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City, special district work toward ways to reopen, revamp Ocean Breeze course By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor New greens, sand traps and a 27-hole championship golf course are likely in the future for Boca Raton’s Ocean Breeze course. With help from the city of Boca Raton, the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park Districts has plans to purchase the more than 200-acre dormant course and restore it to a world class facility. The investment will be north of $24

million. “We can construct, with the cooperative effort, a world class golf facility for youth, collegiate and adult golf for people of all financial status, age and ability,” said district executive Art Koski at a joint meeting between the district and city council boards. “For beginners or for accomplished golfers this facility is for you.”

The plan is to restore the course into a public course with a clubhouse, pro shop, golf school and hotel on site. It will cost $24 million to purchase the course and will need millions to renovate it. To bring the course back, the city will likely become a lender to the district. City staff members are working on what the best approach to lend the money is. It will likely be in the form of a bond.

The idea is to have a hotelier pay the costs associate with the hotel and a golf school pay for the cost of its facility and needs, Koski said. The district would not have to raise the millage it charges folks who live in its district to purchase the course, he said. Despite not raising the tax rate it charges, some residents expressed concerns over the $24 million price tag of the deal. [CONT. PG 2]

Boca ‘storyteller’ Dick Schmidt releases second book; third in progress By: Dale King Contributing Writer Dick Schmidt of Boca Raton has a story to tell – again. A year ago, the local businessman, sports enthusiast, boater, pilot and philanthropist published his first book, “The Boy and

the Dolphin,” a novel about an orphaned 13-year-old who befriends a dolphin and finds a companion in the sociable aquatic creature.

year with his second book, another novel,

Moved by his literary muse, the newly established author came forward early this

terson, who, early in his retirement, discov-

this one a mystery thriller. Entitled “Memory Road,” it tells of a senior official with the Central Intelligence Agency, Stewart Masers he has Alzheimer’s disease.

“The CIA is nervous that at some stage, he might be compromised,” said the author. “He had been station chief in Brussels and ran operations in the Middle East before he retired.” He is placed in an assisted living facility by a government agency concerned with how his condition [CONT. PG 2]

WE GET HOMES Morgan Sheres Dick Schmidt signs his book, “Memory Road,” for Patricia Thomas. (Photo courtesy of Schmidt Family Foundation)

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“If the price were $5 million would we be having this meeting today? Absolutely not,” he said. “If the price were $10 million would we be having this meeting today? Absolutely not. But, the price is $24 million. I can’t say I have an appraisal for $24 million. I don’t. There are no comparable sales of failing golf courses at $24 million.” He said the deal is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the city.

A view of Ocean Breeze course now shown at the joint meeting between the city A proposed rendering of Ocean Breeze learning facility shown at the joint meeting and district boards. Courtesy of Beach and Parks District. between the city and district boards. Courtesy of Beach and Parks District.

“Ten years down the road we are going to be thanking our lucky stars we made the deal,” he said. Boca Raton Council members agreed that the price may be high, but to preserve that amount of green space is worth it. “We want to preserve golf in Boca and we want to preserve green space,” Councilman Scott Singer said. “We keep moving in the right direction. There is a consistent feeling by both boards to get this done. We all may disagree on the amount. It’s a big number to have to deal with.”

A view of Ocean Breeze’s hotel now shown at the joint meeting between the city A proposed rendering of a hotel at Ocean Breeze shown at the joint meeting beand district boards. Courtesy of Beach and Parks District. tween the city and district boards. Courtesy of Beach and Parks District.

der contract to buy it from a subsidiary of Wells Fargo Bank called Redus El LLC.

Once city officials draw up an agreement, the council will have to approve it. The public will have a chance to weigh in.

Once the course does reopen, Koski said he estimates it would generate between $1-2 million per year. His estimates were based on the course being played 75,000 times per year at the cost of $50 per round. He estimated annual upkeep would cost $2.2 million.

The district will then purchase the course from Lennar Homes LLC., which is un-

The deal would need to be closed by Oct. 27.

A proposed rendering of a revamped pro shop at Ocean Breeze shown at the joint meeting between the city and district boards. Courtesy of Beach and Parks District.

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might impact national and international security.”

Alzheimer’s community with so much humanity.” “Schmidt has written a compelling human story that, instead of focusing on disability, accurately highlights compassion and capabilities,” noted Dr. Galvin.

“They can’t let him loose with all the information he has,” said Schmidt. “Longing for his late wife of 47 years, Masterson makes his getaway from the facility and finds himself on the road with limited resources, trying to negotiate his way from Florida to Maryland, the only place where he feels he can find happiness and relevance.” “With three U.S. government agencies and the intelligence arms of unfriendly countries in hot pursuit, Masterson relies on a lifetime of training instincts to avoid recapture, proving he has a lot more on the ball than his pursuers had expected,” the writer added. Instead of focusing on the negatives of Masterson’s condition, author Schmidt shows “how he uses his Alzheimer’s disease to outwit the intelligence agencies of leading foreign governments and the United States.” “He travels up U.S. Route 1, leading him from one adventure to another until the inevitable conclusion when his fate will be decided by whoever finds him first and how he responds.” Schmidt unveiled his new book at a reception and book signing at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. The writer of the two novels is also president of the Schmidt Family Foundation, which has contributed millions of dollars to the hospital and to many other organizations and charities.

The novel has also been welcomed by those involved in the effort to cure the disease. Schmidt is scheduled to be keynote speaker on Feb. 23, 2018 at the annual Alzheimer’s luncheon in Boca Raton.

Dick Schmidt speaks to the audience at Boca Raton Regional Hospital the night he released his second book, “Memory Road.” The book, “Memory Road.” (Pho(Photo courtesy of Schmidt Fam- to courtesy of Schmidt Family Foundation) ily Foundation)

In addition, said the storyteller, a neuroscientist at Boca Regional Hospital, Dr. James Galvin, helped him research the capabilities of a person with Alzheimer’s disease. Schmidt has reportedly finished the outline for his third book. Reviews of the fledgling author’s second novel are pretty positive. Jim Nantz of CBS Sports, founder of the Nantz National Alzheimer Center, said “Dick puts a relatable human perspective on the challenges faced by those with Alzheimer’s disease and drives home the importance of treating people with respect and consideration. I appreciate him for representing the

Schmidt explained that Masterson escapes from Florida by traveling north on U.S. 1 because, in his mind, he can only recall that one route. He doesn’t remember traveling I-95, which “didn’t exist when he was young.” Using U.S. 1 actually helps him get away since authorities are searching for him on highways. Schmidt said he slipped a few other things into the book. He mentions that Masterson stops at a place called Tractor Supply Co., a business the author’s father started during the Depression and sold in 1968. The shop is still there, said Schmidt, who drove along U.S. 1 with his son to make sure his book is accurate. Also in the volume is a quirky Mercedes Benz that allows Masterson to appropriate transportation for his trip. Schmidt said “Memory Road” is available on all major book websites, including Amazon and Barnes and Noble. It is available in paperback and electronic versions or on his website


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Boca philanthropists donate $7M to FAU; earn naming rights for School of Social Work the school’s first Social Work Community Advisory Board.

By: Dale King Contributing Writer Noted Boca Raton philanthropists, Phyllis and Harvey Sandler, have made yet another major contribution to a local institution. The Sandlers recently contributed $7 million to Florida Atlantic University. As a result, the School of Social Work within the College for Design and Social Inquiry at FAU will bear their name. “I am extremely passionate about improving the well-being of all, especially the lives of the students and faculty at Florida Atlantic University,” said Phyllis Sandler.  The gift will also establish two new centers within the Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work – the Robin Rubin Mindfulness and Wellness Center and the Substance Misuse, Mental Health and Research Center. A portion of the donation will pay for renovations to the College for Design and Social Inquiry. “We are extremely grateful to Phyllis and Harvey Sandler for this transformational

gift,” said FAU President John Kelly. “The Sandlers understand that social work plays a major role in America’s mental health and social services. Their generosity will help grow our program in remarkable ways and support some of the best and brightest students in the field.” FAU began its relationship with the Sandler family more than 10 years ago when Phyllis and Harvey’s daughters, Robin Rubin and Amy Ross, decided to go back to school to earn their degrees in social work. Both graduated with honors, and Robin went on to earn her master’s degree, teach part-time at FAU’s School of Social Work and assemble

“This gift will give for generations to come,” said Wesley Hawkins, Ph.D., interim dean of the College for Design and Social Inquiry. “Because of the enormous generosity of Phyllis and Harvey Sandler, social work students and faculty can now more fully address the social issues that have plagued our society for centuries – substance misuse, child abuse, health care, suicide, depression – the list goes on and on.” For the past five years, the FAU School of Social Work’s Community Advisory Board, populated by some of Boca Raton’s most prominent community leaders, has highlighted the importance of the social work program at FAU and its impact on the local community. Because of this, FAU’s Phyllis Sandler Heart of Social Work annual fundraiser was created. “It feels so good to give back,” said Harvey Sandler. “It’s important to make investments in your community and take pride in where you live.”

The Sandlers have a long history of philanthropic efforts locally. Together, they have named the Phyllis and Harvey Sandler Pavilion at the Lynn Cancer Center and The Phyllis Sandler Center for Living Well at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. They also named and endowed The Phyllis and Harvey Sandler Center for Jewish Life Enhancement at the Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center. The Sandlers are also among the largest contributors to the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County and created the organization’s Sandler Family Major Gifts annual event. Because of the Sandler family’s close relationship with Barbara and Dick Schmidt, an additional gift of $250,000 will be given to name the Phyllis and Harvey Sandler Student Athlete Lounge within the Schmidt Family Complex for Academic and Athletic Excellence. The complex will play a central role in elevating FAU’s academic standing and will benefit students in all academic programs, including those not associated with athletic programs.

JFS receives $2.3 million donation Staff report Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services (JFS) recently received its largest, single gift: $2.3 million. The donation came from Bernard Sherman and the funds created the “Bernard Sherman Program to Enhance Jewish Identity.” The money was put into an endowment, which will provide vital support for the many programs and services of the agency which serve people of all ages and beliefs. The Bernard Sherman Program will enable children of families who reside within the Boca Raton and Delray Beach areas and who financially qualify, with the assistance needed to participate in Jewish life cycle events such

as Hebrew school, Jewish youth group trips and conventions, participation in the Maccabi Games, advocacy conferences, Israel experiences including High School in Israel, Gap Year Programs and the March of the Living. The mission of the Program, which falls under JFS’ Center for Families & Children, is to make Jewish life more accessible for all people including those with special needs.

A Michigan-native, Bernard Sherman was a very creative and forward thinking businessman operating several parallel businesses including storage, auto repair, auto salvage and insurance businesses. He devoted the last 23 years of his life to Muriel and they enjoyed traveling and spending time together. In addition to his wife, Muriel, Bernard is survived by two adult children, Arlyn and Bruce.

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things you need to know this June in Boca Raton 1 Florida Atlantic University’s Department of Theatre and Dance in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters has announced its summer lineup for Festival Repertory Theatre 2017. “Sense and Sensibility,” a play by Kate Hamill based on the Jane Austin novel, will run from Friday, June 23 through Saturday, July 22; the musical “Into the Woods” will run from Friday, June 30 through Sunday, July 30; and a Piano Gala will be featured on Monday, June 12 at 7 p.m. All shows are in the University Theatre and Studio One Theatre, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus. 2 Save the date for the 28th annual Chris Evert/Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic. The event will take place the weekend of November 3-5. For information on tickets or sponsorships, or to volunteer at the event, please go to 3 Boca Raton has been ranked as a “2017 Best Cities for Seniors to Retire” report by consumer research website The report reviewed data from 1,662 cities and Boca ranked No. 64. It is within the top 5 percent for its criteria including healthcare, weather, affordability and low crime rates.

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7 p.m. at Mizner Park. Food and beverage will b e available for purchase.

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4 Head to the Willow Theatre at Sugar Sand Park to see Rockin’ Red Riding Hood presented by Atlantic Coast Theatre For Youth on June 11. Rock along with Little Red, Grandma, Jack Lumber, and B.B. Wolf as the traditional story is updated in this “Rock Musical.” The history of Rock n’ Roll is creatively woven into the show as original songs progress through different styles—from The Blues to Modern Rock. Meet and greet with audience after both shows. The show times are 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets cost $8 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under. 5 FAU Old Time will perform a free concert in the park on Sunday, June 18 at

concept to South Florida. For more information, please visit Max’s Grille on Facebook or follow on Twitter @MaxsGrille or call 561-368-0080. Max’s Grille is located at 404 Plaza Real in Mizner Park in Boca Raton. Boca Raton Public Library presents ‘Cuts Across the Land’ exhibit

Laura Huron, Chef Ray Dolan, Patti Max and Mayor Susan Haynie Photo courtesy of Paulette Martin.

Co-owner of Max’s Grille Patti Max, was recently named an Ambassador for the City of Boca Raton by Mayor Susan Haynie. The Mayor presented Max with a plaque at a luncheon at Max’s Grille in April. The restaurant, which is the only remaining original Mizner Park restaurant, celebrated its 25th anniversary recently. Max’s Grille’s contemporary menu, paired with an array of wine, is updated daily and seasonally but maintains its popular signature dishes, including meatloaf, radiatore pasta, steaks, grilled fish, chopped salad, and complimentary crispy breadsticks and hummus served to each table.  Max’s Grille introduced the chopped salad

him, but you are trapped. Before you can go look for him, you must solve the clues and puzzles in the room you’ve been locked in. With one hour to figure it out, players must use their brain power and team work to get out in time.

This month, the Boca Raton Public Library will exhibit “Cuts Across the Land,” by collage artist Richard Vergez, at the Downtown Library beginning June 8. Vergez will also conduct an Artist Lecture and Collage Workshop that is open to the public on Saturday, June 17, from noon to 2 p.mVergez will discuss the art, inspiration and technique of collage, and participants will have the opportunity to create their own collage with materials provided by the library. Vergez is a Cuban-American visual artist whose background in graphic design and audio/visual collaboration is reflected though his hand-made collaged works on paper and mixed media. Vergez worked in New York as member of the Brooklyn Col-

6 Grab your blankets and catch a screening of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on Friday, June 23 at 8 p.m. at Mizner Park. There will be a magic pre-show that begins at 7:30 p.m.

mond Physical Rehabilitation Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital is open. The 37,500 square-foot facility was created out of a lead gift from Elaine J. Wold and other philanthropic support, and is named after the Hospital’s founder, Gloria Drummond. It replaces what was formerly Boca Regional’s Davis Therapy Centers.

7 Catch John Mellencamp in concert

on Sunday, June 25. Doors open at 5:30 and the show begins at 7 p.m. at Mizner Park Amphitheater. Special guests include Emmylou Harris, Carlene Carter and Lily & Madeleine. Visit http://www. heater for tickets.

8 Adventure Vault has a new escape

room called “Mystery of Sherlock.” The mystery begins with the disappearance of Sherlock Holmes. Only you can save

10 According to a study by FRACTL, Boca Raton uses more envious hashtags like #jealous, than any other city on Twitter.

lage Collective. His art has been featured at No Romance Galleries in NYC, Chicago Urban Arts Society and Kids of Dada in London, as well as numerous blogs and international publications, such as PluzUltra in Argentina, Mekanik Copulaire from France, Juxtapoz and Stylesight in the US. Vergez currently resides and works in South Florida. “Cuts Across the Land” will run from June 8 through July 31 at 400 NW 2nd Avenue. The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours. Registration is required for the workshop on June 17 and can be made through the calendar at Boca’s Advent Church host site for packing 125,000 Meals for Food for the Poor Advent Church and School in Boca Raton recently opened their doors to over 600 volunteers that came together for the “Join The Pack” event hosted by Food for the Poor. During the two-day event, volunteers hand packed 125,000 meals to provide much needed relief for malnourished children in Haiti. Teams from Advent joined other corporate and community teams. In addition to giving their time prepare and pack the meals,

each team committed to raise at least $500 or more. Over $90,000 was raised to cover the cost of the food and shipping. Advent Pastor Andy Hagen said, “Our church members have lent a hand financially to Food for the Poor for many years. By ‘joining the pack’, we were able to lend a literal hand to provide food for the poor. Both are needed, but wearing hairnets was a lot more fun.”  During the two-day event, the church’s gymnasium was transformed into a giant assembly line. Volunteers filled plastic bags with cups of white rice and soy pellets, scoops of freeze-dried vegetables and chicken flavoring that contains all the essential vitamins and nutrients a malnourished child needs to survive. Once prepared with boiling water, each MannaPack provides six generous servings of nutritious food.



For 24/7 city information, Boca Raton launches MyBocaLink app By: Dale King Contributing Writer

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If you need a fix of Boca Raton info 24/7, city government has something for you.

“MyBocaLink was a valuable tool for the media and the community while we were redesigning the city’s website,” Gibson said. “We kept the name for the city’s new app because we felt it was self-explanatory and had some familiarity. This app will serve as the link to all city programs, services, meetings, events and information.”

The city of Boca has just launched its new app called MyBocaLink. “A complement to the newly redesigned website, www., the app has a similar design style and even more mobile convenience,” said Chrissy Gibson, Boca’s communications and marketing manager. “The app was specifically developed to provide citizens and visitors with access to Boca Raton information and services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.” She said MyBocaLink was the name of the city’s communication landing page prior to the launch of the rede-

The MyBocaLink app has convenient features for users on the go, including the “Report a Concern” button. When location services are enabled, users can take a photograph of an issue they see, GPS tracking will complete the location and the user can submit the concern to the city. This same feature, which can be found on the city’s website, has been one of the most popular and convenient tools offered for reporting road and landscaping issues,

graffiti, certain code violations and general, nonemergency concerns, she said. App users can also quickly tap on beach conditions, check the city’s calendar or find a facility based on amenities, like basketball courts or playgrounds. Users can also sign up to receive newsletters and notifications. MyBocaLink is available for download in both the Apple and Google Play stores: Apple: id1207857326?mt=8 Google Play: details?id=com.civicplus.fl_bocaraton For additional information, visit the city’s website at

FAU’s Slattery Center preschoolers take part in rally for peace By: Dale King Contributing Writer It seems people of all ages, and from all parts of the nation, are conducting peace rallies these days.

Both pre-K classes are shown with their teachers and the director of the Slattery Center. (Submitted photo)


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Even the preschool students from Florida Atlantic University’s Karen Slattery Educational Research Center for Child Development were recently seen outside their classrooms, carrying signs and calling for peace. The Slattery Center demonstration was actually a “Kindness Rally,” held as part

of the pupils’ global peace advocacy campaign. From mid- to late-morning on April 26, the 4- and 5-year-olds carried signs they made around FAU’s Free Speech Lawn on the Boca Raton campus. The preschool students were there to spread a message of kindness toward others and advocate for environmental sustainability. They also handed out stickers with positive messages. To further promote their peace activities, the hashtag #PreschoolersForPeace was used on all social media.

Tyler Edge, left, and Tyler KaLivia West, left, and Emmie Winfield with their peace signs. (Submitted lafat, who are, in reality, best friends. (Submitted photo) photo)

Allianz ends sponsorship of annual Boca Raton golf tournament Staff report

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Boca Raton is looking for a new sponsor for its annual golf tournament at Broken Sound Country Club. After an 11 year run, Munich-based Allianz, the title sponsor of the pro-tournament decided to end its relationship with the event. Boca Raton Regional Hospital was announced the temporary title sponsor. It is the main benefactor of the event. It has been since 2007 with more than $1.4 million going toward the hospital.

The news of Allianz ending its contract caused some controversy. State Rep. Emily Slosberg sent out a press release that praised the city for ending the contract with Allianz. She pushed for the city to end ties with company until they paid Holocaust survivors the claims they are owed. The company sold insurance policies to many Jews before World War II. The statement about the city was later retracted. The city has no contract with Allianz for the tournament. Boca Raton is a sponsor of the event. The contracts and sponsorship deals are handled by Pro Links not the city.



Holocaust, Armenian Genocide evoked in Boca with screening of film, ‘Denial’ By: Dale King Contributing Writer Congregation B’nai Israel of Boca Raton, in partnership with Armenian Genocide Commemoration, Inc. and St. David Armenian Apostolic Church, also in Boca, participated in a joint program of remembrance with the recent screening of the critically acclaimed film, “Denial,” at the synagogue. The presentation drew 400 people to the temple on Yamato Road., The program was also live streamed on Facebook to an audience of more than 6,800. From left, Father Mark Leondis, Father Aram Marashlian, Father Alexander Leondis, Father Paren Galstyan, Rabbi Robert Silvers, Father Vartan Joulfayan, Cantor Stephanie Shore and Rabbi David Baum. (Submitted photo)

The evening opened with a presentation from three Holocaust Studies students from Palm Beach Central High School, Dawson Cook, Aspen Nelson and Brianna Cid. Students and their classmates, led by teacher Maureen Holtzer, designed a multi-panel exhibition that showcased 20th century genocides entitled, “The Path to Human Dignity.” 

Holocaust and the Armenian Genocide and discussed the importance of the film.

Following that, Senior Rabbi Robert A. Silvers of Congregation B’nai Israel, Arsine Kaloustian, chair of Armenian Genocide Commemoration, Inc., and Taniel Koushakjian, CEO of Florida Armenians, offered comments about the

The evening concluded with an interfaith candlelit prayer service led by local religious leaders, including Rabbi Silvers and Cantor Stephanie Shore of Congregation B’nai Israel, Father Paren Gal-

Holocaust survivor, Norman Frajman, also gave a powerful address, leaving the audience with a declaration of, “Never, never again,”

Holocaust survivor Norman Frajman holds the uniform he was forced to wear while he was held in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II. (Submitted Holocaust survivor Norman Frajman and his wife, Shelley. (Submitted photo) photo)

styan of St. David Armenian Apostolic Church, Father Vartan Joulfayan of St. Mary Armenian Apostolic Church, Father Mark Leondis and Father Alexander Leondis of Saint Mark Greek Orthodox Church, Rabbi David Baum of Congregation Shaarei Kodesh and Father Aram Marashlian. The finale included a song by Cantor Shore. Based on the book, “Denial: Holocaust History on Trial,” the film recounts Deborah E. Lipstadt’s (Academy Award®

winner Rachel Weisz) legal battle for historical truth against David Irving (actor Timothy Spall), who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. In the English legal system, in cases of libel, the burden of proof is on the defendant. Therefore, it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team, led by Richard Rampton (Academy Award® nominee Tom Wilkinson) to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust had actually occurred.

FAU College of Medicine confers degrees on 61 new ‘docs’ By: Dale King Contributing Writer

Stuart L. Markowitz, M.D., senior associate dean for student affairs and admissions, and Jennifer W. Caceres,

The 61 members of the class of 2017 at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton are now the nation’s newest physicians.

M.D., assistant dean for student affairs, both in FAU’s College of Medicine, concluded the event with a special hooding ceremony, a “rite of passage” that formally ac-

The long-awaited commencement was celebrated April 28 by students, family, friends, faculty and dignitaries who joined together at a graduation ceremony in the Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium. Following four years of rigorous training, class members received their Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degrees. They will be headed to various institutions throughout Florida and the nation for their medical residency training, which is required to become board-certified physicians.   “It is a privilege and a pleasure for me to celebrate this momentous occasion at my first graduation ceremony as dean,” said Phillip Boiselle, M.D., dean of FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine. “Our students are among the nation’s best and brightest graduates and they have made us all very proud today. We wish them continued success as physicians and anticipate that they will make many important contributions toward advancing health of their patients and communities throughout their careers.”   Lewis First, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics,  College of Medicine  at the University of

knowledges the achievements of the class members. The graduating class later recited the Hippocratic Oath in unison to instill the importance of maintaining the highest standards of performance, behavior and compasFrom left, Dr. Stuart L. Markowitz, senior associate dean for student affairs and admissions in FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, looks on as Dr. Ayaan McKenzie is “hooded” by her mother, Dr. Khadra Osman (to her left) along with her father, Dr. Wilfred McKenzie (to her right), during the graduation ceremony. (Photo courtesy of FAU)

Vermont, delivered the keynote address.

sion as physicians. “The hooding ceremony and the recital of the Hippocratic Oath are the most powerful moments during graduation because these long-standing traditions impress upon the graduates the magnitude of the responsibility they are undertaking as physicians,” said Markowitz. “To

FAU President John Kelly; Gary W. Perry, Ph.D., FAU provost and vice president for academic affairs and Boiselle conferred degrees following the keynote address. Sarah K. Wood, M.D., senior associate dean for medical education in FAU’s College of Medicine, announced the candidates’ names as they came forward.

share this special moment with their family, friends, col-

Following an awards presentation, FAU’s College of Medicine recognized two graduates who will serve as physicians in the United States Navy: Kasey Conklin and Sherrie Moore.

ception in 2011.

leagues and mentors is an experience that they will never forget.” More than one-third of the class (22 of the 61 medical students) will remain in Florida to do their residencies, which is a record number since the medical school’s inFAU’s College of Medicine is one of 147 accredited medical schools in the U.S., and admitted its inaugural class of 64 students in 2011.



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ton? My wife and I felt, as parents, that Boca Raton would

not raised here.

be the ideal community to raise our children. Boca Ra-

3 You have received recognition as a top advisor

ton is such a great community, full of genuine love and

from Barron’s and named to On Wall Street’s Top 40

care. What better place for our children to learn the val-

Under 40 two years in a row. How did you make it on

ues of helping others? It was the perfect environment for

those lists?

me to start our office here at Merrill Lynch Boca Tropics. This authentic community of incredible people is what makes my role here at Merrill Lynch the absolute most sincere experience any Financial Advisor could ever ask for. I truly believe that my clients have become an extended part of my family and I could not be more

In my opinion, the most challenging aspect of this industry is the emotions caused by unpredictability in the market. During times of market volatility, the market can become an intimidating place, causing many investors to worry or not even participate. It is so imperative to keep future goals, whether short or long-term, fully in perspective.  By doing so, you can accomplish the most

I believe that success in the financial industry does not

rewarding aspect of this industry, which is knowing that

rely on age. While I am blessed to have been recognized

my wonderful clients are able to take pleasure in their

for many awards, such as Barron’s 1200 and Wall Street’s

lives and retirement with the peace of mind that our of-

Top 40 Under 40, I am confident that building the core

fice is always looking after their best interest. This is the

of your business around the idea that,“The interest of our

most important measurement of success for my role as a

clients must come first,” which is a founding principal of

Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch.

Save the date for Boca Raton Bowl Staff report The date and time for the 2017 Boca Raton Bowl has been set. Executive Director Doug Mosley said kick off will be on Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. at Florida Atlantic University Stadium. The game will be televised on ESPN snd broadcasted on ESPN Radio. “The Tuesday before Christmas will once again be the day for “Boca’s Biggest Annual Outdoor Party” – the fourth annual Boca Raton Bowl,” Mosley said. “This has become an annual holiday tradition in Palm Beach County.” The 2017 Boca Raton Bowl will have primary tie-ins for teams from Conference

USA and the American Athletic Conference for the second year in a row. The team from Conference USA will make its headquarters at the Boca Raton Resort and Spa and the American Athletic Conference team will be at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens. “We are proud that the Boca Raton Bowl is quickly becoming a tradition for Boca Raton, and we are excited about the fourth  annual bowl game.” Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie said. “From the moment the game date is announced,  we look forward to finding out which teams will play and we enjoy all of the excitement that comes with their arrival and game day.” Bowl week activities will begin with the

arrival of the participating teams on Friday, Dec. 15. Dates, times and sites for the team welcome parties, beach parties, lun-

cheon, pep rallies and other bowl week activities will be released at a later date.

The Boca Raton Bowl is one of 13 bowl games owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN. In addition to Conference USA and the American Athletic Conference, the bowl has a tie-in with the MidAmerican Conference. For more information on the Boca Raton Bowl, see its web site at or follow through social media on Facebook (, Twitter (@BocaBowl), and Instagram (@BocaBowl).



City Commissioner Jim Chard, who offered chili, was one of nearly 20 men who participated in the Real Men Bake and Sock Hop fundraiser for the GFWC Woman’s Club of Delray Beach. Photo by Rich Pollack.

JoAnn Haros with Luke Miller, Jack Miller and Trish Jacobson. The brothers took first place in a people’s choice competition. Their dad, John Miller (far right) took second place. Photo by Rich Pollack

Delray Beach Woman’s Club raises money during Seventh Annual Real Men Bake and Rock at the Sock Hop Staff report Giving back tasted sweet during the GFWC Woman’s Club’s fundraiser Real Men Bake and Rock at the Sock Hop. Since its inception seven years ago, the event has raised more than $60,000 that is donated back into the community. Funds help support nonprofits including the Delray Beach Public Library and the Caring Kitchen. Proceeds also help fund two scholarships, one to a former Atlantic High School student now a senior at Florida Atlantic University, and another that makes it possible for a young baseball player to attend a high-quality clinic hosted by the South Florida Collegiate Baseball League. “Every year, Real Men Bake brings together people from throughout our city to have a fun evening and raise money to support organizations in our community,” said the Woman’s Club Co-president Trish Jacobson. “This year, we had our most successful event ever thanks to overwhelming participation from guests young and old as well as families and civic employees.”

More than 150 people attended the event and tasted both sweet and savory offerings from about 20 bakers including Vice Mayor Jim Chard and students in the Atlantic High School Culinary Arts program. Winning this year’s people’s choice competition were two of the youngest bakers, Luke and Jack Miller, who impressed the crowd with their s’mores brownies. The boys, ages 12 and 14 and students at Trinity Lutheran School, beat out their dad, John Miller, who represented the Delray Beach Historical Society and took second place with his miniature key lime pies topped with a coconut-rum-infused whipped cream. “We cook and bake a lot as a family,” John Miller said. “The boys did everything on their own from measuring to mixing to baking. The only thing they didn’t do was the dishes – and they need to work on that.”


Palm Beach County

Third place went to Delray Beach police detective Adrian Rackauskas, who made his Real Men Bake debut with candied bacon drizzled with dark chocolate, caramel and nuts.

Don’t miss Mizner Park Downtown Drive Car Show [10]

Summer camp scoop [17] Delray Beach Public Library Interim Director Mykal Banta and Kae Jonsons.

Jan W. van der Baan made coconut macaroons Photo by Rich Pollack.




Don’t miss events Stroll on June 9 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information,

call 561-495-

0233 or visit

1 The 47th Annual Chamber Golf

The LEGO Batman Movie, Trolls and

Classic is Monday, June 5. Spend the day

Shrek the Third.

on the greens at the Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club with the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce. Registration begins at 7 a.m., breakfast at 8 a.m. and a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Awards and luncheon begins at 1:30 p.m.

7 The 3rd Annual NamaStacy Interna4 The Mounts Botanical Garden of

Hospital will be conducting its sixth “Run for the Ribbons” on Sunday, June 4. Proceeds will again support patients through special programs of the Lynn Cancer Institute’s League of Ribbons to help them in

ets may be purchased as follows: Dinner

4 p.m. on Sunday, June 18. Produced in

ticket, $15 per person; VIP ticket, $100

collaboration with the Rare Fruit Coun-

per person; and table of 10, $1,000. VIP tickets include reserved seating, special

indoor and air-conditioned food and

tional Yoga Day presented by NamaStacy

cooking demonstrations, ice cream and

Yoga returns on Wednesday, June 21 at

smoothies, tropic-themed Corvettes, a

Mizner Park. Bring your own yoga mat.

fun zone for kids (butterfly garden and

VIP entry begins at 3 p.m. and general

maze, 4H activities) and a Beer and Wine

admission at 5 p.m. Purchase your tickets

Garden. The cost to attend is free for


Mounts members and children 12 and


under, and only $10 for adults. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.


have many unique care issues that go be-








bons supports the non-clinical needs and

June 19 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Daughters

challenges that patients and their families

of Zion Seventh-day Adventist Church,

may encounter, such as providing gifts

201 NW 3rd Ave. The event commem-

cards for groceries and gas for those facing

orates the end of slavery. Admission is

ty-at-large, guided imagery and yoga and massage therapy for cancer patients in treatment. Registration will be available starting at 6:00 a.m. The event begins at 7:00 a.m. at the Sandler Pavilion at the Lynn Cancer Institute.

3 Head to Morikami for Sushi and

in the City events are back this month. On Friday, June 9, catch Zoso, a tribute to Led Zeppelin at 7:30 p.m. at Mizner Park. On Friday, June 16, check out Long Run, a tribute to The Eagles at 7:30 p.m. at Mizner Park. Hollywood Brewery will have a beer garden. Both events are free.

6 Head to Boca’s Cinemark Palace for $1 family friendly films. “Summer Movie Clubhouse” is a series that allows guests to catch a different children’s movie each weekend between June 6 and August 10. You can view all 10 films for just $5. June movies include The Secret Life of Pets,

all guests and the public. There is also a captain’s party on June 15 from 6 to 10 p.m. at The Beach House Island Bistro and Tiki Bar, 353 US-1 in Jupiter.


annual Juneteenth Festival on Monday,

programs for patients and the communi-

Admission to the awards dinner is free to


yond that of treatment. The League of Rib-

financial hardships, health and wellness

menu, and VIP bar and drink tickets.



their fight against cancer. Cancer patients

5 The city of Boca Raton’s Summer

Trail, Jupiter 33458, 6-10 p.m. Dining with angler registration. Additional tick-

al Tropical Fruit Festival from 10 a.m. to

include tropical fruit tastings, live music,

Cancer Institute at Boca Raton Regional

piter Community Center, 200 Military tickets for the awards dinner are included

Palm Beach County is hosting its annu-

cil of Palm Beach County, the event will

2 The Eugene M. & Christine E. Lynn

concludes with an awards dinner at Ju-

$10 per person. Youth 12 and under enter for free. Festival-goers will enjoy live music, demonstrations, story-telling, speakers and a Pot Luck dinner. This year, Juneteenth welcomes the return of storyteller Margaret Newton with the Pasco Baker Concert Choir; local youth group performances; and spoken word performances.

10 The 7th Annual Mizner Park Downtown Drive Car Show returns on June 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Mizner Park. Check out more than 150 cars, including antiques, classics, street rods, custom builds, race cars, sports cars, imports, hand-built cars and one-of-a-kind autos from 1900 to present day, will be on display. The show is a Russ G. Events production.  All money raised through car show entry fees and donations will benefit Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida. A family-friendly concert featuring the FAU Summer Concert Band led by Kyle

9 The seventh annual Lighthouse La-

Prescott and sponsored by the City of

dies KDW Fishing Tournament returns

Boca Raton, will follow at the Amphithe-

on Saturday, June 17. The ladies-only

ater from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Admission

angler tournament benefits children’s

to both events is free. For more informa-

services programs of Lighthouse for the

tion, visit or call

Blind of the Palm Beaches. The event



Cultural Conversation: Check out artifacts at Boca Museum of Art gods he said showed that the sun gods were watching the players as they played.

B oc a The City of

Most interestingly about how it was made, he said, is that they didn’t have metal to use to carve on it.

By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor Stacey Guilianti was introduced to ancient artifacts at a young age by his uncle. Now, he is sharing his passion for Pre-Columbian art and artifacts with visitors to Boca Raton’s Museum of Art. “My love is Pre-Columbian art and culture,” he said. By day, he is a lawyer for an insurance company. But he also has a master’s in ethnographic studies. He has volunteered as a docent at the museum for the past seven or eight years sharing his knowledge with visitors, students and art lovers. He was introduced to artifacts by his uncle, who was a leading expert, collector and dealer in Inuit art. He said he lived with the Inuits for 30 years and went on digs with them where they would fine ivory, carved whale and seal bones and other artifacts dating back hundreds of years. “He would buy and sell for collectors while helping the inuits who needed the money,” he said of his uncle, who recently retired. But for Guilianti, who grew up in South Florida, he said the Inuits were not as interesting to him

as the Mayans, Incas and Aztecs. He has traveled to sites and photographed artifacts. He has bought and sold some, but mostly spends time volunteering at the museum as a docent where he leads tours for schools, summer camps and adults. “We have some very interesting pieces,” he said of the museum. “We have everything from idols to jewelry to food containers and bowls that held chocolate. Items that have a lot of stories to them.”

“Most people have this prejudice thought of people running around with bows and arrows,” he said, adding Aztec culture was heavily populated and sophisticated. The main city had at least 250,000 people said with the area totaling 6 million. He said it was likely the largest city in the world second to Constantinople.

One of his favorite pieces is what he calls a ball game yolk that is a stone shaped horseshoe trophy with the Sun Gods carved into it. He said it is from Vera Cruz and is likely a thousand years old.

“They had running water, more advanced surgical procedures, they were cleaner and more educated,” he said. “There was a much higher level of culture than in Europe during the 1400s.”

He said it is representative of a life-or-death game played where the idea was to keep the ball in play by bouncing it from one side to another and getting it through a ring about 20 feet high. The death part came to the losers, who were captured and sacrificed, he said.

He also likes that the artifacts have outlasted their makers.

He said the winners would demonstrate that they were meant to rule by divine right and the gods were on their side. The carving of the sun

in the City 2017

“It is carved from stone,” he said. “It was carved with things that are barely harder than the item being carved.” On his tours, he said he enjoys debunking myths and perceptions about Pre-Columbian times.

“The stuff that I am going to show you is done 500, 1,000 maybe 2,000 years ago,” he said. “You can’t meet the artist. They aren’t going to Instagram. If it is on Facebook it is because we put it there. You are looking back in time at a culture.” For more information about the museum visit,


Music and Movies Under the Stars at The Mizner Park Amphitheater

FREE MUSIC AND MOVIES 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, June 9 @ 7:30 pm*

Friday, July 7 @ 7:30 pm*

A Tribute to Led Zeppelin Zoso

A Tribute to The Beatles Liverpool Live

Friday, June 16 @ 7:30 pm*

Friday, July 14 @ 7:30 pm*

A Tribute to The Eagles Long Run

A Tribute to Billy Joel Turnstiles

Sunday, June 18 @ 7:00 pm

Friday, July 21@ 7:30 pm*

FAU Old Time Concert in Park

A Tribute to Tom Petty Petty Hearts

Friday, June 23 @ 8:00 pm

Friday, July 28 @ 8:00 pm

Movie: Fantastic Beasts Magic pre-show 7:30 pm

Movie: Moana

Polynesian pre-show 7:30 pm

*School of Rock @ 7:30 pm; Tribute Band @ 8:00 pm

TICKETED EVENTS Wednesday, June 21 @ 3:00 pm Saturday, July 29 @ 7:30 pm 3rd Annual NamaStacy Bar Sertanej International Yoga Day 2017 Joao Bosco & Vinicius Presented by Namastacy Yoga

Presented by Arkeo Events

Sunday, June 25 @ 7:00 pm Tuesday, August 1 @ 7:30 pm John Mellencamp with Straight No Chaser and special guest Emmylou Harris Postmodern Jukebox Presented by AEG Double Feature Presented by Live Nation

For Tickets Visit




What’s going on… Old School Square

Friday, 7:30 p.m.; free admission; weather permitting; bring lawn chairs, and bring the

tendees are encouraged to bring a chair; limited chair rental, $5. Post-show meet & greet at the merchandise booth. Blues on the Square is sponsored by Old School Bakery and Lagunitas.

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall Tickets start at $39.50

family, but no pets or outside food and beverage. Concessions and cash bar are available.

June 29 - Canvas & Cocktails

June 2: Motowners (Motown Hits)

Creative Arts School

Free Friday Concerts

51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach 33444

Old School Square Pavilion

June 17

51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach 33444

Blues on the Square: Dana Fuchs

561-243-7922, ext. 1; OldSchoolSquare. org

Old School Square Pavilion

Friday, 7:30 p.m.; free admission; weather permitting; bring lawn chairs, and bring the family, but no pets or outside food and beverage. Concessions and cash bar are available.

June 9: Flavor (Top 40/R&B/Rock) Free Friday Concerts Old School Square Pavilion 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach 33444 561-243-7922, ext. 1; OldSchoolSquare. org

51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach 33444 561-243-7922, ext. 1; OldSchoolSquare. org The Blues on the Square outdoor concert series at the Pavilion will rock-it to the next level with international recording artist, Dana Fuchs on Saturday, June 17th at 7:30 p.m. Gates open at 6 p.m. Dana Fuchs is a “rock warrior goddess.” She’s been described as sultry and incendiary. She can sing as subtle and sweet as a songbird, and she can roar like a lion. Her entire being becomes her instrument on stage. Nearly a decade ago, millions fell in love with her as Sexy Sadie in the Beatles lyrics-inspired film, Across the Universe. “She looks like an angel, sings like the devil and swears like a trucker. Just that combination is enough to wreck you. But she’s also genuine and human and deep.” Tickets are $50 VIP (Limited to first 100 only. Includes exclusive access to VIP hospitality area with free Lagunitas beer, cash bar and limited club seating – no concert seating); $15 General. All at-

7- 9 p.m. This is a fun art experience where you can create an art piece in a relaxed atmosphere… all while enjoying a glass of wine, a craft beer or a signature cocktail. Each month offers something different with one of our professional art instructors.  No experience necessary!  It’s a perfect girls’ night out, group night or date night. Pre-registration is required. Fee $35 (includes materials and one drink ticket).

Kravis Center June 3 at 8 pm (Saturday) Trevor Noah Trevor Noah is the most successful comedian in Africa and is the host of the Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning The Daily Show on Comedy Central. This year The Daily Show has been nominated for a Writers Guild Award (Comedy/Variety Series). Noah joined The Daily Show with Jon Stewart in 2014 as a contributor. He will debut his ninth new comedy special Afraid of the Dark on Tuesday, February 21 on Netflix. The special was shot before a packed house in New York City at the Beacon Theatre on November 5, 2016. Last year, Noah debuted his one-hour stand-up special, Trevor Noah: Lost in Translation, on Comedy Central. Noah was the subject of David Paul Meyer’s award-winning documentary film You Laugh But It’s True, which tells the story of his remarkable career in post-apartheid South Africa. His Showtime comedy special, Trevor Noah: African American, premiered in 2013. He was nominated for “Personality of the Year” at the 2014 and 2015 MTV Africa Music Awards and won the award in 2015. Trevor’s success has also spanned to sold out shows over five continents.

June 11 at 8 pm (Sunday) The Gipsy Kings featuring Nicolas Reyes & Tonnino Baliardo Melding deep-heated flamenco, rumba, salsa and pop to the tune of 20 million albums sold, the Grammy Award-winning hit-makers behind “Bamboléo” continue to celebrate in their very own, blistering tradition. Uniting the family Reyes and the family Baliardo, The Gipsy Kings continue a tradition that has drawn famous fans such as Picasso, Cocteau, Dali and Chaplin. From playing on the streets of Cannes and the hedonistic heights of St. Tropez, breaking world music barriers as one of the rare groups to climb the US and World music charts. Now bringing the party back to the United States, The Gipsy Kings will raise the roof with dance-ready furor, returning to their groundbreaking eponymous album and the nomadic spirit that has led them to their latest, Savor Flamenco – giving audiences the “deep shout at the heart of our community.” Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall Tickets start at $29 June 24 at 8 pm  (Saturday) Diana Ross In the Name of Love Tour With Special Guest Rhonda Ross Beginning in the 60s as lead singer of the world-renowned group, The Supremes, Diana Ross achieved the unprecedented feat of 12 #1 singles in the U.S. becoming the most successful American group in history. She then went on to achieve six #1 singles as a solo artist.  In the U.S. alone, Diana has tallied 31 Top Ten singles and 14 Top Ten Albums, selling over 100 million units around the globe, to date. When Endless Love hit #1 in 1981, Diana became the first female artist in


music history to place six single at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Other chart-topping hits include Stop! In The Name of Love, You Can’t Hurry Love, You Keep Me Hangin’ On, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough and many more. As lead singer of The Supremes, Diana helped shape the sound of popular music, changing the landscape and paved way for contemporary music. Her love of life, never-ending wonder, the appreciation of goals and achievements and sheer human spirit define the artist that is Diana Ross and continue to make her one of the most identifiable, unique, beloved and influential singers of successive pop generations. Singer-songwriter Rhonda Ross is an international Social-Artist, who explores the social environment around her and her relationship to it - questioning constructions of race, gender, sexuality and spirituality through her lyrics. Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall Tickets start at $49

Mounts Botanical Garden The Literary Garden: Book Discussion Tuesday, June 13 – 6 to 7:30 pm Clayton Hutcheson Conference Room FREE Featured Book: The Cabaret of Plants: 40,000 Years of Plant Life and the Human Imagination by Richard Mabey Few pleasures in life surpass that of reading a good book or cultivating your own garden. Mounts Botanical Garden is partnering with the Palm Beach County Library System to combine these joys by uniting book lovers and garden enthusiasts with dynamic reading selections, followed by a discussion the grounds of the Garden.

Wine Garden featuring tropical fruit infused teas, lemonades, wine, kombucha, cider provided by Accomplice brewery, plus ciderworks and beer provided by Tequesta Brewing Company. Free for members of Mounts Botanical Garden and the Rare Fruit Council, and for children 12 and under. The TROPICAL FRUIT FESTIVAL is sponsored by Friends of the Mounts Botanical Garden, Tequesta Brewing Company, Accomplice Brewery and Ciderworks, 97.9 WRMF, Florida Weekly, Palm Beach County and IFEAS.

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p.m. and 7 p.m.

Grand Opening of the New

Jazz, Big Band, Rock & Roll, and Oldies

Windows on the Floating World:

Tito Puente Jr.

Blume Tropical Wetland Garden

Fri. & Sat. 6/2/17 & 6/3/17 – 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 18 – 10 am to 4 pm Let the Water Flow & the Wetland Flourish! In conjunction with the Tropical Fruit Festival, Mounts is hosting the grand opening of Windows on the Floating World: Blume Tropical Wetland Garden. This is a series of see-through walkways and permanent and moveable aquatic plants that allow visitors to feel and connect to the tropical wetlands around them. A wetland is a land area that is saturated with water, either permanently or seasonally, and takes on the characteristics of a distinct ecosystem that serves as home to a wide range of plant and animal life. Additional highlights include waterfalls flowing over natural stone, an area for wading birds, and a wall covered with Bromeliads, offering some of the best foliage colors in the plant kingdom.

Arts Garage

High Voltage Latin Jazz Be prepared to mambo and celebrate his birthday weekend as Tito Puente, Jr. brings his phenomenal band to Arts Garage. Link to Friday ly/2mQcxue

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Ashley The Entertainer, accompanied by the Best Times Band, sings and dances (from ballet to acrobatics!) his way through the songs of the 40’s, 50’s & 60’s with grace, class and a style all his own. Link to Friday 7pm show: http://bit. ly/2nAFCbV Link to Saturday 3pm show:  http://bit. ly/2nALemf

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Ashley the Entertainer


Fri. & Sat. 6/9/17 – 7:00pm & 6/10/17 at 3

Sun June 11 at 7 p.m.

Tropical Fruit Festival Sunday, June 18 – 10 am to 4 pm Throughout the Garden STRIKERS DRUMLINE (Arts Educational Program)

Produced in cooperation with the Rare Fruit Council of Palm Beach County, the new and improved Tropical Fruit Festival is the perfect way for the entire family to celebrate Father’s Day. Enjoy tropical fruit tastings, live music, indoor and air-conditioned food and cooking demonstrations, ice cream and smoothies, a fun zone for kids (butterfly garden and maze, 4H activities), even a Beer and

Sat. June 3 - Sat. July 1 at 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Marching Drumline Percussion Group Arts Garage’s Strikers Drumline will unite and encourage young people by sharing and expressing the love for music especially a love for percussive instruments. This program includes rolling admission. Scholarships are available. Head to for more information.

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Mellow Mushroom Delray, the official game watch party for the Palm Beach County Seminoles Club. The place you want to be to watch all of our Upcoming Florida State football games.

(Note: To pre-register, call the Director of Programs at Mounts at 561.233.1751.)

FREE for members; $10 for nonmembers


25 SE 6th Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33483 (561) 330-3040



Afro-Cuban Funk PALO! was nominated for a Grammy and a Latin Grammy for their album PALO! Live.  PALO! has performed for packed houses and festivals in major cities in North America, Latin America and Europe. Link to tickets:

Annette Gray’s Global Business Development Center provides a unique opportunity for participants to explore creative career options through workshops and guest speakers. This program provides fun, life-changing opportunities for young artists – ages 16-21 – through creativity boosting and community building. Registration deadline is June 1st.

ern-day Janis Joplin with her powerful voice, but you’ll hear a jazz influence as well from her love of such artists as Billie Holiday and Nina Simone.

Link to BSOAAG

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Link to picture: Julio Montalvo Fri June 16 at 8 p.m. Internationally-renowned Latin Jazz Trumbonist S o n g w r i t e r, producer, arranger and session musician, Julio Montalvo also appears as a solo artist, directing his own project since 1998, in which he blends Afro-Cuban rhythms with elements of modern Jazz to achieve an ingenious style - New Latin Jazz. Link to tickets:

The Business Side of Art (Arts Educational Program) June 13, June 14, June 15, June 20, June 21, June 22 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. A Young Artist Career Development Program

Amy Arlo & Almost Blue Funky Soul and Roadhouse Blues Sun June 18 at 7 p.m. Amy Arlo is one of South Florida’s Favorite Blues Divas. She’s been called a mod-

ONYX – South Florida’s Hottest Local Artists

Sun. 6/25/17 – 7:00 p.m.

Thurs. June 22 at 9 p.m. – midnight

International Jazz and R&B Artist

Presenting South Florida’s hottest emerging artists Prepare to immerse yourself in South Florida’s hottest emerging artists at Arts Garage.

The international jazz artist is a Miami Beach native with a Jamaican background. She started singing at the age of four and was exposed to an array of different cultures and styles of music.

Luis Bofill


Fri. June 23 8 p.m.

SHINE – South Florida’s Premier Open Mic Showcase

Internationally-renowned Latin Artist

Wed. June 29 2017 – 9 p.m. Own the Spotlight

The Miami New Times magazine named Luis Bofill “Best Musical Rejuvenation 2001” considering his sound to be one of “the hottest grooves around.” As the lead vocalist for various famous Salsa and Latin Jazz groups, he has made his mark in the Latin music scene.

Are you an inspiring artist, writer, or musician who is itching for a spot in the limelight? Well now is your chance to SHINE! Arts Garage presents SHINE, a monthly open mic showcase for local talent, hosted by the esteemed MC, Ian Caven.



Nikki Kid

Jean Caze

Fri. June 30 – 8:00 p.m. Award-winning Jazz Trumpeter Jean has received abundant praise from critics, peers and jazz enthusiasts alike who have taken to Jean’s lyrical tone and tasteful ideas. He has been hailed a “True Improviser” and even compared to Miles Davis by fellow trumpet player Carl Saunders. Though his roots are solidly planted in jazz, Jean can flawlessly switch between genres. Tickets:


Try these five dishes at Boca’s Ouzo Bay Alex Smith, the owner of Ouzo Bay, picks

naki - Pan-Fried Kefalograviera Cheese

his five favorite dishes from the new

Flambeed Table-side with Brady. Served

restaurant in Boca Raton at Mizner Park.

with Toasted Pita “The Flaming Saganaki is a fun appetizer that makes for a perfect start to the Ouzo Bay meal. Its showmanship but also a delicious appetizer of melted cheese.”

1 Xtapodi Skharas ~ Octopus - Charcoal Grilled and Tossed with Sweet On-


ions & Red Peppers in a Red Wine Caper Vinaigrette “This is the best grilled octopus I’ve ever had, and I’ve eaten it all over Greece. Its tender and has a nice charcoal flavor. The hummus is the perfect complement to the octopus.”

4 Glossa ~ Dover Sole - Wild Caught Fresh from Holland & Pan Seared, Deli-



cate & Firm, Sweet & Full Flavored “Our Fresh Whole Fish are all simply & perfectly prepared, but my favorite would be the Dover Sole flown in from Holland. The freshness and quality is unlike any-

“A live show by the Dana Fuchs Band is an assault on all the senses...” -- Henry Yates Classic Rock Magazine Millions fell in love with her as ‘Sexy Sadie’ in the Beatles lyrics-inspired film, Across the Universe.

thing around. Be sure to visit our Seafood


Display to se our freshest daily offerings.”

(Bring chairs; limited chair rental)


Includes exclusive access to VIP hospitality area with free Lagunitas beer; exclusive cash bar and limited club seating.


2 Plaki ~ Chilean Sea Bass - Braised 561.243.7922, x1

with Tomatoes, Fava Beans, Sweet Onions, Potatoes & Capers

51 N. Swinton Avenue | Delray Beach 33444

“The Ouzo Bay Chilean Sea Bass is a lot different than others restaurants because it is in an aromatic tomato broth.”

5 Oaidkia ~ Lamb Chops - Charcoal Grilled & Served with Jumbo Asparagus Spears, Roasted Lemon Potatoes & Rosemary-Balsamic Reduction “These are a MUST TRY at Ouzo Bay. Our chefs trim off all the fat before grilling so you’re left with the eye of the chop. I think this dish is the perfect portion

3 Saganaki Tiganito ~ Flaming Saga-

size as well.”






Taste of Recovery event celebrates The Crossroads Club 35th anniversary By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor

than being able to give back to someone who has been in your shoes.”

Delray Beach’s The Crossroads Club isn’t a sober home. It isn’t a treatment facility. It is a place where people can gather to meet.

He said recovery is hard because it isn’t a disease that can just be treated with medicine.

That is what the nonprofit was founded on 35 years ago, a place where locals and anyone who needed a place to meet for a 12-step program could go.

“Just because my name is on a building, doesn’t mean my life is perfect,” he said. “I am truly blessed as to where I am today from where I was.”

The nonprofit is teaming up with Big Time Restaurant Group to host the inaugural “A Taste of Recovery” on June 3.

He said he is excited for the event and to give back.

The culinary event will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Old School Square Pavilion. Tickets cost $40 per person and proceeds will benefit The Crossroads Club. Enjoy bites from local restaurants and live entertainment. “This year we were talking and trying to figure out what our events were going to be for the upcoming year,” Chris Finley said. “We realized it was 35 years and we should try to do something big. We spit balled ideas and someone came up with this.” Finley said the nonprofit is funded mostly through donations and fundraisers, but typically they operate at a deficit.

“It’s always a struggle,” he said. “We are self-funded.” The event is close to Louie Bossi of Big Time Restaurant Group. That is because he attends meetings at Crossroads. He has been in recovery for nine years. “Our main concern is to raise awareness,” Bossi said. “I think it’s the right time that this is happening especially with the massive overdoses that have been going on throughout South Florida. It’s perfect timing, unfortunately.” He said he just lost someone close to the restaurant to an overdose. “I come from the same thing,” he said. “I was homeless. I overdosed. They brought me back. I have been to very dark, dark places in my life. There is no bigger high

“This event is a tribute to all who have lost their lives and to those in recovery,” he said. “The restaurant industry in particular has large numbers of employees in recovery.” Since its founding, Crossroads is in its fourth location. Finley estimates about 1,000 people go to Crossroads daily for a meeting. The meetings could be AA or NA they could be support groups for families dealign with a family member who has addiction. They could be meetings for food addiction or gambling addiction. The club provides meeting space for all 12-step recovery groups at no cost. “Typically recovery meetings are held in schools and in churches,” Finley said. “A group of locals had this idea of putting

together a club where meetings could take place. They call it Crossroads because people were at a crossroads in their lives. Crossroads has been a place where locals, snowbirds and anyone can go. They can have their meetings and can continue to work on their path to living sober and productive lives.” Participating restaurants include: Big Time Restaurant Group restaurants Louie Bossi’s Boca, Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar and City Oyster & Sushi Bar. Other restaurants participating include Buccan, Culinary Convenience, Farmer’s Table, The Grille on Congress, Mario’s Ocean Ave, Max’s Harvest, Pappa’s Tapas, Tucker Duke’s and Rebel House. Seasons 52 will provide desserts and LaVazza will provide coffee. Participating chefs will compete for cash prizes for “Best Bite.”  Nationally known comedian, SARGE, will MC the event and comedian Rick Corso will perform.  Corso was selected as one of Showtime’s Comedy Club All Stars and was a member of Comedy Central’s “The A List.” The Jazz and Swing Society and Dave Scott and the Reckless Shots will perform, as well. For more information, visit

Festival Rep at FAU presents Austin, Sondheim works, two concerts, piano gala By: Dale King Contributing Writer Florida Atlantic University’s Department of Theatre and Dance in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters on the Boca Raton campus will present two theatrical productions, two concerts and a piano gala this summer as part of its 18th annual Festival Repertory Theatre 2017. First on stage will be Sense and Sensibility, a play written by Kate Hamill, but based on the Jane Austin novel. It will be presented on weekends from Friday, June 23 through Saturday, July 22. Alternating with this production will be the Stephen Sondheim musical, Into the Woods, scheduled from Friday, June 30 through Sunday, July 30. Sondheim’s original Broadway production became a 2014 film with a lengthy ensemble cast that included Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick and Chris Pine.  Festival Rep also includes two big band concerts, on Saturday, July 15 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 16 at 2 p.m. A piano gala will be featured on Monday, June 12 at 7 p.m. All shows will be held either in the University Theatre or Studio One Theatre, both located in the same building on the Boca campus at 777 Glades Road. Winner of several Tony Awards, including Best Score and Best Book, Into the Woods is one of Sondheim’s most popular musicals. The unusual story blends familiar fairy tales like “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Jack and the Beanstalk,” “Rapunzel,” and “Cinderella” while following the story of a baker and his wife as they try to undo a

Sense and Sensibility will be presented this summer as part of Florida Atlantic University’s Festival Repertory Theatre. Submitted photo.

witch’s curse that has left them childless. Into the Woods offers audiences a lush and exciting celebration of life that reminds us that our actions have consequences, our lives are interdependent and that our interdependence is our greatest strength. Sense and Sensibility offers a refreshing, light-hearted romp through the English countryside, telling the story of the Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne, as they cope with changing social circumstances and wistful longings for love. Told with quick, tight structuring and a chorus of gos-

Into the Woods will be presented this summer as part of Florida Atlantic University’s Festival Repertory Theatre. Submitted photo.

sips, Sense and Sensibility is inventive and full of comic vitality. The Festival Rep concerts will feature tunes from the 30s, 40s and 50s presented by the FAU Swing Era Jazz Band. The June 12 gala is a four-piano extravaganza. Again this year, Festival Rep will feature professional equity actors working alongside FAU’s top-notch graduate students in their final on-campus production before they graduate and enter the world of professional theater. Tickets are now on sale for Festival Rep, available at www. or by calling 800-564-9539.


Last minute camp scoop By: Heather McMechan Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers

For some reason, this school year has flown by and summer popped up out of nowhere. If you didn’t have time to get your kids into a camp, then here is a list of some last minute camp ideas that may help you and your kids’ have the best summer ever. Waves Surf Academy & The City of Delray Beach Surf Camp

perience filled with fun, learning and new friendships that may last a lifetime. Waves Surf Academy Camps are from 9:00 a.m.– 2:30 p.m and run Monday–Friday. Full Week: $285 Residents, Full Week: $300 Non-residents, One-day: $60.00 Residents, One-day: $70.00 Non-residents Half Day: $50. The Waves Surf Academy & The City of Delray Beach Surf Camp is located at Anchor Park in Delray Beach. Call 561-843-0481 for more information. Twisters Gymnastics Camp

sional, safety-certified staff! Registration includes the camp sessions of your choice, gymnastics instruction, healthy snack & juice each day, arts & crafts, movie time, fun & games! Lunch is available daily for $7 or you can pack your child a lunch. They have two locations. Boca Raton location offers June 5th through August 11th and the Coconut Creek Location offers June 9th through August 18th. Twisters Boca is located at 3100 NW Boca Raton Blvd #308 in Boca Raton. Call 561-750-6001 for more details. American Twisters Gymnastics is located at 6805 Lyons Technology Cir in Pompano Beach, FL. Space of Mind

The Waves Surf Academy summer program is a three month program offered from June to August (Monday–Friday) for ages 5 through 16. The camp offers surf instruction for all levels. Whether you have never surfed before or you just want to improve your skills, Waves Surf Academy can accommodate your needs. They want campers to have a well-rounded ex-

If your child loves climbing, jumping, running and flipping, then they will have a blast at Camp Twisters. Whether your child spends a session, a day, a week or the whole summer at Twisters, their time here will be filled with loads of fun! They offer 10 weeks of fun in a clean, state-of-the-art facility with our profes-

Space of Mind summer campers in middle and high school will explore their passions and discover new ones through the arts, music, movement, cooking, fitness, filmmaking, songwriting, yoga, maker labs and even environmental studies. Campers can also hone their academic skills, whether for course credit or just remediation and enrichment. High school students looking to complete their online course requirement (through FLVS or another platform), make up credits or get ahead can do so in a fun and inspir-

Are you a victim of a player? Games people play when dating By: Riana Milne, MA, Cert. Life & Relationship Coach, LMHC, CAP Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers There are various forms of toxic dating practices that have recently emerged over the past few years that singles need to watch out for. Dating abuse seems to becoming rampant, as I am seeing more and more victims who are very kind people “being played” by nasty cruel gamers while innocently trying to date to find a quality, exclusive relationship. Recently a new term emerged called “breadcrumbing,” which is best described in the Urban Dictionary as, “the act of sending out flirtatious, but non-committal text messages (i.e. ‘breadcrumbs’) to members of the opposite sex to lure a sexual partner without expending much effort to date them.” Last year, “Ghosting” became popular amongst the selfish, self-absorbed game players. These idiots suddenly cut all contact off with you once they no longer wanted to continue the relationship. These players come on strong, flirt and give you a ton of attention, and even may tell you “they love you” just to be sexual, then once the deed is done, disappear. I see these poor victims in my office who are concerned over this person, “wondering if

they had an accident, or some horrible mishap.” Nope; they just moved on to the next score. Unfortunately, people tend to do breadcrumbing to seek attention, without commitment. In the techno, hetero and same-sexed dating world, many people are looking for a “fast sexual hookup” without responsibility, love, connection or obligation. This has become rampant. The “swipe apps” where you quickly choose, “Are they Hot or are they Not?” and “Let’s Meet up – Right now!” feeds into this “hit and run” pattern of dating. If not having sex upon the first meeting, one partner will give their prey plenty of flirtation and attention, until they get sexual; and then throw out some attention, such as Likes on your social media, or a random text hello - just enough to keep you on the line for another fast hookup. It’s sad because you may conceive they are truly interested in you and in having a real connection, but instead, waste your time when you could focus on someone genuine. It’s a very dangerous, toxic pattern that innocent people can get caught up in quickly. One must be aware it goes on, and stop it quick once they spot it. These are not nice people; they are users.

Breadcrumbing can also occur after a breakup, when one partner doesn’t want the other to find love; or wants a stable of dates “on-call” for intimacy at their whim. This used to be called a “booty call.” Anyone texting you for attention after 9 p.m., don’t answer; anyone texting you after 11 p.m., block their number. If you suspect you had a date with someone playing emotional games, flirting excessively that they loved the date, but then don’t text you back for 4-5 days; and then come back to you strong late at night, or for a last-minute date – delete their number, and move on. Trust your gut and error on the side of safety. When dating, there are certain rules to follow and questions one must ask before, during and after a date, to ensure you don’t attract a toxic partner. Kind people with a conscious who are sincerely looking for love and really want to find an exclusive partner will not be playing these types of games. Be honest and straight-forward with those you date; if you are seeing other people, say so. If you are dating for the hope to find an exclusive partner, or for marriage or a family, be honest about this. If you are interested in someone, do text them back, but don’t do the opposite – chase, over-text, use sex, or try to control someone into “loving you.” Don’t play games. If you don’t see future potential with


ing environment where academic coaches are on-hand to offer support, guidance, organizational and study skills. Have your child learn and grow socially, emotionally, creatively and intellectually this summer! Programs for middle and high school kids run Mondays-Thursdays, June 12th-August 3rd from 9am-3pm, and half day is available from 9 a.m.-noon. Space of Mind is located at 102 N. Swinton Ave. in Delray Beach, FL. Call 877-407-1122 for more information. MECE Preschool and Kindergarten Camp If you are looking for a camp for your 2 ½ year old who is potty-trained, then I have the camp for you. The MECE Summer Camp located in Boca Raton is great for ages 2½ through 6. The camp hours are from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The activities include: arts and crafts, music, dance, computers, storytelling, dramatic play, explorations, sports, bible time, field games, water play, and much more! Special activities will be provided weekly! Snack and lunch is provided by parent and early drop is available for a minimal fee. It’s $150 per week with any two week commitment. There is a $30 registration fee. Camp Weeks: June 19-23 and June 26-30, July 10-14, and July 17-21. MECE Preschool and Kindergarten Camp is located at 625 NE Mizner Blvd in Boca Raton, FL. Call 561-368-1215 for more information. someone simply say, “I think you’re very nice, but I don’t quite think we’re a match;” and move on to date someone else. Protect yourself and your heart by not becoming intimate early on; move slowly in dating to see if this person could become a potential partner. “Hooking up” never wins a partner for marriage. Your body is a gift; many women think being sexual quickly will win a man; but the opposite is always true. It’s important that you learn “the rules of success for dating” to ensure that you don’t get hurt and instead, get the love you deserve. Breadcrumbing and ghosting are just plain mean; you are toying with someone’s emotions, that could cause Love trauma long after the game is over. Riana Milne, MA, LMHC, CAP is a Certified, global Relationship, Love & Life Coach, a #1 Best Selling author, a Life & Relationship Coach for the new TV Show, Radical Dating – Finding Lasting Love Over 40; Host of her former TV show: Lessons in Life & Love, a motivational speaker, Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Cert Addictions Professional at Therapy by the Sea; 15300 Jog Rd, Suite 109, Delray Beach. For a FREE Coaching Strategy session, to learn more about Riana’s Coaching programs or suggest a topic, go to or email Worldwide Coaching Phone: (201) 281-7887. Delray office: (561) 701-8277; Skype Coaching and FB LIVE: on Coach Riana Milne.



Dash around the world: family reunion at sea By: Joel Dash Special to the Boca/ Delray newspapers

double-occupancy cabins, one member of your group will cruise for free. This does not include air or port charges. Or, you can reduce everyone’s discounted fare by a prorated amount. Sometimes the organizer of the trip takes the freebie, but frequently it is shared among all guests.

One of the hottest trends in travel right now is taking the entire family to sea. I’m talking about the multi-generational, extended family reunion, with grandma and grandpa, aunts and uncles, adult children, college students on breaks, teens, pre-teens, toddlers and even inlaws. Far found relations from different states or countries, running different tastes, interested and physical capabilities, are finding that vacations at sea are just the ticket for a great reunion. Unlink the classic out-of-town reunion, no single person is responsible for keeping everyone happy and entertained. The list of possibilities for fun and excitement is far greater on a cruise than anywhere else and is usually stress-free. If a floating family reunion is on your horizon, here are some of the things to keep in mind. First, if you need eight or more cabins, you may qualify for a group discount, which is typically lower than the ear-

The cruise lines catering to family reunions are Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, MSC and Disney. Disney also has a river boat program on AMA Waterways.

ly-bird savings offered to individuals. Most cruise lines require at least eight double-occupancy cabins for this rate, but occasionally the requirement drops to as low as five cabins, especially on the luxury lines. Second, you will need to book early in order to be sure there is space for the entire party. Most cruise lines offer group rates a year or more prior to sailing and will withdraw them five to six months in ad-

vance of sailing. Third, cruise groups often qualify for special perks or freebies. These can include a cocktail party, bon voyage gifts or shipboard credit, which can be used for anything on board from souvenirs to speciality dinners to spa treatments and shore excursions. Families can reserve on-board space for private gatherings. Finally, if you group books at least eight

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Gentlemen’s Choice Hairstyling (561) 742-4300 558 E Woolbright Rd.

Easy Pay Tire Store Goodyear (561) 732-2696 619 N Federal Hwy.

The Zoo Gym Health Club of Boynton Beach (561) 736-2081 538 E Woolbright Rd.

Hi-Tech Auto Repair (561)-877-4106 314 W Industrial Ave.

Yoga Fit (561) 600-7822 1517 S Federal Hwy. The Sol Oasis (561) 336-1067 408 E Ocean Ave.

MARINE South Florida Marine (561)-737-9423 725 N Federal Hwy. Florida Native Bait and Tackle (561)-738-2246 1824 N Federal Hwy. Boynton Beach Dive Center (561) 732-8590 212 S Federal Hwy. Marine Scenes Aquarium (561) 364-5527 805 Federal Hwy.

Noted Automotive (561) 736-3833 606 W Industrial Ave. Precision Auto Body Works (561) 736-1007 400 W Industrial Ave. National Transmissions (561) 737-7551 502 3rd St. Pioneer Auto and Body (561) 375-7977 401 N Railroad Ave. Boynton Auto Repair and Transmission (561) 336-2470 409 N Railroad Ave. Bruno’s Auto, Body and Paint (561) 737-7506 217 NE 3rd St.

Main Street Car Wash (561) 734-7608 201 E Boynton Beach Blvd.

HOME IMPROVEMENT Ferazzoli & Son, Inc. Marble and Granite (561) 734-3252 419 NE 4th Ave. Nature Craft Marble (561) 424-0664 603 N Federal Hwy. Deck and Drive Inc. (561) 330-8100 611 NE 3rd St. Ace Hardware (561) 732-2161 510 E Boynton Beach Blvd. Pugh’s Pools and Spa (561) 644-8790 313 N. Railroad Ave.




Taste Delray on a Savor Our City food tour By: Natalya Jones Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers Imagine a couple hours dedicated to trying food from multiple restaurants both steeped with antiquity as well as some that are brand new. Cuisine can vary from American burgers to exotic Hispanic fare. Bites can be heavy and savory, light and sweet, or even a combination of all four. Thanks to Savor Our City for tours, this gastronomic dream is a reality. A fun mix of history and cuisine, Savor Our City is pioneered by founder  and C.F.O. (Chief Foodie Officer) Denise Righetti. Offering tours in Delray, Boca

and Miami as well as cities in other states, Savor Our City contains five to seven stops where participants get to interact with restaurant managers, small business owners, chefs, farmers, mixologists and more. On a recent Taste Atlantic Ave. tour, the group made several stops at popular downtown eateries.

The over medium egg was complimented by pesto aioli, cheddar cheese, house roasted bacon and house made faccia bread. Accompanied by  house roasted potatoes and a Bloody Mary, it was the ideal combination of carbs and protein to prep us for the walking portions of the tour.

Our first foodie stop was at City Oyster and Sushi Bar. Here, tour guests were served a  breakfast panini and fruit.

Next up was popular night spot The Office. Except

instead of an evening cocktail, we were served brunch specialities. Prime beef sliders were paired with  truffle Parmesan fries in the corporate-esque setting. While the bacon honey jam, aged cheddar and spicy BBQ proved to be an exceptional blend, it was the truffle fries with  garlic aioli on the side  that should be promoted to CEO. What followed was a memorable highlight of the tour, which took place at  The Original Popcorn House, where we were taken on a behind-thescenes tour. Glass was the only thing that separated us from the unimaginable, crazy flavors of popcorn, all for our tasting. Honey Siracha, Pancakes/Bacon, Dark Chocolate Cayenne, Root Beer, Loaded Baked Potato and Peanut Butter were just a few of the types available in this corn variation’s heaven. Walking over to the Colombian Coffee House, we stopped inside for an arepa, Farmer’s Coffee and Enchanted Lemonade.  Comprised of  cinnamon, cloves and sugar cane, the Farmer’s Coffee could have converted any non-coffee drinker over to the dark roast side. As for the  Enchanted Lemonade made of sugar cane, water, and fresh lime, it was a light alternative to the sickly, too sweet lemonades typically found in grocery stores. For people looking for Splenda filled caffeinated beverages saturated with sticky creamer, the  Colombian Coffee House is not the place: authenticity and natural ingredients are the theme here.

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Our final stop was new restaurant Corner Porch. Although the establishment is only a few months old restaurant, the building is about 110 years old. Here, we were welcomed with a sample of their banana creamsicle cocktail, which is a mixture of banana liquor and rum, creme de cocoa, chocolate and milk. Creamy and decadent, it is the model fruity dessert beverage.

The health of your child is at the heart of your family. At West Boca, we have more than 80 pediatric specialists dedicated to caring for your child. Specialized care for your kids, all in one comfortable, convenient neighborhood location. Our pediatric services include:

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● 24/7 Pediatric ER ● Fellowship-trained Pediatric Subspecialists

Savor Our City is ideal for curious tourists or hungry locals. Regardless, participants of all types can take a bite out of the city.

● Board Certified Pediatric Anesthesiologists ● Pediatric Hospitalists for in-patient Stays

We know kids.

● Same Day Surgery Center ● Pediatric Intensive Care Unit with in-house Pediatric Intensivist

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● Kid-friendly Diagnostic Imaging Center

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Senior living residents help next-generation care providers understand aging By: David Beasley Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers Roberta Hyman is helping the next generation of health care providers understand successful aging. Hyman, a resident of Lifespace community Abbey Delray South in Delray Beach, Florida, meets throughout the year with students from Florida Atlantic University’s Senior Aging Geriatrics Education program. The students are preparing for careers in social work, medicine and nursing, and Hyman talks with them about various aspects of aging. Residents like Hyman are improving their well-being with the help of Lifespace’s successful aging strategy. Lifespace partners with Masterpiece Living, a program based on the landmark MacArthur Foundation Study on Aging, published in 1988. The MacArthur study challenged the widespread belief that genes primarily determine how a person ages, and found that those who age successfully have strong social connections, are physically active, intellectually stimulated, and spiritual. “The students will ask about what medicines I’m taking and how I am doing physically,” she says. “They will walk around my residence to see if there are any hazards. They are really trying to find out how older people are doing.” The partnership between Florida Atlantic University and Abbey Delray South has been underway for six years, says Jo Ann Bamdas, director of the university’s Office of Interprofessional Education program. Abbey Delray, another Lifespace community in Delray Beach, hosts a similar program where more than 30 residents participate. The intergenerational program is one of many initiatives that fulfill Lifespace’s commitment to serving the wider community and being socially accountable. The Senior Aging Geriatrics Education program is a component of an Interprofessional Education program, which helps students in different health-related fields understand how to provide teambased care. About 20 Abbey Delray

Roberta Hyman, an Abbey Delray South resident, enjoys participating in the community’s partnership with Florida Atlantic University. Submitted photo.

South residents volunteer each year as mentors to a team of students in medicine, nursing and social work. The mentors participate in a series of three visits with the students. “One of the assessments is a get-upand-go test that measures how long it takes to get up out of a chair,” Bamdas says. “Another might be a mini-cognitive assessment. The final visit includes practice with risk assessment of medicine and home safety.” Some of the mentors have participated for the entire six years of the program’s existence, in part because they enjoy the interaction with the young students, Bamdas says. “Over the years, the mentors have commented about how impressed they are with the students and how they love to work with them, listen to them and be around them,” Bamdas says. “But I also think the mentors realize they are helping the students.” The program has a strong commitment from Lifespace team members as well, says Teresa Zorn, director of life enrichment and engagement at Abbey Delay South, one of 12 Lifespace communities in the United States. “Department directors are happy to take time out of their diligent schedules to speak in front of the students as well as give tours of our campus,” says Zorn, who assists with the program. “We are very pleased to host the program and look forward to continuing this partnership.” Although these are educational vis-

its for the students, they sometimes notice change over time and show concern. “The students will mention to me or a faculty member if they notice a hearing problem or a cognitive problem,” Bamdas says. Students are often surprised to find the residents break the stereotypes of older adults, she says. Medical student Benjamin Childs, for example, quickly learned that Abbey Delray South has an active fitness center and exercise program, which also creates important social connections between residents.


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“They are seeing each other every day just like you would do with a family,” Childs says. Ashley Ramos, a graduate student in social work, found her mentor to be warm, welcoming and dynamic. “He was energetic,” Ramos says. “He played tennis. He was involved in the community. It was inspiring. When I get older, I hope that I can be like that.” Mentor meetings are usually from one to three hours. But Hyman’s meetings often stretch to four hours as she clicks with the students. They exchange email addresses and keep in touch long after the program is over. She even invited students to dinner at Abbey Delray South. “I love it,” Hyman says. “I love showing them that there is life after 70.”

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An objective view Of Medicinal Marijuana for PTSD: Part 3 of 3 By: Raul J. Rodriguez MD, DABPN, DABAM, MRO Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers One of the problems with the legalization of Cannabis for the treatment of PTSD is that not every person who presents with complaints of PTSD will actually have the disorder. There are people who will seek a facilitated means of obtaining Cannabis through legalization. The appeal of being able to buy your Cannabis at a dispensary rather than from a drug dealer is obvious. There are also many who want a “license to get high” that would legitimately explain a finding of THC on a urine drug test due to having a medical card. This group is at risk of faking or exaggerating a presentation of PTSD

to get a prescription for marijuana. Among all the different conditions indicated for medical use of Cannabis, PTSD in particular would be a target of this group as it is the only disorder that does not have verifiable objective medical findings. This threatens the viability of this treatment option for the individuals that truly suffer distress from a past trauma. This group is also at risk of being enabled by conflicts of interest within the dispensaries themselves. There are always many investors who wish to jump on the financial bandwagon of the next multi-billion dollar

industry. Legalized marijuana for both medicinal and recreational purposes is exactly that industry. Dispensary owners derive profit from sales. Sales are based on the volume of customers. The more lax the criteria used to make a diagnosis of PTSD, the greater the volume of potential customers. This leads to a potential situation where dispensaries with a direct incentive to sell Marijuana can become complicit with individuals who fake having PTSD so they can obtain it legally. This type of situation is exactly what happened with the pain pill-mill crisis of just a few years ago. That did not turn out well, having catastrophic fallout


LEVEL 1 TRAUMA CENTER “It’s a miracle I’m alive, they gave me a 5% chance of survival.”

Due to the myriad problems that arise from legalizing a previously illicit substance for the treatment of PTSD, medicinal Marijuana is a problematic medication at best. It is not a miracle of modern medicine. It is not a secret cure that “Big Pharma” has kept from us. It is a potentially helpful substance with many potential complications. An appropriate comparison can be made to alprazolam (Xanax). Xanax is widely known to be very powerful in its ability to relieve anxiety. It is also widely known to cause a host of problems including over-sedation, slurring of speech, incoordination, intoxication, addiction, depression, rebound anxiety, and seizures with abrupt cessation after steady use. Xanax can still be used appropriately and effectively, but with caution and careful monitoring. For the conditions that Xanax is effective in treating, there are other options that exist that are safer, more effective and much less problematic. Is this starting to sound familiar? New choices and popular choices are not always the best choices.


Mary was in a terrible car accident where paramedics had to use the Jaws of Life to remove her from the vehicle. Trauma Hawk brought her to the Trauma Center at Delray Medical Center. After 34 surgeries and three months in the hospital, Mary is happy to be alive. “If they had brought me to any other hospital besides Delray Medical Center, I wouldn’t have survived.”

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When a real emergency strikes, Level 1 Trauma care may increase the odds of survival by 25%. As the only Trauma Center serving southern Palm Beach County, Delray Medical Center is ready to respond with a full range of lifesaving ER specialists and capabilities, 24 hours a day, for adults and pediatrics. Serious emergencies happen. When they do, we take ER care to a whole new level.

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that hurt both legitimate pain management patients as well as those who were seeking drugs to abuse and sell. These problems will be difficult, if not impossible to avoid.

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Making the choice as to whether to seek out a medical marijuana card is really not that complicated. Individuals who believe they may truly have PTSD should seek out an objective assessment of their symptoms so that a proper diagnosis can be made. If they are diagnosed with PTSD, they should then explore all of their treatment options. They should keep in mind that Cannabis Sativa is merely one of several options, and it may not be the best or most appropriate choice for them. Individuals who have pre-existing complicating conditions such as psychosis, addiction, Bipolar Disorder, anxiety, and depression are not good candidates for medical marijuana and should avoid it outright. Those who truly just want to get high should continue to obtain marijuana from their preferred illicit source (there are plenty of them) and not interfere with the ability of legitimate PTSD patients to avail of this as one of their treatment options. Dr Rodriguez is the founder, CEO and Medical Director of the Delray Center For Healing, which specializes in comprehensive outpatient treatment of PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, & Eating Disorders.



Neuroplasticity: Key to Treating Neurological Conditions By: Dr. John Conde DC, DACNB Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers The definition of neuroplasticity is as follows; the ability of the brain to form and reorganize synaptic connections, especially in response to learning or experience. In layman’s terms this means that the brain can increase or decrease the number and strength of its connections in specific areas in response to the environmental experience it undergoes. For example, if you start using your non-dominant hand exclusively, you will increase the density and strength of connections on the side of the brain opposite of the predominant hand that is being used. The basic mechanism of plasticity is relatively easy to understand. Say you have neuron “A” which forms a connection with neuron “B” which then also forms a connection with neuron “C” (A-B-C). If neuron “A” is activated by you moving your arm then subsequently neuron “B” gets activated which then in turn does a wonderful thing and activates neuron “A” reciprocally as well as neuron “C”. In essence neuron “A” is activated twice. The activation process in the neuron unleashes a robust number of genetic events including producing new proteins and ener-

gy which in turn allows the neuron to produce another synaptic arm that allows it to now connect with more than one neuron. This is the basis for treating patients that have had injury and death to neurons in certain parts of the brain. This information is invaluable for clinicians treating patients with all forms of neurological compromise especially those with acquired brain injuries. An acquired brain injury is defined as damage to the brain which occurs after birth and is not related to congenital or degenerative disease and may be temporary or permanent and cause partial or full disability. The most common forms are traumatic brain injuries, stroke, near drowning events producing hypoxia (lack of oxygen), drug overdose events producing hypoxia. Clinicians can activate certain regions of the brain through targeted neurological rehabilitation therapies and either encourage healing of damaged tissue or bypass dead tissue to restore function. These neurological rehabilitation therapies are developed after a thorough examination to pin point the de-

ficiencies in brain. The most cutting-edge therapies are evidenced-based and have metrics in place to objectify improvement. One treatment that checks all the boxes is the Dynavision D2. The used is required to manually compress targets made up of 64 LED lights that are blinking in a strategically established manner according to the neurological presentation of the person. The information is recorded and attention is placed on speed and sequence. This process engages and integrates two very important regions of the brain; the cerebellum and frontal lobe. Those areas of the brain are responsible for everything that makes us human such as problem solving, timing, sequencing, initiating thought processes and coordination. Dr. John Conde is a Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist, one of only one thousand in the country. He holds diplomate status through the American Chiropractic Neurology Board. He provides specialized care for difficult cases of back neck pain, numbness-tingling, vertigo-dizziness balance disorders, fibromyalgia, migraines, AD/HD, autism, and dyslexia. His office is located at the Atlantic Grove in Delray Beach, FL and can be reached at 561-3306096,, and at

Keeping kids safe this summer By: West Boca Medical Center Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers Kids start looking forward to summer well before the last school bell rings. From pool parties to long days at the beach, and backyard barbeques to long bike rides, children can hardly wait to have fun in the sun. But before parents let their children escape the confines of classroom and home, they can take steps to keep kids safe so they can avoid having to go back inside – to the hospital emergency room (ER). Be safe in the water. Drowning is the leading cause of injury death among children ages 1 to 4. That is why it is always important to have an adult watching, whether kids are swimming in a pool, lake or beach. A fence and self-locking gate should be installed around backyard pools to keep kids out when it’s not in use. Always wear a helmet. Approximately 300,000 children go to the ER for bike-related injuries. Children must always wear a properly-fitted helmet, and the straps should always be fastened. Go for a safe ride. The leading cause of death among children between the ages of 5 and 19 is motor vehicle-related accidents. Injury or death of a child may be prevented with a properly fitted car seat. A child should never be left unattended in a car, not even for a few minutes to run a quick errand. Keeping windows up may prevent a kid-

napping but the Florida heat can cause serious dehydration or even death. Watch where children play. More than 200,000 children in the U.S. aged 14 and younger visit the ER for playground-related injuries. Be sure to watch children closely as they play. Keep children away from heat. To avoid burns to a child’s chest, legs and face, adults should not let children play with fireworks and keep them away from the grill, campfires and fire pits. Here are other ways parents can keep their kids safe during the summer: • Apply sunscreen about 30 minutes before children go outside and then every two hours. • Allow only one child on a trampoline at a time, and make sure the trampoline has safety walls and coverings over the springs. • Keep children hydrated in hot weather. The Proper Treatment West Boca features more than 80 affiliated pediatric specialists and sub-specialists. Their expertise ranges from pediatric sleep disorders to pulmonary disease

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Summer tones

By: Christine King Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers Oh, sweet Florida Summer. The myriad of tones and color in the sky and sea, the hot white sand scattered with colorful umbrellas and beachgoers of all ages, types, and sizes, and...the dreaded bathing suit.

Onto the toning. For Summer Tones, there are a few methods to tuck away in your secret toolbox, including Super Sets. Women in particular worry about the appearance of their triceps. (Lovingly referred to as “bat wings,” “bye-bye muscles” and other “funny,” self-deprecating terms.) To attack those arms and give them a boost simply stack a couple of triceps exercises back to back. For example:

In addition to the bathing suit, the bonus of excessive humidity leads us to light weight clothing and sleeveless dresses and tops every chance we find. As the heat begins to invade our world, panic sets in and thoughts turn to the current state of our body.

the abdominals is not recommended. It is a muscle group like the others and requires a day of rest in between training. Also, using functional activities gives your abs plenty of attention, so for now take peace and have faith that your abs will get plenty of work. So let’s quickly move to the second most asked about area by both men and women...thighs and legs. Women want to tone; men statistically avoid training their legs at all costs, however, equally hate to see sagging skin. The same Super Set principle holds true for fabulous legs. For example: -Use a reasonable pair of dumbbells for a lunge and biceps curl (multitasking is always beneficial). Piggyback that with traveling side step squats using dumbbells or a core ball.

Not to worry, as starting today there are immediate measures to implement and quickly capture some tone in your life! You’ll feel better about wearing lighter and less fabric in all styles of attire.

-Chair Dips and Dumbbell or Tube Kickbacks

You’ve heard it a thousand times; spot training is a fantasy. So let’s just get it out of the way right now. A form of cardio or circuit style of functional training that keeps your heart rate up to burn fat is a necessity.

Perform one set of each movement and instead of resting go to a lower body exercise. Then repeat the Triceps Super Set.

-Skull Crushers with dumbbells or tubing and Triceps Extension with cables or tubing

I’d be remiss to not discuss abs. Everyone on the planet wants flat abs. Overtraining

The Super Set method can be used to attack any area you find problematic. Other Secrets: Spend five to ten minutes in the sun without sunscreen to soak up the benefits of vitamin D. Second, use one of the fabulous, healthy self-tanners that give you an instant beau-

tiful tone of glow. You’ll look like you’ve just been kissed by the sun. At the last International Spa Association Conference in Las Vegas, I found several brands. One of my favorites, Hampton Sun, Smart Serious Sunbathing, offers many options for instant tone. The No-Rub Sunless Tanning Mist is amazing. It’s an easy to apply, no streak, at-home spray tan. The Airbrush Bronzing Mist is a beautiful, no commitment bronzing spray. It dries like a powder and washes off in an instant! The rest of their line is luxurious, simple to use and illuminates your new “tones.” Following the above advice will quickly help to prepare your body to shine. South Florida summers are a gift meant to be enjoyed by all who live here. Traffic is diminished, restaurants aren’t as busy, and the locals are simply more relaxed. Take delight in this summer with your new tones! You’ll look and feel better and take great pleasure in this paradise called South Florida. Christine King is a Medical Exercise Specialist, Fitness Expert, and Founder & CEO 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. www.



Are our genes our destiny? By: Laura Norman Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers Over the last 30 years we’ve seen amazing progress in mapping the human genome. We have learned much about how our genes affect our health and now, in some cases, we can customize treatment for individuals based on their unique genetic makeup. A gene is really just a recipe for making a protein. So when a gene is activated or “expressed,” it causes the release of a protein. Proteins ultimately determine how our bodies function–digestion, circulation, immune system, communication between cells, movement–all are made possible by one or more of the estimated 100,000 different proteins that our bodies make. Growing alongside our understanding of genetics is research in “behavioral epigenetics”—the study of how our environment and lifestyle alter when and how our genes are expressed. For example, scientists have confirmed that identical twins have different biological makeups, despite their identical DNA. Scientists have understood for some time that prolonged and/or repeated exposure to stress, anxiety, anger and other negative emotions weakens our immune systems, accelerates aging and ultimately manifests as illness and disease.

Over the last 15 years, studies have provided evidence that: • Prenatal and early postnatal environmental factors also influence the adult risk of developing various chronic diseases and behavioral disorders by suppressing expression of specific genes. • Epigenetic changes can influence the growth of neurons in the developing brain as well as modify activity of neurons in an adult brain, leading to a marked influence on a person’s behavior. • Genes only make a small contribution to your risk of becoming obese. Many people who carry so-called “obesity genes” do not become overweight—and healthy eating can counteract genetic predispositions. One study found that consumption of fried foods could trigger genes influencing obesity—and that by reducing fried foods in their diets, people genetically inclined to obesity can maintain healthy weights.  • Our diet, stress level, exposure to toxins, daily activities and many other elements can change the way our cells “read” our genetic code. It seems these changes can sometimes even be passed on to the next generation. Each day we make a multitude of seemingly small decisions that ultimately have as much effect on our health as our genes—or more. We have tremendous potential far beyond our genetic code–including the power to improve our outcomes by shifting our attitudes and belief systems. Stress is a major factor that can trigger a cascade of undesirable genetic effects throughout your body. Reflexology

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Christie Workman, Golden Bell Foundation manager, center is flanked by Town Center marketing staff, Mackenzie Harris, left, and Cindy Ap- Students from high schools in Boca Raton walk the runway at the Goldpelbaum, following the foundation’s first-ever teen fashion show. (Photo en Bell Foundation’s first-ever teen fashion show. (Photo by Jordi Gerking) by Jordi Gerking)

Golden Bell Foundation’s first-ever fashion show a ringing success By: Dale King Contributing Writer Town Center Mall in Boca Raton boasted its usual large crowd on Saturday, April 29. But the Nordstrom corridor was a bit more teeming than usual. The Golden Bell Education Foundation held its first-ever teen fashion show, spotlighting clothing from Aeropostale, Billabong, Flying Lizard Boutique, Sears and Lilly Pulitzer. Hosted by Town Center, the fashion show drew more than 100 spectators who saw students from Boca Raton, West Boca Raton, Olympic Heights and Spanish River High schools displaying the latest styles on the “golden runway.” “It was amazing to receive such a high level of support at this inaugural event,” said Christie Workman, foundation manager for Golden Bell, the segment of the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce that raises money for local schools. “We were excited to have Frank Barbieri from the Palm Beach School Board as well as Spanish River High Principal, William Latson, and Boca High Principal, Dr. Susie King, come out and show their support.” “This event was all about spreading the message that the Golden Bell Education Foundation exists to provide funding for local public schools, and it felt great to have our efforts recognized,” she added.

Students from high schools in Boca Raton walk the runway at the Golden Bell Founda- High school student models at teen fashion tion’s first-ever teen fashion show. (Photo by show at Town Center mall. (Photo by Jordi Gerking) Jordi Gerking)

The crowd enjoyed lunch and dessert provided by California Pizza Kitchen, networked and shopped for raffle items. Winners were drawn at the end of the event. Whitney Sharpe, former Miss Massachusetts USA and now a student at Boca’s Lynn University, and Stephanie Susskind of WPTV News took to the stage to kick off the main event, serving as the official emcees. They led the teens through each line, providing commentary and styling tips. Beginning with trendy athleisureware from Flying Lizard Boutique and ending with cocktail attire from Sears, the student-models captured the crowd’s attention and received generous applause. Students from Lynn’s Fashion and

Retail program volunteered their time throughout the model fittings and development of show details. Boca Chamber President and CEO Troy McLellan welcomed the crowd and thanked sponsors. Golden Bell, he said, was established in 1991 with the intention of better preparing students for jobs within the business community. In the past 26 years, Golden Bell has donated $1.3 million to local educational facilities. Sal Saldana, general manager of the mall, told the crowd his wife is a teacher at Sandpiper Shores Elementary School. This past year, using a Golden Bell grant, the school “was able to buy more books and educational materials.”

Stephanie Susskind, left, of WPTV News and Whitney Sharpe, former Miss Massachusetts USA and a student at Boca’s Lynn University, were Sal Saldana, general manager of the Town Center mall, speaks to the audience. (Photo by Jordi Gerking) co-emcees. (Photo by Jordi Gerking)


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Boca’s economic development report By: Jessica Del Vecchio Economic Development Manager Special to the Delray and Boca newspapers Town Center at Boca Raton This summer, British Airways will be adding a direct flight from London to Ft. Lauderdale and in their usual business savvy fashion, the team at Town Center realized this was the perfect opportunity to get exposure into this international market. They partnered with the airline and hosted an exclusive media tour, inviting five journalists from five different UK publications, including Hello! Online, Metro, Evening Standard and Good Housekeeping UK. During the tour, the journalists stopped by Capital Grill, Sak’s Fifth Avenue, Gucci and Porsche Design to experience Town Center’s luxury shopping and dining. With the type of afternoon they had, we can’t wait to read about their experiences and see the beautiful Boca Raton brand shared on an international basis. We asked Sean Carroll, the Director of Marketing and Business Development to give us an overview on his takeaway of the tour and here’s what he told us, “We were excited to

host this press visit from the United Kingdom. It’s important for the international traveler to know that they can find iconic brands at Town Center in the beautiful haven of Boca Raton that is free from the chaos and density found in the rest of South Florida.”

Boca Raton - we appreciated the time they took to meet with us. On our tour, we learned about Canon’s recent launch of a new, innovative wide-format imaging technology printer that prints up to 1,710 square feet per hour. We’re told this new technology will be a game changer in the wide format imaging market. Phoenix Tower International

Boca’s Corporate Community Continues to Thrive: Canon, Inc. Last month, the Mayor and Council Members had the opportunity to meet with Canon’s executive team and tour their demonstration and lab sites which are housed on the ground floor of their corporate office, located in the Park at Broken Sound. With annual net sales of $11 Billion in the Americas, 20,000 national employees, and over 200 here in


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We recently met with the leadership team at Phoenix Tower International. An international company that owns and operates 1,400 towers and wireless infrastructure throughout the US, Latin America and the Caribbean, they launched in Boca in 2013 and have already grown their team to more than 80 employees. Not only are they expanding their footprint in Boca Raton, they’re expanding their tower portfolio to include additional international markets. Earlier this month they announced an acquisition of 202 wireless communication tower sites from Digicel in El Salvador and a short week later, they announced the closing of a $120 Million loan facility led by Scotiabank and other lenders which will allow them to continue financing wireless infrastructure across Latin America.

We asked their CEO, Dagan Kasavana to give us his insight on Boca from a corporate perspective and he told us, “Boca Raton is a great central location for our employees, who commute from as far south as Miami and as far north as Palm Beach. There’s a thriving business community of various types of businesses and entrepreneurs all over the city and a strong local work force of smart and energetic employees.  Furthermore, our employees feel safe and secure working in Boca Raton and when we have visitors in town on business there is no shortage of options to take them out and show them a great time.  In short, Boca Raton represents an ideal business location and is one of the better decisions I made for our company!” Have corporate news to share or looking to relocate/expand your company to Boca Raton? Contact the City’s economic development office at economicdevelopment@  or 561-393-7761.   Want to see what we’re up to? Follow us on Facebook @ BocaEconomicDevelopment.

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Biz Briefs GEO Group relocation update

The GEO Group received a set of approvals it needs from Boca officials to more forward with its relocation plans. The private prison company’s current location can be seen from Interstate-95 just past Yamato Road. Soon, the company will be located at the Boca Village Corporate Center.

contributions to the American Cancer Society’s Florida Division’s fight against cancer.

total of 51,992 visits. Nearly half of all FoundCare Health Center patients in 2016 were uninsured.

The Florida Division Distinguished Service Award is presented to volunteers who have served as officers, chairs of committees and others who have given long and distinguished service to the organization.

“FoundCare is able to provide quality healthcare to Palm Beach County residents because of the hard work and dedication of our entire staff,” said Yolette Bonnet, Chief Executive Officer of FoundCare. “It is their commitment and dedication that helped us win this award, and now these funds will help us continue to provide services to our patients. We are grateful to the Florida Blue Foundation for this prestigious award.”

Mann has been associated with the American Cancer Society for more than 15 years. As a Florida Division Board Member since 2006, she has held positions on a number of committees including the Executive Committee and from 2015-2016 served as Division Board Chair. She currently is Secretary to the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network’s National Board of Directors. The Florida Division Distinguished Service Award is the highest honor the American Cancer Society awards in Florida. FoundCare Inc. receives award

The new headquarters will be a seven-story building on the acre site, 4955 Technology Way. It is less than a mile from the current location. The site was purchased by GEO Group in March 2016 for $9.9 million. The new building will be 226,526 square feet. The first three floors will house a parking garage and there will be106,957-square-feet of office space. Lynn Cancer Institute director honored Maureen Mann, Executive Director at Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Eugene M. & Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute, has received the 2016 Florida Division Distinguished Service Award from the American Cancer Society.

FoundCare, Inc. was recently honored by Florida Blue Foundation with a Sapphire Award recognizing “Excellence and Innovation in Community Health.” As part of the award, FoundCare received $50,000 that will be used to help support the services the organization provides to uninsured and underinsured patients.

The distinction recognizes volunteers who have made outstanding

FoundCare fulfills the unmet healthcare and social service needs of individuals and families in Palm Beach County. In 2016, FoundCare served 14,807 patients for a

Established in 2005 by the Florida Blue Foundation, the Sapphire Awards recognize and promote excellence and innovation in community health leadership and programming in Florida. The annual awards are given to organizations that have improved access to health-related services for Florida’s at-risk populations and communities. FoundCare, Inc. is a nonprofit Federally Qualified Health Center that offers pediatric and adult primary care, chronic disease management, behavioral health services, dentistry, laboratory services and X-rays, and an on-site pharmacy, all in one location. FoundCare accepts most insurance plans, Medicaid, Medicare and self-pay on a sliding fee scale that is based on income and family size. For more information about FoundCare, please call 561-HEALTHY or visit Promise Healthcare CEO Honored with 2016 Excalibur Award Peter Baronoff, chairman and CEO of Boca Raton-headquartered Promise Healthcare was honored with the Sun Sentinel Media Group’s annual Excalibur Award for Palm Beach Business Leader of the Year. The award recognizes for-profit business leaders in South Florida for their success within the business community and their commitment to the values of innovation, company growth and community contribution. Recipients were selected by a panel of past winners and Sun Sentinel Media Group senior management. Excalibur Award recipients were honored at a private reception at Boca Raton Resort & Club. Other 2016 award winners include: • Charles L. Palmer, Broward Business Leader of the Year • Angelo Elia, Broward Small Business Leader of the Year • Tarra Pressey, Palm Beach Small Business Leader of the Year “I am honored to be recognized as Palm Beach County’s Business Leader of the Year,” said Baronoff. “I wouldn’t be where I am today without the support from my family and the hard work of every employee throughout the Promise Healthcare system.” For more information about Peter, please visit


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Term Life Insurance protects your family and your budget By: John M. Campanola, Agent New York Life Insurance Company Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers “Should I buy term or permanent life insurance?” That’s usually the first question most agents are asked when they meet with a new client. While permanent life insurance is often a better long-term value, there are times when term life insurance makes perfect sense. Let’s examine each of these circumstances more closely.


If you are just starting out: Term life policies offer young families and people on a budget an economical way to protect their lifestyle. That’s because these policies provide simple, dependable coverage for a limited period of time, and are therefore less expensive than policies that provide lifetime coverage and other

If you have a short-term need: In many cases, people purchase term life insurance policies to give themselves extra financial protection during critical—or particularly vulnerable—periods in their lives. Some common examples include purchasing a new home, starting a business, sending a child to college, or having

If you are underinsured: As indicated above, the premiums on term life insurance policies are generally affordable. Therefore, you may find it easier than you thought to purchase supplemental coverage and increase the amount of protection you and your family enjoy.

a spouse leave a job to care for an aging relative. If your needs may change: One of the best things about term life policies is the fact that you can typically convert them to permanent life insurance if your needs change down the line. And because the ability to convert is often guaranteed— even if your health changes—this feature essentially preserves your future insurability. Deciding on the right type of life insurance isn’t easy. It is, however, vitally important—especially for young families who may not have had enough time to build up a financial safety net on their own. In many cases, term life insurance can be a viable option; however, you may

find it well worth your while to consult an insurance agent and make sure you have considered all your options. This educational third-party article is provided as a courtesy by John M Campanola, Agent, New York Life Insurance Company. To learn more about the information or topics discussed, please contact John M Campanola at 561-212-2903.

Is WordPress the way to go in website design? By: Allison Turner CEO and Owner of BCoSF, Inc. Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers

for your business, then you might want to consider hiring a professional (but this

Today, Small Business owners have

Is it how it looks? The user friendliness?

choices in how you want to be represent-

The branding elements? Yes, it is the look,

ed on the web. No longer must you have

the feel and definitely the brand because

a coded site that is controlled by your

this is your online marketing brochure

Webmaster where you must contact him

for the world to potentially see. You want

or her to make any changes. In fact you

your site to be professional, represent

your online presence.

have a ton of options and more continue

and build consistency for your brand and

to pop up daily. The four most popular

provide the individual or business with

Many agree that when you look at

seem to be WordPress, Wix, Weebly, and

the information they are looking for.

Squarespace that allow you to update the website yourself, or better yet, have your assistant update it. Each of these platforms offers you a wide range of choices for the look and feel. What is the bottom line for your website?

takes lots of research and recommendations). With that being said, I am simply talking about what platform to use to build your website. This is step one of

“Search Engine Friendliness,” WordPress is the best of the four. That doesn’t mean

With that being said, all of these plat-

the other three are horrible because they

forms have the capability of creating a

have improved but they aren’t WordPress.

nice look and feel although WordPress is

While WordPress may take a little longer

probably the most comprehensive and allows you to build the exact elements you want for your site or pick a theme from

1000’s of choices that have what you are looking for. But after the look and feel, we have the

to understand than one of the other three platforms, in the end it is worth it. About Allison Turner

SEO or Search Engine Optimization. You

Allison Turner, a resident of Delray Beach,

don’t simply want to create a website so

Florida, brings over 20 years of experience

when someone gets your business card,

in a variety of industries where she honed

they will go to your site and check it out.

her skills in management, customer ser-

Otherwise you have to hand out a lot of

vice, event planning, marketing, and com-

business cards. Instead you want your site to be found on the web by a potential client.

munication. At BCoSF, Inc, she brings her passion for creativity, finance and management to the company. Using her drive

I will not lie and say that SEO is an easy

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job. It is not. Google is constantly chang-

that she learned as a Division I College

ing its algorithms so the average business

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Can IoT devices be hacked? By: Julius McGee Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers We’ve entered a new stage of technological evolution. Essentially, everything that surrounds us is now connected to the web. The term that we use to describe this ecosystem? IoT, the internet of things. It has attracted some of the biggest names, including Apple and Samsung. If the pundits are right, then soon everything, from microwaves, toasters, and even light bulbs will have internet functionalities. There are a lot of exciting possibilities, but with these possibilities comes the challenge. The biggest challenge, of course, is the security. Any device which is Internet enabled is vulnerable to an attack from hackers. So, can you even imagine the risk we face if every appliance and object that we use is connected to the Internet? The majority of the public has no idea how serious the threats are with the tech they use. Despite the repeated warnings, at least half the population is clueless. The dangers are real, from taking over cars, to launching cyber-attacks, and hackers hacking IoT devices. Cars could be compromised The auto industry has been quick to jump on the IoT. Manufacturers are launching models with hubs and infotainment systems that are Internet enabled. Not to mention, driverless cars are on the way. The industry may be booming, but the road we’re on may not be smooth one if security is still a problem.

In a controlled experiment, hackers were able to compromise a Jeep traveling at almost 70mph. They were able to take over steering, as well as apply the brakes, all remotely.

nentially, consumers will continue to flock for the newest tech. For cyber criminals, this is a lucrative opportunity to take advantage of. Consumer ready hardware is notoriously simple to hack. As we continue to turn to smart products, such as TVs, baby cameras, and home security systems, we are open to being exploited through

If this happened in the real world, there would be a serious risk of a loss of life. Connected vehicles will need advanced technology to protect their integrity.

malware, fraud, or ransomware. Consumers can lessen the risk of having their devices hacked. This is through a simple change

Meddling hackers Hackers aren’t just using their skills to cause chaos in computers, they’re looking to exploit any connected gadget, for instance: smart thermostats, wearables, webcams, and Wi-Fi routers. Malware is incredibly popular which hackers use. It allows them to compromise any device in which the malware infects. In fact, just last year, hackers were able to launch an attack on a French provider using over one hundred thousand IoT devices. They inundated the provider, creating mayhem. We should expect to see similar incidents over the coming years if this problem isn’t addressed. Are all devices vulnerable? Every device is vulnerable, and as the IoT expands expo-


in the credentials default device. Simply disable unused services and modify the devices privacy settings, and keep firmware up to date. While the IoT is in its infancy, as it evolves and expands the security threats do too. There is an imperative need for organizations and manufacturers to develop precautions to halt hackers in their tracks. If they fail to do so, we’re all going to be the victims. These tech tips were provided by Nerd Alert. Nerd Alert provides people and businesses with an easy and trusted way to get on-demand, personalized tech help, device set up, training and repair for all devices right to their doorstep from helpful Nerds in their own community.

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Delray Beach economic development report: iPic and The Green Owl By: Christina Morrison Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers The old Library property and building, located on SE 4th Avenue just south of Atlantic Avenue, has been sitting vacant for over 10 years now. It is a boarded-up, rotting eyesore in the heart of our downtown. In 2013, after the original developer abandoned their proposed plan for a hotel on the property, the Delray Beach CRA   awarded an Agreement to Purchase the property to Delray Beach Holdings, LLC which submitted plans to build an iPic Theatre, office building with grade-level retail space, and parking on the old library site and the adjoining previous Chamber of Commerce site fronting on SE 5th Avenue (southbound Federal Highway.) The CRA had been instructed to issue an RFP and solicit proposals for the development of this site by the City Commission. Several proposals were received and the IPIC et al project was selected. As part of this project, iPic agreed to move their corporate headquarters onto the property – a coup for our City since iPic is a very well-regarded, innovative and forward-thinking organization that will benefit our City by providing good-paying jobs and add to the economic vitality of our downtown, especially in the quiet summer months. Since 2013, there have been a series of hearings, meetings, and several changes to the original RFP requirements –

changes dictated by the City Commissioners. This has resulted in various stop/starts on this important project which persisted until May 16 of this year, when the land purchase from the CRA to the iPic developer finally closed. Although not perfect, the iPic project is bringing lots of great things to Delray Beach, including: *$3.6 Million in revenue for the purchase of the property, as per the contract signed in 2013. This price was, at that time, $700,000 over the then-appraised value of $2.9 Million;

Boca Raton-based Modernizing Medicine has received a new $231 million investment from New York private equity firm Warburg Pincus. The health technology company, which focuses on developing niche electronic medical records, said the money will go toward expanding the company. CEO and co-founder Dan Cane said the money will allow the company to “pour little more jet fuel in the engine” when it comes to hiring more people and deploying more resources. Headquartered in Research Park at Florida Atlantic University, the company has been around for seven years and has grown from 60 employees to 550 employees. It has already raised $90 million. “It has been a great run,” Cane said. “But in almost every way we have been resource constrained.”

* Close to $1 Million in annual employee spending revenue for our downtown businesses; * Economic and entertainment diversity for our downtown which is currently heavily-dependent on restaurants and bars; * Peak economic activity during the summer months, when it is needed; * A family-friendly entertainment option for our community; and

* iPic movie theatres – some of the most innovative entertainment and meeting venues in the country;

* A Corporate Headquarters for a nationally-recognized business.   

* 44,000 square feet of class A office space, which is sorely needed, and reportedly in great demand, in our downtown;

Other cities have welcomed iPic theatres with open arms – and checkbooks.

* 7,500 square feet of retail space off of Atlantic Avenue – perfect for some of our local business that cannot afford the Atlantic Avenue rents;

Most walkable downtowns have multiple entertainment venues, including movie theatres, for residents and visitors to enjoy, and now so will Delray Beach – hopefully by sometime late in 2018, when the property will be beautiful, fully-functional and tax generating. Truly a win-win!

* 325+ total parking spaces, including 90 dedicated public parking spaces, which the City will meter and from which the City will collect the revenue, which is estimated at $150,000 per year; * 290+ jobs in the theatre, offices, and retail areas; * $1 Million in estimated sales tax revenue annually; * $400,000+ in real estate tax revenue to the City and CRA

Boca’s Modernizing Medicine receives $231 million investment By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor

in just the first of operation;

Cane said the focus of the company will remain on four specialities in health care: dermatology, gastroenterology, orthopedics and ophthalmology. “We are an extremely focused company,” he said. “We don’t serve the mass market of health care.” He said focusing on the specialities is what makes Modernizing Medicine unique. “The plan is to be able to invest in a larger team and to invent and innovate some new products,” he said. Modernizing Medicine was founded in 2010 by Cane and Dr. Michael Sherling. The new funding will help the company pursue new initiatives including: automation of prior authorization workflows, deployment of an eCommerce platform and improving access to healthcare through telemedicine.

He said the company has plans to recruit locals for positions. He said the company recruits out of local colleges including FAU, Palm Beach State College, Lynn University and Nova Southeastern University.

Fred Hassan, Managing Director, Warburg Pincus and the former CEO and Chairman of Schering Plough and Executive Chairman of Bausch & Lomb, and Amr Kronfol, Principal, Warburg Pincus, will serve on Modernizing Medicine’s Board of Directors.

“The majority of our spend is people,” he said. “South Florida has a wealth of resources to be able to recruit from.”

“Health care is bigger than just the clinical experience,” Cane said. “It is exciting for us to keep growing.”

Also, after almost a year of construction, the NEW Green Owl re-opened in May. Located on SE 4th Avenue, just south of Atlantic, this new venue is brand new and beautiful. If you haven’t done so already, please stop by and see Dave and his family and welcome them back.  Thanks to the Menin Development Group for making this happen and persevering to keep the Green Owl in our downtown.



CDS Initiative launches: teaching youth to be entrepreneurs & “makers” Staff report Entrepreneur and philanthropist Carl DeSantis is a self-made American success story who spent less than half a semester at Florida State University before deciding that while education is a good thing, college just wasn’t for him. But he never let the lack of a four year degree get in the way of his dreams. Now, DeSantis has announced the launch of The DeSantis Initiative, a new social entrepreneurship venture that will focus on teaching young people the keys to success. Future endeavors will focus on developing and inspiring leaders and helping rescue organizations. All three efforts are lifelong passions of the Delray Beach resident, chairman of CDS International Holdings, a family office with a dozen operating businesses ranging from Celsius, a healthy beverage and Tabanero, an emerging hot sauce brand to Pur Attitude, an innovative skin care company, the DeSantis Collection, a men’s clothing company and Parkview Properties, a real estate brokerage. “Our favorite saying at CDS is `good begets good,’” he says. “By focusing on giving young people opportunities for a good life we can make a difference today and well into the future.” After a stint managing Walgreens pharmacies in Miami Beach and Greensboro, North Carolina DeSantis launched a mail order health and nutrition company in his garage. His children—very young at the time- helped to pack orders. From humble beginnings, DeSantis and his team built the world’s largest vitamin company. Rexall Sundown became a stock market darling employing thousands at its Boca headquarters before it was purchased for $1.8 billion in 2000 by a Dutch company. “If I can do it, so can others,” he says. “College is great but not everyone is cut out for it. You can still find success in America if you build things, treat people well and initiate a business.”

Over the years, DeSantis has given generously to many universities and has been granted honorary degrees from several schools; including a few Phds. He enjoys meeting and talking to young people hoping to encourage them to pursue their dreams. Speaking of dreams, DeSantis get many of his ideas when he goes to sleep. “I literally dream about business,” he says with a smile. “I find ideas when I’m awake too. I’m always looking for problems to solve, or voids to be filled and opportunities. I consider it a gift and I feel very blessed.” While many people would have called it quits after a big exit, DeSantis is not like most people. He’s a lifelong entrepreneur. And if anything he might be busier today than when he was leading Rexall Sundown.

on something it’s only because I want to encourage others to join me and give back.” A special heartfelt cause is American manufacturing and entrepreneurship. “I want us to make things in this country,” DeSantis says. “Not everybody can be a doctor or a lawyer. We certainly need people who can weld, make furniture and program robots. The world has changed and so has manufacturing. There is a need to teach young people that there are career paths open to them regardless if they go to college or not. We need to give them alternatives to drugs and crime. And we will.”

The DeSantis Initiative, a new program created to support young people, entrepreneurs and rescue pets recently announced a partnership with a software company that will open student’s eyes to career paths in 21st Century manufacturing. The program, which aims to be national in scope, will start with thousands of students in Palm Beach County and will be tailored to meet the needs of local employers. “We are reaching students where they are which is in school and on the Internet,” DeSantis said. “We are proud to show them a future that will help them be good citizens and grow jobs.”

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His company, CDS International Holdings, also invests in restaurants, real estate and nutraceutical companies. Past businesses include an eco-tourism resort in South Africa, a working ranch in Texas and the legendary Ernie’s, a piano bar with live music that was a long time staple in Delray Beach. The common thread: products that are healthy, disruptive and create jobs. “We surround ourselves with good people who are talented and ambitious and together we brainstorm and try to create products that people enjoy. It sounds simple, but there’s a lot of hard work and detail. We laugh a lot. We are not afraid to take risks and we want to win. But we also take pride in being generous and good to each other.” Indeed. DeSantis is a long time but quiet philanthropist supporting causes ranging from hospitals and animal rescue organizations to education, orphanages and his local church. “God has been very good to me,” he said. “So it’s important that I give back. I don’t crave attention and you won’t see me at a lot of functions but if you do see my name

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People of Delray: CIA Agent Lisa Ruth By: Limor Ben Ari Contributing Writer Lisa was referred to me for an interview by multiple Delray veteran sources. They all mentioned that she was interesting and something about being a secret agent. I was curious enough to take them up on their suggestion and scheduled a coffee date with her. We met at Caffe Martier. I knew who she was right away, by her flowy dress and laid back demeanor. She looked like the ultimate Delray Beach chick. Lisa Ruth, 52, was born in Alabama, and grew up in Virginia. Her father worked for NASA, and worked for “The Agency” in nuclear physics in their science and tech division. The term “The Agency” came up a lot during our talk. For Lisa, it’s a common term carrying nostalgic eyes with childhood memories. For everyone else it’s an exciting, thrilling conversation piece. She and her two sisters grew up as an agency family. “They like to select people whose family members have been part of the agency. We grew up in it. We knew it was coming.” After graduation with a Masters Degree major in International relations from the University of Virginia, Lisa was recruited to the Agency at the age of 22. After a year of training she became an overseas analyst, and visited Latin America, the Middle East, Europe, and other regions across the globe. “My job as an agent was problem solving - Learning the cultures, finding reliable sources, analyzing the playing field.” She talks about terrorism: “Security is the aftermath. It’s the clean-up. Preventing terrorism starts with intelligence. We helped prevent many terrorist acts before they took place. It was very fulfilling.” “On TV it all looks like a chess game. When you go to these countries and meet the people, see everything, you realize these are real people. It’s not just news. And they are very smart”. Terrorism though was never scary to her. “The countries where I felt the most fearful were actually the countries with internal chaos through gang crimes and violence

and mobs like Haiti. These places are very unpredictable.” I was not sure when I was supposed to put my pen down due to ‘top secret’ information and when I could capture her story. I randomly alternated writing and listening. I asked her if any of the information she was sharing with me should not be disclosed. She showed no fear. She’s known in the community as “The Agent” and has been contributing to news outlets as an international/terrorism expert. During her service Lisa volunteered for humanitarian causes abroad, like helping the children behind the terrorism. “We get to do things you never get to do. I know the stories behind it. And it’s personal.” She recalls how when Wiki Leaks came out with news about Afghanistan, some sources soon after were hunted and killed. “Behind that information there are real people. There is a reason why some information is, and should be, kept classified.” Being a female CIA agent was a challenge, “Many people don’t really believe women should be doing this and the main attitude is that we are going to fail. Men don’t really like it when you’re doing cooler stuff than them.” At the same time she jokingly notes: “The CIA is the biggest dating service. You create a secret bond. You spend time together and must keep secrets together.” It also has the highest divorce rate - “you travel a lot, you meet a lot of people, you get used to leading fake lives, lying, having different identities, and the overall search for conquests, it all carries over into personal life.” As for Lisa, she found love outside the CIA. She met her partner in life, Bob Kubin, 10 years ago through his sister, her friend. “It was the first time in my life that everything stopped when I saw someone. The world stopped”. He was a gymnastics coach training Olympians. The thought crossed her mind that he was gay. He wasn’t. Prior to meeting him, Lisa was married to someone else, but that relationship ended quickly. She met Bob when her son was 7. “It’s all about timing, serendipity of timing. The most important thing is to first have a sense of self ” she

says. “Then everything falls into place.” When they have disagreements, they sit and talk it out. “Bob tells me ‘no matter what, we are staying together… how can we make it work?’ is the only question.” Putting each other first. Living their life together and opening their home and friendship to others . “We are inseparable. People know that when they hang with Bob they hang with me and vice versa. We come together. We focus on the depth of our footprint in the sand. Whose life can we make better?” The most challenging assignment in her life was raising her child. She’s been confident and successful in her career. A natural problem solver, a world traveler. But raising her child on her own “turned my world on its head.” “Looking out for someone else… respecting his journey. It’s not easy to step back (especially as an alpha female), and not tell him what to do.” Her son attended Rosarian Academy through 8th grade, and then went to Pope for a year. “Homeschooling isn’t for everyone, but it was perfect for us. Connor thrived in that environment and it was absolutely the best choice for him and for our family.” As for her days as a CIA agent, when I asked if she still does it, she avoided the question with a smile. She said that she is now focused on her company, an international investigation firm, CTC International Group, helping perform market entry analysis for companies and leading companies into overseas operations. The firm is a collaboration of ex CIA agents she partnered with 16 years ago. With over 800 people around the globe, CTC performs cultural analysis and strategy for entry, based on local laws, etiquette and regulations. They carry out PI and fraud investigations as well. “I still get to use my problem solving skills to make an impact globally, so it’s fulfilling in a different way.” She doesn’t miss her old career - “I appreciate having had it.” She won’t do it anymore, though: “Once you have kids it’s hard. Too tense - jeopardizing your kids.” For fun she goes sailing every Sunday with her partner and friends at the north end of Delray Beach. Every once in a while she receives messages by what she calls “agency intel groupies”…wannabe CIA agents. It’s mostly cases of mental illness “people are fascinated by it. Some of them think they were abducted and have had information installed in their brains.” I’m not sure if she installed any information in my brain. If anything, I was left curious for more.



Rare coin collector, dealer celebrates 50 years in business By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor

“Every U.S. gold coin minted, we have handled,” he said.

Bill Youngerman remembers driving around with the ice cream truck man as a kid. His trips didn’t involving savoring ice cream sandwiches, but to swap coins kids paid with for their cones that he wanted for his coin collection.

That collection and other notes and coins can be found online at The virtual museum shows the currency and history behind it. It also features gold coins of the Treasure Coast. These coins were found by salvagers along the coast and the collection contains Treasure Gold from shipwrecks.

Since he was 9, he said he has collected coins. By the time he was 13, he said he was running his own coin business and by the time he was 16, he was working for a major coin company in Miami and several years later he was running his own business out of his home. Now, his Boca Raton company William Youngerman Inc., which deals with buying and selling of coins from around the world, is celebrating 50 years in the business. “It is history in your hands,” he said of coins. “It gives us a tangible link to the world’s past. There is beauty in coins, history and a fascination of where they came from.” He bought his first gold coin when he was 13. He said most kids had coin or stamp collections and gold was $35 for an ounce. “It forever hooked me,” he said. “It became a passion. It is

Bill Youngerman flips through a catalog of coins. Staff photo.

a hobby enjoyed by kings dating back to Nero.” Name a coin and Youngerman has likely seen it or owned it. From gold coins of ancient times to modern times to paper bank notes, Youngerman either has it in his personal collection or has it up for sale. He is known for paying a pretty penny for currency he is missing. About 10 years ago, he paid over $130,000 for a bank note that was missing from the city of Fort Meade. Winning the note at auction completed his collection of all 59 National Bank Towns in Florida.

It also showcases territorial notes. The Territory of Florida had two issues of Treasury notes. The first issue dates back to 1829. Internationally, he owns a rare two-ounce gold Australian Port Phillip Kangaroo Coin minted in 1854. He said there are only two to three that are known to exist. He said he has been able to grow his collection through growing his clients. Eventually he will buy their collections from them. He also works with banks, attorneys and estates to find coins he needs. He has traveled across the world to find coins. For a list of coins available, visit

A sit down with fashion designer Adolfo Dominguez Spanish fashion designer Adolfo Dominguez recently stopped by his Boca Raton store in the Town Center Mall. We had a chance to sit down with him and ask him a few questions on his brand and the direction of the fashion industry.

the air conditioning. He said he is used to Europe where most places lack air conditioning. He said it is so nice to be outside.

Here is what he had to say:

Q. We understand it is your first time visiting Boca. What are your thoughts on the city?

A. I prefer to design styles not trends. I design things that last in time, things you can keep in your wardrobe. One of the best selling pieces is he something I designed 40 years ago. I always love designing dresses. There are endless possibilities with dresses. They are so easy to wear, so feminine. Everything has to be comfortable. I use a lot of linens and light materials that stretch. You can almost do gymnastics in them.

A. It is very cold, he said of the mall and

Q. What was it like dressing the cast of

Q. How/why did you decide to open a location in Boca Raton? A. It is close to Miami where we opened to attract South American shoppers. It was time to move further north.

Q. Tell us about your new line. What is the inspiration behind it? 

Miami Vice? A. It happened to us. We didn’t look for it. Two stylists came in to the store in London and bought everything. They kept coming for two years. We didn’t even know Miami Vice existed. The show came to Spain seven years later. We weren’t aware of the extent of the show. Q. What does the fashion world look like now and where is it heading? A. Clothes are moving toward comfort and functionality. We dress in a way where everyone can look comfortable and feel fresh all day. The fashion industry is moving toward more sustainability in fabrics. There is an obligation and we should be responsible.





Keller Williams dedicates day to helping nonprofits By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor Keller Williams agents worldwide spent one day last month out of the office and in the community. Locally, the agents from Boca Raton and West Palm Beach joined forces to spend a day helping out at the Milagro Center in Delray Beach. The Milagro Center, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, aims to promote the social and academic success of children through culture arts, mentoring and academic support. The efforts to help at Milagro were

down to donate and volunteer to local charities.” Keller Williams has more than 750 offices located worldwide. Since 2009, they all spend the second Thursday of the month of May volunteering and giving back to local causes. Of course, volunteers wore red T-shirts in recognition of RED Day. Co-chairs of the event for the offices Alice Hodach and Robby Rudnick of the West Palm and Boca offices respectively, said they chose Mila-

Keller Williams agents build homes out of popsicle sticks with kids from Delray’s Milagro Center. Photo courtesy of Robby Rudnick.

“The smiles on the kids’ faces and on the agents’ faces, that’s going to make my day,” Rudnick said. “We are having a lot of fun on top of it all.” The Milagro Center also provided a “wish list” of items they needed and every agent fulfilled at least one item on the list. Kids received goody-bags from Keller Williams and an afternoon to bond and do arts-and-crafts with the agents.

Keller Williams agents spent a full day volunteering at Delray’s Milagro Center. Photo courtesy of Zoe Delaney.

part of RED Day, which stands for Renew, Energize and Donate. The initiative began a decade ago in recognition of the company’s Vice Chairman of the Board Mo Anderson’s birthday. “Every office shuts down and give back to the community,” broker and operating principal of the Boca office Andrew Barbar said. “All around the world offices have shut

gro Center because some of their agents had been familiar with the nonprofit. “I just fell in love with the center,” Hodach said of Milagro Center. Volunteers from both offices spent the day landscaping outside the Milagro Center and Teen Center and spent time building houses out of popsicle sticks with the children.

CEO and President of the Milagro Center Barbara Stark shared the nonprofit’s mission to the group and encouraged anyone interested to become a mentor. Mentors are matched with a student and they spend one hour a week with them.


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Students at Delray’s Milagro Center during Keller Williams annual RED A student at Delray’s Milagro Center look at the popsicle-stick Day. Photo courtesy of Zoe Delaney. homes. Photo courtesy of Milagro Center.

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111 First Delray brings new, luxury condominiums to Delray for the first time in 10 years The project begins breaking ground within the next few

By: Brett Pizzi Contributing Writer

months and over 50 percent of the condos have already

Luxury condos have found their way to the SOFA dis-

been pre-sold. With business partners including George

trict. The development will be the first condos to hit Del-

Ligeti of The Greenfield Group and Paul Kilgallon of

ray in 10 years.

Mainstreet Capital Partners, Sofa Partners has brought an extensive array of business and general management

Sofa Partners, a South Florida real estate and develop-

talent to the table.

ment company featuring two prominent international real estate families known for high quality urban devel-

With condos ranging from $400k to about $1 million,

opment outside the United States, brings a mesh between

Vergara believes that 111 First Delray is just what Delray

contemporary urban living and artistic style. Residents will just be steps away from Atlantic Avenue. The five-story residential complex will feature 70 residences, outfitted with modern technology, a variation of decor options, several floor plans ranging from one-,twoand three- bedrooms and amenities such as a swimming pool with pool side cabanas and a fitness center for residents only.

needed in terms of luxury condos that are close to what Felipe Vergara, Manuel Vergara, Maria Vergara, Rafael and Daniel Rincon. Submitted photo.

makes Delray great-the people, the food, the art and the beach.

“We all share a vision for long-term development, invest-

“We selected Delray Beach because it has be-

ment and management in South Florida, in part because

come the place for locals and visitors alike to dine, shop,

it’s where we love to spend most our time,” Felipe Ver-

socialize and experience an urban setting mixed with a

gara said. “The Vergaras and Rincons represent longterm family real estate success, and our partnership in

quaint beachy-vibe,” Vergara said. “We saw an opportunity to meet a market demand and offer a luxury own-

Sofa Partners is led by two father-son duos, Manuel and

Sofa Partners will solidify our best-in-class development

Felipe Vergara, and Rafael and Daniel Rincon. With 35

platform. This collaboration has unlimited potential to

years of development experience behind Manuel and Ra-

develop a stellar portfolio in emerging markets in South

fael, the creation of the first new condo development in

Florida, and we intend to set the standard for quality

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with 111 First Delray.”

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What’s up in the real estate market Mizner Country Club receives award for wine For the third year, Mizner Country Club in Delray Beach has received the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) International Wine Society “Award of Merit” for the 2016 Wine Program Awards. The award is given to clubs on an annual basis and to applaud CMAA member-managed clubs that establish and maintain fine wine programs for their membership. The award is meant to be a hallmark of quality and assurance of an eminent wine program.  Wine programs are judged on criteria to include the total selection of wines; wine-producing regions represented on the wine lists; number of wines available by the glass; number of bottles owned; total value of wine inventory; annual sales volume; number of wine specific events; how wine is cared for; and if there

is a sommelier. Sylvie Gervais, Mizner’s Wine Director and Sommelier, is one of the rare sommeliers working in a country club. Gervais commented, “The Sommelier profession requires a long life of vigorous studying, tasting and keeping up with trends. The world of wine is continuously evolving.” She has recently been nominated by Santa Lucia Highlands Vintners to their exclusive 2017 Top Somm Tour in the Monterey American Viticultural Area (AVA) located in California.  “It is an honor to again receive this prestigious award. Chef Sean Key and I collaborate to offer an exceptional food and beverage program to enhance the dining experience of our membership,” Gervais said.  According to Larry Savvides, General

Manager and Chief Executive Officer of Mizner Country Club, “We are one of the few clubs that offer our membership a complete dining experience with the benefits of a highly qualified Sommelier. We are pleased to receive this award for the third time. It is the combination of judges, wines, and the award system, that make this a unique competition rivaling all others in prestige.” Silver International Realty adds new agent to its sales team Christel Silver, Broker/Owner of Silver International Realty in Delray Beach, has announced that Sabine Robertson has joined her sales team as a real estate agent.  Robertson was born in Berlin and grew up in Essen, Germany. After moving to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality. For more than 10 years she managed restaurants and served on the Executive

Committee at the Fort Lauderdale Hilton. After moving to Atlanta, Georgia and earning her Master’s in Education, she taught in the Georgia School system for six years. Recently she has been managing investment properties in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida and has continued to study the real estate market. “I believe my hospitality and educational background combined with my depth of knowledge of the 30A real estate market will serve my clients well,” Robertson said. “My goal is to build a relationship of trust and integrity with my clients that lasts a lifetime.”  “I’m excited to have Sabine join our team,” Silver said. “She has knowledge of the neighborhoods, schools, market conditions, coastal dune building setbacks, zoning regulations, and flood zones. Her first-hand experience with investment properties and long-term rentals will add to our sales team’s expertise. With her background and knowledge, we expect great things.”

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Three numbers that can impact your home buying: your credit score By: Karen Laurence Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers As you travel the road of life, there are many things that define you. One of the things that will impact your buying power, your employment, insurance rate, rate on a loan for your home, etc. will be your credit score. From the first time you apply for credit-usually 18 years of age, the credit cards and long and short term loans you obtain will be there for all to read when your credit report is pulled. Your known addresses (current and old ones), date of birth, aliases or married names (which should be changed), any liens or judgements that have been filed against you, and payments of HOA/COA dues. Any late payments or disputed accounts with creditors, right or wrong, are on your credit report.

of work. Due to the impact of credit on your life, it is important to know what you scores are, and make sure that your report is in excellent shape and stays that way with timely vigilance.

One in five consumers has an error on their credit report. To clear these mistakes, some hire a professional Credit Repair Agency to help them. To fix them yourself, is like having a part-time job. You must notify the 3 Credit bureaus-Experian, Equifax, and Transunion of the errors. Provide documentation. A lot

Down payment is another issue for aspiring home owners. For 65 percent of the renters, this is their worry. With renters using up 44 percent of their income for rent, much higher than the traditional 25 percent recommended, it is difficult to save money for a down payment. There are loan programs that are obtainable

When looking to buy a home, it is traditional to get a pre-approval letter from a lender who has reviewed your scores and other income and savings information. The inventory has been shrinking for both single family homes or for condominiums. The great resale homes are receiving multiple offers and what sets you apart are your terms. What makes your terms more attractive, from rate and amount of loan, is those three little numbers which are your credit scores.

with a lower than 20 percent down payment. Guess what? They are also based on your credit score. A credit score (or FICO score) is comprised of everything that you have done financially since your first credit card or loan. 35 percent of your score is your payment history-don’t have any late payments within the last year. 30 percent is the amount owed. Keep those balances between 30-50% of the high limit to get the best scores. 15 percent is the length of your credit history. Two years is a minimum.  By making regular payments, you have proved that you are a good credit risk. 10 percent is the types of credit you have in use. Loans or just your basic credit cards. By making minimum recommended payments. You extend the amount of time you will be paying the cards off. Try to pay off as fast as possible. And the last 10 percent is new credit. What cards have you taken out recently? During the period of applying for a loan, there is a moratorium on taking out a new credit card or buying car, etc.. Many a prospective buyer has lost their financing and therefore their house by careless

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POLO TRACE $440,000- Bright & Airy. Extensively renovated and improved Lexington model has something for everyone in this spacious 4Br/2.5ba home in a great all-age golf country club community. Feats a huge Kit w/ large island breakfast bar, and a Downstairs Master Suite with sliders to large screened patio. Simply gorgeous. ID#10306490

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Boca beachside rentals receive upgrades Staff report TGM Oceana spans four acres across the entire width of Boca’s barrier island and boasts 100 feet of beach frontage.

and dryer and walk-in closets. Heating and air condition systems were replaced, the athletic club was completely renovated and three outdoor kitchens with lounge seating were installed.

properties on the West coast of Florida; TGM Bermuda Island and TGM Malibu Lakes (both in Naples); TGM Palm Aire and TGM University Park (both in Sarasota); and, TGM Bay Isle and TGM Ibis Walk (both in St. Petersburg). In late 2015, TGM sold Vintage at Abacoa and Floresta both in Jupiter. The company has been active in Florida since its inception in 1991. It has acquired 19 communities with about 7,300 apartment units.

In addition to views, the property received upgrades both inside and outside since TGM acquired the property nearly a year ago for $50.5 million. All 160 apartment interiors were renovated with stainless steel appliances, modern track lighting, decorative tile backsplashes and kitchen and bath hardware. Units have granite counters, ceramic tile, patio and balcony, washer

Apartments range from one-two-and three bedroom rentals. The average unit size totals more than 1,000-square feet. The community is located on A1A just north of Palmetto Park Road. If you have a boat, 10 Intracoastal boat slips are available for residents and the general public to rent. The community has private beach access, swimming pool and covered parking. TGM invests in multifamily complexes. In addition to Boca Raton, TGM currently owns and manages several

According to the company’s website for the Boca property, one bedroom units start at $1,845 per month for rent, two bedrooms range from $2,100 to $2,985 per month and three bedrooms start at $3,895 per month for rent. For more information, visit

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WINDMERE HOUSE Live by the beach! This spacious tri-level condo flows like a townhome. Open living area and bedrooms with soaring ceilings and great natural light. Hurricane windows throughout and new refrigerator and dishwasher.**PET FRIENDLY** Best of all, walk outside and you are footsteps away from the footpath leading to beautiful Delray Beach. $539,900 ID#10323711

VILLAGIO ISLES Luxury estate home on 18th hole of Toll Brother's community with new Golf Course. Spacious 5 BR's and 8 bath total features 2 Master BR's and lux spa baths. $377,000 ID#10328491

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EDGEWATER Stately home located 4 houses from walking on the Flagler / Intracoastal Waterway. Living room with gas fireplace and 11”ceilings. One bedroom + full bath on the first floor. Four Bedrooms, en suite, are on the 2nd floor. View the intracoastal from the 3rd floor exercise/loft room. Patio with gas heated saltwater pool. Plantations shutters are included. $1,995,000 ID#10288472

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Health Care Center opens at Sinai Residences Staff report The Toby & Leon Cooperman Sinai Residences of Boca Raton, now has a 126,000-square-foot Health Care Center. Located on the campus of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, at 21044 95th Avenue South, the Health Care Center serves Sinai Residences’ independent living residents, as well as the South Florida community at large. The Health Care Center is part of the $265 million Sinai Residences 650,000-square foot-community.

Matt Levin, President and CEO, Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, and Anne Jacobson, Chair of the Federation Board, Toby & Leon Cooperman. Submitted photo.

Sinai Residences features more than 350 residences that provide support for all stages of senior life, including 234 independent luxury apartments, and an onsite continuum of care at the Health Care Center with 60 private suites in Skilled Nursing, 48 apartments in Assisted Living and 24 private suites in Memory Care.

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Residents of the South Palm Beach County area are welcome to take advantage of the Health Care Center’s services, which include rehabilitative services, physical, occupational and speech therapies. At Sinai’s Health Care Center, a team of licensed therapists and nurses utilize state-of-the-art equipment and advanced

“We know from the Imagination 2014 Senior Living Research Study, that 98 percent of individuals considering a senior living community feel access to immediate health care services is important, so that was a priority when planning for this luxury community,” said Jay Mikosch, Associate Executive Director. “The Health Care Center at Sinai Residences offers a range of health care services in a luxury environment.” Residents of the Health Center enjoy luxury services, including:

• One- and two-bedroom Assisted Living apartments • All private suites in Skilled Nursing and Memory Support • Licensed Nurse and Certified Nursing Assistants available 24 hours a day • Personalized assistance as needed with bathing, dressing, dining and more • Medication management • Three chef-prepared gourmet meals served restaurant style daily, with kosher dining available • Nutritious snacks and refreshments available daily • Special dietary needs accommodated • Variety of activities and programs • Physical-led care with coordinated

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Understanding the maze of Real Estate titles By: Christel Silver Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers You may find real estate professionals’ various titles a little confusing. There are some important differences between the roles of the various professionals, as well as different requirements for using particular titles.  Real Estate Agent or Real Estate Salesperson: Anyone who earns a real estate license, whether that license is as a sales professional, an associate broker or a broker. Florida Statute regulates the education necessary to become a licensed real estate agent: 63 hours of class work – with completed test - and a successfully completed State test. The annual continuing education requirements are the same for agents and brokers: 14 hours every 2 years in addition to an ethics training. But in order to start selling real estate, you have to find a broker to “hang your license” and pass a 45-hour post-licensing course within a certain time period.  Real Estate Broker:  A person who has taken education beyond the agent level as required by state laws and has passed a broker’s license exam. Brokers can then open a company and work for themselves or with other agents. The broker needs 72 classroom hours and a minimum of 2 years experience as a real estate agent and 60 hours post licensing class.  If you have hired a real estate agent to help you buy or sell a home, that agent typically reports to a broker. The broker owns the listings and handles the  earnest money deposit.  The REALTOR® has to pay part of the commission to the broker – most of the time.  Real Estate Associate Broker:  Someone who has taken additional education classes and earned a broker’s license but chooses to work under the management of another broker.  REALTOR®: A real estate agent who is a member of the National Association of REALTORS®, which means that he or she must uphold the standards of the association and its code of ethics. The Code of Ethics establishes obligations that may be higher than those mandated by the law, and a REALTOR® agrees to obey the rules.  So when deciding to work with a REALTOR®, you should ask what education they had after the original license. There are many certifications and designations they can achieve like CIPS  (Certified International Property Specialist), CRS (Certified Residential Specialist), GRI (Graduate of Real Estate Institute). They all require more than one daily class and all require final exams. REALTORS® are also getting involved in fighting for consumer rights. The REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) gives REALTORS®  a powerful voice to

help develop, advance and implement legislative objectives that affect the real estate business and the ownership and operation of real estate. RPAC supports pro-REALTOR® candidates running for public office. It does not matter if the candidate is part of the Republican or Democratic Party as long as they are supporting ideas of the REALTOR® Party.  Every REALTOR® joining the Florida Realtors has to pay into the Real Estate Recovery Fund. The fund is created by the Florida Real Estate Commission (FREC) to reimburse any person, partnership, or corporation adjudged by a court of competent civil jurisdiction in this state to have suffered monetary damages by reason of any act committed, as a part of any  real estate brokerage transaction involving real property in this state, by any broker or sales associate. This is an additional benefit working with a REALTOR®. About Christel Silver 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



Ask an expert: About your condo, HOA rules By: Ronald E. D’Anna, Esq. Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers

There are alternatives to filing a lawsuit:

agenda items.; and/or (e) Run for the

(a) Hire a lawyer for a limited purpose,

board so your voice can be heard as an

Q. I own a townhouse in a homeowners

such as sending the association a demand

elected director.

association (HOA) community. During

letter setting forth your concerns and the

my purchase interview, the rules and

corrective action you would like imple-

regulations were explained. During the

mented, sending the pre-suit non-bind-

last few years, I have noticed the board

ing mediation demand, and attending the

members violating the rules and regu-

mediation conference; (b) Obtain a vote

lations of the complex and not enforc-

of a majority of the owners to remove

ing same. What rights would I have as a

the directors under section 720.303(10).

homeowner as there is no quality of life

The instructions and forms required can

where I live any longer? I pay my main-

be obtained from the Florida Division of

tenance on time and yet have no rights,

Land Sales, Condominiums and Mobile

or so it seems. Is there any type of legal

Homes website at www.myfloridalicense.

action that I could take that would not

com/dbpr/lsc/index.htm; (c) Submit a

be too expensive for me? Unfortunately,

petition to the association signed by 20

moving is not an option as I would lose

percent of the homeowners requesting

money on my townhouse. I realize the

that the board of directors convene a

board members, along with the property manager, are violating their fiduciary responsibilities, however, I have no idea what can be done. Can suggestions be offered? B.K., Boca Raton A. Florida Statutes, Section 720.303(1) provides “officers and directors of an association have a fiduciary relationship with the members served by the association,” which includes enforcing the governing documents of the HOA, and its rules and regulations in a uniform, non-selective and non-discriminatory manner.  Section 720.305 requires an association (and its members) to abide by the association’s governing documents and its rules and regulations, and authorizes a member to bring an action against the association in the event it violates the provisions of the governing documents and/or the association’s rules and regulations. If a lawsuit is filed, the statute also grants the prevailing party entitlement to an award of the attorney’s fees incurred in bringing the lawsuit. Therefore, those statutory provisions provide the legal support for a claim based on the association’s breach of its obligation to enforce the rules of the association.

who intends to file the claim must serve the association with a written demand for pre-suit non-binding mediation which describes the nature of the claim, the facts supporting the claim, the names of mediators who the claimant would agree to use as the mediator, their contact information and hourly charges, and a 20-day time period for the association to provide its written response agreeing to engage in pre-suit mediation. The cost of the mediation is shared equally. The mediation session is called non-binding because the parties are not required to settle the claims in dispute, simply attend the mediation conference with the good faith intent to use their best efforts to settle the dispute. If the claim is resolved at the mediation conference, a settlement agreement is written and signed, and the claim is considered resolved. The settlement agreement is considered a contract and is enforceable if any of its terms are violated. If the claim is not successfully resolved at the mediation conference, then the mediator issues a report confirming that the parties mediated the dispute but reached an impasse.  If an impasse is the end result of the mediation conference, then the party who lodged the dispute has the right to then file a lawsuit. Un-

However, before a lawsuit can be filed,

fortunately, resolving disputes by filing a

section 720.311 requires that the person

lawsuit is very costly.

meeting, the agenda to which must be described in the petition under section 720.303(2)(a); (d) Attend a board meeting to express your concerns. Section 720.303 (2)(c)(2) provides members with the right to speak at board meetings on

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@  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.



Habitat for Humanity’s women build results in two homes, more than $110,000 Staff report Local women joined forces to raise more than $110,000 and build two houses during Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County’s Women Build. Donning pink hard harts, T-shirts and construction gloves, more than 150 women builders came out over three days and six shifts to wield hammers, saw plywood, lift roof trusses, paint picnic tables, assemble benches to create two “Homes That Women Built” in Boynton Beach for two hard-working, low income families. “While WOMEN BUILD is a national Habitat women volunteer initiative each year held during the days leading up to Mother’s Day, our South Palm Beach County event is a mission-based ‘House That Women Built’ fundraiser,” said HBHSPBC Chief Development Officer Kari Oeltjen. “By creating an empowering, hands-on, ‘out of one’s comfort zone’ experience, donors understand exactly where their dollars are going and how Habitat gives ‘a hand up, not a hand out’ to hardworking families who work to achieve the American Dream of homeownership.” In addition to the money raised by the Women Builders, more than $50,000 was donated in-kind to support this year’s build event. These include a fun-filled kick-off celebration hosted by Sklar Furnishings, a “Pink Hard Hat Hospitality Tent” catering by Palm Beach Bagel, The Pig Sty (BBQ) and Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza-Delray Beach and culminating with a Sisterhood of the Pink Hard Hat Celebration reception hosted by Oceans 234. In addition, each woman builder also received a $100 gift card to the beachside Oceans 234 as a thank you for reaching or exceeding their personal goal of raising $1,000 each. Boca Mayor Susan Haynie led the build as the honorary chair.

One shift of the “Sisterhood of the Pink Hard Hats” onsite to create the two «Houses That Women Built» during WOMEN BUILD 2017 for Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County. Photo courtesy of Carlos Aristizabal.

“I have never seen such a sea of pink with exhilarating women leadership power running consistently over three full consecutive days on a construction site,” Susan Haynie said. “This distinctive women-only inaugural ‘fun and roof ’ raiser is now on the charity season map as a mustdo! First hearing the homeowner stories and then working alongside them was not just inspiring but transformational as well.”

They were built for Job and Marie Paul/ St-Cyr who have three children, two sons Jonathan, age10, and Joshua, age 9, and a daughter Jodemaelle, age 7, who was born with high-functioning Down Syndrome.

Mayor Haynie was joined by other elected officials including Florida State Representative Emily Slosberg and Boca Raton Councilwomen Andrea O’Rourke.

This will be the first backyard they have ever had. Job works in road maintenance at Jorgensen Associates and also for Sunshine Towing as a road ranger. Marie is certified nursing assistant and home health aid with ACTS Retirement Communities in Boca Raton who is pursuing an RN degree.

The two homes are sponsored by Broken Sound Club and Universal Property & Casualty Insurance Company.

The other home was build for Luckner and Ketny Callixte whose daughter Nesca, age 8, is a third grader at Pulmosa

School of the Arts in Delray Beach. Luckner, who worked to pay for his schooling to receive education in Haiti, first built his mother a safe, secure home there before he moved to the United States in 2006. He does maintenance for Carousel Development and Restoration; Ketny, his wife is a housekeeper at Glen Eagles Country Club for over 11 years. Build shifts began with a ceremony led by women spiritual leaders, including Reverend Ms. Harris Riordan of Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Boca Raton; Leslie Glickman, Yoga Journey; Maha Alhalabi, Islamic Center of Boca Raton; Rabbi Jessica Spitalnic Brockman, Temple Beth El, Boca Raton and Pastor Sandra Willis, National Church of God who is a Habitat for Humanity homeowner for 20 years who has paid off her mortgage. To learn more about year ‘round home build sponsorships and events such as WOMEN BUILD, contact Kari Oeltjen, HFHSPBC Chief Development Officer at or (561) 819-6070.

Clad in pink, one shift of the 150 women who “raised the roof ” on one of two Habitat homes built in the days leading up to Mother’s Day. Photo courtesy of Carlos Aristizabal

From left, HFHSPBC Chief Development Officer Kari Oeltjen, Boca Mayor Susan Haynie, Kaye Communications (and Women Build Dream Girls Team Leader) Bonnie Kaye, WPEC 12 News Meteorologist Kate Wentzel. The Dream Girls Team of 12 raised the most funds $13,354. Submitted photo.

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Tips for celebrating grads, dads, start of summer Staff report Celebrating grads, Dads and endless Summer nights are upon us as we enter the month of June. To ease your sweat-induced stress levels related to planning a party for a recent grad or favorite dad, we’ve enlisted help from goto party planners Ticket2Events. Sean Koski and Brian Kelly of Ticket2Events, have got you covered this month from tips on a fishing themed BBQ to a sparkly graduation party. When planning a special occasion for dad ask yourself

what his favorite pastime is and build your party theme around that. If dad loves to fish, or be on the water, think about scheduling a fishing day trip or boat trip with the family. Keep the decorations aboard minimal, and focus on games/activities to play with while on the trip. If dad’s into golf, schedule time on the driving range before heading home for a golf themed celebration. Brian Kelly and Sean Koski say, “Our favorite drink to add to any golf themed event is an Arnold Palmer, half lemonade, half iced tea.” Adding vodka will transform the Arnold Palmer into John Daly – appropriately so.

Decorations for dad’s day can be fun too. Ticket2events suggest, “Filling the room with favorite photos of dad through the years,” to add the sentimental touch desired on Father’s Day. Graduation parties are hard to miss in June especially since most schools release their students to the real world by end of May! Celebrating the accomplishments of a recent grad is hard to miss too! Sean Koski says, “Like a bride in white, we can’t imagine a graduation party without a little sparkle! We try to add to every graduation party a little bit of flash!” From invitations that gleam when opened to glitter parting gifts like eye/body glitter palettes from KM Reflection, Ticket2Events says, “If it glistens, add it to your graduation party!” If your grad-

uation party is celebration the move from high school to college, decorate accent pieces in a glittered version of the new school colors. If you’re escaping the summer heat in South Florida, be sure to visit this event might be for you: We hear this year for the first time that Bravo TV’s unofficial Housewives Reunion in The Hamptons, hosted by Jill Zarin will be selling limited amount of tickets in efforts to raise funds for Thyroid Cancer Research. For more information about how to attend Jill Zarin’s 5th Annual Luxury Luncheon contact Ticket2Events, luxury event planners responsible for the event at (516) 639 – 3651 or visit www.

Harmony in your home with feng shui: Part one By: Cheryl Adelman Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers Millions of people, over thousands of years, throughout hundreds of cultures have practiced the art of feng shui to improve their fortunes with career, relations, and health. It is widely accepted that Master Yan Yun-Sang, advisor to the Tang Dynasty, was the founder of feng shui. His notes are the basis for nearly all modern books on the subject. Here are some basics for beginners. There are four methods  of feng shui: Practical, Symbolic, Energetic, Personal. We will explore “practical” because it does not call for rearranging the whole home and will bring results even without the traditional oriental style and symbols. Solutions to problems/obstacles interfering with getting what we want in life are called “cures.” In “Practical” feng shui the number one cure to improve the energy in your home is, unsurprisingly, to clear clutter! Energy will flow more freely once you do. Empty space symbolizes readiness for future ac-

quisitions and personal growth. Traditional cures can be re-invented for today’s lifestyle. This can get very creative! We do this by using colors that are the same as the original cure, and by having a clear intention.  For example, traditionally, “Chinese red firecrackers are used to attract attention and lift your reputation”.  We can, instead, light a red candle while sending our intention, to achieve the same effect.  More ideas can be found in  Feng Shui Your Life, by Jayme Barrett. Other “Practical” feng shui practices include: Letting in the sun to strengthen and energize you; Strategically placing small plants and opening windows to balance your home with outdoor energy; Beautifying your front door entrance to invite good fortune.  You may have a natural inclination for feng shui without even knowing you are

following it’s practices. The Bagua Essential and central to the art of feng shui is a chart called the Bagua, used as a map to guide you. Each of it’s eight sections corresponds to an aspect of your life, and is meant to give you empowering tools to help you achieve your goals. There is extensive information available on how to understand and use the Bagua.  The Five Elements Fire - red, intelligence and energy  Earth - yellow, tan, brown, endurance and stability  Metal - white, masculinity and competitiveness  Water - black, communication and travel  Wood - green, femininity and creativity Each element is associated with a color, a season, and more, and they are included in the Bagua. Our homes should include a representation of all the elements, as their influence can be either “productive” or “destruc-

tive”. The balance or imbalance of their energies effects our emotions and behavior. Try lighting a candle, placing a vase with flowers, setting out a wood bowl with pebbles, or, simply incorporate the colors harmoniously. More to come next month in Part 2. Cheryl Adelman, Home Organizing Coach, is owner of Organize In A Day™. She also writes and speaks about de-cluttering and organizing. Invite her to speak to your group on “How To Save Money by De-Cluttering!” organizeinaday@gmail. com 609-287-3119


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Your home purchasing questions answered By: Sandy Robertson, Divisional Sales Executive, Bank of America Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers 1. Should I buy a home? Whether you’re a first-time or experienced homebuyer, it’s important to get a full picture of your finances. To assess your financial capabilities, think about how much money you have available to make your down payment. Then figure out how much you can reasonably pay each month for your mortgage, taxes insurance and private mortgage insurance. This number will be the size of the check you will write each month as your mortgage payment, and it will give you an idea of how large a loan you can support. Once you’ve gotten a general idea of what monthly payment fits your budget, talk with your lender, who can help you translate that payment into a realistic mortgage amount. 2. How can I decide whether the home I’m looking at is within my budget? When it comes to buying and owning a home, you’ll be responsible for more than just the down payment and monthly mortgage sum. You’ll also need to factor in closing costs, homeowner’s insurance, utilities, property taxes, ongoing maintenance costs and perhaps association fees. 3. What are some current market trends that I should keep in mind? The current housing market is very strong,

especially in Florida, and I expect it to stay strong. Mortgage rates are still very low, and in every rate environment, people continue to have home financing needs. People will continue to buy homes, but history also shows us that as rates rise, more homeowners consider home equity lines of credit (HELOC) when they want to access the equity in their homes. Many clients are remodeling or renovating their homes to reflect their current lifestyle needs instead of finding a new place to live. Another popular trend we’re seeing is using HELOCs to finance energy-efficient home improvements. 4. What are some advantages of owning a home instead of renting? Rising rental rates have led more people to look at the economics of buying versus renting. Buyers are feeling more confident about homeownership because home values are stabilizing, and increasing in many places, and the job market is relatively solid. Studies show that on average homebuyers break even on a home purchase in less than two years compared to renting the same home. Owning a home offers the chance to increase personal wealth and build equity. More and more millennials are focused on this, with our new Bank of America Homebuyer Insights Report showing that 86 percent of millennial homeowners believe buying is more affordable than renting.

Among being the boss of your own space, other commonly cited benefits of owning versus renting include the federal tax breaks available for homeowners who have a mortgage and the opportunity to draw on your home equity, should you need the cash. Many homeowners feel secure knowing they have a financial cushion in their home with the availability of a HELOC. Buying a home is a big decision—one of the biggest many will make in their lives. It’s important to anticipate the impact on your finances, making sure your monthly payments are sustainable for today and down the road. And ask yourself how saving for and buying a home aligns with your other long-term financial objectives. 5. What are some extra costs I should budget for when buying a home? To fully understand overall costs of owning a home, it is a good idea to get a handle on the secondary costs related to your housing choice. Different homes have significantly different implications for your day-to-day costs. For example:

Grades don’t tell the whole learning story By: Ali Kaufman Founder & Schoolhouse Director at Space of Mind Special to the Delray newspaper As summer approaches, students, parents and educators kick the school machine into overdrive. The looming final deadline and the promise of summer tap into an intrinsic motivation that some students, especially the procrastinators, come to rely on. It’s the siren call for missing assignments and a last chance effort for extra credit, extra help and extra time. Of course, there are many students whose work is always on time, whose effort is consistent and for whom success is not a risky proposition. They are coasting into summer and look forward to their final report cards. For many others, those final grades may not tell the whole story, and the fairy tale ending turns instead into summer school. Grades today have become a barometer for more than just learning; they have become the barometer also for trying. However, there are so many factors that can render effort ineffective. Mismatches between a student, their learning environment and curriculum could leave a student who doesn’t feel inspired unlikely to care enough about the work they are required to do. Sometimes students learn differently than educators know how or have the resources to teach. This can leave an interested student unable to connect to the work they actually do want to complete. A student more attentive to social and emotional pressures may be too unfocused to receive and retain information. These are all obsta-

cles to learning that a final report card doesn’t report. Grades can be deceiving. They just don’t tell the whole story. As learning is a process (and an adventure), it’s hard to boil down the effort and the obstacles into one concrete measurement. Yet, the system forces us to. It’s easier for us to digest letter grades than paragraphs, and it’s faster for computers than teachers to calculate quantifiable numbers rather than qualitative observations. With no room for comments from teachers, there’s often no communication of this observation-based descriptive information. Parents are left without important information to both understand and help their child, and students are left to move on with

• Home inspections can cost a few hundred dollars, and real estate professionals frequently recommend them to ensure buyers understand any necessary repairs. • Any home needs maintenance. From painting to appliance repairs and replacement, these non-fixed expenses can add up to thousands of dollars. Many people find it prudent to budget annually to build reserves for these expenses, so that when they happen, they are not blowing their budget or dipping into savings. • Renovation is a much bigger effort than maintenance. If you think you’ll need an updated kitchen or a new bathroom, budget immediately for it. Most buyers will need to pay for furniture movers or moving trucks, but renters may need temporary housing if they have to move out of their apartment by month end or before their new loan closes. • Furnishing a new home, especially a newly constructed home, may result in unplanned costs. Most homes do not come with a refrigerator, washing machine and dryer.

less confidence and more missing information. Accepting grade fate can be hard for students, and it’s also especially hard for parents. Competitive parenting is almost its own sports league now, and parents are wearing their children’s badges of honor with a new fervor than the last generations of parents. Perhaps this is also because parents are being held accountable for their children’s successes and failures by schools. As a business case, the three main actors - students, parents and teachers - are having a communication breakdown based on measurement tools that don’t read between the lines. Quantifying emotions is so much harder than assignments. It requires time to listen to and support a student while they process a teachable moment. A good educator finds those teachable moments in between the lines on the syllabus - in the conversations, the observations, the challenging moments and the celebrations. In the connection that child has to one’s self and the material they are mastering. Often times, it’s also about factoring in the roadblocks to learning, too - variables like attention, organization and anxiety, which don’t easily fit a numbered scale. So when final report cards come into your inbox, let it be a guide to measuring growth and not an indictment on effort. Let it be a guide to asking more and better questions of teachers and your student. Ask your student to create their own report card and have them answer the question that really matters: Did you try your best? What are you proudest of? What did you learn? What challenged you? And most of all, What inspired you?



Local students treated to field trip at Kravis Center By: David DiPino Contributing Writer Brianna Holliday is junior in the eleventh grade at Atlantic Community High School with aspirations to one day going to college and becoming a successful graphic designer. With hard work in school and the kindness of efforts by the Delray Beach nonprofit KOP Mentoring Network (Knights of Pythagoras Mentoring Network – KOPMN), Brianna has the mentoring foundation combined with chances to experience the arts thanks to the generosity of the program allowing her to visit the Kravis Center For The Performing Arts in West Palm Beach recently to see “Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heels” dance performance group. According to, Fist and Heel draws from the movement idioms of Blues, Slave and Gospel cultures to create works that both honor the past and break new ground.

“I thought Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heels was very different in the sense of the way it combined various forms of dancing,” Holliday said. She said she really likes the Kravis Center For The Performing Arts because it has “style.” Holliday has aspirations to oneday work at Pixar or DreamWorks Disney Studios. Another one of her passions is photography which she is pursing in an International Baccalaureate (IB) Career-Related Certificate Programme at Atlantic Community High School. “I really like photography. It’s an intriguing experience. I never used Photoshop before this year,” said Holliday. As for her recent trip to the Kravis Center For The Performing Arts with KOPMN, it was free of charge thanks to sponsorship from The Kravis Center and the City of Delray Beach. Without the generosity, organizers said many of the students wouldn’t have gotten the chance to see New York’s “Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heels” and the Kravis Center.

Thanks to the City of Delray Beach and Kravis Center For The Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, 40 local students got a field trip experience they’ll never forget when they saw the live performance of New York based “Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heels” dance performance group. Submitted photo.  

“I really love being part of the program (KOPMN). We go on various trips. I have been to Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and around the country. Every trip is fantastic and educational,” she said. In all 40 local students got a field trip ex-

perience they’ll never forget when they saw the live performance at the Kravis Center For The Performing Arts on a Friday in early May.  For more information visit:

Palm Beach County school updates School year calendar

May 31. Any hurricane days will be tacked onto the end of the school year. The district estimates it will save money by closing the entire Thanksgiving week. District, school board member honored by United Way The School District and School Board Member Erica Whitfield have been honored by the United Way of Palm Beach County for supporting students who experience hunger.

The school year will be one day shorter. Palm Beach County School Board Members signed off on shortening the school year, extending Thanksgiving break and elimination some half days for the upcoming school year. The new calendar will: Turn five half-days that were used for teacher training into full school days. School district data indicated many parents would not send their children to school on the shorter days because of their work schedules. Extend Thanksgiving Break to an entire week. Drop the number of school days to 179 from 180. Students won’t lose out on any time in the class room because of the extension of the half-days into full days. The new school year will begin on Aug. 14 and end on

particular, 64,000 children don’t have enough to eat on a daily basis. To combat the problem, the United Way collaborates with more than 60 agencies in the community, as well as individual contributors and volunteers. “It has been amazing to be a part of the process of tackling hunger in Palm Beach County,” Whitfield said. “This has been a gift for me to be involved in, I felt so honored.” Summer reading

The District was given a fifth place Simply the Best Award and also received the Community Commitment Award. The prestigious Simply the Best Award celebrates campaign successes and recognizes companies and individuals that ran outstanding, creative campaigns in support of United Way. In addition to the accolades, District 4 School Board member Erica Whitfield won the Hunger Hero award. Whitfield is part of a team working to provide every homeless student in the county with a weekend backpack full of food for them and their families, all through private funding. “It’s so important to have kids come to school ready to learn, and not suffering from hunger. That’s what happens to so many kids in Palm Beach County every Monday morning,” Whitfield said. According to the United Way, Palm Beach County has the highest rate of food insecurity in South Florida. In

Best-selling author James Patterson is helping kids read this summer by donating 30,000 books to middle school students in the county. All sixth graders will receive Patterson’s Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life and seventh graders will receive Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment. Students at Congress Community Middle School in Boynton Beach were recently surprised by Patterson when he visited the school and talked to the students about summer reading before handing out his books.



Boca’s Blake grinds our runner-up Bilokin in marathon match didn’t think about what I did before. I focused on every point, every match and that helped me stay focused,” Bilokin said.

By: David DiPino Contributing Writer Angelica Blake of Boca Raton and Margaryta Bilokin of the Ukraine had never faced each other in a tennis match prior to their three hour, 15 minute marathon match at the Delray ITF championship.

“I was down two games to zero in the first set. I really didn’t think about the score. I tried to focus on every single point in my game and it worked.”

A match-up which could have easily gone to either junior player was won by Bilokin, the No. 33 seed in the tourney, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 over Blake, the No. 7 seed. The local favorite, Blake, was the first player to break Bilokin’s serve during the tournament featuring 256 of elite junior tennis players. In just the third round of the tourney, Blake upset No. 1 seed Benito Rodriguez of Miami 6-1, 6-1 to ride momentum into the quarterfinals. “I stayed focused throughout the whole tournament. I was ready for every match and really focused on the present and

Blake said mentally she tried to stay in every match because that’s what got her here.

Margaryta Bilokin, winner of the Delray ITF Championship Girls’ 18 final with Angelica Blake, of Boca Raton, runner-up. Matches were played at Delray Tennis Center and featured 256 players from 28 countries. Photo by David DiPino.

“I think I was super competitive. I didn’t play my best throughout the whole tournament but the whole time I kept trying to compete and stay in the match which I think helps me to win most of them not necessarily because I played amazing but because I fought to the end. Sometimes you have to fight to the end to win,” Blake said.

Locals dominate men’s ITF in Delray Beach By: David DiPino Contributing Writer Boris Kozlov of Pembroke Pines lived up to the “Top Gun” designation given to him at the Delray Beach ITF junior tennis tournament by holding serve on his No. 1 seed ranking in a 6-0, 6-3 championship win over Alexander Lee of Chicago. Coming into the championship match held at Delray Tennis Center, 201 W. Atlantic Ave., Lee had not lost a set during play. For Lee, the outcome against Kozlov was dissimilar. Kozlov cruised to a 6-0 first set win in the championship thanks to consistently breaking Lee’s serve, stroking consistent strong backhand winners and even some finesse with a lazy volley in game three he plunked in for a point to garner momentum. “I think everything just kind of came together as the week went on and I think I showed just a great fighting spirit. I had some really tough matches where I was down a lot and

not feeling well but I found a way to get though them and win. You just have to adjust. It’s not easy. You have to go out there and give it your best,” Kozlov said. Lee of Oakbrook, Ill., bounced back to win the first two games of the second set. He regained his tournament form to win the first two games of the second set by breaking Kozlov’s serve and holding his own serve to win the first two games of the second set and take a 2-0 lead. But that’s where Lee’s comeback ran out of steam as Kozlov powered his way to win the next four games of the second set and reversed momentum to win the Boys 18 Singles Main Draw of the Delray Beach ITF. Kozlov trains with Andrei Kozlov, his coach and mentor at Kozlov Tennis Academy, 900 N. Flamingo Road, Pembroke Pines. Kozlov received 40 ITF Singles Points for the win and Lee grabbed runner-up and 30 points.

Boris Kozlov of Pembroke Pines jumps to smash a strong backhand winner during the Delray Beach ITF Boys’ 18 Singles Championship at Delray Tennis Center. A total of 256 players from 28 countries participated in the nine day tourney held at the tennis center and Delray Swim & Tennis Club. Photo by David DiPino.

In the Boys’ 18 Doubles Championship at the Delray Beach ITF, Christian Alshon and Thomas Guy from Boca Raton defeated Jericho Grollman of Orlando and James Ignatowich of Delray Beach, 6-4, 6-4. Alshon and Guy received 30 ITF Doubles points while Grollman and Ignatowich gained 20 points by finishing runner-up. The Delray Beach ITF Boys’ 18 and Girls’ 18 championship matches took place at Delray Tennis Center. Matches during the week-long Delray Beach ITF were played at the Delray Swim & Tennis Club, 2350 Jaeger Drive, and Delray Tennis Center on clay, Grade Four courts. In total, during the Delray Beach ITF Boys’ 18 and Girls’ 18 competition 256 players from around the world including the U.S., Canada, Israel, China, Russia, Mexico, Venezuela, Australia, Ukraine, Ecuador, India, Iran, Turkey, Taiwan, Bahrain, Peru, Japan, Moldova, Czech Republic, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Turkmenistan, New Zealand, Brazil, Great Britain, Chili, Uruguay and Argentina, competed.

From Left to Right: Boris Kozlov of Pembroke Pines with his winner’s trophy and Alexander Lee of Oakbrook, Ill., with his runner-up prize at the Delray Beach ITF Boys’ 18 Singles Championship at Delray Tennis Center. Photo by David DiPino.



Multiple Sclerosis not slowing down local restaurateur By: David DiPino Contributing Writer Rocco Mangel of the famed “Rocco’s Taco’s” has tasted success working his way up from busboy to owner buying the restaurant he cleared tables in yet today he has a bigger challenge than the everyday grind of being one of South Florida’s most successful restaurateurs. Mangel, 43, has multiple sclerosis (MS) and so far this year has raised $125,000 for the National MS Society’s South Florida chapter. Rocco owns Rocco’s Taco’s & Tequila Bar, 110 E. Atlantic Ave. and at 5250 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton. He also owns Rocco’s Tacos in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Brooklyn, New York. “I’ve always paid it forward when I became successful. I figured that once I got my diagnosis in order and had exactly the facts of what it was I said let me see what I can do to give back to the community,” said Mangel. “I announced that I had MS and it just went viral.” Mangel said no two MS cases are the same. He has relapsing-remitting MS. “MS is a snowflake disease. Meaning two snowflakes aren’t alike. You can’t compare two cases and say they’re alike. What happened in my particular case is that I have a case of MS where clinically, I had signs in an MRI that showed I had lesions (brain) in 2009. It’s only in 2016 when I actually had some symptoms,” Mangel said. “Then, the doctors definitively said you have relapsing-remitting MS.” According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the number of lesions on an initial MRI of the brain (or spinal cord) can help the physician, a neurologist, assess the disease. Dr. Brian Steingo, a neurologist specializing in MS at the Palm Beach Neuroscience Institute (PBNI) in West Palm Beach said relapsing-remitting MS is a common type of the disease. “About 80-90 percent of people present with relapsing MS. About 10 percent start with progression from onset called Primary Progressive MS. If people with relapsing MS are not treated they may become progressive over time, called Secondary Progressive MS,” Dr. Steingo said. Dr. Steingo is not one of Mangel’s doctors but does have practices locally. Dr. Steingo said there is no cure for MS, no way to “freeze” the disease. He said our goals are to reduce or prevent relapses, and slow down progression of disability. The typical age of onset of MS is 20-45.

When asked about Rocco’s high activity level, brain lesions and life stressors, Dr. Steingo said unfortunately being active does not prevent anyone from developing MS. But being active helps to optimize MS health in most people, so exercise and other self-control aspects, such as diet, are very important. MRI scans are very useful for diagnosing and following MS. Typically there are white spots on the brain (lesions or plaques) and the location, size and shape of these is important (many other conditions cause white spots on the brain). In Rocco’s case he said he had noticed something not quite right on the left side of his body. Dr. Steingo said it is quite likely that the left-sided symptoms were early signs of MS. “In a susceptible individual stress factors may trigger off MS. These include infections, and life stresses.  Any new neurological symptoms that a person experiences should be evaluated by a neurologist,” Dr. Steingo said. Mangel now has a doctor in New York and one in Miami, one of which was at Tisch MS Research Center of New York. “Both doctors said I was very lucky to have the type of MS I had. In the certain way its (MS) is affecting me. I had one disorder on the left hand side of my body. I have fatigue but nothing that would stop me,” Mangel said. Rocco’s physician at the Tisch Center is Saud A. Sadiq, MD, FAAN, Director and Chief Research Scientist of the Tisch MS Research Center of New York.

“Dr. Sadiq told me with the medical advancements we have today in age some of them are significantly advanced that we’ve come so far that they can prevent and prolong relapses. There’s no cure for MS. However, you can get on medication that can prevent and prolong and that’s what I did,” Mangel said. Rocco said he’s on a medication called Tysabri. According to, TYSABRI® (natalizumab) is a prescription medicine used to treat adults with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS) to slow the worsening of symptoms common in people with MS and to decrease the number of flare-ups (relapses). TYSABRI increases the risk of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML). TYSABRI is for people with relapsing MS who won’t give up, give in, or stop fighting.  Administered as an infusion once every 28 days, TYSABRI can help people fight for the things that matter. Important things, like slowing the progression of physical disability, reducing formation of new brain lesions, and reducing the number of relapses. “It’s the most effective MS drug on the market,” Mangel said. “I’m on my fifth infusion.” Rocco is now seeing an MS physician in South Florida in addition to Dr. Sadiq in New York, New York. He is seeing Dr. Kottil W. Rammohan, MD, a neurologist at UHealth University of Miami Health System, a Professor of Neurology – Clinical, and the Director of the Multiple Scle-

rosis Center at the University of Miami, Miami, FL. “I changed my lifestyle. I take my meds. I don’t drink and I don’t smoke and I don’t eat bread. I completely changed my life in every aspect from the way I think, eat, sleep, walk, talk, the way I interact with others, I live everyday as it could be the day that something could happen. I don’t fear it. I embrace it and therefore I think most people I talk to see me as an example of how someone should act when they get a terminal illness or incurable disease,” Mangel said. “We only have one life and if you spend more time dying than living then you’re going to die. I live my life. I have a four-year-old little girl and I can tell you my life has never been better.” His daughter Charley, 4, is his biggest cheerleader in his fight against MS and she helps raise funds to battle the disease. Mangel said he always has MS awareness and is raising funds for the local MS chapters year round at his Rocco’s Tacos restaurants in South Florida and beyond. On Oct. 22, Mangel will be doing a bike ride through all five boroughs of New York City to raise money for MS. This is in addition to the West Palm Beach MS Walk ALS held in February. For more information on Rocco Mangel and Rocco’s Tacos visit: theroccomangel, tacos,, Rocco and Charley on You Tube.



$1M gift to create Israel Engagement Center at Jewish Federation By: Dale King Contributing Writer

Beginning his career at ECOLAB, Allan worked his way up to president, CEO and chairman of the board, relocating to the facility in Minneapolis/St. Paul. There, he chaired a partnership of 55 local CEOs dedicated to renewing St. Paul, and served on the University of Minnesota board – as Judi chaired Minnesota Orchestra Symphony balls and St. Paul’s First Night New Year’s Eve festivals for 30,000, and raised funds for Sholom Senior Residence.

Boca Raton residents and philanthropists Judi and Allan Shuman have donated a million dollars to the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County to create an Israel Engagement Center in their name. The far-reaching contribution will bring into existence the Judi and Allan Schuman Center for Israel Engagement, said Matthew C. Levin, president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County. “We are thrilled and grateful for Judi and Allan’s heartfelt and generous gift, which will go far to bring our community to Israel and Israel to our community by supporting missions, study and volunteering, expanding Israel programming, and more,” said Levin. “It has been deeply rewarding for all of us to be able to match their desire to make a major impact for our community and our people with Federation’s long-standing desire to significantly expand our Israel engagement. Together, we have created a vehicle to fulfill both our dreams.” The Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County is make up of Jewish and social service organizations, synagogues and schools that provide needed services and programs to recipients in the local community, in Israel and around the world. The Federation grounds are located off Glades Road in West Boca Raton.

Retired from ECOLAB, where a life size statue honors his achievements, Allan now serves on several corporate boards. He and Judi have made significant contributions to many charities and organizations, including the Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center. Despite very modest upbringings, both Judi and Allan Schuman learned from their families the importance of helping their Jewish family, said Levin. “As a child, Judi walked her Brooklyn neighborhood with her tiny grandmother and blue Hadassah tin.” “All I knew was that we were collecting money to help Jews,” she said. Her husband, Allan, recalls the JNF tin in the small threeroom apartment his family shared in the Bronx. “My father worked 12 hours a day in his butcher shop trying to make ends meet, but still my parents gave,” he recalled.

Find summer fun at Sugar Sand Park By: Diane Emeott Korzen Contributing Wrtier Are you wracking your brain to come up with interesting activities to engage your child over the long, hot, days of summer?

-All camp details and pricing can be found at

A revamped place to run and play. Photo by Carter Bogush.

Innovative summer programs include:

Recent renovations

-Rock Music Camp, one of the new offerings, is expected to do very well with kids, as it gives kids the opportunity to make and produce their own music.

Sugar Sand’s newly renovated all-abilities Science Playground reopened to the public at the end of March and has been well received by patrons from all over South Florida and beyond. It is a tai-level structure with a new soft impact-attenuating, composite rubber floor installed in March and science “exhibits” throughout.   (The new floor replaces the old mulch floor. Composite rubber comes in bags like mulch, is mixed with water like cement, and hardens, though it is impact-attenuating. It is not crumb rubber, according to Briann Harms, assistant director of The Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District.)

- Director’s Cut Programs --from Lego Stop Motion Animation to Film Making and more, gives kids the opportunity to use high-tech equipment to create and edit their own movies and videos.

“We are deeply concerned with keeping new generations involved,” said Allan. “To help Israel remain thriving and secure, we must keep Jewish life thriving and secure, and vice versa. Federation does so much toward this, and is a terrific organization for our investment.”

panded Science Garden in late Summer or Fall. “It will increase the size of our current butterfly garden (where we’ve photographed 20 different species of butterflies) and will also include a compass rose garden, a Zen garden, and a stratigraphy exhibit,” according to Marketing Coordinator Carter Bogush.

Families enjoy new Sugar Sand outdoor playground. Photo by Carter Bogush

This park at the corner of Camino Real and Military Trail sits on 132 acres in a convenient location adjacent to Palmetto Park Road and I-95. Sugar Sand Park was built in 1995, through a partnership between The Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District and the City of Boca Raton.

-Bright & Smart Programs offer Coding and Lego Robotics, Advanced Coding and Robotics, and 3D Printing & Game Design. These programs are incredibly popular.

She chaired the Women’s Philanthropy at the Federation from 2014-16, and both serve on the Levis JCC Board. Allan also chairs the Florida Atlantic University College of Business board.

Fields and playgrounds

Summer programs kick off June 5 and run through the middle of August at Sugar Sand Park in south Boca Raton.

- Curtain’s Up! Theatre Performance Camp is a multiple-week camp where kids get to perfect a script and perform in front of friends and family.

At the Federation, they currently chair the King David Society. Judi is a Federation vice chair and Allan chairs Federation’s Business & Professional Division’s INSPIRE mentoring program.

The Science Playground also features an ocean-animal themed water feature and a train-station themed area for toddlers. The park is expecting to open a newly ex-

Old-fashioned Carousel at Sugar Sand Park Photo by: Diane Emeott Korzen

Sugar Sand Park offers six ball fields and an auxiliary field next to the Community Center, the newly renovated Science Playground, a separate Tot Lot for smaller children, two nature trails through the pines, and an old fashioned 30-horse carousel.

“I received an MBA in marketing from Florida Atlantic University and went to work for a government finance firm outside of Washington D.C. for over a decade,” Bogush said. “Around 6 years ago, I opened a marketing consulting firm and worked with smaller companies on grass-roots and digital media marketing campaigns. When I learned of an opportunity to move back to Boca Raton and work at a park I was very familiar with, I jumped at the chance!”

The Community Center houses an excitingfor-kids-and-parents Children’s Science Explorium (a donation-based museum for kids ages 5-12 and adults), Willow Theatre (a 155-seat theatre which runs shows for attendees of all ages), and other rooms for classes, programs, and special events. Love of local parks Marketing Coordinator Carter Bogush said he has been the Marketing Coordinator at Sugar Sand Park Community Center for a little over a year now.

Children’s Science Explorium at Sugar Sand Park. Photo by: Diane Emeott Korzen


Artificial turf approved for Patch Reef Park


Government agencies, medical professionals athletes and the general public are now evaluating the potential health risks of crumb rubber. Arthur C. Koski, executive director of The Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District said there will be no crumb rubber in the new Patch Reef Park fields.

Beach & Park District Board meets to approve artifi- Todd Wilkinson, Park Maintenance at Patch Reef Patch Reef Park Southeast, Southwest and Northeast cial turf for Patch Reef Park. Photo by Diane Emeott Park in front of one of the multi-purpose fields slated multi-use fields are slated for artificial turf with organic infill. Photo by Diane Emeott Korzen. for artificial turf. Photo by Diane Emeott Korzen. Korzen.

By: Diane Emeott Korzen Contributing Writer Artificial turf is coming to 55-acre Patch Reef Park in Boca Raton.

used on fields 1, 2, and 3, which are used for baseball, according to Todd

Boca will will join cities like Atlanta, Georgia; N. Canton, Ohio; Ft. Wayne, Indiana; Chinle, Arizona; Lakeland, Florida; Makawao, Hawaii; Wauwatosa, Wisconsin; and Geneva, Ohio that are already using synthetic turf for landscape and recreation.

Wilkinson, Park Maintenance.

The Southeast, Southwest and Northeast fields in Patch Reef Park, located at 2000 W. Yamato Road, ¼ mile west of Military Trail, are slated for artificial turf with organic infill. The artificial turf will only be used on the multi-use fields where lacrosse, soccer and football are played. It will not be

Athletics Supervisor Stephen Poh said he didn’t know anything about the artificial turf slated for Patch Reef Park, but said he was aware that Sand Pine Park has artificial turf. “The guys from the engineering firm (Calvin Giordano & Associates) were here yesterday surveying to find all of the points to turn into the engineer,” said Wilkinson on May 18. Wilkinson said they are replacing the natural grass fields with artificial turn to prevent the fields from getting damaged after it rains.

He said he thinks replying the natural grass fields with artificial turf is a good idea for now. “It’s a good idea for the short term, but over the long term I think they’ll regret it,” Wilkinson said. The fields will receive organic infill. One example of organic infill includes coconut fiber, cork and rice husk. Organic infill in artificial turf is now increasingly being sought to replace traditional crumb rubber infill from recycled car and truck scrap tires, which has recently raised potential health concerns. An NBC Nightly News investigative report interviewed Soccer Coach Amy Griffin who recounted an abnormally high cancer rate among goalies who played on crumb rubber fields.

At the May 1 board meeting of The Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District, held at Sugar Sand Park, the board unanimously voted in favor of executing an agreement with Calvin Giordano & Associates for the artificial turf at Patch Reef Park. Koski said it would take 60 to 90 days to design. “We may very well delay construction until next April 1 [2018] because the Youth and Adult Leagues use the fields starting in September [2017] for football, lacrosse, etc.,” he said. Koski advised the Board that he considers a $200,000 total price tag for this project “very reasonable.” He called Calvin, Giordano & Associates “very professional” to work with. Itemized costs include: $39,000 to $62,000 for design, $18,000 for permitting, $10,000 for bidding, and $87,000 for construction services.

Boca Raton library news Library launches summer reading initative

The Boca Raton Public Library wants kids to read this summer. To help, the library and several other public libraries, are launching the annual Summer Reading program. This year’s theme, “Build a Better World.” A kick-off party is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon on June 10 at the Spanish River Library, 1501 NW Spanish River Blvd. The whole family is invited to play games, enjoy snacks, and listen to a live DJ. Special guests include the City of Boca Raton’s big trucks, FAU Athletics, Palm Beach County’s Environmental Resources Management, Solid Waste Authority, All Aboard Florida, and Youth Environmental Alliance. Summer Reading enrollment begins on June 5 for kids, tweens, teens, and adults. Children receive a free reading log, bag and bookmark when they enroll and can collect a new prize each week for reading. Tweens and teens are placed in weekly drawings for gift cards when they log their books online. Adults who read and log their books at are eligible for an end-of-summer drawing for gift cards. Summer reading provides an educational bridge between school years to prevent “summer slide” during which stu-

dents may lose up to two months of learning. “Our professional staff provides reading recommendations for students at all reading levels, from preschool through high school, through displays and take-home lists. Adults can also request a Personalized Reading List based on their reading preferences and history through the BRPL’s website,” said Amanda Liebl, Youth Programs Director. “In addition, we have many new classes and activities for children and adults to increase their knowledge. We are especially excited to launch new Maker Lab classes, thanks to funding from the Friends of the Boca Raton Public Library, that provide opportunities for teens and youth to learn about robots and coding in a fun, hands-on environment.”

dedicated to driver safety and education. This online resource allows the library to utilize specialized practice exams, specifically based on Florida’s DMV materials, to turn teenagers and other new drivers into safer drivers, as well as meet the needs of those with disabilities, seniors and people at various stages of life.

Studying for a driver’s license? Head to the Boca Raton Public Library for help.

“This resource offers much more than the printed Florida Driver’s Handbook, which is often checked out,” said Vicky Fitzsimmons, Digital Librarian. “And the Test Simulator can be a real confidence-booster before taking the real thing.” is also the only site of its kind that allows users to hear selections read aloud, make them into MP3s, translate pages into other languages, magnify text, and mask portions of the screen for greater visibility on the driving practice tests.

The library is offering free Department of Motor Vehicle’s practice tests through, a company

Visit or the library’s website at for more information.

For a full listing of summer classes and activities, pick up a copy of The Recreator or a Summer Reading brochure at both libraries. Visit to enroll in Summer Reading and classes. Boca library offers driving safety prep



Wick Theatre offers more than just Broadway shows By: Shaina Wizov Contributing Writer

passion she has for her career.

There is much more to the Wick Theatre and Costume Museum than an incredibly entertaining line-up of performances each season. Guests can also get a behind-the-scenes look at the original costumes from Broadway and more during a tour of their carefully-curated Costume Museum.

The theme of the exhibit changes as The Wick Theatre turns over a new season of shows, so it’s highly encouraged to visit yearly to see what’s new. The current season’s theme is Where RUNWAY meets BROADWAY, and features vintage couture wardrobe and accessories. The Broadway costumes you’ll get to see on this tour reflect the fashion trends starting from the Industrial Revolution of the late 19th century through 100 years of social and economic changes. Upon entering the museum lobby, you’ll be transported back to the early 1900’s in a room full of original pieces from My Fair Lady.

The Wick’s collection includes costumes from over 35 Broadway shows and revivals, estimated at more than 20 million dollars. It’s been featured on The Today Show, in People Magazine and was the subject of a spectacular photo essay in Vogue Magazine by renowned photographer, Bruce Weber. Founder and Executive Producer of The Wick Theatre, Marilynn Wick, and her daughter, Kimberly, started the Costume World Broadway Collection in Pompano Beach in 2010. Despite its unfamiliar and low-profile location, it developed a following of over 20,000 guests. Kimberly, curator and director of the museum, puts her heart and soul into each season’s exhibit, and when she leads a tour, guests are sure to feel the

gin... Gorgeous gowns, colorful jackets, sparkles and sequins, ruffles and feathers, and even a collection of Joan Rivers’ most memorable outfits are on display. It’s a sight to be seen, even if you know nothing about the shows these costumes are from. There are costumes from The King and I, Hairspray, Dracula, Guys & Dolls, Titanic, Cats, Coco, 42nd Street, Annie, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and much more. Each article of clothing is so masterfully

After a brief introduction from Kimberly, it’s time for the real magic to bepreserved, and the stories that Kimberly tells throughout the tour truly brings them to life. You’ll even have the chance to walk out on stage. For those who have sat in the audience of The Wick Theater, this is a brand new perspective, and shows that there really is no bad seat in the house. This particular tour, priced at $48 per person, includes a 3-course lunch in the Tavern Room, an homage to the famed Tavern-on-the-Green® complete with the China and crystal from the iconic restaurant, as well as the amber and crystal chandelier that once graced its foyer. The

room is bright and cheery, and the food is presented beautifully. Additional afternoon tour options are available, including one where you can enjoy your lunch while a professional cabaret singer performs various showstopping hits ($58 per person), or one that includes a 2 p.m. matinee of the current show after lunch ($115 per person.) Each of these tours begin at 11 a.m. and are generally available seven days a week by appointment only. Recently, a Twilight Tour has been added that begins at 5:30 p.m. with a champagne toast before a tour of the exhibit, followed by the current prix-fixe dinner offering and 7:30 p.m. evening performance ($130 per person.) There is also a 6 p.m. tour available that includes champagne and light bites ($75 and up per person.) The Wick Theatre and Costume Museum is located at 7901 North Federal Highway in Boca Raton. For more information on the tours and performances, please call the box office at 561-995-2333.

FAU College of Business launches new Center for Forensic Accounting Staff report

Florida Atlantic University College of Business has the only center in the state that focuses on forensic accounting. The school recently launched a new Center for Forensic Accounting, which will develop and spread knowledge of the topic to students, government and businesses. Forensic accounting is a mix of accounting, auditing and investigating that scrutinizes financial information and other forms of evidence to provide analysis to courts of law, corporations and others. FAU has the oldest forensic accounting concentration within a Master of Accounting degree program in the United States. The College of Business currently offers a Masters of Accounting with three different concentrations related to forensic accounting, including in digital accounting forensics and data analytics first offered in fall

2016, and a concentration in business valuation that was added several years earlier. FAU’s School of Accounting Executive Programs offers these concentrations as twoyear traditional in-person and online degree programs.

The director of the new center is Michael Crain, D.B.A., who has been a FAU faculty member since 2008. He has more than 30 years of experience as a practicing certified public accountant specializing in forensic accounting, economic damages and business valuation. “In addition to education and outreach, one of the missions of the Center is to develop knowledge in forensic accounting and fraud detection and prevention,” Crain said. “We’re engaging with people who are directly responsible for regulating, detecting and reducing financial fraud and misrepresentation.” The Center recently held a joint two-day conference with the U.S. Treasury Department on the “Forensic Accounting and Bank Secrecy Act,” which attracted participants

from the banking industry, forensic accounting, certified fraud examiners and law enforcement from the federal, state and local levels. Forensic accountants made international headlines in the early 2000s with investigations into the corporate scandals at Enron and Tyco International, which led to Congress passing the Sarbanes-Oxley Act in 2002. The law imposed stringent penalties for altering company financial records and trying to mislead shareholders through fraudulent accounting practices and helped usher in a relatively new field of forensic investigation for accountants. “We’re excited about the opportunities the Center for Forensic Accounting can offer our students who are interested in pursuing careers in this growing field,” Crain said. “The response to our first joint conference with the U.S. Treasury Department has been very positive, and we look forward to future collaborations with the government and the business community in South Florida.”



Society Scene

The Feldman Family Diamond Club held their Annual “Senior Prom” consisting of a live band and while the seniors were treated to lunch. Submitted photo.

Boca residents Laurie Silvers and Sherry Endelson attend the annual luncheon of the the Kravis Center’s Board of Directors, Life Trustees and Standing Committee members. The event was sponsored by Laurie Silvers and Mitchell Rubenstein, who have generously underwritten the event for the past 11 years. Silvers serves as Board Vice Chair. Photo courtesy of Precious Moments Photography.

The Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center proudly installed nine new members to its Board of Directors at its Annual Meeting. Pictured: Eliot Popper, Lori Lesser, David Serle, Melissa Emihovich, Jeffrey Yesner, Sandy Beyer, Jason Bodner, Debbie Farias. Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Tholl Photography.

Laurie Connors and Connie Siskowski lecture more a crowd during the Caregiving Institute Conference that was recently held in Boca Raton. The conferences aims to bring together the brightest and most experience leaders in researching and addressing the issue of properly supporting caregiving youth. Submitted photo.

The ninth annual Proper Affair Fashion Show at the Old School Square Fieldhouse hosted by retailer Boston Proper, raised more than $40,000 for the Achievement Centers for Children & Families in support of underprivileged children and low-income families in the local community raising over $40,000. Submitted photo.

George and Cindy Snow attend the George Snow Scholarship Fund’s Annual Tiki Dinner where Snow Scholars share their stories with donors. Submitted photo.



Council Corner Councilman Scott Singer on Boca’s goal setting By: Councilman Scott Singer Special to the Boca Newspaper culture of innovation to make Boca Raton a stronger leader in providing new ideas and services – and at less cost to taxpayers. Other goals in this area include furthering a master plan for our downtown city campus to include more community space and resources, further streamlining of our development process for residents and businesses (where we have made significant gains in the last two years), and evaluation of city staffing levels and needs. Financially Sound City: Boca Raton has the one of the lowest tax rates in Florida, AAA bond ratings, and strong reserves. To ensure our financial strength, we will prioritize our plans to help attract and retain businesses, with a focus on expanding our technology employment base. We will also augment our economic development plan, which has helped create or retain more than 9,000 jobs. The creation of a city economic development office, for which I strongly advocated, will prove even more essential as state economic incentives decrease significantly next year. Maintaining our financial strength will be more challenging

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Vibrant and Sustainable City: Boca Raton is world renowned as a vibrant destination,

Enlightened planning for a world-class city like Boca Raton requires a timeline of decades, not just months and years. Next year’s goals are just part of the larger task of long-range planning that is essential for all of us. As a father of two young children, I am especially and personally dedicated to creating a brighter future for this and the next generation of Boca Raton residents. As always, I welcome your thoughts on your vision of that future and anything else on your mind.


World-Class Municipal Services: Not only is Boca Raton a full-service city, directly providing fire, police, emergency, water, sewer, sanitation, and recreation services, but these services are also among the best in the class in the nation and routinely win awards. Our goals for next year start with a focus on innovation. I’m proud to have led the call for more dedicated staff roles focused on innovation and sustainability (which I discussed more last month). We Chanteuses can be excited by the prospect of creating a by Sally York and Myles Mellor

Strong Partnership with Community: The City of Boca Raton’s relationships with residents, neighborhood and business groups, schools, non-profits, and other groups help make Boca Raton an unparalleled place to live. Next year, our areas of focus will include finalizing long-term agreements with the Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District, working toward plans for a University District around FAU, and addressing issues to yield better communications. The concept of regular town halls, which I’ve been holding since my first year in office, has happily spread to include more regular outreach by community boards and our Downtown Boca staff. The city has also increased its electronic resources to residents, with the launch of a city mobile app and more user-friendly website, and will be expanding these over the next year.

with a business presence and cultural and recreation options of a much larger city. We plan to expand on our vibrancy by finalizing a waterfront master plan, which began last year, and already includes the addition of boat ramps and canoe trails at Lake Wyman Park and a downtown waterfront promenade. We have also been working on better transportation solutions for downtown, including on-demand transit, a parking garage, and expansion of our roadway and pedestrian networks. Boca Raton has been a leader in environmental sustainability and continues to implement solutions to reduce waste and preserve our natural environment.


In last month’s column, I gave a preview of some of our goals at the City Council’s annual goalsetting session. Here is an update on some of that discussion of Boca Raton’s top priority goals for the coming year, listed under each of four overarching principles for our city.

as the state government has reduced funding sources and imposed mandates, which could annually cost the city several million dollars. We’re working hard to keep your taxes low, even if other factors are making it harder for us to do.



Council Corner

Setting Boca Raton’s goals values.

c. Develop a Smart City/Technology Business Development Strategy (e.g., a tech cluster).

We then agreed upon four goals for our city and prioritized them as follows:

Goal II (World Class Municipal Services):


a. Develop a City Campus Master Plan;

By: Councilman Robert Weinroth Special to the Boca Newspaper It is often said, if you don’t know where you’re going it’ll be pretty difficult knowing when you get there. With that in mind, each year the mayor, council members, and city staff go “off campus” to undertake a process of strategic planning. Essentially, the exercise entails a review of our accomplishments and our failures as we establish the goals and issues on which we wish to commit ourselves, going forward. This exercise is an important component in the budget and planning process the City Manager and department heads will undertake over the next few months. While we all recognize our planning cannot anticipate everything that will actually transpire in the future, the action plan we establish will serve as a basis on which allocation of resources can be made. This is an annual process. Our facilitator during my tenure on the Council (and before) has been a gentleman by the name of Lyle Sumek. It is his task to take help us distill our goals down to something manageable (in our case 4), create objectives to meet each goal, identify the challenges and opportunities to meeting those goals and, ultimately, prioritizing the tasks necessary to meet each goal. Along the way, he offers us insights into how other municipalities address similar challenges. Prior to focusing on our task, Sumek reviewed a “driving guide” for the Mayor and Council as the elected leaders of our city. He defined LEADERSHIP as working with residents, as well as businesses and workers, to define the “destination,” to develop the “road map,” to identify “key milestones,” to establish an “itinerary,” to define the “vehicle” and to find the “right fuel.” Our “destination” is preferred future of our city, the “road map” is a 5-year plan, “key milestones” are the indicators of achievement, the “itinerary” is a oneyear action plan with specific deliverables, the “vehicle” is municipal responsibilities and the “right fuel” is having the right people sharing common core

Ensure Boca Raton is a Financially Sound City;

II. Offer our residents and visitors World Class Municipal Services; III. Foster Strong Partnerships with the Community; and IV. Work towards making Boca Raton a Vibrant and Sustainable City. The next task was to agree on the objectives that supported each goal. For Goal I, we enunciated six objectives: 1. Efficient, cost-effective delivery of city services, 2. Maintenance of our AAA bond rating, 3. Investing in the city’s future – capital projects and projects with a return on investment, 4. Proactively seeking revenues to support defined services and service levels,

b. Streamline the Development Process; c. Human Resource & Succession Planning; and d. Establish a position to facilitate innovation. Goal III (Strong Partnership with Community): a. Execute and inter-local agreement with yhr Greater Beach & Parks District; b. Work with FAU to update the Campus Agreement, establish a “town & gown” working group, collaborate on a strategy for student housing, off campus activities and research opportunities for students; and c. Review and set policy for the “Free Speech” zone in Sanborn Square. Goal IV (Vibrant & Sustainable City):

5. Maintaining financial reserves consistent with defined city policies, and

a. Develop a comprehensive Waterfront Master Plan;

6. Becoming a “Global Economic Center” with a diverse and expanding economy and job opportunities.

b. Develop a University District (20th Street and beyond) conceptual Master Plan in tandem with the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Impact evaluation and formulate the next step(s);

For the sake of brevity, I will not list the objectives for meeting Goal II - IV nor am I going to enumerate the challenges and opportunities to meeting each goal. But, those two steps were completed prior to agreement on the actions to be taken over the coming year to support each goal. The actions for achieving each goal are listed, below: Goal I (Financially Sound City): a. Develop a business retention strategy and action; b. Develop an economic development plan, which will include outcomes, deliverables, performance metrics and performance reports; and

c. Implement a Complete Streets policy; d. Formulate an Art in Public Places policy; e. Review and revise, as necessary, the Planned Mobility matrix; and f.

Develop a comprehensive mobility policy with consideration of generating “mobility fees.”

It is worth noting that while there are six actions to support Goal IV, the original list of possible actions totaled 43! This is a challenging process, which requires honest conversation about the

operations of our city. Our city charter precludes the elected officials from interfering in the administration of the city, that being the sole responsibility of the City Manager. However, the strategic planning process allows the elected leaders direct, unfettered input and discussion with city staff providing an opportunity for forthright debate as direction is set for the coming year. Armed with these 16 action steps, the City Manager and the city staff will now create milestones against which progress can be measured over the course of the coming year. Responsibilities for completion will be assigned and resources will be allocated. Armed with this list of “deliverables” we know where we’re going and it will be our challenge, now, to get there.

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