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MARCH | 2018

Three take top honors at Boca Chamber ‘Elevator Pitch’ contest ‘Shark Tank’-style finals in April to complete YEA year By: Dale King Contributing Writer If Devin Willis gets his way in the entrepreneurial world, he promises to create a “SlideMap” to “increase the speed of cancer diagnoses.” In brief, it involves adding an app to your phone to provide feedback to the medical community. The idea earned Willis first place honors at the 2018 CEO Round Table and Elevator Pitch Contest sponsored by the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce.

Quality not so good for this size.... The Smith siblings of Smith Smiles sort through a pile of toys before selecting which ones to give to children who are hospital bound at West Boca Medical Center. Read more on page 52. Staff photo.

Putting heads in a bed—Sweet Dream Makers By: Diane FeenContributing Writer Suzanne Broad was volunteering in the food pantry at Boca Helping Hands when she heard about a family in East Boca that only had one bed. The problematic part of this story is that the mother and three children all slept in the same bed. “When police officer Roz told me about this young woman and her three children sleeping in one bed I jumped

into action and called friends. We were able to fill the house with furniture and three new beds,” said Sweet Dream Makers Executive Director Broad. Broad and her friends rented a truck, got clothing, dishes and desks and delivered them to the family. “As a Co-Chair of the Giving Tree of Temple Beth El I saw first-hand the overwhelming need for beds in our community.”

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The event is the next-to-the-last major activity offered to the more than two dozen young, budding business men and women involved in the Chamber-sponsored Young Entrepreneur’s Academy (YEA), now in its seventh year. The 30-week, after-school program allows students to meet with and learn from mentors involved in the local business community, said Cham[CONT. PG 2]

That was ten years ago. At that time the non-profit organization was called “Sweet Dreams of The Giving Tree of Temple Beth El.” But like all good ventures - change becomes part of the equation when the time is right. That time was September 2016. It was then that Broad created an independently run 501(c)(3) non-profit organization called “Sweet Dream Makers” that provides new beds, bedding and essential fur[CONT. PG 2]

CEO Panelists answer questions from the students; from left, Michael Orr, Jason Emmett, Eric Bucher, Richard Feldman and Patricia Maczko. Photo by Jordi Gerking.

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nishings for children and families in need.

Firm. They deliver the beds and set them up (frame, box spring and mattress), but the only caveat is that the average price for a new bed with bedding is $250.

Surprisingly, the need is far greater than most people in Palm Beach County might think. “The first year we gave away 40 beds and in 2017 we gave away 925. But the need for beds in Palm Beach County is much greater,” adds Broad. To the surprise of many, there are hundreds of families in Palm Beach County that get referred to Sweet Dream Makers each year because they’re struggling to provide for their families. Social Service agencies and community organizations who work with children and families see the desperate need for beds, bedding and essential furniture. Some have lost everything because of bed bugs, others are unemployed or are the working poor. Add that to the need from migrant workers, victims of domestic violence, the disabled, elderly or those previously homeless, and you have a lot

That is the reason that “Sweet Dream Makers” needs more angels to donate to this non-profit organization. “You can change a life by providing a bed and bedding for a child. It’s the gift that keeps on giving night after night for years to come,” adds Broad. If you have gently used furniture (free of stains and rips) you can donate it and Sweet Dream Makers will schedule a pick up in the Boca or Delray area. Suzanne Broad started Sweet Dream Makers, which provides new beds, bedding and essential furnishings for children and families in need. Submitted photo.

of people in our area in need of beds and bedding. A few of the saviors in these mattress matters are City Mattress and Mattress

They welcome Twin, Full, Queen and Toddler Beds, living room furniture, Sleep Sofas, Dining Tables and chairs, Bedroom furniture and dressers, small desks and chairs, Lamps, Housewares and small appliances. Also needed are towels and bathroom accessories, bedding (new pillows), Bed Frames and elec-

tric washing machines and dryers. Sweet Dream Makers also needs Volunteers in their warehouse to organize donations, repair furniture and meet families. They also need volunteers to clean and repair furniture, organize and clean housewares, sort, fold and package bedding, move furniture and help pick up furniture from local donors. “No other organization fills this need because it’s not something that people think about. There are people sleeping on the floor and others who resort to bringing mattresses in from the dumpster that are unsanitary and have bed bugs. Even people with minimum wage jobs can’t provide for their families. The need is so much greater than I can satisfy. Case managers call me all the time. Our mission is to get kids off the floor and into a bed.” To reach Sweet Dream Makers: 55 NE 5th Ave., Suite 400 Boca Raton, FL 33432, Warehouse:  445 SE 1st Ave #B, Delray Beach, FL  33444, 561-571-SDM3 or

Three take top honors at Boca Chamber ‘Elevator Pitch’ contest ber President and CEO Troy McLellan. “It walks students through the process of setting-up of a business,” he noted. “The program involves a whole host of sponsors and volunteers.”


It is part of the Chamber’s Golden Bell Scholarship Fund which has distributed more than $1.4 million to Boca Raton schools since it was founded in 1991. The Elevator Pitch match gives all YEA participants up to 90 seconds each to explain their business and product to an audience of business-minded individuals and other guests.

Also: Emily Parra, CEO of Klever Kids English Buddies; Brody Pellegrino from Never Miss; Casey Hill with Piston Trainers; Maxwell Simonson with Price Drop; Martand Agarwal, Daniella Paz and Olivia Vaccarello from Puppy Packs; Ethan Milrad from Quick Slip Drumstick Grips; Nicolas Herbert with Quokka; Michael Shoichet and Charlotte Silver with Simply Focused Energy Gum; Jack Levine from Super Swing; Anwar Maroun with Tanks a Lot and Garret Goodman from Taste Tags.

Moderator was Tara Auclair, senior marketing manager, Modernizing Medicine. Contest judges were Robert Frare, CEO of Growth Consulting Services; Catherine Meehan, IBM Business Partner Marketing, Security and Lisa Rodriguez, assistant manager, CenterState Bank. Students also had an opportunity to question CEO’s from six local regional businesses.

In April, the YEA program will conclude with a competition for top students in the class, giving them several minutes to explain their ideas, using graphics and samples. The activity, conducted in a “Shark Tank”-style motif, will again be held in the auditorium at the Ratonbased headquarters of Office Depot. Second- and third-place finishers were named in the competition held Feb. 7 in the Dr. Albert Cohen Family Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at Saint Andrew’s School in Boca Raton. Taking second was Anya Al-Salem whose company, Terra Ku, finds new uses for discarded plastic. Third place went to Anaya Shintre, head of Air Charge, a firm that creates wireless chargers for electronic devices. Others who took part were: William Lane, Joseph Lee and Andrew Stephenson of Alpha Sports; Daniel Abramson of Beat Battles; Stefano Ciccolella promoting Blackout Pillows; Macy Goldberg pitching Box O’ Treats; Chayanne Kelly from Camellia Botanicals; Mason Pace from EZ Drums; Alejandra Rodriguez from Game in a Sack; Jack Flittner and Samuel Yingling with Hot Swapz Shoes and Natalya Jewelewicz from Infinity Wing.

Troy McLellan congratulates Elevator Pitch Contest winner, Devin Willis, who created a business called SlideMap. Photo by Jordi Gerking.

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place students pose together; from left, Devin Willis, Anya Al-Salem and Anaya Shintre. Photo by Jordi Gerking.






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Boca’s family-run Bicol Clinic Foundation to expand global reach By: Emily Nonko Special to the Boca Newspaper Jessica Schuster can clearly recall a process she came to love, as a child, of filling paper boxes with as much medical supplies as they could fit. The boxes were for her father, a doctor who often traveled to provide care to vulnerable people around the world. Throughout elementary school, she took on a month’s worth of schoolwork at once to travel with him to the free clinics he held every year. The entire Schuster family, in fact, has been on board with the mission of their patriarch, Dr. Mitchell Schuster. He’s one of the last doctors in Boca Raton who makes house calls, but has always felt a calling outside Florida. From his early years in the profession, he worked emergency room shifts to fund medical relief trips to places like Somalia, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Niger. Today the Schusters run the Bicol Clinic Foundation from Dr. Schuster’s family practice just north of the Boca Raton Regional Hospital. After establishing clinics in the Philippines and Nepal, Bicol is now working to open their third in Le Pretre, Haiti, by repurposing a modest medical building that’s sat vacant for over a decade. Dr. Schuster characterized Bicol as “a small charity with little connections,” yet the organization’s accomplishments are a testament to the commitment of the family, who often serve as a grounding force

as the doctor plans medical missions. Each member--Dr. Schuster’s wife Tess, his son Josh, and his daughters Jessica, Jennifer and Jerrica--have played roles from as small as packing boxes to surgical assistance to planning the annual budget. “My dad’s plans are lofty,” said Josh Schuster, now a real estate developer in New York. “Once we’re starting a new concept he’s onto the next idea.” While in college, Josh laid the blueprint for Bicol as a sustainable 501(c)(3), while Jennifer assisted in gathering and maintaining the proper documentation. Josh now hosts an annual golf outing from New York and spearheads a gala in Boca Raton to continue raising money for the organization. Tess accompanies the doctor on most medical relief trips as an assistant and caregiver; she’s fondly referred to as “Momma Tess” in Haiti, Nepal and the Philippines, where she speaks the language and serves as translator. Jessica now serves as executive director. One of her most memorable tasks, she said, was working with the Department of Homeland Security to expedite a Humanitarian Visa process of 15-year-old Haitian boy suffering from a rare brain cancer. During treatment the boy stayed at the Schuster home, where Tess cooked for him, took him to the mall, and enrolled him in school.

The future clinic planned for Le Pretre, Haiti. Photo by Emily Nonko.

Jessica and her father are currently spearheading the plan to open the clinic in Le Pretre, Haiti. The Schusters first came to Haiti in 2010 after the earthquake to provide disaster relief, then returned in 2016 following Hurricane Matthew. The hurricane brought Dr. Schuster, his wife and a small team to Le Pretre, devastated with no outside medical care. To access the village, they forded a river and traveled on small motor scooters across unpaved roads before opening a temporary clinic inside the village’s abandoned hospital site. Le Pretre, Dr. Schuster decided, “was a place we could affect positive change in a defined area, with a defined population that hadn’t had access to a doctor or nurse in more than 10 years.” He’s since teamed

Dr. Mitchell Schuster volunteering in Haiti where he plans to open another clinic location with help from his daugher, Jessica. Photo by Emily Nonko

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up with Dr. Michel Brutus, a local Haitian physician, to transform the building into a 24/7 health center with an adjacent dormitory for physicians and medical students, designed to accommodate the thousands of residents living nearby. In Haiti, Dr. Schuster works with local physicians and community members to “learn from the people who know… it’s the only way to become an enlightened human being,” he said. And from Boca, his family figures out logistics behind opening permanent medical clinics in places around the world. Jessica is now registering Bicol as an officially recognized NGO in Haiti, working with the local village councils and Ministries of Planning, Public Health, and Finance. She’s also in talks with an architect, based in Haiti, to complete the planning and research for a sustainable clinic site. Bicol Clinic has treated over 55,000 people since 2005, Jessica noted. “I think that my sister, Jerrica, summed our lives up succinctly when she said that our lives have been every little kids’ dream to make the world a better place—only it’s not a dream. It’s our reality,” she said. “As a family, we believe in my father’s dreams, and in a sense of duty, to help as many as possible.”

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things you need to know this March in Boca Raton on March 24. For more information, email

1 The Parkinson’s Foundation is hosting

its annual Leo Geller Golf Tournament on March 26. The event is in its 20th year and will begin at 11 a.m. at Boca Rio Golf Club. Guests will begin the day with lunch before hitting the links with a shotgun start. Caddy is included per foursome at no additional cost. The day will end at the 19th hole with a raffle, awards and cocktail reception. This year’s honorary chairperson is Leo Geller and the co-chairs are Paul Kelly, Ciaran Swords and Jim McClung. Visit, for more information.

2 Forum Productions in conjunction with Greenhouse Theater Center NFP, is bringing the world premiere of TRUMAN AND THE BIRTH OF ISRAEL to Mizner Park Cultural Center from March 21 through April 8. By William Spatz and directed by Clayton Philips, the play tells the story of how one Kansas man’s unlikely rise to power changed the future of the Jewish people forever. 3 Gumbo Limbo’s 9th annual Sea Coast Toast will head to the Boca Country Club

4 The Boca Chamber will hold its 7th Annual Community Cookout on March 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the YMCA of South Palm Beach County, 6631 Palmetto Circle South. The event is free to attend. Meal tickets cost $5. There will be hot dogs, hamburgers, veggies, chips and much more. Fun games for family members of all ages, bounce houses, slides and a DJ. 5 Patch Reef Park Community Center is holding its Spring Children’s Fair on March 20. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the park, there will be entertainment, arts and crafts and refreshments for sale. Park entry is free. Rides cost $5 per ride or $20 for unlimited rides. The event is geared toward kids ages 2-12. 6 The Marcus Neuroscience Institute

at Boca Raton Regional Hospital now has an Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU). The unit is designed to evaluate, diagnose and treat intractable seizures in adult patients.

Boca Library receives donation to add rooftop garden Staff report

To commemorate the Spanish River Library’s 10 year anniversary, the Friends of the Boca Raton Public Library donated $50,000 to build a rooftop garden. The check was presented to Mayor Susan Haynie during a reception on Jan. 26. With this gift, the current Rooftop Terrace will be transformed into a space for recreation, reading and special events. In addition, the Friends of the Library donated a“Giving Tree” to be installed in the lobby of Spanish River Library in the spring. The Giving Tree provides library donors an opportunity to celebrate a milestone or recognize a loved one.

support of our organization,” Cyndi Bloom, President of the Friends Board of Directors, said. “Through their contributions, we can generously fulfill our mission ‘to support and enhance the value of the Boca Raton Public Library as it serves our community.’ The 10th anniversary of the Spanish River Library is certainly a milestone for Boca, and the Friends are happy to honor this very special occasion.” The Friends of the Library is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to supporting BRPL. The group raises money through memberships to the Friends organization, grants, and book sales at the bookstore in the Downtown Library.

Since the Spanish River Library opened in 2008, it has: • Welcomed over 3.4 million patrons and visitors • Provided more than 3,500 educational programs for children, tweens and teens • Loaned out over 1 million children’s books

“The Friends of the Library have been integral to the success of our libraries for many years, and I thank them for their support,” said Michael Kalvort, CPRE, Recreation Services Director for the City of Boca Raton. “I invite our citizens to visit one of our libraries, learn a new skill, meet some new friends, or simply escape their daily lives with a good book, movie or music.”

“2018 marks the Friends’ 28th anniversary, and we thank our members, donors and bookstore customers for their continued financial

For more information about the Friends of the Library, please visit bocalibraryfriends. org.

Seizures are recorded and studied so that proper diagnosis can be made and treatment can be optimized. Patients who suffer from seizures that are difficult to diagnose and manage are those most likely to be admitted, as well as those who are being considered for seizure surgery.

7 Check out “Soul Doodles” an art exhibit by Boca resident Scott Jeffries through March 19 at the Downtown Boca Library. After years of practicing law in Philadelphia, Jeffries moved to Boca Raton to pursue his true passion as an artist. The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours. Boca High Drama presents...

are March 1-3 at 7 p.m., and 2 p.m. matinee performances on March 3 and 4. Tickets are $10 for open seating, reserved for $15. For more information,

9 Phase two of the Air Traffic Control Tower rehabilitation at the Boca Airport will take place this year. Phase II will include replacing the windows, replacing millwork and fixtures in the cab, and repairs to the millwork and fixtures in the training/break room. Phase II is projected to cost $280,000, with $224,000 coming from a FDOT grant and the remaining $56,000 coming from the airport authority’s Capital Improvement budget. The final phase of improvement is expected to be completed this fall.

The adventures of a girl who wanted to be loved... 8 Boca Raton Community High School Drama Department presents romantic comedy “Sweet Charity” from March 1-4. The 19060s-set musical focuses on Charity Hope Valentine, a dancer at the seedy Fandango ballroom and her rocky relationships. Shows

10 Festival of the Arts BOCA continues this month. Catch T Bone Burnett; Bill Murray; Hoopes, Violin; Nikolay Khozyainov, piano; and Film with Orchestra: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial at Mizner Park Amphitheater.



Gregg Francis, Chief Executive Officer of PROPEL: People Reaching out to Provide Education and Leadership 1 What is PROPEL?

ping, beaches, restaurant and tremendous wealth. It’s an amazing place to live. But like most incredible cities, there are many living below the poverty level and suffering.

We are a non-profit that strives to support the educational achievement and leadership development of Boca Raton’s less fortunate youth. PROPEL is an organization that has many programs to offer including tutorials, leadership training, mentorships & apprenticeships, nutrition, SAT prep, fine arts and physical activity… just to name a few. It’s our mission to provide a stable and loving environment that offers a platform to create options and opportunities to at-risk youth in the Boca Raton area. To accomplish this, we provide door-to-door transportation to ensure every student of PROPEL gets home safely. This is a vital part of our program as many parents are in singleparent households and/or have scheduling and transportation issues.

2 How was PROPEL started? This incredible organization was founded by Jim Batmasian in 2001. Mr. Batmasian is not only a community leader but has an incredible and generous heart. He and his wife Marta built this charity to change lives, change attitudes and break the cycle of poverty, one person and one family at a time.

Consider that Boca Raton’s median household income is $71,468. However, the fact is over 90% of PROPEL’s youth come from households with an average family size of 6+ and an average income of less than $20,000. The days of ignoring those problems are over and we achieve this through promoting education, character building and leadership.

The program started with 10 kids and now has over 80 kids. There’s no doubt that we are creating a blueprint of mentorship, apprenticeship and life training skills for “at risk” youth that works and can be replicated across the country.

3 Boca Raton is known for its glitz and glamor, why don’t you hear much about the less fortunate? There’s little doubt that Boca Raton is a world class city with incredible shop-


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For example, Michel is an 18-year-old past PROPEL participant. He attended PROPEL to work on his literacy and mathematics after immigrating to the United States from Haiti. He was unfamiliar with our language and culture and void of any financial resources. Michel is likely to be awarded scholarships for college in the upcoming year. He is looking to either attend University of Florida, Florida State University or Florida Atlantic University.

4 How do the kids get into the pro-


Many times, students get into the program through word of mouth. Teachers and coaches at many of the local schools are familiar with PROPEL and its programs, so when they see one of their students in need, they reach out. We have excellent

relationships with all the middle and high schools in the area. Once a student is in our program, we collaborate with the schools and report to them on how each kid is doing. PROPEL and the local schools have a wonderful partnership predicated on the children. The results have been incredible: 94% of students greatly improved their grades from the previous year. For the first marking period, over 63% of the students in the program achieved Honor Roll. PROPEL kids involved in the SAT Program increased their scores on average by 26 percent.

5 How can the community support PROPEL? It’s easy… through donations and volunteers. We currently rely heavily on our events every year to help support funding efforts to keep our programs and activities afloat for our students. Our recent golf tournament was extremely successful and raised over $200K, but so much more is needed to sustain and continue to grow this incredible momentum. Please consider learning more about us and our students. To donate and get involved with future PROPEL events, please visit https://www.

FAU, friends honor education icon Dr. Ira Gelb on 90th birthday Staff report

Officials from Florida Atlantic University joined colleagues and friends of Dr. Ira Gelb in late January to honor the iconic doctor and educator on his 90th birthday.

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“It’s hard to imagine where FAU – and especially our medical school – would be without Dr. Gelb,” said FAU President Dr. John Kelly. “He has given generously of his time, energy and financial resources to the college, and his impact will be long lasting.” “Best wishes to Dr. Gelb for a very happy 90th birthday, and many more.” One of the earliest champions of medical education at FAU, Dr. Gelb founded the former University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s regional program at FAU, which “ultimately became our Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine,” said Kelly. Today, Dr. Gelb is senior academic advisor for pre-baccalaureate programs and professor of integrated medical science

June Gelb, left, and her husband, Dr. Ira Gelb, second from left, are joined by friends at the Rotary Club of Boca‘s Outstanding People and Leaders (OPAL) Awards ceremony. The meeting took place a few days before Dr. Gelb’s 90th birthday. With the Gelbs are, from left, Pamela and Mark Polani, Marcie Weisman and Gregory Fried. Photo by Dale King.

in the Schmidt College of Medicine. He and his wife, June, established the June and Ira J. Gelb, M.D. Endowed Scholarship Fund for Medical Student Education to provide financial support to medical schools. The June and Ira J. Gelb, M.D. Auditorium in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine Building is named for the influential couple.



Jan McArt’s new play reading series at Lynn opens theatrical doors to regional playwrights By: Dale King Contributing Writer Michael McKeever, the celebrated South Florida playwright, is a rare breed, a writer who earns a comfortable living through his plays, which have won him the region’s coveted Carbonell Award for best new work a half-dozen times. But he and others like him who toil at a computer keyboard to create stage-worthy prose still turn to Boca Raton’s Jan McArt for inspiration and development. McArt, a dramaturgical legend who has been to Broadway and back and is renowned for bringing live performances to Boca Raton at her famed, former dinner theater, continues to foster theatrical prowess through her five-year-old New Play Reading Series at Boca’s Lynn University. The run for the 2017-2018 season concludes with one more production this month. Each year, four new plays are rehearsed and rewritten over a period of five days. The intensive review process concludes with a public performance in the elegant Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center on the Lynn campus. The McArt connection has worked well. Seven of the new plays presented during the past five years have either gone on to – or are in pre-production for – full performances in Florida or around the country. One recently opened off-Broadway in New York. Three of those plays belong to McKeever, including Daniel’s Husband, which was performed at the Island City Stage in Fort Lauderdale during the summer of 2015 and won several Carbonell Awards. Finding Mona Lisa, a production that unfolded last summer at the Actors’ Playhouse in Coral Gables, and The Camp, which opened in December 2017 at the West Boca Theatre, have both been nominated for Carbonells as best new shows. Citing the astonishing success of her succession of annual dramas, McArt responds: “I love it because it’s creative and

From left, Domenic Servidio, Larry Buzzeo and, seated, Sean William Davis in the play, The Starmaker, at Lynn University. Photo by Evan Musgrave.

I’m making things happen.” She said her mission with the play-reading project is “to develop new, commercially entertaining plays by Florida playwrights.” But Tony Finstrom, associate producer of the play-reading series who also wrote this season’s opener, “gives playwrights the chance to bring in a new play and work with a professional cast and a director for five days – rehearsing, rewriting, rehearsing, rewriting….” “Then, at the end of the five days, they present their new, polished, reworked play to the public.” Finstrom’s piece, House of Gabor, underwent the revision process and hit the stage before an approving audience the night of Oct. 30, 2017. The premise? “It’s Vegas, New Year’s Eve, 1953. Come join Zsa Zsa and company for a peek at their bygone world full of mink, champagne….and men.” McArt starred along with Mia Matthews, Alex Alvarez, Jeffrey Bruce and Michael McKeever. Michael Leeds, a Broadway-trained writer and choreographer and a frequent director of plays around South Florida, co-wrote the second play in McArt’s series, The Starmaker, along with Andy Rogow. Together, they are co-artistic directors of the Island City Stage in Fort Lauderdale. The fact-based production presented Jan. 22 tells the story of Henry Willson

(Larry Buzzeo), known in Hollywood as a super-agent. His best-known client was actor Rock Hudson (Domenic Servidio), and the show delves deeply into their stormy relationship and extraordinary efforts to keep Hudson’s homosexuality a secret, even to the point of arranging a marriage with Willson’s secretary. All female roles are played with passion by Mallory Newbrough, a familiar talent in the South County area, perhaps best known for roles in musicals such as Beauty and the Beast, Company, Little Shop of Horrors and Zanna Don’t. The cast performed strongly in a play that became more tragic as it dealt with Hudson’s cinematic decline, his battle with AIDS and how the news of his fatal condition turned the world’s attention to the disease in the early 1980s. The show also starred Sahid Arnaud Pabon, Jordon Armstrong and Sean William Davis.


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McArt returned Feb. 12 to star in Widow on the Loose, a play written by and starring Jay Stuart and directed by McKeever. The final show is scheduled March 12. A Home was written by Dan Clancy and will be directed by John Tolley. It traces the Reddington family for the 60 years they lived in a brownstone in Brooklyn.

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Cast, stage manager and writers of The Starmaker. From left, Michael Leeds, Andy Rogow, Domenic From left, Sahid Arnaud Pabon, Jordan Servidio, Mallory Newbrough, Larry Buzzeo, Jordan Mallory Newbrough and Larry Buzzeo in Armstrong and Sean William Davis in the Armstrong, Sahid Arnaud Pabon and Alan Saban. the play, The Starmaker, at Lynn University. play, The Starmaker, at Lynn University. Missing is Sean William Davis. Photo by Evan MusPhoto by Evan Musgrave. grave. Photo by Evan Musgrave.

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Don’t miss events

1 The Bacon & Bourbon Festival heads to Wellington for the first time from March 23-25. General admission to the event at the Village of Wellington Community Center and Amphitheater is free. The festival begins Friday at 4 p.m. until 10 p.m., will continue Saturday at 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. and end on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be VIP experience with food and bourbon pairing seminars as well. The title sponsor is Buffalo Trace.

2 The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County will recognize the 2018 Muse Award Recipients on March 22 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. The biennial awards ceremony coincides with the council’s 40th anniversary. In addition to presentations to award winners, there will be performances by local artists. Delray’s Milagro Center will be recognized for “Outstanding School Committed to Arts Integration,” Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens won “The Legacy Award” for an organization and Boca’s Museum of Art won the “Liman Excellence in Arts Education.” Tickets are on sale at palmbeachculture. com/muse. 3 Grammy award winning artist Jason Mraz will perform at the Kravis Center on March 16 at 8 p.m. Tickets for “An Evening with Jason

Mraz, Solo Acoustic” start at $45. The show will take place at the Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall. His stop in West Palm Beach is part of a 17-city live tour, following his extended Broadway debut performance in the hit musical Waitress and release of his new original song, “Can’t Hold Out On Love,” which is featured in the upcoming film, Father Figures.

4 Boca’s Child Rescue Coalition will hold its 2018 gala on March 9 at the Delray Beach Marriott. This year the keynote speaker is Ashley Judd, a Golden Globe nominated actress, political activist, humanitarian and survivor of childhood sexual abuse. She was recently named TIME  magazine’s Person of the Year for her work addressing sexual assault. The event takes place at 6 p.m. and proceeds go toward the nonprofit’s mission to protect children from sexual exploitation through technology. For tickets and information, visit

celebrates a decade of serving up local eats and decorative tablescapes. This year’s participating restaurants are: 32 East, 50 Ocean, Avant, Cabana El Rey, Caffe Luna Rosa, Che!!!, City Oyster & Sushi Bar, Cut 432, Gary Rack’s Farmhouse Kitchen, Lemongrass, Max’s Harvest, Rack’s Fish House & Oyster Bar, Rocco’s Tacos, Salt 7, The Office, and Vic & Angelo’s. Each 4-course dinner is paired with select libations. Make your reservation with your preferred restaurant. Menus can be viewed at

5 Willow Theatre at Boca’s Sugar Sand Park will put on Upcycled Cinderella on March 30. Presented by Bright Star Theatre, the imaginative production brings to life the story of Cinderella through household and recycled items, in a way that will surprise and delight audiences. Shows take place at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Willow Theatre Box Office at Sugar Sand Park Community Center at 561-347-3948, or online Adult tickets are $8 and kids $6.

7 The YMCA of South Palm Beach County will host its 16th annual Inspiration Breakfast fundraiser on March 7 at 7:30 a.m. at Office Depot Global Headquarters. This year, the event will feature head coach of the Miami Hurricane’s Mark Richt as the keynote speaker. The event will raise funds for the Y’s Drowning Prevention Initiatives and financial assistance program which provides everyone, regardless of income, the ability to participate in valuable, life-changing YMCA programs. For more information, visit www. or contact Kimberley Trombly-Burmeister at 561300-3238 or

6 Savor the Avenue returns on March 26 at 5:30 p.m. The outdoor dining event will

8 The 33rd annual Palm Beach International Boat Show will head to downtown

West Palm Beach on March 22-25. General admission tickets cost $24 for adults and $14 for children six through 15 years old. Children under six are free. The show runs from noon to 7 p.m. on Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, and Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

9 Celtic Woman is heading to Boca Raton during its North American tour “Homecoming” this spring. It will make a stop at FAU’s Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium on March 3 at 7:30 p.m. Visit https://www. for more information.

10 The 3rd Annual Mixology Craft Sprit event returns to Mizner Park on March 16 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Patrons will taste food from several local restaurants and caterers, including: M.E.A.T. Eatery & Taproom, Tanzy Restaurant, The Little Chalet, Potions in Motions Catering, Café MED Ristorante and Villagio Restaurant & Bar. Mixologists will offer signature drinks, and representatives will be available to educate event-goers on the burgeoning number of local and national distilleries making some of today’s most notable spirits. Visit for tickets.

a Delray Beach CRA project 17th Annual Easter Bonnet Pet Parade, Saturday, March 31st, @10am

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Art Exhibit Opening Free Event Wine, cheese and art. We are excited to launch the TRANSFORMATION exhibit featuring artists Marco Fidel Nunez Suarez and Sullivan Hess.

Reception, Speakers and Concert General Admission: $45 Our speakers include, Charlotte Dilks, philanthropist and entrepreneur, Shirley Johnson, Deputy Vice Mayor for the city of Delray Beach, and Paula Allen, documentary photographer, activist, educator, and author. Afterwards, enjoy a musical performance by award winning performer and Arts Garage favorite Avery Sommers.

The Mark Zaleski Band - CD Release Event

March 2, 8 p.m. NICOLAS KING WITH THE MIKE RENZI TRIO Jazz / Cabaret / Pop General Admission $30 | Reserved $40 | Premium $45 March 3, 7 p.m.

March 9, 8 p.m. International Guitar Night The World’s Premier Touring Guitar Festival General Admission $30 | Reserved $40 | Premium $45 March 10, 8 p.m.

March 16, 8 p.m.

General Admission $30 | Reserved $40 | Premium $45 March 11, 7 p.m. The New Vision Sax Ensemble Traditional Sax Quartet with a Flair General Admission $20 | Reserved $30 | Premium $35

Sarah Reich’s Tap Music Project World Famous Tap Dancer General Admission $30 | Reserved $40 | Premium $45

Tréjae blu is a neo soul, jazz, funk and R&B inspired band that writes original music and covers songs from the 1960’s through today, making them fresh and uniquely their own.

A High-Energy Jazz/Modern Rock Fusion

March 4, 7 p.m.



Judy Carmichael Swing/American Standards/Jazz General Admission $30 | Reserved $40 | Premium $45 March 17, 8 p.m.

March 15, 8 p.m.

Kemuel Roig Quartet


Afro-Latin Funk Jazz

Folk, Rock Trio

General Admission $30 | Reserved $40 | Premium $45

$10 in Advance / $12 Day of

March 24, 8 p.m.

Citizen Badger is a folk rock trio from West Palm Beach, Florida, that was just formed during the Fall of 2017. March 15 8 p.m.

Unlimited Devotion A Celebration of the Grateful Dead   General Admission $20 | Reserved $25 | Premium $30 March 31, 8 p.m.

TREJAE BLU Neo Soul, Jazz, Funk and R&B $10 in Advance / $12 Day of Event

Lauren Mitchell Band A Soulful, Take-No-Prisoners, Full-Throttle Performance

February 23 – March 4, 2018 Mizner Park

March 1 • 7:00 pm

March 2 • 7:30 pm

March 3 • 4:00 pm

March 3 • 8:00 pm

March 4 • 6:00 pm

T Bone Burnett, Oscar and Grammy Winning Songwriter, Producer and Performer

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

James Marshall Adventurer and Documentary Film Producer

Rising Stars Chad Hoopes, Violin and Nikolay Khozyainov, Piano with The SYMPHONIA

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Also featuring: Kathleen Battle, Legendary Soprano; Itzhak Perlman, A Klezmer Celebration; Hannah Tinti, Award Winning Author; Harold López-Nussa Trio, Brilliant Jazz Pianist from Havana; Richard Haass, President, Council on Foreign Affairs; Peter Diamandis,Founder of the X Prize and Best Selling Author.


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vironmentalist, Chad Pregracke, who has been working for over 15 years to clean up America’s rivers. Pregracke and more than 70,000 volunteers across the country have accomplished 550 river cleanups, removing over eight million pounds of garbage from the Mississippi and 16 other major rivers. General Admission $30 | Reserved $40 | Premium $45

Old School Square March 2 – Catch A Rising Star Comedy Sopranos Night with Vincent Pastore and Goumba Johnny Crest Theatre Saturday, 8 p.m.; tickets $67/$47; premium club seating, $400 (available through Box Office only) The Crest Theatre at Old School Square and Catch A Rising Star presents some of the best standup comedians in the country.

Crest Theatre Robert D. Chapin Lecture Series Thursday, 2 p.m.; tickets $67/$47/$32 – reserved seating National Geographic Live Series Thursday, 7 p.m.; tickets $25 (adult); $15 (student) – general admission seating The Crest Theatre offers two opportunities to witness the profound work of en-

Wednesday, 8 p.m.; tickets $50/$40

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March 10– What’s Going On: The Marvin Gaye Experience

Friday, 9 and 11:30 a.m.; public tickets $25

Crest Theatre

March 25– Janoska Ensemble

Saturday, 8 p.m.; tickets $65/$55

Crest Theatre

Brian Owens performs the beloved and lesser-known hits of the legendary Marvin Gaye in a show that simultaneously honors the past and attends to the present and future.

Sunday, 2 p.m.; tickets $55/$45

March 9 – The Young People’s Guide to Broadway

Join renowned song and dance team, Michael Kessler and Melinda Jackson with Broadway conductor, arranger and composer, Keith Thompson in M&M’s YOUNG PEOPLE’S GUIDE TO BROADWAY,” a theatrical, entertaining and educational show celebrating the art of musical theatre from “Showboat” to “Hamilton.” This show is recommended for grades 6-10 and is open to both school groups and the public.

Saturday, 6 p.m.; tickets $20-$50; available on Eventbrite

March 12-13 – Mandy Gonzalez

When the Janoska brothers founded the Janoska Ensemble in 2013, they created a vision of modern interpretations of works that are virtuosic and profoundly personal.

Crest Theatre

March 27– Symphonia Squared

Monday and Tuesday, 8 p.m.; tickets $72/$57

Crest Theatre

March 14 – Roger McGuinn

Crest Theatre

March 8 – Chad Pregracke: Mission on the Mississippi

Crest Theatre

Taking place in 1932, the beloved story of Eleanora Fagan at 17 years old unfolds as a hard-lived child, whose Mother struggled in a world of being a single parent, grows to become one of the world’s most iconic song writers and vocalists of all time.

March 7 – Peter Yarrow

Wednesday, 8 p.m.; tickets $77 (Premium); $57 (Regular Reserved); $408 (VIP Table of 5). VIP tables are located stage-side, include 1 drink per person, table service, and are sold only through Box Office.

March 21– Billie the Musical

March 9- JAZZ AMBASSADORS AMERICA’S BIG BAND, Pavilion Friday, March 9 at 7 p.m.; free admission th

Crest Theatre

Join conductor Alastair Willis and The Symphonia for a journey ‘beyond the music’ with an insider’s guide into 18th and 19th century Vienna.

Wednesday, 8 p.m.; tickets $92/$77/$57


MusicWorks presents an intimate evening with Roger McGuinn, former front man of the acclaimed 60’s band, The Byrds.

Crest Theatre

Enjoy a FREE concert by the 19-member Jazz Ambassadors, the official touring big band of the United States Army. This concert is fun for all ages and offers big band, swing, bebop, Latin, contemporary jazz, popular tunes, vocals and patriotic selections. March 16 – Catapult


Friday, 8 p.m.; tickets $70/$60

Crest Theatre

Formerly seen on America’s Got Talent from Season 8 as finalists, this family show features incredible dancers who work behind a screen to create magical shadow silhouettes of shapes. March 17-18 – Million Dollar Quartet Crest Theatre Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 & 7 p.m.; tickets $85/$75

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Wednesday, 8 p.m.; tickets $57/$47 (Premium/Regular Reserved); $328 (VIP Table Seating – Sold only through Box Office. VIP tables are located stage-side, include 1 drink per person and table service.) March 30 – September 9– Flora


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Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.; tickets $49/$39

This Tony Award winning smash hit Broadway musical was inspired by the true story of the recording session that brought together rock n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time!

Cornell Art Museum 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach 33444 561-243-7922; Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Admission: $8 (general); $5 (seniors 65+ and students with ID); free for children under 12, Old School Square members and veterans; free for Florida residents on Sunday. This group exhibition of contemporary artwork incorporates themes inspired by the goddess of springtime, fertility, and flowers.

Sol Children Theatre Cinderella March 1 – 18


March 3-April 7 Based on the iconic animated film with an Academy Award-winning score by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, Disney’s Aladdin jr. will send you soaring on a flying carpet ride!

Music by Richard Rodgers, Book by Oscar Hammerstein II, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II Directed by Rosalie Grant Tickets:  $20 / $15 juniors (11 and under) Tickets:  561-447-8829 /  Performances: Thursday, Friday & Saturday: 7 pm and Saturday & Sunday: 2 pm Sol Theatre 3333 N. Federal Highway Boca Raton, FL  33431

Showtime Theatre Aladdin Jr.

Saturdays @ 4 p.m. March 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st, April 7th

Six String Soldiers, A U.S. Army Field Band! Six String Soldiers is a five-member acoustic group of Active-Duty U.S. Army Soldiers performing Americana, folk, country, bluegrass, and Irish music. Concessions will be available onsite. Lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets welcome. 7-9 p.m.

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Temple Sinai

Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center’s Sandler Center

Open House March 9 at 6:30 p.m. Socialize with your Temple Sinai neighborAnd friends while enjoying wine and cheese. Meet our clergy Rabbi Aviva Bass and Cantorial Soloist Margaret Schmitt.

March 1 – 11

Six String Soldiers

Handle with Care - Circumstances both hilarious and tragic bring together a young Israeli woman who has little command of English, and a young American man who has little command of romance. Is their inevitable love an accident or destiny?

The Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department and The West Boca Community Council Presents: Six String Soldiers, a FREE community concert! Enjoy an evening concert under the stars with

Show times/dates are as follows: Thursdays, March 1st and 8th at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, March 3rd and 10th at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, March 4th and 11th at 2 p.m. and Thursday, March 8th at 2 p.m.

Sunset Cove Amphitheater March 9

Sopranos Night with


Crest Theatre | March 2 | 8 pm

The Catch a Rising Star Comedy Series continues with two well-known fim and TV actors, who have done it all! The series ends April 21st with Adam Ferrara.

Lynn University

March 3–4 In The Mood America’s favorite big band musical • Saturday: 7:30 p.m. • Sunday: 4 p.m. Location: Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center Tickets: $70 for box, $55 for orchestra and $50 for mezzanine March 24–25 A perfect evening with Erich Bergen: The star of the CBS hit show Madame Secretary • Saturday: 7:30 p.m. • Sunday: 4 p.m. The motion picture and TV star Erich Bergen, is perhaps best known for his award-winning portrayal of Bob Gaudio in Clint Eastwood’s film Jersey Boys. Bergen channels his heroes: Peter Allen, Barry Manilow, Elton John and Billy Joel.

National Geographic Live and Robert D. Chapin Lecture Series present Environmentalist,

America’s Got Talent - Season 8 Finalists!

“Mission on the Mississippi” Crest Theatre | March 8 | 2 & 7 pm

Be amazed as shadow dancers work behind a screen to transform their bodies into shapes from the world around us! Packed with hundreds of shape transformations the show is full of emotion, humor and engaging stories. Fun for the family!


This 2013 CNN Hero of the Year worked with 98,000 volunteers over 19 years to remove almost 10 million pounds of garbage from 23 U.S. rivers. Sponsored by

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Shadow Dance Company Crest Theatre | March 16 | 8 pm



Jill Zarin - Original cast member of The Real Housewives of New York City - is the guest speaker at a benefit for National Jewish Health wear, author of Secrets of a Jewish Mother and motivational speaker. Zarin also has a home in Boca Raton.

By: Diane Feen Contributing Writer If you’re going to have lunch, at least do it for a good cause.

Because Zarin is self-made her speaking engagements are motivational, chatty, humorous and beguiling. This year – on March 16 – Zarin will talk about life lessons, entrepreneurial guidance, her TV show career and the wisdom of motherhood.

Most people in our community know that. What they may not know is that the No. 1 Respiratory Hospital in the US is National Jewish Health. It is also a Mecca for groundbreaking medical research and treatment of cardiac and immune disorders for adults and children. National Jewish Health has a Boca Raton office and a long list of supporters who attend the annual luncheon that supports the hospital. Some of the guests’ lives have been drastically changed for the better and others enjoy the camaraderie and kinship of this wonderful event. This year the speaker will be celebrity, entrepreneur and author Jill Zarin. Most people know this perky red head from her stint on “The Real Housewives of New York City.” Others know her as the founder of Skweez Couture shape-

The luncheon is always a riveting peek into the wonders of a hospital that has changed lives from one of homebound solitude to normal activity. The remarkable success stories are almost so amazing you would think they were made up – but they’re not. The day starts with an exciting silent auction, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and then a wonderful lunch with guest speaker Zarin. There are also terrific auction item and drawings featuring an Apple Watch, a trip to Colorado, designer accessories, a three-day package with dinner at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, A Gulfstream Park extravaganza in the Winner’s Circle, lunch in their Ten Palms Restaurant and

other incredible prizes. You don’t have to win a prize at the luncheon either, everyone gets a special gift from Neiman Marcus just for attending. The New Directions for Women Luncheon – as it is called – is also looking for sponsors and supporters for the luncheon as well as advertisers for their new Full Screen Electronic Video. There is also a VIP Patron’s Cocktail Reception with Zarin on March 15. Come to the Boca Resort & Club on March 16 and support the efforts of the leading respiratory hospital in the country. Their groundbreaking research is invaluable for patients suffering from COPD, lung and heart disease. They have found cures and treatments that have changed lives and they continue to treat each patient with kindness and astute care. You’ll hear from one of them at the luncheon. For tickets and information call – 561-477-5400 or email If you have respiratory issues and need help call their Lung Line at 800-222-LUNG.

SOFLO SESSIONS to give local musicians global exposure By: Joanie Cox-Henry Contributing Writer Getting one’s original music heard can be tougher than scoring “Hamilton” tickets. Partner and COO of Rock N Roll Tequila Scott

Woolley would like to change that. Woolley has teamed up with Chris Montague of SoFlo Music School in Delray Beach to create the SO-



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FLO SESSIONS, which allows local bands and artists a chance have a live performance taped by a professional camera crew and promoted on YouTube and other social media platforms. “We are trying to give unsung artists a voice,” said Woolley whose friend, football legend Dan Marino, is a partner is the Rock N Roll Tequila brand. “This is our fourth or fifth session we’ve done and the performers get a chance to be filmed and the most popular acts from the videos will then have a chance to perform at festivals Rock N Roll Tequila is sponsoring.” The SOFLO SESSIONS happen at SoFlo Music School in front of an intimate audience. On Feb. 5, jazz funk band Public Sounds Collective performed. “We welcome all genres of music for these sessions. We’ve had everyone from reggae and jazz to blues and rock and roll perform,” Woolley said. Woolley decided to partner with SoFlo Music School after his three daughters began taking music lessons there. Woolley, who brought concerts to TV from legends such as Paul McCartney and Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, feels there are various TV shows that offer opportunities for vocalists to be heard but not many outlets for musicians to get exposure.

Public Sounds Collective performing live as part of SOFLO Sessions. Photo by Joanie Cox-Henry.

“To sign up for a chance to perform in the SOFLO SESSIONS, all you have to do is go to and submit three original songs. All bands or artists must play an instrument,” Woolley said. The SOFLO SESSIONS have been a popular element to Montague’s school, which offers guitar, piano, voice, drums, ukulele, bass, violin, viola, saxophone, flute, clarinet and bassoon lessons to students of all ages. “We’ve had about four bands a month performing in the SOFLO SESSIONS and we’ve had a lot of very good bands come through,” Montague said. “It’s been a really great experience. Our whole vibe is about keeping it fun here while making some great music.” The next SOFLO SESSION is scheduled for March 5 at 7 p.m. with reggae artist Paul Anthony. The sessions are filmed at SoFlo Music School, 885 S.E. Sixth Ave., in Delray Beach. For more on the school, call 561-6741151 or visit

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Boca, area stage performers among Carbonell Award nominees Newbrough, Fridh, McKeever earn two selections each

By: Dale King Contributing Writer

edging personal achievement.

Actors who’ve performed in shows at dozens of live theaters in South Florida this past year are getting a bit anxious as April 2 approaches. That’s the night the Carbonell Awards – the local theater community’s equivalent of the Tony – will be handed out for the 42nd year.

Zoetic Stage in Miami leads all playhouses with 17 nominations for their productions of The Caretaker, Fuacata, Sunday in the Park with George and Top Dog/ Underdog. Miami-Dade venues earned 42 nominations, Palm Beach County locations got 38 and Broward County has 20 nominees in the running. Choices for top performance honors were spread among 44 shows in theaters from Coral Gables to Jupiter.

The awards foster the artistic growth of professional theater in the tri-county area by celebrating the diversity of theatrical artists, providing educational scholarships and building audience appreciation and civic pride by highlighting their achievements in the performance community. Theaters in the Boca Raton, West Palm Beach and North Broward areas are well represented with nominees all hoping to bring home the coveted statue acknowl-

Of the Palm Beach nominations, Dramaworks racked up the most at 12. Maltz Jupiter Theatre and the Wick Theatre, Boca Raton, both got nine. MNM Productions in West Palm Beach tallied three, Theatre Lab at Florida Atlantic University in Boca also got three and West Boca Theatre got two.

Word in Niki Fridh in Grounded. Pho- Mallory Newbrough in Sarah Gracel in Dream- Elijah Beehive. Photo by Amy girls. Photo by George Dreamgirls. Photo by to by Nicole Stoddard. Pasquantonio. George Wentzler. Wentzler.

In Broward County, Slow Burn Theatre Company, which formerly produced shows at West Boca High School, but has moved to the Broward Performing Arts Center, got eight nods. Thinking Cap Theatre got six, Broward Stage Door Theatre in Margate got three, Island City Stage was chosen for two and New City Players got a single nomination. Two actresses who’ve performed in Boca, among other locations, received two nominations each. Mallory Newbrough got a nod for Best Actress for her starring role in Beauty and the Beast at the Wick Theater and another as Best Supporting Actress, Musical, for Beehive, also at the Wick.

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In addition, Niki Fridh received two nominations, one as Best Actress, Play,

for Grounded at Thinking Cap Theatre and one for Best Supporting Actress, Play, for Most Wanted, produced at FAU’s Theatre Lab. Also, playwright Michael McKeever is in line for a couple of Carbonells. He was nominated for Best New Work (play or musical), The Camp, presented at West Boca Theatre Company and Finding Mona Lisa, performed at the Actors’ Playhouse in the Miracle Theatre. For a list of nominees, visit The awards will be handed out during ceremonies Monday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m. at Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale.



Staying local for spring break? Here Are 5 things to do with the kids By: Heather McMechan Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day The Delray Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade is an annual hometown tradition. On March 17, the parade kicks off at noon. Grab your wagon and some friends and find your spot on the Avenue. The parade highlights our local nonprofits; businesses, schools, civic organizations, veterans; Emergency Service personnel including police officers, firefighters, and EMS from all across the United States, and as far away as Belgium, Ireland, Australia, Canada, Switzerland and France.

of Florida’s native and invasive reptile species, meet sharks and other fish at the coral reef pool, explore Southeast Florida’s largest private shell collection. You can go to www.sandoway. org to get the latest feeding schedules for the sharks, alligators and stingrays. Mondays they are closed and it’s $5 for ages 3 and up.

Ride a carousel

U-Pick in Delray Beach.

Did you know Downtown in the Gardens had a carousel? Take a trip and ride a great blue heron, Florida panther, roseate spoonbill and other state-specific rides. Pompano Citi Centre in Pompano Beach, which includes five Florida-inspired creatures has a carousel of fun. The carousel at Sugar Sand Park in Boca Raton has 30 horses and two chariots and is open daily. The Palm Beach Zoo in West Palm Beach also has a carousel, but you must have zoo tickets to ride.

Get some surf and sand

See the sharks

Pick berries

The Sandoway House in Delray Beach is a fun place to take the family. Visitors of all ages can get an up-close view of some

Strawberries are in season, and families can pick their own at Bedner’s Farm in Boynton Beach and The Girls Strawberry

and down A1A, you’ll find spots to enjoy. Some may have places to host a cookout or play on a playground. Just be prepared to pay and get a parking spot early.

Grab your boogie boards, beach pails and sunscreen and hit the beach. All up

Happy Healthy Stronger helps three locals transform their lives with free five week program By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor

meal options and real time results.

Three locals will spend five weeks working out, eating healthy and making the ultimate lifestyle changes to feel their best.

The first part of their regiment is a blood test from 4Ever Young Anti Aging that will give participants a look at what is happening inside their own bodies. From their, they will each receive a customized plan to help them achieve their goals.

Part of a new initiative by Happy Healthy Stronger, Boca Raton resident and founder Linzi Martinez, PT, NT is helping two Boca residents and one Delray resident transform their lives with tools in their own backyard. “This has been a dream of mine for the past two years,” Martinez said. “Everyone deserves to feel amazing. I never want people to settle for mediocre, that’s not living.” So Martinez set out on her mission to help others “feel ridiculously alive.” She recruited other sponsors in the health world to donate their time and services to a five week makeover package that totals more than $20,000 per person. The three finalists Emily Aronson, 47, of Boca Raton; Leslie Carter, 47, of Delray Beach; and Wali Waiters, 53, of Boca Raton were selected out of 300 applicants. During the program called “Mission Possible” they will be filmed so the community can see their progress as it happens. Videos will be posted several times a week on Facebook showcasing training sessions, healthy

Then they will train at Boca’s Trainerspace three times a week, meet with Dr. Jon Segal of Delray’s My Bodyworx once a week and receive two meals per day from Ideal Meals. Week six will be beauty week with a grand finale on March 15 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Trainerspace featuring a fashion show by ATHLETA, which also donated clothing items to contestants for their work outs. The three participants all agreed that now is the time to make a healthy change in their lives. “My health is no where near what it used to be,” Leslie Carter said. “My family has a lot of health issues and I knew if I didn’t make a change now that’s where I was headed.” She said her weight has yo-yoed over the years and during hurricane season she said she found her self eating a lot. The St. Croix-native said she felt like she was reliving Hurricane Hugo as she watched the devastation others were going through.

Leslie Carter, Linzi Martinez of Happy Healthy Stronger, Emily Aronson and Wali Waiters. Staff photo.

“I felt like I was at the point of no return,” she said. “Now, I feel like all my health goals are possible.”

knows what it is like to be in shape and feeling and looking his best. Just three years ago, he said he competed in a body building show.

Getting control of her health is also the reason Emily Aronson decided to apply for the challenge.

But last year was a hard year for him physically, mentally and emotionally, he said. He got divorced and said he felt himself letting himself go.

“My sister said I had to enter this contest she saw on Facebook,” Emily Aronson said. “I am overweight, unhealthy and have medical issues.” Aronson, a mom of three young children, said she wants to be healthy for them. She said her doctors said she can get off her medication if she eats healthier and exercises. “Just to be healthy is my main goal,” she said. “To get off my medication.” Wali Waiters, the sole male participant,

“When you feel bad you dress bad,” he said. He was on the verge of hiring an image consultant when his friend called to tell him about Happy Heathy Stronger. “This was supposed to happen,” he said. A three part series that follows the transformation will air after the event. Check in on their progress on Facebook at the HappyHealthyStronger page.



NAMA what? By: Erica Taub Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers creasing ranges of motion. Flexibility vastly decreases our chance for injury and will result in performing better in other workouts. Balance

Yoga is a practice that unites the mind, body and soul. Not only can you get a great workout from yoga but it goes deeper into creating more fulfillment, peace, and joy to your life. There are endless benefits to yoga that many are already experiencing. Are you working out with weights and/or cardio but not incorporating yoga? There are countless benefits to strength training and conditioning, however, there are many more pieces to your health and wellness puzzle. Yoga is a huge piece and below are some of the reasons. Flexibility I often hear, “I can’t do yoga, I’m not flexible”. Isn’t that the perfect reason to start? The great thing about yoga is you can go at your own pace with many modification options available. Our muscles get tight from workouts and activities of daily living. Spending a full yoga class on increasing our flexibility reduces stiffness, aches and pains while in-

Yoga brings balance in two arenas; mind and body. In regards to the body, most people are unaware how imbalanced they are, compensating with their stronger muscles for the rest of their body. This wear and tear greatly increases the chances of injury and pain.

Activating this part of our brain has a relaxing and balancing effect on our emotions. Breathing and meditation are interrelated. The goal is to access that state of being present and in full consciousness, from there we can truly live in the moment instead of the past or future. Stretch, balance, breath Yoga is all encompassing. I can speak from personal experience regarding the above benefits, having suffered from back and hip pain for decades. Slowly and consistently

Incorporating balance in the entire body is a fixture in the classes I instruct, pinpointing what needs improvement. Only then can you efficiently strengthen and align your body.

from practicing yoga I have healed

Pranayama- breath extension or control

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If you’re breathing, you’re doing yoga! It’s as simple as that. Concentrating and connecting with the breath is a core component in the yoga class. It doesn’t matter what type of yoga class; power or gentle, breath is the most important part.

FREE class! The light in me honors

Conscious breathing shifts our brain from chaos to experiencing focus and calm awareness. This awareness helps us to connect deeper with our body and spirit in the present moment. The difference of conscious breathing and our normal breathing throughout the day is the areas of our brain that are stimulated. From conscious breathing we stimulate the cerebral cortex.

gy, became life coach certified, and

myself. I am grateful to guide others through their practice. Come flow, stretch, strengthen and balance with me in Delray Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. and in Boca Monday at this article in with you and get a the light in you- NAMASTE. Erica Taub is a yoga instructor for PurLife Fitness Centers located in Delray Beach and Boca Raton. Erica obtained her Bachelors in Psycholoreceived her 200 hours RYT through Karuna Yoga Studio. Her greatest joy is to connect with others and show


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Advances in the treatment of Intractable Bell’s Palsy

Conservative, non-surgical treatment options for intractable Bell’s palsy focuses on reducing inflammation to the facial nerve and stabilizing the neurological activity within the brainstem.

By: Dr. John Conde DC, DACNB Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers Bell’s palsy is the most common cause of one side facial paralysis. It is a result of inflammation of a brainstem nerve termed cranial nerve VII (facial nerve) as it exists the skull via an opening called the stylomastoid foramen. It results in an inability to control the muscles on the affected side of the face. Bell’s palsy is self-limiting and function starts to be regained within 3 weeks in most cases. However in some cases the restoration of function is not attained within the first 3 weeks and sequelae

may ensue. These cases fall into what is termed intractable Bell’s palsy. Complications can include tinnitus (ringing in the ears), facial synkinesis (uncoordinated movements of the face), facial spasm, facial contracture, facial paralysis, and aguesia (loss of taste). Bell’s palsy is often referred to as a mono-neuropathy, meaning involving one nerve. However quite often there is a myriad of neurological symptoms which cannot be explained by the dysfunction of the facial nerve solely.


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How to stay healthy during cold and flu season By: Laura Norman Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers Winter, the season for colds, flu and other respiratory infections, is in full swing. While we can enjoy the warmth here in south Florida, we are not immune to this seasonal onslaught. In fact, the CDC says this flu season is the worst we’ve seen in many years. Yet, the controversy around flu vaccines continues—with many authorities advising that the vaccines are safe and everyone should be vaccinated as a public health measure—while others feel that choosing whether to vaccinate is a personal decision, with some questioning whether flu shots are necessary, effective, or safe. With all the noise, how do you keep yourself, your family and your community healthy? First, do your research using reliable sources. Ask questions and discuss your concerns with your doctor. Whether or not you choose to be vaccinated, there’s much you can do to bolster your immune system—your first defense against colds and flu—naturally: Get enough sleep - for most people 7 to 8 hours a night is restorative. Eat healthy - a diet rich in fruits and vegetables helps your body’s defenses. And grandma was right! Research shows that chicken soup helps to reduce congestion.



Alkalize - keeping your internal environment on the alkaline side of the pH scale helps to defend against flu and colds. Among the best foods to help your body stay alkaline are citrus fruits, especially lemons, and dark green vegetables. Although citrus fruits are acidic, they create an alkaline response in your body. Start each day with some fresh lemon juice in water to help you “alkalize.” Exercise sensibly - regular exercise has been shown to boost your immune system. Find ways to relax and minimize stress - stress weakens your immune system and, if allowed to linger, leaves your body open to illness and disease. Medical research, case studies and client testimonials demonstrate the power of reflexology to relieve stress, improve energy and boost your immune system. Reflexology is profoundly relaxing, and has been shown to improve many health conditions including chronic pain, high blood pressure, insomnia, constipation, PMS, pregnancy, menopause and more. 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 th in Boynton Beach starting March 17 . Laura has created Aromatherapy products and step-by-step Foot, Hand and Face Reflexology Home Study DVDs, and offers beautiful gift certificates for all occasions. • • 561-272-1220





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Eight weeks to…Success? By: Christine King Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers When beginning an exercise program and healthy eating regimen clients typically experience visible results in about eight weeks. There is an exception specific to this time of year. Statistically, for 80 percent of those who made New Year’s Resolutions to improve their level of health and fitness, this is, unfortunately, the time of defeat. You can avoid being in the 80 percent club. For some who haven’t slid too far, the solution can be as simple as a re-boot. Review the goals set at the beginning of the year and begin again. It’s, really that simple! A more gentle approach is needed for those who slid into the dark side. Emotions play a significant role in this process. The ability to acknowledge feelings of failure, inability to reach the goals set, and understanding how to answer questions from friends and family about the lack of progress prepares you for success. No one is perfect! However, after proclaiming, “This year will be different because I’m more committed than ever.” explaining why you haven’t lost any weight is an awkward conversation.

It’s only human to feel embarrassed when discussing with your friend why you stopped going to the gym while eating a cheeseburger at lunch. Here is an evaluation process to take a quick inventory of what went down and how to remedy each area rapidly. 1. Address the reasons why you didn’t maintain the commitment to yourself. Were you ready for this level of dedication? Take a look deep inside and learn the cause of the setback not to have a repeat performance. Write down the authentic reasons for the occurrences, so you have a point of reference moving forward. Knowing your triggers is half the battle! 2. Next, were your goals too lofty, unreasonable or unattainable? This is common, and we hear it all of the time! “I’m going to eat clean, cut out the booze, go to the gym every day, dust of my Fit bit and stay strong during social events.” Sound familiar? Going “all in” can be effective for some and disastrous for most. Small, measurable and attainable steps are necessary for your mind, heart, and body. For example, for food adjustments, you can choose to eliminate fast food, fried food, sweets, or alcohol during the week. Attempting to tackle all of these at once is a shock to the body. Start slow and after a successful week of eliminating one of your weaknesses, build on the process

each following week. 3. After the first “cheat” did you downright give up? Many feel a “cheat” is a failure. This is the farthest thing from the truth. First, cheats are allowed. Move on, forget about it and behave for the rest of that week. If I’ve said it once I’ve said it a million times “It doesn’t matter that you got off track, what matters is that you get back on track!” Merely adjusting the way you think about your goals and lifestyle shifts the choices you make and yields astonishing results rather than huge disappointments. 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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What’s the story with those pesky breakouts? By: Dr. Francesca Lewis MD, FAAD Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers The common “whiteheads” and “blackheads” are actually called closed and open comedones, respectively. Acne can have an inflammatory presentation with a predominance of papules (pink bumps) and pustules (“pus-bumps”). And in the most severe form can be nodulocystic with large bumps or cysts leaving severe scarring. In addition, acne not only affects the face but can commonly affect the chest, back, neck, shoulders and even the buttocks! More than 14 million people in the US have rosacea and more than 60 million have acne! Both are common causes of pimple breakouts with some important differences. Most think acne affects only teenagers, however, in my practice the majority of my acne patients are adults! The pathogenesis of acne stems of a genetic predisposition, hormonal influences (namely testosterone and DHT), an increase in sebum production, an increase in dead skin cells accumulating deep in the pores, as well as a bacteria called P. acnes. These factors lead to what is called microcomedo formation, the beginning of a pimple underneath the skin. Acne can have a variety of presentations.

Certain medications and vitamin supplements can induce acne and are important to screen for in sudden onset cases. Some patients may be affected by dietary triggers like dairy or high glycemic foods, or may conversely benefit from probiotic use. Similarly, post-adolescent women who develop acne may have a hormonal variant of ovarian, adrenal or pituitary origin. The good news is all of the wonderful treatments we now have available. As Dermatologists, we often utilize a combination of acne fighting ingredients to attack and prevent breakouts. A common over the counter ingredient, Benzoyl Peroxide, when used in medical or prescrip-

tion grade strengths is often helpful for both inflammatory and comedonal acne. Topical antibiotics such as clindamycin or erythromycin are employed with benzoyl peroxide for increased efficacy. They work on acne by killing the P. acnes bacteria and also by their anti-inflammatory effect. Retinoids, such as Retin-A, adapalene and Tazorac prescriptions, help prevent microcomedo development under the skin. Milder topical ingredients such as azelaic acid, topical dapsone, glycolic and salicylic acid may also be used in combination especially for patients with more sensitive skin. Oral antibiotics, such as Doxyxycline or Minocycline, are often prescribed for a 2-4 month course in cases of more resistant or inflammatory acne and work by anti-inflammatory effects. Adjunctive treatments for acne include hormonal treatment in adult women, including birth control pills and spironolactone pills which work by blocking the effects of testosterone. Spironolactone is not suitable for every patient as there are some infrequent but potential side effects, but can be very helpful in the right patient. We also can employ adjunctive non-pharmaceutical treatments such as blue or red light treatments and IPL laser treatments specifically with acne fighting


wavelengths. Accutane is our last resort medication for patients with severe, scarring and inflammatory acne resistant to the above treatments. After a typical 6 month course, 2/3 of patients treated will either be completely cured of their acne or have a recurrence of mild acne breakouts. 1/3 of patients may see their acne return usually 1-5 years later, although often less severe, but may need a repeat course of Accutane. The medication is highly regulated because of the potential for severe birth defects, and other less frequent but potential side effects. However, it can work amazingly well in the right patient with appropriate monitoring. Visiting a Dermatologist certified by the American Board of Dermatology (ABD) is especially important to develop an individualized treatment plan for your skin type and type of acne. With the right doctor, acne is very treatable! Stay tuned next month for Part 2 on Rosacea!





Rotary Club of Boca Raton adds eight new OPAL awardees at gala By: Dale King Contributing Writer

away any qualified student in needs.”

The Rotary Club of Boca Raton celebrated its 20th annual Outstanding People and Leaders (OPAL) Awards Gala this year by adding the names of eight specially selected recipients – three civic-minded couples among them – to the roster of people recognized for their community contributions.

The three co-chairs pointed out that the Rotary Scholarship Program “was among the first to provide not only economic assistance, but life skills training and counseling from dedicated Rotary mentors. Proceeds from this event benefit the Rotary Club of Boca Raton’s Service Missions, including Youth Scholarship Program.”

“The purpose of tonight’s event is both to celebrate the honorees and to provide scholarships to economically vulnerable students who might not otherwise have an opportunity to attend college,” said 2018 OPAL cochairs Peter Baronoff, Neil Saffer and Spencer Siegel, in the event’s program.

Ferguson noted that U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, who was unable to attend because of pressing business in Washington, D.C., promised to enter the names of this year’s OPAL recipients into the Congressional Record.

This list of 62 past honorees grew to 70 with the addition of this year’s recipients: Bernie Marcus, co-founder of Home Depot and his wife, Billi; Jerry Glassman, founder and CEO of the Grotta, Glassman & Hoffman boutique law firm and wife, Joan; Frank Frione, chief executive officer of GFA International, an engineering consulting firm, and wife, Laura; Summer Faerman, longtime volunteer who is currently director of the Meryl and Ron Gallatin Tzedakah Learning and Chesed Program at Congregation B’nai Torah and Bill Mitchell, pastor at Boca Raton Community Church since 2003. Rotary President Henry Ferguson welcomed the wall-to-wall crowd to the banquet hall of Boca West Country Club the night of Jan. 20 where honorees received awards, Saffer conducted an auction that brought in about $200,000 that evening alone, the crowd enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and a gourmet dinner and capped the night with dancing. Thanking the many donors seated at tables throughout the hall, Ferguson noted that the Rotary has “supported 294 students and awarded $1,128,713 in scholarships since the inception of the Boca Raton Rotary Fund. However, our ultimate goal is never to turn

OPAL winner Bill Mitchell, center, with Gary Peters and Jan Savarick. Courtesy of www.ImageMasters.Photography

While the mood was generally light and humorous, the crowd did take time to pay a solemn tribute to Bill Allen, an OPAL winner from two years ago who passed away last year. The 2016 video of his talk about the award was replayed, and Ferguson said the Rotary is raising money for a scholarship in Allen’s name. Award winners stepped to the podium at the front of the packed hall to receive recognition. All were introduced by friends and colleagues who offered highlights from their lengthy resumes. Bernie Marcus said he was “blown away” by the honor. He and wife, Billi, established the Marcus Neuroscience Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, which provides programs for families of children with brain disorders. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has joined forces with the institute to create The Marcus Autism Center. The Marcus Foundation has provided grants to a number of healthcare concerns. It gave Piedmont Heart Institute funds to create the nation’s first heart valve reference center. The Foundation also donated money to American Friends of Magen David Adom for a national blood center in Israel. Arthur Adler, chairman of the Boca West Foundation, introduced OPAL

Honored with OPAL awards are Frank and Laura Frione. Courtesy of www.ImageMasters. Photography

OPAL awardees Jerry and Joan Glassman. Courtesy of www.ImageMasters.Photography

OPAL recipients Bernie and Billi Marcus. Courtesy of www.ImageMasters.Photography

recipients Jerry and Joan Glassman, have aided his group that has provided millions of dollars in aid to needy children. The Glassmans, married 61 years, have been volunteers serving on various committees at Boca West. Jerry is also on several boards at Boca Regional Hospital; was named to the list of “Super Lawyers” by New Jersey Monthly Magazine and received a “Preeminent Attorney” rating from Martindale Hubbell. Frank and Laura Frione have benefitted the community in many ways. She volunteered to help local children and served as president of Place of Hope’s Angel Moms. Her husband has mentored young men at the Haven (now Place of Hope) and established the Frione Family Foundation through Everglades University, which provides four-year scholarships to qualifying students. He has also served such area committees as the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, Boca Raton Improvement District Steering Committee and Downtown Boca Raton Advisory Committee.


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Faerman told the audience she tries to “help the hungry and homeless.” She encouraged others to “find your gift and give it away. Be good, not because you have to, but because you want to. We will make the change happen.” She is also involved in all branches of Congregation B’nai Torah and was active during Hurricane Irma relief efforts. Award winner Mitchell had a long real estate career before becoming a clergyman. He has traveled to more than 85 countries and works with WorldLead, which has mentored 125 young leaders of organizations around the world.

OPAL recipient Summer Faerman. Courtesy of www.ImageMasters. Photography

Rotary Club of Boca Raton President Henry Ferguson addresses the crowd at OPAL gala. Courtesy of www.ImageMasters.Photography

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True Food Kitchen opens at Town Center Mall By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor Popular doctor and restaurateur Dr. Andrew Weil has brought his True Food Kitchen concept to Boca Raton. Located in the former location of Stir Crazy in the Town Center Mall, the healthy restaurant that focuses on an anti-inflammatory diet, has opened its doors. “My idea for the concept is to serve delicious, tasty food that follows nutritional guidelines,” Dr. Weil said. He said often times restaurants that try to feature healthy food on their menus either offer weird choices or ones that just don’t taste good. During the soft opening, we sampled popular dishes like edamame dumplings with dashi, white truffle oil and Asian herbs; shiitake lettuce cups that packed a meaty, flavorful punch while staying completely vegetarian; lasagne bolognese with a light

lemon ricotta filling and feel chicken sausage rather than traditional beef; Moroccan chicken with mission fig, heirloom carrot, chickpea, olive, spinach, chermoula and greek yogurt; and a chocolate cake for dessert.

Mix and match different mozzarella cheeses and From the old Prezzo menu, try there new Fusilli pasta Italian meats at Prezzo. Staff photo. dish. Photo courtesy of Gyorgy Papp.

For drinks, the pomegranate mule replaces ginger beer with real finer and the orchard bourbon sour let the cinnamon shine through.

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Menu items are rich in fiber and feature fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains that help avoid inflammation.

During a recent media tasting, we got the chance to check out the new, revived Prezzo.

Cooking up the creations is James Beard

CEO Christine Barone said they chose to come to Boca because it is an active community that values great food and a healthy lifestyle.

A Boca staple from the 90s, the new version is in a new location and features new dishes along with some old favorites.

pizzas, shared plates like grilled pro-

“We truly believe that food should make you feel better not worse,” she said.

Located in the Park Place plaza on Military Trail, the 4,300-square-foot restaurant features the staple wood-burning pizza oven that the original spot brought to South Florida.

Don’t miss the playful mozzarella bar. Its

The roasted garlic and focaccia bread sticks to go with it is back to start off the meal as is the Fusilli pasta, a favorite from the old menu.

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Sache Dedivanal, business manager/senior beauty consultant, Saks Fifth Avenue, Boca Raton 1 You were recently recognized by Yves Saint Laurent for Excellence in Luxury Service. What was the process involved and why were you chosen?

4 What is your advice to older women who want to maintain healthy, glowing and youthful skin? My advice to every woman for great, glowing skin is this. You should start by cleansing, toning, repairing and moisturizing both day and night. Serum is magic to the skin, Yves Saint Laurent Or Rouge Serum. Every woman should use it. Keep up to date on your make-up, wear colors that work for you and give you that sun-kissed healthy glow.

Each year, L’Oreal partners with WWD magazine to recognize exceptional service in luxury beauty. Only one beauty consultant is chosen each year within the L’Oreal brand, maintaining and exceeding all the metrics in retail and the brand itself. I’m honored to be recognized for excellence in luxury service for Yves Saint Laurent luxury brand/Saks Fifth Avenue, in the story at Town Center, Boca Raton.

2 What first perked your interest in becoming a

3 What do you see as the latest trend in makeup and skincare products?

The beauty of art. I always loved art. Art is a passion of mine. For me, a face is like a canvas, and I want to make it into a work of art. When an opportunity came for me to work for Yves Saint Laurent, I took it without hesitation.

The trend for spring is dewy, dewy skin (Touché Éclat glow foundation) extended cat eyeliner and sheer, glossy lips. Non-touring is still in (instead of contouring). Oils enhance the blow and plump up the skin for that healthy spring look.

beauty consultant?

5 What do you love most about Yves Saint Laurent products, and what do you see as the “must-have” product for women of all ages? What I love most is the quality and luxury of Yves Saint Laurent. He is the most innovative, unconventional, uncompromising designer of the modern era. His brand’s legendary Touché Éclat is a must-have….always carry one in your purse for touchups. I feel glamorous when my skin glows and I wear the perfect lipstick.

Vanderpump Rose available in Boca Raton, celebrity winemaker meets fans By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor

debut last month at Total Wine.

Lisa Vanderpump is bringing her love of rose to the masses.

Lisa Vanderpump and Ken Todd along with daughter Pandora and son-in-law Jason Sabo met hundreds of fans at the

Vanderpump Rose made its Boca Raton

Pandora Vanderpump Sabo and her husband Jason Sabo attend the Boca debut of Vanderpump Rose. Lisa Vanderpump signs a bottle of her rose for a fan at Total Wine in Boca. Staff photo. Staff photo.

store. Cases of their rose flew off the shelves as fans waited in a massive line to meet the famous restaurateur and Real Housewife of Beverly Hills and Vanderpump Rules star. One woman drove in from Tampa Bay to meet the Bravo star. The first person in line waited nearly three hours to have her bottle signed by Vanderpump. The blend is all about paying homage to tradition Provence Rose, Pandora Vanderpump Sabo said, but with a modern twist. She said she spent about seven years living near the French wine region of Provence and her first glass of wine was a Provence-style rose. “We knew we wanted to launch a French rose,” she said, adding the winemaking and packaging is all done in Provence. So, the family dove in on the project to-

gether creating a dry rose made with Cinsault, Grenache, and Syrah grapes. The description of the wine on the wine. com is: “Elegant nose with delicate red currant and hints of pepper as well as sweet citrus. On the palate, it reveals a touch of strawberry, tangerine and peach in a dry, classic style.” Pandora Sabo said they wanted a blend that paired well with all types of food. She described the flavor as bright, palatable and smooth. They also wanted it to appear luxurious from the packaging, but at an affordable price point. The bottle sold at Total Wine for $19.99. The rose can also be found at the Boca Raton Resort, Louie Bossi’s and Chops Lobster Bar in Boca Raton. She said selecting the right color of rose that wasn’t too pink or too salmony for the packaging was a labor of love. “We are perfectionists,” she said of the family.


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What women should know about their finances Staff report Less than 50 years ago the Equal Credit Opportunity Act was passed in the U.S., granting single, widowed or divorced women access to credit without needing a male co-signer. Today, women are the lead household decision makers for healthcare, finances and overall planning for the future. As we approach National Women’s History month in March and celebrate all that women have achieved, we caught up with Rachel Barzilay, CAP®, CFP®, CRPC®, Managing Director, Wealth Management Advisor and Senior Portfolio Manager with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in Boca Raton, to learn more about the special considerations women should take when it comes to their finances. What is a Trusteed IRA and how can it help? A trusteed IRA is similar to a “regular” IRA except that the account assets are held in a trust rather than a “custodial account.” The IRA provider (financial institution

that administers the IRA) serves as the trustee of the account, rather than as a “custodian.” The trusteed IRA can offer greater protection during the owner’s life (including an instance in which the owner becomes disabled) and increased control over the disposition of the IRA after the owner’s death. This could be of interest to women with children who would inherit the account, especially in the event of a second marriage (and a mother wants to ensure protection over her pre-marital assets). What should new parents know? Most new parents realize that raising a child is expensive — the latest government figures put the cost at $233,610 for the first 18 years alone, not including college tuition or taking inflation into account. These figures only include the necessities: food, clothing, health care and housing. Budgeting is key to managing this major life change, which I can attest to as a new mom. To ensure a fully secure financial future for your child, be sure to appoint a guardian/executor and solidify a will. This is especially critical for parents of minor children, because it also allows you to name the person you trust to take care of your child in the event both you and your spouse are unable. Additionally, don’t postpone college planning. The earlier you can start saving, the better!

How do we avoid being a procrastinator when it comes to retirement? Women juggle multiple roles throughout their lifetime, which means we often overlook our own financial security for retirement. Retirement may seem unattainable, but don’t be discouraged. Even saving small amounts periodically will add up over the years. By taking action now to start saving, you’ll be better prepared to meet any unexpected challenges that come your way. Another option to consider is downsizing or moving somewhere less expensive to cut down your cost of living. You could also fully contribute to tax-advantageous accounts such as your 401K, IRA, and a health savings account. Finally, it is always best to pay off costly debts, such as high-interest credit cards, as soon as possible and then contributing any excess funds after paying necessary bills to your retirement. Compared to a generation ago, women today play an important role in their households, with some even holding higher degrees and earning more income than their spouses. Thus, it is important to understand and proactively monitor household finances for your benefit and for the benefit of your family.

Why you need life insurance—even with no dependents By: John M. Campanola, Agent New York Life Insurance Company Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers You may think you don’t need to worry about life insurance until, or if, you have children. After all, there’s no one who relies on you to feed, clothe, and educate them. Remaining uninsured, however, could prove to be a big financial mistake, even without dependents. Here’s why: Life insurance can shield your surviving loved ones from financial hardships they

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Biz Briefs Law firm holds 10th season of ‘Ask the Attorneys’ seminar series

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Law firm Kaye Bender Rembaum is heading to Boca Raton this month during its 10th season of free community association “Ask the Attorneys” seminars. The seminar series will be visiting Sugar Sand Park in Boca Raton on March 6 at 6:45 p.m. The free “Ask the Attorneys” seminars are led by Robert L. Kaye, Esq. and Michael S. Bender, Esq. who discuss new legislation, industry hot topics and answer community association-related questions from board members and property managers of condominium, homeowner and cooperative associations. “We hold these open forum seminars to share topical, timely information to help board members and property managers run their associations effectively, efficiently and financially responsibly,” said Kaye, Manager of Kaye Bender Rembaum. “There are often lively conversations as the audience shares experiences and ask questions. What we provide is valuable insights across the entire range of issues that community associations face on a daily basis.” Refreshments will be served. Interested attendees should RSVP to or call 954776-1999, ext. 242. Attendees are encouraged to bring topics for discussion.

Dr. Alan J. Bauman has been selected as one of “10 CEOs Transforming Healthcare in America,” by The CEO Forum magazine. He joins nine other healthcare leaders from across the country in the first-of-its-kind CEO Forum issue recognizing the health and medical sector, its impact on the country and the innovators who are taking the nation deep into the next generation of healthcare. “To be included among such a select grouping of healthcare providers, administrators and innovators is truly an honor and I congratulate all of the others who have been recognized,” Dr. Bauman said. “In my professional life I strive to provide the most effective, comprehensive and compassionate care to my patients while at the same time advancing the science and art in the field of hair restoration and hair transplantation. I am particularly proud of the procedures and technologies my team and I have helped pioneer and champion such as minimally invasive FUE hair transplantation, PRP Platelet Rich Plasma for hair growth using the EnrichedPRP system from MasterPharm (NY) and Emcyte (FL), 3D-printed Italian medical grade hair replacement prosthesis from Cesare Ragazzi Laboratories (Bologna) and Viviscal Hair Growth Program from Church & Dwight (NYSE:CHD) and many others. I know I speak for the entire Bauman Medical team when I say it’s been more than gratifying seeing the thousands of patients and their families whose lives have been changed through our work.”

Couple opens second Boca kickboxing studio INTENSITYX3 Fitness & Kickboxing has a new east Boca location. Allan and Cecilia Price started the 50-min group fitness workout that incorporates a Fight, Flight, and Lift formula and combines fat-burning cardio intervals, muscle toning resistance training and core tightening kickboxing movements. The new location is a 4,500-square-foot studio located at 500 NE Spanish River Blvd. #1. Fitness goers can punch, kick, and lift their way through a variety of fitness kickboxing classes including a High Intensity Interval Training + Kickboxing class, a Legs & Core class, a Butts & Guts class, a total body class and more. INTENSITYX3 also has a West Boca location. Boca doctor named top 10 CEO trans-

Pictured left to right/ FAU President John Kelly, 2017 Business Leader of the Year Colin Brown, chairman and chief executive officer of JM Family Enterprises, and FAU College of Business Dean Daniel Gropper. Submitted photo.

FAU Honors JM Family’s Colin Brown as Business Leader of the Year Chairman and CEO of JM Family Enterprises, Inc. Colin Brown was recognized by Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business as Business Leader of the Year. The event was held at the Boca Raton Resort & Club where 500 people recognized Brown. “We never forget it’s all about people,” Brown said in his acceptance speech. “Organizations don’t get things done, people get things done. I was privileged to work alongside for many years a leg-

end, Jim Moran, our founder, and he instilled values into our company that continue to ring loud and true today. The core of those values center around our associates. We call each other associates because we like to say we work with one another not for one another. Brown leads the entire organization, including JM Family’s Executive Management Team, which oversees the development and implementation of the company’s objectives and strategies for future growth. Brown directs all of JM Family’s businesses, including Southeast Toyota Distributors, the world’s largest independent distributor of Toyota vehicles; JM&A Group, one of the leading independent providers of finance and insurance products in the automotive industry; World Omni Financial Corp., a diversified financial services company; and JM Lexus. Boca’s 4Ocean hires Lead Marketing Manager 4Ocean, a company that has made it their mission to preserve our oceans by removing trash through the purchase of their recycled bracelets, is celebrating its one year anniversary.

They have recently hired Ryan Dick as their Lead Marketing Manager. He is responsible for leading the development of integrated marketing communication plans and strategies of 4Ocean. Dick is an accomplished marketing professional and has obtained 20 years of industry experience at notable agencies including The Zimmerman Agency and BPD Advertising. He is well versed in branding, traditional and digital marketing as he most recently started Scubafish Marketing Consulting for four years before joining 4Ocean. “The key to our success is hiring the right person for each job and Ryan has the experience and passion to market 4Ocean in the best way possible. We are excited to have him as part of our team as we continue to grow and clean our oceans,” said Andrew Cooper, Co-Founder of 4Ocean. Millennial founders, Alex Schulze and Andrew Cooper, are still in awe of how fast their business is climbing and because of the demand they went from two employees to over 40 and are continuously hiring. Boca Raton based 4Ocean offers a 100 percent recycled bracelet and every bracelet purchased funds the removal of one pound of trash from the ocean. The beads are made from recycled glass bottles and  the cord is made from recycled plastic water bottles.


Financial state-of-the-union


5. What are the key things investors need to be aware of for the rest of 2018?

By: Tyler Vernon, CEO of Boca Raton’s Biltmore Capital Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers

We have seen investors continue to make

1. What do you make of the 2nd longest bull market in history?

all bull markets… they take more risk

It is not just a long bull market, it is a long period of underlying economic expansion, with only two down quarters of real GDP (one in 2011 and one in 2014). Some type of crisis such as financial, economic or military could derail it, but that is always true. Although equity valuations are quite high by historic standards, other investment opportunities have their challenges as well. For example, bond yields are still historically low so investors, in our opinion, will continue to purchase stocks. With the potential for an attractive and sustained U.S. environment for business, now is not the time to try to time out of the market. 2. Why do you see more volatility in the stock market in 2018? Volatility has been drifting downward for

decades. It will clearly return at times, but the long-term prospect for volatility is modest considering the U.S., economy as well as the world economy is larger and more diversified than ever. We have seen the longest period in the market without more than a 3% pullback since the new administration. We believe things will revert to the mean and that volatility should tick up a bit in 2018. Investors should always be emotionally and financially prepared for volatility - but there is no reason to be unusually fearful of it now. 3. Are investors getting too risky and forgetting their original goals? As a group, all investors bear all the stock market’s risk - and so investors as a group cannot be buying more stock than they have sold. That having been said, those investors who have been adding to their equity positions, especially though margin, should make sure that their goals

and circumstances have changed to cause this higher risk tolerance - not their enthusiasm and greed. Having said that we see that investors have a false sense of security in this market. They are adding stock market risk at a time when they should be rebalancing and taking risk off the table, so their portfolio integrity remains intact. Retail investors make the common mistake of adding risk at the later stages of a bull market and we are seeing this happen now. 4. Should senior citizens keep moving away from bonds to stocks? No one should keep moving from bonds to stocks.  To the extent that equity valuations are historically high, it is investors with the longest-term time horizons who it is more appropriate for taking on higher risks. Unfortunately, many seniors have done this as bond yields were so small. So far it has worked as they’ve been able to increase their yield. Having said that, many people have a false sense of security and will experience a day of reckoning when the market turns and senior citizens could take a major hit. 

the common mistake that they make in or “buy” when markets are high, when experience shows us that they should be doing the opposite. Make sure your asset allocation is consistent with your financial circumstances and your longterm tolerance for risk (i.e., remember how you felt in the fall of 2008 and the market collapsed and it seemed like it was all over). Make sure that your asset allocation is not being driven by greedy attempts to capture lost profits from being too conservative in the past. This will keep investors out of trouble, allow them to invest within their risk tolerance, and achieve their long-term goals. Biltmore Capital Advisors moved its headquarters to Boca Raton in 2017. Tyler Vernon has appeared on national financial networks like CNBC, FOX Business and Bloomberg more than 50 times.  For more information call 888-391-4563 or visit  

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Check out Crane’s new look

The renovation cost totaled nearly $2.5 million.

Staff report Delray’s Crane’s Beach House Boutique Hotel & Luxury Villas recently completed the next phase of the complete renovation of the property. General manager Cathy Balestriere oversaw the remodel of 13 suites and rooms in the property’s north building and replaced all the furnishings in 17 rooms total. The new look is “coastal contemporary.”

“When we opened our four high-tech, luxury villas a few years ago, we raised the expectation level of our guests, so we have been diligently redesigning the rest of our 28 units ever since,” Balestriere said. The latest upgrades include new furniture in all 14 suites, including specially built chairs, stylish consoles, and quilted headboards; plus, spacious flooring and modern, ocean-themed bathrooms

Crane’s Beach House newly remodeled dining area and Crane’s Beach House newly remodeled bathkitchen. Photo by Emiliano Brooks. room. Photo by Emiliano Brooks.

Crane’s Beach House newly remodeled living room. Photo by Emiliano Brooks.

with sand-colored wall tiles and spa-like showers with river-rock floors. Many of the rooms also have convenient, fully functional kitchens.

Crane’s Beach House newly remodeled bedroom. Photo by Emiliano Brooks.

squeezed orange juice) is served daily.

“This is all part of Crane’s transformation from Old Key West, fun and funky, to coastal contemporary – still fun, but also more stylish and sophisticated,” Balestriere said. “With our lush gardens and two swimming pools, staying at Crane’s is really like stepping into Paradise with your own private beach house.”

Located next to the hotel’s sandy beach swimming pool, the north tiki bar is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 5 to 9 p.m., with live music on Friday and Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m., where guests will be entertained by a rotating roster of talented local musicians, including David Itkin, Chucka Riddum, Bill Hartmann, the My Generation Band, Bryan Music, Adam Barnes, and more.

In addition, Crane’s Beach House fully remodeled the hotel’s north tiki bar and enhanced the south tiki bar, where a continental breakfast (bagels, pastries, cereals, fresh fruit, coffee, tea and freshly

For more information please contact Crane’s Beach House Boutique Hotel & Luxury Villas at 561-278-1700 or visit the website at www.cranesbeachhouse. com.

Made in Palm Beach County: The SilverLogic By: Palm Beach Tech Association Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers

This month we feature David Hartmann, Florida Atlantic University grad and the Founder of The SilverLogic, a Boca Raton based software company that designs and builds applications, websites and marketing campaigns What does your business do?

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We like to say that we make ideas happen. What we mean with that is that we work with our clients to develop technology to help solve their problems.

Instagram. I really enjoy escape rooms.

Who are your clients?

Why the Palm Beaches?

We work with anyone from a Startup to an Enterprise.

In all honesty? The climate. Both cli-

What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?

fan of winter. But the business climate

Entrepreneurship runs in my family. My father runs a company in Germany and my mother runs one here in the States as well as in Germany. When I was in college, I was doing a lot of freelance. What’s your favorite part about what you do? Is there a better job than making peoples ideas a reality? We get to work with our clients to help them take something from an “I wish I could…” or “I really want to…” and turn it into something in the real world. There is no better feeling than that.

mates– I love the weather, I’m not a big here is really beneficial as well. How has Palm Beach Tech helped you? The team at Palm Beach tech has been a great help in building the tech community here in the Palm Beaches. They’ve been a great advocate for us, and we are really looking forward to expanding the work that we do with them in the future. #MadeInPBC Spotlights is a series of the Palm Beach Tech Association, featuring accomplished entrepreneurs in the Palm Beaches. Palm Beach Tech Association is

What are three fun facts about yourself?

a nonprofit membership association build-

I grew up in Germany I have a blind, toothless cat you can pictures of on my

more information, visit PalmBeachTech.

ing the Palm Beaches into a tech hub. For org



A Sit Down with Stephen Chrisanthus: Mr. Results This month I sat down with friend Jairek

I love people. As a little kid I remem-

I was brought in by Ocean Properties to



ber going to a toy store, and there was a

speak at a management conference when

coach, motivational speaker and author,

homeless man by the entrance. I gave him

my friend Amber Mac had to reschedule.

to discuss how he gets results.

the money I had gotten from my mom

It went great and I did another one for

to him instead of going in, knowing she

them. I loved the town.



Give me a little bit about your business

wasn’t going to give me more, because I


felt he needed it.

Well my first job was at Blockbuster vid-

You not only teach people how to get re-

eo as security guard, due to how big and

sults you teach them how to get acceler-

tall I was. By 18, I transformed myself

ated results, obviously there is not one

mentally and physically, and my heart

blank answer for how to do that, but is

and soul was in working with nonprofits.

What do you enjoy doing when you are in town? My wife loves to go to the Yaxche Tearoom, it’s her favorite.We also have our friend and dentist in Delray, Craig Spo-

there a key ingredient to getting faster


versions of themselves, and I became a


What is an interesting fact people

Results Coach at Robbins Research In-

Keeping people at their absolute best.

might not know about you?

I always liked helping people be better

ternational. I specialized in health and time management. Today, I’ve been on my own with Jairek Robbins Companies for 9 years. So what are you focusing on now? Personal Coaching. A start to finish solution for high performance. No matter how successful someone is the ball is usually being dropped somewhere.

Take a wartime scenario, they capture Either their personal life, health or P&L

you and first try to break you down with

can be improved. Utilizing innovations

no sleep, then very little nutrition, and

like Spire and Muse can help lead to a clear mind; and how much is that worth to you.

then tie you up to restrain movement. Many of us are inflicting these same things to ourselves. When we optimize

Where does your passion to help people

people they will get the job done.

live their dreams and achieve success

How did you end up coming across Del-

come from?

ray Beach?

I lived in a village in Uganda for 3 months, got malaria and was told I had 6 days to live. I have also gone great white shark diving in South Africa and trekked with silverback gorillas in Rwanda. Final inspirational thought to leave people with? Learn it, live it, give it!



Boca’s economic development report By: Jessica Del Vecchio Economic Development Manager Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers Phoenix Tower International Headquartered in Boca Raton, Phoenix Tower International (PTI) continues to enter into new high-growth markets. The PTI team recently announced the closing of its acquisition of the ownership and/or management rights relating to 215 additional wireless communication tower sites from Digicel. PTI owns and operates over 2,100 towers and other wireless infrastructure sites throughout Costa Rica, Panama, El Sal-

vador, the Dominican Republic, French West Indies, Colombia, Peru and the United States including Puerto Rico.

try based on demographics, education, economy, healthcare, housing and infrastructure. For the 2018 study, Livability analyzed over 2,000 cities throughout the United States and Boca Raton ranked in the top 100, coming in at 45. Boca Center Marriott Hotel

Boca makes the list Analytical firm Livability conducted their annual search for the Top 100 Best Places to Live list. During the analysis, the firm evaluates municipalities across the coun-

The Marriott at Boca Center recently sold for $69.3 million. The 176,506 square foot hotel was built on the 2.5 acre site back in 1987. The property last traded for $57.7 million in 2014, and underwent a $7 million renovation. The recent purchase price of $69.3 million equates to $270,703 per room.

Palm Beach County resident, Mark Calcavecchia won the twelfth annual PGA Tour Champions event at the Old Course at Broken Sound. Calcavecchia finished with a two stroke lead over local favorite, Bernhard Langer. During play, the Office of Economic Development’s commercial aired to an international audience on the Golf Channel. In addition to the commercial spots, the Mayor of Boca Raton was part of the in-booth discussion during Sunday’s round of play.

Boca Raton Championship

Companies should take moral high road by making websites accessible for disabled By: Todd Paton, President/Founder of Paton Marketing Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers The demise of brick-and-mortar retail operations is just one of many examples illustrating our preference for website shopping. Once thought to be the exception, it is now regarded as the rule. The same trend applies for ordering food, banking, and applying for jobs, to name a few more. Website use continues to grow and with that dynamic comes a need to make these online properties accessible to those with disabilities. It is no different than malls and office buildings providing ramps for those in wheel chairs or braille on elevator buttons for the blind. Today these efforts for the disabled are rightfully coming to the digital world. And while there are no legal standards on the books at this time it is likely that the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) will have regulations in place sometime this year. Now is the time to analyze your websites to see if they are accessible to the disabled. It’s the right thing to do and also could be a way to avoid costly law suits. Keep in mind that most businesses are behind the 8-ball because when the ADA was put in place in 1990 the authors of this legislation had never heard of websites and how they

would impact our daily lives. The Internet was in its infancy and no one – including the Federal government – could envision how e-commerce would evolve. With a few tweaks to a website businesses can avoid lawsuits and do what is best for those with disabilities. Just consider the challenges these people have with tasks most of us take for granted. Now extend that to purchasing something, applying for a job, or listening to a lecture online. Those with hearing, visual, and physical challenges are clearly put at a distinct disadvantage as the pervasiveness of relying on websites becomes more ingrained in our daily lives. It’s clear that businesses have financial and moral obligations to serve these audiences. Keep in mind that there are no clear-cut definitions of compliance and verdicts have varied state-to-state. It appears as though businesses with both brick-and-mortar and online capabilities are most at risk in these cases. A good place to start is to review the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 established by the International Standards Organization (ISO). The following are among the guidelines that will make content accessible to a wider range of people with disabilities, including

blindness and low vision, deafness and hearing loss, learning disabilities, cognitive limitations, limited movement, speech disabilities, photo-sensitivity and combinations of these. Websites should have darker words, outlines, and more contrast on letters for the visually impaired; There will be “zoom” pages or screen magnification software giving users the ability to make type larger; Voice over features telling people what is on the screen or helping with website navigation; Head-tracking software that can move cursors; Slow keys which adjust the sensitivity of the key board. Dictation commands; JAWS(Job Access With Speech) software that provides speech and braille output; Captioning for hard of hearing; “Descriptive audio captioning” so that visually impaired can hear what a speaker is wearing, what the background looks like, etc.; Ability to re-size text and to increase contrast.; Software that allows visually impaired to accurately “jump” to different sections. This is particularly important on job applications. There have been law suits claiming that an individual didn’t get a job because the website didn’t accommodate a disability. Todd Paton is president and founder of Hollywood, Florida-based Paton Marketing, one of the country’s leading online marketing firms. It creates research-based dynamic websites and implements lead-generating Search Engine Optimization (SEO) campaigns. With offices in South Florida and overseas, Paton Marketing represents clients in a wide range of industries, including community associations, medical, retail, legal, financial services, hospitality and many others. For more information, visit





Boca Raton plans to donate land to add new elementary school by 2020 By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor Boca Raton is on track to open a new elementary school by 2020. Finding the location for the school became a priority for Boca Councilman Scott Singer after he heard about the overcrowding of the city’s schools. And when he heard that the Palm Beach County School Board’s plan to build a new elementary school outside the city didn’t pan out, he began to look at options within the city. “I poured over what city assets we had,” he said. “I recognized the urgency when the other site fell through for us to move quickly.” It was a piece of land by Don Estridge High Tech Middle School at Military Trail and Spanish River Boulevard that he said caught his attention. He said he began talking to his col-

leagues on the dais, city staff and school board about the logistics of building a school on those parcels of city-owned land. The land was not zoned for any specific use. The proposed school would be able to be built by 2020, which is two years ahead of what the school board planned for. The idea is to build the school at the same time as the new Verde K-8 school is built. The new school could traditions into a K-8 model, according to a press release from the school board. Once it is open, the new school would temporarily house the Addison Mizner students as that schools is also rebuilt or moved to Sugar Sand Park to expand to a K-8 model. This new proposed plan provides the school district more time to explore the potential for the Sugar Sand location and to mitigate any concerns of the community about

the site, including concerns about traffic from West Camino Real and congestion on Military Trail. Boca council members singed off on a resolution brought forward by Councilman Singer that allows the city to work with the district to provide the identified land for the school. “I’m glad that we could act quickly to improve the lives of our students and families,” he said. “That quick action hopefully benefits a generation to come.” Councilman Jeremy Rodgers agreed that he is excited to add another school to Boca. “I am very proud to support this,” he said. “I look forward to seeing another A rated school in Boca.” Other steps to increase capacity in Boca’s schools include: modular classroom additions at Spanish River High School, Calusa Elementary School, Eagles Landing and Omni Middle Schools.

Midtown project postponed until March By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor Proposed plans to redevelop part of the city’s Old School Square Historic District with a new development known as Midtown Delray will come before commissioners for approval or denial this month. Originally scheduled to be discussed at a February meeting, attorneys for the developer Delray Beach-based Hudson Holdings asked to postpone the hearing so they could make additional changes to the $140 million project. Midtown Delray proposes adding a hotel, apartments, restaurants and shops. The 7-acre project is located on the south side of West Atlantic Avenue between South Swinton Avenue and Southwest First Avenue. It is an area that holds historic value to the city, but also an area that needs a facelift as many of the structures are dilapidated. Attorney Bonnie Miskel called those changes beneficial to the project and said they address concerns residents have raised. The request to postpone will allow city staff time to review the revisions and make a recommendation to the commis-


Palm Beach County

sion on whether they comply with city development rules. Miskel said the proposed changes will eliminate three of the five waivers the developer is requesting to build the project.

very, very long time,” she said. “It’s been delayed and delayed and here we are again delaying it again. I think we have given plenty of time and I think we should move forward.”

“Our plans will change, not significantly, but positively,” she told commissioners.

The project has gone through several iterations and names like Swinton Commons since it was first proposed several years ago.

In a 4-1 vote, commissioners agreed to delay the vote on the project so the developers can submit their updated version of the development for consideration.

Mayor Cary Glickstein said he had concerns about affording the developer due process and supported the delay along with the rest of the commission.

Commissioner Shelly Petrolia cast the sole dissenting vote on the postponement.

“Our job is to get the best possible project we can,” he said.

“This has been going on for a very,

Commissioners are scheduled to vote on March 6.

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What’s up in the real estate market… Realtors® of the Palm Beaches and Greater Fort Lauderdale install leadership team

Ron Lennen is the president of the of the Realtors® of the Palm Beaches and Greater Fort Lauderdale corporate board. Submitted photo.

The Realtors® of the Palm Beaches and Greater Fort Lauderdale recently installed the 2018 Leadership Team, who took an oath to lead the 3rd largest Realtor® association in the country.

“We are thankful for those who will volunteer countless hours this year for the greater good of our association, members and the real estate industry as a whole,” said Dionna Hall, CEO of the Realtors® of the Palm Beaches and Greater Fort Lauderdale. “We are looking forward to a great year.” The 2018 Corporate Board includes Ron Lennen, President; Jeffrey Levine, President Elect; Jarrod Lowe, First Vice President; Karen Johnson, Treasurer; John Slivon, Past President; Caroline Carrara, Eastern Broward Regional Vice President;

Ronald Cika, Western Broward Regional Vice President; Jo Ann Mazzeo, Southern Palm Beach Regional Vice President; Carlos Melendez, Northern Palm Beach Regional Vice President; James Weix, Treasure Coast Regional Vice President; James Heidisch, Director; Carola Lueder, Director; J.D. McClintock, Director; Bonnie Metviner, Director; and Robert Russotto, Director. More than 350 people attended the sold out event at the Boca Raton Resort. Boca Raton Marriott has new owner The Boca Raton Marriott located Boca Center has a new owner. The 256-room hotel was sold by CWI Boca Center, managed by Carey Watermark Investors to an affiliate of AVR Realty, which is based in New York, for $69.3 million. The new owners of the hotel located at 5150 Town Center Circle is AVR Boca Center Hotel. The sale was made through a seven-year, $60 million mortgage from two lenders. Manufacturers & Traders Trust Co. ponied up $35.8 million from Manufacturers & Traders Trust Co. and $24.2 million came from Synovus Bank. The hotel located within the Boca Center

complex previously sold for $57.7 million in 2014, and then underwent a $7 million renovation. It was build on a 2.5-acre site in 1987. The hotel features a pool, fitness center and banquet hall space. Lang Realty makes donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund Lang Realty recently donated $5,000 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund as part of their campaign where a percentage of home sales were dedicated to the charity. “This is our way of helping the many people directly affected by last year’s back-toback hurricanes – Harvey, Irma and Maria,” said Scott Agran, president of Lang Realty. “We are very thankful for our success and grateful to be able to give back to the communities we serve.” The mission of the American Red Cross is to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.  The organization responds to emergencies every eight minutes. Their disaster relief efforts have helped people find clean water, safe shelter and hot meals when they are needed the most. For more information visit or call 561-998-0100.

sition continues Bridge’s commitment to South Florida after their successful acquisitions of Bayview Corporate Tower in Fort Lauderdale and 800 Fairway in Deerfield Beach. The new ownership group has plans in place to invest more than $6 million to enhance and improve the building image both internally and externally throughout 2018.These improvements include full lobby renovations, common area corridor renovations, implementation of a spec suite program, beautification of landscaping and the design and delivery of a covered café seating area and outdoor lounge. Availabilities range from 600 to 13,900 square feet. Lease rates range from $23.50 to $25.00 NNN with operating expenses, including electric and janitorial, of approximately $11.00. Tenants have access to 873 surface parking spaces as well as covered parking. “We are excited to leverage market momentum to reposition, rebrand and reintroduce one of the largest Class A office campuses in Boca Raton,” said Criddle. “Bridge’s investment in Fountain Square will truly transform this property into one of the most sought after locations in Palm Beach County to conduct business.” Showhomes looks to expand to Boca or Delray market With a successful Miami location, Showhomes is looking to move to Delray or Boca for its next South Florida location. Showhomes offers both home staging, and a Home Manager program which pairs vacant high-end homes with people who act as “live props,” keeping the home feeling warm and lived in, perfect for seasonal snowbird residencies. “We have been looking to expand,” COO Matt Kelton said.

Cushman & Wakefield to lease Fountain Square Office Complex Cushman & Wakefield has been selected as the exclusive leasing advisor for Fountain Square, a three-building, 241,759-square-foot office located at 2600, 2650 and 2700 North Military Trail. The office leasing team of Managing Director John Criddle and Senior Associate Joseph Freitas have been retained by owner Bridge Office Fund Manager LLC, an affiliate of Bridge Investment Group LLC to lease the buildings. Bridge Office partnered with Ascentris, a Denver-based real estate private equity firm, to purchase Fountain Square for an undisclosed price in January. The acqui-

Currently serving communities in 18 states, the Showhomes system is an expanding franchise with nearly 60 offices. The company started in 1986 after the savings and loan crisis. It took vacant homes that were for sale and marketed them to executives to live in them until they were sold. “Now, we now are a full service staging and design firm,” he said. Looking to grow its presence, the company is looking for the right fit for the Palm Beach County market. For more information and to learn about franchise opportunities, please visit


What is an AOB? By: Christel Silver Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers

The Florida Realtor Association is fighting for the consumer – to protect you as a home owner. Many Realtors making a donation to the RPAC (Realtor Political Action Committee) which is bi partisan – are fighting for your interests. For example, we are hoping to reduce the tax on business rentals, as we are one of the very few States who are collecting this tax. 

AOB stands for: Assignment Of Benefits, a legal tool that allows a third party to be paid for services performed for an insured homeowner. When you sign an AOB contract, you give up the right to manage your claim, oversee the time and satisfaction of the repair. Many cases are not fraud – but fraud is on the rise!  Normally the homeowner would be reimbursed by the insurance company directly after making a claim.  So this appears to be a convenient tool for the homeowner especially after a disaster hits their home, like we had after hurricane Irma. They do not need to deal with the insurance company. Unfortunately this system is being abused. Many venders are overcharging insurance companies, often for work not even done, as there is no control. Or extensive work is being done that was unnecessary. The homeowner is out of it since he/she signed the form for AOB – but wait they are not out completely!  Many contractors - and the number is growing – have been inflating the repair costs. When the insurance company refuses to pay the full amount – the vendors go back to the homeowner to collect the difference. Some pay because they

This system has another negative impact as it forces the insurance companies to raise their premiums – as more unnecessary claims are filed for more money.

fear the high litigation costs. A charge which would not have been there, if the homeowner kept control of the repairs. If the homeowner cannot pay, the vendor files a lien on the property and forces some homeowners into foreclosure!   In 2006 there were 405 AOB lawsuits in Florida, this number was 28,200 in 2016 (based on information from the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation.  Further the insurance claims that water damage claims where AOB was used appears to be 50 percent higher than others (a study of 80,000 Florida insurance claims). 

This year in January we went to Tallahassee to meet with our Senators and Congressmen to ask for help with the AOB. We requested a reduction of Assignment of Benefits (AOB) abuse that drives up insurance premiums. We fought with the Florida lawmakers to pass legislation to control this abuse of insurance claims – but again – for the fifth time - legislation failed to make it through the Senate before the 2017 legislative session. This January, as we were able to give them statistics of the abuse after hurricane Irma it appears that the legislators opened up to the idea that some legislation is necessary.   Don’t become a victim of AOB fraud and abuse. Call your insurance company first to discuss your options. If the vendor makes you unrealistic promises, call


the insurance company before signing an AOB. The lawsuits are on the rise and driving the insurance premiums up. Be alert. You can also call the Florida Department of Financial Services Consumer Helpline at 800-342-2762. About Christel Silver Christel Silver is a full time Broker/Owner of Silver International Realty servicing the East Coast of South Florida. In 1985 she was licensed in Maryland and Washington DC as a Realtor and later as a Certified Residential Appraiser and Associate Broker and has been in Florida since 2001. The National Association of Realtor’s (NAR) President appointed her (2010-2014) and again for 2018 as the President’s Liaison to Germany, where she grew up and worked at the Justice Department for 17 years prior to coming to this country. The Germany Real Estate Organization (IVD) has an agreement with the NAR and she is an International member of this organization. Christel is a Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS), and a certified speaker teaching CIPS classes. Ms. Silver served the Florida Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) Chapter as President, as Regional Vice President helping Chapters to grow, and as a member of the Board of Directors for two years. She served previously as an ambassador. Fifty percent of her business is in the International arena. For more information visit



Lang Realty honors top producing agents for 2017 Staff report Lang Realty recognized its top agents and teams of 2017 at a special awards breakfast last month at the Waterstone Resort & Marina. The top producing Diamond Star Award was presented to Tripta Chawla and the Diamond Star Team Award went to Carol and Ron Falciano. Diamond Award winners included Bruce Gaines, Barbara Hill, Shereen Randazza and Marc Schafler. Diamond Teams included the Block/Pappas Team; The Pearl Antonacci Group; Ken Reichle & Ira Merritt; and Tom and Beth Walsh. Ruby Award recipients were Bob Cahan, Aristi Constantin,

Ryan Greenblatt, Lisa Hindin, Sheldon Jaffee, Linda MacCormack, Isabelle Pollock, Kay Rodriguez, Judy Romanow, Zachary Schmidt, Kim Spielvogel and Allyson Sullivan. Ruby Team winners were Cathy Weil & Sandy Tobias; Elaine Perlmutter & Ann Smith; Elise Danielian & Ingrid Hewitt; Kathy Pendleton & Phil Metzler; and Scott & Julie Warner.


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Delray agency board ends negotiations to bring Publix to The Set By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor Publix is out— of coming to The Set that is. Delray Beach’s Community Redevelopment Agency board voted to end negotiations with Pasadena Capital, which was working to bring a Publix to West Atlantic Avenue. A majority of the board found Publix’s proposed timeline to open a new store unacceptable. The proposed agreement

would allow Publix to break ground any time before Dec. 31, 2022.

“We have other developers willing to come in and develop this property now,” board member Dedrick Straghn said. “Let’s get somebody in here who wants to develop this property now.” The pitch from Pasadena Capital to bring a Publix to The Set for $2 million was an unsolicited offer. The agency has received several other letters of interest since then. The board agreed to put the entire prop-

erty the agency owns, the 600, 700 and 800 block back out to bid. The agency with help from one of its consultants RMA will come up with a request for qualifications. Residents who live in The Set have been asking for a grocery store for decades. This is now the second time plans to add a grocer have fallen through. A proposed plan to build a mixed-use development with a grocery store with developer Equity Group fell through and Pasadena

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Camino Square voted down by Boca board By: Diane Emeott Korzen Contributing Writer The shopping center at the end of Camino Real that once held a Winn Dixie and a Tuesday Morning may continue to remain vacant for some time longer.

“There was a little dog named Ruffles [that greeted everyone] at the postal shop. Everyone adored Ruffles, who was very popular in the shop...

In contrast, just two days earlier, on Tuesday, Jan. 16, Boca Raton Community Appearance Board (CAB) gave the requested Individual Development Approval, voting 5 to 0 “for” Camino Square Parcel 1 development – with two conditions.

“They’ve taken our sleepy little city, and now all this development!” Hebert said.

• Revise the elevations of building 1 and 2 and revise the landscaping plan. • Revise the landscaping plan. The project still has to go before Boca Community Redevelopment Agency Board. The overall 9-acre Camino Square site plan has been divided into two parcels: the 4.59acre east parcel (slated for Residential development – Parcel 1), and the 4.54-acre west parcel west parcel (slated for Retail development – Parcel 2). FCI Residential (whose parent company is Florida Crystals sugar cane) proposes putting into Parcel 1 a 350-unit rental apartment complex comprised of two eight-story residential buildings with parking garages. The project is anticipated to generate $800,000 in net annual tax increment revenue. Discussion at the January P & Z meeting centered on the east parcel only. City of Boca Raton Senior Planner Susan Lesser said the west parcel [Parcel 2] had been reviewed, but was not yet scheduled for a hearing for final platting. A Simpler time VS. development In its heyday in the 1970s, ‘80s, and ‘90s, the then-busy shopping center at 171 W. Camino Real also contained a barber shop, a beauty shop, a postal shop with gift items, Whistle Stop bar & lounge, Chinese takeout, and George’s Italian Restaurant, according to 30-year Boca Square resident Melba Hebert.

Senior Director of Development for KIMCO Realty Peter Flint of Wilton Manors said his firm has owned the shopping plaza for over 50 years. He said they’ve spent the last four years trying to decide how to develop it. Flint said he has worked with quite a few retailers, and has had at least four retailers submit plans and pull out -- in his effort to bring retail development to Camino Square. “Retail is in trouble. There have been a lot of bankruptcies, store closings. [The location] is too far out from the city center. The visibility is terrible,” he detailed his challenges. “Once we get a decent retailer in, it will bring in more business traffic,” he said of trying to find an anchor store. He said the old Winn Dixie could possibly be retrofitted as an organic grocer, which he called “the highest and best use” for the property. “We don’t want to get rid of this [shopping] center. As soon as we have something to sell to the retail community, we’ll be back here [before P & Z] with a site plan,” he added. Project presentation City of Boca Senior Planner Lesser presented the applicant’s plans for Residential development in Parcel 1, consisting of Building 1 (410,577 sq. ft.) with eight floors and 199 units, and Building 2 (321,045 sq. ft.) with eight floors and 151 units. Additional features would include a pocket park, pool, deck and dog park. Unit size would range from one-bedroom (700 sq. ft.) to three-bedroom (1,500 sq. ft.).

Code requires 619 parking spaces. 631 parking spaces were provided, with five additional parallel parking spaces on Camino Real, Lesser said. Regarding the already-congested bottleneck on Camino Real, which merges with Camino Gardens Boulevard while approaching Dixie Highway (a major thoroughfare with its own heavy traffic), traffic analysis expects the 350-unit residential project to result in an increase of 779 daily trips, with an increase of 152 trips at a.m. peak time, and 14 trips at p.m. peak time. Staff concerns included the lack of pedestrian-friendly design, and no sidewalk provided along the south side [finding the design inconsistent with the Amended Downtown Plan’s Urban Design Policy and Architectural Design Policy.] Response South Florida External Affairs Manager for FCI Residential Caroline Villenueva said parent company Florida Crystals has a history of six generations of agriculture and employs 2,000 people. The company has chosen FAU Research Park in Boca to locate its Research Center, where it employs 22 people, she said. Attorney Ele Zachariades of Dunay, Miskel and Backman, LLP said of the Camino Square site, “While we are part of the downtown, we are somewhat isolated – one of the slum and blight parcels.” Zachariades said the people she talked to are sick of looking at it as it is now, and want it redeveloped. She said the only businesses currently located in the vicinity are a Sober House, a Quick Stop [and a Valero gas station]. Architect Beatriz Hernandez Beatriz of MSA Architects in Miami called Camino Real “a road to nowhere, a dead-end road.” In her drawings for Camino Square – Parcel I, she said she created a series of arcades, sidewalks, with none of it fenced in. “Residents can meander through the project to the leasing center, and can keep going

Camino Square drawing. Credit -FCI Residential

with the colonnade.” She spoke of a fitness center, clubroom, and gated FOB access for residents to walk through. “At street- and second floor-level are open spaces, arcades and loggias (a covered exterior gallery or corridor with an outer wall open to the elements, usually supported by columns or arches.) “We feel we’ve created a very pedestrian-friendly environment,” said Hernandez. P & Z concerns P & Z Board Member/Secretary Larry Cellon asked why the two buildings in the residential development were designed so tilted to the street. Rather than running parallel to Camino Real, they appear at an angle, with a diagonal orientation, he noted. Cellon and others asked how they could move forward with an incomplete plan— saying the applicant had broken up the site and not provided for consistent approval. (No drawings for the west parcel were yet available for P & Z Board review.) Regarding addition of a possible roundabout to mitigate traffic at the intersection of Camino Real and Camino Gardens Boulevard (something Camino Gardens residents spoke in favor of at the meeting), P & Z Board Member Janice Rustin said a roundabout “seems to be something Camino Gardens wants. I don’t have enough information whether this is good for the city.” “Why would they bring this project forward with three denials?” she asked. In the end, the Boca P & Z Board followed the recommendations of City Planners, the Traffic Engineer, and outside consultant Calvin Giordano & Associates – all three of whom recommended denial of the Camino Square Parcel 1 project.

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Ask an expert: Your condo, HOA questions could lead to legal exposure.

By: Harris B. Katz. Esq. Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers cinating to watch, they reflect a real problem that impacts millions of families in this country. As with anything else, there is a wide range of severity when talking about hoarders. Some individuals will hoard animals or newspapers or old boxes or even food. Depending on what is going on in a particular situation, it is possible that there could be a danger to health and safety, especially in a building. The problem is that hoarding is a mental illness and needs to be addressed as such. As a result, board members must be extremely sensitive and discrete when handling these types of issues because handling them inQ: I am a member of my condominium board and it has come to the board’s attention that one of the residents may be hoarding. Some of the resident’s neighbors have voiced concerns about her behavior in regard to what they have seen in her unit and we are not sure what our ability is as a board. Can you provide some guidance as to what we can do before it gets out of hand?

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A: Hoarding is a problem that has really come to the forefront of people’s thoughts over the past several years, due in large part to the numerous reality shows that populate our cable networks. While these shows can be fas-

board members to liability. Because of the seriousness of the issues involved, pursuing legal action is rarely the recommended first step. As I am sure you are aware, most associations have restrictions in the governing documents that prohibit owners from creating nuisances. The rules help to keep their would seem like these provisions give an association the authority to enter a unit to investigate a potential problem of this type, we would warrant against taking such action without the owner’s consent. Entering units under false pretenses, even to investigate reports of hoarding,

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Ocean Breeze: Beach & Park District reopens bid for golf course architect; Boca City Council approves issue of bond By: Diane Emeott Korzen Contributing Writer Ready for another round of presentations from golf course architects? Latest developments in the quest to transform the defunct Ocean Breeze Golf Course in Boca Teeca into thriving, world-class “Boca National Golf Course ” with up to 27 holes include: 1) reopening of the bid for golf course architect; 2) any day now closing on the golf course property; and 3) recent approval of financing from Boca Raton City Council. Additional proposals for golf course architect are now due by March 2. Depending on the number of additional proposals received, the March 5 regular meeting is the earliest time for new presentations to be heard. A March 12 special meeting has been talked about to allow the public to comment on all of the golf course architect presenters, including the 15 already heard. Ranking of respondents by the Board could potentially begin at the March 19 regular meeting. As of press time, the 15 golf course architect firms who have presented to-date include: Monday, Jan. 29: Kipp Schultes Golf Design teed off the presentations; followed by Vincent Design; then Rees Jones, with an appearance by the Juno-based golfer/architect. Hills & Forrest; Richard Mandell; and Arnold Palmer Design closed out the first night. Thursday, Feb. 1: A second round of presentations included Nicklaus Design; McCumber Wright Venture; Robert Trent Jones (architect sibling of Rees Jones, named after their famous golf course

architect father); and Greg Norman Group. Monday, Feb. 12: The third round brought in: Staples Golf; Price/Fazio Design; Jan Bel Jan; Dusenberry; and Lehman Design (with Boca-based golfer/architect Bernard Langer). Ocean Breeze closing The actual closing date for the purchase of the Ocean Breeze Golf Course property is slated for sometime between March 1 and March 15, according to Executive Director of the Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District Arthur Koski. Koski said the timing of closing would depend on the city’s ability to obtain their $18 million. “We have $2.4 million and will require an additional $3.6 million at least,” he said. According to Koski, the Beach & Park District’s agreement with the City of Boca requires the title for the western portion of the property to be conveyed directly from the seller to the city. “It will be re-conveyed to the District upon repayment of the loan,” he said. City financing Boca Council is providing the funds for the Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District to acquire the Ocean Breeze property, to develop recreational facilities benefiting both city and District residents.The city is issuing a revenue bond, which the District will repay. Three agenda items involving funding for Ocean Breeze Golf Course were approved

Kipp Schultes Golf Design presents its plans for Vincent Design presents to Boca Beach and Park the new Ocean Breeze golf course. Photo by Diane District board its plans for the new Ocean Breeze Emeott Korzen. golf course. Photo by Diane Emeott Korzen.

last month. The city council agreed to issue a revenue bond not to exceed $20 million and awarded the sale of the bond to Raymond James Capital Funding, Inc. Beach and Park District Just as they were about to discuss when to do ranking of golf course architects [as of Feb. 12 the Beach & Park District Board had heard all 15 presenters who responded to the District’s original RFP] the Board instead voted 3 to 2 to reopen the bid to additional firms – with Chairman Robert Rollins Jr. and Vice Chair Steve Engel voting against. Executive Director Koski said he had been approached by additional firms who wondered whether the Board would consider opening it up again. Commissioner Erin Wright asked, “Is it legally okay to reopen the RFP? Some in their presentations didn’t include the hotel site, some did...” (Commissioner Craig Ehrnst pointed out earlier that the majority of the 15 presenters recommended an 18-hole course) [The RFP states: “redesign and rebuilding

of a 27-hole golf course (formerly known as Ocean Breeze).”] Koski recommended that, in the interest of fairness, the 15 who had presented already be allowed to submit supplemental information; and that the board hear additional respondents in the interest of providing the Board with all the best information. Said Chairman Rollins – “We have so much information now. We have information overload. We’re going to have a challenge getting it down to [the top ranked vendors] without opening it up to more.” Vice Chair Steven Engel added, “At some point we have to draw the line!” However, his motion to not allow additional vendors died for lack of a second. Koski also asked the Board to consider whether they would wish to deem someone who is not chosen as architect to be their consultant in selecting a golf course architect firm. Commissioner Craig Ehrnst said he supported the idea of a consultant;“but only after we make our selection.”

Plans for The Set bolster education, job creation, affordable housing By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor

networks, improving alleyways, adding more community garden and crafting branding opportunities throughout the district.

It has a name and now it has a plan in the works. The Set Transformation Plan is set to be the guiding document that city officials will turn to when developing the city’s gateway to downtown.

“This is a long-term plan for the community,” Brooks told city commissioners during a recent presentation. “It’s not one year, or three years, it’s 10 and 20 years,” she said.

The Set, which encompasses West Atlantic Avenue and the Northwest and Southwest Communities, is working to create an outline that documents improvements to the neighborhood that residents say they want. “The health of this part of the city reflects on the rest of the city,” said Vivian Brooks of the IBI Group, who was hired by the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency to help create the plan. “This is a large part of the city.” The plan combines and builds upon previous neighborhood plans for the area like the 1995 West Atlantic Avenue Redevelopment Plan, the 2003 Downtown Master Plan, the 2003 SW Neighborhood plan and the 2012 WARC Needs Assessment. Broad, long-term visioning ideas for the area include creating business opportunities for minorities, adding adult education and vocational training and finding more affordable housing options. Shorter-term goals identified include completing sidewalk

Commissioners said the plan addresses a lot of tough topics like disparity in education levels and wages as well as ideas that are easier to tackle like suggestions for code changes and land use recommendations to help facilitate new, desired development. “The plan to me has the requisite ingredients for something both so daunting, but yet so strategically important,” Mayor Cary Glickstein said. “It has some aspirational pieces, but some very tactful, strategic, specific initiatives. In broad terms, it’s a good plan.” CRA Executive Director Jeff Costello said the plan will involve many government agencies, nonprofits and the private sector. “The city can’t do it alone, the CRA can’t do it alone, the school district can’t do it alone,” he said. “The key is to move forward.” Many projects in the area are currently underway or in the works. For example the Village Academy campus will receive money from the penny sales tax initiative. The plan discusses ideas that can possibly be considered for the site including a

wellness facility and athletic fields. Commissioner Shirley Johnson called the overall plan ambitious. “If it is the community’s vision, I can understand it,” she said. “We seem to have hit a roadblock once we are trying to reach I-95, which is going to complete our downtown.” For decades, residents of The Set have waited to see the renaissance that transpired east of Swinton Avenue hit west of Swinton Avenue. “The progress of east Swinton has outpaced the progress of West Swinton,” Glickstein said. “I am amazed at the patience that this community has demonstrated. I can tell you from my point of view, I wouldn’t be able to show the same restraint that has been demonstrated from the residents of the NW/SW communities. That patience and restraint and the factual inequities that exist should be the impetus for this next commission to make this their legacy.” The plan will need to be formally adopted by the CRA and city. “The Set Transformational Plan is out of the batters box and heading to first base,” Glickstein said. “We are all looking for when it is heading to home.”



Boca Bacchanal set to return next month By: Shaina Wizov Contributing Writer There’s only one place where you can taste over 100 varieties of wine from unique vintners across the globe, sample cuisine from 30+ South Florida restaurants, enjoy live entertainment and bid on unique auction items all while supporting a great cause, the Boca Raton Historical Society and Museum — and that’s at Boca Bacchanal’s Bacchanalia. The Grand Tasting of all Grand Tastings, this is one event you do not want to miss. And with this year being the Sweet Sixteen of this must-attend Boca Raton community event, they are going all out — starting with a sneak peek “Savor and Sip-ALong” event for local media hosted by Boca Bacchanal sponsor, Saks Fifth Avenue. Thanks to Excell Auto Group’s luxury cars, we were chauffeured around town in style, visiting three of the restaurants that will be participating in this year’s Bacchanalia. First up, we headed over to one of the newest restaurants to hit the food scene in Boca Raton, Louie Bossi Ristorante and Pizzeria. The entire place was packed, but we managed to make our way through to the bar where we were treated to a glass of Hall Cabernet Sauvignon Blanc and a beautiful cheese and charcuterie display with all the trimmings. Then we were off! Like giddy little school children, we all ran outside to choose which luxury car to ride in next — I picked the hot orange Maclaren. If you’re into cars, you know

that this car is fast. So fast, that I’m pretty sure my heart skipped a few beats during the drive to Stop #2: Seasons 52. Our group was led to the patio area, where we sipped on Twomey Sauvignon Blanc, a wonderful pairing for the three different appetizers we sampled: grilled chicken yakitori skewers with caramelized pineapple, scallions and toasted sesame seeds; caramelized grilled sea scallops with lemon mosto and micro greens; and the roasted roma tomato flatbread with mozzarella, parmesan and basil. Everyone posted up around the table of goodies, and practically had to be dragged out the door when it was time to leave. We climbed inside the fancy cars and headed to the next stop, Maggiano’s Little Italy. Upon arrival, our glasses were filled with a red blend, Masi Brolo Campofiorin. To accompany this bold red, Maggiano’s featured two class Italian dishes: cheese-filled ravioli with a marinara sauce and meatballs. Seasons 52 and Maggiano’s have both participated in Boca Bacchanal in year’s past, but this will be a first for Louie Bossi. Bacchanalia ticket-holders can look forward to tasting all of this deliciousness and more during the April 7 event. If you aren’t familiar with this food and wine extravaganza, Bacchanalia is the place to be for all foodie-approved fun. As mentioned, there will be over 100 different wines to sip on throughout the evening, and more than enough food to taste. So break out your best casual cocktail attire and come hungry, because the restaurant line-up is always impressive. Bacchanalia will be held at the Mizner Park

Amphitheater on Saturday, April 7 from 7-11 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person and include all food and drink tastings. Proceeds from the entire Boca Bacchanal weekend benefit the Boca Raton Historical Society and Museum. For more information about the Vintner Dinners and Bacchanalia and to purchase tickets, visit

A look inside a Vintner Dinner home:

this one-of-a-kind dining experience are

Prior to Bacchanalia is another very special part of the Boca Bacchanal weekend — the private Vintner Dinners on Friday, April 6th, where attendees are wined and dined in intimate settings at various grand estates and historical settings in

Amy and Mike Kazma are one of five

Boca Raton. The dinners feature a vintner and chef duo, who will pair their wine and cuisine to create a 5-course meal. Guests will have the opportunity to meet the vintner

and chef and learn more about each of the dishes and wines served. There will also be a silent auction item from Saks Fifth Avenue at each dinner. Each of the dinners begin at 7 p.m., with locations to be disclosed to ticket-buyers. Tickets for

$325 per person. sets of hosts for the 2018 Boca Bacchanal Vintner Dinners. Take a look inside their home. Photos are courtesy of Ryan Cohen Photography.



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Guarding Trump costs PBC sheriff $75,000 a day By: Dale King Contributing Writer When President Donald Trump stays at his Mar-A-Lago residence in Palm Beach, County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw must mobilize an armada of personnel and equipment to patrol the land, air and ocean to protect the nation’s chief executive from harm while he’s in South Florida. The price tag? About $75,000 a day, Bradshaw told the Rotary Club of Boca Raton during a recent address to members. “The night before he arrives, his limo is flown in on a C 130. We start doing sweeps of Mar-A-Lago” which takes about 12 hours, and involves things like opening and checking every drawer. At 4 a.m. on the day the president lands, “We bring in the cement barriers. We create a protective tunnel. Any vehicle traffic going to Mar-A-Lago has to go through this tunnel.” It takes time and precision to check every vehicle “which is why backups happen so early.” Only about 20 Secret Service agents accompany the president, Bradshaw said, putting a major burden on his shoulders. “We monitor everything that is going on. We are the only county with coastal radar.” Vital to making the protective network function is “a line

of communication.” Palm Beach County is connected to the world when Trump is in town. The sheriff praised New York City Police for having “the best real time information gathering ability anywhere.” And PBC is tied in to it. “We don’t have to wait to get information from anyone else.” During his address, Sheriff Bradshaw touched on other items. “Violent crime is our Number 1 initiative,” he said, and that involves dealing with gangs – mainly MS 13. “This is not a bunch of kids, it’s organized crime.” Robberies and shootings are their calling cards, and people die “for no reason. Gang members are getting younger and younger.” He said they are not satisfied just to rob. “People give up their money, and the gang members shoot them anyway.” The gangs, he said, even show up at schools and clubs for young people, “trying to recruit 8 to 10-year-olds to join.” Another major problem in the county is opioid abuse. “We have made a lot of progress through State Attorney Dave Aronberg.” He pointed out that 85 percent of people in the county jail “are there because of an addiction problem. I have to

Nonprofit March fundraiser rundown The Matthew Forbes Romer Foundation celebrates 20 years

The Matthew Forbes Romer Foundation will honor its 20th anniversary during its



Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw addresses the Rotary Club of Boca Raton. Photo by Dale King.

do something.” Bradshaw also told how Palm Beach County authorities were called on by Gov. Rick Scott and the sheriff of Monroe County to help Key West which was “decimated by Hurricane Irma. We sent deputies down there and set up a tent city. We sent our drone unit there, the big ones that go up for miles. You need an FAA certificate for them, and we are one of the few outfits who have it.” PBC deputies managed a herculean task. They helped evacuate 650 prisons from jails that were about to flood “and brought them here until the storm passed.” “We didn’t lose one.”

annual “Sweetness and Laughter” gala and “See the Light” awards ceremony at noon on March 10 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. The non-profit is dedicated to the education and research of children’s genetic diseases of the brain. Inspired by the strength of Mathew Romer, who lost his eight-year battle with Tay-Sachs disease, the nonprofit was founded in South Florida with a mission to promote and lead critical awareness, testing, counseling, and research initiatives that hold promise for the prevention and eventual cure of fatal children’s genetic diseases of the brain. Tickets cost $200 per person. https://

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KidSafe Foundation will recognize gold medal gymnast Aly Raisman as the National Child Advocate of the Year during the nonprofit’s annual “Shine the Light” gala on March 10. The nonprofit’s mission is education to combat child abuse. The ninth annul gala will take place at Boca West Country Club in Boca Raton.

“Aly’s bravery in telling her story will undoubtedly help protect children throughout the world from sexual abuse,” said Sally Berenzweig, MEd, MA, co-founder & executive director KidSafe Foundation. “Aly has served as a role model for years through her accomplishments as an athlete and now an advocate for sexual abuse survivors.  The strength she has demonstrated through speaking out to push for change is truly making a difference in saving children’s lives.  We are so thrilled to honor her.” The “Shine the Light” Gala will also honor local restaurateur Rocco Mangel of Rocco’s Tacos as the Child Advocate of the Year for 2018.     Serving as a voice for MS, Rocco has raised $140,000 for the National MS Society.  He has also contributed time and money to the KidSafe Foundation, ALS Association, Leukemia/Lymphona Society, Toys for Tots, Tri-County Humane Society, March of Dimes, Palm Beach Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and other organizations.  All funds raised at the “Shine the Light” Gala will go towards KidSafe’s extensive programs that bring direct services to thousands of children and adults. The Gala will feature singer Kendra Erika who recently hit the Billboard Dance Club Top 10 with her breakthrough hit single “Oasis.”  The evening will include a premium open bar, dinner, dancing, silent auction and live auction hosted by Neil Saffer. Gala tickets and sponsorship information is available at Tickets are $250.



Making never again a reality; Ben Ferencz addresses crowd at Boca West els extensively to speak and advocate and was recently featured on 60 Minutes.

By: Jeff Perlman Editor in Chief Benjamin Ferencz is barely 5 feet tall, but he is a giant of a man.

“Nuremberg taught me that creating a world of tolerance and compassion would be a long and arduous task. And I also learned that if we did not devote ourselves to developing effective world law, the same cruel mentality that made the Holocaust possible might one day destroy the entire human race.”

At age 98, the Delray Beach resident, remains a passionate crusader for human rights, international law and a living testament to the horrors of genocide. He is the last surviving prosecutor from the Nuremberg trials and captivated a room full of people at Boca West last week with his experiences and life lessons– which remain relevant to our world today. Mr. Ferencz was the keynote speaker at a dinner that raises funds and awareness for the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. Mr. Ferencz was born in the Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania in 1920. When he was ten months old his family moved to America. His earliest memories are of his small basement apartment in a neighborhood known as “Hell’s Kitchen.” Even at an early age, he felt a deep yearning for universal friendship and world peace. He also found an early love for the law, having witnessed crime, he told the audience he wanted to be on the side of the law—and the good guys. After he graduated from Harvard Law School in 1943, he joined an anti-aircraft artillery battalion preparing for the invasion of France. As an enlisted man under General Patton, he fought in every campaign in Europe. As Nazi atrocities were uncovered, he was transferred to a newly created War Crimes Branch of the Army to gather evidence of Nazi brutality and apprehend the criminals. “Indelibly seared into my memory are the scenes I witnessed while liberating these centers of death and destruction. Camps like Buchenwald, Mauthausen, and Dachau are vividly imprinted in my mind’s eye. Even today, when I close my eyes, I witness a deadly vision I can never forget-the crematoria aglow with the fire of burning flesh, the mounds of emaciated corpses stacked like cordwood waiting to be burned…. I had peered into hell,” he said in a 1988 interview. On the day after Christmas 1945, Ferencz was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army with the rank of Sergeant of Infantry. He returned to New York and prepared to practice law. Shortly thereafter, he was recruited for the Nuremberg war crimes trials. The International Military Tribunal prosecution against German Field Marshal, Herman Goering and other leading Nazis was already in progress under the leadership the American Prosecutor, Robert M. Jackson on leave from the U.S. Supreme Court. The U.S. had decided to prosecute a broad

CBS 4 Anchor Rick Folbaum interviews Ben Ferencz at Boca West. Submitted photo.

cross section of Nazi criminals once the trial against Goering and his henchmen was over. General Telford Taylor was assigned as Chief of Counsel for 12 subsequent trials. Mr. Ferencz was sent with about fifty researchers to Berlin to scour Nazi offices and archives. In their hands lay overwhelming evidence of Nazi genocide by German doctors, lawyers, judges, generals, industrialists, and others who played leading roles in organizing or perpetrating Nazi brutalities. Without pity or remorse, the SS murder squads killed every Jewish man, woman, and child they could lay their hands on. Gypsies, communist functionaries, and Soviet intellectuals suffered the same fate. It was tabulated that over a million persons were deliberately murdered by these special “action groups. Mr. Ferencz became Chief Prosecutor for the United States in The Einsatzgruppen Case, which the Associated Press called “the biggest murder trial in history.” Twenty-two defendants were charged with murdering over a million people. He was only 27. It was his first case. All of the defendants were convicted and 13 were sentenced to death. Mr. Ferencz emphasized that the men he prosecuted were generals and PhD’s; evidence he said that war can warp the hearts and minds of educated and accomplished people. The verdict was hailed as a great success for the prosecution. Mr. Ferencz’s primary objective had been to establish a legal precedent that would encourage a more humane and secure world in the future. His lifelong motto became “law not war” and he told the crowd in Boca Raton last week that his work is not done; the mission remains elusive as we experience genocide in places like Rwanda, Syria, Myanmar etc. Even at this advanced age—though he does 120 pushups every morning—he continues to work for the cause. He trav-

We felt honored and lucky to see and hear him speak. As guests of Shelly and Billy Himmelrich—two longtime supporters of the museum (Shelly was recently honored with a national award for her work with the museum) we were motivated to support the mission. Eli Wiesel said the best museums pose questions, not answers and he is correct. As a young journalist I had the opportunity to travel to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum in Jerusalem. The experience was indelible and motivated me to get involved with Steven Spielberg’s “Survivors of the Shoah” program which was launched after he made the movie “Schindler’s List.” That experience allowed to meet survivors and to research their experiences. It’s important for current and future gen-

erations to study history, because what happened in the past informs our present and our future. While it is a rare occurrence to be in a room with a living legend like Ben Ferencz, if we open our eyes there’s a lot of history we can access in our communities. If we talk to our parents and grandparents and ask them about their lives and experiences we are sure to learn great lessons. I have been truly blessed in my life to have a father still alive and vibrant, grandparents who were wonderful storytellers and who lived rich lives and friends who have seen and experienced a lot of history. On occasion—when invited—I will eat breakfast at Donnie’s Place with a group of Elders who never fail to educate me on local history, race relations and what Delray Beach was like “back in the day.” I also have another close friend who reads widely on history and is generous to share what he learns over monthly lunches. The opportunities are there. It is important that we never forget and it is also important that we share what we have learned.

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Academy Award predictions The Delray and Boca Newspaper is fortunate to have a movie expert on staff: Fran Marincola. We also have a wannabe expert in Jeff Perlman. These two friends often argue about their movies, but they also agree on lots of things too. Here’s a look at their picks from the upcoming Academy Awards. Here is the list of 2018 Oscar nominations: Best Picture: “Call Me by Your Name”; “Darkest Hour”; “Dunkirk”; “Get Out”; “Lady Bird”; “Phantom Thread”; “The Post”; “The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” Jeff’s pick: My friend Fran is enamored of Three Billboards. I liked it too. But…I think the Academy is going to go for something more inspiring and so I’m going with the Darkest Hour. Fran’s pick: The Shape of Water will win, how Jeff can’t see that is astounding to me. Lead Actress: Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”; Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”; Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”; Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird” and Meryl Streep, “The Post” Jeff’s pick: Fran will like Frances because they have same first name. I thought she was good, but one note grumpy. Give me nuance and give me romance and so the envelope will go to Sally Hawkins. Fran’s pick: Frances McDormand is a lock, and not because we share a first name. She was the best. Period.

Lead Actor: Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name”; Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread”; Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”; Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”; Denzel Washington and “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” Jeff’s pick: Gary Oldman became Churchill. I don’t think Fran will disagree. But will the Academy reward the retiring Daniel Day-Lewis and why is he retiring anyway? Fran’s pick: Finally, we agree. Gary Oldman. Supporting Actor: Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project”; Woody Harrelson, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”; Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water”; Christopher Plummer, “All the Money in the World”and Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” Jeff’s pick: Again, Fran’s love for Three Billboards will lead him to pick either Woody Harrelson or Sam Rockwell. Will they split the vote and tip it to Christopher Plummer who saved his film by stepping in for Kevin Spacey? Willem Dafoe should win. Sam Rockwell will win. Fran’s pick: Sam Rockwell will win, Jeff needs a Plummer to unclog his taste. Supporting Actress: Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”; Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”; Lesley Manville, “Phantom Thread”; Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird” and Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water”

Jeff’s pick: I loved Lady Bird, Mudbound was hard to watch, but Allison Janney stole I, Tonya hard to do because Margot Robbie was sublime. Fran will be on thin ice here if he doesn’t agree (pun intended). There’s just no skating around that Janney is the best pic. Fran’s pick: Allison Janney – I, Tonya. Director: “Dunkirk,” Christopher Nolan; “Get Out,” Jordan Peele; “Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig; “Phantom Thread,” Paul Thomas Anderson and “The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro Jeff’s pick: Please give it to Jordan Peele. Although Greta Gerwig is also deserving. Still, it’s a rare film indeed that wins best picture but not director. Since my pick for best pic is not even nominated, I will go out on a limb and go with Mr. Peele. Fran’s pick: Guillermo Del Toro, the movie got 14 nominations. Jeff ignores this because his knowledge of film is limited to Caddyshack and Stripes. He thought Lady Bird was about Lady Bird Johnson.

17th Annual Delray Palm Beach County School updates Home Tour returns Staff report

The 17th Annual Delray Beach Home Tour returns on March 15. Presented by Seagate Hotel & Spa, the event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Palm Trail neighborhood. Delray homeowners open their doors in the name of charity – The Achievement Centers for Children & Families – and welcome guests into their homes. Each year a different Delray Beach neighborhood is chosen and guests are given a glimpse into different interior designs and architectural styles. This year’s line-up of Palm Trail homes ranges from traditional Intracoastal estates to historic Florida cottages to modern tropical chic. All Home Tour ticket sales and sponsorships benefit The Achievement Centers for Children and Families. This community based organization has been dedicated to serving low-income children and families in Delray Beach for 49 years. Its mission is to ensure school readiness, promote academic achievement and help families increase economic security. The Home Tour was first conceived and organized by Kari Shipley, Co-Chair of the event and Achievement Centers Board Member. Shipley is now joined by Board Member and Co-Chair Noreen Payne, as well as over 100 dedicated volunteers—all working hard to make this a memorable day for the over 600 attendees. Admission is $100 before March 1 and $125 starting March 2. Ticket prices include a luncheon sponsored by Delray Buick GMC and a silent auction. Tickets can be purchased by visiting or calling 561-907-4882.

Boca, Delray students place at global dance competition

Superintendent submits resignation

Two senior dance students at Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts placed in the Youth Grand Prix 2018 recently held in Tampa.

After nearly three years on the job, a raise on the way and lots of praise Palm Beach County Schools superintendent Robert Avossa tenured his resignation to his bosses, the school board.

Dylan Amsterdam of Delray Beach placed 3rd in the Classical Category and 3rd in the Contemporary Category. Amsterdam was asked to perform in the gala event where dancers from New York City Ballet, Ballet West, Dutch National Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and The National  Ballet of Canada also performed.  

The letter states he plans to leave on June 12. He has accepted a job with LRP Publications as senior vice president and publisher of education products. The company is based in Palm Beach Gardens. The letter states the new opportunity will allow him to spend more time with his family. Avossa made $325,000 a year as superintendent and is poised for a raise after receiving a glowing review in December. Boca student finalist for Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Evan Gorbell of Boca Raton placed 2nd in the Contemporary Category for men. Evan also received automatic acceptance into the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Colin Wanless, 14, of Boca Raton, an eighth-grader at Pine Crest Middle School, was selected as a finalist for the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

Youth America Grand Prix is the world’s largest global network of dance. It fulfills its mission of dance education through scholarship auditions, mater classes, alumni services, education and outreach activities performances and films.

The program honors students with medallions, $1,000 and a trip to the nation’s capital for their volunteer efforts. As a finalist, he will receive an engraved bronze medallion.

Their mission statement is to support and develop worldclass dancers, ages 9 - 19, of all economic, ethnic and geographic backgrounds by providing scholarship auditions, performance and education opportunities and by serving as the global network of dance, connecting students, teachers, schools, dance companies, dancer and audiences.

He was recognized for his volunteer efforts with a Miami-based hunger-fighting foundation since 2009. He started a Boca Raton-area chapter in 2015 to expand the organization’s efforts to his region. Colin, whose efforts have helped to raise more than $10,000 for fighting hunger and fed more than 13,000 people, recruited 25 local youth to join the board he leads for the Joshua’s Heart Foundation.



500 walkers at Boca West Foundation Walk in the Woods Staff report

About 500 walkers strolled along the Fazio II course at Boca West last month. They raised $55,000 for 24 nonprofits that the foundation supports.

It wasn’t exactly the woods, but a golf course that played the backdrop for the second annual Walk in the Woods hosted by Boca West Charitable Foundation.

As participants walked the course, they encountered

trios, string quartets, and individual musicians from the Lynn Conservatory of music performing classic favorites. Along the 1.6 mile walk, participants stopped to enjoy wine, food and refreshments.

Taste buds go around the world during Jr. League’s Flavors event

Mindful Boca event draws crowd

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As guests began lining up nearly two hours in advance for Mindful Boca 2018: An Evening with Glennon Doyle, a woman explained to volunteers at registration that she had driven almost two hours for this sold-out event featuring New York Times best-selling author, of Love Warrior, an Oprah’s book club pick (2016) and the founder of

The Junior League of Boca Raton hosted its 9th Annual “Flavors” event. With an international flair, more than 30 restaurants offered culinary creations to the more than 700 guests. There was a live performance by Michael Israel as well as members of the Fred Astaire Dance Studio and a fashion show from Saks Fifth Avenue that gave an insider’s look to their upcoming Spring 2018 fashion line.

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Thom and Joyce DeVita and Al and Joni Goldberg served as the event’s honorary chairs. DeVita was the Junior League of Boca Raton’s 2017 “Woman Volunteer of the Year” winner, honored for her outstanding work with The Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum, while the Goldbergs are owners of Gourmet Adventures, a full-service Catering Company, serving South Florida for 16 years. Karli Vazquez-Mendez served as this year’s “Flavors” committee chair.

Mindful Boca 2018: An Evening with Glennon Doyle, was the largest event to date for the Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life Wellness Series at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. The series which launched in 2016, is the brainchild of Barb Schmidt, author of the best-selling book, The Practice. Schmidt, founder of Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life, educates audiences at the hospital each month teaching on the health benefits of meditation and mindfulness. The event was held at Lynn University in the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center in front of 750 guests with presenting sponsor, Elaine Wold in attendance. Sitting in the front row next to sponsor Morgan Green was Doyle’s wife, Abby Wambach, retired soccer player, coach and two-time Olympic gold medalist. The format of the event was a living-room style conversation between Doyle, Schmidt and Michelle Maros. Glennon spoke on every day challenges and how to overcome them with personal strength and resilience.


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Boca Raton Airport Authority makes donation to Civil Air Patrol Boca Raton Composite Squadron

terdiction and other US Military training, as well as cadet orientation. The old aircraft has been transferred to another Civil Air Patrol squadron.

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The Boca Raton Airport Authority donated $6,594.75 to the Civil Air Patrol Boca Raton Composite Squadron.

Dating back to 1941, the Civil Air Patrol is a humanitarian and educational volunteer organization that supports communities with emergency response, aviation and ground services, youth development and promotion of air, space and cyber power.

In return, the Boca Raton Composite Squadron gave the Airport a plaque to show their appreciation. This donation is part of a facilities leasing agreement that began in July 2017 when the BRAA made its initial donation of $9,602 to the Civil Air Patrol Boca Raton Composite Squadron. “The money will be used to pay for the hangar lease for our meeting space and aircraft,” said Boca Raton Composite Squadron Commander Lt. Col. Michael T. Harding. The Boca Raton Composite Squadron currently retains one T-Hangar and one-half hangar at the Boca Raton Airport. The half hangar acts as the Squadron’s operations center, meeting space, training facility and equipment storage facility, while the T-Hangar holds the Squadron’s new aircraft — a four-seat, single engine Cessna 182 G1000NXI — which was recently provided

Part of the Civil Air Patrol, the 50-member Boca Raton Composite Squadron is a key player in Florida’s search and rescue missions, including aviation, maritime and counter-drug reduction. Executive Director of the Boca Raton Airport Authority Clara Bennett and Boca Raton Composite Squadron Commander Lt. Col. Michael T. Harding. Submitted photo.

by the United States Air Force. A replacement to the Boca Raton Composite Squadron’s old aircraft, the new Cessna will be used for search and rescue, disaster relief, civil defense, counter-drug, air in-

The organization’s relationship with the Airport goes back as far as World War II, when the United States Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol used the base as part of its defense strategy against German U-boats off the coast of Florida. “We have been a strong supporter of the Boca Raton Composite Squadron,” said BRAA Executive Director Clara Bennett. “They are a crucial community partner and we are pleased to continue to support their efforts.”

Boca retains Bronze Smith Smiles brings smiles to West Boca Medical Center patients Bicycle Friendly Community title By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor

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Pedro Linan’s face lit up when he saw a group of kids enter his hospital room at West Boca Medical Center with their hands full of toys.

The City of Boca Raton has been re-designated as a Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) at the Bronze level by the League of American Bicyclists.

The 8-year-old smiled and said thank you as a soccer ball, Star Wars Lego set and Avengers superhero were handed to him.

Currently, there are 416 communities in all 50 states recognized with a BFC award. Florida presently has 26 bike friendly communities with Boca Raton being the only community recognized in Palm Beach County.

Making a hospital stay a little easier is what local nonprofit Smith Smiles Toy Donations aims to do for kids and their families.

“Boca Raton has held this designation since 2003 and we are proud to continue to always go a step beyond and make a commitment to create a safe community for bicyclists and pedestrians,” said Anielle Delgado, Transportation Analyst for the City of Boca Raton’s Municipal Services Department. “We want to strive to continuously improve our bike and pedestrian culture and achieve a higher designation in the future.” With over 84 miles of bike lanes, as well as shared use paths and trails, the bicycle network has been enhanced by projects such as the A1A bicycle lanes, the Patch Reef Trail, and the El-Rio Shared Use Trail that will experience a significant upgrade with new construction at the Interstate 95 interchange near Yamato Road, allowing pedestrians and bike riders to travel safely through an underpass that connects the north and south ends of the trail. New Bicycle Friendly Community signs will replace existing ones at all 19 roadway entrances into the city. The designation is valid from 2017 – 2021.

The idea started with the Smith family. Zakary, the oldest of three, saw how bored his sister Gracyn would get during long stays at the hospital. The toys would be old and broken and he too would get tired of playing with the same games and toys while he waited alongside his sister. So, when it came time for his birthday, he decided to gift his presents to kids who needed the toys more than him— patients in the hospital. The tradition that began in 2011 continued, all three

Nonprofit Smith Smiles teamed up with a Log- Sweet Dream Makers provides new beds, bedding gers Run Middle to donate toys to kids at West and essential furnishings for children and families in need. Submitted photo. Boca Medical Center. Staff photo.

kids would donate birthday presents to children in the hospital. In 2016, Smith Smiles became a nonprofit. This visit by Smith Smiles was done with help from students involved in the Good Samaritans 365 club at Loggers Run Middle School. The two groups joined forces thanks to a previous visit to the hospital by Smith Smiles. During that summer visit, volunteers from the nonprofit dropped off toys to a patient who attended Loggers Run. When the students found out their class-

mate was visited by Smith Smiles, they knew it was something they wanted to help with again, so they helped host a toy drive and then delivered the items. Smith Smiles has visited hospitals all over Florida and eight states. They have donated more than 7,000 toys and recently received Champions of Service Award from Gov. Rick Scott. Before entering a patient’s room, the kids sorted through boxes of toys and thought what type of toy or game would best suit a patient based on gender and age. A Barbie was selected for an 8-year-old girl along with a make-your-own Shopkins. A baby-safe toy was set aside for a newborn. Tracy Smith, who is mom to the founders of Smith Smiles, said they made 17 visits to hospitals in 2017.

Nonprofit Smith Smiles gives an 8-year-old boy Nonprofit Smith Smiles gives a boy toys to use tons of toys to use while he is at the hospital and while he is at the hospital and for when he gets for when he gets home. Staff photo. home. Staff photo.

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Hit the polls on March 13 for Boca city council election By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor

Mark Calcavecchia after his final putt during Boca Raton ChamMark Calcavecchia took first place in the pionship last month at the Old Boca Raton Championship last month at Course at Broken Sound. Photo the Old Course at Broken Sound. Photo courtesy of Boca Raton Championcourtesy of Boca Raton Championship. ship.

Local golfer Mark Calcavecchia takes home win at Boca Raton Championship Staff report Mark Calcavecchia took first place in the Boca Raton Championship last month at the Old Course at Broken Sound. It was his first win in more than two years on the PGA Tour Champions and he won after Bernhard Langer had a poor finish on Sunday. Calcaveccchia saw his fourshot lead at the turn disappear by the time he rinsed his tee shot at the par-3 16th, but the Jupiter resident nailed a 30-foot bogey putt to remain tied with Langer. Langer bogeyed the last two holes, missing a 6-foot putt on the 17th and making a mess of the par-5 closing hole. Two pars by Calcavecchia enabled him to win his fourth PGA Tour Champions title after battling back problems the last three years. “I just didn’t think it would happen again,” Calcavecchia said of winning. “Obviously, it was a struggle. Thank God I ran out of holes and I made enough putts.” The key putt was the one for bogey at 16. Calcavecchia got a good read from Langer’s birdie try and started walking after the putt halfway to the hole. “I knew it was on a great line and it just went in the middle of the hole,” said Calcavec-

chia, who shot 70 to finish at 16-under 200. “It was huge.” Langer, a dominant player on the PGA Tour Champions with 36 career wins, missed the 17th green from the middle of the fairway. After a soso bunker shot, he pushed his par putt to give the lead back to Calcavecchia. “I played well all day until that second shot on 17,” Langer said. “Then I just made a bad stroke. I putted poorly all week. I didn’t make anything over 15 feet all week. If I putted well, I would have been 20-under or more. It wasn’t the case.” Langer, who was hoping to become the first repeat winner in the 13-year history of the event, hit a bad drive at 18. It took him three shots to reach the green, where he two-putted for a 70. “It was just a sad finish to a great week of golf,” Langer said. “I played really well for 52 holes, and then the last two holes were just not so good.” Calcavecchia opened with three birdies. It was the first time Calcavecchia had gone wire-to-wire in a career that included 13 wins on the PGA Tour, including the 1989 British Open. “I think this week was meant to be,” said Calcavecchia, who won for the first time on the PGA Tour Champions with wife Brenda as his caddie.

Boca Raton registered voters can hit the polls on March 13 to fill two council seats. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. The council of five will add at least one new face to the dais. Current council member Robert Weinroth is not seeking re-election to Boca’s council. He will be vying for a seat on the Palm Beach County Commission, which will hold its election later this year. He will be running against one familiar face for the county commission, Boca Mayor Susan Haynie. Vying to fill Weinroth’s city council seat, Seat D, are three candidates: Armand Grossman, who is retired from working in education; Monica Mayotte, a sustainability consultant and Paul Preste, an internal medicine doctor. As of the campaign finance reports due on Feb. 16, this is how much money candidates raised and spent. Grossman raised $73,405 and spent $503; Mayotte raised $44,324 and spent $23,969 and Preste raised $850 and spent $411. Grossman has received the endorsement from Blu-

Pac, the chamber’s political action committee. Councilman Jeremy Rodgers is looking to retain his seat, Seat C. He is being challenged by political new-comer Kim Do. Rodgers is a Navy veteran who works in the technology sector and Do is an accountant. Rodgers has raised $62,970 and spent $16,663. Do has brought in $32,688 and spent $3,662. Rodgers has also obtained the endorsement from BluPac, the chamber’s political action committee.

FAU Distinguished Lecture Series Staff report

a prominent part of American culture and society

Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt

eration of scholars to publish in the area of sexuality

College of Arts and Letters 2018 Distinguished Lectures Series continues this month. Lectures will be held on Sundays at 2 p.m. at the Performing Arts Building, room 101, 777 Glades

in the last 10 years. Fejes was among the first genand the media. Research for his book “Gay Rights and Moral Panic” was used to help create the recent PBS documentary “The Day It Snowed in Miami,” a history of the gay rights struggle in Miami from



On March 4, English professor Eric Berlatsky will

The series will end on March 18 with history pro-

discuss “Exploring the Link between Jews and

fessor Ben Lowe who will discuss “A Tale of Two

Comic-Book Superheroes.” The creators of nearly

Martyrs: Heresy and Treason in Tudor England.”

all of the most famous and enduring superheroes

In 1555, the Protestant bishop John Hooper was

were Jewish. These include Jerry Siegel and Joe

burned at the stake for heresy, while in 1587, the Je-

Shuster, creators of Superman; Bob Kane, creator of

suit seminary priest, Stephen Rowsham was hung,

Batman; and Joe Simon, Jack Kirby and Stan Lee,

drawn and quartered for his Catholic proselytizing.

creators of Captain America, the Avengers, Spider-

Since the executions were public events that took

Man, Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk, and the X-Men.

place in the city of Gloucester, how might witnesses

This lecture will outline some of the possible rea-

have interpreted what they saw? This lecture will

sons why Jews were drawn not only to the comic

focus on the immediate impact on witnesses, tak-

book industry, but also to the superhero genre.

ing into account the social, political and religious

On March 11, communication professor Fred Fe-

contexts in which they occurred.

jes will discuss “The LGBT Movement in America:

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at www.

Past, Present and Future.” The LGBT movement has, by calling 800-564-9539, or at the

been active since at least 1969, but it has emerged as

Box Office in FAU’s Student Union.



Boca Briefs Star Maker Awards to support young artists National Society of Arts & Letters, Florida East Coast Chapter to host event

through the library’s calendar at Stars of American Ballet in concert with Boca Ballet Theatre

Kim Champion, Shari Upbin, Alyce Erickson, Kirsten Stephenson. Submitted photo.

The National Society of Arts & Letters, Florida East Coast Chapter will hold its Star Maker Awards on March 18 at 4 p.m. at Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club in Boca Raton. The event will feature musical performances by the Lynn University Conservatory of Music and the FAU School of Music, along with delicious hors d’oeuvres and an open bar. During the event, scholarships will be presented, and awards will be bestowed upon NSAL competition winners in strings, piano, woodwinds, theatre, visual arts and photography. “We are so proud of all of the marvelously talented young artists who have applied for NSAL scholarships and competitions,” said event chair, Kim Champion. “And we are honored that our financial support and mentorship will help them advance their studies and careers.” Regular tickets are $150 per person and Champagne tickets, which include the bubbly beverage and special seating are $250 per person . For tickets, sponsorship information and more ways to become involved, please visit, www.NSALfloridaeast. org. Downtown Boca Library hosts storyteller Judith Black Boca Raton Public Library continues its 2018 Story Central theme, “Discover Your Stories,” with a performance by professional storyteller, Judith Black, at the Downtown Library on March 10 at 3:30 p.m. One of the nation’s foremost storytellers, Black creates and tells compelling, humorous, and riveting stories. In her upcoming presentation, “Retiring the Champ,” the bell sounds, and this lifelong fighter, granddaughter of the Grand Rabbi of Jerusalem, immigrant child, teacher and union organizer bounds from her corner punching. But at 83, Trina forgets which direction her opponent is coming from. This is a story about family, faith, and coaching a feisty prizewinner through her last big bout in a ring filled with laughter and redemption. Register for Black’s presentation and all upcoming Story Central performances

Stars of American Ballet in Apollo Choreographed by George Balanchine. Photo courtesy of The George Balanchine Trust.

Elizabeth H. Dudley presents Stars of American Ballet in concert with Boca Ballet Theatre on March 10 at 7 p.m. at Spanish River High School. Tickets cost $48. Stars of American Ballet founder Daniel Ulbricht, New York City Ballet principal dancer, brings his troupe to join forces with Boca Ballet Theatre to present a dynamic concert showcasing iconic works of yesterday and today highlighting a spectrum of different styles of music and dance. Former dancer with the New York City Ballet, Steven Caras will be the Emcee for the evening. Featuring some of today’s most stunning and versatile dancers from New York City Ballet are principal dancers Sterling Hyltin, Teresa Reichlen, Ask la Cour, Adrian Danchig-Waring, Taylor Stanley, soloist Unity Phelan, and from the Dirty Dancing National Tour Danielle Diniz. Stars of American Ballet will present George Balanchine’s Apollo, as well as Sing Sing Sing choreographed by Daniel Ulbricht and Red Angels choreographed by Ulysses Dove, which will be accompanied by live music. Sugar Sand hosts spring break activities Head to Sugar Sand Park Community Center for spring break fun for the whole family this year with programs, classes and activities from March 19-23.  This year’s theme is “Magic & Mystery,” and will feature activities such as face painting and The Amazing Mr. A in the Maple Room.  This family-friendly show features comedy, magic, and ventriloquism with audience participation.  Tickets are $5 per person, and attendees of all ages must have a ticket.  They can be purchased in person at the Box Office, by calling 561.347.3948, or online at Programs during the week include Bright & Smart’s Mysteries of Minecraft & 3D printing, KidzArt, Fun & Fitness Activities program, Fun Chefs Academy of Cooking, and a Digital Arts Workshop. New this year will be a Social Skills Workshop for children with special needs, where therapists

from My Florida Therapy will strengthen a child’s ability for meaningful social relationships by developing critical social skills, such as the ability to actively listen, make and maintain friends, communicate and connect, and more. The Explorium will host their Spring Break Blast from March 20-24 for grades 1-5. Campers will perform activities and experiments, play games, and more.  Starlab Adventure (March 24) will give kids the opportunity to explore the galaxy in the inflatable planetarium. The Community Center will also feature a Four-Day Food Frenzy, where a variety of food trucks and vendors will be available to all guests of the park from 11a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 21-24.  To register for programs, call the Community Center at 561.347.3900. Information is also available on the website at Tech Week at Boca Library The Boca Raton Public Library will celebrate Teen Tech Week, a national initiative that encourages libraries to showcase some of the great digital resources and services that are available to help teens succeed in school, as well as prepare for college and 21st century careers, this month. From March 4-10, the library will follow the national theme “Libraries Are for Creating.” Events include: Youth Makers: Sphero (Ages 9–14) Spanish River Library, March 6, 4:30–5:30 p.m.  Tweens and teens will learn how to write block code using Sphero, an easy-to-use robot that connects with a cell phone or tablet using an interactive app. Sphero Robot Programming and Maze (Ages 13–17) Downtown Library,  March 7, 6:30–7:30 p.m. Teens will learn to write code for the Sphero robot and then compete with their friends by going through a maze and obstacle courses. All upcoming programs for middle- and high-school students at the Boca Raton Public Library, including ongoing Youth Makers and coding classes, can be found on the calendar at Boca Raton Museum Art School adds new position The Boca Raton Museum Art School has added a new team member and position, Coordinator of Youth Programs.

New hire Trish Duebber has filled the role, which is designed to enrich and expand after school and summer programs for children and teenagers. Museum officials say the goal is not to duplicate in-school art lessons, but to provide studio art experiences not necessarily available in school. This includes developing programs that will prepare students to apply to specialized arts middle and high schools as well as college. With a background as an Advanced Placement arts teacher and school administrator, as well as a former career in law enforcement, Duebber is qualified and passionate about fostering programs that prepare students to relate the skills they learn in the studio to their lives. “Businesses are seeking to hire people who have arts backgrounds – creative thinkers,” Duebber said. “As more tasks become computerized, trends are shifting towards hiring more people who can bring new perspectives to solving problems. And that’s exactly what students gain by having the freedom to create art.” To see what classes are coming up visit, Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation hosts 28th Annual  Book of Hope Luncheon  on March 12 The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation will welcome author of Forever Young and The Perricone Diet, Nicolas Perricone, M.D., M.A.C.N., C.N.S. as the keynote speaker during the upcoming Book of Hope Luncheon.  The  Eli Whitney Award-winning  dermatologist will bring his expert knowledge and humor to the event which takes place  at 10:30 a.m. on March 12 at the Boca Raton Resort.  This year’s 28th  Annual Luncheon Honored Guest is noted Gastroenterologist Dr. Marie Abreu. Tickets are $150 per person. Those interested in attending the luncheon, contact Jennifer McCorvey by email at  jmccorvey@ or by calling 561-218-2929. St. Jude Church in Boca Raton planning Silver Jubilee St. Jude Church at 21689 Toledo Road, Boca Raton, will sponsor its 2018 Silver Jubilee March 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the Mount Carmel Grand Ballroom at the church. The event will honor the following parishioners: Vera Ferola, Dr. Marilyn Ray, John Wyns, Sally Singh, Barbara Batchelder, Joann Koehler and Jeanette Donahue. Mr. and Mrs. J. Albert Johnson are chairpersons. St. Jude is a Catholic parish founded in 1979. It includes a church and school. Tickets for the black-tie jubilee are $200 and are available by calling Kelly at 561-3928172. Valet parking will be provided.


Council Corner

Home repairs using PACE By: Councilman Robert Weinroth Special to the Boca Newspaper lunch” here. What you borrow will be repaid or you will find a lien placed on your, presumably, upgraded residential property.

So, your home is in need of some repairs. Nothing too dramatic, you would really like to install impact resistant windows, perhaps a new energy efficient air conditioner or maybe you’re tired of dealing with the periodic leaks when the driving rain exploits your 30+ year old roof. The problem, perhaps you’re on a fixed income or your credit score hasn’t recuperated from the economic downturn. But the person ready do the work on your home tells you not to worry. The PACE program will provide you with the funds you need and your credit history will have less weight than your payment history and home equity as opposed to going to your local bank to obtain a home improvement loan. PACE stands for Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) and it provides qualified property owners in subscribed communities (including most of the Palm Beach County communities) with a vehicle to finance energy efficiency, renewable energy and wind-hardening improvements through a long-term property assessment. This is a mouthful so let’s unpack it a bit. Securing funds through the PACE program is similar to obtaining funding from your local banker. Cash can be secured for qualified home improvements with the expectation by the lender that the loan will be repaid along with an agreed rate of interest. There is no “free

The Florida, Legislature has identified “Qualifying Improvements” for which a homeowner can apply for PACE funding. The improvements include energy conservation and efficiency improvements, which reduce consumption through conservation or a more efficient use of electricity, natural gas, propane, or other forms of energy on the property, including air sealing; installation of insulation; installation of energy-efficient heating, cooling, or ventilation systems; building modifications to increase the use of daylight; replacement of windows; installation of energy controls or energy recovery systems; installation of electric vehicle charging equipment; and installation of efficient lighting equipment. In addition, renewable energy improvements qualify including installation of any system in which the electrical, mechanical, or thermal energy is produced from a method using one or more of the following fuels or energy sources: hydrogen, solar energy, geothermal energy, bioenergy, and wind energy. Finally, wind resistance improvements, which include: improving the strength of the roof deck attachment; creating a secondary water barrier to prevent water intrusion; installing wind-resistant shingles; installing gable-end bracing; reinforcing roof-to-wall connections; installing storm shutters; or installing opening protections.

So far, this sounds pretty simple. But (why is there always a but), some homeowners are learning this isn’t free money and sooner or later the money must be repaid (and the longer the loan remains outstanding the more the cost of financing). Getting the loan is generally as easy as demonstrating sufficient equity in the home to guarantee repayment and a history of making your mortgage payments. Homeowners with a good credit history and adequate equity would likely be better off refinancing or securing a homeowner’s equity loan (second mortgage). But if that is not a viable alternative, prudent use of the PACE funding program will avoid regrets in the future. An absence of federal protections are leading to complaints that elderly and low-income property owners are being targeted by third-party contractors for expensive improvements and being extended credit they cannot afford to repay. Although home energy efficiency is important, PACE mortgages lack consumer protections, have few checks to ensure that energy savings are real and cost effective, and are inappropriate for homeowners who may be eligible for free or lower cost programs. So the homeowner needs to make an informed decision before contemplating this source of funding to update a residential property. Clearly, many homeowners will find this to be a simpler process than qualifying for a traditional mortgage. If an alternative is available, weigh the costs and the impacts on your property and make an informed decision. PACE can be an essential funding source for homeowners seeking to update their property. A clear understanding of the repayment schedule, rate of interest and potential for the PACE lien to be placed on the property (making sale or refinance difficult) should be carefully considered before signing on the dotted line.

Great news for Boca - the first new public school in decades By: Councilman Scott Singer Special to the Boca Newspaper I’m very pleased to share the news that Boca Raton is now slated to get a brand new elementary school that will result in more than 1,000 new student seats in Boca - all within the next two years. For several months, I’ve been working with the School District and School Board Member Frank Barbieri to find a spot for a new school that the District was going to place somewhere in the county. When those plans to place the school in the western part of the county recently fell through, I saw this as a one-in-a-generation opportunity to snag another school for our city.  Here are more details on this win for Boca Raton. Until December, it looked like that a new elementary school in the School District’s budget, referred to as 05-C, would be built on land in western Palm Beach County to be donated by a commercial homebuilder, but those plans fell apart. At our December City Council meeting, I first proposed the city consider seize the moment and consider letting the District build on our City-owned land adjacent to Don Estridge

Middle School on nearly 14 acres of unused land for which the city had no plans. After evaluating other potential sites, this seemed like the best location of those available. At our January city council meeting, I brought forward a resolution for the city to provide the unused city land near Don Estridge.  I’m pleased to share that my resolution passed unanimously, and we now stand to have additional tens of millions of dollars in investment in our city from the school district’s funds.  Not only would Boca obtain a school that was planned to go in western Palm Beach County, we are scheduled to have it open by 2020.  To have a school built within two years from choosing the site is far shorter than the typical timeline.  I’m pleased to share that in early February, the School District already issued a request for proposals for design of the school - again moving on an expedited timeline. The District is planning for this school to be expanded in time from an elementary school to a K-8, adding more student seats. The new school also addresses other concerns. Once open, this school is planned to house students from Addison Mizner Elementary during its rebuild.  This will avoid having to trek those students to Verde Elementary, which is also planned to be re-


built. As a result, Verde Elementary can be built as a K-8 school, adding more space for our city’s students, and avoiding some of the traffic concerns that were anticipated. While located near Don Estridge, the plan is for 05-C to be zoned solely for area students, and not a magnet program like Estridge is.  I support building of a school on city-owned land to specifically serve Boca’s residents and our student population. These parcels are not part of any park plans and are separated by distance and a road from the existing fields at De Hoernle Park.  Rather, these were portions of the old IBM property acquired decades ago and not part of any current city plans.  Some commercial developers have approached the city over the years looking to by this land, but I think a school better serves the public than a gas station or another office building. The long-planned rebuilds of Verde and Addison Mizner Elementary will continue, but the recent news of another school in Boca Raton will greatly expand our capacity and ability to serve our city.  Great schools are an important economic driver for business growth and enhanced home values, in addition to the immeasurable impact on our community.  I’m happy to have worked to help put us in a position to gain a brand-new school, and quickly, when we were not planned to obtain one at all. 

When coupled with the 500 student seats the School District is adding at Spanish River High, it is apparent that the District is doing more for schools in Boca Raton. I’m happy to help, and will keep working on this and other solutions.  Please contact me at for your thoughts on this column and these efforts.

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