes from more than 30 restaurants from Miami to Palm Beach. The Grand Tasting takes place after five full days of more than a dozen food and wine events throughout the Palm Beaches.

Sustainable plates will contain sample-size tastes from South Florida’s top restaurants, including The Bazaar by José Andrés, Yardbird Southern Table, 3800 Ocean, Del Frisco’s Grille, Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach, Khong River House, HMF, Meat Market, Echo, PB CATCH Seafood & Raw Bar, The Sugar Monkey, PISTACHE French Bistro, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Swine Southern Table and more.

About the FestivalFeaturing more than a dozen new and notable foodie events, the festival brings together more than 50 of the world’s most illustrious chefs, culinary personalities, winemakers and mixologists for five days of co*cktail and hors d’oeuvre receptions, five-course dinners with premium wine pairings, after-parties, trade panels, kids culinary workshops, and a final grand tasting and cooking competition. Ted Allen, Marc Murphy, Robert Irvine, Marc Summers, Daniel Boulud, Robert Irvine, Todd English, Elizabeth Falkner, and David Burke are among the many chefs who participate in this grand foodie bonanza.

Get in Touch with Your Inner FoodiePALM BEACH FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL 7TH ANNUAL GRAND TASTING

The Whole ShebangWHOLE FOODS TO OPEN EARLY 2015If you love to eat (isn’t that everyone?) then surely you are looking forward to the grand opening of Whole Foods Market in Pompano Beach. Conveniently located right next to the movie theater, the store will include hundreds of wines and craft beer choices, local and organic produce, authentic Italian style pizza, a coffee and juice bar (it’s good to be fully caffeinated when you shop) chef-prepared cuisine and indoor and outdoor cafés. Whole Food Market2411 N Federal HighwayPompano BeachFor grand opening announcements, events and more, follow them atWholefoodsmarket.Com/stores/pompanoInstagram @wfmpompanoFacebook.com/wholefoodsmarketpompano

If You Go WHERE 150 Worth, Palm Beach WHEN 6pm to 9pm on Tuesday, December 17. PRICE Tickets are $100 per guest and are available at pbfoodwinefest.com.

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If you are concerned about your senior parentsand what the future holds for their long-term inde-pendence, OR if you are a senior parent who wantsto relieve the burden of care from your children –now is the time to start forming a plan for life. Whenparents have the conversation about the future with their adult children, everyone understands thatsuccessful retirement is truly a family affair.

“Our parents enjoy life at John Knox Village,” DirkDeJong says. “Plus the entire family – parents andchildren – are relieved of the burden of care. Qualityhealth services are provided right in the community.We don’t have to worry about mom and dad.”Being close to home, allows Dirk and his father Don,the time to share their passion for restoring and show-casing their 1937 Buick.

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LOCAL GENEROSITYLIGHTHOUSE POINT CHAMBER DONATES OVER $30,000 TO COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS

If you think the best part of The Taste of Lighthouse Point is the food, think again. Each year, the chamber donates a large portion of the funds it raises from the Taste of Lighthouse Point back into the community. School children, libraries and parks are all beneficiaries of recent charitable donations by the Lighthouse Point Chamber of Commerce.

Recipients include LIGHTHOUSE POINT FIRE DEPARTMENT $5000 for a new boatCITY OF LIGHTHOUSE POINT, RECREATION – up to $5000 for eventsLIGHTHOUSE POINT LIBRARY $5,000 for the 50th anniversary event with an additional $5,000 budgeted in 2015. LIGHTHOUSE POINT PLAYGROUND 2015 $5000 towards new equipmentNORCREST ELEMENTARY, ADOPT A CLASSROOM $3000RELAY FOR LIFE $3000 for annual event in Deerfield Beach/Lighthouse PointSURFERS FOR AUTISM $1000BROWARD CHILDREN’S CENTER $1000BROWARD SCHOOLS $1000 “A major part of what we do is give back to the community. We have a very vibrant business community in Lighthouse Point that are generous with their time and donations to help make our beautiful community even better,” said Rene Sabatini, Lighthouse Point Chamber president.

“We hope to keep doing this every year,” said Lucille Pignataro, who chaired the committee that fielded donation requests for this year. “We love giving back to the community that support us.”

Zip Around Town in a New Golf CartLIGHTHOUSE POINT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE RAFFLING OFF GOLF CART AT 11TH ANNUAL TASTE OF LIGHTHOUSE POINT

Looking to win a brand new golf cart? In a brand new fundraiser for the City of Lighthouse Point, the Lighthouse Point Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a golf cart raffle. The $10,000 golf cart will be awarded to one lucky winner at the 11th Annual Taste of Lighthouse Point on January 20, 2015. Raffle tickets are $50 a piece and only 500 tickets will be sold. Funds raised from this raffle and other auction items at the Taste of Lighthouse Point will be donated back to the community such as the city’s park programs, libraries, fire department, Norcrest Elementary and to local charities.

“We wanted to do something different this year so we can increase the Taste fundraising goals,” said Taste committee chair Lucille Pignataro, “and we thought this would be a fun way to raise money while really providing a great auction item.”

Held annually at the Lighthouse Point Yacht & Racquet Club, planning for the 11th Annual event sponsored by the Chamber is

well underway. Featuring signature dishes from 25-30 local restaurants, this delectable event always sells out, so be sure to get your tickets early.

Tickets will be $50 in advance or $60 at the door and can be purchased at the Yacht Club and Chamber member retail locations. Tickets make great gifts for family and friends. The evening features food samples, auctions, raffles, entertainment and delicious food and wine. The Chamber is also looking for volunteers, auction items, sponsors and more. Please call 954-946-7888 with any questions or to purchase event or raffle tickets. Visit lhpchamber.com for the latest updates.

East Village UncorkedDecember 5, 6-9pmHarbor Village (2600-2800 blocks of East Atlantic Blvd.)

East Village Uncorked is a free monthly art and wine celebration featuring specialty merchants, restaurants, and displays on planned improvements in the East CRA. Join us for entertainment and libations with music on the main stage. Hosted by the Pompano Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), EVU is held in Harbor Village located between the 2600-2800 blocks of East Atlantic Boulevard. Free parking is available to the public.

For more information this and future CRA events please visit: pompanobeachcra.com/ or search “Pompano Beach CRA” on Facebook.

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10/24/2014 2,495,000 1,500,000 VENETIAN ISLES 1ST SEC 43 3720 NE 25 AV 6/5/1 2007 5,438 126

10/20/2014 1,379,000 1,175,000 CORAL KEY VILLAS 2ND SEC 2611 NE 48TH CT 4/3/1 2000 3,170 99

10/15/2014 928,000 904,000 Lighthouse Point First Se 2601 NE 26th Av 3/2/1 1960 1,659 4

11/3/2014 919,000 855,000 CORAL KEY VILLAS SEC 10 2911 NE 46th ST 3/2/1 1979 2,534 5

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10/10/2014 439,000 385,000 LAKE PLACID 35-23 B 2784 NE 32 ST 3/2 1967 1,795 58

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LHP YOUTH SPORTS SCHEDULESign-up schedule for winter and spring Lighthouse Point League Sports.

GIRLS SOCCER (AGES 10-15)Registration, Ages 10-15Date: Monday, December 1 Time:7:00pmPlace: Dan Witt Park

YOUTH BASKETBALL (AGES 10-13)Date: Monday, January 5, 2015Time: 7:0pmPlace: Dan Witt Park

INSTRUCTIONAL JR. BASKETBALL (AGES 7-9)Date: Saturday, January 10, 2015Time: 9:00amPlace: Dan Witt Park

YOUTH BASEBALL (AGES 10-13)Date: Wednesday, February 4, 2015Time: 7:00pmPlace: Dan Witt Park

COACH PITCH BASEBALL (AGES 7-9)Date: Wednesday, February 11, 2015Time: 6:00pmPlace: Dan Witt Park

JR. GIRLS SOFTBALL (AGES 9-11)Date: Saturday, February 14, 2015Time: 9:00amPlace: Dan Witt Park

SR. GIRLS SOFTBALL (AGES 11-15)Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2015Time: 7:00pmPlace: Dan Witt Park

GIRLS SOFTBALL (AGES 6-8) (Coach Pitch)Date: Saturday, February 21, 2015Time: 12:00pmPlace: Frank McDonough Park

INSTRUCTIONAL T-BALL (AGES 5-6)Date: Saturday, February 28, 2015Time: 11:30amPlace: Dan Witt Park

Late RegistrationRegister in the City Clerk’s Office which is located at 2200 NE 38th Street.

AROUND THE Point

Happenings at the Tennis CenterBY GREG MOUSSET TE USPTA

Free Tennis LessonsThe Tennis Center is offering free tennis lessons to introduce the sport to new players. Residents should call the center at 954-946-7306 to book their complementary half-hour lesson.

Shop at the Pro Shop The Pro Shop at the Tennis Center now carries New Balance shoes and apparel.in addition to Head, Wilson, Babolat and Prince rackets, demos and accessories, as well as Maui Jim sunglasses. We recently bought a new state of the art Babolat stringing machine and offer complete racket stringing and regripping services. Give the gift of tennis this holiday season with gift certificates for lessons and equipment.

Tennis Birthday PartiesIf you are looking for a great place for a kid’s birthday party, you need to go no further than the Tennis Center. They offer tennis birthday parties for kids of all ages 6 and up. They offer a one hour fun tennis clinic with instruction and games. The party also includes pizza, refreshments and ice cream for up to 20 kids.

Ball Drop Fund Raiser All residents of the city are invited to stop by the Tennis Center and buy one tennis ball for $5.00 or three balls for $12.00. Write your name on them and drop them in our bucket. On Saturday November 22, the Lighthouse Point Fire Deptartment will be here and take the bucket full of balls up on the ladder and drop them over a target on court three. The ball that comes closest to the bulls eye will win 50 percent of all the money collected. What a great way to start your holiday season with some extra shopping money. Also join the folks at the Tennis Center for their Thanksgiving Mixer. Sign up now! All money raised is used for tennis center improvements.

Thursday Night Men’s Round Robin The leaders at this point are Bob Remley with 63 points, followed by Mike Wilsman with 59 and Sean Paul with 58. The group is always looking for subs and new players. Come on out and try it.

For more information please call 954-946-7306 or email Greg Moussette at [emailprotected].

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TO THE POINTFish Tales

EXTREME KAYAK FISHING SUMMER SLAM RECAPBY MARIA HECTOR

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crackles thru the radio yelling something about a monster wahoo. Instantly the airwave come to life with anglers asking for confirmation if a wahoo is hooked up. Justin replies “I hooked a massive wahoo, he surfaced and I could see stripes.” After landing the fish, Justin’s screams of excitement could be heard from miles away. That was all the confirmation the other anglers needed to know the fish was in his kayak.

This massive wahoo would have been a great way to end and already amazing tournament but the anglers were not done with their surprises. No sooner than Justin gets his wahoo on ice, there were reports of a 40-50lb cobia on angler John Sims line. There has yet to be a cobia caught in any Extreme tournament and even if there were previous cobia caught, this fish would have put them to shame. “The dream of a lifetime” were the words coming from John Sims who landed himself in 3rd place with this one fish. The crowd gathered around the stage and there was no shortage of jaws dropping.

Jack Daughtryfrom Maryland took first place winning $3,500 for his two kingfish totaling an astonishing weight of 51.7lbs. Second place went to Joe Kraatz, who won $1,500 his 2 Kings hit the scale at 47.8lbs. John Sims grabbed third place with the tournament’s first Cobia winning a Hobie Revo from Nautical Ventures & $500.00 from Brus Room. His massive Cobia weighed in at 46.3lbs. Carl Torresson wins fourth place with his 2 Kings weighing 44.4lbs

Justin Moody nets fifth place with his 36.7lb wahoo. Hunter Irvine took top junior angler for the 3rd straight tourney with his 11.9lbs Kingfish.

It was a calm, perfect morning in Pompano Beach for the 2014 Summer Slam held by Extreme Kayak Fishing, a local business devoted

to kayak fishing. The sun slowly crept over the horizon while each angler grabbed their kayak and ran to the water’s edge. The sight of 108 kayak anglers hitting the surf at the same time could only resembles a traffic jam during rush hour on I-95.

The airwaves were filled with trash talk as anglers joked about who would catch the winning fish. Just 45 minutes after the anglers hit the water, “sailfish on” caused all the chatter to stop. Immediately the camera boat guns it toward the tail walking Sailfish. Once the camera boat arrives on scene, Jorge Bustamonte jumps in the water with his camera for the underwater footage and an aerial drone takes off from the boat to get some actions shots from above so the spectators on the beach could follow the action. Thirty minutes later, the first sailfish was successfully released by Joe Kraatz putting him on the board early. Over the next two hours the help boats were inundated with calls to pick up fish to put them on ice. After the morning madness started to die down it was evident that the early bite was fading away. The day was passing and the anglers were doing everything imaginable to get bite before having to head west and make their way to the beach for the 2pm cut-of. A select few anglers felt confident in what they have caught, and for others their faith was slowly drifting away. Something would have to change quickly for the anglers that went unsuccessful up until this point.

Then out of nowhere all hell broke loose. Justin Moody

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TO THE POINT Community Cooking

Butternut Squash and Parsnip GratinServes 6. Total cook time 45 minutes

INGREDIENTS2 tablespoons unsalted butter1 medium onion, finely chopped1 tablespoon fresh thyme1 butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes2 large parsnips, cut into 1/2-inch cubes2 cloves garlic, minced1 cup vegetable broth½ cup heavy cream¼ cup breadcrumbs2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese½ cup gruyere cheese, gratedSalt and pepper

Author: Amanda Jane is the creator of a seasonally inspired recipe blog, Seasonally Jane, which can be found at seasonllyjane.com. She lives in Lighthouse Point.

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This butternut squash and parsnip gratin is a great side or main dish and has a thin top layer of crunchy crust created with Parmesan, gruyere and breadcrumbs. The inside of the dish of soft baked veggies are warming and delicious, the squash offers a naturally sweet caramel flavor while the parsnip is hardy. To be honest, we ate the entire skillet for breakfast yesterday in one sitting. The. Entire. Skillet! That’s a good sign!

DIRECTIONSPreheat the oven to 400F. Grease a large ovenproof skillet, set aside.

In a large saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat. Add the onion and thyme and cook, stirring often, until the onion softens, about 5 minutes.

Add the butternut squash, parsnip, and garlic to the onion mixture. Season with salt and pepper. Sautee mixture for about 3-4 minutes. Add the broth and cook until it is mostly absorbed, about 5 more minutes. Stir in the heavy cream and cook until slightly thickened, 2 minutes.

Transfer mixture into prepared skillet. Sprinkle breadcrumbs, Parmesan, gruyere, salt and pepper over the squash. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake until golden, about 30 minutes.

Once finished baking, remove from oven and enjoy!

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There are a lot of people who have never heard of or tried parsnips, but their subtly sweet flavor makes them an excelent addition to countless meals. Parsnips are in peak season during the fall and winter months. As a root vegetable, they grow underground and get their nutrients through soil, and are closely related to the carrot. In fact, my sister calls parsnips “white carrots” which makes me giggle.

Parsnips give an earthy dimension to this bread pudding recipe, which mixes decadent brioche cubes, grated cheese, and warming spices. This dish is a perfect breakfast choice or can be used as a complementing side dish. Although some bread puddings are made to taste quite sweet, this bread pudding celebrates the season with a unique hardy taste that is as satisfying as it is delicious.

Parsnip and Spice Bread PuddingServes 6. Total cook time 80 minutes

INGREDIENTS1 pound parsnips, peeled and cut into ½ piecesextra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon cinnamon1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon nutmeg1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon fresh thyme 2 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted2 cups heavy cream 5 eggs 1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated1 loaf brioche, cut into 1½-inch cubes Salt and freshly ground pepper

DIRECTIONSPreheat oven to 425F degrees. Grease a baking sheet and set aside.

Place parsnips into a small mixing bowl and drizzle with oil. Add 1 tablespoon of cinnamon, 1 tablespoon nutmeg, 1 tablespoon thyme, and season with salt and pepper. Toss ingredients until parsnips are fully coated with spices. Arrange on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast until caramelized and tender, about 20 minutes. Let cool. Reduce oven heat to 375F.

In a large mixing bowl whisk together melted butter, heavy cream, eggs, and ¾ cup Parmesan in a large bowl. Add in 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1 teaspoon of nutmeg, and 1 teaspoon thyme. Season with salt and pepper. Add in parsnip mixture, then fold in bread to fully coat.

Transfer bread mixture to a shallow 2-quart baking dish. Cover loosely with tin foil and bake until golden brown and puffed, about 50 minutes. Remove foil. Sprinkle with remaining cup of Parmesan, and return to oven. Bake for 10 minutes more. Remove from oven and serve warm.

CELEBRATE THE PARSNIP

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TO THE POINT The Garden Lady

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Congratulations to St Paul’s, Catholic church on their new butterfly garden.winner of Lighthouse Point community’s Beauty Spot of the Month, awarded by Erica Davey, The Butterfly Lady

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Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Mims at 4960 N.E. 27 Avenue, winner of Lighthouse Point Community’s Beauty Spot of the Month Award for November, selected by Erica Davey, The Butterfly Lady.

The Garden Lady Says…Plant a Living Christmas Tree

By Donna Torrey

The holiday season is in high gear, and for many familiesthis means shopping for a Christmas tree. When I was achild, I used to get very sad thinking about all the trees that were cut, but then I learned that Christmas tree farming is big business in many states and considered arenewable resource.

Although that knowledge made me feel better, for some,it could still be considered wasteful. If you are one of thosepeople who would rather choose an alternative, there aretwo options: artificial, or an actual living tree.

What probably comes to mind is one of those “darling”little Norfolk Island pines being sold in many chain stores.While these make nice houseplants, unfortunately, theygrow to be quite large, and quickly! The result is that theyare booted out of the houseplant world and into, (youguessed it) the outside world!

Now, our well-intentioned choice for the holidays hasturned into an environmental menace! Norfolk Island pinesare considered dangerous in the landscape (actually illegal

in some cities) because they grow too tall, and aresusceptible to lightening strikes and hurricane damage.Please, if you own one, don’t plant it outside. They justdon’t belong in our Florida landscape. Fortunately, thereare some really excellent choices for those who wish to havea living holiday tree that can be planted into the landscape,creating a Christmas memory arboretum.

Our Florida native, Southern Red Cedar (Juniperussalicicola) is a great choice as is the Arizona cypress(Cupressus arizonica). Both evergreens make a striking, lowmaintenance addition to the landscape, and are great birdattractors, both for nesting and as a food source. They growto around 25 feet, prefer full sun and are drought tolerant.Best of all, their pyramidal shape makes the perfectChristmas tree! LHP

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If I’m not mistaken, gardening is still the number one hobby for Americans, closely followed by bird watching. Isn’t it interesting, that in an age of amazing technology, we humans still cling to nature? This translates into

many great opportunities for gift giving this holiday season.If someone on your list is an avid gardener, you have it made. Many people tell

their husbands or wives of a certain tree or orchid that they have been wanting. It’s easy shop for these plants or trees and have them reserved for pickup on Christmas Eve. How romantic.

Many of us have no room inside for more nick knacks, but outside in the garden there’s a world of possibility. Everything from decorative stepping stones, to wind chimes, flags, beautiful pots, water gardens and fountains, the list is almost endless.

There’s another plus to giving the gift of nature during the holiday season. Nurturies aren’t typically as crazy-busy and big box stores and the mall. In fact, shopping for plants and trees is a peaceful experience during this time of year when we are all so busy.

A great gift idea is a Christmas cactus. Do you know that a Christmas cactus is so long lived that it is often passed down through generations as an heirloom?

Shop for your favorite gardener this holiday season. Whether your gift is living or inanimate, it will be enjoyed for many years to come.

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the situation we fear is not likely to happen at all. Nonetheless, we get all worked up about it and our fear becomes quite real. Many times we are worrying about something we have absolutely no control over.

The key to controlling our angst and misgivings is to control our focus. When we focus on what we want, such as our goals, dreams, and aspirations; the fear and negative feelings start to go away. One of the best ways to do this is to ask ourselves better questions. Whether we want to admit it or not, we all talk to ourselves. Motivational guru Tony Robbins says, “The questions you ask yourself control your focus. So to take control of your life, ask better questions.”

What inspires me? What do I have to look forward to today? What am I grateful for? By asking yourself great questions,

you start searching for, and you will eventually find great answers. This will get you feeling good and ready to take positive, progressive actions. No one ever worried their way to the top, but there are many who take bold actions and are very successful.

Remember this, gratitude is the antidote to fear. When you focus on everything you have in life for which to be grateful, you immediately begin to feel better and the worry goes away.

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Have you ever laid awake at night worrying about something? Maybe it was a situation at work? Something with your kids? All of us probably have at one point or another, and it is not any fun.

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TO THE POINT Senior Shout Out

BY EMILY JANCURA

Pets are the best buddies. They make us feel special and never expect anything in return-except their favorite food, their favorite toys, and

their favorite lap to cuddle in. Simple. Yes, your pet is the good friend that’s “hard to find,” always loving, loyal and caring. But you know all this—right? But did you also know that pets offer us health benefits? It’s true. If you want stronger bones, walking the dog is great. A 15 minute stroll twice a day helps strengthen bones and muscles. If you want to manage rheumatoid arthritis, throwing your dog a Frisbee can be beneficial. And if you’re trying to keep your blood pressure in check, it’s nice to just sit back, relax and pet the cat. My mother always had parakeets. They’re low maintenance and fill the house with sweet, peaceful chirping. (I personally like having a pair; they become best friends and chat all day.) Birds can be very calming; it’s the perfect indoor music when it’s too hot to sit outside.

When you own a pet, you do good things for yourself without ever meaning to. Take dogs for example, they force us to get off the couch and go for a walk. And just like that; we’re exercising, breathing fresh air, getting vitamin D, and….we’re social butterflies—because everyone loves to chat (or at the very least smile) when you’re out walking your furry, four legged friend.

Cats are equally great pets. (I’m watching my cat Dakota right now, who is happily snacking on some “Grumpy Cats Party Mix”) Now even though cats won’t pull you out of the house, they can help you take good care of yourself if you just follow their lead. Take stretching, for example. If you have arthritis, you already know how important stretching is. But how do you know when you’ve stretched enough? If you pay attention, you can learn from your cat. Watch how many times she stretches a day, and when she does, you do it too. If you can, get down on the floor and go through the same motions. If you can’t get on the floor, sit in a chair and follow along by stretching your upper body. This feels great and your cat may find this entertaining, too.

Pets are great at keeping us active, but seniors sometimes need help with their pet’s constant needs of feeding, walking and cleaning up after. A senior companion can help with these tasks so they can enjoy their pets, without being burdened. But, remember, it’s important to be “matched” with the right companion; one who loves animals and wants to help care for them.

Pets are rewarding in many ways. They give us

Pets Make Great Friends

unconditional love, make us laugh, and are so easy to please. All you need is a steady supply of treats and a cozy bed, and you have a friend for life!

I hope you all enjoy good health, happiness, and pets. Take care until next time….

Emily Jancura is the owner of Florida’s Finest Home Care for seniors. For a Quality Senior Companion, please call Florida’s Finest Home Care at 954-867-4537.

Bill McEwan walks his dog Boston on Lighthouse Point Drive.

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TO THE POINT Legal Matters

BY MARTIN ZEVIN, AT TORNEY

Many people mistakenly believe that, if they have executed a Florida will, probate will be avoided when they pass away. This is not true.

In Florida, an estate will go into probate when a person owns any property in his or her name alone without named beneficiaries. For example, if your spouse is deceased and the deed to your home is in both of your names, that home will have to go through the probate process in court when you die. Likewise, if you have a brokerage account or bank account in your name alone with no one named as payable on death, that asset will also need to be probated upon your death.

The main purpose of a will is to designate who you want to get certain assets when you die. If you die without a will in Florida, the law will still require probate of your assets and your beneficiaries will be based on your closest living blood relatives. Florida Law provides for an order of priority of blood relatives if someone dies without a will. If you are a Florida resident and own real estate in another state, it is likely that two probates will be required: a primary probate in Florida and a secondary probate (known as an ancillary proceeding) in the state where the property is located.

With cash assets such as bank accounts, CD’s, brokerage accounts, annuities, life insurance policies, etc. you can avoid probate by designating one or more beneficiaries on the account. These beneficiaries will be entitled to the proceeds of that account upon your death, regardless of whether you have a will or what you may have indicated in the will; in other words, the designation of a beneficiary in a specific account takes precedence over anything stated in a will. The will will only apply to those assets where there are no designated beneficiaries (or if the beneficiaries have died before you).

Therefore, one of the primary reasons many clients choose to create a revocable living trust is to avoid probate on all of their assets, particularly their home and any other real estate. I have many clients who own their primary home in Florida and a vacation home in another state. We create a revocable living trust in Florida and also prepare a quit claim deed to transfer the Florida property into the trust. An attorney in the other state can then prepare a deed transferring that property into the the Florida trust. This legal work will avoid probate in both states and allow for quick and easy sale or distribution of the properties.

Some people choose to avoid probate by putting their intended beneficiary of property on a deed, either as a joint owner or in what is commonly referred to as a “life estate deed.”

However, there are numerous potential risks in putting someone else’s name on the deed, including problems which arise if that person dies before you, or you later decide to remove

that person from the deed. One of the advantages of a revocable living trust is that it allows you to create an amendment to the trust at any time during your lifetime without having to change the deed. Once you have the revocable living trust created, you can also buy additional property in the name of the trust at any time, either in Florida or out of state.

The trust which we prepare also provides that your successor trustee (the person or persons you designate to administer the trust after you pass away) can also take over managing the assets of your trust if you become legally incapacitated. Legal incapacity is defined in the trust document with language that requires a written statement from two medical doctors indicating that you are not able to carry on your legal affairs. The language allows your successor trustee to take over without a court order, but still provides you the protection of requiring written statements from two doctors.

In addition, it is much more difficult to contest a revocable living trust than a will. Your successor trustee can sell your properties and make distributions very quickly following your death, whereas the probate process required for a will generally takes nine months to a year.

This article provides a general summary of some of the differences between a last will and testament and a revocable living trust agreement. It is important to consult with an attorney to discuss your specific intentions.

I leave you with the words of wisdom that my father left for me: “May you live as long as you want and never want as long as you live.”

Martin Zevin is available to discuss wills, trusts, estates and probate. For more information call 954-569-4878 or visit www.martinzevinpa.com for more information.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN A WILL AND A REVOCABLE LIVING TRUST

Wills and Trusts

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TO THE POINT Incredible Facts

Holiday Tidbits and TriviaFOOD FACTS• Over a lifetime, the average American will eat 60,000

pounds of food—the weight of six elephants. Eating elephants themselves is not recommended, as the skin is very tough. Plus you need a huge oven. However, if you insist I have a great recipe for Elephant FraDiavolo.

• Every second, Americans collectively eat 100 pounds of chocolate. Eating chocolate raises serotonin levels in the brain, making us feel good. Therefore, eating chocolate should be mandatory.

• Ketchup was created for use as a drug, not a condiment. Anyone who has ever had a ketchup “high” will understand.

• Peanuts are one of the ingredients in dynamite. If you eat a lot of them you may need dynamite, as Ex-Lax won’t be enough.

BY JAMES TERLIZZI

• Seven percent of the entire Irish barley crop goes to make Guinness beer. On what do they waste the other 93 percent?

• Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously. No mention is made as to what happens if you snort it. Play it safe. Just sprinkle a hit of it on your eggnog.

• They have square watermelons in Japan. This is because Japan does not have a lot of land and square watermelons stack better.

SHOPPING FACTS• In 1699 you could be sentenced to death in Britain for

shoplifting. However, since the stolen item had to be worth more than five shillings and nothing cost that much in 1699, no one ever was executed.

• There are 46,990 shopping malls in the United States .Forty-six thousand, nine-hundred eighty-seven of them have food courts serving rubbery pizza. The remaining three have replaced the rubbery pizza with rubbery egg foo young.

• Mall of America near Minneapolis does not have a heating system. It relies on heat from lighting, the sun roof and, primarily, the people. When it gets too cold, back-up shoppers are bused in from holding pens.

• The West Edmonton Mall in Alberta, Canada, with 800 stores, is the largest in the world. It has 58 entrances. It has one exit, which is well camouflaged. It was built on the principle of the Roach Motel.

• The shopping cart is the third most germ-laden public item to touch, right behind playground equipment and public transportation armrests. The bacteria are deliberately applied by the merchants so that people will be reluctant to take the carts home.

• Research indicates that shopping has a direct effect on the pleasure center of the brain. Shopping while eating chocolate coated with ketchup and nutmeg is the ultimate high.

• Retailers use psychological triggers and subconscious appeals to get consumers to buy. Music is a biggie. Researchers have found that if shoppers enjoy the music being played in the store they are more inclined to like the products.

• Furthermore, if the music is slow, shoppers spend more time in the store and buy more products. When my wife goes to shop, I hope they are playing “The Flight of the Bumblebee”.

With the holiday season here, thoughts naturally turn to eating and shopping.

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TO THE POINT Behind the Open Sign

BY ELIN TROUSDALE

Her parents didn’t plan to move to Florida; it just worked out that

way. Unlike their home town of Amsterdam, New York (upstate near Albany), Florida was sunny and warm all year. That was why during a Florida vacation, her parents bought the house in Pompano Beach in the first place… the one that the realtor mistakenly convinced them they could rent out. Enough complaints from their southern neighbors that their garden was weedy and unkempt convinced them to pack up and move in. Mom, Dad, their five-year-old daughter and seven-year-old son piled their belongings into a U-Haul truck, hit the road and relocated south.

Without that fateful move, (followed by a move to Lighthouse Point), we may never have been blessed with the ever-present beautiful smiling face of Faith Olmstead, Pro Shop Manager at the Lighthouse Point Tennis Center at Frank McDonough Park. Rusty, Faith’s darling poodle mix, has been her loyal companion for the past two years on and off the job. We live a block away from one another and see each other when we walk our very similar dogs. She recognizes the herbs we grow in our front garden, and I hers.

Discussing Rusty, Faith says, “I didn’t intend to fall in love, it was an accident.” Faith agreed to bring Rusty to work as a trial run after her neighbor could not keep him. He was so well behaved that she tried it again a second day, thinking it was a fluke. Faith was looking for an excuse to say no to her neighbor. However, she could not find a reason not to take him. As we spoke, Rusty lay upside down across her lap, his head hanging off her knees. He stayed like that the entire time. He has become the Tennis Center mascot. To the dismay of the instructors (and like any good puppy), you can always count on Rusty to take the attention off the game during peewee tennis lessons.

Faith attended Cresthaven Elementary School, followed by Deerfield Middle, Pompano Beach High School and Florida Bible School. She considered careers in religion, as a dental hygienist, or in childhood education. Instead, she fulfilled her real dream of focusing her efforts on her family and raising her son. She

Faith...worked in real estate with her mother for several years. In 1992, Mayor Frank McDonough offered her a job at the Tennis Center.

At 18 years old, her son enlisted in the Army and served his time. Faith remembers being very emotional when they came to take him for basic training. He was later deployed to Bosnia. He resides in St. Lucie County and works in the field of cyber security for the medical industry.

This past May, Faith visited Israel for 10 days. Faith’s mother had always intended to visit the Holy Land. Reality set in and she realized she would not be able to handle the physical demands of such an active trip. She asked her daughter to take the trip for her, take many photos, and on her return share the stories and photos with her. At the Wailing Wall, Faith slipped a note written with her prayer that no one in her family should ever suffer. On July fourth, a month after Faith’s return, her dear mother fell ill unexpectedly. Sadly, she passed away in August. She did not suffer, and she realized her dream through her daughter’s eyes.

Faith visits her dad most evenings. They watch The Beverly Hillbillies and

Family Feud. They do not have dinner together as Faith has been a vegetarian for the past 15 years and only eats organic. An avid gardener, she used to grow her vegetables until the white flies invaded. She proudly showed me a photo of herself with a huge homegrown trophy broccoli.

Once a week, Faith and Rusty visit a lady in her 90’s at a nursing home. The woman befriended her during a real estate transaction many years ago. For 10 years the woman and her husband took Faith out to lunch once a week. They offered her their spare bedroom if she ever had the need. She became the daughter they never had.

In addition to managing the pro shop and coordinating activities at the Tennis Center, Faith oversees the community service program at the Tennis Center. Faith is a lovely lady, so aptly named, and we are all lucky to have her good spirit amongst us.

When Elin’s not interviewing interesting people around town, she and her husband own Le Bistro, www.lebistrorestaurant.com.

FAITH OLMSTEAD, PRO SHOP MANAGER AT THE LIGHTHOUSE POINT TENNIS CENTER AT FRANK McDONOUGH PARK

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TO THE POINT The Parenting Game

Dear Dr. Corn,I am sitting here looking at the Christmas lists

composed by my teenage son and daughter, ages 13 and 15 respectively. Our son and daughter are good students: they work hard and get good grades, participate in extracurricular and community service activities; so surprising them with a few favorite items on their Christmas wish list is our joy.

Yet, the challenge my husband and I face is wondering if there is a way to help them not succumb to materialistic and peer pressures? Can we help them balance material wants with our values. It is difficult as we are bombarded by their “wants,” but not everything is really a “need.” We get it. It’s easy to be enticed while surfing the net or watching TV. However, it seems there is a never ending mantra of I gotta have the latest “it” jeans, the “to die for” headphones. Their ongoing desires are starting to grate on our nerves. Perhaps it’s today’s teenager climate, but while they still live under our roofs we want to encourage our kids to appreciate life’s deeper values and not just focus on indulging themselves with material things.

Do you have any ideas of how we might address the struggle we experience in our home?

Dear Parents, Your question is an important one, that many

parents face as they get ready for the holidays. Any parent of a teenager knows this age group is

savvy about trends—be it fashion, technology, music, transportation, etc. As you realize, you are competing with clever and creative ads that do their best to lure teens into their consumer “want” zone.

Just to put this in perspective, I went on line to check out this phenomenon. According to smallbusiness.chron.com, U.S. teenagers between 12 and 17 years old spent more than $200 billion on products in 2011. That’s quite significant as school and homework occupies nearly half their day. (http://smallbusiness.chron.com/consumer-buying-behavior-teenagers-market-61529.html)

Just scrolling down the list, (see sidbar) you can see that if you and your husband want to impress upon your children enduring values, then lead by example. Getting to the crux of your question, turn off the TV, unplug the computer and start the discussion around your kitchen table.

Explain how you’d like your

Material Boys and GirlsDURING THE HOLIDAYS, TEACH YOUR CHILDREN TO VALUE MORE THAN THEIR PRESENTS

BY DR. ANDREA CORN

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TEENAGE CONSUMER SPENDING STATISTICS DATA

Total number of teens in the U.S. 26,873,000

Total U.S. teen spending (Products bought by and for teens) $258.7 Billion

Total annual teen income in the U.S. $91.1 Billion

Average annual income of a 12-14 year old $2,767

Average annual income of a 15-17 year old $4,923

Annual amount of money families spend on teens for food, apparel, personal-care items, and entertainment

$157.6 Billion

Percent of teens who have placed an online order in the past three months

26

Percent of teens who qualify themselves as “unemployed” 21

Percent of girls age 13-18 who bought 10 or more items of clothing in the past six months

41

Percent of girls age 13-18 who bought 5 to 9 items of clothing in the past six months

21

Percent of girls who identified shopping as one of their “hobbies and activities”

79

TEENS SAVINGS

Percent of teens who say they are currently saving 38

Percent of teens who say they are not saving 23

Percent of teens saving who said they were saving for clothes 57

Percent of teens saving who said they were saving for college 51

Percent of teens saving who said they were saving for a car 36

source: statisticbrain.com/teenage-consumer-spending-statistics

entire family to become more altruistic. Together select a charity that supports your beliefs and interests. Surf the web and you will find there is an organization for every cause under the sun—whether it supports improving our air, oceans, and lakes, to promoting world peace, combating hunger and poverty, and so on.

Perhaps consider donating a percentage of what would have been spent on gifts to ensure infants, children, and teens, in local foster homes have toys and clothes for the holidays. This will open their eyes and give them a greater appreciation for what they do have.

Rather than buying each other presents, how about exchanging personal gifts of service (such as car washing)? Whatever it may be, it’s just a matter of being creative, thoughtful, and giving one’s time.

Of course, it’s not easy, but doing your best to show your teens kindness, love, acceptance, and compassion their daily life doesn’t cost a cent. And, when these gifts are given spontaneously, sincerely, and deservingly from the heart their value will endure, as their message is priceless.

Andrea Corn is a licensed phychologist with over 15 years of experience helping children, adolescents and adults. She is also the co-author, with Ethan J. Skolnick of the parenting and youth sport book, Raising Your Game - Over 100 Accomplished Athletes Help you Guide Your Girls and Boys Through Sports.

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TO THE POINT Life’s Journey

There are many stories told this time of year centering on the miraculous. One of my favorites is the story surrounding the construction of the staircase in the

little Chapel of Loretto in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I need to point out, however, that I am unable to vouch for its status as a true miracle, but I will tell it to you as it was told to me.

In 1878 Jean-Baptiste Lamy, the then Bishop of the Santa Fe Archdiocese, commissioned the building of a convent chapel to be named our Lady of Light for the convent of the Sisters of Loretto. The Mother Superior, Sister Magdalene wanted to hire an architect living in the United States. But Bishop Lamay insisted on hiring an architect from his native France, and he knew who it was to be, Antoine Mouly and his son Projectus Mouly. The chapel was to be designed in the gothic revival style, complete with spires, buttresses and stained glass windows imported from France. And although on a smaller scale the chapel was to be patterned after King Louis IX’s Sainte Chapelle in Paris. It is reported the sisters pooled their inheritances to raise $30,000 needed for construction.

By 1877 the chapel was completed, but during its construction, the architect and his son both died suddenly and unexpectedly.

Chapel of Loretto in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

BY JACK NOBLEThe Miracle of the Staircase

Unfortunately, only after work had finished, was it discovered that they had made no plans for a stairway into the choir loft, which was above the main floor of the chapel and high up under the stained glass window. Due to the diminutive size of the chapel, a standard staircase would take up too much space. It might also be noted that churches of this period often had ladders instead of stairs to their choir lofts. The sisters, however, were adamant there must be a staircase due to their long habits.

No one could be found to construct a suitable staircase, and besides there was no more money.

The Mother Superior ordered that a novena would be offered. So, for the next nine days prayers were made to St Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters. The nuns reported that on the day after the last novena was offered a shabby-looking stranger appeared at their door. He told the nuns that he would build a staircase, but that he needed total privacy and he locked himself in the chapel for three months. He had brought with him little more than a primitive set of tools including a saw and a square strapped across the back of his little burro. Immediately he set to work, behind closed and locked doors.

Over the weeks and months the nuns were desperate to know what was going on in their little chapel. But out of respect to the unknown carpenter’s demands they stayed away.

Finally, on Christmas Eve morning the nuns came down near the chapel and found the door standing open. They called for Sister Magdalene who went in first. And there before her was this “miracle” a beautiful staircase leading up to the choir loft. But it wasn’t just any staircase. It was spiral staircase, appearing more like a wisp of smoke than anything substantial enough to support a human body. Hesitantly, she approached the stairs and with great caution she began the assent and remarkably it had supported her entire weight, step by step.

In their excitement, they forgot about the carpenter and looking around he was nowhere to be seen. Over the next week they searched everywhere. It was as though he had vanished.

The nun’s records show no expenditures for the chapel during the months the stranger was working.

It is reported that the wood used in the staircase is not found in New Mexico or in any of the southwestern states. The staircase forms a perfect helix of two complete 360 degree turns. No nails or screws were used, only wooden pegs. It has no visible means of support, no center pole and not attached to the walls.

And the only thing the nuns knew about the carpenter is that his name was Jose. The Spanish equivalent of Joseph.

What do you think?

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TO THE POINT Cantankerously Yours

BY WENDELL ABERN

Dear Revelers,Happy holidays to you all! Scroogies are

awards I inaugurated in 2006, as an homage to my idol and favorite role model, Ebeneezer Scrooge. This happens to be my favorite column to write all year, because I don’t feel constrained to be funny -- merely nasty.

I award Scroogies only to those who have proved themselves worthy through acts of inconsiderateness, boorishness, stupidity, arrogance, or any other trait that just plain rankles me and deserves my curmudgeonly wrath.

And each year, I confront the same major problem: hundreds of worthy candidates, limited space to include them all. Following are this year’s very deserving winners:

1 – Spirit AirlinesThis is Spirit’s second Scroogie, and few who were considered could match Spirit’s credentials.

I am certain Spirit ran an employees-only contest to see who could create the world’s first oxymoron website: effective, but dysfunctional.

You can find the answers to any questions about Spirit when you type in, “Spiritairlines.com.” ... but only after navigating for a minimum of ten minutes.

I believe the wizard who created this website – clearly a genius – was then promoted to Executive Vice President in charge of Communications, where he devised the only phone system in the world with a complete absence of human beings.

This is not an exaggeration. I challenge you to call 1-801-401-2200, or their Customer Assistance number, 1-801-401-2220, and begin following their seven or eight menu

instructions (each of which has seven or eight sub-menus). If you ever reach a human being, please

call me at once and tell me how you did it.Now obviously, I am not the only one

to experience these frustrations. Nor the only one to complain. Enter: the new Executive Vice President in charge of

Communications! He (or she) came up with an unheard-of contest: special rates and special deals for those who write the best letters on why they hate Spirit Airlines!

When I read about this in the newspaper, I was convinced the Vice

President in Charge of Aggravating me had changed jobs, and was now a special

consultant to the president of Spirit Airlines. But I checked; he was still working for

the Veteran’s Administration. I called the VA and confirmed he was still there, fouling

up prescriptions ordered from their website, and instructing everyone to never answer a

telephone.

2 – The Veteran’s AdministrationSee point number two. (Aside: this is the VA’s

third Scroogie, making them an automatic candidate for the Scroogie Hall of Fame.)

3 – News AnchorsThere is no such word as, “shtrict;” the word, “strict,” does not have an “h” in it.

There is no such word as, “shtrenth.” The word, “strength,” does not have an “h” at the beginning; it does, however, it does have a “g.”

I watch a lot of newscasts and a lot of ball games, and realized long ago that it is too much to expect professional athletes to be able to pronounce words properly or conjugate verbs. But somehow I thought professional newscasters knew something about our language.

Eighth Annual Scroogie Awards

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In addition to the above pronunciation gaffes, these statements actually occurred on local news broadcasts this year:

“He shouldn’t have went that way.”“Do you think she actually should have did that?”I have deliberately omitted the names of the guilty

broadcasters, graciously protecting my editors from law suits, ulcers and heartburn.

Aside: For all of you who intend to send me an e-mail protesting that not all athletes are “dumb jocks,” and that many finished college, please explain to me how they obtained their degrees.

4 – Elderly driversYeah, yeah, I know all about the fact that I’m 81 years old and drive all over South Florida. However, unlike many of my compatriots, I actually know how to drive.

Meanwhile, there are a gazillion older drivers down here who never exceed twelves miles an hour; I know that for a fact because I’ve driven behind every one of them.

I believe it should be mandatory for anyone over the age of 65 to take an on-the-road driver’s test. Every three days.

5 – The Tea Party, their backers, and their constituency.For the first time, I am awarding multiple Scroogies, including to thousands of people I will never meet, and whose names I don’t know. However, they are all deserving. Tea Party candidates, political blackmailers who employ Capone-ian tactics and

embrace draconian beliefs, have already revealed themselves as worthy. As for their followers, who could be more deserving of Scroogies than voters who support Twenty-first Century candidates espousing Nineteenth-Century principles?

6 – Technology WhizzesStop. Or at least slow down a bit.

Okay, granted, I do not belong in this century. In fact, I need a dictionary just to understand the new language borne of your inventions. I still think a curser is someone who swears a lot; that a mouse is something that terrified my mother; that a bite is something you take out of a cheeseburger.

But look at the society you electronic superstars have given us! Walk down the street, and you’ll see people wearing earplugs and gazing ahead absently; others holding small tablets and working their thumbs furiously. It looks like the whole world is acting in a science fiction movie.

And look what’s happening as a result. Cars are being recalled by the thousands; space rockets are exploding in mid-air; applicances are breaking down; airbags are blowing up. We can’t fix things as fast as you’re creating them!

Keep it up, and by the middle of this century, we’ll be able to grow up, get a full education, go to graduate school, work full-time and retire, without ever leaving home!

Take a break already. Go on vacation for a year or something. Or join the Tea Party, and you’ll never again have to worry about coming up with anything new.

Cantankerously Yours,Wendell Abern

Wendell Abern can be reached at [emailprotected].

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TO THE POINT Blast from the Past

Brett’s Pride—2005-2014

Many of Lighthouse Pointers know a little of the story of Brett Waite, the name behind the 7-9 year-old soccer league team,

“Brett’s Pride.”Lynn Waite is Brett’s mother. The loss of her son is

beyond my abilities to describe as it would be for any loss of a child.

Brett started playing soccer in the Lighthouse Point recreational league for boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 9.

He loved it.“Soccer was his reason for getting up in the

morning,” Waite told me was a smile. Every parent knows when their child is genuinely engaged in a sport or activity and Lynn knew she had a kid that was going to be playing soccer for a long time.

And he did. Brett played all his eligible years in the Lighthouse

Point city leagues then played in “travel” leagues such as the Coral Springs Storm, Plantation Eagles, and Boca United. He also played on high school teams at Highlands Christian and Deerfield Beach High Schools.

“Brett tried out late for a position on Brevard College Soccer Team, most scholarship money was already allotted, but, he was been offered a partial soccer scholarship. Perhaps, in hindsight, we should have been more insistent, but, he chose to attend FAU instead. He only lasted one semester at FAU. He had been accepted

at Valencia Junior College for the Fall of 2004, but, fate intervened” according to Lynn.

“He just showed up one day on a motorcycle” said Lynn. “We thought it was a bad idea.” It would be the way he died; in a crash in July 2004 at the age of 20.

Many people are aware of Brett through the soccer teams sponsored by his mother over the last 10 years.

“I was part of the teams. I went to the practices, the games - every year.” But her work has changed making her personal involvement more difficult. Lynn recently earned her Masters in Mental Health Counseling and works with Women in Distress in Fort Lauderdale.

Local resident and youth sports coach Kelly Crittenberger had many fond words to say about Lynn Waite and her passion for the Brett’s Pride teams over the years. He coached the first Brett’s Pride team in 2005 and did so for a few years. “Lynn knew all the kids names. She was at all the practices

Brett Waite, age 7, Lighthouse Point Pee-wee Soccer, 1991.

BY RICHARD ROSSER

Brett Waite, junior, Highlands Christian Academy, 1999

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- I even had her running the drills!” according to Crittenberger.

He went on to describe a scrimmage game on a rainy day. He and Lynn both slipped on the wet ground and were covered in mud. “She just keep on playing the game. She really cared about the kids.”

“The Lord gave me this name - “Brett’s Pride” - so it became a promise I made to myself to support the program that started Brett in the sport he loved so much,” Waite said during a conversation after the championship game for the league. A game that her beloved “Brett’s Pride” won in overtime 1 to 0 over the strong Red Fox team.

The victory was bittersweet as she knew this was the last team she would sponsor after 10 years.

Brett Waite embodied the best of why youth athletic programs are important. Brett grew to love a sport that was sure to be a part of his life forever. Lynn Waite has nurtured the future dreams of dozens of local children with her support of time and money.

As I talked with her on the sideline during the overtime period of that final championship game, I remembered my own kids in those games when they were in the league. I felt

for the loss of her son whom she surely saw in the smiles of every young player who burst with joy when they made a big kick under the bright lights and heard the applause of the crowd.

If you know of someone with a photograph with a good story that goes with it, please contact Richard Rosser at 954-234-8518 or [emailprotected]

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TO THE POINT It’s Electric

A s we begin the holiday season we should be thankful for many small blessings happening in our lives. This year we escaped the hurricanes for another season,

the economy is improving and our gas prices are moving below $3.00 per gallon. FP&L will be lowering our electric bills a few dollars per month starting in January and the elections are over for two years.

On the electrical services side, business has been robust, we are seeing many of our customers asking for quotes for delayed projects put off because of the recession.

Home sales and 4-Point inspections are creating a need for panel changes and electrical repairs. If you have the Federal Pacific or the Sylvania/Zinsco panels in your home or office you may want to get an estimate to make the repair. That way, you will know the cost and be prepared when you are ready to have the work done.

Kitchen remodeling continues to be one of the most popular home improvement projects for homeowners. Many people go to the big box companies for their new cabinets. They offer large display areas and free design work. However, you may want to interview other companies that offer kitchen remodeling. Their prices are usually competitive and since you are working with a specialty company they should be more accountable to you, the customer.

Another area to explore in the beginning of the year is replacement of your old air conditioner. Many companies discount their work during the winter months when their business drops off. Many times the equipment manufacturers will also reduce their prices and offer special incentives.

When selecting a company to remodel your home or make repairs, take your time to do your due diligence and be sure to ask for referrals.

We are currently working with a homeowner who hired an unlicensed contractor to remodel his kitchen and install some lighting and soffits in his home. To date, the owner has paid him 80 percent of the job cost and the job is only 50 percent complete. In addition to that, the code enforcement investigators found that the work was being done without a permit. The owner now must hire legitimate contractors to pull the permits, do the work and get the required inspections before he can move into his apartment.

This scenario happens over and over and many times people get away with it. However, when you use these people remember that they usually do not have any insurance, and the work may be substandard because there are no inspections.

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TO THE POINT Skin Care

BY MELANIE S. HECKER, MD

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LIGHTHOUSE POINT COUNTRY SINGER/SONGWRITER Jess Taylor SEEKS THE BIG TIME

BY BILL JOHNSON PHOTO BY DEBRA TODD

CATCH A RISING STAR

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he may not sing about prison and whiskey, but make no mistake, Jess Taylor is an 18-year-old dynamo – bursting with energy, talent and ambition. She’s aiming for the stars, and hopes to be one as a country singer/songwriter.

A lifelong Floridian who lives in Lighthouse Point, she performs as Jess Taylor. At this point, she is steps ahead of other young singers with similar dreams. She has a professional talent management company promoting her and has racked up some impressive performing credits. How many young country singers from South Florida have been awarded the CMG Radio International Chart Buster Award for a recording? How many have opened for the rock group Spin Doctors? How many have opened for country music legend John Anderson?

There’s more. Her award-wining original song – “Do You Feel It Too?” – was produced as a beautiful video that’s been seen on the country music television network GAC (Great American Country). That video – along with a second – can be seen on You Tube. She also has three single records available on iTunes.

including a performance at a party for the cast of the TV show “Nashville.” While there, Jess was able to climb on stage at the now-famous Bluebird Café, a magnet for singers and songwriters who line up around the block for a chance to show their stuff in the Nashville music community.

When talking about a future in music, Jess’s eyes shine. She becomes more animated and bubbles with enthusiasm. “This is all I want to do,” she says. “I want this so bad! I know I will sing all my life, whether it’s on a big stage for a big audience or in a small club for 10 people.” Her passion goes beyond singing, extending to writing songs she sings. “My songs are my babies,” she says. “ I love writing songs. You can touch so many people.”

Her passion for music is far from something new. She has wanted to be singer for as long as she can remember. She’s been told that when she was two years old, her grandmother gave her a birthday card – the kind that sings a song when you open it. The song was “You Are My Sunshine.” She’s been told that she could sing along with the musical card. Her mother says Jess could “hold a note” at that early age.

“My songs are my babies I love writing songs. You can touch so many people.”

— JESS TAYLOR

She sang on the VIP Stage at Cruzan Amphitheater in West Palm Beach when country star Brad Paisley was in concert there. She also performed for large crowds at NASCAR events and was chosen to sing the National Anthem at a Marlins spring training baseball game at the stadium in Jupiter. Locally, she often has Friday and Saturday night gigs, singing and playing guitar at various venues.

Like other aspiring country music stars, Jess heard the call of Nashville, America’s country music capital. She was booked for a few gigs there,

Dreams in the highly competitive music world don’t easily come true. But Jess Taylor’s been working at it for years.

As a child she put on home concerts for family and friends.

Later, she accepted unpaid gigs, and landed her first professional – paid – performance when she was just 14.

For a young person to successfully chase a career in music, it usually takes more than talent. It often takes dedicated support from parents or family members. Jess’s parents have been with her all the

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way, encouraging her to pursue what she really wants to do. “They’ve been supportive since I was a child,” Jess says.” They still go to a lot of my gigs.”

Jess’s mom, Robin, who prefers not to publicize the last name to preserve some privacy and security, tried to expose her daughter to many things – ballet, karate, music, competitive swimming and other activities so that her daughter could experience different things and choose a path. “Our job is to teach our children to be strong and confident adults,” she says. “Knowing who you are is very important. I always said, ‘Know who you are and go after it’.”

Young Jess knew exactly who she was and who she wanted to be – someone who writes songs and sings them for others. Along the way, she’d like to be a role model that young girls will look up to.

While trying to build a music career, Jess is also getting a formal education, attending Florida Atlantic University with an eye on a communications major. She also finds time to work part-time at Bonefish Mac’s Sports Grille and the Lighthouse Point Yacht Club.

While many aspiring young singers and musicians search unsuccessfully for a booking agent or manager, Jess didn’t have to go looking. One found her and came calling. He is Darnell Ellis of Midwest Star Records who heard her music on ReverbNation, an online music service. He contacted the family and has been managing and promoting Jess for the last few years.

The video of the song she wrote – “Do You Feel It Too?” – was produced by MU2 Production, in Miami. The video was shot in one day at a location in Southwest Ranches. Although you might not notice in the video, there was a light rain that made the shoot a bit difficult. If you watch closely, you’ll see some bugs buzz through the air near the final scenes. The producer first thought that was disruptive, but then he and Jess decided it unintentionally adds to the ambiance of the country scene.

You can see the video on You Tube if you just search for Jess Taylor. You can also check her web site – the website for Jess Taylor Music: jesstaylormusic.com. Not surprising, jesstaylormusic.com is also on Facebook.

These days, Jess Taylor’s eyes are focused intently on the road ahead, the road that leads to recording studios and country music stages. Can she get there?

Jess’s mother: “She has the drive. She’s really focused. She is confident, and she is driven.”

Spend an hour with Jess Taylor and you’ll know all those things are true. You might believe she can get where she wants to go.

ABOVE Jess opening for the Spin Doctors during a private event at The Boca Raton Resort & ClubBELOW Jess and her family at the Pompano Beach High School 2014 graduation ceremony.

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BY ELLEN CRANE SCHULMAN

Even before the Thanksgiving turkey begins roasting in the oven, worker bees at Fort Lauderdale’s Flowers and Found Objects are scurrying around under the veil of darkness to carefully place hundreds of traditional decorations throughout the inside and outside of the 2,000-square-foot Historic Stranahan House and Museum on Las Olas Boulevard in downtown Fort Lauderdale.

Each year, one of the city’s first signs of the holiday season is the dramatic reveal of the old fashioned Victorian Christmas at Fort Lauderdale’s oldest structure. Throughout the month of December, visitors may enjoy the displays at a number of special events or daily tours, including an authentic Victorian-themed high tea, complete with delectable treats and a private tour of the house. Docents wearing period costumes teach guests about the holiday traditions of the period and create a real-life feeling of a home party.

For more than a week, the Stranahan staff and the Flowers and Found Objects team install lights and elegant decorations, including two giant Christmas trees, one 9-foot and one 12-foot, which are adorned with collectible ornaments. Included in that collection are ornaments from the estate of Miss Mary Porter, who left one of the largest gifts in history to the Community Foundation of Broward. She, along with the founder of the florist, were among the original supporters of the historic home.

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According to Flowers and Found Objects’ Jerry Walker, who has led the elaborate decorating project the past 15 years, says the goal is to create a “traditional Victorian splendor.”

“Our goal is to make guests feel as if they just stepped into one of Mrs. Stranahan’s private holiday gatherings,” he said.

Many of the decorations in the House are reminiscent of the early 1900s when owners Frank Stranahan and his wife, Ivy Cromartie, the area’s first school teacher, lived in the two-story home along the New River.

Among the historic artifacts on display year-round include the couple’s fish pattern china, which was a wedding gift in 1900 from their frequent guest, Henry Flagler. Ivy’s original Sears Roebuck & Co. sewing machine remains upstairs where she often taught the Seminoles to sew guide jackets and aprons.

Many holiday gift items are available for sale at the home’s quaint gift shop, which is known for its offerings of handcrafted goods from local artists. Choose from handmade Seminole dolls, hand-turned wooden bowls, wooden snowmen and coasters made from Dade County pine. Shoppers also will find a variety of holiday ornaments, including glass pickles, which are reminiscent of the German tradition of rewarding the child who finds the

pickle with an extra present on Christmas morning. Peppermint Pigs, a Victorian tradition, are available also to bring good luck in the New Year to anyone who smashes the tiny candy pig using the provided velvet pouch and tiny silver hammer.

A tour of the holiday-adorned home brings to life the captivating story of the original owners. Frank Stranahan moved to Fort Lauderdale from his native Ohio in 1893 to manage his cousin’s camp and ferry business at Tarpon Bend on the New River. He built a popular trading business with the Seminole Indians and eventually acquired his own property. He became the postmaster of the growing New River settlement. By 1899, the settlement grew large enough to justify hiring 18-year old Ivy Julia Cromartie as the first school teacher. When she and Frank married a few months later, she shifted her attention to providing informal lessons to Seminole children. Frank built the house in 1901 and designated the first floor as a trading post and

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For shoppers trying to find the one-of-a-kind gift ideas for the holidays, the gift shop at the Stranahan House Historic Museum offers an array of unique ideas, available for all ages and tastes and in wide range of prices. Many are handmade and created by local artists.

WOODEN SNOWMENHandcrafted by wood turner Tim O’Leary Only Florida wood is collected from cut trees and reclaimed wood. The artist also creates wood vases and bowls. Price: $12 to $50, depending on size; bowls starting at $35

DADE COUNTY PINE COASTERSThe owners of the Old Florida Lumber Company provide the wood from reclaimed trees or demolished homes. Former Stranahan Board Chair and Volunteer Sandy Casteel carefully handcrafts the coasters into matching sets. Price: $25 a set

ORNAMENTSLocal wood craftsman and teacher Lee Sky uses an intricate 14-step process to create detailed Christmas ornament acorns. Price: from $85

Shoppers always clamor for the glass pickle ornaments, reminiscent of the German tradition of rewarding the child who finds the pickle with an extra present on Christmas morning. Price: $3

HANDMADE WOODEN CARSYoung boys love these hand-painted wooden racecars, carefully created by Stranahan’s own caretaker, John Della-Cerra, who has worked for the museum for more than 25 years. He donates 100 percent of the proceeds and has raised more than $1,100 through the sale of thee popular creations. Price: $8.50 each

SEMINOLE DOLLSIndividually-handcrafted on Broward County’s own Seminole reservation, these dolls feature the colorful patchwork costumes popular with the traditional tribe members. Price: $20 to $120

ARTWORKSouth Florida artist, Terri Caines, creates mini framed original drawings that feature the house as well as other Florida scenes. Her most popular item is a drawing of the Stranahan House on a seagrape leaf gathered from the home’s grounds. Price: starting at $18

POTTERYCoral Springs resident Kathy Schultz supplies the store with small plates and bowls handmade in her local studio. Most popular are her bowls shaped like manatees. Price: starting at $20

The store also features affordable hand-crafted jewelry, priced from $25 for a necklace; quilts and table runners; and commemorative books, DVDs and note cards.

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HOLIDAY EVENTS AT THE STRANAHAN HOUSEDaily Tours are available at 1, 2 and 3pm. The tours available year round.TICKETS: $12 for adults, $11 seniors, $7 studentsADDRESS: 335 SE Sixth Avenue, Fort LauderdaleCONTACT: 954-524-4736, stranahanhouse.org

VICTORIAN HOLIDAY TEADecember 7 at 2pmTickets: $25, advanced reservations required.

COOKIES WITH SANTAKids will love the cookies, photos with Santa and story time with Mrs. Claus. December 14 Tickets: $10 for adults and children, advanced reservations are required. Please call for an appointment time.

HOLIDAY RIVER TOURSDaily at 7:30pm on December 14-18, 20-23Tickets: $30Advanced registration is required.

HOLIDAY HANGOVER HAPPY HOURJanuary 8Tickets: $25, includes raffle ticket for private 25-person event at the House. RSVP is required.

the second floor as a community hall.As Frank’s businesses grew, so did the

settlement. He became a major landowner and even donated property for many public projects. He and Ivy were leaders in the social and civic life of their developing city.

In 1926, however, Florida’s land boom collapsed and two devastating hurricanes further weakened the local economy. Deeply depressed by his financial situation, the knowledge that friends who had invested with him were financially ruined and declining health, Frank committed suicide, drowning in the New River in front of his home. Ivy carried on, making ends meet by renting out rooms of her home and eventually leasing the lower floor to a series of restaurants.

She resumed her involvement in the community, serving on the city’s planning and zoning committee, successfully lobbying for

the Homestead Exemption law, establishing the Friends of the Seminoles and founding the Broward County chapters of the Red Cross and Campfire Girls. She remained in the house until her death on August 30, 1971 at the age of 90.

The house was left to the Seventh Day Adventist Church, of which Ivy had been a member since 1915, and was purchased by the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society in 1975. A project to restore it to its 1915 configuration was begun in 1980. In 1981, Stranahan House, Inc. became a separate non-profit entity and was opened to the public in 1984.

“The holidays are a special time at the Stranahan House,” said Executive Director April Kirk. “Nowhere else in Fort Lauderdale can visitors experience an authentic Victorian holiday, learn important history about our city and choose from unique gifts for the season.”

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THEY’RE HE-RE. It’s that time of year when our northern friends decide it’s a fantastic time to visit their friends and family in Florida. The question is—how do you entertain your guests beyond going to the beach? Here are a few ideas to keep your houseguests busy (and get them out of your house for a few hours.)

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High on the list is the Museum of Science and Discovery in Fort Lauderdale. Children of all ages love it. And you will too. This is a first-class museum loaded with hands-on interactive exhibits. Climb into an airplane co*ckpit and make a simulated takeoff and landing at Fort Lauderdale Airport. Take a trip to Mars in a moving simulator or ride in a simulated airboat through the Everglades. Test your knowledge on interactive hands-on exhibits. Expect tickets to be $18 for adults, $14 for children. Add a few dollars to include a 45-minute IMAX movie. A visit there is good for much of the day. The museum is at 401 SW 2nd Street, Fort Lauderdale.

For an active day out-doors think about Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach. Quiet Waters covers 431 acres and includes a wide range of activities. Kids can splash around in the Splash Adventures Water Park. You can water-ski or rent a paddleboat, canoe or kayak. You can rent a bicycle or go fishing, which requires a license for adults. To know the costs involved, it’s best to call or visit the Internet web site. The park is at 401 S. Powerline Road, Deerfield Beach.

Butterfly World – billed as the largest butterfly park in the world – is a major attraction in the region. Twenty thousand butterflies are always flying around in a few different environments. Stand still and they’ll land on you. There are also educational exhibits about butterflies, and you can watch the staff at work to breed them. A visit here is more expensive than visiting a public park or nature center – $26.95 for adults, $21.95 for children. Watch the local newspaper for discount coupons. Butterfly World is at 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek, within Tardewinds Park.

To learn about nature and animals, the family may enjoy a free educational guided tour of Fern Forest Nature Center in Coconut Creek. On a one-hour tour through the forest you’ll learn about animals that live there. You might see a gopher tortoise scurrying in the bushes and learn why it’s a called a “keystone species.” You’ll probably see and learn about the strangler fig tree that grows around another tree and kills it. Free tours are available on Sunday afternoons at 1:00 o’clock. You can visit the small exhibition hall and walk through the forest trails on your own at any time. Fern Forest is located at 201 S. Lyons Road, just south of Atlantic Boulevard, in Coconut Creek.

Sawgrass Nature CenterSawgrass Nature Center in Coral Springs offers an opportunity to see a variety of animals close to home. The center operates a hospital to rehabilitate injured animals and return them to the wilds if possible. If the animal can no longer survive in its natural environment, it has a forever home at the nature center. About 25 outdoor enclosures contain various animals, each enclosure with an informational sign. There might be an owl with a broken wing or a three-legged raccoon. An alligator has a permanent home there,too. A small indoor exhibit includes a number of small animals and snakes. To support the non-profit organization there’s a $5 charge for adults, $3 for children. Sawgrass Nature Center is on Sportsplex Drive, off W. Sample Road in Coral Springs, just before entering the Sawgrass Expressway.

Tradewinds Park Horseback Riding, Pony Rides and moreHorse lovers can saddle up and enjoy trail rides for $35 an hour at Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek. On weekends, children can ride a pony for $3. The spacious park includes a playground and offers farm tours to see a collection of animals. On the third weekend of the month a small steam engine provides train rides for kids. A small admission fee is charged on weekends, but entrance to the park is free during the week. Tradewinds Park is on Sample Road in Coconut Creek, just west of the Sample Road Turnpike Exit.

Loxahatchee National Wildlife RefugeThis federal wildlife refuge in Boynton Beach offers an opportunity for an educational family outing at low cost —$5 per car. The visitors’ center contains information and exhibits of animals and the Everglades. You can watch three films, each about 15 minutes. One is about the history of the Everglades. You’ll learn that a bygone governor thought this unique ecological system was just a dirty swamp that should be drained and filled in for housing and agriculture. A second film fills the wall in front of an airboat, projecting views as if you were on an airboat ride. The third film is shown in a small, dark, circular room where the image of a

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grandfather demonstrates to his grandson how the Everglades comes alive at night when animals come out of hiding. The expansive preserve abuts a canal where there are almost always alligators in view. The wildlife refuge is at 10216 Lee Road, which is off SR 7 in Boynton Beach, about 23 miles from Lighthouse Point.

Green Cay Wetland and Nature CenterIf you’re a nature lover and want to see a variety of birds, you might make another stop in Boynton Beach at Green Cay Wetland and Nature Center, an environmental treasure in the region. It’s a haven for birders and photographers. An immaculate visitors’ center has displays to educate visitors about wetlands. A one-and-a-half mile boardwalk wends its way through 100 acres of wetlands. You can walk the boardwalk any time, but the exhibition hall is closed on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and holidays. Green Cay Wetland and Nature Center is at 12800 Hagen Ranch Road, in Boynton Beach.

Sunday Jazz Brunch (free)Music fills the air at the free Sunday Jazz Brunch on the first Sunday of every month along the New River in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Bring a lawn chair and picnic lunch and enjoy one of the three music groups on separate stages along the river. “People watching” is fun, too, as there is always a crowd. Music is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pets are welcome. The free event is staged near the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, across from the Museum of Discovery and Science.

Isle Casino & Pompano Park Raceway To risk a few dollars gambling or picking horse races, visit the nearby Isle Casino, a non-smoking casino, and the Pompano Park Raceway in Pompano Beach. Harness racing is held throughout the winter months until May. Horses run every Wednesday and Saturday night as well as other weekday nights that vary from week to week. Check the racing schedule on the web site. The casino and harness racing track are at 1800 SW 3rd Street, Pompano Beach, which is off Powerline Road just south of Atlantic Boulevard.

Broward Center for the Performing ArtsFor world class theater and concerts keep an eye on the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale. The theater presents a variety of performances from ballet to classical music to popular music and shows such as “The Lion King” or “War Horse.” Check the website for the schedule at browardcenter.org. The theater is in downtown Fort Lauderdale at 201 SW 5th Ave.

For more information on all these organizations and events, please check their websites for updates or changes.

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“IT’S A GREAT PUMPKIN” CARVING PARTYFrank McDonough ParkBACK Amy Tierman, Veronica Plancarte, Leslie Vargo, Jill Lescher, Jim Hiedisch, John Tight FRONT - Jennifer Sinclair, Amy Patterson, Kathy Tight

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INDIAN GUIDES DO THRILLERFrank McDonough ParkThe Indian Guides, Tequesta tribe of fathers and daughters, was spotted at Frank McDonough park one Sunday. Here, Patrick Peterman teaches the tribe of girls the dance moves to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”

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JOHN KNOX VILLAGE NURSE WINS AWARDElizabeth “Liz” Tracy, a RN Unit Manager in John Knox Village’s Health Center, was honored with the 2014 Joan Anne McHugh Nurse Leadership Award. It was presented to Liz at LeadingAge’s Annual Meeting and Expo, which was October 19-22 in Nashville, TN. The award recognizes “aspiring leaders who provide excellent clinical care to their residents while demonstrating leadership in long-term care nursing and a commitment to the profession.” Photo courtesy of LeadingAge

LIGHTHOUSE POINT MAGAZINE DELIVERY DAYLighthouse PointPlayers and coaches from Pompano Beach Football Club Hammerheads (and an honorary mom) deliver the November issue of Lighthouse Point magazine.

HAPPYSnapsBROWARD HEALTH IMPERIAL POINT RECEIVES PATHWAY TO EXCELLENCE® DESIGNATIONBroward Health Imperial Point (BHIP) has achieved the Pathway to Excellence® designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the world’s largest and most prestigious nurse credentialing organization. According to the ANCC, BHIP is one of only five hospitals in the state of Florida to receive this designation. The Pathway to Excellence designation identifies the elements of work environments where nurses can flourish.

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HAPPYSnapsTRINTITY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL GALALighthouse Point Yacht & Racquet Club1 Patti and Jeff Miranda2 Manoella Martin, Soraia Lynch, Pastor Dennis Redstone,

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LIGHTHOUSE POINT YOUTH FOOTBALLDan Witt Park1 The championship team Dolphins FRONT

Kaleb Cox, Kyler Lagalla, Lizzy Conversi BACK Nick Dekkers, Mikey Whitmore, Micheala Whitmore, Nick Moschette, Carly Moschette, Mia Lamperis, Tommy DiGeorgio, Jr.

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CARDINAL GIBBONS HIGH SCHOOL CHARTERS EXCEL CLUB SERVICE ORGANIZATIONCardinal Gibbons High SchoolOn Thursday, November 6th, Cardinal Gibbons High School Excel Club held their induction ceremony. The ceremony was conducted by District Director Larry Crismond of the Exchange Club of Pompano Beach, and in attendance were Pompano Beach XC President Gene Perkins and Immediate Past-President Brian Rask, Florida District President Nancy Gollnick, and National Exchange Club Past President Jim Brown. 51 students

were inducted as charter members of the CGHS Excel club chapter, which is a student service organization that is part of the National Exchange Club. Officers for the CGHS Excel Club are Presidents: Sheridan Miller and Hannah Brown, Secretary: Gianella Perez, Under-Secretary: Justin Geraghty, Treasurer: Natalia Duplat, Under-Treasurer: Susanne Miller, and Faculty Advisor Tim Davis.

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MIAMI HALLOWEEN MARATHON John Davey (son of Jan and Erica Davey) and his wife Anesca vacationed in Lighthouse Point in October and participated in the Miami Halloween marathon, the only South Africans to take part. John had triple bypass heart surgery one year ago and his wife, a regular marathon runner, encouraged him to start running and bicycling to “mend a broken heart.”

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