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Pompano Beach Limelight

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By David Volz

Those who came to Limelight, BaCA’s monthly street party, enjoyed a performance by pedal steel guitarist Roosevelt Collier. He is a bayou blues musician and performed his soulful, lightning-fast slide work. He recently performed at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

Suzanne Haltermann, spokesperson for BaCA, was glad to see people enjoying the show. “He began his career playing in church. He is an amazing performer.”

In the BaCA East Gallery, there was a presentation of “Brazilian Eyes” photography exhibit featuring works of 40 Brazilian photographers – renowned professionals along with amateurs – all with a keen interest in the art form. The West Gallery contained a showcase of the Haitian exhibit, “syèl ba,” by painter, sculptor and installation artist Asser Saint-Val. Local sculptor, jewelry-maker and carver Cindy Wong displayed her handmade Mother Earth Arts artisan goodies.

Jessica Salas gave a class to children producing artwork. Nicole Kay and Anthony Kay of Spanx the Hog served BBQ pork and sundaes. Sharron Demarest, a photographer, displayed her work as part of the Broward Art Guild at the Pompano Beach CRA Business Resource Center.

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Pompano Beach honors U.S. military veterans

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By David Volz

The City of Pompano Beach honored military veterans and military personnel who gave their lives while serving in the military during a special memorial ceremony at Pompano Beach Cemetery. Many veterans attended the ceremony. Mayor Lamar Fisher read a proclamation to honor men and women who have given their lives for their nation. A number of people spoke on the importance of honoring military veterans.

“Memorial Day is significant because people remember what freedom means,” said Fisher. He believes residents should honor military veterans.

Commissioner Rex Hardin believes it is important for people to come to Memorial Day events and honor people who have served in the military.

George Rafajko, vice commander of American Legion Post 142 in Pompano Beach, said “People should remember what Memorial Day means. A lot of people gave their lives while serving in the military.” He served in Vietnam.

The ceremony included a gun salute, the playing of taps and the setting of a table honoring prisoners of war and soldiers missing in action.

Andy Buglione, a U.S. Army veteran who served in World War II and Korea, believes it is important to honor those who were killed while serving in the military.

A number of local Boy Scout organizations were present at the ceremony.

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