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Meet the new Micra: Not your grandfather’s pacemaker By: Diane Emeott Korzen Contributing Writer While in the hospital recently for treatment for a completely different medical condition, I was surprised when someone from the telemetry unit came rushing in to ask if I was okay? “I’m fine,” I said, surveying my plate of French toast with berries and talking to my nurse. “Your heart just took a 4.5 second pause,” said the guy from heart monitoring. “Did you feel anything?” “No,” I

replied and began to eat breakfast. This began my unexpected journey of meeting with cardiologists (who deal with the heart’s plumbing) and electrophysiologists (who specialize in electrical conduction issues in the heart). “You need a pacemaker,” they all said. I’m too young for a pacemaker, I thought. I’m not 80. Of the 3 million people worldwide who have pacemak-

ers and the 600,000 who have them implanted every year, most are age 60 or older. I’m younger than that. I discovered that sometimes even children need pacemakers to treat a slow beating heart “bradycardia” or for “bradyarrhythmia” (when an irregular heartbeat is also detected). A friend told me about a high school swimmer who had to get a pacemaker. I was hoping that these “heart pauses” or 4 to 6 second intervals of “complete heart block” I was ex-

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Dr. E. Martin Kloosterman holds new Micra pacemaker. Photo by Diane Emeott Korzen.

Mallory Newbrough: From Bowles to Boca’s ‘Belle’ and beyond By: Dale King Contributing Writer If you spot singer/actress Mallory Newbrough some morning, jogging or fastwalking along a nearby street, exercising her vocal cords, possibly singing and getting her voice into shape, you can bet

she’s preparing for a show or a rehearsal – or possibly both. Since leaving her native Annapolis, Md., a few years ago and settling in South Florida, the young woman intently focused on a career in musical theater be-

gan finding work – lots of it – at theaters in the Lake Worth, West Palm Beach and Boca Raton areas. “I’m very blessed,” said Newbrough, who tallies theatrical bookings through May 2018, when she will get her Actors Eq-

uity card. With expressive big, blue eyes, an infectious smile, stunning voice and strawberry blonde hair that’s usually tucked under a wig when she’s on stage, she just completed the starring [CONT. PG 2]

WE GET HOMES Morgan Sheres Mallory Newbrough portrays Belle in Beauty and the Beast at Wick Theatre, flanked by Kevin Robert Kelly, left, as Cogsworth and Jonathan Van Dyke as Lumiere. (Photo by Amy Pasquantonio)


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Meet the new Micra: Not your grandfather’s pacemaker [FROM PG 1]

3. How long has it been in use by your medical practice?

periencing would go away once I returned home; but after a month of monitoring, they did not. The good news is, I was considered a candidate for a brand new model of pacemaker that’s 93 percent smaller than the traditional pacemaker. (Traditional pacemakers are now about the size of an Oreo cookie, implanted under the skin in the chest, and connect to the heartthrough wires or “leads.”) Because the new Micra transcatheter pacing system is even smaller, wireless, and implanted directly into the heart through the groin, recovery is reportedly much quicker.

May 2017.

A look at the Micra. Photo by Diane Emeott Korzen.

group Cardiac Arrhythmia Service is at the cutting edge of implementing new technology for the heart, was interviewed for this article.

In my case, I had surgery on a Thursday and came home from the hospital on Friday. Saturday morning I showered, and that evening I walked to church. (Patients are allowed to walk, do light housework, shower and drive after 24 hours — though advised to take it easy for three days.)

1. How did you first hear about the Micra pacemaker?

I was told activities like swimming, biking, and lifting weights could be restarted in five to 10 days.

2. How long has it been approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA)?

In contrast, patients who have a traditional pacemaker implanted have to wait four to six weeks to resume swimming (until the incision heals). Boca Raton Electrophysiologist Dr. E. Martin Kloosterman, M.D., who with his

I’m a consultant for Medtronic and Micra was presented to me initially at a meeting before coming to market. Thereafter, I got interested and followed different publications about it.

Micra was FDA-approved on April 6, 2016. This kind of revolutionary technology always has a slow ‘roll out,’ as it requires a combination of several parts coming together —professional training, clinical support, institutional readiness, coding and contractual agreements, among others.

sion or sutures. 5. Which cases is it used for?

4. Please describe the Micra’s appearance and size as compared to the traditional pacemaker. Is it true doctors have nicknamed it the “silver bullet?” Also describe the procedure for implanting the Micra in the heart vs. a traditional pacemaker.

The Micra is mainly to be used in patients that have non recoverable dysynchrony of the top and lower chambers of the heart and the tendency to a slow heart rhythm. In some occasions it is also used to cover and be a back-up, preventing dangerous occasional gaps of conduction or heart pauses.

Considering it’s meant to be lodged inside the heart, I’d rather refer to the Micra as a ‘capsule’ than a ‘bullet’ ... Also bullets come is several sizes but capsules are all of swallowable size.

6. Please elaborate on some of the benefits including: not visible, no leads, quicker recovery time, longer lasting battery – compare to traditional pacemaker.

Standard pacemakers require at least one cable that connects the heart to the pacemaker case (the size of a wrist watch). The cable is floated into the heart via a large vein underneath the collarbone using X ray imaging. Once connected to the pacemaker generator, it is placed inside a surgically-created pocket through a 1-inch slit between the fat tissue and the muscle.

The Micra is the first generation of a revolutionary concept in pacemakers with several advantages to the standard equivalent device. As it is, however, the Micra is not to ready to replace all kinds of pacemakers.

The Micra, on the other hand, concentrates all of that in a capsule format with 4 tines used for anchoring to the heart muscle. The device is delivered using a large bore catheter through the right inguinal vein. The catheter is then removed from the body, requiring nosurgical inci-

Its compact, integrated design allows direct placement into the right ventricular heart cavity, making it essentially invisible, untouchable, with a concealed existence to the patient and others. It is similar to having a stent (mesh that expands to keep adequate blood flow when heart blood vessels narrow). Nobody would know it’s there, unless the patient tells. [CONT. PG 52]

Mallory Newbrough: From Bowles to Boca’s ‘Belle’ and beyond role of “Belle” in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at the Wick Theatre in Boca Raton. [FROM PG 1]

The show overlapped rehearsals for Company, where she is now performing as part of a 14-member cast assembled by MNM Productions. The performance continues through Aug. 6 in the Rinker Playhouse at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach. “They were very lenient with my rehearsal schedule” when she was completing the run of Beauty and the Beast. “They were really, really great, especially the director,” Bruce Linser. Company, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, features Newbrough in the role of Marta, a hip New Yorker and one of three women romantically involved with Bobby, the main character. She appears in the show wig-free, though she joked that organizers considered either dying or straightening her own hair. Her next role, in An Octoroon at the Area Stage in Coral Gables, is also something of a milestone. “I have done other non-musical roles before, but this is the first one since I came to Florida.”

An Octoroon, by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, is an adaptation of Dion Boucicault’s The Octoroon, which premiered in 1859. Jacobs-Jenkins reframes Boucicault›s play using its original characters and plot, but critiques its portrayal of race. An octoroon is a person who is oneeighth black. Newbrough returns to the Rinker and MNM Productions for the musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors in December. She portrays Audrey, the ditzy clerk at a Skid Row florist shop where a massive fly trap plant that lives on human blood schemes to take over the world. The daughter of parents who performed in community theater, Newbrough took her first steps on stage in seventh grade, in the musical, Annie. In high school, the opted for theatrical performance over athletics, though she excelled in both. She did get a chance to play on a traveling softball team. “When I was a junior in high school, I decided to pursue a career in musical theater.” She began considering colleges, but wanted to concentrate on her career choice. “I didn’t want to sign up for classes that I wouldn’t attend.”

Mallory Newbrough rocks Janis Joplin songs in the musical revue Beehive at the Wick Theatre. (Photo by Amy Pasquantonio)

The cast of Company, how playing at the Rinker Playhouse at the Kravis Center, include, from left, Mallory Newbrough, Robert Johnson, Nicole Kinzel and Jinon Deeb. (Photo by Matthew A. Bueno)

She scored a coup by enrolling at Ithaca College in upstate New York, graduating with a bachelor of fine arts in musical theater. “I spent four months in London during my junior year. I saw a lot of theater. There’s a different kind of feel for it over there.” Living in Maryland, she had access to the vibrant performance scenes in New York and Washington, D.C. But Florida offered the prospect of “a lot of regional opportunities in a small space.” So she

headed south. Her family, which still lives in Maryland, “has been very supportive, and I miss them dearly. My dad and my sister came down to see Cabaret. I was very lucky. I got the title role in that show.” She portrayed Sally Bowles in Cabaret locally at the Lake Worth Playhouse, and was then asked by the director, Clayton Phillips, to be part of the cast that reprised the production at

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that they support and encourage drivers of electric vehicles.” The Boca Raton City Council recently passed a resolution adopting a climate action pledge and is continuing its efforts to integrate sustainability actions within the framework of the Regional Climate Action Plan.

Golden Bell Foundation fundraiser brings in $5,500 More than 250 people recently gathered at the 2017 Golden Bell Education Foundation fundraiser held at the Pinon Grill in Boca Raton. The event marked the Golden Bell’s 26th anniversary and the sixth anniversary of the Inner Circle Executive Club. The two joined forces to host a night of networking and fundraising to benefit the Boca Raton public school system and local educational programs. Attendees enjoyed cocktails, appetizers and a night of fun while supporting local education and bidding on their favorite auction prizes. A total of $5,500 was raised to benefit city schools “It was a really fun night, and I can’t thank our generous donors enough,” said Golden Bell’s Foundation Manager, Christie Workman. “We are excited to have raised funds that will continue to grow our educational outreach to public schools in Boca Raton.” Golden Bell will award a record-setting $85,000 to Boca Raton public schools and scholarship programs for the 2017-18 academic year. The money will be distributed among 21 elementary, middle and high schools. Looking ahead, applications are now available for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy for the 2017-2018 year. Middle and high school students from the Boca Raton area may sign up by contacting Christie Workman at Chuck Stout, Golden Bell Foundation Chairman; Marilyn Blanco Corey, Inner Circle Event Coordinator; Christie Workman, Foundation Manager for Golden Bell and YEA!; Jonathan Bennett, Inner Circle Founder; Troy McLellan, Boca Chamber President & CEO. Submitted photo.

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“We hope that more commercial businesses will follow our lead and start installing stations as well,” Mayor Susan Haynie said. “Transportation models are changing and electric vehicles are a big part of that change; we all need to do our part.”

landscaping efforts in several different categories. The recognition encourages businesses, homeowners associations and schools in the city limits to improve their landscaping and add to the beauty of Boca Raton.  This year’s winners included: WSA Investments, One Royal Palm Place, Boca Village Executive Centre, Techni Pro Institute, Gables Town Place, Trieste, Royal Palm Polo, Camden Boca Raton, SW 18th Street, Green Buttonwood Trees/Via Cabana and Yale Newman Park. The Boca Beautification Committee was formed in 1983. City Council Member Al Edmunds and the first Chairman of the Boca Raton Blue Ribbon Beautification Committee, David Ashe, funded a landscape project on South Federal Highway at Royal Palm Way.  This small area of 350 feet was the “seed” for the beautification of Boa Raton and has spread to include more than five million square feet of landscaped medians and right of way throughout the city today.   The positive response to this original effort led to the formation of an all-volunteer Beautification Committee.  The group expands on this original concept with an array of activities and programs held throughout the year.  The group’s goals are to work with the city to make Boca Raton the most beautiful city in America. Boca adds three new electric vehicle charging stations

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Boca Beautification Committee announces Landscape Excellence Award winners The Boca Raton Beautification Committee announced the winners of the Annual Landscape Excellence Awards recently with a luncheon for award winners, sponsors and the committee, sponsored by Lang Realty and Lang Management, that followed. Each year, the committee honors local businesses for


If you have an electric vehicle, you can charge up at three new locations in Boca. The city has added two charging stations at City Hall and one at Spanish River Library. The first installed location is at the Downtown Library. The Schneider EVlink 220-volt station can charge two vehicles at a time. “The charging station at the Downtown library has been a success,” Municipal Services Director Dan Grippo said. “The hope is that the stations are an added benefit and

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Boca doctor gives burn victim new head of hair By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor For more than two decades Misty Muncy wanted to have a head of hair of her own. Thanks to Boca Raton hair restoration physician Dr. Alan Bauman, now she does. After a grease fire about 25 years ago, left her head, scalp and some of her face severely burned, she has undergone 16 surgeries and dozens of wigs to conceal her bald scalp. In an attempt to save her dog from the smoke and flames inside her house, she slipped backward as she rushed past her brother, who was carrying a skillet of flaming and smoking cooking grease. The grease splashed onto her head burning her. “It’s been very depressing and discouraging,” she said. “More times than not people would tell me to just over it. It wasn’t something I could accept or in fact get over.”

She has spent years wearing wigs that have caused irritation to her scalp. She said she stumbled across Dr. Bauman while researching ways to fix her hairless on Youtube. He was being recognized by celebrity hairstylist Martino Cartier’s fundraiser in New Jersey called Wigs and Wishes. Dr. Bauman was awarded the “Guardian Angel Award.” Muncy reached out to contact him. After a phone consultation, Dr. Bauman agreed to provide her with a “CNC” Italian Hair System/Medical-Grade Cranial Prosthetic for free. So Muncy, 38, traveled from Texas to Boca Raton. Made in Bologna, Italy, the high-tech hair and scalp prosthetic took 12 weeks to create. The process totaled 240 manhours to create and used 3D-printing technology and more than 100,000 strands of unprocessed human hair. Dr. Bauman said he gets to do the fun part, which is apply the “beautiful head of hair” to the patient’s scalp. It is a non-

Misty Muncy, a burn victim, receives a new head of hair thanks to a non-evasive procedure from Italy that a Boca doctor has access to. Submitted photo.

surgical procedure. He said everything is matched to the patient’s skin tone and texture. Under a microscope, he said it will look exactly like skin just without blood vessels.

Once attached he said patients can do about their daily life with their new hair. They can swim, exercise, shampoo it, he said. He said he has patients come from across the country for the procedure, which he has been doing for about three years. He said the protective layer will help protect the skull. He said wigs and weaves can cause irritation. “This is something that is more of a true medical device,” he said. “It will keep her skull protected.” He said the protective layer needs to be replaced about once a month. “I can’t event tell that I am wearing anything,” Muncy said. “It is that realistic.” She said finding Dr. Bauman was the answer to her prayers. The first thing she said she was going to do was stick her head out of a car window and feel the wind go through her hair.

Misty Muncy, a burn victim, looks at her new Misty Muncy, a burn victim, receives a new head of hair after decades without hair from a Boca doctor. Submit- locks after she received them from Boca Dr. Alan ted photo. Bauman. Submitted photo.

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things you need to know this August in Boca Raton: Boca Chamber Festival Days edition 1 The 6th annal FondueRaiser returns on Aug. 3 from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Melting Pot, 5455 N. Federal Highway. The event will raise awareness for the League of Ribbons, which benefits patients at the Lynn Cancer Institute through a variety of programs including, a Patient Resource Fund which provides gift cards for gas and groceries for patients at the Institute, wellness education and other areas of support. Reservations are recommended. 2 Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family

Services (JFS) presents Feed Your Funny Bone for JFS, a night of comedy, hors d’oevres and drink on Aug. 8 from 5:307:30 p.m.    The event will take place at Pavilion Grille, 301 Yamato Road. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online  or by contacting Ronni Sommer at 561-8523360 or

3 Support Boca’s Twin Palms Center for the Disabled during Summertime BBQ Bash on Aug. 10 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the center, 306 NW 35th St. Reserved attendance is $20 per adult, $10 for children 12 & under, or $25 per adult at the door. Attendees will be fed a BBQ meal of pulled pork, brisket, chicken, baked beans and cole slaw. 4 Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County is hosting a Block Party

Luau in the city’s historic Pearl City on Aug. 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Festivities include creative arts mosaic tile painting in the Children’s Activity Tent, a silent auction, live steel drum musical entertainment and a Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum exhibition of Pearl City photographs. Admission is a $20 per person donation; $10 per child age 13 and under that can be paid online at or at the door. All proceeds support Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County.

5 Have a talent? Show it off during Boca’s Got Talent on Aug. 14 at 5:30 p.m. at the Dubliner. Admission to the event is $25 in advance or $30 at the door, which includes one drink, appetizers and entertainment. The event benefits the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. 6 Celebrate 20 years of changing lives during the Back to School Brunch event at Lakeside Terrace. Proceeds will benefit the Caregiving Youth Project (CYP), a program of the American Association of Caregiving Youth that supports children

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who care for ill, disabled, or injured family members. The event is $50 in advance or $60 at the door. To RSVP, contact Gerry Fallon 561-391-7401.

7 Battle of the Bartenders is back on Aug. 25 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Renaissance Boca Raton Hotel. Watch pairs of “local celebrities” battle to be named the winning bartender by securing the greatest amount in tips. All money raised and a portion of ticket sales from the evening will be donated to Best Foot Forward programs. Tickets are $25 until August 22 and $30 at the door. Ticket price includes two drinks and hors d’oeuvres. 8 The Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce is hosting its Wine & All that Jazz event on Aug. 26 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. There will be more than 100 varieties of wine, dinner by the bite from Boca restaurants, live music and raffles. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Golden Bell Education Foundation. General admission is

Thanks to two grant donations from local law enforcement agencies, Boca-based Child Rescue Coalition will continue to combat the epidemic of online sexual abuse and exploitation of children.

The event, presented by Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton, will recognize elected officials and visionaries who exemplify Rotary International’s motto, ‘Service Above Self.’

The Boca nonprofit, which provides law enforcement agencies with advanced technology, at no cost, to help track, arrest and convict those who use the internet to harm children, received a $10,000 grant from the trust funds of the Broward County Sheriff’s Office and a $20,000 grant from Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Trust Fund.

The black tie dinner and dance gala will feature a red carpet arrival and cocktail reception followed by dinner set against city-themed decor curated by the Boca Raton Historical Society and Museum. This year the event will recognize entrepreneur and philanthropist Bobby Campbell, Florida Atlantic

University and Kaufman Lyn Construction. Chairs of the event said after the first two balls sold out, they decided to move the event to the resort to accommodate more attendees. Funds raised will fulfill grant requests approved through Rotary Club Downtown Boca’s formal

grant application program managed to be unveiled in October that will be open to all Boca Raton-based nonprofits with needs for health and wellness services and programming. Proceeds from last year’s event helped 22 Boca nonprofits and Rotary International’s Polio Plus Program to help globally eradicate polio and other diseases

9 Bowling for Bread returns for its 11th annual event put on by Boca Helping Hands on Aug. 27 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Strikes. You can bowl for two hours with shoes and refreshments for $50 or sponsor a lane or other packages for $200$600. 10 Lip Sync Battle is back on Aug. 30 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Blue Martini. Expect an evening filled with lip syncing performances performed by “local celebrities and community supporters.” You will also receive one drink ticket, happy hour and ladies night specials and prize drawings. Winner will be chosen by funds raised by each contestant, judge’s scores and guest’s votes on event day. All proceeds benefit Nat King Cole Generation Hope, Inc. Tickets cost $30 in advance and $35 at the door. For a list of all events and additional information, visit

Child Rescue Coalition awarded $30,000 by local law enforcement agencies

The third annual Boca Raton Mayors Ball returns on Oct. 14 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club.

Boca Raton Mayors Ball co-chairs and committee. Photo courtesy of Gina Fontana.

$75 per person and VIP $120 per person.

The grants will enhance Child Rescue Coalition’s existing technology, support volunteer initiatives that provide comfort to abused children in Palm Beach County and will provide law enforcement investigators with advanced technology to track those who download and distribute child abuse imagery in online chat rooms and peer to peer networks. “The strong relationships we have forged with these two leading law enforcement agencies have been an integral and critical element of our growth and success; their officers are the real heroes who are saving our

Carly Yoost, Desiree Asher and Judith Asher of Child Rescue Coalition. Submitted photo.

children… we are grateful for their partnership,” Carly Asher Yoost, CEO and founder of the Child Rescue Coalition, said. “This generous support will maintain the momentum we have achieved this year and allow us to focus on our mission of protecting children through technology across South Florida and around the world.” The Child Rescue Coalition technology is utilized by law enforcement officials in all 50 states and 77 countries around the world. To date, the Child Protection System technology has successfully aided in the arrests of more than 9,500 online predators and rescued over 2,300 abused children in the past four years. For more information, visit



Renata Sans de Negri, new President of Junior League of Boca Raton 1 What is the Junior League? Share what the group does and what its mission is. Junior League of Boca Raton is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteer. The Junior League welcomes all women who value our Mission. We are committed to inclusive environments of diverse individuals, organizations and communities.

2 Tell us a little about yourself. When did you get involved in the Junior League and why? I am originally from Brazil. I grew up in Piracicaba, Sao Paulo and I am the oldest of three sisters, a mini league of our own! I came to the US as an international student to further my education in 2000 when I met my husband Marco. I spent most of my career between the East and West coast of the U.S. and my husband and I decided to call the South Palm Beach County area our home. We

now have 2 boys, Pietro (5) and Phillipo (2), and one more on the way (arriving in October). I have always been very involved in community initiatives since growing up in Brazil, and joined the Junior League of Boca Raton in 2010. The women of the League are an inspiration for me! The League is composed of very strong women who have leading careers, lovely families and are catalysts of positive change in our community.

4 What are your plans and goals for your term as president?

3 What are some of the initiatives Ju-

The Junior League of Boca Raton celebrates all women who make a positive impact in our community. This year is very special for us, as we are celebrating the 30th Woman Volunteer of the Year Luncheon which celebrates outstanding women who are philanthropists and volunteers in our community. These amazing women are nominated by nonprofit organizations throughout Palm Beach County for their dedication and expertise as volunteers, furthering the missions of the organizations they serve. We are honored to have Barb Schmidt as our honorary chair and our past-president Kirsten Stanley as the event chair.

nior League is working on?

The Junior League of Boca Raton is a network of empowered female civic leaders working with community partners to address and solve pressing issues like child welfare, nonprofit support and hunger. We’re part of an international network of 291 Leagues comprised of over 150,000 women, in Canada, Mexico, the U.K. and the U.S., engaged in similar work in their own communities. This provides us with a unique and powerful depth of knowledge and resourcefulness to bring about the changes we strive to accomplish.


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Our commitment has remained unwavering: to develop exceptionally qualified civic leaders who can identify a community’s most urgent and pressing needs and address them with meaningful and relevant programs and initiatives that not only improve lives, but change the way people think.

5 What is your favorite part about being involved in Junior League? Why should someone consider joining? The Junior League, one of the oldest, larg-

est and most effective women’s volunteer organizations in the world, and has matured and evolved since it was founded by social activism pioneer Mary Harriman in 1901. True to their legacy, today’s League members are at the forefront of tackling society’s thorniest issues—addressing and acting as advocates on an array of critical issues including human trafficking, foster care, juvenile justice, teen self-esteem, cybercrimes, literacy and the environment, among others— for the express purpose of enhancing the social, cultural and political fabric of our society.

Mallory Newbrough: From Bowles to Boca’s ‘Belle’ and beyond [FROM PG 2]

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Of her many portrayals, Mallory feels a kinship to Bowles, the singer in a seedy night club in pre-World War II Berlin. “Sally is out there and eclectic. I can relate to that.”

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Toughest to portray, she said, was Tracy Lord, the socialite in High Society at Lake Worth Playhouse – a role played by Grace Kelly in the 1956 film. “It was hard for me to establish the Grace Kelly character.” Newbrough got a major boost from Beehive, a musical revue at Wick, the show that immediately preceded Beauty and the Beast. She blew the audience away with her solo, three-song set of Janis Joplin covers; tough tunes she conveyed with Pearl’s gritty and powerful delivery. Her preparation for performances is fairly specific. “I have to wake up early. I have to warm up my voice and do some sort of cardio to get my heart rate up.” She has

to get to the theater “an hour and a half or two hours before the show” to work through her lines and songs. While many have complimented her for her apparent ease on stage, particularly in Beauty and the Beast, she admits, “I have some anxiety. I say some prayers when I’m up there.” That show’s final performance July 9 was particularly tough. “You don’t know when you are going to see other members of the cast again. The kids, Alexa Lasanta and Blake Rubin, along with the Teen Ensemble, are going back to school.” “Overall, though, it’s been wonderful.” Newbrough future in musical theater is wide open, she says. She’ll be in Florida for nearly another year at least. New York and Washington beckon. Perhaps motion pictures, even performances on cruise ships. “I’d have a chance to see the world.”



South Florida Science Center and Aquarium debuts new building, plans for new exhibit Staff report The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium recently completed its new multipurpose center building. The new 5,000-square-foot building will be called The Stiles-Nicholson STEM Education Center thanks to a $100,000 gift from The Stiles-Nicholson Foundation, headed by Science Center Board member Dr. David J. S. Nicholson.

The new Stiles-Nicholson STEM Education Center. Photo Courtesy of the Science Center.

The building, located between a


large park meadow and a pond edge, will serve as headquarters for several STEM science education

“The brain is endlessly fascinating, whether exploring how it generates

The “Senses Gallery” will allow visitors to explore sight, taste, smell, hearing and touch.

our hopes and dreams or what goes

A special “Brain Bar” will host ex-

wrong in brain disorders,” Dr. Blake-

perts who will be able to share their

ly said. “Neuroscientists are giving

knowledge with guests and demon-

us an increasingly detailed picture

strate high tech and cutting-edge

The education center features class-

of how the brain is built and works,

virtual reality technologies used to

room environments suitable for

and we hope through this exhibit to

visualize brain structure and func-

workshops and creative spaces with

inspire young minds to delve even


3D printers, robotics labs and com-

deeper into brain science.”   

programs, host School District senior staff meetings and meetings of the STEM Advisory Council.

puter coding and programming

The exhibit will teach visitors the

The new exhibit will tell the story

importance of leading a healthy life-

of the human brain from the mo-

style to support brain function and

The $100,000 donation will be used

lecular and cellular level. It will also

introduce careers in neuroscience.

to help fund plans for a new perma-

explain how the brain creates hopes,

A brain sciences room will highlight

nent exhibit at the center, “Journey

fears and memories.

advances that local neuroscientists


Through the Human Brain,” which officials plan to break ground on in early 2018. The center has already received some funding from the Quantum Foundation. The more than 2,300-square-foot exhibit in a new, west wing of the

Plans call for the exhibit to be split into four galleries.

of brain development, signaling and plasticity and in detecting, preventing and treating disorders

a walk-through brain mist and a

of the brain such as addiction,

3-D brain projection.




disease, stroke and concussion.

much activity goes on in the brain

For more information, call 561-832-

center has partnered with Florida

every second.

1988 or visit www.sfsciencecenter.

Atlantic University’s newly-created

The “Thoughts and Emotion” gal-

center is a $2 million project. The

Brain Institute, headed by Dr. Randy Blakely to bring the exhibit to

lery will show how much effort the brain goes through to lie.

Palm Beach County

are making in unraveling aspects

The introductory gallery will feature

The “Brain Room” will show how


org. Like the South Florida Science

Head to Morikami for Sushi and Stroll [8]

Center and Aquarium on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and Instagram @SFScienceCenter.

Get back to school ready with these tips [14] A rendering of the new, proposed permanent exhibit, “Journey Through A rendering of the new, proposed permanent exhibit, “Journey Through the Human Brain” Photo Courtesy of the Science Center. the Human Brain” Photo Courtesy of the Science Center.




Don’t miss events

1 Head to Delray Marketplace on Aug. 16 for Hot Florida Nights Car Cruise from 6 to 8 p.m. Enjoy classic cars and music in the back corner lot, far to the left of Frank Theatres.

2 Straight No Chaser and Postmod-

ern Jukebox will perform at Boca’s Mizner Amphitheater on Aug. 1 at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The co-headlining tour brings together pop’s Postmodern Jukebox and a cappella stars Straight No Chaser. Tickets are on sale through or by phone at 866-448-7849.

3 Catch Gary Goodman’s Family Comedy Magic Show on Aug. 6 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Sugar Sand Park. The event cost $8 per adult and $6 per child and features illusions such as ‘The Chair Suspension’, ‘Snow Illusion’, and ‘The Talking Picture’. Children’s tickets include juice & cookies after each performance and a carousel token.

4 Boca Raton’s Summer in the City concert series comes to an end this month. On Aug. 4, Fleetwood Mac tribute group Dreams: Crystal Visions will perform at Mizner Amphitheater. The opening act, School of Rock Boca will go on stage at 7:30 p.m. with the main act taking the stage at 8 p.m. On. Aug. 11 Bob Marley tribute Ruff House will perform at 8 p.m. with School of Rock Boca opening for them at 7:30 p.m. The series ends on Aug. 12 with Boca Symphonia performing “A Space Odyssey” at 8 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.

5 The Boca Raton Museum of Art is celebrating the opening of four exhibitions with a preview reception open to the public. The Midsummer Party at the Museum takes place on Aug. 7 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Tickets are available online at midsummer. The event is free to museum members and $25 for non-members. New exhibits include: Patricia Nix: American Baroque; Deep Line Drawings by Carlos Luna; Shirin Neshat: Fervor and Turbulent; and Photography from the Bequest of Isadore and Kelly Friedman.

6 Ever want to see what the Boca

Raton Resort and Club looks like? The Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum will conduct guided tours of the historic hotel as a part of Boca Chamber Festival Days on Aug. 12. The tour begins at 2 p.m. and is an hour and a half walk through the hotel’s story, which includes its owners, architecture, World War II years, and its role in Boca Raton’s history since the 1920s. The tour costs $15 per person and valet costs $11. A confirmed RSVP is required by noon the day prior to the tour. Wearing a good pair of

walking shoes is recommended.

7 Head to Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens for Sushi and Stroll on Aug. 11. Grab a popular Japanese snack and stroll through the 16-acre gardens. Entry cost  $8 per adult (ages 11+); $6 per child (ages 4-10); free for museum members and children ages 3 and under . Tickets can be purchased online in advance at, or at the door. There is an additional $3 fee for taiko drumming performances (6:30pm, 7:15pm, & 8:00pm), sold first-come first-served during the event.  Sushi & Stroll is a rain or shine event and tickets are non-refundable.

8 Celebrate the end of summer at Sugar Sand Park’s Back to School Splash on Aug. 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The free event for kids ages 3-12. There will be three large water slides, ranging from 20 to 30 feet high, and up to 60 feet long. Make and takes include spray bottle painting and a marble tile craft. In addition, there will be an area for kids ages 5 and under with a separate water slide and additional activities such as tabletop water toys and a toddler fishing game. Concessions will be available for purchase from Bobby G’s Drivin’ Diner, Joji’s Frozen Yogurt and Tiki’s Shaved Ice food trucks. The event is weather permitting.

9 Boca Ballet Theatre presents Brilliant Summer, a mixed repertory dance concert with a blend of classical and contemporary pieces. Included are the following: David Parsons’ The Envelope, a world premier by Sanjay Saverimuttu and George Balanchine’s La Source featuring principal dancers from Miami City Ballet and Boca Ballet Theatres Summer Intensive dancers. The shows take place on Saturday, Aug. 5 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 6 at 2 p.m. at The Countess de Hoernle Theatre, Spanish River High School, 5100 Jog Road. Tickets cost $35 for adults and $25 for children and seniors. For more information, call 561-995-0709 or visit www.

10 Palm Beach County is hosting its annual “Celebration of the Arts” on Friday, Aug. 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the CMAA Therapeutic Recreation Complex in John Prince Park, Lake Worth. The Celebration of the Arts will feature a variety of artwork created throughout the year in VSAFL visual art classes and performances by the “Very Special Actors” Community Theatre Group and the VSAFL Jazz Dancers. Highlights of the evening will include an opportunity to meet the artists and actors as well as enjoy some light refreshments. The mission of VSA is to create a society where people with disabilities can learn through, participate in, and enjoy the arts. Admission is free.


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Carver High alum participate in a mock graduation Carver High alumna Ernestine Holliday shares snapceremony at their reunion. Submitted photo. shots from the school’s reunion. Staff photo.

Carver High School alum reminisce at reunion By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor Carver High School alu­mni came from as far as California and Colorado to gather with their former classmates during a recent reunion held in Delray Beach. Held at some of their former stomping grounds, currently Spady Museum, alum from the class of 1943 to 1970 mingled with their friends sharing stories and reconnecting. “We took it back to where we started from,” Carver Alum Ernestine Wilson Holliday said. In charge of publicity, Holliday shared photos and updates on where some of Carver’s alum ended up. Some became doctors, other attorneys. Many stayed local to Palm Beach County and worked for municipalities like Boynton and Delray or the school system. Some moved to places like Tennessee and Washington D.C. Former Commissioner Jim­ my Weatherspoon and current Commissioner Shi­ rley Johnson attended Carver. “We have people from all over,” she said. She said 105 people attended the reunion. They held a

mock graduation ceremony, luncheon and attended Sunday morning church services. Graduates from the 1940s were recognized in a special ceremony. Two graduates from the 1949 class, Col. William Condry and Mary Alford were the last class to have S.D. Spady as their principal. Other graduates recognized included Ruth Holliday Bowers, class of 1942, Nadine Jones Hart, class of 1943, Addie Davis Hudson, class of 1944, Lois Dolphus Martin class of 1946 and Alfred Zack Straghn class of 1948. Other notable attendees were Alexander Edmonds, who graduated in 1950, the first class under the leadership of A.H. Holliday, Sr., as principal. Holliday Sr. is the brother-inlaw of Wilson-Holliday and related to Holliday-Bowers. The last class of Carver High was 1970, which had representation from Janie Jones. In 1970, Seacrest High School and George Washington Carver High School merged to become Atlantic Community High School. The school was first established in 1895. It was known as Delray Colored Number

4 and then Delray County Training School. The school had students from first through eighth grade and then grew to tenth grade under Spady, In 1939, the first twelfth grade high school graduation was held. In 1937, the school was renamed George Washington Carver High School. In 1958, a new high school building was erected on S.W. 12th Avenue where Carver High School moved. The old school building became S. D. Spady Elementary School. Ernestine Holliday said the planning committee of chair Clinton Butler, treasurer Ulethia Duncan Russell, secretary Constance White Coleman, G.J Patman and herself have already started getting ideas for the next reunion in 2019.

in the City 2017 Music and Movies Under the Stars at The Mizner Park Amphitheater

FREE MUSIC Attendees of all ages can enjoy games starting at 6:30 pm. Hollywood Brewery’s Beer Garden open to those 21 and over at 6:30 pm. Beer Garden

open during Tribute Band Concerts only.

Friday, August 4 @ 7:30 pm*

A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac Dreams: Crystal Visions Friday, August 11 @ 7:30 pm*

A Tribute to Bob Marley Ruffhouse Saturday, August 12 @ 8:00 pm

The Symphonia Boca Raton A Space Odyssey *School of Rock @ 7:30 pm; Tribute Band @ 8:00 pm Carver High alumna Ruth Holliday Bowers, class of 1942, couldn’t make it to the reunion, but she received recognition as well as the rest of the 1940s graduates. Submitted photo.

TICKETED EVENT Tuesday, August 1 @ 7:30 pm

Straight No Chaser and Postmodern Jukebox Double Feature Presented by Live Nation

For Tickets Visit

Carver High graduates receive a proclamation from the city of Delray Beach. Submitted photo.




What’s going on… Dine out Downtown Delray: Culinary experiences

Pizza Making Class at Mellow Mushroom - Tuesday, Aug. 1 at 9:00 a.m. for $12 per guest or Thursday, Aug. 3 at 9:00 a.m. for $12 per guest Family-friendly step-by-step instruction from their pizza pros. Space is limited, cash payment only, 10 person class limit. Call 561-330-3040 to RSVP and select small pizza type of cheese, pepperoni, Hawaiian, margarita, or bbq chicken.

in Season, benefits of juicing; juice Ideas; easy Recipes to take home; 1 Juice for the road. Class is limited to 20 guests. Call 561-266-3642 to RSVP Soda Making Class at Delray Hideaway - Wednesday, Aug. 2 at 6:30p.m. for $20 per person. Learn about the history of soft drinks, the process of carbonating and bottling, and how to make homemade soda syrup. Guests will create their own soda with fresh local ingredients, mix into craft cocktails and take home a bottle of their own brew. Class is limited to 20 people. Call 561-562-5500 to RSVP. Wine Dinner at Racks Fish House & Oyster Bar – Wednesday, Aug. 2 at 7:00 p.m. for $65 per person plus tax and gratuity.

Includes sampling and basic discussion of six distinct world whiskeys (using the classic Glencairne tasting glasses), laminated “Cheat sheet” included with whiskey 101 tips for each guest’s home bar, low-salt snacks provided to cleanse the palate between tastings.

Call 561-276-7868 to RSVP.

Arts Garage

Four course dinner paired with wines from Davis Bynum

The Glyn Dryhurst Dixieland Jazz Band Friday, Aug. 11 at 8 p.m.

Call 561-450-6718 to RSVP. Limited seating.

Friday, Aug. 4 at 8 p.m.

Demo by Celebrity Chef Ed McCabe or World Famous reality TV personality Paul Niedermann (9th season winner from Hell’s Kitchen), create your own signature juice; demo on Farmhouse JUST GOOD JUICE (watermelon citron, Kicking Carrot, K-napple; Juicing

Cocktail Class at Death or Glory – Thursday, Aug. 3 at 6:00 p.m. for $20 per person Shaken vs Stirred: How when, why and six classic cocktails you can make at home. 20 person limit. Email to RSVP. Whiskey 101 Class at 32 East - Sunday, August 6th at 4:00 p.m. for $25 per person

15% OFF Time to do summer cleaning

$15, $20

Stay after and receive 25% off your check for all food & beverage.

Gianni Bianchini Trio

Juicing class at Gary Rack’s Farmhouse Kitchen – Wednesday, Aug. 2 from 2:303:30 p.m. for $10 per guest

musician on the Treasure Coast. With jazz at the forefront of his interests, he has incorporated this genre in a way that invites listeners from all age groups and tastes in his performances.

Dixieland is the name given to the style of jazz performed by early New Orleans jazz musicians. The name is a reference to the “Old South,” specifically anything south of the Mason-Dixon line.

International recording artist Dr. Gianni Bianchini is one of the leading pianists, vocalists and organists in today’s jazz. The Gianni Bianchini Trio celebrate traditions of great American jazz music and simultaneously push the boundaries for the next generation of jazz musicians. The trio will be performing for the first time in Florida since returning from the South America and will featuring new arrangements never before heard in either continent.

$30, $40, $45

$30, $40, $45

Sunday, Aug.13 at 7 p.m.

Lucy Grau Saturday Aug. 5 at 8 p.m. Lucy Grau has the charisma and talent of a marquee vocalist. She delivers breathtaking performances through her very own style of Salsa and tropical dance.

Texassippi Soul Man Danny Brookes and Lil’ Miss Debi

Texasssippi Soul Man Danny Brooks & Lil Miss Debi have been traveling all over North America as a duo for the past 6 years with their original blend of Southern Soul, Blues, Americana, and Gospel.  $30, $40, $45

$30, $40, $45 Bashaum Stewart Quintet Monday – Friday 8am – 5:30pm Saturday 8am to 1pm Closed Sundays

Sunday, Aug. 6 at 7 p.m. Bashaum Stewart is an influential South Florida pianist and known as a first call

The Ben Hecht Show


Wednesday, Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. and Thursday, Aug.17 at 7 p.m. James Sherman’s critically acclaimed solo performance tribute to legendary playwright and screenwriter Ben Hecht who used his skills as a newspaperman as one of the first American journalists to write about the Nazi atrocities during World War II. Presented with the wit and wisdom of this important artist and social activist, this performance is as important as it is clever. $30

South Florida’s premier sax quartets and has proven to be one of the most dynamic and diverse groups in town.

Tickets just $45 each (all inclusive!); tickets are limited, so buy early! 21 and over only.

$20, $30, $35

Vodka Riot – Saturday, August 12th, 7-9 p.m. – Experience delectable Vodka-infused dishes, created by local top chefs, paired with crafted Vodka cocktails. Participating restaurants include 50 Ocean, Farmer’s Table, Max’s Harvest, MIA Kitchen Bar and Death or Glory.

ONYX Art Stroll Thursday, Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. Arts Garage invites local artists and craftspeople to showcase and sell their art during a night of music from local emerging artists and bands. Artists can a purchase a table for only $15 to showcase their art but this event is free to the public. Make sure you stay for ONYX, which is a showcase of the hottest emerging bands from South Florida in the Black Box Theatre. This month’s bands include Chemradery and the Nostalgic Minds. $10 in advance; $12 day of event Amed Torrecilla Saturday, Aug. 25 at 8 p.m.

Otis Cadillac Band and the El Dorados Featuring the Sublime Seville Sisters Friday, Aug. 18 at 8 p.m. Led by Octogenarian Otis Cadillac, the Otis Cadillac and the El Dorados R&B Revue is an 11-piece band that performs Classic R&B, Root Rock N’ Roll and related Blues-oriented material. The band performs in a style that emulates the R&B revues of the late 50s and early 60s.

MIXTURINC is a musical project where the musicians act as a brotherhood with live flamenco-jazz and Afro-Cuban rhythms with classical music influences; all under the concept and direction of Amed Torrecilla, who has lived amongst the most authentic flamenco and jazz artists throughout his stay in Madrid. $20, $30, $35

Tuesday, Aug. 29 at 8 p.m.

Jazz Gals

Vibe brings local musicians together in a collaborative performance environment creating a nurturing community of and for the participants. Kick back and vibe with Delray’s musicians in an ever-changing improvised jam session.

Witness Jazz Gals Lisanne Lyons and Wendy Pederson as they celebrate the music of Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan in an amazing night of Jazz!

Old School Square Opens Public and Internet Ticket Sales August 15 Tuesday, August 15 at 10 a.m. For questions, call the Box Office at 561-2437922, ext. 1. th

The 2017-18 Season starts in October, but NOW is the time to purchase individual tickets to get the best seats available! View the 2017-18 season brochure at or stop by our Box Office in the Crest Theatre to pick

one up! Crest Theatre Launches Cult Classic Film Series with Dude Night August 18 Old School Squ­ are and Delivery Dudes have partnered up for five cult classic films. General admission tickets, $5; VIP tickets $15 (includes balcony seating, one drink, one food item and “text for bar service” option). Doors open at 7 p.m. Costumes encouraged! Prizes awarded at intermission. August 18 – Dude Night with the Big Lebowski (1998) -- trivia/bowling pin art auction 8 p.m.; film at 9. August 25 – Wet Hot American Summer (2001) – film at 8 p.m. Creative Arts School Offers a Fun Night of Canvas & Cocktails, August 31 7- 9 p.m. Pre-registration is required; fee $35 (includes materials and one drink ticket). This is a fun art experience where you can create an art piece in a relaxed at-


$20, $30, $35

S a t u r d a y, Aug. 19 at 8 p.m.

Bottomless Bloody Mary & Brunch on a Stick – Sunday, August 27th, 1-3 p.m. – Indulge in culinary creations on a skewer that will accompany each Bloody Mary. An array of sweets, cheese and fruit will also be provided. Participating restaurants include Ceviche 401, Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar, Death or Glory, Pizza Rustica and Lilo’s.


Old School Square

$20, $30, $35

Cornell Art Museum Hosts First Friday Art Walk August 4 Crest Theatre Galleries, Friday, August 4th, 6-9 p.m. Admission is free.

Sunday, Aug. 20 at 7 p.m.

This month’s Art Walk will feature the amazing abstract works of local artist, James Rabidoux. Come and meet him! Due to the Museum’s closure for interior renovations, the summer Art Walk events are located in the Crest Theatre Galleries.

The New Vision Sax Ensemble is one of

Sizzlin’ Summer Social Series

The New Vision Sax Ensemble

Join us at Mellow

to enjoy our summer spotlight appetizer! Featuring our pretzel bites served with our homemade beer cheese! Summer can't get any better :)




mosphere… all while enjoying a glass of wine, a craft beer or a signature cocktail. No experience necessary.

experience close encounters with our resident sea turtles and visit a local nesting beach. Pre-payment required online at or by calling 561-5448615.

Temple Sinai Temple Sinai of the Palm Beaches is hosting a new, innovative service for Erev Shabbat. Beginning on Friday, Aug. 4 at 7:30 p.m., and continuing on the first Friday of each month, the congregation will join in an energetic, interactive service. The service, called “Shir Chadash” (A New Song), will be led by Rabbi Aviva Bass and Cantorial Soloist Margaret Schmitt. Lively and engaging music will be accompanied by various instruments, and all present are encouraged to sing and join in the joyful spirit of Shabbat. Temple Sinai is located at 2475 West Atlantic Avenue, just west of Congress Avenue. For additional information, call 561276-6161 ext. 123.

Hurricane preparation class The South County Recovery Residence Association is holding a hurricane preparedness event on Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 188 S. Swinton Ave.

Entering: 3rd-5th Grades

All recovery residences and treatment centers are welcome to attend.

Patch Reef Park Pirates & Princesses Party Friday, Aug. 25 10 a.m.-noon Pirates Cove Playground, featuring water play area at Patch Reef Park Walk the Plank, Dig for Treasure, Treasure Chest Toss, Win doubloons to buy Treasure, Make a Treasure Map & Pirate Ship Cost: $5 per child (ages 2-5). For more information, contact Patch Reef Park Community Center 561-367-7035. Bass fishing workshop Friday, Aug. 30. 6 to 9 p.m. This program will introduce you to the great sport of fishing for Largemouth

bass, here in our local Florida waters and throughout the nation. Anglers will gain an understanding of the bass, which will enable the angler to catch more and larger fish. Learn about habits, sense, territory, range and conditions. Learn to rig/ fish the plastic worm, top water/crank bait, fishing techniques, knots and tackle selection.           Cost: Boca resident $35; Non-resident $44

Gumbo Limbo Sea Turtle Camp Dates: August 7-11 Time: 8:30 a.m. to noon Through games, crafts, and educational activities, our instructors will teach the young conservationist about the importance of caring for and protecting sea turtles and other marine life. Campers will

Cost per child: Member $155 (Family Membership or higher required) Non-Member $205 (includes 1-year Family Membership to Friends of Gumbo Limbo) Gumbo Limbo Nature Center 1801 N Ocean Blvd Boca Raton FL 33432 (561) 544-8615

TEA with the TOP “Mastermind Your Own Destiny” featuring Ann McNeill Aug. 17 2:30-4:00 p.m. Florida Women’s Business Center, 401 West Atlantic Avenue, Suite 09, Fee $30 – Registration Required www. – Events Tab – Seating Limited


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5 ways to get back to school ready By: Heather McMechan Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers I can’t believe I’m thinking about the kids going back to school. It seems like summer vacation just started. Well, it did! However, Palm Beach County Schools are starting back on August 14th this year. That’s only a few weeks away. If your brain is still on vacation, then I’m here to help. I’m sharing five ways you can get you and your kids ready for the new school year. Get the local mom scoop below. 1. Don’t miss out on Tax Free Week in South Florida. From Saturday, Aug. 4 to Sunday, Aug. 6, you can shop for school supplies, back-to-school clothing and computers.

2. Order your school supplies online. Last year I realized I could order, tissues, glue, tape, crayons and more online at Target for store pick-up. I walked right in the store and they handed me a bag. Then I cut my shopping time in half and could spend time picking out colored folders and composition books that my kids wanted.

monogram their lunch box and backpack. This way they practice learning their name and also remember which back pack hanging on the hook is theirs. You can go to Bliss Monogramming in Boca Raton for all your monogramming needs. They also carry adorable backpacks and

3. M o n o g r a m your kids stuff. A great way to help your little ones starting school is to

lunch boxes. 4. Use colorful lunch containers. No more baggies in this house. I’ve been using Rubbermaid Lunch Kits for the last few school years. The containers snap together to stay organized in kids’ lunch bags. They also have snap in Blue Ice tray which can stay cold throughout the day tray to keep foods cool and preserved. You can find these at Walmart. 5. Get active with your kids. Athleta Boca Raton is launching the new Athleta Girl line on Aug. 1. This new active line is a great way to keep her active throughout the school year. Feeling positive and confident is what it’s all about. On Aug. 3, Athleta Girl and Sofl Moms On The Go will be hosting a Fashion Show Event from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Models will strut down the catwalk wearing the latest outfits for tennis, swimming, paddle boarding, yoga and more. Enjoy mocktails, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live music and giveaways after the show. Space is limited. RSVP to claim your spot https://www.

A sit down with Stephen Chrisanthus: Vinsane By: Stephen Chrisanthus Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers Recently I sat down with my friend Vincent Ventiera to discuss being a reality star, dj-ing around the country and living in Delray Beach.

I’m originally from Long Island NY, I moved to Boca Raton FL in 2009 with my mother. Then I moved to Delray Beach in 2013.

What would you say is your main profession?

Have you seen any changes in the city?

I’m the CEO of V2 Ent. I staff DJs for some of Delray’s and South Florida’s most prestige nightclub venues. I also am a touring night club DJ, from Vegas to Canada.

I’ve seen tremendous changes in the city of Delray Beach over the years. The tourist season has almost stayed year round which is good for local businesses and restaurants. And I’ve noticed a lot of new infrastructure which will definitely help the city and population grow for the future growth. I travel a lot and see a lot of great major cities across the US and there is no place like Delray.

Your reality TV career seems to be taking off, what shows have you done? How has this affected your life? You might recognize me from ABC’s The Bachelorette and Bachelor In Paradise. Participating in a show that has to deal with love and emotions has changed my life in a great positive way. I got to show people that I am not afraid to be myself and expose my personal life on a national scale. Fans understand and relate to your story in life. I love meeting people that watch the show and that are fans of me, it’s a great feeling. I’ve missed a flight once because I was talking to a lady about how dating had been hard for her in the past, luckily there was another flight right after and I got on standby. Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in Delray?

When you are in town what do you like to do for fun in Delray Beach? Favorite places?

Whenever I come home from traveling I make it a point to meet up with my good friends for tacos at El Camino. It›s my go to spot! When I am not DJing at SALT7 I also like to hit the beach up and train at Slash Fitness with my trainer Caleb. Plans for the future? I recently just signed with SKAM Artist Agency. One of the US elite entertainment/dj agency they represent everyone from Lil Jon to Tyson Beckford. I’m filling my summer tour schedule up with gigs across the US, and I’m looking forward to be spreading the Vinsanity!  And also look out for “Vinny on Millionaire Matchmaker” airing this fall with Patti Stanger. For information on what Vinny has going you can go to


Dash around the world: Adventure, expedition cruises By: Joel Dash Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers Tired of the standard seven day Caribbean cruises? Take advantage of the new adventure and exploration small ship cruises just announced for 2018. Uncruise adventures new rivers of adventure itinerary sails along the Columbia and Snake rivers. Clients will be energized to explore the destinations they visit, especially when it’s an itinerary jam-packed with high powered activities. The S.S. Legacy, will have eight departures for this itinerary that sails between Portland, Oregon and Lewiston, Idaho from mid-August to Oct. 2018. River exploration means a jet boat ride into Hell’s Canyon, Deschutes River white-water rafting, hiking, biking, paddle boarding, kayaking and skiff tours. The Columbia and Snake River system is an outdoor enthusiasts’ mecca. And the legacy, an under 100 passenger ship, which I had the opportunity to sail on is the perfect size ship. Hiking, zodiac tours, snorkeling,

wildlife viewing and swimming are on the menu for the Galapagos. Celebrity Cruises, now has three intimate ships, the Celebrity Xpedition, Xperience and Xploration. The Xploration is ideal for a small group, perhaps a multigenerational booking, as it is a 16-guest catamaran with eight cabins. Itineraries last anywhere from 10-16 nights. Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic will debut their new ship national geographic venture. The 100 guest, 50 cabin venture will be outfitted with 24 sea kayaks, paddle boards, snorkeling equipment, and zodiacs, all so guests can immerse themselves in the great outdoors. On it’s first sailing, it explores the treasures of the Inside Passage, Alaska and British Columbia on a 14-day expedition cruise. Hurtingruten will debut its 530 passenger Roald Amundsen in July 2018, showcasing the very latest in innovative environmentally friendly technology. The innovations will allow it

to sail silently along the ice edge in Antarctica, Patagonia, and the Chilean Fjords. Scenic’s “Discovery Yacht,” the Scenic Eclipse, will feature such fun amenities as helicopters, submarines, zodiacs, kayaks and scuba gear while wandering the world from Antarctica to the Arctic Circle. Finally in 2019 crystal cruises will debut the first of its three new-build expedition polar class mega-yachts, which will be outfitted with submarines, helicopters, and remote operated vehicles. They will also sail from Antarctica to the Arctic Circle and interesting world-wide destinations. Our new Pineapple Grove location is 280 NE 2nd Ave. Cottage B. Clall 561498-8439 or visit for more information.

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Last minutes summer travel tips Staff report Before you take off on that last minute summer trip, Dr. Margaret Wilson, chief medical officer of United Healthcare Global shares tips on how to stay safe and healthy while traveling.

Get away… without going away.



1. Know before you go: Before traveling out of your home state, understand what your health plan covers. People traveling domestically should check if their health plan offers a national or local network of hospitals and care providers, and confirm what coverage is available at out-of-network facilities.   2. Find care anywhere: Many health plans now offer telemedicine and mobile apps to support their customers’ health needs, including the ability to access a digital ID card, connect with a registered nurse 24/7, and identify nearby care providers, hospitals, pharmacies and urgent care facilities. Public websites, such as and www., enable people to compare cost information for hundreds of medical services. 3.Protection abroad: Most domestic health plans provide limited coverage overseas, so people should consider international medical coverage to help alleviate concerns about quality of care and financial anxiety. People should look for global policies that can provide foreign-language translation, direct you to appropriate facilities or support evacuation to alternative facilities, and work with local health care providers to coordinate and monitor care.








6th Annual Boynton Beach Haunted Pirate Fest & Mermaid Splash Enjoy 12 stages of live entertainment, children’s activities, stunt shows, live mermaids & so much more!

October 21 & 22 Saturday • 11 am to 9 pm Sunday • 11 am to 6 pm 129 East Ocean Avenue

Movies in the Park FREE FAMILY MOVIE 129 East Ocean Avenue

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Holiday Tree Lighting & Concert Catch the Holiday Spirit in Boynton Beach… It's the perfect place to kick off the holidays! Starting at 4 pm with the parade on Federal Hwy music, photos with Santa, activities for the kids

Saturday, December 2nd

Parade: 4:00 pm Festivities: 5:30 pm Downtown Boynton Beach

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Holiday Boat Parade Celebrate the holiday season Florida style with Holiday Boat Parade on the intracoastal between Boynton Beach & Delray Beach.

Celebrate St.Patrick’s Day in Boynton Beach, featuring live music, craft cocktails and plenty of fun outdoor activities for the entire family.

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Friday December 8th 6 - 8 pm

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Start your own vegetable, herb garden By: Giovanni Roselli Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers It’s that time of year in which gardeners have prepared their soil, and have patiently anticipated a bountiful season full of nutritious fruits and vegetables. I recently sat down with New York City integrative medical doctor and frequent Delray Beach visitor Dr. Jeffrey Morrison. Below are his 5 top vegetables and herbs for this season.

vegetable with a wide variety of uses. Zucchini contains good amounts of potassium that helps reduce blood pressure and contains moderate levels of folate that breaks down amino acids that cause heart attacks and strokes. It’s considerable amount of magnesium helps in keeping blood pressure at a normal rate.

and is thought to have anti-inflammatory benefits. Fresh mint is soothing to the digestive tract, making it great to enjoy as a tea after meals.

Plant yourself in a garden Lastly, there is one more health benefit: Gardening is a good workout.

Parsley: It’s so much more than a garnish! Parsley supports detoxification, acts as a natural diuretic to help reduce fluid retention, and works as a natural breath freshener. The vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants found in parsley are helpful for strengthening immunity. Vitamins such as vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin K, folate, and niacin each act on different aspects of the immune system. It adds a freshness and beautiful green color to any dish, and works well in juices and green smoothies.

Cucumber: It grows easily, and is one of the most hydrating vegetables, great in salads, juices, green smoothies, or sliced up and enjoyed on its own as a refreshing, low-calorie snack. Cucumbers are rich in two of the most basic elements needed for healthy digestion: water and fiber.

Basil: A versatile herb that’s delicious in omelets, salads, and Italian-style dishes, as well as smoothies. It’s also very easy to make a dairy-free pesto with basil, garlic, pine nuts, olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste — a great sauce for zucchini noodles. Basil contains antimicrobial properties that fight viruses and Infections. Additionally, it combats stress by acting as an ‘adaptogen.’

Gardening in Florida can provide some increased challenges due to it’s climate, so it can be helpful to seek advice from the experts at a local nursery — they can help you get started with vegetables that are easy to care for and grow well in our area.

Kale: It’s hardy and packs a nutritional punch, providing chlorophyll, beta-carotene, vitamin C and calcium. Additionally, it is high in glucosinolates that act as an anti-inflammatory and rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, which are powerful for vision health. Great in salads, cooked with eggs, blended in smoothies and in soups. Indoor gardening

Zucchini: Another easy-to-grow

“It’s not just exercise for exercise itself, which can become tedious,” says Katherine Brown, the executive director of the Southside Community Land Trust, a nonprofit that supports community gardens and other urban agriculture in and around Providence, R.I. “It’s exercise that has a context, that reinforces the limberness of your limbs and the use of your hands. You’ve got a motivation for why you want to grip. You’re not just gripping a ball. You want to pull a weed.”

Consider a small indoor herb garden with rosemary and mint. These herbs love an east or south-facing sun-flooded window, and are made into delicious herbal teas with hot water and maybe some lemon. Rosemary is rich in antioxidants

Whether you grow your own garden vegetables or shop for them, prioritize getting the above five for what they might contribute to your health and wellness. Giovanni Roselli is the Regional Director Of Personal Training for PurLife Fitness Center located in Delray Beach. Originally from Westchester, NY, he graduated from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT double majoring in business administration and sports management. He is a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and holds a nutrition certification with industry leader Precision Nutrition. His television appearances include NBC’s ‘Today Show’ and National Geographic’s ‘Brain Games.’


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A new hope for depression: Part 2 By: Raul J. Rodriguez MD, DABPN, DABAM, MRO Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers So we have seen what TMS can do, as far as having very high response and remission rates in severe grades of depression. What is TMS like though? The very first step is proper screening and evaluation. TMS has an FDA indication for Treatment Resistant Depression, although many practitioners have reported even better results in the non-resistant grades of Major Depression. Individuals do have the option of receiving TMS for a non-resistant grade of Major Depression, as an off-label usage of this medical technology. Insurances will only cover the FDA indication for Treatment Resistant Depression though.

Treatment Resistant Depression is most commonly defined as a Major Depressive condition that has not responded to at least four different antidepressants, including medications from more than one antidepressant category. Appropriate candidates would also have not responded to one or more “augmentation” strategies, which is when a secondary medication is added to boost the effect of the primary medication. Appropriate candidates commonly also would have failed a course of psychotherapy. Some may have also even failed ECT. A medication “failure” is defined as not achieving an adequate response

after reaching the maximum dose for at least four to six weeks, or not being able to tolerate the medication at any point in the dosing range. A “response” is most commonly defined as a 50 percent reduction in symptom intensity based on depression rating scales. Most people will appropriately determine a medication non-response by simply recalling that it did not make them feel much better. An antidepressant that once worked but at some point stopped working would also constitute a failure. Others, again, simply could not tolerate a medication due to side effects. Some cannot tolerate a medication at all, at

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any dose. Some cannot tolerate a medication at the dose that it would take to get it to work. Either way, it is considered a medication failure. After a patient has been determined to have actual Treatment Resistant Depression, the next step is to make sure there are no medical conditions that are TMS exclusions. TMS is a very safe and tolerable treatment with few medical exclusions. There are some conditions that not compatible with TMS though, and these must be screened for. The first situation is the presence of any metal in or near the head or any implanted medical devices. Examples include cochlear implants, implanted electrodes/ stimulators, aneurysm clips or coils, stents, bullet fragments, jewelry and hair barrettes. Any metallic object within the magnetic field would be at risk for overheating or possibly moving. Implanted medical devices risk malfunctioning. Other exclusions include any history of aneurysms, seizures, stroke, brain surgery, neurologic disorders, and active substance abuse. Once a patient has been evaluated and screened for appropriateness for TMS, they can start treatment. The first stage of treatment consists of mapping the brain to find the best treatment location. This is usually done on the very first session, which in total takes about an hour. Certain physical landmarks are identified on the head, specifically the nasion and the inion. The nasion is the distinctly depressed area directly between the eyes, just above the bridge of the nose. Inion is the bony prominence on the back of the skull. These landmarks and the nasion-inion distance are used to locate the starting point for locating the motor strip. The motor strip is the part of the brain responsible for controlling muscular movements. A significant portion of the motor strip represents the thumb and hand, which triggers thumb movement when stimulated at a specific location by a TMS machine. This location is used to determine how much energy is needed to elicit a muscular (in this case thumb) movement, which is the “motor threshold.” Treatment intensity is usually 120 percent of the motor threshold. This location also serves as the orientation point for the treatment location, which is six cm towards the front of the brain. These measurements are all recorded on a fitted cap that is specific for each patient. Once the mapping and motor threshold determination phase is complete, treatment can begin. Dr Rodriguez is the founder, CEO and Medical Director of the Delray Center For Brain Science, a true Brain Center which specializes in Treatment Resistant Depression, ADHD, OCD, Memory Disorders, and optimizing brain performance.



Fibromyalgia: A brain problem

of the brain and an area in the brain stem called the reticular formation.

By: Dr. John Conde Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers

The human brain has inherent pain modulatory systems responsible for the suppression of pain transmission. Current research is pointing towards faulty brain processing as the causative agent of PFS. A study conducted by the National Institute of Health found that patients with PFS who were given relatively low levels of pressure seemed to experience the same amount of pain and subsequent brain activity as the control group which were given high levels of pressure. Due to this faulty brain processing the brain becomes very efficient at transmitting pain so that even a soft touch may produce a pounding sensation. Over time, an individual may experience pain even without a pain producing stimulus or injury.

The human brain is highly plastic (changeable). Sixty percent of the brain is genetically predetermined while forty percent is constantly changing according to environmental influences (work, home, exercise, food, etc.). We also know that our brain cells require oxygen, proper nutrients, and stimulation for optimal function. Understanding these concepts, neurophysiologic rehabilitation utilizes oxygen acquiring techniques, nutrition, and specific forms of stimulation (light, sound, touch, oculomotor exercises, one-sided balance exercises, cognitive exercises, one- sided chiropractic adjustments) targeted to the under functioning brain regions. The goal is to restore proper function. Specifically pertaining to PFS, we have also found that graded aerobic exercise and supplementation of malic acid, magnesium, and melatonin are highly effective.

Another area of involvement is what is termed the autonomic nervous system. This is a part of the nervous system that regulates blood vessel diameter, diaphoresis (sweating), digestion, gland activity, and heart rate to name a few. Many individuals with PFS exhibit dysautonomia, or dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system. This can be manifested as irritable bowel syndrome, insomnia, xerostomia (dry mouth), irregular heartbeat, and even excessive sweating. The autonomic nervous system is regulated primarily by the frontal lobe region

Lastly, Class IV High Power Laser Therapy has been proven to be effective in treating some of the sore and tender points in the musculoskeletal system. This therapy, also known as photo-bio-modulation, sends particles of light called photons trans-dermally into the cell level. The photons dock on receptor sites on the cells and trigger the cells to produce more proteins and energy, thus stimulating the healing effect. This is the gold standard in conservative treatment of the tender points in PFS.

when pressure is applied.Widespread pain must also be experienced in all four quadrants of the body for a minimum of three months.

Primary Fibromyalgia Syndrome (PFS) is a disabling disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain and stiffness described as aching, burning, throbbing, and shooting. The pain is typically greatest in the morning and in muscle groups that are used repetitively. Fatigue and sleep disturbances (stage 4) are also cardinal signs of this disorder. Associated symptoms may include irritable bowel and bladder, headaches and transformed migraines, restless leg syndrome, TMJ and face pain, numbness and tingling, impaired memory and concentration, dizziness, anxiety, and depression. According to the American College of Rheumatology, the criteria for diagnosis of PFS includes finding tenderness or pain in at least 11 of 18 specified tender points

Boca Raton Regional Hospital to explore partnering with another healthcare provider Staff report Boca Raton Regional Hospital officials recently announced that the hospital is exploring the possibility of establishing a strategic partnership with another healthcare provider in order to accelerate and elevate the hospital’s position as a preeminent academic regional referral medical center. “A remarkable renaissance has taken place at the hospital over the last seven years,” hospital board chair Christine E. Lynn said. “By any metric, we have evolved into one of the outstanding healthcare providers in the state of Florida. Yet, there is another level to which we aspire and a partnership with a provider who shares in our mission, culture and goals will accelerate our ability to reach our full potential.” President and CEO Jerry Fedele said forming a strategic partnership for the hospital will be beneficial on a number of fronts including: enhancing Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s ability to develop nationally recognized clinical programs, establishing market essentiality, mitigating the challenges of a stand-alone organization in a complex and evolving healthcare industry and having greater access to capital. The hospital already has a reputation for implementing state-of-the-art technology in areas including radiation oncology,

breast health and cardiovascular disease. It has also seen strong financial performance and record-setting levels of philanthropic support in recent years. “Every hospital or health system in this nation is constantly seeking ways to enhance its capabilities in patient care, strengthen its finances and secure its position in its respective service area,” Lynn said. “We are no different and believe our intent to explore a strategic partnership is a prudent and positive development for the Hospital and the communities we serve.” A steering committee has been formed that includes Boca Raton Regional Hospital Board Members, community and medical staff leaders and volunteers to explore the initiative. Dick Schmidt, former BRRH Board Chair and noted civic leader and philanthropist, is serving on behalf of the community to chair the steering committee. “I think it is significant that we set out on this endeavor as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Boca Raton Regional Hospital,” Schmidt said. “We are proactively seeking to secure the hospital’s future to serve our community better from a position of strength. If we achieve what we believe we can in a partnership, we will have positioned the hospital for even greater success in the decades to come.”



Exercising with injury By: Christine King Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers Everyone incurs an injury at some point in life. We’ve all been there… waiting, wanting to get back to the gym so badly you could cry. Unfortunately, in many cases people resume their “normal” activity too soon, resulting in re-injury and another four to six week set back. A very sad predicament for the dedicated gym-goer. With a little patience and creativity, this situation can be completely avoided. One of our clients, Suzy, broke her fifth metatarsal and is in a boot for six to eight weeks. She’s a highly fit woman in her late 40s who regularly enjoys rock star, challenging workouts. Contraindications for her fracture include weight-bearing activities. Like with all clients we follow our motto “Exercise Anything That Moves.” Seated and lying face down or up are highly powerful positions to challenge every muscle group, of course except for the involved limb. “Wow, I’ll never again make fun of people who do chair exercises!” she continued, “This is really tough.” Having a properly trained professional guide you through any form of exercise while injured is essential. Unless your doctor prohibits activity, you can experience a great workout and focus on areas that may not receive as much attention during your regular workouts. Another famous example of returning to athletics too soon is the case of Dizzy Dean. In 1937, Dean was pitching in the AllStar game for the National League. A batter hit the ball onto

Dean’s foot and broke his toe. Dean’s had returned to pitching before his toe fully healed. As a result in his one game come back he irreparably ruined his shoulder, ending his career. The body is an amazing being. Without using any thought process, the body always seeks a route to compensate and use other structures to get the job done. Unfortunately for Dean, this resulted in giving up his career and passion, baseball. Laura, a 30-year-old avid runner, was told by her doctor that her knees were a wreck and she could no longer run. He also mandated her workouts couldn’t include knee bending or extending, at least initially. Creativity kicks in when working with an athletic, highly active woman who wants to increase her heart rate and work her legs within the confines of the doctor’s orders. Laura was skeptical, however, after the first one-hour session she was astounded. She was sweating, out of breath and pleased to learn she could get in a great workout, raising her heart rate and kicking in the endorphins. We helped a pro golfer recover from extensive shoulder surgery. Unfortunately, he was treated post-op by a physical therapist who pushed him too hard, causing a setback. Once our work began, we only worked his shoulder and arm in a painfree range of motion. Keeping the joint happy is critical for recovery. We were under tremendous pressure as he needed to be back on the golf course in six weeks. There’s always temptation on the part of the patient and the professional to push just a little more. However, it isn’t the proper strategy. With enormous patience on both sides and working together three times per week for the six weeks he got on that golf course and played pain-free. Now, two years

later he’s still playing like a pro with no pain. The lessons learned from these examples are vast. 1. Follow doctor’s orders 2. Never push through pain 3. Always seek professional guidance 4. When there’s a will, there’s a way, “Exercise anything that moves.” 5. Ice after the workout to reduce any inflammation in the joint. 6. Be patient. You will recover and resume activities if you follow the above advice. Christine King is a Medical Exercise Specialist, Fitness Expert and Founder of YourBestFit. The health and wellness company has helped thousands of clients recover from injuries, look and feel better and improve their overall well-being.



Caring for the diabetic body By: West Boca Medical Center Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers The head bone’s connected to the neck bone. The neck bone’s connected to the shoulder bone. The shoulder bone’s connected to the arm bone. And so on. When you have diabetes, taking care of your body can feel a lot like progressing through this song. Diabetes is a whole body disease. It just happens to be controlled by blood sugar. Taking care of your diabetes every day will keep your blood glucose in your target range and may also help to prevent other diseases and conditions associated with the disease. Specifically, there are steps to caring for the eyes, teeth, heart, kidneys, feet and nerves. Eye care: • Help prevent diabetic retinopathy (blood vessel damage), cataracts (clouding of the lens) and glaucoma (increased fluid pressure) by getting a dilated eye examination at least once per year. It’s very important to catch eye problems early when they can be treated. Treating them early may help prevent blindness. Teeth and gum care:

• Brush and floss every day, especially after meals and snacks, keep dentures clean and see a dentist at least twice every year to keep teeth and gums healthy. This may help to prevent or slow down gum disease, periodontitis (gums pulling away from the teeth), loose or sensitive teeth and changes in bite. Heart care: • Help prevent damage to the heart and blood vessels by keeping blood pressure, cholesterol and fats within a range that your physician has determined is right for you. Be sure to have a blood test once a year to check cholesterol and have your physician check your blood pressure at every visit. Maintain a healthy weight by eating foods that are low in fat

and salt and getting physical activity for at least 30 minutes each day. If a smoker, create a plan to quit. This may help minimize your risks for chest pain, heart attack, cardiomyopathy (narrowing of the vessels) and stroke.

Kidney care: • Help prevent diabetic nephropathy (kidney problems), such as proteinuria (leakage of protein from the kidneys) and kidney failure, by keeping your blood pressure and blood glucose under control. Maintain a healthy diet, see your doctor right away if you get a kidney or bladder infection and have a urine test once a year for signs of kidney damage. Foot care: • Keep the feet clean and dry, wear properly fitting shoes with socks at all times and keep dry or cracked skin moisturized. This will help to keep foot problems such as corns, calluses, blisters, warts, athlete’s foot or ingrown toenails from becoming infected and turning into more serious conditions. When seeing your physician for your annual check-up, ask to have your circulation

and nerve responses evaluated. Nerve care: • Diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage) can occur when there is damage to the blood vessels that supply the nerves with oxygen or there is damage to the nerve covering. This can cause nerves to stop sending messages, send the wrong messages or send messages too slowly. This means that if nerve damage is present, your sensation may be compromised. Without proper inspection and care for the body, an infection may go unnoticed and become something more serious. It is clear that diabetes is a whole body disease. Keeping your blood sugar levels within the proper range is the best defense against any of the above complications. Talking regularly with your physician and caring for your entire body will help ensure better health from your head bone all the way down to your foot bone. For more information about how we can help you, visit our website at https://www. or call at 844-4550338.



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Delray start-up Revolve drives car industry in new direction Membership service allows car lovers to drive multiple models per year

By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor You can rent a dress for a party, borrow a luxury time piece for a business meeting and now you can drive several high-end cars a year without owning or leasing any of them. The new service that Delray Beachbased start-up Revolve offers allows car enthusiasts to drive the latest makes and models without the strings of purchasing the car. “Drive what you crave all the time,” CEO of Revolve Asoka Veeravagu said. “You drive the car just like it’s your own. You drive to work, take the kids to school, take your business associates to lunch, take your significant other out.” Revolve is a membership-based, concierge service. Members commit to a three-month membership totaling $2,000 per month. That fee gives members access to Revolve’s fleet of high-endvehicles from sports cars to SUVs. You drive the car for a few months before you trade it in for a new one. Similar to how Netflix gives you recommendations on what to watch, Veeravagu said you answer a series of questions online that reflect your taste in cars. Revolve’s proprietary system that uses algorithms then matches you with a car in stock that reflects your desires in your new ride.That car is then delivered to a location of your choice and becomes your vehicle for the next few months. Revolve handles insurance, maintenance and the hassles that come with owning or leasing a car. “We take care of everything so our

members don’t have to,” he said. “Our members, they just drive smarter. We are making it very member friendly and easy for people to try Revolve.” Veeravagu is an engineer by trade. He started his career at Motorola in Boynton Beach and then moved to Boca-based Jarden Consumer Solutions where he was Vice President of New Business Development. “I liked what I was doing,” he said of his career at Jarden. “But, I always had an itch to build my own business.” So he took his affinity for cars, teamed up with Scott Blando, Revolve’s COO and thought of ways to shake up the automobile industry. The result: give people a revolving choice of cars to drive through a technology-enabled subscription service that comes with a whiteglove experience. “Consumers have traditionally bought or leased a new vehicle. But then they are locked into those vehicles for years,” Veeravagu said. “That rules out other great vehicles when you’re trapped in a lease for

three years watching a carousel of vehicles go by that you don’t have access to.” The duo said they saw the growth of “sharing” in industries whether it is clothes or jets. Coupled with the amount of new models, safety features and technologies that the car industry creates, they said they saw an opportunity to combine the two. The service rolled out on Memorial Day. As Revolve adds cars to its fleet they add members. The Cadillac Escalade Platinum and the Lexus LC500 are currently in the fleet. Veeravagu said Revole provides variety and an opportunity for people to easily drive the most sought after, new vehicles.


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Revolve is building out an office space for its headquarters on Federal Highway just north of Atlantic Avenue. “It will be a great experience center for potential customers,” he said. “Delray has so much to offer. It is an awesome location we are building our team.” For more information, visit www.

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


Analytical firm WalletHub recently compared 227 cities across the country to find the best beachside communities. While conducting the analysis, WalletHub considered a number of factors - such as safety, economy, education, health, weather and quality of life. Of the 227 cities compared, Boca Raton ranked in the top 10 on the 2017 list, coming in at No. 9. NAIOP Event Last month, the City’s Office of Economic Development partnered with the commercial real estate development association known as NAIOP. Together we organized a networking event to discuss Boca’s corporate climate. The City was tasked with selecting the executives to participate in the panel discussion. Our office invited C- level executives from Cosmetic Solutions, Canon and Privaira. Each of them gave the audience an insightful and interesting perspective on what attracted them to Boca Raton when it came time to relocate and expand their corporate footprint. Some of the reasons cited were the beneficial tax saving environment, access to a talented-well educated workforce and the overall lifestyle offered by our

$59.75 million. The sale consisted of two office buildings which were developed on the 5.7 acre site in 1998. The buildings total approximately 188,000-square-feet of corporate space and at the time of sale, the buildings were 97 percent occupied. We recently spoke with Steven Daniels, the attorney that represented the buyer on this transaction and he told us that this was his client’s first commercial investment in the South Florida market. When asked what made this particular property so attractive to his client, Daniels told us “They were attracted to this property because of its central Boca location, its high quality and excellent occupancy rate and tenant mix. The fact that it had the same owner for many years also was a plus.”

Corporate Rankings The South Florida Business Journal recently released their annual list of the largest publicly traded companies based in South Florida. Five of the top 40 listed are headquartered in the City of Boca Raton. The companies, ranked by descending revenue are Office Depot, GEO Group, SBA Communications, Cross Country Healthcare and QEP. Florida Trend magazine also released their annual rankings list last month and six of the largest privately held companies based in Florida are headquartered in Boca Raton. Commercial Real Estate Activity Boca’s Peninsula Executive Center recently sold for


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Biz Briefs Boca sleep product company makes acquisition Boca Raton-based Hollander Sleep Products, a leading manufacturer of high-quality synthetic-filled bedding products, recently acquired Pacific Coast Feather Company, an industry leading manufacturer of down and down-alternative products. The newly formed company will retain the corporate name of Hollander Sleep Products. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Pacific Coast Feather CEO Joe Crawford will serve as President of PCF reporting to Hollander CEO, Mark Eichhorn, and further operational and organizational details will be determined throughout the integration process. Hollander Sleep Products produces pillows, mattress pads, down comforters and other products. It markets its products under brand names including Ralph Lauren®, Simmons®, Beautyrest®, Nautica®, Waverly®, and Live Comfortably®. Pacific Coast Feather Company has blended European old-world craftsmanship with modern innovations to bring customers the fluffiest, longest-lasting pillows, comforters, mattress pads, and feather beds. The company offers its products under the national brands Pacific Coast®, Calvin Klein® Home, Jockey®, Spring Air®, 37.5 Technology, Tahari Home, Restful Nights® and Sleep for Success by Dr. James B. Maas. South Florida branch of Oasis Senior Advisors under new ownership Candy Cohn is the new owner of the South Florida branch of Oasis Senior Advisors, which serves south Palm Beach and northern Broward County. Oasis Senior Advisors  is a free, local, community-based referral senior placement service. Cohn has been helping people find senior living communities for over five years through her business, Yaffa Senior Services. “I am very excited to be joining the Oasis team,” Cohn said. “When the opportunity arose to purchase the South Florida franchise I learned about the proprietary OasisIQ™ software, which is their cutting edge system that matches seniors to the most appropriate communities. I im-

mediately recognized that this powerful tool, along with the Oasis corporate support for best practices nationwide, would allow me to help my clients in a much more effective manner.”

Town Center at Boca Raton is now offering community members the opportunity to support local students, scholarships and academies through several planned activities and activations, such as:

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Linton Paint & Body earns official certification, recognition

NCCI hires new Public Relations & Social Media Director

Delray Beach-based Linton Paint & Body has been certified by Assured Performance, a non-profit consumer advocacy organization, for maintaining the right tools, equipment, training and facility necessary to repair the participating automaker brand vehicles, according to the manufacturer’s specifications.

Boca-based National Council on Compensation Insurance has hired Sheila Fortson to serve as its Public Relations & Social Media Director.

Linton Paint & Body is recognized by Assured Performance, FCA, GM, Hyundai, Nissan, and Infiniti. Certification requirements are based on the auto-manufacturer requirements. “Our business has been built on a foundation of excellence and ethical business practices,” Owner, Gregory Sepe said. “We strive to provide the highest-quality repair for our customers. Our state-ofthe-art facility and certified technicians give us the ability to achieve this Certified status.” Simon supports education Simon, a global leader in premier shopping, dining and entertainment destinations, supports Simon Youth Foundation (SYF) in its efforts to increase educational opportunities for at-risk students through Simon Supports Education. This year, Town Center at Boca Raton presented Larissa Anthony from Spanish River Community High School with a $1,500 scholarship. She plans to study at Dickinson College this fall. “Simon Youth Foundation is a national organization, but we can feel the benefit of its efforts right here at home,” said Sean Carroll at Town Center at Boca Raton. “We are incredibly proud to invite our shoppers to join us in supporting this incredible organization.” The Foundation operates 30 non-traditional high school academies across the country, housed primarily in Simon properties, and also provides a scholarship to one student in every community where there is a Simon property. Since its inception in 1998, Simon Youth Foundation has helped more than 14,000 at-risk students receive a high school diploma, and has awarded more than $16 million in scholarships.

Fortson manages all projects requiring written and multimedia communications that promote NCCI’s charitable endeavors, volunteer efforts, and corporate culture.

dent Higer on policy issues that affect our state’s court system” Lesser said. Lesser is the third generation at Lesshis grandfather Joe Lesser back in 1927. Simon appoints new assistant director of marketing, business development at Town Center Cindy Appelbaum has been promoted



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As Social Media Director, Fortson also oversees NCCI’s corporate social media strategy and its implementation, including social media brand and content management and strategic future planning.

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Fortson has an extensive background in communications with previous positions in public relations, marketing, and television reporting. Most recently, Fortson served as Director of Communications & Social Media at the Salvation Army Naples Regional Coordinate in Southwest Florida. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Mass Media from Temple University.

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Local attorney reappointed to Florida Bar Board of Governors The Florida Bar Board of Governors recently announced that personal injury attorney Gary S. Lesser was reappointed as Legislation Chair of the Florida Bar Board of Governors. The 52-member Board of Governors has exclusive authority to formulate and adopt matters of policy relating to the practice of law in Florida. “I’m proud to have worked with President Schifino and the Bar leadership team to help formulate the Bar’s legislative stance on bills being introduced in Tallahassee. It was an honor to be given this reappointment and I am looking

and business development in creating, developing and implementing the overall strategic marketing direction of the shopping center in order to meet corketing objectives. She is also responsible for assisting with staff supervision of customer service, sponsorships and business development, budgeting and monthly marketing analysis, along with maintaining community, tenant and public relations. “Cindy is a proven performer with a great knowledge of our industry,” said Nicole Delmer, Vice President of Marketing for the Florida Region. “She has done a tremendous job in her previous roles and we look forward to her experience, leadership and enthusiasm benefitting the Boca Raton community.” Appelbaum began her career in April 2016 as the Marketing Assistant and Transportation Coordinator. Prior to working for Simon, she gained retail experience working at The Mall at Millenia, a luxury shopping destination in Orlando. She was born and raised in Coral Springs. In 2015, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Event Management from the Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida.


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Your home could be your greatest asset: Protect it By: John M. Campanola, Agent New York Life Insurance Company Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers Here’s the good news: Property values continue to rebound after the Great Recession. In fact, reports that the median home value in the U.S. now stands at $187,300—an increase of 5.1% in just the last year. So what’s the bad news? According to BloombergBusiness, housing represents 63% of the total wealth held by most Americans—a figure that includes personal savings, investments, and even workplace retirement accounts. Given these statistics, it’s easy to see why so many new homeowners are eager to purchase mortgage insurance from their lenders. That way, if something tragic happens, they can be sure that the lenders will be paid in full and that their families will retain ownership of this valuable asset.  

Be sure to consider all the options. It’s important, however, for homeowners to realize that there are other ways to protect the lifestyle and wealth of their families. Personally owned life insurance, for example, can perform many of the same functions as mortgage insurance, but it offers greater flexibility. That’s because life insurance gives your beneficiaries the freedom to determine how the death benefit will be spent. Let’s take a look at why that might be important. You—and your loved ones—may want greater flexibility. While your family can always use the death benefit to retire the mortgage, there may be more immediate financial needs. With life insurance, they have the option of using the money to pay medical bills,

cover funeral expenses, or simply keep the household up and running in your absence. It may also make sense for your loved ones to pay down the mortgage over time, so they can use the insurance proceeds for other purposes and take advantage of the mortgage interest deduction. What’s more, personally owned life insurance is portable, so as long as your policy remains in good standing, you will remain covered—no matter where you live or how many times you move. Of course, most people don’t buy a home simply for its value—but now, more than ever, that is an important consideration. If your home—and any equity you have built up—represents your largest financial asset, be sure to weigh all your options and take whatever steps you can to protect it. No

matter what you decide to do, there’s a good chance that you—and your loved ones—will sleep better for it. 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 561-642-5180.

Palm Beach County business offers Delray Beach accessories designer creates luxury fidget spinners for college scholarship opportunity 3-D printers, automation, electric cars Staff report executives and trucks, and other ideas. The deadline Interested in studying the supply chain? Have a solution to help supply chains run more effectively?

Palm Beach County students can share their ideas with Ben Gordon, Managing Partner of Cambridge Capital, for a chance to earn a $1,000 scholarship. Gordon said he hopes this scholarship will embolden the next generation of emerging leaders in e-commerce, transportation and logistics from Palm Beach and the surrounding area. Applicants must write an essay of no more than 1,000 words on disruption in the supply chain technology arena, outlining a problem and solution. Example topics can include drones, self- driving trucks,

to enter is Aug. 31.

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Finalists will have an opportunity to present their idea in a 10-minute, Shark Tankstyle format, to Cambridge Capital and the scholarship judges.

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To be eligible, the recipient must live in Palm Beach County, be in high school or college and have a cumulative GPA above 3.0. The winner will receive $1,000 to assist with tuition and other educational costs. They will also have the opportunity to gain feedback and mentorship from the Cambridge Capital team. For more information, call 561-9321607 or email

Delray Beach accessories designer Forman Lauren has come out with a high-end line of fidget spinners for high-level executives. It all started with a fascination of things that spin, she said. After learning about Hurricane Katrina and the weather patterns, she said she wanted to create a line of jewelry that could spin. That inspired her to create cuffs, rings and other pieces of jewelry that had spinning elements. She has worked on pieces for Katy Perry, Fergie and Redbull. When fidget spinners showed up on the scene, she said she immediately knew she had to incorporate her jewelry designs with the spinners. “I really like fidget spinners,” she said. “I thought they were the coolest things ever. I looked at my jewelry box and saw a ring that had a spinner. It was a lighting bolt moment where I said I could combine the two.” So she took out her old concepts, which she describes as big, loud and exciting and applied them to fidget spinners for adults. “My signature thing is crystals,” she said. “Everything I design has a sparkle.” She said her fidget spinners are gold and silver and filled with Swarovski crystals. They take anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of weeks to make and they are sell-

Delray Beach accessories designer Forman Lauren shows off a fidget spinner from her executive line. Submitted photo.

ing with price tags ranging from $3,500 to $5,000 a spinner. She said it all began with a post on Instagram of one of her creations. She said comments began flooding her inbox with people saying they would pay exorbitant amounts for one. The fidget spinners come in different speeds of spinning, some fast and some slower. She said often her customers want a big piece that is a centerpiece on their desk. She said her creations are noticeable and have a signature flair. “It is all coming out of my kitchen in Delray Beach,” she said. To see her creations, visit her shop on Etsy, 4iginals ht t p s : / / w w w. e t s y. c om / s h op / 4 i g i nals?ref=l2-shopheader-name



Delray Beach tequila company mixes music, margaritas By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor A Delray Beach-based tequila company that launched this year wants you to feel like you are a rock star while drinking their liquor. Rock N Roll Tequila is meant for those who want to have a good time, COO and Delray resident Scott Woolley said. “You order tequila when you are out having fun, at a party, out with friends,” he said. “Rock and roll is the same thing. It’s about having a good time. It’s a lifestyle. We have married the two.” The tequila is non-traditional in several ways, starting with its name. Woolley said it is the only tequila that has a name not relating to Mexico. It has a bottle shaped like a guitar and a healthier anejo tequila.

Two of the four partners of Rock N Roll Tequila, former Miami Dolphin Dan Marino and Delray resident and COO Scott Woolley. Submitted photo.

Rock N Roll tequila is a triple distilled platinum tequila that can be purchased for the price of a silver tequila at $49.95. It is bottled in a glass guitar bottle with a patented 50 ML bottle top known as a “roadie,” which holds two and a half shots of the tequila.

And the Cristalino, an Añejo tequila. Woolley said this Añejo is different from others because it lacks the emboldened golden, amber color. It is distilled, aged and filtered clear, which makes its cleaner and healthier than other Añejo tequilas. It is barrel-aged for two to three years before it is filtered with classic notes of French Oak.

There are three types, Platinum, Mango and Cristalino that are hand-crafted, and are made with 100 percent pure blue agave grown in Highlands (Los Altos) of Jalisco, Mexico.  The Platinum is a traditional triple distilled tequila, which Woolley said is super smooth and doesn’t leave a burning feeling on the tongue or throat; The Mango, which has a natural mango flavor with no added sugar. Woolley said it is popular for people who typically

don’t drink tequila because it is sweeter;

Currently, the tequila is available in Florida and California, which is where the four partners of the company live. In Florida, those partners are Woolley and former Miami Dolphin Dan Marino. “We are very proud of it,” Woolley said. The idea started with one of the partners, who lives in California, about seven years ago. Woolley said he owned bars

Delray Beach-based Rock N Roll Tequila has three different types, Platinum, Mango and Cristalino. Submitted photo.

in California and a concert venue and he always drank tequila. He set out to make a better tequila with a better price. The rest of the team came on board about two years ago and the product launched in January. To go along with the music theme, the tequila can be purchased in all Hard Rock locations as well as local, independent stores and restaurants. Woolley said the brand is sponsoring local musicians as well. The goal, Woolley said, is to have people ordering margaritas with Rock N Roll Tequila. “People drink margaritas when having fun,” he said. “Rock and Roll is one of the most iconic and coolest genres in the world. So it’s only natural that every margarita served should be a Rock N Roll Margarita.”

Learn how to code at Boca’s Techknowledgy² Academy By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor Former University of Miami basketball player Donnavan Kirk said he had a lot of down time while playing basketball in Japan. So, he taught himself how to code. He launched a technology company based on an iOS Application he developed. While playing ball and learning to perfect a new skill set, he told his friend and former teammate’s father, Boca resident Neal Heller what he was up to. Heller said he asked Kirk if he wanted to stay in Japan and play basketball or return to South Florida and start a new venture incorporating his coding skills into a business. The two teamed up and started Techknowledgy² Academy, also known as TK2 Coding Bootcamp, Boca’s first coding school. The

school is licensed by the Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education. “We saw a need in the job market,” Kirk said. The program started its first class in June with five students. There are different courses available including a high school program that will follow the school year from September through June, a 16-week night course program geared toward working professionals and a 10-week class that meets for a full day, five days a week. The academy teaches both web and application development courses. Topics students learn include front-end web development using JavaScript, CSS and HTML as well as back-end web development, programming fundamentals, basics of product develop-

ment and working with teams. The classes are offered inside a suite at Boca’s Atrium Financial Center, 1515 North Federal Highway. Instructors have graduate level degrees in Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering and have served as university graduate teaching assistants, as well as coding instructors. The academy can accommodate more than 40 students. “It’s challenging, but I feel like I am grasping what I am learning,” student Morgan Nimmons said. Nimmons has a college degree and also went back to school for graphic design. She saw online ads for web development and said she wanted to combine design with computers so she began teaching herself.

She said she taught herself HTML, but struggled trying to learn back-end web development. She signed up for the bootcamp after her mom said she saw the program on the nightly news. Of the experience, she said the teacher is very thorough and provides real world examples to help students master concepts. Ultimately, she said she would like to become a front-end web developer. “I like graphic design, but this more challenging,” she said. “It is always changing.” Kirk said the team begins looking for freelance work and other jobs for their students when they hit the five week mark of the program. Once students complete the course, they are qualified to be entry-lever or junior level coders. Heller said the class is for both aspiring techies and people who want to get into the world of technology. He said he chose Boca for the school’s location because it is hometown and because the closest coding school is in Miami. The first class of students were from all over parts of Palm Beach and Broward counties.

Former University of Miami basketball player Donnavan Kirk and Neal Heller Students learn coding and web development through new coding school in Boca have opened a coding school in Boca Raton. Submitted photo. Raton. Submitted photo.

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FAU’s Adams Center offers special courses, boot camp in entrepreneurship Florida Atlantic University’s Adams Center for Entrepreneurship will host a series of courses in entrepreneurship, as well as an Entrepreneur Boot Camp, open to the FAU community and public this fall. The courses will take place on Thursdays from 6:30 to 9:20 p.m. The first course, “Social Entrepreneurship,” will be from Aug. 24 to Sept. 21. This introductory course will go over the paradigm-breaking theories of using revenue generating business models to drive change in society or the environment. The course will examine nonprofit social enterprises, for-profit social enterprises, cause marketing firms and impact investing houses. The instructor is Alexander Golding, CEO and founder of Helped Hope, LLC, a for-profit social enterprise that educates the public on social enterprise and impact investing. The series continues with “Fundamentals of Franchising,” which runs from Sept. 28 to

Oct. 26. This course will focus on the fundamentals of franchising: what makes a good franchise; when is a concept ready for franchising; what laws govern franchising; and what to expect as a franchisee or franchisor. The course will further examine the reasons why some franchises succeed and why others fail. The instructor is Jim Greco, an industry consultant and investor in the food manufacturing and restaurant industries. The series concludes with “Family Business,” which runs Nov. 2 to Dec. 7. This course examines the distinctive issues facing the family firm, whether a large publicly traded firm or a small- to medium-sized privately held business, including management and governance best practices, dealing with challenges of growth and succession and developing an innovative organization through the generations. The course instructor is Roland Kidwell, Ph.D., DeSantis distinguished professor of management and entrepreneurship and director of the Adams Center for Entre-

preneurship at FAU’s College of Business. Cost of each course is $99 for members of the community, and $75 for FAU faculty, staff and alumni. FAU students interested in taking any of the courses for credit can email for more information. Members of the community, as well as FAU faculty, staff and alumni, can register online at The Entrepreneur Boot Camp will take place on Wednesdays, Sept. 13 through Nov. 15, from 6 to 9 p.m. This fast-paced certificate course empowers promising entrepreneurs and ambitious small business owners with the tools to write a successful business plan, find financial backing and design a blueprint for success. Upon completion of the Boot Camp, qualified participants may enter the prestigious FAU Business Plan Competition (at least one member of the team entering the Business Plan Competition must be a

fully enrolled FAU student) or the FAU Tech Runway Launch Competition, and compete to fund their business. The Boot Camp is open to all students, staff and the community. Cost of the Boot Camp is $50 for FAU students, $100 for FAU alumni and staff and $200 for members of the community. Boot Camp scholarships are available for FAU students. For more information or to register, visit For more information, email

Shoes for Crews to relocate headquarters to Boca Raton Staff report

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Shoes for Crews will soon call Boca Raton home. A global leader in slip-resistant footwear, the company is moving from its West Palm Beach space at One Clearlake Centre to the second floor of Building 500 at the Boca Raton Innovation Campus in March 2018. The company, which was founded in 1984, employs more than 200 people at its headquarters office. “The new space mirrors the growth and culture we’re nurturing at Shoes For Crews,” said Dean Ngo, Vice President, Global Human Resources for Shoes For Crews. “Our new offices are being designed and built from the ground up to foster better collaboration among teams and between departments, and provide a modern, welcoming workplace for each of our employees.” Cushman & Wakefield and Blanca Commercial Real Estate partnered to represent Shoes for Crews in the lease negotiations. Innovation campus owner Next Tier HD, was represented by Jeff Kelly, Executive Vice President at CBRE. “We began this process with over three years remaining on Shoes For Crews’ lease,” Blanca Commercial Real Estate Senior Vice President Christopher Harak said. “The timing allowed us to perform

a robust site selection process before the decision was made to relocate to Boca Raton.” Cushion & Wakefield Director Kevin Landers said Shoes for Crews is spread over three floors at the West Palm Beach location. Now, he said they will be able to house all employees on one floor and have room for future growth. The campus used to be home to IBM. It is a 1.7 million-square-foot office campus on 123 acres at 500 T-Rex Ave. Next Tier HD acquired the property in 2015. It features a state-of-the-art fitness center, on-site licensed day care, a 250-seat conference center, parking, modern interior finishes, 24-hour security, on-site retail, dining and banking and a Tri-Rail shuttle. “Since acquiring BRIC in 2015, we have been continually improving and adding amenities at the property in an effort to attract and retain top tenants like Shoes For Crews,” said Danielle Vennett, BRIC’s Managing Director. “We look forward to

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What is Retargeting in online marketing? By: Allison Turner Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers convert on their first time to an online store. Retargeting is a marketing tool that has been designed to help reach the 98 percent of visitors who don’t convert right away. How does it work? Retargeting uses a cookie-based technology. This technology used a JavaScript code that follows your audience, anonymously, all over the web.

Have you ever gone to a website to look at a product, left the site and suddenly that product from that company is following you around as you browse the internet and social media? Welcome to the digital marketing world of retargeting. Retargeting is a kind of online marketing, display advertising method that helps the brand stay in front of the user even after the user leaves that company’s website. Retargeting keeps tracks of people who visit your site and then your ads are displayed to them even when they visit other sites online after leaving your site. 

Specifications: you insert a small, discreet piece of code on your website, also known as a pixel sometimes. This pixel, or code, will not be noticed by your site’s visitors and does not affect the performance of your site in any way. So whenever your site has a new visitor, the code releases an anonymous browser cookie. Now that your visitors have a cookie, that cookie will let your retargeting provider serve your display ads on other websites, making sure that your ads are served only to people who have visited your website before. The website owner sets the length of time for the individual to see the ad, typically anywhere between several days up to one month.

What retargeting is not

Who should use retargeting?

Retargeting is not audience targeting but people often confuse the two. Audience targeting is completely different in that it can be segmented by demographics, Internet behaviors, product-usage behaviors, etc. Unlike retargeting, it doesn’t follow the user from a specific searched website. For example, a high-end lingerie brand will target richer, working female audiences who can afford the brand.

This depends on your marketing budget. On a very simple level, every time a potential customer of your site sees your retargeted display ad, they will be reminded of their initial desire to purchase something from you. It can possibly steer them back. Repeated reminders through retargeted displays ads also create brand awareness.

The purpose of retargeting The purpose of retargeting is to convert the window shoppers into buyers. For most websites, only 2% of the shoppers

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By: Christina Morrison Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers Did you know that 93 percent of Delray Beach’s businesses are entrepreneurs (one or two employees) and small businesses (30 employees or less)? And this number is growing in. Many ask why, and the reasons are many and diverse. Some businesses that were started here then expanded to around the country, like Delivery Dudes and The Downtowner, thrive here since Delray Beach is both home to thousands of residents in close proximity to a lively downtown and a vacation destination where there are hotels close - but not always within walking distance to restaurants, entertainment and shopping. Hence, the success of these service-type enterprises.  Other reasons for entrepreneurs coming here include the nice weather and the easiness of getting around the area. Many residents think there is too much traffic con-

gestion here, yet those who are flocking here find the ease of getting around a haven from the “rat race” of more cosmopolitan areas. Lastly, the fact that many come to Delray to re-start their lives – to get better or to retire– is a marked reason for Delray’s entrepreneurial spirit. Many people – and their visiting families – come here to rehabilitate or to retire, only to find their lives fully revived and themselves ready for new adventure. Many successful businesses are located here because their founders came here to rehab or revive, then brought the family,

In order to celebrate and expand this entrepreneurial spirit, the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce is hosting a “Pitch”-style competition for Delray Beach’s Next Great Idea. If you have a product or service that has launched and is ready for the “next step” in growth, contact me or Vin Nolan at the Chamber to get the application to be entered into this competition. There are several “Angels” (on TV they are called “Sharks”) ready to help these entrepreneurs expand and/or grow their companies and become more of our City’s Successful and expanding enterprises.  The application is easy and the competition’s process includes mentoring and training to perfect your product’s “pitch” to help ensure success. So, if you are an Entrepreneur or Inventor, contact us now at growdelray@gmail. com or contact me or Vin Nolan for an application to get in on the fun. The deadline to apply is Aug. 31.

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Elias Porras, Michael Horswell, Ph.D., dean of FAU’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, Ron Schagrin and Patti Fleitas. Submitted photo.

nities from an early age. She wanted to provide opportunities for others and so established the Georgina Dieter Dennis Foundation prior to her passing. “Students in the ‘arts’ have extra financial challenges when in addition to general college expenses they must also incur costs related to their field of study including equipment costs, and lab fees,” said Patti Fleitas, director of vocal studies at FAU. “Also, with performance and ensemble rehearsals, students’ available hours to work are greatly reduced, making the possibility of scholarship funding a defining factor in their college choice. Generous benefactors help students afford college, and help FAU to complete with other universities to attract the best and brightest, bringing a higher level of artistic and cultural excellence to community audiences.” For more information about FAU’s music program, call 561-297-3810. For more information on ways to support FAU arts students, call 561-297-2337.



Tilted Kilt serves up high-end bar food with European kick By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor Samir Changela didn’t go to culinary school. But the restaurant business became his passion while he was studying in college and then in pedorthics school. The board certified pedorthist, someone who makes orthotics, spent years working as a server, bartender, fry cook and manager at Applebees and Cheesecake Factory while going through school. And after practicing what he went to school for he decided to leave that behind for his true passion, restaurants. He found Tilted Kilt and decided to pursue purchasing the franchised, full-service restaurant in Boca Raton at 3320 Airport Road. “I love what I do,” the owner of the restaurant said. “I love the restaurant business. I love food. That is where my passion is. It’s about seeing the smile on your face after someone eats your food.” He said what sets Tilted Kilt apart is that everything is cooked fresh. If you want your wings grilled, he said it is not a problem because the chicken is made-to-order. “Our food is fresh made from scratch,” he said.“We have a chef on the line.” The in-house chef is Chef Robert Thompson, who has been cooking for three decades. He has worked at Bobby Rubino’s and Tony Roma’s. After worked as a sous chef for both Hilton and Marriott Hotel and has worked at various country clubs in South Florida. He has specialized in both Kosher and vegan cuisines.


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several different sauces or an American staple, a hamburger. “The reason it’s called the Tilted Kilt is that we are a British, Scottish Irish pub with an American twist,” Changela said. The Tilted Kilt does have televisions, waitresses in costume and a variety of beers on draft like a traditional sports pub. But they also have cocktails and full entrees that combine the pub vibe with a full-service restaurant. The restaurant will be the venue opening the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce’s Festival Days on Aug. 1 when it hosts “Finalist Night” for Boca Raton Bowl Idol where eight competitors vying to perform during the Boca Bowl will perform live onstage for a panel of judges and a live audience. A combination of audience vote and judges selections will determine three finalists, who will perform once more to see who will be chosen as this year’s Boca Raton Bowl Idol. Admission is $10, which is a donation to Spirit of Giving.


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Business expansions to be announced in Boca, says BDB boss By: Dale King Contributing Writer When Kelly Smallridge visits Boca Raton, she is usually accompanied by good news. When the president and CEO of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County checked in with the Greater Boca Chamber’s Economic Development Committee last month, the good news was – that good news is on the way, in the form of business expansions. She mentioned the names of several firms planning to announce enlargements, and listed a couple that are still under wraps – so much so that the proposals have codes, like “Project Kindergarten” and “Project P2P.” Of Project P2P, Smallridge said, “An announcement should be coming soon from the governor.” Companies said to be eying expansions include KRS Global Biotech, Garda, MB Clinical Research and Avid Technology, “all in Boca,” she said.

She offered Chamber members the backstory on Avid, a firm that expanded into Boca two years ago. “I got a call at 8 p.m. in my office from a man who said he had met me while he was CEO of another company,” Smallridge said. “He had left that company, and said that because of our great relationship, he wanted to work with me. The next morning, I called [City Manager] Leif Ahnell and Boca helped make it happen.” Touching on other subjects, Smallridge flipped to the other side of the coin – the difficult search for skilled workers. Referring to the one-cent increase in the Palm Beach County sales tax for infrastructure repair, she said: “Contractors can’t find enough people to work. The trade schools in middle and high school were closed years ago.” The BDB is looking to address this socalled “talent gap” with a newly appointed Academic Leaders Council, headed by the Palm Beach County Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa and the presidents

hiring a new vice president of life sciences. Smallridge said an offer has been made to an individual who is expected to begin work shortly.

Business Development Board President and CEO Kelly Smallridge addresses the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Committee last month. (Photo by Dale King)

of the six area colleges and universities, including Kevin Ross of Lynn University, John Kelly from Florida Atlantic University and Ava Parker from Palm Beach State College. She also noted the BDB has received a $135,000 grant for J.P. Morgan Chase to identify jobs that require more than a high school degree, but not a four-year college diploma. To address the growing demand of jobs in the life science sector, the agency is

Another area with a dearth of trained personnel is the engineering field. She noted that FAU’s College of Engineering has a new dean. “One of her top priorities is to improve the quality and number of students,” said Andrew Duffell, chairman of the Chamber’s Economic Development Committee. Another program that could benefit this sector is the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund, something new to the BDB. “In the first year, it will provide $85 million for public infrastructure and job training projects that support growth and employment in Florida’s diverse industries.” The Business Development Board is a private, not-for-profit corporation designated by the state of Florida and Palm Beach County Commission as the county’s official economic development organization.

UberEATS expands to Boca Raton Staff report UberEATS is available in Boca Raton thanks to a partnership with McDonald’s and McDelivery. You can now order a burger, fries and other McDonald’s menu items from seven locations in Boca Raton. “We are excited to bring a new level of convenience and personal service to our customers in Boca Raton with UberEATS,” said Brent Upchurch, owner/operator of two of the Boca Raton McDonald’s. Upchurch also owns and operates 28 Broward County McDonald’s, where McDelivery on UberEATS has been well-received since its launch in January. “McDelivery on UberEats is a win-win for our custom-

ers. Whether they are home, the office, or somewhere in between, McDelivery provides McDonald’s fans more ways to enjoy their favorite menu items during the day and into the evening and early morning hours.” Customers can place McDonald’s orders on the UberEATS mobile app or on, using the same account they use to take Uber rides to track their order. After choosing a restaurant, consumers can order McDonald’s food on the app, paying with the credit card that’s on file, then track their order as an UberEATS delivery-partner brings their meal directly to them. The full menu at participating McDonald’s restaurants will be available for delivery with the exception of soft serve cones and the McPick2 menu. An UberEATS delivery fee applies to each order.

“With UberEATS, you can get the food you want, where you want it, delivered at Uber speed,” said UberEATS South Florida General Manager J.P. Restrepo. “We’re thrilled to partner with McDonald’s to give fans easy access to their McDonald’s favorites. People in Boca Raton search the UberEATS app often, so we’re excited to expand our reach and deliver what they’ve been craving.”





Delray’s proposed Swinton Commons project to head to commission this month By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor Proposed redevelopment project Swinton Commons is still too big and doesn’t fit into one of the city’s most historic districts, the Delray Beach’s Historic Preservation Board deemed. A revised project was presented by the developer Hudson Holdings to the board recently and the changes weren’t enough to push the city’s history buffs to support the plans. Its plans were unanimously denied after two days of public meetings both spanning several hours. Now, the $140 million project will be appealed to the city commission for a final say this month. The redevelopment plan for nearly 7 acres of land in the city’s Old School Square Historic Arts District involved relocating historic homes, demolishing others, adding places to live, shops, restaurants and offices into the historic homes. The project also proposed adding a combination of residential inn units and hotel rooms. “I think there’s a lot of positives in this project,” board chair John Miller said. “The economic impact is undeniable. The planning and design is exemplary. It activates an empty, vacant, underutilized properties.” But Miller continued that the project ignored many of the city’s rules and the national guidelines when it comes to historic redevelopment. He said the plans remove too many trees, scrapes and entire block clean

A look at the presentation that Hudson Holdings has for Swinton Commons, a proposed redevelopment project.

of its history and disrespects anyone who values the character of the city. “It honestly rewards a property owner or developer who uses demolition by neglect as a negotiating tool,” he said. “It creates a false sense of history. It sets a precedent that if you assemble enough properties or develop a large enough property that the secretary of state’s guidelines and the city’s LDRs do not apply.” Many see it as the link the city needs between east and west. Others see it as a massive development too contrived for a historic district under consideration to be placed on the national registry. Residents voiced opinions on both sides, but ultimately protecting the character of the historic area won and the project was rejected by the board. What caused the most concern for residents and the board was the proposed relocation plan of several historic properties including

the Cathcart House and Rectory building. The plan called for moving the homes twice technically before a stronger foundation would be poured for their new proposed locations. “These houses should remain in their place,” resident Linda Oxford said. “Yes, something needs to happen in this area. This project has come far, but it’s not there yet.” Another concern board members stated was that many of the homes would be located above the underground parking. The board was more supportive of demolishing several homes that are beyond the point of being saved. But in order for the demolitions to happen, the project’s entire plan must be approved before the developer can receive a permit. Even though the board approved parts of the plan, the project was ultimately denied because it needs all approvals to go through before it can move forward with the city’s development process.


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“I want to see this block reactivated,” Miller said. “I am hoping that something can come back to us that we can approve.” Hudson Holdings purchased the property in 2014 for $17.15 million. The purchase included Tom Worrell’s collection of properties including the Sundy House.

Part of Hudson Holdings’ plan for Swinton Commons, a proposed redevelopment project, involves moving historic homes.

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ties, offer well-paying jobs and typically are more affordable than the coastal areas.

estimate range from between 3.75 percent and 4.6 percent. As mortgage rates go up – the guidelines are also tightening. Since June 1, Fannie Mae requires lenders to check borrowers’ credit reports

would transition smoothly from deep red hot recovery to normal--that certainly didn’t happen.” In many areas the prices are close or overcame the previous peak of 2006 and it looks like some Millennials, who did not consider buying a home in the past, are now beginning to enter the market.

again just days before closing. If the buyer took on a new loan or applied for a new credit card, the lender will have to reevaluate the borrower’s  income/debt ratios. This could create a hardship for both parties involved, if the loan will now be denied at the last minute.

Prices will still rise but at a slow rate. Zillow is forecasting the median home value to rise 3.2 percent from $192,500, between Nov. 2016 to Nov. 2017. As home prices continue to rise, more buyers will move to the suburbs to find affordable housing.

What are new homes looking like? Smaller, greener and with high technology, The National Association of Home Builders predicts the homes to be 10 percent smaller than the average new home 5 years ago. Millennial buyers also want a more eco-friendly home with energy-efficient windows and plumbing as well as in walking distance to shops and restaurants.

There is an uncertainty of what the new administration will decide. Rolling back the Dodd Frank Act? Privatizing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? Some investors are supportive and think this will keep the interest rates down – some housing economist fear it would further restrict who can afford to buy a home.

Christel Silver is a full time Broker/Owner of Silver International Realty servicing the East Coast of South Florida. In 1985 she was licensed in Maryland and Washington DC as a Realtor and later as a Certified Residential Appraiser and Associate Broker and has been in Florida since 2001. The National Association of Realtor’s (NAR) President appointed her (2010-2014) as the President’s Liaison to Germany, where she grew up and worked at the Justice Department for 17 years prior to coming to this country. The Germany Real Estate Organization (IVD) has an agreement with the NAR and she is an International member of this organization. Christel is a Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS), and a certified speaker teaching CIPS classes. Ms. Silver served the Florida Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) Chapter as President, as Regional Vice President helping Chapters to grow, and as a member of the Board of Directors for two years. She is currently an ambassador. Fifty percent of her business is in the International arena. For more information visit

By: Christel Silver Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers The homeownership rate in 2016 was the lowest in 50 years, as renting has become the more frequent choice. But soaring rents in recent years have made buying a home much more affordable. Nationally, U.S. renters spend an average of 30 percent of their income on rent, versus just 15 percent of income on mortgage payments. High rents will make the Gen X and Millennials look at home ownership as an alternative this year. Buyers are taking some of their stock gains and investing in real estate. Wages are expected to grow in big cities this year, but the share of homes affordable to someone earning the median income is not. This trend has prevented many first time home buyers over the past few years from becoming homeowners. This will even intensify as we are having a continued shortage in low- to moderate - priced homes. The affordability will get worse. Low inventory of affordable housing will lock many first time buyers out of homeownership. By historic standards our interest rates  are still low. The economic forecast looks at an

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The real estate markets are becoming more global than ever, which is important to those professionals who are dealing with global clients. As most global buyers are paying cash – this creates an additional hurdle especially for first time buyers to compete with prices and loans. Chief economist from Zillow, Svenja Gudell said, “If the expectation was that the market

The government requires the lenders to prepare a good faith estimate of closing costs (GFE). The lenders were giving some time to get used to the new requirement, but now the lenders will face sanctions if their GFE’s are inaccurate. This is a positive development to protect the consumer. predicts Millennials will settle in the Midwest and not at the beach areas. These areas are close to large universi-

So where does this leave you? With prices and interest rates still rising, if you are thinking of buying a home – do not delay! About Christel Silver

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Renting vs. buying: What comes first? By: Karen Laurence Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers The rental situation in South Florida is the worst in the Country. Two thirds of the renters are paying more than 30 percent of their income for just rent, according to The Joint Centers for Housing studies at Harvard University. Some of these figures go as high as 50 percent of their income. South Florida has the highest amount of these plagued renters over the past four years. This is just not sustainable from a quality of life perspective or an economic perspective. This causes a lot of stress, bankruptcy, and foreclosures. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if these were not the figures for the homeowners? More than a third are struggling when it comes to their mortgages and related expenses. 25 percent of the income used to be the rule for a mortgage. This was before the age of electronics. Now a cable bill, with some premium channels, add internet and phone, and it can approach $300 a month. This necessity (to most), additionally having food, car, elect, etc. expenses shows both groups as over-


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extended. The tri-county region has so many homes being rented that is it causing a shortage of inventory for homes to buy. Investors are buying homes that are sometimes in need of repair, fixing them up, and keeping them to produce a regular income. Buy or rent? Cost comparisons on renting vs. buying vary significantly around the country, depending on the local real estate values, and the supply of rental housing. If the supply of houses to rent is small, it can push up the rents to a point where buying is the better move. In South Florida, the difference between the two, what it costs to rent vs what it costs to buy, is not as great as in other areas in the country. Buying instead of renting needs to make sense financially. It is a much longer long term commitment that renting. You must have a down payment, cash reserves (which are used in case you lose your job and have no money coming in), qualify for a mortgage and be prepared to make the repairs and renovations that will be necessary to maintain the value of your home. You lock in your mortgage

rate for a longer period, typically 15 to 30 years, where the rent can rise at the end of the lease. The values of home can fall or rise over time and you run the risk of not getting back every dollar that you invested as a home improvement at the time of sale. Over the years, it takes a lot of appreciation of home value to get back the outlaid costs of closing, buying and selling. When the potential home owner jumps from a rental to a purchase, it will most likely be to save on the rental, which some akin to throwing money out the window, and pay down the mortgage, thus having the cost of living absorbed into the profit when selling the home. They also feel that they are living in a nicer abode than a rental or can renovate to increase the equity in the home. Renting makes sense for those who are required to relocate for their careers. Some career minded individuals will rent their house out and relocate, not wanting to give up their home, unless they are sure that it is a more permanent move. Then there may be the cost of a property manager involved, you still have repairs on the home to make, hence it may be better to rent until you are sure of how long you will be in the new location. Though there are usually a first month and a last month security in renting, it is

usually less than a down payment for a home. When renting, the improvements and changes that you make to a rented property stay with the property. The landlord is usually responsible for repairs to the unit. That is a critical point. The concern you have, after becoming settled and familiar with your surroundings, is that at the next lease signing, the rent will increase, and you may be forced to move. Whether you are buying renting, keep these key points in mind. 1. Do not get more house than you can afford. 2. What are other houses renting for in the area? Could you leave your house, relocate, and still pay the mortgage through the rental? 3. Resist the All American dream of owning a house until you are sure you can afford it. Remember the 25% for housing income rule. For either renting or buying. 4. Be realistic, use a calculator and figure all expenses on the high side in your budget. Karen Laurence is a sales associate with The Keyes Company. She is a Technical Real Estate Instructor, Real Estate Agent and Certified Luxury Agent. 516-5243953.


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Mizner Country Club adding new lifestyle center Staff report Mizner Country Club will be undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation of its poolside complex later this year. The announcement comes after the club recently completed a renovation of its 18-hole golf course that was designed by architect Kipp Schulties. The project will include a two-story stateof-the-art fitness facility complete with dedicated spin and pilates rooms, casual poolside dining with both indoor and

outdoor restaurants, a sports bar, multiple lounging areas and fire pits. Other improvements coming include a new aquatic splash deck for children, a Grab-and-Go Café offering convenience and versatility for quick bites, and an en-

hanced Kids Corner for Mizner’s younger families with an added junior game room for teens. A multi-functional activities room with floor to ceiling windows, an outdoor amphitheater for concerts, and an additional Har-Tru tennis court are among other amenities that will play a part in the transformation of the Club’s current Palazzo area.

“Today’s country clubs are about more than golf,” Larry Savvides, Chief Operating Officer and General Manager said. “They are extensions to members’ homes. This Lifestyle Center will be the central

hub where members and future homeowners can bond with their neighbors and immerse themselves in their own vision of wellness whether that be fitness, relaxation, healthy dining, or quality time with loved ones.” Club president Ron Greenberg said, “The project will add much needed indoor and outdoor social and dining areas for Mizner’s active membership. Increasing casual gathering spaces fortifies a sense of community which has long been part of Mizner’s core values.”



Whole Foods Market 365 to Delray Plaza Staff report Delray Plaza will soon have a Whole Foods Market 365, First Watch and Zoes Kitchen. The new additions are part of Georgia-based commercial real estate development firm, S.J. Collins Enterprises redevelopment plans for the 85,000-square-foot shopping center located at 600 W. Linton Blvd. “The redevelopment of the underutilized Linton International Plaza provides a much-needed and convenient location

for new and healthier grocery and retail shopping options west of Federal Highway,” Mayor Cary Glickstein said. “We appreciate this development team retaining local businesses into what will be a vibrant, neighborhood shopping destination for locals and visitors alike.”

The Whole Foods Market 365 is a more affordable version of Whole Foods. The store will occupy a space formerly utilized as a Palm Beach Gym. The developer is assisting with the relocation efforts for some of the center’s existing tenants.

Pet Supplies Plus, Pollo Tropical and Subway as well as several other shops and offices will remain at Delray Plaza. “We are excited to launch the revitalization efforts at Delray Plaza and truly appreciate the engagement from local officials in the process of the redevelopment of this location,” said Jeff Garrison, partner at S.J. Collins Enterprises. “Whole Foods Market 365, which will provide a new grocery shopping experience centered on making healthy living easy, is a great addition to the neighborhood development, and several other first-to-

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What’s in the real estate market Palm Beach County property values increase The Palm Beach County Property Appraiser’s Office has submitted the preliminary tax roll to the Florida Department of Revenue taxing authorities.Palm Beach County-wide property values have increased 7.34 percent from 2016 to 2017. “The healthy nature of the increase is partially due to new construction growth in residential high-end condominium properties and commercial and industrial development,” said Property Appraiser Dorothy Jacks, CFA, AAS. The total market value totals $251,910,372,483 billion and the total taxable value is $176,846,761,549 billion, according to the property appraiser. The number of parcels totals 636,514 and 332,448 have homestead exemptions. The values are based on the market conditions as of Jan. 1. This is the first of three certifications of value required by law of the Property Appraiser’s Office. A certification occurs in October prior to the mailing of the Nov. 1 tax bill, and a final after all Value Adjustment Board actions are certified. Boca will see a 7.22 percent increase from $21 billion to $22.5 billion and Delray will see a 9.53 percent increase from $8.8 billion to $9.6 billion, according to the report. Whelcel partners helps Boca Regional lease first urgent care center in city With help from Whelchel Partners Real Estate Services, Boca Raton Regional Hospital has leased its first space in Boca Raton for an Urgent Care Center. Located downtown at 10 E. Palmetto Park Road, the space is 3,600-square feet. The hospital operates another urgent care facility in Deerfield Beach at 3313 W. Hillsboro Blvd. The office will offer in-office lab services, on-site digital x-ray, EKG equipment along with trained staff and top physicians to meet the needs of all non-life threatening illnesses. The hospital took out a 10-year-lease on the Boca space, which is located alongside Orange Theory Fitness and R1 Coffee at the retail center on Palmetto Park Road and Dixie Hwy. All three tenants are open for business. Additional renovations are expected to the project including painting, new awnings and signage. Boca Regional’s Urgent Care will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with no appoint-

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Construction on the downtown iPic mo­ vie theater began last month. The project, also known as 4th & 5th Delray, will feature shops, offices and a new 326-space parking garage in addition to the luxury theater. Local firm Butters Construction & Development is the general contractor on the project, which will generate more than 400 temporary construction jobs.

The downtown Delray Beach building known as the “Lisa Building” will soon be rebuilt to resemble an Art Deco style, one story building for retail shops. Located at 47 SE 5th Ave., the project will add a 7,249-square-foot building that will house five retail bays and parking spaces in the back. The building will be located close to the iPic project, which is currently under construction. The Art Deco style was not reminiscent of traditional Art Deco for some commissioners when the project was first presented to the city. So the developer toned down some of the elements, Planning Director for the city Tim Stillings said. Art Deco style is permitted as an architectural style downtown under the city’s design guidelines. “The style is the same,” he said. “It’s Art Deco. But several of the elements were toned down a bit.”


But they weren’t toned down enough for some of the commission. “A lot of people glob stuff on buildings with a few Art Deco elements and call it Art Deco,” Mayor Cary Glickstein said. “It’s one of the most simplistic architectural styles. It’s a throwback style. It is very clean. It is not full of adornments.” Glickstein said the architectural changes weren’t enough for him. Commissioner Shelly Petrolia agreed that the columns on the building didn’t fit in with Art Deco and the downtown. “The architecture is wrong for this space,” Glickstein said. “It’s a poor representation of Art Deco.” The city’s site plan review and appearance board, which discusses the architectural guidelines, supported the project. The rest of the commission supported the project and the developer received the approvals necessary to move forward.

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Ask an expert: About your condo, HOA rules By: Ronald E. D’Anna, Esq. Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers Q. Our condominium membership petitioned the board to pursue an amendment to the Declaration of Condominium.  The board had the amendment language drafted and circulated a proxy to the membership, but the proxy includes witness signature lines.  A number of owners have not submitted a proxy because of the hassle of finding witnesses. Are witnesses required for a proxy? A.B., Boca Raton A.  The applicable statute is section 718.112(2)(b) and provides that “unit owners in a residential condominium may not vote by general proxy, but may vote by limited proxies substantially conforming to a limited proxy form adopted by the division.”  The reference to the division is to the Florida Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares, and Mobile Homes and the proxy adopted by the division does not require witnesses. The form may be obtained by writing the division at 1940 North Monroe Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1030 or may be downloaded at  So, the question comes down to whether a witness requirement by your condominium is “substantial conformance” to the proxy form adopted by the division which does not require witness signatures.  My position is that witnesses are not permissible because it would frustrate the right to vote and signature authenticity is already provided for by using voting certificates. If the condominium is concerned that an individual would forge a proxy, then the condominium should use voting certificates in order to have signatures on file of the respective owners.  Q.  It is common knowledge that our board of directors is pursuing substantial amendments to our HOA documents and that they are drafting and revising the amendments this summer with the intention of voting when the residents return to Naples. Are we entitled to attend these meetings and provide input? C.M., West Palm Beach A. The answer depends on the bylaws and composition of the group drafting the documents.  If a quorum of the board is routinely meeting to discuss the amendments and revisions, then you are entitled to attend and speak on each agenda item. If a quorum of the board is meeting, it is a board meeting even if the purpose is solely to discuss possible amendments and revisions.  If a committee of community members are meeting to discuss

possible amendments and revisions and a quorum of the board is not attending, it depends on whether the association’s bylaws exempt committees from posting notice and holding open meetings. Chapter 720 governing HOAs would not specifically require this type of a committee to hold noticed and open meetings, but your association bylaws may self-impose a requirement that all committees hold noticed and open meetings. Note that the analysis concerning condominium committee meetings is slightly different. In my experience, the initial draft of an amendment should avoid having too many cooks in the kitchen because it can be impossible to propose a completed draft. That being said, most communities will circulate the proposed amendments to the membership well in advance of the vote and possibly hold a town hall meeting or other gathering to seek input and to answer questions.  I have seen many revisions come out of town hall meetings and they can potentially be very helpful. Alternatively, if you are not provided such an opportunity and you oppose the amendments, you would always have the right to vote against the amendments. Ronald E. D’Anna, Esq., is Partner of the Law Firm Goede, Adamczyk, DeBoest & Cross.  Visit or ask questions about your issues for future columns, send your inquiry to: question@gadclaw. com.  The information provided herein is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The publication of this article does not create an attorney-client relationship between the reader and Goede, Adamczyk, DeBoest & Cross, or any of our attorneys. Readers should not act or refrain from acting based upon the information contained in this article without first contacting an attorney, if you have questions about any of the issues raised herein. The hiring of an attorney is a decision that should not be based solely on advertisements or this column.



A Look at Berkeley, GL Homes newest Boca Development What makes Berkeley unique to homebuyers in Boca Raton? Berkeley’s spacious one- and two-story homes enjoy expansive views of serene waterfront and natural preserve sites. This exclusive community offers residents a unique lifestyle that celebrates both luxury and intimacy, all with a prestigious Boca Raton address. Residents are surprised and delighted to discover that every Berkeley home includes a 15’ x 30’ pool with brick paver decking. In addition to spacious floor plans and a variety of luxury features, all 57 single-family Berkeley homes are situated on spacious homesites, providing privacy within a tranquil neighborhood setting. What aspects of the community have you noticed potential buyers gravitating to? Potential buyers are drawn to Berkeley’s prime location in the Boca community. With upscale dining and shopping options, endless entertainment, vibrant nightlife, convenience stores, and top-rated schools just minutes away, Berkeley’s location is second to none. For recreation, homeowners can take advantage of an onsite multi-purpose area and tennis court, or explore Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park, which is just within walk-

ing distance. The 800 acre park is equipped with baseball fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, racquetball/handball courts, a dog park, and a waterpark. What can residents expect when they move into a Berkeley home? A standard of luxury that is guaranteed to impress. Each new home includes a free pool package, impact resistant windows and doors, as well as a gourmet kitchen with stainless-steel appliances, top of the line cabinetry, and the option of either granite or quartz countertops. Each home includes between three to six bedrooms, up to sev-

en baths, and a three- or four-car garage. The high-end options and features are what distinguish Berkeley from so many of the other residential communities in Boca Raton. GL Homes just opened four newly decorated model homes in Berkeley on July 8th for homebuyers to tour. These model homes give potential purchasers a chance to experience the Berkeley lifestyle before the homes are built. For more information, visit GL Home’s website at http://

Mizner 200 sent back to drawing board By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor Plans to redevelop Boca Raton’s Mizner on the Green was kicked back to Coral Springs-based developer El-ad National Properties for around round of revisions. The developer proposes building 384 upscale apartments in three buildings at 200 SE Mizner Blvd., the current location of Mizner on the Green, which consists of 246 townhomes located in 18 three-story buildings. The project once known as “New Mizner on the Green” has seen several iterations since its conception. It first proposed adding 500 condos, which was too large for the city to accept. “I really think this has come a long way

from the first iteration,” Councilman Robert Weinroth said. “I really see this as a project that has come to the point where I would be comfortable supporting it.” But the latest set of changes weren’t enough for the majority of the city council serving as the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency. The board asked for several changes to the nearly nineacre development including adding more space between the buildings and more park space. The developer will have until Aug. 21 to make additional changes before the council votes on the project. “There is going to be a significant redevelopment on this site,” Councilman Jeremy Rodgers said. “This is a tremendous

A rendering of Mizner 200, which is designed by Architecture firm Garcia Stromberg did the redesign of Mizner 200. Submitted photo.

investment in the city. We want to get this project right.” During the six hour hearing, residents

urged the board to send the project back to the developers for revisions. “I like the project, but I wish there were design tweaks,” resident Peter Baranoff said. “You need to kick this one back.”



Realtors’ group gives back with fundraising event 9:30 p.m. at 3682 NW 52nd Street in Boca Raton’s Woodfield Country Club.

Staff report The Realtors® Association of the Palm Beaches Young Professionals Network will host the 5th Annual White Attire Fundraiser on Friday, August 11, from 6:30 p.m. to

The estate is listed at $29,950,000. Guests dressed in white cocktail attire will enjoy music, a Chinese auction, passed

all to benefit a few great causes.”

gourmet hors d’oeuvres and an open bar. “We expect more than 400 attendees at this highly anticipated event,” said Alexandra Hall, Young Professionals Committee Chairman. “Guests will have the opportunity to mix and mingle in a very unique on-the-market estate

All proceeds will benefit the Realtors® Helping Realtors® Pay It Forward Foundation and Rebuilding Together. Tickets, available at cost $75. The event is open to Realtors® and affiliate members of RAPB and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Realtors®.


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Fidget spinners: tool or toy? By: Ali Kaufman, founder & CEO, Space of Mind Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers On vacation last month, I was walking downtown with my friends and their three kids, all of fidget-spinner-age. We went into a few shops that sold fidget spinners and got to talking. It seemed the kids already knew what every parent, educator and, well, anyone, knows: Fidget spinners are a distracting toy and not a focusing tool. However, fidget spinners have started an important conversation about focus and movement, and parents and educators are paying attention. The basics: Think of the brain as swiss cheese with three holes. One hole is for visual information, another is for verbal and the third is for information processed with motion, kinesthetically. When we’re paying attention to something verbally (ie: a teacher teaching a lesson), there are two other holes in the brain that need to be filled, so we go looking for distractions. All of a sudden, there’s something interesting to look at out the window or you

start tapping out your favorite song in finger beats on the desk. Enter: the fidget spinner. It’s a toy, disguised as a tool, and teachers are banning them from classrooms everywhere, so don’t expect to see it on the school supply list this fall. Motion and focus do work together, though, and movement is key to staying engaged, as long as the eyes and ears don’t get distracted, as well. That’s where the fidget spinner goes awry- eyes, ears and body are focused on the wrong thing. Here are a couple of non-trendy, proven tools for finding calm with self-contained movement in the classroom, during homework time at the kitchen table (or anywhere, really): Fingertips are the original fidget spinners. Our nerve endings come to our fingertips, so when you want to find focus, rub your fingertips together or run them along your pant-leg or another surface. It’s basically the equivalent of mom rubbing your back to keep you calm, cool and collected. Choreograph a ‘Desk Dance.’ If you have to sit, keep your feet moving. Your eyes and ears will end up working better.

Don’t sit. Get a standing or cycling desk to keep your entire body engaged in the learning process. For bonus focus: stand on a balance board and wake up the base of your brainstem. Move and groove to some tunes. Background music provides a rhythm to work to. It also helps create built-in breaks. A little trick: Create a playlist of a five songs in one genre, which should come out to about 15-20 minutes. Then throw in a song from a totally new genre. When it comes on, take a break; when it’s over, get back to work. Meditation. Ironically, the best way to lose the wiggles is to actually be still! Teaching a child to meditate and encouraging daily practice will reduce distractions overall, as well as strengthening the frontal lobe’s ability to defend itself when there’s something more interesting over there.

Palm Beach County school updates Thank a teacher this year

the next decade, and has identified more than $1.3 billion in projects at all District-operated schools.

The School District of Palm Beach County is celebrating teachers for the world they do with its Thank-a-Teacher Campaign. The campaign will run through the 20172018 school year. Students can download a template to create a special message to a teacher. Community members can send a special thank you message, pictures and gracious messages can be shared on social media using the hashtag #ThankaTeacherPBC and local businesses can also show their appreciation by providing specials, offers, discounts and services to teachers throughout the year. “Our teachers are heroes to so many, and deserve to be honored every day,” Superintendent Robert Avossa said. “We hope the Thank-a-Teacher campaign will encourage businesses and organizations throughout Palm Beach County to step up and thank a teacher, whether through sponsoring an event at one of our schools, or becoming a District business partner.”

Your child many be picked up for school in one of the 78 new school buses that were purchased thanks to proceeds from the penny sales tax that was recently approved by voters. The buses will be ready to go for the first day of school on Aug. 14. They are air conditioned, have seatbelt and video cameras. About half of the new buses will be able to hold more than five wheelchairs, an increase from older buses. They will also be able to lift and lower wheelchairs totaling 1,000 pounds, which is an increase.

Visit the Thank-a-Teacher Campaign website at ThankATeacher. 

School district officials hope to replace all of the buses if there is enough money generated from the tax. The penny tax is expected to generate approximately $2.7 billion over the next 10 years.

New school buses to hit the road this school year

The School District will receive half of the sales tax revenue collected during

This summer, sales tax money has been used on several other local school improvement projects including placing a new roof on Carver Middle School, a paving project at Del Prado Elementary and weatherproofing and water intrusion prevention at Eagles Landing Middle School. To learn more about how sales tax money will be spent in Palm Beach County schools, visit www.palmbeachschools. org/referendum2016. School grades see bump up Thirty schools operated by the School District of Palm Beach County improved by at least one letter grade, according to the school district. Student performance on the Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) provides the foundation for state grades, based on a school grading system adopted by the State Board of Education. A total of 63 district-operated schools earned A’s from the state and 35 schools earned B’s, which equals 61 percent of traditional schools in Palm Beach County. No district-operated school received

an F this year, and only eight district-operated schools received a D. Several Boca and Delray schools improved from a B to an A: Banyan Creek Elementary School, Boca Raton Community Middle School, Hammock Pointe Elementary School, Olympic Heights Community High School and Sandpiper Shores Elementary School. The School District of Palm Beach County received a B for the 2016-2017 school year. “We are very proud of our students, teachers and administrators for making Palm Beach County schools the highest performing large, urban school district in the state. We have the highest percentage of A and B rated schools in several years and no F-rated schools,” said Dr. David Christiansen, Deputy Superintendent/ Chief of Schools for the School District of Palm Beach County. “This is a testament that our school district is delivering results aligned to our mission to provide a world-class education with equity and access for all students.”



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I think I’ve kind of painted myself in a corner with my girlfriend. Her birthday is coming up and I really haven’t made any special plans. I think I’ve screwed up because we found out that a friend of ours is throwing a big party for her husband a week before my girlfriend’s birthday, and my response was, “That’s pretty stupid, we aren’t kids anymore why are people still having birthday parties for themselves?” It went on from there but you get

the idea. I believe what I said, I mean we are all in our mid-thirties, but my girlfriend reacted poorly. She said the party is just for everyone to have some fun so what’s the big deal? She seemed taken aback that I hated this birthday thing. I’ve only made a dinner reservation for us and didn’t really involve anyone else or plan anything else for her birthday so I’m worried I screwed up but I still think it’s dumb. First off, who is right here about birthdays? Second, if I’m wrong, what should I do to try and prevent the im-

pending disaster? Since you’ve realized that you are likely cruising for a bruising by not making bigger plans, logic dictates that you are in the wrong here, yes? Not every person wants birthday parties, a dinner for two is great for some people, and there are folks that don’t acknowledge their birthdays at all. All are fine but you’ve chosen to be with someone that enjoys parties and doesn’t have a problem having a get together with friends. You have to accept the person you are with or end it. To your first question, which of us is right regarding birthdays, there isn’t a correct answer. Birthday parties are a subjective issue. There is no right or wrong, only people living their lives. I’m probably more in your girlfriend’s camp, what’s the big deal here? They are having a goof off, who cares the reason? No one appears to be acting like a birthday monster here. That doesn’t invalidate your opinion. You are free to like and dislike anything you want. I get it, we alls grows ups now, we aren’t children anymore, but remember that we aren’t talking about your birthday, we are talking about hers. If she was planning a large birthday for you, complete with a clown and some mini horses, and you expressed that you weren’t desirous of such shenanigans but she went forward with the funnel cakes anyway, then

she’d be in the wrong. You can choose what you like. But this isn’t the case. You are planning an evening for the woman you are romancing that is very likely to end in disappointment or boredom. You say so in your question. The birthday is the easier fix, invite some friends out, get her a cake, do some nice unexpected birthday stuff for her because she seems to enjoy that. Take her somewhere new and make an effort. Validate her and make her feel more confident that she is compatible with you. That is the simple start. If you can’t bear that, then you need to reassess the relationship. The bigger problem is your belief that your personal opinions on a subjective matter seem to be more correct or matter more than her opinions. You need to begin to do a better job listening, understanding and treating her with respect. Keep your opinions but learn to respect hers as well. Sacrifice is necessary to keep you both happy. Give and take is critical to a successful relationship, and if you don’t start listening to her rather than telling her, you won’t have a girlfriend to worry about much longer. All the ice cream cakes and bounce houses South Florida, all of them, just send your questions to thenjackhappened@gmail. com

Steps municipalities, associations should take to protect residents from Zika virus By: Brian & Stuart Fischer, Presidents, Lake and Wetland Management, Delray Beach Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers

sider staying indoors during twilight when insects tend to swarm. Also, seek the protection of screened-in patios.

Florida residents are accustomed to what seems to be a never-ending battle to eliminate pesky mosquitoes and midges that make simply sitting outside a challenge.

• Bromeliads grown in tight, cylindrical formations, allowing water to pool. Miami-Dade County and Miami Beach have removed them from all government properties. Residents have been encouraged to do likewise.

We learned last year that mosquitoes are much more than an inconvenience. With the recent heavy rains, the Zika virus could possibly loom again as a health crisis. Recent reports that is the case. Strategies involve much more than swatting mosquitoes, burning specialized candles, and having cans of spray handy. Eliminating mosquitos and midges must now involve much more than using these band-aids. Government officials, homeowners and condominium association boards, and golf course maintenance professionals must look at a variety of sophisticated initiatives. Some involve altering our natural habits in efforts to prevent our residents from suffering severe illnesses that result from mosquito bites. These efforts must be a priority for those charged with managing lakes and waterways that can become breeding grounds for these mosquitos and midges. We are warned to eliminate “standing water” as a first step toward controlling the

mosquito population. Most people regard standing water as puddles or flooded swales. Keep in mind that many waterways in Florida fall into this category. They were created as “retention ponds” to collect water and prevent flooding from heavy rainfall. These bodies of water do not flow naturally and are the perfect environments for breeding mosquitos. They have a specific function in addition to providing beautiful views from our backyards. Today, however, there is a growing concern among association boards on ways to control the mosquito and midge population. While there is no way to completely eliminate disease-carrying insects, there are effective ways to mitigate the risk. The following are several strategies boards of directors should consider: • Install aeration systems/fountains in lakes and waterways that keep water moving, creating an unhospitable environment for hatching. • Associations should inquire about liquid and pellet slow-release insecticides. • Once a week, empty and scrub, turn over, cover, or throw out items that hold water,

such as tires, buckets, planters, toys, pools, birdbaths, flowerpots, or trash containers. Check inside and outside your home. Mosquitoes lay eggs near water. • Some communities and municipalities are stocking waterways with the mosquito-eating fish gambusia. • There is also evidence that genetically modified mosquitos can be effective. Congress is currently considering granting an emergency license to a British company which has engineered a line of insects whose offspring are unable to grow to adulthood, and, therefore can’t reproduce. Boards of directors should monitor progress on this initiative. • It is also important to continually have professionals monitor waterways and shorelines to identify hatching larvae. • While we can’t avoid being outside, con-

Florida is faced with a potential public health crisis. The risks can’t be completely eliminated. Many municipalities and associations should be applauded as proactive in taking these steps that will ultimately protect citizens and community residents. Stuart Fischer and Brian Fischer are Presidents of Lake and Wetland Management, Inc. ( Founded in 1992, Lake and Wetland Management is a full service environmental resource management company based in Delray Beach. Its State-certified, trained biologists have been providing environmental services for waterways, wetland management, lake management and natural areas throughout Florida, leading the industry of environmental services. The firm works closely with many government agencies, builders, developers, property managers and homeowner’s associations. Lake and Wetland Management has 11 offices throughout the state.



‘New Yorker’ giant milkshake-cheesecake mashup added to Junior’s menu in Boca By: Dale King Contributing Writer Junior’s Restaurant and Bakery at 409 Plaza Real in Boca Raton’s Mizner Park has just added “The New Yorker,” a Gotham-sized milkshake/cheesecake combo, to its menu. “The New Yorker” is a strawberry shake rimmed with vanilla frosting and graham crackers and topped with an entire slice of Junior’s strawberry cheesecake and whipped cream. The shareable shake is available for $15.95. “This is such a fun way to bring a little slice of New York to our home in Boca Raton,” said Alan Rosen, president of Junior’s.  The third-generation owner brought Junior’s to Boca in 2016 because his father, Walter, son of founder, Harry, owned a home in Delray Beach that Alan frequented. “Boca is like a sixth borough of New York, so where else should Junior’s be than where everybody knows us?” Alan asked. Harry Rosen opened the Enduro Restaurant/Nightclub in Brooklyn in 1929. In

the late ‘40s, he replaced it with “a new palace of a restaurant” and called it Junior’s, for his two sons, Marvin and Walter. When Junior’s came to Mizner Park, it didn’t take long for Boca to discover its vintage ‘50s setting, classic tunes, orange décor and a mural that serves as an ode to Ebbets Field, former home of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Diners who visit Junior’s get a complimentary setup of cole slaw, pickles and beets while they pore over the menu. Patrons can order classic favorites, from matzoh ball soup to a Reuben sandwich. The restaurant crew also whips up chicken parmigiana, barbecued baby back ribs, Hungarian beef goulash, sirloin steak and fish and chips, among other delicacies. Rosen acknowledges more than 200 menu items. Chef Steven Gertner’s new pastramismoked salmon salad is a must. As for Rosen, cheese blintzes are a tasty route to take. Junior’s is promoting its breakfast

Boca Raton’s dining staples By: Shaina Wizov Contributing Writer

Boca Raton may be known for its gorgeous oceanfront properties along A1A, the occasional celebrity sighting, and plastic surgery, but there’s more to this little beachside suburb — and that comes in the way of food and drink. There are plenty of staples that have been serving customers consistently good meals for years, that haven’t fell into the awful employee turnover trap that all-consumes so many restaurants that open in this area, and that continue to delight us with the classics despite so many hot new trends on the market. Let’s start with one in particular — Uncle Tai’s Hunan Cuisine. Tucked away in Boca Center, this is where you can find upscale Chinese food and impeccable service in a quiet, intimate atmosphere. This is no Chinese buffet; this is fine dining. The prices may be a bit hefty when

menu, with specialties including French toast, Rosen’s fave, cheese blintzes with strawberry sauce and smoked salmon benedict, to name a few.

you’re ordering a la carte, but the portions are large enough to share among friends or have for leftovers. They do also offer a Sunset Menu, available from 5-6:15 p.m. where entrees come with choice of egg roll or chicken skewer, choice of vegetable soup, wonton soup or salad, and ice cream or cheesecake for dessert. Entree prices range from $15.25-$18.95. Uncle Tai, regarded as the high priest of Hunan cooking, started this family operation back in 1979 with his first restaurant in Houston, TX. He opened the Boca location in 1987 and it has been serving locals some of the finest in Oriental cuisine. The menu offers something for everyone, whether you’re vegetarian, Pescatarian or a diehard meat-eater. While some of the dishes are very traditional and straight-forward, like General Tso’s Chicken or Beef and Broccoli, there are a lot of nontraditional dishes that may pleasantly surprise the palate of someone who may not normally veer out of the norm. Take the Edamame Lettuce Wraps, an appetizer that is perfect for sharing. Two large lettuce leaves are filled with a mixture of sauteed edamame and small-diced vegetables packed with all the flavors you’d expect from classic Oriental cooking. It’s messy to pick up and eat, so it might not be the best thing

Other draws at Junior’s include:

Customer Jill Pavlov enjoyed a mouthwatering “Something Different” sandwich – and loved it. “Where else can you get brisket on top of two potato pancakes?” she said. “The sandwich is so unbelievably epic. Here, you go big or you go home.” Her friend, Steve McBrayer, commented: “This is not your grandpa’s New York deli.”

• Happy Hour from 3-7 daily; half off all cocktails, including premium liquor brands, and half off all appetizers. • Mondays are “Most Fabulous Wine & Dine” with wine by the bottle at 50 percent off with the purchase of an entrée. • Tuesday is ‘Most Fabulous Burger Night’ when the original 10-ounce steak burger is just $7. • Friday nights are “Party on the Patio” featuring a DJ from 8 to closing.

Most patrons stop at the bakery for a taste of one of Junior’s award-winning cheesecakes, available by the cake or slice.

Takeout is also available. For information, call 561-672-7301 or visit

to order on a first-date, but it is definitely a must-have on date No. 2.

After you’ve gone out for a nice night of good-quality Chinese, plan your next Boca Raton dinners around these other local favorites that have built their reputations on keeping guests happy through out the years.

Uncle Tai’s offers a bevy of specialities, including their most popular Crispy Beef, and for seafood lovers, the Jumbo Shrimp and Scallops served Szechuan style are a winner. You can let your server know just how spicy you’d like your dish and they’ll be happy to oblige. Even the most spicy dish won’t be that spicy (unless you ask for it); this is Boca, after all. Vegetarians will jump for joy when they see the variety of veggie dishes available. Things like eggplant sauteed in a slightly spicy garlic sauce and mixed with bell peppers, sauteed cabbage with hot pepper sauce, and sauteed vegetables mixed with tofu. The options are endless, and everything seems to please customers. They must be doing something right — they’ve been here for 30 years. Uncle Tai’s is open daily for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and dinner from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (10:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays).

The Tin Muffin: First things first, check out the bathroom as soon as you get there. It’s so well known, it should be its own entity. You’ll love anything you order — but make sure to get a glass of the homemade iced tea. The Tin Muffin is open from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Tom Sawyer: This is the place to go for breakfast. They’ve been in Boca for 32 years and according to their website, have served over 62,000 people, won 24 awards and have 105 dish varieties on their menu. Tom Sawyer is open daily for breakfast from 7:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for lunch. V and S Deli: This deli was established in 1985 and is known for its authentic, justlike-Grandma-makes it Italian eats. Subs, salads, and Italian staples like eggplant parmesan, lasagna, and sausage and peppers; it’s a little taste of Italy right here in Boca. They cater too! V and S is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. They also offer free delivery Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.



Louie Bossi: From salumi to antipasti, dry-aged meats to cannoli’s, regions of Italian Cuisine in Boca Raton By: David DiPino Contributing Writer From the expansive outdoor patio seating to the ambiance of its long-legged bar and warm toned comfortable indoor dining enclaves to the eye-appealing finest meats dry-aging in the line of sight to the tastiest Italian dishes and oh so much salumi, Louie Bossi’s is enorme. Located on the first floor of Boca Raton’s first downtown hotel, the Hyatt Place, this rendition of Louie Bossi’s has everything you’d find in La Cuciana Italiana, virtually a taste of every region of Italy’s fantastic cuisines. Some of the true finds are on the special menu. If staying on the worn track is the style preferred, try the wine on tap in signature Louie Bossi’s glasses and the Speciale Del Giorno or daily specials. Everyone dining at Louie Bossi’s should try the Rapini E’Nduja, Second Place in the 2016 World Pizza Championship featuring spicy spreadable salami, fior di latte, rapini and stracciatella. This is the most unique, flavorful pizza, outside of the boot, Italy, I have ever tasted. As for those daily specials, once again they pair fantastically with the wine on tap, on Monday it’s a nice Eggplant all Parmigiana $19 which my wife thoroughly enjoyed with a Classic Caesar Salad $10.50, I’ll be back for the Brooklyn Caesar with pancetta, poached egg and Tuscan kale, on Tuesday the taste buds will be singing karaoke with the Gnocchi Sorrentino $19, on Wednesday it’s the Louie Bossi’s Lasagne $19, Thursday is the Veal Chop Alla Parmi-

Octopus salad special at Louie Bossi’s. Photo by: David DiPino

giana special $42 and Friday it’s seafood with Lobster Fra Diavolo $37, Saturday it’s steak and pasta with a seven ounce Filetto Con Tortellini $33 and Sunday the famous Chicken Alla Parmigiana $19. On Monday’s, from 4 p.m. to close, there’s also half priced Martini’s and $2.50 Meatball Sliders, every Wednesday is a Roman Holiday with half-priced bottles of wines up to $99 with purchase of an entrée, and everyday 4-7 p.m. Happy Hour features $2 off drinks and halfpriced pizzas at the bar only. If you prefer, every wine at Louie Bossi’s can be enjoyed in a traditional Italian juice glass. Vino on tap includes Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Nero D’Avola (Red) and Pinot Noir ranging in price for a six-ounce $7-$8 and nine-ounce quartino $10-$11.50. My expectations were blown away here, how a wine on tap could be appealing? Well it is! I thought for the price it was a wine I’d

Bronzini fish special at Louie Bossi’s. Photo by: David DiPino

find in wine spectator rather than on tap. Appetizers range from Marcona Almonds roasted with sea salt $5.50 and Garlic Bread Classico with Ricotta $6. The Antipasti menu includes 14 selections, there’s a Bruschetta portion of the menu, Long Pasta, Short Pasta menus, steak, chicken and fish specials. Try the Ferrazzoli a frutti di mare selection piled high with mussels, clams, shrimp, calamari and swimming in San Marzano sauce for $29. The Meatballs splashed in that delightful tang of San Marzano tomato sauce is outstanding at just $11.50 and the Carpaccio consisting of crusted thin raw beef, arugula, parmigiano reggiano for $14.50 is unique. From the wood-burning grill try the Salsicce with Italian sausage, Peperonata, San Marzano sauce and fingerling potatoes, grilled lamb chops, chili oil, aioli, the free range chicken, lemon, garlic or hand selected dry aged steaks in house

Meats dry-aging while they wait to become salumi at Louie Bossi’s. Photo by: David DiPino

served bone-in with roasted garlic and rosemary, or available in a ribeye cut. At Louie Bossi’s there’s an additional daily menu which has some amazingly inventive Italian delights like Bronzini and their version of an Octopus Salad. Tenero! The homemade tiramisu and canolli’s are absolutely fare la figura del cioccolataio! (Noveau riche!) For more information visit: or call 561-336-6699. Louie Bossi’s is located at 100 E. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton, 33432.

Monday night Eggplant Parmigiana special at Louie Bossi’s. Photo by: David DiPino

Meet the new Micra: Not your grandfather’s pacemaker [FROM PG 2] The absence of a lead makes it less susceptible to infections, have less risk of deflating a lung during implant, and helps preserve venous access for other eventual needs — catheters, fístulas for hemodialysis, etc.

Recovery time is also abbreviated as there are no cuts (incision) or sutures to heal from. The battery of the Micra is remarkably compact, yet with an expected performance and longevity similar to the conventional, much larger device, of about 10 years. 7. What happens when the Micra runs out of battery? Another Micra can be placed by the existent one. These devices are not meant to be removed over time. Alternatively, if needed, a conventional system can also be im-


There are just over 6,000 Micra implants worldwide.

8. What are the potential risks/complications of the procedure?

10. Your name Kloosterman, is that of Dutch decent? How long have you been practicing in the U.S. List training, schooling, etc.

The Micra implant is safe with low risk of any major complications. Like any other interventional procedure that deals with wires in the heart and blood thinners, however, it does have a risk of bleeding affecting the heart wall or blood vessels. The pre-clinical study showed no reported dislodgments. 9. The Micra representative I saw in the hospital said it has been in use in Europe and globally. How long? The clinical experience study was a worldwide study (19 countries and 56 sites), which started in November 2013.

Kloosterman is of Dutch decent from the many Europeans who immigrated to Argentina, where I was born. I did medical school at the University of Buenos Aires and continued all my post- graduate studies at the University of Miami (Internal Medicine, Cardiology and Electrophysiology fellowships). As an ‘electrician of the heart,’ I am a partner in a dedicated cardiac arrhythmia private practice and in the Boca area over 15 years. Over the past years, I have served as director of the Lynn Heart and Vascular Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital and affiliated assistant professor at FAU.



Society Scene

Kaufman Lynn Construction team members with their dogs on Take Your Dog to Work Day. Submitted photo.

Nic Desiato, CFO, Rosemurgy Properties; Alex Rosemurgy, CEO Rosemurgy Properties and Managing Partner, Park Partners Residential; Bryan Calatka, Council Member, Town of Davie; Sukrit Agrawal, CoFounder and Managing Partner, FSG Holdings; Rick Giles, CEO, Giles Capital Group and Managing Partner, Park Partners Residential attend a ribbon cutting for their new project. Submitted photo.

Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce trustee member Sophia Eccleston was recognized as a Hometown Hero during West Palm Beach’s Fourth of July celebration. West Palm Beach Mayor Muoio and Sophia Eccleston. Courtesy of the City of West Palm Beach.

Harry Drier, Lake Park Food Pantry; Jana Torvia, RAPB Affiliate and Central/South Community Outreach Chair; and Jack Porrata, RAPB Realtor and Central/South Community Outreach Vice Chair at the “Spread the Love” campaign. Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches donated items to the food pantry. Submitted photo.

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Kaufman Lynn Construction associates Nikki Fortugno, Melissa Parker, Kathleen Bernard and Hillary Kaufman drop-off a portion of pet donations and supplies made through its “Take Your Dog to Work Day” community initiative at Tri-County Animal Rescue. Submitted photo.

Kim Champion, Rania Jawde, Elke Schmidt and Helen Babione during the installation of officers for the Soroptimist International, Boca Raton/Deerfield Beach Chapter at Boca’s Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Photo by Barbara McCormick.


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Co-founder of Caldwell Theatre Company in Boca dies at 77 By: Dale King Contributing Writer The man who co-founded the Caldwell Theatre Company in Boca Raton, and who was its artistic director from its inception in 1975 to his retirement in 2009, has passed away. Michael Hall was 77 years old when he died on June 15 of complications from pancreatic cancer, according to his obituary. The Caldwell, a theater named after the founder of the Rubbermaid Co., James R. Caldwell, operated in four different locations during its nearly 40 years of operation. The theater came into being in an auditorium at the College of Boca Raton (now Lynn University), but later moved into the Boca Raton Mall. As the mall was about to be razed, Caldwell moved into the Levitz Plaza

Boca West Foundation awards record amount to charities Staff report Boca West Foundation has awarded a record $1.45 million to 25 local children’s charities this year Major donations included the Boys & Girls Club of Palm Beach County, which received $108,590; Boca Helping Hands--$100,700; Caridad Center -- $130,700; Florence Fuller Child Development Center -- $115,675; Viner Community Scholars Foundation--$100,350 and Sweet Dream Makers —$85,000. Other recipients included Boca Raton Children’s Museum, Florida Atlantic University TOPS Summer Band Camp, Gift of Life Bone Marrow Registry, Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options, JAFCO Children’s Ability Center, Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, SCOPE, SOS Children’s Village, Unicorn Village Academy, Wayne Barton, Youth Activity Center, Place of Hope, Nat King Cole Generation Hope, KidSafe, American Association of Caregiving Youth, Junior League of Boca Raton, Rotary Club and Police Athletic League of Boca Raton. Since its inception in 2010, the Foundation has raised $4.8 million dollars for local charities.

strip mall on North Federal Highway near the Delray Beach line. A developer planned to tear down the plaza and create a planned unit development to be known as North Boca Village, with a new Caldwell Theatre just north of the site. While the village plan was scrapped when the economy soured in the early 2000s, the new theater was constructed. With the help of philanthropist Henrietta, Countess de Hoernle, who donated $1 million for construction of a new building on a small lot north of Levitz Plaza, the Caldwell finally had a playhouse of its own. The Countess named the venue after her late husband, Count Adolph de Hoernle. Hall retired that year and was honored with a sumptuous party in the lobby of the new building. The Caldwell continued to operate for another three years

until the mortgage holder foreclosed. Costume World owner Marilynn Wick acquired the building, renovated it and created a costume museum, theater and restaurant there after extensive reconstruction. She continues to operate the venue, presenting mainly musicals and specialty shows. Hall, a prolific director, joined with Frank Bennett to open the Caldwell. Hall quickly gained a public identity for the new theatrical location by presenting a series of dramas, comedies and musicals along with occasional new works. Mr. Hall is survived by a number of cousins and a large circle of friends and artists who performed at the Caldwell. In keeping with his wishes, no services were held. Anyone desiring to make a donation in his memory may do so to a

local theater, museum, library or other arts-related organization.

Dancers to ‘battle’ in 10th annual fundraiser to benefit Snow Scholarships By: Dale King Ladies and gentlemen, get ready to rumba. Or cha-cha, or fox trot, or quick step, or whatever formulaic dance steps suit your fancy. The 10th annual “Boca’s Ballroom Battle” takes place Friday, Aug. 18, 6-10 p.m. at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. The event is patterned after the popular ABC TV program, “Dancing with the Stars,” and is a fundraiser for the George Snow Scholarship Fund. Eight of the community’s most generous – and most recognizable -- people will take to the dance floor that night to raise cash for the George Snow Scholarship Fund. Not only that, the dancer who collects the most money will receive the coveted Mirror Ball trophy. The community leaders will be paired with professional dancers from the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Boca Raton. For the past few weeks, the would-be champs have been getting their legs, feet and ankles in shape by taking a series of dance lessons at the studio to perfect their routines. The Ballroom Battle, part of Boca Festival Days sponsored by the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce, will fill the Great Hall at the Resort with friends, fans, co-workers and families of the dance competitors, all intent on cheering them to victory. Some participants have already held parties and get-togethers to raise spirits in advance of the competition. At Saks Fifth Avenue, employees are rooting for the store’s vice president and general manager, Heather Shaw, by signing their names and writing special messages on a white Rolls Bentley. Not to worry, the car is covered with a plastic covering so the paint won’t be marred. Shaw will be one of the eight community leaders stepping to the dance floor the night of Aug. 18. Others are: • Jim Dunn, vice president and general manager of JM Lexus.

Employees of Saks Fifth Avenue in Town Center mall are signing this white Rolls Bentley to root for Heather Shaw, their vice president and general manager, who is one of the eight competitive dancers in the “Boca Ballroom Battle.” (Photo by Dale King)

• Terry Fedele, a registered nurse, retired hospital executive and community leader. She is also married to Boca Raton Regional Hospital CEO Jerry Fedele. • Lisa Kornstein Kaufman, founder and creative director of Scout & Molly’s. • Derek Morrell, proprietor of Ouzo Bay. • Logan Skees, director of business development for Trainerspace. • Elizabeth Murdoch Titcomb, principle and founder of Iolite Creative. • John C. Tolbert, president and managing director of the Boca Raton Resort & Club. For information or tickets, contact Debi Feiler at 561-347-6799 or email


Summer in Boca By: Councilman Robert Weinroth Special to the Boca Newspaper Year-round residents have always known the secret of summers in South Florida. After the snowbirds’ migration north, leaving the year round residents to heave a collective sigh of relief, the pace of life slowed, reservations for local restaurants were unnecessary and traffic moved through town more smoothly. The fallacy perpetrated on those departing residents was life in South Florida during the summer was unbearable. Truth be told, the temperatures in the northeast often exceeded those reported here and our homes, schools and recreational amenities were designed for summer whereas people living in the northeast were not as well prepared to withstand the regular heat wave. There was a very clear downshift in activ-

ity. An abundant calendar of social activities was replaced by finding ways to endure the humidity, afternoon rains and the occasional tropical storm. Much has changed over the past twenty years. Vehicle transporters still can be seen in March and April but there a fewer and they are generally congregating around the retirement communities. Boca Raton has evolved into a year-round city with young families raising and educating their children in a nurturing environment which does not go into hibernation until the “snowbirds” flock back in the fall. There are many planned events during the summer to supplement the family activities available on over 300 acres of public recre-

ation land in the city. The city’s 2017 edition of “Summer in the City,” continues this month with a tribute to Fleetwood Mack on Friday August 4th and a tribute to Bob Marley on Friday April 11th. Both free concerts will be held at the Mizner Park Amphitheater at 8PM followed by The Symphonia’s performance of the music from A Space Odyssey on Saturday August 12th at 8PM. Throughout the month of August, the Boca Chamber Festival Day events offer a number of events designed to raise money for many of its non-profit members. In 2016 over $500,000 was raised during BSFD. This year, the first event actually occurs on July 29th with Bell Rock Capital and Spirit of Giving partnering to provide 4,000 at risk children with school supplies to ensure they have the tools to succeed. The event will be held at the Village Academy Center (400 SW 12th Ave Del-

Notes from Boca’s Town Halls By: Councilman Scott Singer Special to the Boca Newspaper This month’s column takes a look at what Boca residents have been discussing during three recent public forms – one I held as part of my ongoing outreach, and two organized by the City of Boca Raton on our downtown campus and waterfront parks. Several weeks ago, I held the latest installment of my town hall series, Coffee & Conversation. To see more than 80 neighbors coming out on an ordinary Tuesday evening in the height of summer to talk about city issues is very gratifying – both as the people’s representative and as a resident. Greater partnership with and participation by the community remains one the goals I have for my regular series of town hall meetings, the first by a council member in many years. This latest edition also featured about one-third first-time attendees, including more younger residents, and a broader variety of topics than usual – all of which are strong signs of healthy citizen engagement. In particular, residents had some thoughts and questions about long-term planning and some pending projects. As expected, many neighbors asked about the proposed purchase of the Ocean Breeze golf course at Boca Teeca by the Greater Boca Raton Beach & Parks District. We at the city have a number of questions too, and have been asking the District for months to provide more information on its plans concerning the golf course acquisition and redevelopment. As of press time, a number of those answers had not been received, but we keep up the requests. Residents also inquired about the possible sale of the city’s municipal golf course, for which three offers exceeding $73 million have been received, and which has been moving apace with the District’s deal. Attendees also shared thoughts about varied topics such as support for education, new plans to help revitalize neighborhoods (like

zoning for home-based professional offices), environmental planning, and downtown shuttles, to go along with more frequent topics of development, traffic, and taxes. Earlier in June, the city held the first of its public outreach meetings to help develop a long range plan for our downtown city campus, which includes city hall, the community center, police headquarters, code enforcement/planning building, playing fields, tennis courts, and Children’s Museum. The open-house style meeting had about 70 residents – most of whom lived in or near downtown – offer informal feedback on some possible future uses. Residents expressed widespread support for a parking garage downtown, which would likely be echoed by neighbors who live in central and western parts of the city and would like greater parking in our downtown. The attendees also offered their feedback on different options for community center facilities, a possible open pavilion and public square, and a venue for performing arts. Boca families were very pleased with the variety of classes and programs the city offers and generally want to see them continue in whatever new space is created. The third of the recent public meetings was the city’s waterfront consultants’ presentation of some new visions for the waterfront. This meeting attracted about 120 attendees, and nearly as many as a Waterfront Visioning Session I hosted last year with a group of architects and residents who volunteered to develop the program. The consultants, led by planning firm EDSA, presented some innovative and far-reaching concepts for more than a dozen parks, which incorporated ideas from a prior public input session. These concepts will be evaluated by staff and presented again for more resident feedback.


We should think of them as more of a preliminary wish list than a concrete plan, but I eagerly look forward to firming up these ideas to create new waterfront amenities and park space that will last for generations. While the city continues to refine further visions for the waterfront, we have gotten a jump on several major improvements to our parcels on the water. In 2015, the City Council approved the expansion of Hillsboro El Rio park and the remediation of a former garbage dump site. (Can you believe that well into the 1950s, our then-smaller city was dumping trash on canal-fronting land just west of Dixie Highway!) Last year, we approved plans to add two double boat ramps, boat trailer parking, and canoe and kayak trails to Rutherford and Lake Wyman parks. This year, the city began work to create a waterfront promenade connecting the Wildflower and Silver Palm Park sites, along with repairs to Wildflower’s pavement, parking, and sea wall areas. These projects are continuing, and are part of the city’s longterm commitment to green space, a key attribute for Boca Raton. I’m proud to have

ray Beach FL) from 9 a.m – 3 p.m. The entire schedule (including admission fees) is available at events. Clearly, summer is a time to get out and enjoy all that our city has to offer. worked for expanded public green space with these and other initiatives. Even when the City Council doesn’t have a meeting, city staff and your public servants are hard at work in developing and implementing plans for Boca Raton’s future, in addition to daily operations for our city of nearly 100,000 inhabitants. Huge thanks go out to every resident who has taken a few hours or even minutes to share your thoughts, concerns, or questions with me. The cornerstone of serving constituents is actually listening and responding to your concerns. As long as I serve, I’ll work even harder to be A Leader Who Listens. Please contact me so I can do more of it!

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