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Posted on Thu, Jun. 24, 2004


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Former city manager

returning to sign books

R.J. Intindola, the former longtime Hallandale Beach city manager, is coming back to South Florida -- as an author, to peddle his new novel.

Intindola, 53, penned Rising From the Bottom, based on a real 1949 Kentucky coal-mining accident. The book includes fictional touches of violence, murder and a young woman's struggle to cope in an abusive relationship.

''I embellished everything,'' Intindola said.

Intindola, city manager from 1985 until he retired for health reasons in 2002, will sell and sign books from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the Hallandale Cultural Community Center, 410 SE Third St.

He lives in Woodstock, Ga., but visits a cousin in Deerfield Beach and still owns a Hallandale Beach condo.

The 400-plus page tome, published by Author House and released last month, isn't Intindola's first foray into fiction. He said he has published a couple dozen short stories, under pseudonyms, which he hopes to anthologize.

''He has a such a realistic perception of things,'' said Carol Givner, editor of Rising From the Bottom.

Intindola is also working on The Manager, a nonfiction book based on his experiences as city manager and interviews with public officials.

Intindola said he received some ''good offers'' for city manager jobs.

''I considered it,'' Intindola said. ``But to tell you the truth, I don't want to do that again.''




Friday is the final day to register for a weeklong baseball camp led by coach Ed Grossi, assistant coach at Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory School in Hollywood.

The Hallandale Beach Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring the camp for kids age 5 to 15.

The camp specializes in improving catching, throwing, batting and base-running skills, along with infield and outfield drills.

The baseball camp is from 10 a.m. to noon for kids age 10 and younger, and from 12:30 to 3 p.m. for those age 11 to 15. The camp will from Monday to July 2.

The cost for kids age 10 and younger is $55 for residents and $70 for nonresidents. For those 11 to 15, the cost is $80 for residents and $95 for nonresidents. Scholarships are available for Hallandale Beach residents only. For an application or more information such as the camp location, call 954-457-1452.




The Broward Chapter of the American Red Cross will host its second annual Golf Tournament on July 16 at Palm-Aire Country Club, 3701 Oaks Clubhouse Dr., Pompano Beach.

The event will start with a continental breakfast and takes off with a shotgun start at 6:30 a.m.

This year's hole-in-one winner will get his choice of a 2004 Acura TL or a Honda Pilot, while other players have a chance to win money and other prizes.

Sponsor levels range from the Course Sponsor at $10,000 to Hole Sponsorships at $1,000. Foursomes are $600 and individual players are $150. To register, call the Red Cross at 954-797-3820. The country club can be reached at 954-975-6225.




Gov. Jeb Bush made one new appointment and one reappointment Tuesday to the South Florida Regional Planning Council.

The 19-member planning organization includes elected officials and members appointed by the governor.

Bush appointed Paul R. Wallace, 60, a Miami lawyer who will take William Kerdyk's place. Wallace's term began Tuesday and will end Oct. 1, 2006. Bush reappointed Christine P. Nixon-Calamari, 34, a lawyer from Plantation. Her term also ends Oct. 1, 2006.



The National Association of Counties has announced it will recognize the following Broward County agencies for innovative government:

Transit Service, for providing service to disabled people unable to use the regular bus schedule; Consumer Affairs division, for providing consumer service information; Parks and Recreation Division, for success with the safe park and land preservation programs; Libraries division, for offering a program for adults speaking other languages to improve English skills; Human Resources division, for new county employee training and for promoting employee education on mental health and substance abuse; Office of Information Technology, for an online occupational license renewal program; Program Development division, for creating a standard of evaluation for human services; Department of Environmental Protection, for clearing of sites contaminated with petroleum and for educating bicyclists and motorists on getting along; and Office of Waste Management, for Adopt-A-Street.



The Broward Sheriff's Office arrested Alton Alexander Davis, 24, and charged him with the robbery of a Burger King restaurant at gunpoint.

Davis was caught on a surveillance camera about 5 a.m. June 3 taking an unknown amount of money from a Burger King at 2631 S. State Road 7 in unincorporated South Broward, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Davis is being held without bail at the Broward County Jail. He is charged with two counts of armed robbery, two counts of aggravated assault and three counts of false imprisonment.




An event to promote boat safety is scheduled for this weekend at the Margate Marina. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and is sponsored by Margate police and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Boating-safety literature will be handed out and action will be taken against any ''flagrant'' violators while police officers are at the marina.

The marina is on the C-14 canal at 7044 NW First St. For more information, call Sgt. Andy Zettek 954-935-543.

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