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New ‘Paint the City’ mural program created by Delray developer makes a splash on West Atlantic Avenue By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor Driving east on West Atlantic Avenue it’s hard to miss the colorful mural of psychedelic waves that greets drivers at 601 West Atlantic Avenue. Created and painted by Delray-native Douglas “Hoxxoh” Hoekzema, a Wynwood-based artist, the mural brightens up the side of Leogane Market. “That canvas is really special,” said co-founder of BH3 Daniel Lebensohn.“Every car driving east on Atlantic Ave. has to see it.”

Two campers write letters the old fashioned way, on a typewriter at the Delray Beach Historical Society. Photo courtesy of DBHS.

Snail Mail summer sessions teach campers art of letter writing By: Jan Engoren Contributing Writer “Dear Tom Hanks,” reads a letter written by campers from the Delray Beach Historical Society’s Snail Mail Summer Camp to the Hollywood actor. Last summer, knowing of actor Tom Hanks’s fascination with manual typewriters, the campers and archivist Kate Teves wrote Hanks a personal, typed letter and received a personal, hand-typed one in response. This year, more than 45 campers ages 7-14 will again share the love of letter writing, explore the history of communication with interactive games and activities, connect with letter writers around the globe, learn to use typewriters, feather quills and fountain pens and meet other writers, artists and papermakers.

“We were surprised by the enthusiastic response,” said Teves, herself a fan of the manual correspondence. “Especially, from the teen boys – who are usually engrossed in video games. They got really into letter writing.” Teves says both she and historical society executive director Winnie Edwards love to compose and share letters with others. As an introverted child, she wrote letters to her grandfather as a way to get to know him. He was also introverted she says and welcomed the chance to engage and get to know her over hand-written correspondence. Kate was 30 and he was 90. “I learned things I never knew,” Teves

said.“I discovered he had a first wife and he enjoyed sharing stories about his foray into the stock market.” “I enjoy the freedom and creativity of letter writing,” said Teves, who says anything can be considered “a letter” and mailed, as long as it has postage.

Lebensohn and BH3, which recently won a contract to redevelop part of West Atlantic Avenue with a mixed used project called AtlaWest, is behind the Paint the City program. Currently, two murals are completed with several more in the works. “We have the making of a nice mural collection,” Lebensohn said. The developers started the program in New York where they have completed several mural installations in Chinatown and Brooklyn. “The concept is to help bring aware-

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She has written letters on the back of cereal boxes and even once on a barf bag. Popular in Florida, Teves says, is using coconut shells as letters. She plans to do this with the kids in the camp. As part of the program, Teves reached out to many letter writing clubs around the country, receiving more than 200 pieces of mail last year from these clubs. This year she is expecting to receive double that amount from [CONT. PG 2]

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Artist Paul Kay created the mural on the soon-to-open Bearded Rooster building. Photo courtesy of BH3.


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Snail Mail summer sessions teach campers art of letter writing all over the world. The kids will also collect and trade the stamps from the many letters they receive.

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John Cutrone, Director, Jaffe Center for Book Arts at FAU, hosted Real Mail Campfire Socials, where participants wrote letters to the kids welcoming them to camp. “We love partnering with the Delray Beach Historical Society’s Snail Mail Camp,” Cutrone said. “They have a lovely setting and so many fun letter writing things to work with - especially the typewriter station.” He said last year, he wrote a letter telling the kids about a letter that my dad saved from his brother in the army. “I guess it resonated with the kids, as I got a few responses,” he said. “It’s always a thrill to get a real letter in your mailbox. These kids are learning what that’s like, and that’s a very good thing,” One of the camp projects will be for the kids to write time capsule letters to the future archivist fifty years in the future. The letters will be sealed and opened in 2069. Teves says she was surprised to see what many of the kids wrote last year; many echoed concerns they absorbed from their parents – such as politics and climate change.

Two campers at the Delray Beach Historical Society read a letter sent from a pen-pal.Photo courtesy of DBHS.

One camper wrote: “To the archivist in 2069 – if you are still there and Delray Beach is not under water.” Shayna Katz, 11, daughter of Heather and Mitch Katz, and a 6th grader at Omni Middle School, is looking forward to returning to the camp this summer.

Last year she was one of the campers who wrote to Tom Hanks and was thrilled when he wrote back, expressing interest in the camp and offering to donate a manual typewriter for the kids. The Historical Society currently owns four manual, Royal typewriters and Hanks’s donation would make a nice addition to the ones they have, a number of which are broken, according to Teves. Although it is easy to find ribbons for the old typewriters, many of them from the 1920s,

A camper is holding a letter that a volunteer in Washington sent. A camper is in the middle of typing her snail mail letter. Photo courtesy of DBHS. Photo courtesy of DBHS.

some of the other parts are harder to obtain, she says.

badminton and made new friends.”

This summer, Katz plans to write letters to people ‘who don’t live in Florida,’ including cousins who live in New Zealand. “I want to tell them how hot it is here,” she says.

An avid reader as well, Carriegos loves to read Judy Blume, Nancy Drew and the Little House on the Prairie series. She loves basketball, Irish dancing and played a lemur in her school’s production of Madagascar 2.

She thinks the manual typewriters are “very cool,” and is the designated card writer at home, where she pens handwritten birthday and anniversary cards to family and friends.

An aspiring author, Carriegos has written a ‘realistic fiction’ novel, titled, “No Ordinary Girl,” about a young girl who has an accident in a fire and tries to save her dad.

Likewise, 10-year-old Juliana “Juju” Carriegos, a 5th grader at St. Vincent Ferrer, is looking forward to returning to camp this summer.

She found an illustrator on-line and is currently working to finalize the book, which she hopes to publish and dedicate to the Delray Beach Historical Society.

“The counselors are very nice and made me feel welcome,” she said. “I learned about letter writing, music and sports history (from the correspondence), played volleyball and

August sessions: Aug. 5-6 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ages 7-14 / $75/child. For more information call: 561-274-9578 or email: archive@ delraybeachhistory.org

New ‘Paint the City’ mural program created by Delray developer makes a splash on West Atlantic Avenue [FROM PG 1] ness to different neighborhoods and help them emerge through the arts,” he said. “In my mind, it is about raising awareness.”

District on NW Fifth Avenue as well as on an 18-unit building BH3 is redeveloping for workforce housing on Sixth Avenue.

His goal is to raise awareness of West Atlantic Avenue through art.

The mural on Fifth Avenue is going through the city’s approval process. He said he wants to keep the plans for the Sixth Avenue project a surprise, but each face of the four-sided building will have a different element of a specific genre.

“It makes it more interesting so people start to pay attention,” he said of the murals. The other completed Delray mural is located at 524 W. Atlantic Ave., a property recently acquired by investment/development firm BH3 and home to soon-to-open, cocktail bar, The Bearded Rooster. The red and white mural was painted by New York Citybased artist David Paul Kay, who is known for working in black and white only. It is one of two murals in the world that he has ever done in red and white, the other was done for Montblanc pen.

“In West Atlantic, the goal is to do what we call a collective, a series of murals,” he said. “All of these just add more life to the neighborhood. Some touch upon history and some are just thought provoking.” Ideally, he said they would like to see between eight and 12 murals throughout the West Atlantic neighborhood. So far, BH3 has funded the projects, but they are looking for companies and property owners that want to partake.

Lebensohn said he has had conversations with folks who have said they liked one mural, disliked another one or loved both. Overall, he said his goal of creating conversation has been achieved.

“Art brings awareness and if art stimulates conversation then we are doing something right,” he said.

“We have raised awareness,” he said. “Art isn’t for everyone to like. It is about creating dialogue and creating conversations. Art can be unliked but thought provoking or it can be loved and thought provoking. It’s dynamic and interesting.”

Some city commissioners raised concerns over the timing of when certain murals were put up. Some say the final sign off was not given before the paint went up on a few works of art on private buildings.

In the pipeline is a mural in the historic West Settlers

Murals throughout downtown

Commissioners have asked city staff to look into preventing that from occurring in the future.

Delray native and Wynwood-based artist Douglas “Hoxxoh” Hoekzema painted the side of the Leogane Market. Photo courtesy of BH3.

Most recently, Commissioner Shirley Johnson voiced concerns about a mural on the side of Proper Ice Cream, which is not part of BH3’s collection. The mural was painted before commissioners had a chance to review the final design. Commissioners agreed they like to see murals on private buildings, but they would like a process to be followed. They suggested having the art advisory board review proposals as they do for public art pitches.


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Delray honors tennis phenom ‘Coco’ Gauff for success in Wimbledon debut By: Dale King Contributing Writer When Delray Beach tennis superstar Cori “Coco” Gauff steps onto the court, she has one thought in mind: To win. Even as she faced her idol, Venus Williams, on the other side of the net in the opening round of the Wimbledon tournament on July 1, the 15-year-old didn’t cut her fellow South Floridian any slack. Coco defeated her legendary opponent in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4, and went on to take down two other racquet foes before succumbing to the No. 7 seed and eventual winner, Simona Halep, in the globally famous, England-based tourney. Coco’s victories, her humility, her inspirational appeal to other young athletes and her obvious chances for an award-winning career on tennis courts around the world drew hundreds of friends, fans, relatives and admirers to Pompey Park in Delray Beach on July 20 for a festive “Welcome Home” celebration. Healthier Delray Beach hosted the festivity in partnership with the city of Delray Beach. The ceremony was led by Coco’s aunt, Joi Odom Grant, and included appearances by and comments from Delray Beach Mayor Shelly Petrolia; Coco’s pastor from St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Boynton Beach, Jovan T. Davis; Coco’s grandmother, Yvonne Odom and Kenya Madison, senior project director of Heathier Delray Beach. “I’m overwhelmed by all the people who came out to support me,” said the young star of the court who stands a formidable 5-foot-9 ½. “I thought because it rained, some people would stay away. But the gym is jam-packed.” A quick, but mighty rainstorm forced the

The Gauff family at the celebration of their daughter’s success at Wimbledon. Rear, from left, Corey, Candi Pastor Jovan T. Davis from St. John Missionary Bap- Coco’s aunt, Joi Odom Grant, speaks at the celebraand Cori; front, Codey, left, and Cameron. Photo by tist Church in Boynton Beach addresses the crowd. tion for her niece’s showing at Wimbledon. Photo by Dale King. Photo by Dale King. Dale King.

festivities inside, and away from the tennis courts where Coco’s career began and where she still plays. The Atlanta native, who now resides in Delray Beach, with her family – father, Corey; mother, Candi Odom Gauff, and brothers Codey, 9, and Cameron, 6 – began to train at the Mouratoglou Academy at age 10, working with Serena Williams’ coach, Patrick Mouratoglou. Athletics is important to the Gauff family. Her dad played basketball at Georgia State University and later worked as a health care executive. Her mother was a track and field athlete at Florida State University and also worked as an educator. Just steps from the tennis courts in Pompey Park are the baseballs fields named after her grandfather. Grandmother Yvonne serves on the steering committee for Healthier Delray Beach, a community initiative focused on improving Delray Beach’s behavioral health. Addressing the cheering crowd while standing at a podium in front of a banner that said, “Welcome Home from Wimbledon,” Coco said she saw “a lot of familiar faces” in the au-

Friends and fans jam the gymnasium at Pompey Park in Delray Beach for the celebration of Cori “Coco” Gauff ’s success at the Wimbledon tournament this year. Photo by Dale King.

dience and urged them to “keep dreaming. Keep reaching for the stars. Don’t give up.” Commenting on her own future, Coco said, “I think I can go as far as I want to by working hard and staying focused.” Moments before, speaking from that same podium, Pastor Davis pointed out that while Coco has been working on her athletic prowess, she has also maintained her faith in God, and “He was glad his child didn’t forget him.”

The pastor from the Boynton Beach church also stressed Coco’s courage in challenging Venus Williams at Wimbledon. “As she faced her idol, she had fear, but overcame it. Coco displayed hope on the outside and confidence on the inside.” He added: “We are happy for what God has handed her. He is not done with her yet.” And Coco isn’t finished for the year. She said she plans to take part in the U.S. Open tournament which starts Aug. 26 in New York.

Roots and Wings, Delray nonprofit focused on schools, to expand this school year Staff report Delray Beach-based nonprofit Roots and Wings will visit more classrooms this school year. The nonprofit has two initiatives, one that rewards teachers for their efforts in the classroom and another that helps students improve their reading skills. Both the Above and Beyond Awards that recognize teachers, who were nominated by their colleagues, and Project UpLift, which allows students to work on reading after school, will pop up at new locations this school year. “Every Title 1 school needs the reading program,” Roots and Wings founder Ted Hoskinson said. Last year, the program was offered at Orchard View and Pine Grove Elementary schools. This year, Project UpLift will be added to Banyan Creek Elementary and Plumosa School of the Arts. Hoskinson said, the results from last year’s program indicate that 88 percent of the Project UpLift students at Pine Grove Elementary passed the FSA Test in 3rd grade and 56 percent of UpLift students met their grade level expectations (at least a level 3).

When compared to students not in the UpLift program, the UpLift student outcomes show significantly stronger growth. Only 52 percent of students not in the program passed the FSA test in 3rd grade, and only 31 percent achieved proficiency by meeting grade level expectations.    Results at Orchard View Elementary indicated that 78 percent of 3rd graders in the UpLift program passed the FSA reading test compared to 67 percent of students not in the program. Seventy five percent of 2nd graders in the program achieved their growth goal of one year in reading proficiency while only 43 percent of those not in the program achieved that important one year of growth.

Roots and Wings visits Plumosa School of the Arts to give out an Above and Beyond Award. Submitted photo.

Hoskinson said it costs about $20,000 to onboard a new school. Roots and Wings funds the cost of the program. The schools then typically hire the teachers to stay after school and teach the students who need help with reading the most.

Beyond Award ceremonies this spring. Plans are to expand the program to eight schools in these two communities this coming fall, increasing the number of schools participating in the Above and Beyond Award program to 19. 

“The teachers know the kids,” he said. “They know what they need.”

Teachers are nominated by their peers and the school helps select a winner. Roots and Wings then surprises the teacher in front of their classroom with a gift certificate and other goodies. Elementary, middle and high school teachers are eligible for the awards.

And when it comes to recognizing the teachers for their efforts in the classroom, the Above and Beyond Award ceremonies will continue to expand into new schools. Elementary School teachers and staff from several Boca Raton and Boynton Beach public schools enjoyed Above and

“The most important thing is for them to know someone cares,” Hoskinson said of the teachers. “Great teachers inspire kids.”


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things you need to know this August in Delray Beach 1 Dine Out Downtown Delray is back. Enjoy dining specials at downtown eateries from Aug. 1-7. Dine out deals during restaurant week include multi-course prix fixe lunches for $20 and under per person, multi-course prix fixe dinners for $40 and under per person and culinary experiences and events. 2 The Seagate Hotel & Spa will hold its 6th annual Delray Beach Retailers Summer Sale on Aug. 30-31. Shop end of season sales from 11 local vendors in the reef ballroom. Shopping will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Admission is free. 3 The King Of The City Basketball Tournament will take place Aug. 3-4 at Pompey Park Saturday the competition will run from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. The event will feature NBA players such as Trevor Booker of the Brooklyn Nets, John Henson of the Milwaukee Bucks, Raymond Felton of the Oklahoma Thunder, NBA Slam Dunk Cham-

pion Jeremy Evans, Joe Johnson, John Wall, American Heritage standout and Florida Gator Kenny Boynton, Washington Wizard Donald Sloan, NBA Hall of Fame Glenn Rice, NBA All-Star Josh Howard and many more.  Proceeds will go towards local athletic and academic scholarships for students in lower-income communities.

4 Head to the Delray Public Library on Aug. 17 for Summer Saturday Cinema. At 2 p.m., there will be a screening of “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. Nora McDevitt, an award-winning filmmaker, screenwriter and producer, will lead a discussion on the film after the screening. Come for the film, stay for the conversation. Popcorn and air conditioning included. 5

Delray Beach Rotary Club’s newest president is Judy Mollica. She took over the role last month as president Robert Kelley concluded his term. She is the 71st President of the local Rotary established in 1948. The club

has generated hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarship awards to local students and numerous other charitable causes both locally and internationally.

6 A recently published novel “Tales

from the Beach House” is set in Delray Beach. The satiric work of fiction is by author and former Delray resident James Aylott. The Beach House, a crumbling old motel, is home to a collection of eccentric residents.Amongst their ranks; a tennis pro at the end of his game, a mortuary scientist whose love life has flat-lined, a paparazzo photographer searching for scoops, a bawdy duo fronting an improbable Ponzi enterprise, a beauty from “The Islands” with a dark secret, a fried-out TV weather man who claims to channel God, a middle school principal with a soft spot for Crack, a Rod Stewart cover artist searching for redemption, and a waitress serving a side order of erotic fiction. Each member of this cohort is in search of something – fast money, an easy hustle, fleeting romance, enduring love, fame, power, dignity, happiness… a place they can call home. As well as facing their own tender, tragic, and often hilarious personal circumstances, this eclectic gang is compelled by necessity to band together when a sinister developer threatens the very existence of The Beach

House.

7 Kelly Brandon is the city’s new assistant city attorney. She was appointed to the job at a recent city commission meeting. The city also has a new public information offier, Gina Carter. 8 Take a water aerobics class this month at the Delray Swim and Tennis Center. Classes are offered Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10-10:45 a.m. The Pool opens at 9 a.m. if anyone wants to warm up before class. $3 per adult and $2 per senior. 9 Summer Shark Months at Sandoway Discovery Center end this month. Stop by to see 100 genuine shark and ray jaws and see the sharks on site getting fed. For more information, call 561-274-7263. 10 The Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce will host its annual “Champions of Education Breakfast” at 8 a.m. on Aug. 8 at the Delray Golf Club. This year’s keynote speaker is Tony Carvajal, EVP of the Florida Chamber Foundation.

Delray passes temporary ban on stores that sell CBD products Staff report Delray is saying no to stores that sell CBD products, for now. The city commission passed a one-year-long ban on the operation of businesses that primarily sell CBD products. CBD is a cannabis derivative that many users say helps with health issues including chronic pain and anxiety. It does not give users the high that comes from marijuana. CBD products are popping up for sale in pet stores, on restaurant menus in cocktails and ice cream sundaes and in retail stores.

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill this summer allowing the sale of hemp and cannabidiol in the state. But Delray officials say they want time to study the impact of the stores. The moratorium will allow the city’s legal department to create regulatory rules for businesses that want to open in the city and sell CBD products. During the next year, the city will not accept, process or approve any application from a business that wants to sell CBD as its main product. Stores that sell CBD items as part of other inventory will not be impacted. This isn’t the first time the city has approved a prohibition period. Recently, commissioners approved a brief mora-

torium on scooters and previously on tattoo parlors. Regulations typically involve where the businesses can open up shop and how many of that type of business can be located in a certain area.

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Delray to consider ShotSpotter program to help curb gun violence Staff report Delray Beach officials will consider paying for a technological service geared toward identifying where a gun is fired with an overarching goal of preventing gun violence. ShotSpotter is a service currently utilized by about 100 cities, including West Palm Beach. During a recent community redevelopment agency meeting, the board heard a presentation on what the technology could do for a 2-mile area in the agency’s district that is responsible for more than half of the city’s gun-related crimes. ShotSpotter is a network of acoustic sensors that detects gun shots and then alerts the police of where the shot was fired. The service helps improve response times to gunfire incidents and helps police officers locate more evidence like casings and prosecute suspects, according to the company. “We think it’s a valuable tool for law enforcement,” Police Chief Javaro Sims said. The sensors sit passively until they are activated by a noise like a gun shot. That noise is then sent to an incident review center where the sound goes through a two-tier process to determine if it’s gunfire. An acoustic specialist will confirm if it’s gunfire and notify police in under one minute. They will also be able to tell how many shooters they think are involved and what kind of weapon may have been fired. A ShotSpotter representative said it goes from reactive to a proactive way of policing. He also told the board the program picks up gunshots that are not called in and also helps police recover more shell casings, which can help find the criminal. The pitch to the CRA board was to set up the program and have the agency fund it. But chairwoman and Mayor Shelly Petrolia questioned if the decision should be a policy decision from the commission first. The city manager and board ultimately

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agreed to postpone making a decision until the commission discusses the topic. But several board members supported the service. “Nothing eliminates more than getting rid of crime,” Commissioner Bill Bathurst said.

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Tourism Roundtable Committee with Michael Zeff

July just flew by with the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce! We kicked off the month with our Nonprofit Council, welcomed new members & hosted our Tourism Roundtable with a presentation by Michael Zeff from the Palm Beach County Sports Commission on Superbowl LIV!

The agency’s main mission is to eliminate slum and blight. Mayor Petrolia questioned whether the program will actually decrease the number of guns fired or if it just zeros in on where those shootings are taking place. Board member Pam Brinson, who lives in the area that would receive the technology, said it is a conversation that needs to be addressed. She said she has had to call the police from the floor of her home after she heard gunshots in the area. Between Jan. 1, 2016 and Oct. 12, 2018, a study of the 2 mile area showed that 56 percent of gun-related crimes in the city took place in that area. The two murders that occurred happened in that area as did 68 percent of the shootings, a total of 77 shootings. The proposed area covers Pompey Park, SD Spady Elementary, Pine Grove Elementary and Village Academy. “I was overwhelmed when I saw the number of shots,” Commissioner Shirley Johnson said. “I live in the 2 mile district. I am amazed as to how many shots were fired in that vicinity. I am just happy to see something being done by our police department to try to use technology available. I am willing to do this whether it is the city or the CRA. We need to do something to help the police department respond to these situations a little faster and restore the faith that the police department cares about us.” There is a start-up cost of about $30,000, which includes installation and training. Then, the program is an annual subscription of about $130,000 per year. It is unclear when the topic will go before commissioners for discussion.

Marjorie Waldo, CEO of Arts Garage & Cheryl Haywood on Delray Morning Live

Johnny Mackey, from Welcome New Members: Shamrock Restoration filled in Craft Food Tours as host on Delray Morning Live!

We had a full house for Nonprofit Council! Thank you to National Leadership Institute for our quarterly trainings and to our Nonprofit Program Parter: The Avenue Church!

Join us for our Champions of Education Breakfast as we welcome all of the brand new teachers to Delray Beach!

Join us August 27th for the Women's Event of the Summer! Featuring Nancy Reagan, of Bella Reina Spa & Dr. Francesca Lewis, of Delray Dermatology. Learn about the latest trends in the beauty industry and what you should be doing for your skin while visiting our pop-up exhibitors from your favorite places around town!

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Delray Police Chief Javaro Sims 1 Tell us a little bit about

yourself and how you decided to become a police officer. I was a collegiate athlete, qualified for the 1980 and 1984 Olympic trials and played in the Canadian Football League. I spent four years as a teacher and realized law enforcement was the perfect way to continue giving back to the community, but in a different way. Good teachers and good police officers share many of the same traits: patience, understanding, compassion and a solid sense of humor, to name a few.

2 You have had a long career with Delray PD. How did you work your way up to police chief? I was hired by DBPD in 1992 and worked my way up steadily through the ranks. I supervised the Community Policing

Unit, the Street-Level Narcotics Unit, the West Atlantic Avenue Task Force, the Community Response Division, the Criminal Investigations Division, the Support Services Division, the Community Patrol Division and, as assistant chief, the Special Services Bureau. I have a master’s degree in criminal justice and graduated from the FBI National Academy in June 2014.

3 National Night Out is coming up this month. Tell us what the event is all about. National Night out is about building relationships among police officers and the community we serve to make Delray Beach a safer place. Crime prevention and crime reduction is best achieved when residents and the police department work in unison. What better way to bring us all together than at a fun, fam-

ily-friendly event with great food, music, games, demonstrations and bounce houses? National Night Out is actually a nationwide campaign that thousands of towns and cities take part in in all 50 states. DBPD takes strong community ties very seriously, so it’s an honor to host one of the area’s most well-attended National Night Out events. Like I always say, “One Delray. One community. One police department.”

4 What are your top three priorities

as police chief?

and diversity  

5 What safety tip or message is the

• Working collaboratively with our community to achieve legitimacy and maintain transparency • Prioritizing and highlighting our workforce  to accomplish our mission of ensuring public safety • Staying true to departmental values of learning, excellence, accountability

department pushing out to residents the most right now? • Don’t leave valuables, especially firearms in your vehicles • Become engaged in your community and with your police department • Be a good neighbor and report suspicious activity and persons

Commissioners continue to More resignations out of Delray reduce property tax rate despite manager request for increase Staff report

Another round of Delray Beach city and city agency employee resignations has recently taken place.

Staff report

This summer economic development manager Elizabeth Burrows resigned and so did developmentser-

Delray Beach’s property tax rate will be one-tenth a mill less than the current rate, a move

commissioners

have

vowed to keep for 10 years. The decision to lower the tax rate began in 2014. This year, commissioners

unanimous-

ly agreed to keep the promise against the interim city manager’s request to increase the

per $1,000 of taxable property

downtown, they can expect to

millage rate by one-tenth mill.

value.

see another charge for 1 mill

Interim city manager Neal de

Just because the rate is lowered

Jesus said if commissioners re-

doesn’t mean residents will

duce the rate, the city’s budget

necessarily see a break on their

Commissioners approved the

will be in a deficit.

bill. Taxable values in the city

DDA’s request to charge 1 mil,

have increased about 6 per-

which it historically has as-

cent, according to the property

sessed. This upcoming fiscal

appraiser’s office.

year, the DDA’s budget will

Commissioners did not express concern over balancing the budget. They were all in

from the Downtown Development Authority.

break $1 million.

alignment with giving back

A Delray property owner of a

to the residents with a slight

home valued at $300,000 with

Property

break.

a $50,000 homestead exemp-

have increased about 6.7 per-

tion can expect to pay $1,761

cent, so the DDA will see a

in city taxes.

bump of $59,000 in its current

The rate set in July can be lowered more, but not raised. The proposed rate will be 6.86 mills

If that homeowner lives in the

budget.

values

downtown

vices director Tim Stillings. Both submitted notices at the end of June. Stillings last day in his role was July 26. Burrows finished July 12. Before that, Community Redevelopment Agency executive director Jeff Costello resigned. He had worked for the CRA for 12 years and the city for 18 years. The CRA does function independently of the city. Burrows’ boss the director of the office of economic development Joan Goodrich left in May to take a new job in Port St. Lucie.

Several city departments have acting or interim positions for the top roles. The city’s finance department currently has an acting finance director running the department. Assistant city manager Caryn Gardner-Young is listed as the acting utilities director. There is an interim director of the neighborhood and services department while an open and active investigation on the previous director is being conducted. The city manager is also being filled by an interim position. Fire Chief Neal de Jesus has been serving as the city manager since the commission fired previous manager Mark Lauzier. A search for the next city manager is in the works with help from a head hunter. City commissioners only control hiring and firing of the city manager, attorney and internal auditor. Mayor Shelly Petrolia has made known from the dais when residents complain about turnover. The city manager is the one who oversees the city’s personnel.


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Kathryn Lee Johnston, an asJeanne Bennett starred in Sister Philip Chaffin is an Equity actor sistant professor at FAU, helped Act this summer at FAU. Submit- that starred in Sister Act this sum- put on Sister Act this summer at FAU. Submitted photo. mer at FAU. Submitted photo. ted photo.

Christina Baroniel is production coordinator for the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, who also performs. Submitted photo.

FAU student actors urged by pros to ‘keep studying; work on your craft’ By: Dale King Contributing Writer For student actors at Florida Atlantic University, the stage is their most significant classroom. Young learners take part in dramas, comedies and occasional musicals during the school year. But summertime is special. The university brings in professionals – holders of Actors Equity cards – to help students hone their abilities as they work toward eventual graduation. The current class just completed its Summer Repertory shows, a pair of productions from differing ends of the dramatic spectrum. The plays, Sabrina Fair in June and the musical comedy, Sister Act, which kept the Studio One Theatre on the Boca

“Sister Act was a real challenge to

Commenting on her experience

put together, and the student actors,

this year, Bennett advised acting

designers and crew approached it

hopefuls: “Always find a way to keep

with a great deal of persistence, pro-

studying. Actors are works in prog-

fessionalism, and patience.”

ress. It’s important to keep growing

Taking the stage with students “is

and developing as an artist. In this

a chance for me to ‘put my money where my mouth is’ and experience what they experience,” Johnston added. “It also helps me work with them when I cast them in a production I’m directing.”

Chaffin’s advice: “Study. Take classes. Keep working on your craft, show. As an actor, you should al-

years, said he “saw that the theatre

ways be learning. And trust your

was doing Sabrina Fair and thought

gut. That’s so important.”

Linus Larrabee Sr. was a wonderful role, and one that I’d love to play, so I went in and auditioned.” “There was a notice in the online eq-

Philip Chaffin as cast members and

uity audition post. I was looking for

Christina Baroniel as production

a job and I auditioned. I didn’t know

stage manager.

the particulars, that is, working with

rector and Equity actress.

toes.”

regional theater for more than 20

ed Equity actors Jeanne Bennett and

professor at FAU, frequent show di-

Being in a class keeps you on your

especially when you’re not doing a

Bennett arrived the same way.

Kathryn Lee Johnston, an associate

go many months between auditions.

Chaffin, a staple of New York and

campus rocking during July, includ-

Also on hand for Sister Act was

market (South Florida) an actor can

grad students as well as undergrads or even the length of the contract. Frankly, I was just happy to have an acting job with a contract that lasted

tions while working in the Summer Rep program. “Most questions are related to my work with them as their voice and speech professor, but I know they ask the others about their own career experiences. They’re in school to learn technique, so they want to get as much information as they can about how to get

Bennett said she was impressed

jobs in South Florida are six-week

year that FAU opened its stage doors

by the students’ diversity. ”I would

contracts.”

have assumed they wanted NYC

Baroniel, a Miami native, is produc-

with their eyes on Broadway, but

mavens.

tion coordinator for the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in

Boca Bowl Idol contest [8]

work once they graduate.”

for nine weeks. Most of the theatre

worked out well for students and

Palm Beach County

Johnston said she fields many ques-

The summer of 2019 marked the 21st to theatrical pros. And the combine

INSIDE

that only describes a small number of students. Others want to try a different market in Texas or Boston or

“I’ve worked on quite a few Summer

Fort Lauderdale. She has appeared

Reps, and it’s a joy to work with the

in many shows at the Greenbrier

want to do non-commercial theatre

same people I teach, especially the

Valley Theatre in West Virginia and

or stay in Florida and work (as ac-

current group,” said Johnston, who

Slow Burn Theatre in Fort Lauder-

tors) and teach. Their plans are ex-

portrayed the Mother Superior.

dale.

tremely varied.”

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Don’t miss events 1

Poetry Open Mic on the Avenue will take place at the Delray Beach Public Library on Aug. 28. All poets from novice to professional can recite original poems live on stage. The open mic event runs from 6 to 7: 30 p.m. Poets will have five minutes each.

2 The top eight com-

petitors vying to be the Boca Raton Bowl Idol will hit the stage to compete live on Aug. 1 at the Boca Raton Innovation Campus. Presented by Marshall Grant PLLC, the event will allow the audience to vote to help determine the three finalists for the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl Idol. The three finalists will perform once more and a winner will be selected from a panel of judges. The event is open to the public.

3 Seminole Casino Coconut Creek will

host An Evening With Don Felder in The Pavilion on Aug. 2 at 8 p.m. Felder, formerly of the Eagles, is considered a true

American rock and roll guitar hero. To that end, he finds himself most decidedly back in the driver’s seat with the recent release of his first solo album in seven years, American Rock ‘N’ Roll. The new album features musical greats like Sammy Hagar, Slash, Richie Sambora, Orianthi, Peter Frampton, Joe Satriani, Mike Fleetwood, Chad Smith, Bob Weir, David Paich, Steve Porcaro, and Alex Lifeson. Tickets priced at $25-$45 per person are on sale now via Ticketmaster For more information, call 954-977-6700 or visit CasinoCoco.com. 

4 The League

of Women Voters of Palm Beach County is holding a “hot topic luncheon” on Palm Beach County elections with Wendy Sartory Link on Aug. 21. Head to Atlantis Country Club at 11 a.m. The luncheon costs $25 if you sing up before Aug. 14 and $35 after. RSVP at www.lwvpbc.org or call Esther Friedman at 561-968-4123.

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Boca Helping Hands is hosting

its 13th annual Bowling for Bread Event from 2-5 p.m. on Aug. 25 at Strikes@Boca Raton. Participants will enjoy an afternoon with food, bowling, trophies and a silent auction. This community event will benefit participating children’s charities which include 4KIDS of South Florida, Inc.; Adopt a Family; American Association of Caregiving Youth; Boys and Girls Club of Boca Raton; Family Promise of South Palm Beach County; Florence Fuller (East & West); HomeSafe; Jim & Jan Moran Boys & Girls Club; Place of Hope; PROPEL; Salvation Army; SOS Children’s Villages; Unicorn Children’s Foundation; and Peter Blum Family YMCA of Boca Raton. Corporate Sponsorships are $600. A $200 contribution will reserve a lane. The cost to sponsor a child from one of the non-profits so the child can bowl is $50. For more information visit bocahelpinghands.org/bowlingforbread

6 Head to the Boca Raton Downtown Library to see new art exhibit “Relationships in Nature,” by Kim Heise through Aug. 23. Visitors to the Art in Public Places area of the Downtown Library will be able to view a variety of stunning watercolors depicting Florida’s native plants and animals. Heise was born and raised in South Florida and has a bachelor’s degree in fine art from Florida Atlantic University. She frequently collaborates with other artists and organizations to promote local habitat conservation. Her watercolors have been exhibited in group shows in the South Florida area since 2014. This is her first solo show. 7

Music at St. Paul’s presents “The Judaic Muse,” with pianist José López at 3 p.m. on Aug. 18. A pre-concert conversation with Dr. José López will begin at 2:30 p.m. Featuring celebrated Cuban-American pianist José López, the program features piano works by composers of Jewish heritage. Works to be performed include Judith Shatin’s Chai Variations on Eliahu HaNavi; selections from Fanny Hensel’s (née Mendelssohn) Das Jahr; Ferdinand Hiller’s Piano Sonata in A-flat Major, Op. 59; Charles Valentin

Alkan’s Nocturne in B major, Op. 22 and Symphony, Op. 39. Tickets for the concert are $20 (18 and under are free) and are only available at the door on the day of the concert. For more information, visit music.stpaulsdelray.org.

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The Great-

er Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce’s Focus on Women series will present

“deLUX-

UE POPup” from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Aug. 27 at the chamber. The event will feature Nancy Reagan, of Bella Reina Spa, and Dr. Francesca Lewis, of Delray Dermatology. Learn about the latest trends in the beauty industry and what you should be doing for your skin. Every attendee will receive a deLUXE Swag Bag filled with product.

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Yogis can

bring their dogs or borrow one during

“Down-

dog with Dogs” at Tri-County Animal Rescue. Led by yoga teacher Naya Rappaport, participants can bring their pooches or borrow an adoptable pet. Well behaved and socially friendly pets on non-retractable leashes are welcome. Owners must bring a copy of the pet’s current medical records in order to participate. Each session is $15 and is a 100 percent donation to Tri-County. The class is offered on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 8 a.m. Bring a yoga mat and water.

10 Sol Children Theatre will present Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical on Aug. 2-4. Performances take place at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at 3333 North Federal Highway in Boca. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for kids 11 and under.


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August Calendar Be Like Brit Caribbean Dreamin’ Networking Event Aug. 16 5:30-7:30 p.m. Boston’s on the Beach Join us and Simplitfy IT for our 2nd Annual Caribbean Dreamin’ Networking and Charity Event. Guests are invited to mingle with Brit’s family, local individuals, businesses, community influencers, Boca Chamber members, and supporters to enjoy an evening of collaboration and charity to spread awareness benefitting the 66 children living at Brit’s Home.

$5 for patrons | Free for performers Calling all poets, writers, and lyricists! Join us for a night of linguistic word play. This is your opportunity to step up to the mic and share your gift for words in front of a welcome audience. Hosted by Kyle Holder of Smooth Bounce Entertainment. 1st Thursday of every month. Established and new poets, rappers, and writers of all genres are welcome. Nostalgia Art Exhibit Opening Reception Aug. 2 6-8 p.m. Free event

Arts Garage

Enjoy wine and art at the opening of our NOSTALGIA EXHIBITION featuring local emerging artists Anna Gibson and Sam Carfora. The event is free!

Poetry Open Mic Night

Packrats’s Smokehouse

Aug. 1

Aug. 2

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General Admission $25 | Reserved $30 | Premium $35 The band will perform a blues show which will showcase their talents in original and blues classics. They have been performing as a band since 1989 with thousands of engagements in 36 states and Europe. Their YouTube views exceed a million and the group has developed a dedicated following. Kofi Boakye Aug. 3 8-10 p.m. General Admission $30 | Reserved $35 | Premium $40 Kofi R. Boakye is a 19-year-old Award-winning pianist born in Akron, Ohio. Kofi has gathered musical experience from myriad venues across the United States. Kofi Boakye will perform a show with his band and consists of original music and cover music of the R&B, Funk & Jazz genre. Boakye’s shows are interactive. His shows are high energy and

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kid-friendly and will sometimes go in the crowd with his melodica and play in the audience. Gianni Bianchini Quintini Aug. 9 8-10 p.m. General Admission $35 | Reserved $40 | Premium $45 The focus of the Gianni Bianchini Quintini is to encompass the jazz tradition of this great American music and simultaneously push the boundaries for the next generation of jazz musicians. The Quintini will be performing for the first time at the Arts Garage and will feature new arrangements of the American classics that span the generations. Leslie Cartaya Aug. 10 8-10 p.m. General Admission $30 | Reserved $35 | Premium $40 Traditional Cuban music runs in her veins and jazz and American funk have shaped her artistic personality. Born in

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Cuba, to a very close family that enjoys warm afternoons improvising a melody, Leslie Cartaya decided to begin her solo career with her first record production “No Pares.” Points North Aug. 16 8-10 p.m. General Admission $35 | Reserved $40 | Premium $45 Points North is a leading light of modern instrumental guitar music, single-handedly helping to revitalize the genre through their technical prowess, superior musicality and compositional skills. Points North stands on the shoulders of iconic bands such as The Police, Rush and Dixie Dregs, but clearly cut their own artistic path. Garage Queens and Kings Aug. 17 8-10 p.m. General Admission $25 | Reserved $30 | Premium $35

The third Saturday of the months June through September, Arts Garage hosts a pageant style elimination contest for twelve Drag Queens and Kings. Every month, the audience and judges will send three contestants packing until there is only one GARAGE QUEEN OR KING! Alexis Cole Aug. 23 8-10 p.m. General Admission $35 | Reserved $40 | Premium $45 Award-winning jazz vocalist Alexis Cole may be the most talented singer to ever hold a top-secret military clearance. A dozen albums into her critically acclaimed career, she may also be the bestkept secret in jazz, a status that’s certain to change as more people are discovering her for themselves. Aug. 24 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Fall for the Arts Open House Free event Join us for our Fall for the Arts Open House! We have classes available for both

adults and youths including Dance, Acting, Drawing, Drumline and more! Meet the instructors, enjoy food and drinks, and win prizes and giveaways! Save 25% on classes! (Must be in attendance and sign up same day to receive discount) Otis Cadillac and the El Dorados ft. the Sublime Seville Sisters Aug. 24 8-10 p.m. General Admission $30 | Reserved $40 | Premium $45 The Otis Cadillac and the El Dorados R&B Revue is an 11 piece band that performs Classic R&B, Root Rock N’ Roll and related Blues oriented material. The band performs in a style that emulates the R&B revues of the late 50s and early 60s. It is the goal of each performance to recreate the atmosphere and energy that gave birth to Rock N’ Roll in that era. Beautiful Bobby Blackmon and the B3 Band Aug. 30

8-10 p.m. General Admission $25 | Reserved $30 | Premium $35 Beautiful Bobby Blackmon is a dedicated blues musician based in Central Florida. This blues artist has a total of 4 CDs on the market. Originally from Texas, his style is a soul blues flavor that exhibits a high energy performance. Sinatra to Soul: The Chris Thomas Band Aug. 31 8-10 p.m. General Admission $35 | Reserved $40 | Premium $45 Chris Thomas is an exciting entertainer fashioned in the way of the great performers of years gone by. A native of Chicago and longtime resident of Jacksonville, Florida, vocalist Chris Thomas has the style and swagger of Sinatra and the performance excitement of James Brown and Bruno Mars. Chris Thomas combines dance, singing, and the best musicians to deliver an unforgettable performance with his 8 piece band.


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Old School Square First Thursday Site Tour Aug. 1 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. First Friday Art Walk Spotlight Gallery Aug. 2 6-9 p.m. Cornell Art Museum, 6-9 p.m. Seven Solos Exhibition

lection, the exhibition comprises more than 200 posters representing comedies, musicals, Westerns, sci-fi thrillers, dramas, and others dating from the turn of the 20th century to the late 1980s. The exhibition provides a colorful and comprehensive overview of the history and allure of Hollywood – and movie poster art.

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Cornell Art Museum Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $8 (general); $5 (seniors 65+ and students with ID); free for children under 12, Old School Square members and veterans.

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Seven Solos departs from our traditional group exhibitions by featuring only seven artists; each creating a unique, site-specific, immersive experience in six galleries plus the Margaret Blume Atrium space. These art installations can only be seen at the Cornell Art Museum here in Delray Beach! Artists featured in this exhibition have shown their work in galleries and museums worldwide. Come see art work by: Miya Ando, Giannina Dwin (in collaboration with Freddy Jouwaged), Jacob Fisher, Frank Hyder, Brookhart Jonquil, Shinduk Kang and Alex Trimino.

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Small Worlds: Five Centuries of European Prints and Drawings from the Collection

Cast: 3 Men (ages 18-60) / 9 Women (ages 18-mature)

Now-Sept. 17 Titled after Wassily Kandinsky’s 1922 print series, Small Worlds, this exhibition comprises about 50 European drawings and prints made over the course of five centuries by artists ranging from Dürer to Picasso, using a wide variety of media and techniques. Film Posters from the Dwight M. Cleveland Collection Now-Oct. 29 The Norton Museum of Art is presenting the largest ever museum exhibition of classic movie posters from one of the most prominent private collections in the world. Titled Coming Soon: Film Posters from the Dwight M. Cleveland Col-

Aug. 24 8 p.m.

Florida is rich with some of the best standup comedians in the country, and the Delray Beach Playhouse will have three of the best crowd-pleasers on stage in August. Johnny Mac, Sheena Reagan, and Angela Nacca will bring their hilarious show, FLORIDA’S FUNNIEST COMEDIANS to Delray Beach for one night only! Tickets are $20 at DelrayBeachPlayhouse. com or by calling the Box Office at 561272-1281.

Aug. 12 and 13

Rehearsals begin: Aug. 26, Show dates: October 4-20, 2019 CALENDAR GIRLS is a deeply moving comedy-drama based on a true story. In 1998, a group of women in a small English village decided to raise money for their local hospital by producing a calendar which would parody the “cheesecake” calendars they saw in their husband’s shops and garages. So they agreed to be photographed “topless” (though very well concealed) for their own calendar. They hoped to raise 900 pounds. By the end of the year they had raised over half a million pounds which they donated to Cancer Research. Six of the women in the show MUST be willing to expose their bosoms for a brief second behind a screen and (in keeping with the tradition begun by the play) The Playhouse will be making a donation to The American Cancer Society.

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Get involved with helping local youth By: Heather McMechan Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers 500,000 children worldwide. If you would like to learn more, then meet me at the Blankets & Bear Hugs Community Day Event on Aug. 10th from 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Child Rescue Coalition How many of us put pics of our kids online? When I heard the statistics about online childhood predators, I had to get involved with the Child Rescue Coalition (CRC). It’s a nonprofit that rescues children from sexual abuse by building technology for law enforcement, free of charge, to track, arrest and prosecute child predators. Headquartered in Boca Raton, they have developed the world-renowned Child Protection System (CPS) Technology, which has been a powerful tool for law enforcement agencies around the globe. The technology has improved the success rates of investigators and policing operations in the ongoing pursuit to identify, apprehend and convict individuals and networks associated with child sexual exploitation. For every predator CRC helps law enforcement apprehend, they prevent between 50 and 150 children from being sexually abused. To date, our technology has prevented the abuse of more than

This family friendly, give-back experience will give you information on how they help protect children. Find out how you can help prevent your child’s image from getting into the wrong hands. Assemble care packages for rescued children which includes the bears and blankets. Presentation of the care packages to local law enforcement. All ages are welcome for this morning of volunteering, philanthropy and lunch.

prog rams which provide music instruction, mentoring and resources.

The event will be at 4530 Conference Way S. For more information contact events@ childrescuecoalition.org or 561-208-9000.

The event is from 6- 8 p.m. at Crazy Uncle Mike’s located at 6450 N. Federal Highway. All proceeds benefit music education for children with the greatest need and fewest resources. The Lip Sync Battle Winner will be chosen by a combination of donations made in the contestant’s name, votes by the attendees on event night and judge’s scores.

Nat King Cole Generation Hope When I see my children practice their piano and ukulele, I see that special spark in their eyes. Every child should have the opportunity to find their passion for music. That’s why I’m involved with the Nat King Cole Generation Hope. Their mission is to provide music education to children with the greatest need and fewest resources. Their mission is to fund

On Aug. 27, local celebrities and community favorites will be pulling out all the stops when they perform in the Lip Sync Battle benefiting Nat King Cole Generation Hope Inc. to raise funds for music education. I had the opportunity of lip syncing last year and it was a blast.

For more information on tickets or how you can donate, call 561-213-8209 or email at info@natkingcolegenhope.org. George Snow Scholarship Fund Have you heard one of these scholarship recipients speak about their journey? It’s extremely moving to see how you can impact just one person’s life. The George Snow Scholarship Fund is dedicated to

helping deserving students within the community achieve their career goals through their pursuit of higher education. By providing financial assistance and a host of supplementary support services, we ensure that your scholarship recipients have the resources they need to thrive academically. They have awarded over $1.4 million in scholarships just in 2019. On Sept. 20 at 6 p.m., the “Boca’s Ballroom Battle” will take place at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. This is the 12th annual dance showcase starring Boca Raton community leaders and patterned after the popular “Dancing with the Stars” television program. Paired with professional dancers from Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Boca Raton, community leaders will be given a series of dance lessons to perfect a routine, and then compete for the Fundraising “Mirror Ball” trophy at an elegant cocktail reception and dance showcase. All proceeds from the event benefit the George Snow Scholarship Fund. For information, call 561-347-6799 or email at info@scholarship.org.

Bar service now offered at Arts Garage Staff report

Arts Garage patrons can now order a drink from the bar. There is no need to schlep the bottles of wine along for an Arts Garage show. The popular performing arts venue now has a fully stocked bar with bartenders. The permanent bar was made possible by Stuart and Shelby Development, Inc. It will be open before and during shows. Guests are still invited to bring their own food and snacks. “We applied for our liquor license successfully, which was no easy feat,” Marjorie Waldo, President & CEO of Arts Garage said.

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“We did this to avoid an increase in ticket prices as we very much believe that our programming should be accessible. We also want to keep our cabaret seating, which we believe is truly in the DNA of Arts Garage, but the downside of which is the limitation on ticket revenues.” Arts Garage will stock quality and reasonably priced wine, beer and liquor labels, and is developing a VIP program where patrons will be able to purchase from special wine that can be held and ready for them at Arts Garage. Arts Garage is a not-for-profit venue which relies on tickets sales, grants and donations to bring not only music performances, but to provide arts education programming, and to showcase talented visual artists to the Community. “This was a difficult decision for Arts Garage,” Marjorie said. “But our loyal patrons know that we must be fiscally responsible and prepare for possible changes in a proactive way.”


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The Pap Corps to hold inaugural Country Hoedown fundraiser Staff report Grab your partner and head down to the Delray South County Civic Center on Aug. 17 for a night of two-stepping to the Rodeo Deluxe band. The Pap Corps Champions for Cancer Research is holding its inaugural Country Hoedown fundraiser, which will feature a BBQ dinner, line dancing lessons from the Delray Ballroom and a photo booth. The event hosted by the recently formed Men’s Initiative of The Pap Corps, will raise funds for cancer research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. It will take place from 6-9 p.m. and tickets cost $30 per person. “It is time for a little Boot Scootin’ Boogie,” said David Bakelman, CEO of The Pap Corps. “We are so proud of the members of the Men’s Initiative for coordinating such an exciting event. This evening will be a perfect opportunity to introduce new people to the mission of The Pap Corps, while also engaging our long-

time members in a fun-filled community chapter-wide event!” The Men’s Initiative was formed in 2018 as a way to encourage male membership, while providing a supportive environment to learn about cancer research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center from leading physicians and researchers, while enjoying inspiring stories from leading sports celebrities. “This is an amazing group of men who are uniting to help raise funds for cancer research, forming strong friendships and getting the opportunity to learn about important health issues in way that is geared for us guys,” said Howard Levine, a Pap Corps member for over 10 years and a member of The Men’s Initiative Steering Committee. “Let’s face it, men often ignore their health,” he said. “But at the last men’s meeting, we got to meet a sports icon and listen to a Sylvester doctor address really important men’s health issues. We all learned so much, and we became inspired to up our game by creating more

The Men’s Initiative of The Pap Corps is organizing the inaugural Country Hoedown fundraiser this month. Submitted photo.

fun ways to raise research funds.” For Levine, who lost his mom to cancer at a young age, fighting this disease has been a life-long passion.He has been ardent supporter, along with his wife Susan, of all the efforts of the Valencia Pointe chapter, but now he feels he can

make an even greater impact by getting men involved with The Pap Corps. “This is a great group of men and I encourage anyone who wants more information to please call The Pap Corps office for more details,” Levine said.

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Boca Regional Hospital now part of Baptist Health South Florida By: Dale King Contributing Writer It’s official. At 12:01 a.m. on July 1, 2019, Boca Raton Regional Hospital began operating as a certified partner of Baptist Health South Florida. Lincoln S. Mendez, who takes over as chief executive officer of Boca Hospital this month when current CEO Jerry Fedele retires, was standing on the BRRH campus when the clock struck a minute after midnight. Later that day, at 10 a.m., officials from the two nonprofit healthcare organizations gathered with dozens of BRRH employees wearing t-shirts bearing the names of both institutions to announce the completion of the long-awaited partnership. So, for the first time in its 52-year history, Boca Hospital was functioning in tandem with another medical facility. The partnership – three years in the making and seven months since it was announced – ensures that both healthcare providers will be able to continue carrying out their mutual missions across four South Florida counties. “Our groups share the same calling to improve the health and well-being of individuals and to deliver compassionate healthcare to our patients at the highest standards of excellence and safety,” said Brian E. Keeley, president and CEO of Baptist Health. “We foresee an exciting future at Boca Raton Regional Hospital that will cement its title as the preeminent healthcare provider in the community.” That future will be carried out with all employees on board. Adriene McCoy, chief human resources of-

ficer for Baptist Health South, said there will be “no immediate changes” in staffing at Boca Regional. “Everybody is good,” she said. “Baptist puts people first.” BRRH and Baptist South signed a letter of intent to merge seven months ago. Boca Regional had by that time conducted a nearly twoyear search for a strategic health system partner and chose Baptist Health from a list of five competitors pared down from an initial list of 12 hopefuls. “Today’s announcement concludes a process that will elevate our position as an advanced, tertiary academic center,” said Christine E. Lynn, board chair at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. “I thank everyone who participated in this process, both at Boca Regional and Baptist Health, for this exciting outcome.” Outgoing CEO Fedele, who delayed his planned August 2018 retirement a year to help complete the merger of the two facilities and to initiate a quarter-billion dollar hospital expansion and renovation program, took his last turn at the microphone. He and others recalled the arrival of Fedele and his team of hospital rescuers at BRRH 11 years. They immediately set to work to save the medical center that was hemorrhaging money badly. The hospital racked up a $120 million loss during one year alone. Fedele admitted at the joining ceremony that, “Digging out of a financial challenge 11 years ago” was less a personal thing and more the result of “great board leadership.” He commented that “the agreement [with Baptist South] was enthusiastically endorsed by a unanimous vote of our board, and we are look-

From left, Bo Boulenger, Lincoln Mendez, Christine E. Lynn, board chair at Boca Raton Christine E. Lynn, Brian E. Keeley and Jerry Regional Hospital Photo by Dale King. Fedele. Photo by Dale King.

Outgoing Boca Raton Regional Hospital CEO addresses the gathering July 1, the day the partnership between BRRH and Baptist Health South Florida officially started. Photo by Dale King.

ing forward to continuing with Baptist South on the path toward elevating the healthcare we provide for our communities.” “Our organizations share similar cultures, values and expectations for excellence that are essential for a great partnership that is focused on increasing access to high-quality care across South Florida,” he added. Mendez, a seasoned and accomplished healthcare executive, also addressed the crowd. A Palm Beach County resident, he comes to his new position after serving as chief executive officer at South Miami Hospital, also part of the Baptist Health system. During his tenure, South Miami Hospital earned national accolades for its quality, innovation and clinical excellence.

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He said he appreciated being “closer to home” as CEO of Boca Regional. Mendez is also well-respected by board members, physicians, employees and his peers. “Mr. Mendez provides the depth of experience and executive skill sets that are tailor-made to lead Boca Regional in its continued ascent to becoming one of the premier, tertiary academic medical centers in Florida,” said Lynn In 2017, Baptist Health South merged with Bethesda Hospital East and Bethesda Hospital West in Boynton Beach. With the addition of Boca Raton Regional Hospital, the number of Baptist Health hospitals increases to 11 – with a total staff of some 23,000.

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FAU med students volunteer time at Boca’s PROPEL nonprofit Staff report

training, tutoring and life-skills programs.

As a second year medical student at Florida Atlantic University Maryellen Campbell learned that she had to fulfill a requirement that involved providing a community service for a local nonprofit.

Campbell worked at PROPEL as a tutor a few years ago when she took a gap year between graduating college and starting medical school.

Instantly, she said she knew where she wanted to volunteer her time for the service learning project— at PROPEL, People Reaching Out to Provide Education & Leadership in Boca. PROPEL works with local middle and high school students and provides leadership

“I always found that the role of the tutors had been a positive influence,” she said. So, she reached out to PROPEL CEO Gregg Francis and director of the service learning projects for FAU Dr. Peter Averkiou to see if PROPEL could be added to the list of nonprofits the students could volunteer with.

“I thought it would be a great idea to go back to PROPEL,” she said. “The FAU Schmidt College of Medicine has been very fortunate to be able to collaborate with PROPEL through our Service Learning Projects,” Peter Averkiou, M.D., F.A.A.P., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, and Director, Service Learning Projects, at FAU said. “The goal, through this mutually beneficial collaboration with PROPEL, is to provide personal experiences and reflection that will stay with our medical students for the rest of their professional and personal lives.”

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FAU medical students with the youth of PROPEL during a training session. Photo Courtesy of Peter A. Averkiou.

Campbell and five of her classmates spent a few hours once a week visiting with PROPEL students. While they couldn’t perform any medical exams, they shared what it is like to be a medical student and discussed topics like why sleep is important and healthy living tips. “It was really fun to see the excitement of kids who want to be nurses or doctors or in physical therapy,” she said. Now, the program is gearing up to begin its second year and Campbell said she’s happy the program will continue. PROPEL CEO Greg Francis said he was extremely impressed with the medical students. “It’s a wonderful partnership,” he said. “They aren’t practicing medicine, but they are teaching about exercise and making healthy decisions for the body, mind and spirit. It helps get our kids comfortable with the medical community. They may not be getting medical treatment but they are getting medical knowledge.” Francis said its a good experience for PROPEL students to see students who are excelling in their field.

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“This Service Learning Project benefits our kids by giving them access to other young people who are working just as hard as they are, if not harder, to make their goals a reality,” Francis said. “We hope our students learn that one, if they want to be a doctor, that it’s achievable; and two, if they want to be healthier, here’s how.”

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Francis said the program exposes the medical students to a community that is in need. PROPEL helps about 100 students and a majority live below the federal poverty line.

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“These experiences will positively impact how our students will care for their patients in the future,” Averkiou said. “It will also encourage our students to be leaders and to give back to their community. PROPEL helps to instill compassion and the importance of service in our medical students. We look forward to many more years of working together with PROPEL.”

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Exercise can hurt you By: Christine King Special to the Boca and Delray newspaper and more, are all cells which experience renewal during the seven years. Annually, our bodies transform physically and medically. Some of these alterations include: injury, illness, disease, accidents, change of life (menopause/”manopause”) or lifestyle.

With all of the preaching about the many benefits of exercise, how in the world could it hurt you? Unfortunately, there are many avenues. The phrase “Consult your doctor before beginning any type of activity or exercise” is an essential disclaimer that many overlook. There are important reasons for you to pay close attention. Roughly every seven years, we become new people. During that time, every cell in the body is replaced by a new cell. According to the Smithsonian, there are roughly 37.2 trillion cells in the human body. The 600 muscles, 206 bones, blood, neurological, nerve, cartilage, skin, fat,

All of these incidents require a reassessment of your activities, including exercise, in order to avoid getting hurt. As mentioned, the first step is to speak with your doctor and ask for guidelines. The next step is to consult with a qualified Personal Trainer or Medical Exercise Specialist to address how to adjust your workouts. Not seeking this valuable information can end in injury. For example, if you’ve been in an auto accident and have musculoskeletal and neurological injuries, the approach to your exercises needs a 360-degree overhaul. Overtaxing both of these systems will harm you and cause a setback. Certain diseases and illnesses also need special attention. Those experiencing the effects of cancer treatments need a customized and scheduled approach to gaining strength. Additionally, nutrition coun-

seling is definitely in order. Experiencing normal biological changes in life, particularly menopause, requires a change in workout structure, primarily when most symptomatic. Even when a woman still has her menstrual periods, slight adjustments in exercise regimen are needed. Studies show that women are more likely to experience an injury while exercising during their monthly period. And let’s simply address the human body. It changes as we age. Common ailments like arthritis, osteoporosis, loss of hormones, depletion of collagen, and other changes facilitate a need to pay attention and perform the proper form of exercise for your body. Many people establish an exercise routine and repeat it over and over. All of the above information, along with muscle memory, dictate frequent adjustments in your activities. Following the same routine over and over causes a plateau in results. The muscles understand what is happening, and there’s a lack of muscle confusion, which is necessary for growth and to avoid a plateau. In all, paying attention to your body, everything it experiences and consulting the proper fitness and medical exercise professional is crucial. Asking the right questions is vitally important. When speaking to a professional, ask them if they’ve

worked with people who have your particular issues. Ask how they would approach helping you to make changes. If they use verbiage you don’t understand, please don’t be afraid to question them. After you speak to a couple of people, compare the answers. You can even check with your doctor again to get his or her opinion. However, your gut will usually give you the information you need. Don’t just accept the answers; it’s time to question the professionals. This will result in a symbiotic relationship, assurance you’re in the right hands, and the confidence of knowing you won’t be hurt. 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.  Please visit Christine at www.ByChristineKing.com

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Fixing chronic pain by stimulating your brain By: Dr. John Conde Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers Current research is pointing towards faulty brain processing as the causative agent of chronic pain. Chronic pain can be disabling, limiting major activities of daily living. It affects approximately 20 percent of US adults, 8 percent exhibiting high impact chronic pain which is defined as pain limiting at least one major life activity. Women are typically more often affected than men. The areas of the nervous system most involved seem to be the brainstem, frontal lobe, parietal lobe, and spinal cord. Areas of the limbic system which regulates mood seem to be involved as well. Due to this faulty brain processing the brain becomes very efficient at transmitting pain so that even a soft touch may produce a pounding sensation. Over time, an individual may experience pain even without a pain producing stimulus or injury. This metamorphosis is called maladaptive plasticity which has a negative effect as opposed to the beneficial aspects of adaptive plasticity. If the pain lasts more than 12 weeks it is typically termed chronic pain. Another area of involvement is what is termed the autonomic nervous system. This is a part of the nervous system that

regulates blood vessel diameter, diaphoresis (sweating), digestion, gland activity, and heart rate to name a few. Many individuals with chronic pain exhibit dysautonomia, or dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system. In fact, this part of the nervous system which is usually not involved in pain transmission actually begins to transmit pain. In addition to this, these other conditions can also be seen which include irritable bowel syndrome, insomnia, xerostomia (dry mouth), irregular heartbeat, and even excessive sweating. The autonomic nervous system is regulated primarily by the frontal lobe region of the brain and an area in the brain stem called the reticular formation. The human brain is highly plastic (changeable). Sixty percent of the brain is genetically predetermined while forty percent is constantly changing according to environmental influences (work, home, exercise, food, etc.) We also know that our brain cells require oxygen, proper nutrients, and stimulation for optimal function. Understanding these concepts, neurophysiologic rehabilitation utilizes oxygen acquiring techniques, nutrition, and specific forms of stimulation (light,

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photons dock on receptor sites on the cells and trigger the cells to produce more proteins and energy, thus stimulating the healing effect. This is the gold standard in conservative treatment of the tender points in chronic pain. Dr. John Conde is a Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist, one of only one thousand in the country. He holds diplomate status through the American Chiropractic Neurology Board. He provides specialized care for difficult cases of back neck pain, numbness-tingling, vertigo-dizziness balance disorders, fibromyalgia, migraines, AD/HD, autism, and dyslexia. His office is located at the Atlantic Grove in Delray Beach and can be reached at 561330-6096, drconde@thecondecenter.com, www.thecondecenter.com


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Delray-based start-up Go Gig disrupts job search market By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor

ing information about them.

Tired of clicking through job descriptions, uploading resumes and rewriting cover letters to find a new job?

The desires section allows a candidate to say that they make $60,000 but would like to make $80,000 or that they live in South Florida, but would relocate to a job in Dallas or Boston.

There is a new way to look for your next career move thanks to a free platform, Go Gig. With offices in Delray Beach and Boca Raton, the local company has created a way to look for your dream job without your current employer knowing. The anonymous job matching platform allows job seekers to create a profile in two minutes that they “set and forget,” according to co-founder and CEO Chris Hodges. Potential employers will receive notifications about profiles that match an opening that the company is looking for. “There is no job postings, no resumes and no applying,” Hodges said. Hodges came up with the idea while he was completing an executive MBA program through the University of Florida between 2012-2014. He remembers career coaches coming in to explain job sites and job fairs that the university offered. But most of the people in the program were already employed. They were looking to advance their careers without hassle. He did some research and realized there was no technology out there designed for a “passive” job seeker, someone who has a career but would consider taking a new job if it was the right move.

“It is all the things you would leave your job for,” Hodges said.

So, he began creating an anonymous way for people to look for other opportunities. Go Gig launched in September 2016. It is available across the continental United States and has opportunities for white collar and high skilled blue labor jobs ranging in salaries from $25,000 to $180,000.

And finally, the personality piece, which takes a writing sample and analyzes it to provide possible employers a 70 point snapshot of a candidate. Its artificial intelligence is backed by research from the AI Lab at Florida Atlantic University.

There are a quarter of a million people with profiles on the site, Hodges said.

Like a dating site that matches people based on compatibility points, the employer side of Go Gig provides companies with candidates that match their requirements for open positions.

The user profile has three components: career experience, your desires and a personality profile created from propriety artificial intelligence that is crafted from a provided writing sample.

The recruiters build a search query for the type of employee they are looking for and the system will send options over with a percentage of how close the match is to what they are seeking.

The career experience allows candidates to plug in what they have done in previous jobs without divulging where exactly they worked.

If an employer is interested in an anonymous profile they receive, they send a request through the site. The candidate can decline or accept an invitation to chat.

For example, a candidate can input they spent 10 years in a marketing role at a multi-million dollar telecommunications company. Companies looking to hire that person will not be able to figure out if that company was Verizon or T-Mobile, Hodges explained.

At this point, the candidate knows who the potential employer is, but the employer or recruiter doesn’t know who the candidate is. If the request is accepted, the candidate’s identity is then revealed.

They also will not know the candidate’s name, gender, age, race or any identify-

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Looking to get out of town? Check out Matt’s Flights Staff report When Matt Guidice isn’t leading a food tour in downtown Delray Beach to folks on a culinary quest, he is helping people find their next destination. The co-owner of Delray Beach Craft Food Tours also operates Matt’s Flight, a subscription-based newsletter that highlights cheap flights across the country and world. The company is celebrating its second anniversary this month. “It’s a blessing to work with travel and food, my two hobbies,” he said. The idea began when his friend saw another email newsletter that focused on international flight sales. His friend and business partner approached him and said there was no one sharing deals on domestic flights. So, they began the free newsletter service. They currently have about 320,000 subscribers from across the country. Since it launched, the company features both domestic and international travel deals. There is a free membership level where

Yoga part of Delray community [32] subscribers receive one to two emails per week on deals. There is also a premium membership where you can select what departure region you are located in, so deals will be more targeted. You will receive about three emails per week and have direct access to the team to create custom searches for flights for you. “We send you the best options and you book it yourself,” Guidice said. “We are the middle men to help people find flights and save time.” The premium membership costs $39.99 for a year. There is a two-week free trial period. Premium members also have a chance to win trips and other travel perks and giveaways. For more information, visit https://www.mattsflights.com

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From reporter to private investigator, local man applies love of investigation to new career Kevin Lynch likes the thrill of the hunt.

He first was exposed to what private investigators do when he worked for the National Enquirer in the early 2000s.

Early in his career, it was the hunt of finding out what restaurant in South Beach Britney Spears would be dining in or what Vegas nightclub Paris Hilton would be partying at.

He was hired to work out of their Los Angeles office on Valentine’s Day of 2000. That summer he was sent to South Florida to cover for a reporter who was out sick.

Now, his stakeout skills are applied to investigating potentially fraudulent insurance claims.

He said he loved South Florida and asked to stay. He covered the Enron scandal and dozens of celebrity stories. He ended up in Last Vegas covering the nightclub scene.

Lynch is the founder and owner of Top Shelf Investigations, a private investigation agency that specializes in conducting surveillance for insurance claims. He focuses on bodily injury, slip and fall cases, auto liability and worker’s compensation, but occasionally works on domestic cases like alleged infidelity. He is based in Delray Beach, but covers Key West to Vero Beach. His job: to see if someone who alleges an injury from a claim is faking it or not. He is hired by attorneys or claims adjusters to investigate potentially fraudulent claims.

“We benefit the community by exposing and denying expensive and fraudulent claim settlements,” he said. “These frivolous claims are what cause insurance premiums to go up. The more money an insurance company has to pay out, the more premiums cost. Top Shelf Investigations combats those rising costs by exposing fraudulent claims.”

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His time spent with paparazzi and freelance photographers taught him how to hide in plain sight and figure out a person’s daily routine. The Enquirer had relationships with private investigators as well.

He spends his days living in his car. He has hidden cameras on glasses and pens. A typical case spans about three days. What he used to call a stake out is now referred to as surveillance. He will spend hours watching, waiting and then getting the video he needs to send to an attorney or insurance adjuster.

When the publication began layoffs, a private investigator he worked with suggested he look into that as a career option.

Often times, he said the cases he is assigned don’t make it to trial. They are usually settled once clients see the video he has captured.

He became licensed as a private investigator and worked with a company that helped adopted people reconnect with

He said seeing their faces when they realize they were caught on tape is always a look of shock.

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How to make a budget you’ll actually stick with By: John M. Campanola, Agent New York Life Insurance Company Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers It’s one of the oldest pieces of advice out there, but it’s one of the hardest to actually follow: Make a budget—and stick to it. Only 39 percent of Americans say they are able to cover a $1,000 unplanned expense, CNNMoney has reported. Onethird of households reported that they did have an unplanned expense, such as a car repair or a dental emergency, last year. And 78 percent say they are extremely or somewhat concerned that they will not have enough money for retirement, reports CNBC. The good news? Putting together a simple budget is not difficult. Here are some tips: Step 1: Gather the numbers. Examine your habits. Think of yourself like a business. Essentially, you’re trying to figure out how much you have left over—your “profit” so to speak—once you add up everything that comes in and goes out. Use your pay stub to calculate how much you take home after subtracting out health insurance, your 401(k), and taxes. That number will tell you how much money you

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have to cover your expenses (and put together some savings) in any given year. Next, determine your expenses. Think through how much you spend on housing, food, your daily commute, and other recurring costs, like a monthly gym fee. Now, subtract those recurring costs from your takehome pay. This is the amount you have for Step 2. Step 2: Figure out your biggest unpredictable costs and set a limit. Now that you have your recurring costs, be honest with yourself—figure out how much you usually spend on extra things like going out to eat, traveling, or on entertainment. Go over your credit card statements to identify as many of these costs as possible. Now, how much do you have left of that number you tallied at the end of Step 1? Are you seeing lots of your favorite coffee charges on there? Or are you racking up bills at your favorite cosmetic shop? Chances are, you’ll find a pattern of small purchases that really add up at the end of the month. Your budget is where you will map that out. Here’s the key: Once you know how much you are spend-

ing on average, it’s time to set a limit. A successful budget works directly with your current habits to set reasonable limits of what you can spend each month. To stay with the coffee example, imagine you set a budget of $70 a month for coffee. Divide $70 by the cost of your favorite cup to determine how many coffees you can have per month. Step 3: Prioritize. Once you know your spending limits, you will need to prioritize. If you absolutely must have a coffee each day, that’s fine. Perhaps you can find other places to cut back or look for cheaper options, like a regular coffee instead of a latte, or carrying your own in a thermos. It’s one thing to know that it’s important to save money and quite another to make room in your budget to do it. We tend to think saving is hard because it means giving up things we love. But if you’ve accurately mapped out your costs and your assets, you know exactly how much is left to save—and what’s left over for you to enjoy. It’s all in the budget. This educational third-party article is provided as a courtesy by John M. Campanola, Agent, New York Life Insurance Company. To learn more about the information or topics discussed, call at 561-642-5180.

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Biz Briefs Yvel opens third U.S. location at Town Center Luxury jewelry store Yvel has opened its third store in the county in Boca Raton. The new, 568-square-foot boutique is located at Town Center mall near Bloomingdale’s. Founded and owned by Orna and Isaac Levy, Yvel is a luxury jewelry brand best known for its beautiful jewelry using rare organic pearls paired alongside diamonds, emeralds, sapphires, and a variety of other prominent gems. Founded in 1986, Yvel has been cultivating fine jewelry for over 30 years with boutiques around the world. Each boutique is like a work of art on its own, with stunning designer interiors created specifically to showcase the brand’s freeform treasures set in 18K gold. Shoppers can browse through the collection of stunning earrings, rings, bracelets and necklaces adorned with Freshwater, Tahitian, Akoya, Keshi pearls and more. “Yvel seamlessly complements our luxury retail lineup,” said Sal Saldaña, Town Center at Boca Raton’s general manager. “Town Center at Boca Raton continues to provide an unrivaled shopping experience and we feel Yvel will be well-received by our shoppers.” It is the only store in Florida. Lifespace merger

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Lifespace Communities, the owner and operator of Abbey Delray and Abbey Delray South retirement communities, has officially merged with SQLC, one of the nation’s largest non-profit senior living owners and operators. Lifespace Communities, Inc., and Senior

Quality Lifestyles Corporation (SQLC) completed the affiliation officially bringing three SQLC communities and SQLC’s management company, Seniority, Inc., into the Lifespace family. Lifespace is now the sole owner and operator of Seniority, Inc., and three Texas-based communities — Edgemere in Dallas, The Stayton at Museum Way in Fort Worth and Querencia at Barton Creek in Austin — expanding its mission to 15 communities in eight states. The organization now serves more than 5,100 residents and employs more than 3,500 team members, placing it among the top 10 largest non-profit senior living providers in the country. “This is a historic day for Lifespace Communities,” said Paula Shives, chair of the Lifespace board of directors. “In addition to gaining three remarkable communities, we are thrilled to welcome many new residents and talented team members who can contribute to Lifespace’s rich history and culture.” Larry Smith, interim president and CEO, and chief financial officer, will continue to lead Lifespace Communities while Joe Anderson, president and CEO of Seniority, Inc., has transitioned from his role at Seniority to serve as president and chairman of the SQLC Foundation Board of Directors. “This is a tremendous opportunity to advance our mission to serve more residents and celebrate the lives of seniors,” Smith said. “With many shared values and expectations for exceptional service, along with similar amenities and programming, we anticipate this will be a smooth, efficient transition.” Boca lawyer named ‘Florida Super Lawyer’ for 13th year Mark R. Osherow of Osherow, PLLC has been named for the 13th consecutive year to the 2019 Florida Super Lawyers in the area of Business Litigation. 

Super Lawyers, which is part of the global mass media company Thomson Reuters Corporation, selects attorneys using a “patented multiphase selection process.” According to Super Lawyers, this recognition is unique because lawyers are not allowed to nominate themselves or campaign for nominations. Only five percent of all lawyers in Florida are selected in more than 70 practice areas. The selection process blends peer nominations and evaluations with independent research. All candidates are scored in 12 areas, such as verdicts/settlements, experience, community service and professional activities.  Selections are made each year, then offered as a resource for attorneys and consumers searching for legal counsel.  Osherow is certified as a specialist in business litigation by The Florida Bar and is admitted to practice before all Florida, Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey state courts. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Middle and Northern districts of Florida as well as before several other federal trial courts. At the appellate level, Osherow is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States. Throughout his more than 30-year career, Osherow, who has been a Florida Bar Board Certified Specialist in Business Litigation since 2006, has handled a variety of business disputes and related matters both in court as well as through mediation and arbitration. These matters have included trade secret misappropriation, noncompete agreement breaches, and shareholder and partnership disputes. His real estate experience has encompassed residential real estate fraud and title disputes, and his intellectual property background has included copyright and trademark infringement. He has also represented companies in labor and employment law matters. Lesser Lesser Landy & Smith expands Boca law firm

Lesser Lesser Landy & Smith law firm recently opened its expanded office space in the Sanctuary Centre located at 4800 N. Federal Highway Suite 205B. With 92 years of serving injured clients and their families, the firm’s practice has been growing with a need for more dedicated space to better serve our clients and our community in South Palm Beach County. The firm handles serious personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida, with the Boca Raton area representing a strong growth area due to referrals from our clients and relationships on the community.   TEN Spring Water ranked No. 3 top-selling alkaline water Boca-based alkaline water brand TEN Spring Water has moved into the No. 3 position in sales volume in the U.S. according to Nielsen data. The data examines alkaline water brands in the booming Enhanced Water category and is representative of the previous 52 weeks ending May 18. In addition to moving forward into the No. 3 spot, TEN Spring Water’s 1 gallon bottle is also now the No. 7 biggest-selling single SKU in the category. “Since we launched the brand 6 years ago it has been a goal to be among the top three brands of high pH water,” said TEN founder Jose Fernandez. “We are thrilled to achieve this position in such a short period of time, it speaks to the widespread appeal of the brand among customers who demand their water be a perfect TEN in terms of quality.”

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Beware of ‘undue influence’ in estate planning By: Robin Bresky, Esq. Law Offices of Robin Bresky Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers It has been said that nothing is certain except death and taxes. While enjoying life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, everyone also needs to plan for the inevitable. That means creating and maintaining an estate plan that ensures that your property, business(es) and financial assets will go to your loved ones in the way that you choose. The law provides tools such as wills, trusts, and inter vivos transfers (gifts made while you are alive) to accomplish your goals and provide for the people you care about most. Beware of the unscrupulous While the law provides such protective tools, there may also be unscrupulous opportunists willing to misuse them to take advantage of others — especially seniors. We hear all too often about seniors who were improperly pressured or deceived into including someone as a beneficiary of their will or trust, or making valuable gifts under suspicious circumstances. The targets of such schemes are often

people with substantial assets who happen to be vulnerable due to advanced age, illness, problems with their memory, or isolation from their family. Family members who were expecting an inheritance are sometimes surprised to find that they were cut out of the will or received much less than anticipated, while a stranger or a distant relative suspiciously receives a large benefit. A presumption of undue influence can arise when a person receiving a substantial benefit from a will, trust, or inter vivos transfer has a confidential relation-

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Once a person contesting the validity of the will, trust, or inter vivos transfer presents enough evidence to raise a presumption of undue influence, the burden shifts to the beneficiary to prove that there was not undue influence. The probate court can declare a will, trust, or inter vivos transfer void if the petitioner shows that it was procured by fraud, duress, mistake, or undue influence. A Florida lawyer can provide helpful advice if you suspect undue influence.

In an action contesting the validity of a will, trust, or inter vivos transfer, the probate court looks to circumstantial evidence because undue influence usually happens “behind the scenes” and the person who died cannot testify about what happened. A few examples of potential signs of undue influence could be that the beneficiary recommended a particular lawyer to draft a will or trust or took the maker to the attorney or gave instructions to the lawyer, was present when the will was signed or chose the witnesses for the signing, or hid the will in his or her files and then asked the court to implement it.

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Delray Beach – A growing spiritual epicenter By: Diane Feen Contributing Writer If you look around Delray Beach you can see a downward dog in the direction of your view. Small yoga and meditation studios are proliferating around town in tandem with the spiritual awakening of those who live here. In the past, yoga and exercise classes were part of the fitness center routine. There were only a few yoga or stretch classes mixed between Zumba, aerobics and circuit training. It was more about strength training and moving the body to its maximum exertion. That overall paradigm seems to be chang-

ing in a gentler direction. And, most people around town are happy about that.

“I was hit by a car when I was running years ago, and I suffered back and neck pain. I heard that doing Iyengar Yoga was a successful step in alleviating pain from injuries. Gradually the pain went away and now I am pain free,” said Colleen Gallagher, owner of iYoga in Delray. If you’re a yogi, or just yoga curious, you might have heard about the hugely popular yoga classes at the Colony Hotel. Each Sunday the large ballroom in this historic hotel is filled to capacity with people stretching to the sky looking upward. There’s live music and an unspoken

Yoga teacher Pedro Luna at the Colony Yoga owner Kelly BrookColony Hotel. Photo by Diane bank and yoga class student Pearl Pause yoga teacher Rose with her husband. Photo by Diane Feen. Johnson. Photo by Diane Feen. Feen.

camaraderie for all that yoga has to offer – relaxation, meditation and a sense of well-being. Owner Kelly Brookbank stays on the periphery while instructors like Pedro Luna and Terra Wood teach yoga modalities like Vinyasa and Yin and Yang. Brookbank’s yoga classes were one of the pioneers in the industry 13 years ago. The only difference is that classes are held every day of the week. One of the newer players in the slow and steady race to enlightenment is Casa Mannabliss. This Zen space on Federal Highway has an ethereal quality to its essence and its ownership. Started last year by a group of yoga, meditation teachers, healers and educators, it offers classes like yoga, meditation, tai chi, sound, breathwork, and more. They also have workshops and special events that herald the more subtle vibration of human existence. “We are not a yoga studio but more of a home and hub for conscious movement in Delray Beach,” said Vivian Demille, CEO of Casa Mannabliss. Casa Mannabliss also has a spacious backyard with fire pit and beautiful garden that has the word Paradise written all over it. There are musical events, ceremonies that celebrate life and nature and space to roam. “Delray Beach has such a sense of community, people join in and come together here. I’ve never seen any other community like this,” adds Demille, who is part of a group that gathered in people’s homes for spiritual practices and eventually opened Casa Mannabliss. The vibe is intertwined with a sacredness that nourishes one’s mind, body and spirit with love as its steward. Another new zen-like space in Delray is called Pause. Recently opened (on Swinton) this coffee house - spa – spiritual retreat is homey and cozy. They have

candlelight yoga classes, as well as an exotic tea and coffee bar with light bites and boutique. Their mission is to create a friendly atmosphere that connects souls and heals bodies and minds. Run by aesthetician and life coach Kelly McCormick, they offer facials, guided meditation, Kirtans, skin care services and massage. Daughter Chloe Hill and brother Dustin are perfect companions for this spiritual enclave of goodness. Fern Conn also heard the calling of Yoga and Spiritual enlightenment in Delray this year. Her studio, started with daughter Tyla, is called Dancing Lion. They offer yoga, guided meditation and workshops. They recently added Yin & Tonic events such as a yoga and acupuncture. “People are yearning for connection and healing practices like yoga and meditation. We are a healing arts center,” said Fern. Yoga, meditation and healing groups are not just an indoor sport in Delray. The spiritual aspects of this artsy town have flowed into its most precious landscape – the beach. A favorite called Full Moon Manifesting - is held monthly on the beach (North of Atlantic Ave.) and includes sound healing, guided meditation (by Sunny) and live music (feelinggreatmeditate.com). It’s a great group of like-minded people seeking peace and inner contentment. There are also festivals, like Yoga Fun Day, popping up around town. YFD will be held from Nov. 1-3 at Old School Square. “I am on a mission to bring yoga to all, fight obesity and build strong communities,” Sam Grout, founder of Yoga Fun Day said. “People need to unplug and unwind, take a break from their computers, go outside and have fun.”

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

million ($589.7M allocated to the resort; $285.3M allocated to the Premier Club).

Our Office recently provided an economic development update at the beautiful ALINA Residences sales gallery. In September we will be hosting another event at the Boca Raton Innovation Campus. For details or to RSVP, please email EconomicDevelopment@myboca. us.

El-Ad National Properties closed on a $146 million construction loan for phase one of ALINA Residences. Slated for completion the end of 2020, ALINA’s first phase will begin with 121 luxury condominiums. The property will include 45,000-square-feet of indoor/ outdoor amenities, including a rooftop pool, nearly an acre of outdoor green space, private cabanas, fire pits, a dedicated yoga area, outdoor kitchen, and a dog park.

Boca Business Briefs In one of the largest hotel sales in South Florida, MSD Capital, the investment platform affiliated with billionaire Michael Dell, has purchased the 1,047room Boca Raton Resort & Club. According to credit rating agency, Fitch Ratings, loan proceeds, together with $297.9 million of sponsor equity, were used to acquire the collateral for $875.0

Penn-Florida Companies announced a $225 million construction loan from Madison Realty Capital for the final phase of Via Mizner and The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Boca Raton.

Related Group is bringing a new residential project to the Park at Broken Sound. The project plans to build a luxury 297-unit apartment complex at 5300 and 5400 Broken Sound Blvd. The 297 units will include a six-story building with 261 apartments and 36 townhouses. This is the developers first residential apartment project in Boca Raton. The Office of Economic Development recently assisted Orbcomm with its corporate expansion. The New Jersey-based, publicly traded company has 800 employees worldwide and will be bringing 32 sales, engineering and finance jobs to Boca. The sale of Congress Corporate Plaza for $21 million makes the list of top commercial sales for May. The 100,129-square-foot, two building plaza sits on over 9 acres and the buildings were built in 1987. Nightingale, a registered nurse staffing company, negotiated its new corporate headquarter lease at 7800 Congress Center. The lease is for 89 months and costs $1.4 million.

FAU alumnus Skipp Orr awarded the Order of the Rising Sun Staff report Florida Atlantic University alumnus Robert M. (Skipp) Orr recently received the Order of the Rising Sun, an honor granted by the Imperial Palace of Japan. The award was given by Shinsuke Sugiyama, the Japanese ambassador to the United States, in a ceremony at his residence in Washington, D.C. The Order of the Rising Sun was established in 1875 by Emperor Meiji of Japan and is granted to those who have made distinguished achievements in international relations involving Japan. Orr graduated with a B.A. in History cum laude from FAU in 1976. “We are so proud of Skipp’s recognition with this prestigious award, given that his interest in world history and

Town Center at Boca Raton is adding a new indoor play space near Crate and Barrel. The 1,600 square foot play area is slated to open later this summer. Boca Raton’s Recent Rankings Business Insider teamed up with Zillow to find the most popular US cities for vacation homes. Florida, Nevada and Arizona were popular states. Boca Raton ranked 6th out of the 25 cities that made it on the Most Popular Cities for Vacation Homes list. Out of 192 cities, Boca Raton takes the fifth spot on WalletHub’s 2019 list of “Best Beach Towns to Live In.” With an average commute time of 20.8 minutes, Boca Raton ranks 31st on the list of 50 South Florida cities with the shortest commutes. Have corporate news to share or looking to relocate/expand your company to Boca Raton? Contact the city’s economic development office at economicdevelopment@ myboca.us or 561-393-7761. Want to see what we are up to? Follow us on Facebook @BocaEconomicDevelopment.

politics began here in our college’s department of history,” said Michael Horswell, Ph.D., dean of FAU’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. “I appreciate Skipp’s strong commitment to the humanities as a critical component of any university education. We were lucky enough to have him show that commitment as a distinguished visiting professor last year, sharing his knowledge and experience with our students.”

From January 2002 until March 2007, Orr was president of Boeing Japan. He held this position during the development of the most successfully selling airplane in history, the 787 Dreamliner, 35 percent of which is manufactured in Japan. Prior to joining Boeing, Orr was vice president and director of European affairs for Motorola based in Brussels. He also has held various senior level posts with Motorola in Japan, culminating as vice president of government relations. In that capacity, he successfully led the negotiations that opened up the cellular phone market in Japan.

Orr served as U.S. executive director to the Asian Development Bank, with the rank of ambassador from 2010 to 2016, and is currently on the Board of Directors of the Council of American Ambassadors. From 2007-2010, Orr was chairman of the board of the Panasonic Foundation and concurrently vice chair of the National Association of Japan-America Societies, a member of the board of trustees of J.F. Obirin University, and a member of the board of the East-West Center Foundation.

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Penn-Florida Companies secures $225 million construction loan for final phase of Via Mizner and The Residences at Mandarin Oriental Staff report Penn-Florida Companies recently announced a $225-million-dollar construction loan for The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Boca Raton. The closing completes the capitalization for the Via Mizner project. The construction loan, originated by Madison Realty Capital (MRC) will be utilized to complete The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Boca Raton, the third and final tower at Via Mizner, a 2,000,000-square-foot urban resort. Construction of The Residences commenced several months ago and is scheduled to be completed in less than two years simultaneously with the new Mandarin Oriental Hotel. “MRC is excited to have been selected as the construction lender for such a dynamic project. Penn-Florida’s vision for Via Mizner, and the company’s proven track record, aligns perfectly with our investment principals and culture,” said Josh Zegen, Managing

Principal and Co-Founder of MRC. “A construction loan for a project of this scope and size required creativity to accommodate not only The Residences but the extensive amenity package.” The financing was placed by Anthony Orso, President, of Newmark Capital Market Strategies, who specializes in large, complex project capitalization, with the assistance Bill Weber and Henry Stimler. “I was introduced to the project and knew instantly this would be among the finest hotels and branded residential offerings in the country, and Penn-Florida and Madison would be excellent strategic partners,” Orso said. The Residences at Mandarin Orien-

tal, Boca Raton will offer a collection of 92 custom homes consisting of 288,000-square-feet, framed by breathtaking ocean and golf course views. “Downtown Boca has come to life with the addition of Via Mizner,” said Mark A. Gensheimer, President and Chief Executive Officer of Penn-Florida. “Mandarin Oriental is in a class by itself when it comes to catering to the needs of its residents and guests. Pre-sale velocity for The Residences is tremendous as people have come to understand the investment potential as well as the unique lifestyle which includes a world class private Golf and City Club, Mandarin Oriental luxury and services, and a dynamic shopping and dining experience, all at your fingertips.”

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Boca West Country Club has joined an elite group of prestigious golf destinations around the world considered “iconic clubs.” In the National Club Association survey conducted by 314 private club managers, Boca West Country Club was named one of the most iconic clubs in the world. Conducted by The McMahon Group, the Pulse Survey featured in the organization’s current Club Trends magazine, ranked Boca West as one of the top in the world among golf and country clubs. It was the only Florida country club to receive this distinction. “We are deeply humbled that our peers in the country and golf club world find Boca West to be one of the world’s most iconic clubs, sharing the honor with the famed St. Andrews in Scotland, Augusta National, and Pebble Beach,” said Matthew Linderman, CCM, President, COO and General

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What’s up in the real estate market… Boca-based home security company ADT has teamed up with multifamily property management company BH Management Services to offer smart technology integration and convenience services. Through the partnership with ADT, BH Management Services will outfit residences with ADT security, automated smart door locks, and smart thermostats. Historic home to be relocated to Delray CRA campus Plans to move a historic Delray home to the Community Redevelopment Agency property are scheduled to happen this month. The late 1930s, single-family home was designed by the city’s first registered architect, Samuel Ogren, Sr. He is often referred to as “Father of Delray Beach Architecture.” Ogren designed more than 250 homes and buildings in the City between 1924 and 1950. Some of his most notable designs include the Sandoway House, the Old School Square Gymnasium, the Arcade Building and the villas in the Marina District. The property where the home is located was recently purchased for redevelopment and the home is currently located outside of a historic district, therefore, the structure is not protected. Because preservation of historic structures is a major objective of the overall redevelopment program of the CRA, the board jumped at the opportunity. The CRA plans to renovate the exterior to its original condition and use the building for additional office space. Once relocated in August, the building will be within Old School Square Historic District and the CRA will apply with the local registry of historic places. Smart technology in apartment complexes

“As leaders in property management, we know that our ability to bring innovation to the multifamily living experience and offer tenants access to the latest in smart technology and convenience from their fingertips is important,” said Joanna Zabriskie, President of BH Management. “The partnership with ADT also provides extensive efficiency on the management side to better manage and respond to maintenance requests quickly and regulate non-inhabited units to ensure they are well-kept and efficient.” ADT’s smart technology is coupled with industry leading enterprise scale property automation software provided by Point Central. ADT monitoring services will be included as a portion of monthly rent charges. The ADT home automation systems are also voice assistant compatible, allowing tenants the opportunity to integrate additional smart home appliances into their rental units. “The leadership team at BH Management Services is completely focused on their customers and how to bring smart technology to their industry,” said Jim DeVries, President and Chief Executive Officer of ADT. “Our partnership perfectly demonstrates how, through security and automated solutions, ADT offers both protection and convenience to tenants, as well as property managers.” Florida Club Managers Association’s 29th Annual Seminole Region charity golf tournament and gala raises $600,000 for children’s charities Boca West Country Club was trans-

Which of These Costly Homeseller Mistakes Will You Make When You Sell Your Home? - According to industry experts, there are over 33 physical problems that will come under scrutiny during a home inspection when your home is for sale. A new report has been prepared which identifies the eleven most common of these problems, and what you should know about them before you list your home for sale. Whether you own an old home or a brand new one, there are a number of things that can fall short of requirements during a home inspection. If not identified and dealt with, any of these 11 items could cost you dearly in terms of repair. That's why it's critical that you read this report before you list your home. If you wait until the building inspector flags these issues for you, you will almost certainly experience cost delays in the close

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4Kids won the Charity Marathon Golf Fundraiser during the Florida Club Managers Association’s 29th Annual Seminole Region charity golf tournament. Submitted photo.

one of ALINA Residences. Deutsche Bank and Bank Hapoalim provided financing for the project, which broke ground earlier this year. Construction is underway on 121 luxury residences, which make up ALINA’s first phase slated for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2020.

Sharon and JayDiPietro attend the 29th Annual Seminole Region gala at Boca West Country Club. Submitted photo.

formed into a Cirque de Soleil-style extravaganza for 800 guests during the Florida Club Managers Association of America’s Seminole Region Charity Golf Tournament and Gala in June. The two-day event raised more than $600,000 for a trove of South Florida children’s charities, including Special Olympics of Florida, SOS Children’s Villages Florida, Unicorn Children’s Foundation, Florence Fuller Child Development Centers, Place of Hope, The First Tee Palm Beaches, and 4KidsSouthFlorida. Since its inception the event has raised $8 million. This year’s high-flying-themed fête featured costumed acrobats, elaborate culinary and cocktail stations, silent and live auctions. Revelers danced the night away to live music by The Headliners. The following day, over 400 participants enjoyed a charity golf tournament at the Boca West Country Club. The winning Charity Marathon Golf Fundraiser was 4Kids South Florida raising $140,329; the winning Club Golf Fundraiser was Coral Ridge Country Club raising $27,500. Dean Adkins won the marathon golf series, who played 210 holes, followed by Josh LaPointe, who played 180 holes 42 under par. “We were so honored to host this meaningful event for the 25th year,” said Matthew Linderman, CCM, President, COO and General Manager of Boca West Country Club. “Many of the club industry’s leading corporate partners continue to support our event year after year, all to help support children in need through local charities.” ALINA Residences Boca Raton secures $146 million construction loan for phase one El-Ad National Properties, an Elad Group company, recently closed on a $146 million construction loan for phase

“With construction moving along at a very rapid rate, we are happy with how well received this project has been. ALINA is generating excitement not only from South Florida locals, but also from those who live outside the area who are looking to make Boca home,” said Noam Ziv, Executive Director of Development of El-Ad National Properties. “ALINA is attracting buyers looking to live in a location that puts them in the center of everything.” Designed by acclaimed architectural firm Garcia Stromberg/GS4 Studios, ALINA offers one to four-bedroom condominiums that showcase golf course and city views with floor-to-ceiling glass doors which open to expansive terraces. “Boca Raton is the perfect market for our latest project, ALINA Residences, and we are excited that we were able to partner with Deutsche Bank and Bank Hapoalim to close such a sizable loan,” said Yoel Shargian, CEO of EL AD US Holding, Inc. “We are proud of the progress on this project and are elated to elevate the level of luxury in Boca Raton. ALINA Residences offers residents a Florida lifestyle with access to an array of amenities in a convenient and walkable downtown environment, moments away from golf and beaches.” The development features over 45,000-square-feet of resort-inspired amenities including nearly an acre of outdoor green space with private cabanas, fire pits, a dedicated yoga area, outdoor kitchens, a dog park, an elite performance Fitness Center with a yoga studio, as well as his and her spa facilities. The project is located adjacent to the Boca Raton Resort and Club’s golf course, and just minutes away from dining, entertainment, art museums and the beach. Prices for ALINA begin from just under $1 million to over $6 million. For more information, please visit AlinaBocaRaton.com.


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You have decided to sell your home – but its hurricane season thing that should be done at the last minute. It does add value to your home and makes the buyer more comfortable moving during the hurricane season.

By: Christel Silver Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers Hurricane season in Florida is from June 1 until Nov. 30. There is no reason not to market your home during these times. But you have to prepare your home as most hurricanes bring heavy winds and heavy flooding, and not only if you are located at the coast. Before you list your home for sale, make sure your roof is in pristine condition. Grab a pair of binoculars and take a good look or if you have an attic go up. If you see any sunlight, you better fix the roof. Any loose tiles should be secured as they can do a lot of damage with high winds. If you do not like to step on the ladder to clean your gutters, hire a company to clean them. You want the heavy rain to drain properly. If your home is located within a community, most likely they have done the tree trimming well before the hurricane season starts. If you are taking care of your landscaping yourself, have a tree trimmer come out and

What can happen if you have a ratified contract and prior to closing there is a storm? The home inspection is done – no issues, the appraisal is done – no issues.

secure your roof. No branches should be touching the roof. These items would be great to do anytime whether or not you are selling your home, but if you selling during the hurricane season, it is a must! If your home does not have storm shutters, I highly recommend adding storm shutters to your windows. Although they do come with a hefty price tag, it is a safety issue, even if you do not sell your home. You should know that it does take time to install the shutters and storm-proof windows, so it’s not some-

First you have to be aware that if a storm is approaching and has been named in “the Box,” no insurance company will bind the insurance coverage until the storm is out of the box. This could delay your closing. So the buyers need to be proactive and process early. They can bind the insurance early with a future effective date to avoid this issue. Any sales contract should address potential closing delays under force majeure or unforeseeable circumstances that prevent someone from fulfilling a contract. The buyer or seller should be permitted to terminate the contract within a certain time period, and the buyer’s deposit will be refunded. Whether the house had damages or not

from the storm, most mortgage companies mandate that the house will be inspected. If there is damage, all repairs have to be made to restore the property to its original state. If FEMA has declared your area of natural disaster, any home that was appraised or inspected prior to the storm will have to be re-inspected and most likely re appraised. It is important to stay in touch with all parties (seller, buyer, agents, lender, title company) involved to guarantee a smooth transaction. About Christel Silver Christel Silver is a full time Broker/Owner of Silver International Realty servicing the East Coast of South Florida. Silver is a Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS), and a certified speaker teaching CIPS classes. She 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 is the Global Ambassador for Austria and Germany in 2019. Fifty percent of her business is in the International arena. For more information visit www.silverhouses. com.

Downtown Delray salon completes expansion, renovation A rendering of the updated Delray Marriott. Photo courtesy of ge architecture.

New look planned for Delray Marriott Staff report

cials approved the request mid-July. It is unclear when work will

If you like the Mediterranean vibe

begin and how long it will take to

of the downtown Delray Beach

transform the look of the hotel.

Marriott, snag your last photos of it soon. The hotel will soon shift its look to an Anglo-Caribbean style of architecture. Plans to renovate the exterior of the hotel, 10 North Ocean Blvd., were recently signed off on by city officials.

The hotel also has plans to expand the restaurant at the south side of the building along Atlantic Avenue. A call to hotel owner Ocean Properties was not returned by press time. Plans include eliminating the Spanish roof tile, adding French doors and a new color scheme. The build-

The plans were submitted for re-

ing will use a lot of white, according

view by the city on April 29. Offi-

to renderings.

The Delray Marriott recently received approval to renovate its exterior appearance. Photo courtesy of ge architecture.

ShearLuck Salon recently completed an expansion and renovation project to the downtown Delray full-service salon. This summer, the salon owners hosted a ‘Rebirth’ party to celebrate the changes. Owners Camelly Cancella and Carol Cook took over the unit next door to expand their salon and meet the needs of their growing business. The salon, 530 NE 2nd St., has been open since 2017. “We are so excited to see the new salon take shape,” co-owner Camelly Cancella said. “We love the contemporary but casual feel. The new space shows off our passion and creativity. We thought through every detail. We even brought in chairs and sinks from Italy, we opened up the space to increase the natural lighting and increased the amount of workstations.” The redesign opens the space by adding floating mirrored stations creating more visibility throughout the salon, light wood floors are complemented by modern art and brick facade throughout. The space now has a patio area outside, a new fun ‘green hedge’ photo station to show off that great style, and a work station bar so guests can set up with a laptop as they are being serviced. “This expansion not only benefits our team, but its great for the community as we grow and positively impact the lives of people in the downtown Delray Beach area”, said Carol Cook, co-owner of ShearLuck Salon. “And

Camelly Cancella and Carol Cook completed an expansion of their salon, ShearLuck Salon in Delray. Photo courtesy of Stacey from SoPhotography.

we brought in a brand-new retail line offering Bumble and Bumble to provide our clients with top hair products.” The salon offers hair care and stying for both women and men, highlights, balayage, extensions, specialty treatments, blow dry services and makeup. Fo more information, visit www. shearlucksalondelray.com.

A look inside ShearLuck Salon in Delray after its renovation. Photo courtesy of Stacey from SoPhotography.


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Ask an expert: Your HOA, condo questions By: Harris B. Katz, Esq. Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers Q: I am on my association Board.  Do you have any recommendations for what we should do as a Board now that it is hurricane season? R.B., Boca Raton A:  It is hard to believe that another year has gone by since last hurricane season! As the entire state of Florida learned in 2017, we need to be cognizant of the very real potential threat of hurricanes. Whether you are a board member for a homeowners association (HOA) or a condominium, you have a responsibility to make sure that there are proper plans in place should we face another Hurricane Irma this year. First, this is a great time to review your association’s property insurance policy. Specifically, pay close attention to your hurricane deductible. In exchange for lower premiums, many associations (and homeowners, for that matter) will opt for a much higher deductible which needs to be met before insurance kicks in.  After Irma, there were many, many associations that suffered tremendous damage in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, only to find out that their hurricane deductible was a million dollars or more! This can be devastating to the finances of an association and its members, more than washing away any money that you saved on your insurance premiums on the front end. Therefore, it is a good time to meet with your insurance broker or agent now to go through your deductible and coverage to make sure that you have the best policy in place should we face another bad hurricane season. Remember, if the board is going to

consider a lower premium to save money now but your association does not have the total amount of the deductible available in excess operating cash or reserve funds, it is important that you discuss how you will pay the deductible in the event our area is hit with a damaging hurricane. Other than insurance, there are many other things that you can do in preparation for hurricane season that go far beyond what we can include in this short response, but one of the most important things that you can do as an association, is work with your property manager to create a disaster plan to map out a plan of action in the event we are unlucky this year. Also, create a record of the current condition of the property by photographing all the public and common areas of the condominium property. These images could become vitally important should you need to file an insurance claim due to hurricane damage. Speaking of property damage, during a hurricane everything becomes a potential hazard due to the high winds. This includes landscaping. It is a great idea to trim your trees at the beginning of summer and not wait until a storm is on a direct path to South Florida.  One of the unique things about living in Florida is the number of snowbirds that go back north over the summer, leaving their

units unoccupied. Because of this, your hurricane preparation policy should include having those snowbirds move all outside furniture inside before leaving for the summer. On that note, be sure that you have updated contact information for all of those persons going out of town for the summer so that you can reach them should an emergency arise, including cell phone numbers.  You should also remind owners about the importance of maintaining their own homeowner’s insurance policies to cover their personal property within their units and their limited common elements. One final thing that you should strongly consider is that if you are aware of leaks around the property involving common elements such as roofs or windows, have those items repaired immediately, before we get deeper into the rainy season. Existing damage to common element items that are aggravated during a storm could increase repair costs and the association’s potential liability to the owners, as well as potentially impacting insurance coverage. This repair work could also include trimming back trees and vegetation and having all windows inspected prior to a storm to identify and repair any weaknesses in the frames, seals, caulking or windows themselves. These steps will help to prevent an otherwise unavoidable disaster. Finally, after Hurricane Irma, if you did have to make an insurance claim, many property owners learned that insurance companies are in the business of saving money, not in paying out claims. As a general statement, when an insurance company sends an adjuster out to your property, they try to resolve claims for the smallest amount possible or deny them outright based upon

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exclusions in the insurance policy. However, just because your claim was denied or was determined to be below your deductible, it does not mean that the insurance company was correct in its assessment or that it fairly evaluated your loss.  Remember that an insurance policy is nothing more than a contract between you and your insurance company.  That contract has language in it that provides for coverage of certain losses, provided that the claim does not fall under one of the many exclusions in the policy. The problem for non-lawyers is that the language contained in those policies can be confusing and convoluted so that when an insurance company makes its final determination, they rely on most people to simply accept that decision without further argument.  It is best practice to have your association attorney in the loop immediately following a storm so that he or she can make sure that your rights under the policy are protected from the getgo. Harris B. Katz, Esq., is Partner of the Law Firm Goede, Adamczyk, DeBoest & Cross, PLLC.  Visit www.gadclaw.com or to ask questions about your issues for future columns, send your inquiry to: question@gadclaw.com.  The information provided herein is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice.  The publication of this article does not create an attorney-client relationship between the reader and Goede, Adamczyk, DeBoest & Cross, PLLC. or any of our attorneys. Readers should not act or refrain from acting based upon the information contained in this article without first contacting an attorney, if you have questions about any of the issues raised herein. The hiring of an attorney is a decision that should not be based solely on advertisements or this column.

New ‘PLAY’ area headed to Town Center Staff report Kids will have a new place to play at the Town Center Mall. Planned to open this summer, PLAY at Town Center, will allow families to have a place to play, recharge and relax while shopping. PLAY is a 1,600 square-foot recreational space featuring a combination of seating and interactive play elements inspired by local waterways and waterfronts. The design combines sculptural, abstract elements, soft textures, flowing forms and open play opportunities geared toward sparking children’s imaginations. “Play is critical to children’s mental and physical development and PLAY at Town Center at Boca Raton will provide our young visitors the opportunity to learn, grow and interact in a climate-controlled environment,” said General Manager Sal

Saldaña. “This first-class, indoor entertainment option is one of many customer-focused enhancements now available at the shopping center.”

& Rope Haul, Pebble Ottomans, Play Blocks and a Secret Tunnel round out the developmental activities available within the interactive space.

A sampling of PLAY elements includes:

Designed by Blanc Space, the indoor play destination is the culmination of Town

The Coral Cave – climb, crawl and traverse this series of ramps, levels and surfaces designed to encourage kids to run up, around and through the play structure The Warp Portal – immersive digital play panels, viewing portholes and talk tubes draw children in with fun sounds and moving lights Triplet Tree Stepper – a modern adaptation of the age-old favorite tire swing where children can sit, step and bounce under large petals that rustle and clap An Arch Rope Ladder, Social Slide, Wave Recliner, Rope-mesh Deck, Telescope, Climbing Staircase, Climbing Ramp

Center at Boca Raton’s extensive renovation. PLAY is slated to open later this summer in the Nordstrom wing, near Crate & Barrel.

11 Critical Home Inspection Traps to be Aware of Weeks Before Listing Your Home for Sale - According to industry experts, there are over 33 physical problems that will come under scrutiny during a home inspection when your home is for sale. A new report has been prepared which identifies the eleven most common of these problems, and what you should know about them before you list your home for sale. Whether you own an old home or a brand new one, there are a number of things that can fall short of requirements during a home inspection. If not identified and dealt with, any of these 11 items could cost you dearly in terms of repair. That's why it's critical that you read this report before you list your home. If you wait until the building inspector flags these issues for you, you will almost certainly experience cost delays in the close

of your home sale, or worse, turn prospective buyers away altogether. In most cases, you can make a reasonable pre-inspection yourself if you know what you're looking for, and knowing what you're looking for can help you prevent little problems from growing into costly and unmanageable ones. To help homesellers deal with this issue before their homes are listed, a free report entitled "11 Things You Need to Know to Pass Your Home Inspection" has been compiled which explains the issues involved. To order a FREE Special Report, visit www.homesellinginspectionspitfalls.com Get your free report NOW to learn how to ensure a home inspection doesn't cost you the sale of your home.

This report is courtesy of Florida 360 Realty. Not intended to solicit buyers or sellers currently under contract. Copyright © 2019


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TCAR opens new veterinary clinic, named for donor Lois Pope

Veterinarian Dr. Crystal Benefactor Lois Pope, in Ramsey holds a kitten inthe crowd at the grand side the new veterinary opening of the veterinary clinic at Tri-County Aniclinic at Tri-County Animal Rescue. Photo by Dale Inside the new veterinary clinic at Tri-County mal Rescue. Photo by Dale Animal Rescue. Photo by Dale King. King/ King.

By: Dale King Contributing Writer It didn’t take long for the new veterinary clinic at Tri-County Animal Rescue’s shelter complex west of Boca Raton to get its first customers. On a hot June 19, with dozens of TCAR supporters gathered under a tent outside the building bearing the name of Palm Beach County philanthropist Lois Pope, a small dog and a kitten in need of medical care were comfortably sequestered inside the structure that’s part of a multi-million dollar expansion and upgrade of the nonprofit’s fa-

cilities on Boca Rio Road. Veterinarian Dr. Crystal Ramsey cradled the frail, frightened kittie, which seemed much more comfortable resting on her shoulder in the air-condition room. Located inside the first new building to open at the shelter site, the clinic is a high-tech, state-of-the-art medical facility with an x-ray machine, ultrasound, dental x-ray and dental cleaning apparatus and an MRI machine donated by the American Humane Society.

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Effective this month, people who cannot afford to take their pets to a veterinarian will be able to, with proof of income, bring their favorite animals to Tri-County for medical and dental care. Pope said this will help “the thousands of low-income people who cannot afford shots and other medical treatment.” TCAR, which rescues animals in three South Florida counties, is in the midst of building a new, 64,000-square-foot facility to expand its services and accommodate increases in rescues.

Attending the grand opening of the new veterinary clinic at Tri-County animal rescue are, from left, Jay DiPietro, Francesca Daniels, Christine Lynn, Sue and Yaacov Heller. Submitted photo.

The $10 million, multi-phase capital campaign and build out began with the 9,000-square-foot rescue clinic (a $4.9 million project.) Phase two is an 11,435-square-foot adoption and residential facility, a “Hos-Pets” center and mausoleum ($5.1 million).

The opening of the clinic was made possible with a $2 million gift from Lois Pope to complete the center. Pope, widow of former National Enquirer publisher Generoso “Gene” Pope, was on hand that day to accept accolades from nearly 100 community leaders and other philanthropists and donors to the shelter. “We are so grateful to Lois Pope for her incredible gift that made this vital building a reality,” said Suzi Goldsmith, TCAR executive director. “Thousands more dogs and cats will be saved because of the medical services that will be provided in this building.” “This is one of the most amazing times in the history of Tri-County,” said Sharon DiPietro, chairman of the TCAR board. She said the new building was constructed atop a former dump which required 14 feet of fill to create solid ground. Then came pilings to support the structure. “We got our certificate of occupancy only three weeks ago, and began operating immediately.” Pope, who said she owns two dozen dogs – five from Tri-County – and five cats, said she and Suzi Goldsmith are longtime friends, and Boca benefactor Christine Lynn, who was also in the crowd, is also a buddie. All are animal lovers and pitch in to save pet lives.

The new campus will also have an agility course, in-ground pool and dog recreation area. Much of the new campus will be available to the public, including the mausoleum with a serenity garden. There will also be an increase in the available in-ground burial plots at the Boca Raton Pet Cemetery adjacent to the TCAR campus. Services will also be available for the community with its new boarding and grooming facility and Tri-County’s Thrift Shop will be moved onto the property.  There will be dedicated public spaces for education and training programs. TCAR, founded in 1996 by the Goldsmith and the late Jeannette Christos, is one of only a few 100 percent no-kill shelters in the nation. For more information about Tri-County Animal Rescue, visit  tricountyanimalrescue.com  or call 561482-8110.

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Standing in front of the new veterinary clinic at Tri-County Animal Rescue are, from left, Suzi Goldsmith, Jay DiPietro, City Councilman Andy Thomson and Sharon DiPietro. Submitted photo.

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Texting and driving law bittersweet for Slosberg family By: Jan Engoren Contributing Writer More than 20 years of hard work, persistence and politicking paid off for the Slosberg family of Boca Raton on July 1, as a new law in Florida went into effect making texting while driving a primary offense. On Mon., July 1, the Honorable Emily Slosberg (D –Boca Raton)  joined her father, Irving Slosberg, CEO of the Dori Saves Lives Foundation and former State Representative, her sister Wendy, local legislators, Florida Highway Patrol, Palm Beach Sheriff Office, community leaders and other families who have lost loved ones on Florida’s roadways for a ceremonial bill signing at the traffic crash site in Boca Raton where her twin sister, Dori, and four friends were killed 23 years ago. The area along west Palmetto Park Road, is marked with four large crosses and one Star of David. Slosberg, one of seven people in the backseat of the car, survived the crash, but lost her friends and twin sister, Dori. Another passenger, Maribel Farinas was left a quadriplegic. After a benediction by Rabbi Sholom Korf of Chabad in Delray Beach, Emily Slosberg said, “This is a huge day for us.” She gave much credit to her father, whom she called “the force behind the Dori Saves Lives Foundation and a great role model in the community.” “This event was a tragedy for our family, but it is what we’ve done after the tragedy that counts,” said Emily Slosberg. Irving Slosberg gave credit to the Florida legislature, and singled out many by name, including Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, Speaker of the House, José Oliva and Republican Senator William Galvano. He thanked Governor Ron DeSantis for sign-

ing the bill, but said it was “shocking,” that DeSantis did not invite the Slosbergs or any democratic lawmakers to the signing.

“It’s ridiculous,” he said about the slight, “but Florida will become a safer state because you can’t text and drive.” Also attending the event were others whose lives were affected by distracted drivers. Distracted driving is defined as any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), texting is the most alarming distraction. Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed. According to their figures, distracted driving claimed 3,166 lives in 2017. Road safety advocate and Key Biscayne resident, Debbie Wanninkhof, lost her son Patrick in 2015 to a distracted driver who was checking her text messages while driving 8085 mph.

Dori Slosberg’s grave was the site selected by the Slosberg family to host a ceremonial bill signing The Slosberg family gathered at the crash site where Dori Slosberg and others of the new texting and were killed 23 years ago for a ceremonial bill signing of the new texting and driving law. Photo by Jan driving law. Photo by Jan Engoren. Engoren.

McKinlay was rear-ended by a driver, who was texting, while driving her three children on I-95. “It’s bittersweet,” said Rep. Joe Casello, “It’s bitter because we lost five lives and sweet because their memories will not be forgotten.” He credited Emily Slosberg’s ability to work across the aisle to get the bill passed.

“You are saving the lives of our school kids.” She thanked the Slosbergs for their tenacity and Sachs, an advocate for the law during her time in the senate, for “fighting the good fight.” Thanks to the Slosberg’s efforts, if you are seen texting while driving, you will be cited by law enforcement. The first ticket will set you back $30 plus court costs. The fine doubles for a second offense and will cost you three points on your license.

Delpha Samuels, Mrs. Florida 2019 and a Hallandale resident, spoke about the pain of losing her young 12-year-old brother, Aaron, 11 years ago.

Other speakers included former senator Maria Sachs, Palm Beach County Fire Chief Douglas McGlynn and Karen Brill, Palm Beach County School Board Member who said about the hands-free law in school zones,

Ken and Liz Link of Palm Beach Gardens were in attendance to honor a friend (Harry Faber) killed on I-95 near Melbourne in March 2018 by a young driver who was texting. His wife Claudette was seriously injured. The couple ran the Riviera Beach Motel and were heading to their second home in Toronto when the accident occurred.

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Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay credited the Slosbergs for getting guard rails along west Southern Blvd., to protect people from driving into canals.

Restaurant Roundup New dining room planned for Boca’s Max’s Grille Max’s Grille will have a new look soon.

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“Our goal was to update the vibe while maintaining a timeless aesthetic,” said Pam Manhas of Manhas Designs, one of the region’s leading restaurant & hospitality design firms. “Max’s Grille guests have enjoyed dining there for nearly three decades. We wanted to maintain the comfort and familiarity of the space while giving the design a fresh approach.” [FROM PG 41]

The focal point of the new design for the “Great Room” will be the addition of a new 16-foot-tall service bar. Boasting an illuminated liquor display wall with a custom sliding ladder, the new bar energizes the room while providing speedy bar service for the dining room and patio tables.

Burt Rapoport, president of Rapoport’s Restaurant Group. “In addition to that, the structural changes will help make the dining room service much more efficient than before.” Additionally, all tables, chairs and bar stools will be replaced with new ones throughout the entire restaurant. An oversized, half-moon booth will take the place of the old service bar and every wall will receive a fresh coat of paint and new lighting fixtures throughout. Phase two of the renovations will focus on the outdoor patio and bar area, scheduled for the summer of 2020.

say the menu update was a significant one. When it comes to wings, Duffy’s now offers over a dozen sauce options. A new sauce, Florida Heat Wave, created in house offers a burst of flavor that packs a punch of heat with a blend of dry and wet rubs. A new lemon pepper is an option that is not a standard dry rub, but a blend as well. A new menu item that is performing surprisingly well is the Impossible Burger. Duffy’s added the burger and it has quickly become the No. 2 selling burger on the menu.

A return to the menu is the lobster mac and cheese, which is a popular patron choice. The No. 1 selling sandwich is the French dip. And the new Mahi rueben gives a South Florida spin to a staple sandwich.

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Plus, a new custom abstract mural by local renowned artist, Ruben Ubiera, and pendant lighting will add a dramatic element to the room. The old service bar structure, the large white drapes and wooden shutters covering the interior windows will all be removed.

Just in time for football season, Duffy’s Sports Grill has made some menu updates that will hit the stomach on game day.

dipping sauce to start off your meal.

“With the Grille’s 30-year anniversary approaching in 2021, we wanted to really modernize the space and add some ‘wow’ elements,” says managing partner,

About twice a year, the restaurant adds new dishes, brings back old favorites and switches it up. This summer, local Duffy’s representatives from the Delray location

But some of the changes are not the obvious tailgate choices, like the new signature fajitas or the lobster mac and cheese.

ordering an oversized pretzel with cheese

Duffy’s has 34 locations including restaurants in Delray and Boca.

The most popular entree currently? Sizzling fajitas that come with chicken, steak, shrimp or a combination. Alongside the protein, the peppers are grown locally as is the micro-cilantro.

Sample a taste of Hawaii in West Boca By: Shaina Wizov Contributing Writer In Hawaiian, the name Kekoa means “brave warrior.” At Kekoa, the newly opened fast-casual restaurant in West Boca Raton, its inspiration stems from the origin of its name. The creators of the health-driven, fresh concept behind Kekoa believe that, “There’s nothing in your day that you can’t brave with the strength and heart of a warrior when you’re fed well.”

If you opt to create your own bowl, the process is simple. Choose the small bowl with two bases and one protein, or the large with four bases and two proteins. Bases include sauteed Asian greens, brown or white rice, stir-fried noodles, Asian slaw, house salad or pasta salad. Proteins include Ahi tuna or shrimp poke, Teriyaki beef tenderloin, Kalua pig, fried pork adobo, lomi lomi salmon, chicken katsu and chicken waikiki. When it comes to mix-ins, the choices are unlimited — avocado puree, carrots, edamame, cucumber, tomatoes, green onion, krab salad, hijiki seaweed, mago, masago, sweet onion and seaweed salad. Choose as many as your heart desires!

Eat well. Feel well. Live well. That’s the motto at Kekoa, and it shows within the food offered. The ingredients at this build-your-own bowl spot are freshly caught or harvested, and served in an authentic Hawaiian style. The restaurant is committed to serving clean meat, fruit and vegetables, and everything is gluten-free. Many of the items are also dairy-free as well. The staff is able to accommodate additional allergies with a few simple tweaks as well if you let them know.

in Hawaii, but not all poke restaurants brand themselves as being authentically Hawaiian. Kekoa does. There is even Kalua pork available that is actually flown in from Hawaii.

So what sets Kekoa apart from other build-your-own-bowl and poke restaurants? The ingredient options are a bit different. The poke concept originates

One of the prepared bowls offered is a staple in Hawaiian cuisine, the Loco Moco. Although the dish can vary, its traditional preparation consists of white rice, topped

with a hamburger patty, a fried egg, and brown gravy. At Kekoa, the Loco Moco features a house-made hamburger patty, served over white rice and smothered in house-made brown shiitake mushroom gravy, macaroni salad and topped with a fried egg. Non-meaters can enjoy the Loco Moco just as well — there is a vegetarian version of the patty available as well.

You can top everything off with one of nine sauces, including choices like coconut curry and Sriracha aioli. Just when you think you’ve added enough ingredients to your bowl, there’s still one more left. The last and final step is choosing your “topper” — crispy garlic or quinoa, furikake (Japaese seasoning), red chili flakes or sesame seeds. Visit Kekoa at 8177 Glades Road, Bay 20, Boca Raton, FL 33434. The restaurant is open Monday through Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and is closed on Sunday.


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Town hall meeting on Downtown Delray nighttime economy solutions offers little answers to problems including overcrowding we aren’t planning for.”

By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor

The session involved Peters sharing information about downtown nightlife in general, but when it came to specific issues affecting Delray, many questions were left unaddressed.

Last month, the Downtown Development Authority hosted a town hall meeting called “Delray Beach Nighttime Economy.” The daytime event brought together city commissioners, police, fire rescue, downtown patrons and restauranteurs to hear from industry expert Jim Peters, founder of the Responsible Hospitality Institute. Many in the room showed up ready to dig into issues the downtown is facing at night like overcrowding and capacity and the shift that many restaurants take from serving food to transforming into clubs. For months, several restauranteurs have been facing steep bills from the city for not adhering to capacity rules. The city says it is enforcing a life safety situation. The restaurateurs have asked the city to ease up. The city is posting firefighters as bouncers at entry ways to monitor how many people are leaving and entering bars and restaurants. The restaurant is then receiving a bill for the service. Commissioners support the city’s decision to continue the patrols as long as its needed. But when current scenarios like the over-

crowding were brought up during the event, there were little answers or insight as to how to address them offered. An email to commissioners from DDA executive director Laura Simon described the goal of the session to “assist and guide key stakeholders and the city in finding solutions and planning for the nighttime growth and evolution.” After the town hall, Simon told the Delray Newspaper that the goal was to hear from an outside expert that Delray’s downtown nightlife issues aren’t unique. She said the discussion was to help build a foundation and create a vision for the city’s downtown nightlife. “We are at a tipping point,” she said. “We have a lot of projects coming forward that

“I was told that the goal of this meeting was to assist and guide key stakeholders and the city in finding solutions in planning for the nighttime growth and evolution,” Commissioner Adam Frankel said, referring to Simon’s email. “After sitting through a presentation for over 90 minutes, none of these goals were addressed by Mr. Peters. From my perspective, this opportunity was wasted.” A business owner asked Peters if he felt downtown Delray had a safety issue after he showed a slide about safety and the types of T-shirts bouncers often wear. He pushed the question back to her asking if she thought Delray had a safety problem. At the end of the presentation, there was time for questions and answers. When a downtown property owner asked about the overcrowding issue, it was interim city manager Neal de Jesus who fielded the question.

In a follow-up email to stakeholders who attended the meeting Simon writes, “I understand that many were hoping this meeting would provide the ultimate solution for the current conditions however, as we were reminded by Jim Peters, Downtown Delray Beach is at a tipping point which fostered an extreme intervention, a forced control that arose from a system that wasn’t managed correctly and now we have to improve the foundation that we have worked extremely hard to create, manage the growth and plan for the future enhancing the building blocks of the nighttime economy.” Simon said the next step will be forming an alliance committee that has members from downtown businesses and city officials. That was a recommendation from the presentation. The committee would assist in guiding the process in the development of new ordinances such as hybrid or entertainment permitting, stand alone bar ordinance, venue occupancy training processes, social occupancy, and planning for the future and new districts. “We know what we have,” Simon said. “We know where we want to be. We are missing some elements to get us there.”

Delray clinical trial center seeks participants for research on Alzheimer’s Disease Staff report

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Brain Matters Research is looking for participants for a new study called T2 Protect AD, a research study on Alzheimer’s Disease.

“We are hoping this drug truly makes a difference in this illness,” he said. “We badly need symptomatic therapies for mild to moderate stages of Alzheimer’s disease, when memory and thinking problems interfere with daily life. What really excites me is that troriluzole has the potential to improve cognitive symptoms in people with Alzheimer’s disease.”

While Brain Matters Research is based in Delray Beach and has an office in Stuart, this study also includes 40 medical and academic clinical sites across the country. The treatment being tested on people with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s Disease is called troriluzole, a drug that affects the brain chemical glutamate, which is important for healthy brain function. The drug may protect against, slow down and improve memory and thinking problems which increase as the disease progresses. Alzheimer’s Disease is a progressive, degenerative neurologic disease. High glutamate levels in the brain can lead to brain cell dysfunction and disease, including Alzheimer’s disease. Troriluzole helps normalize glutamate levels in the brain.The drug is already a FDA-approved treatment for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). “I have been doing Alzheimer’s research for the past 15 years,” founder and president of Brain Matters Research Dr. Mark Brody said. “This is all I do now. I am always looking for different mechanisms.” He said the drug has been slightly altered from the way it is used to slow the progression of ALS to have less G.I.

He said it is too soon in the study to know if the drug works. His patients have been involved in the study, which is in phase 2, for a little more than three months. The overall goal is to slow down the progression of the disease, he said. The study is sponsored by New Haven-based Biohaven Pharmaceutical Holding Company Ltd., and is coordinated by the Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study (ADCS), a large clinical research consortium based at the University of California, San Diego.

eligible participants for the T2 Protect AD study. To enroll in T2 Protect AD, participants must be between age 50 and 85, diagnosed with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s disease, and already being treated with Alzheimer’s medications for at least three months. Participants must have a study partner who has regular contact with the clinical trial candidate and is able to attend study visits.

The T2 Protect AD trial comes at a time when Alzheimer’s research is focused on earlier stages of the disease and there are not as many clinical trials for people already diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

Participants have a 50/50 chance of receiving the treatment. If selected to participate, patients take one pill once a day for 48 weeks along with any other medication they are taking for Alzheimer’s disease.

“Simply put, we need to identify more and better treatments for the millions of people already diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and the T2 Protect Study is designed for that population” he said.

Dr. Brody said there is no cost to participate in the study and they are actively seeking more patients.

Clinicians at the Brain Matters Research are now seeking

For more information about participating in the T2 Protect AD study at Brain Matters Research, call 561-3819060 or visit T2ProtectAD.


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Thrift like a pro in these Boca and Delray shops By: Michele Bellisari Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers There is nothing better than an amazing thrift or consignment store haul. There are a variety of reasons I love to thrift, hit garage sales on the weekends, drop into consignment stores and, yes, pick up items on the side of the road weekly during bulk day. Some of the most popular celebrities in the world thrift, buy from consignment and look for a great deal from Hoda Kotb to Sara Jessica Parker. Palm Beach County has a plethora of thrift stores from Jupiter to Boca Raton and there are deals and steals to be found no matter what you might be needing. I wear items I have purchased from thrift stores, my home has furniture from my shopping finds and I have found beautiful gifts at bargain prices to share with friends and family. Think Lilly Pulitzer, Tiffany & Co. and beyond! If high end clothes are your jam then look no further in our 2,383-square-mile county because clearly with the number of events, balls and charity dinners happening at any given time you can find designer gowns, handbags, shoes, dresses and more by shopping thrift and consignment...some items will even have the tags still attached. If you have a weekend or business event to attend or a home decor project to tackle but your budget is limited buzz by a local thrift store to stretch your dollar to find secondhand items and designer deals to freshen up your wardrobe and your hive. If classic T-shirts are your passion, you need a winter coat, for the one trip up north this year, or you simply have to freshen up that one room in your house and have champagne taste but a beer budget then you are in luck with all the thrifting store choices we have right here the Delray/Boca area!

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Dress comfortably Clean out your car...you never know when something big may be on your take home list. Find out when new items will be hitting the floor each week at your favorite thrift and consignment boutiques. Popular Stores in Boca/Delray Goodwill 1640 N. Federal Highway, Delray Beach Bethesda Bargain Box 12 NE 5th Ave., Delray Beach Habitat Delray Beach 181 S.E. 5th Ave. Delray Beach Nest Delray 817 NE 6th Ave. Delray Beach FL Second Time Around 801 George Bush Blvd., Delray Beach Affluent Finds 809 George Bush Blvd., Delray Beach Levis JCC Thrift Store 141 NW 20th St., Boca Raton Hospice Resale Boca 141 NW 20th St. E2, Boca Raton Perfectly Imperfect Consignment 3333 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton

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We are planning a thrifting crawl in the fall, so email us if you want to join in! Send a direct message to @soooboca on Instagram, instant message us on Facebook or email info@soooboca.com for details.

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Michele Bellisari is the founder of #SoooBoca® Lifestyle & Media based in Boca Raton and a Realtor with RE/MAX Services. She and her daughters blog, vlog, post and share all things Boca Raton, South Florida & Beyond from events, people, food, travel, home decor, fashion, beauty and real estate! You can find more at www.soooboca.com and on all the socials @soooboca.

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Delray’s Dine Out Downtown Restaurant Week returns with food specials, culinary events, contests If you have been wanting to try a new restaurant downtown, the first week of August is the time to take advantage of special deals, events and food experiences. The 4th annual Dine Out Downtown Delray Restaurant Week will return Aug. 1-7. The week is presented by the Delray Beach Downtown De-

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Keep locals afloat this summer By: Stephanie Immelman Interim CEO of the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce At the Chamber’s recent Tourism Roundtable meeting, participants noted the annual struggle the shops, hotels, attractions and restaurants go through during the summer—particularly in August and September. We decided to do something about it.

at one of our unique and diverse hotels. Delray has something for everyone in this arena including ocean views at the Marriott, boutique luxury at Crane’s Beach House, spa pampering at the Seagate, Colony’s Beach Club or downtown vibes at the Hyatt.

We have reached out to our members and asked them to provide us with their summer specials. You will find them on www.DelrayBeach.com/Float

Delray is quickly becoming known for its Wellness scene. August and September is a great time to stay indoors and pamper yourself.  That includes you too, gentlemen! 

Now it’s your turn.

And of course we have a great restaurant scene. If you are like me, you get into a habit and tend to go out to the same places. Why not try somewhere different in August and September? It may become a new favorite of yours. Or take a Craft Food Tour…you are bound to discover something new.

We need our community to come together to support our locals and keep them afloat during the summer months. Please make a special effort to visit one of our local attractions such as the Spady Museum, Silverball, Putt N Around, Delray Beach Historical Society, Sandoway House or Delray Yacht Cruises. Plan a local getaway

Despite the heat, there are still some fun events taking place. Arts Warehouse, Arts Garage and Old School

Here’s what we think… City Commissioner Ryan Boylston would like the CRA director to report to the City Manager, rather than to an independent board.

the CRA as a cause of everything that ails the city—from feared fiscal issues (with little basis in fact) to unfinished projects which are the responsibility of the city not the CRA.

While Mr. Boylston is doing a fine job as a commissioner, we think he’s off the mark on this one.

It is hard to get healthy when you are addressing the wrong issues. It’s like signing up for back surgery when you need your arteries unclogged.

Mr. Boylston’s idea falls short for a variety of reasons: First; City Hall has been unstable for over six years now which despite efforts to spray perfume on the issue indicates that something is rotten on Northwest First Avenue. So placing yet another huge responsibility on a City Hall that at press time does not have a permanent manager, public works director, planning director, economic development office (both development officials resigned), Community Improvement Director and utilities director doesn’t make sense. Commissioner Boylston and his colleagues should be spending their time trying to figure out why people are leaving Delray, before they add another complexity to an already shaky situation. Commissioner Boylston and a majority of his colleagues did not create the problem of musical managers, attorneys, department heads and staff fleeing for brighter pastures or in some cases no jobs at all. But they have not fixed it either. They have an opportunity to do so and they should. Someone needs to be asking what’s happened to the culture at City Hall and figure out what steps need to be taken to address the issues because a stable City Hall means efficient use of tax dollars, completed projects and better services for all. But instead of looking in the mirror, for six long years, the politics of Delray Beach have fixated on

For over a decade, the city has been operating without an overarching vision created and embraced by a cross-section of the community. So the Beach Property Owners has its plan, the Northwest and Southwest communities has its plan (which was just stricken from the city’s books) and the rest of the community kind of drifts. Within this vacuum, politics and personalities take over. And so you have transactional decision making that depends on which faction or team is large and in charge for the time being. What you don’t have is transformational change that builds community and enhances trust in local government—the last level of government that ‘we the people’ can expect to have a prayer of influencing. This is a shocking and alarming turn of events in a city known for its vision and its ability to deliver on that vision. From the late 80s when the city launched an Atlantic Avenue Task Force and later a visioning effort that produced the “Decade of Excellence” to the early 2000s which yielded a citizen-driven Downtown Master Plan, Delray was known for convening hundreds of stakeholders from all parts of the community to forge detailed plans that were then given to city staff and agencies such as the CRA to implement. The city’s answer to those earlier efforts is a

Float with the Chamber this summer. Photo courtesy of Studio B2, Inc / Emiliano Brooks.

Square are continuing the First Friday Artwalks during the summer, providing a cool place to contemplate art. Dine Out Delray takes place in August and Morikami’s Sushi and Stroll is on for September.We will list all the unique things to do in August and September on the website as well. Share your photos and stories with us on #KeepLocalsAfloat. In the dog days of summer, let’s Keep Locals Afloat!

much needed and long awaited update to its Comprehensive Plan, called “Always Delray.” But unlike other efforts which sought out much greater public participation, the Always Delray effort ---while laudable and well done--- had nowhere near the public buy in or participation that Visions 2000, Visions 2005, Sharing for Excellence (an education plan) and the Downtown Master Plan had. It’s hard to build support and enthusiasm for an effort that we would wager has little to no public awareness. The CRA has suffered from that vacuum. So has city government and city staff. We would argue that the Mayor and City Commission have suffered as well. It’s like asking pilots to navigate without a map to a destination that the passengers --in this case citizens- haven’t all agreed on. So the CRA—once considered the finest in the state with awards, results, recognition etc., to back that claim—has become a convenient punching bag for doing things (iPic) and not doing things such as delivering on expectations for neighborhoods west of Swinton. But before we would hand the agency’s staff completely over to a city that has struggled with alarming turnover, it might make sense to dive deep and find out what’s happened here. What has changed to turn a once stable city into a place now known for instability? The CRA was once considered an invaluable tool and partner of the city, what changed the dynamic? We think Commissioner Boylston is a hardworking, visionary public official with a lot of potential. But we think he misses the bigger picture if he thinks that the answers lie in changing the organizational chart at an agency that once thrived in large part because it was smaller and more nimble than City Hall could ever be.

Some local pundits have suggested asking the new manager their thoughts and he or she should be included in the discussion. But before that opinion is solicited, it makes sense to find out what they think about CRA’s in general. Some managers—like long time CM David Harden worked well with CRAs, others think they are a scourge. We don’t recommend hiring the latter, because this town needs a functioning and strong CRA. We think it needs an independent one as well. But only if their independence is in service to a citizen driven vision supported by a cross-section of Delray Beach. Right now, we have factions and division when we need unity and purpose. We need our leaders to do the hard work and ask the hard questions. The answers won’t come by permanently ceding the CRA’s independence to City Hall.

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