Boca Newspaper | December 2016

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Voters choose change during election The second time was the charm for two challengers vying for seats on the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District. A run-off race declared a victory for Craig Ehrnst for Seat 1 over incumbent Dennis Frisch and a win for Erin Wright for Seat 3 over incumbent Earl Starkoff. Both winning candidates ran on platforms that promoted improving the lines of communication between the district and the city of Boca. The board oversees parks and beaches in the city and just outside of Boca city limits. District com-

missioners serve four-year terms and earn $80 per meeting attended. The race for two seats began earlier in the year with six candidates. None of those candidates were able to secure more than half of the votes in August to win a seat, which sent the top two contenders to a November runoff. This time, Ehnrst won 56 percent of the votes over Frisch’s nearly 44 percent, according to election results posted on the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Election’s website. Wright took nearly 52 percent of the votes with Starkoff winning 48 percent. Both winners thanked their supporters and say they look forward to serving the district’s residents. [CONT. PG 2]

Junior League of Boca Raton presents ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ to Rosemary Krieger By: Dale King Contributing Writer


Boca Raton’s Rosemary Krieger has supported a score of local and area charities and nonprofits with financial donations, leadership for fundraising events and sustenance for facilities in their net-

Only Rosemary herself seemed surprised when the Junior League of Boca Raton honored her with a Lifetime Achievement Award at its 29th Annual Woman Volunteer of the Year Luncheon

Rosemary Krieger speaks to the audience after receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Junior League of Boca Raton. (Photo by Dale King)


& Fashion Show Nov. 18 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. The choked-up, teary-eyed benefactor tried hard to compose herself as she from the podium, thanking the nearly 1,000 people gathered for one of season’s

most anticipated events. Many in the audience were themselves in tears as they stood and applauded Rosemary, whose beneficence has helped dozens of nonprofits, from AVDA (Aid to Victims of Domes[CONT. PG 2]



Voters choose change during election [FROM PG 1] Frisch said he wishes the two newcomers luck and hopes they grow to understand the issues in greater depth.

“They will need a much deeper depth of knowledge to face the challenges of the District,” he said. Starkoff did not respond to a request for comment. Voters approve ordinance Boca voters made it overwhelmingly clear that they want city-owned waterfront property to be reserved for public recreation, public boating access, public streets and city stormwater uses.

That means plans to build a Hillstone eatery on a downtown piece of waterfront land, 551E. Palmetto Park Road, known as the Wildflower, likely won’t happen. Nearly 67 percent of the votes went toward the ‘yes’ vote on the question. For years, it has been a top priority of Boca’s leaders to put the former location of the Wildflower nightclub back on the tax rolls. The council was expected to vote on a lease agreement, but it was postponed due to the resident-driven referendum. The question posed to voters did not specifically mention the plans on the Wildflower site. The chamber heavily campaigned against the question while other organizations like Boca Watch advocated for the referendum to pass. Boca Watch, backed by publisher Al Zucaro, posted information saying a park and restaurant are both possible, but the language in ordinance clearly states the land may only be used for the stated reasons.

Plans to add a Hillstone restaurant have been defeated by voters. Submitted rendering.

Because the referendum is an ordinance and not a charter change, it could be overturned by a majority of three council members, according to the city attorney’s office.

But to overturn the ordinance would likely result in backlash from voters that supported the ordinance at the polls. Councilman Robert Weinroth, who was vocal about his opposition to the ordinance, said the voters have spoken and he will do his best to make decisions that support what the voters want. “We are disappointed with the results,” Glen Viers, vice president of Hillstone Restaurant Group said. “We continue to think that the Wildflower property was an ideal site for our restaurant. We think it’s unfortunate that the people of Boca are not going to be able to enjoy waterfront dining at that location.” The council will likely have to look at how the new rule affects existing non-public uses, like the gift shop at Gumbo Limbo. Sales tax OK-ed Another decision that affects Boca residents is the passing of the penny tax question. Voters supported raising the sales tax by one penny to help fund school renovations, county facility upgrades and city projects.

Voters approved a penny sales tax increase.

The tax is expected to raise $2.7 billion. It will sunset in 2026 or when the money is raised, whichever comes first. Schools will get half the money, the county 30 percent and cities the remaining 20 percent. In Boca, Addison Mizner Elementary is slated to be completely rebuilt. Boca did send a letter to the county expressing concerns about the tax sending shoppers across county lines and affecting commercial leases. By state law, the city would get $53 million over the next decade. The city doesn’t have a backlog of repair projects, but officials will have to develop a plan for how to spend the money.

Junior League of Boca Raton presents ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ to Rosemary Krieger tic Abuse), the YMCA, March of Dimes, George Snow Scholarship Fund, Wayne Barton Center, St. Jude Church, Boca Helping Hands and Florence Fuller Child Development Center, to name a few. [FROM PG 1]

AVDA Executive Director Pam O’Brien nominated her for the award. “Rosemary is a true giver who thinks of others before herself,” said O’Brien. “She wants to make sure that women and children in need have a safe place to go.” In the crowd were Rosemary’s husband, Ben, and all three of her children who flew in from various parts of the country to be there: sons Kenneth, from New York and Gregory, from Delaware, and daughter, Catherine Krieger-Nelson, from Dallas. “This is the first event like this that I have

been able to attend,” said Kenneth. “I could not be more proud of my mother.” Rosemary was one of five nominated for the Lifetime Achievement Award. Others were Joan Englert (BIG Children’s Foundation), Donna Goray (Farmworker Children’s Center, Inc.), Mary Perper (Florence Fuller Child Development Center) and Anne Bright, Lupus Foundation of America, Florida chapter. The Junior League also chose Susan Whelchel as Volunteer of the Year. Former Boca Raton mayor and City Councilwoman and ex-member of the Palm Beach County School Board, she has been a Junior League member since 1978. She has served on and assisted many organizations, including Palm Beach County Business Development and the Spirit of Giving. She received a Boca Raton Rotary Club OPAL Accolade and a Walk of

From left, Sarah Doyle, Woman Volunteer of the Year Luncheon chair; Kirsten Stanley, president of the Junior League of Boca Raton; Lifetime Achievement Award winner Rosemary Krieger; Mindy Shikiar, vice president of Oncology and Ambulatory Services and Business Development at Boca Raton Regional Hospital and Dr. Kathy Schilling, medical director at the Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute. (Photo by Dale King)

Recognition honor from the Boca Raton Historical Society. Whelchel was one of 35 nominated for volunteer accolades. Sarah Doyle chaired the event and Kathy Adkins was honorary chair. Suzanne Boyd from Channel 12 News was mistress of ceremonies.

From left, Ben Krieger, Rosemary Krieger, Pam O’Brien, Catherine Krieger-Nelson, Kenneth Krieger Sarah Doyle, Woman Volunteer of the Year Luncheon and Gregory Krieger. Rosemary received the Lifetime chair, addresses the audience at the Junior League of Achievement Award at the 29th Annual Luncheon Participants in the Saks Fifth Avenue fashion show Boca Raton’s 29th Annual Luncheon. (Photo by Dale of the Junior League of Boca Raton. (Photo by Dale that was featured at the Junior League of Boca Raton’s King) King) 29th Annual Luncheon. (Photo by Dale King)

Susan Whelchel, left, receives the Woman Volunteer of the Year Award from Mindy Shikiar, vice president of Oncology and Ambulatory Services and Business Development at Boca Raton Regional Hospital during the Junior League of Boca Raton’s 29th Annual Luncheon. (Photo by Dale King)

“Today’s event provides us the opportunity to honor the nominees, and all volunteers, who make our community a better place,” said Kirsten Stanley, Junior League president 2015-2017. “Each of the amazing 40 women being recognized today embodies the Junior League vision, ‘Women Building Better Communities.’” In a letter to the Junior League, Mayor Susan Haynie offered “warmest congratulations to the extraordinary women who have been nominated. Each and every nominee has demonstrated her devotion to a worthy cause and, through her voluntarism, has made our community a stronger and better place.” The luncheon included a Saks Fifth Avenue Boca Raton fall trends fashion show highlighted by Ramy Brook holiday, resort and pre-spring collections.


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Special Spaces Boca Raton completes first room makeover Boca orthodontist Dr. Jennifer Statler knows what its like to spend hours on end in a bedroom. Her mother was bedridden for two years during a six year battle with cancer. So when she heard about Special Spaces, she knew it was a way she could help give back to a child who was stuck for hours in their bedroom. The newly formed Boca chapter of Special Spaces is part of a national nonprofit, which creates dream bedrooms for children with life-threatening medical illnesses. The rooms allow the child to dream and imagine while they receive the medical attention they need.

chapter this year. The Boca chapter just completed its first room for Marissa, a 15-year-old with Rett Syndrome. Rett Syndrome is a neurological disorder that impacts a person’s ability to talk and walk. Marissa is non-verbal but has a communication device, has some physical limitations but mobile, and has some light seizures. She is home-schooled and has therapy several times a week. Special Spaces with help from Statler, who sponsored the project, created a bedroom with bright colors and Justin Bieber posters as well as a therapy room where she can improve her balance and strength with her therapists.

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“It’s an amazing organization,” she said of Special Spaces. “I have a lot of interaction with families and kids and having a safe space definitely hits home for me.”

The room was recently completed and everyone involved said there wasn’t a dry eye in the room when Marissa entered her bedroom and jumped right on the bed.

“It was an unbelievable experience,” she said. “They came in like they were complete pros. They had everything together and organized.”

Director Peggy Peterson said she formed the chapter after she heard about it from her high school friends in Buffalo, New York. She said it was during a high school reunion that she learned about it. After watching videos of the rooms and the reactions from the children, she said she knew she wanted to be involved.

Her mom, Liz Luzadder said that was her seal of approval on her new room.

The team of volunteers said it was an experience they won’t forget.

“It was amazing,” Luzadder said of the makeover. “I can’t say enough. They said they would take care of everything and they did. They were phenomenal.”

“This whole experience, from the day we met with the family to the planning and execution of the rooms to the day of the reveal, has been an amazing journey,” Peterson said. “To be able to give Marissa a therapy room and bedroom is not only our gift to her and her family but a gift to me and my team of volunteers as well.

“I was so impressed, I came back and started,” she said of forming the Boca

She said Marissa has told her teachers and speech therapist she loves the monogramming in her room and a nail polish

The completed Special Space room. Submitted photo.

Boca orthodontist Dr. Jennifer Statler sponsored the first makeover that the Boca Raton Special Spaces chapter completed. Submitted photo.

The completed Special Space room. Submitted photo.

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things to know this December in Boca Raton 1 Florida Atlantic University will present Tuba Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 5 p.m. at Mizner Park Amphitheater. The free concert is put on by the city of Boca Raton. Enjoy the tradition of holiday music performed by tubas and euphoniums, started by Indiana University Professor Harvey G. Phillips. Tuba Christmas. For more information visit

2 The city of Boca will screen the Polar Express movie and host other family fun activities on Friday, Dec. 16. Festivities start at 5 p.m. and the movie will begin at Mizner Park Amphitheater at 6:30 p.m. There will be train rides and “snow.” Pajamas are welcome for the movie screen-

ing. Refreshments including hot chocolate, movie theater popcorn and pizza available for purchase.

3 Get ready for the Boca Raton Bowl during the Pep Rally presented by the city of Boca Raton on Monday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. The free event will get you ready to cheer for the third annual Boca Raton Bowl, which will take place at FAU on Dec. 20. For more information visit 4 Clyde Butcher’s “Nature’s Places of Spiritual Sanctuary” a black-and-white photography exhibit will end on Dec. 31. The exhibit is located at the Downtown Library and showcases Butcher’s personal bond with the environment and his continued commitment to environmental awareness and stewardship. 5 Boca will celebrate the 40th anniversary of its Holiday Boat Parade on Saturday, Dec. 17. Boats will begin their ride down the Intracoastal at 6:30 p.m. It is free to enter the parade and there are cash prizes and awards. The event starts at the C-15 canal and travels south to Hillsboro

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Bridge. Bridges are held in the up position for approximately 45 minutes· 6:50 – Spanish River, 7:20 – Palmetto Park, 7:30 – Camino Real.

Federal Highway and Southeast Eighth St. The Star-Spangled Holiday-themed parade will travel north to Mizner Park Amphitheater.

8 Tickets for Boca’s Festival of the Arts are on sale. Events run from March 2-12. Visit to reserve your seats for all types of cultural events.

6 Experience snow in Boca during Piles of Smiles Snow Day at Sugar Sand Park. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17 children ages 4 to 12 can enjoy playing in snow during the sixth annual event. There will be a giant slide, winter games, sock skating rink and other activities. Cost is $15 per child. Book in advance through or 561-247-3948. Adults are free with paid child admission.

9 Alzheimer’s Community Care is hosting its “There’s No Place Like Home” luncheon from 10:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 1 at St. Andrews Country Club. Register at 10 IT’SUGAR! candy store has opened at Mizner Park.

7 The 2016 Holiday Street Parade returns for the 46th year from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 7. The route begins at

FAU receives grant Florida Atlantic University received a more than $5.6 million grant to improve the professional development of aspiring school principals. FAU was selected by the Wallace Foundation as one of seven universities to participate in the national $47 million initiative, called University Principal Preparation Initiative. It is designed to develop models over the next four years to improve university school principal preparation programs and encourage higher-quality training statewide.

The 22nd Annual Student Showcase of Films (SSOF) is open to students enrolled in Florida high schools and colleges. The juried competition recognizes outstanding students by presenting more than $11,500 in scholarships and awards in the following categories: Feature/ Shorts, Documentary, Animation, Commercial/PSA, Environmental PSA, Music Video, Screenwriting, Poster Design, Mental Health Awareness and an Audience Award. Honoring the legacy of Burt Reynolds, the SSOF also awards a scholarship bearing his name and a Sara Fuller Scholarship through its partners at Film Florida. Students can enter through the online application process, view the awards categories, official rules and regulations, as well as info on how to submit their project at Final deadline in Jan. 18. The red-carpet awards ceremony will be Friday, March 10, 2017, at the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida.

RAND Corporation will conduct an independent evaluation of the initiative over four years, with a final report in year five. The study will assess how the participating universities go about trying to implement high-quality courses of study and to form strong partnerships with local, high-needs school districts. A series of public reports will share lessons and insights and describe whatever credible models emerge so that other universities, districts and states can adopt or adapt the initiative work. Through this initiative, FAU will receive guidance on redesigning its programming from the University of Denver, which is nationally recognized for its high-quality program, and will partner with the three districts that hire most of its School Leader Program graduates: Broward County Public Schools, the School District of Palm Beach County and St. Lucie Public Schools. Local neurosurgeons join Boca Raton Regional Hospital Evan M. Packer, MD, and Lloyd Zucker, MD, are now a part of the hospital’s Marcus Neuroscience Institute and BocaCare® physician network. Dr. Packer is a board-certified neurosurgeon. He attended the University of South Florida Morsani College

of Medicine in Tampa and performed his general surgery internship and neurological surgery residency at the University of South Florida Affiliated Hospitals and Clinics. He currently serves as an Affiliate Assistant Professor at Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine and has co-authored two book chapters in the Textbook of Neurological Surgery. Dr. Packer is a Diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. His clinical areas of interest include: brain hemorrhages; brain, neck and spinal injuries; brain tumors; disc bulges and herniations; neck and back pain; sciatica; spinal compression fractures and spinal stenosis. Dr. Zucker is a board-certified neurosurgeon who is fellowship-trained in complex spinal surgery. He attended medical school at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey/Rutgers in Piscataway, New Jersey. Dr. Zucker performed his general surgery internship at Middlesex General University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey/Rutgers and neurosurgery residencies at Hartford Hospital/University of Connecticut and John Dempsey Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut.



Holocaust exhibit displayed in Boca Raton

Staff report On Election Day, most kids were off of school, but some students were commemorating a different day, Kristallnacht. Students from Katz Yeshiva High School and the Claire and Emanuel G. Rosenblatt High School at Donna Klein Jewish Acad-

emy spent some of the day at the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County where they explored an exhibit: “SHOAH: How Was It Humanly Possible - Telling the Story of the Holocaust: 1933-1945.” The exhibit has only been displayed three times in the United States. It opened at the

United Nations and was displayed in Miami at the Holocaust Memorial. The exhibit, which features a series of panels that depict the day-to-day life of Jews before, during and after the Holocaust was created by Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum in Israel. “We were delighted to be able to host the exhibit,” said Stuart Silver, Esq., Jewish Community Relations Council Director, who helped bring the exhibit to the West Boca campus. “It’s very important people not only see the exhibit but remember the Holocaust.” The exhibit was open for several events over a week span. It was visited by students and open to the public. The Director of Education for the American Society for Yad Vashem Marlene Yahalom said the exhibit was created to show the Jewish experience of World War II. She said a timeline above each panel indicates periods of time before, during and after the war. The panels show photos, artifacts and quotes of people’s experiences. Another theme incorporated into the exhibit is the human aspect. She said the panels show people as rescuers, victims, perpetrators and bystanders. It also shows that the categories aren’t static and how people could move from one to another like a bystander to a rescuer. The messages she said the exhibit evokes

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include showing what happened to the Jews specifically during WWII, to challenge Holocaust deniers and to keep the testimonies of survivors alive as they die. She said all accounts used in the exhibit have been authenticated. “The future of the Holocaust is based on these kids,” said Leon Weissberg, who was lecturing to students as they discussed the panels. “The value of the exhibit is tremendous.” The students were assigned a specific panel to look at before they viewed the entire exhibit. Junior Ashley Klein said it allowed her to take a deeper look into what the panel showed. She said she was assigned to look at a photo of life in a ghetto. She said in the picture she noticed something odd, a person smiling. Reading the panel, she said she learned that people did activities underground and even though they were terrified they were able to hide it sometimes. Senior Abraham Waserstein said his panel depicted a Soviet solider crying. He said the shock on his face and the extent the soldiers didn’t know what was going on brought back memories of his grandparents, who are Holocaust survivors. He said his grandmother always struggled with how the world turned its back on what was going on. “It’s really powerful,” he said of the exhibit.



Two federal agencies provide cities update on how to handle sober home proliferation Staff report Cities dealing with an influx of sober homes received some relief in an update issued by two federal agencies last month. The departments of Justice and Housing and Urban Development updated a joint statement that was more than 15 years old to help provide cities legal clarity on ways to maintain the safety and character of their communities while protecting the rights and needs of people with disabilities, including those recovering from drug addiction. During a press conference announcing the update, Congresswoman Lois Frankel and Delray Mayor Cary Glickstein said the update is meaningful for cities. “This joint statement should give local governments the necessary guidance to help them keep neighborhoods safe and healthy and protect persons with disabilities,” Congresswoman Frankel said. Even though the statement addresses all types of group homes, officials say it will help cities deal with mitigating the proliferation of sober homes. Glickstein said while the statement isn’t a law, it will help provide cities with legal

Congresswoman Lois Frankel announces update on group homes with help from local mayors. Staff photo.

cover in addressing how many is too many sober homes for an area. Until now, he said local governments often had no choice but to approve sober home applications or be faced with a discrimination lawsuit. Federal laws prevent local governments from banning sober homes or limiting them to certain areas. It also prevents cities from keeping track of where they are located. Delray settled a discrimination lawsuit in 2012. In 2007, a judge ruled that Boca’s ban on sober homes in residential neighborhoods was discriminatory.

By: Dale King Contributing Writer

She succeeds Jerry Fedele, former chair and president and CEO of Boca Raton Regional Hospital. “I just want to say how lucky I am to have served alongside a group of visionaries whose commitment has made a real difference,” said Fedele, reflecting on his year of Chamber leadership during the group’s 64th Annual Celebration held in late October. “From the progress that has been made and for all that is to come, there are many reasons to celebrate tonight.” During the black tie affair, Williams spoke passionately of her vision for the coming term. “My hope for this year, for our community and for the Chamber, is to do well by doing good.” Before moving to NextEra Energy, she was the principal and owner of the Law Office of Isaacs Williams. A native of Palm Beach County, she said she is committed to continued service in the community. Troy McLellan, president and CEO of the Boca

local government, and the benefits of the accommodation to the disabled individual.

The 20-page statement, which was originally set to be released in August, makes three key points in helping cities figure out how to regulate sober homes:

Licensing and other requirements for group homes for health and safety purposes may be permitted if they are not based on stereotypes, equally apply to all homes with a minimum number of unrelated residents, and do not target homes based on the presence of individuals with a disability.

A city can deny an accommodation request for a group home if granting it would impose an undue financial and administrative burden on local government or would fundamentally alter the city’s zoning scheme. Factors include the nature and extent of the burden, proximity of group homes to one and other, the cost of the requested accommodation, the financial resources of the

The Fair Housing Act does not prevent state or local government from taking action in response to criminal activity, insurance fraud, Medicaid Fraud, neglect or abuse of residents, or other illegal conduct occurring at group homes.


Now, he said the statement allows local governments to set zoning and land use rules that work for their cities. He said he has asked the city attorney and planning director to look into imposting a zoning in progress, or a time-out on approving any

Ethel Isaacs Williams Named Chairman of Boca Chamber Board Ethel Isaacs Williams, director of Corporate Engagement, Diversity & Inclusion for NextEra Energy, Inc., assumed the position of chair of the Board of Directors of the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce at its annual meeting.

new applications, while the city analyzing the updated statement.

Chamber, recapped a few major highlights from the past year. He detailed activities of the Chamber’s Political Action Committee (BLUPAC) showcasing a bold stance in politics and also recalled how Chairman Fedele led the way in advocating for city matters that affect the business community. “Because of Chairman Fedele’s leadership, the Chamber is in a solid position for continued success,” he noted. Aside from the change in chair position, the Boca Chamber also introduced seven new Board Members who will officially began their terms Nov. 1: Michael Allison, Office Depot; Clara Bennett, Boca Raton Airport Authority; Andrew Duffell, Research Park at Florida Atlantic University; Ahnich Khalid, Maggiano’s Little Italy; Ken Lebersfeld, Capitol Lighting; Keith Sonderling, Gunster and Bob Tucker, ADT. They joined the 14 existing members and six members of the executive committee. The Greater Boca Chamber is the largest one in Palm Beach County, with a membership of more than 1,400 companies representing more than 55,000 employees in eastern, central, and western Boca Raton and beyond. It was founded in 1952.





Boca Bowl Executive Director Doug Mosley

1 Tell us about yourself and how you became the executive director of the Boca Bowl. I spent over 25 years working in intercollegiate athletics, most of it on campus in athletic departments but also in television. ESPN owns the Boca Raton Bowl so I was very fortunate to already know the people who were bringing this event together and had the kind of experience they sought for their executive director position. They asked me if I would like to relocate to Boca Raton and run a bowl game for them and it took me about two seconds to say “Yes!” So my family and I moved from snowy Cincinnati and have loved living in beautiful south Florida ever since!

2 What is your favorite part about

Boca Bowl/what are you most looking forward to?

For me, it’s when the game itself kicks off. You build toward that moment from the opening day of the college football season to the narrowing of the field as the season progresses to finally arriving at

the two teams who will play in the game. You put together all the arrangements for the incredible resorts where they stay – the Boca Raton Resort and PGA National – and events they will attend during bowl week. Then you sweat the details to make sure all those plans are executed as flawlessly as possible. All that hard work pays off when the referee blows his whistle and the game itself begins. That’s the moment I truly love.

3 What is the most rewarding part of

the bowl and the most challenging?

I love to be there when the teams arrive each year, right at the bottom of the stairs

when they’re getting off their team charter at Palm Beach International Airport. You pick up on their amazement right away at our beautiful December weather – our teams last year came from freezing temps in Detroit and Philadelphia and the year before it was snowing on both teams when they left home - and you can also sense their readiness to get on the playing field for the game. The biggest challenge is each year is after the teams have left and the crowds have gone home, wondering how we’re going to do it all bigger and better the next year.


What can people expect at this year’s game? Two talented teams who are excited to come here and put on a great game, plus as we’ve been tagged - “Boca’s biggest annual outdoor party”. There’s a lot to do before you even go into the stadium, with live entertainment at our Ford Fan Fest and rides and activities on our family midway. It’s always exciting to see the two schools’ bands play side-by-side. We strive to ensure that everyone has an unforgettable experience every year.

5 Give us some stats about the bowl. How many people are expected to attend, how much of an economic impact does the game bring, etc. We’ve been very fortunate to have strong support from our community in terms of individual and corporate ticket sales. In each of our first two years we had very few tickets available when game day came. Even on a rainy night last year we still had nearly 26,000 in attendance. The Palm Beach County Sports Commission did an economic impact study following last year’s game and conservatively estimated our event created over $10.4 million in total economic impact with almost $400,000 in local taxes generate and over 7,500 room nights booked by visitors. We also received a post-event analysis from Sponsorship Science, an independent company that rates sponsor return value on television broadcasts. Sponsorship Science estimated a total advertising equivalency value of just under $13 million for the live U.S.-only broadcast of our game.

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Cultural Conversation: The Wick Theatre By: Dale King Contributing Writer The short flight of stairs leading to the Costume Museum at the Wick Theatre in Boca Raton brings visitors to a sparkling display of costumes from Broadway plays – virtually all of them worn by iconic performers during the period from the 1880s to the 1980s. “Where Runway Meets Broadway” opened Sept. 23 at the performance center at 7901 N. Federal Highway that now includes a live theater, costume museum and “Tavern at the Wick” restaurant. The exhibition which kicked off with a luncheon, fashion show and costume showing continues through May 17, 2017. Tours are available. The display of wardrobe from 35 shows includes several pieces from the private collection of the late comedienne Joan Rivers that were purchased at auction. In the meantime, Marilynn Wick, theater owner and executive producer, has begun the fourth season of productions on the Wick stage. They’re playing our Song, a show based on a book by Neil Simon, tells the story of composer/performer

Marilynn Wick, left, executive producer at Several outfits formerly owned by Joan Rivers are in the the Wick Theatre and her daughter, Kimberly, display at the Wick Costume Museum. Photo by Dale curator of the Wick Costume Museum. Photo Display at the Wick Costume Museum includes pieces from the show, Coco. Photo by Dale King. King. by Barbara McCormick.

Marvin Hamlisch and lyricist Carole Bayer Sager and their association that grew into a romantic relationship. It stars Andrea McArdle, the Broadway actress who played the title character in Annie as a child, kicked off the season. The show, Sister Act, follows until Dec. 23. “Where Runway Meets Broadway, our fifth costume installation, is an exciting, informational and educational approach to our one-of-a-kind Broadway collection featuring vintage couture wardrobe and accessories,” said Kimberly Wick,


museum curator and director. Another Wick daughter, Kelly Wick Kigar, is an owner and broker for Lime Door Realty. She pointed her mom to the closed-down Caldwell Theater in 2012. It had just been foreclosed upon after the former owners defaulted on a $6 million mortgage. Marilyn Wick acquired the building, and during the summer of 2013, totally renovated it and opened in the fall of 2013 with the critically acclaimed show Sound of Music, and the first display in the museum. Last spring, she took out a mortgage, signaling her official purchase of the building. Owner of the largest costume collection in the country, Marilynn Wick has for years been the owner of Costume World, located in Deerfield Beach, with other stores in Dallas and Pittsburgh.





A savvy entrepreneur with 40 years of experience in the competitive business world, Wick gave her costume trade a boost in 2005 when she acquired nearly a half-million pieces from Dodgers Costume Company, New York’s largest, when it closed. She trucked the costumes accumulated by the firm that opened as the Eaves Costume Co. in 1863 from New York to South Florida in 15 tractor trailer trucks. The cream of those outfits line risers in the museum today. “The lobby of the museum is a tribute to the magnificent 1956 wardrobe of My Fair Lady. It’s designed by Cecil Beaton,

and everything in that front room is from that original production. It’s a show stopper when you walk in that front door,” said Kimberly Wick. “It features all the looks from the 1880s to the 1980s, the original clothing designs from that era,” she said. The opening day of the exhibit featured a fashion show and parade of Hollywood icons: Karen Stephens as Josephine Baker, Nicole Kinzel as Mae West, Samantha Liebowitz as Ginger Rogers, Kelly Ziegler and Leah Sessa as Judy Garland (one in black-and-white, one in color), Victoria Lauzun, Frank Vomero and Arrow ZurSchmeide as Elizabeth Taylor and escorts, Elizabeth Sackett as Audrey Hepburn and Emily Tarallo as Marilyn Monroe. The production also previewed the five performances scheduled for this season. Also included, said Kimberly Wick, was a salute to five iconic Broadway designers: William Ivey Long (La Cage Aux Folles, Crazy for You, Music Man); Theoni V. Andredge (the 1974 version of Great Gatsby, Annie and A Chorus Line); Jane Greenwood (High Society, Passion, Once upon a Mattress) and Ann Hould Ward (Into the Woods, Can Can). The fashion show concluded with a tribute to Museum Curator Kimberly Wick. Information about the theatre, museum and restaurant is available by calling the Wick Theater at 561-995-2333.





Costumes from the musical, Cats, are part of the display at the Wick Costume Museum. Photo by Dale King.

Wick Costume Museum at the Wick Theatre in Boca Raton. Photo by Dale King.

Don’t miss events in Palm Beach County 1 The Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center is teaming up with Bloomingdale’s Boca Raton for the 5th Annual Holiday Fashion Presentation & After Hours Shopping Event benefitting the Center’s Helene & Roy Schwedelson Special Needs Department on Dec. 8. The two-part event kicks off at 10:30 a.m. with a fashion presentation and continues with an after-hours shopping event from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets cost $36 per person. Bloomingdale’s will donate 10% of supporter’s tracked sales all day Dec. 8th and 9th to the Levis JCC’s Schwedelson Special Needs Department.


Chief Political Anchor and host, Special Report with Bret Baier. Tickets cost $100 per person. Tickets can be purchased online at An exclusive VIP pre-event Meet & Greet at 7:00 a.m. with Bret Baier is $250 per person, for a maximum of 50 guests.


5 The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County will present photojournalist and fine art photographer Tony Arruza’s 15 Surfboards by 15 Shapers exhibit beginning Dec. 2. The exhibit will run through Jan. 21 at the council’s Lake Worth gallery. Arruza traveled the world in search of professional surfboard-handcrafters (or shapers) to create unique works of art. With each one-of-akind surfboard, Arruza inlaid a photograph, that he had taken and printed, to aesthetically enhance the shape of the board. 6 Palm Beach Food & Wine Fest will take

2 Head to Carols by Candlelight at the Pa-

vilion at Old School Square at 7 p.m. on Dec. 3. Get into the holiday spirit with a concert by Carols by Candlelight, Little River Band, Stephen Bishop, Kim Carnets and Greg Barnhill. The evening culminates with the lighting of 1,000 candles throughout the audience.

3 Jump down the rabbit hole with Alice and her wonderland friends at Eau Spa’s Wonderland Ball on Dec. 10 benefiting Boca-based nonprofit Nat King Cole Generation Hope. The party starts at 5 p.m. cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as well as fire dancers, balloon artists and magicians There will be a silent auction and one lucky winner will walk away with a $500 Eau Spa gift certificate. During the event, AquaNuts at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa is holding “Kids Night Out” from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., for an additional fee. Children will watch Alice in Wonderland while parents enjoy the evening’s reception. All attendees will also receive a 10 percent discount on birthday parties at AquaNuts. Tickets to Eau Spa’s Wonderland Ball are $60 per person. “Kids Night Out” at AquaNuts is $80 per child. For more information visit or or call 561-540-4960.

4 The YMCA of the Palm Beaches is hosting its eighth annual Prayer Breakfast on Dec. 14 at The Breakers Palm Beach. Breakfast begins at 7:45 a.m. and ends at 9:15 a.m. with a special book signing. The featured speaker is Bret Baier, FOX News

place from Dec. 8-11 at various restaurants in the county. Check out the schedule and purchase tickets at

7 The VSA Holiday Showcase: So Happy

Together will take place at 2 p.m. on Dec. 3 at the Duncan Theatre at Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth. This two-hour tribute to dance and music performance is a community event where children, teens, and adults have the opportunity to “showcase” their talents on a professional stage. VSA is an international nonprofit that promotes artistic excellence for people with disabilities. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. They may be purchased at the door or reserved by calling 561-966-7025. A free exhibit featuring student artwork from VSA fall visual art programs will be displayed in the lobby through Dec. 14.

8 Head to Old School Square Park for Screen on the Green at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 17. The movie featured will be Home Alone. Bring your own blankets, lawn chairs, snacks & drinks — and bring a toy to donate. 9 The Wee Dream Ball will hit Boca West Country Club on Dec. 2. The gala, which supports the Florence Fuller Child Development Centers, will take place from 6 to 11 p.m. Last year the gala hosted over 370 attendees and raised more than $740,000 for disadvantaged children. For more information please call 561-391-7274 ext. 134. 10 Head to Spady Museum on Dec. 17 for a birthday party celebrating Carter G. Woodson, the father of Black History Month. From noon to 2 p.m. enjoy cake, games and free festivities. Born on Dec. 19, 1875, Woodson was one of the first African Americans to receive a doctorate from Harvard and dedicated his career to the field of African-American history and lobbied extensively to establish Black History Month as a nationwide institution.



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What’s going on in Palm Beach County… Old School Square

Dec. 3 – Carols by Candlelight The Pavilion at Old School Square Saturday, 7 p.m.; tickets $15 (general); $5 (student); $100 (VIP - includes reserved seating area, complimentary beer, wine and light bites; exclusive cash bar; table service and a Meet & Greet with the art-

ists). Get into the holiday spirit with a new concert experience that will become a community tradition! Headliners include the Little River Band, Kim Carnes with songwriter/guitarist partner, Greg Barnhill and Stephen Bishop, who will light up the Pavilion stage with songs of the season and select hits. Carols by Candlelight, which began in San Diego, was created in 1990 by Steve Vaus and Wayne Nelson with the goal of making a life-changing difference in the lives of children. Over the years, Carols by Can-

gle with artists and gallerists who are in town for Basel season.

dlelight has featured pop and country stars singing Christmas Carols along with their biggest hits. Thanks to Wayne and Rhonda Nelson, who call South Florida home when they’re not traveling with the Little River Band, Carols by Candlelight is making its debut in Delray Beach! This promises to be a magical evening for the entire family! Proceeds will support Delray Beach-based programs for children. Dec. 4 – Empty Bowls Check in at Old School Square Park Sunday, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.; tickets $25 Empty Bowls Delray Beach, presented by Old School Bakery and hosted by Old School Square, will benefit the Palm Beach County Food Bank. This unique event invites the public to “eat simply, so others can simply eat.” Potters create bowls, bakers provide rustic breads, and chefs donate hearty soups. Guests will share in a simple meal of bread and soup. Guests will receive a hand-crafted bowl as a powerful reminder of all the empty bowls in the county! All proceeds go to the Palm Beach County Food Bank to fight hunger in our community. Dec. 4 – Shanghai Acrobats: Shanghai Nights The Pavilion at Old School Square Sunday, 7 pm; tickets $25 (adult); $15 (student) The company of Shanghai Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China 2016 was founded in 1959 and belongs to the artistic entities of governmental finance allocation (state-owned enterprise). After more than 50 years’ efforts, it has become one of the most influential and competitive acrobatic companies in China and has won many awards at the acrobatic and circus competitions at home and abroad. Dec. 5 – Beyond Art Basel Cornell Art Museum at Old School Square Monday, 7 p.m.; suggested $5 donation The Cornell Art Museum will host an Art Basel celebration on the Monday night after the fairs close so that artists participating can come after the festivities in Miami are over, and the public can min-

Dec. 7 – American Big Band - Home for the Holidays Crest Theatre at Old School Square Wednesday, 2 & 8 p.m.; tickets $42/$32 The highly acclaimed touring show, American Big Band is back with an all new Christmas production, Home for the Holidays! Experience this amazing 11-piece Big Band along with six outstanding singers and dancers, who will fill the stage with majestic and lush arrangements of Christmas favorites. Dec. 8- Jim Caruso’s Cast Party The Fieldhouse at Old School Square Thursday, 9 p.m.; tickets: $50 (general admission) Jim Caruso’s Cast Party is a wildly popular weekly soiree that brings a sprinkling of Broadway glitz and urbane wit to the legendary Birdland in New York City every Monday night since 2003. Now Cast Party comes to Delray Beach! Experience a cool cabaret night-out enlivened by a hilariously impromptu variety show. South Florida is filled with talented singers, and some of the best will hit the Fieldhouse stage alongside up-and-comers, serving up jaw-dropping music and general razzle-dazzle. Jim Caruso guides the entire affair like a bubbly cruise director with Musical Director, Billy Stritch at the piano. Participants sign in with their sheet music and wait to be called up on stage. The audience is warmed up for the first hour with an unforgettable cabaret performance by Caruso and Stritch, who are both Broadway veterans. Then the real fun begins! Dec. 11– Will & Anthony: Showstoppers Crest Theatre at Old School Square Sunday, 7 p.m.; tickets $52/$42 Recording artists, actors and concert performers Will & Anthony Nunziata have packed houses and won acclaim for their performances throughout the country and around the world. Will & Anthony are the classically-trained, twin brother tenors who have trained extensively in improvisational comedy with the famed


Upright Citizen’s Brigade in New York City. Combining their magnificent tenor voices, brotherly banter and comedic flair, while offering fresh interpretations of timeless Broadway classics and American pop standards, they make Showstoppers a memorable experience. The show will feature some of the greatest songs ever written for the stage including “The Impossible Dream,” “Just in Time,” “Being Alive,” “Somewhere,” “Lily’s Eyes” and their signature mash-ups of songs including “Who Can I Turn To/ What Kind of Fool Am I?” and “Some Enchanted Evening/This Nearly Was Mine.” Dec. 15- Blue Suede Christmas

longest running one-man comedy shows in history: My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy, we bring you: My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m Home for the Holidays… the Therapy Continues! Steve’s back with more wild and hilarious stories and characterizations about his family, friends and the other folks we meet whose sole purpose was to drive him into therapy in the first place. We all get to attend holiday dinner at Grandma’s where, if you’re under 55, you’re allowed to sit at the children’s table; 35 over-fed people and one toilet! It’s another laugh filled evening of family chaos from the award-winning writer and comedian, Steve Solomon.

The Pavilion at Old School Square Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; suggested $5 donation Scot Bruce stars in this riveting and ROCKIN’ holiday “Elvis” tribute concert, which features the wonderful Christmas songs recorded by Elvis Presley such as, ‘Santa Bring My Baby Back,’ ‘Blue Christmas’, ...and more! This show is guaranteed to have you ALL SHOOK UP!

Dec. 26, 2016 – The State Ballet Theatre of Russia – The Tchaikovsky Christmas Spectacular The Pavilion at Old School Square Monday, 7:30 p.m.; tickets $30 (adult); $20 (student)

Dec. 16-18, 2016 - AVENUE Q Crest Theatre at Old School Square Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.; tickets $52/$42 Winner of the Tony “Triple Crown” for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, AVENUE Q is part flesh, part felt and packed with heart. AVENUE Q is a laugh-out-loud musical that tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that although the residents seem nice, it’s clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood. Together, Princeton and his newfound friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life. Dec. 22 & 23, 2016 – Steve Solomon’s Home for the Holidays Crest Theatre at Old School Square Thursday and Friday, 8 p.m.; tickets $46/$36 From the star and creator of one of the

Founded by legendary dancer and former Prima Ballerina of The Bolshoi Theatre Ballet, Maya Plissetskaya, The State Ballet Theatre of Russia, now under the direction of award-winning dancer and Moiseyev dance company soloist Nikolay Anokhin, presents selections from two of the greatest classical ballets of all time. This production is set to the music of Tchaikovsky and features 50 of Russia’s brightest ballet stars. The Palm Beach Daily News called it “Effortless precision.”

Arts Garage

Slam Allen – Fri. December 2, 8pm | $30-$45 The Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter is known as “The Soulworking Man” for his authentic high-energy soul, funk and blues shows with historic pedigree and credential. Slam is a New York State Blues Hall of Fame Master Musician Inductee and a 10-year band

leader, lead vocalist and lead guitarist. He is a musician in his prime, radiating an energy combining Freddie King, James Brown, and Jimi Hendrix to create a remarkable musical performance. He has been captivating audiences for over 20 years with his unique blend of soul and blues. Don’t miss him when he returns to Arts Garage for another dynamic live show that will leave you wanting more. Cheryl Fisher Sextet featuring Eric Allison- Sat. Dec 10, 8pm | $30-$45 The award-winning jazz vocalist is one of those rare artists who, as soon as she begins to sing, transforms the room and turns a chatty crowd into a rapt audience. Fisher’s sextet features award-winning woodwind artist and celebrated saxophonist Eric Allison, who returns from abroad for this special performance. This concert celebrates Fisher’s latest CD release, with beautiful, rarely heard songs from the Great American Songbook, interpreted through Cheryl’s musicianship and delivered with a fresh and modern approach. Cheryl is an award-winning Canadian jazz vocalist and her partner (and husband) Eric Allison was one of South Florida’s most celebrated saxophonists. They were very present in the South Florida music scene but have been living in Canada for the past several years. The Arts


Garage concert will be a CD Release party for their latest recording as well as a homecoming concert for Eric so it should be well attended. Cheryl Fisher is also a composer and lyricist who has recorded five CDs under her own name. A Juno Award nominee and voted Best New Jazz Artist by the Alberta Recording Industry Association, Cheryl Fisher’s live performances and recordings continue to receive glowing reviews for their originality, emotional depth and outstanding technical excellence. Tito Puente, Jr. | Fri. December 16, 8pm | LATIN JAZZ Tito Puente Jr. is determined to nurture the musical legacy left by his father, Tito Puente, Sr., Latin jazz Mambo King, and he does so with charm and grace. The comparison is inevitable – in his looks, his joy, and his music. Crowds who were lured to venues by his father now return to see his son and to once again participate in the high voltage celebration that takes place on stage. Be prepared to mambo the night away as



Tito Puente, Jr. brings his phenomenal band to Arts Garage. Fri. Dec. 23, 8pm JAZZ TAKES A HOLIDAY with the Dick Lowenthal Jazz Orchestra Big Band Jazz | Holiday Music/ $30-$45 This unique program, featuring vocalist Steve Leeds, includes a rare, live performance of “The Nutcracker Suite” by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky as arranged by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. The program also features seasonal music in the style of the Glenn Miller Orchestra. The music of Stan Kenton will be represented by selections from his album “A Merry Christmas”. Rounding out the program are big band versions of traditional Chanukah selections. Theater at Arts Garage Presents CUDDLES Black Box Theatre, Through– Dec 11, 2016 | Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat performances start at 7:30 Sun at 2pm Tickets, $45 Theatre at Arts Garage takes a walk on the dark side with the spine-chilling new play, Cuddles. This tale of two “sisters” and their unique bond, was recently acquired by Nicole Kidman to be adapted for film.

Wick Theatre Sister Act Dates: November 25- December 23

Wed, Thurs, Fri and Sat: 7:30pm Wed, Thurs, Sat, and Sun: 2pm Tickets: $75-$80, or call 561-995-2333 The Wick Theatre will have audiences jumping for joy with their second show of the season, Sister Act. The musical comedy, based on the hilarious 1992 movie starring Whoopi Goldberg, is filled with toe-tapping songs and outrageous show-stopping dance numbers. Featuring original music by eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (Beauty And The Beast, The Little Mermaid, Newsies), this uplifting show is a sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship.

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens From Flapping Birds to Space Telescopes: The Art and Science of Origami—A Talk by Robert J. Lang Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, Time: 7:00pm, doors open at 6:00pm Price: $10 (Members $7), advance purchase required The past decade has been witness to a revolution in the development and application of mathematical techniques to origami, the centuries-old Japanese art of paper-folding. The techniques used in mathematical origami design range from

the abstruse to the highly approachable. In this riveting talk, Lang describes how geometric concepts led to the solution of a broad class of origami folding problems— specifically, the problem of efficiently folding a shape with an arbitrary number and arrangement of flaps, and along the way, enabled origami designs of mind-blowing complexity and realism. The algorithms and theorems of origami design have shed light on long-standing mathematical questions, and have even solved practical engineering problems. Lang discusses examples of how origami has enabled safer airbags, space telescopes, and more. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Film Screening—Between the Folds Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016 Time: 11:00am & 2:00pm Price: Free with paid museum admission; limited seating available; first come, first served Underwritten by the Homer and Martha Gudelsky Family Foundation, Between the Folds chronicles the stories of 10 fine artists and intrepid scientists who abandoned careers and scoffed at hard-earned graduate degrees to forge unconventional lives as modern-day paper folders. The film paints an arresting portrait of the remarkable artistic and scientific creativity that fuels this ever-changing art form, fusing science and sculpture, form and function, ancient and new. As these offbeat and provocative characters converge on the unusual medium of origami, they reinvent an ancient art, and demonstrate the innumerable ways that

ingenuity and expression come to bear as we all struggle to understand and honor the world around us—as artists, scientists, creators, collaborators, preservers and simply curious beings.

Lynn University’s Conservatory of Music Dec. 1 Bassoon Master Class with John Miller John Miller assumed his position as principal bassoonist of the Minnesota Orchestra in 1971, a position he held until his retirement in 2015. He has also been professor of bassoon at the University of Minnesota for 45 years. He has presented master classes at many of the world’s major conservatories. Miller is regarded as one of the leading bassoon pedagogues. • Thursday: 7 p.m. Location: Count and Countess de Hoernle International Center / Amarnick-Goldstein Concert Hall Tickets: FREE Dec. 2 Violin Master Class with Elmar Oliveira Internationally renowned performer Elmar Oliveira, Lynn’s Distinguished Artist in Residence, is a devoted teacher and promoter of young violinists. He was the first violinist to receive the coveted Avery Fisher Prize and the first and only American violinist to win the Gold Medal at Moscow’s prestigious Tchaikovsky International Competition. • Friday: 7 p.m. Location: Count and Countess de Hoernle International Center / Amarnick-Goldstein Concert Hall Tickets: FREE Dec. 3 Pianist Stanislav Ioudenitch in Recital Stanislav Ioudenitch, 2001 gold medal winner at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Gasteig in Munich, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory and the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing. Ioudenitch’s recital at Lynn will include music by Liszt, Scarlatti and Rachmaninoff. • Saturday: 7:30 p.m. Location: Count and Countess de Hoernle International Center / Amarnick-Goldstein Concert Hall Tickets: $20


Carols by Candlelight Saturday, Dec. 3 | 7 pm

Shanghai Acrobats: Shanghai Nights

The State Ballet Theatre of Russia – The Tchaikovsky Christmas Spectacular

An outdoor concert experience with songs of the season and popular hits -- headlined by Little River Band, Kim Carnes and Stephen Bishop. It’s a magical night for the entire family!

Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016 | 7 pm

American Big Band – Home for the Holidays

Will and Anthony –Showstoppers Avenue Q

Wednesday, Dec. 7 | 2 & 8 pm

The greatest songs ever written come alive with this Broadway duo. Their magnificent tenor voices, brotherly banter and comedic flair are unforgettable!

Songs of the season with this amazing 11-piece Big Band along with six outstanding singers and dancers.

Experience the thrill of acrobatic gymnastics, balancing, silk spinning, twirling, contortion and so much more!

Sunday, Dec.11 | 7 pm

OLD SCHOOL SQUARE in the heart of downtown Delray Beach, offers a wide variety of shows and lectures during the 2016-17 Season. There’s something for everyone! GET TICKETS NOW! 51 N Swinton Ave, Delray Beach, FL | 561 243 7922 x1

Monday, Dec. 26 | 7:30 pm Fifty of Russia’s brightest ballet stars perform selections from The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and Romeo and Juliet.

Dec. 16-18 | Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 2 & 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm This multiple Tony Award winning, laughout-loud musical is part flesh, part felt and packed with heart! Adult language/ subject matter.






5 Tips on how to keep your sanity and look great during the holidays By: Heather McMechan Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers

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Harry & Celia Litwak Chabad Center of East Boca holds gala, concert Staff report Celebrate the Harry & Celia Litwak Chabad Center of East Boca on Dec. 19 at Share the Light gala and concert. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at Boca’s new Hyatt Place Hotel, 100 E. Palmetto Park Road. “From its very founding over 200 years ago, Chabad has been dedicated to Sharing the Light--the light of G-d, Torah and the Soul,” said Rabbi Ruvi New of Chabad. “From ignorance to hatred, darkness takes on many forms.” The event recognizes the “New Year” of the Chassidic movement by commemorating the release of Chabad founder Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi from Czarist prison in 1798. His first name, Schneur, means two lights. Matisyahu will perform an acoustic concert.

Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie and Palm Beach County Commissioner Steven L. Abrams will present Boca Raton resident Marc Goldman with the Lamplighter Award at the event. Other recipients include media personality Arlene Herson and voice of the Miami Heat Eric Reid. Marc Goldman, who has been an active supporter of Chabad of East Boca for the past decade, is the former President New Jersey’s Farmland Dairies and was responsible for numerous industry developments. Marc is on the advisory board of the Jerusalem based Aish HaTorah and is a board member of the Republican Jewish Coalition. He was appointed by President Bush to the U.S. Holocaust Museum Council in Washington D.C. and was the recipient of the First Annual Crain’s New York Business All Stars. He also received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and the 2016 King David Award from The Jewish Heri-

tage Commission. Share the Light chair is Mitch Kirschner with Sheri Farbish serving as the event co-ordinator; David Berkowitz is serving as the major underwriter of the event. Tickets are $180 per person and are available by calling 561-394-9770 or by visiting ShareTheLight.



Dash around the world: on new cruise ships for 2017 By: Joel Dash Special to the Boca/Delray newspapers The customer is always looking for the newest cruise ship, so I’ll start the 2017 line-up with the last ship in December. The Seabourn Encore, at 40,000 tons with 604 passengers, will have 302 suites with private balconies. This luxury ship will cruise to ports around the world and will feature a new chophouse restaurant called “The Grill” with chef Thomas Keller.

accommodations and a supper club-style speciality restaurant. The MSC Meraviglia sets sail in May and at 167,600 tons, holding 4,500 at double occupancy, and a maximum capacity of 5,700 passengers and 1,536 crew members. It becomes the largest ship in the world by passenger capacity, beating the Oasis, Allure and Harmony of the Seas. This ship will sail in Europe.

The new Viking Sky will debut in February at 48,000 tons and 930 passengers. It will be the third of six ships in the Viking Ocean Cruises fleet. The ship will include several of the company’s popular riverboat features such as the Aquavit Terrace, an alfresco dining venue and plenty of outdoor space on the sundeck. The ship also features a promenade that fully encircles the ship. The Viking ships are inclusive of wine, beer and soft drinks at lunch hand dinner, shore excursions and unlimited use of the thermal suite.

The Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic Quest will debut in June. These 100 passenger ships will have 50 cabins; 22 balconies. Families will be accommodated with eight rooms that can be configured into four adjoining cabins. Quest will sail in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest before relocation to Costa Rica and Panama, then Belize and Guatemala in 2018.

The 40,000 ton Silversea’s Silver Muse is coming in spring, and will be the first vessel in a new-three-ship class. The intimate 596 passenger ship is a step toward ultra luxury cruising featuring all suite

The MSC Seaside will launch in November and will herald a new class of MSC ship-Seaside Class. The ship will have a promenade with shops, restaurants and bars. The 154,400-ton ship will have

The Viking Sun, the fourth of six ships, is coming in October with the same features as the Sky.

2,070 cabins holding 4,140 passengers in double occupancy and 1,413 crew members. The ships will be 1,060 feet long and 135 feet wide and have more than 468,000 square feet of public areas including a theater, terraced balcony and panoramic lifts with sea views. The Seaside will sail year-round from Miami. MSC has some fantastic introductory rates and also features a children free program. Coming late 2017 is Star Clipper’s Flying Clipper. At 8,770 tons and 300 passen-

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The Holiday Boat Parade begins December 9th at 6:30 pm at the Lantana Bridge & proceeds south to the C-15 canal in Delray Beach. This holiday illumination show can be viewed in Boynton Beach at Boynton Harbor Marina, Intracoastal Park, Jaycee Park & in Delray Beach from Veterans Park; or enjoy this Florida holiday tradition with dinner at Two Georges, Banana Boat, & Prime Catch; in Delray Beach at Che & Deck 84 on the Intracoastal Waterway.


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Body exhibit on display at South Florida Science Center and Aquarium Staff report

Ditch the anatomy textbook and head to the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium for an up close look at what your body looks like, under the skin. The “Our Body: The Universe Within” exhibit is on display through April 23. Visitors will get an in-depth look at what the body looks like through the body’s 11 organized systems, like skeletal, digestive and muscular from head to toe. There are 12 bodies on display and more than 200 organs that fill 5,000-squarefeet. The body parts are accompanied by detailed descriptions that explain functions and processes. The bodies were preserved through a process called polymer impregnation, which preserves a body indefinitely. Bodily fluids are replaced by a liquid plastic that hardens to last forever. Some of the bodies were preserved 30 years ago. The process leaves the finest, most delicate tissue structure intact. That means you can see the tiniest bones in the body as well as blood vessels and other microscopic details. The only body part that isn’t real are eyes. That’s because eyes can’t be preserved, according to museum officials.

Seeing a body that has undergone the polymer impregnation is something doctors and medical students are used to seeing, but it isn’t common to experience the preserved bodies up close. “It’s just so neat,” said museum COO Kate Arrizza. She said the museum had been looking to bring a bodies exhibit to showcase for the past five years. She said this display was selected because of its educational value and because all of the bodies have been documented as donations to science. “It’s really the best exhibit on the market,” she said. And, she said so far the exhibit has had tons of visits from classes ranging from college students taking anatomy classes to younger students. Attendance for opening weekend beat out the last dinosaur exhibit by 138 percent. This exhibit is presented in partnership with Jupiter Medical Center and Palm Healthcare Foundation, Inc. Boca-based health IT company Modernizing Medicine sponsored the Musculoskeletal Gallery, which is the beginning of the exhibit. Thanks to the partnerships, Arrizza said

The “Our Body: The Universe Within” exhibit is on Visitors check out the new “Our Body: The Universe display through April 23. Photo courtesy of the South Within” exhibit. Photo courtesy of the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium. Florida Science Center and Aquarium.

the museum has been able to offer extra programming to accompany the exhibit. On opening weekend there were two da Vinci robots, which assist during surgeries. Arrizza said it took two weeks of 12-hour days to set up the gallery. The lighting is dimmed to provide a respectful experience. After all, the bodies are real. She said the most impactful display for her is one that shows a smoker’s lungs. The lungs show how cancer affects smokers. One sensitive area of the exhibit is the prenatal gallery. A sign warns visitors that it could be a lot to handle. It explains the phases of a baby’s development and shows an infant who died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and conjoined twins.

Bodies are posed to be in action to help demonstrate what that system does. One body is dribbling a basketball while another is kicking a soccer ball. Museum officials said the exhibit is appropriate for people of all ages, but parents should use their own discretion to make a decision for their kids. The exhibit was developed and provided by the Anatomical Sciences & Technologies Foundation in Hong Kong. The specimens in the exhibition were provided by various accredited Chinese universities, medical schools, medical institutions, research centers and laboratories to further the goals of the Anatomical Sciences & Technologies Foundation, which are to promote educational and medical research of the human body.



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Medical, psychotherapeutic advances in addiction treatment: Part 2 of 2 By: Raul J. Rodriguez MD, DABPN, DABAM, MRO Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers A treatment modality really needs to work if it is to receive a medical indication by the FDA, even more so if it is to become the standard of care. Subutex and Suboxone, for the treatment of opiate or “pain pill” addiction, have also emerged as the new standard of care for opioid dependence with unparalleled success rates. These medications have revolutionized addiction treatment, creating a major shift from the old “28 day” inpatient care model to an outpatient model. Patients no longer have to go “away to rehab” and can actually detox while still working and caring for their families. Both of these

medications have Buprenorphine, an opiate agonist-antagonist that binds to the opiate receptor and exerts an effect while blocking conventional opiates, as the primary active ingredient. Buprenorphine neutralizes much of the extreme and exaggerated biological drive to use opiates, resulting in a drastic reduction in cravings. Some receive Subutex just for detoxification. Others benefit from a daily dose or “maintenance” with Suboxone, which profoundly suppresses opiate cravings and would actually interfere with any opiates consumed in a relapse. These daily doses have a stabilizing effect and are in

no way intoxicating when taken correctly. Patients that are properly treated with Buprenorphine are usually perfectly alert, energetic and feel generally very good. They do not get or look “high” while taking this medication, remaining fully functional. The leveling of the playing field created by these medications gives individuals a fair chance at working on their sobriety without the burden of obsessive cravings. A person taking Subutex or Suboxone appropriately, as prescribed by a qualified physician, is considered to be fully “clean and sober.” Relapse rates have

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Injured in an auto accident? Common injuries, most effective treatments By: Dr. John Conde DC, DACNB Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers There are several variables that contribute to the likelihood of being involved in an auto accident which include the speed of the vehicle, design of the vehicle, road design, skill of the operator, and whether the operator was impaired while driving. The most common injuries sustained in an auto accident include strain/sprains of the neck (whiplash) or of the lower back, herniated discs, contusions (bruises), abrasions (scratches), lacerations (tearing of the skin), knee injuries, and rotator cuff injuries. The most ominous injuries include traumatic brain injuries, fractures, and internal organ disruption. The neck and the lower back are the most vulnerable and susceptible regions in the body for injury in an auto accident. In regards to the neck, whiplash is the most common occurrence. It is impossible to prevent the neck from snapping forward and backward during impact. This action creates micro-tears in the ligaments and tendons that hold the neck on top of the body. Subsequently, secondary to the force of the impact the rubber like material between the vertebrae called the intervertebral disc can tear. The intervertebral disc is made up of an outer, resilient layer called the annulus fibrosus and an inner gelatin-like substance called the nucleus which is an irritant to nerves. Upon tearing, the nucleus can herniate out of the disc and irritate spinal nerves producing neck or lower back pain and pain into the arm or leg. The impact experienced in an automobile accident may also have more ominous results such as a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI). Physical and cognitive symptoms may result such as headache, nausea, dizziness, problems concentrating, difficulty with short term memory, spasticity, weakness in the limbs, and gait difficulties. The brain can shift forward and backward in the skull in response to the violent forces put on the body producing a brain contusion, which is termed a coup-contrecoup injury. Another brain injury occurs when the brain shifts excessively in the skull shearing the neurons

on the outer surface of the brain. In any case, some level of neurological injury occurs in most auto accidents whether through direct or indirect trauma. A comprehensive examination must be conducted after the accident to detect the extent of neurological and orthopedic compromise. Once the diagnosis is made, treatment should be conducted immediately with a goal of reducing inflammation and restoring function. The current gold standard for soft tissue injuries such as strains and sprains and even intervertebral disc injuries is Class IV High Power Laser Therapy. This FDA approved, orthopedic tool enhances tissue healing by tenfold by increasing energy and protein production in the damaged cells through a process called angiogenesis which develops new blood vessels to increase circulation to the damaged tissue. It also accelerates the release of oxygen molecules from the hemoglobin in the blood to the local tissue. The gold standard for the rehabilitation of disc herniations is a procedure termed non-surgical spinal decompression therapy. This process significantly reduces intra-discal pressure and promotes retraction of the herniation into the disc and facilitates influx of oxygen, proline and other substrates. The promotion of fibro-elastic activity stimulates repair and inhibits leakage of irritant sulphates and carboxylates from the nucleus. The most recent trial sought to correlate clinical success with MRI evidence of disc repair in the annulus, nucleus, facet joint and foramina as a result of treatment and found that reduction of disc herniation ranged between 10 percent and 90 percent depending on the number of sessions performed, while annulus patching and healing was evident in all cases. Lastly, neurophysiologic rehabilitation must be conducted to treat the under functioning brain regions through a process called plasticity. Plasticity is the process by which a neuron can change according to the environmental stimuli it is exposed to. The gold standard for TBI and MTBI rehabilitation is the Dynavi-

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Hoarders vs. Shopaholics: Similarly motivated, but not the same By: Cheryl Adelman Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers Hoarding is the compulsive purchasing, acquiring and saving of items that have little or no value. The effects of hoarding can be emotional, physical, social, financial, and even legal and can result in serious threats to health and safety. Hoarders believe their possessions will be useful or valuable in the future, have sentimental value, or are unique and irreplaceable. Hoarders: to varying degrees; • Avoid throwing things away • Experience anxiety about discarding • Have trouble making decisions about organizing possessions • Feel overwhelmed or embarrassed by their possessions • Can be suspicious of other people touching their possessions • May have obsessive thoughts about possessions: • - Fear of running out of an item and needing it later • - Check the garbage to see if an item was accidentally discarded • May experience functional impairments: • - Loss of living space inside the home (no place to eat, sleep, or cook) • - Social isolation

• - Family or marital problems • - Financial difficulties • - Health hazards Shopaholics shop compulsively and may feel they have no control over their behavior. Up to 6-12 percent of Americans are shopaholics and that number is likely to increase. Psychologists call it Compulsive Buying Disorder. There are several types: • Compulsive; shop when they are feeling emotional distress • Trophy; always shopping for the perfect item • Image; Want to appear to be a big spender; love flashy items • Bargain seekers; who purchase items they don’t need because they are on sale • Bulimic; a vicious cycle of buying and returning • Collectors; who don’t feel complete unless they have one item in each color or every piece of a set 7 signs of shopoholics: 1. Unopened or tagged items in your closet 2. Purchases you don’t need or didn’t plan to buy

3. Uncomfortable emotions spark an urge to shop (Compulsive shopping is an attempt to fill an emotional void) 4. A rush of excitement when you buy. (Dopamine, a brain chemical associated with pleasure, is often released in waves as you consider buying an item you like. This excitement can become addictive.) 5. Purchases are followed by feelings of remorse. 6. You try to conceal your shopping habits. 7.You feel anxious on the days you don’t shop. The short-term effects of a shopping addiction may feel positive. However, happy feelings are often mixed with anxiety or guilt. The long-term effects may include financial problems and personal relationships may suffer and isolation may occur.

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Waist management By: Christine King Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers Happy New Year!


Wait, did I skip a month or am I just going crazy? Neither! This year we’re going to make December...January. Why, you ask? Well, it’s really pretty simple.

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Think back to former years of impending doom as Dec. 31 approached. The feeling of dread invading your body at the very thought of writing New Year’s resolutions. Again. The anxiety and anticipation of pain from sore muscles, the deprivation of your favorite foods and beverages and the exhaustion from getting up earlier in order to experience this bliss. Not. This year will be different! After giving thanks and celebrating with family and friends on Nov. 24 let’s theoretically make the next calendar month January. Over the holiday weekend create a list of health and fitness goals. PLAN=SUCCESS! While freezing portioned out left-over turkey and throwing that carcass in the slow cooker to make delicious bone broth; gather your phone, a fresh piece of paper, your favorite pen and create the

- The best day for: 1. Food shopping 2. Food prepping - The best time of day to move your body for 20 uninterrupted minutes, three times/week. - Your truth. Realistic, attainable goals to reach in 90 days. So there, you did it! The hard part is over. Enter the above in your calendar (on “repeat” please) and Monday, Nov. 28 step into a new world. Imagine more energy, looser clothes, joy invading your entire being simply because you escaped the fright of the New Year and have the “edge” on the rest of the world. By Jan. 1 five to seven pounds will be gone and you’ll breeze through the New Year with renewed confidence and the ambition to take your program to the next level. Secretly, you’ll be giggling inside while

watching friends suffer through their resolutions. Their sallow eyes will look at you with confusion and envy wondering how you got in better shape. Their bewilderment over your bounding energy puzzles them all the while you have a glistening smile and an incredible sense of pride for maintaining your Thanksgiving commitment. Sound good? It sure does to me! Here are a few tips for your Thanksgiving weekend planning session: - Plastic snack bags will save your life - Plan six small meals per day and never leave home without food. - A meal consists of a lean protein and a healthy carb - Add water intake to your daily plan (1/2 your body weight in ounces) - Always cook extra. Place in snack bags and freeze! - Consider using an app like “My Fitness Pal”. It actually howls at you if you get too far off course and tells you you’re going to gain weight if you maintain the current course.

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

Allianz Championship Tour Event The 11th annual Allianz Championship

Abrams and Boca’s City Council Mem-





missioner Steve

PGA Tour event will be played at the Old

bers were on hand to welcome Microsoft

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to the Town Center at Boca Raton. This is

Feb. 6 - 12. This year the PGA Champi-

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ons Tour welcomes a few big name rook-

and the third in South Florida. In true

ies to the field, John Daly, David Toms, community fashion, the Microsoft team donated $900,000 in technology grants to our local non-profits, The Museum of Discovery and Science, The Boca Raton Museum of Art, The Florence Fuller Child Development Center and The Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County. Colliers International Commercial real estate giant, Colliers International recently opened an office

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in Boca Raton. Headquartered in Seattle, with annual revenue of nearly $2 billion this expansion into our market reflects

Jean van de Velde. This great local event drew 45,000 attendees last year. The tournament is televised on the Golf Channel, has 17.5 hours of coverage through seven telecasts and has a reach of 3.8 million viewers. Not only does this event provide the City of Boca Raton international exposure on the Golf Channel, an independent economic impact study was conducted by Lynn University’s Dean of Economics in 2010 and reported a $10 to $12 million economic impact for our area.

the influx of commercial activity we’re seeing in our region. When we asked Colliers Executive Managing Director, Kenneth Krasnow what factored into their recent expansion, he said “We’re seeing domestic and international capital chasing deals from Miami-Dade to Palm Beach counties. As part of Colliers regional expansion strategy, we felt it was necessary to open an office in Boca to expand coverage in Southern Palm Beach County, which is a very different market than West Palm Beach. By opening a Boca Raton office, we will be in a better position to serve our clients by building a collaborative and collegial team with the depth and experience of every neighborhood in each market.”

We asked the Tournament Director, Ryan Dillon what made Boca Raton the ideal city to host this event and he told us “The relationship between the City of Boca Raton and the Allianz Championship is one of a kind. From day one, the support from the mayor, city manager, city council and city residents has been special. They saw the big picture benefits from the start and have been amazing partners ever since. We would not be here today if not for the support of the City of Boca Raton and its residents all joining together to support a beloved institution in our community, the Boca Raton Regional Hospital.” Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at: www.allianzchampionship.

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Town Center mall gains new international designer Staff report Spanish-based Adolfo Domínguez has opened its second boutique in the United States in Boca Raton at the Town Center mall. The new nearly 1,500-square-foot store is located in Palm Court near Bloomingdale’s next to Bvlgari. The new store features the 2016 Fall/Winter Collection for men and women along with a line of signature accessories. The global designer fashion label was founded in Spain by Adolfo Domínguez in the 1970s. With its flagship boutique in Madrid, Spain, the brand has points of sale in 50 countries including Venezuela, France, United Kingdom, Thailand, Australia, Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago. “Following suit with our boutique locations around the globe residing in fashion-sophisticated luxury shopping markets, we are very excited to bring our second boutique to Boca Raton as the social and holiday season begins,” Adolfo Domínguez said in a news release. A look at the collections: AD WOMEN: “Casual And Functional” A Return To The Label’s Signature DNA

According to Domínguez, the AD WOMEN Fall/Winter Collection captures the essence of the brand’s personality. Domínguez refers to it as a poetic rendition of the essentials, wardrobe staples and a nod to the 90s from where the minimalist aesthetic has been extracted and refreshed. The knitwear is all-embracing, working on both sides of the fabric with masculine and English tailoring details: wool cloth, flannel, Prince of Wales check, herringbone and Harris tweed. Evening-wear is peppered with lamé, Lurex, burnout fabrics, taffeta and chiffon. The on-trend touch is provided by the patent leather, pony-skin, fleece and Mongolian goat on eco-leather. Stylish pieces such as capes, bodices, long waistcoats, pinafores and Spencer jackets are set to become the key garments. Silhouettes favor layering and the combining of different lengths. Asymmetrical hemlines, sleeves and necklines are present. References to the masculine wardrobe and the sports-look trend are also in evidence. Every temperature of the color range is visible: cool shades such as ice and light grey darken as the season advances to be combined with touches of camel, blue and pale pink.

Warm shades feature on backgrounds of anthracite grey, black and navy, while military green, in various degrees of saturation, gains prominence. Signature prints, where the trembling of the fingers can be discerned, remain present. This time with Oriental-inspired floral themes on gauzes, chiffons and georgette. AD MEN: “Socially And Ecologically Aware” Man Who Wears His Clothes Like A Second Skin Domínguez reports that this season’s collection is abundant with artisanal and bohemian themes, with the vintage influence observable on items such as pants and tailored garments. Relaxed looks and deconstructed silhouettes once again become the epitome of the brand style. Rejuvenated takes on 50s and 70s nostalgia make an appearance: knitted fabric tailoring with pinstripes and collarless shirts. Garments treading a stylish line between classic and casual for a relaxed yet well turned out look. Alpaca and merino wool garments are the heroes of the limited edition collections, while the sports look is gaining ground with super-lightweight garments crafted from technical fabrics and tiered items for a layered look. The color palette journeys between icy shades (greys, indigo, nudes, sky blue and white), and earthy and more intense hues (burgundies, khakis and navies). Black appears in blocks, enhanced with textures.

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Sklar Furnishings celebrates 15 years, showcases latest home trends By: Marisa Gottesman Associate Editor It is a candy shop for those decorating or re-decorating a home, except the candy is furniture that comes in all sizes, shapes and colors. The completely customizable, contemporary furniture fills a 22,000-square-foot award-winning Boca showroom and design center. “We scour the world to try to find different opportunities for our clients to have some of the best things on the planet,” co-owner Rick Howard said. “The goal is to make sure we have something new, different and exciting that is also practical, made correctly and sustainable.” Howard and his wife Pat have owned Sklar Furnishings for 15 years. They opened in 2002 with 10 employees. Now, they have more than 40 employees and their goal is the same, to bring the newest, most sustainable high-end furniture to Boca. To do so, they spend time in Milan over the summer, which Howard said hosts the mecca of furniture shows, looking for the newest trends to bring to their showroom. Currently, that trend is furniture that fits in a room no matter the size. That means tables that expand, wall units that with extra storage that holds a table and chairs and a vanity mirror that flips over to convert into a tabletop desk. One piece converts a dining room table into a pool table. Another looks like a decorative end piece, but it expands to seat a table of 12. Howard said the practicality is useful in all the condos, apartment complexes and urban spaces that are being completed around town. “Furniture is much more than a static piece,” Howard explained as he effortlessly opened up a wood table that

A look at Sklar’s showroom:

This table extends to add room for more seating. Submitted photo.

didn’t look like it could expand.

The tables become works of art as they swivel to provide more space and couches become more practical as the middle section flips to become a place to put drinks. Technology is also part of furniture. Electronic recliners are equipped with USB chargers and wall units can come with speakers for the TV. About 75 percent of the pieces in the showroom are exclusive to Sklar meaning you likely won’t find them in any other local furniture store. A majority of the furniture is from Europe. In addition to keeping up with the trends, Howard said Sklar looks for furniture that is green and sustainable. Even the showroom has taken steps to be green. All lights are LED and for any wood purchase, Sklar makes a donation of a tree to a Florida forest to promote sustainability. To celebrate their birthday, Sklar has dedicated 15 months to 15 different nonprofits. The showroom has hosted fundraisers for nonprofits like Habitat for Humanity, which Howard chairs, and Florence Fuller Child

The table extends seamlessly and adds space. Submitted photo.

Development Centers.

The company also recently received three top honors this year at the 2016 ASID Florida South Chapter Design Excellence Awards (DEA) Gala. Sklar took home Best Showroom Design, Best Website Design and Best Bathroom Design. To maintain the utmost professionalism and integrity of the ASID DEA Awards, the judging is done anonymously and not locally. All entries are first blinded by the local chapter – removing submitter names – before the entries are sent to another state to be judged by peers from that ASID chapter. There are no second or third place levels awarded in DEA competition, only one ‘best’ awardee in each category for which Sklar Furnishings and its Designer Sonia Longchamp, ASID won their specific categories. Sklar Furnishings, located at 6300 North Federal Highway, Boca Raton, is opened seven days a week: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sundays 12 Noon to 6 p.m. and evenings by appointment. For more information, visit or call 561-862-0800.


Is it safe to shop, bank online?

shopping, make sure that this is website address that has been marked as the official URL for the store.

By: Julius McGee Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers Shopping online and online banking have become the topic of much heated debates, especially where the safety of the users is concerned. Websites have implemented security measures to ensure that no one can log in to your account without your permission. They also take full responsibility if a hack takes place through the mainframe. Many banks and online shopping sites make use of email and text to notify you of transactions so that you can keep an eye on things at all times. However, it is also your responsibility to stay safe online. C 53%, M 0%, Y 2%, K 0% #66CCF0 Here are a few things for you to do in order to stay safe online. CMYK


Use familiar websites You should make sure that you use familiar websites at all times. If you are doing online

If you are doing online banking, only use the URL that has been given to you by the bank. Do not attempt to use any other websites that you do not know of. It is very easy to for hackers to imitate a website and a name so that users fall prey to it. Look for the lock One thing that you should never do is pay with your credit card or manage your money without seeing the SSL lock in the URL bar. The lock might also be on the bottom of your page, depending on what type of browser you use. This lock is the sign of the ‘secure sockets layer’ or SSL encryption and it means that this site is secure for you to use. If you do not see this lock, do not give out any of your information via the online route and see if they have a different payment option for you to use. Keep things to yourself When creating an account online, make sure that you only fill in the details that are required. Your bank should help you in setting up an online banking account so that you don’t have to do it at home.


Major online retailers will never ask for anything personal like your pin or your password after you have already created it. With too much information, scammers and hackers can easily find out who you are, where you live, and other personal details. It is better to only fill out what you have to. If you feel uncomfortable leaving your details on a site, log off immediately. Review your statements If your bill comes at the end of the month, take time to sit down and scrutinize every transaction on the statement. Most online stores and banks have a tab where you can access previous activities throughout the month. Make sure that this corresponds with the statement. You can also keep slips and waybills to make sure everything is on par. If you find any inconsistencies, phone your bank immediately. These tech tips were provided by Nerd Alert. Nerd Alert provides people and businesses with an easy and trusted way to get on-demand personalized tech help, device setup training and repair for all devices right to their doorstep from helpful Nerds in their own communities.

Government’s decision expands retirement flexibility By: John M. Campanola, Agent New York Life Insurance Company Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers

The contract must state from inception that it is intended to be a QLAC.

It’s not often the federal government makes a decision that nearly everyone is happy with, but that’s what happened with a regulation that was recently finalized by the U.S. Treasury Department. Changes to the regulations under Internal Revenue Code section 401(a)(9) allow individuals the ability to defer the distribution of their qualified assets beyond age 70 ½ through the purchase of a Qualifying Longevity Annuity Contract (QLAC). Generally, the new rules provide an exception to Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) by allowing a QLAC to start making payments as late as age 85, meaning people can defer paying taxes on money that they may not need in early retirement. This is big news for those people who have been taking RMDs because they have to, not because they want to. A QLAC can provide more flexibility for your retirement planning by allowing you to better match your retirement income to your needs, and the ability to control when taxes can be paid on your qualified assets. A QLAC will also ensure that you will not outlive your money, because as an annuity it provides guaran-

Income payments must begin no later than the first day of the month following the owner’s attained age 85.

Once income starts, the payments must satisfy RMD rules. The contract cannot have any cash surrender value or commutation benefit A QLAC can be a powerful tool for those who want more control of how and when they start taking money out of their qualified retirement accounts. With people living longer than ever before, the gov-

ernment has taken an important step in allowing people to have more flexibility with regard to their retirement assets. This is an opportunity that should be a serious consideration for many people nearing, or even in, retirement. Contact your tax/legal advisor for implications to your specific situation. This educational third-party article is provided as a courtesy by John M Campanola, Agent, New York Life Insurance Company. To learn more about the information or topics discussed, please contact John M Campanola at 561-212-2903.

teed income for life. There are some limitations to QLACs that you should know. Most importantly, there is a cap on how much of your qualified money you can put into a QLAC. Contributions are limited to the lesser of $125,000 or 25% of the owner’s qualified account balances, less previous QLAC contributions. The 25% limit applies on a plan-by-plan basis and to IRAs on an aggregate basis. Also, QLACs can only be established through a deferred income annuity with no liquidity features. Other important rules you should be aware of include: Eligible accounts include 401(a), 401(k), 403(b), governmental 457(b) or IRA,




Biz Briefs Hoffman’s Chocolates open at Delray Marketplace

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Greenacres-based Hoffman’s Chocolates has made its Delray Marketplace debut. As part of an on-going expansion, the chocolatier has opened its 10 retail location. The new store features the brand’s signature look and feel, as well as a party room for birthdays, chocolate making classes, events and other special celebrations and gatherings. “We are thrilled to join the Delray Beach community and continue expanding our legendary brand in Palm Beach County,” said Randall Vitale, Regional Vice President of Hoffman’s Chocolates. “We look forward to being part of the community and are excited to make life sweeter for the residents.” Hoffman’s Chocolates in the Delray Marketplace will employ eight to ten people. Sherah Benton will serve as Manager of the new retail location which will feature selections from Hoffman’s Chocolates more than 70 types of chocolates and confectionary items including a wide variety of gourmet chocolates, double-dipped chocolate-covered pretzels, customized chocolate drenched cookies, chocolate-covered strawberries, gourmet caramel apples, coconut cashew crunch and a vast selection of distinctive gift baskets and corporate gifts. In addition, this location will offer ice cream. For more information or to find a Hoffman’s Chocolates location near you, visit

Barbara and Mike Maynes have taken over both Delray locations. Barbara Maynes has grown up around dry cleaning businesses. Her mother and stepfather opened stores all over New York and Connecticut. She said she spent time working in the store during high school and college. and was so impressed with the applicant pool, that they decided to award $400 to all participants in need of supplies for seniors. Alternative plans to bring back the program next year in the hopes of assisting an even larger number of seniors. Winners included: Palm Beach Habilitation Center, the Broward House and the Light of the World clinic. Aloha Cleaners under new ownership Local dry cleaning business Aloha Cleaners has new owners. But those owners have a history in the dry cleaning world.

Boca-based National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) hosted its United Way campaign and raised more than $225,000 with fundraising events centered on the food theme—Give United and Help Fight Hunger. Employees learned about food insecurities in Palm Beach County by participating in activities like a Master Chef educational challenge and food packaging. During the Master Chef competition, teams of employees competed in cooking challenges to prepare creative meals using items regularly donated to food pantries. In addition, employees donated and packaged more than 6,000 canned goods for CROS Ministries, which has six food pantries in Palm Beach County. Home health care agency helps charities Alternative Home Health Care, a local home health care agency, has just awarded over $8,000 to local Palm Beach and Broward County charities that assist the elderly. Alternative created the Project H.E.L.P. program this year in celebration of 20 years of service. The company awarded the top three charities with $1,500 each

When her husband decided to leave his job in finance to spend more time with his family, she said he wanted to get into the dry cleaning business. She said the opportunity gave her the chance to go back to work and to spend time learning from her retired mom and stepdad. They took over Aloha Cleaners in August. They offer all types of services in addition to dry cleaning such as tailoring, drapery care, linen service, mold restoration, shoe repair and pick up and delivery service. Meet the family at either location, 501 NE 2nd Ave. or 401 West Atlantic Ave. New lunch specials Rapoport’s Restaurant Group has new lunch time specials at Henry’s, Deck 84 and Burt & Max’s. There are 11 items for $11 each, which includes your choice of soda, coffee or iced tea. The options are available Monday-Friday at 11:30 a.m.



Adam Marshall Partner at Boca Raton’s Marshall Socarras Grant, P.L. 1 Your firm is known for its

our new office in downtown Boca.

unique business model, how is it differ-


ent than other law firms?

cases since then, but that was a land-

With growth comes a need for

more space, tell us more about your

It’s truly a unique model in the world of

new offices in Boca Raton.

law firms. By eliminating internal competitiveness among attorneys and aligning compensation with our clients’ best interests, we actually focus on serving

illustration of our multi-disciplinarian approach. Our practices include Commercial Litigation, Corporate Restruc-

We just moved into our new offices in

turing, Corporate Transactional, Real Es-

July and it is unlike any other law firm

tate Transactions, Employment Law and

office in South Florida. We doubled the

much more.

square footage from our previous office

our clients and sharing credit. Our clients

mark case for us and it that was a perfect

5 What’s next for Marshall Socarras

always are represented by the most capa-

and are located in the heart of the boom-

ble lawyers and our internal incentives

ing downtown Boca Raton. Our clients

are based solely on client satisfaction.

seem to be visiting us more, as they love

There will be a lot of growth and new ad-

how comfortable it is and all the open

ditions to the firm. We will always contin-

space. It’s got a really great vibe.

ue to grow with our existing clients and

2 The firm’s other partners are Joe Grant and Ruben Socarras, how was the firm formed?

nally competitive and not collaborative. Some of our peers thought our concept

Joe and I founded the firm in 2011 and

wouldn’t work, that it was too idealistic

then two years later merged with Ruben’s

and not scalable. Four years later, we are

firm. We all came from the world of big

thriving by adding many new lawyers,

law firms and believed it was too inter-

adding practice areas, and opening up

4 Your firm quickly grabbed attention in 2013 with the handling of the Versace mansion bankruptcy, what practices does the firm handle?


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Increasing inflation expectations By: Jeremy Office P.h.D, CFP, CIMA, MBA Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers In 1974, economist Herbert Stein, a top advisor to President Nixon, called inflation a “Hydra-headed monster” that came in numerous forms: “sometimes led by wages, sometimes by prices, by foods, by oil; sometimes it was domestic and sometimes imported.” The idea was that the more we attempted to tame prices, the more inflation would grow; synonymous to the mythological creature which grows two heads when one is cut off.

After years of deflationary fears, despite the repeated efforts of central bank policies, we have started to see inflation concerns appear in the headlines. With the elections behind us, we are now focusing on the economic policies of the incoming president and how that might affect central bank policies. One metric that has been under the microscope is inflation. Inflation is defined as a sustained increase in the general level of prices

for goods and services. In the simplest form, increasing inflation means it costs more to purchase a box of cereal today, than it did last month. When conducting monetary policy, central banks use inflation gauges such as the consumer price index (CPI) or the personal consumption expenditures price index (PCE) as barometers to monitor economic health and ultimately influence their decision to expand or contract the money supply.

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In 2007, the Fed’s attempt to control the money supply was soon put to the test. However, when the Fed targeted growth of money supply, the relationship between the growth of money supply and the health of the economy broke down. The Fed then changed gears and pursued an unofficial inflation target for a long period prior to the official announcement of the 2% target in January 2012. As you can see, there is never a right answer and the ability to control inflation is a dynamic balancing act. More recently, October saw a selloff of bonds as the dollar rose back to where it started this year. This week, after Donald Trump was elected to be the next president, we witnessed another leg lower for bond prices as yields on the 10 year broke through 2% with little resistance from 1.86 the day before the election. While it appears these two moves equate to the expectations of a strengthening economy, the rise in inflation expectations is becoming apparent. Inflation erodes the purchasing power of a bond’s future cash flows. The higher the current rate of inflation and the higher the (expected) future rates of inflation, the higher the yields will rise across the yield curve, as investors will demand this higher yield to compensate for inflation risk. Per the Wall Street Journal, “the average U.S. inflation rate over the next 10 years priced into bond markets is at its highest level this year. Moreover, one of the best gauges of spare economic capacity, the unemployment rate, has fallen from 10% in 2009 to nearly 5% in 2016, according to economists at Goldman Sachs. It would be reasonable to presume that the Fed is motivated to raise the federal funds rate in the event of low unemployment and rising inflation nearing the 2% target. But, Fed Chairwoman, Janet Yellen recently spoke about allowing unemployment to drop to levels associated with accelerating inflation to counterbalance the damage from years of joblessness. Even the Bank of Japan announced in Septem-

ber that they plan not only meet their 2% target, but to exceed it. However, pursuing higher inflation rates, as we have seen from Japan and Europe, can become quite problematic. Japan’s and Europe’s zero and negative short term interest rate policy coupled with quantitative easing to bolster lending, growth and prices diminished banks’ lending margins, undermining their ability to lend. Perhaps the Fed will take a lesson from the Bank of Japan and the European Central Bank’s unsuccessful efforts to raise inflation. To better understand how the Fed reacts to rising inflation, we took a historical perspective on what levels of inflation the Fed typically pursues when anticipating a rate hike. Over the last thirty years, five rate hike cycles have taken place. One common factor preceding each rate hike was an improving macroeconomic environment, mostly evidenced through labor market data. Unemployment steadily declined, non-farm payroll growth was strong, but inflation data suggests no predictable trends. In most tightening cycles, however, inflation either held steady or gradually started to rise after the Fed began hiking rates. It seems apparent that the Fed primarily refers to trends in labor market data when deciding to raise the federal funds rate, while preemptively curbing inflation rather than swiftly reacting to rising inflation pressures. Maybe Stein was correct the whole time. Compared to the median inflation level (3.2%) in the past 42 years, our current environment is one where inflation is low and rising. Per JP Morgan Asset Management, in a low and rising inflation period, equities have averaged returns of 20% seven times since 1974, surpassing all other asset classes. Commodities stood in second averaging 17%, while bonds and cash fell short averaging 6% and 3%, respectively. We want to highlight the positive returns of each asset class and let investors know that inflation may be a “hydra headed monster” to economists and central bankers, but to investors inflation is something to prepare for, but not to be feared. About Maclendon Wealth Management Maclendon Wealth Management is a boutique multi-family office built on a foundation of traditional values, sophisticated knowledge and custom-tailored solutions. We cater to successful, affluent individuals, families and businesses that have an entrepreneurial mindset and are looking for a dedicated team and exceptional wealth management services.



Microsoft opens in Boca’s Town Center Mall Staff report Apple isn’t the only store in the Town Center Mall selling laptops and other tech products. Microsoft opened its doors last month with a grand opening that drew throngs of people waiting to catch a glimpse of the new holiday products.

ager, Microsoft Retail and Online Stores worldwide. Soligon said Florida has been a great market for Microsoft and the company has had a small speciality store in Town Center before. She said when the oppor-

sion is to make community connections and become a resource, especially for the youth. In addition to selling products, she said Microsoft will offer free classes for students like entry-level coding to advanced video game building. Mayor Susan Haynie, Councilmen Scott

Before the unveiling of the nearly 1,500-square-foot store, Microsoft’s eighth Florida location, music blared, people lined up and Microsoft officials awarded four local nonprofits nearly $1 million in technology grants. The Boca Raton Museum of Art received $125,000, The Museum of Discovery and Science $175,000, Florence Fuller Child Development Centers $250,000 and Boys & Girls Clubs of the Palm Beach County $350,000. It’s the relationships with the community that led Microsoft to want to open a store in Boca, said Kelly Soligon, general man-

“I can’t think of a better way for Microsoft to honor the city of Boca Raton than by honoring our nonprofits,” she told the crowd waiting to get in.“We are so happy to have Microsoft in the city of Boca Raton. We hope they grow as other stores in our mall have.”

Behind the scenes of Microsoft’s grand opening in Boca. Staff photo.

tunity came to have a bigger space in the mall, Microsoft took it. She said a core part of Microsoft’s mis-

Hyatt Place Boca Raton to open Staff report

The new 15 story 200 room hotel will offer business and leisure travelers a place to stay and amenities like free Wi-Fi, 24-hour food offerings and the 24-hour fitness center.

Hyatt Place Boca Raton will offer: • 200 spacious rooms, all of which feature a swiveling 49-inch HDTV, the plush Hyatt Grand Bed® and Cozy Corner sectional sofa • Free Wi-Fi everywhere

• Complimentary a.m. Kitchen Skillet TM breakfast for guests, featuring freshly prepared breakfast sandwiches, a variety of fresh fruits, hot and cold cereal, yogurt, breads, premium coffee and an assortment of juices • 4,000 square feet of flexible, high-tech meeting/function space • 24/7 Gallery Menu serving made-to-order entrees and appetizers around the clock • Roof top Pool • Roof top Terrace • A Coffee to Cocktails Bar featuring special-

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Mobs of people wait to enter Microsoft in Boca. Staff photo.

Singer and Robert Weinroth and Palm Beach County Commissioner Steve Abrams welcomed Microsoft to Boca.

ty coffees, and premium beers, as well as wines and cocktails “We are so excited to open the doors of the Hyatt Place Boca Raton and show off what is going to be the coolest hotel in the city. We ac-

Have family coming into town or want to take a staycation? Hyatt Place Boca Raton is set to open this month.

“Boca Raton is a historic city with key business and leisure destination. Hyatt Place Boca Raton will add a wonderful new option for business and leisure travelers visiting the heart of the city’s business and financial district,” said General Manager Dave Cuadra.

Boca now has a Microsoft store in the Town Center Mall. Submitted photo.

As the doors opened, employees dressed in bright colored T-shirts cheered, danced and welcomed shoppers. The first 500 customers received a gift card ranging from $10 to $1,000. The first 200 customers received a ticket to come back and meet Dan Marino.

quired the most coveted location in Boca and have built a stunning hotel located in the center of this booming downtown, Boca Raton is becoming a destination for global travelers and we are so thrilled to be a part,” said Scott Webb, President of Kolter Hospitality.



Understanding the ‘independent medical exam’ after automobile crash By: Shane Farnsworth Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers An independent medical examination or IME, is not what the name suggests. It is often not independent and largely designed to either limit medical benefits available to you or limit your damages if injured in a motor vehicle crash. Understanding an IME and its implications is essential your personal injury case. An IME generally arises in two contexts. The first is when your insurance company requires you to submit to an IME. This is done pursuant to the Florida No-Fault or PIP Statute. Your insurance company will choose and pay a doctor to conduct an examination of you. The doctor chosen and paid for by the insurance company will only see you one time. The IME doctor will not be providing any medical treatment. The IME doctor has no doctor/patient relationship with you. Instead, the IME doctor’s role is to provide your insurance company an opinion as to whether further treatment for your injuries is reasonable, related and necessary. If the IME doctor’s opinion is that further treatment is not

warranted your insurance company will terminate your PIP benefits even if they have not been exhausted.

to try and minimize any damages you could be awarded by a jury or to settle the case for less than its true value.

The second context in which an IME generally will occur is when you sue the negligent parties that caused your injuries. As part of the litigation process, the insurance company for the defendant is afforded the opportunity to have you evaluated by a doctor of their choice. As in the PIP context, the doctor is paid to evaluate you on a one-time basis. The IME doctor will not be treating you and there is no doctor/patient relationship.

Insurance companies are completely within their rights to conduct an IME under the situations discussed above. However, the system creates the appearance of an inherent conflict that can make the suggestion of an “independent” exam questionable. In fact, attorneys for injured parties will often fight for and receive court orders prohibiting insurance companies from referring to these exams as independent to a jury.

The IME doctor will review your medical records and history. At the IME the doctor will conduct an examination. Following the exam, the IME doctor will render an opinion. That opinion is generally about whether they agree your injuries exist and if so, the relation of those injuries to your motor vehicle crash. If the IME doctor opines that you were not injured or your injuries are unrelated to the motor vehicle crash, then the defendant’s insurance company will use this opinion

Insurance companies routinely hire the same small number of doctors to conduct these exams. Those doctors are often paid large sums of money by the insurance company for their opinions. The IME doctor’s opinion in most instances disagrees with the treating physicians. They also regularly find no injuries or no causal connection between injuries and your motor vehicle crash. Be aware that you can expect the IME doctor to testify against you at trial. The IME doctor


will be the insurance company’s expert. Their testimony will seldom help you and in most instances will be contrary to the evidence presented by your treating physicians. In many instances the fate of your case can hinge on the jury’s interpretation of this battle of medical experts. That is why it is imperative for you to understand the IME process and how it affects your personal injury case. Shane Farnsworth is an attorney at Shane M. Farnsworth, P.A. in Delray Beach. He represents clients in the areas of personal injury, insurance disputes and civil litigation. His office can be reached at 561272-8337 or online at shanemfarnsworth. com.

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What’s up in the real estate market… Staff report Boca Raton isn’t just attracting your grandma’s friends anymore.

has something for everyone whether you

square feet. The residences include open

choose from the following services, dai-

want to live on the beach, on a golf course

floor plans, terraces, summer kitchens,

ly housekeeping, a butler, home care and

or in a more urban downtown core.

private elevator foyers to each residence,

maintenance, pool service, in-room mas-

automated “smart home technology,”

sage, house cars for use around Boca Ra-

gourmet kitchens with European cabin-

ton and dog walking.

Parker said more than 1,000 people are

That was the message given by a panel

moving to South Florida daily and Boca

of real estate experts during “The State

is being asked about from buyers now

of the South Florida Real Estate Market”

more than ever.

event held at The Addison last month.

etry, high end appliances, stone or wood flooring and high-end countertop finishes.

“People’s decisions are based on lifestyle,”

Adzem said her European buyers are interested in Boca because it is a safe place to live. Buyers from the Northeast, she

Owners will receive the following ameni-

said are interested in the city because of

ties: preferred access to the hotel restau-

the resort-style environment and low

Part of the panel discussion focused on

rants and bars, preferred access to The

taxes. She said those used to spending

the Residences Mandarin Oriental, 85

Spa at Mandarin Oriental, resident-only

summers in the Hamptons are looking to

luxury residences in the Mandarin Ori-

lounges and gathering areas

Boca for a similar vibe for less.

Boca Mayor Susan Haynie, President and

ental hotel that will be heading to Boca

CEO of Miller Samuel Inc, a real estate

Raton. Parker said the amenities offered

rooftop pool with private ocean-view

She also said her buyers are younger than

appraisal and consulting firm, Johnathan

in the project provide a package deal for

cabanas, fitness center with private in-

they were years ago. Her average client

Miler, CEO of Douglas Elliman’s Flori-

people seeking dining, spas and golf in

structors, outdoor garden and relaxation

is 48 with a family, which is a shift away

da Brokerage Jay Parker and Executive

one place.

area, lobby-level wine cellar with private

from already retired or looking to retire

tasting room, in-residence dining with

to South Florida, she said.

Experts said buyers are younger, aren’t necessarily looking to live directly on the beach and are turning to Boca because of its livable, walkable environment.

Director of Luxury Sales at Douglas Elliman Senada Adzem addressed a crowd of real estate professionals on the South Florida market with a focus on Boca.

he said.

The project is part of Via Mizner, a mixed-use property with shops, restaurants and luxury hotel Mandarin Oriental. The Residences will sit atop The

access to hotel catering, a private chef for dinner parties, business center and meeting room and 24-hour concierge, doorman, valet and security.

She said those younger families are shifting away from golfing country clubs. “They don’t want to feel that they are driving a half hour to their home,” she

“Boca Raton is very special,” Mayor

Shoppes at Via Mizner, which plan to

Haynie said, giving a history lesson about

Residents will also get membership priv-

have upscale shopping, dining and spe-

ileges to Via Mizner Golf and City Club.

The Addison being Addison Mizner’s of-

cialized services on the first four floors.

The golf course, located about three miles

But if golf is what you are looking for,

fice while he was building the Boca Raton

The units will connect to the hotel via a

from the property, is an existing 18-hole

Haynie said Boca has something for ev-

Resort. “Our downtown is becoming the


course that will be completely redone and

ery buyer.

vibrant vision of our community.”

The units will range in size from one bed-

With the state’s fastest growing university,

rooms to five bedrooms. The penthouses

FAU, Boca Regional Hospital, the airport

will be as large as 8,800 square feet with

and other amenities, Haynie said the city

smaller 1-bedroom units totaling 1,453

designed by golf icon Jack Nicklaus. The club will also have a pool, tennis courts, dining and a club house. For an additional fee, residents can

said of the large communities.

“If you want a golf course community, we have that, residences for families, we have that, downtown that is a walkable and livable, we have that,” she said.


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Boca office building sells for $4.6 million lion from Numed Holdings, LLC, an en-

Marcus & Millichap Senior Vice Pres-

tity managed by Todd Stephens. Stephens

ident and Institutional Property Advi-

was one of 16 defendants charged in Sep-

sors (IPA) Senior Director Douglas K.

tember in federal court with participat-

Mandel, along with National Office and

ing in a massive insurance fraud scheme

Industrial Properties Group Associate

Butters Acquisitions, LLC purchased the

including pharmaceutical drugs and ille-

Timothy P. Thomas negotiated the sale of

newly-renovated building for $4.6 mil-

gal kickbacks, according to U.S. officials.

the three-story building.

Staff report

A 36,464-square-foot office building located at 3010 North Military Trail sold for $4.6 million last month.

The building is located on 2.11-acres be-

value-add investment within one of the

tween Glades Road, Yamato Road and

most dynamic and resilient submarkets

Interstate 95.

in South Florida, at a price well-below

“The 3010 North Military Trail property

replacement cost,� Mandel said.

provides Butters Acquisitions LLC with

Mandel and Thomas represented both

a unique opportunity to own a prospec-

parties in the transaction. The building

tive corporate headquarter facility or a

was vacant at the time of the sale.



Women’s Council of Realtors event raises nearly $8,000 at Bras for a Cause Men donned bras and strutted their stuff during the Women’s Council of Realtors’ Bras for a Cause event. More than 100 people attended the event that supported the American Cancer Society. The event raised nearly $8,000 with a large portion of the proceeds donated directly back to the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life. The bras were created and donated by local schools, artists and businesses and modeled by Palm Beach County men.

The models for the evening included: Eric Roby, CBS12 News; Mitch Katz, City Commissioner; Randy Colman, American Cancer Society; Todd L’Herrou, Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce; Dan Paulus, Young Professional Association of Delray; Carlos Melendez, Young Professionals Network of RAPB; Ryan Boylston, WOO Creative; Kim McEvers, Women’s Council of Realtors; Rob Steele, Old School Square; Matthew Farmer, Old School Square; Chuck Halberg, Stuart & Shelby Development; Emiliano Brooks, Studio B2, Inc.; Lee Cohen, Carner, New-

Listed and Sold within 30 days!

Bras for a Cause raised nearly $8,000. Jessica Rosato, WCR Local Chapter President; Eric Roby, News Anchor CBS 12 News; and Karen Granger, President of the Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce attended the event. Photo by: Emiliano Brooks.

mark & Cohen. The event was catered by Anthony’s Coal

Fired Pizza with Craft Beer by Saltwater Brewery.



So you decided to sell your home – What’s next? By: Christel Silver Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers

perhaps your largest financial asset. You should ask each agent that you in-

When deciding to sell your home, you

Are you experienced with the Internet?

need to make a decision: which is the

Can you post pictures on the Internet,

smarter way to sell it? Hire a real estate

which is critical, as today’s buyers are

What is their marketing plan? Precisely

agent or list it yourself FSBO (For Sale By

searching for their new home on the In-

which steps is the agent planning to take

Owner)? Selling yourself vs. a real estate


to market your home? What sites will

agent depends on your situation and how motivated and able you are to take on the process yourself. The National Association of Realtors® (NAR) statistics from September 2016 say that 8% of home sales in 2015 were sold by FSBO. The typical FSBO home sold for $185,000 compared to $245,000

Are you comfortable letting strangers in your house at open houses or showings? Be very careful, especially if you are a single person. Is the buyer qualified? Always ask for a lender’s letter from your prospective buyer before negotiating a price.

for agent-assisted home sales in 2015. So

Are you willing to pay an agent, who

the difference in price should easily pay

brings you a qualified buyer? Would you

for the broker’s commission.

consider paying only the buyers part

The most difficult task for a FSBO seller is understanding the complex paperwork with all the necessary addenda like lead-

terview the following:

your listing be on? How many pictures will the listing include? This should all be included in the listing agreement. You should ask are they are working alone or with a team. If you sign the list-

Real Estate is a relationship business. It

ing agreement who is your contact per-

is a service industry providing a service


to clients. Your Real Estate Agent should

How many years is the agent in the business? You are looking for an experienced agent. This is very important.

persistence, organization, and relationships. So before you decide how you are

Ask if the agent is working full time agent

going to sell your home, consider the op-

phone calls from agents asking this ques-

or part time?


Ask for the name of three past clients.

About Christel Silver

tion, so be prepared!

based paint, inspection, termites, and

Real estate agents firmly believe they can

mold, to name a few. On the other hand,

get you more money through the art of

erences. If you talk to them for a little

you could hire an attorney to review the

negotiation, leverage of local knowledge,

while, you will get a good feel about the

paperwork for you.

use of incredible marketing tools, access

agent you interviewed.

You might know what your neighbor’s

ence, reputation, communication skills,

of the commission? You will get many

And yes, take your time to call the ref-

How are you getting the best sales price?

have attributes like knowledge, experi-

to a greater marketplace and ability to qualify buyers.

Christel Silver is a full time Broker/Owner of Silver International Realty servicing the East Coast of South Florida. In 1985 she was licensed in Maryland and Washing-

Is the agent active in their Real Estate

ton DC as a Realtor and later as a Cer-

Association? What additional education

tified Residential Appraiser and Associate

house has sold for. Is it similar to yours?

Before you decide to take on the chal-

classes did they take besides just quali-

Broker and has been in Florida since 2001.

But my suggestion would be to pay ap-

lenges of selling your house on your own,

fying for the license? What designation

The National Association of Realtor’s

proximately between $300-$500 to an

interview a couple Realtors® in your mar-

are they holding and what is their signif-

(NAR) President appointed her (2010-

independent appraiser, who can give you

ketplace and see what they have to offer.


2014) as the President’s Liaison to Germa-

a fair market value of your home. Please

You should talk to at least two to three

ny, where she grew up and worked at the

do not rely on Zillow alone, as Zillow

different agents. Normally you are get-

Will they marketing internationally? This

discloses on their website: “This is not a

ting two or three estimates for normal

market value but a Zestimate®”!

repairs in your home. You should do the same with the sale of your home, which is

is important in Florida as we have many international buyers and there are additional laws to consider.

Justice Department for 17 years prior to coming to this country. The German Real Estate Organization (IVD) has an agreement with the NAR and she is an International member of this organization. Christel is a Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS), and a certified speaker teaching CIPS classes. Having been President for the Florida Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) Chapter, she has served as a Regional Vice President helping Chapters to grow, recently for Virginia, Central Virginia and Maryland and is now on the Board of Directors since 2015. Fifty percent of her business is in the International arena. For more information visit www.





Ask an expert: About your condo, HOA rules By: Steven R. Braten Esq. Special to the Boca newspaper

and we are upgrading our gates. Can we

Q. Our small Condominium Association

poses. The sentence in your community

is composed of less than 20 unattached

bylaws was likely intended to prohibit a

nies from 163 to one of the landscaping

units. There is a clause in the bylaws that

commercial use of a unit, such as the op-

states “All units shall be used for residen-

eration of a business from the unit, and

tial purposes only.” Is renting out a unit

not specifically restrict renting.

considered a residential purpose?

Q. We are a home owners association

A. In my opinion, when a unit owner

(HOA). Owners are responsible for

rents a unit to an individual or family, the

maintaining their lawns and landscap-

use is still considered for residential pur-

ing. We are also a gated community,

limit the number of landscape compacompanies that are currently serving the community to minimize wear and tear on the new gates? A. No. If your homeowners are responsible to maintain their own lawns and landscaping, then I do not think the board of the association can select or impose a landscape vendor on all the homeowners of the community because of a concern over the wear and tear on the new access system. In a community of your size, I imagine another concern is uniformity of appearance and quality of maintenance in light of so many dif-



















homes in your community. I suggest the




ferent landscape vendors servicing the board consider proposing an amendment to the members to shift the landscape maintenance responsibility to the association. This would then allow the




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Dress up your holiday table Staff report

Geometric shapes

Even if you always invite the same family and friends over for holidays and special occasions, you can change up your holiday look.


na over and over again, you don’t have to. Atlas says it is cool to mix and match traditional China with more modern flatware and stemware. It is not a no-no to have non-matching wine and water glasses anymore. Tips for your table

One of our writer’s Heather McMechan, the brain behind Local Mom Scoop, invited us to Bloomingdales to learn all about the latest holiday table trends from Atlas Party Rentals. Trends for holiday tables: Metallics Dress up your table with geometric shapes. Use a bold centerpiece in the middle of the table or add little centerpieces to each individual plate to stand out. Mix and match If you are tired of busting out your grandmother’s Chi-

-Use cool shaped glasses for more than drinking, serve food and desserts in them. -Make sure your linens always reach the floor, even if your event is outdoors. -Don’t push your chairs too far into the table. Chairs should gently kiss the linen.

Holidays are always a time to break out the silver and gold. But this year, Atlas representatives said they are seeing the two colors combined. They say it is OK to mix the colors on your table like taupe, gold and champagne with silvers.

-Renting items isn’t always more expensive than using disposables. Plus, you won’t have to clean any of the dishes if you rent. -Setting a table is just like shopping for a new outfit, mix and match until you see a combination you like.



Boca real estate agency launches Community Heroes Program Staff report Boca Raton real estate agency Stein Posner has launched its Community Heroes Program. The program provides up to $2,000 in discounted services or credits at closing for home buyers that currently serve or have served



upon closing the purchase of a new home. It aims to give back to members of the community who the agency regards as local community heroes. Those who qualify include (active and retired) military members, police officers, firefighters, teachers and school administrators, nurses and medical support staff, emergency medical technicians, and government agency employees. “We’ve worked with so many of these heroes over the years, and have found that many are on very tight budgets,” broker and co-owner of Stein Posner Real Estate Adam Stein said. “The valuable services they provide to our communities, hours worked and risks taken are often out of balance with their compensation. We recognize that and want to really make a difference and an impact for these heroes, like they do every day for us.” The discounts and cash credits are provided through the agency and its partnerships with local mortgage, title, property inspection, and moving companies. Homebuyers who qualify can utilize these approved local businesses to receive discounts or credits from these service providers, including Stein Posner. Those discounts and credits are ultimately determined by the total price of the home, and can add up to $2,000 in financial benefit to the home buyer. “We think it’s important to help these outstanding members of our community any way we can, so they too can achieve the dream of homeownership,” said Ron Posner, co-owner at Stein Posner Real Estate. According to Stein, officially launching the program has been a long-time goal of the agency. He said the program is an extension of its core values, which focus on treating clients like family. “The individuals who can utilize this program truly care about taking care of people and the overall well-being of our community,” Stein said. “And that’s what we’re all about.” To learn more about Stein Posner, visit:





Douglas Elliman acquires Delray firm

Douglas Elliman to become part of their expan-

Staff report

Tauriello, CEO and Owner of Tauriello & Compa-

Company Real Estate Inc.

Delray Beach community since 2000, Tauriello & Company Real Estate Inc., led by Sue Tauriello, will be absorbed into the daily operations of Douglas Elliman’s Florida business.

Recognized as a fundamental brokerage in the

“We are beyond pleased to have been chosen by

and branding.”

Douglas Elliman has acquired Delray’s Tauriello &

sion in the South Florida marketplace,” said Sue ny Real Estate Inc. “This is a company I have long admired and we are all very excited for our clientele to have access to Douglas Elliman’s marketing



Habitat for Humanity builds home with help from craft beer lovers By: Marisa Gottesman

the Boynton Beach job site. But volunteers will be re-

Associate Editor

warded with a pint of their favorite ale. Those who help

Maybe putting hammer to nail isn’t really your thing, but

each brewery.

will receive a card that has a voucher for a free pint at

a Caramel Cream Ale from Due South is.

The house selected for the build is located in Boynton

Now, you can combine the two.

Beach. The primary sponsor for the home is Boca West Country Club. Habitat will also build the home next

In a new initiative that combines giving back with craft beer, Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County


has launched its “House that Beer Built” campaign that

Habitat officials estimate it will take four to five months

allows craft beer aficionados to get together to build a

to complete the build. The homeowner will be Boynton

house and then celebrate with beer.

Beach native Whitney Singletary.

“With the advent of craft breweries, especially in South

Beer lovers don’t need any experience to participate in

Florida, and with our desire to engage young profession-

the build.

als and just have some fun around our mission, we decided to undertake the House that Beer Built as a theme,” President and CEO Randy Nobles said.

Future homeowner, Whitney, and Habitat’s Family Services Director, Ceci Rivas-Gonzalez. Submitted photo.

“You don’t have to have any skills whatsoever,” Chancey said. Nobles said there is enough work to give everyone a job

Nobles said Habitat for Humanity has done themed

Michelle Chancey, director of volunteer engagement.

builds before. Some are aimed at all women builds, oth-

Chancey is leading the initiative, which involves a part-

ers attract college students, one was directed at CEOs and

nership with six local breweries in South Palm Beach

“We have a job for everybody,” he said. “We can keep ev-

decision makers in corporations.

County, Due South, Copperpoint, Saltwater, Funky Bud-

erybody busy.”

This build is aimed at young professionals and a potentially untapped population of craft beer drinkers, said

dha, Devour and Barrel of Monks. Volunteers shouldn’t expect to see kegs or six-packs at

whether it is manual labor or helping clean up the area.

If you would like to get involved in the House that Beer Built build, contact 561-819-6070.





Your holiday budgeting questions answered the box when it comes to gifts:


spending does to your bottom line, beyond just a couple of months. By cutting

1. Use Credit Cards Wisely – Use plastic

back, think about what can be done with

carefully when holiday shopping by find-

the extra funds, such as investing for re-

ing the right balance between using cash

tirement or contributing towards a down

and credit. Keep your financial future

payment on your dream home.

bright by paying off holiday purchases right away, rather than carrying a balance and going into debt. As noted earlier, estimating the amount We asked Certified Financial Planner,

of money you will need to purchase gifts

Director and Southeast Division Sales

can help you determine how much you

Performance Manager for Merrill Edge

should aim to save.

Tracy Cooper ways you can plan for hol-

In the hustle and bustle of the holidays,

iday spending.

it’s not uncommon to lose sight of how

Here are some ways you can get through

our seemingly small everyday actions —

holiday shopping without breaking the

or inactions — can impact our budget.

bank. 1. What is the number one mistake people make when holiday shopping?

2. Set Spending Goals – Outline a specific spending goal for the holiday season and stick to it. Then, make a plan to pay off holiday purchases in a short amount of time. Merrill Edge or can be great resources for people who need guidance or tools to set and stick with financial goals. 3. Think Outside the Box – Consider giving a gift that can’t be wrapped, but rather makes a difference in the future. For

Neglecting to plan ahead or establish a holiday budget early has the potential to derail any good financial behaviors you’ve instilled and followed throughout the year. Shoppers also sometimes dip into other funds, such as an emergency fund, or they rely too heavily on high-interest credit cards, instead of planning and budgeting properly.

cially during the holidays. If you’re unsure how to establish a budget or start saving, consider involving a professional who can help you pursue your

Planning for holiday spending is import-

long and short-term financial goals, as

ant, as many don’t consider what holiday

well as plan ahead for big purchases.


4. Prevent Impulse Buying - Do your best to prevent any impulse purchases or automatically paying full price. Make a list of gifts you’re planning to buy and use it as a checklist to keep track of your purchases and budget. Search online for

a smartphone or table for coupons while

Before you purchase these gifts, it’s im-

waiting in line to check out.

comparable items in advance.

ing important?

and your plan for the long haul— espe-

ent’s name.

time, or consider doing a quick search on

able to make a good estimate based on

4. Why is planning for holiday spend-

tion to what your money is doing now

ing a charitable donation in the recipi-

purchase or several purchases at once.

prices may vary over time, you should be

ate and stick to a budget.

or minimized as long as you pay atten-

education via a Section 529 plan, or mak-

likely you will need to save for a large

can best establish your budget. Although

time, which is why it is important to cre-

these mistakes can potentially be avoided

consider putting money towards a child’s

discounts that can be printed ahead of

you will need for a specific item so you

spending too much over long periods of

a few financial mistakes in life, many of

example, family members may want to

When it comes to holiday shopping, it’s

portant to estimate how much money

As a result, we may end up borrowing or

While no one is immune from making

5. Even with the holidays right around the corner, it is still possible to “find money”

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Restaurants we L O V E .



A taste of Rappy’s, Boca’s newest deli pastrami, a classic ruben and a rappy’s dog topped with coleslaw. The pastrami is hand sliced so no two pieces feel the same. The meat is thick and juicy and melts in your mouth. To go along with the sandwiches, we sampled potato salad, cucumber salad and a health slaw, which combines a salad with a slaw.

Staff report The comfort of a New York City-style pastrami on rye is heading to Boca Raton. Rappy’s, the latest restaurant to join Rapoport’s Restaurant Group, has opened its doors at 5560 North Military Trail at Park Place. We got a sample of the some of the menu items before the restaurant opened. The tasting started with the chicken noodle soup that was topped with a large matzo ball. The broth had flavor and it was accompanied by a mirepoix and hint of dill. The soup tastes just like grandma made it.

We previewed the restaurant in our last edition. This Rapoport restaurant is inspired by Burt Rapoport’s experiences growing up in an iconic New York Jewish restaurant, owned by his grandfather and then this father more than 50 years.

spring roll, pastrami was wrapped inside with caraway braised cabbage, gruyere and thousand island dipping sauce. Because we weren’t full enough, the next plate featured samplings of classic To top it all off, the meal ended with homemade rice pudding that tasted like the holidays, chocolate pudding so rich it tasted like it came right off the stove and a cheesecake topped with strawberries so light it wasn’t hard to polish off an oversized slice.

The soup was followed by a plate of nosh’s including a pastry-puff knish filled with caramelized onions, kasha varnishkes with classic bow tie pasta, onion and herbs, sweet noodle pudding topped with a cornflake crust and a creative take on a

Named after his father, Ray “Rappy” Rapoport, he said he hopes to create a deli-restaurant for the modern world. Rappy’s is located at 5560 North Military Trail, at the new Park Place plaza, Boca Raton. For more information visit

Seminole casino offers fare for all occasions Staff report Even if poker and slot machines aren’t your thing, the Seminole Casino offers a variety of options for date nights and Sunday brunchers looking for a new spot. We were recently invited to check out all the offerings the casino has during a “Bloggers Night Out” event. We were able to sample bites, cocktails and wines at some of the different venues inside the casino. For those looking for an all-you-can eat experience, Fresh Harvest is a Vegas-style buffet without the flight and time difference. The chef explained that you should take an item when you see it because it may not be replenished. Once an item is gone for the night it is gone. That is a way for the restaurant to keep items fresh. This restaurant has a more casual vibe.

bite that packed flavor of ahi tuna and avocado on a bite-size chip. The Braised Pork Wing was a fun take on a chicken wing made out of pork, but the star of the small plate was the Peruvian purple potato that burst into flavor due to a celery root puree that was mashed in.

When it comes to upscale dining there are two restaurants at the casino. For Italian lovers, Sorrisi has intimate rooms for private events, family-style tables and date night set-ups.We were in a private room with several tables that seated four. A guitar player softly played music while we tasted the bread served on the table with asiago cheese and a garlic olive oil spread.

While we didn’t sample directly from the buffet, we tried two items prepared by the chef. The Ahi Poke Poke was a small

cool medium rare and went well with the Cabernet it was paired with.

drizzled over it. For classic steakhouse lovers, NYY Steak has tons of meat kept in a meat locker that welcome you as you enter the restaurant.

We started with the restaurants Osetra Caviar Service, which was appropriately paired with champagne. Here, we sampled a Lobster Ravioli, which was really nearly an entire lobster tail with a ravioli also stuffed with lobster meat. The cognac lobster cream was heavy, but the lobster was light and succulent. We also tasted the Grilled Romaine, an interesting take on a salad. The grilled char and texture on the lettuce was refreshing as was the balsamic dressing

For dessert, the NYY Steak Signature 151 Volcano, a vanilla ice cream with Heath bar and flambé with 151 Rum was served family style. The presentation of the flambé didn’t disappoint to garner oohs and ahs.

And if you were still hungry, after dinner drinks and a dessert station was displayed on level2, which is the smoke-free section of the casino. The lounge-like area provided a place to unwind and chat after tons of eating.

For the table, NYY Signature Thick Cut Bacon was served. The house-cured and smoked bacon came out hanging on a clothes line. Full disclosure, I don’t eat bacon, but my dining partners raved about the flavor. I dug into the cornbread it was paired with, which was sweet and decadent. The main course was a Prime Dry-Aged New York Strip that was served with Creamed Spinach. The meat came out a

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Tailgate party, prep events set stage for Boca Bowl III Dec. 20 By: Dale King Contributing Writer

Holiday cheer will turn to holiday cheering the night of Dec. 20 when Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton hosts the third annual Boca Bowl, a National Collegiate Athletic Association-sanctioned (NCAA) bowl game. Since 2014, Boca has been home to the event that will be televised on ESPN. The grid clash featuring the top teams from two NCAA conferences is again expected to bring visitors galore to enjoy the game, restaurants and other activities specially planned before and during the game. The names of the two competing teams will be announced in early December, along with the schedule of activities that will allow locals to welcome the teams. For more information, visit or follow the latest bowl news on Facebook and Twitter. Boca Bowl Executive Director Doug Mosley said the game will begin at 7 p.m. in the stadium on the campus of FAU. “The community has rallied around the Boca Raton Bowl as one of Palm Beach County’s holiday traditions and we are pleased that our 2016 game day and time falls in line with what has been successful the first two years,” said Mosley.

From left, Gina Grossman, Armand Grossman, Derek Van Der Ploeg, Jon and Bonnie Kay, Jonathan Whitney and Douglas Rolfe at the Great Chef ’s Tailgate Showcase and College Spirit Night. (Photo by Dale King)

“We believe this day and time makes participating in the events around the Boca Raton Bowl very accessible for families, businesses and visitors as they plan their holiday season activities.”

From left are Constance Scott, former Boca Raton deputy mayor, City Council member and member of Doling out bowls of mac ‘n’ cheese from the Dublin- the Boca Bowl Executive Committee; Troy McLellan, er Restaurant are Derek Smith and Emily Samide at president and CEO of the Greater Boca Raton Chamthe Great Chef ’s Tailgate Showcase and College Spirit ber of Commerce and Lee “Doc” Brown, purveyor of Doc Brown’s Really Bad Rum. (Photo by Dale King) Night. (Photo by Dale King)

brought a defensive battle to Boca Raton which ended with the University of Toledo defeating No.24 Temple University 32-17.

ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN, announced the creation of the Boca Raton Bowl in a six-year agreement beginning in 2014. The pre-Christmas bowl game is affiliated with the American Athletic Conference, Conference USA and the Mid-American Conference.

“We are proud that the Boca Raton Bowl is quickly becoming a tradition for Boca Raton,” said Mayor Susan Haynie. “From the moment the game date is announced we look forward to finding out which teams will play and we enjoy all of the excitement that comes with their arrival and game day.”

The inaugural game was played on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, when Marshall University, the champion of Conference USA, defeated Northern Illinois University, the champion of the Mid-American Conference 52-23. The 2015 game

Bowl week activities will begin with the arrival of the participating teams on Friday, Dec. 16. The team from Conference USA will make its headquarters at the Boca Raton Resort & Club and the American Athletic Conference team will

be at PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens. Dates, times and sites for the team welcome parties, beach parties, luncheon, pep rallies and other bowl week activities will be released at a later date. Fans got a chance to prep for the big game last month at the Great Chef ’s Tailgate Showcase and College Spirit Night to aid Spirit of Giving, a charity that benefits children. More than 300 guests roamed the Via Mizner Country Club – many dressed in their favorite college or alma mater t-shirts. They chowed down on food and drink from tables in and around the club building. They also got a chance to vote for their favorite football foodstuffs.

Celebrities return for charity tennis event Staff report

Celebrities took a swing on the court during the 27th annual Chris Evert/Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic last month. The weekend featured matches between tennis professionals and Hollywood stars like American Idol star David Cook and actor Alan Thicke. Jimmy Buffett headlined the gala and overall the weekend event raised $700,000 for its ongoing campaign against drug abuse and child neglect. The monies go toward programs that are funded through the Ounce of

Boca Resort was home to part of the 27th annual Chris Evert/Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic last month. Staff photo.

Prevention Fund of Florida and through the Drug Abuse Foundation of Palm Beach County. The latest fundraising totals push the 27-year total over the $23 million mark. The weekend’s events included a Pro-Am, a Charity Gala and two days of Pro-Celebrity Tennis. “It’s a great weekend to raise money for a great cause,” Chris Evert told the media during a media day at the Boca Raton Resort. She said she began the event after she retired.

“I was looking for a cause to give back to,” she said. Returning celebrities like David Cook said they were happy to be a part of the event. Newcomers like Lisa Leslie agreed that they were excited to play against other celebrities while supporting a cause. She said she took up tennis after she retired from basketball. And while she admitted her tennis game is not as good as her basketball game, she was excited to show off her skills.

Celebrities warm up at courts at the Boca Resort during the 27th annual Chris Evert/Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic last month. Chris Evert talks to the media about her annual charity weekend event. Staff photo. Staff photo.


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will be a slippery slope), I say what about my family not being forced to do something that makes them uncomfortable by attending a service? What should we do? I’m not so sure that you completely respected one another previously but instead stayed out of each other’s way until you had to deal with your differences. If religion is not a deal-breaker for either one of you, meaning she won’t dump you because you aren’t religious and you won’t dump her because she is, then it’s time to find some common ground that works for both of you. And although I’m not trying to put any buns in any ovens, there is the possibility the two of you will have to make life decisions together for a child. You need to resolve your major differences if you want to be successful down the road.

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I have been together with my wife-to-be for the past three years. We get along great in almost every respect but we are having one big issue and that is whether or not the ceremony should be in a church. She’s Christian, as is her family, but my family is certainly not. I would say that the majority of us are atheists. She goes to church every week and during that time I kind of hang out and do my own thing, I’ll even drop her off, and there hadn’t been any issues until it came time to wed. She never pressured me, cared about the arrangement or mentioned that it would be an issue until now and she demands that I meet with a priest and discuss a full-blown religious ceremony. I am uncomfortable with this because I am not, nor will I be, a Christian. I have always respected her desire to go to church, and I thought she respected my desire to not, but we are fighting all the time now. She says its for her family (and I’m not so sure that believeon that, Let'sI Dwell It I am worried that this by Myles Mellor







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Your problem isn’t abnormal and I recommend you first go to a professional third party. Contact a marriage counselor. You should also meet with the priest. Don’t worry, you won’t be magically converted by speaking to a priest but it will go a long way to show your fiancé you respect her and want to understand her. This probably isn’t the first time a priest has had to deal with a believer/non-believer situation and you can ask questions and try and understand what is going on a bit better. The purpose of these talks is to find common ground going forward and what sacrifices either of you are will-



Listen Delray and Boca, I don’t believe in nothing but your problems and I will marry you in the ceremony of your choosing so long as you keep sending those problems to



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lems, it isn’t your responsibility to please and bring together both families in blissful harmony. You got to put your foot down, it’s part of growing up. The wedding is about the two of you, if the families won’t get on board that’s on them and you can personally approach people that disagree with you and your fiancé’s decisions to discuss. Your priorities should be one another, and this is a great chance to grow and make more mature decisions and sacrifices before your relationship enters into a more mature stage.



ing to make for each other. Almost every decision going forward, if it’s healthy, will be mutual and you both need to understand what can and cannot be done without. Are you willing to a do a brief church wedding? Can a priest marry you if it’s at the clerk of the court? Does she have to have a priest or can her Uncle just lead a prayer? The options for common ground are myriad and you need to find them. If you both dig in your heels you are going nowhere and should rethink this whole marriage thing.






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From the editor’s notebook: Our slice of paradise By: Jeff Perlman Editor-in-chief

thrilled about their future potential.

Seth Godin has a saying: Hardware is

The retiring commissioner had the happy

sexy, but it’s the software that matters.

but tired look of someone who has served and sees the light at the end of the tunnel.

Seth is a smart guy—arguably the smart-

drives progress and enables you to overcome inertia or any challenge that are thrown your way—be it hurricanes or crime or drugs or nasty characters who

I can relate to that feeling. Public service

get up at meetings and throw bricks. It

is a privilege and a very special honor. It

even inoculates you against the trolls,

His thinking helps me with the compa-

is also exhausting if you care enough to

most of whom sit back in judgment but

nies we are involved with but his writing

put your heart into it and want to move

few who actually roll up their sleeves and

is also very apropos for cities and com-

a community forward, solve problems,

try themselves.

munity building.

meet challenges and seize opportunities.

And that saying just resonates…hard-

The soon to be termed out commissioner

est marketing mind around.

ware could refer to buildings in your city and software could serve as a stand in for all the “soft” stuff like “sense of place”, “community” and feeling a part of things. Hardware is important. Your physical buildings should have character and be

Beach City Commissioner and a soon to be termed out commissioner from that city. If you haven’t been to Pompano recently you owe it to yourself to visit. The beach area has been transformed. It’s just beau-

was tired but happy—he was confident his city was moving in the right direction. Chatting with him reminded me of another quote I love: “the community will give back what you give to it.”

Nothing great can be accomplished without enthusiasm, calculated risk and a large dose of inspiration. Leaders either fill the reservoir with hope or drain it with negativity. There’s another saying that I just love and it’s this: “There is a difference between

tiful and was recently honored with an

I heard that from some speaker years ago

award from the Urban Land Institute

and committed that line to memory. And

But software—that’s what makes a town

(ULI). (I had a chance to tour the area

yes it is so true.


with a ULI judge and we were impressed).

The soon to be termed out commissioner

It’s the intangible things that make you

They built a beautiful parking garage,

had two weeks left in office and then he

fall in love with a place and when you fall

which sounds like it would be an oxymo-

was off to Hawaii for some rest. But he

in love you commit and that makes all

ron (beautiful garage? Really?!!) but it is.

was proud of what had transpired during

the difference doesn’t it?

And so their hardware is improving.

his term.


Recently, I attended a “Mayor’s Gala” at

But the most important thing that’s

His colleague had an election on Nov. 8

But we also need more aspiration and

the Broward County Convention Center

changed in Pompano is the software. This

and is working hard to stay on the com-

more emotional intelligence. Hardware is

which was a benefit for the United Way.

is a city that aspires. This is a community

mission because he is excited about all

important. Hardware is indeed sexy. But

We ended up talking to an array of city

that is gaining confidence and momen-

that’s happening in his city. (He won).

software is heart. Software is love. Soft-

officials—and I had a chance to have ex-

tum. This has become a place where peo-

The best economic development is mo-

tended conversations with a Pompano

ple are excited about their present and

mentum and community “software” that


leadership and ambition. Leaders have the courage to be unpopular with those that disagree with them. The ambitious want to befriend as many people as possible.” We need more leadership and less am-

ware is empathy and its gratitude. Software is what matters.




Society Scene

Cheryl Bauer (holding Pearl), Jo Jo Harder, Doug Bauer (holding Kirby) following the crowning of Pearl, America’s Top Dog Model 2016 national contest winner - Worth Avenue, Palm Beach. Submitted photo.

In recognition of Coral Springs Fire Rescue Unit 71’s lifesaving response to a near-drowning incident involving a 6-year-old child, West Boca Medical Center honored the unit with the Call of the Quarter Award at the hospital’s Emergency Center. CEO Mitch Feldman also awarded the pediatric patient, Alexander Gentilcore, with a superhero cape and his father, Ryan, with a “Superhero Dad” plaque for performing CPR before EMS arrived. In addition, the EMS team gave Alexander a tour of the same fire rescue truck that transported him to the pediatric emergency room at West Boca Medical Center. Submitted photo.

Kent L. Karosen, President and CEO of the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation visited Boca Raton’s Bloomingdale’s to sign his latest book Why Can’t Grandma Remember My Name? For more information and to buy a copy, visit All royalties go directly to the Fisher Center in their quest to end Alzheimer’s. Submitted photo. Berkley Sweetapple Vitale and Katie Baker Moyer attend a “Wine and Lite Bites” reception for Impact 100 at Neiman March in the Town Center Mall. Photo by Sherry Ferrante.

Women and children donated their hair to support those undergoing cancer treatment, as part of Congregation B’nai Israel’s (CBI) Kantor Family Center for Justice “Grow to Give.” At the event, 30 women, teens and children cut and donated their hair at the second biannual event. The hair will be made into wigs for women and children undergoing cancer treatment. Submitted photo.

Boca’s The Addison opened its doors to the public on Halloween night for a unique and outlandish event experience to benefit Slow Burn Theatre Company at the Broward Center, attracting approximately 500 guests. Submitted photo.



Amy Hoodack, Farmer’s Table Catering Manager, on new event center What made Farmer’s Table create the Event Center? There was tremendous demand from the loyal customers of Farmer’s Table to host special occasions and events within the restaurant. Because of our proximity to and relationship with the Wyndham Boca Raton, the meeting space directly above the restaurant was transformed into the spectacular Farmer’s Table Event Center. Equally exciting is the space next to the restaurant that we turned into the impressive Oak Room, which can hold up to 120 guests for cocktails and 100 diners for dinner. What makes the Oak Room so unique? The Oak Room is rustic and elegant. It’s a unique venue, unlike any other in Boca Raton. Designed by renowned interior designer, Peter Niemitz, the room creates an atmosphere of warmth and intimacy, with comfortable seating and private nooks for quiet conversations. The wood paneling on the walls comes from a reclaimed barn and gives a warm and stylish look to the space. It is fun for us to see the expressions on newcomers faces when they first see the Oak Room, as they are delighted with how different the look is from anything else in South Florida. What sort of functions have you held there? The beauty of our event space is that it is infinitely ver-

satile. We’ve hosted stunning weddings, birthdays, corporate meetings, Bar & Bat Mitzvahs, bridal & baby showers, retirement dinners and fundraising events. We recently hosted a dinner in the Oak Room to celebrate Arun Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, which was a remarkable event. We’ve hosted events with FAU featuring sport celebrities, and notably, with Ivan Lendl. Whatever our guests want, we do our very best to create the magic for them. Tell us about the décor of the Event Center. People love the contemporary décor of our upstairs event space, especially the huge windows and balcony that overlook the pool and courtyard. There is a tremendous amount of natural light that comes into our space, with views of palm trees on the east side and our lovely courtyard on the west. It is beautiful both during the day and at night. The Oak Room exudes warmth and rustic charm and its elegance is derived from its reclaimed wood, restoration hardware chairs and beautiful lighting. There’s nothing like it Boca Raton. Why has it become so popular and how can someone tour it? Increasingly, people are focused on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and one of the ways to do this is by eating well. Companies and corporations are encouraging this life-

style change and are seeing the benefits with healthier and happier employees. Both private diners and companies alike realize the incredible efforts that Farmer’s Table undertakes to creates and serve delicious, healthy dishes. We feel it is an honor that our guests want to celebrate their big moments in life at the Farmer’s Table Event Center and we always ensure that their event is a very special one. We welcome anyone who would like to tour the Event Center and I would personally love to show it off. Please contact me at 561-417-1892 or ahoodack@

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Join Us for Holiday Fun for the Whole Family! Wednesday, December 7 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

46th Annual Street Parade

Starts at Federal Highway and SE 8th Street, traveling north to the Mizner Park Amphitheater. “A Star Spangled Holiday,” more than 70 floats and groups will entertain viewers as they bring dance, lights and song to Federal Hwy in Boca Raton.

Sunday, December 11 5:00 p.m.

5th Annual FAU Tuba Christmas

Mizner Park Amphitheater Outdoor event, bring chairs or blankets. Holiday music performed by tubas and euphoniums.

Friday, December 16

Family Fun at 5:00 p.m. Movie at 6:30 p.m.

Polar Express Movie & Family Fun

Mizner Park Amphitheater Outdoor event, bring chairs or blankets. Train rides and “snow.” Dress in your pajamas for a showing of the Polar Express movie at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 17 6:30 p.m.

40th Annual Holiday Boat Parade

Begins at C-15 canal Boats light up the waterways in our annual parade along the intracoastal.




An open letter from outgoing Beach & Park District Commissioner Earl Starkoff Dear Friends, Supporters, and Fellow Residents,

ly lighting for greater safety at all of our parks.

rebuilt boardwalk at Gumbo Limbo will open by the end of this year.

Serving as your Commissioner on the Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District has been 12 wonderful years of community service.

We’ve also completed an historic 10-year $28 million agreement with the City for our entire beachfront. The District will now share in 50% of the local costs for beach renourishment and dredging the Boca Inlet.

We’re set to break ground for a new community center at the Swim and Racquet Club with new, greatly improved tennis and swimming features. Design is getting under way for a 2nd field house at Sugar Sand; master planning is in place for a complete overhaul of Patch Reef Park; and we’ve accumulated the funds to develop new athletic fields for the growing population as new construction is completed.

Together, we’ve opened the largest park in our history – the Athletic Complex at Countess DeHoernle Park, pushed back against private development of Ocean Strand on our barrier island, added the carousel to Sugar Sand Park, improved Mizner Dog Bark, and embarked on installing brighter, environmentally friend-

This month, we’ll rededicate the Science Playground at Sugar Sand as a 10,000 square foot ‘Clubhouse without Walls’ – doubling the original size – accessible for all to enjoy: with or without physical challenges. And the first phase of the

We’ve added to the voices throughout our

community that speak for green space first: a wonderful downtown park at Palmetto Park Road and the Intracoastal, and acquiring the Ocean Breeze Golf Course to keep it out of development and re-opened as a truly championship golf course in the District. It’s been a joy and honor to be your Commissioner. For a Greater Boca Raton, Earl

Gala weekend set for Symphonia, Boca Raton’s first concert of season By: Dale King Contributing Writer The Symphonia, Boca Raton will kick off its 2016-17 Connoisseur Concert Series with a performance Sunday, Dec. 4 at 3 p.m. at the Roberts Theater at Saint Andrew’s School, 3900 Jog Road in Boca Raton. Three other special programs will also be held. Guest conductor will be James Judd, with Jan Mracek as violin soloist. The program is entitled “Drama & Virtuosity.” Judd is known for his passionate musicianship and charismatic presence on the podium. Recently appointed music director and chief conductor of the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, he is also chief conductor of the Israel Symphony Orchestra and New York’s Little Orchestra Society. Mracek, an award-winning violinist from the Czech Republic, won first prize at both the Kreisler International Violin

Competition in 2014 and the Stefanie Hohl Violin Competition that same year. He has performed as soloist with a number of international orchestras. The weekend will include a Box Lunch It with the Symphonia Friday, Dec. 2 at 11:30 a.m. Participants can sit in on part of a rehearsal and enjoy a box lunch while listening to the conductor, soloist and musician’s perspective on the upcoming concert. Tickets are $35 and reservations are required. The event will be at the Unitarian Church, 2601 St. Andrews Blvd., Boca Raton. For children, a Meet the Orchestra opportunity will be held Saturday, Dec. 3 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Families will be able to interact with the Symphonia’s conductor and musicians and attend a live dress rehearsal at the Roberts Theater at Saint Andrew’s School. The cost is $5 for adults, children/non-profits are free. Reservations are required.

James Judd is the conductor. Submitted Jan Mracek is a violin soloist. Submitted photo photo

A Pre-Concert Conversation will take place on the day of the performance, Sunday, Dec. 5, from 2-2:30 p.m., with the conductor or guest speaker. There is no charge for concert ticket holders to attend.

Season subscription tickets range between $175 and $350, depending on seat selection. Series and individual tickets are available now at or by calling 1-866-687-1201 or emailing Single tickets range from $50 to $84.

‘Women of Distinction’ honored at Soroptimist Breakfast in Boca By: Dale King Contributing Writer

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More than 300 members, guests and friends gathered at the Boca West Country Club at the 43rd Annual Soroptimist Women of Distinction Breakfast to honor five volunteers whose work has earned awards of distinction for them.

Honorary Chair Terry Fedele presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to Elaine J. Wold for her generous work in the

community and her continued support of Soroptimist International. Also, Emily Lilly received of an award giving her honorary lifelong membership.

Former Boca Raton Mayor Susan Whelchel was mistress of ceremonies and introduced each nominee, offering a brief description of their accomplishments. The following were winners in specific categories: Amanda Ellis - professional Kay Stagray - entrepreneur Jan Cairnes - nonprofit/leadership Rosanne Costa - volunteer

Elaine Wold, holding plaque, receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Honorary Event Chair Terry Fedele at the 43rd Annual Soroptimist Women of Distinction Breakfast. (Photo by Barbara McCormick)

Winners named at the 43rd Annual Soroptimist Women of Distinction Breakfast are, from left, Amanda Ellis, professional; Kaya Stagray, entrepreneur; Jan Cairnes, nonprofit/leadership; Terry Fedele, honorary breakfast chairperson; Rosanne Costa, volunteer and Dr. Maria Ordonez, healthcare. (Photo by Barbara McCormick)


Council Corner Election insights, waterfront next steps, and sober homes By: Councilman Scott Singer Special to the Boca Newspaper America just concluded an election cycle that was the most watched and discussed by far in our history. Some common themes from pundits in assessing the results were feelings that government was out of touch, controlled by elites, slow to act on problems, and not responsive to the citizens. Fortunately, this common national refrain is heard less often in Boca Raton, and we work hard to make it so. On the Saturday after the national election day, I walked door to door to talk to residents to hear their thoughts for the March 14, 2017 municipal elections, where I am running for re-election. Instead of voter fatigue, residents were happy to talk to me and share their thoughts on what makes our community special and what more we can do together. The biggest concerns should be no surprise: traffic, development, jobs, and long-range planning. Boca, though, is blessed that so many residents care about more specific details – beautification, landscaping, garbage pickup. These concerns inform my service every day, and I’m proud to work with such dedicated city employees and

colleagues to provide world-class services. Washington may feel out of touch, but town halls, walking neighborhoods, and listening to residents concerns have kept me in touch with residents, and fortunately, the other way around as well. Local government truly matters and impacts our lives more directly than any other level of government. It’s vital that residents continue to feel that their leaders are accessible and responsive, and I’ll keep working to maintain the high level of satisfaction with local government at this level. Also, on the November ballot, Boca Raton voters resoundingly spoke in favor – by a 2 to 1 margin – of a citizen-led petition to confine city-owned waterfront properties to public recreation, boating, streets, and utilities. Regardless of how you voted on this question, the task now falls to the City Council on how best to utilize our waterfront parcels, including the Wildflower site. In light of this ordinance, Hillstone Restaurant Group will not be proceeding with a possible lease and construction of a Houston’s.

In recent columns, readers have seen my report on the Downtown Waterfront Visioning Session I held with planners, architects, and residents to discuss community-driven ideas for our waterfront. This session gives the city a potential jump start into creating vibrant uses for the downtown waterfront. We can move forward as a community to create a signature space, with a waterfront promenade, recreation opportunities, and attractions, particularly during the weekday and weeknights when our two parcels are hardly used. I look forward to more discussions with neighbors and my colleagues. Finally, we turn to sober homes. Palm Beach County is the epicenter of the nation’s heroin and opioid addiction crisis, with hundreds of recovery residences attracting patients from across the country. The multi-billion-dollar recovery industry has many scrupulous operators, but unfortunately, a number of shady and lawbreaking ones as well. In 2015, there were 216 heroin-related deaths in the county, and tragically, the figure for 2016 projects as much higher. State Attorney Dave Aronberg leads the

Councilman Robert Weinroth on traffic, transportation By: Councilman Robert Weinroth Special to the Boca Newspaper Several weeks ago the Sunday edition of the Sun Sentinel carried a front page headline screaming, “We’re Going to Make Them Suffer.” What an injustice to the majority of our elected officials and traffic engineers working to alleviate congestion on the roadways to give people using our highways the impression we’re just going to make them beg for a solution to gridlocked roadways. To be frank, I found the comments attributed to Anne Castro, chair of the Broward County Planning Council to be offensive both as an elected member of the Boca Raton City Council and as a resident/commuter in South Florida. The idea that Ms. Castro appears to believe that only the aversive consequences of more and more congestion will convince people, “to come out of their cars,” is a serious indictment of the way Broward appears to be dealing with traffic congestion. Buried deep in the article it was noted that only one percent of the major roads in Palm Beach County are rated F (as compared to seven per cent in Broward County). When you realize Palm Beach County accommodates 7 million tourists a year (in addition to 1.5 million residents) it is clear Palm Beach County is not content to torture its residents to

change driving habits. Is there congestion? Of course there is. But, through the Palm Beach Me t rop o l it an Planning Organization, state, county and municipal officials are collaborating to allocate available federal, state and county funding to make travel less stressful. City of Boca Raton’s mayor, Susan Haynie, chairs the Palm Beach MPO and I also sit on this planning board with several County Commissioners and elected municipal leaders from throughout our county. A fundamental task of the Palm Beach MPO is to develop and approve a Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for our region. The TIP is developed through a continuing, cooperative, comprehensive and coordinated effort involving the Florida Department of Transportation, the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners, the Port of Palm Beach and South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (operating TriRail) to allocate available funding.

The biggest challenge facing South Florida is finding the funds to approve the identified infrastructure upgrades for our county as gas tax revenues continue to drop due to greater fuel efficiencies and vehicles operating on alternative fuels. Autonomous vehicles, ride sharing and reliable public transportation will, likewise, change the dynamics of road usage in the near future and planning for those changes is already being done at the state and local levels. Public transportation will also need to take a more dominant role in moving people. This will require the state and county to find additional funding to upgrade and enhance the schedules for buses and trains to attract more “choice” riders (those who can choose to use public transportation or a private automobile). With 300,000 new residents arriving in Florida every year, it is imperative for transportation planners to remain nimble as they view the changing transportation dynamics. One thing is clear; allowing the congestion to build to what is “normal” in many northern metropolitan areas is unacceptable. Urban planners are working to reduce the distance and duration of the commute by closing the distance between residential areas and employment centers. In the City of Boca Raton this is


state’s first Sober Homes Task Force, and I’m honored to serve with other electeds, business representatives, and community leaders. The goal is to propose legislation that will end unethical practices of patient brokering and kickbacks for referring patients to particular facilities. Federal law limits opportunities for cities and towns to regulate in this area, so greater state legislation and action are needed to make our communities safer. State Senator Jeff Clemens and State Representative Bill Hager have been instrumental in the legislature’s efforts to address these problems, by sponsoring voluntary licensing laws, and their continued support to deal with our area’s growing crisis will benefit us all. The Task Force recently heard a heartbreaking story from a mother of a 24-year-old woman who died from a heroin overdose while in a sober home, that was supposed to be free from drugs and alcohol. I look forward to continue to work with State Attorney Aronberg and his team, and our elected state leaders, towards putting a stop to senseless tragedies like this one. being done under a new zoning category called Planned Mobility. Ultimately, it is anticipated the pressure on the major arterials will lessen as people have shorter commutes and those opting for public transportation will be able to rely on higher frequency of trips with first and last mile connections available.

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