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Boca Regional Hospital launches quarter-billion dollar expansion Top donors give $35M in advance of capital campaign By: Dale King Contributing Writer Boca Raton Regional Hospital is about to get bigger. A lot bigger. Just over a 50 percent increase in the size of its current Meadows Road campus, BRRH President and CEO Jerry Fedele announced at a Jan. 8 reception held in the Christine E. Lynn Health & Wellness Institute, one of the medical center’s newest buildings. The magnitude of the enlargement/renovation project wasn’t the only bit of news to happen that evening. Several major hospital supporters stepped forward to chip in $35 million up front to help defray the cost of the new development. Boca officials with defending champion Scott McCarron at the Boca Raton Championship Media Day. The tournament returns this month to the Old Course at Broken Sound. Staff photo.

PGA Tour Champions back in Boca Raton By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor Defending champion Scott McCarron, John Daly and dozens more of the best PGA Tour Champions will return to the Old Course at Broken Sound this month for a 54-hole competition for a $1.8 million purse. With a new name, The Boca Raton Championship, the event will return for the 12th year from Feb. 5-11. The week will kick off with the Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute Pro-Am on Monday, a draw party on Tuesday, a double

shotgun pro-am on Wednesday and Thursday and championship rounds Friday through Sunday. Since Allianz pulled out as the sponsor for the event, the event organizers have been searching for a new title sponsor. “We are entering a new era in this championship,” tournament director Eddie Carbone said during the Boca Raton Championship Media Day last month. “We are working hard to secure a new sponsor for 2019 and far

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beyond. We’re very confident about that.”

BRRH rolled out the fine china, silverware, hors d’oeuvres and bubbly beverages to celebrate the project aimed at solidifying the medical facility’s future. Officials called the largesse “one of the most [CONT. PG 2] profound displays of philanthropy in

Paying for the tournament The city and the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Parks District as well Palm Beach County Sports Commission kicked in extra funding to make sure the event stayed in Boca. Sallyport came in as a presenting sponsor as well with $360,000 in funding. “It was our honor to step up to the plate this year and save this tournament,” Mayor Susan Haynie said during [CONT. PG 2]

Stanley Barry, chairman of the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees, and his wife, Marilyn, outline their $10 million to the hospital’s $260 million expansion and renovation project. Photo by Dale King.

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PGA Tour Champions back in Boca Raton the media day event. “It’s one of the best weeks in the city. This is too special of an event for us to lose. It was an honor to write the big check to keep it going and we are honored to have Boca Raton in the name of the tournament.”


The city previously spent $375,000 on the tournament. An extra $1 million was allocated to the tournament split by the city and district. The city will also fund $100,000 in service support for things like police presence. The PGA paid an extra $1.2 million to cover the purse of the event. Total, the city spent $975,000 in a onetime extra payment to the tournament. Tournament Director Carbone said he is working on securing a title sponsor for the 2019 event. He said prospects will be in attendance at the event this month. For the extra money, the city and dis-

trict receives sky boxes on the 18th hole and commercial spots to air on the Golf Channel as well as naming rights. Councilman Scott Singer cast the sole dissenting vote for the additional funding of $500,000 from the city. “I have too many concerns to support this,” he said. New sponsor Sallyport is a global company that specializes in supporting military operations within complex environments. This tournament they will be the Title Sponsor of the tournament’s Military Outpost on the 16th green - now named the Sallyport Pavilion. All current military and veterans (with ID) will receive free admission to the Boca Raton Championship and have access to the Sallyport Pavilion, where they will receive complimentary food and

beverage. “When this partnership was presented, we knew it was a perfect fit with the Sallyport organization and a great opportunity to give back to our veterans,” said Victor Esposito, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sallyport. “As a military-friendly, top-10 employer, more than 50 percent of Sallyport’s U.S. National employees are veterans. Sallyport is excited to be a part of this prestigious event and allow our active military and veterans an opportunity to enjoy a week with the greats of the game and with the PGA TOUR Champions.” Ticket information The practice rounds are free and championship tickets for Friday, Saturday and Sunday cost $20 a person. Children under 17 enter free and seniors over the age of 70 enter for free. Money raised benefits Boca Raton Re-

Defending champion Scott McCarron returns to the Old Course at Broken Sound this month for the Boca Raton Championship golf tournament. Submitted photo.

gional Hospital. For more information about the Boca Raton Championship, ticket packages or corporate sponsorships, call 561-241GOLF (4653) or visit

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pital.” Stanley Barry and his wife, Marilyn, contributed $10 million, as did Richard and Barbara Schmidt. Christine Lynn, whose name can be found on various buildings and units at the facility, came up with a $15 million gift. The philanthropic donations pre-date a major capital campaign set to launch later this year aimed at funding the project whose purpose is to solidify the hospital’s position for the upcoming half-century. “These donors are among our most cherished community partners and intimate members of the Boca Raton Regional family, who lead through their commitment of time and expertise as well as philanthropy,” said Fedele. “They set the pace for others to ensure outstanding, best-in-class healthcare in Boca Raton. We owe them a huge debt of gratitude.” The donations will fund a new 278,000-square-foot addition to Boca Regional Hospital, made up of a seven-story

patient tower, expanded and renovated surgical suites, an enhanced and expanded surgical intensive care unit and medical intensive care unit, a new cardiovascular intensive care and stepdown unit, expanded private patient rooms, a new and inviting patient lobby and other amenities. The Schmidts drew quiet chuckles when they said their gift would fund a parking garage. Dick Schmidt said he and Barbara chose to direct their donation that way because of widespread on-site parking troubles. He explained they were impressed by a parking garage system at a medical facility in Cincinnati where his father-in-law was being treated. “I called Jerry every day to tell him about it,” said Schmidt.

vascular Disease & Stroke in the Marcus Neuroscience Institute. Christine E. Lynn is chair of the hospital Board of Trustees and one of the country’s leading philanthropists. Her generosity through the years has helped create the Eugene M. & Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute, Christine E. Lynn Heart & Vascular Institute, Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute and the Hospital’s Clinical Research Center, among other services.

And when Fedele returned to the podium, he underscored the comment. “He really did call me every day.”

Dick Schmidt is immediate past chair of the hospital Board of Trustees and continues to devote his time and expertise to support it. Barbara has served in leadership roles for numerous hospital committees and her “Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life” initiative offers workshops on wellness and inner peace at Boca Regional and other locations.

Among the donors, Stanley Barry is chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation. He and Marilyn have been active and philanthropic for 30 years on behalf of the Hospital. Their generosity funded The Marilyn & Stanley Barry Center for Cerebro-

Together, they have been powerful advocates for BRRH through their Schmidt Family Foundation, gifting the Schmidt Family Center for Breast Cancer and the Schmidt Family Pavilion at the Marcus Neuroscience Institute, among others. “It is incumbent on all of us as leaders of this hospital to set the stage and create a momentum for the fundraising efforts that will be critical to the success of this magnificent plan,” said Stanley Barry. “We want others to follow suit.” “It is imperative we make bold investments in this grand vision that will re-imagine and transform our campus, and forge a future of unprecedented medical sophistication in our region,” said Christine Lynn. “This initiative will provide life-saving benefits for all of us and our families.”

Jerry Fedele, president and CEO of Boca Raton Regional Hospital and Christine E. Lynn, chairman of the hospital’s Board of Trustees, are shown after she announced her donation of $15 million to the hospital’s $260 million expansion and renovation project. Photo by Dale King.

Dick and Barbara Schmidt are donating $10 million to Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s $260 million expansion and renovation project. Photo by Dale King.

“Our objective, as always, is to support projects and organizations that strengthen families and communities,” said Dick Schmidt. “Boca Raton Regional Hospital has been at the forefront of contemporary and cutting-edge health initiatives for years.”


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Emerging Scholars Program provides FAU students financial freedom to attend university debt free By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor Aubrey Strul was the first person in his family to go to college. And now the Boca Raton resident, entrepreneur and philanthropist is giving that opportunity to students at Florida Atlantic University. With help from his wife, Sally, and FAU President John Kelly and First Lady Carolyn Kelly, the foursome created The Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program. The program provides what Strul calls a “turn-key” college experience awarded to the most talented high school graduates who are accepted into FAU, are the first in their families to attend college and can’t afford the price tag of schooling. “They have the drive. They have the decency. They have the guts, but the simple truth is they can’t afford an education,” Strul said. “These kids have the grades. They have got it all. They just can’t find a way to compete on a level playing field.” To make attending college a reality, Strul has donated $1 million to the initial investment of the program. So far, five students have been selected for the scholarship: Odjeenie Jean-Louis

from Miami, majoring in Elementary Education; Isabel Hidalgo from Cooper City, majoring in History; Brenda Gomes from Boca Raton majoring in Biological Anthropology/Pre-Med track with a minor in Spanish; Neasha Prince from Fort Lauderdale majoring in International Business; and Angie Joseph of Naples double majoring in Fine Arts and Economics. The program dedicates $50,000 per student, which breaks down to $12,500 per year for four years. It is designed to help students with each step of the college process including mentoring, housing, achieving financial literacy, embracing Owl pride, joining student organizations, becoming a mentor, becoming an intern, preparing for graduation and ultimately securing a job. “I love FAU and am so thrilled to live on campus and get involved with the school. The mentor has been helpful in guiding me and keeping me on track and I’m excited to serve as a mentor to future scholars,” scholarship recipient Jean-Louis said. “I was accepted into both FAU and the University of Florida, but the scholarship made selecting FAU a no-brainer. I’m so happy and grateful to be here.”

Carolyn Kelly, John Kelly, Sally Strul and Aubrey Strul have created the Emerging Scholars Program to allow FAU students who are first in their families to attend college a four-year scholarship. Submitted photo.

By the end of their college experience, students will graduate without any financial burden. “They are doing amazingly well,” Strul said. “I can’t think of a better way to invest in the future than these kids.” The idea for the program began at a dinner party. Strul said he was speaking with Carolyn Kelly and they were discussing the amount of students who struggle with the cost of college. They spent the next year working with

Boca considers adding water taxi service He said cities including Delray, Pompano, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and Palm Beach offer water taxis or boat tours.

Staff report Boca Raton is exploring adding a new way for residents and visitors to get around— by boat.

Council members agreed it is an alternative form of transportation they would like to see added.

The city’s Marine Advisory Board recommends the city permit a water taxi or tour boat service to operate in the city.

FAU to create the Emerging Scholars program. The goal is to attract more donors and raise enough money to help 80 students per year. “The Program will help students develop valuable college success strategies, build confidence, understand their firstgeneration identity, connect to peer and professional mentors and access campus resources which prepare them for a successful college career and meaningful post-graduated life,” FAU President John Kelly said in a statement.

hours per day and come up with pick up locations and cost. “It’s all about going on that trip,” Councilman Jeremy Rodgers said. “My kids and many other kids in Boca would love to be out there on the water.”

“The time has come,” Mayor Susan Haynie said. “We have been thinking about this for years. I think it is important.”

Chairman of the board Gene Folden said there are 10 potential stops at various city parks and waterfront locations like Spanish River Park, Gumbo Limbo Park, Lake Boca, Boca Resort and others.

The next step would be issuing a request for proposals for interested businesses to respond to. The marine board recommends the company selected have a boat that can carry at least 12 passengers, operate on weekends and holidays to begin with for at least 10

“We are one of the few cities that don’t have this service,” he said.

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things you need to know in Boca Raton this February 1 Learn about the benefits of journaling during an author talk and book signing at the Downtown Library on Saturday, Feb. 3 at 2:00 p.m. Kelly Martinsen, author of A Year of Inspired Living: Essays and Guided Journaling for Self-Reflection, will discuss her book on journaling and how it can “help you slow down, to reset and focus each week on the things you want to achieve and the person you want to be.” Before, a family Recreation Open House will take place from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Representatives from Boca Raton’s pools, parks and other recreational facilities will be on hand to discuss new programs and classes. Events are part of Health and Wellness Week. 2 The ninth annual “Flavors” event hosted by the Junior League of Boca Raton is back from 6:30 to 11 pm on Thursday, Feb. 1 at The Addison, Proceeds from “Flavors” fund a number of Junior League community projects that benefit the immediate Boca Raton area including promoting children’s welfare, eliminating hunger and the community diaper bank. This year the culinary event will focus on food from all seven continents. The Head Chef for Flavors 2018 is

Patrick Duffy, Executive Chef at The Addison. General admission tickets are now on sale for $85 and VIP tickets are $125. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit

3 Sugar Sand Park’s 5th annual Arts Spark Kids Fest - an interactive festival of the arts for kids, returns on Sunday, Feb. 18. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., celebrate the creative, performing and visual arts with a multitude of performances, workshops, demonstrations and make & takes. Performances take place throughout the day on the outdoor stage, & indoor interactive workshops range from dance, storytelling and theater to gymnastics, art, music, cheerleading and much more. The event is $10 per child, adults enter free with paid child. Annual Reflections of Hope Luncheon on Feb. 15 at Boca West. This year the program is geared toward “Breaking the Stigma of Mental Illness” and features a keynote presentation from Ricki Lake. Lake is speaking for the first time on the loss of her ex-husband and his fight with mental illness. Proceeds from the luncheon will

Boca Library has new initiative for 2018 The Boca Raton Public Library’s signature initiative for 2018 is Discover You @ BRPL – Resources for Better Living.

Adults will enjoy author talks; Health & Wellness Week; storytellers highlighting true stories from personal experiences; Money Smart Week; book talks; and coding and website design classes. Children will experience coding programs, health and nutrition classes, a life skills course, and babysitter training. People of all ages will participate in our Summer Reading program with this year’s national theme of Libraries Rock. All programs are free and participants can register online or at either library. Firefighters to receive pay increase

transferring ownership, adding professionals or changing an address, can now do so online instead of in person.

5 The city of Boca Raton has new volunteer boards for residents to get involved with. Last month, the city council approved adding an education task force and an art in public places advisory board.

8 Singin’ in the Rain is at the Wick Theatre through Feb. 18. Matinees are Wednesday-Sunday at 2 p.m. and Wednesdays-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $85 per person. The show was selected by fans during the theatre’s fan poll where patrons select a performance they want to see. Visit or call 561995-2333 for ticket information.

6 Osprey Point Golf Course, was recognized as one of the Top 50 “Public” Ranges for the third straight year by the Golf Range Association of America. Osprey Point Golf Course’s own Bill Scott was also named “Top 50 Growth of the Game Teaching Professionals” this year, marking his first time on the list.

Terms for a new collective bargaining agreement between the International Association of Firefighters and the city of Boca Raton have been approved. The three year contract expires Sept. 30, 2020. Personnel will receive a 3.5 percent per year pay increase that will be backdated to Oct. 1 of 2017. That rate will continue on Oct. 1 of this year and of 2019. Eligible members will continue to receive performance evaluations with step increases of 4.82 percent annually, according to the deal. The cost of the contract for this current fiscal year will cost the city an extra $625,000. Councilman Jeremy Rodgers cast the sole dissenting vote against the contract.

9 Sears at Town Center Mall is closing

its doors. The announcement came after Sears Holdings Corp. announced it will be shuttering more than 100 Kmart and Sears stores.

10 Garland in Word and Song is at the

4 Jewish Family Services will hold its

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This initiative aims to connect the community with all the resources available in the library to help them discover their potential. Whether it’s learning a new language, learning to code, learning how to manage finances, or finding a new favorite author, a variety of classes, programs, and materials to support learning and discovery for all stages of life will be offered.

benefit JFS’ Counseling & Mental Health Services, including the Welcome Home Program.

7 Boca Raton businesses can now sub-

mit business tax related applications and payments online through the city’s website thanks to new upgrades. Customers registering a new commercial or residential business, changing a business name,

Willow Theatre in Sugar Sand Park through Feb. 11. produced by Black Box Booking, actress/singer Jody Briskey will channel Judy Garland. Showtimes: Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $35 per person.



Arthur Adler, Boca West Children’s Foundation April 9th is our 7th Annual $200,000 Golf Challenge. 500 golfers participate on four golf courses at Boca West Country Club and play for $200,000 in additional grants for our 24 charities. It’s followed by a gala with a fabulous live auction and great food!

1 Tell us a little bit about

yourself, the Boca West Children’s Foundation and how you got involved in the foundation. My background is in marketing and running companies. The Boca West Children’s Foundation was started in 2010 by a desire on the part of the members of Boca West Country Club to find a way to give back to the community. The Foundation’s mission became obvious very quickly when we realized there were so many children at risk in Boca Raton. The management of the club asked me to find a mission, create a board and get the Foundation started.

2 The foundation supports nonprofits that help children, how do you select what nonprofits to help? The non-profits reach out to us. We do things a little differently than some other funding agencies in that we will not give money directly to general funds. Instead, we sit with the non-profit leadership and create a project. Two of the projects we fund include a pediatric dental clinic at Caridad Center and keeping an abuse shelter open on the weekends at JAFCO. It needs to be a program that we can evaluate at the end of each year to see how our funding was used and how effective

the program was. We also vet the charities that we decide to work with so we know about their history and their internal cost structure.

3 What upcoming events does the

foundation have planned?

February 5th is the second Walk in the Woods, a charity walk at Boca West Country Club on the Fazio golf course. The event is open to the public and it is a joint effort with the Foundation and the Lynn University Symphony. As participants walk, they encounter different groups of musicians; soloists, duos, trios and more. There is wine and appetizers. It’s a fun day and a great way to raise money for our kids!


April 10th is the 5th Annual Concert of the Children. This year, it’s the Battle of the Bands. We will be recreating a Florida State Fair and will have 20 gourmet food trucks, games and a battle between Billy Joel’s band and the authorized tribute band for Chicago. To purchase tickets to any of these events, visit

4 What is your favorite memory involving your work with the foundation? I don’t know if it’s my favorite but I think it is one that truly reaffirms why we try to do just a little bit more for the kids every day. Just a few weeks ago, we held a kids carnival and had two hundred young people from seven of our charities. They went on rides, had popcorn, cotton candy and funnel cakes—something they wouldn’t have been able to do otherwise. One of the kids my wife was taking around said, “Can I have two funnel cakes?” My wife said, “We can always

come back and get another one.” The little girl said, “There are never seconds where I live.” When my wife told me the story, it reinspired me and reaffirmed how much more we have to do so that there are not hungry children in Palm Beach County worried about where they are going to get their next meal.

5 What can we look forward to seeing in 2018 from the foundation? What we are seeing is the maturity of the Foundation, now that we are in our 8th year. We’ve hired Jennifer Bate as our ED and have hired a third employee. We grew from become a Boca Raton based operation to one that reaches 5,000 children each day across Palm Beach County. Now, 20 percent of our funds come from donations around the country, thanks to social media and companies that have helped get the word out about the Boca West Children’s Foundation. We went from raising $100,000 our first year to raising over 2 million dollars last year. We are growing because we have to. Government agencies are providing fewer dollars to not for profits, so private companies and foundations need to step up and help even more.

Nown Additional gift made to Jerry and Ope Devon Love Endowed Commercial Music Scholarship at FAU Staff report

Florida Atlantic University benefactor Fara Love recently made an additional gift to FAU’s Commercial Music Program, which doubles the Jerry and Devon Love Endowed Commercial Music Scholarship—an endowment she created last year.

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This scholarship, which supports three outstanding students annually, was created in memory of Love’s husband, Jerry, and their daughter, Devon. Jerry Love played an important role in building the Commercial Music Program, which is housed in FAU’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. The scholarship recipient for fall 2017 was Dallas Rinek, chosen for his academic excellence and for his service to Hoot/ Wisdom Recordings. Two more scholarship recipients will be announced this spring. “The Commercial Music Program in FAU’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters has been a wonderful

part of my family’s life for many years,” said Fara Love. “I feel very proud to have established the Jerry and Devon Love Commercial Music Program Scholarship. We have witnessed many wonderful talented students graduate from Michael Zager’s program. Music was a very strong, happy bond between Jerry and Devon. Music is what joins the heart and soul together and it will happily continue through these students.” For more information about the commercial music program, call 561-2970600, and to learn more about the funding needs of the program, call Laurie Carney at 561-297-3606.



12th Annual Festival of the Arts BOCA back at Mizner Park Staff report The 12th Annual Festival of the Arts BOCA is set to return to Mizner Park this month. Presented by the Schmidt Family Centre for the Arts, the festival will run from Feb. 23-March 4 and feature all types of stars. “This season’s Festival of the Arts BOCA promises 10 days of superstar talent, excitement, and culture that will appeal to everyone,” said Charlie Siemon, Chair and Co-Executive Producer of the Festival of the Arts BOCA. “We are looking forward to our biggest and best festival yet!” The festival opens on Friday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. with legendary American soprano and five-time Grammy Award winner, Kathleen Battle, making a rare concert appearance in a program of songs by Gershwin and spirituals with the Lynn Philharmonia, led by Constantine Kitsopoulos.  On Saturday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m., violinist Itzhak Perlman returns to Mizner Park with his popular In the Fiddler’s House program. In this concert, Perlman and a 10-piece Klezmer ensemble explore the vitality of klezmer music in this charmingly humorous guide where he journeys from New York’s Lower East Side to a Jewish Festival in Krakow, Poland. The Authors & Ideas Program kicks off on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 4 p.m. with Hannah Tinti, best-selling author of The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley and The Good Thief and founder and editor of One Story magazine, who will present Cabinets of Wonder.  Also on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m., Grupo Compay Segundo from Cuba will make its first U.S. appearance in

almost 20 years. Founded by legendary musicians from the Buena Vista Social Club whose best-selling albums defined the sound of Cuban music in America, this nine-member ensemble tours the world as official ambassadors of Cuba’s cultural heritage while still continuing to perform every week in Havana at Cuba’s National Hotel. Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations and author of A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order, will appear at the Festival’s Authors & Ideas Program on Monday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. with A World In Disarray: Causes, Consequences, Choices. On Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m., the Festival will welcome Peter Diamandis, entrepreneur, author and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, best known for the $10 million dollar Ansari Prize for private spaceflight. Diamandis is the New York Times bestselling author of Abundance – The Future Is Better Than You Think and BOLD – How to Go Big, Create Wealth & Impact the World.  He will present Transforming Scarcity to Abundance. On Thursday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m., Academy Award-winner and 13time Grammy Award winner, T Bone Burnett, a first-rate innovative artist, songwriter, performer, film and concert producer, record company owner and artist advocate will talk about music, film and art with On the Road with T Bone Burnett:

Stories, Music & Movies. On Friday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m., the legendary actor Bill Murray, will team up with distinguished German cellist, Jan Vogler, violinist Mira Wang and pianist Vanessa Perez to present a spirited evening of music and literature with “New Worlds.” On Saturday, March 3 at 8 p.m., Grammy Award-winning Midori, one of the most admired and accomplished violinists of our time, will perform the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with The Symphonia Boca Raton, led by Constantine Kitsopoulos. Also in the program will be the Festival debut of young Russian pianist Nikolay Khozyainov performing Rachmaninoff ’s fiendishly difficult Piano Concerto No. 3.

Closing the Festival on Sunday, March 4 at 6 p.m. will be E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial screened on a giant LED wall above the stage while John Williams’ memorable Academy Award-winning score is performed live by the Symphonia, Boca Raton led by Constantine Kitsopoulos. Tickets range from $15 to $250 per person and are available at www. or by calling (866) 571-ARTS (866-571-2787). Multievent and full Festival packages are also available. For program details and ticket information visit: www.


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Don’t miss events Saturday and Donna Summer Celebration on Sunday. The annual Garlic Chef Stadium returns where chefs will battle each other with mystery basket ingredients. Daytime tickets cost $10 and after 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday costs $20 per person.

1 Florida Intergenerational Orchestra is holding a “Meet the Music” children’s concert on Feb. 25. The free family friendly concert is geared toward making music more understandable for children. The concert is free thanks to a grant from MGM Family Foundation. The show takes place at 3 p.m. at O’Shea Hall on the campus of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 22094 Lyons Road. There is a pre-concert Meet and Greet the Performers at 2:30 p.m. Call 561482-8206 of visit for more information.

2 Catch The Follies, former New York Radio City Rockettes and other dancers, in Boca this month. The Follies will perform on Sundays, Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25 at Olympic Heights Theater. The dancers are 55-94 and will perform “Age is Just a Number.” Proceeds from the $20 ticket benefit Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center and Family Central. 3 Garlic Fest returns to John Prince Park Feb. 9-11. Eat garlic and enjoy music from Hoobastank on Friday, Stick Figure on

4 Spady Cultural Heritage Festival is back on Feb. 17 from 1-5 p.m. at Spady Museum. In celebration of Black History Month, cultural fun will take to the streets of Delray Beach and live performances will fill the afternoon.

5 Off-Broadway comedy Men are from Mars-Women are from Venus will be at the Delray Beach Playhouse Feb. 23-25. Visit sites/delraybeach/showdates.php?domain=MARS&s_id=630 for tickets. 6 MindBody Expo is returning to Delray Beach and Boca Raton for the fifth year. The 2018 event will head to Old School Square on Feb. 17 and Sanborn Square on Feb. 25. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in both cities. Over 100 exhibitors are planned to include

large corporations, small businesses, as well as local initiates along with health, wellness and holistic professionals. Giving back is an important part of the event’s mission by contributing to youth outreach enrichment programs. The Delray Beach Children’s Garden and The Milagro Center were selected as beneficiaries for 2018 events. Events are free to the public, $10 VIP Tote Bags, as well as raffle items going towards these organizations can be purchased at

7 The Advisory Council of Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies presents Emmy and Golden Globe Winner Sharon Gless with a composite of monologues about the lives of women. The performance, which will be directed by Des Gallant, will take place on Thursday, Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the University Theatre, 777 Glades Road. There also will be a light dinner reception and silent auction prior to the play at 5:30 p.m. in the Culture and Society Building, located down the hill from the University Theatre. Tickets for the play are $35 and can be purchased at or 800-564-9539. To purchase reception tickets ($75-$125), which include preferred seating, call 561-297-3865. The FAU event will raise funds for scholarships for master students in the Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. 8 Mounts Botanical Garden of Palm Beach County will host its annual Heartsn-Bloom Garden Tea Party on Feb. 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The second annual tea party features a mimosa garden stroll through new exhibit WASHED ASHORE: Art to Save the Sea, followed by the traditional tea party. Participants are encouraged to wear their best Garden Hat for inclusion in the Designer Hat Fashion Show, and

enjoy a fun Garden Auction offering rare and exotic plants. The event costs $75 for members and $125 for non-members. Advance reservations are required.

9 The Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce is holding its Candidates Forum for Delray elections on Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Arts Garage. 10 Meet author Garth Stein on Feb. 24 from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Downtown Boca Library. The author penned Boca Raton Library’s One Book title “The Art of Racing in the Rain.” The library staff chose this New York Times bestseller for its captivating

look at the wonders and absurdities of human life—as only a dog could tell it. This is the third year that the BRPL is hosting a community reading experience to encourage connection among community members through the reading of one book. The book has sold more than 4 million copies in 35 languages, and spent more than three years on the New York Times bestseller list. It has inspired a Young Reader edition and a children’s picture book, as well as a stage adaptation, and is currently in development with Universal Studios for a major motion picture. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the talk. Register through the calendar at


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Children’s Science Explorium

Max Weinberg and The Max Weinberg Jukebox Feb. 17-18 9 p.m.-11 p.m. Gen. admission $50 per ticket We are clearing the tables to make a dance floor, running a cash bar and bringing you Max Weinberg’s Jukebox for a night unlike any other! This amazing show is a Benefit Concert for Arts Garage! All proceeds go directly to benefit & support Arts Garage programs.  No tables, No BYOW – just you and the band! (Standing room only. No outside food or drink admitted.) A truly interactive experience, Weinberg invites the audience to create in real time the set list he and his crack four piece group will play that night. Performing songs from the glory days of rock and roll– guests get to choose from a video menu of over 200 songs– everything from the Beatles to the Stones to Bruce and The E Street Band’s biggest hits—and hear the group play ‘em the way you want to hear them played!

That’s right—the crowd yells out their choices and Max plays them! This unique approach makes you feel like you are part of the band. How many times have you attended a show where you yearned to hear your favorite performer play your favorite song? With Max Weinberg’s Jukebox your dream will be realized.

It’s a Nano World exhibit Feb. 1 This exhibit kicks off a season-long exploration where both children and adults can delve into the micro-world around us. Guests will separate cells in a giant Cell Sorter, play Giant DNA, Dust & Germ Pinball, zoom into your own hair and skin, measure your height in nanometers, and more.

Wick Theatre

Live at Lynn

Singin’ in the Rain

Feb. 7

Through Feb 18

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Matinees: Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat & Sun, 2pm

It’s a Good Day, a Tribute to Miss Peggy Lee

Evenings: Wed, Thurs, Fri & Sat, 7:30pm

Wednesday: 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $85.

Take a journey of discovery through the extraordinary musical legacy of Peggy Lee. The classic songs, intricate rhythms and exquisite arrangements that defined her career are elegantly portrayed in this loving homage, created with seasoned jazz master Jon Weber.

Each year, The  Wick Theatre (www. stages a production selected by their fans, this season, Singin’ in the Rain takes that honor. The iconic film which starred Gene Kelly, Donald O’Conner and Debbie Reynolds was released in 1952. The stage adaption

Location: Count and Countess de Ho-

ernle International Center / Amarnick-Goldstein Concert Hall Tickets: $40

Gumbo Limbo 12th Annual Sea Turtle Day Festival Feb. 24 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gumbo Limbo Nature Center,1801 N. Ocean Blvd. The 12th Annual Sea Turtle Day Festival, “Sea Turtles Dig the Dunes,” returns to Gumbo Limbo. Admission to the event is free and includes a critter corner with animal interaction, short educational programs about the coastal habitats and the animal that reside in them, outdoor aquarium feedings, and appearances by the center’s sea turtle ambassador, Luna. Other activities include a children’s game and craft area with face painting, crafts, and games ($3 per child); popup mini kayaking and paddle board classes for those 12 years and older ($5 per person) scheduled every 60 minutes throughout the day (first come, first served); and food trucks in the north parking lot.

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February 23 – March 4, 2018

Mizner Park

February 23 • 7:30 pm

Kathleen Battle Legendary Soprano


February 24 • 8:00 pm

March 2 • 7:30 pm

March 4 • 6:00 pm

Itzhak Perlman, In The Fiddler’s House, A Klezmer Celebration

Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends “New Worlds” Music, Poetry and Prose

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Film with The SYMPHONIA TM & © Universal Studios

Also featuring: Hannah Tinti, Award Winning Author; Grupo Compay Segundo, Iconic Band from Havana; Richard Haass, President, Council on Foreign Affairs; Peter Diamandis,Founder of the X Prize; T Bone Burnett,Oscar and Grammy Winner; Chad Hoopes,Violin; Nikolay Khozyainov, Piano; James Marshall,Documentary Film Producer; E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,Film with Live Orchestra.


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Feb. 4 at 2 p.m. University Theatre, 777 Glades Road Florida Atlantic University and the Latin American Training Center present the U.S. premiere of the film “Dear Ambassador,” which tells the story of the Brazilian ambassador who saved hundreds of Jews in France during World War II. The film will be presented in Portuguese with English subtitles. Tickets to the film are $10 and can be purchased at or by calling 800-564-9539. “Dear Ambassador,” which was directed by Luiz Fernando Goulart and produced by Joaquim Vaz Carvalho, tells the extraordinary story of Luiz Martins de Souza Dantas, who served as Brazilian ambassador to Paris during World War II. A largely unsung hero, he defied his own government’s orders by granting hundreds of unauthorized visas to Jews and others facing imminent capture and death. Consisting of re-enactments, interviews with survivors, and archival footage, “Dear Ambassador” commemorates Brazil’s counterpart to Oskar Schindler and Raoul Wallenberg, and like them, was awarded posthumously the title of “Righteous among the Nations” at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem. Goulart will introduce the film and also participate in a panel discussion with the audience following the screening.  

Boca Beach ChabadCelebration 50:18 Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. Boca Beach Chabad is hosting a major concert to mark the 50th anniversary of the re-unification of Jerusalem, following Israel’s victory in the Six-Day War, and the center’s “Chai Year,” or 18th anniversary, locally. Celebration 50:18 will feature a multi-media concert by international Jewish music superstar Avraham Fried at Mizner

Park Amphitheater. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Fried has performed to sellout crowds at New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, London’s Wembley Hall and Tel Aviv’s Heichal Hatarbut. Tickets for the concert are available at

Murder on the Beach Bookstore Feb. 21 Dawn Maslar, award winning author, adjunct biology professor and researcher in the science of love will discuss love and book marketing strategies on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Murder on the Beach Bookstore, Esplanade Plaza,  273 NE 2nd Ave. Maslar is a two-time TEDx speaker, voted one of the Top 20 Most Followed Dating Experts  on twitter  and  Best 28 Dating, Marriage and Relationship Blogs in the UK to follow in 2015.  Her work has been featured on  South Florida Today, Miami Herald and NPR. Members, free. Nonmembers, $10.

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about celebrating differences and the show is performed in the dark! BALLETS WITH A TWIST: COCKTAIL HOUR - THE SHOW, Fri., Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. An original mix of charismatic choreography, intoxicating music and exquisite costume design come together brilliantly in this pop-infused performing arts experience! The show combines the magnetism of Hollywood’s Golden Age with a sleek 21st century sensibility, capturing the timeless American spirit in a series of witty, sparkling vignettes. It’s high-style fun for all ages to enjoy. SEINFELD NIGHT WITH STEVE HYTNER and SCOTT LAROSE, Sat., Feb. 10 at 8 p.m. Two of SEINFELD’S hilarious cast members bring their best stand-up to the Catch A Rising Star Series! JERRY HERMAN: THE BROADWAY LEGACY CONCERT, Mon. & Tues., Feb. 12 & 13 at 8 p.m. The Cabaret Series welcomes Broadway stars Debbie Gravitte, Klea Blackhurst, Scott Coulter and Jason Graae with John Boswell on piano.

GENTRI: THE GENTLEMEN TRIO, Fri., Feb. 2 at 8 p.m.


Tenors Brad Robins, Casey Elliott and Bradley Quinn Lever bring their “Cinematic Pop” sound - hailed as “strong, brave and inspiring.”

The Cabaret Series welcomes two of Broadway’s most beloved stars celebrate the music of iconic composers, Marvin Hamlisch and Steven Sondheim.

M O O N MOUSE: A SPACE ODYSSEY, Sat., Feb. 3 at 2 & 6:30 p.m.

MusicWorks Folk & Rock Concert Series presents Three Shows

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CALIFORNIA GUITAR TRIO, Wed., Feb. 7 – Bert Lams, Hideyo Moriya and Paul Richards perform a fusion of rock, jazz, classical and world music. The show blends dazzling musicianship and interplay with captivating stories and humor. JONATHAN EDWARDS, Wed., Feb. 14 – Known for his songs of passion, insight and humor over a stellar, 40-year career, Edwards delivers an unforgettable night of music. Classic Edwards songs include “Honky Tonk Stardust Cowboy,” “Shanty,” “One Day Closer,” “Sunshine (Go Away Today)” and many others. BROKEN ARROW – THE MUSIC OF NEIL YOUNG, Wed., Feb. 28– From the rockin’ electric Crazy Horse tunes, to the more acoustic, pedal steel driven, coun-

try rock hits… the Broken Arrow band delivers the classic songs faithfully while taking them out on some jamming excursions. Joe Mass nails the Neil Young vocals and the harmonies are spot on! National Geographic Live Speaker Series Opens in the Crest Theatre ANNIE GRIFFITHS: “Photography without Borders,” Thursday, Feb. 15 at 2 & 7 p.m. The Crest Theatre offers two opportunities to experience the world of one of the first women photojournalists to work for National Geographic. Griffiths has photographed in nearly 150 countries and is the Founder and Executive Director of Ripple Effect Images, a collective of photographers who document the programs that are empowering women and girls in the developing world. Cornell Art Museum presents an Art Talk with Sculptor, Jeff Whyman Feb. 24 Saturday, February 24th, 4-6 p.m.; admission is $15. Meet artist Jeff Whyman as he explains his process, and the meaning behind his outdoor sculpture, “Tree Of Life” now on display at the Museum entrance. See our current exhibitions and the Spotlight Gallery, enjoy wine and light bites al fresco. Current exhibits, Looking Glass and Looking Back on display through Feb. 25 -- Come see yourself in the art! Art selfies are encouraged. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am-5 pm; Sunday, 1-5 pm. Closed Mondays and holidays. Admission: $8 (general); $5 (seniors 65+ and students with ID). Free admission for children under 12, Old School Square members and Veterans. Free admission for Florida residents on Sunday.

Palm Beach Zoo Conservation Leadership Lecture Series Thursday, Feb. 15th Conservation and the Amazon Dr. Robert Wallace Dr. Wallace is the Director of the Greater Madidi-Tambopata Landscape Program in northwestern Bolivia and southeastern Peru for the Wildlife Conservation Society. Since 1999 he has led research teams on jaguars, Andean bears, Andean condors, otters, and primates, including the discovery of a new species of titi monkey.


He is considered an expert in the conservation of the Amazon landscape.

Tchaikovsky International Competition. Fridays: 7 p.m. Location: Count and Countess de Hoernle International Center / Amarnick-Goldstein Concert Hall

Tickets: FREE

Tickets: FREE

From the Studio of Roberta Rust: Piano Passion

Feb. 15 Marc Vallon Bassoon Recital

Lynn University’s Conservatory of Music Feb. 1 An Evening of Chamber Music & Poems Thursday: 7:30 p.m. Location: Snyder Sanctuary Tickets: $10 Feb. 9 Violin Master Class with Elmar Oliveira Internationally renowned performer Elmar Oliveira, Lynn’s Distinguished Artist in Residence, is a devoted teacher and promoter of young violinists. He was the first violinist to receive the coveted Avery Fisher Prize and the first and only American violinist to win the Gold Medal at Moscow’s prestigious

Location: Count and Countess de Hoernle International Center / Amarnick-Goldstein Concert Hall

A native of Paris, Vallon holds degrees in bassoon and chamber music from the Paris Conservatoire, as well as a degree in philosophy from the Sorbonne. For twenty years, he performed with the Baroque Orchestra of Amsterdam, and is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on Baroque bassoon. Vallon will give a master class on Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. Thursday: 7:30 p.m. Location: Count and Countess de Hoernle International Center / Amarnick-Goldstein Concert Hall Tickets: $20

This is an annual celebration of young keyboard talent from the Conservatory of Music.

Bassoon Master Class with Marc Vallon Marc Vallon is currently the professor of bassoon at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Art Show & Signing with Artist Tim “Frogman” Cotterill at Pavo Real Art Gallery Feb. 9 from 5-8 p.m. Feb. 10 from 1-4 p.m.

Thursday: 7:30 p.m. Location: Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center Tickets: $10 Feb. 24–25 Lynn Philharmonia No. 5 • Saturday: 7:30 p.m. • Sunday: 4 p.m. • Conductor: Jon Robertson • Bernstein: Overture to Candide • Neruda: Concerto for Trumpet in E-flat Featuring Marc Reese, trumpet

Feb. 16

Friday: 7 p.m.

Feb. 22

• Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber • Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor Location: Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center Tickets: $50 for box, $40 for orchestra, $35

Known internationally for his ability to capture the magic of the animal kingdom within his unique bronze sculptures, artist Tim “Frogman” Cotterill is best known for his signature depictions of frogs in motion. Joining his array of amphibian sculptures are ‘Rock On’ and ‘Splash’, two frogs certain to induce thought with shimmering, vibrant violet patina. ‘Rock On’ and ‘Splash’ will be introduced by Frogman at his longest-running gallery, Pavo Real Gallery in Town Center at Boca Raton, where his work has been featured since the early 1990s. The artist will meet with new and devoted collectors from around the world as he discusses his latest inspirations and artistic direction.

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CHARISMATIC! INTOXICATING! ORIGINAL! This pop-infused, performing arts experience combines the magnetism of Hollywood’s Golden Age with a sleek 21st Century sensibility, capturing the timeless American spirit in a series of witty, sparkling vignettes. It’s high-style fun for all ages to enjoy.

The Catch a Rising Star Comedy Series welcomes two of Seinfeld’s hilarious cast members! Both have been tearing up the comedy stages with their signature stand-up, AND they’re both known for a range of television and film appearances.

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As one of the first women photographers to work for National Geographic, Annie Griffiths has photographed in nearly 150 countries during her illustrious career.



Ways to spend the day of love with those you love By: Shaina Wizov Contributing Writer Valentine’s Day: synonymous with flowers, chocolates, jewelry and expensive dinners. But is that all it really has to be about? What if we were to throw away the fancy gifts and date nights out, and replace them with something fun and out-of-the-ordinary? Both Delray Beach and Boca Raton offer plenty of options for couples (and groups of single friends!) looking to do something different to celebrate this Hallmark Holiday. Here are five ideas for making this year’s Valentine’s Day a bit more special.

you recreate the night’s featured painting. At Vino Van Gogh, guests can order from local restaurants and have food delivered to the studio, or bring your own! The staff will take care of all the setup and clean up, so you don’t have to worry about anything except your paintbrush and canvas — and, of course, drinking that glass of wine. Whether you’re coupled up, with a group of friends, or even riding solo, paint & sip studios are a fun way to let your creative juices flow — and at $35 per person, it’s cheaper than what most Valentine’s Day dinners would set you back. Check out their calendars for class times and featured paintings. Vino Van Gogh: Pinot’s Palette: https://www.pinotspalette. com/bocaraton

Unleash your inner artist while you sip on vino and learn how to paint from instructors at local studios. Places like Vino Van Gogh in Downtown Delray Beach or Pinot’s Palette in East Boca Raton offer step-by-step painting classes with wine and beer available for purchase. Talented artists will guide you along as

Relive your childhood at Silverball Museum in Downtown Delray Beach. Rows and rows of classic pinball machines take up the bottom floor, while upstairs you’ll find favorites like Pac Man, air hockey and more. Valentine’s Day is on a Wednesday this year, and Wednesday just so happens to be “Wine Down Wednesday” at Silverball when all bottles of wine are half-price! If you can tear yourself away from the nostalgic arcade games, there is a menu full of food inspired by the flagship location in Asbury Park, NJ. Expect things like Jersey Shore fries, jumbo

Nathan’s hot dogs and funnel cake, as well as a section of “Coastal Cuisine” featuring crab cakes, lobster rolls, and garlic and clam pizza. It’s definitely not your typical upscale Valentine’s Day dinner, but it sure will be fun. For more details, visit Sit back, relax and enjoy a show at The Wick Theater and Costume Museum in Boca Raton. The current production is “Singin’ In The Rain,” and there are two shows on Feb. 14 — a matinee at 2 p.m. and an evening showing at 7:30 p.m. The in-house Tavern Restaurant offers themed prix-fixe dinners before the evening performances. Dinner includes a glass of house wine, soup, salad a choice of entree, and dessert accompanied by freshly brewed tea and coffee. Visit The Wick this Valentine’s Day will for sure take your “dinner and a show” experience up a notch. To purchase tickets, visit http:// Rock and Roll, literally, at Frank Theaters Cinebowl & Grille in the Delray Marketplace. Perfect your roll on one of the 16 state-of-the-art bowling lanes at its inhouse bowling alley while enjoying dinner and drinks from its rock-and-roll-themed restaurant, Burger & Beer Joint, featuring signature menu items named after famed

rock and roll song titles like “The Hound Dog,” “Mustang Sally,” and “Hey Jude.” Then, if you want to keep the night going, check out what’s playing at the IMAX. For more details, bowling prices and movie times, visit Get lost in the gorgeous Japanese gardens at Morikami in Delray Beach. There are various ways to enjoy a Morikami experience: check out the permanent exhibitions at its Yamato-kan museum; learn about the Japanese culture through the various collections of objects; take one of the classes or workshops offered or purchase tickets for a speaker series event; visit the Tea House and participate in an Omote-Senke style tea ceremony; indulge in a delicious Pan-Asian lunch at Cornell Cafe; or simply stroll the gardens and witness all of the beauty Morikami has to offer. On Wednesday, Feb. 14, Morikami will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., so you have all day to spend in this lush and serene atmosphere. For more information, visit

Boca Raton Museum of Art presents 32nd Annual Museum Art Festival at Mizner

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2ND ANNUAL JURIED FINE ART SHOW Extraordinary, original works in all media by fine art and fine craft artists from around the country. Presented by the Cornell Art Museum.

FEBRUARY 10 & 11, 2018


All types of art from around the country will be showcased at Mizner Park once again during the 32nd Annual Museum Art Festival. Presented by the Boca Raton Museum of Art, the festival returns on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 3-4 from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. Admission is complimentary and free parking is available in the garages at Mizner Park. “More than 200 artists from around the United States will be in this year’s festival. Our goal is to select the highest caliber of art and present it in the spectacular outdoor setting of Mizner Park,” Irvin Lippman, Executive Director, Boca Raton Museum of Art said. “It’s a wonderful way to invite the public to experience a great day looking at art at Mizner Park.” He said the event features artists who have been coming back for the past three decades.

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During the festival, participants’ work is again judged by two local, nationally-acclaimed artists – Carol Prusa and Brenda Zappitell – who decide which of the exhibitors will receive a portion of the $12,000 prize money. The judg-

ing will take place during Art Festival hours on Saturday and nine Merit awards of $1,000 and one Best-In-Show award of $3,000 will be bestowed. Zappitell, an abstract painter and Delray Beach resident, has participated in the festival before. Now, she is a judge. “I am looking forward to experiencing the diversity of work and mediums presented  at the festival,” she said. “It is always exciting to see the talented artists in the community and beyond that this show brings to Boca Raton.” Admission to the Boca Raton Museum of Art is free during the art festival courtesy of PNC Bank. On view at the Boca Raton Museum of Art during the festival will be Alex Katz: Small Paintings, Regarding George Ohr: Contemporary Ceramics in the Spirit of the Mad Potter, and Contemporary Photography Forum.For additional information artfestival.



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Martin Barre Band heads to Boca’s Funky Biscuit By: Jeff Perlman Editor-in-chief For 43 years, Martin Barre’s explosive lead guitar powered Jethro Tull to legendary heights. Barre’s expressive and explosive guitar mixed with Ian Anderson’s flute and distinctive voice enabled Jethro Tull to pack arena’s and dominate rock radio from the late 60s to the present. Tull eventually disbanded in 2011, but Barre is keeping the fires burning on the iconic band’s 50th anniversary with a tour featuring all the classics and new material.

notes and I see what comes of it. Every day I experiment. It’s a process of discovery for me. And even if there are days when I don’t come up with much it’s still a good day because I love music and the process.” Barre feels he is still improving and evolving as an artist and guitarist. “I’m not sure if I’m getting better,” he says with a laugh. “I think the word is consolidating. I’m consolidating. I’m never going to be the whiz kid or the fastest gun in town. But whatever I have in my arsenal, I try to make it the best it can be. It may be just one note a day….but that

Barre and his band will perform two shows at Boca Ra-

note is getting better and better. I think you grow as an

ton’s Funky Biscuit on Feb. 9 and 10.

artist because you grow as a person.”

Fans of Jethro Tull and connoisseurs of great guitarists

Barre says he takes particular joy in playing and per-

won’t want to miss this rare chance to see a legend in an

forming, whether on the road or at home.

intimate venue.

“I wake up, find a guitar or a mandolin and just play. It’s

We recently caught up with Mr. Barre who was rehears-

what I’ve done my whole life. It’s part of me. I can’t exam-

ing in England before his U.S. dates.

ine what makes it happen or why…but music has always

At 72, Barre remains passionate about music and after

been my best friend.”

decades of a hectic recording and touring schedule with

As he develops his songwriting chops, Barre finds in-

Jethro Tull he is developing another aspect of his talent-

spiration in artists such as Don Henley, Neil Young and

--song writing.

Jackson Browne.

“I finally have the time to write my own music,” he said.

“They, among others, inspire me. The ability to write a

“I don’t have a formula, I just sit with my guitar and my

melody that people remember for decades is something


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Powerful production of ‘Les Misèrables’ enthralls crowd in Lake Worth; repeats at Delray’s Crest Theater Feb. 23 By: Dale King Contributing Writer A masterful production of Les Misèrables, the captivating story of shattered hopes and unrequited love; passion, sacrifice and redemption set against the backdrop of embattled 19th century France, has already mesmerized one Palm Beach County audience this year. The emotional concert-style show, presented last month at the Duncan Theater at the Palm Beach State College campus in Lake Worth, starred famed countertenor Terry Barber in the lead role of thief-turned-redeemer Jean Valjean. A vocalist renowned for his powerhouse voice and vast range, hand-picked a half-dozen fellow performers and five musicians to present the drama based on Victor Hugo’s book. A repeat performance of Barber’s Les Misèrables is scheduled Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. at the Crest Theater in Old School Square, 51 North Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. (561-243-7922.) A nearly full house at PBSC Lake Worth praised the production with loud applause and a lengthy standing ovation. Barber, as Valjean, was joined by Shelley Keelor as Fantine and Mme. Thenardier and Jonathan Cummings as Inspector Javert and Thenardier. Four student performers – all with excellent voices – rounded out the troupe. “The “student” roles are double cast,” said Barber, “as I am always looking for the opportunity to mentor up-and-coming talent.” In the Lake Worth show, young Cosette was touchingly portrayed by Kamryn

Zucker. The older Cosette was exquisitely sung by Emily Kirschner. Trevor Wayne poignantly performed the role of Marius and Eponine was powerfully sung by Eliza Levy. Summer McCarty and Sydney Carbo will replace Levy and Winkler in the show at the Crest. The acclaimed story of the historic period in French history from 1815 to battles at the barricades of Paris in 1832 includes such classic songs as “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars,” “Bring Him Home,” “Do You Hear the People Sing?,” “One Day More,” “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables,” “Master of the House” and many more. An energetic, fast-paced show that’s entirely sung, except for occasional narration, it opens with Valjean’s release from prison after serving 19 years for stealing bread to feed his sister’s family. Inspector Javert (Cummings), seeking revenge against Valjean for dissing him in front of his squad, follows him, hoping to put him back in jail. In the song, “Stars,” Javert sings, pointedly: “There, out in the darkness, a fugitive [is] running.” Nearly all the cast’s songs exude passion, particularly Barber’s, many of them close to tearful as his voice approaches the higher ranges. Countertenors can sing to a level an octave above tenor in full voice, without slipping into falsetto. His “Soliloquy” is a rapid recitation of his life’s woes. “What have I done?” he exclaims. “They chained me and left me for dead/For stealing a mouthful of bread.” Barber’s voice soars to extremes when

Shown performing a song from Les Misèrables are Shelley Keelor and Terry Barber perform songs from Trevor Wayne and Eliza Levy. Photo by Rodrigo Misèrables. Photo by Rodrigo Balfanz. Balfanz.

From left are Eliza Levy, Emily Winkler and Trevor Shown from left during the finale of the PBSC Lake Worth performance of Les Misèrables, are Trevor Wayne. Photo by Rodrigo Balfanz. Wayne, Eliza Levy, Shelley Keelor, Terry Barber, Jonathan Cummings, Emily Winkler and Kamryn he sings, “Bring him Home,” one of the Zucker. Photo by Rodrigo Balfanz.

show’s most passionate anthems, set on the tattered barricades. “Let him rest/ Heaven blessed,” the singer implores.

Keelor also brings a keen, clarity to her musical performances, in particular, the popular “I Dreamed a Dream” which she sings with authority. While most tunes are dramatic, the sprightly “Master of the House” offers some comic relief, with Cummings and Keelor changing roles and playing a couple of thieving domestics. Actress/singer Keelor has been a soloist with various orchestras and cabaret settings, and appeared in Beehive at the Wick Theatre in Boca Raton and Sweeney Todd at Palm Beach Dramaworks in West Palm Beach. Last year, she appeared with Barber in his Music of Andrew

Lloyd Webber show at the Crest. Cummings has been a prominent member of the live music community on the Treasure Coast since the late 1900s. Musicians in the Lake Worth presentation included music director and pianist Tyler Williams, Jackie Robbins on cello, Sy Pryweler on drums, Jason Pyle on trombone and Rick Kissinger on winds. Show director was Don Butler. And the chamber ensemble was created by Amy Greenhalgh under Barber’s direction. The show at PBSC Lake Worth was a benefit for Artist for a Cause Inc., a non-profit Barber founded in 2009 which helps visual and performing artists to use their talent for community improvement. He is also head of faculty for the Treasure Coast College of Fine Arts.

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Fighting Neuropathy…and winning By: Dr: John Conde DC, DACNB Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers touch, and lack of coordination.

Painful burning, tingling, and numbness are words typically used to describe the sensation experienced by individual suffering with neuropathy. Neuropathy is a broad, generalized term that denotes damage or disruption to nerves that carry vital information either for movement, sensation, or vasculature and organ regulation. Neuropathy can be classified by its distribution and is broken down into two major categories; polyneuropathy and mono or focal neuropathy. Polyneuropathy simply means that multiple areas are affected simultaneously and mono or focal neuropathy refers to one region being affected. The most common type of neuropathy is peripheral neuropathy which is a type of polyneuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy is characterized by burning, tingling, numbness, sharp pain, loss of feeling, extreme sensitivity to

There are several causes of peripheral neuropathy. Some of these include genetic contributions, diabetes, vitamin B12 deficiency, post-herpetic neuralgia (shingles), infection, alcoholic neuropathy, drugs, injury to nerves, toxins, uremia (kidney failure), post-chemotherapy treatment, and idiopathic (spontaneous occurrence). A thorough examination and medical history is necessary for accurate diagnosis. Quite often blood work, imaging, and nerve conduction studies are ordered to determine the precise etiology. A breakthrough study in the journal of gynecologic oncology has demonstrated a 90 percent success rate in the treatment of chemotherapy- induced peripheral neuropathy with the use of photobiomodulation/class IV laser therapy. They also found significant improvement of functional recovery after nerve crush injuries and toxin exposure with class IV laser therapy. Class IV laser therapy improves neuropathy by preventing neural apoptosis and enhancing neurite outgrowth. Basically, this means that it helps prevent nerve cell death

and it promotes the production of more nerve synapses. It also draws water, oxygen, and nutrients to the damaged area. During class IV laser therapy the infrared laser light interacts with tissues at the cellular level and metabolic activity increases within the cell, improving the transport of nutrients across the cell membrane. This initiates the production of cellular energy that leads to a cascade of beneficial effects, increasing cellular function and health. The most compelling part is that researchers did not note any complications with this treatment. This is groundbreaking, evidenced-based medicine that can be applied immediately to help this ailing population feel and function better. Dr. John Conde is a Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist, one of only one thousand in the country. He holds diplomate status through the American Chiropractic Neurology Board. He provides specialized care for difficult cases of back neck pain, numbness-tingling, vertigo-dizziness balance disorders, fibromyalgia, migraines, AD/HD, autism, and dyslexia. His office is located at the Atlantic Grove in Delray Beach, FL and can be reached at 561-330-6096,, and at


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Heart attack warning signs for women By: Delray Medical Center Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers Little girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice. Little boys are made of frogs and snails and puppy dogs tails. Even from the start, little boys and little girls are different. As we grow into adults those differences continue, including how our bodies react to a heart attack. Heart attack symptoms displayed by men and women are considerably different. When a woman has a heart attack she may experience nausea, overwhelming fatigue and dizziness. Her warning signs of an impending heart attack could include shortness of breath, vomiting, and back or jaw pain. Because these symptoms are often chalked up to stress, women have reported that they have a harder time getting their doctors to recognize these early warning signs. Women also wait

longer before seeking medical care. With a heart attack, minutes matter. Seeking help sooner and being proactive about your care can help save heart muscle. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure is especially true for women and heart disease. Admittedly, some heart disease risk factors are beyond our control, such as family history and age. After menopause, a woman’s chance of developing heart disease soars because her body’s production of estrogen drops. But you can take an active role in preventing cardiovascular disease by managing your risk factors. Don’t smoke, lower your cholesterol, maintain a normal weight, exercise and manage your diabetes, if you have the condition.

Having even one of the risk factors for heart disease can be dangerous. But having multiple risks is even more serious because risk factors tend to intensify the effects of others and increase your chances of developing a heart condition.

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The heart of the matter By: Giovanni Roselli Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers might expect me to give you some love and romance advice in the month of February. But a love doctor, I am not. February is American Heart Month. What better way to show your significant other how much you care than to keep your heart—the most important muscle in your body—healthy. Some statistics Let’s take a look at some facts about heart disease: As a former WWE professional wrestler with the moniker “Romeo,” you

• Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States.


• About 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year—that’s 1 in every 4 deaths. • Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) is the most common type of heart disease, killing over 370,000 people annually. • Every year about 735,000 Americans have a heart attack. Of these, 525,000 are a first heart attack and 210,000 happen to people who have already had a heart attack. I also want to bring up a thought-provoking study linking heart disease with excessively watching television. A recent research study found that people who spent hours watching television greatly increased the chances of dying early from heart attacks and strokes. Compared with those watching less than two hours of TV,

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people who sat in front of the TV for more than four hours a day were 80 percent more likely to die for reasons linked to heart and artery disease. I am not saying stop enjoying watching your favorite shows, but this goes back to a sedentary lifestyle leading to chronic symptoms. I won’t belabor the fact that you need to exercise—you already know the importance of physical activity that goes along with a good heart. As a refresher, you can check out my Delray/Boca Newspaper article from September 2017, which discuss the importance of strength training. Furthermore, in the upcoming months I will be providing articles on topics such as the ill effects of sitting, as well as my non-negotiable fitness fundamentals. Good eats Besides exercise, let’s look at some foods we can eat that take care of the heart and blood pressure. I recently sat down with Dr. Morrison, head of the Morrison Center in New York City and frequent Delray Beach visitor, to discuss how we can optimize our heart health. Here are some of his nutritional recommendations: • Celery: it helps lower blood pressure and is a great choice for a quick snack. It is an excellent choice of antioxidants, in addition to vitamins and minerals such as vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium, and folate. • Garlic: ideally roasted or sautéed, it is also used as a blood-pressure lowering food. Additionally, it is low in calories and very rich in vitamin C, vitamin B, and manganese. • Raw beets: they provide nutrients to enhance NO (nitric oxide) production, which is very helpful for improving circulation. Dr. Morrison suggests shredded beat salad as a great way to eat raw beets. • Dark chocolate (>70 percent cacao): cacao is very high in anti-oxidants and nutrients to improve circulation and lower blood pressure. A moderate portion of dark chocolate is a great way to enjoy cacao. • Parsley: it is a great natural diuretic and helps alleviate fluid retention. You can use parsley as a garnish with all meals and also add it in soup recipes. Before you run out to buy that box of candy for your significant other on the 14th make a good choice. You can still enjoy chocolate this Valentine’s Day but now you can be more specific with your selection and help you and your partner’s heart at the same time. Everything in moderation of course. Giovanni Roselli is the Regional Director Of Personal Training for Pur-Life 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.’


Four Terrible T’s: Tummy, Tush, Tri’s and Thighs By: Christine King Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers The four coveted yet nearly impossible areas for most women to banish burn or flattened. Fear not, there is hope! However, this “hope” requires your help and dedication. There are numerous contributing factors as to why the Four T’s are troublesome. For many, age begets reduced activity, roller coaster hormones, increased stress (cortisol), and a hectic lifestyle, which creates a perfect recipe for the increase of subcutaneous and visceral fat. What does that mean? When you awake one morning and happen to glance in the mirror while fastening your necklace you’re horrified at the appendage hanging from underneath your arms. Where and when did THAT show up? Well, over time due to the reasons above, the fat accumulating over your triceps muscle, under the skin has taken on a life of its own. Its name is not “Bye Bye Muscles,” “Grandma Arms,” or even “Bat Wings.” It’s subcutaneous fat. Age and inactivity also invite visceral fat, subcutaneous’s cousin. When you’re no longer able to fasten your trousers, it’s likely the two cousins are having a party in your abdomen. Visceral fat wraps around your internal organs and is not only toxic; it contributes to more serious medical conditions, including inflammation. The other T’s, Tush and Thighs are subcutaneous fat. Hence the lovely word, cellulite. A plan of attack is necessary to banish these pesky cousins. It’s widely known cardiovascular activity is essential to burn fat. Toning exercises tighten the musculature hiding beneath the fat. So how does a busy woman devise a strategy to combat the Terrible T’s? Life gets in the way of taking care of ourselves. It’s time to take control, open your calendar and get ready to schedule! This program takes a lot less time than you think. Many feel they need to spend hours in the gym to attack the T’s. Implementing a three day/week circuit program efficiently tackles these areas in both time and technique. As a bonus, no gym needed! Day One: Triceps Chair Dips



Squats Bicycles Side Lunges Day Two: Triceps Kickbacks with a rubber tube or weights Sumo Squats (Plié squats) Reverse Crunches Bridges Day Three: Skull Crushers with a rubber tube or weights Lunges Crunches Diagonal Lunges Our website has both photos and video of all of the above movements. There are no hard and fast rules. Use a stability ball, BOSU, hand weights, rubber tubing, and any tool that you find enjoyable, AND that mixes up the routine. What about sets and reps? If you are not currently exercising, begin slowly. Start with eight to ten reps and one set. As you feel stronger each week, you’ll be motivated to add more reps and sets. Until working up to a rotation of 15-20 reps and three sets of each movement this program may not elevate your heart rate enough to qualify for fat burning. Be patient. Know that every rep and set is bringing you closer to banishing the Terrible T’s! It’s no secret the role of nutrition in the speed of your results. The same approach applies. Slow and steady wins the race. Unless you’re eating fast food daily, there’s no need for drastic changes. Take one day at a time and enjoy your healthy (healthier) meals. Summer will be here in a flash and the four Terrible T’s are featured most in summer fashions (Ahem, bathing suits). Remain confident knowing if you start now you’ll look and feel more sexy and confident about your appearance, and you’ll transform the Terrible T’s into the Terrific T’s! I’d love to hear your results and accomplishments. Please feel free to drop me a line after implementing this strategy for six weeks. 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.



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Delray Medical Center opens new Endovascular Hybrid OR Suite Staff report Delray Medical Center recently opened its Endovascular Hybrid OR Suite. The 1,500-square-foot room is a $6.8 million investment that features state-of-the-art equipment that allows surgeons to perform complex vascular procedures on patients including: carotid stents, carotid angiograms, endovascular aortic aneurysm repair, limb salvage/limb preservation, lower and upper extremity angiograms, venous and arte-

rial angioplasties, vena cava filter placement and retrieval and dialysis catheter insertion. The new room also features the Corindus Vascular Robotics CorPath System, and Artis Pheno, both are the only ones of their kind in Palm Beach County. The CorPath System is used for robotic-assisted vascular interventions and the Artis Pheno is a new robotic C-arm angiography system for use in minimally invasive interventional procedures. “Today, we dedicate our endovascular hybrid operating

Delray Medical Center CEO Mark Bryan and hospital staff cut the ribbon debuting the hospital’s new Endovascular Hybrid OR Suite. Staff photo.

room as a continuation of our dedication to sere this community with the finest medical equipment available,” president of the hospital board Larry Edelson said. Dr. Joseph Ricotta, Director for Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy at Delray Medical Center, said the operating room is the first of its kind in the state and one of 15 in the country.

Delray Medical Center’s new Endovascular Hybrid OR Suite has green lighting to help doctors’ eyes adjust easily to their surroundings. Staff photo. Delray Medical Center has a new $6.8 billion Endovascular Hybrid OR Suite. Staff photo.

He started at Delray Medical Center in Oct. 2016 and performed 500 procedures on patients as of early January. His first and 500th patient attended the ribbon cutting ceremony of the new operating room. He started the hospital’s robotics program and has helped reduce the percentage of amputations by 50 percent, according to hospital CEO Mark Bryan. “We are the world leader in endovascular robotics,” Dr. Ricotta said. “We are a training center.”

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How to banish wrinkles By: Dr. Francesca Lewis MD, FAAD Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers appearance by relaxing the muscle’s ability to contract. The injections only take minutes to perform, and the results are visible after 1 week and can last from 3-6 months. These injections are still some of the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatments available today.

Facial lines and creases are multi-factorial, related to genetics, sun exposure, and smoking history among other factors. Thankfully, we have many different treatment options in our tool best to treat wrinkles, and often we employ a combination approach for the best results. Botox treatments are wrinkle relaxing injections that temporarily soften the lines of the forehead, the furrows between the eyebrows (“11” lines) and the crow’s feet around the eyes. They are safe and effective and give a more youthful

I often get asked what age to start Botox injections. The optimal time to start is when we start to see fine lines at rest (meaning without contraction of the muscles). If we start Botox injections at this point and continue them regularly, we can prevent the development of deeper lines and wrinkles over time. So in a sense, Botox injections these days have become “preventative” as part of an anti-aging regimen. Dermal fillers are injectables that restore natural volume to the face and soften lines and creases. These can be used in areas that we lose volume such as the cheeks, “parentheses lines,” marionette creases, lips, vertical lip lines, chin, and jowls. The most common dermal fillers used are hyaluronic acid based. Hyaluronic acid is a substance normally found in our skin

around our collagen fibers. In these injectable forms, hyaluronic acid is safe and gives a very natural looking result. Juvederm products are hyaluronic acid based and include a family of products suitable to correct different areas. There is minimal downtime with filler injections and side effects such as bruising, swelling and redness are temporary. Depending on the filler used, results can last from 6-24 months. It is very important to choose a Board-Certified Dermatologist or Plastic Surgeon who is well-versed in facial anatomy for Botox and filler injections.

in a series of treatments by creating microscopic injuries to the skin to create collagen production. These treatments can be used to treat acne scars, fine lines, pigmentation and surface imperfections of the skin. Microneedling can also be combined with PRP topical application,

As discussed in our last installment, non-ablative fractional laser resurfacing can erase years of sun damage by increasing collagen production and smoothing fine lines and wrinkles. This technology delivers heat into the skin through thousands of microscopic columns that stimulate collagen remodeling. The surrounding skin is unaffected thus allowing the skin to recover more quickly and with less downtime than traditional resurfacing lasers. Best results are achieved in a series of 3-4 treatments.

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Jay Feder Jewelers adds new Boca Raton flagship location By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor A family jewelry business is slowly turning into an empire. Jay Feder Jewelers has opened its newest, flagship location in Boca Raton. The 40-year-old, family business has grown from its original Denver location to three stores total. In addition to the recently opened 4,200-square-foot Boca store, located at 6859 SW 18th St., the family also operates a store in New York City along with the original Denver shop. The operation started when Marc Feder’s parents, who were school teachers, wanted to do better for their family. So they went from teaching children in schools to educating customers about diamonds and gemstones. Since 2009, Marc, 40, and his wife Devorah, 36, took over operations and expanded the business to three locations and their family to four children. The buildout of the Boca store took 18 months and cost $1.7 million. The couple then spent $140,000 on enhancements including a 500-gallon saltwater tank that is home to more than 30 seahorses. “This was my vision,” Devorah Feder said. “I wanted something fun, exciting and original.” While plush and upscale finishes are featured in the store, the couple said they wanted to create an environ-

ment where people felt comfortable. “We wanted it to feel like you were coming home, or at least that you were coming to ‘our’ home,” she said. “We wanted it to be elegant and beautiful, but with lots of personal touches that made it comfortable and welcoming, not intimidating or snobby as generally associated with the fine jewelry industry.” She calls it a “touchable, fun museum” where people can enjoy a glass of wine on a Thursday night in the lounge area and hang out. The store is filled with thousands of diamonds, 20 exclusive designer lines from all the world and price points for all buyers. The Boca Raton couple said they are shaking up what is a traditionally a stuffy business. But they are doing so with their eye on one thing, the customer’s experience. He said he learned from his father when it comes to building relationships with clients. No matter how much money they can spend, he said he treats all customers equally. That lesson came in handy when a client flew from Seattle to Denver and shared an experience he had with Marc’s father, Jay, years prior. The customer told Marc that he came in to purchase an engagement ring while he was a medical student. With little money to spend, he shared that Jay spent so much time with him even though his bud-

get was limited. After becoming a brain surgeon, he remembered his experience and flew back to Denver to purchase a 5-carat marquis diamond for $150,000. “Each time I am part of the ‘reveal’ or ‘gifting’ moment, it is both gratifying and exhilarating,” Marc Feder said. “Knowing we helped in creating their intimate stories, is a gift to me every single time.” And the couple is often involved in the actual gifting moment. They recently had a couple get engaged at their store where they had a private romantic dinner prepared by their family’s chef waiting for the couple to celebrate. Mark said he always knew he wanted to be involved in the family business. He began working in the store when he was 10 after school and on summer breaks. Devorah didn’t jump on board until after the couple took over the business. She tried working for her in-laws once years ago and they called the situation disastrous.


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Now, the duo work together as parents and business owners. “This is a dream come true for us to be here today,” Marc Feder said.

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

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Affluent Finds relocates to Delray Beach Staff report

Vincent Church.

After eight years in downtown Lake Worth, Affluent Finds has moved to Delray Beach.

The new location will continue to offer a selection of all the top designer brands such as Armani, Chanel, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Escada, Gucci, Lilly Pulitzer, Pucci, Roberto Cavalli, St. John, Valentino and more.

The boutique, which offers luxury ladies’ apparel and accessories at a fraction of the original cost, is now located at 809 George Bush Blvd., across from Saint

“After eight years in downtown Lake

Worth, we have a really good grasp on what our customers are looking for. Classic and contemporary styles in pristine condition, by luxury designers that are affordable, and can last from season to season. So that is exactly what we will continue to offer at our beautiful new location,” said April Willis, owner of Affluent Finds. A love of high end fashion and a background in designer luxury retail, as well as a desire to contribute to a decline in the demand and production of new items is what drove Willis to open her own boutique.

Affluent Finds has relocated after eight years in Affluent Finds is now located at 809 George Bush Blvd. Lake Worth to Delray Beach. Submitted photo. Delray Beach. Submitted photo.

Affluent Finds is passionate about keeping small business alive and will hold in-store events along with other George Bush Blvd merchants such as Cheap Frills, Bella Reina Spa, and Second Time Around. These events will bring the

April Willis, owner of Affluent Finds, has relocated her upscale consignment shop from Lake Worth to Delray Beach. Submitted photo.

women of our community together to support local small business and make shopping an experience again. Over the years, Affluent Finds has built quite a name and reputation for itself in ladies designer apparel and accessories. In addition to the boutique store, selling on eBay, Tradesy, and Poshmark has helped the business, and its popularity, to grow. An array of new and like new designer pieces arrive daily, in sizes 0-16, all in a fresh, bright and organized atmosphere.

From lawyer to ice cream maker, Boca man plans to open ice cream store Staff report

crafting his own artisanal ice cream.

making ice cream,” he said.

After years of practicing law, Rick Felerbaum wanted a career change.

“I thought it would be neat if I took my real estate brokerage and my law firm and fire everybody, which I did, and start

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So, he shut down his practice and began

Now, he wants to bring his gourmet dessert to residents of Boca Raton. He has requested to turn his office at 310 E. Palmetto Park Road into Rickey’s Proper Ice Cream. Council members signed off on the idea in a recent city meeting. Councilman Robert Weinroth cast the sole dissenting vote citing concerns over parking. “I wish you all the success and I fear that

success,” Weinroth said, stating the popularity of the shop will bring tons of cars. “With success there is sometimes pain. I don’t want to see this turn into pain.” The shop will serve ice cream as well as coffee. It is unclear when it will officially open.

Boca Raton author publishes yoga book Staff report Boca Raton author Christine Apter, PhD, ERYT 500, has released a new book “A Journey in the Heart: Teaching Yoga Deeper,” a guide to teaching yoga. Published by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc., the book is meant to be an organized curriculum that takes a student beyond the foundational philosophy, anatomy, technical aspects and teaching

methodology developed from many advanced yoga teacher training workshops. The basics of yoga teaching with the standards of Yoga Alliance are not covered in this text. It is designed as a manual intended to meet the criteria for 300 hours of knowledge and practice above and beyond what is taught in basic yoga teacher training. Rather than an authoritative tool, this manual is fashioned to be a framework for the creative work it takes to teach yoga and practice deeper. The reader is encouraged to build upon the information and inspiration and to be creative and innovative with the material. A Journey in the Heart: Teaching Yoga Deeper is a 248-page paperback with a retail price of $72.00. The ISBN is 978-14809-4214-1.


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Three investing mistakes most people make By: John M. Campanola, Agent New York Life Insurance Company Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers Investing in the stock market provides you with an opportunity to put your money to work, seeking to earn an impressive return. Historically, the Standard and Poor’s 500 Index has returned close to 10 percent on an average annual basis. Of course, past performance is no guarantee of future results. But most investors fail to take full advantage of this opportunity. In fact, they often earn considerably less than the average market return. A 2015 report from DALBAR Inc. showed that the average investor underperformed the S&P 500 by 3.6 percent. In 2016, the gap widened: The S&P 500 returned about 12 percent, while the average investor saw only about a 5 percent return. Why does this happen? There are three big

mistakes investors tend to make—over and over again. Mistake #1: Trying to time the market.  It’s impossible to predict when you should sell ahead of a downturn or start buying before a resurgence. When investors try to time the market, they often miss the mark, buying high or selling low—or both. In the process, they negatively affect their potential return.  People who think they know that the market is about to drop (or make a comeback) may be kidding themselves. No one knows for certain what will happen next. What is predictable is that the market will experience periodic volatility.  So instead of trying to time the market, you can plan for volatility by engaging in a longterm investment strategy and using dollar-cost averaging—purchasing a certain amount of an investment on a set schedule. That way, you’ll be purchasing more stock when the price is low, less when the price

is high. Of course, a program of systematic investing does not guarantee a profit or protect against losses in declining markets. An investor should consider his or her ability to continue making purchases during periods of declining prices, when the value of their investment may be falling. Mistake #2: Reacting emotionally.  Warren Buffett, one of the most successful investors ever, famously advised against letting emotions sway investment decisions when he said, “Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful.” It’s easy to feel confident and excited about investing when markets go up. It’s also natural to experience panic when markets drop and you start seeing losses in your portfolio.  But giving in to these emotions leads most investors to sell low (when the market goes down, and people are worried about “losing” money) and buy high (when the market goes up, and securities are more expensive).  Mistake #3: Believing you know more than the market. 

Most economists and financial experts believe the stock market is efficient. This means the prices of securities in the market reflect their actual value. But some investors act on hunches and predictions about what the market (or specific securities within it) will do next. Remember that professional investors and fund managers have access to an incredible amount of information that they use to make investment decisions, and this information is not readily available to the average investor.  The bottom line.  You can avoid these three common mistakes by contributing consistently to your investment accounts each month (regardless of what the market is doing), assuming that you can afford to do so, working with a financial professional who can keep you calm and thinking rationally when you want to react emotionally, and sticking to your overall financial plan and investment strategy—instead of trying to guess the next hot stock. 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.

Planning a coming-of-age celebration on a budget Staff report Similar to a wedding, a coming-of-age celebration, such as a Bat Mitzvah or Sweet Sixteen, should be planned with its financial impact in mind. Even though this rite of passage can be a very sentimental moment for parents, it is important to not lose sight of long-term vs. short-term financial goals, such as college savings and retirement. We sat down with Rachel Barzilay, CAP®, CFP®, CRPC®, Managing Director, Wealth Management Advisor and Senior Portfolio Manager with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in Boca Raton, to hear more about how to budget for a coming-of-age celebration. What are some of the common comingof-age traditions that can break the bank?

There are many coming-of-age traditions across the globe, and some of the most popular in South Florida include Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, Sweet Sixteens, and Quinceañeras. Each is a cherished celebration much larger than a regular birthday party, and larger celebrations often come with a larger price tag. The average cost of events like these ranges from $5,000 to $20,000 and sometimes even higher! Luckily, there are ways to save while still having a dream celebration.

How soon should you start planning? Your child’s coming-of-age celebration is a lifestyle expense, so you will need to plan. Thinking about the event years in advance allows you to have a good handle on how many people to invite, which vendors to use and what miscellaneous costs to. As you begin making purchases for the party, periodically review your budget. If the costs are mounting, and you are wondering where to pull the extra cash from, look at other discretionary spending items and see where there may be opportunities to reduce spending. If you’re unsure of how to establish a budget or start saving, consider looking at the free resources on Merrill Lynch’s website (, or consider involving a professional who can help you pursue your long and short-term financial goals and plan ahead for big purchases. For any planned event, it is important to consider scheduling the party on a day other than Saturday. Many venues and vendors offer lower prices for events planned on week nights. In addition, purchasing packaged deals through a smaller number of vendors may help cut cost rather than dealing with multiple vendors. For example, the venue you choose may offer a packaged deal that includes food, drinks and wait staff. How do the little details add up? Little details, such as party favors or invitations, can quickly add up to hundreds or even thousands of dollars, so carefully choose where to spend your money. Look

for creative alternatives for the high-priced expenses. For example, you can offer your guests a buffet style meal, high-end plastic ware and use paper or plastic flowers as decorations instead of real ones. How can you turn it into a learning experience? Your child is coming of age, so make planning this event a teachable moment that will prepare him or her for a healthy future financial life. Have your child work with you on the budget and answer any questions he or she asks about how your family handles money. It’s never too early to start teaching your children how to manage money. Finally, it is important to remember that your child’s celebration is a lifestyle expense. You should avoid running up debt to fund this celebration. To that same point, do not lose sight of long-term and shortterm goals. For example, make sure you continue to contribute to your retirement plans and education funds. As a parent, it is understandable to want to give your kids everything. Even so, be sure you are being thoughtful about the expenses involved. There are plenty of ways to plan and save all while having a great party.


Biz Briefs Cloud Computing Concepts makes acquisition Delray Beach-based Cloud Computing Concepts, a provider of technology and communications services to small, medium, and enterprise businesses nationwide, has acquired the service provider division of the South Florida Digital Alliance. The SFDA’s for-profit service provider division has been providing connectivity, co-location, and internet access throughout South Florida since 2009.  The SFDA’s client list includes several cities, universities, schools, non-profits and large commercial accounts.  “We are excited to welcome the SFDA clients to the C3 family, and are anxious to provide them with the white glove support that we are known for,” said Rick Mancinelli, CEO of C3. “We are also very proud to build on our long standing support of the SFDA by extending discounts to SFDA members, supporting their Technology Learning Center initiative, and donating in-kind services to support the SFDA’s internal technology and telecommunications needs.” “We view this as a key step in our strategic plan,” said Don Slesnick III, Executive Director of the SFDA. “The sale of the service provider division to C3 will allow the SFDA to better focus on our core mission of bridging the digital divide in South Florida. Furthermore, our clients will benefit from C3’s enhanced support,  broader product portfolio, extended geographic reach, and will enjoy the cost-efficiencies associated with C3’s greater buying power.” C3 assumed management of the SFDA service provider division last month and pending FCC approval, the final closing is anticipated for next month. Alexander Blochel joins Institute for Regional Conservation Alexander Blochel has joined Delray Beachbased Institute for Regional Conservation

(IRC) as a field biologist. Stationed in Key Largo, Blochel will be working on IRC’s Coastal Pine Rockland Restoration Project, Croton linearis Propagation Project, and others in south Miami-Dade County and Monroe County.  Blochel moved to Florida from Sweden one year ago after receiving his Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science degrees in Biology from Umea University. Since moving to Florida, he has worked with wetland surveys, plant identification, eagle nest monitoring, gopher tortoise surveys, invasive species control, bee habitat evaluations and community outreach events. Husband, wife open new Boca gym Allan and Cecilia Prince have opened a new place to break a sweat. INTENSITYX3 Fitness & Kickboxing is a 50-minute group fitness workout that combines fight, flight and life formula with fat-burning cardio intervals, muscle toning resistance training and core tightening kickboxing movements. The gym is located at 500 NW Spanish River Blvd. #1. The space is 4,500-square feet and gives gym-goers a chance to punch, kick and lift with high intensity interval training. There is also a West Boca location. Palm Beach Zoo names Interim CEO  The Board of the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society names Kathleen Breland, its Chief Operating & Chief Financial Officer, as its interim CEO. “Kathleen’s strong management skills and


knowledge of daily operations are an asset to the Zoo during this exciting time of transition and opportunity,” said Zoo Chairman, Michele Kessler.

Testani brings over 20 years of nursing experience to Delray Medical Center, and over 10 years in a leadership role. Prior to her appointment at Delray Medical Center, Testani worked at Detroit Receiving Hospital and University Health Center where she served as Chief Nursing Officer. She oversaw Patient Care Services at its Level I Trauma and Burn Center.

The Zoo’s Board of Directors has engaged Zoo Advisors, a nationally recognized Zoo management firm, to assist with strategic planning and the search for a permanent successor to former CEO & President, Andrew Aiken, who recently resigned.

She is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Nursing Practice - Executive Leadership from American Sentinel University.

“Kathleen embodies our passion and vision; she has our full support and endorsement,” said Kessler.

Fabletics, an activewear brand co-founded by Hudson in 2013, has a new store at Town Center Mall.

Breland has served the Zoo in a number of capacities since joining the Zoo in July 2009. She was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in January 2015.

The 2,455-square-foot store features modern fixtures and shelving units in earth tones. The clothes are designed to be worn from the gym to the street and features pieces for those with active lifestyles that you can wear after your workout.

“It is a privilege to lead a strong management team and staff, supported by dedicated volunteers, board members, and supporters that are passionate about our mission in support of wildlife,” Breland said. Delray Medical appoints new chief nursing officer Delray Medical Center recently named Sheri Testani, MSN, BAA, RN, NE-BC, as Chief Nursing Officer. In her new role, Testani will assume the operational responsibility of nursing care at Delray Medical Center. As a member of the administrative team, Testani will play a key role in facilitating and directing nursing leadership and quality of nursing patient care. “Sheri earned this opportunity based on her excellent track record of achieving stellar results throughout her nursing career, and we look forward to her continued leadership and positive influence on the hospital’s nursing leadership and patient care,” CEO Mark Bryan said. 1405 N. Congress Ave, Suite #9 | Delray Beach, FL. 33445

Fabletics opens at Town Center A taste of Kate Hudson’s style can now be found in Boca Raton.

Fabletics will celebrate the official grand opening of the store with a DJ, small bites, refreshments, giveaways and special offers Feb. 2-4. The store takes the e-commerce site to a brick and mortar location that offers free shipping for out-of-stock items, in-store fitting appointments, the option to buy online and pick-up in store, as well as a virtual shopping cart that enables customers to complete their shopping online after their in-store visit. Similar to the online experience, customers’ in-store can either shop through Fabletics’ Flexible VIP Membership program or at full retail price. Some of the many membership benefits include exclusive access to members-only collections, up to 50 percent off every purchase and exciting community perks—including free workout videos with world-renowned trainers, exclusive content, and offers from carefully curated health and wellness experts and much more. The Fabletics store will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.



Marathon-running veterinarian goes the extra mile for pets in need By: Joanie Cox-Henry Contributing Writer Veterinarian Dr. Benjamin J. Carter has had a passion for rescuing animals since he was a young boy. Now 29, Carter along with his animal-loving mother and siblings has rescued 13 dogs. He especially has a heart for taking in senior dogs and former puppy mill breeder dogs who are often the most unwanted. The big-hearted doctor extends the same love and tender loving care to his patients at Animal House Veterinary Center, a veterinary hospital focused on dog and cat patients that opened last August in Delray Beach. With serene ice blue walls, whitewashed wood floors and tranquil beach scene artwork, the vibe at Animal House Veterinary Center is calming and spa-like for both owners and pets. “We don’t wear white coats here and want to emphasize this isn’t a stuffy office,” Carter said. “We get down on the floor with the dogs to make them feel as comfortable as possible and every detail in our office was thought out as to what would be best for the animals down the lighting. We installed all LED lighting because fluorescent lights have a high frequency that can bother a dog’s ears.” The equipment is also state of the art. Animal House Veterinary Center offers a full in-house lab, digital x-rays, a full pharmacy and treatment and surgical rooms. “We are strictly medical here,” Carter said. “So there are no overnight boarding facilities or grooming.” Carter and his team never turn a patient away—they always make time, often working through lunch, to see sick or injured pets. They also make a point to take time to create a genuine rapport with clientele. “Pet parents are comfortable asking questions,” Carter said. “And that’s essential. At the end of the day, the pet parent is the vet most days of the year as they know their pets better than anyone else. I’m generally seeing each patient just a few days a year. We also don’t have a one-sizefits-all approach. Our vaccines and medicines are all tailored for each pet and the pet owner’s lifestyle.” Working with technicians Maria Gray and Dara Last, head technician Phil Paone and office manager Beverly Carter, who is Carter’s mother, Carter is proud to offer personalized service, expert care and attention to every client. “It’s been an amazing experience welcoming patients and caring for pets’ needs in Delray Beach, Boca Raton and surrounding areas,” said Beverly Carter, who has a background as a longtime educator in Palm Beach County. “I do all

Veterinarian Dr. Benjamin J. Carter has a Delray Beach practice, Animal House Dr. Benjamin J. Carter, Beverly Carter, Dara Last and Phil Paone. Photo by JoanVeterinary Center. Photo by Joanie Cox-Henry. ie Cox-Henry.

the scheduling and handle appointments and we always give personal attention to our patients and their families. Building relationships with our local neighbors and strengthening the community is so important. Pets really are an extension of the family.” Animal House Veterinary Center is helping to spearhead a new cancer trial. “We’re the only veterinary hospital in North America working with an incredible unique and specific anti-cancer drug,” Carter said of the study involving a novel cancer drug in conjunction with two research universities. “We hope to make some major breakthroughs and continue to make advances in pet cancer care.” Prior to opening Animal House Veterinary Center, Carter launched a concierge veterinary practice in 2014. Although he used to exclusively make house calls, he now offers them based on availability. When he’s not running Animal House Veterinary Center, Carter can be found traveling as far as Texas and Colorado to rescue dogs and running marathons. He’s gearing up to run his seventh marathon in April. It will be his third Boston marathon he’s qualified for. “I’m a sub three hour marathon runner,” Carter said. “I also dabble in triathlons. Locally, I’m part of Boca Raton Triathletes and I run with groups based out of the local running stores.” As a pet owner to four of his own rescue dogs, Carter is thrilled to be living his passion to help animals day after day. “I love science and I love medicine,” Carter said. “I know how much my pets

mean to me, and I know how much my clients’ pets mean to them. When I help their pets, I know that I’m helping that pet’s parent too and it’s the greatest feeling.”

Animal House is located at 836 S.E. Fifth Ave. Call 561-265-5494, visit, or find Dr. Carter on Instagram @ drbencarter.



It’s all Greek at new Oliv Pit Athenian Grille in Boca Raton By: Dale King Contributing Writer There’s more to the Oliv Pit Grille in Boca Raton than just dining on tasty Greek delicacies prepared in an open kitchen where chefs cook up Athenian specialties with a modern twist. Oliv Pit, open since December in the Shoppes at Village Pointe on SW 18th Street, imports most of its ingredients from Greece, and selects fresh produce from local suppliers. Superior grade meats arrive from Kassos Family Premium Meats in Ohio, and Greek beer and wine is served, along with vintages from Italy, France and California. Owners Marcos Alexandridis and Emmanuel Vlahos have enhanced food preparation with a touch not obvious to casual clientele. “The restaurant is the first in the United States to cook meat and fish using barbecue briquettes made from olive pits,” said Marcos, a Greek native raised in Montreal. “This process is popular in Greece and elsewhere in Europe,” he said, “as the olive pits do not contain carcinogens found in charcoal.” Use of briquettes made from olive pits has other benefits.“There’s no smoke and very little ash. We can also keep cooking temperatures high, and there are no detrimental chemicals in the cooking process.” The briquettes are produced by using pits left over from the process of making olive oil with Kalamata olives in southern Greece. Cooking with them doesn’t increase the planet’s carbon footprint and produces 30 percent less carbon monoxide than wood charcoal cookery. Marcos is the exclusive distributor for olive pit briquettes in South Florida. The two restaurant owners boast considerable Greek heritage. Vlahos, an Ohio native and son of Greek immigrants, recently moved here after spending the last 27 years in Athens.

Oliv Pit lamb burger. Photo by Christian Lombardo.

Boca Raton-based Dunhill International List Company, Inc. is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year. Since its founding in 1938, the company has been a leading provider of Consumer and Business Lists and Data to the direct marketing industry, market research firms, universities and colleges, non-profit organizations, mail order houses, publishers, etc.

Various dishes at Oliv Pit. Photo by Christian Lombardo.

Oliv Pit spicy cheese. Photo by Christian Lombardo.

Oliv Pit co-owner Marcos Alexandridis in front of wall of kitchen utensils created by architect Maria Mergoupi. Photo by Dale King.

Alexandridis hails from a family of soccer stars. His father, uncle and cousin all played for Greece’s team, Olympiacos. Marcos took up the sport himself and played for Costa Rica’s team Saprissa. He said his uncle was such a famous player that 100,000 people attended his funeral. Though brought up in Canada, Alexandridis spent summers in Greece. “My parents wanted me to keep close to my Greek roots.” He arrived in Boca about a year ago with his 16-year-old son, a star football and baseball player (quarterback and pitcher) who attends Spanish River High School. Oliv Pit held its grand opening Jan.11.  By then, the public had discovered the new dining establishment and were filling seats inside and out. “We have been so pleased with the response we have received from our guests,” said Vlahos. “We are committed to serving them delicious and authentic cuisine.” The 84-seat restaurant offers outdoor seating front and rear. Marcos said a Greek architect, Maria Mergoupi, was flown in to create the unique interior design, which includes a wall hung with kitchen utensils and painted in white. “The recipes used at Oliv Pit have been

Boca business celebrates 80th anniversary Staff report

Oliv Pit meat platter. Photo by Christian Lombardo.

ness use. Consumer lists are compiled by age, income, gender, type of dwelling, home value, presence/age of children, marital status and many other demographic selections. Consumer lists include wealthy individuals, investors, vacationers, contributors, yacht owners, executives and professionals at home and hundreds more.

“Although population growth and computer technology have substantially changed the list industry, the same high level of service that was provided 80 years ago continues today,” president Robert Dunhill said.

The business database is selectable by employee size, sales volume, SIC code, executive job function and telephone numbers. Each list may be refined to match a user’s specific market profile, which is a benefit for building a targeted database for a sophisticated direct marketing program. Most business lists also have email addresses available.

The company supplies local, national and international lists for both consumer and busi-

After 80 years, the company is still owned and operated by the Dunhill family. Cindy Dunhill,

passed down to me from my Athenian family and they go back many generations,” Marcos said. “The restaurant interiors follow in that same tradition.” Looks are one thing; food is another. Patrons can select from a variety of appetizers: Eggplant spread (melitzanosalata), a light combination of eggplant, bell peppers, green onions, parsley, garlic and olive oil. Zucchini croquettes (kolokithokeftedes) are a delight – tasty, golden-brown fried pillows with a soft filling. Spinach pie, meatballs (keftedes) fava (Greek hummus, Santorini split peas, lemon, oil and sea salt) and triokafteri spread are delicious picks. Salads embellish the menu: Authentic Greek (no lettuce, but lots of cucumber, tomato and feta cheese); green salad with romaine lettuce and Greek bruschetta from the island of Crete -- rusk bread, vine tomatoes, red

onions, capers, manouri cheese and Greek olive oil, for example. Don’t pass up any specialties: skewers (pork, chicken, veggie), alone or in a wrap; gyro (beef or lamb) with pita or a lamb burger. Entrees include fish cooked whole, lamb chops, jumbo prawns and seafood platter. Select any dish that comes with lemon potatoes. In the plate or as a side, they’re wonderful. Desserts offer a grand finale. The orange cake is a sweet, tasty treat that goes down smoothly. Walnut cake, baklava and Greek yogurt are fine staples. Pastries are made specifically for Oliv Pit by a local woman in her home. Oliv Pit is located at 6006 SW 18th St., Boca Raton. 561-409-2019. Check for hours and other information. 

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First donut shop set to open on Atlantic Avenue

fresh baked dog treats, we will offer ice cream for dogs made out of yams, oats and other wholesome ingredients.” With seating for 40 customers outside, the interior of the 1,500-square-foot shop was designed by Delray Beach architect Shane Ames of Ames International Architecture. “I had a brainstorming session with the owners of Doctor Doodle’s Donuts,” Ames said. “I was throwing ideas out and they liked all of it. They wanted a whimsical place so that’s exactly what we’ve done.”

Doctor Doodle’s Donuts is set to open on Atlantic Avenue this month. Photo courtesy of Neil Koppel. A rendering of the front of Doctor Doodle’s Donuts. Photo courtesy of Neil Koppel.

By: Joanie Cox-Henry Contributing Writer Imagine a doughnut shop that’s built on the whimsy of Willy Wonka, the cleverness of Harry Pottery and designed with pure imagination. Welcome to Doctor Doodle’s Donuts, a curious new purveyor of baked treats, fresh-roasted coffee and more slated to open on Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach at the end of February. Located near Southeast Fifth Avenue, the sweet new endeavor is the brainchild of Neil Koppel and co-owner Edward

Rosenberg whose wife wrote a children’s book to base the concept of the shop on. The character of Doctor Doodle is a Delray Beach settler from Vienna searching for the ultimate doughnut. When one wasn’t found, he decided to make his own. Koppel’s partner Rosenberg is also one of the creators behind iconic eateries Rainforest Cafe and Planet Hollywood.

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The bakery has already been generating buzz long before its opening for its shadow boxes and peek-a-boo flaps in the front window of the shop. Koppel created various shadow boxes to give people a glimpse at what was to come. “I’ve always loved to bake,” said Koppel, who retired from the jewelry business six years ago and then made a comeback in the industry. “I was soon realizing how millennials and even Generation X’ers have no interest in jewelry, so I thought, ‘There’s no great bakery or coffee shop in Delray, so let’s build an exceptional bakery.’” With a 3,000-foot-commissary on Rogers Circle in Boca Raton to make fresh jellies, creams and mixers for the doughnuts, Koppel said everything will be made from scratch and the smell of fresh coffee roasting will always be floating through the air. “We will have all kinds of doughnuts from sugared and powdered to peanut butter and jelly doughnuts to cookies muffins and breads. And with every bite of our doughnuts that are filled, we want you to taste the filling in every bite,” Koppel said. “For our beverages, we will offer frozen hot chocolate, tea drinks and nitro-brewed coffee.” Four-legged friends will also find something sweet at Doctor Doodle’s Donuts. “I love dogs so we didn’t want to leave them out,” Koppel said. “In addition to

Koppel said Doctor Doodle’s Donuts have already been a hit at Delray Beach’s Green Market, where they have a booth each Saturday. Both Koppel and Rosenberg have also been taken aback with the tremendous interest in their brand. “People have been contacting us nonstop responding to the shadow boxes on the front of our store and inquiring about when we were opening,” Koppel said. Doctor Doodle’s Donuts also conveniently backs up to the iPic movie theater, which is still under construction. “We’ll be open from 6 p.m. until midnight on weekdays and open Friday and Saturday until 2 a.m. so people walking along the Avenue or coming back from the movies can stop in and get some delicious doughnuts,” Koppel said. “We’re also hiring many people including veterans so this will also be a wonderful thing for the Delray community. I hope it’s a welcome addition to the neighborhood. I’ve lived here almost 30 years and I’ve really watched Delray evolve.” Koppel is also hoping the Delray store becomes the flagship store of what will be many more Doctor Doodle’s Donuts shops. “I have never seen anybody eat a doughnut without a smile on their face. My goal is for this to be a destination for a parent to take their kid—a place for people and families to come and still find wonderment,” Koppel said. “Bringing a little joy to people in such crazy times is an amazing feeling.” For the latest on the shop, visit Facebook. com/DrDoodlesDonuts.

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A peek inside of Doctor Doodle’s Donuts shop. Photo A preview of the inside of Doctor Doodle’s Donuts courtesy of Neil Koppel. shop. Photo courtesy of Neil Koppel.



A Sit Down with Stephen Chrisanthus: The Storyteller Recently I sat down with ex-iPic COO, video content creator and movie aficionado Alex Reid at his home in Delray Beach to discuss his new company Phelix Productions, and his love of Delray Beach. Give me a little bit about your background? Got my Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and Cinema studies from the University of Melbourne, and had no idea what I should do with my life, I just knew I loved movies. Got a job working for Village Roadshow Australasia’s largest entertainment company, and worked my way up to General Manager of the Luxury Theater Division. Then opportunity knocked and the travel bug, and I set off for the UK to work for a Warner bros joint venture for a couple of years. Came home to Australia and took a stint working for Australia’s fourth largest bank in the branch sector before coming to America to start what was then called Gold Class Cinemas USA in 2008. In late 2010 Gold Class became IPIC and we continued to grow until I left in November of 2017. So what are you working on now? The combination of film love, corporate culture and growing a business left an indelible impression on what I wanted to

do for my next phase. I will always love film and storytelling, and I love running a business and growing a brand. The last 20 years has taught me that the best businesses have the best cultures, because culture leads to innovation. Culture is the story a company tells itself about itself, and I love story telling. So we decided to start a company that would help businesses with their “Culture GAP” by using the same principles that create a great brand marketing campaign, to make employees buy into their company’s vision. When goals and actions are aligned, amazing things can happen. Where did your passion for video production and storytelling stem from?

we are tackling Culture head on, and not from a traditional standpoint. Usually Culture is dealt with from a theoretical, almost academic basis. It is something talked about but not specifically actioned, which is crazy because a well-functioning culture is an absolute gold mine of efficiency and all important for innovation. Our amazing team also sets us apart. We are very passionate about unlocking the potential in every company we can help, and having a bunch of fun along the way! Originally from Australia and having worked all over the United States, what made you settle in Delray Beach?

What makes this new company so unique or successful?

When the iPic deal was done in 2010 I was asked to relocate to Florida, as the offices were in Boca. Initially I wasn’t sure what to make of Florida and specially Delray, as I was used to living in large cities (I relocated from Chicago), but it didn’t take long to fall in love with the place. In a lot of ways Delray reminds me of where we used to summer as a kid in Australia. There is something very special about the community in Delray; the arts scene gives it a real edge. It’s an interesting mix of business, and culture and it’s so beautiful, I decided not to leave.

Certainly what makes us unique is that

What do you enjoy doing when you are

I think from when I was very young. My mother was an actress in her early days, and my dad and both my older brothers were huge James Bond fans. My family gatherings are less a catch up on current events and more about quoting films all night. There is something about film, really good film that is so transportable. It can literally change your mind set, and it is just the best entertainment around.

in town? I love Brûlée, we are there all the time. The owners live around the block from me. Christmas time we are always hanging around the tree, and I love what they have done to the Old School Square gallery, its beautiful. I love paddle boarding on the ocean, and we rent from the shop on Casuarina. The team at Luna Rosa is always wonderful to us and that’s the regular brunch place for sure. The kids love Silver Ball, that’s their jam, so I find myself there quite a bit too. What are an interesting fact people might not know about you? I used to be an actor, and was terrible at it, so I quit and got into business at a movie theater.



Made in PBC: Nebular Agency By: Palm Beach Tech Association #MadeInPBC Spotlights is a series of the Palm Beach Tech Association, featuring accomplished entrepreneurs in the Palm Beaches. This feature is a profile on Todd Albert and James Trivlis, Founders of the Nebular Agency, a Boca Raton based digital development agency specializing in mobile & web applications.

We were tired of making money for people and companies that seemed to be doing things the wrong way. We had a better vision and saw a way to not only be our own bosses, but to help other companies grow their businesses. What’s your favorite part about what you do?

Nebular Agency designs, develops and delivers the most awesome software & digital experiences. We thrive on creating innovative and data-driven solutions for our clients.

The teamwork! We truly love our Nebular family. We put a lot of effort into creating an environment that promotes learning from, and to building off, each other’s diverse ways of thinking and unique skillsets. Each project we take on goes through an entire UX research and design process before any code is written, so there is a lot of creative problem solving that goes on! Everyone working at Nebular has a lot of passion and takes pride in building products that our clients are psyched about.

Who are your clients?

What are three fun facts about yourself?

Our clients range widely: from local start-ups ready to launch an app to Fortune 100 companies who need a custom VR experience. We’ve even created our own product called Curator, an iPad app that turns your device into a photobooth; we even have gif and boomerang options!

We’ve known each other since high school, but had much different career paths before joining forces and creating Nebular. While Todd was studying glaciers in Greenland, James was helping to bring H&M stateside. As hard as we work, we both prioritize our role as dads over anything else.

What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?

Why the Palm Beaches?

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Dash around the world: new Celebrity ships Edge and Flora coming soon By: Joel Dash Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers When will Celebrity be getting a new ship? It has been six years since the Reflection, the last of the Solstice Class, entered service. Celebrity’s newest ship will debuted in December as the Celebrity Edge.  It will be the first of four ships in the Edge Class. The ships will be 117,000-gross registered-tons, with a double passenger capacity of 2,900 people. All four ships are being built at the STX shipyard in France. The second ship, Celebrity Beyond will set sail in spring 2020. The two unnamed ships will sail in fall 2021 and spring 2022. Perhaps the most innovative feature cruisers will find on Celebrity Edge will be a moveable deck, dubbed by the company called the Magic Carpet. The tennis-court sized deck is cantilevered off the side of the ship and can move up and down, all the way from the bottom at Deck 2 and up to Deck 16. Its function will vary de-

pending on which deck the Magic Carpet has been placed. When stationed on Deck 2, the Magic Carpet will serve as a throughway for passengers getting onto and off of tender boats, as they will be able to walk directly from the ship onto the Magic Carpet and then onto the tender without any need for ramps or unwieldy stairs.  This will make it much easier for mobility challenged cruisers to get between the cruise ship and the tenders. When not in use for tendering the Magic Carpet will be stationed either on Deck 5 as an al fresco extension to a raw bar restaurant there or on Deck 14 where it will serve as a location for happy hours and late-night parties.  At dinner time, the Magic Carpet will become an alternative restaurant on Deck 16, with a theme that changes daily.  Celebrity Edge will have the first on any ship, the Infinite Veranda, designed to blend indoor with the outdoor.  Infinite Verandas make the balcony a part of the overall cabin,

thanks to bi-fold doors that can be ether completely closed creating a true balcony or left open, creating a sunlit indoor space that adds about 23 percent more space to the room. The balcony features a floor-to-ceiling window that can be opened when the bi-fold doors are closed—again creating the real balcony feel. When the bi-fold doors are open and the window is closed, the entire section is air-conditioned, giving passengers an expansive view of the outdoors with the creature comfort of A/C.  Edge will have 918 Infinite Veranda cabins, including 16 single-accommodation cabins, the first cabins the line has ever created specifically to solo travelers. All double occupancy cabins will feature king sized beds with cashmere bedding, while the single occupancy Infinite Veranda rooms will have queen beds. New door lock technology in the rooms will enable cruisers to open their cabin doors using an app on their phones. The Edge will also have 146 one-bedroom Sky Suites on board, all with outward facing king-sized beds. 12 percent of the cabins will be suites. 

As with all other Celebrity ships; the Celebrity Edge will feature an adults-only Solarium. Designed to immerse passengers in the destinations, Flora will boast wall-to-wall ceiling windows in many public areas and passenger rooms as well as an expansive deck-top-lounge area that is unlike anything found on existing Galapagos based ships. It’ll also have an openair stargazing platform—a first for the destination. Other unusual-for the-destination features will be a marina at the back of the ship with an easy-on, easy off Zodiac loading area. Flora will also house a permanent Research Laboratory that will be available to scientists conducting research on the Galapagos. Other public spaces on the vessel will include two restaurants, an indoor lounge, an outdoor lounge overlooking the marina and a library.

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Boca Raton resident, architect honored by Japanese government for volunteer work at Morikami By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor A drive on Yamato Road in the late 1980s piqued the new Boca Raton resident’s interest. Donald Takeshi Yoshino said he wondered what connection, if any, to Japan the road had. “I said to myself, ‘Yamato sounds like a Japanese name to me.’” he recalled. “I started asking people and they said there is a museum on Jog Road.” That museum is Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. Over time, Yoshino said he learned that there was a Japanese colony in the Boca/ Delray area and he began getting involved at Morikami. “I started talking to them,” he said of the staff at Morikamil. “And because of my roots I was very interested in getting more involved.” It was his involvement over the years that landed the Boca resident and architect recognition from the government of Japan when he was recently awarded with the honor of the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays. The award is one of the highest ranking civilian honors awarded to those from other countries. The honor is in recognition of Yoshino’s commitment to the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens and his work to promote an understanding of Japanese culture.

Donald Takeshi Yoshino was recently awarded this medal from the government of Japan with the honor of the Order of the Donald Takeshi Yoshino with Consul General of Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays. Submitted photo. Japan Ken Okaniwa. Submitted photo.

served as a volunteer consultant for the construction of the Japanese Gardens including overseeing the transition from installation completion and continuing maintenance. “One thing led to another and I got more involved,” he said. “I became a member, then served on the board of trustees and ultimately was the president of the board of trustees for a while,” he said. “I tried to do as much as I could and help where I could.” “Donald’s support of the Morikami, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in June 2017, and his accomplishments in the years he served as a trustee greatly helped solidify its reputation as a major museum,” said Consul General of Japan for Florida Ken Okaniwa. “He implemented many new cultural programs and education initiatives that strengthen the friendship between Japan and Florida.”

Yoshino was conferred the decoration by Consul General of Japan Ken Okaniwa on Dec. 1 at the opening ceremony of the Consulate’s National Day Reception celebrating the 84th birthday of His Majesty, Emperor Akihito of Japan. He admits he didn’t know much about the award when he found out he was nominated. But after some research, he said he was immediately honored. “I started looking it up on the web,” he said. “I said, ‘Well this is pretty cool.’ It is much than I ever imagined. I was quite honored and pleased.”

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He said the medal he was awarded is absolutely beautiful. It is a silver star with a stone in it and has a chrysanthemum on it, which is an emblem of the emperor. “It’s really cool,” he said. “It is really special.”

A third generation Japanese-American, Yoshino was born in an internment camp in Colorado during WWII and then was educated and started his career in California before moving to Boca Raton in the late 1980s, when he became aware of the Morikami Museum. Yoshino served on the board of trustees for the Morikami Museum from 1995-2007, including acting as president. He was instrumental in helping the museum achieve national accreditation from the American Association of Museums and


Donald Takeshi Yoshino with Consul General of Japan Ken Okaniwa when he received the high civilian honor of the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays. Submitted photo.

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What’s up in the real estate market… ing experience to the Boca Raton community. We were pleased to complete a real estate transaction where everyone benefits.” Boca real estate office lands Orlando property

Rosemurgy Properties sells former Macaroni Grill building Cocozella LLC, an entity owned by Boca Raton headquartered Rosemurgy Properties, recently sold a 6,560-square-foot building that formerly housed Macaroni Grill. The building located at 2004 NW Executive Center Court was purchased by Hillstone Restaurant Group of Beverly Hills, CA for $9.35 million. Hillstone Restaurant Group operates Houston’s Restaurant in Boca.

Barbara Loren, broker at Berkshire Hathaway’s real estate office in Boca Raton has landed a $350 million listing. The property known as Orlando Kingdom is 350 acres and is available for sale as a whole or in 20 acre minimum sections.

“I’ve worked with the private owner for many years and we agree that now is the optimum time to sell,” Loren said. Local Realtor graduates from Florida Realtors Leadership Academy

Disney owns land on three sides of the property. Development in the area has surged including projects by Lennar “Storey Grove” consisting of townhomes and estate homes, as well ass DR Horton’s project of 3,000 residences.

Christel Silver, Broker/Owner of Silver International Realty in Delray Beach, recently graduated from the Florida Realtors Leadership Academy.

A billion dollar strategic road widening of a major expressway in 2016 further en-

This rigorous program is designed to train emerging Realtor leaders who want to get involved, make a difference, grow their businesses and expand their leadership skills. “This program was a great opportunity for forward thinking professionals to discover the inner workings of association management, business development and industry advancement at all levels of real estate,” Silver said.

The city has teamed up with Miami-based real estate tech startup, Gridics LLC to use its Zonar.City software application. The Zonar.City application is the first interactive digital zoning code program of its kind and is designed to change the way cities manage and interact with their cumbersome zoning needs. By adopting Zonar.City, Delray Beach will be able to integrate its zoning code into Zonar’s proprietary rules-engine so that all the regulations, variables, property records and parcels can be manipulated and analyzed in real-time on a 3D map interface. Zonar.City is a cloud-based application capable of integrating any city’s zoning code to deliver immediate as-of-right building scenarios. Once a city’s code is digitized, users can expedite development plan compliance reviews and visually test proposed zoning code changes.

Florida Realtors Leadership Academy Vice Chair Gonzales Mejia, Christel Silver, and Chair Susanna Madden. Submitted photo.

Rosemurgy Properties purchased the building in 2010 for $3.4 million. “It was a great opportunity for us to sell the property to a best-in-class restauranteur in the Hillstone Restaurant Group,” said Alex Rosemurgy, CEO, Rosemurgy Properties. “They have a proven track record with the quality that Houston’s provides, and we are excited for them to bring another great din-

hanced the location with Disney preparing for a west entrance. South of the property is “Flamingo Crossing Village,” a Disney owned mixed-use development has recently broken ground.


Research faculty at FAU rank 19th in world for intellectual contributions in real estate Research faculty at Florida Atlantic University rank 19th in the world for their intellectual contributions to the real estate industry through their publications in top real estate academic journals, according to the Journal of Real Estate Literature. The Real Estate Academic Leadership (REAL) rankings emphasize contributions to the real estate industry body of knowledge based on author and institution from 2013 to 2017. Rankings are based on the number of publications in the top three peer-reviewed, finance-based real estate journals. Delray using 3D zoning code application Delray Beach is entering the digital age when it comes to planning for new devel-

As part of the partnership with Delray Beach, Gridics will work with the city’s planning department to create an online, interactive 3D zoning map. Cities that integrate their code with the Zonar.City platform are newly enabled to easily answer community questions regarding building parameters and can more quickly analyze development plans for compliance to reduce plan review backlogs. “Zonar’s 3D technology forms an integral part of our efforts to continue enhancing our Central Business District. We can now test zoning code changes in real time and see how new development will affect the overall character and scale,” said Tim Stillings, Director of Planning, Zoning, & Building for the City of Delray Beach. “Zonar makes it easy to manipulate planning and zoning scenarios and see the results graphically saving time and improving communication.” Founded by three University of Miami graduate students with backgrounds ranging from urban planning and architecture to real estate tech and engineering, Gridics is focused on developing innovative solutions to complex, data-driven problems in the world of real estate.  The team partnered with the City of Miami and some of Miami’s leading real estate developers and architects to uniquely position the software and tune its accuracy before launching the product in late 2017. The City of Miami has since signed a contract with Gridics to use the Zonar.City platform to enhance their zoning and planning operations. “We’ve solved a complex problem with Zonar that is helping cities large and small convert their written development regulations into a web-based, property-specific 3D visualization tool,” Jason Doyle, CEO of Gridics, said. “We’re excited to partner with a progressive city like Delray Beach that has been setting a strong example for other cities to follow with its planning practices.”


Builder/philanthropist Richard Siemens recalled as ‘a force’ in developing Boca Raton By: Dale King Contributing Writer Several hundred people traveled from near and far to Temple Beth El in Boca Raton Jan. 9 to memorialize a man who left an indelible mark in every corner of the city – Richard Siemens, a builder, philanthropist, husband, father, grandfather, sage, supporter of Jewish causes and a citizen known for his integrity and honesty. Mr. Siemens, whose contributions included the West Boca property off Glades Road that became the campus of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, died Dec. 17 at age 82. As a chilling rain fell outside the temple on the day of his memorial service, Siemens’ daughter, Rebecca Spooner, wept at the podium as she remembered lying next to her father in the hospital in the days before his passing. “He was the strongest man I ever knew,” she said. Raised in the tough South Bronx, Richard went to work at age 11. “He was one of the biggest kids in the neighborhood, which gave him some measure of protection,” Senior Rabbi Dan Levin said at the service.

The family moved to Spring Valley, N.Y., “to escape the rough and tumble neighborhood,” said the rabbi. One of Richard’s three sisters, Marion Glim, recalled the home as “an unfinished house with a well, an outhouse and a stove that provided all the heat.” The family lived there during the winter of 1947-48, “one of the coldest in New York history.” Richard became an electrical contractor in New York, married his wife, Carole, in 1959 and got into construction and real estate when they moved to Boca Raton in 1975. Known for being blunt, but tender, Richard Siemens headed the group that developed a number of area projects, including the Polo Club in Boca Raton, Gleneagles Country Club and Harbour’s Edge senior community in Delray Beach and the 139unit Akoya luxury condominium at Boca West Country Club, which is still under construction. Daughter Rebecca said she loved “working side by side every day” with her father on the Boca West midrise as part of the Siemens team. “His passion was his work.”

She said the completion of the Akoya “will be [her father’s] crowning achievement.” Just how extensive is Richard’s contribution to the Boca area? “You can’t drive 10 blocks without seeing something Dick was involved in,” said Barry Podolsky from the Jewish Federation, a past president of Temple Beth El. To Barry, Richard “always spoke softly. Not a lot; he didn’t have to. He was a force, like a Jedi warrior.” In addition to donating the 100 acres for the Jewish Federation – a parcel called the Carole and Richard Siemens Jewish Campus – Richard was, at the time of his death, working to find a new site for Torah Academy of Boca Raton, an Orthodox Jewish school that grew from 19 students some two decades ago to 400 today at three sites. He also worked diligently on improving the community’s health and humanity through his involvement with the Drug Abuse Foundation, for which he helped build its Siemens-Evert Campus in Delray Beach, partnering with tennis star Chris Evert. “Richard shouldered the burden of the


need to help others,” said Alton Taylor, CEO of the Drug Abuse Foundation. The late construction group owner’s family also praised him. Son Alan remembered his dad for his “honesty and integrity.” He said Richard took many trips to Tallahassee and Washington, D.C. to help resolve detrimental regulations. Son Scott told how his father worked to bring about West Boca Medical Center and Delray Medical Center “so Jewish doctors could work.” He said Jewish physicians were generally not allowed to practice at hospitals. Rabbi Levin told how Mr. Siemens had a “vision for growth. He had foresight. He built tens of thousands of units of housing; he never kept track.” “His life was not easy; he had 11 major procedures,” the rabbi said. “On one occasion, he was told he should go into rehab. He said: ‘I’m not going there. I built the place.’” The rabbi added: “He was a builder for us all.” Mr. Siemens is survived by wife Carole; four children, Alan Siemens, Scott Siemens (Linda), Robert Siemens (Lisa) and Rebecca Spooner (Jim) and grandchildren Justin, Jared, Sarah, Max, Daniel, Samuel, Joseph, Jake and Mike.



New tenants named for Delray Plaza Staff report Delray Plaza is getting a makeover. The 85,000-square-foot complex is being developed by Georgia-based commercial real estate development firm, S.J. Collins Enterprises. By spring 2019, expect to see new tenants in the plaza including BurgerFi, Club Pilates, Tide Dry Cleaners, Tipsy SalonBar, Vana Med Spa, First Watch and Zoes Kitchen. A rendering of the revamped Delray Plaza. Submitted photo.

The revamped plaza at 660 W. Linton

Blvd. will also feature a 30,000-squarefoot Whole Foods Market 365. The Whole Foods Market 365 will occupy a new freestanding space located on the eastern end of the property. The developer is assisting with the relocation efforts for some of the center’s existing tenants. Bordered by Lavers Avenue, Linton Boulevard and Alta Meadows Lane, Pet Supplies Plus, Pollo Tropical and Subway as well as several other tenants will remain at Delray Plaza. Leasing opportunities are still available within Delray Plaza. For leasing information, contact Justin Latone at 404-7880679.


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Women’s Council of Realtors welcomes new leader accomplishments and to celebrate the new leadership.

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“This year was a phenomenal year for the Greater Palm

The Greater Palm Beach Women’s Council of Realtors

Beach Women’s Council of Realtors,” said former pres-

has a new president, Debra Shapiro.

ident of the group Jessica Rosato. “We have an invalu-

Members of the council recently gathered at The Polo

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Club in Boca Raton for the traditional passing of the gav-

highlighted with well-deserved awards at the event, and our network was handed over to Debra Shapiro who I

el from past president, Cathy Lewis, to incoming presi-

know will lead us well in 2018. This organization is truly

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Real estate investors: Be aware of capital gains tax relief By: Christel Silver Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers Did you know that you can avoid paying taxes as an investor on your real estate capital gains tax forever? You simply follow the rules of a 1031 exchange. So how can you get started? First consult a CPA who can advise you whether a 1031 exchange is best for you. What is a 1031 exchange? If you are selling a property used for investment or business and purchase a property for investment or business, you can defer all capital gains taxes. You can do this over and over again and when you die, your estate avoids the capital gains taxes.  Your heirs receive the property based on the current value of the property at the time they inherit it. The delayed exchange, also called “Starker” exchange is the most popular exchange.  T.J. Starker sued the Commissioner of IRS successfully in the 1970’s arguing that the swap or exchange did not have to be simultaneous. The IRS established published regulations in 1991 clarifying the procedures in accordance with revised Section 1031(a) 3, including time limits for identifying and completing the exchange. • The seller of the investment must select a qualified intermediary who will receive the proceeds of the sale, which will be used to purchase a ”replacement” property of equal or greater value. There are two deadlines to carefully comply with: 180 day and 45 day deadlines. • The investor has 180 days to complete the purchase of the replacement property: the closing has to take place no later than 180 days after the sale of the relinquished property. 

• You can exchange a property with high management fees to purchase a property that is easier to manage with less management fees.

If I have closed on the property can still hire an intermediary? No, the intermediary must be hired in advance of closing of the relinquished property.

• You have a property with significant equity and would like to leverage the equity into additional acquisitions.

Is the exchange worth the trouble? Yes, if you work with a qualified Intermediary, they will guide you through the process and comply with IRS regulations and you are gaining equity.

The fact that you are using the 1031 exchange the contract must be assignable and must be disclosed in the sale and purchase.

within 45 days after the sale of the relinquished property. The investor can identify up to 3 properties (and with some restrictions even more). • The Property must qualify for an exchange: must be an investment or business property.  (Land could qualify if it was held for speculation). You can sell one property and buy 2 or more – or sell 2 or more properties and buy one. What are the benefits of this exchange? • You can purchase a more expensive property adding the tax savings to your proceeds, as you acquire additional equity to reinvest. • You can exchange raw land and buy an income producing property. • You can exchange residential property to commercial or vice versa. • You can buy a property in a different area – but not outside the US. • You can consolidate different properties into one which may be easier to manage.

• The new property must be identified

If you are using the 1031 exchange, the contract must be assignable and include a disclosure in the sale and the purchase, but it is a mere disclosure and there is no extra costs involved for buyer or seller. Besides the delayed exchange, there are also other exchanges possible: • Reverse Exchange: You buy a property and within 45 days you file a form that your replacement property will be sold and the improvement sale has to be completed within 180 days. • Improvement Exchange:  You buy a “fixer upper” and use unused proceeds to fix up the property. The improvements have to be completed within the 180-day period. • Simultaneous Exchange: Sales and Purchase happen at the same time. Some questions: What if I change my mind? The intermediary is holding your proceeds – you change your mind and decide to pay the capital gains tax and not go forward with the exchange: the intermediator is not allowed to disburse funds between day 45 and 180.  Can I get money out of the exchange tax free? Yes, but the exchange has to be completed first and you can refinance the property.

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Ask an expert: Your condo, HOA questions the board can’t increase the budget more than 15 percent. What is the law on this?

By: John C. Goede, Esq. Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers Q: Our condominium documents provide that every owner is entitled to a parking space, either covered or uncovered. An owner is requesting to install a carport over his parking space so that it becomes a covered parking space.  Can the board of directors approve this improvement or do the members need to approve this improvement as well? H. B.,  Boca Raton A:  The answer to this question depends on a number of factors.  First, I would want to review the original condominium documents and specifically any original site plan or survey indicating which, if any, of the original parking spaces were intended to be covered. Many original site plans will specify which parking spaces should be covered. This is important because many condominiums alter the common elements over time from the original development plans with or without proper approval and deriving the intent of the developer from these site plans can be helpful.

Next, if there was never a carport over this parking space, and the space is a common element or limited common element, it would be a material alteration to install the carport. Because you are altering the appearance of the parking space by adding a roof, the alteration must be analyzed as a material alteration. Florida Statutes Section 718.113 provides that material alterations must be approved pursuant to the terms of your specific Declaration of Condominium and, if there is no specific provision in the declaration, the alteration must be approved by at least 75 percent of the entire membership. That being said, a review of your documents is critical because most condominium documents provide for a specific procedure and/or threshold for approval requirements. Depending on the cost of the carport, it may not require membership approval or, depending on the specific documents, it may be a relatively low voting threshold. I have also seen documents where material alterations requested by a unit owner only require board approval, but material alterations initiated by the board are subject to the membership voting requirements.  Thus, I would highly recommend you have a licensed Florida attorney review your specific condominium documents and provide an opinion on any approval requirements. Q:  Our condominium operating budget will almost double next year due to the unexpected replacement of the irrigation system.  Owners are objecting and claiming

P. G., Boca Raton A:  Generally, the board of directors is in control of the budget, but Florida Statutes Section 718.112 provides that any budget adopted by the board exceeding 115 percent of assessments for the preceding may be subject to a membership veto. That being said, the same statute provides that expenses for the repair or replacement of condominium property are excluded from the calculation.  So, if all of the increase is due to the replacement of the irrigation system on the condominium property, your budget may not actually exceed the statutory threshold allowing for a membership vote on the budget. John C. Goede, Esq. is co-founder and shareholder of the Law firm Goede, Adamczyk, DeBoest & Cross, PLLC. Please visit our website, or to ask questions about your issues for future columns send your inquiry to:  The information provided herein is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice.  The publication of this article does not create an attorney-client relationship between the reader and Goede, Adamczyk, DeBoest & Cross, PLLC or any of our attorneys. Readers should not act or refrain from acting based upon the information contained in this article without first contacting an attorney, if you have questions about any of the issues raised herein. The hiring of an attorney is a decision that should not be based solely on advertisements or this column.

How to research, choose a senior living community By: Candy Cohn, CSA Owner of Oasis Senior Advisors South Florida Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers Planning for senior living can seem daunting so it’s best to begin to educate yourself well before the time comes that you or your loved one needs to move. Families and seniors usually begin to consider alternatives when it starts to become difficult for the elderly person to carry on important activities of daily living without significant support and assistance from others. The individual may be falling frequently, experiencing memory loss, fatigue, loneliness, poor nutrition, dehydration, confusion with medications, cannot drive anymore, or should not be driving, but family members are afraid to take his or her license away. Researching senior living can be quite time consuming and confusing. The average person often overlooks vital details that could make all the difference in making the best decision. You might consider contacting a Senior Living Advisor, who is a professional that offers a FREE consulting service to help you navigate the

maze of senior living options and find the most appropriate home for you or your loved one. If you do this, it’s important to work with a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA)®. This credential applies to professionals who are able to demonstrate their competence and knowledge of working with older adults, and they are bound to ethical guidelines. There are a variety of senior living options available. These include Independent Liv-

ing, Assisted Living, and Memory Care. Some communities are strictly rentals, and others called Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) require a substantial investment up front and then a monthly fee. There are also residential care home Assisted Living Facilities, which usually have only six to ten residents and are good for seniors who need a lot of care and not so much socialization. The price range is vast, as is the feel for each community. All of them provide meals and activities, housekeeping to various degrees, and levels of care if it’s an assisted living or memory care facility. It’s important to schedule a tour, or have your senior placement advisor schedule it. If you stop by without an appointment it’s likely that the sales person will not be available and you’ll only get to see the lobby. When you take your tour keep all your senses aware. How does it look and smell when you walk in? If it smells bad, you probably should turn around and leave. Is it clean and neat? Is it bright and somewhat cheerful looking? Do the residents look happy and well cared for? Are

they dressed and groomed well? Come with a list of questions ready. If you have a senior living advisor with you, she can help you prepare. These should include questions about price, care options, meals, onsite physicians and physical therapy, activities, transportation, housekeeping and laundry. You can also check state surveys online, but they may be misleading, as your senior living advisor can explain. Remember that a senior living community should feel like home, not like an institution. If you find a place you like, go back for a meal and possibly an activity. It can be a difficult decision, but in the end it needs to feel like the right fit. Educate yourself, turn to a professional for guidance, and trust your instincts. About Candy Cohn, CSA Candy Cohn, owner of Oasis Senior Advisors South Florida, is a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA)® offering a free service to guide people through the maze of senior living options in Palm Beach and Broward County.




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Beach & Park District deliberates over golf course architect bids Feb. 12 at 5:30 p.m.

By: Diane Emeott Korzen

Firms vying to design the course include: Arnold Palmer Design Company, Dusenberry Golf Course Design, LLC, Greg Norman, Hills & Forrest, Jan Bel Jan, Kipp Schultes Golf Design, Lehman Design Group, McCumber-Wright Venture, LLC, Nicklaus Design, Price / Fazio II Design Team, Rees Jones, Inc., Richard Mandell Golf Architecture, Robert Trent Jones, Staples Golf and Vincent Design.

The Board of Commissioners for the Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District is in the process of selecting a golf course architect team to redesign the old Ocean Breeze Golf Course located in Boca Teeca. The property is slated to become a 27-hole, world-class golf course by the name of “Boca National Golf Course” -- once Executive Director Arthur Koski’s vision is realized. At the first Beach & Park District meeting of the New Year on Jan. 2, Koski updated the board that closing on the golf course had been delayed [again] to Feb. 28. Commissioner Robert Rollins asked how this latest delay would affect the District’s ability to borrow funds. Koski estimated the design process for the new golf course would take six to seven months after selection of a design architectural team; and that it would be a 12 to 15 month process before the golf course is operational. “18 months from this past Dec. 1 [2017] the city will be closing their golf course. We’re going to be very close to that timeframe [when the District’s new golf course is operational],” Koski said. The city is selling the municipal golf course located outside of Boca city limits to GL Homes. The city is hoping the district retains the employees for the new course. In the latest iteration of the deal, the district will own the property east of 2nd Ave. and the city will help secure financ-

New Treasurer of the Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District Craig Ehrnst (R) asks Executive Director Art Koski a question about Ocean Breeze Golf Course. Photo by Diane Emeott Korzen.

Negotiations regarding dollar amount could then begin with the top choices.

ing for the property west of 2nd Ave.

“Some of the presenters are from out of state. These are some of the top golf course architects in the country. This is the chance of a lifetime for this golf course!” Koski enthused.

The district will spend $5 million to purchase the east side of the course, which may house a golf school or hotel while the western portion will feature an 18 hole course. The bond will total $19 million, which the district will repay the city for. Design bids Commissioners were encouraged to individually read through and tentatively rank each of 15 proposals received on Dec. 20 in response to the District’s Request For Proposals (RFP) for a golf course architect team – to include a golf course designer, engineer, architects and landscape architect, according to Koski. Individual proposals became public record on Jan. 20, Koski said. Residents can listen to interviews from interested architects during three public meetings scheduled for Jan. 29, Feb. 1 and

One resident urged the Board not to choose the most prestigious in their architect selection. “We already have PGA National in Palm Beach [Gardens] and Doral in Miami. We need to have a reasonable fee [for local residents to play golf]. Koski said he anticipated residents of the District and the City being able to use the new golf course for a percentage of the fee charged to non-residents. Other board business In other Board business, Commissioner Robert Rollins was re-elected to continue as Chairman; Commissioner Steven Engel was re-elected to continue as Vice Chair; and Commissioner Craig Ehrnst was newly elected to serve as Treasurer – after being nominated by past Treasurer, Commissioner Susan Vogelgegang.

Downtown Delray can handle more growth, study shows By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor Many residents feel that Delray Beach has hit its peak when it comes to the amount of restaurants and shops downtown, but according to a new study, the downtown can sustain more. The Downtown Development Authority hired Gibbs Planning Group, Inc. to conduct a Downtown Retail Market Study. Robert Gibbs of Gibbs Planning Group is considered a top urban retail planner in the country. The results show that the downtown can support as much as an additional 434,100-square-feet of retail and restaurant development that could generate more than $221.3 million in new sales. The report states that by 2022, growing retail demand and continued economic development could increase sales up to $232.8 million in new sales. In between 105-130 new restaurants and stores could possibly open. “You could have somebody build a new Mizner Park or CityPlace right at the Expressway and Atlantic,” Gibbs said. “You will get pressure from large, leading retailers.” Of course that doesn’t mean that much development will happen. Gibbs said it will be up to commissioners to plan for future de-

velopment with city policy. “If you would rather not have that occur, you could use this as a tool to forecast,” he said about future development. Existing stores can increase sales to total that $221 million in new sales by either capturing more shoppers or extending their hours, Gibbs said. That means no new stores would have to open for the downtown to capture more money. One way to achieve that, Gibbs said, is to attract more workers to shop downtown. He said many people who work in the area say the hassle of parking prevents them from shopping during their lunch break. The study indicated that a majority of downtown stores are making more than double than similar businesses in other locations. Stores that would be sustainable if they were to come to town include grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants, bars and home furnishing shops. And if some new stores do open, they could have more of a national presence. Part of the reason the DDA hired Gibbs was to take a look at the big box stores and national chains and ways to possible protect the type of stores that open downtown. Delray has seen several open downtown in

A snapshot of the Downtown Retail Market Study conducted by Gibbs Planning Group, Inc. for the DDA. Photo courtesy of Gibbs Planning Group, Inc.

recent years including Tommy Bahama, Urban Outfitters and Wings on Atlantic Ave.

spending and the presence of national retailers.

Mayor Cary Glickstein said he gets calls regularly from national chains asking how they can open in the city.

A second part of the study, a Shop Ability Study for the Downtown District, is expected to be completed this month. That study will include recommendations for building infill, parking, vehicular circulation, streetscape, signage, lighting, zoning and tenant mix.

“Those are hard calls to take,” he said. The study is an update to the 2004 cluster study conducted by the authority. That study found national chain retailers are not necessary for the revitalization of downtown. But there is a correlation between additional

It will be presented to commissioners on Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. in city hall.


Then Jack Happened

Dear Jack,

I am having problems with my roommate. We didn’t know each other when I moved and, at first, things were going well. But now I have a situation that I don’t know how to get out of. I think the primary problem is my roommate is attracted to me. Over the first few months we’d go out and things would be fine, fun even, but I noticed that if I went out with a guy she would get super protective of me, text me all the time, become very demanding and angry if I didn’t spend time

with her and on and on. She asks that I cook for her and in the instances that I refuse, she gets mad at me and gives me a hard time and has screamed at me. I do not like confrontation and to avoid her tantrums I just usually do what she asks. Things have recently gotten worse after I started going out with one guy more seriously and she bought me some lingerie for Christmas. I have been able to deal with a good bit of this, but now I am kind of stuck. I can’t move out right away because of the expense, but now I feel as if I am always walking on eggshells. What

nore her, and just write rent checks until

should I do? Time to plan an exit strategy. Your roommate’s boundary and control problems aren’t going away so, since you are stuck for now, you have to curtail her behaviors until you can leave. None of this is your fault, her poor behavior is on her, however, you need to stop appeasing her. It is perfectly normal to shy away from confrontation, most normal people do, but there is a difference between unnecessary conflict and sticking up for yourself when it is necessary and you are able. If you aren’t comfortable in your home, some change is necessary. That doesn’t mean you need to start a fist fight, but some active boundary-drawing is called for. She wants a friend and a paramour, you want a life and roommate. Up to now, you’ve let her run roughshod, and it’s time for a change. It’s difficult to establish good behavior after bad. I let my dog on the couch one time, after a friendly scotch or two, and next thing I know I am fighting him for weeks. Dogs aren’t people, but people, like puppers, get used to discretions and it’s tough to reign them in. (I’ve heard this is also true of children) So, how to change her behaviors? My initial thought is to stop communicating with her, ig-

you go but that’s pie in the sky thinking. Given your proximity, a bit of tact is necessary. Be pleasant, be polite, but do your cooking when she is away. Don’t respond timely to her texts, but respond, until you don’t. Hang out in your room more. Slowly back her down over a couple of weeks as you gradually change what ‘normal’ is. Save your money and get the hell out of there. I’m not telling you to kowtow to her bad behavior. We’re just trying to prevent a situation from going from bad to worse. And if she does get worse, anger, rage, screaming, or even physical violence, you need to get outside help. She’s more or less a stranger and you don’t know what she is capable of. Your emotional and physical safety is paramount and any indications of threatening behavior needs to be dealt with by a quick call to the authorities. Look Del Ray, we will move in together, get our own Single White Female thing going, I’ll promise not to steal your underwear, so long as you promise to keep sending your troubles to thenjackhappened@gmail. com

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year –on Wednesday, Feb. 14. Scheduled events that day at Sugar Sand Park include: Senses Of Cinema at 10 a.m. and Happy Sunshine Yoga – Tweens at 4:30 p.m. (Little Sunshine’s Kids Yoga takes place on Thursdays at 4:30 p.m.) Friday Night At The Museum event at 6 p.m. on Feb. 16. Ages 7-12 Hang out “after hours” with the Explorium staff, enjoy pizza, watch a movie, and conduct a science experiment.

Ryan, 8, plays with snow during Snow Ryan, 8, finds an Ice Heart at Snow Day, pictured Day at Sugar Sand Park. Photo by Di- Kids on Snow Hill at Sugar Sand Park. Photo by Diane Emeott Korzen. with brother Jon, 6. Photo by Diane Emeott Korzen. ane Emeott Korzen.

By: Diane Emeott Korzen Contributing Writer Ryan turned 8 years old on Jan. 14 – exactly one month from Valentine’s Day.

love the snow hill, the bounce houses and the food,” she said.

events at Sugar Sand Park. “Look mom!” Ryan exclaimed excitedly, showing off his ice phenomenon at the recent Snow Day.

This connection to Valentine’s Day is not surprising, as Ryan was spotted holding up a big heart of ice at Sugar Sand Park’s annual “Snow Day – Piles Of Smiles” on Dec. 16, (when Ryan was only 7). The Snow Day transformed the park at the corner of Camino Real and Military Trail in Boca Raton into a winter wonder. It is just one of the fun wintertime

Mom Tammy Rehring said her family has been coming to the event for five years now.

25 tons of “snow” from Florida Ice Manufacturing comprised the snow hill the morning of the Snow Day, said Stacee Lanz of Sugar Sand Park.

“Our younger son Jon was in a stroller then. He’s[age] 6 now,” she added, referring to Ryan’s younger brother, who was also playing in the snow. “Our boys

20 kids at a time got the go-ahead for a 10-minute romp on the snow hill from an event supervisor standing by.

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Additional features of the Snow Day included a giant slide, two bounce houses, sock skating, make and takes, music, strolling winter characters, food vendors and more. Known for its creative programming, Sugar Sand Park also held a “Noon Year’s Eve” party for kids on Saturday, Dec. 30. Held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m [instead of the traditional midnight], the event boasted a countdown to noon, so young children could participate in ringing in 2018. “There were 72 people at our Noon Year’s Eve party, and 120 people attended the two sessions of our Winter Play for the Wee Ones event,” Bogush said. Feb. events Valentine’s Day falls on a school day this

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Sick Puppies Comedy Improv proves humans are funny, can build confidence while having fun By: David DiPino Contributing Writer

just around two hours.

Casey Casperson leaps on stage interjecting himself into a Sick Puppies Comedy Improv on the subject of pumpernickel bread exactly at the time a funny back-andforth between seven improvisers’ hints it might finally be getting stale.

Each month Casperson leads up to a dozen Sick Puppies Comedy Improv events and improvisation classes at Center Stage Performing Arts, a theater dance and comedy company located at 7200 W. Camino Real Road, Suite 330, in south Boca Raton.

Casperson, a Boca Raton resident, claps his hands to enter the scene with an antidote as quick as Usain Bolt running a 100 Meter sprint. During the scene, he wastes no time at all switching the gears on the topic while still supporting the previous actor.

Sick Puppy Comedy Improvs consist of Casperson’s beginning students to improvisers with years, even decades of talent. Sick Puppy Comedy Improv beginner students cross over five levels taught by Casperson. Beginners have the opportunity to test their new improv skills as a group in 30-minute showcases at the start of Sick Puppies Comedy Show. Casperson said this helps students build and improve confidence in front of live audiences each month. Sick Puppies Comedy (SPC) Improv classes last seven-weeks and students get to see up to twelve shows a month at the venue for free. Unlimited monthly SPC show passes to enjoy improv as an audience member are just $9.99.

“The show is new every week. We take from other cultures but in the end humans are naturally funny. It’s really challenging to listen and react simultaneously. The audience enjoys that type of character driven work,” Capserson said. Casperson has trained his mind to act with improvisation. He and his comedy improv troupe exude confidence while commanding the audience’s attention. In the crowd, jaws drop, eyes bulge followed by a crescendo of laughter. Hard to believe this improvisation created by the Sick Puppies Comedy Improv troupe is just act one, on the subject of bread and lasted an entire 10 minutes. Audience members squirm like they have ants in their pants at the opportunity to be one of the two asked up onstage for each of the following six acts. The audience members suggest most if not all of the topics at Sick Puppies Comedy Improv performances. “Sometimes we’ll get everything from the audience. Who, what, when, where and why?” Casperson said. The scene starting with pumpernickel bread is one of seven acts during a recent performance ranging from the subjects of Marioland to mesothelioma, Publix to saline and finally paranormal activity. All of which happened in one performance of

“Everyone has their own brand of improv,” Casperson said. Casperson points to students who put in the work in seven-minute acts. He said, the more you work on improvisation the more you learn about yourself, build improvisation skills and get to know other individuals you may not know much about all during quick, improv encounters. “It’s learning the predictability of being able to understand the people you spend time with. The job of improv is to make each other look good. The funny part comes when you build the scene up. Listen, accept and react,” Casperson said. Ryan Lieber, public relations manager for Tenet Health’s five Palm Beach County based hospitals, joined the Sick Puppies Comedy Improv troupe a little over three years ago. Lieber said he needed something

Ryan Lieber (pictured in grey sweat shirt) leads a Sick Puppies Comedy Improv performance at Center Stage Performing Arts, a theater, dance and comedy company located at 7200 W. Camino Real Road, Suite 330, in Boca Raton. Lieber, a PR Manager for Tenet Health hospitals in Palm Beach County joined the troupe three-years ago and has never looked back since. He said “comedy improv carries over into life and helps build confidence.” Submitted Photo.

else in his life besides just going to work, hitting the gym on the way home and then going home. He googled “improv Palm Beach County” and attended a Sick Puppies Comedy Improv show night. Lieber has been a dedicated member of the troupe ever since. “Comedy improv carries over into life. Improv helps you build confidence. It particularly helps when you’re giving a presentation to 10 people in a meeting. It gives you a sense of I can do this,” Lieber said. Recently, Lieber invited to an SPC Show his boss Shelly Weiss Friedberg, director of public relations, for Tenet Healthcare and her husband Dr. Scott Friedberg, a board-certified family medicine physician based in Boynton Beach. Within minutes, Shelly was onstage participating in one of the night’s themes - ragging on Ryan Lieber’s work qualities. In other acts, everyone popped fictional beers with Dr. Friedberg while discussing themes ranging from pumpernickel to mesothelioma, Publix to saline and of course, paranormal activity. Growing up in Chicago, Lieber was a fan of The Second City - home of popular sketch and improv shows. The Second City alum-

How to celebrate Valentine’s Day when you have your kids By: Heather McMechan Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Chocolates? Flowers? A night out? Well, it’s one of the busiest “date nights out” a year and you may not be able to get a sitter or your kids want to celebrate with you. Make heart chocolate chip pancakes You can surprise your family with a loving breakfast. Make sure the griddle is hot

and freestyle your pancake into the shape of a heart. You can add a few chocolate chips and don’t forget the whip cream. Head to the beach Getting a babysitter on Va l e n t i n e ’s Day might be tough, so why not grab a bottle of wine, order a cheese pizza to go, fill two sippy cups with apple juice and head

to the beach for some family love. Slice and bake heart cookies Don’t stress over making homemade cookies. Get down and dirty with some heart cookie cutters and slice and bake dough. You can roll out the dough and create your hearts delight. Don’t forget the pre-made icing. Romantic movie night After you put the kids to bed, snuggle up

Casey Casperson (pictured in blue shirt) started the Sick Puppies Comedy Improv troupe in Boca Raton after traveling to Hialeah in Miami-Dade County regularly to find improv events. Today, Casperson hosts up to a dozen improv shows and classes each month at the Center Stage Performing Arts, a theater, dance and comedy company located at 7200 W. Camino Real Road, Suite 330, in Boca Raton. Submitted photo.

ni include famous actors John Belushi, James Belushi, John Candy, Dan Akroyd, Chris Farley, Mike Myers, Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert. Alumni of The Second City touring and theatrical ensembles, also includes Julia Louis-Dreyfus among others. Lieber has found his own second city in Sick Puppies Comedy Improv and now skips the gym on Tuesday nights and looks forward to rehearsal every Tuesday evening from 8:30 p.m. - 11p.m. “If only life could be an improv scene,” said Lieber. During a recent Sick Puppies Comedy Improv performance which 120 people attended at Center Stage Performing Arts, the troupe raised $550 for Tri-County Animal Rescue, a 100 percent, no-kill, non-profit rescue center based in Boca Raton which to date has saved over 53,000 animals. For more information on Sick Puppies Comedy Improv visit, call 954-667-7735, find on Facebook via or stop by Center Stage Performing Arts, a theater, dance and comedy company located at 7200 W. Camino Real Road, Suite 330, in Boca Raton.

with a good love story. Some of my favorites are Love Actually and The Notebook. You may need a few tissues, but it will rekindle the romance. Craft each other cards My kids love to make crafts and what better way to do it with a little love. You can go to Michaels and load up on glitter, construction paper and doilies.



Take your child to Lynn students learn about Comfort Cases, pack their own work day returns this month Staff report

Freshmen at Lynn University got to work helping their community last month.

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The School District of Palm Beach County will observe Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day on Friday, Feb. 2. Businesses and organizations throughout Palm Beach County are encouraged to show students how their classroom lessons apply in the workplace. Students from kindergarten through 12th grade may participate in Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. The District is unable to participate in the national Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day in April, as that date conflicts with the state-mandated Florida Standards Assessment.

As part of the school’s January Term, a threeweek semester where students participate in experiential learning opportunities, the first year students learned about Comfort Cases.

The national nonprofit founder Robert Scheer spoke to about 400 students about his organi-

zation, which provides a proper bag, filled with comfort and essential items, to foster children.

Scheer shared his story about being in foster care and being moved around with his stuff in a garbage bag. When he adopted his children, the garbage bags followed the children with their few belongings. He said all these years later he couldn’t believe foster kids were still moved around with their items in a garbage bag, so he set out to change

that with Comfort Cases.

After he shared his story, students packed 500 Comfort Cases for delivery to local nonprofits that help kids in foster care. Cases were donated to Best Foot Forward and ChildNet. “He was such a hit,” said Anna Krift, an associate professor of international affairs and Director of the Citizenship Program. “We thought he had an incredible story to share.We believed it would connect with the students.”

Lynn University students pack Comfort Cases founder Robert Scheer spoke to Lynn Comfort Cases during their University students about his organization. Submitted Lynn University students pack Comfort Cases during their J-Term. Submitted J-Term. Submitted photo. photo. photo.

District’s graduation rates exceed Change Your Mind, Change Your Life state, large school districts By: Laura Norman Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers

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the state’s average of 82.3 percent.

Graduation rates for the School District of Palm Beach County 20162017 school year reached a historic high mark, ranking first among Florida’s large, urban school districts and exceeding the state’s graduation rate for the Class of 2017, according to figures recently released by the Florida Department of Education.

For the second consecutive year, graduation rates increased for Black and Hispanic students in Palm Beach County. The graduation rate for Black students increased by 10 percentage points over two years, while the graduation rate for Hispanic students increased by 6.6 percentage points over two years.

The graduation rate for district-operated schools increased to 90 percent for the 2016-2017 school year. The graduation rate for all schools, including charter schools, was 85 percent for 2016-2017 -- highest among other large, urban districts in Florida, including Broward, Duval, Hillsborough, Miami-Dade, Orange and Pinellas counties, and higher than the

• Atlantic Community High School, 91.5 percent • Boca Raton Community High School, 93.8 percent  • Olympic Heights Community High School, 95.8 percent  • Spanish River Community High School, 95.6 percent  • West Boca Raton Community High School, 94.3 percent

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Roots and Wings nonprofit update Staff report

and Beyond Awards” in 2017.

Roots and Wings, a Delray-based nonprofit, expanded its reach to include middle and high schools as well as elementary schools in the city.

Over the summer, the nonprofit donated $10,000 to the Achievement Center to provide scholarships to children who would otherwise not have been able to attend the Summer Program at Pine Grove.

The group surprises deserving teachers with gift cards of $100. Half goes toward purchasing school supplies and the rest for an “award” meal. School support staff can also receive a $50 gift card for a meal. Total 144 teachers and 27 staff received “Above

An initiative, Project Uplift Program, was recently launched to help Pine Grove Elementary students with reading comprehension. Three afternoons a week 30 students work with four teachers.

Groundhog Day is Feb. 2nd. You may remember the classic fantasy/comedy flick of the same name. It’s sure to be on TV a lot this month. It’s a classic because, like all memorable art, it speaks to the heart as it illustrates deeper truths.

Remember the story? A news crew from Pittsburgh goes to the rural town of Punxsutawney to cover the festivities on Groundhog Day, when a groundhog named “Punxsutawney Phil” emerges from his den. Tradition has it that if he sees his shadow, expect more of the same–six more weeks of winter. Otherwise, expect a change in the weather–an early spring. In the crew are TV weatherman, Phil Connors and his producer, Rita. The self-centered, arrogant, cynical Phil makes no secret of his contempt for the town and its festivities. A blizzard strands the crew in Punxsutawney. When Phil awakens the next morning, he discovers that it’s Groundhog Day all over again. Much to his dismay, Phil keeps living that same day over and over, seemingly trapped for eternity in Punxsutawney on Groundhog Day. Once past his confusion and disbelief, Phil embraces hedonism, as he discovers there are no consequences to his actions because, for him, there literally is “no tomorrow.” He becomes obsessed with seducing his colleague, Rita, his polar opposite—kind, caring and genuine. He studies Rita’s interests and preferences, using the information to try and impress her. Rita, however, recognizes his insincerity and rejects him again and again. In despair Phil tries to kill himself in a variety of ways—only to wake up each time at 6am with the radio announcing, “It’s Groundhog Day!” Phil is confronting his own “shadow”—the utter lack of meaning in his life—which he fears he cannot change.

Yet, just as he reaches “bottom”, unable to “end it all,” he discovers that, while he may not be able to change his own fate, he can learn new things and improve the lives of others. For instance, a little boy falls from a tree at a certain time each “day”, so Phil positions himself to catch him. He saves a man from choking on some food, helps some women who have a flat tire, takes piano lessons and studies classical poetry. By doing something different, actions with meaning and purpose, he discovers the authentic pleasure in kindness and giving to others. He also develops genuine feelings for Rita as he becomes someone she can love. Is this so different from the journeys we all experience? How many of us confront similar uncomfortable, upsetting or otherwise challenging situations over and over—and yet react the same way each time? Like Phil Connors, it’s time to try something new. Instead of just seeing our own vantage point, we can live each day from a place of loving kindness and an authentic desire to give to others. We can approach challenging situations as opportunities the Universe gives us to become who we are meant to be plus learn through the experiences of others. And only when we are in this place of allowing and flow can we move forward—just as Phil moved beyond his endless day through love and giving. As William James said, “If you can change your mind, you can change your life.” Laura Norman, M.S., LMT, world-renowned Holistic Reflexologist and author of the best-selling book, Feet First: A Guide to Foot Reflexology, offers private Reflexology and Life Wellness Coaching sessions in Delray Beach and Holistic Reflexology Certification Training Programs in Boynton Beach starting February 17. Laura has created Aromatherapy products and step-by-step Foot, Hand and Face Reflexology Home Study DVDs, and offers beautiful gift certificates for better health and wellbeing for Valentine’s Day and all occasions. • • 561-272-1220



Society Scene

Kendra Scott in Boca Raton and Venture Construction Group recently hosted a “Kendra Gives Back Party” to benefit Gemma’s Angels and Aid to Victims of Domestic Violence (AVDA). Over 200 people attended the event and shopped. 20 percent of event sale proceeds were donated to Gemma’s Angels and AVDA and Venture Construction Group of Florida matched the donations. Submitted photo.

JARC Clients Nick Gay and John Gardner at JARC FL Fashion Show. Submitted photo.

Boca West Children’s Foundation recently hosted a carnival for kids. Submitted photo.

A boy enjoys funnel cake during a carnival day hosted by Boca Kids enjoy a day at the carnival thanks to the Boca West Children’s Foun- West Children’s Foundation. dation which recently hosted a day of activities and fun. Submitted photo. Submitted photo.


Jill Tompkins, Debbie Wiesman, Micki Cohen, Suzanne Impagliazzo, and Summer Faerman at JARC FL Fashion Show. Submitted photo.

The Advent School Anchorettes marched in the Boca Holiday Parade for the 20th year. The team, led by Coach Debbie Dingle, was excited to present their latest routine at the grandstands during the Boca Parade. The Anchorettes are a competitive twirling team based at Advent Lutheran Church and School in Boca Raton. Submitted photo.

Marjorie Horwin, Jim Tisdale, Ken Pritzker, Naomi & Rich Steinberg, Al & Jane Gortz attend the Sandler Family Major Gifts event featuring Daniel Libeskind. Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Tholl Photography.

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Restaurant Roundup

ery, including indoor/outdoor garden basins filled with fresh herbs and spices. Ecofriendly materials are utilized throughout the restaurant, such as the hardwood floors, which are made of reclaimed wood, and dining chairs made of recycled soda bottles. For more information about True Food Kitchen, please visit www.truefoodkitchen. com/boca.      Vic & Angelo’s adds menu items

Prezzo back in Boca Popular 90’s Italian restaurant Prezzo is back. Restaurateurs Burt Rapoport and Dennis Max brought back the popular concept with chef Mark Militello Prezzo is located in the Park Place shopping and dining center on Military Trail between Clint Moore and Yamato Road. The focal point of the restaurant is the pizza oven situated in the center of the dining room. Known for introducing the first wood-burning pizza oven to South Florida when they opened the original Prezzo in Boca Raton in 1989, guests can choose from a dozen different crispy, thin-crust pizzas. Inside seating as well as al fresco dining is available. Prezzo features a spacious indoor/ outdoor bar area, complete with beer, signature cocktails, and a curated wine list. Reservations can be made by calling 561314-6840. True Food Kitchen to open at Town Center True Food Kitchen, a health-driven seasonal restaurant and scratch bar, its set to open at Town Center Mall later this month.

Co-founded by integrative medicine expert Dr. Andrew Weil and nine-time James Beard Award nominee for Restaurateur of the Year, Sam Fox, True Food Kitchen’s progressive and flavor-forward menu is rooted in the principles of Dr. Weil’s anti-inflammatory diet and caters to foodie palates and preferences with a variety of gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan offerings for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. The regularly rotating menu also celebrates the vibrancy of healthful entrées, salads, fruit and vegetable starters and desserts each one packed with wholesome, seasonal ingredients. The scratch bar features a seasonal collection of handcrafted cocktails made from freshly pressed juice and organic spirits as well as a selection of beer and wine. True Food Kitchen’s new Boca location will feature approximately 6,200- square-feet of indoor and outdoor dining space, including a lively dining room an open kitchen designed to bring guests closer to the restaurant’s culinary craft.

Diners at Vic & Angelo’s will spot over 27 new additions on their menu with specialties such as Grilled Octopus, Wild Boar Pappardelle, Lobster, Crab & Shrimp Risotto, Bone-In Chicken Scarpariello, Veal Cacciatore Bianco and more. Highlights of the new menu include new starters, salads, coal-oven pizzas, pastas, seafood specialties and new sides. For starters, guests can choose from additions that include Grilled Octopus, Squash Blossoms or they can personalize a Meat & Cheese Board, where a variety of fresh meat, cheeses and toppings are available to select from including: Meats: Finocchiona, Coppa, Prosciutto di Parma, Sopressata and ‘Nduja Cheeses: Grana Padano, Pecorino Tartufo, Provolone Picante, Fontina, Bufala Mozzarella and Gorgonzola Dolce

The restaurant will be adorned with natural woods and vibrant, locally-inspired artwork will add a contemporary touch to the earthy color scheme, natural elements and green-

Toppings: Grissini, Truffle & Honey, Amarena Cherries and Giardiniera Guests can also choose from four new madein-house pastas including Wild Boar Pappardelle, featuring wild boar ragu topped with shaved ricotta salatta, Lobster, Crab & Shrimp Risotto and Pansotti which features butternut squash, amaretto cookie-stuffed pasta, almond, sage and brown butter. Specialty dishes include Chicken Scarpariello, Sea Scallops served over squid ink risotto and a breaded and pan-fried bone-in Pork Chop Milanese among others. New seasonal sides that can accompany any dish include a variety of pastas, brussel sprouts, garlic broccoli rabe, hot coal potatoes and more. Maggiano’s Little Italy uses wine preservation opener Just want a glass of wine and not a whole bottle? No problem. Maggiano’s Little Italy in Boca is now able to pour the restaurant’s entire wine list by-the-glass with the chain’s adoption of the Coravin Wine Preservation Opener. The device allows users to pour wine from bottles in any amount without removing the cork – and protects what is left in the bottle.

Tanjore Indian Cuisine puts a spice on culinary dishes By: Natalya Jones Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers Amidst savory delis and sweet ice cream shops in Boca Raton is a hidden exotic gem. Exotic, eclectic and quaint is Tanjore, an Indian restaurant. Excited to try this out, I attended an exclusive media dinner. The cocktail of the night was the custom created Boca Sunset. It consisted of elderflower liquor, blackberry liquor and champagne. It proved a bit too fruity for my taste, but it was nonetheless a refreshing drink. Kicking off the Indian smorgasbord were the papa dom appetizers. These were thin and crispy, almost like air. Sauces included were fresh mint, sweet tamari and tangy mango sauces.  What followed was the Jhor Jhinga prawns, where the shrimp was nice and juicy. This was not a spicy dish in the least, proving Tanjore has a variety of heat for many different diners. Next up was a plate of four samplings: the Lasooni Gobi, Bhatti Di Paneer and two type of Tandoor chicken (Am-

ristari murgh Tikkey and Malai Kabab). The Lasooni Gobi (fried cauliflower) was excellent- even the pickiest veggie eaters would indulge in it! The Bhatti Di Paneer (cheese) had a chewy texture with a kick of spice. Lastly were two different colors for the types of tandoor chicken: the red (Amristari murgh Tikkey) was spicy, while the white (Malai Kabab) was mild. I took an immense liking to the red flavoring, which was crispy and zesty. The white in particular was not my favorite, and I found it to be quite bland. However, it is a great alternative for those who do not prefer spice, or acid reflex. An Indian staple, naan, was then served. Three flavors were available: rosemary (my favorite), onion and garlic. Somewhat of a cultural presentation followed with a tiffin carrier, which is an oval shaped device with four tiers. In each tier was a different food item: chicken tikka masala, Kadai Ghosh (lamb), Shabnam curry (vegetable curry) and Jeera rice. More impressive than the unveiling presentation was the food – the

Shabman curry was surprisingly tasty! Also, because guests were able to take one home, I am also contemplating using it as a lunch box. Seafood comprised the next two courses, and were the best of the night. The halibut was both soft and buttery, complimented by a coconut milk/lemongrass sauce. But it was the lobster that outshone everything. Simply put, it was outstandingly delicious and definitely a must-have on the menu.  Ending on a sweet note was, of course, the dessert. The raspberry sorbet was tangy and refreshing - easily the best dessert of the trio. The Gulab jamoon (parle-g crumble, vanilla ice cream) had a chewy texture while the Rasmalai (pistachio, chocolate shell) was a bit underwhelming.  Whether it’s to shake things up for lunch at work or to dine in a cozy setting, Tanjore will certainly awaken your taste buds. In a good way, of course.  Tanjore is located at 500 Via De Palmas Suite 79 in Boca Raton. Visit


Theater community rallies to BENefit ailing dancer/teacher By: Dale King Contributing Writer The theatrical community in South Florida has turned out in force to aid and support one of its own who continues to undergo treatments for a rare form of cancer. Ben Solmor, owner, co-founder and resident choreographer and costumer at Competition Level Dance Company and Next Level Performing Arts in Parkland and the Marquee Theater Company, which performs at West Boca High School, “was born with a very rare bone disease known as multiple enchondromatosis,” he said. “I’ve had dozens of surgeries throughout my life in order to keep my disease in check.” Andrew Shultz, his business partner at Next Level Performing Arts, a children’s theater, said Ben was admitted to the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Jan. 19 for what he expected to be a lengthy treatment and recovery process. The surgery was delayed from Jan. 3 because Ben does not have medical insurance. During his past 10 years in theater, dance and education, “when I had good health, my accomplishments were remarkable.” He wrote online: “I gained a passion for expressing myself through the movement of my body, something the doctors told me would never happen.” Ben’s disease was in remission for a decade, but “sadly,

on Oct. 25 [2017], I had a biopsy that revealed both grade 2 and 3 malignant cells within the same tumor. I was diagnosed with stage 2 bone cancer and am already in recovery from my first of many possible surgeries.” Singers, actors and dancers from Broward and Palm Beach Counties have been raising money for their ailing pal. They opened an online GoFundMe campaign ( and held a “BENefit” performance at West Boca High on Dec. 17, which drew a large audience, and many performers Ben has worked with and taught through the years took to the stage. Because of Ben’s illness, said Shultz, the Marquee Theater’s season has been suspended. The pair founded the acting company in 2012 after Slow Burn Theatre moved to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. They have been producing musicals there since 2014. On Facebook, Ben has asked his friends and supporters: “Help me to keep dancing, to keep teaching your children, to keep the arts alive in our world.”


Inaugural Boca Raton Seafood and Music Festival heads to Mizner Park Amp Staff report Get your fix of grouper, mahi, stone crabs, oysters, shrimp and seafood dishes during the inaugural Boca Raton Seafood & Music Festival this month. Head to Mizner Park Amphitheater on Feb. 10 and 11 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. General admission into the event cost $5 per person. Food and drinks will be available for an additional cost.

Birdman’s Clam Bake, Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’Blues, Juke and The Spam Allstars on Sunday.

Live music throughout the Festival will include OIGO, Hard Luck Society, Nostaliah and Lee Boys on Saturday and

For more information and full schedule of events visit or call 941-487-8061.

Jessie Colin Young: Get together with a legend in Boca By: Jeff Perlman Editor-in-chief There’s not too many people who can claim to be the voice on a song that sums up an era. But Jesse Colin Young can make that claim and the song “Get Together” not only captures the vibe of the 60s, but it’s message is timeless and as Mr. Young describes it: “beautiful.” “I remember the first time I heard the song,” says Young. “It hit me right away...unlike any other song, before or since. And I immediately knew I wanted to record it. I felt the song was destiny for me, in some way. I have a love for it. It’s spirit is what I believe in and it’s what the world is crying out for. It’s incredibly special. We let it be, what it is.” Get Together was a huge hit for the Youngblood’s and the song has since been featured in movies, TV shows and even a Walmart commercial which was released shortly after this summer’s protests in Charlottesville. In the ad, people of all ages, colors and ethnicities grab chairs and gather at one table. “It’s what my generation stood for,” says Young who called us from his home in Hawaii, where he lives with his wife and where he has grown and sold organic coffee since 1990. After stepping away from music for 7 years, Jesse Colin Young is back touring, recording and writing. And he couldn’t be happier. He and his band, which features his son bassist Tristan Young, will be at Boca’s Funky Biscuit for two shows Feb. 16-17. Tickets range from $50-65 and can be purchased at For 50 years, Jesse Colin Young has been singing songs

about peace, relationships and the environment. From his folk days in Boston and his first record, Soul Of a City Boy, he has articulated and recorded the tumultuous times of the 60s, 70’s, 80’s to the present, while reminding us that it is all about family, community and the precious natural world we live in. His musical style is now considered Americana, but in fact it’s his unique fusion of jazz, blues, folk and rock with an emphasis on his extraordinary voice that makes his signature sound.

These are productive times for the artist. He is currently working on new material which he will release in 2018. The Boca shows will be a mix of long time favorites and the first ever live performances of new songs that Jesse is anxious to share. “I will probably play 30-35 minutes solo with an acoustic guitar,”  he says. “Then  do another 90 minutes with the band. I want to see how the new songs do before an audience. That’s how you know if they’re any good. I think they are. But the audience will decide.” Jesse says he’s writing steadily these days and about subjects that are relevant to today’s world  including a new song about Dreamers, young people who came to America as children who are now caught up in immigration politics. “I’ve written  four new songs in the past few weeks,” he said with a laugh. “I don’t think I’ve ever been this productive.” His Hawaii coffee farm has proven to be a creative oasis with beautiful views and more importantly limited cell service which has enabled him to write without distraction. He bought the farm after his home “Ridgetop” near San Francisco (which is a beautiful song) was lost to a fire.

“I healed myself by becoming a farmer,” he says. “It was my wife Connie’s idea. We both love to grow things.” Born in 1941, Jesse went to grade school with Art Garfunkel and remembers being in “Artie’s” fourth grade class. At this stage of his career, he’s touring to be with his fans, play, travel and enjoy life. “I haven’t lost the high notes,” he says. “Playing for me is like coming home. I’m doing this for the pure joy of it. I also love the band. I like how they play and they put a smile on my face every night. It’s great that in my golden years, I get to play with the best bands I’ve had.”  Throughout his professional life of recording and touring, Jesse has always taken the time to dedicate his life to giving back to the world. He has performed on behalf of organizations ranging from No Nukes in the late 70s, The Dream Foundation and Saratoga Warhorse, to Prep Fest and the Kona Pacific Waldorf School. Holding environmental accountability, veteran support and quality education as a moral code of action, Jesse remains committed and active as an individual and performer. He takes great pride in the No Nukes movement, which is on his mind, a few days after Hawaii had a scare with a false alarm about a missile attack. He became involved with No Nukes along with his friends Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt after wondering if people really understand the dangers of a nuclear age. “I think we got people’s attention,” he said. “You didn’t see a facility built for decades. It wasn’t a high falutin idea. We tied into community groups and supported the groundswell that was building. It was a special time. Artists make a difference..they truly do.”



Meet your Boca Raton City Council candidates Boca’s registered voters will be able to cast their vote for who they want to see fill two seats on the city council.

asked them to complete our questionnaire. All candidates were asked the same questions:

4. How will you work with constituents who do not share your viewpoint on topics?

In anticipation of the March 13 election, we have reached out to every candidate who has filed to run for election or re-election.

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself and why you are running for office. 2. What are the top three issues you want to address in the city if elected? 3. What do you see as Boca’s biggest challenge? What do you see as Boca’s biggest opportunity?

We have printed their answers as provided to us.

This year there are two seats up for election, Seat C and Seat D. We reached out to each candidate who filed and

Candidate for Seat C, Kim Do did not respond to our questionnaire. Candidates for Seat D, Armand Grossman and Paul Preste did not respond to our questionnaire.

Meet your Seat C candidate: Councilman Jeremy Rodgers

Meet your Seat D candidate: Monica Mayotte

1. We live in a very special place. I am running for reelection so that I can continue to fight to keep Boca Raton the best place for all of our residents to live, to work, to get an education, to raise a family, and to retire. I grew up as an “Army Brat” living in Brooklyn, Bayside Queens, St Louis, and Chicago. In 1997 I transferred to Florida Atlantic University where I got my Bachelors and Masters of Computer Engineering. Most of my education was obtained while working full time at IBM, and I still work there today, where I lead a very talented technical team that provides intelligence solutions and helps law enforcement, intelligence agencies, banks, and other commercial entities catch bad guys. I am an officer in the United States Navy, currently affiliated with a reserve unit. My most important job of all is partnering with my beautiful wife to raise our 4 young kids (9, 7, 5, 15 months). I’ve served on city council for 3 years, and with the residents’ support, I hope to serve 3 more years so that our city continues to have an independent, intelligent, and powerful voice advocating on behalf of all of the families and residents of Boca Raton.

1. I am a 21-year Boca Raton resident. I grew up in Miami and moved to Boca Raton in 1996. My husband, Terry, and I raised 2 children in Boca Raton who are now 24 and 19 years old.

2. First, the top three issues of any municipality are safety, jobs, and education. If those aren’t squared away, it’s hard to progress past much else. There’s challenges, but overall our city is doing an amazing job as statistically measured in these areas. I’ll certainly continue to make sure we thrive in those areas. If re-elected, the top three issues I would like to focus on in the next 3 years are smart planning, economic resilience, and community building. The world is changing at a breathtaking place, and we need smart planning to ensure that our city stays relevant and prosperous in a constantly evolving world economy. We need better planning to decrease traffic congestion and school overcrowding while still maintaining economic growth and small business success. We need to constantly focus on economic resilience.

The economy is red hot right now, but we need to ensure we attract the right bases of talent, innovative companies, and investment now so that our residents and businesses are well positioned for when the next recession hits. Finally, we do a good job around community, but we can do better. We have an unprecedented opportunity to bring forward public amenities, restore and invigorate our waterway and green parks, and to bring residents together to ensure the success and brand of Boca for not just the next 3 years, but for the next 3 generations. 3. The biggest challenge in any city is to bring forward compromises that are fair to all sides. There are some residents who are involved, on our committees, at meetings, and through calls or email, but I wish that I heard from many more ( City business is not always exciting news, and oftentimes issues and facts are sensationalized or skewed. Getting the full message communicated to our residents and businesses can be challenging at times. There is so much opportunity in Boca Raton. Besides the aforementioned chance to get a lot of big recreation projects right for generations to come, the biggest opportunity is the city itself. We live in a very special place. People love it here and we’re continuing to attract a lot of talent, young professionals, young families, and investment. The next big start-up, invention, or medical discovery may happen right here in our own backyard. 4. As an elected representative, it’s my job to work with all constituents. Most issues are a lot more complicated than they appear on the surface. At the end of the day, some will agree and some will disagree. The most important thing is that we all start from the same factual basis, and all sides of an argument or decision be given a proper voice, proper consideration, and proper input. I’ll continue to thoroughly examine issues from all sides, and do what I think is best for the city. We’re all in this together, and it’s a true honor and responsibility to be serving the city. I want this place to be the place my kids never want to leave, and I humbly ask our residents for their support to continue making Boca Raton an exceptional place!

I originally got involved with the city as a founding member of the original Green Living Task Force created by Mayor Whelchel in 2009. This task force’s purpose was to outline ways residents could live a greener lifestyle. After a year, Mayor Whelchel converted the task force into a permanent advisory board, the Green Living Advisory Board. I remained a member of the advisory board and was chairperson for several years until I resigned in 2016. I also am a member of The Climate Reality Project’s Climate Reality Leadership Corp and the Legislative Liaison for the Boca Raton Chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby organizations. I also am a past PTA President and SAC Member at Addison Mizner Elementary School. I am running for office because I feel the residents’ voice has not been taken seriously for many years. I want to be another voice for the residents on city council. Our elected officials need to ensure they take quality of life issues, like density, traffic, parking, school overcrowding, resiliency, and open green space, into consideration when decisions are being made for the city. 2. The number one issue that concerns the residents the most is the over-development everyone sees happening all over the city. I believe we must take a step back to determine which projects make sense for Boca Raton. City Council must determine: Does the project fill a niche that has been overlooked? Is it a project the residents will be proud to see in our city? What value does it add to the city?

The second issue is school overcrowding. It is absolutely tied to the overd e vel opme nt in the city. The d e vel opme nt community was never fully held accountable for ensuring our local schools, at all levels, could handle the additional students their projects would bring to our schools. Now city council and the school district are wrestling with how to solve the problem. The third big issue is traffic. Everyone in town gets frustrated with our traffic problems, whether it’s Glades Road, Palmetto Park Road, Dixie Highway or Federal Highway. This issue is also directly tied to all of the development that is taking place around town. City council, again, has not held the developer community responsible for this component of our infrastructure. I consider all of these issues to be tied to our quality of life in Boca Raton. Boca Raton is a world-class city. I want to ensure city council addresses our quality of life issues with every decision they make. 3. Biggest Challenge – earning back the residents trust. Biggest Opportunity – listening to the ideas the residents bring to city council meetings. We have a very educated, professional residential community. I believe they can provide great insight and assistance to help our community prosper. 4. Boca Raton is a melting pot of residents from all walks of life and backgrounds. It is important to understand everyone’s point of view, listen to their opinions and discuss all sides of a topic. I truly believe that meaningful debate about a subject can lead to a better solution.


Council Corner

Looking back – Looking forward By: Councilwoman Andrea Levine O’Rourke In my most recent New Year update I have given a more in-depth account of current issues. For full details please visit my website and read my most recent blog entry at Here’s a snapshot view of some topics…

The City Council recently agreed to the idea of seven initiatives that will ultimately be finalized into Ordinance 5431. This will serve as a means of promoting greater transparency regarding councilmembers’ procedures for requests for advisory ethics opinions.  Schools

Boca’s waterfront The city has hired renown landscape designers EDSA for consulting on the design/upgrade of 13 waterfront parks. This would include the connecting of all parks along the Intracoastal “blue way”.  Wildflower/Silver Palm can facilitate the connection of other parks and the beaches to our downtown.  This is a great “Placemaking” opportunity.  

It’s getting complicated. As our city continues to grow and change, it has come to the forefront that our schools are suffering from our success. The recent awareness that many of our schools are at, or over-capacity is a concern. Calusa Elementary, Boca Middle and Boca Raton High School being at the top of this list. Currently our schools are A rated, however we must pay close attention as we move forward to maintain excellence in education in Boca Raton. I have asked for the creation of an Education Task Force focus on specific issues at hand.


Art in public places

We are lucky to have some alternatives… Round the

Traffic and parking have been an ongoing problem… not easily solved. A presentation was given discussing the possibilities of creating one-way directional on both Dixie Highway and Federal Highway, similar to Delray. Through grants, studies will take place. Full implementation would not occur until 2024 due to; planning, engineering, the involvement of multiple government entities, and the possibility of eminent domain proceedings. 

Defending home rule By: Robert Weinrtoth Special to the Boca Newspaper Last year, the legislative leadership appeared to set its sights on the autonomy enjoyed by Florida’s cities and towns under their “Home Rule” authority. In 1968, the Florida electorate amended the state constitution to confer broad Home Rule power to municipal governments.

members are closer to the people than their elected municipal representatives declaring, “I care more about the people of this state than I care about the governments of this state.”

Specifically, municipalities, which are voluntarily created and chartered by their citizens, were granted the power to act for any valid municipal purpose except as prohibited by law.

It is clear there are issues best addressed by our state legislators to maintain continuity throughout the state. Likewise, some issues are best left to our county commissioners to ensure continuity throughout the county.

However, notwithstanding this clear mandate in the Florida Constitution, multiple attempts to erode Home Rule were launched during the last session, with House Bill 17, sponsored by freshman representative, Randy Fine (HD-53) leading the charge.

However, there are many issues (land use, police and fire services, water, sewer and solid waste disposal, business licensing, etc) where municipal officials are better equipped to respond to residents in a timely manner.

Rep. Fine, a Harvard educated successful businessman, lacks the municipal perspective one acquires from service at the local level. HB 17 would have eviscerated Home Rule. House Speaker Richard Corcoran, who is currently raising money for a potential gubernatorial run later this year, supported Fine’s his efforts. Corcoran has stated that Florida House

Town Rides-electric cars 561-303-9173 and Boca Bike Tours-Pedi cabs 561-288-4511 have both been welcomed additions to help connect areas of downtown without the worry of traffic and parking. Park easily near downtown and call them for rides to restaurants, events or more info. City government campus

I am so proud to be part of the movement that is now bringing Public Art to Boca Raton. The idea of what art and beautiful architecture does for a community has been sadly overlooked for much of Boca. However, this idea of a ‘sense of community’ and “place making” has been an inspiration to me…and will soon be part of our City. We have approved an ordinance to set policy and will be appointing an Advisory Committee in early February.



The assaults on Home Rule have resumed with the current 60-day legislative session now about half done. Bills introduced this session have run the gamut. From seeking to oversee shortterm rentals throughout the state to adding barriers to attempts by local officials to borrow money or rely on local property taxes to pay for local priorities. One

Song + Associates are the consultants hired to take a comprehensive look at the potential of the future of our city campus. Our main buildings are undersized, worn out and in need of an update.  The campus would include city hall, community center, police station, parking, outdoor public space, recreation and a potential entertainment center. Ocean Breeze The defunct golf course in the Boca Teeca community has been the center of much discussion. At this time, the Greater Beach & Parks District is committed to the purchase, with the support of the city to back the funding.  The goal is to preserve precious green space and to “Keep Golf in Boca”.  We are in the process of an Inter-Local agreement to move forward and jointly complete this purchase of what will be Boca Raton National…a world class, championship municipal golf course. Municipal golf course sale The majority of City Council agreed to sell the old Municipal Course, west of the turnpike, to GL Homes for $65 million. This property is outside the Boca Raton city limits.

bill would prohibit a municipality from enacting an ordinance making backing into a parking space unlawful. Bills have likewise been filed that would ban professional teams from renovating or building stadiums on public land. There also continues to be an assault on Community Redevelopment Agencies (like the ones transforming the blighted areas within Boca Raton, Delray Beach and elsewhere) by keeping the money generated from the rising property values within those areas to fund redevelopment. Under House Bill 17, any new CRA would first need the blessing of the state legislature. The Florida League of Cities has made defending Home Rule its top legislative priority of 2018. Residents need to stay vigilant to these attempts to undercut the broad Home Rule powers granted by the Florida Constitution to govern ourselves rather than allowing local issues to be in the hands of a centralized state body, convened for a 60 day regular session each year, hundreds of miles away from our homes and businesses. When municipalities are free to exercise Home Rule, citizens and businesses have opportunities to interact with local decision makers, both formally and informally, without ever having to leave their hometowns. If state legislators are successful during

the current session in transferring responsibilities for these and other local issues to Tallahassee, they will likely find themselves spending increasing amounts of time arbitrating over local problems and legislating on local issues, with less time left to attend to pressing statewide needs.

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