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Delray native, FAU alum composed music on shortfilm headed to HBO this spring By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor Paul Zambrano spent a year delivering food for Delray-based Delivery Dudes to save up enough money to move to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of composing music for movies. The Delray native graduated from Florida Atlantic University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in commercial music.

Empty Bowls attendees enjoy soup from various local restaurants at Old School Square. Photo by Jan Engoren.

4th Annual Empty Bowls benefits Palm Beach County Food Bank By: Jan Engoren Contributing Writer Tramonti’s pasta fagioli, Harvest Seasonal Grill and Wine Bar’s butternut squash soup, Salt 7s sweet potato and chorizo soup, New York Prime’s shellfish bisque and Henry’s split pea soup were all part of the samplings available at the 4th Annual Delray Beach Empty Bowls benefit, on Dec. 8 at Old School Square. Empty Bowls, sponsored by the Palm Beach County Food Bank, is a national grassroots event that raises money for hunger relief. They invite the public to “eat simply, so others can simply eat.” Co-chairs of the event were Stephanie Dodge and Marla Garchik.

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The Palm Beach County Food Bank was founded in 2012 to meet the unmet needs of food pantries, soup kitchens and residential housing centers. The Food Bank procures more than 5 million pounds of food annually from grocery stores, restaurants, food distributors, wholesalers and other sources and provides it to more than 200 local community partners. Each month they provide access to nutritious food for more than 100,000 hungry Palm Beach County residents, including children and seniors. Guests had the opportunity to share in a basic meal of bread provided by Old School Bakery and soup made from 30 local chefs, all served by community leaders. Each [CONT. PG 2]

With $8,000 to his name, he made the move cross country and began cold emailing anyone working on a film project to begin to build his portfolio. His first project was a low budget indie film “A Fighting Chance” where everyone who worked on it was paid “little to nothing,” he said. Since then, he has composed scores for a number of indie films, several of which have received accolades at film festivals like Cannes Film Festival. His latest project “Slipping into Darkness” will soon be aired on HBO. The award-winning short film focuses on generational incarceration in the Latino community. Zambrano said he was attracted to the project because he had an uncle who was recently released from prison on parole after serving 35 years. The film was rejected 43 times

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4th Annual Empty Bowls benefits Palm Beach County Food Bank [FROM PG 1]

guest received a unique bowl to take home as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the community.

bers of the Delray Beach Sunrise Group, who rise early each morning to view the sun rise in Delray over the ocean.

“As bakers we came out to feed our community,” said Shelly Himmelrich, partner to Old School Square Bakery owner, Billy Himmelrich.

“It’s for a good cause,” Carol Wong said.

Lynott was enjoying the roasted chicken and vegetable soup with white beans from Deck 84, which all three agreed was their favorite.

“Plus, we like food,” joked her husband, Gabe Wong.

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Billy Himmelrich noted that in Palm Beach County, one in six people is considered food insecure and don’t know where their next meal is coming from. He highlighted that this year the festival has gone green and more sustainable and is not using plastic water bottles or plastic cups. “What makes the empty bowls event special is the breadth and depth of the community involvement,” says Palm Beach Food Bank executive director Karen Erren. “Many community leaders and volunteers have stepped up to offer a comprehensive Delray Beach event.” Out enjoying the soup and the beautiful December weather were Delray Beach residents Carol and Gabe Wong along with neighbor Debbie Lynott, all mem-

Old School Square Bakery’s Billy and Shelly Himmelrich and Empty Bowls event co-chair, Stephanie Dodge at the 4th Annual Empty Bowls. Photo by Jan Engoren.

Event volunteers from Cambridge College of Healthcare and Technology at Empty Bowls. Photo by Jan Engoren.

Delray native, FAU alum composed music on short-film headed to HBO this spring [FROM PG 1] from festivals, he said, because it was depressing and did not have a happy ending.

he plugs in a key board to his computer and uses a sound library to turn any note into different instrument sounds. If the

“It’s very real,” he said.

film has the budget for it, he can source

But the 44th time, it received an award for best film from the 2019 Latino Film and Arts Festival in Palm Desert. It also won the first-ever HBO Latino short film competition, which secured a licensing deal with the network.

live musicians to use. In addition to the HBO film, he has worked on other projects like “Take Care of Emily,” which was recently on a successful festival run.

The film will air on HBO in April for two years. The 30-minute film tells the story of Juanito, a young man struggling to fight the cycle of imprisonment that his father fell into, known as generational incarceration. Writer and prouder David Mansanalez said he is now working to turn the film into a television series. Zambrano first got into music when he began taking piano lessons when he was 13. “I was always into classical music,” he said.

He has also released several soundtracks on major streaming platforms, as well as two solo albums. He is also writing for Gothic Storm Music, and Elephant MuDelray native, FAU alum Paul Zambrano composed music featured on short film airing on HBO. Submitted photo.

When he was a freshman at FAU, every-

something in mind for the music. Some-

one told him if he wanted to purse film

times they send references for a tone they

music he had to move to L.A.

are looking for or emotions they are try-

When selecting a project to work on, he said he looks at the story. If he likes the idea, he finds out if the director has

ing to evoke, sometimes they leave it up to Zambrano. He uses a digital audio work station where

sic, two major trailer music publishers with his trailer co-writer Ennio Tangocci, who’s work will be featured on upcoming albums. If he could work on any upcoming movie, he said it would be the new Lord of the Rings or Batman.


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Old School Square’s new CEO, president Shannon Eadon Shannon Eadon was recently hired as the new president and CEO of Old School Square. We had a chance to ask her some questions about herself and her new role.

1 Tell us about yourself and your background. I am married to the love of my life, Gordon Eadon. We have two wonderful children, Logan 29 and Tucker 27. I am a corporate brat, and have moved 18 times in my life. I love to play pickleball, ski, run, travel, garden and read. I am passionate about my family and friends and love to be very social and involved in the community in which I live. I started my career in advertising in New York City. I was a Sr. VP at Rosenfeld, Sirowitz, Humphrey & Strauss, a medium sized, highly creative ad agency working on amazing brands like Estee Lauder, Sharp Electronics, McDonalds and Smith Corona. I had the opportunity to launch major brands like Snapple and Swatch and traveling all over the world. I left advertising when I had my first child and spent the next 10 years serving on Executive Boards of local charitable organizations. I started my own event company producing large weddings and charitable events and when I started talking

about returning to NYC, the local theater reached out to me and offered me the opportunity to work for them building and expanding their Development Department. I was hired by the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, NJ and it is there that I rediscovered my passion for the arts and arts education; I was an Arts minor in college. At the Basie I was given the opportunity to build the Development Department dramatically expanding their major gifts, corporate sponsorships, advertising, membership, grants and events. I was hired away from the Basie by the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC) in Englewood, NJ to rebrand their theater; write a strategic and tactical plan; hire and train a Development Team and design a Capital Campaign. I just wish someone would have told me my

commute to Englewood, the last exit before the George Washington Bridge would take between 2-4 hours each way.

2 What attracted you to Old School Square and Delray? I was found through a national search by the Arts Consulting Group. Old School Square is an amazing facility with huge potential for growth both in “the Square” and outside the Square! The Team in place is awesome and full of new and exciting ideas for change. The Board of Directors and Founder of OSS are supportive and enthusiastic. Best of all, OSS is located in the coolest city in Florida. Who wouldn’t want to live in Delray?

3 What early initiatives, plans or chang-

es for OSS do you have in mind that you can you share with us?

We are going to launch educational and outreach initiatives. We are looking to partner with local schools, hospitals, nursing homes and veteran’s groups to bring art, music and the performing arts to them. We also plan

to add a music, dance and performing arts academy to our already existing outstanding fine arts school. We are looking to expand our programming on both our stages so to do a better job at programming for all ages.

4 If you could bring any act to Old School Square who or what would it be? Can I have two? Carrie Underwood and Bruce Springsteen! Carrie Underwood has the most amazing voice and tells a story with every song and who wouldn’t want to see “The Boss” on the Pavilion stage?

5 What is your all-time favorite performance or arts memory and why? I attended my first live performance at the age of 6 with my parents. It was outside in the Boston Common and Arthur Fiedler was conducting the Boston Pops. He opened the concert by sitting down at the piano and played the Flight of the Bumblebee, I was mesmerized. The program that afternoon was a narrated symphony, Peter and the Wolf, still one of my favorite fairy tales.

Models to strut the runway during 7th annual Delray Beach Fashion Week Staff report

with over 70 looks, silent auction

While South Florida prepares to host Superbowl, downtown Delray Beach is gearing up to showcase the latest fashion trends during the 7th annual Delray Beach Fashion Week.

Recommended attire: Resort Wear Old School Square Super Pep Rally – Swim & Active Wear Show with Free Concert & Tailgate Games

Fashion shows and events return Jan. 29-Feb. 2. “The Delray Beach Fashion Week annual event dates have been adjusted to coincide with the big game week in Palm Beach County,” said Laura Simon, Executive Director, DDA. “The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and the downtown merchants, are proud to produce this award-winning event for the seventh year and be a part of the excitement surrounding this ‘super’ football event taking place in South Florida. We look forward to sharing with our residents and visitors the fashion, beauty and fun that are found right here in downtown Delray Beach.”

Jan. 31 Old School Square Park and Pavilion Tickets: FREE

Delray’s Downtown Development Authority will host its 7th annual Fashion Week. Photo courtesy of DDA.

season from downtown retailers with hair and makeup by local salons.

6-10:30 p.m.: This event is organized in conjunction with Old School Square’s Super Bowl Entertainment event. A chance for local businesses to get out and mingle with residents and visitors and showcase Delray Beach as a sports destination. Opening at 6 p.m. with marching bands, cheerleaders, the National Anthem, Meet and greet with NFL Alumni and Local Football legends. 7:30PM the concert will begin; enjoy this tailgate like atmosphere with food and beverage, cornhole games, football toss, ring toss, bocce, and more! Visit the Delray Beach Fashion Week Experience booth to meet the models, get your Fashion Week bag and opportunity to shop the runway. Don’t miss the Swim & Active Wear show at 8:30 p.m.

In addition to the downtown merchants, local fashion designer participants include: Amanda Perna – House of Perna and Neon Bohemians; Glavidia Alexis - Glavidia: by Glavidia Alexis and Glavidia Hair Studios; William DeBilzan – The DeBilzan Gallery; and Lizzie Lambert – Haystacks.

Art & Couture All-Stars – Designer Fashion Show & Art Experience

Event highlights:

Location: Cornell Art Museum

Fashion Bowl “54”-Kickoff Runway Show & Studio 54 Dance Party

7-10 p.m Welcome cocktail, exclusive Designer Fashion Show & “Art Couture: The Intersection of Art and Fashion” exhibition by the Cornell Art Museum Art Reception + Meet the Designer Event.

Downtown Shop the Runway Blitz – Boutique Shopping Event

Half-time & High Heels – Resort Wear Luncheon Show

Tickets: $25 per person benefits the Achievement Centers for Children and Families.

Jan. 29 Location: Atlantic Avenue in front of The Colony Hotel

Jan. 30 Tickets: $50 per person benefits Old School Square.

Tickets: $35 per seat for runway show reserved seating benefits the Achievement Centers for Children and Families. FREE to stand and watch.

Jan. 31

6-10 p.m. Ticketed runway seating, Downtown Merchant Tent, Special VIP Area

Tickets: $50 per person including lunch and the fashion show benefits the Achievement Centers for Children and Families

8 p.m. Show: Live runway show with more than 80 models featuring the best of the best fashion for the upcoming

Location: CHE!!! Restaurant

11:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. Luncheon, resort wear fashion show

Feb. 1

10 a.m.- 3 p.m: A fun, unique way to shop the participating retailers within downtown Delray Beach - Shop the Runway is back by popular demand! Attendees will enjoy a welcome reception, Fashion Week swag bag (with coupons to shoppable stores), shuttle transportation to participating retail stores, raffle prize opportunities at the post-event reception at L’ACQUA Ristorante Italiano.


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things you need to know this January in Delray Beach 1 Spady Cultural Heritage Museum is moving its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. brunch to a new location. The 20th annual event “20/20 Clear Vision” will take place at 10 a.m. on Jan. 20 at Indian Springs Country Club. The Spady Cultural Heritage Museum begins each year with a signature event celebrating the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. At each annual breakfast, there is featured entertainment, live music and poetry presentations, along with honored speakers who share their perspectives on Dr. King’s legacy. The featured speaker will be Grace Vandecruze, an author, licensed sailor, industry expert and one of the 2019 Women to Watch by Business Insurance for her rising career in the insurance industry. The event includes a full breakfast buffet & beverages. $45 per person, $600 per table.

2 The Palm Beach Poetry Festival returns to Old School Square Jan. 2025. The 16th annual festival will feature special guest poet Joy Harjo, an award-winning Native American poet and musician. Workshops are limited to 12 qualified participants and three auditors, who must apply for admission and submit three poems that will be reviewed by an independent reader with a graduate degree and editorial experience. Tuition for workshops is $950 and includes 16 hours of workshop instruction and admission to all festival events. 3 The Board of Directors of the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce selected seven members to serve on the

board for a three-year term beginning Jan. 1. The members are: James Hansen Kolter Hospitality, Jerad Hanlon - Delray Medical Center, Vivian DeMille - Casa Mannabliss, C. Ron Allen- KOP Mentoring Network, Allison Turner - BCoSF, Johnny Mackey - Shamrock Restoration and Christina Morrison - Christina Morrison, PA.

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MusicWorks presents two Classic Albums Live this month at Old School Square Pavilion. On Jan. 11, hear Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers: Damn the Torpedoes at 8 p.m. On Jan. 25, listen to Jimi Hendrix: Are You Experienced. Both shows start at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $20 for general admission, VIP cost $75. These are not tribute band shows.

5 Delray Beach’s new city manager George Gretsas will begin on Jan. 6. Interim city manager Neal de Jesus will return to his role as fire chief.

6 Delray finished the 2019 sea turtle nesting season with a record high number of sea turtle nests totaling 361. Since the city began monitoring in 1984, the previous record of nests recorded was 304 nests in 2017. In total, 290 loggerhead, 56 green turtle, and 15 leatherback turtles came ashore to nest on the city’s

beaches this season. Although Hurricane Dorian and other storms had some effects on sea turtle nesting, with approximately 17 percent of loggerhead and 21 percent of green turtle nests washing out, it is still estimated that over 16,500 loggerhead, 3,750 green turtle, and 650 leatherback hatchlings were produced on Delray’s beaches.

7 Head to the Delray Library’s second floor gallery to see “Chris Burlini Studio of the Arts,” a collection of work by students and professional artists. It will be on display through Jan. 31. Burlini is a 3rd generation artist from Chicago. He received classical training at the prestigious Florence Academy of Art in Italy, has over 25 years of teaching experience. By combining his experience and techniques, he provides a unique teaching method to his students at his studio in Boca Raton.

8 The Pineapple Grove Arts District is conducting a membership drive to invite residents and businesses to join the organization. The group began in 1994 as the Pineapple Grove Main Street, Inc. to revitalize the downtown area, the PGAD has been responsible for changing the streetscape, helping invigorate businesses and planning events to bring attention to this important area of Delray Beach. Membership fees include a new category, “Friends of Pineapple Grove,” for $25 per year. Businesses may join for $75 per year. If a person lives or conducts substantial business in Pineapple Grove Arts District, they are eligible to purchase an “I am Pineapple Grove” pole banner with

their name and photo to be placed on a street banner in the Grove. The cost is $425 for two years, which also includes two years of membership. The organization is also interested in finding artists who would be willing to donate or loan outdoor art sculptures. The PGAD meets on the last Wednesday of the month at Old School Square. To become a member of Pineapple Grove or to be put on the mailing list, contact Jeff Dash, Membership VP at jeffdashing@yahoo.com or David Beale, President at david@bealelaw.net.

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Keep the Christmas celebrations going with Music at St. Paul’s presents Christmas Lessons & Carols at 10 a.m. on Jan. 5. Featuring the Chancel Choir of St. Paul’s under the direction of Dr. Paul Cienniwa, this musical eucharistic service will include traditional Christmas carols and choral anthems. While many may feel that Christmas passed, Christians throughout the world celebrate the season of Christmas until Jan. 5, also known as Twelfth Night.

10 Join Sister Cities of Delray on the puttputt course on Jan. 29 from 4-8 p.m. PuttPutt with a Purpose benefits high school student ambassadors heading to Japan for a cultural exchange trip. Play 18-holes of mini golf, snack on light bites and enjoy a drink for $25 for adults and $20 for students at Putt’n Around.

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Delray Merrill Lynch employees raise $106,100 at 2nd Annual ‘Swing for A Cause’ for Achievement Centers for Children & Families Staff report

Professional baseball players hit the links at the Seagate Golf & Country Club to help raise money for the Achievement Centers for Children & Families. The two-day golf event “Swing for A Cause” raised $106,100 to support ACCF programs. Players J.D. Martinez of the Boston Red Sox, Danny Valencia of Team Israel, Lewis Brinson of the Miami Marlins, Sandy Alcantara of the Miami Marlins, Mallex Smith of the Seattle Mariners, Marcus Stroman of the New York Mets, Michael Brantley of the New York Mets, Travis Demeritte of the Detroit Tigers, as well as former NBA All-Star Richard ‘Rip’ Hamilton of the Detroit Pistons were paired with golfers who sponsored the event. The event was Emceed by Jason Pugh of ESPN 106.3 FM and hosted by Merrill Lynch in Delray Beach. Proceeds from the event benefited Achievement Centers

JD Martinez, Michael Brantley, Travis Demeritte, Mallex Smith, Marcus Stroman, Lewis Marshall Duane, David Albright, Toms Tabor, Brinson, Sandy Alcantra at Swing for a Cause. Tyrone Clarke, Sean Hogan, Chris Bell attend Swing for a Cause. Submitted photo. Submitted photo.

for Children & Families and in the development of its Nature Playscapes Program. Since 1969, ACCF has provided critical early learning for children by supporting their physical, socio-emotional and cognitive development. Funding from this event will help revitalize our existing, antiquated outdoor playground into a Nature Playscape in which 125 preschoolers and their families can learn about the connection between nature and healthy living

Paul Miller, Steve Pate, Sandy Alcantra, Stephen Lewis, Mark Wood play a round of golf benefiting the Achievement Centers for Children & Families. Submitted photo.

and environmental stewardship in a safe greenspace. “We are very excited and grateful to be chosen as the beneficiary of this event,” Achievement Centers CEO Stephanie Seibel said. “We are thrilled for the opportunity to build our new play space. The children had input into designing the space by sharing their favorite outdoor activities.”

Delray saves residents $450k on flood insurance premiums

Food Network’s ‘Restaurant: Impossible’ to film in Delray Beach

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Throughout 2019, city staff worked to meet the challenging standards set by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

could result in further savings for residents.   During the audit, FEMA will review all of the steps the City has undertaken to en-

If interested, email volunteer@restau-

An episode of Food Network’s Restaurant: Impossible will be filming in Delray Beach this month.

The work paid off because the city achieved 90 percent accuracy and was awarded a Community Rating System (CRS) score of 7 from the State of Florida Floodplain Management Division. The result is an additional five percent reduction in the cost of flood insurance premiums for all city residents, a savings of roughly $450,000 city-wide. 

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The show, which travels to struggling

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restaurants around the country to help

Last month, the city underwent a 5-year audit from Federal Emergency Manage-

development permits for best practices in floodplain management, as well as City Stormwater Master Plan development and implementation of new Capital Improvement Projects to increase community

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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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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

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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.

sion $10

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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

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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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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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Commission Corner 1861 bills filed (excluding local appropriations projects) last year, only 195 passed.

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.

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.

However, State Representative Mike Hill has filed an omnibus firearms bill (HB6003) that would repeal the risk protection law, which Senator Berman seeks to expand.

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.

A bill to protect residents accepting inside deliveries to their homes was filed by Representative Mike Caruso in response

By: County Commissioner Robert Weinroth, Dist. 4 Special to the Delray Newspaper 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 even-numbered 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 60days in Florida since until the session is closed, there is no safe place to hide from the potential impacts of the legislative process. 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

Under a bill offered by Senator Annette Taddeo (SB-134), local governments would be permitted to enact their own 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).

The city of Delray Beach’s auditor has submitted her resignation. Julia Davidyan’s last day with the city will be Jan. 13. Her resignation letter states: “The associations I’ve made during my employment here will truly be memorable for years to come. Although working with you and City staff has been a pleasure, due to certain personal reasons my

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!

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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.

presence and full attention is required elsewhere. Thank you for your support and understanding in this matter. I am wishing everyone success in their future endeavors.” The auditor position was added after voters approved a referendum on an election ballot in 2016. The commission hired Davidyan in 2018. She received a merit increase raise in Oct. The auditor serves at the pleasure of a majority of commissioners and reports directly to commissioners.

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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. 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.

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

Hargrove added that as soon as they close the polls, within 2 or 3 minutes, the outcome could be determined. “They will still verify it. Still tabulate the whole night,” he said.

tions office held the joint Open House for the public to see the new voting machines at Spanish River Library.

The City of Boca Raton and Palm Beach Supervisor of Elec-

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tion. They received two DS 200 scanners – and three Express Vote machines. The Express Vote machines allow voters to sit down and vote.

Delray commission candidates Former Cultural Director of Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens John Thomas Gregersen honored by Japan make election ballot Staff report When Delray Beach voters hit the polls in March, they will select commissioners to fill two seats on the dais. Seat 2 and Seat 4 are both up for grabs. Incumbents of both seats are running for re-election and both face opposition. The qualifying period to be listed on the ballot on March 17 ended on Dec. 19. The names voters will be able to choose from for Seat 2 are incumbent Bill Bathurst and his challengers, Juli Casale, Jennifer Jones and Debra Tendrich.

The campaign coffers for the Seat 2 race have Bathurst raising the most amount of money as of the latest report filed on Dec. 10. He has brought in a total of $65,685. He is followed by Casale, who raised $11,660, Tendrich with $8,976, and then Jones with $200. For Seat 4, voters can reelect Shirley Johnson or challengers Angela Burns or Chris Davey. Incumbent Johnson has raised $31,809. Burns has collected $3,575 and Davey just jumped into the race. We will dive into election coverage over our next two editions.

Staff report John Thomas Gregersen, former Cultural Director of the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, has been honored by the Government of Japan with the Order of the Rising Sun, Silver Rays - one of the highest ranking honors awarded to civilians who have contributed to the strengthening of bilateral relations between Japan and other countries. A resident of Delray Beach, Gregersen received the honor from Consul General of Japan Kenji Hirata at a celebration hosted by the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Miami. Gregersen held several positions at the museum during his tenure, first as Assistant Curator in 1978, and retiring after 35 years of service as Cultural Director in 2013. “This is one of the most prestigious hon-

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the National Endowment of the Arts and the Henri and Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation.”

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

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Imperial Awards Ceremony: John Thomas Gregersen is conferred the Order of the Rising Sun, Silver Rays from Consul General of the Consulate-General of Japan in Miami Kenji Hirata.

ors granted by His Majesty the Emperor of Japan,” said Consul General Hirata. “Thanks to Mr. Gregersen’s efforts, the museum built up their collection and received a multitude of grants for exhibition development and artifact conservation, including numerous grants from

Since his retirement from Morikami, Gregersen has continued researching the history of Japanese colonies in Florida, especially the Yamato Colony, and is revising a manuscript on the subject. He is also writing an article on the Middleburg Colony and Florida’s Japanese immigration controversy of 1913. With the assistance of fellow former Morikami employee Reiko Nishioka, Gregersen has recently completed an English translation of a Japanese language book about the Yamato Colony titled Yamato Colony: The Pioneers Who Brought Japan to Florida by author Ryusuke Kawai. Gregersen previously received the Foreign Minister’s Commendation by the Japanese Foreign Ministry and the Consulate-General of Japan in Miami in March 2014.

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

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Are you ready to get out of your comfort zone? By: Laura Norman Special to the Delray Newspaper We’ve all heard or read about the need to get out of our comfort zone. Have you ever thought about why you should? After all, our comfort zone is where we feel in control and safe. It’s where we can predict what will happen and how we will feel. Sounds pretty cozy, doesn’t it? So why should you feel compelled or even want to get out of your comfort zone? Because life only flows through us while we create new desires, seek new challenges and expect more. When we stop desiring and seeking we stagnate and wither, like a plant that we forget to water and fertilize. Our comfort zone is where desires go to die. By stepping out of our comfort zone we can build our self-confidence, strengthen our self-esteem and open ourselves to new possibilities. And the start of a new year is a great time to consider how we take those first steps out of our comfort zone to accelerate our personal growth, discover new ways of being and start living a fulfilled life. Here are some ideas to kickstart your exit from the comfort zone:

come something much more than you were before. Going back to the dream of being a public speaker – as you pursue your passion, you will grow both professionally and personally. Be aware of those benefits and use them as motivation. Laura Norman, M.S., LMT, world-renowned Holistic Reflexologist and author of the best-selling book, Feet First: A Guide to Foot Reflexology, offers private Holistic Reflexology and Inspired Life Coaching sessions in Delray Beach and Holistic Reflexology Certification Training Programs in Boynton Beach starting Jan. 19th. Visit www.lauranorman.com, Call 561-272-1220

• Become Aware. The first step is knowing where you are now and what you desire. What have you wanted to do, believed was worth it, yet have been reluctant to try? Draw a circle on a pad of paper and write those things outside of it. Within the circle, write your current comforts. It’s easier to overcome resistance to new ideas when you are aware of them. Remember that your resistance has been keeping you from growing and thriving.

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What the Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce means to our community By: Noreen Payne Chairman Elect of the Board of the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce Special to the Delray Newspaper

delivering programs and events to build excitement and focus for all of our Chamber members.

Delray Beach has won many accolades for being an intimate town with big city sophistication. How do we maintain the image and growth of our wonderful city? We focus on supporting the local businesses that support the city and the people behind it! Our Chamber focuses on supporting and enticing many businesses to Delray Beach – it is our Chamber’s mission to ensure that our business owners and visitors alike feel welcome and supported each and every day. The Chamber advocates on behalf of the businesses – works to build relationships and networking opportunities within our city, bringing exposure to the businesses to encourage future growth and development, organizing and delivering beneficial training and education to our small business owners who may not have the resources on their own,

It is pure joy for me to witness a ribbon cutting of a new business in our city – to be there to watch the big smiles on the faces of the entrepreneurs who have chosen our city, Delray Beach, to plant their roots. To then see those same business owners come to one of the Chamber’s networking or education events and watch as they develop relationships and friendships within our local business community and residents. I am exhilarated when I leave a meeting with our City leadership and accomplish a victory on behalf of our Chamber business members – these wins impact the bottom line of our local business owners and I take pride in being a part of this process. People often ask me “why” I am so involved in the Delray Chamber of Commerce. I must confess it was not an initial goal to be engaged and certainly would never have thought it possible that in 2020, I would be Chair of the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce- but here I am! I simply went to an event in the hopes of meeting other local business owners and residents and the energy in the room was infectious. I found I understood our

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city better, was engaged in changing policy and attracting good businesses for us! I moved on to various leadership roles because I saw the value and the impact to our local community. At the end of the day we are people looking to build relationships with other people – when we help a local business owner grow their fledgling business into a thriving business that impacts not only that business owner but also our entire economy. As a local resident, I want to see businesses thrive, I want to see new residents move into our area and participate in our community, to see our property values continue to rise and to know that our Delray Chamber is making an impact on our community and residents as a whole. Here’s how you too can get involved: Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce www.DelrayBeach.com 561-278-0424 Kristopher Fisher – Membership Director Kristopher@delraybeach.com

At times, our coverage of people, events and organizations will be laudatory and it gives us great pleasure to spotlight new and old businesses and people “doing good in the neighborhood.”

One thing we can count on is that Delray

At other times, our coverage will put out issues, challenges and problems.

as best we can.

It’s important that we cover the good, the bad and the ugly and most places feature all three traits. It’s only by surfacing issues that we can focus the community’s attention on solutions. It is a vital role of newspapers to do just that. We see our role almost as sports fans. We are always rooting for the home team to succeed, but if the home team has issues we feel it’s important to surface those issues so they can be addressed. Happy New Year! Can you believe it is 2020? It seems like it was only yesterday when we were sweating Y2K and what it might do to our computers. But here we are at the start of another decade. We hope they are the “Roaring 20s” and that you our readers will find health and happiness in the New Year.

It’s vital that we preserve local journalism and that we support the local businesses that make our newspaper possible. While that statement may appear self-serving, there are studies that show the importance of local journalism to our communities.

There are 525,600 minutes in a year and we urge you to make them count.

Local newspapers build community by increasing civic engagement, voter participation rates and a sense that we are part of something larger.

We hope you continue to spend some of those minutes reading the Delray Newspaper. We truly appreciate your support.

At the Delray Newspaper, we enjoy covering the issues so that you can be better informed about our hometown.

2020 will prove to be a pivotal year for Delray Beach. We will welcome a new City Manager as George Gretsas comes from Homestead, Fla. to hopefully bring so much needed stability to City Hall. In March, two commission seats will be up for grabs and the outcome could affect how decisions are made in Delray. Several long awaited projects will break ground and or be completed in the New Year ranging from Atlantic Crossing and a new food hall downtown to long-awaited investment on Congress Avenue and West Atlantic Avenue.

is never dull. We endeavor to cover all the players, developments, personalities and decisions

We are grateful to our readers, advertisers, online followers, email subscribers and all those who reach out with tips and comments. Here’s to a great 2020!

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