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SEPTEMBER | 2017 Boca’s tax rate to drop again; still lowest in Palm Beach County By: Dale King Contributing Writer Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie had reason to boast a bit when she addressed the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce at its breakfast meeting last month. “We have the highest assessed property value of all the 39 cities in the county -- $22 billion,” she reported to the crowd. “And we have the lowest tax rate.” Haynie offered those figures with confidence. As it turned out, Palm Beach County Property Appraiser Dorothy Jacks was seated in the audience – and gave her affirmation to the city executive’s comments.


Each year, Boca Raton sponsors the August Chamber breakfast to give the mayor and City Manager Leif Ahnell a chance to discuss the city’s spending proposal for the coming year a month before citizens get the opportunity to comment at two public hearings in September. Chrissy Gibson, communications and marketing manager for the city, said budget meetings are tentatively scheduled for Sept. 11 and for Sept. 25, both at 6 p.m. in City Hall. The council must approve Ahnell’s financial plan for fiscal 2017-2018 in time for it to [CONT. PG 2]

A look at Ocean Strand from the stairs. Photo by Diane Emeott Korzen.

Boca Beach and Parks District discusses future for Ocean Strand By: Diane Emeott Korean Contributing Writer Since its Dec. 29, 1994 purchase by the Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District for $11.88 million, the seemingly unassuming 15-acre Ocean Strand site on both sides of A1A has stirred up controversy. The property is located just north of Gumbo Limbo and Boca Towers, extending east to the Atlantic Ocean, and

west to Lake Wyman behind a green grated fence with a long paved driveway beside grassy fields and woods. Across the street on the beach side, the property is covered by a dense grove of trees, with a stairway leading down to the beach. Residents want to keep it as public green space; while developers have seen its po-

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tential. For example, in May 2012 the group Boca Save Our Beaches was active in getting the land-use designation for Ocean Strand changed to ‘beach or park.’ Previously, in May 2010, a private developer, who also owned a hotel on Federal Highway, had his eye on the property to build a beach cabana/restau[CONT. PG 2]

Among those attending the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce breakfast last month are, from left, City Manager Leif Ahnell, Chamber board members Michael Daszkal and Bob Tucker, Mayor Susan Haynie, Chamber President and CEO Troy McLellan and Chamber Festival Days Chairman Jon Sahn. Photo by Jordi Gerking.



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rant, according to Beach & Park District Board Administrator Madlane “Maddy” Bentivegna. Perhaps that’s why every seat in the 35-occupancy Beach & Park District Conference Room in Sugar Sand Community Center was full on July 17, with people also sitting on the floor, and overflowing back into the offices. Ocean Strand was first on the agenda, listed as “Presentation by EDSA on City’s Waterfront Plan [Ocean Strand].”

restrooms; parking; food facility; and enhanced beach drop-off area. “I just love being outdoors. That connection to the outdoors now is rare. A lot of people are missing that connection,” Gray began his presentation. “I took a critical look at the vegetation, which seemed a little too intense down by the water. There’s a 100 ft. buffer right now.” Regarding dock space, Gray said, “People prefer non motorized [boats].”

At the meeting, Kona Gray, a principal with EDSA Landscape Architects in Ft. Lauderdale, presented a conceptual plan on the Ocean Strand property for feedback.

Gray envisions restrooms at Ocean Strand. “I have a 10-year-old daughter. She can be all geared up, playing. But if there’s no restroom – that’s important.”

Executive Director/Legal Counsel Arthur Koski said afterward, “The debate on what’s going to go on that property is not going to be resolved until the next fiscal year.”

“It would also be great to be able to get something to eat if the kids want to keep playing. Guanabana’s (located in Jupiter) was mentioned at the last meeting. It could be Guanabana’s-lite. It doesn’t have to be that elaborate,” he said.

Presentation Gray, a consultant engaged by the City for design/development of its Waterfront Plan (to connect all City waterfront parks), presented suggestions on the District-owned Ocean Strand property. Ideas for Ocean Strand included keeping an eco-friendly natural environment; maintaining existing vegetation; and adding: a lookout pavilion; a children’s exploration trail; a tree house pavilion; playground; a learning kiosk; motorized and non-motorized boat dock; water activities such as paddleboards; fitness trails; botanical/community gardens;

Gray also mentioned gardens – potentially botanical (with a place to learn about botanicals) or a community garden; as well as a fitness area and a playground. “Children today need some unstructured play; an opportunity to get back to nature,” Gray concluded. Commission rings in Commissioner Robert K. Rollins, Jr. said there had been two charettes, planning meetings where designers, residents and others put their heads together on a vision, regarding Ocean Strand.

There was standing room only when Boca’s Beach and Park District met to discuss plans for Ocean Strand. View from the stairway leading down to the beach at Photo by Diane Emeott Korzen. Ocean Strand. Photo by Diane Emeott Korzen.

He assured residents that “this is going to be a very passive park” -- to protect neighbors on both the north and south sides; to have no intrusive lighting; and to alleviate any concerns of those with a sensitivity to food/grills.” Commissioner Erin Wright said she saw, “A lot of parking and paved surfaces for my taste. I’d prefer to tear up the paved driveway for something more pervious. I love the natural playground and love all the shade! I love the floating docks. I’m not a fan of motorized boats.” Commissioner Susan Vogelsang asked about the sensitive areas located on the property, which may contain a Native American Midden, a burial ground. “That’s going to be huge; to make sure we preserve that,” Gray said he would research the issue, adding that a botanist and arborist would be engaged to look at plant species. Commissioner Craig Ehrnst called the presentation “a great concept.”

Important to Ehrnst: keeping it a passive park with secure access and wellness equipment. Ehrnst added that he was hesitant to have a community garden there. “This is a valuable, expensive property. It’s a little too expensive for that,” he said. Residents’ input Many of the dozen residents who spoke said they would like to see Ocean Strand developed into a public park. And they have different ways to go about doing that. Some expressed concerns about traffic while others wanted to look into ways to connect the city’s parks. “I love the idea of connecting the parks,” Laine Levy said. “Why have parking at all? Think about who’s being dropped off – young kids, tweens who don’t drive. There’s already parking at Spanish River, Red Reef and Rutherford Park. I like solar powered transportation – trolley where people can hop on and hop off. I am opposed to a drop-off area at the beach and motorized boats.”

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take effect Oct. 1.

The city has also brought in Treasure Coast Planning to come up with a “college town” concept in conjunction with the creation of a university district in the 20th Street area – the road where the original entrance to Florida Atlantic University is located.

When Ahnell addressed the Chamber crowd at the Boca Raton Marriott, he said the total city budget for the coming year is just over $732 million. To cover the expenses sheet, the tax rate will be set at around $3.65 per $1,000 valuation.

Haynie said Boca Raton has a new website – – which gets 100,000 visits a month. The city also has a new cell phone app to sign onto and receive municipal information.

He did note that the city’s fire fee is slated to increase from $100 to $125 a year. City Councilman Scott Singer offered a hint about the upcoming budget proposal when he issued his monthly online report. “Since I joined the City Council in 2014, the millage rate on your property tax rate has been lower or the same every year. At our last meeting, we confirmed that the millage rate will again decrease slightly. We’ll discuss and finalize the budget at our September City Council meetings - as always, open to the public.” Commenting on budget history, Ahnell said it has taken close to 10 years to recover from the serious recession of 2008 when Boca had to lay off personnel and cut services for several years to stabilize spending. In her comments, Mayor Haynie said Boca has become “a world-class city” of 96,000 people, a number that swells to 250,000 each day as people arrive in the city to work, visit or attend school. Working through its Economic Development Office, aided by the county’s Business Development Board, Boca has re-

Watching power point presentation about Boca Raton’s proposed budget for 2017-2018 are, from left, City Manager Leif Ahnell, Chamber board member Bob Tucker, Mayor Susan Haynie and Chamber President and CEO Troy McLellan. Photo by Jordi Gerking.

tained or added 9,400 jobs since April 2010, and 42 firms have moved into the city. That hike in the workforce, Haynie said, doesn’t include the 800 additional jobs recently announced by Modernizing Medicine, which kicks the total to more than 10,000. “We have become a southeast Florida employment center,” the mayor noted. Among programs and projects under way in Boca Raton, she said, are the development of a city campus master plan and a comprehensive waterfront plan. Consultants have already been hired to work on those efforts and public hearings have been held.

As he spoke to the Chamber membership, Ahnell discussed goals for the 2017-2018 fiscal year: Business retention and expansion, attracting new corporate headquarters to Boca, creation of a “smart” city built on a foundation of technological innovation, a downtown traffic alternative study, a proposal for midtown development and a plan for art in public places. In addition, the city manager listed projects slated to receive funding from the one-cent increase in the state sales tax in Palm Beach County: Lake Wyman and Rutherford Park waterfront restoration, a “complete redo” of the Hillsboro-El Rio Park, extensive pavement resurfacing “which will use one-third to one-half of the money,” creation of a park at the site of the former Wildflower night club, an addition and renovation to Fire Station 6 at the corner of Military Trail and Clint Moore Road, the addition of street lights in areas where there are none and replacement of the communications tower at Florida’s Turnpike and Glades Road.


Boca Briefs Boca Library offers foreign language program for kids Looking for ways to teach your child a second language? The Boca Raton Public Library has partnered with RB Digital to bring online foreign-language learning for children to library patrons through KidSpeak for Libraries. KidSpeak combines animations with over 40 engaging, interactive activities, puzzles and songs, KidSpeak for Libraries makes learning a second language easy for kids of all ages. It has three levels of difficulty and printable activities and learning exercises. Languages are hosted by fun cartoon “friends” and their playful pets, using only the language being taught. Children learn the alphabet, word recognition, simple sentences, using plural and singular, distinguishing between words that look and sound familiar, simple addition and subtraction, telling time, number recognition (matching numbers to written words) and correct pronunciation. Designed by leading educators for children ages six and up, KidSpeak for Libraries contains more than 700 words and expressions per language. Available languages include English and Spanish, with Chinese expected to follow soon. The program can be accessed by library members from home. Boca fire fee to increase Boca residents and business owners can expect to see a higher fire assessment fee from the city for the second year in a row. The council agreed to increase the fee from $105 to $125 for residents. Commercial and industrial rates are determined based on size of the building. The fee was increased last year by $20. City Manager Leif Ahnell said the fee is not allowed to cover emergency medical services only fire related services. He said the increase will cover 56 percent of fire services, about $1.7 million of the budgeted $3.7 million the city anticipates spending. Boca West Community Charitable Foundation names first executive director For the first time since its 2010 inception, the Boca West Community Charitable Foundation has hired an executive director. The foundation, which provides grants and volunteers to 25 community non-profit programs that serve needy local children, has hired Jennifer Bate. “This is a transformative day for the Boca West Foundation. The Foundation’s growth over the past seven years has been both incredible and unprecedented. Due to the growing number of charitable organizations the Foundation serves and the tremendous growth in our fund raising capabilities, we decided it was imperative to name an executive director,” said Arthur Adler, chairman of the board of the Boca West Foundation. Bate is a two-time graduate of the University of Florida, holding a Master of Arts in Mass Communication and Bachelor of Science in Journalism. She also graduated from Stetson University College of Law with her Juris Doctor. Bate comes to the Foundation having most recently served


as the Communications and Marketing Director at Sarasota Yacht Club. Prior to Sarasota Yacht Club, she worked as an associate at Credit Suisse and a compliance intern at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

Prior to that, Carbone spent a decade as executive director of the PGA TOUR event held at Trump National Doral near Miami (the Ford Championship, which later became the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship).

“Jennifer brings unique credentials and unparalleled passion to the Foundation,”Adler said. “We are very fortunate that she has brought her outstanding managerial, communications and social media skills to better serve our diverse charities.”

The Boca Raton Regional Hospital is the tournament’s primary beneficiary. The first full-field event on the 50-andolder circuit will be held Feb. 5-11, 2018.

The foundation has donated $6.3 million over the past seven years. In the past year, $1.45 million was distributed to the charities. Bate will be responsible for the implementation of all Board policies and oversee public relations, marketing and communications efforts. She will also oversee the development of a new Foundation website, and conduct a review of all existing programs.

For more tournament information, call 561-241-GOLF (4653), or visit For ProAm registration and sponsorship package opportunities, contact Anthony Greco at 561-241-GOLF (4653) or email

“I am very excited to have the opportunity to work with such a vibrant, successful organization that serves so many underserved kids in South Florida,” Bate said. West Boca Medical Center receives top rating for labor and delivery care West Boca Medical Center recently receives a 5-Star Rating for Labor & Delivery recognition from Healthgrades, a leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. This 5-star rating indicates that the hospital’s clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected when treating the condition or performing the procedure being evaluated. West Boca Medical Center is now a Five Star Recipient for Vaginal Delivery for three years in a row and a Five Star Recipient for C-Section Delivery for three years in a row. “People in our community have a choice as to where they will go for their optimal birthing experience and this recognition is confirmation that our hospital has proven to be one of the best in our area when it comes to labor and delivery services, said Mitch Feldman, CEO at West Boca Medical Center. “In addition to having the only level III NICU in south Palm Beach County, accolades such as this make us unique to our patients. New tournament director named for Boca Raton Regional Hospital Championship Eddie Carbone has been appointed the Tournament Director of the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Championship, the PGA TOUR Champions event held in February at The Old Course at Broken Sound Club. His first task as director will be finding a title sponsor for the event. Previously, the tournament was sponsored by Allianz. “The Boca Raton Regional Hospital Championship has been a tremendous event over the last 11 years,” Carbone said. “I’m looking forward to working with the Championship staff and the members of The Old Course at Broken Sound Club to ensure that this vital community continues to deliver for our charities and the community for many years to come.The Boca Raton Regional Hospital Championship has become one of the players’ favorite tournaments on the PGA TOUR Champions and we will continue to showcase this great event.”  Carbone spent the last three years as executive director of the U.S. Senior Open at Salem Country Club in Peabody, Mass.

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4Ocean bracelet sales fund initiative to keep ocean clean By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor Buy a bracelet, help fund the clean up of a pound of trash in the ocean. That’s the concept behind 4Ocean, a new

“We wanted to start a movement of stopping ocean pollution,” Schulze said. The goal: influence one million people to remove a pound of trash from the ocean.

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To do so, they launched a brand that is

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now their business. Their idea began in

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FAU. They said they spent 15 months re-

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searching and developing before launching 4Ocean at the beginning of this year. The concept involves people purchasing a

“We are passionate about the ocean,” Cooper said.

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He said they were sitting around talking

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cleanup both onshore and offshore.

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So far, they have cleaned up more than

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90,000 pounds of trash from the ocean.

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things you need to know this September in Boca Raton 1 Practice your putting at Mizner Park’s new $10,000 Putt’n on the Plaza, a four hole putting green with putters and balls on the east side of Mizner Park, just north of the center fountain. The putting green is open to all for free. 2 The Organic Beauty & Wellness Festival is heading to the Boca Marriott Town Center on Sept. 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s an organic and vegan festival that brings together local and national organic, eco-conscious and chemicalfree brands for a healthy body. General admission tickets cost $14.95 and VIP tickets $29.95 that include all-day access to fitness classes and activities, VIP tote bag and organic, vegan lunch. 3 Boca’s Evening Star Productions will begin the season with David Mamet’s Oleanna beginning on Sept. 21. The production ends on Oct. 8. It is directed by Rosalie Grant and features Todd Bruno and Sara Grant. Tickets cost $30. Student tickets are available for $20.

inaugural Boca Restaurant Month this month. The theme is Boca Loves New York after Boca’s vast amount of New York-inspired restaurants and title of the “6th Borough.” All month enjoy threecourse meals at reduced prices. Lunches will range from $21-$25 and dinners $3640 per person. Each participating restaurant will have at least one New York-inspired dish or cocktail. Visit http://www. for a list of participating restaurants.

prizes will be awarded for the best youth (ages 12-17), family, and adult-created film. Film formats may include live action, animation, and digital comic books. 

5 FAU’s Adams Center is holding The

The films will be judged by a panel of industry professionals. All films are due in person to the Community Center or postmarked by Sept. 23.

Entrepreneur Boot Camp on Wednesdays starting Sept. 13. The fast-paced certificate course empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the tools to write a successful business plan, find financial backing and design a blueprint for success. Upon completion of the Boot Camp, qualified participants may enter the prestigious FAU Business Plan Competition (at least one member of the team entering the Business Plan Competition must be a fully enrolled FAU student) or the FAU Tech Runway Launch Competition, and compete to fund their business. The course ends on Nov. 15. It cost $50 for FAU students, $100 for FAU alumni and staff and $200 for members of the community. Boot Camp scholarships are available for FAU students. For more information or to register, visit business.

6 The deadline to enter Sugar Sand 4 The Boca Chamber is hosting the

Park Community Center’s 6th Annual Kids’ Spooky Film Festival is Sept. 23. This year’s theme is ‘Superstitions,’ and

7 The Boca Raton Public Library is celebrating Love Libraries Day with the Florida Atlantic University Owls football team during their Sept. 16 game against Bethune-Cookman. The day coincides with Youth Day at FAU, and many exciting activities are planned. Families will enjoy free games and entertainment outside FAU Stadium beginning two hours before kickoff. September is also Library Card Sign-Up Month, and Boca Raton Public Library cardholders will receive a special ticket rate of only $5 for the Sept.16 game. For more information and to get tickets, contact FAU’s Evan Siegel at 561-297-0068. 8 So Danca presents the 6th Annual College Dance Fair at Boca Ballet Theatre’s Countess de Hoernle Center for Dance from Sept. 1-3. The weekend is for high school dance students and their

parents to network and navigate the college dance world.The College Dance Fair features master classes and informational sessions with renowned faculty from the country’s top dance programs. Rising High School juniors and seniors are eligible to participate. Registration is $179 and includes a boxed lunch, up to three master classes a day, and informational sessions. For information or to register now call 561995-0709.

9 Lynn faculty member Eric Van der Veer Varner and special guests Francesca Arnone and David Gilliland are performing An Evening of Woodwind Chamber Music on Sept. 7. Listen to flute, bassoon and piano to the music of Camille SaintSaens, Steven Hough, Michael Schachter, and American Jazz legend Chick Corea. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Count and Countess de Hoernle International Center/Amarnick-Goldstein Concert Hall. Tickets cost $20.

10 Boca Raton set its property tax rate ceiling at $3.67 per $1,000 of assessed property value. The rate is the same as the current tax rate. The city will discuss the rate and budget on Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers.

Downtown Boca Raton short 100 plus parking spaces, study shows Staff report Finding a parking space in downtown Boca Raton is getting more difficult, according to a new parking study. The city hired consultants Kimley-Horn to study public parking in downtown Boca Raton. The results were presented to the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency during a recent meeting. The study indicated downtown is short 108 parking spaces during demand times like nights and weekends. By 2022, downtown will be short between 125 and 150 parking spaces and by 2040, downtown will be short between 250 and 350 parking spaces depending on development trends. Downtown Boca has 1,275 public parking spaces currently. The most amount of spaces are located on the City Hall campus. During a weekend count that was conducted on March 30, March 31 and April 1, a Thursday through Saturday night, the study indicates peak times for parking and

calculates development trends to predict the number of spaces the city is short. The study was conducted before new, popular eatery Louie Bossie opened, Mayor Susan Haynie said, noting parking has become even more difficult. Chairman of the CRA Scott Singer said he heard from a restauranteur that said 10 reservations canceled when they couldn’t find parking at Mizner Park. The city had a summer concert series going on that night, which attracted thousands of people. Knowing the city will be short parking and knowing that parking is changing with services like Lyft, Kimley-Horn representative Chris Heggen said cities addressing parking are going about it with flexibility. “Parking has been something that has been relatively static,” Heggen said. “Ride sharing has changed the dynamic a lot.” He said on-demand ride services and the idea of autonomous vehicles is going to affect the demand of parking.

In anticipation of those changes, he said many cities looking at building parking structures are building with in ways that they can be easily retrofitted for other uses if they are not needed in the future. He said they are doing so by building them with higher ceilings and other mechanisms the will allow them to be easily converted into habitable spaces. To address the parking shortage downtown, Heggen suggested several ideas for the city to look into including, adding a surface lot, building a parking structure, creating remote parking with a shuttle, incorporating parking into the new proposed government center or forming a public/private relationship with developers of downtown projects to allow for shared parking. He said the city should look into all the options not just one. One of the issues with building a garage is that the city doesn’t currently own any land east of Mizner Boulevard. The agency board did not make any decisions on how to address the shortage.



1 Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you first got into singing. I first got into singing when I was younger, mostly in community and school theatre. I then began performing at local restaurants and lounges as a teenager, singing mostly classical and jazz standards. All the while I began writing and recording my own music with producers in Miami. Each person I’ve met led to meeting another person, and even today that continues to happen.

2 We heard your latest song “Under My Skin” reached No. 6 on the Billboard Dance Club Chart. Tell us how that feels and what your inspiration for the song was. To have your single in the top 10 is quite

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dustry, he knows where I stand when it comes to trying to be different, and not the same old same old.

rewarding. Especially when you’re involved in the writing and creative process of it. The inspiration for the song, was from just a simple vibing session in the studio with my producer Damon Sharpe. How we usually go about writing is that he’ll send me the bare track in advance, so I can sit on it and come up with some melodic ideas. I never dig too deep in it, because then I get too attached to my ideas. While conjuring up melodic ideas, we’ll just play around with certain phrases and words. He came up with something about a “summer wind.”I said that’s a Frank Sinatra song title. Since that concept hit too close to home with the previous song “Oasis,”I suggested another Sinatra song with the concept “under my skin.” He and I both agreed that was the one to go forward with, and that’s how the process began.

4 What summer songs are on your must-play party playlist? It’s funny, I mostly just like to listen to DJ mixes on either YouTube or Soundcloud. I don’t focus on just a list of songs, because then it gets mundane. Music is supposed to provide something interesting every time, not just a broken record.

5 What is your favorite place to perform locally and why? 3 The single was produced by Gram-

my Award winning producer Damon Sharpe who has worked with tons of successful singers. What was working with Sharpe like? It’s always so efficient and the energy between our ideas most always clicks. Throughout working so much in the in-

I love Stache in Ft. Lauderdale. It offers a great atmosphere, especially with the speakeasy decor and theme. When deep house is played there it’s almost as if the old and the new are coming together harmoniously. Deep house is like the new age form of what swanky and intimate jazz was back in the day. It’s an interesting experience to perform there.

Boca Raton resident wins Boca Idol contest, drops new single Nick Aquilino to perform National Anthem at 2017 Boca Raton Bowl

Staff report

tional Anthem.

Football fans headed to the Boca Raton Bowl this December will hear a Boca Raton local kick off the game with the Na-

Nick Aquilino, 19, was named winner of the Boca Raton Idol competition last month.


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He competed against eight other singers who were finalists in the search for Boca’s next idol. The finalists sang in front of more than 300 people at Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery Boca Raton. Entry to the event benefited the Boca Raton Bowl’s Charity Partner Spirit of Giving. The event raised about $3,000. “This was an amazing community event, from the more than 30 entries, the 8,000+ public votes cast online, to the wall-to-wall attendance on finalist night,” said Boca Raton Bowl Executive Director Doug Mosley. Aquilino edged out his competition with a performance of “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars. Competing with Aquilino were finalists Amanda Ferber, Lauren Gadol, Generation Gap, Aryan Ranjan, Kara Sangree, Rodrigo Torrejón and Anne Marie Van Casteren.

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The eight contestants were selected by open-to-the-public online voting. Then, in front of a live audience, they performed a song of their choice and then the top finalists sang the National Anthem. There was a panel of judges with musical backgrounds. In the final round, Aquilino beat Delray resident Rodrigo Torrejón, a senior at Pine Crest School and Wellington resident and Lynn University graduate Anne Marie Van Casteren, He said his style of singing combines pop and R&B. “I look up to a lot of old school cats,” he said of his musical inspirations including Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson.

But he said it is Michael Jackson who has had the biggest impact on his musical career. After Jackson died, Aquilino said he knew he wanted to be a performer. He said he has always been involved in theater and he has played in a band. Over time, he said his sound has evolved and he has found his niche with R&B and pop emulating music like Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars. “I am looking to bring back the sounds of 90s with tracks in 2018,” he said. “That is going to be my sound.” He said that is what he had in mind for his single he dropped last month, “Personal.” Aquilino is no stranger to the stage. He has opened for Phil Collins and George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic. He is currently attending Berklee College of Music and said he can’t wait to come home to perform during winter break. For more information on the 2017 Boca Raton Bowl set to kick-off on Tuesday, December 19 at 7 p.m. at FAU Stadium, lead-in events and bowl game ticket sales, visit



Make-A-Wish grants Fargo teen’s dream to care for sea turtles By: Dale King Contributing Writer When 17-year-old Mya Lambert begins her junior year of high school in Fargo, N.D., this month, she’ll be able to share a “what I did last summer” story” that no one in her class is likely to equal. With help from the Make-A-Wish foundations in North Dakota and Southern Florida, the teen who, for nearly a year, has been battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma – a cancer of the lymphatic system – was able to fulfill her aspiration to work with sea turtles. In August, she spent almost a week at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton, helping the staff treat sick turtles and assisting little hatchlings to find their way to the Atlantic Ocean, just across the street from the nature center. “We give them medicine, we help feed them,” said Mya, smiling broadly as she held one of the shelled creatures while he flapped his paws like little wings. Tall, with curly blonde hair, the three-sport athlete who recently got the news from doctors that her cancer is in remission, worked with the Gumbo Limbo staff as they drew blood from a slippery creature in the turtle rehabilitation center. “Needles don’t bug me,” she said. “I’m used to them.” “Last night, we did a turtle release on the beach,” Mya said gleefully. “It was great to watch them all scamper toward the water.” Gumbo Limbo Nature Center is committed to coastal and marine education, preservation, conservation and research. Founded in 1984, it is a cooperative project of the city of Boca Raton, the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District,  Florida Atlantic University and Friends of Gumbo Limbo. Dressed in light blue scrubs, Mya

Mya Lambert, left, helps Rebecca Mannen, center, sea turtle rehabilitation tech, and Caitlin Bovery, assistant coordinator of sea turtle research, draw blood from a “patient” at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton. (Photo by Dale King)

seemed right at home mingling with staff and carrying turtles in tubs around the enclosed area at the middle of the shoreline complex. Officials noted that her name had to be added to the state permit issued to GLNC, enabling her to search for sea turtle nests, rescue and release hatchlings, feed and care for patients at the rehab facility. Mya, her parents and brother, arrived in Boca Raton on a Monday and planned to stay through Sunday. During her time working at Gumbo Limbo, the delighted visitor from North Dakota was heard to say, “I never want to leave this place.” The teen’s mom, Rhonda, stood just outside the turtle enclosure as her daughter worked inside. “She is a very happy, relaxed girl,” said mom. She looked wideeyed toward Mya and remarked, “I have never seen her smile like she does when she is holding turtles.” The family learned of Mya’s diagnosis when she visited her doctor last fall, complaining she was ill with a malady that would not go away. A chest x-ray located a large mass in her chest. “She started undergoing chemotherapy at Roger Maris Cancer Center in Fargo,” said mom, and she receiving four dos-

es through Feb. 1. By the end of March, “Mya started feeling like herself again. But there were times when she could barely walk up the stairs. She’d go up two steps, then stop and rest, then go up another two steps and rest.” While being treated, Mya had to take some “chemo days” off from school and also missed some on-the-court time during basketball season. Mya also plays softball and volleyball. The high school junior said she developed her fondness for sea turtles last year while she and her family visited Mexico. “We were supposed to see a turtle release, but we missed it.” But the memory of the possible didn’t fade. Making her first visit to Florida, Mya said she got a wonderful sendoff from her friends and family in North Dakota when they learned she would receive the trip to Gumbo Limbo from MakeA-Wish. “We went to Sandy’s Donuts in downtown Fargo. They had a party for me with a donut cake that had the image of an ocean and a turtle on top.”


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The young girl’s time spent at Gumbo Limbo could help her decide on a career. She already said she’d like to work “in the medical field, but I’m not sure yet which area.” The recollections of working with the aquatic creatures at Gumbo Limbo is bound to remain, she thought pensively.

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Gumbo Limbo is a 20-acre facility that provides a protected barrier island refuge to many varieties of plants and animals - some rare or endangered. It also represents a commitment by staff and volunteers to help preserve animals and other natural resources.

Mya Lambert, right, and Caitlin Bovery, assistant coordinator of sea turtle research, tend to Mya Lambert scrubs up at the Gumbo Limbo a “patient” at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Cen- Nature Center in Boca Raton. (Photo by Dale ter in Boca Raton. (Photo by Dale King) King)

Since 1983, Make-A-Wish Southern Florida has granted more than 11,000 wishes to bring hope and joy to children with life-endangering health conditions. The chapter grants a wish every 16 hours,  at an average cost of $5,000 each, for children in 13 Florida counties and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Don’t miss events

1 Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens will showcase the “Building a Legacy: Gifts from Mary Griggs Burke Collection” through Sept. 17. In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the museum, the collection shows recent gifts of Japanese Art from longtime friend and patron of Morikami, Mary Griggs Burke. She personally selected and loaned masterworks from her collection to the museum’s inaugural exhibit of the newly constructed galleries in 1993. In homage to her and Jackson Burke, the museum will showcase more than 60 works of art including paintings, prints, ceramics and textiles.

4 Boca’s Brazilian Beat is back for the sixth year on Sept. 9. The free event takes place from 6 to 11 p.m. at Mizner Park Amphitheater. Headlining the event is Latin Grammy winning singer Vanessa da Mata. Batuke Samba Funk is opening for da Mata. 8 The 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s returns to Mizner Park on Sunday, Sept. 17. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. A ceremony begins at 8 a.m. and the two mile walk starts at 8:30 a.m.

5 Enjoy craft brews at the Palm Beach Zoo at Brew at the Zoo on Sept. 16. Check out the animals while sampling beer from several dozen local breweries. Advance ticket purchase is required. 2 The Lynn Philharmonia opens its 25th season under the direction of Maestro Guillermo Figueroa on Sept. 23 performing Haydn: Symphony No. 88 in G Major, Sortomme: Violin Concerto, Elmar Oliveira, violin and Tchaikovsky: Excerpts from Swan Lake. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Another performance will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday. Both take place at the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center. Tickets cost $50 for box, $40 for orchestra, $35 for mezzanine.

6 Head to Fusion Art & Fashion Gallery in downtown West Palm Beach to check out the new gallery and exhibit, Sublime Chaos: a journey rom realism to abstraction. West Palm Beach artist Deborah Biegeleisen’s paintings will be on display at the gallery. A portion of the proceeds from all sales from this exhibition will be donated to Soroptimist International of the Palm Beaches. For more information, please visit 7 Toasts, Tastes and Trolleys returns on Sept. 15 from 6 to 11 p.m. Beginning and ending at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, guests will enjoy their first cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at the resort before boarding a trolley to

3 See if your favorite restaurant is participating in Flavor Palm Beach this month. From Sept. 1-30 enjoy price fixe lunch and dinner menus from participating restaurants from Boca Raton to Jupiter. More than 50 restaurants will partake with three-course lunches at $20 per person and dinners ranging from $30-$45 per person. Try restaurants you’ve heard so much about without breaking the bank. Visit http://www.thepalmbeaches. com/events for more information.

experience signature food and cocktails at a variety of downtown locations. Trolleys will then return guests to the Boca Raton Reosrt & Club where the evening will conclude with dessert, dancing, and a cash bar. Tickets cost $125, which is a donation to the Boca Raton Historical Society. Trolley stops include Domus Restaurant & Lounge, Ouzo Bay Greek Kouzina, Truluck’s Seafood Steak Crab House and others. Attire is tropical casual. For more information, call 561-395-6766 x301 or office@

9 The 4th Annual Bartender’s Battle benefitting the Unicorn Children’s Foundation is back on Sept. 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Farmer’s Table. The event raises awareness for Neurodiversity, children and young adults who think, learn and communicate differently. Tickets: $30 in advance or $40 at the door. 10 White House correspondent and CNN contributor April Ryan will be at Florida Atlantic University on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 2 p.m. as part of a panel discussing “Fake News and the Modern Presidency.” Ryan’s visit to FAU is part of the University’s fifth annual Robert J. Bailyn Symposium on the First Amendment which takes place each year to commemorate Constitution Day. The event will take place in FAU’s University Theatre on the FAU Boca Raton campus. Free parking is available in Garage II. A book signing will follow the lecture and books will be for sale at the event. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at or by calling 561-297-6124. Other panelists include Rick Christie, editorial page editor at the Palm Beach Post; Frank Cerabino, metro columnist at the Palm Beach Post: Rosemary O’Hara, editorial page editor at the Sun Sentinel, and Tom O’Hara, former managing editor of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.



Can’t get enough of the Bachelor or Bachelorette? Neither can our editor-in-chief. To get in on the action, the Delray and Boca Newspapers along with Delray Morning Live have teamed up with the local pros at Revolution Dating to play matchmaker. The professional matchmaking firm, Revolution Dating, has selected some of their most eligible bachelorettes and bachelors from their database just for us! Now, we need your help selecting who should be matched up for a night out on the town. Check out the photos and bios below and help the matchmakers by selecting the couple you think will hit it off. The winning couple will receive a date night out at Delray Beach’s Salt7. Your vote will also give you or a friend (if you are taken) a chance to win a free trial membership at Revolution Dating. To cast your vote, email your picks to or post on the Delray Newspaper or Boca Newspaper Facebook pages. Tune into Delray Morning Live on Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. to find out more information.





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I am open to new experiences and have a curiosity for all things. I love outdoor activities such as golfing and fishing. I am a University of Florida graduate and am a huge Gator fan. I am a true believer in giving back to the community. I am compassionate, have a big heart, and find the good in everyone. I am looking for someone who is confident, ambitious, and adventurous in life, while also focused and purposeful in her desire to help others.



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September calendar Old School Square Cornell Art Museum Hosts First Friday Art Walk Crest Theatre Galleries, Friday, Sept. 1, 6-9 p.m. Admission is free. This month’s Art Walk will feature 100 watercolors, drawings and mixed media pieces by students, ages 7-13, who are participating in the Summer Youth Art Program at Palm Beach State College. Due to the Museum’s closure for interior renovations, the summer Art Walk events are located in the Crest Theatre Galleries. Follow the Museum on social media for updates! Facebook: @OldSchoolSquareCornellArtMuseum; Instagram: @CornellArtMuseum; Twitter: @ CornellMuseum.

$25 per person Location: Spady Museum

Sept.15 – Airplane! (1980) – film at 8 p.m. Creative Arts School Open House and Canvas & Cocktails Open House – Saturday, Sept. 9, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Meet the instructors and learn about art, p h o t o g r a p h y, digital imaging and writing classes and workshops being offered during fall and winter terms. Enjoy refreshments and a showcase of art and photography by current adult and youth students. Canvas & Cocktails - Sept. 28, 7- 9 p.m.

Crest Theatre Summer Cult Classic Film Series Old School Square and Delivery Dudes have partnered up for a cult classic film series. General admission tickets, $5; VIP tickets $15 (includes balcony seating, one drink, one food item and text for bar service option). Doors open at 7 p.m. Costumes encouraged! All films are on Friday night. Sept. 1 – The Blues Brothers (1980) – film at 8 p.m. Sept.8 – Frat Night with Animal House (1978) / Old School (2003) – double-feature, 8 p.m.

Pre-registration is required; fee $35 (includes materials and one drink ticket). This is a fun art experience where you can create an art piece in a relaxed atmosphere… all while enjoying a glass of wine, a craft beer or a signature cocktail. Each month offers something different with one of our professional art instructors. No experience necessary! It’s a perfect girls’ night out, group night or date night. Ticket Sales open for Shows, Concerts & Lectures For questions, call the Box Office at 561243-7922, ext. 1. The 2017-18 Season starts in October, but now is the time to purchase individual tickets to get the best seats available. View the 2017-18 season brochure at or stop by our Box Office in the Crest Theatre to pick one up!

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Monday – Friday 8am – 5:30pm Saturday 8am to 1pm Closed Sundays

Youth Cultural Empowerment Program Every Saturday $50 annual enrollment fee The Youth Cultural Empowerment Program (YCEP) is a year-round educational program that focuses on building self-esteem, cultural identity and social and civic responsibility in youth. The YCEP, the next generation of the Spady’s Kids Cultural Club, was created to address the need to provide youth with an arts and cultural heritage immersion program to enhance the Palm Beach County School District’s black history curriculum in an historical environment. On display until Sept. 30, the Youth Cultural Empowerment Camp exhibit features tableaus of Fort Mose, quilted wall hangings, Picasso-inspired paintings and hand-made dolls. Campers learned how to create through different methods of artistic expression, including spoken word and basket weaving over the summer. Kemetic Yoga Saturday, Sept. 2 at 9:30 a.m. $10 per person Location: Williams Cottage, Spady Museum Enjoy a 90-minute session of calming, therapeutic yoga using ancient Kemetic postures and teachings. Bring a yoga mat and water; wear comfortable clothing.

When you board the “Ride & Remember” Trolley Tour, the history of Delray Beach comes alive! Illustrated with colorful stories of the personalities and happenings that influenced the growth of the city, the tour does more than relay facts – it draws the riders back in time. Climb aboard The Spady Cultural Heritage Museum’s popular, monthly “Ride & Remember” Trolley Tour and enjoy the interactive, personalized stories of Delray Beach’s interesting origins and development. Starting Your Family Genealogy 2 p.m. Tuesday, September 19, 2017 FREE Location: At the Spady Museum Interested in researching your ancestry and finding your roots? Learn how to trace your family’s history, use genealogy databases and use DNA in unlocking family mysteries to start your family heritage research with Dr. Delores M. Walters, Cultural Anthropologist, Family Historian and Empowerment Program and Consultant.

Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) Meet and Greet 6:30 p.m., Wed., September 13 Readers and writers mingle at this annual reading celebration. Murder on the Beach Bookstore, Esplanade Plaza, 273 NE 2nd Ave. Free. Lite bites & wine.

Black Movie Experience (BMX) Saturday, Sept. 2 at 1-4 p.m. $10 per person suggested donation Location: Spady Museum Make your movie-going more cultural at BMX, Black Movie Experience. Every first Saturday from 1-4 p.m. enjoy culturally curated films in the Williams Cottage. Free movies and free snacks for Museum Members. Limited seating; RSVPs are required. Featured movies list are subject to change. Check out what’s showing next at or follow us on Facebook. We will save you a seat! Ride and Remember Trolley Tour Saturday, September 9 from 10 a.m. to noon

Summer Sidewalk Sale The inaugural Downtown Delray Beach Summer Sidewalk Sale debuts Sept. 8-10, 2017 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. throughout Downtown Delray Beach. Join the Downtown Fashion Boutiques, Art Galleries, Specialty Shops & more to explore during these three days for savings and enter to win a Summer Fun Delray Beach prize package.


Arts Garage

Showcasing South Florida’s hottest bands. Immerse Yourself in the Music of the Steve Pomeranz Band and the Leo Lee Rock Band. 561-450-6357,

Sept. 1-Caroline Waters Ensemble 8 p.m. $30-45. Caroline Waters and her ensemble of world class musicians’ performance will feature songs from Caroline’s new album, “Finding Venus” as well as Jazz standards ala Nat King Cole, Gershwin, Jobim and Ann Hampton Callaway. 561-4506357,

Sept. 21 -ONYX Art Stroll 7 p.m.  Free Entry. $15 for Artist Table. 7 p.m. $10-15.  Blues guitarist Joel DaSilva will SHAKE up Arts Garage with The Midnight Howl - Keith Crupi and Jonny Doe working on the keyboard. Joel DaSilva is the real deal. 561-450-6357, Sept. 12 - Shine 8 p.m. $10 (In Advance) $12 (Day of).  Are you an inspiring artist, writer, or musician who is itching for a spot in the limelight? Well now is your chance to SHINE! Arts Garage presents SHINE, a monthly open mic showcase for local talent, hosted by our new emcee Chunky. 561-450-6357,

Sept. 3 - A Tribute to Aretha Franklin Featuring CeCe Teneal 7 p.m. $30-45.

Sept. 15 - Sean Chambers 8 p.m. $30-45. 

Sept. 7 - Feedback

Sean Chambers is one of the best blues guitarists in the world. Chambers’ brand of blues is a nofrills blend of Chicago, Texas, and Delta styles,  played with an understated sense of ferocity.

8 p.m. $10 (In Advance) $12 (Day of).


Acclaimed as “a musical force to be reckoned with” by critics, CeCe Teneal will be giving tribute the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin. Teneal has been blessed with a powerful voice that is filled with soul and resonance that makes her performances unforgettable. 561-450-6357, artsgarage. org

Calling all poets, writers, and lyricists! Join us for a night of linguistic word play: Feedback is Arts Garage’s new poetry night, your opportunity to step up to the mic and share your gift for words in front of a welcoming audience. 561-4506357, Sept. 9 - Kiki Sanchez Latin Jazz Ensemble 8 p.m. $30-45. 


Sept. 16 - Lauren Mitchell 8 p.m. $30-45. 

Among the new generation of young Afro-Peruvian Jazz musicians that are emerging on the national Jazz scene is pianist Kiki Sanchez. Although Sanchez is a young player, his musical interpretation is resounding, leaving the listener with admiration and much anticipation for greater things to come from a musician of such high caliber. 561-4506357,

Tampa Bay Soul Singer Lauren  Mitchell and her high-energy backing band will burn the house down with live renditions of songs from her critically acclaimed album “Desire.” Lauren has been compared to the late Etta James by Etta’s former guitarist, Grammy Winning Producer & music director, Josh Sklair.  561-4506357,

Sept. 10 -Joel DaSilva

8 p.m. $10 (In Advance) $12 (Day of).

Sept. 21 - ONYX

Onyx Art Stroll is a great way to enjoy the rapidly growing art scene in Delray Beach. It is free for guests to enter and it is only $15 for a table. All artists will be displaying original artwork and handmade crafts. 561-450-6357, artsgarage. org Sept. 22 - Amy Arlo and Almost Blue 8 p.m.  $30-45. Amy Arlo is one of South Florida’s Favorite Blues Divas. She’s been called a modern-day Janis Joplin with her powerful voice, but you’ll hear a jazz influence due to her love for such artists as Billie Holiday and Nina Simone. Her reverence for all the influential female Blues women of the past is always a major part her performance. 561-450-6357, Sept. 23 -Alex Brown Quartet

8 p.m.  $30-45. Grammy-nominated pianist and composer Alex Brown is quickly emerging at the forefront of a new generation of artists. The New York Times says he plays “with a crystalline touch and a worldly approach.” Brown frequently performs with his own group, and Downbeat Magazine described his 2010 album Pianist as “a really fine record that leaves you wanting more.”  561-450-6357, Sept. 26 - VIBE 8 p.m. $10 (In Advance) $12 (Day of). Vibe brings local musicians together in a collaborative performance environment creating a nurturing community of and for the participants. Kick back and vibe with Delray’s musicians in an ever-changing improvised jam session. No memorized notes or lyrics: just bring your instrument and let the music play. 561-450-6357,



Cultural Conversation: Boca’s Brazilian Beat Staff report

rhythms from Afro-samba and Brazilian big band with classic 70s funk, will open for da Mata.

Boca Raton is celebrating Brazilian Independence Day with Samba, Zumba and a Rio-inspired parade during the 6th Annual Brazilian Beat.

Batuke’s music “Brazilianizes” American sounds, and “Americanizes” Brazilian sounds. The band is formed by several of Miami’s top Brazilian musicians including bassist and composer Diogo Brown, and singer Mari Mac.

Catch the sights, sounds and tastes of Brazil in Boca from 6 to 11 p.m. on Sept. 9 at Mizner Park Amphitheater. Headlining the event is Latin Grammy winning singer Vanessa da Mata. Her Boca performance will kick-off her United States debut tour. Her third album “Sim” won a Latin Grammy for “Best Album” and featured appearances from the acclaimed pianist João Donato and American rocker Ben

Harper. The hit song “Boa Sorte” (Good Luck) with Harper reached the top of the charts in Brazil, South America and Europe. Batuke




Other performances scheduled include the SambaLa Samba School that will showcase a Rio-style parade with beautifully costumed dancers and Samba drummers. There will also be a Zumba showcase, Capoeira circle, street dancing and Brazilian food and drinks for sale.

The acts are produced by The Rhythm Foundation, a non-profit cultural organization celebrating 30 years of presenting outstanding international music in South Florida. Brazilian Beat is presented with help from the city and Downtown Boca. The event is free and open to the public. Limited seating will be available on a first come first serve basis. No outside chairs allowed. Free parking for Brazilian Beat is available at City Hall (201 W. Palmetto Park Road), the Downtown Library (400 NW 2nd Avenue), Building Administration (200 NW 2nd Avenue), and other locations downtown where event signage is featured. Free trolleys will be available to and from the Mizner Park Amphitheater.

Advent Church Boca women climb high to raise awareness for human trafficking By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor They have conquered Mt. Kilimanjaro, Everest and the Rockies. Next month, a group of women from Boca’s Advent Church will head out to Peru to reach Machu Pichu, a 15th-century Incan fortress located 8,000 feet above sea level. No, they aren’t competing part of an adventure group. They climb for a much bigger reason than getting a thrill of reaching the top of a peak. They climb to raise awareness for human trafficking.

in India that provides shelter and education for young girls whose mothers are working against their wills in brothels. Advent Team members have visited the shelter several times.

the Linton bridge over the Intracoastal in Delray Beach and at their local gyms climbing stairs. She said the altitude adjustment is always the hardest.

Overall, Hagen said the church has raised close to $500,000 for projects that combat trafficking.

“The training is just important as the climb,” she said. “We are working to get stronger in our bodies and in our spirits.”

The climbs began six years ago. Hagen said she couldn’t participate in the climb, which was Mt. Kilimanjaro, but she rallied behind her sister-in-lawn who was going to conquer the mountain climb. She found out about the climb from a friend during a prayer group.

When the women aren’t climbing, they are raising awareness at home. Every month the group of 20 meets and each person makes a $30 donation. She said the group switches off from supporting international groups to local groups every month.

She said the idea was to break the Guinness World Record for the most women climbing the mountain all while raising awareness for their cause.

“This all just started with someone saying will you just come climb Mt. Kilimanjaro,” she said.

To participate her sister-in-law, Debbie Dingle had to raise $10,000. She said at the time it seemed like a lot of money, but once they got going they kept the efforts up. The sisters agreed not to stop at $10,000, but to go to $19,000, the height of the climb. “We ended up raising $100,000,” Hagen said. Since that first climb, Dingle has climbed Kilimanjaro again and reached the base camp of Mt. Everest. Hagen said she has participated in climbs in Wyoming and Colorado.

Hannah Sandifer, Leah Hagen, Shari Costantini pose for a photo after a hike. Submitted photo.

Preparing for a mountain climb in Boca can be challenging, Hagen said. She said on Saturday mornings the group can be found with their backpacks and hiking poles climbing

This year’s Team Advent climbers are: Alexandra “Lexi” Dingle, Andrea Nunes, Debbie Dingle, Deena Nunes, Georgiana Dambra, Hannah Sandifer, Sophia Sandifer, Shari Dingle Costantini, Jackie Dingle, Julie Hansen, Karen Dingle, Kimberly Bell, Leah Hagen, Susan Hagen, Melanie Dale Surber, Sheree Wright , Whitney Terry, Melissa McGourty, Sunny Jack, and LeeAnn Hart. From Sept. 10-18, climbers will head to Peru to reach Machu Pichu. Three Advent members are registered to climb— Debbie Dingle, Laura Bluhm and Deena Nunes. They have already raised nearly $70,000 for this effort. Donations can be made at the website Anyone interested in climbing with Team Advent next summer can contact the church through the website www.

“It’s been transformative for everyone who gets involved,” climber and church member Susan Hagen said. The women are participants of the Freedom Challenge, a much larger, national effort that is dedicated to freeing oppressed and enslaved women and children around the world. The group is made up of women who participate in physical challenges that test their limits, while raising funds and awareness to combat issues like human and sex trafficking. On July, 20 women from Advent Church joined 60 other women in Estes Park, Colorado to raise awareness for human trafficking. They raised over $310,000 for that climb for projects that focus on both rescue and prevention. Team Advent’s $74,583 donation will go toward a project

Susan Hagen, Hannah Sandifer, Leah Hagen, Shari Costantini of Advent Church after a hike. Submitted photo.

(L-R back row) Melanie Surber, Karen Dingle, Kim Bell, Debbie Dingle, Sheree Wright, Lexi Dingle, Melissa McGourt (L-R front row) Jackie Dingle, Sunny Jack. Submitted photo.





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College students recruit peers to join Boca-based Gift of Life registry By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor More than 100 college students from 80 different campuses around the country converged in Boca Raton last month with one common goal—learning how they can sign up as many of their peers on a registry to donate bone marrow or stem cells to fight blood cancers and other illnesses. Boca-based nonprofit Gift of Lift brought the Campus Ambassadors to the Boca Raton Marriott for a four-day symposium where the ambassadors received a crash course on how to spread the word and get college-aged students to sign up for the registry. Gift of Lift, which began as a grassroots initiative in 1991, created its Campus Ambassadors Program, known as CAP, four years ago. Some ambassadors have experienced transplants and cancer with family members. Others needed experience in the health field. Some just wanted a way to get involved in an organization. Director of Community Engagement for Gift of Life Marti Freund said the ideal donor is a college-aged student between 18-25. She said the program was created as a way for students to recruit their peers to join the registry. She said 21 transplants have been a result of the CAP program and three ambassadors have participated as donors themselves.

Joining the registry is as simple as swabbing the inside of your cheek. That is then processed by Gift of Life and entered into the registry. It cost $60 to process a kit. During the symposium, ambassadors heard from a donor, a recipient and the director of fundraising. Panelist Matt Hocherman said he went to an event and swabbed after he heard of a community member who needed a transplant. He said he will never forget the day his phone rang last March and it was Gift of Life on the other end. “It was a Friday afternoon,” he said. “They said you are a potential match. My heart skipped a beat.” He was sent another kit to confirm he was a match and once it was re-confirmed, he said he was on board to help. “It’s like giving blood for four to five hours,” he said of the process of donating peripheral blood stem cells. “This process changed my life drastically. I want to give back in any way I can.” All he knows about his patient is that he is 71 and battling leukemia. Gift of Life recipients and their donors are kept anonymous from each other until a full year after the transplant. That year waiting period was up for recipient and panelist Sandy Singer. He met his donor during the symposium.

Gift of Life started when its now CEO Jay Feinberg was 22 and battling leukemia. He needed to find a matching donor for a bone marrow transplant in order to save his life.

“I can’t wait to see the person who has given me a new life,” he said before the reveal. He said his biggest wish after the transplant was to be able to return to work. “I pictured myself walking through that door,” he said, adding that when he did return to work it felt great. “I felt like a million bucks,” he said after the procedure. “I was energetic. Going back was great. I hope I have many years of work in front of me.” He said he owes that all to Gift of Life. “The rest of my life will be devoted to these folks,” he said. “I see a huge family that I am absolutely in love with.” In order to give people a chance to beat their illnesses, the organization must raise money to process the kits. That is where Dana Aberman shines by organizing fundraisers. “We had this little for what we then called a walk,” she said of the first event. “The first year we couldn’t even afford a tent.” That year she and her team of 250 volunteers helped raise $60,000. Last year, she said the efforts raised more than $100,000.

His family hosted drives all over the world. The last person swabbed at the last drive was the one that turned up a match. From then on, he made it his life’s mission to help others. Gift of Life has more than 270,000 donors on its registry and has helped facilitate transplants for more than 3,000 people. It has hosted nearly 11,000 drives and come up with 14,000 matches for donations.

A group shot of the Gift of Life Campus Ambassadors. Submitted photo.

Gift of Lift Campus Ambassadors learn from a panel consisting of a donor, recipient and fundraiser. Staff photo.

“What you do is the beginning of the process of saving people’s lives,” she told the ambassadors. “Every single one of you can be a hero. Every single one of you can save a life.” For more information on Gift of Life, visit

Indoor playgrounds for local moms to discover By: Heather McMechan This time of year planning a playdate outside with other moms can be extremely uncomfortable. With the temps rising along with the heat index, you would rather stay in your own house than go down a hot slide. However, when you stay at home you see the mess that happens as your couch cushions are used as trampolines and your pots and pans are strewn all over the kitchen floor.

It’s time to start planning some indoor playdates with your friends. There are so many local indoor playground spots everyone can enjoy. From climbing ladders to ordering coffee, there is something for everyone. Get the scoop on these local indoor playground places where you’ll be planning your next playdate. Chalk Delray This open indoor concept playground has riding toys, mini trampolines, a baby area and more. You can create your own Mommy playgroup with ten or more moms at a $6 flat rate. Chalk Delray is located at 151 NE 5th Ave. Call 561-403-5284 for more information. A Barrel O Monkeys Kids Gym Jumping in a foam pit and zip lining through the indoor playground will have your kids

ready for naptime. This indoor playground hosts mommy and me classes, open gym and parent’s night out. You can grab a smoothie for the car ride home from their smoothie bar. Barrel O’ Monkeys is located at 460 NE 5th Ave. in Delray Beach. Cool Beans Indoor Playground and Café This more than 6,000-square-foot indoor kids playground is complete with a toddler and infant area, giant foam pit, story time nook, trampolines, slides, contained soft play, costume area and more! If you missed breakfast, then order an espresso and a bagel for a pick me up or stay for lunch. Cool

Beans Indoor Playground and Café’ is located at 11701 Lake Victoria Garden Ave., Suite 3115 in Palm Beach Gardens. Call 561- 627-1782 for more information. PLAYMOBIL® Park


Your kids will have guaranteed fun in this 13,000-square-foot indoor park. Kids can play in a selection of themed play areas where kids get to play with toys, doll houses, miniature castles and more. It’s a perfect place to bond with your child and create a playdate. There is a café area with a vending machine for snack time after play time. PLAYMOBIL® FunPark is located at 8031 N. Military Trail in Palm Beach Gardens. Call 561-691-9880 for hours.



Dash around the world: Update on travel to Cuba By: Joel Dash Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers The latest news on travel to Cuba is that the “People to People” programs are still available on cruises and escorted tours to Cuba. The operators must comply with the U.S. Travel regulations. If you want to see Havana before it changes to much, I highly recommend, the only four night cruise from Miami to Havana. The Norwegian Sky sails from Miami on Monday evening, and spends two days in Havana. It departs Cuba at 5 P.M. on Wednesday for a beach day on Thursday at Norwegian’s private island Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas. The island has recently been extensively upgraded with great reviews. The cruise ends Friday morning back in Miami. The Norwegian Sky, which was built in 1999, and renovated in 2013, was selected for the Havana cruises because its draft and length fit the Havana dock. The

er excursion, “The life of Hemingway in Havana,” visits Hemingway’s Home, Finca Vigia and the Ambos Mondo Hotel. The 3 ½ -hour tour cost $159.

size of the ship is 77,104 gross tons, and it holds 2,004 passengers. The ship has been well maintained through the years and features comfortable lounges and a full entertainment program. For complimentary dining, Norwegian Sky has two main restaurants with some Cuban dishes and the Garden Cafe buffet. Four restaurants offer a la carte pricing. Cagney’s Steakhouse, Il Adagio for Italian, Le Bistro for French fare and the Sushi Bar in the Plantation Club. The food report has been excellent. To top off the value of the cruise, is that Sky is also offering it’s free on-board drink program to the Havana cruise. The Norwegian Sky docks in the center of Old Havana, making it very easy to walk through the old part of the city or to catch a taxi in an old 1950’s era American classic car. Although some places accept U.S. dollars, it is recommended that guests exchange money for Cuban convertible pesos (CUCS) in the cruise terminal. The lines move quickly at multiple counters. Many Americans seek out the venues frequented by Ernest Hemingway, such as the Ambos Mundo Hotel, where he rent-

ed a room in which to write, Room 511 is now a museum. Legendary watering holes include El Floradita, known for frozen daiquiris and a Hemingway leaning over the bar, and the famed La Bodeguita del Medico, know for mojitos. It’s telling that both place are usually full with tourists spilling into the streets. Of course, Norwegian offers an array of shore excursions that comply with the U.S. Governments People-to-People requirements. Among the options is a fourhour tour exploring the “Art of Cuba, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” for $99, including a tour of the National Fine Arts Museum, followed by visits to Muraleando, a community art project that teaches local children, and Fusterlandia, a neighborhood with many houses covered in tile mosaics. I really enjoyed the Fusterland story and experience. Anoth-

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Of course, there is another tour that visits a rum factory and cigar store. Norwegian also offers an evening excursion to the famous Tropicana Cabaret, an open-air nightclub with a live orchestra and showgirls dancing in huge headpieces. It’s not inexpensive at $199 per person, but the outing includes a flute of sparkling wine, a bottle of Havana Club rum for every four people and cola. Cruise rates vary depending on departure date and type of accommodation, and include the beverage package. Visit our new location in Pineapple Grove: Dash Travel 280 NE 2nd Ave. Cottage B. 561 498-8439




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Lift weight to lose weight By: Giovanni Roselli Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers You’ve probably heard it before: training with weights is good for you. It will help maintain bone density, keep your body fat down, lower your risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer, improve cognitive function and reduce anxiety and depression, among many other benefits.

Dieting without exercise or dieting with cardio (an aerobic workout) as your only means of exercise also affects metabolism. If you are shaped like a pear and manage to lose a few pounds with diet and just cardio, you just end up looking like a smaller pear.


Specifically, doing interval-based strength training maintains and potentially increases lean muscle tissue, making you leaner and enhancing EPOC (exercise post-oxygen consumption) so your body will continue burning calories even after exercising.

Another advantage of strength training is its substantial effect on metabolism — the process by which what you eat and drink is converted to energy. Here are some related facts: One pound of muscle burns six calories per pound per day. One pound of fat burns two calories per pound per day. That four-calorie difference may not sound like much, but for most people, that’s the difference between living lean and living overweight. To complicate matters further, after the age of 20, the average person loses one-half to seven-tenths of a pound of muscle per year. That’s five to seven pounds a decade. As women approach menopause, the rate at which they lose muscle doubles, which is why so many begin to gain weight right around that time of life. After the age of 70, the average person loses three pounds of muscle per year. Why is this so important? When you lose muscle, your metabolism slows down.

Activities of daily living Still don’t feel like you should be lifting 20, 30, 40 pounds or more in the gym? Well, consider this: How much do your children or grandchildren weigh? How often do you lift them, carry them or manage to get them into a car seat? How about performing some daily activities like moving a box, carrying groceries or putting your luggage in an overhead space? Now I know there are those out there with the mindset, “I don’t want to lift weights. I don’t want to get too muscular and bulky.” If that’s a concern, there are plenty of ways to still train with weights effectively and efficiently without incurring an overly muscular physique. In addition, as we age, what are more and more people afraid of? Falling, Breaking a hip. One out of

three adults aged 65 or older falls every year. In 2013, about 25,500 older adults died from injuries that resulted from falling.  Moreover, many people who fall, even if they are not injured, develop a fear of falling. This concern may cause them to limit their activities, which leads to reduced mobility and loss of physical fitness and, in turn, increases their actual risk of falling. Stay strong Throughout the years, I’ve learned that in general, people have one goal in common — we all want the best quality of life in terms of health and mobility. Now I’m not saying strength training is the only answer to this goal, but I do believe that it should be an integral part of our lives. I also want to be clear and say that you do not need to be lifting weights every day for an extended period of time. Depending on your fitness level, you can reap the benefits by weight training two to three times a week for as little as 15 to 30 minutes a day. Your body will thank you now — and in the future. Giovanni Roselli is the Regional Director Of Personal Training for PurLife Fitness Center located in Delray Beach. Originally from Westchester, NY, he graduated from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT double majoring in business administration and sports management. He is a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and holds a nutrition certification with industry leader Precision Nutrition. His television appearances include NBC’s ‘Today Show’ and National Geographic’s ‘Brain Games.’


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Magic fat loss? Part One By: Christine King Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers Ever hear about it? Commercials about this impossible phenomena invade our daily lives. We hear “Non-surgical lipo,” “Quick and easy,” oh and my favorite “Permanent.” It seemed time to investigate. I spoke to cosmetic doctor to the stars, Neda Vanden Bosch, MD, founder of West Palm Beach’s V Boutique.

In owning a Health and Wellness company for over 20 years, I was highly skeptical. The human body creates fat cells to accommodate the volume of food eaten. The same isn’t true for muscle. We only have a certain number of muscle cells. We’re unable to manufacture and multiply. Hence the importance to develop strength and tone in our bodies. Before visiting Dr. Vanden Bosch, I thought about where I’d like to lose fat, besides everywhere! I looked no further than my abdomen and decided that would be my answer if asked.

Being healthy and fit in the most natural way possible is my life. People with disabilities or medical conditions sometimes encounter short and extended periods of time where traditional methods of exercise and weight loss are contraindicated, causing weight gain. With these conflicting thoughts in my brain, I began my mission. Once seated with Vanden Bosch I asked her about this concept of permanent fat loss. She explained the “SculpSure” procedure. “A 1060 nanometer laser which is only attracted to fat cells permanently destroys them” she explained. “The applicators are modifiable so we can customize the areas of concern.” I asked her how this differed from the “Coolsculpting” method. Vanden Bosch said, “Coolsculpting places a pad

on a region and freezes the fat,” she continued, “It freezes the fat cells, and surrounding cells, so you could end up with a block of your abdomen frozen and hardened which can result in pain.” She further explained, “The laser used in SculpSure also promotes skin tightening.” In years of helping people lose weight, especially those over 40-years-old, loose skin after weight loss can be an issue, so this sounded like a plus to me.

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I decided to take the quantum leap and give this a shot. V Boutique’s Clinical Supervisor, Melissa Mendicino whisked me away handing me a robe while telling me we’d weigh, measure and take “before photos.” I was ready to run. Then 20 years of explaining to our clients the importance of the before measurements and weigh-in exploded in my head. I grit my teeth the entire time in the attempt to be an agreeable patient. Mendicino then fitted my abdomen with the “belts.” She tried a few until she was happy, and let me know “Once side of your stomach protrudes more than the other.” Yup, thanks for pointing that out Melissa (I said in my head). I explained it was the scoliosis in my back, she agreed. Once on the table, she snapped futuristic looking square lasers into the belts. Mendicino said I’d feel heat then cool. “The heat should feel pretty warm,” she explained, “the cool periods need to eliminate any feeling of heat.” Let the fun begin! Due to my injuries and neurological issues I was a little more sensitive than most. Mendicino was by my side the entire time ensuring I wasn’t freaking out and monitoring the 25 seconds of heat and the glorious 10 seconds of cool. Then BAM, a short 25 minutes later it was over. She advised I drink extra water and to massage my abdomen in circular motions for a couple of days. Over the next few weeks, the fat would melt away, excreting through urination. Vanden Bosch explained the clinical studies on Sculpture show a 25 percent fat loss in just six weeks following one treatment. The new protocols recommend two treatments six weeks apart for best results. So just about the time this issue goes to press I’ll be back on the table. Can’t wait to share the results in Part Two! Christine King is a Medical Exercise Specialist, Fitness Expert and Founder of YourBestFit. The health and wellness company has helped thousands of clients recover from injuries, look and feel better and improve their overall well-being.



Meniere’s Disease as a cause of dizziness By: Dr. John Conde DC, DACNB Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers Meniere’s disease, also known as endolymphatic hydrops, is a very rare vestibular disorder affecting less than 200,000 cases per year. It is believed that this disease is caused by the buildup of fluid (endolymph) in the compartments of the inner ear (labyrinth). The endolymph build up in the labyrinth interferes with the normal balance and hearing signals between the inner ear and brain. The genesis of this disease has seemed to evade researchers however vascular dysfunction, viral infections, allergies, autoimmune dysfunction, and genetics all have have been postulated. The hallmark of Meniere’s disease is vertigo, ringing in the ear (tinnitus), fullness in the ear, and hearing loss. The dysfunction and resultant symptoms usually affect one ear but can affect both in some cases. The age of onset is anywhere between 20-50 years of age and affects men and women equally. Patients with

Meniere’s disease usually describe constant low level symptoms with significant episodes that can last 20 minutes to four hours. Over time, some cases may develop into permanent hearing loss. Diagnosis is usually clinical in nature as there are no specific laboratory tests or imaging studies that are sensitive for Meniere’s disease. The gold standard of diagnosis follows as such; a videonystagmography exam which allows to measure pathological changes in eye movements as they relate to the inner ear and the central vestibular system, computerized dynamic posturography which allows for specific measurements of balance, traditional neurological exam, and a bed side test for hearing or if need be an audiometric evaluation. Dizziness is quite often found in many neurological disorders therefore accurate diagnosis is key.

A new hope for depression: Part 3 By: Raul J. Rodriguez MD, DABPN, DABAM, MRO Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers The first Deep TMS treatment session starts at 100% of the motor threshold, to allow the patient to acclimate to the treatment before going to a higher dose. The 100% dose is generally easier to tolerate than the target 120% dose. If the dose is gradually increased from 100% to 120%, most patients will acclimate well. Patients often describe a tapping sensation on the scalp, in addition to the sound of the electromagnetic pulse generation. The sound is similar to that of an MRI machine and is managed well with earplugs. The tapping sensation is generally tolerable. Some people may also experience headaches in the earlier stages of treatment, which is typically resolved with either ibuprofen (Motrin) or acetaminophen (Tylenol). Many patients report a significant reduction in these side effects after even just the first TMS session. Seizures, the most severe potential complication of TMS treatment, are very rare. Most patients acclimate well to the early stage side effects and can proceed with treatment. A typical Deep TMS treatment course will consist of at least 5 days a week for 4 weeks, followed by 2 days a week for 8 weeks. Another common treatment course starts with at least 5 days a week for 6 weeks, and then the frequency tapers down from there. The recommended minimum number of treatments is 36 while some TMS courses can have as many as 42 or more. Some patients will note an early response in the first 3 to 4 weeks but many will take at least 6 weeks to really derive substantial benefits. Many of the patients that did not get a response within 6 weeks still derive a good response later in the treatment course, indicating the

need to follow through with at least 36 treatments. After a successful course with 36 to 42 treatments, some may not require any further treatment while others may need short booster courses of 3 to 6 treatments a few times a year. Overall the success rate is very high. In depression treatment, success is defined by rates of response and remission. It is important to note that in TMS studies, the patient population is a “treatment resistant depression” population that has failed 4 or more medications already. This population would be expected to have a significantly lower response rate to any type of therapeutic intervention than a conventional depression case. Even taking that factor into consideration, Deep TMS response rates after 30 sessions have reached 74% while full remission rates reach 49%. In comparison to other forms of depression treatment, these are extraordinarily high rates. Anecdotal reports suggest that response rates in non-treatment resistant depression patients are even higher. This supports the growing belief that TMS

Treatment is multifaceted with focus on regulating the endolymphatic flow in the inner ear and on establishing proper neurological activity in the central vestibular system. It is recommended that several dietary products be eliminated or significantly reduced such as caffeine, alcohol, sodium, tobacco and chocolate. Quite often medication is prescribed to reduce the volume of fluid in the body in turn reducing the pressure in the ear. However, calibrating the function of the central vestibular system is of paramount importance in reducing the vertigo. Most of the current literature is looking at lateralizing the treatment to increase specificity and therefore increase positive outcomes. Meaning that typically one side is affected more than the other and the therapeutic intervention should be focused on that region not on both sides as it has been done for years. Treatment may involve eye movement exercises on a computer monitor, balancing activities, gentle spin techniques, head positioning maneuvers, and mental rehearsal exercises. If you may one day become a first line treatment for Major Depression. Patients have increasingly asked for TMS to treat their depression before waiting to fail on 4 different medications. With the unequivocal results, an exceptional side effect profile, and the ability to produce long-standing brain changes through induction of neuroplasticity, this is no surprise. This is why Deep TMS has

feel dizzy it is recommended to seek medical attention. Dr. John Conde is a Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist, one of only one thousand in the country. He holds diplomate status through the American Chiropractic Neurology Board. He provides specialized care for difficult cases of back neck pain, numbness-tingling, vertigo-dizziness balance disorders, fibromyalgia, migraines, AD/HD, autism, and dyslexia. His office is located at the Atlantic Grove in Delray Beach, FL and can be reached at 561-330-6096,, and at www.

become the great new hope for treatment resistant depression. Dr Rodriguez is the founder, CEO and Medical Director of the Delray Center For Brain Science, a true Brain Center which specializes in Treatment Resistant Depression, ADHD, OCD, Memory Disorders, and optimizing brain performance.



Battle cellulite with Phyzique By: Jule Guaglardi Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers Dreaded cellulite is every girl’s enemy. It’s like one day we wake up to find some lump producing monster crawled under the sheets while we were sleeping and destroyed our body as we know it. We try everything to fight it; creams, potions, tonics, diets. We exercise like crazy. We dry brush our skin, and some even spend thousands of dollars undergoing liposuction in hopes of sucking the dimples away. It’s an on-going nightmare with seemingly no solution. But what if we were wrong? What if there was a solution.

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Cellulite itself, is a condition in which the skin appears to have areas with underlying fat deposits, giving it a dimpled, lumpy appearance. This is caused by hormonal factors, genetics, circulation issues, diet, lifestyle and even tight clothing. There is only one type of cellulite that is untreatable by any existing treatment to date, which is Grade 3. You can

Phyzique is spearheaded by Medical Director and International rejuvenation expert, Dr. Fary Ramos, MD. A board certified internal medicine physician, Dr. Ramos has extensive training in the aesthetic and rejuvenation fields, providing noninvasive rejuvenation and anti-aging procedures designed to improve the appearance of your skin from head to toe.

Their weapon of choice in the fight against stubborn cellulite is a delicate marriage of human technique combined with the Velashape 3, the ONLY FDA cleared device approved for heavily reducing and even eliminating the appearance of cellulite and the reduction of fat. Phyzique’s technology combines infrared light and radio frequency technology that is clinically proven to be both safe and effective.

easily determine if you have Grade 3 by laying down on a flat surface. Any area of cellulite that is still completely visible while you are laying down, is likely a Grade 3 and will not find Phyzique’s treatment effective. Phyzique’s treatment produces a temporary shrinking of fat cells, as well as a smoothing effect upon the skin in the treatment area. Although benefits can be seen and felt often from just one or two treatments, to achieve longer lasting effects, a treatment protocol of four sessions is typically recommended. After a series of four, the body adapts to the treatments with a long term effect of shrunken fat cells lasting for many months at a time. Results will continue to improve with the maintenance of a healthy lifestyle, including a healthy diet, water and exercise, and a periodic maintenance treatment can be performed to refresh the results. For more information, contact Phyzique at 954-440-2641 or visit

Accompanying Dr. Ramos is Dr. Wayne Mucci, a New Jersey native who relocated to South Florida, holding his American Osteopathic Board Of Otolaryngology, Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, as well as Head & Neck Surgery. Dr. Mucci, one of the top leading specialists in facial rejuvenation, showcases his expertise beautifully in the Eternal Lift procedure, with over 2,000 facial procedures completed and a 5-STAR rating on renowned independent consumer website Real Their flagship location is based in Fort Lauderdale, however look out for Phyzique in our neck of the woods.The found-

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Health effects of poor sleep By: West Boca Medical Center Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers How much sleep is enough? Infants typically need about 16 hours a day. Teenagers require about nine, while the elderly may need only six. Adults should average seven or eight hours, although some may need only five but others have to have as many as 10 hours each day. Not getting enough sleep can have negative effects on your health in both the short and long term. From jet lag to insomnia, sleep apnea to sleepwalking, there are more than 80 documented sleep disorders. Other people may have poor sleep habits that prevent them from getting a good night’s rest, such as staying up too late or getting up too early. But regardless of the cause, inadequate sleep can harm your health, contribute to poor school or work performance and increase the risk of injury. In the short term, sleep deprivation can cause: • Abbreviated attention spans and poor concentration • Impaired memory and cognitive ability • Increased risk of occupational injury • Higher risk of automobile injury

Most disorders that cause poor sleep or sleep deprivation can be diagnosed and treated. However, if sleep problems continue, they can cause numerous, serious medical illnesses, including high blood pressure, heart attack and heart failure, stroke, obesity, depression, attention deficit disorder, mental impairment, growth retardation for fetuses and children, and poor quality of life. For example, chronic snoring has been linked to higher rates of heart and brain-related diseases, and sleep apnea is considered a primary risk factor for high blood pressure. If you have a sleep disorder, you are not alone. Approximately 40 million Americans suffer from chronic, long-term sleep disorders annually and another 20 million experience occasional sleep problems. You can take steps to get a better night’s rest and improve your sleep. • Go to bed only if you are sleepy. • Get out of bed if you cannot fall asleep in about 20 minutes. • Have a pre-sleep ritual that can help you relax. • Go to bed and get up at approximately

the same time every day. • Avoid smoking, alcohol, caffeine and heavy, spicy and sugary foods before bedtime. • Exercise on a regular basis (but not right before going to bed). • Make your sleeping area quiet, dark and a little cool. • Try not to take sleeping pills, or use them with caution. • Avoid daytime naps if possible. • Have a small snack before bed so you do not go to bed hungry. Factors that can interrupt sleep include physical problems such as arthritis or acid reflux, psychological issues including stress and depression, or certain

medications that have a side effect of sleeplessness. You should talk with your doctor if you find that your sleeping problem persists, occurs more than three nights per week for longer than one month, or you have other symptoms such as chest pain or shortness of breath. Anything from your physiological health to your weight can be affected by the quality of your sleep, and an estimated 50-70 million people in this country suffer from sleep disorders. Our dedicated Sleep Diagnostic Center for adults, children and infants provides comprehensive testing and high-quality care. To schedule an appointment or learn more, call 561-218-8400.



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Habitat for Humanity ReStores get reboot, reopens with new merchandise ReStores receive more than $1 million donation from Ethan Allen

By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor Habitat for Humanity wants you to rethink thrift store shopping for your furniture. Thanks to a renewed relationship with Ethan Allen Interiors, Inc., local ReStores, which are independently owned and operated by local Habitat for Humanity organizations, will be stocked with new merchandise from this furniture retailer and others this month at discounted prices. “Many do not realize that our ReStores are not solely ‘discard’ stores,” said Chief Development Officer Kari Oeltjen. Ethan Allen has made a more than $1.3 million donation of brand new furniture and accessories to ReStores. These items and others from Wayfair, Sklar Furnishings, Capitol Lighting, Kuhn Flooring Gallery will make their debut in South Palm Beach County ReStore locations this month. Kuhn Flooring Gallery recently donated more than 3,200 yards of 230 new individual designer quality carpet rolls worth more than $72,000 to the three South Palm Beach County ReStores. On Sept. 9, 11 and 12, shoppers can check out the new inventory of sofas, wall units, dining room tables and chairs, bedroom and patio sets, plus occasional tables, end tables, area rugs, silk plants and artwork. And Habitat officials want shoppers to “Live Large For Less” when shopping at ReStore locations. To

From Left: Tom Livoti, Steve Kuhn, Mohamed Abdalla, Sherry Zepatos, Ken Herring, Kari Oeltjen, Randy Nobles with a pile of carpets that were donated by Kuhn Flooring Gallery. Photo courtesy of Carlos Aristizabal.

do so, new pieces of furniture will be showcased in a “Red Carpet” section that can be easily identified by shoppers. Different merchandise will be rotated in and out of the display as items are sold. Ethan Allen furniture will be sold for 50 percent off. If you want to be the first one in one of the three locations in Boca or Delray, you can purchase a VIP Magic Hours ticket for $25. The ticket guarantees you the opportunity to be first in the store before regular public hours. VIP Magic Hours admission, which includes breakfast bagels and beverages or wine/beer and light bites, helps fund Habitat’s mission of bringing people together to build homes for hard-working families, communities and hope. The new Ethan Allen merchandise will be sold on a first-come, first-

serve basis with no “holds” or “layaway” as each store features different items that are restocked with new offerings as items are sold. Proceeds from the ReStores help support Habitat for Humanity, which builds affordable homes for hard-working families who can’t qualify for traditional bank mortgages. Habitat homeowners earn their homes through sweat equity programs and qualify for interest-free mortgages to help break the poverty cycle.


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“The sale of these pieces will help another family,” Oeltjen said. The grand re-opening of the Delray Beach ReStore, 1900 N. Federal Highway, is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 9 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. VIP Magic Hours will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. with breakfast. The grand re-opening of the East Boca Raton location, 272 S. Dixie Highway, is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 11 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. VIP Magic Hours will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, cocktails and light bites.

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And the re-opening of the West Boca ReStore, 10055 Yamato Road, is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 12, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. VIP Magic Hours will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, cocktails and light bites.

Staff and officials from Ethan Allen and Habitat for Humanity check out Ethan Allen furniture. Photo courtesy of Carlos Aristizabal.

For more information, visit https:// or Facebook pages of each location.

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Boca’s economic development report By: Jessica Del Vecchio Economic Development Manager Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers Modernizing Medicine Modernizing Medicine has had quite an eventful and successful quarter. They recently raised $231 million in private equity funding – which was 80 percent of Florida’s statewide venture capital funding for the quarter. Modernizing Medicine also announced plans to expand their existing workforce, committing to creating over 800 jobs for our community. They’ll soon be relocating their corporate headquarters to the Boca Raton Innovation Campus, which is the original IBM Campus - where IBM developed the first personal computer in the 1970s, putting Boca’s corporate community on the map. Also moving into the Innovation Campus is Shoes for Crews. This headquarter relocation will bring 200 jobs to our area, which will continue to bolster our local economy.

occupied. Boca City Walk, the new downtown rental community completed in 2016, recently sold for $81 million. With 229 units in the complex, this deal equates to $351,528 per rental unit.

Commercial real estate highlights There have been a number of commercial property transactions over the past quarter, with Office Depot’s building investment being the largest. Earlier this month, Office Depot announced the purchase of their 630,000-square-foot corporate headquarters, which was constructed on the 28.9 lot located at 6600 N. Military Trail, in 2008. The purchase price was $132.05 million. The 206,000-square-foot, Class A office building at 301 East Yamato Road recently sold for $39 million, which is a 41 percent increase from its last trade in 2015. At the time of the most recent transaction, the building was 92 percent


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In May 2016, Butters Group acquired the 60,000-squarefoot commercial building located at 851 Broken Sound Parkway. At the time of the acquisition, the property was 20 percent occupied. To date, with the completion of the recent upgrades, and with the help of their amazing sales team, the building is currently 60 percent occupied. Revitalization of our existing commercial inventory is crucial in this robust market, and the Butters team have a few similar projects in the works, allowing us to remain competitive in the relocation and expansion market. Gov. Scott visits Boca companies The City’s Office of Economic Develop-

ment organized a visit for Gov. Rick Scott to tour the newly renovated corporate headquarters of Orangetheory Fitness. Recently named the fastest growing, women-owned company in the country, Orangetheory announced the milestone of their 1,000th U.S. franchise development agreement. Gov. Scott joined our Deputy Mayor and Council Members for a tour of the headquarters of this vibrant, sophisticated, rapidly growing company and thanked them for their valuable contributions to our city.

Have corporate news to share or looking to relocate/expand your company to Boca Raton? Contact the city’s economic development office at or 561393-7761. Want to see what we’re up to? Follow us on Facebook @BocaEconomicDevelopment

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at $1,000 through $50,000 annually. To date there are 35 members.

GrowFL names Yachtico ‘Company to Watch’ GrowFL, a statewide economic development organization, has named Yachtico Inc., a “Florida Company to Watch.” Located in the Research Park at Florida Atlantic University, Yachitco connects people who want to rent or charter boats with fleet operators and boat owners. Since 2012, the Research Park at Florida Atlantic University has housed four companies that have been named “Florida Companies to Watch.” There are 50 companies selected for the “Florida Companies to Watch.” They produced a substantial economic impact for the state in 2016, earning $391 million in total annual revenue while employing 1,948 full-time equivalent employees. The honorees expect continued growth through 2017 as well, projecting 53 percent revenue increase and 36 percent growth in employment compared to 2016 as a whole. SunTrust becomes first corporate donor for FAU’s Theatre Lab SunTrust will be the first corporate donor that Florida Atlantic University’s professional theater company, Theatre Lab, has received money from in its Theatre Lab Inner Circle. Created to raise private support for this new university and community endeavor, the Theatre Lab Inner Circle is comprised of individuals and corporate members committed to cultural and artistic excellence. An attractive donor wall displayed prominently in the Theatre Lab lobby acknowledges Inner Circle gifts beginning

Photo: From left, Lisa M. Matthews, senior vice president, SunTrust Bank; Evan J. Farrell, senior vice president, SunTrust Investment Services, Inc.; Francesca Daniels, Theatre Lab at FAU’s ambassador; and Lou Tyrrell, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters Eminent Scholar in the Arts and artistic director of Theatre Lab. Submitted photo.

“Theatre Lab and FAU are thrilled to have SunTrust Bank as a part of our artistic family,” said Lou Tyrell, artistic director of Theatre Lab. “The trust that SunTrust has placed in us through their support will help to provide important and thoughtful theater experiences for our entire south Florida community, for which we are truly grateful.” In residence on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, Theatre Lab is a laboratory for seasoned professionals to share their work with students, faculty and the entire community. Plays, readings and musical offerings are presented in an intimate setting.  In addition to its productions, Theatre Lab hosts residencies of master playwrights, which have included Israel Horovitz, Marsha Norman and John Guare. The Lab’s Future PAGES Project educational outreach program offers middle and high school students the opportunity to experience theater and discover their own voices through creative writing and performance of their own scenes, songs and monologues. New stores at Town Center mall Boca Raton’s Town Center mall has opened a few new stores. In the Nordstrom wing, Think & Believe,

Italian-made women clothing store is now open as well as Galleria Italia, which also sells Italian-made footwear, handbags, accessories, and apparel for men and women. Shoppers will find brands like Bruno Magli, Braccialini, Boglioli, Roberto Cavalli and more. New month in the Macy’s wing, Junk de Luxe is expected to open. Founded on the premise of selling vintage Levis 501 jeans, the fashion-forward denim brand offers an eclectic combination of iconic style and details from many decades of fashion and function wear. Kaufman Lynn Construction hires new employees, promotes others Kaufman Lynn Construction has announced two new hires and promotions of two employees. Tom Thrasher has been named vice president of operations in Kaufman Lynn’s South Florida headquarters. Thrasher is responsible for planning, directing, and coordinating project administrative and field activities including timeliness and budget considerations. Jeff Blong has joined Kaufman Lynn Construction as vice president of pre-construction in its South Florida headquarters. Blong is responsible for the daily management, supervision, coordination and successful completion of the pre-construction phase of projects to meet cost objectives with respect to contracting, scheduling, estimating, purchasing and bidding of all major projects. Derek Wolfhope and Dan Root have both been promoted to vice presidents of operations. “We’re thrilled to expand our team with top notch construction industry professionals such as Tom Thrasher and Jeff Blong who bring a fresh perspective, varied project experience and the highest level of commitment to excellence to Kaufman Lynn,” said Michael Kaufman, president and CEO of Kaufman Lynn Construction. “We’re also pleased to promote Derek Wolfhope and Dan Root – two leaders who have gone above and beyond our mission of advancing our clients’ visions beyond their expectations.” All-Star Smiles adds board members Dr. Craig Spodak and Marlins fielder Giancarlo Stanton’s nonprofit All-Star Smiles has added several new board members to its group. Those new members include our publisher

The mission of All-Star Smiles is to provide un-compromised dental care to underserved children in an effort to eradicate childhood tooth decay.

NCCI announces fundraising initiative The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) has launched NCCI Cares, its new charitable initiative. NCCI Cares will support the national and state chapters of Kids’ Chance, an organization that raises awareness and money to support scholarships for children of injured workers as well as the United Way of Palm Beach County as Signature Programs. NCCI has also selected several local South Florida charities as beneficiaries of NCCI Cares, which will receive support through donations and volunteer efforts of its employees. NCCI gathers data, analyzes industry trends, and prepares objective insurance rate and loss cost recommendations. Their research, analytical services and tools, help foster a healthy workers compensation system. “Kids’ Chance and the United Way align closely with our mission and values, and in turn, will be classified as our Signature Programs for the year. We have also identified local charities to support as our way of giving back to the communities in which we live and work,” said Bradley Kitchens, Chief HR Officer and chair of the company’s NCCI Cares Committee. NCCI matches donations up to $1,000 per employee to approved charities and supports the Signature Programs, employee-driven causes and boards on which the Executive Team sits with additional funds. NCCI employees receive 40 paid hours annually to volunteer for causes of their choice, plus eight additional hours participating in company-wide charitable events. For 2017, NCCI Cares employees will donate their time to a range of local causes, including: Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League, SOS Children’s Villages, Aid to Victims of Domestic Violence (ADVA), Boca Helping Hands, YMCA of South Palm Beach, Lighthouse for the Blind, Sea Angels and Families First of Palm Beach County. To learn more about the NCCI Cares program, visit NCCI Cares.


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Retirement strategy for the small business owner By: John M. Campanola, Agent New York Life Insurance Company Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers You’ve poured a lifetime of sweat, time, and capital into building your business. You’ve begun thinking about retirement, and your strategy is to sell your company for a good price, settle back, and enjoy a financially secure retirement. But, like many business owners, you’ve made the mistake of assuming this scenario will happen, and you haven’t bothered to make any other retirement plans. You need to be realistic. What are the odds of a person showing up at the right time with cash in hand to buy the company for a fair price? For thousands of small business owners each year, no one steps forward. Perhaps the business is too specialized or is tied too closely to the owner’s unique personality and skills. Or maybe possible buyers equate retirement sale with a distress sale and make only low-ball offers. Whatever the reason, many owners find that their company has suddenly become a white elephant that nobody wants.  Select and develop a successor. That’s why it’s so important to prime a replacement—someone who will buy your company when you’re ready to retire. Maybe this is a current co-owner (but be careful if he or she is about the same age as you, and planning to retire around the

same time.) Or it’s your son or daughter active in the business, or a younger key employee. Business owners who successfully groom their own replacements leave nothing to chance. They realize that there’s no room for error at the point of retirement. 

Create a buy-sell agreement. With the help of your attorney, lock in who does and gets what, spelling out all details and caveats, including how to establish the final valuation of the business. This formal agreement protects everybody.

Set up a probation period so you can terminate the relationship if you find that this person will not work out. During that period, keep everything informal, strictly verbal. Even when you go to a formal agreement, make sure it contains a termination provision.

Build in a funding mechanism. This is crucial. No matter how good the terms of the buy/sell agreement, it will be worthless if the money is not there when needed to carry out the plan. Under one option, the successor may be able to purchase the company from ongoing profits. Other options include setting up a sinking fund or allowing the successor to simply borrow the money. These options may work but they leave much to chance. Instead, consider a funding vehicle that protects your family in the event of your disability or premature death, such as life and disability income insurance.*

Offer incentives to ensure that your replacement stays until the baton is passed. An ambitious successor needs and deserves gradually increasing authority and benefits. Options include deferred compensation or the opportunity to acquire partial ownership prior to your retirement. This provides both parties with something to win by sticking to the agreement, and something to lose if it falls apart.

Have a Plan B. As a business owner, you know that very few things go exactly as planned. What if your business hits tough times or your successor dies, becomes disabled, or leaves because of a personality conflict? Or what if there simply is no heir apparent waiting in the wings? Sometimes, it’s simply best to dismantle the business. Whether or not you have a possible successor for your company, you should begin mapping out your re-

Here are some steps you should take: Be cautious. Make sure your heir apparent is the right person in terms of temperament, personality, competence, and personal goals.

tirement strategy today. Your insurance professional or your independent professional advisors can work with you to help you develop a sound business strategy. This educational third-party article is provided as a courtesy by John M Campanola, Agent, New York Life Insurance Company. To learn more about the information or topics discussed, please contact John M. Campanola at 561-642-5180.  *Products available through one or more carriers not affiliated with New York Life; dependent on carrier authorization and product availability in your state or locality.  Neither New York Life Insurance Company, nor its agents, provide tax, legal, or accounting advice. Please consult your own tax, legal, or accounting professional before making any decisions.

Gov. visits Orangetheory Fitness Boca HQ Staff report Orangetheory Fitness showed off its new Boca Raton digs during a recent visit by Gov. Rick Scott. The company relocated from Fort Lauderdale last year and president David Carney said the company is happy with the decision to move to Boca. “We like our new headquarters building,”

he said. “We are very happy we chose Boca Raton as our home. We are proud to be a rapidly growing company that provides jobs.” Billed as one of the best workouts in the country, the company was founded in late 2010. The first studio opened in Fort Lauderdale in 2011. Now, the company has more than 750

locations worldwide including locations in Japan and Israel. The fitness company boasts more than 500,000 members. The company has grown its headquarter-based employees from 35 to 80 to now 130 in the Boca office. Gov. Scott lauded the company for its successes including never losing a franchisee. “It’s very rare to have a business grow like this,” Gov. Scott said. “It’s always impressive to see a business like this.” Gov. Scott focused on the jobs the company provides, especially the local jobs.

Gov. Rick Scott paid a visit to Orangetheory Fitness HQ in Boca Raton. Staff photo.

He was joined by Senate President Joe Negron, who is an Orangetheory member, and Boca council members. “I hope you continue to add jobs in the state,” Gov. Scott said.

Gov. Rick Scott presents Orangetheory Fitness emBoca Councilman Jermey Rodgers speaks about Boca ployee and veteran Chris Bonilla with a medal. Staff photo. and its jobs and job growth. Staff photo.


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of Loch Bar’s flagship location in Baltimore.

in Harron said. “As we bring our largest restaurant to Florida, marking our 14 location, we’re looking forward to continuing to inspire our guests’ loyalty in the tradition of longtime neighborhood favorites.”

Blue Moon Mexican Café open in Boca Grab Mexican/American favorites at Blue Moon Mexican Café’s newest location in Boca Raton. Located at 6897 SW 18th St., the restaurant is serving up Moon Fajita’s, Baja Chicken Tacos, Fish Tacos and the Burger Loco which is a half-pound burger cooked to perfection and topped with pulled pork, fried onion straws, sliced jalapenos and the famous queso sauce. Blue Moon’s newest dishes include the Cauliflower Tacos, Zucchini Nachos and Tacos Verano which is grilled shrimp, pico de gallo, sliced avocado, pumpkin seeds, cranberries and topped with ancho aioli sauce. The restaurant series all types of margaritas and has their own custom made barrel of tequila. Blue Moon Mexican Café owner, Howard Felixbrod said, “On behalf of the Blue Moon staff, we are ecstatic to finally open in Boca Raton, this is a long time in the making. We thank the community for welcoming us and we look forward to serving new friends and seeing many of our current customers who live and vacation here in Florida.”

The menu features guest favorites alongside a nightly “Chef ’s Whim” menu that gives chefs the freedom to showcase their own creative cooking techniques and unique seasonal dishes. Burtons Grill & Bar is a leader in allergy awareness as the restaurant continues to develop menus that provide exceptional dining experiences for all guests. The restaurant menu features Vegetarian, Paleo and Gluten Free options, as well as half portions. They will also modify anything to a guest’s needs, wants or liking. The {B} Choosy kids menu uses the USDA’s newest guidelines for nutrition and affords parents the opportunity to choose from a list of ingredients and cooking methods for preparing their child’s meal. “Taking care of guests who have special needs or diets just feels right to us,” Harron said. “We do our best to be ‘best in class’ by making everyone happy to be here.” Harron collaborated with Niemitz Design Group to design the 6,460-squarefoot space, which will be open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. The restaurant will have a total seating capacity of 248 indoors, including 173 dining room seats and 31 seats at the bar. An outdoor patio complete with a water feature will accommodate an additional 75 guests at dining tables and a soft-seating area, plus 11 at the bar.   Winston Guerrero will serve as executive chef at Burtons Grill & Bar in Boca Raton.

First Burtons Grill & Bar in Florida heading to Boca Burtons Restaurant Group is coming to Boca Raton. The group, founded by four restaurant industry professionals in 2005 is opening the first Burtons Grill & Bar in the state in Boca Raton’s Park Place shopping center, 5580 North Military Trail, next month. “Consistency, integrity and passion guide us towards one simple goal: delight every guest, one at a time,” Burtons Grill and Bar Founder, President and CEO Kev-

The restaurant is now hiring more than 80 local residents. Applications to join the Burtons Grill team are currently being accepted for all positions including servers, bartenders, hosts, cooks and kitchen staff. Caffe Luna Rosa offers two new sandwiches Head to Delray’s Caffe Luna Rosa to taste two new sandwiches on the menu. The OMG It’s-Not-a-Burger Burger, which looks, sizzles and tastes like a real backyard burger, is a veggie burger served on a locally baked roll and comes with chipotle aioli sauce as well as lettuce, tomato and pickles, accompanied by either fresh fruit or French fries.

“The reason we felt it was time to open a Loch Bar in Boca Raton is because of the overwhelming success we have experienced at our Ouzo Bay restaurant, including a 4- star review in South Florida’s Chef Marvin Barerra with two new sandwiches at Caffe Luna Rosa. Photo courtesy of Rich Pollack.

“What makes this veggie burger transformation for even the most die-hard meat eater is that it not only looks so much like a real burger, it has the juicy taste and texture of an actual fresh-off-the-grill summer picnic burger,” executive chef Ernie DeBlasi said.

Sun Sentinel and named ‘Best Mediterranean Restaurant’ by Boca Life Magazine,” says Atlas Restaurant Group owner Alex Smith. “Mizner Park offers the perfect location to expand our Atlas brand and continues to provide our familiar clientele with additional dining options.”

Also new to the menu is the lol LOL Double-Clucker chicken sandwich.

The 200-seat seafood tavern will offer an

Featuring an organic beer-battered chicken breast, soaked overnight in a special marinade by Day Chef Marvin Barrera, the LOL Double-Clucker is served on a fresh Kaiser Roll with lettuce, pickles and the chipotle aioli sauce, all accompanied by the diner’s choice of either crispy French fries or creamy coleslaw.

appetizers, sandwiches, entrees, and a

“It’s the flavor of Chef Marvin’s special marinade combined with the crispiness of the beer-batter that makes this chicken sandwich so mouth-wateringly memorable,” DeBlasi said. Prezzo to return After Rappy’s Deli failed to garner support after several months of service, restaurateur Burt Rapoport now has plans to bring back Italian restaurant Prezzo. Those around in 1989 will remember Prezzo, the restaurant run by duo Rapoport and Dennis Max. Now, the restaurant will be brought back to the new location at 5560 N. Military Trail at the Park Place shopping center. The restaurant is slated to be open in the fall. Restaurant group behind Ouza Bar to bring new concept to Boca The Atlas Restaurant Group is bringing another concept to Mizner Park. Loch Bar, which is projected to open by the end of the year, is a 5,500-square-foot restaurant that will reflect the core values

expanded food menu with hot and cold raw bar that boasts over a dozen and a half varieties of east and west coast oysters that rotate daily. Loch Bar will also include 75 seats on an outdoor patio that stretches the length of the restaurant. Loch Bar’s beverage program will offer a large selection of local craft beer, handcrafted cocktails, wine, and “will have the largest whiskey list in the state of Florida,” according to Atlas Managing Partner Eric Smith who’s overseeing Loch Bar’s beverage program. Loch Bar’s interior will be designed by Patrick Sutton and will have a classic nautical- influenced style with tufted red leather banquettes, marble tabletops, antique mirrors and lighting and brass accents. It will include a small stage that will host live music seven nights a week. “We’re excited to host live music 7 nights a week featuring some of the area’s most talented musicians,” says Managing Partner Derek Morrell who has overseen operations of Ouzo Bay. With the addition of this new concept, Atlas Restaurant Group will have nine restaurants operating seven different concepts, employing more than 500 people.



Get your float on at Float8 Wellness Lounge By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor Destiny and Matt Beck began floating as a way to decompress. Not in the ocean or in a pool, but in a floating chamber. When yoga wasn’t helping her feel zen, Destiny Beck said she tried a Delray Beach floating center that has since closed. With no light, sound or gravity, she said she was able to mediate and feel at ease. The experience was the same for her husband, who needed to de-stress from the life of booking bands and being in the nightlife scene. Now, they are taking their way of ultimate relaxation and sharing it with others at their new Float8 Wellness Lounge, a multi-tank float center. “It’s an alternative health and wellness treatment,” she said.“It is ideal for meditation and health.

state and a state of relaxation on par with the top yogis. It also can help people recovering from injuries or pain because of the weightless environment it provides. The center, located at 616 SE 10th St. in Deerfield Beach features four isolation tanks for floatation therapy. It opened late August.

Each tank holds more than 1,000 pounds of Epsom salt. The water is heated and maintained to the same temperature of the surface of the skin 93°F. The tank is also light proof and sound insulated creating a quiet and dark space. With external sensory input at a minimum, floaters have a profound relaxation response. “People walk out so zen,” she said. Private rooms hold the tank and a shower where you can rinse off before and after your session. A typical session lasts about 90 minutes including time to shower before and after. Their model is membership based.

The couple recommends trying three sessions to know if floating is for you. A threepack of sessions cost $120, which is half off what it would cost for three individual float sessions. One session costs $80. While there is no magic number to how often you should float, the couple said it is up the person doing the floating and what they can fit into their schedule.

The duo has floated all over the country and attended the National Float Conference for several years. They said floating is big on the West Coast of the country and in big cities like Chicago and Boston. The goal is to become more than just a float center. They want to create a space for the community. They plan to offer workshops at their space that focus on things like mediation and deep breathing. “We don’t want people to float and leave,” she said.

What a float chamber looks like at Float8 Wellness Lounge. Photo courtesy of Jason Koerner Photography.

on tap, tea, and healthy snacks, as well as a meditation room and library for quiet reflection and mind expansion. The space is also a working art gallery. Rotating artwork will be on display throughout the space. Currently featured is work by Jason Koerner, Kazilla, Because of the Lotus, and MarcPaperScissor.

Float8 Wellness Lounge has a relaxation lounge with kombucha and cold brew coffee

Float8 will be open daily at 9 a.m. except Mondays it will be closed. For more information or to book a session, visit

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wear and cutting it and changing it.”

When Rosanna Bermudez and Zoë de Boehmler met they didn’t know they would be designing bathing suits that would make the runways during Miami Swim Week.

That was prior to 2012 when the women teamed up. de Boehmler said she was waitressing and looking for a change. She said she wanted to get into a business that her two daughters could be involved in one day.

The duo debuted their 2018 line “Naturalist” during Miami Swim Week. It focuses

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It’s the best rest you can get.” She said it helps people get into a creative

But the co-founders of indieSwim have done just that growing from being in the same social circle to friends and business partners. The women have created two labels, indieSwim and INDIE + WILD. “We were looking for things we couldn’t find,” Bermudez said. “I was buying swim-

“Just like yoga or going to the gym, floating is a cumulative process,” she said.

Somehow swimwear came up and without any bathing suit design experience, the two gave the swimwear business a chance. “We kind of went at it,” Bermudez said. “We had no idea about designing bathing suits.” Over the next several months, the two started a label, indieSwim. Their bathing suits are manufactured locally and everything except the fabric, which is from Italy is from the United States and locally sourced. Based in West Palm Beach and manufactured in Miami, the two say it is important to them to have a local, hands-on business. In 2014, their creations began to be sold wholesale. They can be found in local boutiques and major stores like Pac Sun. They can also be found in other countries like de Boehmler’s native Trinidad and Tobago as well as the U.S. Virgin Islands, Tahiti, Haiti and the Bahamas to name a few. de Boehmler said the best part about their line is that the colors and fabrics are meant to be mixed and matched.

Joy Corrigan wearing Indie + Wild, CAPRI OnePiece, Color: MUD during SWIMMIAMI Hammock Show 2018, W South Beach . Photo provided courtesy of GETTY IMAGES.

“You could have bought a bathing suit in 2015 and it will still match with our fabrics in 2018,” she said.



Money talk with your kids Want to teach your children the value of a dollar and why it is important to save money but you aren’t sure how or when? We asked Tracy Cooper, Certified Financial Planner, Director, and Southeast Division Sales Performance Manager for Merrill Edge for some tips. 1. When do you think children should learn about saving and spending money? It’s never too early to teach your children about money. Even when your children are young, you can speak with them about establishing a budget and the importance of saving. An interesting lesson I’ve heard clients use is to take out one month’s salary in cash, gather the family around the kitchen table and divide it up into piles in accordance with the monthly bills. This way the children can visually see how much money comes in each month, how much goes out and where it goes. As your children grow older, you can go into further detail on topics like college planning, taxes, and Social Security. Learning about these opportunities as children will help them better manage money as they grow up. 2. At what age should parents open a savings account for their child? You can open a savings account at any time to save money for your children, --even before he or she is born. However, when they turn 13 or 14, it may be a good idea to consider opening a joint bank account with your kids so they can begin to visualize their saving and spending. You can also teach them how to save up to purchase

things they may be passionate about like a musical instrument or items they’ve had their eye on for a while. As they get older, they might start thinking about buying a car or making another large investment, which requires effort and planning, so show them how to balance a checkbook, create savings goals and keep track of account balances online. 3. What is the best way to explain earning money to your children? Even very young children can begin to understand the concept of earning money. Explain to your children that money is earned by working, and that you can only spend what you have. To help them understand what it’s like to get paid on a schedule, consider paying an allowance. Then, help them set goals for how they spend and save their allowance. It’s important to make sure that you stick to the payment schedule for allowances, otherwise the lesson may be lost.

consider offering them the chance to make extra money by helping you organize the garage, washing the windows, or taking on another job that goes beyond the routine. Getting paid for extra work may help instill good habits and give your children more control over saving and spending. If your children spend their entire allowance right away, resist giving in to requests for more money before their next allowance is due. Parents should use this as a learning opportunity and talk with their kids

about how to make smarter choices and do better the next time. As your children age, you should encourage them to work toward setting aside part of their income to grow their savings account for the future. With careful planning and budgeting, they’ll likely be on track to building a solid financial base and develop good habits for a lifetime.

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Modernizing Medicine to relocate and expand By: Callie Schiffman Contributing Writer Boca Raton’s Modernizing Medicine is expanding its workplace and workforce. But it isn’t going far. Its new digs will be located at the Boca Raton Innovation Center. Officials announced the move recently along with plans to add more than 800 new jobs by 2022. Modernizing Medicine is a company that creates technology suited for specific physicians. During a recent visit to the city and company, Gov. Rick Scott stressed that companies like Modernizing Medicine are investing in Florida and creating jobs, thus helping Florida become a better state. “Companies like Modernizing Medicine are helping Florida become the best state in the nation for job creation while helping our unemployment rate continue to drop,” Gov. Scott said. “Now, with the $85 million Florida Job Growth Grant Fund, we will ensure that even more job creators can grow and succeed in Florida.” Boca Raton officials are especially enthusiastic because in addition 838 jobs, Modernizing Medicine is investing $15 million dollars into the Boca Raton community. Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie said she is overjoyed with that fact that Modernizing Medicine is continuing to stay and support Boca Raton. “With their recent acquisitions, and impressive and continued growth, we’re proud that the Modernizing Medicine team has decided to remain headquartered in Boca Raton and create over 800 jobs in our City,” Haynie said.

Gov. Rick Scott and Boca Raton elected officials laud Modernizing Gov. Rick Scott shakes hands with Boca’s Modernizing Medicine employMedicine for expanding in Boca Raton. Submitted photo. ees. Submitted photo.

Modernizing Medicine was founded in 2010 and based in Boca Raton. CEO and co-founder of Modernizing Medicine, Daniel Cane, expressed his optimism of growing his company in Boca. “As a Florida-based technology company, it’s not lost on us that we’re in the backyard of where the modern-day era of technology was born,” Cane said. Cane mentions that Modernizing Medicine worked with Enterprise Florida, a partnership between Florida businesses and politicians to better insure the economic growth. EFI help facilitates job growth and trade in Florida. The vice president of Enterprise Florida Mike Grissom praised Gov. Scott for directing attention to Florida businesses, so they can flourish. He is hopeful that Modernizing Medicine, and

other companies like it, will develop even more. “I commend our Governor for focusing on business-friendly policies that make companies like Modernizing Medicine want to grow in Florida,” Grissom said. In addition to Grissom, many other people are excited for the job growth that is taking place. Cissy Proctor, the Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, is delighted about the new opportunities that modernizing Medicine will bring and is happy that they continued to work within Florida. “With more than 800 new jobs created, this company will provide opportunities for hardworking Floridians,” Proctor said. “We are proud that they chose Florida for its pro-business climate and talented workforce.”

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Space of Mind has a new space and new team and the Delray Beach school house is inviting the community to check out the updated space and meet the new staff. Head out to the schoolhouse, 102 N. Swinton Ave., on Sept. 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for the Family Open House. Learn about the after-school, college prep and community programs available for kids, adults, families and educators and see the transformed spaces. Meet Ali Kaufman, Founder & CEO along with the returning members of the team, and new coaches: Cristina Sciortino - Academic Director, Flose Boursiquot - Humanities, Leadership & Spoken Word

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Mass transit headed to Delray Beach By: Christina Morrison Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers There is so much going on in Delray Beach and all throughout Southeast Florida right now, and one of the long-term goals of the region – to activate a transit rail line connecting all of the downtowns – is in the planning stages. There had been an active train station downtown, located just north of Atlantic Avenue, but it was abandoned a few decades ago.  Now, with all of the downtowns in South Florida being re-energized, there is a plan to reactivate the train service with stops in the downtowns from Miami to West Palm Beach, including downtown Delray Beach.  One of the desired consequences of having rail service to the downtowns is to alleviate some of the auto traffic congestion throughout Southeast Florida, including in and around the downtown areas, which will help increase walkability, bike-ability and all around safety. The exact location of the proposed downtown Delray Beach station is not yet determined and the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council is seeking input from all residents, business owners, and other interested parties that will be affected by this addition. You can reach TCRPC at 772-221-4060. Contact them with your ideas

and feedback. The main question, after the location is determined, is what will be built around the train station to make it a true Transit Oriented Development/Hub? If the location is at or near the City-owned parking property just north of Atlantic and just east of the railroad tracks, then this could remain a sizeable parking area with the addition of offices or apartments above the parking, and maybe a few retail bays at the grade level – all of which uses are geared to transit-oriented development.  If built on City-owned property, these uses could be more affordable since the land portion of the development costs could be eliminated thereby creating more affordable retail shops (maybe business incubators), office space and apartment homes – maybe affordable housing right in our downtown. The best-case scenario for this mass-transit addition to our downtown would be the relocation of the freight trains from the tracks running through downtown and taking those freight trains – that take six or seven minutes of road closures each time they run through – out to the western part of the county, away from pedestrians, traffic, and vibrancy of the downtowns. This is your chance to add your ideas to this plan, so contact Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council now with your feedback.   

In other news around town: Parking: The City Commission, on Aug. 15, gave city staff direction to determine the economic impact of installing paid parking systems along Atlantic Avenue from Swinton to the Intracoastal Waterway and from Atlantic Avenue to both NE and SE 1st Streets, including all of the city-owned parking lots in these areas. New paid parking systems have been installed east of the Intracoastal, some of which have been activated, and the remaining areas will be activated along A1A as the beach area renovations are completed. Construction: Work is expected to begin on 111 Delray and on the Metropolitan later this year.  Both of these residential condominium properties have significant pre-sales in hand and are expected to deliver occupancy on the first few units in late 2018 or early 2019. Both are located just south of Atlantic Avenue in the SofA district.

Boca-based Celsius fitness drink headed to China Staff report Boca Raton-based Celsius Holdings, Inc. have teamed up with Qifeng Food Technology (Beijing) Co. Ltd., a national wholesale distributor of foods and beverages, to offer CELSIUS® in China. Under the partnership, Qifeng Food will distribute CELSIUS© brands via all channels of trade through their network of over 500 distributors. CELSIUS® is a clinically proven fitness drink.

“Launching the CELSIUS® brand in China is a major initiative in our continued global expansion. China is a market we believe will add significant growth for the company,” said John Fieldly, interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer. “Qifeng’s network of distributors, national expertise, and proven ability to execute, provides us with a strong partnership to maximize our exposure and speed to market. We are excited for this opportunity and look forward to this new strategic alliance.”

Qifeng Food’s team of experienced professionals have backgrounds with Fortune 500 Companies including Ogilvy & Mather, P&G, Johnson & Johnson, Pepsi, Nestle and Red Bull, and the team has in depth knowledge of how to grow brands in the China market place. The team’s innovative marketing solutions across a variety of platforms will be critical to growing the CELSIUS brand as they navigate a competitive landscape. Under the newly signed partnership,

Qifeng Food agrees to market, sell and distribute the CELSIUS brand to all provinces. “Partnering with CELSIUS® is a great opportunity for us to promote health throughout China.  It is a robust product line of great tasting, functional drinks backed by scientific research which gives CELSIUS® a competitive edge,” said Madame Wang, a founding partner in Qifeng Food Technology (Beijing) Co. LLC.





New season of Behind the Gates takes look into Boca developer’s new home By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor Ever wonder what it takes to build a luxury waterfront home from start to finish? Season 2 of WeBoca TV’s Behind the Gates series will take you through the process from pouring the foundation to the high-end finishes. Set to air on Sept. 25, the series follows Boca Raton developer Mary Widmer Creative Director of JMW Florida Properties as she builds a new 9,677-square-foot home at 899 Enfield St. in Boca Raton. “Seeing her design work, we decided to profile her passion and her homes,” Danielle Silverman-Aloof executive producer of WeBoca TV said. “Every week you will see the progress all of the way through until the house is revealed.”

Mary Widmer of JMW Florida Properties with Danielle Silverman-Aloof of WeBoca TV. Submitted photo.

The home at 899 Enfield is a two-story, six bedroom home with 8 bathrooms. It is listed for $9.9 million.

As to why she sticks to building waterfront homes, she said she wants to give her client the lifestyle she lives.

It has over 200 feet of water frontage on a corner lot with a 50 foot dock. The house has an infinity pool, back patio with a summer kitchen, elevator, media room, office, wine room with two wine chillers, a wet bar and built-ins for wine storage, two laundry rooms, recreational room and a wet bar. The master bedroom closet has a safe room that is bullet proof.

“I live in Boca on the water,” she said. “I think it is a wonderful lifestyle.”

The cherry-red painted garage will be able to hold seven cars and has been prewired for car lifts. Other features include a gas fireplace, walk-in, hidden pantry closet in the kitchen, a butler’s pantry with a second dishwasher and custom cabinetry.

band sold their company. Now, she is working on completing her 11th and 12th custom-spec homes. She has also completed a renovation on the ocean.

She said she is involved in every aspect of her homes from start to finish. She has a background in architecture and design and a degree in art with a focus on art therapy. When designing a new home she said she combines her technical skills with her artistic ones.

start to finish. “I get involved when it is on paper,” she said. “I change things, I alter things while most developers put up the money and walk away.” She said she puts her touch on all her projects. She sells her homes mostly as move-in-ready with all the furnishings. “I make all the decisions from the roof tile to the floor,” she said. I look at the house and say what would I want to see if I lived here.” She said it typically takes about two and a half years to complete one home from start to finish. She said building the home at 899 Enfield began in Dec. 2015.

“I have always been an arts person,” she said. “I was born that way.”

Currently she said she is working on finalizing the lighting for the house.

Using her knowledge of art therapy and how color impacts people, she said she selects colors in her homes that will make people feel comfortable and serene.

“The lighting is like jewelry of the space,” she said.

“I really love what I do,” Mary Widmer said. “It’s a great job.”

“I am the driving force behind all the homes I build,” she said.

Widmer began building luxury waterfront homes in 2009. Her kids were grown and her and her hus-

From working on the design of the homes to building out custom cabinets, she said she is involved from

A look at construction on 899 Enfield St. Submitted photo.

She said you put on your clothes and shoes and then you have to accessorize with jewelry. That is how she said she views lighting in a home. The floors and cabinets are in and then the last finishing thing is the lights.


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She currently has a move-in-ready property on the market in Highland Beach at 4308 Intracoastal Drive. That home is listed for sale at $7.45 million. It is a two-story home with seven bedrooms and 6 and one half bathrooms. The house has 100 feet of water frontage and is furnished. The series will be hosted by Danielle Silverman- Aloof and Darin Tansey from Luxury Living Boca and will premiere on Monday, Sept. 25 at 9:00 a.m., noon and 9 p.m. at

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How does the mortgage rate impact the purchase of a home?

determines the loan amount the buyer is qualifying for. Now the credit score plays a dramatic importance also – the better the credit score – the lower the interest rate you can get and ultimately qualify for a higher loan amount.

By: Christel Silver Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers Mortgage rates changed in the last quarter of 2016, with the 30-year fixed ending the year at 4.32 percent. It rose more than three-quarters of a percentage point in the final three months of the year, but then came down a little this year. Mortgage rates are still low so now is a good time to lock in rates.   Mortgage rates were much higher in the early 1980s. When I started my real estate career in 1985, the 30 year fixed rate was 18 percent and the VA loans required between 5-8 points, which had to be paid by the seller.  (One point equals 1 percent of the loan amount.)  The market was good, people were buying homes. You look for a home when you want to, and then you buy what you can afford, right? When you start a family and you want to buy a home, the interest rate might force you to buy a smaller house than you would like or to buy in the suburbs rather than in the city, but you are buying a home. Buying is a personal decision and you should buy when you are financially ready to buy.  Rising rates aren’t necessarily a deal breaker. The National Association of Realtors® calculated that a rise from 4.2 percent to 5 percent would  increase average monthly mortgage payments by $90. And really, those higher rates are still historically low.  What causes the changes in the interest rates?  The rate of inflation, the price of U.S. treasuries and the Federal Reserve,

affect mortgage rates. Moderate inflation is a sign of a healthy economy, and should ideally result in a rise in wages for workers as well. 

While interest rates may rise, and prices may go up, waiting a couple months shouldn’t make a huge difference.

But it poses a problem. The money people borrow now will be worth less when they pay it back. If a rise in inflation is predicted, the mortgage rates will likely go up. The interest rates also are affected if the Federal Reserve changes the Federal Reserve rate and/or certain interest rates.   So what should you do? Buying a house in 2017 will feel like jumping on a train before the doors are closing?  Interest rates are increasing and will likely go up further, the inventory is down and will likely stay down – and the house prices are going up and likely will keep going up.  “It’s tough to buy a home today in most places in the country because there are so few homes for sale,” says  Jonathan Smoke, chief economist for®. “But if you wait to buy, then you’re gambling that the market will be better for you to purchase in the future.”  The mortgage rates have been climbing slowly.  Today, the average rate is just around 4 percent by 2019 or 2020 rates could easily climb to 6 percent.  When rates go up, competition and prices often go down, so sellers may have to be more flexible on pricing. The invento-

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ry keeps going down and every day you wait you will have fewer homes to choose from. Either way since purchasing a home is a major investment, it is important to be educated before the purchase. You need to know beforehand what home ownership entails. What are good reasons to wait? You just started a new job and it would be a good idea to wait and see whether this will be a stable situation.  You do not have enough savings for the down payment and closing, and have not enough emergency monies left.  Maybe you need to work on improving your credit score. Why? Because the ratio of housing expenses and debt vs. income

Christel Silver is a full time Broker/Owner of Silver International Realty servicing the East Coast of South Florida. In 1985 she was licensed in Maryland and Washington DC as a Realtor and later as a Certified Residential Appraiser and Associate Broker and has been in Florida since 2001. The National Association of Realtor’s (NAR) President appointed her (20102014) as the President’s Liaison to Germany, where she grew up and worked at the Justice Department for 17 years prior to coming to this country. The Germany Real Estate Organization (IVD) has an agreement with the NAR and she is an International member of this organization. Christel is a Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS), and a certified speaker teaching CIPS classes. Ms. Silver served the Florida Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) Chapter as President, as Regional Vice President helping Chapters to grow, and as a member of the Board of Directors for two years. She served previously as an ambassador. Fifty percent of her business is in the International arena. For more information visit 

Rising home values: the good, bad and ugly By: Karen Laurence Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers Homeowners in Palm Beach County, along with Broward and Miami Dade, have realized a 45 percent profit in the average home sales price. The national average is 26 percent, and is the highest percentage in 10 years of any metropolitan area in Florida. Palm Beach County’s median price was $345,000 in June. This data was gathered on single-family-homes and condos and does not reflect any renovations that were made. This is the sales price that buyers paid April through June of 2017. It is based on what the sellers paid for the house originally, which varies with the age and year the house was bought. That gain translates into $77,900, compared with last year, at 34 percent or $57,900. Long-term homeowners, those who

bought 20 to 30 years ago, got the best returns. Due to the housing shortage, staying put and renovating has become the better choice for many Florida residents. Listings in the affordable price ranges are where the shortage is seen. Many first time homebuyers are being shut out of the market as the values of the homes, both resales and new, continue to peak. Analysts do not feel that the housing bubble will burst anytime soon as it did in 2006 to 2011, at least not yet. Prices should level out so as wages rise, inventory hopefully will increase in the median market, and more people will be able to afford to own a home. Luxury priced homes, those over $500,000, are a tougher sale. They are not facing the shortage that the other sellers are and are not al-

ways able to get their money back on their investment and are forced to sell at a loss. Surging prices and the single family shortage is causing a surge in the home renovation business. Good for the economy, by employing contractors, plumbers, window installers and of course decorators, etc. afterwards. This renovation boom, even has people going into their savings when the equity in their home runs out. Americans may be spending over $316 billion this year-up from $296 billion last year, according to Harvard University. The sometimes problem of not getting all of the money spent, lies in the fact that the homeowner, when they do sell, is looking to recoup all of the money spent on the remodeling, which is not always the case. Some overspend on this project

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Young adults’ local Moishe House opens Staff report Moishe House’s newest home in South Palm Beach County for post-college adults to build a community rooted in Jewish values is open. The new Delray Beach location is home to three young men – Daniel Kay, 27, Chaim Romano, 28, and Benjamin Scheiner, 26 – who, in addition to their fulltime jobs, are creating Jewish life opportunities by hosting weekly programs for hundreds of Jewish adults in their 20s.

The home recently opened after a special reception and ceremony, when its residents affixed a mezuzah to the house’s doorpost.

Moishe House is a program for young Jewish adults that creates meaningful, welcoming communities for themselves and their peers in a post-college world. Three to five 20-something residents live together and host ongoing events for their peers. Kay was born in Philadelphia and moved to South Florida with his family when he was six years old. He enjoys leading the services at family dinners during Shabbat.

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Ben Scheiner, Michael Leven, Chaim Romano, Anne Jacobson hang mezuzah at Moishe House. Photo credit: Jeffrey Tholl Photography.

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Staff report Symphony at Delray Beach, a brand new senior living community offering Assisted Living and Memory Care, opened its leasing office this week in preparation for its grand opening in early 2018. The community, which is slated to include 118 apartments and offer added perks like on-site physical therapy, a fitness gym, and a full-service bar and lounge, is accepting reservations for its Founder’s Club. The Club, which is only open to the first 25 residents, includes rate lock for the first two years of residency, a $500 bonus to use toward apartment furnishings or moving

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What’s up in the real estate market He said the actual number of households moving into the area and he expects it grow even bigger. Local agents ranked among top in nation

Boca firms acquires Tennessee plaza Downtown Boca Raton development firm Fimiani Development Corporation has acquired a plaza in Tennessee to redevelop. The firm purchased Willow Tree Plaza a 110,000-square-foot shopping center in Cookeville, Tenn. from Willow Tree Partners for $4.225 million. The center is anchored by Save A Lot, Harbor Freight Tools, Aaron’s and Family Dollar. Fimiani Development Corporation plans extensive renovations to Willow Tree Plaza including repainting the center, adding a new roof and repaving the parking lot. “Willow Tree Plaza’s close proximity to the historic downtown and central business district, Tennessee Tech University and Cookeville Regional Medical Center makes it an appealing location for retailers,” said Mike Fimiani, president of Fimiani Development. “We look forward to renovating the property which will add value not only for our tenants but also for the community.”

Real Trends America’s Best, a national real estate ranking service, recently released their 2017 rankings for the top real estate agents nationwide and several local agents topped the list. Two agents from Delray Beach with Coldwell Banker made the list: Diane Keane, No. 5 individual for sales volume in Delray Beach with $28,136,800 in Total Sales; No. 1 in Delray Beach for closed transactions with 95.3 total sides and Stacy McNall, No. 2 individual for closed transactions in Delray Beach with 58 total sides. In Boca, Claire Sheres, No. 5 for individual for sales volume in Boca Raton with $42,233,899 in total sales and Terry Story, No. 14 for individual for sales volume in Boca Raton with $20,407,850 in total sales. In teams, Jonathan Postma and Associates, No. 2 for top teams by volume in Boca Raton with $42,582,500 in total sales. To qualify, individual sales agents had to close 50 transaction sides or $20 million in closed sales volume for 2016. Teams needed 75 closed transaction sides or $30 million in closed sales volume for 2016.

Fimiani represented Fimiani Development and Zach Taylor and Jonathan Gerzburg of Marcus & Millichap represented the seller. For more information, visit www.fimiani. com.

He said that Boca’s 33434 zip code was on the top moving zip codes list over the past year, according to internal, proprietary data gathered by Welcomemat Services.

Former SunTrust Bank location in East Boca sells for $2.6 million The former location of the SunTrust Bank East Palmetto branch site has been purchased for $2.6 million.

“Boca is a great spot to move into,” he said. “If you look at the development going on, there’s a lot of building going on. Boca is one of those areas that people are flocking to.”

Avison Young secured the 4,000-squarefoot free-standing building located at 880 E. Palmetto Park Road for Pinnacle Property Investors, LLC (Pinnacle Holdings of Florida, Inc.)

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It was an off-market sale from seller Novak Development Corporation for the nearly one acre property. Avison Young Principals Keith O’Donnell and Gary A. Gottlieb and Vice President Mark M. Rubin secured the location for the buyer.

The service helps connect new residents to local businesses where they can get their hair cut, their dry cleaning done or grab a slice of pizza. “We welcome new families when they move in,” Tabb said. “We are seeing a large amount of growth. The biggest in moving count is Boca.”

The location is a short walk from the beach and close to Mizner Park. “Our acquisition of 880 E. Palmetto Park Road highlights Avison Young’s proven track-record of swiftly and successfully identifying off-market properties to complement our holdings in addition to servicing our real estate needs,” David Slavik, Vice President of Pinnacle Holdings of Florida said. “Since providing representation during our acquisition of 595 Financial Center in Downtown Boca Raton, the firm has professionally leased the two-building office portfolio, and we look forward to maximizing our newest investment.” Silver International Realty adds second Delray office A local real estate agency has opened a second office to accommodate the expansion of its company with three generations of its family. Silver International

Realty’s second office is named Silver International Realty 30 A. Owner Christel Silver said the expansion includes members of three generations of the real estate family. In addition to having her daughter Sabine Robertson on her sales team, her grandson Judson Robertson also joined the company as a Realtor.  “The decision to expand our presence in the Florida market area was a logical step in our business growth strategy,” Silver said. “We have the opportunity to further expand staffing and capabilities in our international market as well as to increase our ability to service current and future markets.”  Judson Robertson, originally form Atlanta Georgia, is now pursuing a degree at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale. His hobbies include swimming and videography. He is currently on the college swim team at NOVA.   “I have always wanted to be an entrepreneur and start my own business,” he said. “I am young and new to the real estate game, but I know with hard work and dedication I can conquer any task that is thrown in front of me.”

Harbour’s Edge competes renovation, hires new executive director Staff report

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“Investor interest – especially among buyers seeking to diversify their portfolios – continues to increase across property types in Palm Beach County, and as such, retail sites with alternative uses are trading at a premium in highly sought-after upscale submarkets such as Boca Raton,” O’Donnell said. “Downtown Boca Raton contin-

Delray Beach senior living community Harbour’s Edge completed a $20 million renovation and has a new executive director. The complex now has a new Lifelong Learning Center with various multimedia and classroom areas, a renovated theater, new spa and fitness center, a second dining venue and a remodeled waterfront restaurant with a new exhibition kitchen, wine bar and other amenities. Harbour’s Edge named James Horsman as its

Delray Beach Mayor Cary Glickstein joins Kevin Knopf of Lifespace Communities and Harbour’s Edge Resident Council President, Dr. Leonard Sutton, to celebrate the grand reopening after the senior living community completed its $20 million renovation project to add amenities.

new executive director. Horsman is an accomplished hotelier with more than three decades of luxury hotel and resort experience at notable properties, including The Ritz-Carlton Hotel company and Destination Hotels. He’s opened numerous hotels throughout North America, and served as general manager for some award-winning hotels, including The Ritz-Carlton Dubai and NINE ZERO Boston. “Harbour’s Edge has always been a premier choice for seniors who value independence in an upscale environment,” said Kevin Knopf, regional director of operations for Lifespace Communities, the parent nonprofit company of the community. “With the recent renovations and the announcement of a new executive director, we will continue to enhance the lives of our residents.”



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New Florida legislation governs website development for condominium associations By: Todd Paton, President/Founder of Paton Marketing Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers In today’s digital world the public’s view of an organization frequently comes with the click of a mouse, leading us to a web site. Thanks to a new bill governing the operations of condominium associations in Florida, these associations must abide by strict regulations regarding the characteristics of these online properties. The law passed on June 26 with Gov. Scott’s signature. It provides specific guidelines for how condominium associations must be run. In an effort to foster accountability and transparency, the legislation also governs how web sites must be built and managed to better serve residents. The legislation went into effect on July 1 and adds several requirements and prohibitions to the Florida Condominium Act and Florida Statutes Chapter 718 governing condominium associations. In a nut shell, the legislation mandates that boards become more accountable and transparent to their constituents. While most of the thousands of associations in Florida are managed with integrity, some are not. The bill basically puts board members on notice that they can face felony charges if found guilty of specific breaches. There is a long laundry list covering electoral fraud, forged signatures on ballots, conflict of interest, and misappropriation of funds, to name a few. In today’s world, transparency and communication starts with a web site, and the law clearly stipulates how these destinations must be structured. They must be secure and provide specific information. The Florida legislature clearly believes they must be much more than online brochures. The bill requires that all condominium associations with more than 150 units must have a compliant web site by July 1, 2018. It is really one of the first steps in associations creating an environment that is transparent for residents. Most associations in Florida are well run, but due to the actions of a few bad apples, this legislation is meant to provide the framework paving the way for honest and open operations. One of the major concerns with online commerce is that sensitive documents and personal information will somehow be compromised and shared with those outside of the association. We read about these security breaches every day. They have time to select a web site developer that is familiar with protocols related to security. Keep in mind that while attractive design and ease of navigation are important, there is nothing more important than protecting and securing valuable information. In short, information should only be available to those who are entitled to seeing it – residents of the association communities. The new law stipulates that specific information must be updated in a timely fashion.

Consequently, these sites should be easy to update so that the association remains compliant with the law. In addition, the new legislation maps out some very specific characteristics for a web site. They include: • Each owner must be provided a login and password • The website must contain the various condominium association official records including all condominium documents, rules and regulations, management and other agreements to which the association is a party • It must publish the annual budget and proposed annual budget, financial reports, board certifications, notice of any unit owner meeting and the agenda within the statutory time periods. They must be posted in plain view on the front page of the website or a separate subpage of the website labeled “Notices” which is conspicuously visible and linked from the front page along with any document to be considered and voted on by the owners during the meeting or any document listed on the agenda, notices of board meetings and agendas within the statutory time periods. There are other requirements which may not directly relate to the web site, but nevertheless require the orderly sharing of information to all residents. These types of web sites are voluntarily standard in the business world. Now they will be part of Florida condominium associations. With the passing of this bill, the legal onus is now on the board of directors to follow these laws. The legislation is in the best interests of homeowners and the lines of open communications starts with a functioning and informative web site. Todd Paton is president and founder of Paton Marketing, one of the country’s leading online marketing firms. It creates research-based dynamic websites and implements lead-generating Search Engine Optimization (SEO) campaigns. With offices in South Florida and overseas, Paton Marketing represents clients in a wide range of industries, including community associations, medical, retail, legal, financial services, hospitality and many others. For more information, visit



Katz Yeshiva High School starts school year in new location Staff report After nearly two decades at Boca Raton Synagogue, Katz Yeshiva High School of South Florida has a new location on the Jewish Federation South Palm Beach County Campus. The new facility, 20900 Ruth and Baron Coleman Blvd., is the largest Orthodox High School Outside of the New York area. It is also the only Jewish Federation campus in the country with K-12 community schools and orthodox schools. The long over-due move was made possible by numerous donations as well as a lead gift from Daniel and Caroline Katz. “Our student body has simply outgrown our current facility,” added Head of School Rabbi Jonathan Kroll. “It’s not just that we are short on classroom space,

• Bio and Physics Lab and Science Classrooms, including state of the art materials, lab tables and more.

we’re also short on places to gather as a whole school, as a grade, or as a club. Our new facility will provide flexible indoor and outdoor spaces that can be used for many different learning experiences, programs and classes.”

• Rotunda/Student Lounge to allow for students to relax, study and socialize in a comfortable, spacious environment.

Katz Yeshiva High School’s student body includes approximately 350 students, grades 9-12. Specific attributes of the new Katz Yeshiva High School of South Florida facility include: • 24 state-of-the-art classrooms, designated faculty workspaces, and cafeteria. • New outdoor spaces on campus, including outdoor seating adjacent to the dining room, an outdoor terrace on the second floor, and outdoor basketball courts and soccer field.

• New state-of-the-art gymnasium. 22,000-square-feet facility with two regulation size basketball courts along with a fitness center and weight room. • Beit Midrash: a large, dedicated space for the entire school to gather to hear speakers, as well as daven and sing together during holidays and other special occasions.

• Digital Library and TV Studio: new digital library and computer coding lab for growing technology needs. Allow students and staff to further develop movie editing, desktop publishing and engineering curriculum. Will include new fiber internet connection allowing for lightning-fast internet in classrooms and hallways. • New and dedicated, professional Art Studio featuring natural lighting, exterior space and flex-space; video equipment; storage; and ample space to create.

GL Homes hosts dinner for The Lord’s Place at Delray Duffy’s Staff report For years, GL Homes has strongly supported homeless organizations including The Lord’s Place. Every month they host a dinner for The Lord’s Place and take out their clients for an outstanding meal and to meet people in the community.  Recently, GL Homes offered an exclusive

opportunity to the clients of The Lord’s Place to hear from top decision makers at Duffy’s.

heard from Duffy’s CEO Jason Emmett. Emmett presented tips about being hired in the culinary world.

The Lord’s Place transforms lives by providing solutions that break the cycle of homelessness for the most vulnerable and neglected in Palm Beach County.

During the working dinner, GL organized job readiness presentations on re-

GL Homes hosted the dinner in Delray at Duffy’s where clients of The Lord’s Place

CEO of Duffy’s Jason Emmett speaking to a group Three clients of The Lord’s Place enjoy dinner and a from the Lord’s Place at Duffy’s in Delray. Submitted presentation at Duffy’s hosted by GL Homes. Submitted photo. photo.

GL Homes’ VP of HR Carol Duncanson speaking to the group at Duffy’s. Submitted photo.

al-world topics such as interview preparation and keys to employee success. The educational training gave The Lord’s Place clients the tools they need to put their best foot forward as they prepare to enter the workforce.



Plans for 324 Lofts in Delray underway Staff report Plans to redevelop the first property in Artists Alley are underway. Known as 324 Lofts, plans to construct

a four-story mixed-use building where Brenda’s Birds was formerly located are underway. Plans include a restaurant on the first floor, a yoga studio on the second floor, professional artists on the third floor and

artists studio on the fourth floor. Architect George Brewer said the goal is to stimulate Third Avenue by bringing a restaurant to the first floor. He said the building will create an environment conducive to artists.


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New FAU football Coach Lane Kiffin gives Owls second chance to fly By: David DiPino Contributing Writer Florida Atlantic University’s new head football coach is all about giving players a second chance or another shot at success. Coach Kiffin has experienced a second chance himself, and now national sports reporters are flocking to the Owls Tom Oxley Athletic Center to get information on Coach Kiffin’s list of player’s vying for another shot. Yahoo Sports recently dubbed FAU “Another Chance U,” SB Nation has titled the Owls program “Last Chance U.” Coach Kiffin and his new football coaching staff have brought in 34 players as Owls in 2017, none of whom played for FAU last season. “I’ve always believed in second chances,” Coach Kiffin said after a sweltering mid-August football practice at the Tom Oxley Athletic Center on FAU’s Boca Raton campus. “They’re young kids – and it’s not like these players needed second chances because they made major mistakes. Some decided to go to junior college, some had (other) issues.” But Coach Kiffin alluded to all were deserving of a second chance. He talked about “teaching culture and expectations” he wants his football players to follow closely to this mantra on an everyday basis. “When you’re a Division I football player you’re held to higher standards especially as students,” Coach Kiffin said. “I like how our players are playing… It’s creating a lot of competition. I like where we are mentally we just need to focus on getting stronger physically. Part of that culture is winning football games.” FAU has only won nine games in three years. One of those players getting a second chance is DeAndre McNeal, a tight end from Mesquite, Texas, who played at Fullerton College in California, a community college in Fullerton, CA, last season. “Coach Kiffin is a great coach,” McNeal, a junior, said. Coach Kiffin’s father Monte Kiffin is on

the FAU staff as defensive analyst and pro liaison. Coach Monte Kiffin was a Super Bowl Champion of Super Bowl XXXVII as a defensive coordinator with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Coach Monte Kiffin coached the Buccanneers as defensive coordinator form 1996-2008. He coached North Carolina State University Wolfpack to a 16-17 record from 19801982. Monte Kiffin is also the creator of the famed “Tampa Cover 2” defense. Coach Lane Kiffin, 42, played as a quarterback for the Fresno State University Bulldogs from 1994-1996, and coached the Bulldogs as an assistant coach from 1997-1998. In 1999, Coach Kiffin was a graduate assistant at Colorado State University, in 2000 and was an offensive quality control for the National Football League’s Jacksonville Jaguars, in 2001. Coach Kiffin returned to college football to take a job with the University of Southern California Trojans (USC) as their tight end coach, from 2002-2004 was the Trojans wide receiver coach, from 2005-2006 was the offensive coordinator for USC. For the 2007-2008 football season, Coach Kiffin jumped back to the NFL to be the head coach of the Oakland Raiders, but in 2009 returned to college football to be the head football coach at the University of Tennessee, followed by a three-year stint back to USC to be head coach from 2010-2013. In 2014, Coach Kiffin took a job as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Alabama for the Crimson Tide and won the national championship in 2015 after going 14-1 and winning the Cotton Bowl. Reports state Coach Kiffin made $1.4 million as an offensive coordinator at Alabama and will earn $1 Million a season as Coach of the Owls. Coach Kiffin has a winning record of 35-21 in college football yet has never won a bowl game as a head coach (0-2) and 5-15 record in the NFL. Florida Atlantic University Owls 2017 College Football Season (Conference USA) (David DiPino’s prediction FAU wins 8 games, 4 losses, Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl appearance, Dallas, Texas, Dec. 26, TBA, FAU 38 Kansas State Wildcats 37) –

FAU Owls head football coach Lane Kiffin takes questions from the media. Henry Bussey III catches yet another FAU touchdown. Photo By: David DiPino. Photo by: David DiPino.


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Dear Jack,

I’m asking advice about a friend. She is in her mid-thirties, like me, but she’s single. She doesn’t want to be single. We talk a lot about her status and the men she’d like to date, but there doesn’t seem to be much of a market for her and she is increasingly frustrated. She refuses to go on any of the websites I send her, go on a second date or lower her standards, even a smidge, so I am increasingly frustrated about all the talk with no action and now she is getting to the point of saying, “I just want babies and a husband.” She is pretty, successful, nice, family orientated, and refuses to pursue men. How can I get her to get more aggressive and try and meet more people?

Actions matter more than words when it comes to change. If a fellow says, “Man I really want to stop partying,” but continues to unapologetically pours whiskey in his coffee every morning, he either can’t change or really doesn’t want to. Until your friend takes some steps, realize that she’s doing what she wants or isn’t currently willing to make strides towards her goals. That’s not me saying she’s happy single or our alcoholic friend doesn’t want to stop drinking. The first change is most difficult. If she doesn’t follow through with a course of action that she appeared excited about, rather than continuing to ask her about it, change the dialog by saying, “Why didn’t you download the app?” “Why didn’t you go on that blind date I set you up with?” “Why didn’t you call Jack back?” Get the whys answered and you can deal with the real problem. Maybe she hates dating apps, maybe all she really wants is a baby and not a man, maybe she is really set in her lifestyle and would prefer someone that gives her a lot of space. I don’t know. A goal is easy, setting and following a path is much harder. Once she solves the whys and hows she will be closer to achieving the goals. I want to say something about asking her to lower her standards. She shouldn’t lower her standards. That’s a recipe for disaster. There is a huge difference between

‘standards,’ which should remain high, and ‘requirements,’ which should be more fluid. She deserves to be with a good person who treats her well. That’s a standard. If she is saying, “I’ll only be with him if he is a gainfully employed advice columnist in his early 20s, washboard abs, with a vacation home,” that’s a requirement. Standards and requirements get confused frequently and it is important that the former remains high while the latter remain flexible. No one is going to be perfect, and if she passes on a guy because he’s a short bartender rather than a tall neurologist, she might be missing out on a great person that meets standards only to end up settling for someone that checks boxes but is not a great person. Keep helping your friend! Ruts are real tough particularly when you want something badly but things don’t go well right away. You have to start slow, stack good days while overcoming bad ones. She definitely sounds like she needs to cast a wider net. If she stays consistent and sets good habits there’s usually a pay off, but that takes longer, it stinks but that’s the way it is. Delray you never have to lower your advice columnist standards or requirements, send me your problems at and I promise to write the answer with my washboard abs just banging.

Stacey Giulianti, co-Founder of Florida Peninsula Insurance Company about Hurricane Insurance during the peak of hurricane season Florida Peninsula Insurance is headquartered in Boca Raton and one of the largest home insurance providers in Florida.

1 Palm Beach County dodged a hur-

ricane last year, but parts of Florida received major damage. Will residents become complacent again?  It was only natural for people to become complacent when there are long stretches of time without hurricanes.  The thought of “this will not happen to me” takes hold and memories of past storms and the devastation it left behind begin to fade. It had been the longest time period without a storm hitting Florida since hurricane record keeping began. Although Palm Beach County residents dodged a nasty hurricane last year, we might not be so lucky this year.  One of the most dangerous parts of a storm is being unprepared. Having the residents of Florida be unmotivated to prepare for the worst, can increase the amounts of claims by hundreds of thousands of dollars which could easily be prevented. 

2 Why should people review their in-

surance policies?

Everyone wants to save money; this is understandable. But when you combine hurricane apathy with economic hard-

ship and carriers who may offer cheap policies at the cost of providing coverage, it creates the potential for disaster should a catastrophe happen. Why do people buy insurance?  We buy insurance in the hope we never have to use it. As years pass and you do not have the need to file a claim, it is easy to consider limiting your coverage because “this hasn’t happened to me.” The truth is, many claims happen when you least expect it and can cause thousands. If you are not properly insured for the most costly of situations, how will you make all the repairs needed? The cost of peace of mind cannot be measured, yet it is one of the most important items to consider when purchasing home insurance.

3 Is it true that homeowner’s insur-

ance doesn’t include flood coverage?

Most home insurance policies do not cover flood claims. Let’s define a flood. A flood is rising water.  Any kind of rising water, storm surge is rising water. Many people do not realize that although there is a hurricane outside, the damage to their home is being caused by rising water and therefore their homeowners’ policy will not cover this damage.  Over one third of flood claims happen in nonflood zone areas. When you consider the damage flood water can make to your home and the

cost of its repairs with the annual cost of a flood policy, which averages approximately $400, it is well worth considering obtaining this coverage. You may purchase flood coverage from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) or a private flood carrier.  Florida Peninsula has begun to offer, in eligible areas, an endorsement to the homeowners’ policy which will add the needed flood coverage to the home.  Endorsing your policy with this coverage will allow you to easily maintain all your coverage with one carrier. This will simplify payment, maintenance, renewals of the policy as well as expediting any claim you may have since it will be one company handling the adjustment of the damages.

4 Why should you take a photo inventory of your home and valuables? Should your property be damaged or stolen, insurance carriers will need proof you owned the items you are claiming.  Taking a photo or video inventory of your home will alleviate the claims process when you may not be in the mindset to recover all the documentation needed.

5 What should you do after the storm? First, it is important you and your family are in a safe place. Once it is safe to come

out of your home; when the authorities have advised the storm has passed, we recommend you assess any damage you may have experienced. Take pictures of the damage.  Take immediate mitigation steps to avoid further damage, when it is safe to do so.  Then call your carrier. Making the phone call to your carrier a priority is always important, however, the sooner you do so during a catastrophe when possibly thousands of other homeowners are doing the same thing, will assist in getting your claim started sooner rather than later. It will get you on the road to recovery and bringing your life back to normalcy.



Snow Scholarship Fund awards $1 million to 100-plus local students By: Dale King Contributing Writer

In addition to making financial commitments, the Fund provides students with its innovative Scholar Support Services program. This started with a Snow Scholar Orientation during which students heard from local experts as well as current Snow Scholars and alumni on a variety of topics that will enhance their college experience.

The George Snow Scholarship Fund in Boca Raton has made a commitment to spend a million dollars to provide higher education for more than 100 deserving local scholars. The Fund hosted its annual awards reception in June, with the help of contributions from Amy and Mike Kazma, the Steve Bagdan Charitable Foundation, Rita and Tom Head and the R.A. Ritter Foundation. The yearly event allows donors and supporters to meet the special young recipients as well as recognize the scholarship contributors who have made 2017 the most successful year in the organization’s 35-year history. “Our awards reception marks the culmination of a year’s worth of work by literally hundreds of our kind and generous supporters and volunteers,” President Tim Snow said. “This night shows us the fruits of our labor, and our donors get to meet the young people who will benefit from their efforts.”

From left, Janice Williams, De-Shaunah Dixon, Kari Oeltjen, Helen Babione, Jon Kaye, Patricia Louis, Bonnie Halperin, Mitch Fogel and Frank Feiler. Submitted photo.

Microsoft Inc. and a first aid kit donated by Boca Raton Regional Hospital. Bar Charts donated quick reference charts on various subjects, Dr. Douglas A. Rolfe donated oral hygiene kits and the Boca Raton Resort & Club contributed sewing kits. Additional items included an LED flashlight keychain, a flash drive and a cooler. Overall, the gifts Snow Scholars received were valued at more than $800.

The orientation covered surviving the first two weeks of school, good nutrition, importance of exercise, mental health, managing stress/anxiety, life outside the classroom, campus safety, drugs, alcohol, time management, study skills, developing a resume, professor/student relationships and financial management. Other scholar support programs include the Emergency Fund Program, Monday’s Motivational Messages and the Computer and College Supply Initiative along with new programs such as a Senior Portrait Program and a “Snow Family App.” Each year the Fund recognizes one special supporter who represents volunteerism,

generosity, commitment and unselfishness. The award, known as the Robert S. Howell Spirit of Service Award, was handed out at the end of the ceremony to longtime supporter Diana Halley. The George Snow Scholarship Fund is a nationally recognized Palm Beach County based 501(c) (3) public charity, dedicated to providing scholarships and support services to young men and women with financial need so they can build a better life through the pursuit of higher education. Since 1982, the organization has awarded more than $8.2 million in scholarship awards to more than 1,600 promising Snow Scholars who have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to achieving their goals through hard work and a willingness to help themselves and others. Sponsors of Annual Awards Reception included: Gold Sponsor: Amy and Mike Kazma and Steve Bagdan Charitable Foundation; Silver Sponsor: Rita and Tom Head and R.A. Ritter Foundation.

During the ceremony, Snow scholars received a medal and certificate. Afterwards, each was given a duffel gift bag filled with items they can use while away at college. Students chose between a new Lenovo laptop computer and a college supply stipend. Other goodies included two dorm appliances donated by Jarden Consumer Solutions of Boca Raton, a Microsoft Office Professional Productivity Suite donated by

From left, Mitch Fogel, Molly Ehrlich, Jonathan Wat- From left, Donna Biase, Mary Brown, Dillon Green, From left, Tim Snow, Pam Perrin, Diana Halley, Debi son and Debi Fogel. Submitted photo Tina Tring and Debbie Ellman. Submitted photo. Feiler and Leslie Cornwell. Submitted photo.

Beach & Park District board talks budget By: Diane Emeott Korzen Contributing Writer

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If you have something to say when it comes to the tax you pay from the Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District, you can voice your opinion during two public hearings this month.


The first one is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Sept. 7 at the Sugar Sand Park Community Center. The new fiscal year begins Oct. 1. and so far the Beach & Park District Board gave a unanimous nod to keeping the millage rate the same during an hour-and-a-half first meeting on the budget this summer. On July 17, the Beach & Park District proposed keeping the millage rate the same as last year— 0.9147 mills. Commissioner Craig Ehrnst noted that keeping the 0.9147 millage rate the same would in effect be a tax increase. With an increase in property values of a little over 6 percent, the District is expecting to raise from ad valorem taxes approximately $1.2 million more than last year. “There is a healthy discussion we need to have [that] even though the millage rate is the same, it is essentially more money in taxes,” Ehrnst said. Commissioner Robert K. Rollins Jr. said, “In the 22 years I’ve been doing this, there always tends to be heated discussion on the Budget. Facilities need to be safe and maintained properly, etc. Which things we can kick down

Executive Director Art Koski said that the District has a $2 million cap on taxation, yet has never approached anything greater than $1 million. “This year is the first year we’re not anticipating [using the] rollback [rate],” he added. The total Beach & Parks District Budget for FY 2018 is anticipated to be about $49.5 million, according to Briann Harms, assistant director of the Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District in mid-August, who added that budget meetings are still ongoing. In comparison, the current amended total budget, which runs through Sept. 30, is $50 million. The district board also raised the hypothetical question of whether they could afford the variety of large capital projects they are working on – one of which is the $2.4 million Ocean Breeze golf course acquisition –without keeping the millage rate the same. Commissioner Steve Engle interjected, “Development cost of Ocean Breeze is only allowed to be in the budget one year... but we have other projects now.” “$2.4 million has been set aside in the Fiscal Year to end Sept. 30, 2017 [FY 2016-17],” said Rollins. “We didn’t spend it. It’s still there.”

The Beach and Park District listens to a presentation on the proposed budget. Photo by Diane Emeott Korzen.

At the July 17 meeting, Koski said they were still awaiting 5-year pro formas (forecast financial statements) and other items regarding Ocean Breeze. “Hopefully, everything will be in our hands by the latter part of August, in time for a joint meeting with the City Council –now slated for Sept. 26. It will be a mutual decision between myself, the city manager and the assistant city manager,” said Koski. The District envisions a world-class, 27-hole golf course on the vacant Ocean Breeze golf course property, located in Boca Teeca (which contains three nine-hole golf courses, a hotel, country club building with outdoor pool, indoor restaurant and fitness center.) The golf course was operational from 1968 to 2016).



FAU’s incoming medical students receive white coats during symbolic ceremony By: Dale King Contributing Writer The 64 members of the incoming class of physician hopefuls in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University  each received his or her first doctor’s medical smock last month during the symbolic “White Coat Ceremony” formally marking their entry into the medical profession. “The power of the symbolic white coat resides in how you conduct yourself while wearing it as a medical student and later as a physician,” said  Phillip Boiselle, M.D., a professor and dean of FAU’s medical school, as he delivered his remarks to class members in the Barry and Florence Friedberg Lifelong Learning Center auditorium  on the Boca Raton campus. “It is a constant reminder of your professional and ethical obligations as a physician,” he added. “Always remember that providing health care is a sacred trust and your white coat symbolizes your commitment to upholding that trust.” The presentation of the white coats on Friday, Aug. 4 concluded two days of special ceremonies that included the seventh annual “White Coat 4 Care” reception the evening before in the FAU Stadium, co-chaired by Jon and Bonnie Kaye of Kaye Communications since its inception. The event, which honored donors, raised more than $85,000 to purchase the white coats, bringing the seven-year total contributed for the symbolic medical garb to more than $307,000. The 64 members of the Class of 2021 were chosen from 3,667 applicants to FAU’s med school. The group is the most diverse in the school’s history and will enhance diversity efforts among the physician workforce, organizers said. Fifteen percent of the class

Dr. John Kelly, president of Florida Atlantic University, is flanked by two members of the Class of 2020 at FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine -Kimberly Herard, left, and Rebekah Kimball. Photo courtesy of FAU photo.

received bachelor’s or master’s degree from FAU and about 87 percent are Florida residents. “No matter how you look at it, this class has got it covered,” said Dr. Boiselle. He noted that the name of the donor of each white coat is written on a piece of paper in the pocket. Stuart Markowitz, M.D., senior associate dean for student affairs and admissions in FAU’s medical college, emphasized the importance of the white coat ceremony. “When FAU was part of the University of Miami’s program, they didn’t have the white coat program. We started it from the get-go, to ceremonially cloak our students in white, and for them to stand and take the oath.” Students were presented with their white coats by Markowitz and Jennifer W. Caceres, M.D., assistant dean for student affairs at FAU’s medical college. Each student was pinned with a “Humanism in Medicine” lapel pin by a member of the class of 2020 during the ceremony. At the conclusion, students recited in unison an oath they collectively wrote, which will serve as a code of conduct they are committed to following throughout their education and as physicians after graduation. 

From left, Phillip Boiselle, M.D., dean of FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine; Ellen Boiselle, Ph.D.; Patricia Anastasio, M.D., affiliate faculty in FAU’s Schmidt College of Medicine and Elaine Van der Put, Ph.D., senior associate dean for administration in FAU’s Schmidt College of Medicine. Photo courtesy of FAU photo.

White medical coats are shown hanging at Florida Atlantic University last month, ready for distribution to incoming freshman in the Class of 2021 of FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine. Photo courtesy of FAU photo.

“You have chosen a very noble profession and we wish you every success in your education, your training and your life as a physician,” said Markowitz. “This is the first step on a journey that will be exciting and frustrating, but will be the most remarkable journey you will encounter.”


The keynote address was delivered by Darin P. Trelka, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of integrated medical science and director of anatomical programs in FAU’s Schmidt College of Medicine. He also received FAU’s 2017 “Distinguished Teacher of the Year”

The White Coat Ceremony  was founded in 1993 by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation which concluded that the beginning of a student’s journey into medicine is the best time to influence standards of professionalism, humanistic values and behavior.

Stuart Markowitz, M.D., senior associate dean for student affairs and admissions for FAU’s Schmidt College of Medicine, with incoming class member Emmanuel “Manny” McNeely. Photo courtesy of FAU photo.

Following the ceremony, students and guests enjoyed a reception underwritten by Michael T.B. Dennis, M.D., a member of FAU’s Board of Trustees and chair of the advisory board of FAU’s medical school.

Jennifer W. Caceres, M.D., left, assistant dean for student affairs, FAU’s Schmidt College of Medicine, with incoming class member Mirelle Dawoud. Photo courtesy of FAU photo.

Boca Raton Regional Hospital first in state to use new technology to map irregular heart rhythms non-invasively Staff report Boca Raton Regional Hospital is the first in Florida and one of only five centers nationally to non-invasively map irregular heartbeats in patients with chronic atrial fibrillation and other arrhythmias who have not responded adequately to medication or prior ablation procedures. Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is a quivering or irregular heartbeat that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure or other heart-related complications. A total of 2.7 to 6.1 million Americans are living with the condition. The Medtronic CardioInsight™ Noninvasive 3D Mapping System, introduced at Boca Regional by Murray Rosenbaum, MD, Director of Electrophysiology at the Hospital’s

Christine E. Lynn Heart & Vascular Institute and was first used in February on an 84-year-old patient. The system uses a 252-electrode sensor vest that is worn by the patient to match body surface electrical data with heart anatomy. The non-invasive technology creates 3D electro-anatomic maps of the heart by collecting electrocardiogram (ECG) signals from the chest, and combining these signals with data from a computed tomography (CT) scan of the heart. The vest technology contours to the patient’s body and allows for continuous and simultaneous panoramic mapping of both atria or both ventricles non-invasively prior to the procedure. The 3D maps can be created by capturing a single heartbeat and enable rapid mapping of

these heart rhythms. “This non-invasive mapping system has streamlined the clinical planning process for specialists like myself and has made it easy for patients to receive exquisite mapping results right at the bedside,” Dr. Rosenbaum said. “The technology allows mapping of certain arrhythmias with high accuracy prior to entering the cath lab so that the entire procedure can be planned before touching the patient.” The most important role, Dr. Rosenbaum said, is the fact that this technology offers a chance to rid atrial fibrillation when no other treatment is effective. This includes cases where initial ablation has failed, or in cases of persistent or chronic atrial fibrillation.

CardioInsight has the ability to locate with great precision what are called cardiac rotors. These points in the heart’s electrical system are analogous to the eye of a hurricane; around which electrical activity called initiating spirals rotate causing the arrhythmia. Using this new mapping technology, the electrophysiologist can position an ablation catheter on the rotor centers. In some cases a single ablation can terminate the atrial fibrillation and restore the heart to normal rhythm.



Society Scene

Friends, families, art lovers, and artists (including Carlos Luna, fourth from left) came together for a night of celebration at the Boca Raton Museum of Art’s annual Midsummer Party. Part of Boca Chamber Festival Days, the event hosted more than 600 people to see four new exhibitions on view. Submitted photo.

Law firm Brinkley Morgan and Kids In Distress, Inc. hosted a back-to-school charity drive for children whose family situations make obtaining essential school supplies challenging. Attorneys and staff collected backpacks and hundreds of school supplies, including notebooks, paper, pens, pencils, index cards, folders, rulers and calculators, which were delivered to KID just in time to prepare for the new school year. Submitted photo.

Mayor Susan Haynie visits Boca Regional Hospital during its 50th anniversary celebration. Photo courtesy of Downtown Photo.

Lang Realty recently supported Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine’s 7th Annual White Coats 4-Care event with the sponsorship of two white coats, with personalized welcome notes, presented to the school’s incoming medical students. Pictured from L-R are Jaisyn Glickman, medical student; Erica Carr, business development director at Lang Realty; Felicia Ferber, Lang Realty and Jessica Dowling, medical student. Submitted photo.

The Realtors® Association of the Palm Beaches and Greater Fort Lauderdale Realtors® were recently recognized as the Top Fundraising Team by Habitat for Humanity Palm Beach County. The group surpassed their fundraising goal with a donation of more than $5,200. Team captain, Kim Flossie, was awarded the Pink Hammer Top Individual Fundraising Award. Pictured from L-R are: Dionna Hall, CEO of the RAPB+GFLR, with her children Ethan and Emersyn; Jessica Wittenbrink; Kim Flossie; Kathy Manning; Renee Sandel and Mark Martinez. Submitted photo.

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The Realtors® Association of the Palm Beaches and Greater Fort Lauderdale Realtors®, were honored by the WAV Group with the first WAVes of Change Award. The award was created by the leading real estate business and communications consulting firm to honor those that have made bold new moves to create positive waves of change in the industry. Pictured from L-R Marilyn Wilson, Founder of WAV Group; Kim Hansen, RAPB+GFLR COO; Dionna Hall, RAPB+GFLR CEO and Ron Lennen, RAPB+GFLR President-Elect. Submitted photo.


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Council Corner

Working together for better development and traffic planning By: Councilman Scott Singer Special to the Boca Newspaper Just last month, the City Council, sitting as the Community Redevelopment Agency, reviewed and expressed concerns about the first application for Mizner 200, a large luxury residential condo building on Mizner Boulevard in Downtown Boca. At the meeting, I, along with three other council members, stated that we could not support the proposed design for the Mizner 200 project. The concerns we expressed had to do with the building’s bulk, separation of













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Residents’ views and needs are foremost in my service to you. Our shared concerns about development and need to plan for future traffic are helping to position us for better individual developments today and more visionary mobility tomorrow. Please keep sharing your thoughts with me.



Speaking of traffic, the City of Boca Raton has recently taken a number of steps to manage the traffic that comes from development elsewhere. Much of the traffic the city experiences during rush hour is commuter traffic and comes from people in West Boca and those along the I-95 corridor. Later this month, staff will report on its study findings for improving traffic flow on Federal Highway and Dixie Highway in downtown. I look forward to these discussions, as I’ve been an advocate about expanding capacity on Dixie



the towers, placement and access to open space, and other concerns. As a result, the council member who had moved to approve the project withdrew his motion.We then unanimously voted to continue the discussion at a future meeting so the proposers, architects and development team could work on revised plans that addressed the concerns we and neighbors raised about the mass of the building and open space. The developer immediately began work and greater communication with residents about revised plans followed. There is reason at this point for optimism that the project will be refined and create better harmony with existing properties in downtown. Time will tell, but the key factor is that when the Council calls

Highway and exploring a downtown bypass that would both increase traffic flow and add to walkability on the stretch of Federal from Palmetto Park Road to Camino Real. Soon to be anchored by two new hotels, and additional restaurants and retail stores, these blocks could turn into the long-desired “main street” of our downtown. In addition, staff is working on plans for expanded reliever roads for busy intersections. Finally, later this fall, we should see the opening of the Spanish River interchange at I-95, which will bring needed much relief to Glades Road, the most congested thoroughfare in Palm Beach County.


Some recent proposed developments demonstrate how applicants who work to address and respond to neighborhood concerns are more likely to see positive reactions from the city. Recently, the Boca Raton Regional Hospital applied for a small text amendment to enable construction of a long-needed parking garage. When some neighbors expressed concerns about the separation between their properties and the proposed site, the hospital went above and beyond code requirements to further voluntarily increase the distance from their plot lines and add additional landscaping. Recognizing the public need for adequate parking at our cities only hospital and while still trying to balance the concerns of the immediately Nursery neighbors, Rebellion the City Council voted impacted byapprove Myles the Mellor and Sally York to project.

It is also essential to note that many proposals never get as far as a City Council meeting for review, because Council members and city staff express concerns that developers must address and many choose not to proceed. These strong standards help make Boca Raton distinctive, especially when compared to some other cities in South Florida. For every project that’s voted on by the City Council, let alone approved, there are many that never make it that far through the rigors of the code requirements. During my time on the council, I have at several times opposed changes big and small - to our code that would have negative impacts on traffic and parking.


Residents have a lot of thoughts about development and traffic, as they have had for the last 50 years. Of course we all do, as those are issues that seem to affect us daily. This month’s column highlights some issues on development and traffic planning that you might have missed but are important for all of us to know.

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Council Corner Transforming downtown Boca Raton By: Councilman Robert Weinroth Special to the Boca Newspaper Boca Raton’s redevelopment is transforming its downtown. But many who were not residents in 1980 may not understand the history of what has become a transformational process. In the limited space allocated to me, I would like to clarify the process that brought us to where we are today and dispel some of the misinformation that has been disseminated. The 344-acre community redevelopment area was originally designated as part of a citizen-led initiative to reverse the downward spiral of the downtown and give people a reason to venture there. In a series of actions that began in 1980, the Boca Raton City Council created the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) as an independent special district charged with addressing a dilapidated mall and deteriorating infrastructure in our downtown. In 1982 the CRA proposed the Downtown Boca Raton Redevelopment plan which the City Council adopted. While the plan established guidelines for redeveloping the area, the area continued to languish as private initiatives failed to materialize. In 1988, the CRA undertook a public initiative to stimulate redevelopment by creating a master plan, which included numerous infrastructure improvements (Visions 90), and provided a detailed framework within which redevelopment could occur.

An application was made with the state to pursue an area-wide DDRI (Downtown Development of Regional Impact) which triggered state and regional review of the potential impacts of a project of that magnitude since it would have implications on the residents throughout South Florida. A development order (Resolution 28-1988) was approved by the City Council in March 1988 which granted 8 million square feet of office equivalent (OE) development in the downtown of which approximately five million square feet of OE’s were new development and three million square feet of OE’s were redevelopment of existing structures. One key component of the Downtown Development Order (DDO) was the establishment of equivalency factors to authorize development of office, retail, institutional, hotel and residential uses. The formula for calculating OE’s is spelled out in great detail within Ordinance 4035 (at page 18) in 1992. All development within the development order were deemed vested. Unlike other areas of the city, no further testing for concurrency is required for development within what is vested by the DDO. Before Ordinance 4035 was approved -- first by the City Council and later by the voters on May 4, 1993, the CRA, City of Boca Raton and Crocker Partners agreed to redevelop the 30 acre Boca Mall site into what is,

today, Mizner Park. This mixed use redevelopment project required the city to issue $68 million in bonds to finance the construction of a mixed use “urban village.” Notwithstanding the fact that Mizner Park is, today, universally embraced (even used as an example of what current projects should emulate) in 1991, there was so much criticism of the CRA’s direction that voters replaced the seven appointed members of the CRA board of commissioners with the five elected members of the City Council and the CRA became a dependent special district of the city. The current redevelopment of Boca Raton’s downtown continues to rely upon Ordinance 4035 and Ordinance 5052 which refined the rules to allow for buildings higher than the original 100’ maximum to facilitate greater architectural opportunities and produce buildings more visually pleasing while not increasing the building mass authorized in the original ordinance. The recession caused a virtual halt to the downtown redevelopment as capital evaporated. However, over the past 5-6 years, many projects that had been mothballed have gone vertical. Notwithstanding the dust and dirt as construction cranes have dotted the downtown sky, the vibrancy created by the metamorphosis of our downtown has been embraced by a majority of our residents. Restaurants and small businesses are thriv-

ing. Residents from the western country club communities are heading east as they become empty nesters. Cultural offerings at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, Mizner Park Amphitheater, Wick Theatre and Costume Museum and the Mizner Park Amphitheater (to name but a few) are attracting audiences to remain commercially viable. There have been disappointments along the way but adjustments are made on a continuing basis to bring redevelopment projects more in line with resident expectations. Increasing the amount of open space in the public realm is one of those adjustments as has been the emphasis on walkability and the inclusion of art in public places. One need only travel around our state to see how other cities weathered the recession to recognize how fortunate we are to have a strong, broad foundation on which to build. Coupled with abundant public recreational facilities, top rated schools and universities, a top rated regional hospital and a growing list of companies offering employment to our residents and the City of Boca Raton has much to crow about.

Boca woman named a county ‘Nurse of the Year’ for helping needy families By: Dale King Contributing Writer A Boca Raton resident and school nurse at the economically challenged Barton Elementary School in Lake Worth has been cited as one of the county’s “Nurses of the Year” for her efforts to provide necessities to needy families. Cheryl Zombek has dedicated the last seven years of her career to helping families at the school find safe housing, clothing and food. Zombek was nominated by the Health Care District of Palm Beach County’s School Health Supervisors and was recognized by Palm Healthcare Foundation as one of the county’s “Nurses of the Year.” The award noted that she goes “way above and beyond what is expected of a school nurse” by assisting students to get free immunizations, eyeglasses and dental work. Zombek does this by working closely with various community agencies. The nurse from Boca was among those honored at the fourth annual “Heart of Gold Reception: Honoring Palm Beach County’s Nurses” held recently in the Cohen Pavilion

at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach. The event capped the fourth annual “Thank a Nurse” campaign, a series of events designed to make the public aware of the tireless efforts of Palm Beach County nurses. “Thank a Nurse” was sponsored by Tenet Health and VITAS Healthcare.

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“Heart of Gold” sponsors included TrustBridge, the E.M. Lynn Foundation, Keiser University, Florida Atlantic University, Palm Beach Atlantic University, Manor Care and Harris Legal Nurse Consulting, Inc.   During the past 15 years, Palm Healthcare Foundation has donated more than $10 million to benefit nursing initiatives. These include nurses earning specialty certifications, attending leadership classes and providing additional educational opportunities for nurses who want to become administrators.  More than $2.8 million in nursing scholarships has been distributed among more than 1,000 nursing students for advanced education so that Palm Beach County residents will have quality nursing care when they need it most. Currently, there is a growing nursing shortage.

Cheryl Zombek is shown with Palm Healthcare Foundation, Inc. CEO Patrick J. McNamara. Submitted photo.

To expand the delivery of health services to residents who need it most, Palm Healthcare Foundation recently began an innovative program called the Volunteer Nurse Corps. With a grant to Palm Beach Atlantic University, the foundation supports a volunteer nurse corps that uses retired, volunteer and student nurses to help administer community care and home visits. For more information, visit palmhealthcare. org or call 561-833-6333.

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