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Morse name cruises through three generations By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor If you asked a young Edward J. Morse III “Teddy” if he wanted to take over the family car business, the answer would likely have been no. Morse, 42, said his career goals changed from firefighter to fighter pilot then police officer to astronaut. “I knew my dad was in the car business,” he said. “My father always told me he would support me 100 percent, no matter what I did, but he told me I would be an idiot if I didn’t go into the car business.” That’s because the Morse name has been associated with selling cars in South Florida for more than 70 years. Ed Morse Automotive was founded by his grandfather, Ed in 1946.

The Downtown Delray Beach Drum Circle attracts people who want to jam on Wednesday nights. Photo by Alexis Paige.

How the Downtown Drum Circle is becoming Delray’s soundtrack By: Emily Creighton Contributing Writer No, it’s not the sound of traffic bustling down Atlantic Avenue or the crashing of the waves on the sand. Rather, the soundtrack of Delray Beach can be found right in Old School Square every Wednesday night. As the Downtown Delray Beach Drum Circle beats away, there is a something much louder to be recognized than their unique rhythms. It’s the sound of community. “Delray is a mixed bag of people, and right here it’s a portal for a whole

bunch of energy and a whole bunch of people,” shared Raul Jimenez, a Delray resident of for over a decade who has been coming to the Circle for nearly three years. “It becomes a community, and it’s very much needed here.” But, the drum circle you may see off the Ave. now wasn’t the beginning of the town’s subculture. For decades, drum circles have come in and out of popularity in the area, but always maintained a foothold throughout

The decorated WWII veteran, who served in the Army Air Corps as a B-25 navigator, and received the Distinguished Flying Cross for flying a plane to safety after the pilot was wounded and the co-pilot was killed, worked as a doorman parking cars at the Coronado Hotel in Miami Beach. He then helped his father start a 20 car fleet rental company, Morse Motors. Now, the privately held company has 13 locations, 17 franchises and nine brands including Cadillac, Honda, Toyota, Mazda, Buick, GMC, Chevrolet, Fiat and Alfa Romeo in South Florida and Tampa. [CONT. PG 2]

Palm Beach County. The ritualistic events involve community members and families joining in song played on traditional African drums called djembes, dance, yoga and more for a judgment-free time. “The Delray Beach Drum Circle is the very definition of community engagement, and I smile like an opossum eating bumble bees every time I hear the thump of drums on the Green,” CEO and president of Old School Square Rob Steele said. “The Drum Circle is organ[CONT. PG 2]

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Teddy Morse is the third generation to run the family business. Submitted photo.


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How the Downtown Drum Circle is becoming Delray’s soundtrack ic, spontaneous, diverse, dynamic, and always warm and welcoming to everyone whether they attend regularly or are just drawn to the rhythm while enjoying a night on the Avenue. Old School Square welcomes the Drum Circle with open arms, and we look forward to the next activity of this nature that lands in our historic park. You can’t stop the beat.”

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However, the drum circles are no strangers to naysayers within the community, and at times have felt the need to take legal action. Back in 2010, drummer and lawyer Eric Gruber sued the city of Delray Beach on a first amendment violation. After being told a small drum circle could not congregate on Old School Square grass, Gruber took action, claiming his freedoms of speech and assembly were limited. Many were worried how speaking out would reflect on the reputation of drum circles. But, the case was later dismissed, and new drum circles have since prospered, even earning a rightful place in the eyes of local government. Michael Teller, who founded his own drum circle just over three years ago in another revival attempt, has taken the city-compliant approach with building his circle.

People play various instruments at the Downtown Delray Drum Circle. Photo by Alexis Paige.

He said, “The drumming and the community-basis of drumming really brings people together, and they come from way beyond Delray Beach. It works very well with the Old School Square concept.” On Wednesday nights, Teller and crew meet – with their permit – at Old School Square, starting at 7 p.m. With some meetings garnering upwards of 200 people at times, Teller is glad that his group has the support of the city and that he has been able to begin changing the stigma surrounding it. “People are telling me that they had an idea of what drum circles were and now that they’ve come, they really enjoy it,” he said. “[The city commissioners] invited us in to do some drumming and the commissioners were shaking little shakers and drumming,” shared Teller. “That’s

An aerial view of the Downtown Delray Drum Circle. Photo by Emily Creighton.

very special for Delray because I’ve gotten remarks from around the country asking how they can do that for [their city.]” But, the reach of the Drum Circle extends past Old School Square – and Delray. In early 2016, Teller was asked to bring the circle to Veteran’s Park by the Delray Beach Parks and Rec Department. This scene is more family-oriented, offering drum lessons and games for children. Additionally, just over a year ago, Teller wanted to give back to the community. He and a small group of drummers began performing at local senior centers, including Delray’s Alzheimer’s Center and Florida Atlantic University’s Green Memory and Wellness Center in Boca Raton.

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They are headquartered in Delray Beach next to their Toyota dealership on Feder-

The summer before his freshman year of high school, he said he got a taste of what it was like to work for the business. The 14-year-old went out to lunch with his father, Ted. He said he remembers his dad asking him how he planned to spend the summer. The teenager said he would hang out and go to the beach. He said his dad told him he could do that for one week before he goes to work. He said he was put to work as a porter. He spent days sweeping, taking out trash, placing plastic on seats of cars and the paper floor mats in cars that came in for service. He recalled standing on top of the trash compactor to smash garbage down enough for the compactor to function properly. He made $4.25 per hour and was covered in sweat and dirt by the end of the day. “I remember asking dad for a raise and he said, ‘Your raise will be effective as soon as you are.’ He was full of good one-liners.” As a teenager, he said he just wanted to wear a suit, have an air-conditioned office and sell cars. Now, he said he understands why his father and grandfather put him to work in all types of positions. He couldn’t do his job if he didn’t understand how other people do their jobs. “When I was born, taking over this company was not my birthright,” he said. “If I wasn’t capable to do this job, they wouldn’t have let me do it.”

Since that high school job, he has served the company in different roles including general manager of a Cadillac dealership in Fort Lauderdale, director of marketing and advertising and executive vice president. For the past year, he has been serving in the highest role of the company, chairman. His appointment came shortly after his father died at 66 after a long illness. His grandfather worked for the company he started until he died at 91 in 2012. Once his grandfather passed, he said the rumor mill about the company being for sale began to swirl. He said those rumors ramped up even more after his father died. But, he said he was committed to the company and the more than 900 employees who he says help the operation run as smooth as a ride in a new car. “It’s a big operation,” he said. “If you look at it in its totality it’s a little overwhelming. I am lucky to have some amazing people who work with us.” He said he received unsolicited calls from people offering to buy the company just a week after his father died. “It hurt me,” he said. “I didn’t want our employees thinking we are going to sell. I wanted them to know I was committed to the company and to them. We are not for sale.” Over the past year, Morse has broken records and gained recognition. In 2016, the business recorded $1.3 billion in sales an

Most recently though, the group was asked to visit the Broward Children’s Center. “We bring our drums and a couple of us, and we lead drum circles for the people that really need it,” explained Teller. “When you see the people in the room go from expressionless, motionless people to dancing, it just blows your mind. It makes you feel good.” This falls in perfectly with Teller’s bigger vision. As the owner of the local Center for Long Term Care Planning and Education Chair for the Florida Association of Health Underwriters, Teller has a close connection to older residents in the area. He believes that the Drum Circle has the potential to grow into a music therapy of sorts, saying that “for many people it is a very healing experience.” As for the near future, Teller hopes to expand the local presence of the group by doing what they do best: having a good time. And, he encourages those who have never experienced a drum circle to give it a try. He said, “More and more people are liking. People that never did before. So, come with an open mind and see for yourself.”

increase from $1 billion the year before. Three Cadillac dealerships won the 2016 Cadillac of the Year award and Ed Morse Automotive won three out of the four top awards in the Southeast and three out of 20 in the nation. The company’s annual golf tournament, which benefits Muscular Dystrophy also raised $220,000 this summer, surpassing the $2 million mark of money raised since its inception 23 years ago. While his day-to-day responsibilities aren’t selling cars to customers anymore, he said he still gets excited when new makes and models hit the showroom floors. “I love cars,” he said. “I still get excited when any of the brands put out a new concept or model year. I still get excited to sit in them and drive them.” He has two favorite cars. The first is one his father drove, a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 that was black with white stripes. He said he always gave his father a hard time for getting rid of that car. The other, the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California that was featured in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. He said the car industry is changing with technological advancements like the iPhone. He said people come in to buy a car and they know all the details about the car before they even talk to a salesperson. But he said people aren’t turning to the web to make their final purchase. “You need to sit in the car, drive the car, smell it,” he said. “There are a lot of things you can buy online, but buying a car, you want to make sure you are making the right decision. It’s difficult to buy shoes if you don’t try them on.” When he is away from the office, he said he spends his time at home with his wife and two young daughters.


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Delray’s Artist Warehouse nears completion Staff report Delray Beach artists will soon have a place to paint, sculpt and showcase their works at an affordable rate. The long-anticipated opening of an Arts Warehouse in the city’s Pineapple Grove Arts District is almost over. Community Redevelopment Agency officials say the incubator space will be open in time for season. The CRA owns and will manage the space. The agency hired Jill Brown as the Arts Warehouse Manager several months ago to serve as the Arts Warehouse manager. The agency purchased the 15,000-square-foot warehouse located at 313 NE Third St. in 2010 for about $1 million. Since then, the agency brought in a firm to conduct a study on what the build out of the space should include and budgeted to complete the work. The idea is to merge the creative arts and business-minded by providing each field a place to work, side-by-side. The space will provide local artists and burgeoning business folk a place to work without having to pay the often sky-high rents of downtown locations. The space is also intended to enhance the city’s image as an arts destination. For decades, the city has attracted artists of all mediums to the city and has been home to artist colonies.

The buildout of the space cost the agency several million to complete. The warehouse will have studio spaces of varying sizes, gallery exhibits, classrooms and workshop spaces. It also has a food preparation area and will be capable of hosting events with catering on site. Delray Beach-based architectural firm of Currie Sowards Aguila was selected to design the improvements to convert the warehouse into an arts space in 2014. In Aug. 2016, Hatcher Construction & Development, Inc was awarded the contract to renovate the Arts Warehouse.

Pressure to complete the space built up after a section of warehouses in Artists Alley were purchased in 2015 and the new owner increased rents, which forced a lot of local artists to leave the city. The CRA put in an offer to buy the warehouses, which were in foreclosure, but the bid was rejected. Soon, artists will have a new warehouse to work from. The agency is accepting requests from visual artists who are interested in leasing studio space in the warehouse. For more information, visit https://delraycra.org, like the Arts Warehouse page on Facebook or follow the space on Twitter at twitter.com/artswarehouseDB

Caring Kitchen to cease hot meal service next month By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor Delray Beach’s Caring Kitchen will serve its last hot meal to the hungry on Oct. 31. That is what the city commission decided last month after hours of public comment and two years of complaints from neighbors asking the city to help find the soup kitchen a new home. “We are thankful for the services that the Caring Kitchen provides,” president of the nearby Paradise Heights neighborhood Pamela Williams said. “We aren’t going against the services that have been provided. We are going against the location. We were told two years ago they would be relocated. I have the right to a certain quality of life.” The Caring Kitchen is located in the NW/ SW neighborhoods of the city, at 196 NW 8th Ave. It has been there for the past 20 years. It leases its space from the city for $1 per year. In 2015, the nonprofit, which is overseen by Cros Ministries, made a request to expand the facility. That is when the neighbors said they had enough and told commissioners the Caring Kitchen had outgrown its space and needed to be relocated.

“It’s been a long 30 months,” resident Reggie Cox said of the conversations surrounding moving the kitchen. “Our property values are at stake. The loitering, the criminal activity is higher than average. We deserve a healthy neighborhood, a safe neighborhood, a walkable neighborhood.” Over the past year, Assistant Police Chief Javaro Sims said the police department has responded to 125 calls for service at the Caring Kitchen. Those calls were for public intoxication, trespassing, overdoses, assault and other offenses. “This is a large number of calls for service in any one area,” he said. “The Caring Kitchen is a great program and its necessary, but it doesn’t belong in a residential area. There is a quality of life issue in this area.” Residents said they have dealt with people sleeping on their property, witnessed fights and cleaned up trash left behind by people going to the Caring Kitchen. “We have had to deal with the good, bad and the ugly,” resident Joycelyn Patrick said. “The Caring Kitchen has outgrown the location.” Caring Kitchen staff and volunteers said

they serve a large part of the community they are located in. They said they need time to find a new location and to raise money for the space and a build-out. As a compromise, commissioners unanimously agreed to let Caring Kitchen staff have access to the current facility for an additional nine months after the hot meal service stops. The staff will be able to prepare meals and use the building for storage, but they will not be able to serve food. If they violate the terms of the new lease, the city manager will be able to evict the staff from the location. Caring Kitchen officials said they will begin speaking with local churches and other organizations that would be willing to help distribute hot meals. They currently serve about 6,000 meals per month. Since the topic about moving the Caring Kitchen came up, the city had been working with the nonprofit to find them a new home. An idea was proposed to move them into the city’s historic Train Depot, but support for that plan fell through earlier this year after commissioners decided the site is dangerous for pedestrians to access.

Since then, Caring Kitchen officials said they have had a hard time finding a new location that they could afford. Commissioner Jim Chard said the city owns a site on 10th St. and 10th Ave. that may be a new potential location. The site is a retention pond and would require analysis to see if it could be built on. The Caring Kitchen would have to negotiate a new agreement with the city and raise money to build a new facility on the site if an agreement were reached. With a new location undetermined, commissioners sided with the residents. “If this was something happening in my neighborhood, next door to me, I would be really upset and tired of it,” Commissioner Shelly Petrolia said. “I understand how the neighbors are feeling. At the same time, I know this is an important service.” Mayor Cary Glickstein agreed, “It has been a bedrock in our community. The time has come to put an end to the suffering the people in the neighborhood are experiencing.”


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Life-like therapy pets reside at Delray senior living community By: Callie Schiffman Contributing Writer

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It’s raining robotic cats and dogs at Abbey Delray, a senior living community. These robopets help provide communication between seniors, who suffer from memory loss, and their families. There are two different types of pets. There is a labrador retriever dog and a cat, which comes in white, silver, and orange.

The robotic cats and dogs were initially used for seniors who suffered from memory loss. The pets help them engage with their family members by helping them remember pets they have had in the past. One of the residents named her robotic labrador Rusty after her own dog she had growing up.

Anne Walsh, senior vice president for Lifespace Communities, which owns Abbey Delray, said she was approached months ago by Hasbro about the idea of having these companion pets in their senior living communities. Walsh said she was very excited about the response she received from the people living in Abbey.

Each resident who interacts with the pet, becomes invested. They smile and start talking to the pet. They care for the pet as if it were real. “The impact the robotic pets have had on our residents has truly been remarkable,” Walsh said. “As crazy as it might sound, these little robodogs and robocats are changing lives.”

“They fell in love with them right away. They light up and become highly engaged,” Walsh said.

Lori Eisele, Life Enrichment and Engagement Lead at Abbey Delray, said they give the robotic pets to residents who are 100 years old. She also said that for people who do not own a robotic pet, she walks around with them at 2:00 p.m. on Thursdays.

Walsh describes how it was fairly easy getting funding for this project because of the great response they had from residents. She had tested the animals for a couple of months, but after seeing the response from the residents she secured funding to have the companion pets at Abbey Delray. She said they have robotic pets at six of their living communities, including Abbey Delray and Abbey Delray South.

Eisele said she really sees the difference the pets are making during those weekly visits.

Each pet moves and responds to the person who interacts with the pet. The cat purrs and lies on its back, while the dog barks and wags its tail. Each pet costs around

“The response is just amazing. These pets help with communication,” Eisele said. “The animals bring back memories and help with reminiscing.”

Another resident at Abbey Delray named her labrador Liberty after she received the dog on Fourth of July. She knits sweaters and pants for Liberty to wear. Some members of the living community, like Liberty’s owner, loved these pets so much that their family members bought one for them. Vicki Brown, the Abbey Delray Health Center administrator is delighted that the living residents are so taken with the robotic pets. “It’s wonderful to see the smiles on the faces of residents as they interact with the robotic pets,” Brown said. “They provide a little something extra to look forward to each day.”

Meters inch toward Atlantic Avenue Staff report

north and south of Atlantic Ave. and meter the 2-hour parking spots in surface lots. The meters would be in effect from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. From 2 a.m. to 6 p.m., patrons can park for free for two hours.

Delray Beach is one step closer to paid parking on Atlantic Avenue. Commissioners agreed last month to meter Atlantic Avenue, one block north and south and some of the surface parking lots during prime time as a way to create turnover in parking spaces and generate revenue that the city can reinvest into a parking management plan. The decision will have to be codified in a formal vote at an upcoming meeting.

The consensus is to charge for parking along Atlantic Ave. from Swinton Ave. to the Intracoastal, on side streets one block

Commissioners agreed they would like to see stronger enforcement when it comes to the 2-hour and 8-hour spaces. That means parking tickets for those who stay in their parking spaces longer than permitted. This version of a parking plan is scaled down from a previous iteration presented

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by the city staff. This plan was proposed by the city’s Downtown Development Authority. The approach was to take a slow and phased in-plan. “No one is interested in going from zero to 100 overnight,” Mayor Cary Glickstein said. “We are going to have to come up with something. It isn’t going to make everyone happy. It is going to be a combination of things.” Commissioners would like to explore adding more golf cart parking, designated Uber drop off and pick up locations and adding structured parking. The parking meter topic will be scheduled for a vote at an upcoming meeting.

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things you need to know this September in Delray Beach 1

Old School

traveling back in time to recover an ob-

ray’s Community Redevelopment Agen-

Square and De-

ject left in the past by another group of

cy and Cathy Balestriere as vice-chair-

livery Dudes are

time travelers. Once recovered, this ob-

woman of the agency. Reggie Cox served

continuing

the

ject is used to escape the room within 60

as the agency’s chair for the past two

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years.

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at Crest Theatre with screenings of The Blues Brothers on Sept. 1, a double feature of Frat Night with Animal House and Old School on Sept. 8 and Airplane! on Sept. 15. Screenings begin at 8 p.m. General admission tickets cost $5. VIP tickets cost $15, which include one drink, one food item and “text for bar service” option.

4 The Rev. Nancy Norman retired last month after 25 years of service as Senior

Sept. 16 at 9:30 a.m. No experience is

Minister and CEO for Unity of Delray

needed and all ages are welcome. Garden

Beach.

plots are available for the season, $70 for

5 The Delray Beach Public Library has two new exhibits “Watercolor Memories” by Louis Portuesi and “Dimensions in Art” by Mike Goldberg on display. Meet Portuesi on Sept. 1 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

2 The city has hired a new consultant to work on the Comprehensive Plan, The Mellgren Planning Group. For more information on the plan and its progress, visit alwaysdelray.com

before the Downtown Delray First Friday Art Walk begins.

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The Cason United Methodist

Church’s Organic Community Garden is reopening for its 10th season. The season

3 Delray Escape is following its Area

opening meeting is scheduled for Sept.

51 Escape Room with “Wrinkle in Time.”

9 at 9:30 a.m. and the annual seeds ex-

Visitors to a local diner are tasked with

change and workshop is scheduled for

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computing related fields. U.S. graduates are on track to fill 29 percent of those jobs. Women are on track to fill just 3 percent. We are prepared to provide a stopgap to this problem. When girls learn to code, they become change agents in their communities.”

Spady Museum receives grant The Spady Cultural Heritage Museum was recently awarded $2,500 from the Women’s Foundation of Palm Beach County for its Technology and Leadership Academy (TLA) for Girls. The TLA will engage Palm Beach County girls between the ages of 9-18 in a multi-focus program that encourages self-empowerment and motivation to be leaders in their fields of interest. TLA will focus on developing computer apps through an online coding platform (e.g. Codesters, Youth Digital or Tech Rocket). In addition, the program will provide life skills and mentoring tailored for girls. It will also teach them about female inventors and innovators of color who pushed the boundaries of possibility during a time when women, and even more so, women of color, were forbidden to aspire to their highest potential. According to Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code, “By 2020, there will be 1.4 million jobs available in

Delray Beach artist to be featured in Texas exhibit Five oil paintings by Delray Beach artist Sally Painter have been selected to appear in the R.S. Hanna Gallery Fall Showcase. Painter and all of the other participating artists were selected based on their winning entries into the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society Spring International Exhibition. The Fall Showcase runs from Sept. 1 through Dec. 31. The R.S. Hanna Gallery is located in

a small plot, $95 for a large one.

7 Delray Medical Center received the 2017 Gynecologic Surgery Excellence

9 The city has engaged a search

Award from Healthgrades, a leading on-

firm Mercer Group to look for the

line resource for comprehensive infor-

next city manager. Fire Chief Neal de

mation about physicians and hospitals.

Jesus has been serving as the city’s in-

This award places Delray Medical Center

terim city manager since Don Cooper

among a select group of hospitals, the top

resigned.

10 percent of all hospitals evaluated, for providing outstanding quality outcomes in gynecologic surgery.

8 Commissioners appointed Annette Gray to serve as chairwoman of the Del-

10 The city and CRA are holding a ribbon cutting ceremony for the NW 12th Ave. Beautification project on Sept. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at Pompey Park, 1101 NW 2nd St.

the historic art town of Fredericksburg, Texas. Delray suing Big Pharma Delray Beach is taking on Big Pharma. City commissioners have signed off on hiring San-Diego-based law firm Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd to take on the pharmaceutical industry for damages alleging it uses deception marketing practices. Mayor Cary Glickstein solicited the firm over the summer as a way to combat the number of overdoses the city is facing. The firm successfully received a $7 billion settlement against Enron in 2008.

accepted membership in The National

According to the contract, the firm will not charge the city any money up front. In return, it will receive 23 percent of any amount a judge awards the city plus expenses.

FAU in Boca Raton, where he is major-

City officials say they would like to use the money to recoup the cost it spends per overdose. The city estimates responded to one overdose call costs about $2,000.

of College Honor Societies and is the

National Society of Collegiate Scholars welcomes new Delray member

average and class standing. NSCS has

Alexander P. Lee of Delray Beach has

Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS). He is the son of Terry & Dorothy Lee, who have lived in Delray Beach since 1986. He will be a junior this fall at ing in mechanical engineering with a 3.9 GPA. NSCS is a member of the Association nation’s only interdisciplinary honors organization for first- and second-year college students. Membership is by invitation only, based on grade point over one million lifetime members and 300 chapters.


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Arts Warehouse Manager Jill Brown 1 Tell us a little bit about yourself, your background and what brought you to Delray Beach. I was born, raised and educated in Ohio. I have a BFA in Art History, K-12 Fine Art teaching credentials and a M.Ed. in Arts Education. Growing up I was surrounded by incredibly creative, innovative, entrepreneurial spirited individuals ranging from my city parents to my “farmtastic” grandparents. I had an eclectic education; sort of classroom meets street smart. I won’t get into all the particulars but I will say that because of it I haven’t shied away from much in my life. The last 12 years I’ve worked for Non Profit Arts Councils and Municipal Arts Centers in North Carolina. I managed arts facility, programming and oversaw the build of an 18,000-square-foot arts building. Each organization was creative and challenging but to me lacked one area that I was craving, entrepreneurial arts development; the Arts Warehouse opportunity has this piece. As a former college professor and K-12

Arts educator, I have the desire to foster and educate talented individuals. The Arts Warehouse offered that opportunity through the incubation of artists via an Artist in Resident program. The CRA’s enthusiasm for this project was infectious, I was sold and fortunately it worked out.

2 What is your role as the Arts Warehouse Manager? A position such as this has enormous amount of organic development. There are necessary fundamentals to run a business such as administrative responsibilities, fiscal management, policies…but then, there are organically cultivated programs/partnerships that maturate from community, cultural, technological, educational and even environmental stimulants. I believe my role must be flexible while making sure both the creative and administrative sides are executed and maintained without losing the integrity of the arts. This will take a great deal of time, dedication, support and teamwork to accomplish. I believe in the project and can’t wait to see it all come to fruition.

3 The Arts Warehouse has been an-

ticipated for some time now. What are you most excited for during the launch? I am excited for the Arts Warehouse to become a catalyst for artistic growth and development, a means to creating community and an economic stimulant. I truly believe that this facility will be an amazing asset to Delray Beach for both art makers and art supporters. It is going to be important to think outside of the “arts box” and connect with a variety of people and business as we move forward and grow as an arts incubator.

4 What types of exhibits can we ex-

pect to see in the next few months as the warehouse opens? That will depend a great deal on the submissions that we receive. My intuition tells me to get ready to be surprised, excited and amazed. In the short time I have been in Delray, I have seen work that is innovative, collaborative and captivating in media ranging from painting to video. There are many impressive artists in and around the area, some hesitant to submit, I encourage people to come forward.

5 Can you explain how an interested artist can get involved in the Arts Warehouse whether it be renting space or showcasing work? We are currently developing programs policies, procedures, applications etc. Once items are completed they will be posted on the CRA’s site, social media pages as well as a variety of other outlets that lend themselves to the arts. We have new Facebook and Twitter pages for the Arts Warehouse and a website in the near future.

Delray CRA updates business grant programs Staff report Starting a business in Delray’s Community Redevelopment Agency district? You may be eligible to apply for a business development grant. The agency board updated three of its business grant programs to help small businesses as they create new jobs and invest in commercial spaces. The CRA board approved changes to the reimbursement rate and pay schedule for the Site Development Assistance Program, which helps offset the cost of a variety of interior and exterior commercial property improvements. The first $10,000 of eligible project costs for projects in

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areas like the The Set and Osceola Park, may be reimbursed at a rate of 100 percent. Eligible costs beyond that amount would be reimbursed at the standard rate of 40 percent. Additionally, grantees throughout the CRA District may now access approved grant funding more quickly. Grantees may request reimbursement payments in installments, including up to two reimbursements for completed improvements while construction is still underway. The Paint-Up & Signage Program, which helps businesses with the cost of exterior paint and signage projects, was modified to allow the CRA to pay vendors directly, as opposed to issuing reimbursement payments to grantees. The CRA will pay 50 percent of eligible costs, up to a

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maximum grant award of $5,000. Eligibility for these grants as well as the Business Development Assistance program has been extended to qualified office users in the downtown core. The Business Development Assistance Program offers a partial monthly rent subsidy to new businesses that are starting up or relocating to Delray Beach and creating new jobs. To learn more about CRA business grants, potential applicants can attend a Pre-Application Grants Workshop, offered monthly at the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of st Commerce, 140 NE 1 St. The next meeting is scheduled for Sept. 11 from 3:00-4:30 p.m. To register or request additional information, call the CRA office 561-276-8640 or visit delraycra.org/upcoming-grant- workshops/.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Don’t miss events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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HELP THE MATCHMAKER: PLAY THE DELRAY DATING GAME

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

MEET THE BACHELORETTES

MEET THE BACHELORS

KAREN MUKAMAL

GIO LIRA

Business Analyst

Realtor at United Realty Group

I am a fun-loving woman who enjoys live music, going to the beach, and staying active by playing tennis and working out at the gym on a daily basis. I like all types of food and enjoy cooking as well as fine dining. The close people in my life would say that I am carefree, passionate, healthy, and lovable! I would like to meet someone who is genuine, committed, and living a positive and healthy lifestyle.

I like to stay active, travel, and try new restaurants. I am very warm-hearted, easy to get along with and have a great sense of humor. I am caring and patient and can be quite romantic for the right woman. I’m looking for a woman whom I can love and respect that enjoys communicating as I believe communication is key! I am also looking for a long-term relationship.

JOHN SLONE DR. TARA DENNIS, M.D.

Author of soon-to-be-published The Hidden You and Your Leadership Evolution, and C.E.O. of several businesses

As an OB-GYN, I have a very busy work schedule so it is important to me that I balance my work life with my personal life. On the weekends I like to go out to a nice dinner, watch football on Sundays with my family, and/or hang out at the beach! I am very open-minded. My friends and family would describe me as outgoing, humble, and laid back. I have a great life, I’m looking for a partner to be there for each other.

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

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C.P.A. Forensic Accountant

I live life to the fullest and have a very positive, kind, and bubbly personality! I enjoy healthy activities, eating a balanced diet, and enjoy experiencing new things like traveling to different places or going to the theatre. I am looking for a well-rounded, chivalrous gentleman who is family-oriented and respectful.

I enjoy dining at new places, going to sporting events and concerts, staying active, boating and traveling. I am caring, adventurous, career-oriented, and fun-loving. I am looking for a partner that is witty, intelligent, and that can hang with the guys yet also be feminine and classy.

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ABOUT REVOLUTION DATING Kelly Leary has more than 26 years in the dating industry and a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. Kelly and her team of Cupids have been helping singles from age 25 to 75+ become couples through their expert matchmaking service and events. Kelly is also a published author in over 40 publications Florida-wide and has a monthly column,“The Singles Scene,”which has been running for over 8 years. This is now known as the local “Sex in the City” column, which can also be found on her press page of her website below. Kelly and her team represent single, divorced, and widowed men and women from their 20’s all the way up to their 80’s. Kelly and her team have been featured in over 4 cover stories on magazines in the last several years and have been asked to be on National TV multiple times. Kelly and her team are opening a new location in Deerfield Beach this month! Meet THE Florida Matchmakers in Palm Beach Gardens or Deerfield Beach area...Call today because their schedule fills up quickly... 561-630-XOXO (9696) or visit the Love Movement at www.revolutiondating.com.

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

$25 per person Location: Spady Museum

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

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

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

Spady Museum

15% OFF Time to do summer cleaning

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Arts Garage

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

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

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

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

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

Sept. 7 - Feedback

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sept. 10 -Joel DaSilva

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

Sept. 21 - ONYX

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

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


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Cultural Conversation: Boca’s Brazilian Beat Staff report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Behold Phyzique, a clinic of South Florida-based medical doctors revolutionizing the way we treat stubborn cellulite and many other skin and aging-related concerns.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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and owner and CEO of Woo Creative Ryan Boylston, Dr. Contessa Bryant, general dentist Dr. Tiffany Dudley, General Dentist at Spodak Dental Group and President and Creative Director of Hutton Miller John Miller.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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of Loch Bar’s flagship location in Baltimore.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The 200-seat seafood tavern will offer an

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

appetizers, sandwiches, entrees, and a

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Float8 will be open daily at 9 a.m. except Mondays it will be closed. For more information or to book a session, visit http://float8ion.com

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All pieces are sold as separates so you can mix and match tops and bottoms.

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wear and cutting it and changing it.”

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

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

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

For a list of local retailers or to order online, visit http://indieswim.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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4. How do you explain what a budget is and how to budget? Just as an allowance can help teach your kids about setting goals, it can be a great first step to teach your kids about budgeting and managing money. You might pay an allowance every week for the youngest children, at two-week intervals for preteens, and monthly for teenagers. Gradually spreading out the pay period as children get older will help them understand the need to manage their spending. You can work with your teenager on making a monthly budget for spending their allowance or earnings from a part-time job. 5. What is the most valuable lesson to teach a child about finances? As a parent, it’s likely you expect your kids to clean their room, help with the dishes, and do other daily chores. However,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

and do not get dollar for dollar in the final price. So, in the case of a major luxury renovation, seller beware. Karen Laurence is a sales associate with The Keyes Company. She is a Technical Real Estate Instructor, Real Estate Agent and Certified Luxury Agent. 516-5243953.


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

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

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

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

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Symphony senior living community offering leases

other logistics, like location or finances, from the decision,” Andrea Abbott, Symphony at Delray Beach’s Regional Director of Sales & Marketing said. “Cost is a major concern for a lot of families, and becoming a Founder’s Club member helps combat that.”

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

expenses, and a handful of other bonuses. “The number one priority in a senior living search should always be quality care, but it would be naïve to exclude

The leasing office, which is located at 4723 W Atlantic Ave, Suite A1, is open Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. After-hours appointments are available by request. To learn more about Symphony of Delray Beach or to schedule an appointment, call 561-266-3407 or visit www.symphonyatdelray.com.

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PARAISO ESTATES Fabulous new custom luxury deep waterfront estates in East Boca Raton on oversized lots! Customize your smart home. With 230 ft on deep waterfront, individual private gate, 3+ car garage, private dock, pool, tropical gardens, long water views & no wake zone. Paraiso Estates is for the exclusive & conscious who see nature & luxury as a lifestyle. $5,950,000 ID# 10276528

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WHISPERING WOODS Charming pool home nestled in the quiet gated community of Whispering Woods .This lovely home offers many upgrades, split bedroom floor plan which includes two large master suites with sitting areas, wood burning fireplace and grand master en suite baths, walk in closet with custom shelving, large walk in shower, separate living and dining areas, eat in kitchen, huge utility/laundry room. Third bedroom was converted into second master bath. Outdoor features include spacious patio for entertaining. $545,000 ID#10340257


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Welcomemat Services is a mover marketing and technology company that provides loyalty marketing solutions designed to target families who have recently changed their address.

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

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

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

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

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

Local marketing franchisee sees growth in Boca market Welcomemat Services franchisee David Tabb owns the market from Dania Beach to Delray Beach.

ues to be one of the most sought after markets in South Florida, and 880 E. Palmetto Park Road is a strategic addition to our client’s portfolio.”

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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Friday, Sept. 1, vs. Navy at FAU, FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 21, vs. North Texas, FAU Stadium in Boca Raton TBA

Saturday, Sept. 9, at Wisconsin, Madison, Wis., 12 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 28, at Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 16, vs. Bethune Cookman, FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, 8 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 3, vs. Marshall University, FAU Stadium in Boca Raton 6 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 23, at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, TBA

Saturday, Nov. 11, at Louisiana Tech, Ruffin, LA, 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 30, vs. Middle Tennessee State University, FAU Stadium in Boca Raton TBA

Saturday, Nov. 18, vs. FIU (Shula Bowl) FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 7, at Old Dominion Uni-

Saturday, Nov. 25 at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC, 2 p.m.

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Then Jack Happened

Dear Jack,

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

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

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

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

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

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surance policies?

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

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

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ance doesn’t include flood coverage?

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

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

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

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

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


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Delray’s Buddha Garden new menu packs flavor punch By: Shaina Wizov Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers Buddha Garden, located street-level underneath Buddha Sky Bar and its nightclub, Level2, has introduced a brand new menu featuring tapas-style specialities from the robata grill, dim sum and more, new sushi rolls and Japanese-inspired main courses. With so many restaurants to choose from on Atlantic Avenue, it takes something special for each one to stand out. While Buddha Garden is no stranger to Downtown Delray, its brand new menu is — but with such bold, unique flavors and creative presentation, it won’t be for long. There is a strong emphasis on robata-grilled appetizers meant for sharing, as well as dim sum and sushi and Japanese entrees both traditional and modern. Robata means fireside-grilling. This charcoal grill used in Japanese cooking is known for giving great texture and flavor to just about everything that touches it.

Edamame is a staple starter at any Japanese restaurant, but Buddha Garden does theirs a bit differently. The wok-charred soybean pods are sprinkled with smoked salt and charred lime. Its flavor profile is both interesting and delicious and keeps you going back for more. You’ll try to stop...then a minute later you find yourself picking up your chopsticks again. But even more addicting than the edamame are the roasted shishitos, which are generously coated in mustard miso and lime. While shishitos are normally mild, there is always at least one spicy one in the mix. If you happen to be the lucky one who picks it, the mustard miso and lime help to balance out the spiciness with their sweet and citrusy notes.

The robata-grilled appetizers are the highlight of the new menu, with plenty of vegetarian options as well as chicken, seafood and meat. The idea behind these dishes is that they are grilled, never fried, which makes for a healthier choice, and perfect for sharing among friends. Some of the stand-out dishes include the sweet ‘street’ corn, which almost tasted like butter popcorn with a hint of sweetness at the end, the perfectly tender calamari steak with an aji amarillo aioli that had just the right amount of heat, and the miso-glazed Japanese eggplant, a sweeter version than regular eggplant that really packed a punch. Other options include jumbo asparagus, wild mushrooms, chicken thighs, Korean short ribs, crispy octopus and more.

There are plenty of sushi options at Buddha Garden, but if you’re looking for something equally as delicious as it is entertaining, opt for the Buddha Fire Roll. The roll is presented still wrapped in tin foil, and lit on fire at the table. Cooking iside the foil is a roll filled with spicy tuna, volcano mix, crab, shrimp and avocado.

It was delicious, but the real winner here was its table side presentation. The Handsome Rob Roll is another good choice. It’s made with yellowtail, serrano pepper, spicy tuna, toban jan (chili bean sauce) and crispy shallots. The star of the dish is the sauce, and the shallots add a great element of crunch and texture.

Buddha Garden has also added new main course options to the menu, such as kimchee fried rice with pork belly, Kung Pao prawns and cashews, chicken red curry, honey sesame crispy wok beef, whole boneless brick chicken, and the Buddha Garden Peeking duck, which serves 2-4 people. Dim sum options are available too, such as shrimp or chicken dumplings.

There is also a new cocktail menu with several creative craft cocktails, such as the the Enchanted Garden made with gluten-free Reyka vodka, fresh ginger, muddled basil, prickly pear puree and sparkling pomegranate soda. Whiskey lovers will enjoy the Hibiscus Smash made with Evan Williams “White Label” whiskey, hibiscus syrup, agave, mint, lime, soda and a hibiscus ice cube. Buddha Garden also has an extensive list of Japanese beer and sake. Buddha Garden is open for dinner Sunday through Thursday from 4-11pm, Friday and Saturday from 4pm-2am. Happy hour is from 4-6pm, seven days a week, and Sunday brunch is offered from 12-3pm. Buddha Garden is located at 217 East Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach.

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A sit down with Stephen Chrisanthus: Hell of a chef Paul Niedermann I recently sat down with “Hell’s Kitchen” reality show winner Chef Paul Niedermann to talk cooking and Delray Beach.

What was it like being on the show? Imagine trying to do your job with a bunch of other people who are equally talented and someone you have idolized your entire life is on the side line judging your every move. Now imagine 17 cameras pointed at you and a million people watching from their homes. The pressure was intense and failure was something that I would not look at. Having Gordon Ramsey on set was intense enough, but when you throw everything I mentioned into the mix, you now have a recipe for great T.V. but some very stressed out chefs. The panic and stress you see on T.V. are very real but I wouldn’t change it for the world. Making it on the show was an accomplishment on its own but winning was one of the pinnacles of my career. Of course you get some money and an awesome job after you win but the experiences proceeding were the highlights. Being able to say I’ve cooked for celebrities like Tyra Banks, Daniel McBride, Hillary Duff, Rob Dyrdek, my idol Gordon Ramsey and many others I can’t think of off the top of my head, made the whole experience even more indescribable. I’m not sure I would enter another cooking competition but I’m very happy I did the show and equally as grateful for where it has taken me. How did you end up in Delray Beach? Well I’m originally from Florida so mov-

ing back was not a hard decision. After you win “Hell’s Kitchen,” Gordon Ramsey sets you up with an amazing job working for the BLT Group and that job took me everywhere from Manhattan to Miami, from Los Angeles to The Hamptons and everywhere in between. It was awesome going from place to place and running all these amazing restaurants but after a few years I decided I wanted to be back in Florida full time and closer to friends and family. Making the decision to leave BLT wasn’t the easiest but I wanted to plant roots close to where I was raised. I’m now with SALT7, which is a modern American restaurant in Delray Beach, and I intend to bring the same passion and drive that allowed me to win “Hell’s Kitchen” to their kitchen. What do you think of the restaurant scene in Delray Beach? Delray has some awesome restaurants with so much variety. The chefs I’ve met are nothing but top notch and the dishes they pump out are nothing short of amazing. It’s really cool to see a town that has grown so much in the past few years continue to evolve and flourish. Food is like a universal language, you cook for people and in return it makes them happy. In Delray you have so many ways to keep people happy, from sushi to prime steaks and everything in-between, the chefs here are really making their mark in the culinary world.

What do you do when you’re not cooking? When I’m not at work I really enjoy taking advantage of one of Florida’s biggest past times, fishing. It allows me to unwind and just forget the stress of working in a kitchen. Besides that I’m really big into sourcing the finest local ingredients from unexpected places. Future ambitions? Currently I’m with SALT7 and I know we want to expand into larger markets like Fort Lauderdale and Miami so over-

seeing those kitchens are something I’m very much looking forward to. As for right now, I really want to crank out some awesome dishes and continue to help put Delray Beach and SALT7 on the map as a culinary destination. What’s your favorite food? Sunday Sauce is my favorite and was something that I grew up with. Mom would cook this essentially Bolognese sauce with pasta for hours and after the day was done, friends and family would come over for a huge meal.

Back to school means back to homework By: Ali Kaufman, founder and CEO, Space of Mind Special to the Boca and Delray newspaper Kids everywhere are back to school, and the nightmare of homework deadlines are just beginning. It’s hard to know whose job homework really is today - seems most of the time it’s the parents who care and do more to make sure it gets completed and turned in. If that’s the case, then why do so many kids not care about their homework and not display the accountability skills for getting it successfully completed? Homework has traditionally been assigned at the rate of 10 minutes per day per grade, a guideline set decades ago and supported by the National PTA and National Education Association. However, a typical high school student

needs over nine hours of sleep, but studies show only about 15 percent of students actually get that amount. If a student participates in after-school activities like sports or clubs, by the time they are getting to start their homework, it’s really the time they should be getting to bed. Homework becomes a source of stress, resentment and frustration - all emotions that cause the brain’s working memory to shut down. That’s when moms, dads and tutors everywhere are scrambling to get the homework done since sleepy students can’t effectively learn. Schools are finally catching on to the neuroscience and realizing that well-rested students are happier, healthier and more ready to participate in productive activities both inside the classroom and at home. Of course, teaching accountability and life skills for completing tasks is extremely important. As educators become more aware of the impact that too much homework can cause, they can be more creative about how it’s assigned. For example, instead of reading an entire history chapter and outlining

it at midnight, a high school student could be asked to go home and discuss that particular historic event with a family member and come back to class with some speaking points to share in a group debate. Outlining the history chapter late at night will have no meaningful effect; the tired brain won’t even remember the words it read. A lively discussion over dinner has multiple positive effects, including some valued family time. Educators sought out their profession because of its creative potential. Schools can do a lot to inspire students to go home, participate in their communities, contribute to their families and feel good about putting their energy in all the right places. A little bit of the right kind of homework can go a long way in helping students apply what they’ve learned at school in a real-life environment, come back and turn it in. That’s the actual life skill they will need to succeed in a career. That, and knowing when to take a break, stop working and just enjoy your life, something a lot of adults still need to work on!


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Society Scene

The Institute for Regional Conservation (IRC) in Delray Beach received a $35,000 grant from the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties. The Community Foundation awards annual grants through a competitive application and review process. These funds will support the Restoration of Lake Ida Parcel project. Left to Right: Daryl Houston (Community Investment Officer, Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin Counties), Cara Abbott (Education and Outreach Coordinator, The Institute for Regional Conservation) and Renee Constantino (Vice President for Community Investment, Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin Counties) Submitted photo. Because of the construction at First Presbyterian Church Delray Beach this year, the traditional Holiday Bazaar will be offering new opportunities for holiday shopping sprees. A “Holiday Gift Shoppe at Holly House” on Sept. 5. Shopping is open on Tuesday and Thursday mornings between, 10:00 and noon. The Holiday Gift Shoppe will be open after services on Sunday mornings in October from 11 a.m. to noon New this year are the jewelry designers, “Beads Gone Wild”. Jeff Dash of Dash Travel at a recent Cocktails Lucy Mureau, an experienced jewelry maker, has formed a and Contacts chamber event he co-sponsored team that has created unique necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. Submitted photo. at Honey. Submitted photo.

The Delray Beach Initiative (DBI) recently held an event, “Delray’s Got Talent,” at the Elks Lodge in Delray Beach. The event raised over $5,000 for nonprofit Miracle League of Palm Beach County. All proceeds went toward keeping the league fee free for the fall season. Jim Nolan, Stephen Greene, Don Schneider, Carol Eaton, Allison Turner, Ronnie Dunayer, Ted Hoskinson, Eric Greenberg, Allen Glass, Chuck Halberg (DBI Team) Photo by: Emiliano Brooks / Studio B2, Inc.

Don Schneider, Police Chief Jeff Goldman, Suzanne Spencer and Vin Nolan attend the sold-out, annual Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce’s Celebration of Education Breakfast at the Delray Beach Golf Club. Photo Credit: Emiliano Brooks / studio b2.

Male community leaders welcome back students at Carver Middle School, Pine Grove Elementary and Village Academy on the first day back. Submitted photo.

The Young Professionals Association of Delray has selected a new leadership teaM. The group is tailored for professionals who live or work in Delray Beach and surrounding communities, and who are under 40 years of age. Monthly events vary to stay fresh and include socials, speakers, entrepreneurial group discussions and mentorship opportunities. Submitted photo.

Painters show off their creations at Canvas and Cocktails at Old School Square. The event takes place on the last Thursday of the month. Submitted photo.


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Hideaway from the heat

and dine on simple, good American fare. It is open for lunch, dinner, and brunch on weekends. www.BatchGastropub.com

By: Stephen Chrisanthus Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers With the September heat still bearing down upon us, locals and visitors are in search of a cool sanctuary. The opening of the Delray Hideaway and several other new spots may provide the air-conditioned change of scenery that we thirst.

Having been totally redone, everything is new. They have an electronic dartboard, jukebox, Golden Tee, pool table and even a new Chef. “The food is great!”exclaims Stevens. “People are surprised how good it is.” The atmosphere is new but they are still trying to hold on to its history. They have purchased a series of photos from the Delray Beach Historical Society that are located behind the bar. The black and whites portray Delray Beach throughout its early years.

If you’d prefer to spend your time out of the sun enjoying amazing art in a new way, then you should visit The Heart of Delray Gallery. Brought to you by founder, curator and artist Salvatore Principe and his business partner Daniel Cianciotta, this gallery aims to bring a new innovative approach to the world of art. It offers the opportunity to actually meet the 40 artists displayed, in a visually stunning atmosphere that encourages exploration.

Delray Hideaway is also available to rent out for parties and does catering. They have a DJ booth that sits atop the bar. One unique thing they have that locals and visitors may like to take advantage of is their package license. This enables the sale of to-go bottles of liquor, wine and beer to patrons all the way up until 2 a.m. Stop by 1045 East Atlantic Ave for an after-hours bottle to take home.

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The Delray Hideaway, formerly Pepe’s Hideaway has reopened as a totally new place! It was built in the 50’s and opened as a bar in the 60’s as Ernie’s Steakhouse. The once smoky pool hall bar has been transformed into a smoke free sports bar-like atmosphere offering good food, 6 flat screens and a huge projector screen. Owner Clint Stevens aims to bring the once popular local bar back to the locals Nursery Rebellion with a brand new clean look and feel. by Myles Mellor and Sally York


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Here’s what we think… Since the early 2000s, Delray Beach has been pursuing a vision for a “Central Park” on the grounds of Old School Square. First, voters overwhelmingly approved a bond issue to replace an unsightly parking lot with open space and to build a mixed use structured garage that now houses the Arts Garage and Chamber of Commerce. But while the open space has hosted events, the CRA’s terrific Green Market and free Friday night concerts hosted by Old School Square, it can be so much more. For the past three years, the community has worked to craft a park master plan. It hasn’t been easy to come up

with a design. It’s hard to harness a wide range of ideas and come up with a plan that most can embrace. But that has been achieved. The plan has been “adopted” by the City Commission and now it is time to move forward. The City Commission and CRA should fund the park master plan and complete a vision that is 14 years in the making. An investment in the Old School Square Park Master Plan will pay lasting dividends strengthening Old School Square, enhancing the downtown and helping to keep Delray Beach on the cutting edge of local cities.

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We need this. Badly. Delray’s narrative in recent years has been marred by dysfunctional politics, turnover at City Hall, litigation, the loss of events and the ravages of heroin and bad sober home operators. It’s also been marred by an inability to get things done: ironic since the city’s brand was once the town that found a way to make things happen. There’s a major difference between approving a plan and implementing one; between supporting something in concept and funding it. Approving and supporting something may feel good: implementation and funding gets it done. It’s time to move forward. And time to celebrate the completion of a long time vision that will be enjoyed by generations to come.

Commissioner Corner Talking turkey about Sunshine Laws By: Commissioner Jim Chard Special to the Delray Newspaper Florida’s Sunshine Laws are an example of good government initiatives whose unintended consequences have had far reaching and unfortunate repercussions. Perhaps the cure of “transparency” is more detrimental to our municipalities than the disease they were designed to cure. For those not familiar, Sunshine laws were passed in 1995 to curb collusion and fraud in local government. The general theory was that if local officials couldn’t talk to each other except in the harsh, medicinal light of “sunshine” then they couldn’t rip off the local treasury, subvert hiring processes, or select unqualified contractors. The difficulty generated by Sunshine Laws is that city officials can only talk to each other under very limited circumstances, for brief periods of time, and at spaced out intervals. Imagine yourself as a business person, a partner in a law firm, or a college administrator where you couldn’t talk to your associates about important issues, couldn’t test out alternative ideas, couldn’t compare due diligence findings, couldn’t meet over a cup of coffee, and had to wait for a publicly scheduled meeting sometime in the future to discuss complicated issues. I think you would find it awkward, time wasting, and inefficient. It’s worth noting that the state legislators who passed the Sunshine legislation did not subject themselves to the same oversight and limitations. With Sunshine constraints it is hard to drill down into the substance of an issue or thrash out the nuances of complex problems. Delray’s Commissioners recently tackled two nearly insoluble

Gordian knots of municipal governance, parking and hunger. These two issues have enormous consequences in our City. And yet none of the Commissioners were aware of how their colleagues felt about the pros and cons, or the facts which each of us had uncovered through personal research. This means that each of the five Commissioners had to speak with community leaders separately (five meetings rather than one), had to talk to the City Manager and City Attorney separately (five meetings rather than one), and had to quiz staff professionals individually (five meetings rather than one). They couldn’t compare findings or weigh alternatives…unless a specially noticed meeting was scheduled. In theory Commissioners have hours that we can thrash out these matters on the dias, but that is not realistic. A goodly percentage of the Commission’s time is invested in carefully listening to competing opinions of citizens articulating their concerns. Even monthly workshops become awkward and stilted, rather than forums for free flowing conversations designed to explore the nooks and crannies of an issue. And if critical matters are not resolved then issues are “kicked down the road” for another session perhaps weeks or even months in the future. Other issues, other priorities intervene, preventing the continuing focus necessary to resolve differences. Also in theory, the Mayor should be able to “lead” his colleagues to a considered decision but since the Mayor cannot discuss matters of consequence except in the sunlight, he or she is unable to build a consensus with phone calls, one-on-one meetings, or emails. The Mayor can’t use

a 3rd party (a conduit) to convey messages and alternatives. And the City Manager’s hands are likewise tied, because he or she must make like a bee flying among flowers, traveling from one Commissioner to another trying to build consensus or find a “middle way.” I believe one of the unfortunate consequences of Sunshine laws is the impact on the staff recruiting and evaluation process. Again put yourself in the position of a City official. If you want to find the very best people to serve or if you want to mentor and grow employees, the City official needs to be diligent, even aggressive, and candid. It is hard to earnestly mentor an employee or probe a prospective employee’s experience when the information is then shared with the public. In many ways we are handcuffed in pursuing good management practices. Now if you wonder why very little gets done at City Hall (I exaggerate to make my point), Sunshine Laws are a big part of the problem. However, opinion polls indicate that the electorate strongly favors Sunshine laws. Just the name alone connotes governmental healthiness and openness. What’s not to like? This year a bill was presented at the State Legislature to make a modest change to the Sunshine Laws of Florida. The bill was never even heard in committee. The proposed changes were limited (allowing one-on-one conversations) but the public perception of Sunshine laws is so powerful that legislators were reluctant to tackle the prospective changes. The legislation will be introduced again next year. I believe in the concept and purpose of Sunshine laws, however limited modifications can significantly contribute to an increase in efficiency of local

government. If you would like to see your City government become more effective, if you would like to see more things get done, you might consider encouraging our legislators to seriously consider Sunshine Law reform.

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