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Delray Beach Historical Society features two new exhibits Staff report Want to know what Delray Beach was like in 1491? Head to the Delray Beach Historical Society this month to check out “The Last Frontier: Delray Beach from 1491-1919.” The historical society is debuting two new exhibits. In addition to heading back in time to the earliest days of the city where woolly mammoths and camels roamed, a second exhibit will take a look at how the city became a thriving tourist town. Opening night will take place on Dec. 13 with a resort town holiday theme. The frontier exhibit will take visitors back in time to early Delray history. Beginning with the history of Florida’s indigenous populations and going through the day-to-day struggles of the city’s earliest pioneers, the exhibit explores the early days of South Florida.

St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic School students take turns watering plants they placed in their new garden. Staff photo.

Delray students plant vegetables in new community gardens on campus By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic School students excitedly gathered around new wood boxes filled with dirt eagerly awaiting their turn to plant a vegetable. They took turns getting their hands dirty, watering the soil, digging a hole and planting peppers, potatoes, chocolate mint and scallions in the raised garden beds.

The Green Team and Garden Club will be responsible for maintaining four community gardens that were donated to the school by Delray Beachbased Architec HomeGrown Gourmet Products. “We want it to be a place where kids can come and read, write and get their hands dirty,” Principal Vikki Delgado said. “We are really excited about it.”

“The thing that is most surprising to most people, myself included, is that there is a long history to Delray,” Delray Beach Historical Society archivist Kate Teves said. “We tend to think Delray’s history starts in the 1920s, but there is a long history.” From indigenous displacement, Flor-

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Architec CEO Jenna Sellers said the donation is part of a company initiative called Project Restore a Wholesome Future. They take proceeds from sales and then donate gardens. She said it was a student at St. Vincent who reached out about bringing the gardens to the school. Sixth grader Owen Hill knew Sellers and about her busi[CONT. PG 2] ness and her products.

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“Delray Beach Pioneer Wagon Train” Courtesy of the Delray Beach Historical Society Archives.



Delray students plant vegetables in new community gardens on campus “I knew she was the right person for the job,” he said about his ask of her to bring her gardens to the campus.


“We had a garden in the past, but it had a lot of weeds and it was hard to maintain,” he said. “It wasn’t in the best area, now it is in a good area and a lot of kids can see the plants grow. It will be an amazing thing for everyone at the school.” The gardens are from HomeGrown Gourmet, a product line that encourages consumers to grow wholesome, fresh produce at home with products like their Harvest Grow Bags, Harvest Window Box, Strawberry Patch Tower, and many more. Project Restore a Wholesome Future is dedicated to installing community gardens to get kids and young adults interested in growing their own farm to table produce at an early age.

St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic School students smell plants they are placing in their new garden thanks to Delray’s Architec HomeGrown St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic School students St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic School students Gourmet Products that donated the gardens. were not afraid to get messy when planting in prepare to place their vegetables and herbs in their new community garden. Staff photo. raised garden beds. Staff photo. Staff photo.

“HomeGrown Gourmet gives us the opportunity to encourage healthy eating habits and get kids excited about growing their own fruits and vegetables,” Sellers said. “We’re excited to install these gardens in Delray Beach, which is also the city our company calls home.”

helping one another water their plants. One student ex-

Students didn’t hesitate to get messy moving dirt and

and enjoy the fruits of their labor, literally.

claimed they had been waiting five weeks for the gardens to be installed. Now, it will be up to the students to tend to their garden

Delray Beach Historical Society features two new exhibits ida statehood, Henry Flagler’s railroad, environmental disasters, the mosquito plight, agriculture, architecture, infrastructure, economy, communication and the enduring pioneer spirit, the exhibit showcases what Delray was like way back when.

exhibit, which is more serious and showcases how hard life was for the indigenous people and early settlers.


“The two exhibits have different tones,” she said. “We are focusing on tourists. People tend to be happy when they are on vacation.”

“People want to know, ‘Was there anything here before we were here?’ People think it was an empty swamp land,” Teves said. “It should be pretty eye-opening.”

White Settlers Massacred by the Seminoles: During the “Huricane Strikes Land” Horrenda & inaudi- Seminole War of 1835-1836. From a woodcut in An Auta tempestas Theodor de Bry Frankfurt, 1594. thentic Narrative of the Seminole War 1836. Published in Image courtesy of John Carter Brown Library, Florida’s Centennial, Library of Congress, March 3, 1945. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons user SEWilco Brown University 

Teves said the idea behind the exhibit was to show people what life was like in the early days. She said it is something that community members and teachers have asked for.

it picks up during the Civil War and goes into the resort days of Delray Beach. It will feature images and artifacts of a town full of entrepreneurial optimism and passion for the arts, polo, tennis, fishing and dining.

The exhibit will focus on the struggles and difficulties of life back then. A second exhibit “Sunny Greetings From Delray Beach” will focus on the Delray that many think of when they think of “historical” Delray, the time of the land boom and tourism.

Stories of iconic people and places will provide visitors an in-depth, multi-media experience of what life was like in Delray Beach in the 1920s, 30s, and 40s—through good times and challenging times like the market crash.

Located in the 1926 Bungalow, the exhib-

“Delray’s history as a tourism town is unlike any other’s,” Teves said. “The colors, the bathing suits, and the spirit of this exhibit will captivate our community and probably elicit fun stories among both long-time families and seasonal visitors.” She said this exhibit is fun, festive and colorful. It is a contrast to the frontier

Both exhibits were created in-house. Printing was done with donations from Delray’s Finest Signs & Graphics. Teves said the exhibits came together with help from museum and research libraries from across the world. She said she reached out to libraries in Spain and the United Kingdom for help locating items to feature. “It’s been really exciting,” she said. For more information, on the exhibits or opening event call 561-274-9578.

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The Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) Coastline. Image courtesy of Exploring the Submerged New World 2012 Expedition, NOAA-OER Twenty-thousand years ago, at the peak of the last ice age, glaciers lowered the sea level by 400 feet. The Florida peninsula was significantly larger and drier than it is today. Anthropologists believe Florida’s first human inhabitants began migrating southward into the peninsula around 12,000 BC. They found wide savannas teeming with prehistoric animals such as mastodons, Pleistocene horses, and a species of bison.

American Indian Life From John Carter Brown Library at Brown University.


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Empty Bowls Delray Beach returns this month Event to benefit Palm Beach County Food Bank to be held at Old School Square

Staff report Enjoy “Soup on the Square” to help benefit the Palm Beach County Food Bank this month. Empty Bowls Delray Beach is back from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 3 at the Old School Square Pavilion. Participants will enjoy a simple meal of soup and bread. Guests will take home a beautiful handmade bowl to remind them of the empty bowls on many local tables, as one of every six Palm Beach County residents does not know where their next meal is coming from. Many of the bowls are being created by students at local schools, including American Heritage, St. Joseph’s Episcopal, Unity, St. Vincent’s, Gulfstream, St. Andrew’s, Pinecrest and FAU, as well as by members of the public at Art Sea Living. The hand painted bowls will be sold in the Bowl Boutique for $25. More than 16 local restaurants to date

have signed up to provide a variety of soups for the event. Guests will also enjoy artisan breads donated by Old School Bakery. Soups range from Chicken Vegetable, Potato Bacon, Shrimp and Corn Chowder, New England Clam Chowder, Conch Chowder, Red Seafood Chowder, Split Pea and Coconut Curry and more. Soup providers to date include Abe & Louie’s, Artsy Artichoke, Atlantis Golf Club, Bedner’s, Burt & Max’s, Cabana El Rey, Caffe Luna Rosa, The Colony Hotel, Deck 84, The Elks Club, Henry’s, Lucille’s BBQ, Mussel Beach, Purgreens, Riggins Crabhouse, Salt 7, Sweetwater, and The Regional Kitchen. “We are so excited for the 2nd Annual Empty Bowls Delray Beach,” said Palm Beach County Food Bank Executive Director Karen Erren. “More than 400,000 Palm Beach County residents live in poverty and need our help. The Delray Beach community generously supports the


Empty Bowls committee members Michelle Donahue, Tara Laxer, Michelle Broda  Blair Jones,  Sandra Meier, Stephanie Dodge, Co-Chairs Julie Peyton Stein and Patty Jones, Renee McGovern, Don Tolep, Renee Soup servers George Elmore, Reiersen, and Palm Beach County Food Bank Executive Director Karen Marti LaTour, Shelly and Billy Himmelrich. Submitted photo. Erren. Submitted photo.

hungry in our county and we are exceedingly grateful. Their support will help us provide nutritious food to the more than 100,000 individuals served each month by our partner food pantries, soup kitchens and other organizations.” Tickets for the event are $25 with all proceeds going to the Palm Beach County Food Bank, which collects and distrib-

dents. It also includes transportation, as part of the problem is getting disadvantaged students to the center to give them this type of hands-on education. Morikami has new board president Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, currently celebrating its 40th anniversary, has announced Celia “CiCi” Turner Zahringer as its new board president.

Delray nonprofits receive grants The Delray Beach Public Library and Sandoway Discovery Center recently received grants from The Community Foundation.

The daughter of a longtime trustee of the Museum serving on the board for 17 years, Zahringer believes she has an opportunity to honor her father’s passion for the beloved organization.

The library received $25,000 from the Forever Nonprofit Endowment Challenge funded by John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fund and the Martens Fund. Sandoway received $62,679 for its Jr. Naturalist Program funded by John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fund.

Zahringer will head the board of directors and will serve as the spokesperson for the organization. “I understand how to bring people together and organize,” she said. “I want to spread the word that Morikami is more than a Japanese museum – it’s a look into a dif-

The Jr. Naturalist Program will be expanded to include environmental crises classes that emphasize participation, protection and preservation to more Title 1 stu-

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ferent culture and represents a chance for people to really appreciate each other.” Delray travel agency gives back when you book Caribbean getaway Delray Beach-based is giving back when you book a Caribbean Cruise this month. The travel agency will donate $25 for every Caribbean Cruise booked from now until December 31 to All Hands Volunteers, an organization dedicated to rebuilding communities impacted by natural disasters. The goal is to donate $10,000. “With 70 percent of the Caribbean Islands untouched, or minimally affected by hurricanes, there is still plenty of the Caribbean for visitors to experience and we hope they will do so with our many cruise options,” said co-founder and co-president of Uf Tukel. “Taking a cruise to the Caribbean, experiencing the excursions offered, shopping, and eating at the local restaurants, are all great ways to support the local economy.”

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things you need to know in Delray Beach this December Square on Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. Celebrate Kwanzaa at Spady Museum from 2:30 to 6 p.m. on Dec. 30. The free event honors

Ancient Jewish Literature.” The cost for the luncheon is $5 for Temple members and $9 for non-members. For information and to register, call 561-276-6161 ext 123.

1 Hang 10 at the Delray Beach Surf Festival on Dec. 2. Head to the beach for a day of sun, surf and games like stand up paddle board relays, tug of war and of course surfing. Individual entry cost $50 and a family donation of $100 is recommended. Entry includes lunch and a t-shirt and all events. Money raised is donated to purchase beach accessible wheelchairs. Contact Diane at gaffney@ or 561- 243-7352 for more information. 2 Temple Sinai of Palm Beach County is hosting a weekend with our Scholar in Residence, Dr. Caryn Tamber-Rosenau, Professor of Jewish and Religious Studies, University of Houston. Dr. Tamber-Rosenau, in celebration of Chanukah, will speak about “Scandalous Tales of the Maccabees” at Erev Shabbat services on Friday, Dec. 22nd at 7:30 p.m. Saturday morning Dec. 23rd services are at 10:00 am. Following services and lunch Dr. Tamber-Rosenau will discuss “How to get Ahead: Women Warriors in

3 The Community Redevelopment Agency hired Grace Gdaniec as the Arts Warehouse Assistant. Gdaniec earned a BA in Art with a Minor in Art History from Stetson University  with a concentration in oil painting. 4 Head to the Old School Square Pavilion on Dec. 16 for “Screen on the Green.” Catch Elf on the big screen at 6:30 p.m. Bring your own blankets, chairs, snacks and drinks. Bring a toy or purchase one there to donate to The Milagro Center. The free event is hosted by Woo Creative. 5 Delray Medical Center has been rec-

ognized by Healthgrades, an independent healthcare ratings company, for clinical excellence in 17 categories. Some of the categories include Five Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Attack, Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Failure for 16 years in a row and Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Pneumonia for 16 years in a Row among others.

6 The Downtown Merchant & Business Association and DDA are hosting a Holiday Window Decorating Contest again this year so check out the festive displays. Winners will be announced on

Dec. 14 and prizes will be awarded for Most Creative, Most Festive, Most Delray and Best Overall.

7 Visit Santa this month from Dec. 1-23

at his Key West Style house next to the 100ft. Christmas Tree. Santa is available for photos on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings from 5-9 p.m.

8 The Delray Beach Historical Society presents the 4th Annual ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Storytelling Night at Cason Cottage on Dec. 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For the young and young at heart, we invite you to gather around our Christmas tree for old fashioned carols, a bit of history and the reading of the classic holiday tale by the DBHS elves. Surprise visit from Santa Claus. Refreshments and gifts for the children. Donations encouraged. 9 Other holiday happenings include the city lighting the first candle of the Menorah on the grounds of Old School

the values of ancient African cultures. Be part of the reaffirmation of the individual, community, culture, family and environment. This event is held in partnership with the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and the Sankofa Study Group.

10 Ring in 2018 on Dec. 31 at Delray Beach New Year’s Eve Family Celebration.The family friendly event takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. on the grounds of Old School Square. Free activities include: kid’s craft activities, face-painting, celebration crowns, resolution wall, vintage game room, live entertainment and DJ, outdoor family games and more. The carousel, mini-golf and ice skating will be available for $3.  Food trucks will be on site. The fireworks finale will launch from the Old School Square Parking Garage at 9 p.m. For more information on the holiday festivities, visit:

Delray Beach celebrates third All-America City Award By: David DiPino Contributing Writer Delray Beach has scored a trifecta in the All-America City award category. Thanks to student progress and success of a program focused on boosting school attendance and reading initiatives, the city outshined others from around the U.S. to win its third All-America City award. Delray Beach’s schoolchildren achieved an astronomical increase in reading initiatives and attendance which was backed up with data calculated from the School District of Palm Beach County. The City of Delray Beach celebrated the award with residents at a 2017 All-America City Award ceremony featuring an enormous cake marking the occasion and a Motown Tribute concert by N2 Nation. “Great job by Janet Meeks (Delray Beach education coordinator) a long-time city employee. Congratulations to all,” said Valerie Smith, past president of the Delray Beach Orchid Society. Delray Beach is the only city in the state of Florida to win the award three times: 1993, 2001 and 2017.

Bill Bathurst, a long-time Delray Beach resident, realtor at Golden Bear Realty, 217 NE Fourth St., Delray Beach, and city commission candidate, echoed the congratulatory sentiment. “It takes a village,” Bathurst said. John Fischer, founder of Code 3 Events, Inc., a non-profit supporting the Delray Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade and supporter of the community on a daily basis with endeavors of charity to numerous causes, and as president of the Rotary Club, said many team members pull the oars in that water. “Our Rotary Club of Delray Beach just handed out a $10,000 check in education scholarships to ten Atlantic High School students. Each and every year, we place a brand new Webster’s Dictionary into the hands of every Third grade Elementary School student in Delray Beach,” said Fischer. Former Delray Beach Mayor Jay Alperin also echoed that the award is not just for one person in the city but that the accolade and praise should be shared citywide and to those who served the city before current city commission and board members. “Let us not forget under whose leadership

Bob Wieder and Angela Maria Bottero enjoying themselves at the party supporting the City of Delray Beach’s celebration for residents following being selected as the winner of the All-America City award for the third time and becoming the only city on the state of Florida to earn the distiction three times 1993, 2001 and 2017. Photo by: David DiPino

the program that won us this award began. (Former) mayor Woodie McDuffie, Janet Meeks was the driving leader with much help from Joe Gillie (former president of Old School Square) not to mention dozens of other citizens, educators and many former employees. I feel confident when I say the kudos are missing to what amounts to hundreds, maybe thousands of people who made this work,” Alperin said. Bob Weider, aka “Bobby Delray” retired to the All-America City after a career as an entertainment cruise director. It’s hard

Mayor Cary Glickstein, Commissioner Mitch Katz, Commissioner Shelly Petrolia, Vice Mayor Jim Chard, and Deputy-Vice Mayor Shirley Johnson show off the All-America City award and a check for $10,000 for Grade-Level Reading from PNC Bank. Photo by: David DiPino.

to find anyone enjoying their retirement around Delray Beach more than Weider. “Congratulations to Delray Beach and to the entire team of people that made this third-time award for Delray Beach to happen,” said Bob Weider, who attended the celebration at Old School Square. “I love Downtown Delray Beach!” Weider enjoyed cake by the beach at the festivities before N2 Nation jammed a jazzy set. “This is why I love Delray,” Simona Jacoel said.



Vic and Angelo’s Chef Kelley Randall 1 Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you became a chef. I discovered my passion for food when I was working my way through high school as a line cook. I’ll admit I was overwhelmed at first, but as I became more comfortable I asked my chefs more questions –gaining more knowledge and confidence. Whether I was learning how to properly sear a scallop or about the history of classical French cuisine, I wanted to learn more and do more – which led me to fall in love with my craft. As I watch food trends progress, collaborate with other chefs and push the boundaries of creativity by using interesting flavors, ingredients and techniques; this is my daily inspiration to be the best I can be as a Chef. My love for Italian cuisine started when I helped open Vic & Angelo’s Delray Beach back in the early 2000’s, the restaurant always had a wonderful energy. In between my start and the role, I am entering now as Executive Chef at Vic & Angelo’ Delray, I spent a couple years working for OSI Restaurant Group where I creat-

ed exciting Italian menus. I also worked for 3800 Ocean Marriott, DMK Restaurant group and was the Chef at the Office Gastropub for 2 years, creating fun and interesting menu’s that fit the wonderful theme of the restaurant. With its simplistic approach to ingredients, Italian food is something I have always returned to.

2 What are you most excited for as you move into overseeing the Delray Beach location? As I move into the Executive Chef role at our Delray Vic & Angelo’s, I am most excited to bring the forefront of the Italian culture to our cuisine. My team and I will be fine tuning our menu to reflect and pay homage to the authentic culinary traditions of Italy. We want our guests to taste the flavors of Italy, while sitting comfortable on the bustling streets of Delray Beach.

3 What can we expect to see on the

menu at Vic & Angelo’s. What items are the must-trys? Our guests can expect to see the freshest ingredients including our San Marzano tomatoes that are imported directly from Naples, Italy to our pizza dough

that contains water imported from New York. Each dish is created by hand and in-house by using traditional cooking methods practiced by Italians for countless generations. Our Four Cheese Pear Tortelloni is a must try. It’s both decadent and flavorful, prepared with a White Truffle Zabaglione Sauce. Once you try it, you are hooked.

4 What is your favorite dish to make?

What is your favorite dish to eat?

There have been many dishes that I have a blast making, but one that has stood out over the years and that I still love to make today is an old Italian favorite, Coppa di Testa Toast. It is a type of ham that is made out of the head of a hog, sliced thin and served with mascarpone on a nice Italian bread. My favorite dish to eat is a very simple and familiar to Italy. Its fresh handmade pasta tossed in brown butter and freshly cracked black pepper with grated Parmesan & a copious amount of fresh black truffles. Expensive, but totally worth it!

5 When you aren’t cooking, what are you doing?

When I’m not cooking, which isn’t often, I love to play a few different instruments. Sitting down with a glass of wine and an acoustic guitar is a great night for me. I enjoy playing along to some of the classics and also coming up with new melodies. I also truly enjoy collecting paintings and prints. I recently picked up a Jackson Pollock print, entitled “Yellow Islands”. I love it, paintings like that really instill a deeper feeling.

Delray to look into new downtown transportation options Staff report

Delray Beach officials are looking into new ways to get people around town.

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The city’s contract with the trolley company expires in June and after seeing the big red and blue vehicles travel along Atlantic Avenue since 2013 commissioners are looking for a greener way to get residents and tourists around. “I don’t think anyone up here wants to see the trolley ever again,” Mayor Cary Glickstein said. “We need some type of glide path to plan B.” The city purchased four trolleys in 2013. The Community Redevelopment Agency helps pay for the annual cost of the program. This year the agency payed $975,000. Of that amount, $475,000 is for the trolley and $500,000 for an alternative pilot program and/or transportation study. The city’s program and project management deputy director Missie Barletto said the city’s trolleys are all out of service. She said one was totaled in an accident, one had a blown engine and the other two have mechanical issues. She said the trolleys have a life expectancy of 100,000 miles and the trolleys have more than 73,000 miles on them. They drive an 8.2 mile route that totals 210 miles daily from the Tri-Rail station to the beach. Commissioners said they would like to discuss options for a fixed route service like the trolley with an alternative vehicle and more options for point-to-point service like the Downtowner.



Get in the game—Boca Raton Bowl Staff report The Boca Raton Bowl is returning for the fourth year on Dec. 19 to Florida Atlantic University Stadium. Kick off is at 7 p.m. The game features Conference USA versus  American Athletic Conference. The teams facing off will be announced on Dec. 3. Here is what you need to know before you head to the stands.

1 Tickets on sale now

follow bowl information on social media. LIKE Boca Raton Bowl on Facebook, check out Boca Bowl on Instagram, follow Boca Raton Bowl on Twitter or share your Boca Raton Bowl event and game photos with hashtag #BocaBowl.

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Before the teams are even announced, you can purchase tickets. Sideline tickets cost $57 and end zone seats cost $32. Visit www., email or call 561- 362-3650, you can receive a group discount for quantities of 10 or more.

2 Download the app The custom-designed Boca Bowl 2017 mobile app created by Boca Raton-based Flagship Solutions Group gives fans access to the latest news and updates before and during this year’s bowl game. The app can be downloaded on Android and iOS devices via the App Store and Google Play.

3 Spanish-language website Speak Spanish? Visit the Boca Raton Bowl’s Spanish-language version of the bowl website at Sponsored by Northwestern Mutual, the new “online window” into the game shares the Boca Raton Bowl’s history, bowl game details, links for purchasing tickets, schedule of community events and programs, and events surrounding bowl week and game day.

4 Check updates online You have your tickets. Stay on top of other bowl information by visiting for updates including game day info, team match-up info, parking, tailgating spots, hotel accommodations and other information. You can also

Reserve your parking spot for a stadium-side tailgate party Cars– Parking will open at 3 p.m. on game day. Cost is $20 in all lots and will be made available for purchase on game day. RV/Motor homes –  Motor home parking is available at FAU Stadium beginning on Saturday, Dec. 16 at noon. All motor homes will park at the top of the valet lot in Lot 5 and should enter through Spanish River Blvd. RV parking is priced at $100. If you need a tent for small or large tailgating you can reserve a 10 x 10 tent or uber large one by contacting Boca Raton Bowl’s tent vendor Grimes Events & Party Tents at 561921-7873 or info@grimesevents. com.

7 Meet the mascots Come down to the City of Boca Raton Holiday Parade on Wednesday, Dec. 6 and give a “big wave” welcome when the team match-up mascots escort the official Boca Raton Bowl cars in the line-up.

8 Meet the team at the airport On Friday, Dec. 15, official bowl fever takes over Palm Beach County when the two Boca Raton Bowl teams touch down at Palm Beach International Airport. Residents are invited and encouraged to come out to the tarmac to join local government, tourism and sports commission officials, fellow residents and business leaders to welcome each team with fanfare. Once teams set flight schedules, meet-and-greet details will be shared on www.

9 Team Pep Rallies

Palm Beach County

On Monday, Dec. 18 bring the family, friends and colleagues out to the Boca Raton Bowl team pep rallies featuring team bands and dance teams at Mizner Park Amphitheater in Boca Raton and City Place in West Palm Beach. Check www. for times.

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During the event, Bolay took home Judges Choice, Boca Raton Resort & Club won MVP for food and decor and Caesar’s Famous Ribs won Most Spirited Player. Fans selected the Boca Raton Resort & Club’s Tuna Poke for the People’s Choice award.


Check out the free Ford Fan Fest and Family Midway that opens on game day at 3 p.m. and runs until opening ceremonies at 6:30 p.m. followed by kick-off at 7 p.m. The spirited pre-game festivities include live music, family games and activities, food trucks, exhibition tents featuring giveaways and contests, the face-off of the two college bands and cheerleader performances from the competing bowl teams.

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Don’t miss events she first recognized the amount of plastic washing up on her beloved beaches and decided to take action.

1 Sandoway Discovery Center is hosting “Carols & Cocktails” on Dec. 14. From 6 to 9 p.m., head to Sandoway Discovery Center and spread holiday cheer. Enjoy cocktails and lite bites at the Sandoway House covered in lights with live musical entertainment. Call for details 561-274-7263.

4 The Delray Beach Holiday Parade returns Dec. 9. The parade spans Atlantic Avenue from east of the bridge to SW 5th Avenue.

2 Cruise with Santa on the Lady At-

5 Get into the holiday spirit with Car-

lantic. Cookie Cruises with Santa will take place on Dec. 2, 9, 16, 19, 20 and 21. Sail along the Intracoastal Waterway with Santa and enjoy cookies. Tickets cost $25 per person and reservations are required: 561-243-0686.

3 Mounts Botanical Garden of Palm Beach County features its new exhibit “Washed Ashore” Art to Save the Sea beginning Dec. 2 at 10 a.m. The exhibit showcases giant sea life sculptures made entirely from marine debris and runs through May 31. Sculptures will be located on 14 acres of the garden. Those include Grace the Humpback Whale Tail, Marine Debris Anemone, Priscilla the Parrot Fish, Flash the Marlin, Water Bottle Jelly, Sebastian James the Puffin, Lidia the Seal, Hugo the Humpback Whale Tail, American Sea Star and Musical Seaweed. It is a nonprofit community art project founded in 2010 by artist and educator Angela Haseltine Pozzi. The project is based in Bandon, Oregon, where

ols by Candlelight on Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Pavilion at Old School Square. Young, local performers will open the festivities. Then national act headliners, Andy Childs and John Ford Coley will get the holiday party rolling! Host band, the amazing Little River Band will close out the evening. Popular and beloved holiday songs will be mixed with hit songs throughout the night. The evening culminates with the lighting of 1,000 candles throughout the audience.  561-2437922, carols-by-candlelight/  Tickets cost $15 per person.

family. Set in 1969 at the Kennedy’s Hyannis Port compound, one week after Teddy Kennedy’s infamous car accident on a bridge in Chappaquiddick, Mass, Rose reflects on her life and her family’s triumphs and tragedies. Forum Productions will also present a special performance of ROSE on Tuesday, December 5, at 7:30 p.m., to benefit Boca-based nonprofit Unicorn Children’s Foundation. This performance will feature a special V.I.P. ticket with a Pre-show Champagne Reception and a show-only ticket. Tickets for the special performance are $65 each (includes a V.I.P. Pre-show Champagne Reception) or $50 each (show only).

7 ‘The MeshugaNutcracker,’ a musical comedy celebrating Chanukah, will come to the big screen at 7 p.m. on Dec. 19. It features a Klezmer-ized Orchestration of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite.” The film is presented by Fathom Events, in partnership with Guggenheim Entertainment, It showcases eight stories that pay tribute to the first celebration of Chanukah in the new state of Israel, as well as Judah Maccabee’s triumphant saga and accounts of perseverance. Tickets can be purchased at

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6 Catch Rose, An Intimate Portrait of

Rose Kennedy until Dec. 23 at Mizner Park Cultural Center. ROSE, presents an intimate portrait of Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, Camelot’s “queen mother,” as she retraces the rise and fall of her great

8 Tickets for the Boca Raton Bowl are on sale. The bowl will take place on Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. at Florida Atlantic University. Tickets cost $32 for lower end zone and $57 for lower sideline. Tickets include access to the Ford Fan Fest

and Family Midway, which opens at 3 p.m. on game day. There are also suites, loge boxes and red seat club premium ticket options. For more information, call 305-341-4701 or email

9 The Department of Music in Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters continues its holiday tradition in presenting the seventh annual Madrigal Dinner on Saturday, Dec. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church, 100 NE Mizner Blvd, Boca Raton. The event reflects a Renaissance evening full of pageantry and entertainment, including a court jester, wandering minstrels and other characters, as well as food and music. The dinner is modeled after the feasts of the Renaissance when Lords and Ladies of large manors would prepare huge holiday celebrations. Following a cocktail hour, guests will be invited into the dining room and seated at their tables. The king and queen will then enter the room leading a procession of their noble guests, which will include FAU’s madrigal singers, costumed true to the period. The Madrigal Dinner is generously supported by Madelyn Savarick. Individual tickets are $100, with table prices available. Reservations can be made at madrigal or by calling 561-297-2337. 10 The Palm Beach Photographic Centre presents “Local Eyes, Global Views.” The exhibit celebrates the photography of Palm Beach native and resident Barron Collier, local philanthropist Alexander W. Dreyfoos and Palm Beach resident Leslie Slatkin through Jan. 5.


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Dec. 6, 2017 – Will & Anthony – Broadway Holiday

This group exhibition marks the first show in the Museum’s renovated galleries and features artwork that incorporates reflection, be it the reflection of the viewer or the space around the art piece. The exhibition welcomes viewers to experience a sense of belonging and see themselves in the museum. Art selfies are encouraged!

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Tango Buenos Aires has become one of Argentina’s great cultural exports, known throughout the Americas, Europe and the Far East as the most authentic and uncompromising representative of the Tango.

Dec. 2, 2017 – Carols by Candlelight

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Carnegie Hall Headliners and acclaimed singer-songwriters, Will & Anthony Nunziata showcase their soaring tenor voices and exquisite harmonies in Broadway Holiday. This joyous, high-energy concert event includes a host of holiday favorites as well as the original song and soon-to-be classic, “The Gift Is You,” which the brothers premiered at Carnegie Hall, backed by the 90-piece New York Pops Orchestra.

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Get into the holiday spirit with this new community tradition! Young, local performers will open the festivities, followed by headliners ANDY CHILDS, JOHN FORD COLEY and our host band, LITTLE RIVER BAND performing songs of the season mixed with some of their hits. The event culminates with the lighting of candles throughout the audience.

Dec. 7-10, 2017– Peter and the Starcatcher


Delray Beach 33444 561-243-7922; Thursday, 8 p.m.; Friday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 & 7 p.m.; tickets $75/$65 Winner of five Tony Awards, Peter and the Starcatcher is the wildly theatrical adaptation of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s best-selling novels. It upends the century-old story of how a sad orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan). Produced by Slow Burn Theatre Co.

Spady Museum Special Book Signing by Maria Nhambu, “America’s Daughter”” 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. Location: Spady Museum, 170 NW 5th Avenue, Delray Beach, FL Maria Nhambu will sign her book, “America’s Daughter,” at the museum, as part of a special engagement. Speaker, educator, dancer and Aerobics With Soul® creator Maria Nhambu released

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America’s Daughter on August 19, 2017. America’s Daughter is the second volume of her Dancing Soul Trilogy, following “Africa’s Child,” published in 2016. “America’s Daughter’s” continues Nhambu’s story as she confronts a new culture, learns about race in America and begins her teaching career. She finds innovative ways of sharing the riches of African culture through dance and education and discovers part of her identity. Kwanzaa Celebration 2:30-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30 FREE Location: Spady Museum Celebrate the year end at the annual Kwanzaa Celebration. Kwanzaa honors the values of ancient African cultures and is inspiring to people who are working for progress. Be part of the reaffirmation of the individual, community, culture, family and environment. This event is held in partnership with the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and the Sankofa Study Group. Exhibition: Discrimination and Disparity: Relentlessly Persisting Dates: Nov. 30- Feb. 28 Location: Cultural Heritage Museum


This exhibition explores the processes of internalizing and resisting the “minority” status that is assigned on the basis of skin color and race. The works in this exhibition include contemporary Floridian artists’ creative responses to racial inequality, paired with historic materials. Both of which address the reality that the struggle for justice is an ongoing conversation. The parallels drawn between these con-

temporary and historic contexts reflect the pervasiveness of racial disparity and attempts to answer the question of what it means to “function” under such intense societal pressure.

Wick Theatre She Loves Me Now-Dec. 25 Broadway star Patrick Cassidy is making his Wick Theatre debut as Stephen Kodaly in She Loves Me, playing the role that won his father, Jack Cassidy, a Tony Award. He will be joined by Julie Kleiner, Matthew Kacergis and Lauren Weinberg in this romantic musical comedy, which debuted on Broadway in 1963 and was revived in 2016. Matinees: Wed, Thurs, Sat, Sun 2 p.m. Evenings: Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat 7:30pm Tickets: $80, box office 561-995-2333

Boca Raton Historical Society Boca Raton Town Hall’s 90th Birthday Thursday Dec. 7, 5-9 p.m. Boca Raton History Museum, 71 North Federal Hwy, 33432 Presented by the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum $5.00; free to BRHS&M members Join us for a lecture and reception to honor historic Boca Raton Town Hall, home of the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum, on the occasion of her 90th birthday. Our guest speaker will be Kathy Dickenson, sharing with us a look back at the restoration of the building by the BRHS&M in the 1980s. The Fire Bay

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FAU Theatre Lab “Most Wanted,” a Play by Peter Sagal Dec. 1-17 Heckscher Stage theater space in Parliament Hall, 777 Glades Road. Tickets: $35 “Most Wanted” tells the story of Frank and Doris who are retired, comfortable and desperate. One day, they snatch their darling baby granddaughter and make a run for Florida, land of eternal sunshine and eternal rest, where they meet a variety of characters living on the fuzzy border between life and la-la-land, all of whom look just like the people they left behind. Cornered by an affable detective, they make one last run to U.S. President Truman’s Little White House in Key West, at the very end of the road. There, their daughter, Isabel, an avenging angel in expensive clothes, corners and confronts them with every mistake they’ve ever made. To purchase tickets, visit www. or call 561-297-6124.

FAU Department of Music Handel’s “Messiah” Sunday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. in the University Theatre, 777 Glades Road. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at or by calling 800-564-9539. Conducted by Patricia P. Fleitas, FAU’s presentation of Handel’s “Messiah” features past and current FAU choral students and faculty.

A holiday concert tradition, the orchestra will perform the complete “Nutcracker Suite” as arranged for jazz ensemble by the incomparable Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, along with other holiday favorites. The Florida Wind Symphony is conducted by Kyle Prescott. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at or by calling 800564-9539.

Arts Garage Friday Dec. 1, 8 p.m. Steve Leeds “Rags to Riches” Tribute to Tony Bennett with the Gary Lawrence Quartet Big Band - American Songbook General Admission $30 | Reserved $40 |Premium $45 Singer STEVE LEEDS sings the standards: A regular at New York venues including the Rainbow Room, the Waldorf and the Plaza, Steve sings the hits and has performed with the greats. Saturday, Dec. 2, 8 p.m. Shareef Clayton Jazz infused with Funk and Soul General Admission $30 | Reserved $40 |Premium $45 Jazz trumpeter gives his first performance at Arts Garage. The cultural influence of growing up in Miami can be heard in Shareef ’s music and composi-



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Friday, Dec. 8, 8 p.m. Carole J. Bufford Roar! The Music of the 1920s and Beyond! Cabaret General Admission $30 | Reserved $40 | Premium $45


Roar! The Music of the 1920s and Beyond! Sensational New York cabaret star Carole J Bufford travels back to a time where flappers, vamps, and sheiks were shimmying in gin joints as a whirl of great social and political change happened all around them.

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“Slow Burn Theatre Company’s rollicking production of ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ is a joyful hoot.”

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5 tips for giving mom that special holiday gift and it’s not what you may think By: Heather McMechan Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers It’s an innovative gift that was created for toilet paper. A spring loaded rod that you can stick a roll of toilet paper on and take as many squares as you need. For some reason, the replaced toilet paper roll is either resting on top or not replaced at all. It ’s a small gesture that every family could do for us moms as we usually get the last two squares off the roll.

I know when it comes to holiday gift giving, my husband, maybe the kids too, always wonder what to give me. But this year, the gifts I want and probably most moms want are easy and right under their noses. It’s the little gifts we dream about that are big in our world. Bathroom time When we get at least five feet away from our families, an alarm goes off. Panic ensues and everyone makes a mad dash looking for you. The only place to find peace this holiday season is hanging out in the bathroom. What mom wouldn’t give for 10 minutes alone without someone knocking or calling her name through the bathroom door? This is the gift that keeps on giving.

An alternate bedside route How many times have you been awakened by your child standing on your side of the bed? It’s an alarming site and one that usually gives you a mild heart attack. Some sort of barrier or re-routing sign to the other side of the bed would be a fantastic way to show her you care during this holiday season.

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Moms don’t take enough time for themselves. You know it’s time for some maintenance when the children start picking out the white hairs in your head and you have half a hand with gels on from your two month old manicure. Help her make that time for those appointments by following up and then complimenting her. You won’t have to guess if she got her hair done. You’ll know! Accessorize mom You can never go wrong with a popular designer hand bag or pair of shoes. Moms are always asking other moms their opinions so text another mom friend for confirmation on your gift selection. Or you can just ask her what exact bag and shoes she wants. Moms will tell you!

Cornell Art Museum’s Coming out party— New, improved By: Diane Feen Contributing Writer We were dazzled by the Opening Party for the Cornell Art Museum last month. Its

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accessible to a larger array of art and artists to display their genius. It was hard to decipher if the art - or the people watching - was more compelling. But in fairness to art curator Melanie Johanson the art was as spectacular as seeing local luminaires like Frances Bourque, former Old School Square CEO Joe Gillie and Delray Architect Bob Currie. The bright white walls illumined the gaiety of the moment – and the mirrored mannequins from UK artist Lilibeth Rasmussen – solidified the namesake of the exhibition. As the night was just firing up to its crescendo the mannequins came alive through music and dance. I wondered if these statuesque figures were reasonably static or was I imagining their movement (clearly salmon on a cucumber would not have me hallucinating). Rather quickly it was apparent that the dancers were actual humans (from FAU) and were decked out in identical mirrored bodysuits as the mannequins. They danced to upbeat rock tunes that had guests jumping to their feet to surround them in motion. The theme (and name of the exhibition) was “Looking Glass” and surely we all seemed to be looking. We looked at artwork that reflected our own likeness back to us through color and formation. We looked at the new sleek gift shop, expansive walls, polished Dade County wood floors and we looked up (or down) from the modern glass paneled second floor railing. But despite the modernity of its new creation, the Museum’s history was still gainfully intact. And for that we are grateful. There was another reason to be grateful – and that

was to philanthropist Margaret Blume for donating the money ($1 million) to spearhead this bold renovation of the museum. “Let’s get away from our cell phones and explore our souls,” said Blume from the top of the staircase. “This renovation was so much fun I am a little sorry it’s all over; we had a great time.” “The grand re-opening of the Cornell Museum was made possible by the generosity and beautiful spirit of Margaret L. Blume. Small but mighty, the Cornell Museum truly is ‘The Mouse That Roared’!  From early vision to bold reality, the process has been charmed, and the result is an artistic triumph. It is our great hope that the momentum that created the new Cornell Museum will fill the sails of Old School Square is it continues to surprise everyone on its course to become a singularly unique Arts and Entertainment Park,” said President of OSS Rob Steele. Steele has a point. Old School Square has been around since 1913, but like a late bloomer it keeps getting better and more dynamic. Come see what all the fuss is about – and indulge in the arts at the Cornell Art Museum and Old School Square.

Old School Square CEO and president Rob Steele introduces the newly improved Cornell Art Museum, which received a $1 million face lift. Photo courtesy of Old School Square.






‘Little Shop’ at Rinker, ‘Starmaker’ at Lynn By: Dale King Contributing Writer

moth that eats humans and wants to take over the world.

Mallory Newbrough, the actress who starred as Belle this past summer in Beauty and the Beast at the Wick Theater in Boca Raton, has returned to Palm Beach County for at least two back-to-back productions.

With music by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, the delightful, toe-tapping, rock and roll/ doo-wop musical opened off-off Broadway in the early 1980s. It was released as a musical film starring Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene and Vincent Gardenia in 1986. Levi Stubbs, lead singer of the musical group, the Four Tops, provided the voice of the plant – affectionately dubbed Audrey II.

Newbrough portrays Audrey in the comedy rock musical, Little Shop of Horrors, Dec. 1-17 at the Rinker Playhouse in West Palm Beach. The show is a joint effort of MNM Productions and the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. As 2018 begins, the talented performer will be on Boca turf again, performing in Starmaker, part of the Jan McArt New Play Readings series at Boca’s Lynn University, where producer McArt continues to develop new work by South Florida playwrights. That show is set for Jan. 22. Newbrough hasn’t been gone long. After Beauty and the Beast closed, she joined the cast of Company at the Rinker. She then headed south to the Area Stage in Coral Gables for An Octaroon, her first non-musical role in Florida. Little Shop of Horrors, the musical reiteration of Roger Corman’s 1960 black comedy film, tells the Mallory Newbrough is back for more local performances. fantasy tale of a down-and-out Submitted photo. florist shop clerk, Seymour Krelborn, portrayed by Mike Westrich, who previously appeared in MNM’s productions of Hair  and Spamalot, among other shows. He buys a strange Venus fly trap type of plant that grows into a talking, singing, nasty, blood-sucking, pot-bound mam-

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Playhouse. Shenise will be part of the Greek chorus of “urchins” that shows up here and there along Skid Row, the show’s setting. Bruce Linser – last seen as Man in Chair in The Drowsy Chaperone at the Wick -- directs Little Shop. Paul Reekie is back as musical director for MNM. Once into the New Year, Newbrough joins Dominic Servidio, Clay Cartland, Larry Buzzeo, Jor- Shenise Nunez also stars in dan Armstrong and Sean Davis in Little Shop of Horrors. Submitted photo. Starmaker, the true story of Hollywood super-agent Henry Willson and his relationship with his super-client, Rock Hudson, as told by Henry himself. Coincidentally, this show also has a Greek chorus made up of other Willson clients.

In her role, Newbrough portrays the ditzy blonde florist shop clerk opposite Westrich. Peter Librach comes directly from the cast of MNM’s just-completed La Cage aux Folles to star as Mr. Mushnik, the florist shop owner.

The musical was written by Michael Leeds – a Broadway trained director often seen helming area shows, particularly at Broward Stage – and Andy Rogow. Leeds and Rogow are the co-artistic directors of Fort Lauderdale’s award-winning Island City Stage.

Despite its odd theme, the show contains a lot of good music – and Newbrough gets to sing several exceptional songs – among them, the tender, wishful ballad “Somewhere that’s Green” and a duet with Westrich, “Suddenly, Seymour.”

McArt, a legend herself in the theatrical field, in Boca Raton and around the world, conducts her award-winning play reading series at Lynn where she is director of Theatre Arts Program Development.

Another familiar face graces the Little Shop stage – Shenise Nunez, who has appeared in two other MNM shows, was in West Side Peter Librach stars as Mr. Mushnik, the florist shop Story, Sister Act and Curtains at the owner in Little Shop of Hor- Wick and a bunch of productions rors. Submitted photo. at Broward Stage and Lake Worth

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Make-a-Wish grants Boca teen’s dream of touring cardiac unit By: Dale King Contributing Writer

The medical chief walked Madison though the preparations for cardiac surgery on the little boy. He showed her a scan and pointed out the aortic valve and the pulmonary valve.

Madison Burton of Boca Raton “always knew she wanted to be a doctor,” said her mother, Heather. But unlike most other 17-year-olds, the Boca Raton High School junior got a chance to tour the cardiac intensive care unit of a real hospital, a tour guided by the physician in charge of the unit. Not only did Madison take a tour recently of Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, she got the opportunity to view an operation on a 5-day-old child who required a pulmonary valve replacement. Dressed in doctor scrubs, she stood attentively by while Dr. Frank Scholl, the hospital’s chief of pediatric and congenital heart surgery, described the operation. The visit also gave her a true idea of how much time doctors spend in the operating room. Madison’s time at JMCH ran out and she had to leave before the surgery was completed. “The doctor was amazing,” noted Heather. “When we got into the limo to go home, Madison said she was overwhelmed. It was really an exciting day.” Even Dr. Scholl called her tour “awesome.”

Madison Burton of Boca Raton is dressed in scrubs and prepared for a tour of the pediatric ICU at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood. Photo courtesy of Im- Dr. Frank Scholl describes to Madison Burton of Boca Raton a scan of the heart. Photo courtesy of Impact Players. pact Players.

Make-A-Wish Southern Florida handled arrangements for the visit. As always, the organization helps to grant wishes for children and teens who suffer from a serious illness. Madison has Crohn’s disease, a chronic inflammatory bowel disease characterized by inflammation of the digestive, or  gastrointestinal tract. Crohn’s can affect any part of the GI system, but is more commonly found at the end of the small intestine.  Heather said the ailment “definitely holds Madison back. There are days when you don’t feel well. It is hard to get out of bed or to socialize.” Most of the teenager’s

friends don’t know she has Crohn’s. “Right now, she is doing well,” mom says. “She is on a treatment program.” As part of the visit to Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Heather and Madison were transported in a white a limo. They received some gifts from Make-A-Wish and from the hospital. Afterwards, Madison suited up in scrubs, a surgical lab coat and stethoscope to join Dr. Scholl on his rounds of the cardiovascular ICU. She also spent time with the JDCH medical team and learn the insand-outs of a day in the life of a surgeon.

Dr. Scholl found Madison to be “a wonderful young lady. She has her share of challenges, but she is a very intelligent young lady and her mother is as well. Madison was very excited about the opportunity to visit the hospital.” “We’re making her dream come true, and you could see the smile on her face and the passion that she has for cardiology and medicine,” said Richard Kelly, COO for Make-A-Wish Southern Florida. The regional organization, part of a national network, has granted more than 11,000 wishes since 1983 for children who have critical illnesses. Kelly noted that most participants “wish to be (something), wish to meet (someone), wish to go (somewhere) or wish to have (something). Madison’s case was a less common type, more of an experiential desire. The Boca teen volunteers at Boca Regional and has an identical twin sister, Sydney.



How to find your glow By: Francesca Lewis, MD, FAAD Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers Everyone wants to look and feel their best during the holiday season for work parties, get-togethers with friends and celebrating with family. So, what steps can you take to get glowing skin? Hydroxy acids are natural exfoliators that help reverse the dull appearance of the skin and result in a glowing complexion. Ingredients to look for in this category are salicylic acid, glycolic acid, lactic acid, and mandelic acid. My recommendation for incorporating hydroxy acids into your daily routine is to use a facial cleanser with these ingredients starting once a day. Another natural brightener is Vitamin C. Vitamin C is an anti-oxidant, meaning that it blocks UV-induced free radical formation in the skin which would result in cellular damage and contribute to the appearance of “aged skin.” It is best used in a serum form in the morning underneath sunscreen. Vitamin C itself is not a very stable molecule so it must be coupled with other anti-oxidants to have its full potential. The most common ingredients it is often combined with are Vitamin E and Ferulic Acid (both also anti-oxidants). Another consideration when choosing a Vitamin C serum is that not all forms of Vitamin C are able to penetrate the skin’s outer

barrier, so although they may feel nice going on, they may not give you actual results. Only certain manufacturers of Vitamin C serums meet these stringent criteria, which is why it is important to discuss cosmeceutical product recommendations with your dermatologist. Retinol is an anti-aging ingredient in many over the counter and medical grade skin care regimens. It has been found to result in increased cellular turnover and boost collagen production over time. This is why it is the staple of any dermatologist-recommended anti-aging regimen. Over the counter preparations although helpful, have lower concentrations of retinol than medical grade skin care. However, for some with sensitive skin, retinol can be drying, which is why combining it with a moisturizer and starting it gradually may be advised. Although retinol will definitely promote glowing skin, you may want to start any new retinol-containing products at least a few weeks before any holiday parties to avoid any initial dryness or irritation. Moisturizers, as the name implies, moisturize and hydrate the skin. Well-hydrated skin is glowing skin. There are moisturizers suitable for all skin types, and even those patients with oily skin should consid-

Treating sleep apnea By: Delray Medical Center Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers There are many different conditions that can cause breathing problems. Asthma, emphysema or pneumonia can make you feel short of breath. Stress may make it hard to breathe and heart disease could make you feel breathless. A stuffy nose or hard exercise might make it seem like you’re not getting enough air. But with sleep apnea, you completely stop breathing for seconds or even minutes at a time while you are sleeping. People with sleep apnea usually don’t know they have the condition because it occurs during sleep. While they may partially awaken as they struggle to breathe, they typically will not be aware of the breathing pauses that can occur five to 30 times or more an hour. These sleep interruptions are due to either obstructive sleep apnea, which is the more common form that occurs when throat muscles relax, or central sleep apnea, which happens when the brain doesn’t send the right signals to the muscles that control breathing.

People at increased risk for sleep apnea include those who have a neck circumference greater than 17 inches, high blood pressure, a narrowed airway, and a family history of the condition. Other factors that contribute to sleep apnea are prolonged sitting, smoking, using alcohol, sedatives or tranquilizers, and being obese, male or older. African Americans, Hispanics, and Pacific Islanders are more likely to have sleep apnea than Caucasians. Those with the disorder may experience excessive sleepiness during the daytime, loud snoring, waking up with a dry mouth or sore throat, morning headache, problems staying asleep, periods of breathing cessation during sleep, and sudden awakenings with shortness of breath. The diagnosis of sleep apnea can be based on medical and family histories, a physical exam, or results from sleep studies. Long-term management of sleep apnea is necessary because it is a chronic condition that can increase the risk of work-related accidents, high blood pressure, heart

er using an oil-free moisturizer to balance and hydrate the skin. For more mature or dry skin a richer anti-aging moisturizer with peptides, hyaluronic acid and anti-oxidants will restore the natural moisture balance, plump skin and leave the skin glowing. Besides topical cosmeceuticals, you may want to consider treating yourself to a facial, microdermabrasion, light chemical peel or a “superfacial” device to give you a glow before your holiday parties. At Delray Dermatology + Cosmetic Center, we use the Oxygeneo Superfacial system, which exfoliates the skin with microdermabrasion, infuses hyaluronic acid and oxygen for hydration, and firms skin with ultrasound and massage. In addition to our full-line of physician-developed proprietary skin care, Delray Skin. To make an appointment at Delray Dermatology + Cosmetic Center, call 561-440-8020


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attack, stroke, obesity, diabetes and heart failure. Treatment will focus on restoring regular breathing during sleep and relieving symptoms through lifestyle changes, mouthpieces, breathing devices or surgery. Lifestyle changes that can help relieve mild sleep apnea include avoiding alcohol and medications that can cause drowsiness, losing weight if overweight, side sleeping, keeping nasal passages open with nasal sprays or allergy medicines, and not smoking. A mouthpiece, or oral appliance, also may be used to adjust the lower jaw and tongue to help keep the airway open during sleep.

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Those with moderate to severe sleep apnea may benefit from a continuous positive airway pressure machine that uses a mask fitted over the mouth to gently blow air into the throat while sleeping. Surgery may be another option to widen breathing passages by shrinking, stiffening, or removing excess tissue in the mouth and throat or resetting the lower jaw. Our dedicated Sleep Diagnostic Center provides comprehensive testing. To schedule an appointment or learn more about the center, call (561) 218-8400. 

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‘Tis the season…How to stay healthy By: Laura Norman Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers


As winter envelopes the nation, the season of colds, flu and other respiratory infections is well on its way.

Generally, a diet high in fruits and vegetables helps your body’s defenses. Among the best foods to help your body stay alkaline are citrus fruits, especially lemons. Although citrus fruits are acidic, they create an alkaline response in your body. Starting each day with lemon juice in water can help you “alkalinize.”

At the same time, the storm of controversy about the flu vaccine continues—with some authorities advising everyone to be vaccinated—and others questioning whether flu shots are necessary, effective, or even safe. With all the noise it’s hard to know how to keep yourself and your family healthy. Choosing to vaccinate or not is a personal decision—one best made after doing research, asking questions and

discussing your concerns with your primary care practitioner. Whether you choose to be vaccinated or not, there’s much you can do to bolster your immune system—your first defense against colds and flu—naturally. We all know some of these things: Getting enough rest, sensible exercise, avoiding excess stress, eating right. About diet: You probably know—but it’s worth repeating—that keeping the body on the alkaline side of the pH scale helps to defend against flu and colds. The viruses that cause these infections cannot thrive in an alkaline

And grandma was right! Research shows that chicken soup helps to clear up congestion. Keeping to a healthy regimen may be easier said than done. The more tools

Reflexology is the art of applying pressure to “reflex points” on the hands, face, ears and feet to gently affect all your organs, glands, and each part of your body. Research, case studies and client testimonials have documented the usefulness of reflexology in improving many health conditions including chronic pain, high blood pressure, insomnia, constipation, PMS, pregnancy, menopause and more. Reflexology helps to relieve stress and improves energy.

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A simple, easily-learned reflexology routine working on your feet alone can give your body’s immune system a natural boost. My book, Feet First, gives simple routines for specific needs— including one for boosting the immune system, You can exchange reflexology sessions with your partner or use this routine with your family and friends. No foot is too young or old to benefit!

minimally invasive treatment option for patients suffering from severe aortic stenosis. TAVR has already helped thousands of patients with aortic stenosis return to the things they enjoy in life.

Percutaneous Repair of the Mitral Valve (Mitraclip) The minimally invasive MitraClip device is an option for your patients suffering from mitral regurgitation (MR). Medications for the condition only assist with symptom management and do not stop the progression of the disease, so typically open

In the deeply relaxed state that results from a reflexology session, a person receiving reflexology is especially open to suggestion. It’s a great time for a visualization to strengthen your sense of safety and good health. Imagine a pink glow flowing through and around the body, energizing the immune system—or lymphocytes gobbling up germs and viruses. Envision any wish/desire you have being fulfilled.

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Responsible eats By: Stephen Alexander and Serina Branch Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers What is sustainable agriculture and why is it important to you? Sustainable agriculture is the production of food, fiber, or other plant or animal products using farming techniques that protect the environment, public health, human communities, and animal welfare. Sounds good, right? Idealistically yes, but realistically this practice hasn’t come close to fruition nationally or globally. The good news is that you, the consumer, can spark change with your dollar and make responsible food choices that impact your environment in a positive manner. Carbon Footprint “Carbon” is shorthand for greenhouse gas emissions, including CO2, methane, nitrous oxide and F-gases. These gases are released by many different types of activity – not just the burning of fossil fuels, but also farming, deforestation and some industrial processes. Percentage of global emissions allocated to human activities: Energy • Electricity & heat (24.9%)* • Industry (14.7%)* • Transportation (14.3%)* • Other fuel combustion (8.6%)* • Fugitive emissions (4%)* Agriculture (13.8%)* Land use change (12.2%)* Industrial processes (4.3%)* Waste (3.2%)* *global emissions relative to conventional/ factory farming Now is the Time Now is the right time to fully embrace sustainable agriculture – a system in which farmers use techniques that protect the environment, economy, people, and communities. Embracing sustainable agricultural practices allows farmers to think critically about their farming processes and creatively devising innovative practices to reduce their emissions related with conventional farming activities. S.A.P require farmers to be more careful about the use of natural resources such as water, waste, and energy. S.A.P. in today’s world prompts farmers to develop strategies to reduce “food miles,” and/or grow food locally.  Local food growing stimulates the local economies and reduces the carbon footprint. Also, along with sustainable agricultural practices comes community cohesion, effecting the farmers, laborers and consumers positively. Community cohesion in Delray Beach Right here, in our very own Delray Beach, many people have been making informed/ responsible food consumption decisions



by shopping at local farmer’s markets, local grocers, or eating at restaurants that provide local farm to table food. Purgreens, a local farm to table restaurant in the heart of Delray Beach, has been part of the pioneering process that helps reduce our collective carbon footprint. Influenced by responsible agricultural practices, Purgreens has implemented an urban agricultural growing system popularized by LA Urban Farms. This farming system utilizes Tower Garden Aeroponic Technology developed by the world leader in vertical aeroponics. Tower Gardens can grow most all vegetables, fruits, herbs, and edible flowers. This state-of-the-art vertical patented technology is the perfect solution for farming in an urban setting, using 90 percent less land and 90 percent less water. This technology also allows the grower to control all elements of food production, most importantly the quality and safety of the water. The nutrient-dense living produce from PurGreens can be harvested in half the amount of time as traditional organic farming and requires a fraction of the amount of time to maintain (up to 50 percent less time) all without use of any soil. Best of all, the Tower Garden eliminates the use of any harmful herbicides and pesticides. Change starts with you. You have the capability to make a difference by voting with your dollar. Shop at local grocers, farmers markets, and eat at restaurants that serve food harvested from sustainable agricultural practices. Health is contagious; be the change you want to see in the world. Serina Branch is a PurLife training specialist in Delray Beach. She is certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and is an advanced sports nutrition advisor. After being born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, she moved to Florida at the age of 22 for the consistent warm weather and beautiful beaches. She practices what she preaches, as she truly enjoys spreading the positivity of health and wellness in our beautiful city. Stephen Alexander, not to be confused with his father SR the local chiropractor, is a training specialist for PurLife In Delray Beach. He is a Delray local that is always looking to lend a hand in his community through helping others and leading a healthy and positive lifestyle. He is passionate about music, nutrition, and living life in the healthiest fashion, both physically and mentally.


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Advances in regaining function post-stroke By: Dr. John Conde, DC, DACNB Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers

Through groundbreaking medical research over the last decade, there is hope for stroke patients to regain functionality through a process termed adaptive plasticity. Adaptive plasticity is the process by which the brain and nervous system can change and be “re-wired” according to the environmental stimulus it is exposed to. With this information, there is new hope for individuals that have recently suffered a stroke but also for those patients that have had significant functional deficits for years without proper rehabilitation. In conjunction with all this exciting new research, novel therapeutic approaches are available now to fully take advantage of adaptive plasticity. Traditional rehabilitation encompasses speech therapy, physical therapy, and occupational therapy which are essential in the acute and sub-acute phases post

stroke. However, advanced therapeutic interventions exist which not only work on the physical deficits of the injury but also on the neurological compromise. These therapies work on the “re-wiring” and setting new brain maps. Three cutting-edge rehabilitative procedures will be reviewed and include Interactive Metronome, Dynavision D2, and Computerized Assessment of Postural Mechanisms (CAPS). They have been extensively studied and allow the examiner and therapist to objectify the findings allowing for proper progression. In referencing Interactive Metronome, this is primarily a motor-timing therapy. It works on a neurological process called efferent copy which integrates the cerebellum and the frontal lobe, two very important parts of the brain that allow us to have executive functions and independent thought processes. The exercise requires the user to keep up with a computer generated beat that is delivered in both an auditory and visual manner. In regards to the Dynavision D2, this is a revolutionary diagnostic and rehabilitative tool. It works on visuo-motor-spatial skills as well as the efferent copy mech-

anisms referred to earlier. This therapy also has a positive effect on the cerebellum and the frontal lobe. The user is required to manually compress targets made up of LED lights that are blinking in a strategically established manner according to the neurological presentation of the person. The information is recorded and attention is focused on speed and sequence. Lastly, CAPS or computerized assessment of postural systems is a diagnostic and rehabilitative modality. One of the first signs of neurological injury is disequilibrium which sometimes cannot be visually perceived or even elicited on a bed side exam. The CAPS unit is able to measure the smallest amounts of sway on a very sensitive accelerometer and provides an abundance of information for the practitioner to more effectively diagnose the deficiency and create an appropriate treatment plan. It is also used for therapeutic interventions by working on expanding what is termed the center of mass (COM) from the center of pressure (COP). Nutritional and dietary considerations must be taken into account when rehabilitating a stroke patient. Emphasis must be placed on reducing inflammation through anti-inflammatory based diets that remove foods like red meat, fried foods,

dairy, peanuts, and partially hydrogenated oils. Importance must also be placed on consuming a low glycemic diet to reduce excessive insulin production from the pancreas and subsequently reduce the neurodegenerative effects of insulin on the brain. In conjunction with eating more complex carbohydrates it is important to eat many meals throughout the day. I usually recommend eating every two hours with the largest meals coming before 2:00PM. Anti-oxidants such as COQ10, reduced glutathione, acetyl-L-carnitine, and alpha-lipoic acid are effective free radical scavengers. Following a stroke, free radical production is significantly elevated due to altered physiology therefore reducing there harmful effects on cells is conducive to healing. 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 561-3306096,, and at

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How to fix holiday depression: Part 1 By: Raul J. Rodriguez M.D., DABPN, DABAM, MRO Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers As joyful a time the holidays can be for so many people, they can be equally as depressing for many others. This is something you have probably heard many times over the years. Most people underestimate just how bad this could possibly get unless they experience it themselves. Things go from bad to worse if alcohol or drugs get involved, as an ill-fated attempt to numb emotions. The first step in dealing with this situation is to first understand the reasons why it happens. Any season or period of time that offers the prospect of greater happiness for a large group of people also has the potential to accentuate sadness if you are not part of that group. By “that group” I am referring to people who like the holidays. If you are not part of that group, you are by default a part of the “other group,” which is the one that dislikes the holiday season. A persistent state of sadness is accentuated when most of the people around you are happier than usual. Some of this is from merely wishing you could be like them. Some of this is from perceived or actual social pressure to be as happy as everyone else. Happiness is not something that can be just “turned on” for most people, especially if there are emotional burdens

that are being carried. The “it’s Christmas, what’s wrong with you?”questions can actually be rather invalidating and deepen the negative emotion. A universal source of negative emotion is grief and loss. Loss is a natural part of the cycle of life. Knowing this does not automatically make anyone feel a whole lot better, but it does start to give some perspective. The longer we are alive, the more loss of loved ones we shall unfortunately experience. The sheer magic of Christmas morning is as much due to the belief in Santa Claus as it is due to having most or all of the cherished loved ones from your childhood still alive. What would you be willing to give now to be able to open a Christmas gift with your grandfather just one more time? The immeasurable worth of those moments is something a child is incapable of realizing at the time, naturally assuming it was just normal and would happen forever. As we grow up we start to experience the loss of loved ones, which again is an unavoidable reality of life. We experience grief at the time when a loved one dies. We also experience a lesser but still present resurgence of grief during a period of time or situation that we would normally associate with the lost loved one.

This may happen consciously or subconsciously. There can also be layers of resurgent grief as the number of lost loved ones grows as we get older. We may be consciously aware of only some of them, but we actually feel all of them. If we were on the brink of depression or emotionally exhausted from the grind of adult life, this could be the straw that broke the camel’s back. So how do we fix the camel? Living with Major Depression, or even a lower grade borderline depressive syndrome, is a common predisposing factor to a negative emotional experience over the holiday season. The real issue here is not the season, but rather the depression. Depression is a very treatable condition and should be assertively addressed when present. Depression not onl y erodes quality of life but can also rob us of precious moments that we could have otherwise enjoyed with our family. Major Depression is a disease state that actually greatly worsens our physical health as well, with significantly increased risk of cardiovascular problems, among others. Whether our negative emotion is from grief and loss, or from outright Major Depression, professional help can make a big difference. Therapy cannot bring our loved ones back, but it can help

us more effectively process our grief. It is possible to miss the deceased and yet not fall into a depressive state when Christmas causes you to long for them. Medical treatment may also be indicated when treating a state of clinical depression. With proper treatment, a depressive state can be fully lifted and quality of life can greatly improve. With depression gone, we can finally be free again to enjoy time with our loved ones. To be continued in part 2 in January Dr. Rodriguez is the founder, CEO and Medical Director of the Delray Center For Healing, which specializes in comprehensive outpatient treatment of Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Eating Disorders, & Substance Abuse. The Delray Center proudly offers the Trauma Bloc program for individuals who suffer from PTSD.



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Boca Chamber honors retiring hospital CEO; Welcomes new board members at annual meeting By: Dale King Contributing Writer

The Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce recently celebrated its 65th annual gala by re-electing the chairwoman of the board, welcoming seven new board members and honoring the retiring CEO of Boca Raton Regional Hospital and his executive colleagues. More than 250 professionals gathered for an elegant black tie affair at the Boca Raton Resort & Club in late October, a celebration that began with a cocktail hour and ended with a night of dancing. The Chamber celebrated Ethel Isaa-

Boca Chamber President and CEO Troy McLellan presents Board Chairwoman Ethel Isaacs Williams with a gavel after she was elected to a second term. Photo by Jordi Gerking.

cs Williams by electing her to a second term as chairwoman of the Board of Directors. Senior vice president of development and public affairs at Kaufman Lynn Construction, Williams spoke about Boca Raton and Palm Beach County’s thriving business economy and the beneficial work the Boca Chamber has done in the past year. The event also included an award presentation to Jerry Fedele, pres-

ident and CEO of BRRH, and his leadership team. Fedele will retire next August after completing 10 years at the helm. The hospital boss and colleagues were honored with the coveted M.J. “Mike” Arts Award of Excellence, named for the immediate past president and CEO of the Boca Chamber. The award carries considerable value and has been handed out sparingly in the past to leaders who have made a profound impact on the economic prosperity, quality of life and overall success of Boca Raton. Chamber President and CEO Troy McLellan noted that Fedele has not only served the hospital, but offered his leadership skills to the Chamber as chairman of its Board of Directors during 2016. “Jerry has made his mark not only on the Chamber, but on an institution, that is deeply embedded in the fabric of our community,” said McLellan. “When Jerry took over at BRRH in 2008, the hospital was in the midst of a major downsizing and financial crisis. Nine years later, the hospital has never been stronger, having added world-class facilities and recognized financial success.” “According to Jerry, ‘When we succeed, we succeed as a team.’ Jerry and his executive staff have fully embraced the Boca Regional motto of ‘One Team, One Mission.’”

During the event, McLellan recapped a few major highlights from the past year and offered his thoughts on Williams serving a second term. “Last year, we talked about moving forward with bold leadership, and under Ethel’s governance, we did just that. We couldn’t

Boca Raton Regional Hospital President and CEO Jerry Fedele, center, displays the award he and his leadership team received from the Chamber. He is flanked by Chamber President and CEO Troy McLellan and Board Chairwoman Ethel Isaacs Williams. Photo by Jordi Gerking.

Chamber member J.C. Perrin celebrates at the group’s annual meeting. Photo by Jordi Gerking.

be more excited to have her serve a second term – giving us the opportunity to be even bolder.” With Ethel remaining in her position, Michael Kaufman, president and CEO of Kaufman Lynn, will roll off the Executive Committee. Jim Dunn from JM Lexus will join the panel as treasurer. “This year, we are welcoming seven members to the Boca Chamber’s Board of Directors,” said McLellan. “These men and women - combined with our existing 20 board members - represent the best and brightest in our community. It is their combined knowledge and experience that enables us to strengthen our mission - to promote and sustain economic prosperity in Boca Raton and South Palm Beach County.” New board members who began their terms Nov. 1 include Chris Chase, SunTrust; Ian Cotner, AT&T; Kevin Fernandez, Palm Beach State College; Patty Maczko, Comerica Bank; Mark Mileusnic, NCCI; Michael Myers, CTCA and Mohamed Abdalla, Habitat for Humanity, who will represent the Chamber’s Young Professionals Under 40 (PULSE) group.

From left, City Councilman Robert Weinroth and his wife, Pam, with Sha- Former Boca Chamber President and CEO ron and Jay DiPietro. Photo by Carlos M.J. “Mike” Arts and his wife, Cathy. Photo by Carlos Aristizabal. Aristizabal.


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Boca’s economic development report By: Jessica Del Vecchio Economic Development Manager Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers

Robb & Stucky’s grand opening

The Boca Raton Resort was featured on CNBC’s Power Lunch earlier this month. Due to the brutal hurricane season in the Caribbean, winter travelers are relocating their vacation destinations to sunny South Florida. According to CNBC, occupancy rates in our area have jumped 8 percent in the past four weeks alone. Boca’s travel season has always been one of significance; time will tell if this recent demand will continue throughout the coming months.

Earlier this month, the upscale furniture and household décor retailer hosted their ribbon cutting in the setting of their gorgeous two-story, 30,000-square-foot showroom on Federal Highway. This location marks the fifth Robb and Stucky in the state. Boca’s Mayor and Council Members were on hand to officially welcome the team to their newest location.

Boca Raton Bowl The 4th annual Boca Raton Bowl is set for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 19 at FAU Stadium, making Palm Beach County one of only 35 communities in the country that hosts a NCAA FBS sanctioned bowl game. The game, which is televised on ESPN has a direct spending impact of $5.6 million and a total economic impact of $10.4 million for our region. The stadium fits about

29,000 fans and tickets are on sale now. For more details, or to purchase tickets, you can visit them online at Bluegreen Vacations

Bluegreen Vacations filed a preliminary prospectus with the Securities and Exchange Commission and is preparing for an initial public offering to raise $100 million. The filing did not disclose when the IPO would launch but provided the ticker symbol of BXG, with the exchange listed as the NYSE. All proceeds of this offering would benefit BBX Capital; a Ft. Lauderdale based company that acquired all of Bluegreen’s shares in 2013.


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Nina Raynor boutique celebrates 60 years on Atlantic Avenue

Joanne Wollenberg purchased Nina Raynor from original owner Nina Raynor. The boutique is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. Submitted photo.

Inside the current location of Nina Raynor on Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach Submit- Joanne Wollenberg seated in the middle with her children Cathy Ann Sauted photo. er and Bobby Wollenberg. Submitted photo.

By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor What started as a store for high-end sportswear has transformed into a boutique for must-have garments for weddings, galas and black tie affairs. The original owner Nina Raynor, pronounced Nine-ah like the number nine, opened the store after her husband retired from the PGA tour. The shop started off small at the corner of the current Seagate Hotel and expanded after the first season. In a different loca-

tion, at 1031 E. Atlantic Ave., across the street from the original, the store and its namesake is still open, 60 years later.

Raynor. Joanne Wollenberg kept Raynor on board for the first year to help with the transition of ownership.

This season, the store will celebrate its birthday with 18 trunk shows and different events so that all its customers can enjoy the anniversary.

Now co-owned by the Wollenberg’s son and daughter, Bobby Wollenberg and Cathy Ann Sauer, the siblings say they are carrying on the legacy of the store that their parents helped establish.

On Dec. 5 and 6, shoppers can see the Ripetta Fall Collection, which features fine Italian tailoring in jackets, slacks and evening. Joanne and Robert Wollenberg purchased the shop in the early 1980s from

“She turned it into what people know it as today,” Bobby Wollenberg said of his mother, Joanne. “Every wedding and Bar Mitzvah seemed to be black tie. She quickly realized, we didn’t have any of that.” Describing their mother as one the “last grand dames,” who never went to an appointment without heels and a pocketbook, they said she took her passion for fashion and went to New York to find what she wanted to sell in the store. They said she called her findings her recipe and the clothing was a completely different style from what Raynor offered. “She made a complete transition from what it was to what it is,” Bobby Wollenberg said. “You can’t even compare Mrs. Raynor to Joanne. They were very different.” When the family first considered purchasing the current store, they said their mother had one demand— that a working fire place be installed. So, their father

A 1993 article names Nina Raynor in Delray Beach as one of 10 boutiques to carry the Paris-based designer. Submitted photo.

built the fire place and the store continued to attract women looking for evening gowns, resort wear and matching accessories. Nina Raynor carried designers such as Christian Dior. A 1993 news article said Nina Raynor was one of 10 stores in the country to carry items from the Paris-based designs. With a loyal customer base, shopping at Nina Raynor is all about the experience. “Anyone can go online and look for a purple gown in a size 4,” Sauer said. “But if you want extra beading, if you want it to fit a certain way, that is what we do. You can’t get that online. Our customers get personal assistance, that is what makes us different.” Bobby Wollenberg said he remembers one lesson his mother taught him about the store— “Expect nothing and then everything that happens is a bonus.” He said every day is different and he never knows who may drop in. “Until the door is locked, you don’t know who is going to come in,” he said.

Nina Raynor is located at 1031 E. Atlantic Ave. Submitted photo.

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Retire sooner, Baby Boomer By: John M. Campanola, Agent New York Life Insurance Company Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers A recent study revealed that 26 percent of workers plan on working until the age of 70. Some may decide to stay in the workforce because they enjoy working, but what about those who have different ideas about how they want to spend their golden years? The good news is that for certain people, there may be a solution. New York Life conducted research that shows that Baby Boomers might be able to retire up to two years sooner than planned by including a deferred income annuity in their retirement portfolios.

Typically, deferred income annuities are positioned as products that can be included in retirement portfolios to guarantee lifetime income in the future and help mitigate the risk of outliving retirement savings. Considering that only 24 percent of Baby Boomers are confident that they will have enough savings to last for retirement, those are certainly important benefits. However, an additional benefit could be an earlier retirement start date. Analysis shows that in certain scenarios,

Cost of family caregiving Staff report Family caregivers are America’s other form of social security, providing the bulk of long-term care today. According to a new study by Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, conducted in partnership with Age Wave, 40 million family caregivers in the U.S. spend $190 billion per year on their adult care recipients. Despite the financial, emotional, and functional challenges in this life stage, preserving the dignity of their loved one is their primary goal. We sat down with Rachel Barzilay, CAP®, CFP®, CRPC®, Managing Director, Wealth Management Advisor and Senior Portfolio Manager with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in Boca Raton, to hear more about the study and how families can plan ahead to manage the rising cost of caregiving. What is caregiving and how are loved ones involved financially? Caregiving entails providing a variety of services and support to an adult family member or friend in need. This form of caregiving can occur in a variety of settings, including in a care recipient’s home or even at an assisted living facility where a caregiver visits his/her care recipient.

According to the recent study, 92 percent of caregivers are also financial caregivers who are contributing to and/or coordinating finances for their loved one. Financial caregiving is often far more complex than simply contributing to the recipient’s care. It can include the following: • Paying bills from their recipient’s account • Monitoring bank accounts • Handling insurance claims • Filing taxes • Managing invested assets As the cost of health care and navigating health insurance continues to rise, 66 percent of caregivers feel they could benefit from financial advice. What sacrifices and trade-offs do caregivers make? From time out of the workforce to the risk of putting their own financial future in jeopardy, caregivers in South Florida were more likely to be financial contributors (70% vs 68% nationally) and to experience extreme stress due to financial contributions (33% vs. 29% nationally). This comes as caregivers are lacking in resources and not holding critical discussions about the financial ramifications of their contributions. Two in five caregivers under the age of 64 have

purchasing a deferred income annuity in pre-retirement years allows individuals to retire up to two years earlier without incurring additional risk – as measured by the probability of running out of money during the retiree’s projected retirement. That means two more years to spend traveling, visiting with grandchildren, and enjoying life without work. If you’re ready to get a head start on your retirement, it may be time to take a look at your retirement portfolio to understand what changes you can make to get there sooner. Speak with your financial professional to help ensure that you’re headed towards a secure and satisfying retirement.

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made sacrifices at work due to caregiving responsibilities, including reducing their hours and leaving the workforce.

the bond between themselves and the care recipient, bringing their family closer together. In addition, 86 percent say watching their loved one’s health struggle was a motivator that caused them to place more value on taking care of their own health.

What are some of the misconceptions of caregiving? Contrary to all we hear about the stress and sacrifices of caregiving, for many caregivers, the role is also often associated with a range of positive experiences and rewards. Caregivers describe a complex and demanding, yet often nourishing, journey that is defined by honor, gratitude, fulfillment, purpose, and strong family bonds. Even with the added burdens, caregiving can bring tremendous purpose and meaning to one’s life. According to the study, 77 percent say they would gladly take on being a caregiver for a loved one again and that it strengthened

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What does the future of caregiving look like? The aging of the baby boomers will result in unprecedented numbers of people in America needing care. People who are 80 and older will most likely need long-term care, and this is the fastest growing demographic in the decades ahead. With respect to financial planning, health should be a big consideration of any discussion, because people are living longer and healthier lives. We now need to plan for significantly longer retirements than generations past – including how we will manage aging healthcare needs. At Merrill Lynch, this is one of the seven life priorities that we discuss with our clients regularly. Be prepared to ask your advisor how you can best prepare for this stage – for yourself and for your loved ones.


Biz Briefs LoSoMo Inc. co-founding adviser takes firm’s top post Full-service digital marketing and SEO agency LoSoMo has a new president. Former Entrata Marketing Suite Director Veronica Romney has taken over as president of the agency, which specializes in location-based services. Romney, born and raised in Boca Raton, Florida, steps in as a top player at LoSoMo Inc. after an already illustrious career in marketing and product management. As co-founder of LoSoMo, Romney has been instrumental in the agency’s operations as an adviser, serving in an unofficial role over the past three years. “It’s incredibly humbling and beyond exciting to see how far our company has grown in just a short period of time,” Romney said. “We’ve bootstrapped LoSoMo since the beginning and its growth has come organically because of our clients and partners telling others about what makes us special. I’m ready to take LoSoMo to new heights!” For more information on LoSoMo, visit or call 561-9239698. Marcou Transportation Group, Owner of Dav El | BostonCoach acquires Boca Raton Transportation Boca Raton Transportation Inc. has been acquired by Marcou Transportation Group, owner of Dav El | BostonCoach. Boca Raton Transportation was founded in 1978 by P. Rodney Cunningham, who has owned and operated successful limousine, taxi, and airport shuttle companies in Delaware, Ohio and South Florida. Boca Raton Transportation specializes


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in airport transfers, golf charters, dine arounds, and other services, and is the exclusive transportation company for the Boca Raton Resort & Club. “I am very pleased that Dav El | BostonCoach is expanding its services in Florida with our new location in Boca Raton; this is a great addition to our locations in Miami and West Palm Beach,” stated Scott Solombrino, President and Chief Executive Officer for Dav El / Boston Coach. “Boca Raton Transportation has enjoyed a great reputation for nearly 40 years, and we will build on that tradition to make our brand stronger and enable us to continue providing the very best premium transportation services in South Florida.” Cunningham will continue to manage the Boca Raton operation and grow the business in South Florida. Terms of the acquisition are not being disclosed. NP, Inc. opens new Delray branch NP, Inc. has a new branch in Delray. John Digges was recently promoted to manage the new office located at 1638 East Classical Blvd. He was a top producer in the Boca corporate office and wanted to grow the Delray Beach area. “NP, Inc., is dedicated to providing a multitude of mortgage products with superior service and the best pricing in the market. We wish to establish a successful partnership with our clients, our staff members, and our realtors, that respect the interests and goals of each party,” said Sean Smiley, Vice President of Business Development. “Our success will be measured by our clients choosing us because of their belief in our ability to exceed their expectations of price, service, and expertise.”

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of 4 thousand pounds of turkey breast and a check for $5,000 to Feeding South Florida, a food bank serving Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe Counties. This donation is a portion of $16,700 that TooJay’s raised and donated to Feeding Florida, a statewide network of Feeding America food banks.  The funds were raised through TooJay’s “Too+You” campaign in September, in which $1 of every Peach Tea or Strawberry Lemonade was donated to Feeding Florida. Guests also made donations by rounding up their check throughout the month.   “Feeding Florida is a remarkable organization and TooJay’s is proud to support its mission of eliminating food insecurity in Florida,” said Maxwell Piet, President and CEO of TooJay’s. “We are so proud of our team for their efforts during this program. They take great pride in giving back to our local communities.” TooJay’s team members also got involved by collecting food for the student back pack program, ensuring children have adequate food on weekends and throughout the summer. White Oak Commercial Finance relocates to Mizner Park Office Tower

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Cushman & Wakefield Managing Director John Criddle and Senior Associate Joseph Freitas represented building owners GGP and Clarion Partners in securing the long-term lease. Adam Starr of CBRE represented White Oak. “We are thrilled to welcome another strong national brand to the tenant base at Mizner Park Office Tower,” Criddle said. “Leasing interest remains strong among companies like White Oak that embrace the fully amenitized culture and walkability that Mizner Park promotes.” Developed in 1999, Mizner Park Office Tower is a 167,637-square-foot, seven-story building featuring Class A office space, free garage parking, direct-to-floor reserved executive parking under the building, 24-hour security and a Ruth’s Chris Steak House in the lobby. Mizner Park Office Tower is currently 88.6 percent occupied. Notable tenants include Kaufman, Rossin & Co.; Gray Robinson, PA; West Park Capital, D.A. Davidson & Co.; Mesirow Financial; Wintergreen; Morrison Brown and Brockway Moran & Associates.



Burtons Grill & Bar open in Boca Raton Staff report Sticking to a paleo diet? Can’t eat gluten? Have food allergies? You can still dine out at Burtons Grill & Bar in Boca Raton. The new restaurant located at Park Place shopping center, 5580 North Military Trail, features menu items for all types of diets. 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. Chefs are given freedom to use fresh ingredients and their culinary instincts to create a “Chef ’s Whim” menu that showcases their own creations and takes on seasonal dishes. Burtons Restaurant Group was founded by four restaurant industry professionals in 2005. The Boca location is the 14th Burtons restaurant. This location 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.  A bar fills the center of the space with ample seating.

son & Wales and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Culinary Arts. He has been a chef for over 21 years, living and cooking in major cities throughout the East coast including the four-star Relais & Chateaux Morrison House in Alexandria VA, the Grand Hyatt New York and the Peninsula in New York City, Relais & Chateaux Seeger’s in Atlanta and Langham Hotel Boston. Guerrero also received a certification in Pastry Arts from the French Culinary Institute in New York and has served under Chef David Burke at David Burke Town House. During a recent media tasting, we were given the chance to taste some of the menu items. Ingredients are fresh and dishes are classic. For those who have no idea what a paleo diet is, the paleo friendly steak is as tasty as a non-paleo steak. Chef Guerrero said he enjoys being able to whip up a meal for customers no matter their dietary restrictions. Appetizers

• Buffalo Chicken Dip - grilled chicken, blue cheese, cheddar and corn tortilla chips. • General Tso’s Cauliflower - with Thai chili sauce and ginger aioli. Winston Guerrero will serve as executive chef. He is a Colombian native who grew up in Central Falls, RI. After serving in the US Marine Corps he attended John-

Sandwich selections • MAXX Burger - certified Angus beef, American cheese, shredded lettuce, tomato, house-made pickles, Burtons spe-

Burtons Grill & Bar has an open kitchen where you can sit at the bar and see your food being made. Staff photo.

cial sauce and crispy onion straws, served on a griddled bun with hand cut French fries. • Short Rib Grilled Cheese - braised certified Angus beef short rib, pickled onions, maple Sriracha, Vermont cheddar, griddled ciabatta and red wine jus served with hand cut French fries. Signature entrée specialties • Mediterranean Chicken Risotto - pan seared chicken, artichoke hearts, roasted tomatoes, spinach, basil, feta, lemon butter sauce and pesto. • Crab Cakes - super lump blue crab, veg-

etable coleslaw, fresh cut French fries and mustard sauce. Prices range from $12.95 to $14.95 for appetizers, $5.95 to $10.95 for soups and salads, $12.95 to $16.95 for sandwiches, $13.95 to $36.95 for entrées and $6 to $10 for desserts. Signature cocktails are priced from $10 to $13 each. Burtons Grill & Bar hours of operation will be Monday through Thursday, from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday, from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. For reservations or additional information, please visit



Take a Craft Food Tour, local tour celebrates year anniversary By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor Foodies Matt Guidice and Anthony Guzman have traveled the world tasting culinary creations on food tours. The duo enjoyed their time on food tours so much that they decided to launch their own food tour showcasing the downtown Delray food scene. Fast forward one year and 150 or so tours later and Craft Food Tours is still hitting Atlantic Avenue with hungry residents and tourists. This month, the company is offering additional tours, new stops and tasty bites. The guided, walking food tour takes guests to six different eateries in Delray. Tours are offered on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is also a “Happy Hour” tour from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays, which is slightly condensed and features a cocktail paired with each of the four food stops. “After college, I had the travel bug,” Guidice said, “I started doing food tours as hobby.” He took tours all over Europe and the United States. It was a food tour in Aus-

tin, Tex. that brought Guidice and Guzman together. “We saw the vision of a food tour and the growing culinary scene in Delray,” Guzman said. “Coming to Delray Beach and experiencing the fresh, local, unique cuisine was very attractive to us.” So, the millennials launched Craft Food Tours a year ago with their 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday tour. “It’s perfect for lunch and a nice day on the Ave,” Guzman said. “It’s really been a win-win for use, Downtown Delray Beach and the restaurants.” They work with 10 restaurants so tours vary. Featured stops include El Camino, Dada, The New Vegan, Beer Trade Company, Cabana El Ray, Corner Porch, Death or Glory, Park Tavern, Banyan and the Original Popcorn House. Tours include a lot of interaction between the restaurant and the guests, Guzman said. Chefs will come out and talk about their menu and guests can ask questions about the food scene. And in addition to food samples, there are two cocktails and a beer tasting served as well.

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Encore Palm Beach County helps retirees find new passion, opportunities By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor Rosemary Nixon says she is not good at being retired and she knows other people her age want to keep busy as well. That is why her focus professionally and as a volunteer is to find ways for people over 50 to be involved in their communities. She says the key is making connections. That is what Encore, a national network, she has brought to Palm Beach County is based off of— forming relationships and making connections between organizations and retired people. “There is an untapped generation of people with skills and life experience who are used to making a difference,” she said. “We have done everything. We have traveled, played golf, tennis, bridge. We are used to doing.”

It is those people who often are looking for ways to get involved in their communities. But sometimes she said they don’t know where to turn.

Now, the nonprofit, which connects retired people with volunteer options and provides guidance for ways to get back into the workforce, is a year old.

“All of these people are retiring and what are they going to do?” she said, citing that 10,000 per year turn 65 in the United States per day. “How can we tap into these people as volunteers for our community? Palm Beach County is ground zero for this.”

Nixon has plans to continue to grow the organization with the help from volunteers, of course.

So, the professional retirement coach began to spend her time figuring out how to start a local Encore chapter. After reading a book by Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of the nonprofit Civic Ventures, called “Encore: Finding Work That Matters in the Second Half of Life,” she knew she wanted to start an Encore chapter. “I didn’t see anyone around us doing anything like this,” she said. “I wanted to put my experience to use in a different way.”

Encore has several focuses. The first finding places for retirees to volunteer. But for those retirees who need to work, she said Encore has helped connect people with ways to learn how to get back into the workforce and find out about job opportunities through other organizations that offer assistance, courses and support. For 2018, she said she is planning on hosting a job fair geared toward people over the age of 50. She is working on lining up partners like Palm Beach State College, CareerSource, Jewish Family Services and other organizations to come together to help host the fair.

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Milagro Center Receives PNC Grant By: Christina Wood Contributing Writer The Milagro Center in Delray Beach is one of eight nonprofit cultural arts organizations in Palm Beach County that have received funding through the PNC Foundation’s Arts Alive program, a multi-year initiative aimed at increasing access to the arts through new and innovative activities for children. “One of the key ingredients of our program is cultural arts experiences,” says Barbara Stark president and CEO of the Milagro Center, which helps underserved children succeed in school and in life. “By providing [children] with exposure to art, dance, music and theater, it builds confidence and an indestructible sense of self-worth. Once a child has that, they can conquer the world.” Stark and her team submitted a proposal to the Arts Alive program for an engaging project they called “Take the Show on the Road.” Their comprehensive plan called for the construction of a mobile stage that could be used for a wide range of pop-up performances showcasing the talents of the children the center serves. “It was such a good fit for the purpose of this grant. PNC is all about providing additional cultural arts experience to people who have limited access, to giving underserved kids the opportunity to explore their creativity,” Stark says. “So, we wrote it and crossed our fingers.” The project was, indeed, a good fit. The Milagro Center received a $20,000 grant that will allow them to make their plan a reality. Stark says she expects the stage to be ready to hit the road by February. “The stage is going to have electrical, lighting, sound walls and it’s going to be on wheels so that we can hitch it to our teen center van and take it to community parks, to libraries, to community centers, to green markets, to retirement communities – to all kinds of community facilities – and our kids and teens can perform,” Stark says, her excitement about the project evident. “In the past, it’s been very difficult and costly to try to secure a venue to perform at. Here we have our own.” In addition to construction of the stage, the grant will help with marketing for

the performances, performing arts teachers and even a little bit of costuming. The children will create their own sets. “We recognize that quality arts programming builds stronger, more vibrant communities, which ultimately helps drive business and economic development,” Cressman Bronson, PNC regional president for Florida East, said in a statement. “Through PNC Arts Alive, some of the region’s best visual and performing arts groups showcase their passion and talent, all while helping the public experience the arts in fun and thought-provoking ways.” PNC worked with the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County to develop the Arts Alive initiative, which awarded a total of $125,000 in the form of grants and sponsorships this year. The winners – area nonprofits, large and small – represent a range of disciplines, audiences and participatory experiences. “The PNC Arts Alive program adds greatly to the region’s ongoing commitment to expand our rich cultural heritage to reach new audiences and nurture emerging talent in our community,” Rena Blades, CEO of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, said in a statement. This year’s Arts Alive funding will allow underserved children to work with professional artists at the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens in West Palm Beach, attend free Miami City Ballet performances and view an exhibit on sea life at Mounts Botanical Garden created using marine debris collected from our beaches. The Palm Beach Symphony received funding that will allow 4,000 students to experience the enchantment and rigor of classical music in hopes of developing critical thinking skills. The Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach will use the funding it received to host a Black Arts Festival on Feb. 24, 2018, featuring local black artists, children’s activities and entertainment, among other activities. Digital Vibez and the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach also received Arts Alive funding.

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Join The Circle— Delray’s newest gallery, membership-based group By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor Two Delray event planners and a fashion blogger have teamed up to create The Circle, a place where people can peruse new trends, collaborate over a glass of Rose and give back to a good cause during pop-up events benefiting nonprofits.

The Circle has a membership program where you The Circle features exclusive boutique items can use the space for meetings, WiFi and receive A group of women meet at Delray’s The Circle. like these handbags. Submitted photo. Submitted photo. shopping perks. Submitted photo.

The Circle, located downtown in a cottage on Federal Highway, 62 SE Sixth Ave., is a new concept that combines fashion, events and co-working into one space.

a gallery setting and give people a place to have a meeting other than a coffee shop.

Sean Koski, Lauren Leaand Brian Kelly The idea came to event planners derhouse started The Circle. SubmitSean Koski and Brian Kelly, who ted photo.

also own Ticket2Events, when they were working with local fashion blogger Lauren Leaderhouse. “It was a natural progression for us,” Koski said. The event planners host pop-up events in the summer in the Hamptons and wanted a place at home to do the same.

The trio collectively decided they wanted to create a space where they could host events, showcase fashion in

For a $150 introduction fee and then $50 per month after, Circle Members receive WiFi access, a place to meet people, a swag bag valued at $200, a $50 credit to shop in The Circle, access to beverages including Rose and Celsius, first dibs on new merchandise featured in the gallery and parking. The name The Circle represents members being in the circle of receiving perks and being in the know of happenings. As circle revolve, The Circle is a revolutionary way to shop and be social, the team says. You don’t have to be a member to enjoy the events that take place at The Circle. On Dec. 7, former star of the Real Housewives, model and fashion blogger of New York Kristen Taekman will be on site for the Holiday Ba-

zaar Cocktail Kickoff event. The event takes places from 6 to 10 p.m. and features artist Laureen Vellante. Check out exclusive shopping opportunities, cocktails, lite bites and beauty services. The bazaar will be open Dec. 14-17 as a one-stop shopping place for accessories, home decor, and beauty products. Circle members receive free gift wrapping. In January, events will focus on New Year, New You with pop up work out classes and nutritionists. Events benefit local nonprofits and charities and most are free and open to the public. “This is my first business that I started,” Leaderhouse said. “I followed my passion and took a leap of faith.” For more information, follow The Circle Delray Beach on Facebook.

Accounting Firm Daszkal Bolton establishes fund to reward teaching, research excellence at FAU College of Business themselves in the fields of accounting and finance. The award recipient will use the $5,000 to support their work in these areas.

Staff report South Florida-based accounting and advisory firm Daszkal Bolton will reward faculty teaching and research excellence at Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business by establishing a fund with a gift of $50,000. The gift represents the first endowed professorship in FAU’s School of Accounting. The Daszkal Bolton Fund will provide support to one faculty member each year. The dean of the College of Business will choose a professor who has distinguished

Pictured from left: George Young, Ph.D., director and associate professor in FAU’s School of Accounting; Robert Pinsker, Ph.D., associate professor in FAU’s School of Accounting; Michael Daszkal, managing partner, Daszkal Bolton LLP; Daniel M. Gropper, Ph.D., dean of FAU’s College of Business. Photo courtesy of FAU.

“Daszkal Bolton is proud of the outstanding relationship it has with the FAU College of Business.” Managing Partner Michael Daszkal said. “This leadership gift is intended to help the school continue to grow, as well as encourage other institutions to support the school as well.” The Daszkal Bolton Fund’s first faculty reward was recently announced. The recipient is Robert Pinsker, Ph.D., associate professor in the School of Accounting. A certified public accountant, Pinsker’s re-

search interests include eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL), investor belief revision, qualitative materiality and auditor attitudes. “We are honored to receive this gift from Daszkal Bolton, a leading accounting firm in South Florida, to support the important research and teaching that’s taking place in FAU’s School of Accounting,” said Daniel Gropper, Ph.D., dean of FAU’s College of Business. “This allows us to recognize and reward the excellent work being done by our professors and build upon the continued success and momentum of our accounting program.”





Delray Beach recognized for workforce housing project Staff report The Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency has been recognized by the Florida Redevelopment Association for outstanding redevelopment achievements in the Creative Partnership Category. The FRA presents awards annually to projects that exhibit best practices in Florida redevelopment over the past year. This year, the Delray Beach CRA, City of Delray Beach, and Delray Beach Community Land Trust were th honored for the Courtyards on 12 Workforce Housing Project. Last year, marked the completion of

Delray’s Courtyards on 12th Workforce Housing Project was recently recognized by the Florida Redevelopment Association. Submitted photo.

Courtyards on 12th Project, a workforce housing project consisting of six duplexes (12 units), contributing to the variety of affordable housing stock within the city, while building the capacity of its non-profit housing partner, the Delray Beach Community Land Trust (DBCLT), through a ground lease/management agreement. The partnership implemented the CRA’s goals of redevelopment without displacement and prevention of gentrification. What sets this project apart from other affordable housing initiatives is the CRA’s comprehensive approach to the redevelopment of this corridor. In 2012, the CRA together with the city and Palm Beach County jointly funded the beautification of SW 12th Avenue, two other streets, and adjacent alleyways to eliminate blighted conditions. A factor contributing to the blighted appearance of the corridor was the preponderance of parking spaces backing-out onto the corridor. The project consisted of relocation of the parking spaces to the rear of the structures, alley improvements, installation of sidewalks and on-

Delray officials from the city and CRA accept an award for the Courtyards on 12th Workforce Housing Project. Submitted photo.

street parallel parking, and upgraded landscaping to replace front yard parking. The next step was to acquire and renovate the first five duplexes in 2013 and the decision to partner with a qualified non-profit entity specializing in affordable housing for property management instead of procuring the services of a for-profit management company. Renovations included extensive interior and exterior improvements and site upgrades such as lighting, landscaping, trellises, and courtyards. In order to accommodate the demand for high quality affordable rental housing in Delray Beach, the duplexes have been rented to low/ moderate income eligible families and are managed by the DBCLT through a ground lease/management agreement.

Delray’s Aloft Hotel breaks ground


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Staff report Shovels hit the dirt for the ground breaking and sales launch of the new Aloft Hotel project in Delray Beach. The project includes a 122-room Aloft Hotel, which is part of Starwood, 35-unit condos, 6,000-square-feet of first-floor retail and parking. Developers Samar 202 Florida, LLC say they expect occupant in the fourth quarter of 2018. The project is located at 236 Fifth Ave. Neighbors, local business owners,  commissioners and business and civic organization leaders came out for the event on Oct. 19 at LaCigale Restaurant. Commissioner Jim Chard  recounted the phone call he received from Samar representative Alan Mindel  about a year ago in regard to trees that were set to be demolished on the current construction site. “Would you like to have them,” Mindel offered? Soon after, the trees were donated to the Pine Grove Elementary School to create an “urban forest.” Companies involved in the project include Slattery & Associates (architects), interior designers ID & Design International, Kaufman Lynn  Construction,  M&T Bank, and the Marriott Corporation. John R. Hackett of The Corcoran Group, the exclusive real estate brokers for 236 Fifth Avenue condos, ceremoniously declared that sales are officially on. Videos and displays of the floorplans and renderings peppered the reception room.

SAMAR representatives join city officials to break ground on the Aloft Hotel downtown Delray project. Submitted photo.

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236 Fifth Avenue residents will share the hotel’s top-tier amenities: amenity deck (including pool), state-of-the-art fitness center, room service, and concierge services. Residents will have their own club room, terrace and main lobby. The luxury residences will be on the second through fourth floors and will vary from one to three bedrooms; have sizable balconies; and private covered parking with assigned spaces. Unit prices start at $500,000 and range to more than $1,000,000. Contact Cameron Sydenham of The Corcoran Group  at  561-704-5559,  csydenham@corcoran. com  or Suzanne Petrizzi,  Suzanne.Petrizzi@corcoran. com at (561-400-5211. For more information about 236 Fifth Avenue, visit

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Sofa partners break ground at 111 First Delray Staff report

New condos are heading to downtown Delray Beach. South Florida-based real estate and development firm Sofa Partners broke ground last month at 111 First Delray. City officials joined Sofa employees as they donned hard hats, golden shovels, and construction equipment to kick off the construction of the project. “We are pleased to have started construction and anticipate completion in early 2019, as the season begins,” developer Felipe Vergara said. “This luxury condominium will provide a unique product and lifestyle, unmatched in the marketplace, all set in the center of this vibrant neighborhood.” The property, located at 111 SE 1st Ave., one block south of Atlantic Avenue, sits on a 1.12-acre parcel in the “SOFA district.” “SOFA” refers to the two blocks south of Atlantic Avenue from Federal Highway to Swinton Avenue. The 70-unit condominium gives residents access to modern design and upscale appeal with floor plans ranging from one, two, and three-bedroom units. All units include luxurious standard features such as Bosch appliances, wood-look Spanish porcelain plank flooring, quartz countertops, the latest smart-home technology and security, and private storage space.

Pictured left to right; Lorenzo Bernal, Sotheby’s International Realty, Paul Kilgallon, Mainstreet Capital Partners, Maria Vergara, SOFA Pictured left to right; Paul Kilgallon, Mainstreet Capital Partners, Partners Developers, Manuel Vergara, SOFA Partners Developers, FeFelipe Vergara, SOFA Partners Developers, Manuel Vergara, SOFA lipe Vergara, SOFA Partners Developers, and Brad Kilgallon, MainPartners Developers, and Daniel Rincon, SOFA Partners Developers. street Capital Partners, Daniel Rincon, SOFA Partners Developers. Submitted photo. Submitted photo.

Units are priced from the $400,000s.

including residential, office and retail.

In addition to Vergara of Sofa Partners, Mayor Cary Glickstein, interim executive director of the Chamber of Commerce Vin Nolan and Commissioner Jim Chard addressed the crowd.

Sofa Partners has assembled a team including George Ligeti of The Greenfield Group and Paul Kilgallon of Mainstreet Capital Partners for this project. Sofa has contracted with Richard Jones Architecture and Carrie Leigh Designs. Current Builders is the general contractor and Nestler Poletto Sotheby’s International Realty to lead the sales efforts.

Sofa Partners, a development group led by two father-son teams, Manuel and Felipe Vergara, and Rafael and Daniel Rincon, in which Felipe and Daniel team up to oversee and manage operations. Collectively, the Vergaras and Rincons have over 70 years of development experience in Colombia across a comprehensive range of asset classes

For more information about Sofa Partners and 111 First Delray floor plans, visit

What you can do to maintain your home By: Christel Silver Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers When buying your home, you are primarily concerned about your financial obligation. You sometimes forget that homeownership requires maintenance – like having a regular oil change for your car. The older the house – the more maintenance is needed.  That’s why it is important to have a home inspection before you buy the house. It can be overwhelming, but much of the maintenance you can do yourself – or learn to do it yourself, which will save you money.  The benefit: when you sell your home, the future buyer can tell whether your home has been maintained well or not. It is a good selling point. • Regularly exchange your HVAC filters.  Whether you have a reusable filter and you wash it – or a replacement filter, every 1 to 2 months you should replace/clean it.

range hood filter and add it to your dishwasher cycle. • Whenever you change the clock, exchange all batteries in your smoke/carbon dioxide detectors. Have you ever noticed that they are start beeping in the middle of the night? You can avoid this by regularly changing the batteries. • Spring cleaning should include cleaning your gutters. • Walk around your house and inspect paint chipping, foundation cracks, mildew on windows, rotten wood. A new coat of paint – or a good silicon caulk can fix a lot of problems. • Check on your plants around the house. They may need a cut or need to be replaced. Shrubs should always be away from the house.

• Your garbage disposal blades can be sharpened by throwing in a handful ice cubes and turning it on. To refresh the smell, put some lemons in the disposal and turn it on.

• May – June: get prepared for the hurricane season. Maybe you need to remove the coconuts – trim the trees. Inspect your roof. If you have the roof cleaned sometimes tiles are cracked.  They should be caulked or replaced.

• Once a month you should take the

• Clean your dryer hose twice a year. Did

you know that a clogged dryer hose could start a fire? • Flushing the hot water heater once a year and removing the sediments helps you with the efficiency and increases the life of the heater. • Check the caulking at your shower and tub, clean it and re caulk it if necessary. • Check the weather-strip at your entrance door - it may need replacement. About Christel Silver 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 (2010-2014) 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 organiza-

tion. 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. She has recently been named NAR President’s Liaison to Germany and Director for RAPB GFLR South County Board. Fifty percent of her business is in the International arena. For more information visit www.silverhouses. com.



Delray realtor will pick out home for you, furry friend Staff report

Adrianne Kurman is combining her passion for animals with her career of selling homes through her new business Fur Baby Real Estate. If you are looking for a new place to live and want to bring your dog, cat, horse or chicken- Kurman said she will make sure to find a place for you and your pets to call home. “I am a real estate specialist for you and your pet,” she said. “Whether you have horses, chickens, I will find you a property that allows them.” She said it breaks her heart when people say they are moving and can’t take their animals with them. To prevent that from happening she said she came up with her new concept. “I have always had a huge passion for animals,” she said. “It is where my heart is. And I love real estate.” Kurman is working for Delray Beach Real

Estate Company. She said she has maintained her real estate license for about 15 years in between working in the restaurant business. Now, she wants to be the go-to source for people looking for a new place to live with their pets. She said each month $100 of every transaction made through Delray Beach Real Estate Company is donated to an animal rescue. “We are giving back to the animals,” she said. For more information, visit

A rendering of the proposed West Atlantic Ave. Publix.

Publix withdraws plans to add store on West Atlantic Avenue By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor Delray Beach was ready to welcome another Publix Supermarket to the city, but the grocer wasn’t fully on board. Just a few weeks after the city commission approved several waivers to bring the store to “The Set,” a district of the city’s Northwest and Southwest neighborhoods close to West Atlantic Avenue, the grocer has pulled out of the deal. Community Redevelopment Agency Executive Director Jeff Costello said he received a call from the developer Pasadena Capital and that Publix was not moving forward with the deal. The city’s Community Redevelopment Agency owned the nearly 3-acre piece of land and the board agreed to sell it to Pasadena Capital for $2 million. Pasadena Capital promised to work to bring a 25,000-square-foot Publix to the location, but the deal was contingent on

corporate approval from Publix’s Real Estate Committee. Neighbors have been asking for a grocery store in their area for years. In 2012, the West Atlantic Redevelopment Coalition (WARC) organized a needs assessment for what was then referred to as the West Atlantic Neighborhood. Community members identified a grocery store as one of the top needs for the area. Mayor Cary Glickstein told Pasadena Capital that the city, “Will move heaven and earth to get shovels in the ground and get this project completed.” This is the second failed project for the area in recent years. A proposed, larger redevelopment project called Uptown Delray, which included a grocery store in its plans, also failed to come to fruition. The agreement allows the agency to terminate its agreement with Pasadena Capital.



Abbey Delray holds groundbreaking for expansion, renovation project Staff report

director of Abbey Delray. “The redevelopment will benefit our current residents, as well as future seniors who will call the community home.”

Abbey Delray broke ground on a $36 million expansion and redevelopment project last month that will add a new assisted living and memory support building, wellness center and renovated common areas. The expansion will add 48 assisted living apartments and 30 memory support suites to Abbey Delray, which currently features more than 350 residential living apartment homes and villas. Construction will include a modern design layout, a new dining venue with expanded meal options and enlarged

The changes will enhance the idea that seniors can control their futures through Life Care, which provides residents worry-free living.

meeting spaces for more educational and wellness events. “This project will further enhance our ability to fulfill our promise of providing exceptional care in a warm and welcoming environment,” said Mark Trepanier, executive

“A primary reason residents select Abbey Delray is because of our commitment to Life Care and the peace of mind we are able to provide,” said Kevin Knopf, regional director of operations for Lifespace Communities, Inc., Abbey Delray’s parent company. “Lifespace is committed to reinvesting in our communities and continuing to lead the field of senior living.”

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LATITUDE $449,700 - Beautiful Penthouse located in the trendy city of Delray Beach. 3 Bedroom and 3.5 bathrooms. Lots of extras included -impact glass , wooden floors 10 Ft. ceilings,wet bar,stainless steel appliances, wooden cabinets,large open floor plan. Location Location Location 2.5 miles to Atlantic Ave, about a mile to the the beach. ID#10361256

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Boca developer proposes new upscale condo project dence with 360-degree views of downtown Boca.

Staff report More people will be able to call downtown Boca Raton home if a new upscale condominium project is approved. Boca Raton-based developer Group P6 is proposing building 475 Royal Palm, a high-end condo project that will feature improved sidewalks, green spaces and more parking. The project would consist of three, 9-story buildings and no more than 48 units. Group P6 officials say they expect the project to end as a 36-38-unit condominium once potential residents request to combine units. Each residence will be filled with natural light on three sides, as the floor plans include an entire half of a floor. Buyers will additionally be able to combine a floor’s two units to create one even larger resi-

They say combining units has been a popular customization with their buyers at nearby 327 Royal Palm, which will be completed in 2018. “The national trend is to build colossal, stark apartment buildings and high density mixed-use retail projects, but we don’t feel that matches the history and atmosphere of Downtown Boca Raton,” Group P6’s Operating Manager Ignacio Diaz said. “In addition to helping strengthen the area’s property values, these boutique developments help keep our Downtown areas walkable and attractive and include on-street parking.” If approved, 475 Boca Raton will be one of the lowest density projects downtown. The project fulfills the city’s parking requirement

and is proposing more bicycle parking than the city requires. The developer is also planning to add canopy trees to provide shade, low pedestrian-scale garden walls, majestic palm trees and accent plants. The landscape will also include the addition of sidewalks and parallel parking. Additionally, 475 Royal Palm will feature two pieces of art, a pineapple and Palmetto leaves.

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TIERRA DEL REY Fabulous 6.57 acre waterfront lot with 2 private ponds and endless garden views. Build your dream estate or move into the current one with 4 bedrooms/open kitchen with views. Tierra del rey is a 24 hour guard gated community. $845,000 ID#10373651

SUN VALLEY The 3/2 ranch style home features a plethora of natural light, a large covered screened patio for entertaining and concrete block stucco construction. Sun Valley is an active, all age, family style community with low HOA fee’s that include newly installed fiber optic cable and high speed internet. Upgrades include a newer roof and A/C. $335,000 ID#10368610

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Palm Beach County CEOs, executives raised funds, hammers during CEO build Staff report

After the loss of her husband, she applied for Habitat’s home ownership program

and CEO Builders are physically helping to build.

culminating in earning a zero interest mortgage on the Habitat home that she

CEOs and top executives from 70 Palm Beach County businesses got out from behind their desks and put on hard hats to help build the “House that CEOs Built.” The inaugural CEO Build brought leaders together to help build a home through Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County. The group raised $175,000 to pay for construction materials and built the home alongside Gevala Antonine and her family, who will be living in the home. Antonine is a former third grade and fourth grade school teacher, who works at Boston’s On The Beach. She is a widow and has four children.

More than 70 CEOs participated in Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County’s inaugural CEO build. Submitted photo.

Locating affordable, attainable housing By: Christina Morrison Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers Did you know that the median price of a single-family home in Palm Beach County is $340,000 – up by 7.9 percent this year alone? The median price of a townhome/condo unit in Palm Beach County is up by 9.4 percent this year, with median prices now at $175,000.  If you own a home here, and bought it more than a few years ago, you should be feeling pretty smart – because you are!  With less than 5 months of housing inventory currently available, it is truly a sellers’ market. So if you own your home here already, you’re sitting pretty. But what if you are one of the thousands of people relocating here each year for a new job or a new venture or a new start, and have a salary of $56,000+/- (the County median) per year – where are you going to live?  In a city like Delray Beach, which relies on the hospitality and tourist industries, where are all those service workers, employed by hospitals, schools, hotels, restaurants, Publix, Target, Atlantic Avenue shops, etc. – where are they going to live?  Rental housing is no better – rents in Palm Beach County now average around $2 per square foot.  That equates to around $2,000 per month for a normal-size 2-bedroom apartment. Before gas prices exceeded $2 per gallon, people would live further out, in St. Lucie County or western Broward or western Palm Beach County and commute in.  With the price of gas, and people wanting a better Quality of Life than spending two hours a day commuting, this is no longer a viable option for many. The result?  In this land of riches we call Palm Beach

County, to find housing that service workers – and other median income people – can afford is difficult at best. As a Commercial Realtor who has helped relocate dozens of companies and employers to Palm Beach County, the first or second question I hear from almost every prospective corporate Tenant or Buyer is, “Where will my workers be able to live?” This is a real issue in our County and one not easily solved. Why? • Land prices:  With land in our City costing an average of $1 million per acre, it does not pay for builders to build homes that cost less than $350,000 to $400,000 – even in the western portions of the city and county. So lower-priced homes are not being built. • Approval Timelines: With city/county offices now very busy, and processes added, the length of time it takes to get all of the approvals necessary to start building takes far longer than in past years.  More time equals more costs added on to the price of the homes. • Housing shortages: With the greater influx of buyers and renters, a housing shortage is forcing prices up.  In addition, a housing shortage means less homes for sale since the potential sellers have fewer choices on where they can move in the area and what they can afford to buy. So what can be done? First of all, in order to solve an issue, the decision-makers need to agree there is an issue – and that is happening.  In Palm Beach County, the county staff and commission are working on proven solutions such as allowing higher density in areas close to mass-transit (like train stations and bus lines) and other areas that could eliminate some of the cars on the roads while providing convenient, wellplanned communities.  The County is also considering cutting the processing timelines for developments that

She is completing Habitat’s required 500 “Sweat Equity” hours to earn a zero-interest mortgage. Living in their new home will be Antoinine’s daughters Stephane, 18 years old (Nursing Student at FSU) and Stephie, 17 years old (Atlantic High Student focused on business) and sons Richard, 12 years old (Village Academy Student who wants to be a mechanical engineer) and Ricky, 10 years old (Village Academy Student want to be a race car driver). Jerry Fedele, President & CEO of Boca Raton Regional Hospital served as CEO Build Honorary Chair, CEO Builder, Paul Adkins and Chairman of Florida Peninsula Insurance Company represented his company that was the CEO Build presenting home sponsor.

offer affordable/attainable housing, thereby reducing the development costs for these homes which will be reflected in lower pricing. In Delray, over a decade ago, the then-City Commission implemented one of the first Community Land Trusts in Florida. A Land Trust allows that some land that is cityowned, whether it be from non-utilization, foreclosures or other means of ownership, can be donated to the Land Trust that then holds the ownership of the land while allowing homes to be built on it.  This type of development makes the homes more affordable since the land costs are not part of the home’s development costs.  It also cuts down on the amount of real estate taxes charged to the homeowner, since the land is not taxed – only the home. Many of the neighborhoods in the NW-SW areas of our City were built with the Land Trust. Having an affordable way to rehabilitate older homes in older neighborhoods is another avenue to create affordable housing. The County is working on ways to possibly provide this and CRAs in several cities are also looking at this method to improve aged neighborhoods and revive the housing stock. “Change of Use” is another method for creating affordable/attainable housing. Old shopping centers, including some malls, are now being updated to include housing that is both more affordable and conveniently located. Remember, affordable and attainable housing is for people who work in our communities, provide services to our residents and visitors, and who need to live in close proximity to where they work rather than spending hours a day, usually in a car, commuting. If there is no housing available for these workers in our City and County, the result will eventually be less workers coming here to work – not a positive step forward… And what’s the second question heard most often from potential corporate buyers and tenants looking to move their companies here?  You probably already know:  “Where will my children get a good education here?”



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Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach Holds Veterans Build Staff report Delray Beach family members, veterans and neighbors now have spruced up homes thanks to Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach, Vertical Bridge and the Home Depot Foundation. The homeowners, who are cousins living on the same Delray Beach street, are also members of the military. They have seen many wars including serving in WWII, Iraq and the youngest currently stationed in Germany, spanning three generations of service. They are 92-year-old WWII Veteran Albert Green who served 41 years in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Merchant Marines stationed in the Pacific Rim during WWII in the Steward Department and Sedric Doughty, who 17 served years in the U.S. Navy, U.S. Navy Reserve and U.S. Air Force Reserve stationed in Japan as military police officer (final rank E-5) and saw active duty in the Iraq and Afghanistan War. Sedric’s son, 18-year-old Sedric Jr. who lives with him in the home passed down from Sedric’s mom, currently serves in the U.S. Army stationed in Germany. Made possible by a $35,000 gift from presenting sponsor Boca-based Vertical Bridge with $32,000 in grant funding from Home Depot Foundation, more

than 100 volunteers from both companies transformed their homes in honor of Veterans Day. Vertical Bridge owns, manages and operates a portfolio of both broadband and broadcast towers. “The company is committed to working with veterans  to transfer their military skills into civilian careers,” said Vertical Bridge CEO and Co-Founder Alex Gellman. “Because veterans make great tower climbers and they are adept at working in third world countries where the towers are being installed.” Volunteers from both companies installed a new sprinkler and irrigation system and made home repairs due to damage from Hurricane Irma. They replaced the front doors, installed wooden fencing, installed a new shed and appliances. They added a new children’s play set, mulch, landscaping and pavers. A noon-time ceremony featured veteran color guard and remarks from Mayor Cary Glickstein who appointed homeowner Green honorary mayor for the Veterans Day weekend. Keynote speaker,  James F Squadrito, author, Vietnam Veteran and Bronze Star recipient whose book “Dance of the Chameleon, A Vietnam Medic’s Story” is being made into a major motion picture movie, shared his experience with ongoing work to help veterans.

Crystal Spears, HFHSPBC Neighborhood Revitalization Coordinator; Randy Nobles, HFHSPBC President and CEO;  City of Delray Beach  Mayor Cary Glickstein; James Squadrito, Vietnam Veteran, Bronze Star Recipient and Author of “Dance of the Chameleon, A Vietnam Medic’s Story”; Jeff Goldman, Delray Beach Police Chief; Kari Oeltjen, HFHSPBC Chief Development Officer at the Veterans Build. Submitted photo.


What’s up in the real estate market… Avison Young completes $8.45 million sale of Meridian Center

ident, and Marshall Hydorn, Senior Vice President, represented the buyer during the transaction. Integrated Dermatology Group moves to Boca Raton Innovation Campus

Avison Young closed the $8.45 million sale of Meridian Center, a two-building office complex spanning 51,978-squarefeet on 4.35 acres at 6501 and 6531 Park of Commerce Boulevard within the Park at Broken Sound in Boca Raton. Following the firm’s value-driving management and lease-up of the properties, Avison Young Vice President Mark M. Rubin and Principal Keith O’Donnell facilitated the disposition on behalf of the sellers, Frank Capital LLC, Meridian Venture LLC, and RLT Capital LLC to the buyer, MTI Properties Florida LLC. “Having coordinated service lines working together with a common objective, we enhanced value, facilitated complicated due diligence, and achieved market-leading pricing on behalf of our client,” Rubin said. Over the length of the leasing and management assignment, Avison Young grew Meridian Center’s occupancy from 20 percent to 91 percent. Daryl Perkowski, Senior Property Manager with Avison Young, spearheaded the management of the portfolio in conjunction with the firm’s Project Management Group led by Chip Faulkenberry, Vice President. “Meridian Center offered a unique opportunity for the buyer to purchase a stabilized asset within the upscale, burgeoning Boca Raton submarket at a discount to replacement cost,” added O’Donnell. “Furthermore, at 91 percent leased with below-market rents, the complex affords new ownership the potential for additional cash flow through the lease-up of vacant space and rent increases.” Meridian Center is well-positioned within The Park at Broken Sound, a 700-acre development featuring office, retail, and residential units, known as the business park hub of Boca. “Investment activity remains solid as both national and local investors seek to expand portfolios to include high-quality assets in Palm Beach County business hubs such as Boca Raton submarket,” said O’Donnell. “The Meridian Center sale represents this trend as well as the uptick in notable sales closing among class B assets in the market, closing on the heels of the recent $12 million sale of the TravelPro building on 700 Banyan Trail.” CBRE’s Jeffrey Kelly, Executive Vice Pres-

rectional, detention, and community reentry facilities around the globe. GEO provides services to government agencies worldwide with operations in the United States, Australia, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. Integrated Dermatology Group has a new space at the Boca Raton Innovation Campus. Cushman & Wakefield negotiated a sublease for the group in a 23,630-squarefoot office at 4700 Exchange Court. IDG owns, manages and operates dermatology practices throughout the company. The Boca Raton-based company acquires and partners with practices with the intent of creating value for independent practices by lowering operational costs and reducing management responsibilities while offering the advantages a large integrated group can provide. The new space features an executive wing, five executive offices, an executive lounge with restroom, a 14-person executive conference room, 14 staff offices, 84 cubes, a break room and storage. It is located on the former IBM campus, which now is owned by Next Tier HD. It features a state-of-the-art fitness center, on-site licensed day care, a 250-seat conference center, parking, modern interior finishes, 24-hour security, on-site retail, dining and banking and a Tri-Rail shuttle. Cushman & Wakefield Managing Director John Criddle and Senior Associate Joseph Freitas represented the sublandlord. Michael Feuerman of Berger Commercial represented IDG. “The BRIC space offered IDG a plugand-play environment with state-of-theart finishes in one of Florida’s iconic office parks,” Criddle said. “The space was move-in ready, necessitating very little in the way of down-time and transitional costs for IDG.”  GEO Group leases space at Boca Village Corporate Center The Geo Group, Inc. has a new, longterm lease in a nearly 25,000-square foot office at Boca Village Corporate Center. The GEO Group, Inc. is the first fully integrated equity real estate investment trust specializing in the design, financing, development and operation of cor-

GEO’s worldwide operations include the ownership and/or management of 143 facilities totaling about 100,000 beds, including projects under development, with a growing workforce of approximately 23,500 professionals.


seven-story building features five stories of office space with high-end finishes throughout, hurricane-rated impact glass and three floors of covered and attached parking. It is one of the few Class A buildings in Palm Beach County with a fully redundant back-up generator capable of powering the entire facility for one week. The building is LEED Silver-certified by the U.S. Green Building Council. Cushman & Wakefield Managing Director John Criddle and Senior associate Joseph Freitas negotiated the lease on behalf of building owner AGS Properties Corporation. Jay Whelchel of Whelchel Partners represented GEO Group. A January 2018 move-in date is anticipated. Kaufman Lynn takes home construction awards

The GEO Group is currently constructing its new corporate headquarters on an adjacent site and will utilize Boca Village Corporate Center as additional space. The GEO Group’s existing headquarters operations are housed at Boca’s One Park Place on NW 53rd St. Boca Village Corporate Center is a stateof-the-art, 108,550-square-foot Class A office building developed in 2008. The

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Delray Fire Rescue to get training facility of its own By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor Delray Beach will soon be able to train its firefighters and paramedics at home, inside the city’s limits. In a 4-1 vote, with Commissioner Shelly Petrolia dissenting, commissioners approved spending $2.9 million to purchase land at 15 SE 10th St. to be used as a training facility for the Fire Rescue Department.

Commissioner Petrolia said she had concerns with the cost of the land and the proximity to the Osceola Park neighborhood. Mayor Cary Glickstein said the training center has been a priority for the city for the past three years and there is no perfect location for the facility.

Currently, the city pays to send its employees outside of the city to maintain training requirements and certifications. Delray personnel can be called to any facility that has an opening.

“This whole conversation about public safety starts and ends with life and death,” he said. “Our response times are far too high because we are sending personnel and equipment out of this city. There is no location in this city that isn’t going to have ramifications for a training center.”

Because those facilities can be located in northern Palm Beach County or even Broward County, fire chief Neal de Jesus said the department’s response times to emergency phone calls increases.

With a training center of its own, de Jesus said the department can control what units train when and if they need to be called in to assist, they are already located within city limits.

“We are already challenged to cover calls for service and we are sending [units] out of the city for training,” de Jesus said. “Regardless of the cost to provide our own training center, my recommendation as your fire chief would be that we have a training center so we can provide a level of service that residents of this community expect and demand. We can’t continue to roll the dice.”

The 2.5 acre site already has two buildings that can be used for classrooms, offices and storage. The department would build a fire tower for fire suppression training. He said it will take a while before the facility receives the certifications it needs to invite other departments to train there. But once that happens, he said the city can charge

Delray commissioners sign off on purchasing land at 15 SE 10th St. to be used as a training facility for the Fire Rescue Department. Submitted photo.

other departments to use the space training. He said the city’s would be modeled off of the training facility in Coral Springs. “This isn’t predicated on making a profit,” he said. “I have a responsibly for the health, safety and welfare for those we serve. If this didn’t generate a dime my recommendation would be to still move forward.”

Rep. Frankel, Realtors® of the Palm Beaches Lang Realty and Greater Fort Lauderdale discuss impact to donate to of proposed tax cuts on homeowners American Red Cross for hurricane relief Staff report

Congresswoman Lois Frankel (FL-21) and representatives from the Realtors® of the Palm Beaches and Greater Fort Lauderdale recently hosted a press conference to discuss how the proposed tax cuts will impact homeowners in South Florida.

Staff report Lang Realty is pledging money to help with hurricane relief.

Joining the Congresswoman was John Slivon, President, Realtors of the Palm Beaches and Greater Fort Lauderdale; John Mike, Federal Political Coordinator; Maria Wells, President, Florida Realtors and local first-time homebuyers. The proposal imposes new limits on mortgage interest deductions and property tax deductions, making the dream of homeownership in communities across America more difficult to attain. In 2015 the nearly 79,000 homeowners in Palm Beach County who claimed the mortgage interest deduction (MID) saved $2,387 on average. The total tax savings from the MID in Florida’s Congressional District 21 in 2015 was nearly $190,000,000. Additionally, the nearly 96,000 home-

Through an initiative called Lang Cares, the company is donating a percentage of all home closings from November and December to the American Red Cross to aid victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

owners in the district who claimed a property tax deduction saved $1,397, on average, and the total savings in the district was nearly $140,000,000 in 2015. If the MID and property tax deductions were eliminated, the loss would not be a one-year event; homeowners lose out on these potential savings every year. The average decline in value in Florida could be 13 percent, mean-

ing a projected loss in home value of $21,900 for the typical homeowner. The Realtors® of the Palm Beaches and Greater Fort Lauderdale is the 3rd largest local real estate association in the country. As one unified voice, RAPB + GFLR represents 28,000 Realtors®, 30,000 MLS subscribers, and 5 regional boards across South Florida and the Treasure Coast. For more information, visit

“This is our way of helping the many people directly affected by this year’s active hurricane season,” said Scott Agran, president of Lang Realty. “We are very thankful for our success and grateful to be able to give back to the communities we serve.” In the last eight weeks, the American Red Cross has launched wide-ranging relief efforts to help people devastated by three historic, back-to-back hurricanes—Harvey, Irma, and Maria – as well as the wildfires in California. Their disaster relief efforts have helped people find clean water, safe shelter and hot meals when they are needed the most. For more information visit or call 561-998-0100.


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By: Karen Laurence Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers There are many crucial details that must be noted when buying a house. You have now narrowed down the choice down to your dream house. It has the right number of bedrooms, bathrooms, and even has enough storage. There is a little vegetable garden in the back (you always wanted to grow your own veggies) and has the back yard large enough for the swing set or pool. What if there is some hidden problems that you cannot see?

amenable to the repair, it is time to walk away from the “dream” or you will end up with a horror story. Here are some things you need to be on guard against. A great home inspector will point out every little thing that is wrong with a property; one not as good will miss that one flaw that can cost you thousands of dollars in remediation in years to come. Small things, such as a leaky faucet, can be easily negotiated with the seller. It is the big ticket items that can only be fixed for a hefty amount that sellers seem to balk at. Even when told that the next buyer will want it repaired, the seller will not do it. Then it is time to consider another house option.

A cracked sewer or water supply line, old style wiring instead of copper, a nasty neighbor, or code violations when a renovation was done. These are all red flags that you need to watch out for so this house does not turn into a money pit or some other type of real estate nightmare. You usually find this out through a thorough inspection of the property by a reliable, recommended property inspector.

The bigger red flag issue is usually structural damage. Cracks in the foundation can be a sign of a sinking house or one that was poorly constructed. In Florida, especially after a hurricane, there can be water damage to the slab foundation or under it, the roof, or the interior walls. And of course damage from mold or mold sites that were not treated properly. If the house sits near water, many Florida homesites are alongside man-made lakes, there can be flooding if they are not

Once a problem has surfaced, ask the owner to give you a credit for the work to be done. Either they pay for it, ask you to share the burden, or flatly say no. Because it is so hard to find that house, most first time buyers will try to make light of what can be a serious issue because they have fallen in love with the house. This is their dream house. If the seller is not

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properly drained when rain is excessive. There are also trees and bushes’ roots that can damage water lines. Elevation should be checked as well as the property being in a flood zone which should cause the owner to carry a flood insurance premium. Flood insurance is usually expensive, especially after a hurricane or flood. The title report is one source where you will find most of the problems. You can sometimes be pro-active and call the county or run a report that will show what permits have been started and not closed. Or the repairs are not up to code. There are some liens that can be the seller’s responsibility because they are attached to the property such as a mechanics lien. There can be open permits or fence permits that need to be closed or corrected due to a fence blown down by a hurricane or tornado or a fence that is over the property line. This is one reason why a survey should be used to determine the boundaries when you or your neighbor is putting up that pool or fence. A seller’s disclosure form is usually available but if the owner has never lived on the property, or the children are selling it, it is not usually filled out so you lose some of the good or bad history of the house. If the house has been renovated recently, contractor’s bills must be paid prior to closing as that lien would transfer along

You can’t pick your neighbors if they move in after you but if before you, you can get an idea of what they are like. A good practice when buying a home is to knock on the door to either side of you and across the street. You can say you are moving into the neighborhood and want to find out how they like living there. You can even ask how the Homeowner’s Association is performing. Be wary of an Association that is often sued or does a lot of suing, or has low reserves. Lenders check these things but a cash buyer may not know to do this. Fortunately, Florida regulations demand that the buyer be given the Association documents prior to closing. If not given those documents in a timely fashion, the buyer can call the sale off. This also relates to a major assessment that may coming, such as a roof repair or a clubhouse remodeling, that the seller is aware of. Ask the question so that it possibly can be figured into the sale price. Sellers are usually responsible for a current assessment to be paid in full before the closing. If there is one coming in the next few years, and it is extensive, it could be tens of thousands of dollars. If the home is not in an association, look at the neighboring properties and see how well they are maintained. Visit the property at different times of the day and night to find out how rush hour affects the property, where the school bus stops, and at night for safety and traffic reasons. Pay attention to the warning signs or red flags that pop up. If you cannot get the owner to make the major repair or pay the contractor his due, it is time to think of another house. Karen Laurence is a sales associate with Keller Williams Company. She is a Technical Real Estate Instructor, Real Estate Agent and Certified Luxury Agent. 516524-3953.

The Keyes Company visits Florida Keys for hurricane relief Staff report Members of the Keyes Company spent a day of service at Sugarloaf Key delivering supplies, tools and lending a hand to help ease the impact of Hurricane Irma.

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Over the course of three weeks, employees in every Keyes office gathered, sorted and boxed supplies that were transported and delivered to the distribution center at Sugarloaf School. Sixty employees and their families traveled with a busload of goods including food, toiletries and tools. Volunteers also got physical, helping to saw trees, move debris, roofs, swimming pools, and disabled boats, upright fences and hand out meals purchased from local

hard-hit business to the community. “This is still a time of need,” said Mike Pappas, president and CEO at Keyes. “Not only did they work diligently to collect supplies, but to have so many of them that wanted to come down and get hands-on and raise the spirit of others isn’t something you see often. I’m proud our team could come together and give their time, energy, and dedication to help our Florida neighbors.”




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Read Together Palm Beach County By: Christina Wood Contributing Writer When was the last time you curled up with a good book? If you’re too busy staring at various screens to slip between the covers, you might want to take a minute to google “the benefits of reading.” If you do, you’ll find lists on websites like the Huffington Post and Real Simple that talk about the way reading can boost your brain power, make you more empathetic and help you get a better night’s sleep. Research indicates that reading a book may even help fight Alzheimer’s disease.

in 2012, the book soared to the top of the New York Times Bestseller List. It stayed on the list for an impressive 77 consecutive weeks. It’s been in the news again recently, too, thanks to Tom Hanks’ announcement that he’s going to star in and produce a movie version of the book. (A Swedish-language film based on the book was released in 2015.)

You see, the Literacy Coalition is hoping that you will read the book and discuss it. This year’s Read Together Campaign provides plenty of community events and activities that will allow you to do just that – from book discussion groups at a number of libraries to a stage reading of an excerpt of the book at Palm Beach Dramaworks in West Palm Beach.

Sharon Hill, who heads the Read Together Campaign Committee and sits on the Literacy Coalition’s board, enjoyed getting to know Ove as she read the book. “If he was your neighbor, you’d have to go through some changes before you could be friends,” she says. “But then you would be friends. He had a lot to offer.”

You can even experience an important part of Swedish culture – fika. “The word can be used as a noun or a verb, but basically fika is the Swedish version of a coffee break,” says Kristin Calder, chief executive officer of the Literacy Coalition. “They’ve really made an art of it. The important thing is that you slow down, reconnect, recharge. And eat pastry. That’s important, too.”

The Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County would like you – and a few thousand of your neighbors – to experience the benefits and rediscover the pleasures of losing yourself in a good book. The nonprofit’s Read Together Palm Beach County, a “one book, one community” campaign, is now in full swing.

Which is a nice way of saying that Ove is a curmudgeon. He’s big on rules. He believes anybody who doesn’t drive a Saab is an idiot and he knows the right way to back up a U-Haul.

The book chosen for the 2017 campaign is “A Man Called Ove,” the debut novel by Swedish author Fredrik Backman.

Ove’s story – which includes some laughout- loud moments – will give readers in Palm Beach County a lot to talk about. That’s one of the reasons the book was chosen.

You may have heard of it. After its release

Sometimes you just want to shake him, but at other times you’ll cheer.

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“We recognize that the book does touch on some serious topics,” Hill says. But there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy a cup of coffee and a piece of cake while you discuss those topics.

Calder says a handful of businesses in the county have embraced the true essence of the Read Together campaign and have offered opportunities to fika. If you brought your copy of “A Man Called Ove” to Johan’s Joe in West Palm Beach on a Monday in November, you could enjoy complimentary coffee and a treat. Don’t have a copy of the book? No problem. You may obtain a copy for a $10 donation to the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County. Participating Park Avenue BBQ Grille location are offering complimentary coffee and cake between 2 and 4 p.m. on Thursdays through November. They will also have copies of the book available – as will all 43 Starbucks locations in the county. A Skype interview with the book’s author will be the highlight of the Read Together finale, which will take place at the Hagen Ranch Road Library in Delray Beach on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 12:30 p.m. Visit for details.

Teen creates Boca Buckets Staff report

had to be a huge, frustrating issue.

Matthew Goodman, 15 of Boca Raton, knows firsthand how long it takes to clean up after a hurricane.

In the days after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, Matthew went down to the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport and loaded a passenger plane with much-needed supplies for residents of the island.

For the past several weeks, he and his family have been dealing with the debris caused by a 50-foot tree that fell on their house during Hurricane Irma. While the Goodman’s prepared for the storm by stocking up on extra food, water and batteries, they were not prepared for the aftermath.  In fact, without enough of the necessary supplies, their cleanup efforts were hampered. Matthew wished he’d had a good pair of work gloves to prevent all the cuts and scrapes he got when hauling yard trash out to the curb. The sophomore at St. Andrew’s School figured with so many people in the path of so many storms this hurricane season, cleanup

After that, Matthew decided to start assembling compact, self-contained relief kits, calling them “Boca Buckets.” These kits include contractor garbage bags, respirator masks, gloves, bleach, and various other items.  His first shipment went out to Houston, Texas to help Hurricane Harvey flood victims.  This week, after hearing about the thousands of Palm Beach County residents applying for Irma food help, he decided to bring a little relief to those standing in line at Lake Ida West Park in Delray Beach. As Matthew says, “giving out these kits is just a “drop in the bucket” toward helping people get back up and running.”  He would like to keep this project going and has established a website,, for more information.

Matthew Goodman handed out his Boca Buckets to people waiting in line for FEMA assistance in Delray Beach. Submitted photo.

Matthew Goodman, 15 of Boca Raton, has started Boca Buckets to help with hurricane relief. Submitted photo.


Sister Cities Miyazu, Japan and Delray Beach celebrate 40-year partnership By: David DiPino Contributing Writer Nancy King opened her home’s doors once again this year to welcome students from Miyazu, Japan. King, a long-time Delray Beach resident was surprised about one aspect which the Japanese, Miyazu High School and Mineyama High School students found exciting. “They just loved Halloween,” said King. King’s home was decorated for the Halloween holiday as well as the Bexley Park neighborhood with their festive Halloween decorations. In addition, Atlantic Community High School principal Tara Dellegrotti-Ocampo opened the doors to the school and her classrooms to the Japanese students. David Schmidt, former mayor of Delray Beach, and currently the president of the Sister Cities of Delray Beach, thanked the hundreds of people who use their valued free time to make this experience a reality on yearly visits between Miyazu and Delray Beach. “Nancy King put the program together and opened up her house. Principal Ocampo opened up Atlantic High School to the students. The people from the Morikami Museum were just great as always,” said Schmidt. Ms. Yamashita Yukiyo, a travel agent from Osaka, Japan served as the interpreter during the Japanese students visit to Delray Beach and also helped with a dinner celebration and festivities at Delray Golf Club moderated by Sister Cities student Megan O’Connor from Delray Beach and in the presentation honoring all of the families, students and local dignitaries involved with the Miyazu and Delray Beach partnership. Mayor Cary Glickstein presented the seven Miyazu students with a city proclamation and celebrated the Sister Cities Board and the host families in Delray Beach.

Ashley Backus (Atlantic High School student host) on left with Chisaki Imazawa at the Sister Cities International celebration of a 40year partnership between Miyazu, Japan and Delray Beach at Delray Beach Gold Club.  Photo by: David DiPino.

by meeting their host families in Delray Beach, a free day in the City of Delray beach on Saturday, October 28, to do whatever they’d like, on Sunday, October 29, the Japanese exchange students toured the Morikami Museum with their host families, on October 30, spent ten hours at Atlantic Community High School with students, faculty and made friends, on Tuesday, October 31, shadowed Atlantic High School students for the entire school day and that night partied at King’s home and Bexley Park. On Wednesday, November 1, the Japanese students visited Plumosa Elementary School of the Arts and then to the Delray Beach Golf Club for an evening awards and dinner celebration. On Thursday, the students departed PBI for New York City for two days vacationing in the city before returning to Miyazu. Tsutomu Sone, a human resources employee from the Miyazu City office, led the Japanese students with Mariko Umaki, an English teacher from Miyazu High School, and a resident of Kyotango, Japan. Misa Monkawa, a Japanese high school student in the program, said everything she experienced in Delray Beach was new to her and “so exciting!” “Thank you for having me and helping me for five says,” said Monkawa in perfect English.

“Thank you to our host students for what you have done for the Miyazu students and for making the experience what it was,” said Mayor Glickstein.

“The people here (Delray Beach) are very kind so I don’t want to say bye (goodbye). My favorite experience was the Halloween party. It was so exciting! The whole experience here in Delray Beach will be useful to my future.”

That experience included Miyazu students arriving at Palm Beach International airport on October 27, and a meeting at Fellowship Hall of Trinity Lutheran Church followed

The Miyazu student’s names in the program are: Yu Imai, Keitaro Higuchi, Takumi Hirano, Misa Monkawa, Chisaki Imazawa and Izumi Otono.

Students, teachers and city officials celebrate 40 years of Sister Cities International partnership between Miyazu, Japan and Delray Beach at Delray Beach Golf Club. Photo by: David DiPino.

“Former mayor David Schmidt has been a tireless advocate of this program and we all owe him a debt of gratitude with his persistence and the way he champions this program and for everything he does,” said Mayor Glickstein. The host committee included sensai Tony Durante and James Mihori, Chieko Mihori, among other dedicated Delray Beach locals. “The Mihori’s have been involved with our Sister Cities program since the beginning in 1977,” said David Schmidt. “They were friends with Mr. Morikami after he moved here.” Mr. Morikami moved from Miyazu, Japan to the Yamato Colony, a farming community in Boca Raton. At the end of World War II, Mr. Morikami bought land in Delray Beach and farmed it for nearly 30 years. He donated land to Palm Beach County in 1976 which later became Morikami Park. Delray Beach has been a sister city to Miyazu, Japan ever since in honor of George Morikami. “Thank you to the host families who opened their doors to these students from Japan. I just want to applaud you for that,” said Durante. Delray Beach Parks and Recreation provided bus transportation for the Japanese exchange students to and from the airport. Delray Beach resident and former Sister Cities student Danielle Zaros designed this year’s programs T-shirt. High School students from Delray Beach and Miyazu, Japan alternate visiting each host city’s homes and cities as part of the program in partnership with Sister Cities International. Next summer, youth ambassadors from Delray Beach will visit Miyazu, Japan. For more information visit




A Sit down with Stephen Chrisanthus: Little River Band I recently sat down with the lead singer of Little River Band Wayne Nelson and his wife and author Rhonda, to talk about why Delray Beach is special, and the holidays.

1. So you have lived and performed in a number of places why call Delray Beach home now? We were moving from Vegas and didn’t want the cold. My booking agent had lived here for years and told us to give it a look. We were blown away. It has entertainment and culture unique to Delray, with a small town feel. 2. What do you like about it here as opposed to other cities in Florida? Delray Beach is like a protected area. It’s like paradise within a 5 mile radius. World-class restaurants, super dog friendly, a great community. A great laid back environment to go and just grab a glass of wine and relax. We feel very fortunate to be in this community. 3. Are you playing in any upcoming local events? Carols by Candlelight on Dec. 2. 4. What exactly is Carols by Candle-

light and how did you get involved? Carols by Candlelight is an annual  Australian  Christmas  tradition that originated in Australia in the 19th century. The tradition has since spread around the world. It involves people gathering outdoors in a park to sing carols by candlelight, featuring live performances by

both national and international celebrities accompanied by a band or orchestra. My connection with the event originated due to the fact I played for an Australian band. It really is a special event. The kids singing with the candles lit really sets the mood. Gives you those good chills. There

are 1000 candles lit by the end of it. 5. Any other December holiday plans? I have another Carols by Candlelight in Nashville Dec. 12 and then looking forward to two weeks at home for the holidays before back on the road performing. Going downtown Delray with friends, playing some golf and just relaxing.

We should all Be Like Brit By: Ali Kaufman, founder & schoolhouse director, Space of Mind Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers “For of those to whom much is given, much is required” has always been a driving mantra in my life. President-elect John F. Kennedy paraphrased Luke 12:48 when he reminded Americans that “courage, judgment, integrity and dedication” define our core values. As an educator, these values are also foundational in the framework of the learning experience my team and I create within our schoolhouse. Students must also infuse their own perspectives with other vantage points so that they can understand not only themselves, but their place within the greater world they each share. For this reason, travel and service-based learning are important components of a well-rounded curriculum - and core components of the Space of Mind program. This year, as part of our year-long theme to explore the countries and cultures of “The Emerging World,” our students are partnering with Be Like Brit, an orphanage in Grand Goâve, Haiti. Founded by the Gengel family in memory of their beloved daughter and sister, Britney Gengel, who perished there with her Lynn University peers and professors in the 2010 earthquake, BLB is a haven for 66 children who are being educated, nurtured and inspired to become Haiti’s future leaders. The Be Like Brit mission is rooted in Britney’s own core values, which centered around her compassion, as well as the courage, judgment, integrity and dedication her family steadfastly exemplifies. We are planning to visit BLB with a group of Space of Mind students and staff this coming April, so one of our Humanities coaches and I recently traveled there to ad-

vance the trip. When we landed in Port-au-Prince, Haiti as “Britsionaries” with an incoming group of Be Like Brit travelers, we got some important advice from Len Gengel, Britney’s dad. He told us that in order to understand Haiti, we had to leave our core values on the plane. This was advice given to him by a nun years prior, and it proved to be as right for our group as it was for him. I didn’t at first understand what that meant, but throughout the weekend, it became clear: there are many layers to the problems Haitians face, and I needed to detach myself from my American-ness to fully grasp each one. As we barreled through an impactful weekend, we bonded with the children who live at BLB, built a home for one of their treasured employees (over 1200 BLB “Britsionaries” have built over 100 homes in the area on similar trips), toured the town’s schools and medical clinic, visited a Voodoo temple, experienced a Sunday church service, shared incredible laughs with new friends, swam in a crystal clear ocean and most of all, reflected with one another on the complexity of this spirited country and the survival mode it can’t escape from. My connection to Haiti is more personal now, and it will take me some time still to understand exactly how that will change me and those around me. The easy things are already happening: Upon returning, we shared our experiences with our Space of Mind students, families and coaches I sponsored Katharina, a BLB child who just absolutely captured my attention and my heart (I challenge you to sponsor one of

Team of Britsionaries and the Haitian building team in front of the completed house we built for Peterson, one of Be Like Brit’s employees. Submitted photo.

these magical kids, too!) I’m writing this article to share my experience with you. I plan to reach out to a core group of my friends and family to join me on a future trip. The harder things will take a while: How will I not fall back into my bubble that removes me from the sensory experience I had in Haiti? How will I reconcile my birth lottery now that I’ve experienced another level of survivalism that I hadn’t ever seen up close? Who will I choose to be now that I know what I know? Did you know Be Like Brit has a Delray Beach office? If you’re interested in traveling to Haiti - or want to learn more about supporting Be Like Brit - you can visit them at the Delray Beach Green Market every Saturday from 9am2pm or reach out to them at (561) 523-0160.


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In praise of diversity By: Commissioner Jim Chard Special to the Delray Newspaper In nature, biodiversity is considered an unalloyed benefit. Variety is a necessary ingredient in music and art; we like to look at and listen to a variety of artists. In recipes and restaurants we seek the new and different. Unfortunately it is not the same in cities. Our regulations and ordinances strive for a monotonous similarity from block to block. Consistency is good and variety is discouraged. And as in nature, such a monoculture is susceptible to disease and die-offs, they are not regenerative or adaptive to changes such as sea level rises, disruptive technologies, and rapid changes in economic trends. Zoning as practiced in most cities including Delray is a modern day segregation of uses. We separate residential from retail, commercial from industrial. Parks are generally separated from residences rather than wound through homes and gardens. Old and young live in different neighborhoods or states. Water retention areas are fenced off. Canals are only used for flood control. Reliance on automobiles for mobility exacerbates such segregation. We lump retail into megamalls and big box stores and require our residents to drive 10

miles or more for simple purchases. Gigantic parking lots and acres of heat producing asphalt are required to sustain the shopping malls. Meanwhile, local storefronts and family owned businesses are slowly squeezed out of business. I would argue that mixed uses, the ability to walk to work or walk to shop or walk to play is the key to a healthy and stable community. And walking should not be the only alternative mode of transportation, bicycling, shared rides (Uber and Lyft) and electric vehicles such as golf carts and Chevy Bolts available for “last mile” rides totally change the character of our communities. And that is change for the better.  The academicians call this “tight urbanism” whereby the things that make our lives exciting and convenient are near at hand. Imagine walking across the street to work, to shop, to exercise, to learn. Diversity also includes housing and amenities for all generations: from millennials to “the greatest generation”, maintaining the traditional community fabric and reducing living costs for both those starting out their careers and those enjoying their twilight years. Tight urbanism and diversity lead to sta-

bility, sustainability, and resiliency. Stability is derived from the fact that a diversity of businesses and skills strengthens the community through economic ups and downs, through adapting to change. Sustainability comes about because a community can afford its infrastructure and ongoing maintenance rather than being bankrupted by a widely dispersed network of roads, pipes, and public safety facilities. And resilience is created because “tightness” allows a sharing of community assets and compounding of budgets, staff, and assets to address needs and provide social benefits. With the smart mix of tight urbanism and community diversity, resources become available to address quality of life issues such as place making and support for the arts. Right now, our Delray economy is a one legged stool; it is not stable or resilient. We don’t have enough diversity to sustain our local economy through economic downturns or trend reversals.   Much of our economy has been “outsourced” to other regions or countries. We have no industrial base to speak of, no higher education, no start up culture, and only limited light manufacturing. We are strong in tourism, food and beverage, and arts but weak in computer

science, engineering and technology, applied research, and emerging industries. Delray has the tools to move from monoculture to biodiversity, from enforced segregation to live-work-play, from reliance on one or two economic sectors to a multiplicity of economic engines, from reliance on automobiles to multimodal transportation, from a very good City to a great City. If we revise our thinking about zoning, if our City government morphs from regulation to facilitation, if we deploy our budget strategically and in conformance with a new Comprehensive Plan, if we more frequently say yes rather than always say no, we can move Delray toward stability, sustainability and resilience.

The holidays and placemaking Loving where you live By: Commissioner Mitch Katz Special to the Delray Newspaper out of aluminum so that it will not rust like the previous tree did. While this was a major expense, it was an easy decision because of the value the tree brings to our community.  Just recently our Downtown Development Authority along with the Chamber of Commerce brought acclaimed placemaking author of Love Where You Love, Peter Kageyama to speak. His book begins with these words, “It is easy to say you love your place. It is much harder to show it”. The 100’ Tree gives us an opportunity to show it. Thousands of residents and visitors will visit Downtown Delray  and take selfies, I always look forward to this time of year. Ev-

visit Santa, enjoy the Menorah or see/attend

ery December, Delray Beach becomes a magi-

one of the numerous events surrounding the

cal place with the 100’ Christmas Tree as our

tree. This is simply one example of how we get

centerpiece. The tree though is only a piece

to show how we love our city.

of the puzzle that makes it so special but it is certainly the piece of the puzzle that holds it all together. That is why this year when your commission learned that the tree was no longer safe, without hesitation we replaced the

We are fortunate to live in a special place at a special time. Take this time to enjoy all the great things that make Delray Beach such a wonderful place to Live, Learn, Work, and Play.

tree with a brand new 100’ Christmas Tree that

I wish you and your family a wonderful holi-

would be identical in looks and size but made

day season and a Happy New Year.

By: Rob Steele CEO and President of Old School Square Special to the Delray Newspaper Several Delray Beach groups including the DDA, Chamber, DBMC, The Set and Old School Square teamed up to host award winning author Peter Kageyama last month. Before Kageyama took the stage to discuss “For the Love of Cities, Love Where You Live” Rob Steele shared these thoughts with the audience and with our readers: I know we can all agree that we all love Delray Beach. I hope we can all agree, for any number of reasons, and with no finger pointing or laying of blame, that we as a community we have not been moving Delray Beach forward in an optimal manner? I hope we can all agree, that now, this evening, is a perfect time to commit to keeping the past behind us, forgive, reconcile, and agree to work together with courtesy, respect, and grace? I hope we can all agree that now is a decidedly great time to commit to an inclusive, comprehensive,

and honest process to craft a new, dynamic yet thoughtful vision for Delray Beach? I hope we can all agree that our inability to effectively convene, and communicate as a community leaves us vulnerable to economic attrition to our neighboring cities, who are all keen to become the “Next Delray Beach?” Finally, I hope we can all agree to start from scratch with a “Clean Sheet” approach to advancing Delray Beach economically, aesthetically, ecologically, and with a tall measure of respect for our history. Let’s elevate the brand of Delray Beach to be “Fun…and Smart.”



Go-to downtown Delray eateries for your holiday needs Fashion Week VIP passes on sale By: Shaina Wizov Contributing Writer

fers everything from healthful salads to hearty sandwich-

The holidays are staring us in the face — and so are fam-

sharing, and an impressive list of craft cocktails, beer and

Staff report

wine. Top Picks: Colossal Pretzel and Cider Thyme Salm-

Delray Beach Fashion Week returns next month.

ily visits and friend gatherings. When you’re planning a get-together for a group, there are only so many places you can go that’ll please everyone. Sure, you could host everyone at your home, spend days cleaning and decorating, and slave away for hours in the kitchen creating the perfect party spread; not to mention the intense clean-up action that’ll inevitably happen after everyone says their goodbyes. This time of year doesn’t need to be so hectic. There are plenty of restaurants in Downtown Delray Beach that will gladly take care of the cooking and cleaning for you. So put away those pots and pans, and take out your cell phone instead — it’s time to make some reservations.

es and entrees. There are plenty of appetizers great for

on. More info at One of my personal favorites, and one restaurant I find to be a little bit underrated, is Mussel Beach. If you have a family full of mussel-lovers, this is your spot. There are 12 different preparations, including unique varieties such as creamy lobster bisque, Thai curry and Danish blue with smoked bacon, roasted garlic cream and blue cheese. Even if you aren’t the biggest fan of mussels, there is plenty more to enjoy, including a selection of non-seafood dishes and an entirely gluten-free menu. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, and you could probably fit your entire family, and then some, inside. Top Picks: Grilled Cal-

If you’re looking for a waterfront view, there’s no better

amari and Mussels Florentine (spinach, shallots, roasted

place to go than Deck 84. The restaurant has a laid-back,

garlic cream, parmesan, fennel). More info at https://

casual vibe with both indoor and outdoor seating and 150

feet of dock space on the Intracoastal. Deck 84 has been voted Top 100 Al Fresco Dining Restaurants in America by OpenTable time and time again, and it truly does live up to the name. Executive Chef Michael Romano’s menu is diverse enough to satisfy the pickiest of eaters, and there’s also a children’s menu available. Top Picks: Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes and the 10 oz. Special Blend Deck Burger. More info at

And finally, if a more upscale dining experience is in the cards for you this holiday season, you’ve got to head over to Downtown Delray Beach staple, 32 East, before

Celebrate the 5th anniversary of downtown fashion trends from Jan. 24-28 with a VIP Pass. VIP passes are on beginning Dec. 1 for $160 at Tickets are limited and include front row reserved seating at all runway shows, receptions, luncheon and a swag bag. Ticket proceeds benefit the Achievement Centers for Children and Families and the Art’s Garage’s educational programming for children. Events will take place throughout downtown Delray Beach and two of the runway fashion shows that feature local designers are free to the public to stand and watch. Other events include a fashion luncheon, Stiletto Race, and the Delray Beach Fashion Week Boutique Shopping Event. Tickets for all fashion events can be purchased at each event or online at

its closure next year. 32 East has been the heart and soul of Atlantic Avenue since it opened in 1996. The menu changes daily, with unique seasonal flavors and locally-sourced ingredient, with an award-winning wine list and innovative cocktails to pair. To give your guests a real

Looking for a more festive backdrop? Head over to The

holiday treat, book a private party in their upstairs din-

Office, where you’ll have front row seats to this year’s

ing room, where anywhere from 10 to 70 guests can be

brand new 100 Foot Christmas Tree display located right

accommodated for a sit-down dinner, or up to 110 guests

across the street in Old School Square, featuring an “ice

for a standing cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception. Top

skating” rink, mini golf, a carousel. There’s ample space

Picks: Whatever the current Sashimi and Scallop dishes

for large parties inside the restaurant, and the menu of-

are on the menu. More info at

Here’s what we think… Despite our issues.

December is a busy month full of festivities, family and friends.

Despite our challenges.

In Delray, we are blessed with an array of holiday activities which takes the edge off 80 degree temps that can make it feel more like summer than a winter wonderland. As we visit the tree, Old School Square and enjoy the parades and events it’s a good time to appreciate the people and organizations that make it possible. The Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative, Delray Chamber, Old School Square, City of Delray, Delray CRA, Delray Downtown Develpment Authority, Pineapple Grove Main Street, Delray Historical Society and WARC are among

Meet the team Reach us at: 561-299-1430

Despite our divisions.

the groups and organizations that fuel the holidays. But they are also responsible for making Delray a special place year round. This is a great time of year to take stock and give thanks. We have a great town.

Despite those who want to take it back.

Jeff Perlman, Editor-in-Chief and

Because of the people who want to move


it forward.

Scott Porten, Chief-Financial-Offi-

The leaders who volunteer, invest, create,

cer and Principal

risk and give back.

Craig Agranoff, Content Director

The Delray Newspaper wishes to thank

and Principal

our readers, advertisers, vendors, staff

Fran Marincola, Adviser and Prin-

and community for supporting our mission of gathering and reporting local news. We live in a fascinating place. And for that we are thankful. Happy holidays.

cipal Marisa Herman, Associate Editor Kylee Treyz, Account Manager






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