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Here’s The Scoop…Places To Go …Moves…. To…just a click away…

June 4, 2009 by Barbara


Dear Readers in the interest of space on this site for news …Places To Go…will move over to the “sister” site…just a click away…at the top of the site!

The Here’s the scoop online site will continue to have other items of interest as well…check it out!…

more to come…

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Places To Go…May 29, 2009…Congressman Ron Klein In LBTS…

May 28, 2009 by Barbara


Schedule for Friday, May 29th in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea:

-8:30 a.m. RJK to Stop by local diner Country Ham N’ Eggs Restaurant with Vice Mayor Jerry McIntee

BC- VM/Dep Chief McIntee Personal Photog Marc Furth will be following his every move….to be used in the Mc-Furth BTSTimes…

BC- Who set this up?….

4405 El-Mar Drive

Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, FL

-9:00 a.m. RJK to tour beach area with Vice Mayor Jerry McIntee and look at new Beach Safety Posts that run along the entire beach in lbts.  There is a post every 500 ft that has a number on it (to let people know where they are and to notify fire and police in case they had to make a distress call for someone on the beach) and a lifejacket since there are no lifeguards on duty on this particular beach.  He also wants to show him new seadoo rescue vessel, BSO Broward Sheriff’s Office rescue boat, etc.

BC- We hope the Congressman will be sure to ask about the VFD Sea Doo/(newly acquired from BSO ) VFD boat rescue training program..which lacks the proper certified instruction for the VFD members…….and if the voters will be able to decide on lifeguards per referendum in March 2010…

-10:00 a.m. Religious Leader Meeting at Community Presbyterian Church, 4433 Bougainvilla Dr, Lauderdale By Sea, FL

Reverend Jim Goldsmith, Community Presbyterian Church

Father Heekin from the Assumption Catholic Church, 2001 S. Ocean Blvd. LBTS , FL

-11:00 a.m. LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA Chamber of Commerce
4201 Ocean Drive
Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Florida 33308
President – Paul Novak – High Noon Resort

Executive Director: Judy Swaggerty

BC- Does the Congressman know that the current Town Manager held up the County check for the Welcome  Center and  VM/Dep. Chief  McIntee tried to move the Chamber and was responsible for its canceling the 2008 Christmas-By- The-Sea…and that both will most likely try to cut funding for the Chamber/Welcome Center this budget year?…

-12:00 p.m. RJK to speak at Gray Robinson Community Leadership Event

Location: Riverside Hotel on E. Las Olas Blvd.

-1:30 p.m. Meeting with BSO Sgt. Doug Brown and Citizens on Patrol, 4501 Ocean Drive (Right next to the Town Hall – Jarvis Hall)

-2:00 p.m. RJK to stop by scheduled Town Hall Meeting re: Veterans and Passport Issues

Location: Jarvis Hall (Town Hall for LBTS)

4501 Ocean Drive
Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, FL   33308
Tel: 954-776-0576

BC- Welcome to LBTS Congressman ….

schedule subject to change….

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Here’s The Scoop….A Friendly Reminder…

May 19, 2009 by Barbara




1 item…public notices…Sentinel 5/7/09…(excerpts)

Ms. Karen A. D’UVA-Bradley. , property owner of this property located within RS-4 Residential single family zoning district. 1658 West Tera Mar Drive (LBTS)

Property owner seeking (3) variances (1 )to allow existing shed..installed without permit, to be relocated and place 5’2 inches from front of property line rather than 25′ as required by code./( 2) to allow a proposed swimming pool to be constructed within front yard setback and within 10′ of a public right of way. The proposed pool location to be constructed is 3’1.5 from the property line./(3)  to allow swimming pool enclosure (fence) to be located within the front yard setback and within 10′ of the public right of way. The proposed location for the fence is directly on the front property line.

BC- Readers may recall Mrs. Bradley has come before the Town in the past with these requests, but pulled out before completing the process due to personal reasons. Unfortunately, in this writer’s opinion, she and her late husband were treated very poorly by the Town staff …which included the previous Director of Development, a former development employee and the Town Manager all making statements from the dais that were unprofessional and uncalled for, leaving the applicants unable to defend themselves, due to the applicants not being in attendance when these statements were made. Let’s hope no matter the outcome, this time around everything is above board and all deal with the issues, not personalities.


We are told by the Town that the video of the Commission and their entourage (town staff)…on their “Field Trip”…for decibel meter reading last Friday night 5/15/09…will be shown..(it may be delayed a bit from the BOA meeting above)…but it should be worth a look…

more to come……..

Online…. Comcast Ch. 78…..

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Here’s The Scoop…Places To Go….Jarvis Hall….TODAY!….

May 18, 2009 by Barbara


There will be a Broward County Sea Turtle & Lights Workshop today from 10:00 -12:00 at Jarvis Hall…Public Welcome…

more to come….

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Here’s The Scoop…We Made The News…VFD On Channel 10 & 6 At 11 PM…UPDATED…We Made The Papers…Another Rorshach Test?…

May 17, 2009 by Barbara


Dear Readers…It was quite a day yesterday in LBTS… a look outside this writer’s window in the morning…showed a sea wrought with whitecaps….A troublesome sight to behold as we watched all the swimmers going in despite the treachery that awaited them….

As previously posted we saw that evening the familiar white T.V. Camera trucks from Channel 10 and Channel 6 news…

Below…the text from both interview with links to the sites which may have the videos on soon…

CHANNEL 10 NEWS…. 5/17/09…. 11 PM

Channel 10 news showed in their opening the photo of LBTS-VFD Capt. Ron McGirr and an unidentified FF on the LBTS-VFD Sea Doo…as the Anchor Charles Perez said ” Rescue at sea caught on camera after a day of rough surf”…

At 11:07 pm…Charles Perez said ” High winds made for rough conditions on the beach today where several people had to be rescued after nearly drowning within hours of each other.. Julie Sommers (standing in front of the newly installed post #7) joins us now live from the beach in Lauderdale- By- The- Sea with the pictures of quite a dramatic rescue,Julie”…

Julie Sommers said ” Good evening to you Charles. This lifer preserver post here behind me is one of several installed just three days ago and already today proved priceless. Because on this stretch of sand alone five people who would have drowned this afternoon were saved.’

BC- Next was the interview with the young men previously posted across from the LBTS fire station around 8 pm….

Julie Sommers-” As the sun set this evening surfers strapped in their boards and described the thrills of a rough day on the water can bring”

The young man responded -” It was pretty fun”

Julie Sommers- ” Fun for you guys though can be dangerous for swimmers who aren’t strong enough for rip tide.”

Young surfer- ” I actually warned a couple people today about the rip current.”

Julie Sommers-” You were warning some of the swimmers out there?”

Young surfer-” Yeah, some of the kids, so yeah they didn’t really know what they were doing.”

Julie Sommers- ” It was not just kids that needed rescuing. These photos capture some of the terrifying moments when two tourists from Holland (Photo shown of FF Mark Conn) were rescued this afternoon by volunteer firefighters who patrol the sand here .” ( Photo of Dep. Chief McIntee/ Cat. Ron McGirr and 5 FF by life ring)…

Julie Sommers-” Because the city cannot afford lifeguards.”

BC- Looks like the Dep. Chief came back to the station this evening for an interview…

Dep. Chief/VM McIntee- ” The rips, I watched them take them like a rubber duck in the river, right out and my eyes just popped out. I watched it.”

Julie Sommers- ” And then he and others raced into the water as couples screamed for help and yes that gash on his cheek is from the rescue effort, a rogue wave he said that slammed into the rescue board. A minoe injury worth the bigger pictur.” ( Videos shown by ATV with closeup of McIntee’s cheek )

Dep. Chief McIntee- ” If the volunteer fire department wasn’t there as fast as we were those people wouldn’t be going back to Holland in a plane, they’d be going back in a box.”

Julie Sommers- ” Just before that couple was saved firefighters pulled another woman to safety and moments after the rescue to the north good Samaritans pulled two other people to safety.” ( She held up the life ring that says “property of LBTS”) ” And Charles in that case they (the good Samaritans) used these life rings that had just been posted here on the beach.”

Charles Perez- ” Very lucky to have the right people there at the right time.”..

CHANNEL 6 NEWs……5/17/09…. 11 PM…

11:05 PM…

BC- Channel 6 showed the same photo of Capt. Ron McGirr on the Sea Doo

Anchor- ” Dangerous rip current threatened the lives of several beachgoers across the south Florida coast today including a group of five in Lauderdale- By- The- Sea. Thanks to some quick thinking by volunteer first responders they all survived.”

Reporter- (on the LBTS beach in front of a group of warning signs) ” This is an unsupervised beach area so you are really swimming at your own risk and that’s exactly what these swimmers were doing and five nearly drowned.”

Vice Mayor/Deputy Chief McInteee- (on the beach in the afternoon) ” As we walked towards the beach approximately 20 feet from the beach we observed two people to our right on the ocean side hit the water and the riptide just picked them up and took them right out like a rocket. They started screaming for help.”

Reporter- ” There are no lifeguards here at Lauderdale By The Sea beaches, but the volunteer fire department happened to be nearby, they were nearby at another emergency”

BC- A photo was shown in the Minto sales office beachfront parking lot of VFD photog Marc Furth, Dep Chief McIntee, FF Mark Conn, Capt. Ron McGirr and an a VFD- FF…and a photo of McIntee and VFD-FF’s with the 2 ATVs and AMR )

Reporter- ” The volunteer first responders on jet skis were able to reach these two swimmers in time.”

Dep Chief McIntee- ” The bottom line is if the volunteers were not there those people would not be going home in chairs, they’d be going home in boxes.”

Reporter- ” The two people rescued are tourists from Holland spending the weekend in South Florida. The rescue was captured by the department’s photographer.”

VFD- Photog Marc Furth- ( Video with McIntee) ” I shoot pictures for the volunteer fire department and they use those for training purposes. I was able to be there in the very beginning to the very end of this.”

Reporter- ( as pictures of a rescue boat was shown) The other three swimmers who had close calls on Sunday were rescued by other beachgoers. Now officials are putting out these life preservers all over on this stretch of beach just in case anyone needs a rescue.”

BC- While we are all thankful that all those swimmers were saved today, a closer look at these reports shows that the VFD  were on patrol yesterday and were able to save some of the swimmers…but the others were saved by “good Samaritans”…and the report from Channel 10 stating …” Because the city cannot afford lifeguards.” along with Channel 6 reporting….” This is an unsupervised beach area so you are really swimming at your own risk and that’s exactly what these swimmers were doing and five nearly drowned.”…and…”The other three swimmers who had close calls on Sunday were rescued by other beachgoers. Now officials are putting out these life preservers all over on this stretch of beach just in case anyone needs a rescue.”…should make it time to put the Clottey recommended referendum item for LBTS lifeguards on the March 2010 ballot!…After all…today is Monday…when the VFD does not patrol as often as on the weekend…and we also face the Memorial Day weekend…and much larger crowds of swimmers…

UPDATE…In today’s Sentinel Local section…including a photo of LBTS-VFD Capt. Jud Hopping making a  rescue… by ‘ Marc Furth,correspondent’ ( Really? McIntee BFF-BTSTimes Editor/Owner-Town photog-VFD photog- 4th of July Event coordinator…now he’s called a correspondent? )….with the accompanying text…

‘Firefighters make Rescue’ ‘ SAFE RETURN: Capt. Jud Hopping, left of the Lauderdale-By-The- Sea Volunteer Fire Department, works to bring Tine Kristensen back to shore after a  rip current dragged her and Brian Spencer out to sea. Hopping and another firefighter who were on the beach near the 4300 block of El Mar Drive, rushed on a water scooter to save the pair. They were assisted by four other firefighters. The victims whose hometowns and ages were not available, did not need medical attention. “These people would be deader than a doornail if we weren’t there,” said spokesman Deputy Fire Chief Jerry McIntee, who is the vice mayor of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea.’

BC- Again, it is time for some serious discussion about how this town is portrayed…our P.R….perhaps Comm. Clottey was correct after all concerning  Town PIO d’Oliveira being ready in such circumstances…A look at the comments made by VM/Dep. Chief  and now (according the the Sentinel) VFD Spokesman McIntee in the last 24 hours…should give rise for great concern to the Town, VFD and for businesses that rely on tourism ….On the one hand we cannot be talking about charging $400-500 a night to become a “resort destination” ( VM McIntee/ Cristie Furth previous 5/13/09 meeting LBTS agenda/meetings cat.)…and then have comments made such as these by McIntee about our beach and what awaits the travelers!…

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Places To Go…LBTS Spring Concert…May 18,2009

May 17, 2009 by Barbara


4433 Bougainvilla Drive LBTS…Free To The Public

Excerpts ….Bios……full text link below…

Jon Robertson, B.M., M.S., D.M.A.
Professor of Music
Philharmonia Guest Conductor
Jon Robertson, B.M., M.S., D.M.A.
Basic Information
Conservatory of Music
“Robertson is a conductor who inspires confidence in a listener – his beat is utterly secure; his feeling for structure, unfailing; his overall manner, no-nonsense elegance.” Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times

Maestro Jon Robertson enjoys a distinguished career as a pianist, conductor and academician. His career as a concert pianist began at age nine with his debut in Town Hall, New York, with the New York Times calling him a pint-sized Paderewski. As a child prodigy and student of the renowned pianist and teacher Ethel Leginska, he continued to concertize throughout the United States, the Caribbean and Europe. Already established as a brilliant concert pianist, he was awarded full scholarship six consecutive years to the Juilliard School, where he earned his B.M., M.S. and D.M.A. degrees in piano performance as a student of Beveridge Webster. Although his degrees were in piano performance, he also studied choral conducting with Abraham Kaplan and orchestral conducting with Richard Pittman of the New England Conservatory of Music.

After completing a master’s degree at the Juilliard School, he was appointed chair of the Department of Music at Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama. Among the many accomplishments realized during his tenure, the highlight was the tour of the college choir and Huntsville Symphony to Los Angeles, California, performing Verdi’s Requiem to a rave review by the Los Angeles Times. In 1970, Robertson returned to the Juilliard as a Ford Foundation Scholar to complete his Doctorate of Musical Arts. At the conclusion of his degree, he once again performed with the Oakwood College choir and the American Symphony, performing Verdi’s Requiem at Carnegie Hall to critical acclaim in the New York Times.

* B.M., Juilliard School
* M.S., Juilliard School
* D.M.A., Juilliard School

Carol Cole
Artist Faculty – Violin
Assistant Professor
Carol Cole’s appearances in the United States, Canada, South America, North Africa and throughout Europe have brought unanimous critical praise for her musical artistry, flawless technique and beautiful tone.

Equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestra leader, the violinist has appeared at major music centers in 20 countries and in more than 25 U.S. states, including Carnegie Hall, Philadelphia’s Academy of Music, Field Hall at the Curtis Institute, The San Francisco Opera House, Auer Hall at Indiana University, the Broward and Kravis Centers for the Performing Arts and the Gusman Theater in South Florida, the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver, The Royal Conservatory in Toronto, Teatro de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, Teatro Royale in Madrid, Santa Cecilia in Rome, the R.A.I. auditoriums in Rome and Turin and La Scala in Milan.

Carol Cole has collaborated with the most distinguished artists of our time, including Rudolf and Peter Serkin, Leon Fleisher, Bruno Gelber, Martha Argerich, Andre Watts, Isaac Stern, Yehudi Menuhin, Henryk Szeryng, Pinchas Zukerman, Vadim Repin, Ida Haendel, Viktoria Mullova, Joshua Bell, Janos Stark, Mstislav Rostropovic, Myron Bloom, Pierre Rampal, Maurice Andre, Luciano Pavarotti, Maria Callas and Cecilia Bartoli. She has played under the most celebrated conductors, including Leonard Bernstein, Eugene Ormandy, Claudio Abbado, Pablo Casals, Sergiu Commissiona, Krzysztof Penderecki, Carlo Maria Giulini, Riccardo Muti, Daniel Barenboim, Sir Neville Marriner and Pierre Boulez.

Pursuing her multi-faceted musical interests, Carol Cole has backed artists such as Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Nestor Torres, Gloria Estafan, Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Sinatra and Frank Sinatra, Jr. She is a member of the Miami Symphonic Strings recording orchestra, which recently released a CD featuring Barry Gibb and Barbra Streisand from the Criteria Studios in Miami. In their 35th year together, Carol Cole and her husband David Cole present duo concerts and collaborate with top musicians performing the vast chamber music literature. A devoted teacher, Carol Cole combines an active performing career with her position as professor of violin and chamber music at the Conservatory of Music at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. During the summer, Carol Cole is a regular performing artist, violin professor and chamber music coach with the String Academy and Music Festival of Indiana University.

* Attended Curtis Institute of Music

Artist Faculty-Cello
String Department Head
Associate Professor
Chamber Music
David Cole, Artist’s Diploma
He has been soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the National Symphony in Washington, the symphony of Nice, France, the Solisti L’Aquilani at Carnegie Hall, and has had more than 75 solo performances with the Abruzzo Symphany in Italy. He was awarded a Martha Baird Rockefeller grant after performing at Carnegie Hall and recorded trios with famed pianist Rudolf Serkin and violinist Pina Carmirelli. David performed for Pablo Casals on the Bell Telephone Hour as part of a documentary on the Marlboro Festival.

David Cole and violinist wife Carol Cole spent many years in Europe where they toured extensively, appearing as soloists and as members of chamber groups and symphony orchestras. Cole is a fourth generation musician. His great grandfather and grandfather were violinists, and his father, Orlando, is famed cellist of the Curtis String Quartet and teacher at the Curtis Institute.

* Artist’s Diploma, Curtis Institute of Music

BC- Dear Readers…Posted for a Faithful Reader…and the Garden Club…BUT…This writer does believe that a double standard was used with monies being available…after it was put on last minute well after the time for agenda items to be accepted was past…not once, but twice (an additional $100 was added to the Town Manager report for the Garden Club refreshments post program at the 5/12/09 Commission meeting)…for a total cost of $1850.00 ….It looks bad…It looks preferential…which it definitely was for Comm. Clottey…and it really should have been on hold for a community concert series to begin next season after the new budget was approved…….The double standard …the monies not produced for the Chamber for Christmas-By- The-Sea…a much larger event for the town…They also needed the funds last minute due to the Vice Mayor’s self proclaimed VFD “donation” of $5000  for the event was rescinded….leaving the Chamber short and in the end, without the Town adding additional funds…the event was canceled…to the great disappointment of many…

more to come….

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Here’s The Scoop…Aruba Beach Cafe’ Memorial Day Beach Bash 2009….CANCELLED!….

May 4, 2009 by Barbara


Well they did it …the Aruba Beach Cafe’ threw in the the towel and struck the first major blow to the town ..cancelling their annual Beach Bash..

This is the result of the recent actions of the the Gang of 3 and the Town Administration….. ….

What a shame…and what a loss …

Kudos to Aruba  ….for standing up to this strongarming trio…and  their co-hort Adminisrtators…

Hopefully this  drastic action will bring these elected officials to their senses!….

From Aruba Beach Cafe’

‘Due to matters beyond our control, the management of Aruba Beach Café sadly informs all those concerned the annual Memorial Day Beach Bash will not take place outside this year. Because of the increased cost of this one time event and possible issues regarding amount of people, noise ordinances, sea turtles regulations and by the very nature of an outdoor event, it is not possible to adequately plan to be able to adhere to all the rules and other regulations associated with this type of event. Not to mention the amount of hard work and the risk of meeting our cost associated it is not feasible for us to continue for this year.We will have an indoor event which will include the normal Friday night pig roast festivities.
We hope to see you there!’

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Here’s The Scoop…Scene And Heard Around Town…Ghost Town…

May 3, 2009 by Barbara


We hear that Aruba Beach Cafe may just throw in the towel on their annual Memorial Day Beach Bash!…

Not confirmed yet…but Readers are telling this writer those in charge of the event from Aruba are sick of the new Mc-Gang of 3 and their strongarming…the noise ordinance…the head count of people attending street events…and the idea of imposing a “payola” …to stick it to the businesses downtown…along with saying no events on July 4th…allowing no more 2- day events…and on and on and on…

Not having the annual Memorial Day Beach Bash  would certainly strike the first blow…and put a big dent into the weekend plans of residents and tourists…who will suffer right along with the businesses…WOW!…

Vice Mayor McIntee…BFF “Jimmy Boy”  Silverstone and Comm. “Clueless” Clottey would  be right up there with   “MOB” bagmen if they carry out this “stipend” plan of taking money from the restaurants and bars to put in a “lockbox” for Town events…and imposing on them the need to come and tell “Godfather ” McIntee if business  is good or bad!…Yep,  McIntee on the dais at the 4/29/09 Commission meeting actually told Dave Gadsby if times are good you pay and if times are tough come to me and we’ll work it out…Seems McIntee just outdid the “briber” he says tried to bribe him with $100 a few years back!… Maybe this is how it was done in Buffalo?……

At that same meeting Comm. Silverstone said “the past few days have been Hell”…..Imagine Hell just got hotter if this cancellation pans out and Aruba Beach Cafe’ follows through with no event!….

Readers should be making their Commissioners aware of where they stand on these issues…and telling them to stop the Mob mentality…stop the vendetta…stop the ordinances…the fees and the permits…and do their jobs…representing the will of ALL the people not their own interests and the CIC!…

We see the pavilion is now painted yellow…painting over the siding…many longtime beach residents say painting siding is a no-no… time will tell….

Benches are in…at the pavilion…seating for 12 we hear (have not eyed it myself)…Who chose the seating…we heard it was to come in front of the Commission…another independent decision made by the Town Manager?…YIKES!

more to come…

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Places To Go …Thur April 30, 2009….105.9 Paul and Young Ron …At Pelican Square…Aruba Beach Cafe’ & Village Grille…

April 29, 2009 by Barbara

6-10 pm….


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Places To Go…April 24, 2009

April 23, 2009 by Barbara

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