11-year-old’s annual golf tournament builds homes in Haiti

While most 11-year-old boys spent their summers sleeping in or playing video games, Rafe Cochran was busy planning his second golf tournament in the name of philanthropy.

Rafe was introduced to Food For The Poor as part of a third-grade field trip. After hearing about the organization, he said he knew he had to become involved.

The Palm Beach Day School sixth grader decided to combine his urge to give back with his passion for golf. He asked his parents and parents’ friends to pledge money for different shots he made during a golf tournament – $100 for pars, $200 for birdies and $250 for eagles.

After he’d completed the tournament, he’d raised enough money to build two homes in Haiti.

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Firefighter pal fought to rescue Fort Lauderdale cop killed in fiery crash

After a rear-end collision turned the vehicle in which he was a passenger into an inferno of flames, Fort Lauderdale firefighter Jacob Snowhite fought to rescue the driver trapped inside, according to a witness.

“He was trying to run to the car, saying, ‘That’s my friend. I’ve got to get him out,'” said Dan Pridemore, who was on his way home when he spotted what he called “a huge fireball” at 2:30 a.m. Saturday near the intersection of State Road 7 and Wiles Road.

Killed in the fiery crash was Fort Lauderdale Detective Christopher Sheehan, 30. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Coral Springs police.

“It was a bad situation,” said Pridemore, 34, who took a video of the flames and the efforts of a man trying to douse them with a fire extinguisher.

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Fort Lauderdale cop dies after car rear-ends his Jeep in Coral Springs

An extended family of South Florida police and firefighters was in mourning Sunday following a car crash that claimed the life of 30-year-old Fort Lauderdale Police Officer Christopher Sheehan.

“He was just a great kid,” said Dennis Sheehan, a retired Fort Lauderdale Fire-Rescue Division Chief and Christopher Sheehan’s uncle. “Our family is just devastated.”

Injured in the crash, which happened at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of State Road 7 and Wiles Road, was Fort Lauderdale Fire-Rescue Capt. Jacob Snowhite, 41, of Jupiter. He remained hospitalized Sunday, according to his wife.

Sheehan was at the wheel of a 1995 Jeep Wrangler and heading north on State Road 7 when his vehicle was rear-ended by a 2010 Dodge Challenger driven by Joselyn Lopez, 29, of Margate, according to Coral Springs police.

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Fort Lauderdale police detective killed when his Jeep is rear-ended in Coral Springs

An extended family of South Florida police and firefighters was in mourning Sunday following a car crash that claimed the life of 30-year-old Fort Lauderdale Police Detective Christopher Sheehan.

“He was just a great kid,” said Dennis Sheehan, a retired Fort Lauderdale Fire-Rescue Division Chief and Christopher Sheehan’s uncle. “Our family is just devastated.”

Sheehan was at the wheel of a 1995 Jeep Wrangler and heading north on State Road 7 at Wiles Road when his vehicle was rear-ended by a 2010 Dodge Challenger driven by Joselyn Lopez, 29, of Margate, according to Coral Springs police.

Sheehan was declared dead at the scene of 2:30 a.m. Saturday crash.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Coral Springs Police are asking witnesses or anyone with information about the crash to call Officer Derek Fernandes of the traffic unit at 954-346-1754.

Staff writers Erika Pesantes and Anne Geggis contributed to this story.

mwclary@sunsentinel.com

Article source: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/parkland/fl-coral-springs-fatal-folo-20160821-story.html

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Phony lawyers preyed on financially strapped homeowners, authorities say

Authorities say two phony lawyers set up an office in Coral Springs and drew in more than 300 trusting homeowners on the brink of losing their homes to foreclosure.

Joseph Anton Hilton, 56, and Adam Forman, 46, owned The Asset Protection Law Firm, 3921 NW 126th Ave., which offered residential loan modifications and debt consolidation, authorities said.

But neither Hilton nor Forman, both of Parkland, was licensed to practice law in Florida, police said. Each has been charged with practicing law without a license, a third-degree felony. Hilton is jailed on $250,000 bond; Forman is being held on $75,000 bond, jail records show. Additional charges are pending.

According to the Florida Attorney General’s Office, the pair “deceived homeowners into paying hefty upfront and monthly fees for legal services not supervised or approved by licensed attorneys.”

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Back-to-school fun

With Palm Beach students wrapping up their first week of school, and the rest of South Florida preparing to start Monday morning, a lot of families are looking forward to this weekend.

Kick off the family fun with the Target Free Third Friday at the Miami Children’s Museum from 3 to 9 p.m. on Friday (miamichildrensmuseum.org). Or check out the city of Miami Gardens’ back-to-school-themed Food Truck Invasion and Open Mic Night on Friday, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., at Rolling Oaks Park in Miami Gardens. There will be a book bag giveaway, and everyone is encouraged to wear their school colors. For information, call 305-914-9070.

In Fort Lauderdale, plane enthusiasts can try out their flying skills, and meet a pilot at the Museum of Discovery and Science on Friday during its celebration of National Aviation Day with JetBlue. Activities will include real life stories and narratives from JetBlue crew members in the museum’s science theater (starting at 11 a.m.) and exploration of the museum’s “To Fly” exhibit (mods.org).

Because it is the third Friday of the month, families can take in “The Lorax” 3D movie at 8 p.m. on the Great Lawn in Pompano Beach (954-786-4111), or head to Hollywood’s Young Circle for a bounce house, face painting and family entertainment starting at 5 p.m., with “The Peanuts Movie” (G) showing on the lawn at 8 p.m. (hollywoodfl.org).

Academic-themed fun and games continue Saturday with the Back to School Bash from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Miami Children’s Museum. The event features pencil-case making, a backpack relay race and a show by the MCM Players (miamichildrensmuseum.org).

Washington Park is having its Back to School Bash from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 5199 Pembroke Road in Hollywood. Families can celebrate healthy eating and fitness at Dania Beach PATCH Urban Farm and Market’s Back to School event Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event features farm tours, arts and crafts, free samples, a uniform giveaway, games on the green, healthy cooking demonstrations, PATCH BBQ, and more (thepatchgarden.com).

Put school aside and focus on artistic challenges with the Saturday’s Family Studio at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach (norton.org/familystudio). The challenge runs from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and requires a $1 materials fee. RSVP at 561-832-5196, ext. 1138.

Enjoy the great outdoors on Sunday with Fun Days at The Little Farm in Miami. Pony rides, a petting farm, a tour of farm and the butterfly garden are offered 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. weekends and are included in the $10 per person fee. RSVP at 305-258-3186 (thelittlefarm.us).

In Broward, hop aboard the Model Steam Train. Rides are offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this weekend at Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek. At only $1.50 per ride (cash only, plus a park entrance fee of $1.50 per person), this is a great way to entertain kids of all ages. 954-357-8720

Families can wind down the weekend in Palm Beach County with a free Sunday concert on the Waterfront from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Meyer Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach (wpb.org/sunday-on-the-waterfront). Or beat the heat with a science demonstration at the Children’s Science Explorium at Sugar Sand Park in Boca Raton. The 3:30 p.m. demonstration for ages 7 and older is free (SugarSandPark.org).

Article source: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/parkland/sfp-family-events-081916-20160817-story.html

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Customer’s electronics haul in Coral Springs unveils bigger fraud, police say

A 28-year-old woman who persistently used a fraudulent credit card that kept getting declined to buy electronics raised red flags at a Coral Springs store, authorities said.

It led to Niyha Eutsey’s arrest on even bigger fraud, police say: about 50 fraudulent cash advances totaling more than $30,000.

Eutsey, of Miami, made her latest counterfeit purchase at Target at 4400 State Road 7 on Monday, carting away gaming consoles and a game, an iPad and a 55-inch television, according to a police report. The total value of the items was not disclosed.

During the transaction, a store employee recognized Eutsey as a prior customer who had bought items using multiple credit cards that were declined, police said.

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Woman who exploited elderly man for his money at it again, investigators say

Jack Adler was an 89-year-old widower living an active life in Century Village in Deerfield Beach when he met a woman at Costco who became his “girlfriend.”

Several times a week, Fatima Williams, then in her early 40s, would pick Adler up for lunch dates that included shopping trips and stops at banks and ATMs.

Over 11 weeks in late 2010 and 2011, the withdrawals piled up — to $129,600, according to an investigation by Broward Sheriff’s Detective John Calabro. Williams was arrested on suspicion of grand theft and exploiting an elderly person.

Five years later, Williams, now 50, is once more in a Broward County jail, accused of grand theft and elderly exploitation against another 89-year-old widower, this time a man from Boca Raton.

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Tour Broward’s natural areas for free each week

Looking for outdoor activities for the last two weeks of summer vacation? 

Learn about local flora an fauna during Weekly Naturalist-led Tours of northern Broward County’s natural areas. 

The free tours last about one hour each and are organized by the Parks and Recreation Department. Participants should bring bottled water and wear closed-toe shoes and sunscreen. 

The following locations offer tours at least once each month. Saw Palmetto Natural Area, 4950 NW 71st Place in Coconut Creek — Every Monday at 3:30 p.m. Tall Cypress Natural Area, 3700 Turtle Run Blvd. in Coral Springs — First and third Tuesdays of the month at 10 a.m. Woodmont Natural Area, 7250 NW 80th Ave. in Tamarac — Second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 10 a.m. Hillsboro Pineland Natural Area, 5591 NW 74th Place in Coconut Creek — First Wednesday of the month at 2 p.m. Helene Klein Pineland Preserve, 4701 W. Hillsboro Blvd. in Coconut Creek — Second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at noon. West Creek Pineland Natural Area, 4900 W. Hillsboro Blvd. in Coconut Creek — Third Wednesday of the month at noon. Harbin Butterfly and Bird Sanctuary at Quiet Water Park, 401 S. Powerline Road in Deerfield Beach — Every Thursday at 10 a.m. Highlands Scrub Natural Area, 4050 N. Dixie Highway in Pompano Beach — First and fourth Fridays of the month at 10 a.m. Crystal Lake Sand Pine Scrub, 3299 NE Third Ave. in Pompano Beach — Second Friday of the month at 10 a.m. Military Trail Natural Area, 4600 NW Ninth Ave. in Deerfield Beach — Third Friday of the month at 10 a.m. For more information about the county-managed natural areas and the animals and plants they are home to, click here.

Article source: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/parkland/sfl-tour-broward-s-natural-areas-for-free-each-week-20160810-story.html

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Miami developer wins approval for its second Coconut Creek hotel

After more than a year of planning, a Miami-based developer has gotten the green light for its second hotel in Coconut Creek.

The 105-room Residence Inn by Marriott will be built on the northeastern corner of State Road 7 and the Sawgrass Expressway, said Seth Fellman, president of Morlin Hospitality Group, on Wednesday.

The hotel site, at 5730 N. State Road 7, was previously home to a Grifs Western store that was razed in a fire in September 2010 and never reopened.

In July, the city granted final approval for the Residence Inn project, which included a rezoning component, Fellman said.

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