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August 9, 2014

Daughters of the American Revolution dedicate marker; Hillsboro Inlet Light Station now a national monument


Historic preservationist Hib Casselberry, 91, preserves the moment Hillsboro Lighthouse Preservation Society worked hard ot realize, as the Daughters of the American Revolution and marble marker designate the Hillsboro Inlet Light Station a monument of national significance.

Wearing lighthouse pins, shirts printed with lighthouses and, in one case, a hand-made sun dress printed with lighthouses, more than 120 historic preservationists gathered in Pompano Beach recently, to add their beloved Hillsboro Inlet Light Station to a national register of historically significant sites.
“I’d like to thank the City of Pompano Beach for being such a staunch supporter of our endeavors,” said Art Makenian, an engineer, and president of the Hillsboro Lighthouse Preservation Society, . The past commander of Coast Guard Flotilla 36 in Boca Raton, Makenian recruited a group of retired engineers and one retired physician to dismantle and renovate the massive lens long before the Daughters of the American Revolution decided to put it on a national map. “I want to assure you,” he added, “the light still comes on every night.”
Last year, the Lighthouse Point chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution honored HLPS past president, Hib Casselberry with a historic preservation medal for the 16 years he spent promoting the historic significance of a structure rendered virtually obsolete by the invention of global positioning system.
This year, the 91-year-old Pompano Beach resident was on hand with his wife and partner in lighthouse preservation, Martha, and with DAR members from as far as Pensacola, as President Kim Zeman took the honor to the next level.
Pulling the red-white-and-blue bunting from a bronze and marble marker was the easy part, Zeman said. Adding the 108-year-old Hillsboro Inlet Light Station to the nation’s list of historically significant sights was the greater challenge.
“You have to prove everything you write on the plaque—source all the data, get three historic preservation experts -- three people to certify that what we said was correct,” she explained. “Then we send it into national and they review and decide if it meets their standards.”
All told, the project took a year – and some editing. “It was longer,” she said of the text. “We revised it several times and it still is two paragraphs – which is quite long for a marker.”
Even a marker designed to endure.


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August 7, 2014

Registration under way for Second Annual Miss ARC Broward Pageant

ARC Broward, a not-for-profit human services organization providing services to children and adults with developmental disabilities, is accepting contestant applications for its second annual Miss ARC Broward Pageant.
The two-day event celebrates girls between the age of six and 17 with disabilities. It will be held at 5 p.m. November 17 and 18 at the historic Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale.
"After the incredible success of the inaugural Miss ARC Broward Pageant last year, we are thrilled to announce we are accepting applications for the second annual Miss ARC Broward Pageant." said ARC Broward President/CEO Dennis Haas. "In addition to building self-confidence, this pageant is an opportunity to showcase the capabilities of these amazing girls."
Parents can enter their daughters into the pageant by submitting the electronic application online at . Only 20 qualifying applicants will be selected, and the deadline for applications is Friday, August 22. To qualify, applicants and parents/guardians must meet criteria outlined on the aforementioned webpage.


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August 6, 2014

Calling Artists -- in Three Counties!

Deerfield Beach's 35th Annual Festival of the Arts is putting out an early call for artists -- as long as they live in the tri-county area, and can submit by September 12.

Not for the Festival of the Arts. That isn't until January 24 and 25. Between now and September, however, organizers are seeking designs for a poster advertising the event. Rules are pretty simple:
* posters may be vertical or horizontal;
* they must be 24 inches-by-36 inches;
* they must include a scene from Deerfield Beach's beach and from its pier;
* they must include the following information: "35th Annual Festival of the Arts; January 24 and 25, 2015; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; on the beach, south of the fishing pier; Sponsored by the City of Deerfield Beach and the Cultural Committee."

Deadline is Friday, September 12. The winner will take home $500, be invited to sign copies of their poster and and see their art all over the city. Submit a jpeg of artwork to or


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August 5, 2014

With school set to start, Crystal Lake Middle School hosts a party

Students at Crystal Lake Middle School won't even have to get up early to mark the first official school happening, and it is taking place a full week before the first day of school.

On Monday, August 11th, beginning at 10:30 a.m., Crystal Lake Middle Schoolers are invited with their parents to the Pompano Citi Centre in Pompano Beach for what organizers are calling a “Back to School Community Connection.".

Students and parents will be greeted by Crystal Lake Middle School faculty and staff. Community leaders and business partners representing supporting businesses such as My Pizza Place, Subway in the Pompano Citi Centre, Kaboom Screen Printing & Embroidery and Office Depot, will be on hand to welcome parents, students and the new year. The free, three-hour community event will include live music by DJ “Big Man Kelly” from HOT 105; entertainment, prizes and backpack giveaways.

For information, call Iviani Figueroa, Public Information Office, 754-321-2300.


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July 29, 2014

"Honk!", the musical, plays one night only on Saturday


Direct from England, via a rewrite for children comes "Honk," presented Saturday by Deerfield Beach's drama camp. The Olivier award winning musical written by George Stiles and Anthony Drewes. Evan Spalluto, pictured here in a preview performance at the Northeast Focal Point Senior Center, plays "Ugly," a duckling who leaves the farm in search of his identity and finds the world larger than he thought. Advance tickets through Friday at the cafetorium of Deerfield Beach Middle School, 701 S.E. Sixth Avenue. On Saturday,doors open at 6:30 for the 7 p.m. show and seating is unreserved. Tickets are $5 for adults; $3 for children ages 6 to 12 and children five and under are free.


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