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JANUARY | 2020

New voting machines could mean quicker, more error-free elections By: Diane Emeott Korzen Contributing Writer No longer should ‘Flori-duh’ be the holdup in tallying Election Night returns if new technology plays any part in it. The latest DS 200 scanners offer three variables in case a poll worker counting ballots forgets to record one or several votes. The scanner: 1) takes a photocopy of the ballot 2) issues a printed report 3) saves the actual ballot. At the end of Election Night, it will modem the results through an online, secure network. Boca Raton will soon have a Brightline station near the Downtown Library. Photo rendering courtesy of Brightline.

Brightline/Virgin trains get green light for Boca rail stop By: Dale King Contributing Writer

The firm that operates those lustrously colored, high-speed, snub-nosed Brightline/Virgin USA Trains that whiz through Boca Raton each day has gotten definitive approval to build a multimillion dollar rail station and garage in the city so riders can either hop aboard or disembark on platforms proposed behind Boca’s downtown library. After a five-hour public hearing Dec. 10 that gave foes and backers time to berate or extol the proposed train stop,

Boca City Council members voted 5-0 to endorse a long-term land lease that clears the track for the depot and parking facilities.

grades will provide benefits to Boca’s residents and businesses and will advance the long-term future of our thriving, progressive city,” he added.

“We pursued an opportunity to be included in this major transportation network and have seized the moment,” said Mayor Scott Singer following the vote.

He said the council took public comments to heart. He noted that Brightline moved the project 25 feet south in response to residents of nearby Library Commons.

“Many community partners have discussed how this train station is a game changer and puts us on the map. Once open, these vital transportation up-

Before taking the vote, Singer and his four council colleagues all lauded the project. Councilman Andy Thomson called the station “an [CONT. PG 2]

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This means the public should get election results a lot faster. For municipal elections, results will be ready by 10 or 11 p.m. For a General Election, later, explained Devante Hargrove at a recent Open House to showcase the new machines. Hargrove added that as soon as they close the polls, within 2 or 3 minutes, the outcome could be determined. “They [CONT. PG 2]

Boca resident Jim Walsh signs up to change his party affiliation during a open house introducing new voting machines. Photo by Diane Emeott Korzen.

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Brightline/Virgin trains get green light for Boca rail stop [FROM PG 1]

up to $300,000.

Councilwoman Andrea Levine said a hotel in Miami is asking for students from Lynn and Florida Atlantic universities to participate in internships, and Brightline could provide the wheels to get them there and back.

Boca will have to foot the bill for most of the design and construction of a 455car parking garage for train riders and the public. Brightline will be responsible for all garage operating expenses and the parties will split the profits. Library visitors will have dedicated, covered parking on the first floor, which will be complimentary.

enormous opportunity” that will benefit business sectors, particularly the hospitality industry and cultural arts.

Deputy Mayor Jeremy Rodgers said he felt the city was “making the right choice.” “As South Florida continues to grow, a Virgin Trains’ station in Boca Raton will add greater connectivity between our South Florida region while taking cars off the road,” commented Patrick Goddard, president of Brightline/Virgin Trains. “Expanding Virgin Trains in Boca Raton will serve as a catalyst for economic growth by creating jobs and bringing new visitors and spending to the area.” Brightline, soon to be renamed Virgin Trains USA, took some lumps during the public comment session, but came out of it unscathed. One resident slammed the provision that split parking lot profits evenly between Boca and Brightline. “We should drive a harder bargain,” he protested. But many in the community said they favor a train stop. One man applauded Brightline for staging special events for Halloween and Christmas, and looks forward to taking the rapid rail to Orlando

A rendering of the Boca Raton Brightline station. Photo rendering courtesy of Brightline.

when that train line is finished.

that matter has already been dispatched.

Sal Saldana, general manager of Town Center Mall, said he favors the service to provide transportation for employees and customers.

Brightline/VTUSA and Boca will work with the League to move the garden to Meadows Park, with the rail firm paying

Additional land referenced in the lease includes the library parcel, generally located south of the proposed garage, and the vacant lots between SW Third and Fourth streets east of NW 2nd Avenue. The city is not obligated to sell the parcels, but a right of first refusal is included for the term of the lease and the city agrees not to sell to anyone other than VTUSA until Dec. 31, 2024.

Michael Daszkal, managing partner of Daszkal Bolton, said some of his firm’s 600 employees are interesting in taking Virgin USA to and from work. The approved lease will let Brightline/ VTUSA build and fully pay for a train station, complete with lounges, platforms and refreshment centers, on a 1.8-acre site near Palmetto Park Road at Dixie Highway. Construction of the station and garage is scheduled to begin no later than 2021 and be completed by 2023. The depot will force the city to move the Junior League’s community gardens, but

An aerial view of Boca Raton’s Brightline station near the Downtown Library. Photo rendering courtesy of Brightline.

New voting machines could mean quicker, more error-free elections [FROM PG 1]

will still verify it. Still tabulate the whole night,” he said.

The City of Boca Raton and Palm Beach Supervisor of Elections office held the joint Open House for the public to see the new voting machines at Spanish River Library. Spanish River Library will serve as a new early voting location. They received two DS 200 scanners – and three Express Vote machines. The Express Vote machines allow voters to sit down and vote. Boca resident Jim Walsh attended the open house to change his party affiliation. 2020 Boca Elections Boca Council Member Andy Thomson’s Seat A is up for Election on March [17] as is Council Member Andrea Levine O’Rourke’s Seat B, and Scott Singer’s seat for Mayor. Council Members serve a 3-year term and are limited to serving two consecutive terms in a particular seat. The position of Mayor pays $38,000; while the position of Council Member pays $28,000. A partial term in office, as in Singer’s case, would not be

Devante Hargrove of Palm Beach County Elections office explains the new machines, including this new scanner. Photo by Diane Emeott Ko- A look at the new Express Vote machine. Photo by Diane Emeott Korzen. rzen.

held against the person running for another term, said Saxton. [Singer was re-elected as Council Member in 2017 and appointed Deputy Mayor Singer. He became Mayor on April 27, 2018 following Susan Haynie’s suspension from office and before the last election on Aug. 28.] So far, only Singer and past candidate Bernard Korn have announced they will run for Mayor. Qualifying begins Jan. 2 at 8 a.m. and extends until Jan.

10 at 5 p.m.

The Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District also has three Commission seats up for a vote: the seats held by Steven Engel, Erin Wright and Craig Ehrnst. Beach & Park District Commissioners serve a 4-year term. They do not receive a salary, but are paid $80 per meeting. Because the Beach & Park District is a Special Taxing District, this election will take place August 18 at the time of the 2020 Primary Election.


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Geri Emmett chairwoman of Duffy’s Foundation

The Duffy’s Foundation was established in 2016 in honor of Paul Emmett, the late owner of Duffy’s Sports Grill, who transformed the restaurants into one of the area’s most iconic brands. We interviewed Geri Emmett, the Chairwoman of Duffy’s Foundation and asked her the following five questions. has been important for Duffy’s Foundation, what has that partnership been like?

1 What is the mission of Duffy’s

Foundation?

It’s simply to honor my late-husband’s passion for giving back to the local communities that we call home. To date our foundation has given back more than $700,000 to local charities and we look forward to continuing this.  It is so rewarding for us to support such great organizations as Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida, Special Olympics, Palm Beach School of Autism, Forgotten Soldiers, Meals on Wheels, Dana Farber Cancer Institute and many more.

2 Supporting the Girl Scouts locally

I was a Girl Scout when growing up and know this is an incredible organization that inspires our young girls with a commitment to courage, character and confidence. I knew that supporting the Girl Scouts would be a pillar of our Foundation as their mission is to empower girls for the future. We support the Girl Scouts in so many ways from participating in its Thin Mint Sprint and we host an annual, “Get a Box, Get a Box” campaign, helping send Girl Scout cookies to our military deployed overseas. We also create our own events like organizing a healthy cooking class for 100 girl scouts in our test kitchen, having a contest for the Girl Scouts to design our Kid’s Menu and providing an annual scholarship called the Paul C. Emmett Memorial Scholarship.  Also, the Girl Scouts help us, too! They volunteer for foundation initiatives such as organizing care packages for our military servicemembers with Forgotten Soldiers Outreach, help bake pies for

Meals on Wheels annual “Pie It Forward” campaign. So, our commitment really goes full circle.

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Another focus is Palm Beach School of Autism, what are you doing with them? We have formed a partnership with them to be a pivotal partner of their Project Next project. We understand the tremendous difficulties families face when caring for special-needs children and adults who are on the autistic spectrum.  Project Next is a transition academy for 18-21 year-old students, as it will teach the skills to gain employment and steps to a life of independence. With the construction of a new 10,000 square foot addition to their campus, we will be helping them with their culinary facility and jobskill training. 

4 What can other businesses learn from Duffy’s Foundation and the importance of Corporate Social Responsibility? It’s the right thing to do. We call it “Pro-

viding Community Enhancement” and it is truly what it is. The reason for our foundation is to make our local communities better.  In our restaurants we strive to create a fun community environment and we are grateful for the loyalty of our customers. Local businesses need to understand that by strengthening our communities, they will be more successful.  Plus, it makes our employees proud of our brand and themselves when they can get involved in the community and do the right thing. 

5 How can people learn more about

and support Duffy’s foundation? Are there any volunteering opportunities?

There are lots of ways to help and support. Visit our site to learn more at https://duffysfoundation.com.  Follow us on social media to see what our next event is and get involved.  We have a donation button on our site and every dollar that is raised goes directly to the community organizations we support. Be inspired by our passion to support the community!

Boca’s Saltability gives back to Gumbo Limbo Nature Center By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor

Limbo 10K, an annual noncompetitive race hosted by Friends of Gumbo Limbo Nature Center.

Ann Brown’s business comes from the earth, so she is all about giving back to nature.

Brown provided support on the event committee and helped double the fundraising efforts from the year before to total $34,000. She will serve as co-chair of the 2020 race.

Brown is the founder and CEO of Saltability, which is a Boca-based company that delivers Himalayan salt stone products for spas across the globe. Her products come from 100 percent pure pink Himalayan salt mined from the Himalayan Mountains in Pakistan. The spa industry veteran started the company in 2014. She patented a warmer for spas to use to heat up salt stones for Himalayan salt stone massages. She is exporting her salt products from her Boca warehouse to 10 countries. Saltability products can be found in resorts and day spas like Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, Four Seasons in London and Hong Kong, Montage Laguna Beach and the MGM Macau, to name a few. Because her company is all about natural products and she lives near the ocean, she knew she wanted to get involved in helping Gumbo Limbo. Brown and her daughter love sea turtles, too. To support the Boca nonprofit, which supports the care and feeding of Gumbo Limbo’s turtles and continued conservation efforts on Boca Raton beaches, Brown began a new campaign within her business. For every new account opened with Saltability for profes-

Boca’s Saltability gives back to Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. Photo courtesy of Gumbo Limbo Nature Center.

sional items, the company makes a donation for local sea turtle hatchlings. Saltability clients whose accounts result in the donation will receive a certificate of adoption from the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center for the new hatchlings they helped support. “My kids have been a major source of inspiration for giving back to the community,” Brown said. “My daughter and I love sea turtles, so I’m always thinking about new ways I can make a positive impact on their ecosystem. I decided to partner with Gumbo Limbo because they do incredible conservation work for sea turtles, sea life and beach restoration.” Her adoption program isn’t her first fundraising effort for the nature center. Saltability sponsored the 2019 Gumbo

Brown said Gumbo Limbo is currently raising money to build a new tower. The nonprofit needs to raise $500,000 to complete the project. Their goal is more than half-way completed thanks to a donation from Sharilyn and Steve Kosowsky to honor their son Jacob’s love of the ocean, conservation, and sea turtles. When Brown isn’t working on her spa business or volunteering her time at Gumbo Limbo she “isn’t sitting on her hands.” She is active with the Downtown Boca Raton Rotary Club and was named the Rookie Rotarian of the Year in 2018. She has been working on the club’s new CHOW initiative, Children’s Health on the Weekend, which raises money to feed kids and their families over the weekends. She said a donation of $375 can feed a family for a year on the weekends. Brown is also involved with the YMCA, Habitat for Humanity and the Alzheimer’s Association. Clients who wish to open a new Saltability account for professional items and support the sea turtle hatchling initiative can do so by contacting Saltability at 561-515-5142 or info@saltability.com.


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things you need to know this January in Boca Raton 1 Head to Lynn University’s Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 15 to catch Todd Murray starring in “Croon … When a Whisper Becomes a Song.” Journey with Todd Murray through the evolution of American pop music from the ’20s to the present, transformed by the invention of the microphone and radio. Featuring hits from Leonard Cohen, Duke Ellington, Elvis, Sinatra, The Beatles and Bing Crosby. Tickets: $40.

2 Catch “The Secret Comedy of Women – Girls Only” at Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center starting Jan. 15-Feb 23. Girls Only is an original comedy that celebrates the honor, truth, humor, and silliness of being female. Born out of the earnest and sweetly ridiculous writings the two authors discovered in their girlhood diaries, the show is a unique examination of all things girly. A mix of sketch comedy, improvisation, audience participation, and hilarious songs and videos. Tickets $45-65. 3 It is all about Broadway in “To Life

2 - More Stories and Music of the Golden Age of Broadway” running Jan. 10-Feb. 2 at Willow Theatre at Sugar Sand

Park. Directed by Shari Upbin, the show is a follow-up to a 2019 sold-out concert event highlighting the contributions of Jewish composers and stars to Broadway. Tickets $40.

4 The 11th annual Boca Raton Fine Art Show will return to downtown Boca Jan. 25-26. Hosted by hotworks.org, the show will feature 175 juried artists. It will run both days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 72 N. Federal Highway.

5 Celebrate 70 Years of Art & Culture

to benefit the Boca Raton Museum of Art on Jan. 25. The Board of Trustees of the Boca Raton Museum of Art, along with Honorary Chairs Jody H. & Martin Grass, and Co-Chairs Stacey & Evan Packer, Carrie Rubin, and John Tolbert, invite you to the Annual Gala Dinner & Dance at 6:30 p.m. at the Boca Resort. Celebrate 7 decades of award-winning art and art education in our community. Enjoy dinner, a live auction, gift drawing, raffle, and many more fun surprises — all in support of the museum’s outstanding exhibitions and educational programs.

6 The Oaks at Boca Raton will host the

16th annual Spa Day fundraiser benefiting Touch A Heart from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on Jan. 27. Spend the day relaxing, shopping, eating and getting spa services. 100 percent of the ticket price will be going to Touch A Heart.

7 Bresky Bash 2020 “A Concert for Community” presented by The Law Offices of Robin Bresky will return at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 23 to Mizner Park Amphitheater. The Bresky Bash is a fundraiser for the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County. This year’s event will feature a Decades Rewind, a live 90-minute show presenting memory-jogging sets of top chart hits from the 80s and then a rewind back to the 60s. The national touring music production, dance party and theatrical performance all wrapped up in one blockbuster show (with 60 songs, 100 costume changes, and plenty of nostalgic video) will feature memorable rock, pop, disco, funk and Motown favorites. Food trucks and bar stations will be onsite. Tickets cost $20. 8 The inaugural Gainbridge LPGA at

Boca Rio will take place from Jan. 20-26. The event will host 108 of the world’s best female golfers competing for a $2 million purse.

9 Interested in U.S. foreign policy? There will be a lecture series at FAU on the topic beginning Jan. 14. Florida Atlantic University Professor and Foreign Policy Association Fellow Jeffrey Morton will present “Great Decisions: U.S. Foreign Policy 2020” on Tuesdays through March 2. Lectures are from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Kaye Auditorium. The eight lecture series ticket price is $125. Topics covered include Climate Change and the Global Order, India and Pakistan, Red Sea Security, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking and others.

10 Gift of Life is hosting a 5k run and walk on Jan. 19 at FAU. Registration opens at 8 a.m. and the race is from 9 a.m. to noon. Kids run free and will receive a superhero spring cape and medal. Gift of Life helps children and adults suffering from leukemia, lymphoma, and other cancers and genetic disorders find donors for bone marrow transplants. The event is open to professional runners and families alike, and is dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of joining the marrow registry. The race will also be the first ever meeting place of one marrow donor and their recipient.

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Fishing for Families in Need changes name, expands on mission By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor After 12 years, Fishing for Families in Need has a new name— Marine Education Initiative— and plans for the future.

The angling education program began as an eight-week course that taught kids all about fishing and how to do it responsibly.

The Boca-based nonprofit started after Lucas Metropulos returned from a vacation in Nassau where he volunteered with under-privileged kids and taught them about fishing.

Now, that program lasts 30 weeks. It is still taught at Florence Fuller. The goal is to teach kids about taking care of their local environment and the importance of conservation. Each month covers a different theme from ocean pollution to over fishing.

He brought the concept of working with kids back home to Florence Fuller Center in Boca.

It is also geared toward exposing kids to careers in conservation and marine biology.

Initially, the program worked with six students. Then it grew to 25 kids. Now, there are programs in other cities like Bimini, Nassau, Durham, Miami and the Virgin Islands.

“The main thing from that program is the reach of the program doesn’t stop with the kids,” Nicholas Metropulos said. “They go out and teach their family and friends how to fish and respect the local environment.”

Now, the nonprofit is led by Lucas’ young brother, Nicholas, 20. It is known for two programs, responsible angling education and the fishing tournament donation program.

Metropulos said about 2,300 kids have participated in the program. At the end they receive a tackle box and fishing rod to use. The program includes a trip to a nature center to learn more about conservation and an actual fishing trip.

“We try to tie both fishing and marine science into the program,” he said. Florence Fuller’s compliance manager and Glenn Fleischer said the program introduces life skills and concepts to the kids that they may not receive in the classroom or at home. “It’s a really cool program,” he said. The students learn how to tie knots, cast a net all while learning about topics like overfishing, plastics in ocean, fishing rules and regulations and more. “It definitely gives them a different perspective on ocean conservation, life skills, protecting the ocean,” he said. “It is something they wouldn’t necessarily learn in school. It really sheds a different perspective for our students.” The nonprofit also has its fishing tournament donation program. It was created in 2012. The group partners with local fishing tournaments and gives participants the option to donate

their catch to a local soup kitchen. Marine Education Initiative cleans the fish and delivers it to the kitchen. Since the initiative started, 4,100 meals of fresh fish filets have been donated. Last month, the Initiative attended the Waterstone Wahoo Classic in Boca and collected fish donations for the Boca Helping Hands Soup Kitchen. Metropulos said he decided to change the name to add more advocacy to the program. He wants to host a conference and invite youth from around the world to discuss issues related to marine conservation, marine biology and environmental degradation. He also wants to offer a college for high school students in the program who are interested in pursuing a career in the field. Participants range in age from 6-18 years old. He said the middle school age group receives the most benefits from the program because they are “still trying to figure out what their interests are.” In Boca, the program is for 9-12 year olds. Metropulos is finishing his studies in Boston and will continue to run the nonprofit. He began volunteering with the kids when he was 12 and became executive director in 2015 when he was a sophomore in high school.

A student going through the Marine Education Marine Education Initiative students Initiative class holds a conch shell. Submitted go out on a fishing trip after they com- Students participating in the Marine Education Initiative learn about marine life and conservation. Submitted photo. photo. plete the course. Submitted photo.

Search for new Boca police chief ‘a possibility’; no start date yet As former Boca Raton Police Chief Dan Alexander completes his first month as second-in-command of the Palm Beach County School Police Department, Alexander’s interim successor, 34-year police veteran, Michele Miuccio, continues to settle in as the top law enforcement officer in Boca.

“As far as a search is concerned - that is a possibility, but right now, and for the near future, the city’s focus is to support Chief Miuccio,” said Connolly. “Appointing an interim chief of police is a standard protocol when there is a retirement or resignation with a fairly short effective date. As mentioned, the city plans to support the chief through this executive transition and will continue with our succession planning efforts to ensure the continuity in the department and throughout the city.” Her words echoed those of City Manager Leif Ahnell who, when Miuccio was appointed, said: “We have an outstanding police department and we are confident that Chief Miuccio will provide a smooth executive transition.” Ahnell noted that the Police Department will continue its succes-

Indian Creek Village Public Safety Department and seven years as a deputy sheriff in Alachua County. In Boca Raton, he filled the vacancy of former Chief Andrew Scott, who resigned following an investigation of a complaint that he (Scott) came to the police station one night in 2005 and told officers to release a local businessman who had been arrested and locked up following a fracas at a downtown restaurant. Reports said Scott told his officers the man had a serious heart condition and should not be held in jail.

By: Dale King Contributing Writer

The search for a new permanent chief has not yet started, said the city’s public relations specialist, Anne Marie Connolly. But it is “a possibility,” she said.

Under his leadership, the nonprofit was a finalist in the Impact 100 grant under the environmental category two years ago.

Interim Boca Raton Police Chief Former Boca Raton Police Chief Michele Miuccio. Submitted Dan Alexander. Submitted photo. photo.

sion planning in order to ensure consistency in its mission and service. After being named interim chief in November 2019, Miuccio said: “I’m humbled by the opportunity to serve in this position and work alongside the dedicated men and women who keep Boca Raton safe and protect our residents. Together, we can make one of the finest police agencies even better.”

While the police union responded with a no-confidence vote for the then-chief, Ahnell announced following an investigation that Scott had acted within the scope of the law. Still, Scott resigned and soon was working in private industry. Interim Chief Miuccio has served in law enforcement for more than 34 years, according to a press release issued by the city. She joined the Boca Raton Police Department in 1989 and has been a member of the command staff for more than 17 years, working in various facets of police operations and administration. The interim chief previously served with the Margate Police Department as a dispatcher and officer for five years.

City records show Alexander was sworn in as Boca Raton’s police chief on July 17, 2006. From August 2002 to July 2006, he was chief of the Cape Coral Police Department.

Chief Miuccio earned a Master of Science degree in criminal justice from Florida Atlantic University in 2007, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice in 2003.

Alexander served for some three years (1999 to 2002) as an assistant police chief and captain in Boca Raton, three years with the

Both Miuccio and Alexander are members of many law enforcement-related organizations.


Chris Evert reacts to an opponent’s Kevin McKidd and Rennae Stubbs celChris Evert and Barry Gibb at the an- shot. Photo by Dale ebrate a win. Photo by Camerawork, Jon Lovitz in the umpire’s seat. PhoUSA. nual gala. Photo by Camerawork, USA. King. to by Dale King.

Evert and friends greet New Year with $800K from tennis classic By: Dale King Contributing Writer

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The persistent “thwok” of tennis balls careening off the tines of racquets is a sound heard constantly around the massive Tennis Center in downtown Delray Beach. Once a year, tennis legend Chris Evert gathers friends and net colleagues at Delray’s center court for a tournament designed to raise cash for charity and give spectators a couple of chuckle-filled afternoons of humorous tennis clashes on the clay court. The latest tourney, the 30th Annual Chris Evert Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic, held the weekend before Thanksgiving, raised $800,000 for the retired pro’s campaign against drug abuse and child neglect. The money is earmarked for programs funded through the Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida and through the Drug Abuse Foundation of Palm Beach County. “This was one of the most exciting events in our 30-year history,” said Evert. “Having Barry Gibb play at the Gala was a dream come true and really helped us reach our fundraising goal for this year.”

From left, Al Zucaro, Yvonne Boice-Zucaro, Marina and Jorge Pesquera, vice president and CEO of Visit the Palm Beaches attend the Saturday night gala. Photo by Dale King.

From left, County Commissioner Robert Weinroth, Vince Spadea, Jon Lovitz and Pam Weinroth attend the Chris Evert gala. Photo by Dale King.

Her late husband, Dick Siemens, one of the original founders with Chrissie, passed away last year. He was memorialized in 2018 with a scholarship in his name.

one of the spectators, and all players turned as the crowd rushed to help the stricken onlooker. The man got up, apparently unhurt, but admittedly “embarrassed.”

The two days of tennis at the Delray Beach Tennis Center in late November featured celebrities such as Carson Kressley, Jon Lovitz, Gavin Rossdale, Kevin McKidd, Scott Foley, Tate Donovan, Shawn Hatosy, Helio Castroneves, Seal and David Cook. Tennis pros joining Chris included Martina Navratilova, Patrick McEnroe, Luke Jensen, Rennae Stubbs, Vince Spadea and Jesse Levine.

Kressley led the laugh brigade, making cell phone calls as he umpired the contest. When Stubbs and McKidd got a bit rowdy, he warning: “Everyone needs to calm down.”

Saturday’s center court spectacle was held under a hot sun shining through thickening clouds. The sun returned Sunday afternoon after a morning of rain and dark clouds.

Gibb, the latest surviving member of the famed rock group, the Bee Gees, was guest performer at Saturday’s $750-a-ticket, black tie gala at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, a staple of the yearly Evert festivity. Gowned and tuxedoed guests walked into the Resort’s Grand Hall along a red carpet as photographers snapped pictures.

Pros and celebs paired off for doubles rounds Saturday, with Jensen and Kressley vs. Stubbs and Lovitz; Evert and Seal vs. Stubbs and McKidd; Spadea and Rossdale vs. Levine and Foley and Navratilova and Hatosy vs. Luke Jensen and Tate Conovan. The Boca Raton High School Cheerleaders formed a gauntlet as players ran onto the court.

The latest fundraising tally pushes the 30-year total nearly to the $26 million mark.

With Kressley as umpire, laughter ran rampant during Saturday’s

“When Dick and Chrissie started this event in 1989, I could not imagine it would have grown to what it is today,” said Carole Siemens, honorary event chair each year since the Pro-Celebrity Classic began. “I am beyond thrilled that we could raise so much money to help our community.”

Match 2. As Seal lobbed a ball near the ump, the funny man from “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” shouted: “Not my nose. It cost about $7,000.” Court action temporarily halted when a man loudly yelled in pain as he fell between metal bleachers in the stands. “Is he OK?” Seal asked

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Between matches, crowds enjoyed food and drink booths, information tents and tables of business folks pitching their trades. A couple of stilt walkers towered over the crowd, face painting was available and kids were fascinated by a trained monkey as well as dogs brought in by Tri County Animal Rescue. During Sunday’s check presentations, Jaquira Church became the 43rd young woman to be awarded the Vitas Gerulaitis Memorial Scholarship by Chris Evert Charities. The scholarship’s recipients are women who have participated in social service programs offered by the Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida, which partners with Chris Evert Charities to support at-risk children and families. Tanya Thicke presented the Alan Thicke Scholarship, on behalf of her late husband, Alan, to Dana Tiek-Sosa. This scholarship began last year to recognize a young, single mother who needs financial assistance for college. The Chris Evert Charities scholarship program began in 1995 and honors the late Gerulaitis, a friend of Evert, who was ranked in the ATP Top 10 for seven straight years until 1983.

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Don’t miss events 1 HAMILTON is headed to the Kravis Center for Performing Arts on Jan. 28. HAMILTON is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, as told by America now. The show runs through Feb. 16. Photo courtesy of Joan Marcus. 2 The 6th Annual Brain

Bowl will take place on Jan. 31 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 pm at Boca West Country Club, to benefit the Louis & Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center, the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s Community Care and other local nonprofit organizations that are committed to helping families impacted by Alzheimer’s disease or a related neurocognitive disorder. This year’s theme is “Caregiving Through the Ages.” There will be hosting a fashion show to honor those family caregivers who sacrifice so much to ensure the health and well-being of their loved-ones with dementia.

3 The New Florida Follies, a nonprofit that features over 30 dancers, 55-96 years old, will perform their new show, MOMENTS IN TIME, this month in Boca on Jan. 19 and 26. The show is a Broadway-style extravaganza of song & dance featuring “Star Wars,” a dazzling spectacle with Jedi knights battling among elegant Showgirls and “Copacabana,” with

the entire cast dancing to the iconic Barry Manilow song and much more. Shows take place at the Countess De Hoernle Theater at Spanish River High School. Dancers’ professional backgrounds vary from having been a Radio City Music Hall, Rockette, a June Taylor dancer, a NFL cheerleader, Las Vegas dancer, Latin Quarter Showgirl, and even a Playboy Bunny. All profits from their performances benefit children-in-need in South Florida. Purchase tickets at https://newfloridafollies. yapsody.com. Photo courtesy of Robert MacMane.

4 The SYMPHONIA’s second Connoisseur Concert will take place Jan. 5. The theme is “A Passion for Italy,” and will feature Carolyn Kuan as Guest Conductor and Daniel Andai as Violin Soloist. The concert takes place at Roberts Theater at Saint Andrew’s School and includes a Pre-Concert Conversation with the conductor at 2 p.m. with the show at 3 p.m. Pieces to be performed include:ASSAD Suite for Lower Strings; HAYDN Concerto for Violin in C and MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 4. Tickets prices range from $67-$84 per person, and are available at thesymphonia.org or 561-376-3848. Photo courtesy of Charlie Schuck. 5

RenConf, a one-day experience developed to help visionaries live a life full of purpose and passion, is headed to Boca’s Farmer’s Table on Jan. 18. A group of young professionals and students from the East coast established an empowerment conference in Delray Beach in 2017. Since then, the conference has quadrupled in size and shifted from the Eleven40 Glory Conference to the Renaissance Conference. The event encourages participants to collaborate, create, innovate, and embrace both personal and professional growth. There are 12 speakers and 14 sessions. Visit https://

therencdc.com/the-ren-conf for more information.

6 Music at St. Paul’s presents the Delray String Quartet in concert at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 24 with the program“Anything You Can Do We Can Do Better!” Based on works by female composers, the program will feature quartets by Rebecca Clarke, Elfrida Andree, Amy Beach, and Fanny Mendelssohn. The concert will be performed “in the round” in St. Paul’s Parish Hall, with audience seating on all sides. The show will be followed by meet-the-artists receptions. For tickets, visit http://music. stpaulsdelray.org or call 561-278-6003. 7

Head to downtown Delray for the 31st Annual Downtown Delray Beach Festival of the Arts on Jan. 18-19. The art show runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days. The festival stretches one mile from US-1 to A1A along Atlantic Avenue.

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fashion trends during the 7th annual Delray Beach SUPER Fashion Week Jan. 29-Feb. 2. The Delray Downtown Development Authority will host fashion shows and events including: Fashion Bowl “54” with a runway show event on Atlantic Avenue, view the winning collections of local designers during Art Couture All-Stars fashion show event at the Cornell Art Museum, enjoy the Halftime & High Heels luncheon and fashion show featuring resort wear, attend the Old School Super Pep Rally for pop-up football and swimwear fashion and fun, Shop the Runway Blitz during the downtown  retailers in-store shopping events, and celebrate Super Bowl LIV Sunday throughout downtown. The VIP Pass and runway show reserved seat tickets are available and 100 percent of proceeds benefit the Achievement Centers for Children and Families. The SUPER VIP Pass is $175, is limited, and includes a reserved VIP seat at all runways shows and the luncheon, a VIP Lanyard, VIP Receptions at specific events, and a special edition of the VIP SWAG bag by designer Amanda Perna. Runway show reserved seat tickets and other event tickets range from $25$50.

9 Shark lovers can head to Sandoway Discovery Center for Sharkfest. Learn about the predators of the ocean and why they are important to the marine ecosystem from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Jan. 25. There will be crafts and animal encounters. Admission is $6 per person. 10 The Boca Raton Police Foundation will host its 3rd Annual Call for Backup Party on Jan. 10 at the home of Jennifer and Marc Bell. Enjoy hors d’ouevres, cocktails, entertainment, demonstrations of police equipment, vehicles & K9’s as well as live and silent auctions. Meet Interim Chief of Police Michele Miuccio. Proceeds will fund initiatives that enhance the safety of our community and the effectiveness of our police department. Tickets $100 per person. Attire: dressy casual, wear blue.


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Nut/Cracked

Lynn University

David Parker & The Bang Group, a New York-based contemporary dance company, and FAU’s Repertory Dance Theatre Ensemble and FAU dance minors, perform The Bang Group’s “Nut/Cracked,” a hilarious rendition of the holiday classic mixing Tchaikovsky’s original score with music by Duke Ellington, Glen Miller, and others. You’ll never watch “The Nutcracker” the same way again! Tickets: $22

Jan McArt’s New Play Readings With Eyes Closed Jan. 13 7:30 p.m. Written by Martha Patterson. Directed by Margaret Ledford When 20-something political crank Jane meets a math-loving cab driver, Rich, sparks fly. Once married, will she be able to retain her love for the man who thinks she’s too left-wing, or will her politics send Rich off the deep end? Tickets: $10 Libby Dodson’s Live at Lynn New York Friend

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Jan. 4–5 Starring Clint Holmes, Veronica Swift and Nicholas King Saturday: 7:30 p.m. Sunday: 4 p.m. An unexpected musical narrative about the city loved most is beautifully harmonized by consummate entertainer Holmes along with Swift, one of the top young jazz singers to keep an eye on, and Broadway’s own King. Tickets: $70 for box, $55 for orchestra and $50 for mezzanine

Jan.17-18 University Theatre

Delray Beach Playhouse Jeff Harnar Sings Sammy Cahn All The Way: Sinatra, Hollywood & World War II Jan. 3-4 8 pm.. Tickets $49 (VIP); $39 (Premium) Award-winning cabaret, concert and recording artist, Jeff Harnar presents his critically acclaimed show, SAMMY CAHN ALL THE WAY: SINATRA, HOLLYWOOD & WORLD WAR II, with Music Director ALEX RYBECK and directed by BARRY KLEINBORT. The show shines a special spotlight on Sammy Cahn’s  lyrics for Sinatra, Hollywood and World War II.

Sequins blaze and punchlines fly as celebrity impersonator Michael L. Walters pays unique homage to one of Australia’s — and the world’s — biggest stars, Dame Edna, in his loving parody, SOMETHING LIKE A DAME!

Three dynamic tenors, Brad Robins, Casey Elliott and Bradley Quinn Lever, pioneer a signature sound they call “cinematic pop” transfused with lush orchestrations and dynamic three-part harmonies by award-winning composer and songwriter Stephen Nelson. Tickets: $70 for box, $55 for orchestra and $50 for mezzanine

FAU Department of Theatre and Dance

12:30 p.m.

8 p.m. Tickets $49 (VIP); $39 (Premium) Singing sensation, Jenene Caramielo performs her hit show, ALL THE GREAT LOVE SONGS with 14 of the greatest love songs of all time, including “Bring On the Men,” “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” “I Mio Babino Caro,” “I Will Survive,” “Nessun Dorma,” “I Will Always Love You,” and many others. Caramielo has traveled the world, captivating audiences with her eclectic background of musical theater, pop, jazz, country and opera.

Tickets $39 (includes lunch catered by Too Jays) Jeff Norris is one of the most quick-witted acts working today–hardly pausing for a breath as he tears through his act, keeping the audience alert and in stitches from beginning to end. Jeff has been called a complete pro–one of the few remaining comics that understands the importance of showmanship and presentation.

Harvey Granat presents A Celebration of Cole Porter Jan. 29 12:30 p.m.

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Sunday: 4 p.m.

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Jan. 25

Jan. 5

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7:30

Jeff Norris

Pop2Opera starring Jenene Caramielo

Something Like a Dame starring Michael Walters as Dame Edna

GENTRI—The Gentlemen Trio

Saturday: p.m.

thrilling show featuring highlights from the new Broadway-bound musical Queen of Mean, based on the New York Times best-selling biography by Piers Ransdell. Tovah Feldshuh takes the stage as Leona Helmsley, commenting on and singing about everything from her meteoric rise – to her Real Estate rival Donald Trump. Tovah – or, Leona – promises to bring an evening of fun, frolic, and foreclosure not to be missed!

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers: Damn the Torpedoes January 11, 2020

Jimi Hendrix:

Are You Experienced January 25, 2020

Creedence Clearwater Revival: Chronicle Vol 1 February 29, 2020

Tovah is Leona starring Tovah Feldshuh Jan. 11-2 Saturday, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets $59 (VIP); $49 (Premium) The Six-time Tony and Emmy nominated star of The Walking Dead, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and now CBS’ Salvation stars in this

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Fleetwood Mac: Greatest Hits April 11, 2020

March 25, 2020

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Tickets $39 (includes lunch catered by Too Jays) Acclaimed vocalist and entertainer, Harvey Granat performs beloved hits by Cole Porter, including “Night and Day,” “You’re the Top,” “In the Still of the Night,” and many more. He›ll share the stories behind the songs and the shows and movies many of them were part of. SOME ENCHANTED EVENING: The Songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein

Jan. 3 8-10 p.m. General Admission $35 | Reserved $40 | Premium $45 On January 3rd at the Arts Garage, the Anderson brothers will be joined by their ensemble performing gems from the Gershwin songbook. CJ Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band

Jan.31-Feb. 16 Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sunday 2 p.m.; Wednesday (2/5 only), 8 p.m.; Thursday, 8 p.m. Tickets $35 (adults); $15 (students); $25 (groups) This musical celebrates the unique partnership of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein. From their beginnings in 1943, to the creation of a show called OKLAHOMA, their musical alchemy turned into pure magic as one success led to another: SOUTH PACIFIC, CAROUSEL, STATE FAIR, THE KING AND I, CINDERELLA and THE SOUND OF MUSIC.

General Admission $35 | Reserved $40 | Premium $45

8-10 p.m.

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Vitali Imereli

Arts Garage The Anderson Brothers Play Gershwin

7-8:30 p.m.

Magic Just Laughs Tour

8-10 p.m.

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Try your hand at stand-up, sing a comedic tune, or tap into your literary side with a funny poem during an hour of open mic. Two regional stand-up comedians take the stage in the second hour to close the night with gut-busting laughs. Hip Hop Revolution: The Cypher

9 p.m.-midnight General

$35 | Premium $45

General Admission $30 | Reserved

The ”Magic Just for Laughs Tour” is the brainchild of 3 Magician/Comedians who have been entertaining audiences around the globe for years. The John Daversa Small Band: Artful Joy Jan. 11 8-10 p.m.

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State-of-the-art Zydeco from a masterful musician and performer. Chenier flavors the Red Hot Louisiana Band’s bayou beats with elements of funk, blues and ballads, and puts the foot tapping, can’t-stand-still sounds throughout traditional Zydeco.

Celebrates Hip Hop Culture by joining rappers with graffiti artists, Hip Hop influenced dance and DJ’s from all over South Florida. Talented performers will hit the main stage to present their various rap styles, filling the night with dope lyrics and beats.

Comedy Night

Jan. 4

General Admission $35 | Reserved $40 | Premium $45

Jan 5.

Classically trained at a prestigious Russian music conservatory and privately with the most renowned violin masters, Vitali has mastered the art for over 50 years. Vitali performed for sold out crowds at Arts Garage on numerous occasions as a headliner as well as inviting special guests such as Larry Coryell, Stanley Jordan and others.

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The John Daversa Small Band is a powerhouse ensemble that transitions with ease from sections of incredible sensitivity to vignettes of intensity rivaling that of the Big Band. The group will perform Daversa’s original music from albums Junk Wagon, Artful Joy, and Wobbly Dance Flower. Philippe Trio

Lemm

semble performs regularly within Miami’s thriving live music scene and showcases an impressive roster of Miami’s top A-list jazz musicians. The band’s repertoire consists of up-tempo Swing tunes, Bossa Novas, Gypsy Jazz, New Orleans Jazz and some beautiful ballads as well. Yamit sings primarily in English, but also features some Spanish, French and Italian tunes within the sets.

Jan. 12

Jazz and Rights

7-8:30 p.m.

$40 | Premium $45

Arts Garage All Arts Open Mic Night Jan. 14 8-11 p.m. Free for performers

$5 for patrons |

Are you an inspiring artist, writer, or musician who is itching for a spot in the limelight? Well now is your chance to shine! Mitch Woods and his Rocket 88’s Jan. 17 8-10 p.m.

$40 | Premium $45

Jan. 19

General Admission $35 | Reserved

The Philippe Lemm Trio presents their City Birds Tour. It is lyrical, magnetic and highly engaging! Comprised of three musicians with exceptional command of their instruments, the group’s repertoire draws heavily from re-imaginations of jazz standards in a way that both defies genre and corresponds to any modern jazz fan.

General Admission $35 | Reserved

Taking their inspiration from the great jump n’ boogie outfits of the late 40s and early 50s; they breathe fresh life into the music that gave birth to rock n’ roll. Mitch Woods styled his group after the jumpin’ n’ jivin’, shoutin’ n’ honkin’, pumpin’ n’ poundin’ bands of Louis Jordan, Wynonie Harris, Joe and Jimmy Liggins, Amos Milburn, and Roy Milton.

Civil

sion $10

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Prof. Lowenthal and Dr. Cartwright will discuss the complexities between music, politics, aesthetics, and activism surrounding the Civil Rights Movement and the impact of these complexities on the Jazz Musicians of the time. Illustrated through the music and lyrics of such prominent artists as Louis Armstrong, Max Roach, Abby Lincoln, Nina Simone, Charles Mingus and others, our lecturers will draw on their personal relationships with many of the musicians. Siempre Flamenco Ritmos Jan. 19

General Admission $35 | Reserved $40 | Premium $45

7-11 p.m. Annual Gala Reserved $150 | Reserved Table of 6 $1200 | Premium $200 |

Old School Square John Mueller’s Winter Dance Party

Are you ready to relive the music from the 60s/70s? This party will make you dance and reminisce about the time when SOUL MUSIC was KING! From Stevie Wonder to Aretha Franklin, James Brown to Motown - this show is sure to have you movin’ and groovin’. Put on your dancing shoes, and join us at THE SOUL PARTY! Selwyn Birchwood Returns Jan. 26 7-8:30 p.m. General Admission $25 | Reserved $30 | Premium $35

Jan. 3-4 8 p.m. Crest Theatre John Mueller’s “Winter Dance Party”® is the official live and authentic re-creation of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper’s final tour and the only show endorsed by the Holly, Valens and Richardson estates. Each live concert performance includes over two hours of unbridled, high voltage entertainment featuring all the hit songs of the 50’s era: That’ll Be the Day, Peggy Sue, Oh, Boy, Rave on, La Bamba, Chantilly Lace, and many, many more. $65 Premium, $57 Regular

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Siempre Flamenco presents Ritmos, a new concert event featuring an international cast of flamenco musicians and dancers. Ritmos delves into flamenco rhythms in a fun, fast, and fierce display of virtuosity. From the joyous Guajiras and Tangos, to the lament of the Soleares and the compelling Alegrias, the trilogy of guitar, song and dance is in constant dialogue, and the spontaneity of conversation is interpreted by the intricate rhythms of flamenco.

Al Stewart

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PALO! Jan. 24 8-10 p.m. General Admission $35 | Reserved $40 | Pre-

Jan. 18

mium $45

8-10 p.m.

PALO! loves to share the power of joy of music and culture. PALO! was nominated for a Grammy and a Latin Grammy for their album PALO! Live. They perform their own style of Cuban music they call “Afro-Cuban Funk.” Just think “funky, jazzy salsa.” The group’s unique, danceable

Vinyl Blvd is the brainchild of vocalist and violinist Yamit Lemoine. The jazz en-

Jan. 25

MusicWorks

7-8:30 p.m.

Yamit and the Vinyl Blvd

General Admission $35 | Reserved $40 | Premium $45

Soul Party with Cece Teneal and Soul Kamotion

Birchwood’s high-octane blues—at once deeply rooted, funky and up-to-the-minute— are played with passion and honest emotion. With his band feeding off his drive and exuberance, the striking 6’3” young man with his trademark Afro roams the stage (often barefoot), ripping out memorable guitar licks with ease, his soulful, rocks-and-gravel vocals firing up the crowd.

Premium Table of 6 $1,500 | Premium Table of 8 $2,000

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sound blends the allure of Cuban music with funky beats and jazzy improvisation.

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Under-resourced kids in Delray, Boca begin 2020 with special holiday memories, gifts, goodies By: Dale King Contributing Writer The holiday season of 2019-2020 is quickly fading. But nearly 200 children from Delray Beach and Boca Raton whose holidays might have been less than joyful without the aid of community “elves” now have fond recollections to carry into the New Year. The Seagate Hotel & Spa at 1000 East Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, invited 30 youngsters from The Achievement Center for Children to take part in its Annual Holiday Children’s benefit event on Dec. 12. The boys and girls in kindergarten and first grade enjoyed a special joy-filled event featuring Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, refreshments, arts and crafts and bags of goodies. They all took home a book called “The Climbing Tree” written by John Stith and illustrated by Yukiya Pieletskaya, a tale about growing up, sibling rivalry and the importance of love and kindness. About a week earlier, the Boca West Children’s Foundation held its annual holiday shopping trip for 140 local kids age 6 to 13 from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boca Raton and Delray Beach. As the children came off the bus, they were paired with a volunteer from Boca West Children’s Foundation who escorted their assigned child through the Old Navy Store to help them pick out up to $50 in new clothing. After shopping, the kids went by bus to Boca West Country Club where they were greeted

Santa and Mrs. Claus and some of Boca and Delray kids shop at Old Navy as Youngsters enjoy brunch at Boca Westtheir “elves” gather with children from part of the Boca West Children’s Founda- Country Club last month at the Boca WestThe Achievement Center for Children tion holiday shopping trip and breakfast Children’s Foundation holiday shoppingat the Seagate Hotel & Spa in Delray last month. Photo by Dale King. trip and brunch. Photo by Dale King. Beach. Photo by Dale King.

by Santa and Mrs. Claus and entered a “Toy Story”-inspired fantasyland created in the ballroom. The kids enjoyed brunch, posed for pictures with “Toy Story” characters and told Santa what they wanted for Christmas. Each child returned home with a toy from Santa, a Snuggie Tail wearable blanket and a food basket stuffed with a turkey, a ham, fresh vegetables and all the fixings for a holiday meal. Coincidentally, the Boca West Foundation last month marked its 10th year of providing fun, food and a shopping opportunity for kids. As well, “It’s been almost 10 years” since the Seagate has been bringing holiday happiness to children, said William Sander III, executive VP and director of operations for the hospitality group. “We started in our second year.” For the Delray inn, the holiday festivities were particularly special. Not only did the hotel and spa provide a fun- and gift-filled afternoon for children involved from the

family-focused organization dedicated to providing opportunities for under-resourced children, but E. Anthony Wilson, CEO of Seagate Hospitality Group, donned the full St. Nick regalia for the final time. He will soon be retiring from the top spot at the popular Delray hostelry. Carie Cody, the hotel’s retail manager, was garbed as Mrs. Claus to meet the children along with her “husband” and also visited with the kids in the Coral Ballroom, where the youngsters traveled via the Seagate Trolley. In the ballroom, they enjoyed holiday goodies, took part in arts and crafts and went home with a bag of Christmas treasures, including stuffed animals and popcorn from Delray’s Original Popcorn House, and their own copy of the book. Commenting on the Boca West holiday spectacle, Pam Weinroth, the foundation’s executive director, said, “The kids had a fabulous time.” She praised the volunteers from the foundation who also turned out to lead

Brandise Codey from the Seagate Hotel & Spa in Delray Beach assists a couple of kids making arts and crafts during the hotel’s holiday party for children from The Achievement Center for Children. Photo by Dale King.

the children around Old Navy and keep order in the crowded dining room where the Clauses mingled with Toy Story characters. Weinroth noted that as in previous years, many kids wanted to purchase items for siblings and parents. “Some of the children wanted to bring back something for brothers and sisters.” While clothing was a popular choice for the kids at Old Navy, armed with a $50 gift card and taking advantage of a 10% discount, so also were stereos and headphones. Weinroth, whose husband, District 4 County Commissioner Robert Weinroth, showed up wearing a Santa hat, praised her “team” of volunteers, including Shyra Johnson and Christina Irving, who sat with her at one of the dining tables as the kids finished getting their toys and heading back to their buses. “I’m overwhelmed but happy,” said Christina, and Shyra remarked on the “amazing number of volunteers” who turned out for the morning-long holiday celebration.

Primal Forces Theatre begins new year with Villainous Company By: Dale King Contributing Writer The Boca Raton-based Primal Forces Theatre Company moves into 2020 by continuing to present plays that focus on issues taking place today. Its current show, Victor L. Cahn’s Villainous Company, is part comedy, part suspense, a dramatic game of cat-and-mouse starring Anna Lise Jensen, Elizabeth Price and Rita Cole. Directed by Genie Croft, the show runs through

Jan. 12 at the Sol Theatre, with evening performances at 8 and matinees at 2. Tickets are $40$45 at www.primalforces.com. “All shows in our current season concentrate on the way we live today,” said Artistic Director Keith Garsson. “The politics of today, the family unit of today, the women of today, and, of course, finding romance… today.” Villainous Company opens as Claire returns home from an afternoon at the mall. Soon

after realizing a package is missing, she is visited by a mysterious stranger who seems to know all about her suspicious “shopping” habits. Larceny and trickery abound as, soon, three women are competing in a suspenseful wrangle. “We are very proud that Primal Forces has garnered a reputation for showcasing some of the best actresses in South Florida in roles that are bold, challenging and fierce,” said director Croft. “For Villainous Company, we have three dynamic characters that are smart, complicated and possibly very bad women. Prepare for a lot of laughs, unexpected twists and a dose of sexual tension.” Price, an actor, director, and acting teacher based in South Florida received her master of fine arts degree in acting from Florida Atlantic University where she now teaches. She has extensive acting credits at local performance venues and directed Straight White Men at Thinking Cap Theatre. She’s received two Silver Palm Awards and three Carbonell nominations Rita Cole is also the recipient of Silver Palm Awards and Carbonell nominations. Her South Florida credits include Skeleton Crew, Doubt, A Raisin In the Sun, White Guy on the Bus, Seven Guitars, Brothers of the Dust,

Performers in Villainous Company, now playing at Primal Forces Theatre: Elizabeth Price, Anna Lise Jensen and Rita Cole. Photo by Primal Forces Theatre. Photo by Amy Pasquantonio.

Terror, The Submission, The Christians and Reservoir Dolls. Anna Lise Jensen is a faculty member of New World School of the Arts in Miami. She runs a flourishing private coaching business for young professional actors, and enjoys a thriving professional career onstage across South Florida. Remaining Primal Forces productions are: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of New York City by Halley Feiffer and directed by Keith Garsson. It runs Feb. 7 to March 1. Warrior Class, by Kenneth Lin, directed by Genie Croft. It runs March 13 to April 5.


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JARC models strut down runway during annual ‘A Fashion Show With Heart’ at Lord & Taylor By: Jan Engoren Contributing Writer

ter was dressed in a sequined black and gold striped dress by French Connection.

“A Fashion Show With Heart,” presented by JARC Florida, was held Dec. 5, at the Lord & Taylor store in Mizner Park and cochaired by Carin Friedman and Stacy Klein. Now in its fourth year, the fashion show raises money for the non-profit, which provides programs and services to educate and empower individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Hosted by emcee and “magicianotist,” Sam Simon,  approximately one dozen residents of JARC strode down the runway in the latest fashion trends along with their parent or companion. “This is such a feel-good event for us,” said Mindy Horvitz, general manager of Lord & Taylor.  “Our whole staff got involved, met with the clients and helped them each choose the perfect outfit to wear. There is so much joy here.” Claudia Dickman, a realtor with the Bridges Connection Team in Delray Beach was excited to be there. “It’s the first year I’ve been able to attend and I’m excited to come out and support my friends Carin and Scott Friedman.” First down the runway were Carin Friedman and her son, Gabe, followed by Stacy Klein and her son, Clayton Greenzeig. Lori Weiser, sporting a white dress by BCBG accompanied her son Douglas Halpern, who was dressed in a Tommy Bahama shirt and yellow suede Kenneth Cole shoes. Halpern, who works at Home Depot, is one of the many JARC residents who works outside the facility.

Like Halpern, as part of their residential program, many of these models (aka JARC clients) go out to work on a daily basis, either through the program’s community work initiative, at their Cafe 95, which is operated on the JARC campus or through private employers. Lori Weiser, sporting a short white dress by BCBG accompanied her son Douglas Halpern, who was dressed in a Tommy Bahama shirt and yellow suede Kenneth Cole shoes during A Fashion Show with Heart. Photo by Jan Engoren.

JARC fashion show co-chair Carin Friedman walks the runway with her son Gabe Friedman. Photo by Jan Engoren.

Three young women, Jackie Warne, Stephanie Constantine and Brooke Shultheiss graced the runway in their matching aubergine outfits. Warne wore a deep purple dress adorned with black feathers and Constantine showed off a Calvin Klein dress with a crossbody Karl Lagerfeld bag. Complementing the other two women was Shultheiss, wearing a gold necklace and jumpsuit shot through with gold threads.

Jeffrey Zirulnick, CEO of JARC, invited participants to come and see the facility firsthand and said, “We have 20 of our clients working throughout the community. This gives us the opportunity to share our wonderful people with you and your company.” To honor participant Brooke Shultheiss’s birthday, a cake was brought out and auctioned off to raise funds for JARC. Attorney Caryn Clayman, whose father was a founding member of the organization, bid $1,000 for a slice of birthday cake. Visit jarcfl.org

Miami Hurricane fans and brothers Nick Gay and John Gardner, ambled down the runway in their mixed-and-matched Perry Ellis outfits, as did mother and daughter pair Ellen Gechter with daughter Gaby Gechter. Ellen Gechter wore black Diane von Furstenberg pants with crystal boots and a beaded black T-shirt, while Gaby Gech-

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FAU named Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl champs Staff report Despite personnel changes days before the game, the Florida Atlantic University Owls were able to overcome adversity to take home the win at home during the Sixth Annual Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl. On their home turf at Florida Atlantic University Stadium, the Owls dominated their opponents the Southern Methodist University Mustangs. The final score: 52-28. The Owls were led by interim head coach Glenn Spencer, who served as the team’s defensive coordinator under head coach

FAU beat SMU 52-28 in the Sixth Annual Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl. Staff photo.

their opponents. The scoring began early in the game. Florida Atlantic scored twice in the final minute of the first half to take a 28-14 lead that it never relinquished. After SMU (10-3) tied the game at 14

FAU players head into the FAU Stadium before the FAU took home the Sixth Annual Cheribundi Boca Sixth Annual Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl. Staff Raton Bowl trophy at their own field. Staff photo. photo.

the SMU 35 and returned to the 13-yard

scored were the second most in the bowl’s

line. Offensive MVP Chris Robison’s 13-

history. FAU punter Matt Hayball, the

yard pass to Brandon Robinson on the

game’s special teams MVP, set a bowl re-

next play gave the Owls the two-score

cord with a 48-yard average on five punts.

lead heading into the locker room at halftime.

SMU quarterback Shane Buechele also completed 27 passes and threw for over

FAU added two touchdowns in the third

300 yards (27-47 for 303) while wide re-

quarter, and held SMU scoreless as the

ceiver James Proche caught nine passes

fourth quarter began.

for 86 yards and a touchdown.

was capped off by a James Charles 15-

Robison set a Cheribundi Boca Raton

The Owls finished the season 11-3,

yard touchdown run. Then, on the first

Bowl record with 27 completions (in 37

matching the best record in school his-

play after the kickoff, Shane Buechele’s

attempts) for 305 yards and two touch-

tory, achieved previously in 2017 when

and neither did newly named head coach

pass was intercepted by defensive MVP

downs. Charles added two scores on the

they also ended the season with a Boca

Willie Taggart. But despite the coaching

Rashad Smith (11 tackles, and a fumble

ground. FAU tied the bowl record with

Raton Bowl victory.

change up, the team was able to clobber

recovery to go with the interception) at

its 52 points and the combined 80 points

Lane Kiffin.

points on Xavier Jones’ one-yard run

Kiffin announced his departure from

moved 75 yards in seven plays, which

FAU to Ole Miss right after the team clinched the Conference USA championship. Kiffin didn’t coach in the bowl game

with 2:12 remaining in the half, FAU

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Boca Regional Hospital Foundation receives $25 million donation Staff report Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation is another step closer to its $250 million fundraising effort “Keeping the Promise…The Campaign for Boca Raton Regional Hospital” thanks to a $25 million donation from philanthropists Toby and Leon Cooperman. The Coopermans are one of seven to donate an eight-figure gift to the campaign, which has $152 million toward the goal. In recognition of their generosity, the new Medical Arts Pavilion at Boca Raton Regional Hospital will bear the Toby and Leon Cooperman name. The freestanding building located on the hospital’s campus will be used for outpatient surgery and specialty practices. “There are few words to characterize the gratitude we feel at the hospital and in the community toward the Cooperman’s selfless generosity,” said Lincoln Mendez, President and CEO of Boca Raton Regional Hospital, Baptist Health South Florida. “It is a remarkable, historical gift that, to us, is more than the financial resources it provides. It’s an expression of belief, an affirmation, and a trust in what we are doing at Boca Regional, our enormous campus initiative, and our future under the Baptist Health umbrella. It’s a gift that will greatly enhance vital care for our patients and everyone in this community. It represents an impact way beyond the signature on the check.” The gift was officially announced at a Dec. 3 event at St. Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton. More than 300 gathered to celebrate the donors and the donation, led by friends and neighbors of the benefactors and Boca Raton Regional Hospital leaders. “We have referenced many times the Talmud, where it is proclaimed that a man’s net worth is measured not by what he earns but rather what he gives away,” Cooperman said. “We are committed to give and to help others as best we can. The people of our community here in Boca Raton deserve the best possible healthcare available, and we are honored to join many others who have carefully considered the long-term vision and believe in a bright healthcare future here.” The Coopermans are noted philanthropists who have made extraordinary gifts to multiple organizations. They are signers of the Giving Pledge, initiated by Warren Buffett in “an

Larry Feldman, Dick Schmidt, Stan Barry, Christine Lynn, Toby Cooperman, Leon Cooperman, Mark Larkin at a reception where the Coopermans donated $25 million. Submitted photo.

effort to help address society’s most pressing problems by inviting the world’s wealthiest individuals and families to commit to giving more than half of their wealth to philanthropy.” They have made donations to Hunter College in New York City, Columbia University, and St. Barnabas Medical Center. They have also launched the Cooperman College Scholars Program and the Cooperman Family Fund for a Jewish Future. Leon was recently inducted into the prestigious Horatio Alger Society for having overcome his humble beginnings to achieve success on Wall Street and for his commitment to philanthropy. “Toby and Leon make their gifts for all the right reasons,” said Christine E. Lynn, Chair, Boca Raton Regional Hospital Corporate Board of Trustees, Hospital Board of Trustees. “We are eternally grateful for this extraordinary gesture of generosity. It will have an enormous impact on the care we provide, and their commitment will live on in the Medical Arts Pavilion that will bear their name for generations to come.” The $250 million Keeping the Promise… The Campaign for Boca Raton Regional Hospital is the largest in the hospital’s history.

The BocaCare® Physician Network, a network of primary care doctors and specialists who provide high-quality medical care to patients of all ages, has added neurologist Svetlana Faktorovich, M.D., to the medical staff of Boca Raton Regional Hospital.

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“Toby and Leon know the value of philanthropy better than most,” said Stanley Barry, Chairman Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees. “Their gift helps bring us to within $98 million of an ambitious capital campaign goal. We know it will inspire others to join us in this effort, as our other donors have accomplished. The debt of gratitude is without peer.”

Neurologist Svetlana Faktorovich M.D. joins Marcus Neuroscience Institute Staff report

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for the treatment of various neurological ailments including disorders of muscle tone and migraines. She is fluent in English and Russian. “Dr. Faktorovich is a great complement to our team of eight neurologists,” said Patricio Espinosa, M.D., Chief of Neurology at the Marcus Neuroscience Institute. “Her appointment represents the continued growth of our institute and increase in our capabilities.”

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APDA South Florida Chapter presents “A Comprehensive Approach to Parkinson’s Disease” at Boca Raton Marriott By: David DiPino Contributing Writer

the event is titled: “Parkinson’s Disease and Autonomic Symptoms.” The event runs until 3:30 p.m.

For the fifth consecutive year, the American Parkinson Disease Association’s (APDA) South Florida Chapter is hosting an event for people with Parkinson’s disease and their family members, health and medical professionals.

Following the keynote address, a series of topics will be presented by Parkinson’s experts and medical professionals. Palm Beach Neuroscience Institute and US WorldMeds are sponsoring the event and for medical professionals, Delray Medical Center will provide five contact hours to participants with licensure in Nursing and Respiratory Therapy and Occupational Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology. Melissa Morante, a board member with the APDA South Florida Chapter, encourages anyone

The event “A Comprehensive Approach to Parkinson’s Disease” will take place at 9 a.m. on Jan. 11 at the Boca Raton Marriott. The keynote speaker is Carlos Singer, MD, Professor of Neurology and Director of the Division of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders, University of Miami Health System. Dr. Carlos Singer’s presentation for

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A migraine without a headache can be the cause of dizziness? By: Dr. John Conde DC, DACNB Special to the Boca and Delray newspaper Migraine-associated vertigo (MAV) is a type of migraine which is characterized by dizziness in the presence or absence of a headache. MAV typically presents with one or a combination of these symptoms; dizziness as if the ground or the person is moving (vertigo), a sensation of falling, feeling, “off-kilter” or difficulty coordinating movements. Auras are accompanying symptoms of a migraine secondary to irritability of the neurons prior to a migraine most often due to hypoxia (reduced oxygen) and usually precede an episode. These symptoms can include neck pain, pressure in the head or the ear, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), partial or complete loss of vision, sensitivity to light, sensitivity to sound, sensitivity to smell, and visual disturbances. It may produce throbbing or pulsating one sided (unilateral) severe headache. However, there may be no head pain at all. In fact, it is quite common for individuals to report light and sound sensitivity and dizziness without headache. The present treatment paradigm for MAV is generally unsatisfactory and focuses purely on the outward symptoms not the genesis of the condition. Medications such as triptans focus on the vascular component of the migraine but are not always ef-

fective and carry side effects. Anti-emetics and anti-histamines such as meclizine are usually prescribed for the dizziness, however they are usually most effective for the nausea and end up producing drowsiness. Exciting current research is focusing on a phenomenon termed cortical (brain) spreading depression (CSD) and on dysfunction in brainstem cells primarily in an area termed the trigeminal cervical complex (TCC) that are involved in the control of balance. Essentially, brain cells responsible for balance and coordination and spatial perception become very active prior to and during a migraine episode, producing symptoms such dizziness and nausea. It is theorized that this spontaneous activity of brain cells is due to an unhealthy state; a lack of oxygen, lack of appropriate food (fuel), and/or lack proper nerve activation. How can this information help those who suffer from MAV? Our current understanding allows us to develop a treatment plan that is multi-factorial in nature addressing the oxygen deficiencies, inappropriate nutrition, and lack of nervous system stimulation. First off, it is of paramount importance to locate the specific region within the nervous system that is dysfunctional and for this we utilize a

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Specific brain-based rehabilitative treatments such as eye movement activities (oculomotoric rehabilitation), vestibular activities (inner ear), brain-balance auditory stimulation, visual stimulation, olfactory stimulation, and chiropractic adjustments are essential in stabilizing these clusters of unhealthy cell in the nervous system. The CAPS technology is also used in brain-retraining. In addition, a procedure termed external trigeminal nerve stimulation (eTNS) has been garnering traction in the neuroscience world. This modality was FDA approved just a couple of years ago and involves activation of specific branches of cranial nerve number five. This nerve is responsible for providing sensation coming from the face but

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Boca-based Mela Artisans celebrates 10th anniversary of bringing Indian-artisan creations to America Staff report Boca Raton-based Mela Artisans has been bringing handcrafted artisanal work from India to the local market for the past decade. The social impact company was founded by Delray resident Navroze Mehta and his daughter, Sonali Mehta Rao. They created the business after his daughter spent time in India for an internship. They recognized that India has a rich history of artisanal work from wood carving and in lay work to all different forms of handcrafted goods, but that those local artisans struggled to gain access to the global market. The duo decided they wanted to bring the artisan’s work of traditional crafting, combine it with contemporary designs, and bring it to market to folks who valued handmade, sustainably sourced items. So before the now trendy concept of sustainable shopping was important to consumers, Mela Artisans was doing it. “Our goal was how do we play a role in preserving our heritage’s craft and showing the world how beautiful these crafts can be while providing a livelihood.” The company gives more than 1,000 artisans full-time work. “We are a brand with a purpose,” he said. “Measuring our impact is an important part of our DNA.” And while his daughter is not involved in the day-to-day operation of the company, she still serves on its board. She currently resides in India. He said it was very rewarding to start the company with his daughter.

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Mela Artisans brings handcrafted artisanal work from India to the local marketplace. Submitted Mela Artisans recently launched a photo. pet line. Submitted photo.

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Boca’s NCCI raises over $230,000 for United Way during annual campaign Staff report Boca’s National Council on Compensation Insurance recently wrapped up its annual United Way Giving campaign, raising over $230,000 for the United Way of Palm Beach County and donating 1,000 hygiene bags to Adopt A Family and HomeSafe, two local nonprofit organizations that support children and families in Palm Beach County. The 2019 year’s campaign theme, “Hope Through Homes” was chosen to support the fight against housing insecurity in Palm Beach County. NCCI worked with the United Way of Palm Beach County to ensure that the county’s vulnerable citizens struggling to obtain access to housing receive the resources they need to succeed. Senior Regulatory Business Analyst Allen Boyd II helmed this year’s campaign as NCCI’s United Way Chairman. “No one should ever have to wonder where they will sleep at night” Boyd said. “Our team is proud to know that the money raised and supplies donated during our ‘Hope Through Homes’ campaign will make a positive impact on the lives of Palm Beach County’s citizens in need.”

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Charles Pierce the new General Manager of Ed Morse Delray Toyota the region. We also have a beautiful, state-ofthe-art facility that has a special wow-factor for first time customers.

1 Ed Morse Delray Toyota is

celebrating 30 years in Delray, can you tell us more about the history of Ed Morse Automotive Group in Delray Beach? Ed Morse Automotive Group has a rich history in the Delray Beach community for over 30 years. In addition to the Toyota dealership on Federal Highway, the Ed Morse Automotive Group is headquartered in Delray and has operated the Ed Morse Cadillac dealership for 30 years just down the street.  Considering that the Morse family has been in the automotive industry for over 73 years, there’s a reason why they call Delray Beach its home… as its has allowed us to grow and be an integral part of the community. 

2 What sets Delray Toyota apart from other dealerships?

3 Ed Morse Delray Toyota has 80 service bays and a four-story parking garage, why is this important for your customers?

Simply put, the employees. We pride ourselves on having the best of the best in the auto industry. We offer a no pressure, relaxed environment where customers can check out our showroom or get their vehicle serviced. Our dealership has been recognized by Toyota as a Chairman’s Council Award recipient 14 times while maintaining one of the highest customer satisfaction indexes in

Our customer’s busy lives are of utmost importance to us, so having 80 service bays makes it possible to complete repair work quickly and efficiently on all makes and models. Plus, we pride ourselves on having the most talented service techs, while providing them with state-of-the-art service technology.  Another cool feature is our incredible four-story parking garage that can house over 400 vehicles. This allows Delray Toyota to be able to protect our inventory from the elements and offer pristine vehicles to our loyal customer base. 

4 What do you hope to accomplish as a General Manager?

With having a lot of experience being a General Manager, I understand the sheer magnitude of being at the helm of an iconic dealership like Delray Toyota. The great news is that this dealership is part of an incredible organization made up of top-level employees dedicated to proving the utmost in customer service. I look forward to maintaining our business success, have a greater impact on the community as well as maintain a great work environment for the 200+ employees on our campus.

5 How does Ed Morse Delray Toyota get involved in the community? The Ed Morse Automotive Group is involved in many charitable events in the area giving not only financially, but also in time. We host an annual golf tournament to benefit MDA and we work closely with Boys and Girls Club of Palm Beach County, Feeding America and the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County.

Kasai & Koori fuses traditional Asian desserts with American flavors By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor Business partners and friends Lee Goldberg and Taylor Levy were on an adventure to learn about Asian street food for an in-

ternational food hall concept they had in the works.

But when plans for the food hall imploded, they kept the inspiration for bringing the interactive street food they encountered

abroad back to South Florida.

After three years of planning, Kasai & Koori debuted with four locations, West Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Pembroke Pines. Kasai & Koori is translated from Japanese into fire and ice. It is representative of both the savory, hot menu items and the cold desserts offered. Menu items offer traditional desserts with some American flavors.

Kasai & Koori Kakigori shaved ice dessert is prepared before the customer. Staff photo

“We wanted the brand to pay homage to their [Asian] culture while bringing an American twist the menu,” co-founder Lee Goldberg said. The goal is to create an interactive experience like the ones the business partners encountered themselves while traveling in Asia. Levy said they would want locals form long lines to order Kakigori, a Japanese dessert made from shaved blocks of ice garnished with flavors and toppings. “In Japan, we have watched locals form lines each and every day around the block just to taste these desserts, often ordering two or more at a time,” Levy said. On the menu so far, six different varieties of the shaved ice, which historically was reserved for Japanese royalty. Flavors include Sleeping Dragon, a matcha flavor with Auzki bean, whipped cream, dragon milk and golden powder; Miyako Moon, a mango flavor with dragon milk, whipped cream and Belgian butter cookie. Kakigori sizes are regular for $7.88 or sumo for $12.88.

Kasai & Koori Kakigori Up All Night: coffee shaved ice, coffee sauce, condensed milk, dolce de leche, koori whipped cream, toasted almonds. Staff photo

Shaved ice is made before your eyes with a hand crank. The experience and final creation is Instagram worthy. “We want peel to leave with a smile,” Levy said. The partners agree that they want Americans to experience the same happiness they witnessed and enjoyed themselves in Asia. “It’s about fun,” Goldberg said. Their Asia tour continued with the discovery of ribbon ice, a thin-shaved snow ice infused with flavors and then

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What to do with rollover funds By: John M. Campanola, Agent New York Life Insurance Company Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers

tions. Ideally, it’s best to choose a strategy that meets your retirement needs, minimizes the impact of taxes, and avoids penalties.

At some point, many people with retirement or employer-sponsored investment accounts will be faced with the decision of what to do with rollover funds. This can happen when you change jobs or when you retire. In any case, it’s important to think through your op-

Please note that this is a general overview, and tax laws can be tricky, so be sure to talk to an accountant and/or tax attorney before making your final decision.

you to continue building your retirement savings for the future. Leave it where it is. You may want to keep funds in your employer’s plan, if that’s an option. This may be ideal if you want to take advantage of certain investment options or managed money services available in your existing plan. Your funds will remain tax-deferred and can later be moved, if you wish, to a new employer’s qualified plan or an IRA.

Roll it over.

Take the taxable distribution.

One possible option is to directly roll your entire distribution into an individual retirement account (IRA) or the employer-sponsored 401(k) at your new job. Either option will allow you to continue to defer taxes and enable

Depending on your situation, you may choose to withdraw the funds from your 401(k). Although this will give you immediate access to your savings, there are a few things to consider before taking a lump-sum distribution.

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Biz Briefs Florida Peninsula Insurance Company President elected to Florida State University’s RMI Executive Council Board Florida Peninsula Insurance Company president Clint Strauch was unanimously voted to serve on the Florida State University’s Risk Management and Insurance (RMI) Executive Council Board. Strauch is president of Florida Peninsula as well as its wholly owned subsidiary, Edison Insurance Company. He will serve a three-year term that began in the fall. The Florida State University’s Dr. William T. Hold/The National Alliance Program in Risk Management and Insurance is one of the oldest and largest programs in the nation. It was recently ranked No. 3 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report with Florida State University being ranked No. 18 among public universities. The RMI program provides students with a thorough background in enterprise risk management; life and health insurer operations and products; property and casualty operations and products; financial planning; and employee benefits. The RMI Executive Council plays a crucial role in the success of the program by supporting and funding its initiatives, engaging with students and providing an industry prospective on the knowledge and skills needed for FSU graduates to be successful as they transition into the workforce. Strauch also plans to assist in several ways including serving as a guest speaker in classes, participating in the College of

Business Mentor Program, hosting students at events and conferences throughout the country, and by providing employment opportunities. Strauch is a graduate of Florida State University.

Seminar for construction contractors The Associated Builders and Contractors, East Florida Chapter, will hold a seminar for construction company owners and financial officers regarding yearend accounting standard changes that will affect how contractors report revenue in 2019 financial statements required for banking and bonding purposes. The seminar is co-sponsored by the South Florida Chapter of Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA). Scheduled for Jan. 8 at Farmer’s Table Restaurant from 8:00 am to 10:00 am, the seminar will be presented by Shavell & Company, P.A., CPAs and Consultants specializing in accounting for the construction industry. The seminar includes breakfast. Registration is $75 per attendee or $65 for ABC or CFMA members. A follow-up “How To” seminar of handson guidance to implement the new standard is scheduled on Jan. 16 at Farmer’s Table Restaurant from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., also led by Shavell & Company, PA. This workshop provides tools including standardized workpapers in excel to help contractors implement the standard. Register at www.shavell.net/beready or get more information by calling 561-997-7242.

Boca’s Woodfield Distribution, LLC president named to AEPi Foundation Board of Directors Adam Runsdorf, president of Woodfield Distribution, LLC (WDSrx), a provider

of integrated third party logistics managed services specializing in the life sciences industry, was recently named to the board of directors for the Alpha Epsilon Pi Foundation. Runsdorf is a graduate of Rutgers University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1988. He has been involved in the fraternity for many years and has been an active member of the foundation. He previously served as president. He is active in his local Jewish community as a member of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Runsdorf also serves on multiple committees at Temple Beth El in Boca Raton, where he is a member along with his wife Cheryl and their two sons, Justin, 21, and Benjamin, 19.

Director of FAU’s Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education Receives Outstanding Citizen Award Linda Medvin, director of Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education, received the Randy Felton Outstanding Citizen Award at the Excellence in Education Awards Dinner at the Florida Council for the Social Studies FCSS 62nd Annual Conference. This award is in honor of Randy Felton, Ph.D., long-time member of FCSS and devout advocate for social studies education. The Outstanding Citizen Award recognizes an individual in the state of Florida who has done the most to promote the growth of social studies throughout the state. Medvin has devoted her time, energy and passion to ensure that Floridians, in and out of education, understand how social studies contribute to the intellectual development of students and how this development benefits our state and nation.  Medvin has served as the Director of the Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education at FAU since 2015. Prior to coming to FAU, she spent 27 years in Broward County Public Schools as a middle school teacher, curriculum specialist and as a district administrator. She

has also served as a member of the Florida Council for the Social Studies Board of Directors and has been a member of the Florida Department of Education Commissioner’s Task Force on Holocaust Education since 1996 and served as Chair from 2009-2019. Medvin has presented locally, nationally and internationally on the implementation and integration of the Holocaust through the social studies. She believes that the lessons of the Holocaust are crucial for administrators, teachers and students and for the future.

Boca’s MDVIP surpasses 1,000 primary care physicians nationwide Boca Raton-based concierge medical service MDVIP reached a milestone in 2019: surpassing 1,000 primary care physicians nationwide in its membership healthcare network. The company has over 1,000 doctors and over 325,000 members across 43 states and the District of Columbia. MDVIP was founded in 2000 by two Florida doctors. MDVIP offers a network of doctors who offer membership medicine meaning patients pay an annual fee for preventive health services that are not covered by commercial insurance or Medicare. “This important growth milestone is a testament to the strength and scalability of the MDVIP business model and our responsiveness to increasing consumer demand for more attentive, personalized care that improves both the patient and doctor experience,” said MDVIP Chairman and CEO Bret Jorgensen. “With a proven record of success and innovation over the last 19 years and another 100 doctors already slated to open, MDVIP is well-positioned to continue its strategic expansion into new and existing markets across the country.” One of the newest doctors to join the network is internal medicine physician, Nicusor Ieremia, M.D. of Boca Raton. Dr. Ieremia received his medical degree from the Institutal de Medicina in Timisoura, Romania, followed by his residency in Internal Medicine. He completed his internship at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway, New York. Dr. Ieremia is affiliated with Boca Raton Regional Hospital, West Boca Medical Center, and Delray Medical Center. He is bilingual in English and Romanian.


JANUARY 2020 | YOUR COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER

Rex Baron opens after delay, brings on former NFL running back Rashad Jennings to executive team Staff report

phon’s vigilante posts Michael Norris. ”We look forward to his valued contribution to Rex Gryphon where he will be focusing on both the brand’s healthy menu offerings and an increased alignment with charity causes.”

Looking to escape reality and spend time with the dinosaurs or pilot a plane? Head to Boca’s Boca’s Rex Baron restaurant and hi-tech VRex Lounge.

At the grand opening, Jennings told the Delray Newspaper that the chicken wings are the best he has ever tasted. He also shared that is gluten free and the menu items can accommodate many dietary restrictions.

Located at Town Center Mall in the Nordstrom wing, the virtual reality lounge and post-apocalyptic dining experience are opened after some unanticipated delays. The second outpost in the Rex Gryphon Restaurant Group concept opened to the public on Dec. 12 after a private VIP reception was held the night before. The VIP party was attended by the Rex Gryphon Restaurant Group’s executive team and its newest member former NFL New York Giants running back and Dancing with the Stars winner Rashad Jennings. The former football star, New York Times bestselling author and youth advocate is spending some his time developing and increasing awareness of the REX, Restaurant, Entertainment, Experience, Vigilante Post brand. “Rashad was intrigued with the restaurant group’s positive message of rebuilding community as this is something he does each and every day through The Rashad Jennings Foundation,” shared hospitality industry veteran and lead developer of Rex Gry-

Before food was served, guests were invited to experience flying a plane, driving a race car or painting like Picasso in the VRex Lounge. Exclusively outfitted by VRgineers based in Prague, the lounges will be the only public VR venues in the world offering XTAL, the world’s first VR headset with AutoEye and embedded Leap Motion with 5k resolution. From there, folks entered the dining room where “the art of food meets the art of survival.” “To disrupt and excel in an ever-evolving industry, we have created and mastered the REX at our posts by offering a high quality, healthy and delicious menu with a storied, rustic, new world cross-generational atmosphere that engages and stimulates,” Norris said. “We look forward to sharing the REX with greater South Florida, its residents and businesses, and visitors, as it is an easy drive from Miami to Stuart.”

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Lane train departs Boca, head coach to Ole Miss Staff report

FAU hires former FSU coach Willie Taggart

After winning two Conference USA titles in three years, Lane Kiffin has left his position of head coach of Florida Atlantic University to return to the SEC where he will coach Ole Miss. The Owls will now be led by former Florida State University head coach, Willie Taggart. Taggart will be the Owls’ seventh head coach.

“I’m grateful to [FAU athletic director] Brian White and President Kelly for their belief in me to lead the football program at Florida Atlantic University,” Taggart said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to long-term success here. I think our players and the university deserve that commitment. Family is extremely important to me. I couldn’t do what I do without their love and support and all of us are looking forward to being here in Paradise for the foreseeable future.”

He described his stint in Boca as awesome and called the city a “phenomenal place to live.” Kiffin made a base salary of $950,000 each season with the Owls. FAU also provided Kiffin a loan to live in Boca. He will owe the Boca university $1.5 million because he left before 2020. He had inked a deal to keep him under contract at FAU until 2027.

The “Lane train” has departed from Boca and is headed to Oxford, Miss.

Taggart’s deal with FAU is a five-year contract, according to ESPN. The decision to hire Taggart was made just days after Kiffin announced he was leaving.

He praised the players’ performance and called the team special.

Lane Kiffin left his position as head coach of FAU to coach the Ole Miss Lane Kiffin celebrates FAU’s 2017 Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl Rebels. Photo courtesy of FAU Football. win at FAU Stadium. Photo courtesy of Ron Elkman.

Taggart’s record as a head coach is 56-62. He was fired from FSU in the middle of his second season coaching the Seminoles after a loss to the University of Miami. Kiffin was brought on to coach FAU for the 2017 season. The controversial coach, known for his Twitter rants, left the school after a 49-6 blowout home win against the University of Alabama at Birmingham. It was his final game coaching the Owls as he left before the team played in the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl against the SMU Mustangs on Dec. 21.

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His three-season record at FAU in league games was 20-6 and his overall record was 26-13. In a post-game conference, Kiffin kept the focus on the win and not on him leaving. “Today is about the players, about this team, about this community, this university winning the conference championship again and going to great bowl game again,” he said. “They are champs again, the trophy is back here for another year.”

At Ole Miss, Kiffin is set to earn $16.2 million over the course of a four-year deal that lasts through Dec. 31, 2023. He will be paid $3.9 million in 2020. His salary will increase by $100,000 every year until his contract is set for $4.2 million in 2023. There are other perks and incentives built into Kiffin’s contract. For example, he will earn $150,000 per SEC win after his fifth conference win of every season. If Ole Miss plays in the SEC championship game, he will receive $150,000 bonus and if they win that game, he will make $400,000. If Kiffin wins SEC coach of the year, he’ll earn a $50,000 bonus and if he wins national coach of the year, he’ll earn a $100,000 bonus, according to the contract.The Ole Miss job will be Kiffin’s fifth head coaching position. The Owls’ defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer was named the interim coach.

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New dinner club experience launches this month By: Shaina Wizov Contributing Writer The brains behind the award-winning Craft Food Tours and food and lifestyle blog, Take A Bite Out of Boca, both based in Delray Beach, have joined forces to bring South Florida locals the ultimate VIP dining experience.

paralleled culinary experience.

wood, with many more to come.

Membership costs are $149 per person for the year, and provide exclusive access to two dinner events per month, which will be around $79 per person, inclusive of tax and tip. Club features include the following:

These events are geared toward adults 21+ and members must purchase tickets to dinners in advance. Depending on the size of the restaurant space, the maximum number of guests per dinner will vary. Members are allowed to bring one guest to each dinner for an additional, higher rate.

Craft Collective — A South Florida Dinner Club is all about providing its members with access to private, chef-led events at the area’s top restaurants.

• Craft Collective takes over top independent restaurants and turns them into stages upon which chefs perform in an intimate group setting for an audience of food lovers.

While many restaurants and chefs host various kinds of special dinner events, there is no exclusive membership-based club like this one, which launches this month on Jan. 9 at Oceans 234 in Deerfield Beach.

• Chefs will craft experimental multicourse menus with cocktail, wine or beer pairings and come out of the kitchen throughout the event to introduce the dishes, share stories and answer questions from dinner guests.

Craft Collective gives guest a way out of the “normal” South Florida dining scene, and into an interactive and un-

• Club members break bread around communal tables and evaluate each course on provided feedback cards,

which is shared with the chefs, closing the collaborative circle. • In addition to the dinner events, members will enjoy access to a curated collective of exclusive perks from participating restaurants and foodie-focused brands. • Dinner events are extremely exclusive, private and only available to Craft Collective members, and will span top restaurants in Palm Beach County and North Broward. Aside from the kick-off event at Oceans 234, additional confirmed restaurants at this time include The Rebel House, Cabana El Rey, Crazy Uncle Mike’s, The Wine Room Kitchen & Bar and Drift-

Craft Collective founders, Anthony Guzman, Matt Guidice and Shaina Wizov, are advocates for showcasing the food, history and culture that South Florida restaurants have to offer. They are excited to give restaurant chefs an opportunity to experiment with new recipes, share their passion for cooking, and connect with their guests in a meaningful way. Memberships are available for purchase online at sofladinnerclub.com.

Kasai & Koori fuses traditional Asian desserts with American flavors finished off with toppings. Selections of ribbon ice include Island on Ice, a coconut flavor with dulce de leche and whipped cream and The Timid Tanuki, which translates to “Japanese Raccoon” a cookies and cream creation with caramel

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sauce, chocolate sauce and Oreos. Ribbon ice sizes cost $8.88 for regular and $13.88 for sumo.

Taiyaki, a handheld treat found at street markets and festivals, is a fish-shaped waf-

fle cone stuffed with either savory or sweet fillings. The savory hot sandwiches like The Break Fish, egg, sausage and cheese or The Laughing Fish, with cheddar, mozzarella, tomato are the right size for graband-go breakfasts. The waffle cone pastry is known in Japanese mythology as the “lucky fish” and snacks have been made in its shape since the Meiji period. There are also sweet, hot taiyakis like the Cherry-oki filled with chocolate and cherry. The waffle cone can also be filled with frozen cream and toppings that are whipped into the cream rather than served on top. Guests can choose from already created flavors or make their own. A cone is $7.88 and a cup is $5.88.

And while the kids indulge, adults can, too, with a Spiked Dragon Beard, infused with an alcoholic spirit. To order, you must be over 21 because the infused flavor ice is the equivalent of one alcoholic beverage. Morgan’s Spiced Rumble is your grandma’s coffee cake spiked with rum, Bananas on Bourbon features a blast of bourbon infused into the salted caramel milk ice and topped with caramelized bananas, toasted almonds, caramel sauce served in a warm fish taiyaki waffle. The spiked desserts are $12.88 and are large enough to share. There is also artisan made mochi, creamy ice cream wrapped in a layer of Japanese mochi rice dough on the menu.

New chef, menu at Boca’s Prezzo Staff report

Boca’s Prezzo has a new chef from Milan who has introduced new menu options that pay homage to his hometown.

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Chef Fabrizio Pintus was appointed executive chef of Prezzo a few months ago. He debuted a new menu in November. Favorite items like the Fusilli with oak-roasted chicken, broccoli, sun-dried tomato, goat cheese, pine nuts, balsamic, and roasted chicken stock and Wood Oven-Baked Apple Tart with cinnamon gelato are still on the menu.

New offerings include: Burrata Bruschetta ($12) garlic toasted rustic Italian bread, tomato crudo, fresh basil, Mozzarita burrata, balsamic reduction; and Roasted Beets Salad ($14) red & golden beets, oranges, goat cheese, arugula, pistachio and drizzled with lemon dressing. Pizza additions include a Ham & Mushroom ($16) with pomodoro sauce, shaved Italian ham, roasted mushrooms and mozzarella; Burtoli’s Pie ($18) with crumbled Italian sausage, pomodoro sauce and mozzarella; and the Diavolo ($17) topped with pepperoni, Calabrian chili, pomodoro sauce [CONT. PG 33]


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Former Tilted Kilt now Sammy J’s Kitchen + Cocktails Staff report

The scantily clad waitresses are out and an elevated atmosphere is in at Sammy J’s Kitchen + Cocktails, the former site of Tilted Kilt. The restaurateurs are the same, Samir Changela and Jason Levine, but the concept located on Airport Road near Boca’s airpot has changed. A hint of the former sports bar can be found in sports photos that hang on the wall and the 35 televisions found throughout the space. But the menu has been boosted from fried bar grub to an American cuisine infused with international flavors. And the space has been completely transformed.

“We want this to be a hangout,” Changela said. “We don’t want to rush you out. We want you to spend some time here.” In between tables there is a large lounge area where cocktails can be enjoyed in

comfortable chairs. The space is suitable for families, a night out where you can watch the game or grab a drink during happy hour at the large indoor-outdoor bar. Dishes are created by culinary director and executive chef Randy Luedders in his scratch kitchen. Stand out items include braised pork shank “ossco bucco,” smoked fish dip that is smoked outside in-house, wagyu sliders that use Australian wagyu beef, grill smoked salmon, which is lightly smoked on the smoker and the crispy smashed potatoes served as a side. “I envision Sammy J’s to become known for having such amazing food offerings that the guest has no choice but to tell their family, friends and coworkers how much they are missing by not frequenting our restaurant,” Luedders said. “I want it to become ‘your neighborhood restaurant and bar’ where sometimes you go for a bite and a cocktail and other times you go for an incredible dinner or brunch.”

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and mozzarella.

New to the Prezzo pasta offerings include the Shrimp Alla Vodka ($26) penne pasta tossed in a creamy vodka sauce with sautéed shrimp and parmesan; Rigatoni Alla Norma ($19) with roasted eggplant, pomodoro, pine nuts and ricotta salata; and the season-forward Butternut Squash Ravioli ($23) crafted with house-made spinach pasta, crispy Brussels sprouts, pecorino Romano, butter and sage. Secondi additions include the Brasato ($29) Chianti-braised short rib, polenta cake, wilted spinach and roasted baby carrots; and Pollo Arosto ($24) wood-roasted half chicken, Yukon Gold potatoes served with an eggplant caponata. During a recent dinner at Prezzo, the pasta special was the most popular item of the night, according to the general manager. The house-made spinach pasta was served with rabbit and eggplant caponata and tasted like a dish you’d find in Italy. “We wanted to give our guests something new to get excited about as we prepare

to enter our 30th year in the market,” said restauranteur Burt Rapoport. “When we opened our first location on Glades Road in 1989, Prezzo was one of the very first South Florida restaurants to feature a wood-burning oven. Naturally, pizzas and pastas have been the heart and soul of the Boca Raton restaurant and will always remain front and center. Chef Fabrizio’s additions are exciting takes on classic, Italian staples with subtle nods to modern American cuisine.” Prezzo is located at 5560 N. Military Trail. The restaurant is open for lunch Monday–Friday beginning at 11:30AM. Dinner hours: Monday–Wednesday 4:30PM–9PM; Thursday 4:30PM– 9:30PM; Friday–Saturday 4:30PM– 10PM; and Sunday 4:30PM–8:30PM. Telephone: (561) 314-6840; PrezzoBoca. com

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Boca’s economic development report By: Jessica Del Vecchio Economic Development Manager Special to the Boca and Delray Newspapers Boca Business Briefs Analytical firm Smart Asset analyzed economic data for 500 cities nationwide to find the top boomtowns in America. The study considered seven metrics including, population change, unemployment rate, change in unemployment rate, GDP growth rate, business growth, housing growth and change in household income. With an average annual GDP growth rate of 3.39 percent, Boca Raton

ranked 20th out of 500. This month, SCORE recognized Boca Kitchens & Baths and Clearly Loved Pets as Entrepreneurs of the Year. SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. They have a team of 40 business experts in the Boca Raton office. The Boca SCORE branch has been the No. 1 Chapter in the nation (among 350 offices) not once, but twice.

We recently shared our economic development update with the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County’s stakeholders. The breakfast was attended by top leaders in the County and was a great opportunity for us to share the good Boca word. Mill Creek Residential is set to relocate its Boca Raton headquarters. The company will occupy 27,000 square feet in Boca Village Corporate Center. Completed in 2008, Boca Village Corporate Center is LEED Silver-certified. Mill Creek will be joining tenants Morgan Stanley and Oppenheimer. Our Office conceptualized and created a commercial discussing the benefits of having a corporate headquarters in Boca Raton. This spot aired nationally on ABC

New year, new you at the Delray Chamber By: Stephanie Immelman President & CEO of the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers We are trying something a little different at the Delray Chamber this year. We are introducing monthly themes that will give an extra boost to Chamber members in certain categories. We will be highlighting our member businesses throughout the year utilizing all of our communications channels such as Delray Morning Live, Member to Member e-blasts, the DelrayBeach. com website, social media and monthly events.   We will be tailoring the Chamber events to tie into the themes. For example, our Focus on Women in February (Sports Month) will take place at Central Park Tae Kwon Do. Take a look at the year ahead and see where your business fits in: • January – New Year, New You – featuring fitness, healthy

eating, mental health, yoga, beauty, salons & spas • February – Sports Crazy – featuring the Superbowl and the Delray Open as well as sports related shops and activities

during the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl. To view it, you can use the following YouTube link: https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=OS05Frqgijc 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.

support them. • September - Membership Month • October – Celebration of the Arts – featuring our arts and cultural organizations • November – Giving Back – featuring Non-profits

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• December – Holidaze of Shopping – featuring shops, merchants, catering, car dealerships (end of year sales)

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• May – We Heart Small Biz month – featuring solopreneurs, entrepreneurs, small businesses, Co-Working space   • June – Health and Wellness – featuring hospitals, doctors, dentists, dermatologists, orthodontists, gyms, spas, veterinarians

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Staff report Pregnant women addicted to drugs will soon have a place to go to help them detox and stay with their baby after they give birth. The Drug Abuse Foundation of Palm Beach County broke ground on a Women & Children’s Pavilion on its Siemens-Evert Comprehensive Service Campus in Delray Beach last month. The Pavilion will include 3,000-square feet of new space and create a facility that totals 8,000-square-feet for the Moms & Babies program on the campus. When complete, there will a playground area and 1,000-square-feet of covered patio.

The Drug Abuse Foundation of Palm Beach County broke ground on a Women & Children’s Pavilion on its Siemens-Evert Comprehensive Service Campus in Delray Beach last month. Staff photo.

minutes a baby is born suffering from withdrawal.

“Our children are our future,” chair of the board of directors at the Drug Abuse Foundation Leo Phillips said.

Drug Abuse Foundation began providing services to moms and babies in 2017. The new space will expand on the program currently offered.

He shared some statistics about the impact of opioid addiction in the state of Florida before the official groundbreaking of the project occurred.

COO Stephanie Thompson said there will be 22 beds in the Pavilion and women will be able to come in for help while they are pregnant and stay after giving birth. There will also be an extended stay visitation area for kids to spend time with their moms for eight hours.

According to Florida’s surgeon general Dr. Scott Rivkees, 1,500 children were born with neonatal abstinence syndrome or NAS in 2018. In the same time period, 4,2000 Floridians died from opioid addiction. In the past several years, the number of babies born addicted to drugs has grown 200 percent and every 25

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“We are very excited,” she said, about the new addition. DCF Family and Community Service Director Robert Shea said the new Pavilion comes at much needed time as Palm Beach County

recently lose several of its specialty program leaving a void in the moms and babies services. He lauded the Drug Abuse Foundation for fulfilling the need. “It’s mission critical for DCF to keep families together safely,” he said. He said substance misuse is the No. 1 reason why kids are removed from their homes in Palm Beach County.

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And he said the statistics are staggering when mothers and babies are allowed to stay together than separated. “We have to work diligently at keeping them together,” he said. He shared a personal story of a relative of his that entered the program when she was pregnant. He said mom and baby are doing well and mom recently gave birth to twins in November.

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The goal of the program is to help reduce the likelihood of a baby being born addicted to non-prescribed substances as well as promoting healthy parent-child relationships.

Chairman of the board of the Drug Abuse Foundation Leo Phillips speaks during the ground breaking of the new Women & Children’s Pavilion. Staff photo.

Drug Abuse Foundation staff, board members and supporters were joined for the groundbreaking by three alumni mothers of the program.

Delray CRA relocates 1930s home [38]

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What’s up in the real estate market…

Delray Beach Commissioner Bill Bathurst, John Farina U.S. Construction President and CEO, Delray Beach Mayor Shelly Petrolia, Dustin Salzano U.S. Construction CFO, Architect Randall Stofft. Submitted photo.

Ocean Delray construction underway Developers National Realty Investment Advisors (NRIA) and U.S. Construction have broken ground on Ocean Delray. The official groundbreaking took place on Nov. 14. Located at 1901 South Ocean Boulevard, Ocean Delray will be the first ever ultra-luxury, oceanfront residential development in Delray Beach. The project features 19 residences priced from $5.7-$10 million. Designed by South Florida architect Randall Stofft, Ocean Delray is being built on a prized 1.8-acre piece of land formerly occupied by the Wright by the Sea Hotel.

“Our development is changing the way the real estate industry looks at Delray Beach,” said John Farina, President and CEO of U.S. Construction which is developing the project with NRIA. “This city has a rich cultural history and was ripe for new development. With Randall Stofft’s design and our team’s execution, Ocean Delray will take oceanfront living in South Florida to the next level.” At the time of the groundbreaking, IMI Worldwide Properties, the exclusive sales and marketing representative for Ocean Delray, had already sold 40 precent of the project, totaling $45 million.  The project is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2021.

Residents will have a beachfront hospitality experience and access to a state-of-the-art Peloton experience room with the latest in exercise equipment and technology.

“This is not a typical South Florida condo building. For people looking for the feel of a luxury, single-family residence, but the ease and amenities of a condo building, this is the place they want to be,” added Glenn La Mattina, SVP of Development at NRIA. The team also unveiled the custom designed sales gallery, located at 1053 E. Atlantic Avenue. The sales gallery will be open starting November 18th from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sundays from Noon to 7 p.m. The residences will range from 3,373

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New neighborhood Banyan Court to add 40 homes to Delray Beach

Delray CRA moves 1930s home to its headquarters Staff report Delray’s Community Redevelopment Agency has a new office that is rooted

in the city between 1924 and 1950 including the Sandoway House, Old School Square Gymnasium, Arcade

in history.

Delray Beach CRA moves 1930s home to its office site. Photo courtesy of Delray CRA.

Recently, the agency worked to save a

Building and many villas in the Ma-

historically significant home that was

rina District.

slated to be demolished by moving it to its office site.

The home began its big move at 7 a.m. and took nearly all day to get to

The home was located at 215 NE Sev-

its new location, just behind the cur-

enth Ave. and was sold by the home-

rent CRA office at 20 Swinton Ave.

owners to a development company. The agency purchased the home from the company, Azure Development.

“It’s not every day that you move a house,” CRA executive director Renee Jadusingh said. “But as the CRA,

The single-family home was con-

historical preservation is a big part of

structed in the late 1930s and was de-

our mission, it’s exciting.”

signed by the first registered architect in Delray Beach, Samuel Ogren Sr.. He is known as the “Father of Delray Beach Architecture.” He designed more than 250 homes and buildings

The addition of the home also provides much needed office space to the agency, which outgrew its current space many years ago. The agency had been considering renovating its

Staff report Delray Beach will soon welcome 40 new homes to the city. A 6.6-acre piece of property located on the east side of Barwick Road has been annexed into the city limits from Palm Beach County.

Stellar Homes has plans to build 40 single family homes in the Delray community called Banyan Court. Photo courtesy of Richard Jones Architecture.

The developer Stellar Homes has plans to build 40 single family homes in the community called Banyan Court. The project has been in the works for a while and started out as an apartment complex and then turned into a 58-unit townhome project. After pushback from neighbors, the property owners pivoted plans to propose a single family home community. The move pleased the neighbors and commissioners who voted to support the annexation and zoning changes needed for the new community.

A rendering of a home in Banyan Court. Photo courtesy of Richard Jones Architecture.

Homeowners will be able to choose from a one-story home model or two, two-story options. The homes were designed by Delray architect Richard Jones. Jones described the homes as a transitional, contemporary style. Elevations fea-

tured earth tones and white colors. Home buyers will be able to choose whether they want to have a pool in the back yard. Homes will have patios in the backyard. The neighborhood will have two green space areas with pavilions and a pedestrian entry.

current home-office space to accommodate the growth. Now, the agency has the space it needs without a costly expansion budget. Since the home is now located within the Old School Square Historic District, the CRA will apply for local hisA 1930s home makes its move to the Delray Beach CRA. Photo courtesy of Delray CRA.

toric designation.

An elevation of a Banyan Court home. Photo courtesy of An elevation of a Banyan Court home. Photo courteRichard Jones Architecture. sy of Richard Jones Architecture.

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By: Harris B. Katz, Esq. Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers

Q: How often should a condominium update its governing documents?

Q: Are new board members of condominiums and homeowner’s associations (HOA) required to obtain a certification?

A.S., Boca Raton

J.M., Boca Raton A: Many associations have recently held their annual elections. This means that there are a lot of individuals recently elected who have not been properly certified as required by Florida law.  Since 2013, all new board members need to be certified to serve on their board.  If a board member fails to comply with this requirement within 90 days of election or appointment, they are suspended from service on the board until they do so. Even though board members are unpaid volunteers who serve their community, they still undertake important responsibilities. In short, a director on a board has the obligation to enforce the governing documents in accordance with Florida laws, adopt budgets, maintain common areas and oversee all aspects of your community, whether it is a condominium or a HOA. Even if an association has a property manager to assist it, along with your association attorney, Florida law requires that directors be familiar with applicable laws, accounting rules and the articles, bylaws and other governing documents for their community. As such, Florida law requires that all new directors, within 90 days of being elected, either file a certificate declaring they have read the association’s governing docu-

ments or complete an approved education course. Although you can do either under Florida law, actually attending a certification course is the recommended option.  Attending an approved training course allows you to learn from a qualified attorney who can answer questions and help you through the process.  By just reading through your documents, you may be in technical compliance with the law, but you will likely miss out on having everything put in context for you. Also, as new board members come to realize very quickly, Florida’s association laws are extremely complex and are continually changing. Understanding your fiduciary duties and board member requirements for condominium and HOA boards is critical for new directors. There are law firms and property management firms that offer the certification course for board members, some free of charge.  My firm regularly offers free board certification courses.  For more information, please feel free to contact my office at

A: As we approach the end of the year, it is important to take a look at the current documents governing your association, including the Declaration and By-Laws. Because condominium and HOA laws are updated and change regularly, whether through amendments to Florida Statutes or new case law, it is important to have your association attorney do regular reviews of your governing documents to make sure that your association is not running afoul of Florida law. Associations operating under older, potentially outdated documents will likely spend more each year on legal fees and run into more legal problems than those with newer, updated documents.  This is because, if an association is following documents that are ambiguous and may be contrary to current law, it is opening themselves and the association to potential liability that can come by way of one of Florida’s regulatory divisions or even by a disgruntled owner.  Frequently, flawed association docu-

ments will even impact associations that are newly turned over from a developer. Developer-prepared documents often have boilerplate language that has never been reviewed by the developer’s attorney to comply with current law. In addition, these developer-prepared documents are prepared in a way that benefits the developer, not the owners. So, whether you live in a community that is a decade old or a newly constructed one, an association should always have its attorney review the governing documents to determine whether they should be updated or not. 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.

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tinct Fifth Avenue Club services is a seamless way bring an enriching experience to our residents,” said Noam Ziv, Executive Director of Development at ElAd National Properties. “We are thrilled to be partnering with this exceptional brand as it will only add to the already curated, engaging lifestyle Alina offers” Alina’s first phase, a 121-unit luxury condominium designed by acclaimed architectural firm Garcia Stromberg/GS4 Studios, is on track to open at the end of 2020.

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What repairs should you make to sell your home? By: Amy Snook Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers

other areas to validate this assumption. Our recommendation is to fix the “easy,” low cost items that ensure a proper presentation to a buyer. Ensure each and every light bulb works and that they match, repair grout issues in the bathroom, replace dead or dying plants in the yard – these simple items make a big difference in a buyer’s mindset.

When deciding to sell your home, what repairs or enhancements are most important for the sale? The answer varies and depends on many factors such as market conditions, age of home, competition, equity in the property, timeframe for sale and cost of repairs. There are two different aspects to analyze: Repairs and aesthetics. Aesthetics is the simpler of the two— de-clutter, curb appeal, and painting are items that can easily be fixed. We all know that a potential buyer forms an opinion as soon as they pull up to your home, so pressure cleaning, gardening and lawn are important components of curb appeal if you want top dollar for your home!

what are the price points, are some of the factors you should consider. If there are many homes for sale in your neighborhood, you can expect a buyer to drive buy the various homes and compare which they may want to see.

If you are selling in a Seller’s market, you may choose to do fewer repairs/enhancements than a Seller who is selling in a Buyer’s market. In addition to the overall market conditions, an analysis of the conditions in your neighborhood such as how many homes are on the market, how long have they been on the market and

Now for the more difficult decisions— repairs! When a potential buyer walks through a home, one of the areas they typically analyze is how well the home has been treated. If they see a leaky faucet, a rotted door jam, whether it is accurate on not, they assume there has been some neglect and start to really look for

If your home is 35 years or older, the buyer will most likely need to do a “4 point” inspection in addition to the traditional inspection to even get insurance. A “Four Point Inspection” focuses only on four main areas of interest in a home: HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning), Electrical wiring and panels, plumbing connections and fixtures and the roof. For a home of this age, it may make sense to have your own presale inspection. If you have old Federal Pacific Panels, please replace them before you list. It is difficult if not impossible for buyer’s to get insurance with these panels. Electrical issues scare a buyer so remove this obstacle before it even becomes one! Roof—broken or missing roof tiles. This

is another one of those areas that cause a buyer to pause and show concern. It is a lower cost and simple fix—so address this one up front. This contrasts to a roof that has exceeded its life expectancy or even a failing roof. This is a bigger issue and can impact “who” can even buy your home. As for HVAC and plumbing—it depends. These are items to review on a case-bycase basis and together determine your strategy to address any issues. There are times that repair is the answer and other items that you can adjust as you negotiate a contract. About Amy Stark Snook Amy Stark Snook, a 1990 graduate of the University of Maryland, is a partner in the All About Florida Homes team of Lang Realty, along with co-partner Noreen Payne of Delray Beach. She has been practicing real estate and title insurance for 17 years and is currently the Florida State secretary for Women’s Council of Realtors. Amy is also a director of the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches and Greater Fort Lauderdale, and a director of Florida Realtors. She resides in Atlantis, Florida.


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Palm Beach County all about sports as 2020 launches Staff report Step aside Super Bowl LIV. Palm Beach County is debuting a sports line up this year that begins with an inaugural LPGA tournament and continues on to feature polo, equestrian show jumping, baseball and tennis. So while Palm Beach County isn’t home to a NFL, NBA or NHL team, the reputation of not being a place for sports has been diminished, said Palm Beach County Sports Commission executive director George Linley. Kicking off the 2020 sports line up is the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio. The tournament will take place at Boca Rio Golf Club from Jan. 20-26. It will feature a 108-player field vying for a $2 million purse. During a recent press conference hosted by the Palm Beach Sports Commission, hometown golfer Morgan Pressel said its the first opportunity she has had in her 15 year career to play golf in her own backyard of Boca. The last time an LPGA tournament was held in Palm Beach County was 13 years ago. She said she hopes to have a home field advantage on the course. She knows the greens are tough and on some holes players will be hoping to make a bogey. “This club is a hidden gem,” Boca Rio club president Paul Shapiro said. “We are really excited to show this course off to the rest of the world. Most people in Boca don’t event know we are here.” LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan said spectators can expect to see an Olympic event with 30 different countries represented. The women’s golf tournament is one of three golf events the county will host this year. According to the sports commission, Palm Beach County is the only county in the country to host these three

events in one calendar year. The other events in the “trifecta of golf ” are the Honda Classic PGA Tour, which starts on Feb. 27 and the final event is the Boca Raton Championship, which has been elevated to the second tournament in the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs, and will take place Oct. 26-Nov. 1 at the Old Course at Broken Sound. The highlight of sports in the county will come in February in what is being billed as “The Perfect Week of Sports.” The week begins with the Delray Beach Open, an ATP tournament, that takes place at the Delray Beach Tennis Stadium. It is the only tournament in the world that features an ATP Tour event and legends from the ATP Champions Tour. It begins on Feb. 22. For polo fans, the U.S. Polo Championship will take place on Feb. 23 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington. The world’s best teams will complete in the Gauntlet and the team that wins all three tournaments will be crowned champion and take home $1 million in prize money. If you want to see a re-match of the World Series, head to the spring training site of the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros. The “game 8” match up will take place on Feb. 24 at the FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Or if you want to see the home team in action, head to Rover Chevrolet Dean Stadium on Feb. 25 to see the St. Louis Cardinals and the Marlins play. Then, it is back to Wellington for the Winter Equestrian Festival, the largest and longest running horse show, on Feb. 26. The event features the best riders of different classes from Olympians to juniors at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. The perfect week is capped off with the Honda Classic PGA Tour where the best golfers head to Palm Beach Gardens to play.

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Boca Raton teen working to make fun in the sun safer at local parks By: Joanie Cox-Henry Contributing Writer

ily originally aimed to raise $500, that number impressively grew to $4,000 with community support.

Melanoma is the deadliest of skin cancers. In fact, one person dies of melanoma every hour, every day.  Boca Raton teen Brooke Diamond would like to put a stop to that. The ambitious 13-year-old decided to turn her Bat Mitzvah project into the ultimate mitzvah by working with Boca Raton Beach and Parks District to install four sunscreen dispensers in District parks by Jan. 2020. Diamond’s ultimate goal is to see these sunscreen dispensers displayed in parks throughout the U.S. Diamond also collected SPF swim shirts and hats to stuff inside care packages for 46 economically challenged and at-risk children at the Milagro Center in Delray Beach, donated hundreds of bottles of sunscreen to the Caridad Center and participated in the Run from the Rays 5K race, which raised $3,000 for sunscreen dispensers. “Diamond’s desire to make a difference in our community inspired the board,” Executive Director at Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District Briann Harms said. “To see a young person so involved in their community is also inspiring and this is a wonderful project because it’s also promoting skin cancer prevention. Living in South Florida, where we’re constantly in the sun, it’s especially an important cause.” Harms also mentioned two sunscreen dispensers will be placed at the Boca Raton Swim and Racquet Center and two will be stationed at Sugar Sand Park with one con-

Having a sunscreen dispenser scheduled to be placed near the Sugar Sand Park Carousel where Morgenstern used to enjoy spending time with his family is especially significant for the Diamond family.

Boca Raton teen Brooke Diamond is working with the Boca Raton Beach and Parks District to install four sunscreen dispensers in District parks by Jan. 2020. Submitted photo.

veniently located near the carousel and the other by the ballfields. “The Diamond family spoke with the board and we’re really excited about this project,” Harms said. “We also see this as a very successful project.” The idea all came about as a “pay it forward” way to pay tribute to her late grandfather, Alex Morgenstern, who battled melanoma for several years before succumbing to the disease. “Brooke is very enthusiastic and optimistic and when she was choosing a mitzvah project, my dad had only been gone about a year,” Brooke’s mother, Lauren Diamond said. “It was very clear that Brooke wanted to do something to honor him and also spread awareness about melanoma, which is totally preventable.” Diamond originally launched the project by collecting sunscreen before it evolved into placing complimentary sunscreen dispensers in parks. While the Diamond fam-

As the project continues to grow, Brooke’s younger brother Mitch is eager to continue the work his sister started for his own bar mitzvah project. “Mitch is raring to go on this,” Lauren Diamond said. “The goal is to continue to raise awareness. I miss my dad everyday and I think something good should come out of something horrible.” Fellow Boca Raton parents think the sunscreen dispensers will be game changers for local families. “As a busy mom to a two year old, we often go to the park and it will be so convenient to have these dispensers,” said Catino. “I really think it’s a great idea and every park should have them.” With The Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District being very pro-community input, Harms welcomes any new community suggestions or ideas to be sent to her email at bharms@mybocaparks.org. “In Boca, we have many wonderful students involved in community projects and we’re open to new ideas,” Harms said. “Our meetings are always open with public comments and these parks are for the people so hearing from the community is key.”


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49th Boca Street Parade stays spirited, despite rain By: Diane Emeott Korzen Contributing Writer A sudden downpour at the beginning of Boca Street Parade didn’t dampen the spirits of the many parade entrants or crowd packed in along both sides of Federal Highway for the festive annual event. An estimated 25,000 spectators still attended, according to Boca Community

utes with dogs and children in tow, from two long rows of extra tables set up in the courtyard for parade viewing. Madison, 8, who is 2019 South Florida Fair Princess, was pictured with Miss South Florida Fair Mariluz Cook. Madison’s mom said Madison was Miss Boca

Boca Christian Middle School Cheerleaders. Photo by Diane Emeott Korzen.

Beau Barovich (C) and friends take in Boca Street Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus in Boca Street Parade. Parade. Photo by Diane Emeott Korzen. Photo by Diane Emeott Korzen.

South Florida Fair Princess Madison, 8, stands with Boca Firefighters Float in Boca Street Parade. Photo Miss South Florida Fair Mariluz Cook at the Boca Parade. Photo by Diane Emeott Korzen. by Diane Emeott Korzen.

Events Coordinator Monika Amar. The staging area went from Camino Real to SE 5 Street, with the parade processional traveling from SE 5 Street to NE Mizner Blvd. The 2019 Street Parade, traditionally held the first Wednesday of December, was held one week later, on Dec. 11, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. At the last minute, Mayor Scott Singer jumped onboard Deputy Mayor Jeremy Rodgers’ float following a reported glitch with the convertible he was supposed to be riding in. Council Members Monica Mayotte and Andrea Levine O’Rourke smiled and waved like troopers from their convertible cars.

Raton’s Princess last year. Among the many marching bands were Boynton Beach Tiger Sound band, Boca Christian Middle School Cheerleaders with its Middle and High School Band, and Monarch High Marching Band from Coconut Creek. Boy Scout Troop 333 was represented. The U.S. Naval Sea Cadets of Delray Beach marched in formation. The Commander said the group has been in the parade the past 10 to 18 years; she and her husband have been coming over 30 years. An impressive Praise Band played jazz on Victory Church’s float, featuring Ely on drums, David on keys, and other instrumentalists. Joseph, Mary and a live baby “Jesus” rode on another of the floats.

Councilmember Andy Thomson walked streetside with a small dog, letting his family take his car. Marching bands with their musical instruments, police and fire on emergency vehicles, pretty girls in their costumes with flat-ironed hair beginning to show curls nevertheless kept the show going. Outside the Biergarten, people took shelter under the overhang for several min-

Tendler Orthodontics, by Boca City Hall, shows off their sparkly white smiles in the Boca Holiday Parade . Photo by Diane Emeott Korzen.


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Ring in 2020 at Boca GreenMarket By: Diane Emeott Korzen Contributing Writer If your New Year’s Resolution starts with eating more healthy, incorporating more fresh fruits and vegetables into your daily diet, be sure to stop by Boca GreenMarket some Saturday in January to sample all the local flavor. The GreenMarket, now in its 23rd year, meets every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the banyan-tree-lined Boca City Hall Parking Lot.

Lisa Bresnihan and Susan Weber serve up fruit Strolling through Boca Green Market on a crisp, cool, Brianne of Bennys Fruits & Vegetables with dog, breads at Baked In Boca, Made In Boca stand.Photo Saturday morning. Photo by Diane Emeott Korzen. Toby. Photo by Diane Emeott Korzen. by Diane Emeott Korzen.

This is the second season at this location. Previously, the Market started by Emily Lilly, met in Royal Palm Place. On Saturday morning, Dec. 7, proud parents encircled the steps leading up to City Hall, as the parents watched and videotaped their 1st and 2nd graders from Boca Raton Elementary performing songs like “Candles, Candles,” under the creative direction of music teacher Liese Connell on guitar. One new vendor at the market in December was Organic Kennesaw Fresh Squeezed juices. Samples are served up in exotic flavors such as Blood Orange, Orange Strawberry, Grapefruit, Lemonade or Orange by 16-year-old Max and his friend Logan, 17. Max told his parents he wanted a car. They told him he could work for it. The company was founded in 1923 by Bubba Humphrey, who would bring fresh pineapples grown in Boca Raton up to Georgia; bringing Georgia peaches back to Florida on the return. Eventually they focused on citrus. In 1990, Max’s family bought the company located in Pompano Beach. It is now owned by Roseberg and Zutterman. For more information, go to kennesawjuice.

Dominique of Provence Linens talks with Michael of Renee Caruso (R) of Delray samples empanadas and Max, 16, and friend Logan, 17 serve up fresh squeezed Financial Connection. Photo by Diane Emeott Ko- Jamaican patties from Martha (L) of Sweet & Salty Salsa Sister. Photo by Diane Emeott Korzen. juice at Kennesaw. Photo by Diane Emeott Korzen. rzen.

com. The Market boasts two produce vendors who have become like old friends to market goers. The personable Greg of MisGreg’s Produce goes back to Day 1 at Boca GreenMarket. He used to come to market with his pet pig Maxwell, much to the crowd’s delight. The produce stand is named for Greg’s wife, Missy, who was familiar to customers for ringing up their purchases. Sadly, she died unexpectedly this past year, shortly after the passing of one of her parents. Greg is raising up his four daughters to also work at the family Produce Stand. His youngest daughters Nathalie and Heather were manning the booth in December when he stopped in to check on them. Daughters Melissa and Kimmy also sometimes help out.

MisGreg’s Produce offers an extensive array of vegetables, greens and fruits grown in the West Palm Beach area. At the other end of the market, Brianne and her little dog Toby greet guests to Benny’s fruits and vegetables. Most of their produce comes from Immokalee. They also have a friend who grows for them, pesticide free, in Homestead, she said. Market goers looking for interesting breakfast pastries will find no shortage. Lisa Bresnihan and Susan Weber of “Baked In Boca, Made in Boca” serve samples of moist and delicious homemade banana bread – made from the fruit of banana trees in their backyards. Other regular bread flavors are lemon and zucchini. Gluten-free bread flavors are anisette toast, peanut butter/chocolate chip, and sugarplum.

Christine Semenza of Mimi Bakes, at market with Dominic, brings a twist on New York style crumb cake. Available in festive flavors like apple crumb, classic crumb, and a red-and-green crumb around the holidays, she brings a taste of the northeast to those hungry for it. Goes great with coffee. Two traditional French bakeries also have a presence at the GreenMarket. Le Petit Pain, whose owners spend part of the year in France/part of the year at their bakery in Boynton Beach, features beautiful squares of mixed berry, apricot or pear tarte, croissants and baguettes, and deep-dish quiche. Le Vinois, from Ft. Lauderdale, is known for its Rugelach in strawberryraspberry, orange-chocolate, or apricot. They also serve rustic pizzas and loaves of bread.

FAU University Galleries presents ‘Hand & I: Mending the World One Stitch at a Time’ Staff report Contemporary art exhibition “Hand & I: Mending the World One Stitch at a Time” is on display at The University Galleries in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters at Florida Atlantic University in the Schmidt Center Gallery. This exhibition brings together 23 international, national and local artists who use the delicate medium of embroidery to address society’s most pressing issues. The artists address the difficult problems of climate, race, gender, immigration and the U.S. prison system using a traditional craft to create a call for resistance.

The artists include indigenous artist Mariette Johnson who addresses the objectification of women’s bodies; Ray Materson, whose years in incarceration inform his miniature scenes of prison life; Shannon Gross, who uses embroidery to create a homage to transgender victims of violence; Blanka Amezkua, who adopts the language of Latino comic books to comment on clichés about female identity; and Miami-based artist Pip Brant who honors Central American asylum seekers through a work made for this exhibition.

On Jan. 24, at 6:30 p.m., New York-based artist Miriam Schaer and Miami-based artist Pip Brant will have a public conversation about their work, their inspirations and what it means to be a working artist today.

This month, there are two public programs featuring artists and scholars on Jan. 24 and Jan. 30.

The “Hand & I” exhibition is produced in collaboration with FAU’s Department of Visual Arts and Art History.

On Jan. 30, at 6:30 p.m., a panel discussion, “Art, Craft and Activism,” will feature artists Noelle Mason, Aurora Molina and Julie Ward. Karen Leader, associate professor of art history at FAU, will moderate.


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Diving into the topic of happiness By: Diane Feen Contributing Writer If there’s one thing we all have in common, it’s the belief we should be happy. This concept started early on in civilization – the Declaration of Independence clearly states we all have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. But are we really happy? And, if not, how do we find happiness and maintain it? Temple Beth El of Boca Raton wanted to explore that question and its fickle sense of fulfillment at a recent Happiness Shabbat. After the Friday night service there was a panel discussion with a life coach (Sophie Frabotta), the author of the book, “Happily After Always” (Michael Rosenblum) and inventor, designer marketer and connector (Nicole Biscuiti). Rabbi Jessica Mates chose each of these happy experts because they all exuded an aura of mastery over this elusive condition known as happiness. As each of them tossed a few diamonds into the field of discovery we were traveling, it was our job to catch them. Rosenblum exuded a raw sense of joy and told us that gratitude is one of the key factors in finding happiness. “Gratitude is like magic it sustains us during the good times and the bad times.” A close second, according to Rosenblum, is to find out who we really are and learn to trust, value and love ourselves.

Good advice – but how do we do that, you might ask. According to life coach Frabotta we need to know what we want and focus on that, not what we don’t want. “Find the thing that lights you up and turn that into your career – that becomes food for your soul.” The moderator of the panel, Marshall Sklar seemed to find happiness and success quite young in life. He was adamant that he only does what makes him happy, and that you must surround yourself with successful people. “Problems are opportunities. Great leaders failed many times, but it’s a great tragedy not to try.” Self-love seems to be an all-pervasive theme in the happiness scheme of things. Barb Schmidt, of Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life, is a local guru for finding inner peace and happiness. Her recent lecture on relationships was held at Boca Regional Hospital Dawson Theater. Like Rosenblum, Schmidt spoke about self-love and how important it is to deepen your relationship with yourself in order

to have healthy relationships. “We need to pay attention to the Red Flags and not ignore our intuition. It’s the Red Flags that can make us unhappy.” Schmidt spoke about how a relationship she had for many years disappeared before her eyes. That wake-up call caused her to look carefully at the Red Flags – and to alert everyone to look for them so we don’t suffer the same disappointment. “If someone says mean things about people, that is a sign, if they don’t call you when things are going well for you, that’s another one.” She also spoke about shared interests and how important it is to find people who align with your core values. “Join clubs or groups with people who like to do what you like to do. Be with people who inspire you and respect you. Choose people who chose you!” Though relationships often come with challenges Schmidt did say we would not be able to survive without them. The good news, she said, is that how someone treats you is a reflection of them, not you. That upshot on this theory is a sound one – “Try not to take things personally.” Good advice, but something that might take a lot of practice. But Schmidt did not dissuade us from meeting this challenge head on. “Know what your boundaries are and what you will put up with and what is non-negotiable. Then you can have compassion for others, but you don’t need to keep them in your life.” She reminded us to be gentle with ourselves, honor ourselves and be kind. “When you are truthful, loving and kind, the right people will show up for us.” That’s good to know.


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Commission Corner By: County Commissioner Robert Weinroth, Dist. 4 Special to the Boca Newspaper Having an early Session in 2020 (coinciding with many of the legislators focused on their own political future) tends to impact the legislative dynamics especially with the committee meetings initiated soon after ‘Sine Die’’ the end of the 2019 Session on May 4th. Interestingly, of the 1861 bills filed (excluding local appropriations projects) last year, only 195 passed.

With the New Year comes a new session of the Florida legislature. Under the state Constitution, our legislators meets each year in Tallahassee for sixty consecutive days. Those annual sessions are typically held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in March. However, the Legislature can decide to start Sessions at other times in even-numbered years (ostensibly to allow time for representatives to campaign for reelection, election to higher office or to avoid being trampled by the cacophony of presidential hopefuls descending on Florida to curry favor with the electorate). Since 2016, the legislative sessions have begun on the second Tuesday after the first Monday in January in evennumbered years. While there are other ways in which the legislature may be convened, including Special Sessions, called by the Governor or by a joint proclamation issued by the Senate President and House Speaker, the legislative process is generally condensed into a finite number of days, sometimes referred to as the most dangerous 60-days in Florida since until the session is closed, there is no safe place to hide from the potential impacts of the legislative process.

There is actually only one piece of business the legislature must complete during its annual session, passing a balanced budget (also known as the General Appropriations Act) for the following year. If lawmakers fail to pass the budget within their allotted time, they will have to extend the legislative. If a new budget isn’t passed by the start of a new fiscal year, a state government shutdown is inevitable. For the upcoming session, lawmakers have already filed an eclectic mix of bills with much of the attention of Florida lawmakers on appropriations to show the people “back home” they can bring home the bacon. Lawmakers are apt to shy away from contentious issues, leaving them to the candidates for federal office to debate. Gun control will likely cause some of the most heated controversy in Tallahassee. Lawmakers have already filed bills potentially making fundamental changes to gun ownership in Florida. Under a bill offered by Senator Annette Taddeo (SB-134), local governments would be permitted to enact their own

Mayor’s Message By: Mayor Scott Singer Special to the Boca Newspaper West Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale and Miami.

Boca Raton residents had a great win with the City Council‘s unanimous recent approval of a long-term lease with Brightline, soon to be Virgin Trains (VTUSA), with a unanimous 5-0 vote at the December 10 City Council Meeting. Boca Raton will be the third new station in the company’s south corridor, joining Aventura and PortMiami in connecting the privately-operated, intercity rail system. Current stations and stops include

Brightline will fully fund and operate, as a rail-ready connection to the $5 billion, 170-mile intercity train system. Construction is hoped to begin in early 2020 and be completed by early 2021. The City will fund most of the of the design and construction of a 455-car parking garage for train guests and the public. Brightline will be responsible for all the operating, maintenance, and related expenses of the garage, and the parties will split the profits. The city has limited its risks by maintaining ownership of the land and assets and having Brightline assume all of the significant ongoing expenses. Library visitors will have dedicated, covered, parking on the first floor, which will be complimentary.  We pursued an opportunity to be included in this major transportation network and have seized the moment. Once open, these vital transportation upgrades will provide benefits to Boca’s residents and businesses and will ad-

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gun control ordinances — authority that was stripped from them by the legislature in 2011. Gun owners wishing to sell or transfer a firearm would be required to use a licensed dealer to complete the transaction under a bill sponsored by Senator Lauren Book (SB-94). Senator Lori Berman has proposed a bill to expand the “Red Flag” legislation enacted in the shadow of the tragedy at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School. Under Berman’s bill (SB-114) family members would also be able to seek a court order to remove firearms from individuals deemed a danger to themselves or others. Her efforts could be given added traction in light of a federal bill introduced by US Senator Marco Rubio to provide grant money to states, like Florida, enacting risk protection legislation. However, State Representative Mike Hill has filed an omnibus firearms bill (HB-6003) that would repeal the risk protection law, which Senator Berman seeks to expand. A bill to protect residents accepting inside deliveries to their homes was filed by Representative Mike Caruso in response to the murder of a 75-year old woman by an individual installing a new appliance in her Boca Raton home. The proposed “Evelyn Udell Delivery Bill” has two components. Retailers would be required to advise customers when delivery services are subcontracted and individuals employed to make inside deliveries would be required to have a Level 2 background check. This is but a tiny sampling of what’s on the legislative plate for January. The best advice keep an eye on Tallahassee. It may be a long way from South Florida, but what happens up there will have an impact down here!

vance the long-term future of our thriving, progressive city.  The response from residents, employers, our largest institutions, and community partners has been overwhelmingly positive. Phrases like “game changer,” “transformative,” and “winning the lottery”, were all used by the largest group of speakers in favor of an issue to come before the City Council in many years. We want to make sure Boca is not left out of this high-speed rail network that has provided benefits to the cities that have it. A stop in Boca adds connectivity for our residents for trains that are already running throughout our city and brings benefits for our residents, commuting professionals, tourism, our economy, and our presence. This was also a moment of great personal satisfaction. I approached Brightline CEO’s back in March to pitch them on a station in Boca.  For many months, city staff worked hard, and my colleagues and I pushed to make the deal better and better for residents and address neighborhood concerns. Thanks to all of the residents who weighed in, city staff ’s great efforts, and my colleagues for sharing a vision about improving transportation and mobility and bringing all of the many benefits of this major opportunity to

Boca Raton. The excitement is palpable and this opportunity will bring benefits for decades to Boca Raton.  Thanks, Scott

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