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Sun Times Feature Story

Black Friday has expanded

This Weekend's Antique Show Is Another Showcase Event

By Larry Blustein

At a time when everyone seems to be tightening their collective financial belts, there are organizations that need to raise money to exist.

One of our local gems has been the Hallandale Beach Police Athletic League - where the late Police Chief Tom Magill spearheaded this organizations, designed to keep kids off the streets and give them some structure in their lives.

Throughout the years, this has become one of the most recognized brands in South Florida - with a number of fundraisers that fuel academic and athletic programs.

P.A.L. is a non-profit, 501 © (3) organization established to use athletic, recreational and educational activities to instill positive life principles and character-building tools in youths in an effort to deter juvenile crime and violence.

The Police Athletic League of Hallandale Beach is made up of volunteer Police personnel, City Employees and civic minded community residents.

The PAL has also been a place where confidence is built and the people - such a PAL Representative Jonathan Carrillo - have developed programs and events to keep this quality organization in the spotlight.

Carrillo, who grew up in Hallandale Beach and has been instrumental in so many positives throughout the years, is always on the go - searching for that next marquee event that will continue making this a special and productive organization.

But he is not alone in making this one of the best organizations around. PAL Executive Board Members include: Stacey Fisher (President), Harry Escandon (Vice President), Sonia Quiñones (Chief of Police/Executive Director), Michele Dimitri (Secretary) and Major Ricky Buoni (Treasurer).

There are also PAL Board Members who have truly made this something special. Among that group features: Joe Kessel, Barbara Southwick, Patricia Brennan, Jo Ann P. Hollingsworth, Dr. Joseph Amunategui II, Major Ken Cowley, Ret., Jacqueline Cespedes, Steve Carlo, Anais Abikarram, former Vice Mayor Bill Julian and Patti Magill, who is a lifetime Honorary Board Member.

“The dedication of those involved has made this such a tremendous group to be a part of,” Carrillo said, recently during the dedication of Peter Bluesten Park. “No matter what we do, everyone rolls up their sleeves and makes it a reality.”

Carrillo is also very excited about the future of Bluesten Park - where many of his athletic teams will call home and compete year round.

“Sports teach you everything about teamwork, winning and overcoming adversity,” he said. “We just feel it’s a big part of growing up, as well as becoming a productive citizen.”

When it comes to leaving a mark in this community and throughout South Florida, the Hallandale Beach PAL continues to set standards with fundraisers that bring into the group.

On December 9th, annual PAL Comedy Show will take place at Gulfstream Park, Sport of Kings Room and will feature comedians” Dwight Slade, Jimmy Schubert, Lynn Koplitz and Master of Ceremony, Bruce Smirnoff.

“It is a truly a showcase event for us, Carrillo said. “Top name comedians who are nationally recognized. It is an evening that we all are excited about every year.”

Certainly one of the elite and most looked forward to fundraisers held will be this weekend - as antique lovers will head to the Cultural Community Center on November 18th from 9 am - 5 pm and the 19th from 11 am to 4 pm.

“We have been there every year since they started,” Elon Gonzales of Hallandale Beach said. “There are some great deals to be had - from vendors who we see throughout the year at other shows.”

Come check out unique, genuine antique pieces from over 35 vendors and even consult their on site appraiser on Saturday - from 10 am to 2 pm. Appraisal fee is only $3 per piece.

The success of this antique show has been made possible by the hard work and true dedication of so many. Leading the way is Kenneth Moseley, who has planned and orchestrated the show and has made it one of the best around.

Right in time for the holidays, Moseley knew that this would be the perfect time to hold this, giving it a real fall feel to the experience.

“With Thanksgiving coming up next week and Christmas and Hanukkah right round the corner, this is such a great time to get those perfect gifts,” Moseley said. “If you have never been to this show, you need to make plans this weekend. It really has something for everyone.”

General admission is $2 per person or $1 with this story! Refreshments and more will be on sale. For more information, please call Moseley at: (954) 296-0156. E-mail: Or visit on-line at: