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Delray needs new leader By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor Delray Beach’s next city manager may be the person who currently serves as second in command. During a city commission meeting last month, Interim City Manager Neal DeJesus said it is time for him to begin to find his replacement. He agreed to stay on board through the city’s budget cycle before he returns to his role as fire chief.

When asking the commission about hiring a search firm to bring forward candidates, Commissioner Mitch Katz proposed possibly promoting assistant city manager Caryn Gardner-Young. “I think you have found us a city manager,” he told DeJesus, referring to Gardner-Young. “We have somebody who we have been able to watch and put into a working situation for the past

few months. Personally, I have been impressed.” He said her professionalism in dealing with developers and residents has been “phenomenal.” Gardner-Young was brought on board by DeJesus in March to serve as one of his assistants. She came to Delray from Parkland where she served as city manager for nearly a decade.

Mayor Cary Glickstein agreed that Gardner-Young has stepped in and stepped up in her new position. “She has demonstrated a fair and firm protocol with all the department’s she’s charged with,” he said. “She has jumped in. I think she has done a great job.” Glickstein went as far as saying there isn’t one city manager he would hire again in hindsight except for DeJesus or Gardner-Young. But not everyone was

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Lower tax rate set, no sight of budget Staff report Delray Beach taxpayers will be charged a lower property tax rate this upcoming fiscal year. City commissioners set the preliminary millage rate at $7.09 meaning for every $1,000 of assessed property you own you will be charged $7.09. If you own a $250,000 home with a $50,000 homestead exemption you will pay about $1,418 in city property taxes.


The current rate totals $7.21. This is the fifth year the city has reduced the millage. But this year, commissioners approved the rate without seeing even a preliminary budget. Interim city manager Neal DeJesus said he is working on balancing the budget to reflect the lower millage rate.

“We have had some unanticipated revenue shortfalls,” he told commissioners. “We have had some increases in cost. Everything is going up. We are making those adjustments. Our job is to bring you a balanced budget based on the millage you set.” Not seeing the budget concerned some

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Delray Beach to start search for new city manager current job even tougher.

ready to offer Gardner-Young the job. Commissioner Shelly Petrolia said she has not had an opportunity to meet with her one-on-one. Commissioner Shirley Johnson said she would like to see as many candidates as possible to choose from.


“I have a huge concern that we are going to be able to attract anybody that I would be interested in,” he said. “The best and the brightest out there are always looking for a challenge. They are looking for a challenge in a very predicable environment.”

“I would like to have as much variety as we can,” Johnson said. “I would like to go forward with the search.”

Knowing that Gardner-Young would become his boss if she is hired, DeJesus said she runs circles around him and that he has learned from her immensely.

Commissioner Jim Chard said he is gathering information and researching both options, but is leaning toward conducting a search. Commissioner Katz and Mayor Glickstein said they were opposed to conducting a search because the last few searches the city conducted for a city manager resulted in mediocre candidates. Katz suggested commissioners spend time meeting with Gardner-Young. DeJesus said he would make individual appointments with commissioners to find out what they are looking for in their next city manager.

This month, commissioners will likely decide whether to go forward with a search or start negotiations with Gardner-Young.

He said when he interviewed her for the assistant city manager position, he asked her why Delray and why now, and she told him she was looking for the next challenge.

Mayor Glickstein said the person the city is looking for to fill the role is likely employed in a secure position and isn’t “in their kitchen waiting for the phone to ring.”

“I interviewed her specifically because of her track record as city manager in Parkland,” he said. “Her only limitations thus far have been me, in that I am her boss and she works for me.”

With three commission seats up for election in March, he said that will make luring someone away from their

Commissioners will likely discuss what option they want to pursue this month.

Lower tax rate set, no sight of budget Delray beach memorial plaques to be replaced with brick memorial program Staff report Delray Beach has spent $3 million to give its beach a promenade and more uniform look. That means that existing benches with memorial plaques that people have purchased over the years in memory or recognition of a family member or friend no longer fit in with the new look. Commissioners have decided to keep the beach’s new benches clean of any memorial plaques. Anyone who purchased a plaque or bench will instead receive a brick that will be placed in a designated area. Bricks will be made available for purchase as well. “We need to be out of the memorial business,” Mayor Cary Glickstein said. “They can have the bench. They can have the plaque. And we will buy them a brick.”

Commissioner Shirley Johnson agreed that she would like to see the city stop the memorial bench program. “Some people don’t feel comfortable sitting on a memorial bench,” she said. “This is not a graveyard. I am not in favor of any plaques.” The contract people who purchased memorial benches and plaques from the city states that the city has the right to dispose the bench or plaque when its life expectancy is up. But many residents say they were told their bench would be there in perpetuity. The benches have been removed and are currently in storage. Commissioners Jim Chard and Mitch Katz cast the dissenting votes. They supported keeping plaques on the benches.


commissioners, but they supported the preliminary rate because De Jesus said the city will have a balanced budget.

The difference in keeping the millage the same compared to lowering it by a tenth totaled $900,000.

“It’s definitely hard to approve a millage rate, we haven’t seen any type of budget,” Commissioner Mitch Katz said.

Commissioner Shelly Petrolia said the city has $37 million in reserves, a $31 million bond and will receive an increase in taxes from property values to address any infrastructure needs. She said that is enough money to cover any emergency expense and she wants to honor the commitment the commission previously made of lowering the millage rate.

He said he would like to see updates on the budget as departments submit funding requests. Typically, the millage rate is presented with a preliminary plan for how the city plans to spend its money. DeJesus said the budget is delayed because the city has been transitioning with personnel in the finance department.

Just because the rate is lower doesn’t mean you will save money. That’s because property values are up in the city.

The rate is the maximum the city can charge. The city can still lower the millage before it is officially adopted with the budget in September.

Last month, Palm Beach County’s property appraiser estimated property values in the city would increase about 9.5 percent, which can result in higher tax rates.

“That is a great accomplishment,” Mayor Cary Glickstein said of the reduction. “Some people would like more, but it’s still five consecutive years of millage reduction.” Newly elected commissioner Shirley Johnson said she didn’t support a reduction even if commissioners previously agreed to lowering the rate. She cast the sole dissenting vote against the millage rate. “I am totally against any reduction,” she said. “We need our infrastructure repaired. Our roads are in horrible condition. How are we going to invite people to come to Delray when our roads feel like a roller coaster and our pipes are bursting?”

If you live downtown, you can expect to see an extra tax levied from the Downtown Development Authority of one mil. The rate is the same as what is currently assessed to downtown property owners. The DDA is a separate taxing authority created by state statute in 1971. The DDA board will approve its budget in August before it present its plans for how to spend its money to the commission as part of the city’s budget approval hearings. Public hearings to discuss the city’s budget and officially approve and adopt the millage rate for the upcoming fiscal year are scheduled for Sept. 7 and Sept. 19.



Delray Beach files amended tennis lawsuit, Match Point serves motion back to city nament meaning it is the only one that could provide the service. It also alleges that the city’s outside counsel ignored the fact that the city has rules on how to handle sole source contracts in its purchasing manual.

By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor Delray Beach has served the operators of the city’s Association of Tennis Professionals tournaments with an amended lawsuit. The city and Match Point have been in litigation since March 2016 when the city sued the tournament operators alleging the city’s $25 million, 25-year contract with the operator is voidable since the contract wasn’t competitively bid. The contract was renewed in 2005 and is set to expire in 2030.

“The city’s outside counsel deliberately buried the fact that the city’s Purchasing Manual contained a ‘sole source’ exception, and delivered to the city an Opinion Letter with replete subterfuge,” the sanction’s filing states. It also states that the city has upheld the contract since 1998. “Instead the city just agreed to business terms that were not tested in the marketplace and may not have been favorable to the city,” the amended suit states.

“For 19 years, the city has unwaveringly acknowledged the validity of the agreement,” Match Point’s sanction filing states.

The new complaint filed mid-June still states that the city didn’t use its competitive procurement process. It also states, “the city improperly determined that it would consider only the operators of a male professional tennis tournament sanctioned by the ATP Tour, Inc., depriving any other potential tennis tournament operators notice or any opportunity to bid.”

Match Point has filed a motion for sanctions against the city asking for dismissal of the city’s suit with prejudice and attorneys’ fees.

The city’s amended suit states that beyond one phone call, no investigation was done by the city to see if any other ATP sanction holders would move their tournaments to Delray.

The motion states the city’s claim is “spurious.” It states the city’s outside counsel prepared an opinion letter for commissioners that omitted key language from relevant documents, which the city used in its suit against Match Point.

It also says the city didn’t enter into a sole source statement just a contract. It also alleges that the contract is void because Match Point leases city property for its space and the lease wasn’t bid out.

The amended suits states that “favoritism” prevented other vendors from participating in a competitive bidding process.

Match Point states the city couldn’t have bid the ATP tournament because it is a sole source provider for the tour-

Commissioners recently voted to add a clause in the suit stating if they prevail they can recoup the city’s expenses on the suit.

Match Point is responsible for putting on an ATP event at the tennis stadium, 201 W. Atlantic Ave.

Delray Medical Center volunteers make daily rounds year round By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor

help in so many different areas.”

A decade ago, Charles Carroll was rushed to Delray Medical Center after suffering from a heart attack.

She said the hospital will need more volunteers since it opened its new patient tower

After the team saved his life, he said he knew he wanted to show his gratitude to the place and people who helped him recover. “I owed them a lot,” he said. “I wanted to give something back.” At 104, the retired Army Colonel is still making his rounds at the hospital twice a week. Clad in their teal scrub uniforms, the volunteers recently gathered at the hospital cafeteria to celebrate Carroll’s 104 birthday. “It’s been one happy family,” he said of the volunteer group. His duties include bringing flowers to patient rooms, greeting visitors and transporting people throughout the hospital in a wheelchair. His daughter Judith Stern said she is happy and lucky that her father is the one doing the wheeling and not being pushed around himself. “I’m grateful that he is here and he is healthy,” she said. “It’s nice to have quality and quantity at the same time.” The veteran has a son and two grandkids as well. He studied landscape architecture at the University of Massachusetts and graduated in 1936. He said no one had a penny to buy a bush. He worked at a boy’s home before he joined the Army. He was married to his wife Helen for 68 years when she died.

Delray Medical Center volunteer Charles Carroll celebrates his 104th birthday at Delray Medical Center. He cuts a slice of cake with help from his daughter, Judith Stern. Staff photo.

Carroll is one of the hospital’s 275 volunteers. Rebecca McCoy, the hospital’s director of volunteer services has managed their schedules and kept them busy for the past 30 years. She said the program consists of retirees and high school and college students. “It’s a fun job,” she said. “Every day is different.” She said the volunteers pick their own days and hours and she tries to incorporate their previous work skills into their volunteer roles. She said some have medical backgrounds and others just want to spend time giving back to their community. “It gives them a sense of purpose,” she said. “A reason to get up in the morning. They

last month. For more information about volunteering, for-family-visitors/volunteer-at-delray-medical-center



Stories Lived shares worldwide success, inspirational stories online By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor A few years ago, Delray Beach resident Joe Snider didn’t want to celebrate his birthday at a restaurant. So he and his wife Courtney Salamone invited a group of friends over and they spent the night playing games. The money the group would have spent on a night out, they decided to donate to charity. “Everyone was talking about their charity and it was so special,” Salamone said. “The energy was strong.” After the celebration, Snider blogged about the night and the couple began brainstorming ways to keep their idea of sharing and helping others an ongoing initiative. Eventually the idea came to them: Stories Lived. Stories Lived is an initiative that showcases “inspiring stories of inspired lives” through videos. Snider said the party, daily experiences and encounters with people and a book he read “Blessed Unrest” by Paul Hawken about all the different groups and people across the world helping others, was the inspiration behind Stories Lived.

The couple created three categories for filmmakers to submit under, Personal Mission, Personal Passion, Personal Triumph. Personal Mission is for the stories about game changers who aim to change the world for the better; Personal Passion is for individuals who have found their meaning and how they inspire others and Personal Triumph is for stories about people who inspire others by how they approach and overcome obstacles with grace and dignity. The site has video entries from 40 countries. More than 160 countries have visited the website to view one of the 300 posted videos.

A screen shot of a submission by the Delray Beach Children’s Garden under the Personal Mission category. Submitted photo.

“Inspiration is truly global,” she said. “We all want to feel connected.” One story follows an Italian tattoo artist expressing her art form, another shares how a man built his business of building bicycles and how a man has spent decades of his life helping underprivileged children in India train to play soccer. There is no limit on video submissions. Each category will have three finalists. The top three finalists in each category will receive $200 each, qualify for a $1,500 Audience Award and qualify for a

$2,000 Jury Award. The winners in the third round of the contest will be announced this month. The judges on the jury are New York Times best-selling author and award-winning documentary film director Sidney D. Kirkpatrick, filmmaker and Creative Director of Brave Man Media Damian Fitzsimmons and video producer for National Public Radio John W. Poole. Visit for more information.

The website is home to inspirational and motivational videos filmed across the world. Aspiring filmmakers and storytellers can upload their five minute or less video to the site for free. The idea is to celebrate the successes and triumphs in life, not the negativity that constantly fills the media. “Video is multi-sensual,” Salamone said. “You hear it, you see it. So many of these stories give us strength.”

A screen shot of a submission known as Born to Build Bikes under the Personal A screen shot of a submission WISER Kenya: Empowering Girls under the PerPassion category. Submitted photo. sonal Triumph category. Submitted photo.

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things you need to know this August in Delray Beach throughout the week. For more information on participating restaurants and promotions, visit

2 National Night Out will take place on Aug. 1 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Delray Beach Tennis Center, 201 W. Atlantic Ave. The event is a free community event to take a stand against crime. 3 Dine Out Downtown Delray Beach Restaurant Week will take place from Aug. 1-7. Produced by the Downtown Development Authority, restaurants will offer price fixe menus and specials

Slices Delray Woman’s Club awards grants to nonprofits The GFWC Woman’s Club of Delray Beach, founded more than 100 years ago, recently awarded grants to seven local non-profits serving the community.

The grants, plus funds contributed by the club to three programs that include a scholarship, leadership training program and Thanksgiving feeding effort, total close to $10,000 for the year. “We’re very proud to be supporting organizations that are doing great work in Delray Beach,” said Trish Jacobson, co-president of the organization. “All of the non-profits receiving grants are hav-

5 Crane’s Beach House Boutique Hotel & Luxury Villas has earned a TripAdvisor® 2017 Certificate of Excellence. Crane’s Beach House is currently offering Summer Staycation Discounts for budget conscious travelers: Save 25 percent off three nights or more, or save 20% off two nights. The applicable stay dates for this special discount last through Oct. 5.


8 Delray Beach’s taxable property values increased 9.53 percent from last year, according to a preliminary taxable value report issued by the Palm Beach County Property Appraiser. The total increased from $8.8 billion to $9.6 billion.

NW 22 St. at Swinton Ave., is collecting backpacks and school supplies for local children in need through Aug. 13. Drop off items during church hours.

9 NYU Langone Medical Center is opening an outpatient physician practice in Delray this month at 16244 S. Military Trail, Suite 560. The practice will have four physicians and other medical professional staff, and will be overseen by Harvard-trained medical director and local resident Louis D. Snyder, MD. Clinical services that will be offered at the practice include echocardiography stress tests, ultrasound, and other important cardio-diagnostic tests. In addition, the practice will provide vein care and treatment.

7 The Delray Beach Public Library has two exhibitions on display through Aug. 18. Check out “Creations by Harriet A” by self-taught painter Harriet Appelbaum and “Noah Frank Photography” on the second floor

10 Delray Beach Parks and Recreation Department invites residents to a public workshop regarding a master plan for parks on Aug 2 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Community Center Gymnasium, 50 NW 1st Ave.

ing a positive impact in our community.”

Fund’s Virtual Wall of Faces Effort.

The organizations that received grants: Achievement Centers for Children and Families, CROS Ministries, Delray Beach Historical Society, Delray Beach Public Library, Heroes & Helpers/Delray Beach Police Department, Old School Square and South Florida Collegiate Baseball League.

To further preserve the legacy of those who sacrificed all in Vietnam, the fund is committed to finding a photo to go with each of the more than 58,000 names on The Wall. The Wall of Faces allows family and friends to share memories, post pictures and connect with each other.  The chapter is asking community members for pictures of a loved one or veteran.

our communities to help identify these brave soldiers, and submit a photo to us.”

1 The Greater Delray Beach Cham-

ber of Commerce is hosting its Annual Celebration of Education Breakfast on Thursday, Aug. 10 at 8 a.m. at the Delray Golf Club. The breakfast shows gratitude to Delray teachers and principals. Bill Bone, a trial lawyer and Carver Middle and Atlantic High graduate, is the keynote speaker.

well as brunch on stick bites. Tickets are also $45 and can be purchased at http://

4 Old School Square’s Sizzlin’ Summer Social Series continues this month with Vodka Riot on Aug. 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Fieldhouse. Experience an evening of pairings of vodka-infused dishes created by select local top chefs. In addition, you get to “cast your vote” on their specially crafted vodka cocktail. Tickets cost $45 and can be purchased at http:// The series will end on Aug. 27 with Bottomless Bloody Mary & Brunch on a Stick from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Fieldhouse. Enjoy a bottomless Bloody Mary bar and an array of sweets, cheese and fruit as

In addition, the club provides an annual $1,000 scholarship to an Atlantic High School student who attends Florida Atlantic University, contributes to an annual local Thanksgiving Turkey drive and sponsors two Atlantic high students attending the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership program. “Our club traces its roots back to Delray Beach’s early years and has been supporting community efforts ever since,” co-president JoAnn Haros said. “We’re pleased to be able to continue the tradition by providing grants to these many organizations in Delray Beach.” Local group participates in Wall of Faces effort The Henry Morrison Flagler Daughters of the American Revolution chapter is working with the Florida State Society Daughters of the American Revolution on The Vietnam Veterans Memorial

6 Unity of Delray Beach Church, 101

In Delray Beach, the group is looking for photos of Private Archie L. Nelson Jr., who died on Aug. 15, 1968, SP4 Richard D. Miller, who died on March 10, 1971, and PFC Claude Roberts, who died on April 11, 1968. MD Association holds fundraiser, raises awareness Muscular Dystrophy Association has partnered with Light it Up Green for MD to ask landmarks like the Empire State Building to light up green for Muscular Dystrophy Awareness month.

If you have a picture of a loved one or fellow veteran whose name is on The Wall, help the Memorial Fund honor these individuals by putting a face with a name. Regardless of whether the Memorial Fund has a photo of the individual already, everyone is encouraged to submit additional photos. “At the Florida State DAR Conference held this Spring, the names of soldiers who were living in Palm Beach County at the time of their death were collected,” said Marjorie Ferrer, Regent,  Henry Morrison Flagler Chapter. “We are asking

Locally, the Jupiter Inlet light house is scheduled to be lit up on Aug. 6 and 7 Light it Up Green for MD will also host a fundraiser to Benefit MDA at The Shipwreck Bar and Grill in Jupiter on Aug. 6 and 7. Light It Up Green for Muscular Dystrophy was established in Palm Beach County on May 14, 2014, by Nadine Kirby, mother of a son with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, in order to promote awareness of the nine types of muscular dystrophies and related neuromuscular diseases which affect both children and adults.



Janet Meeks, Delray’s Education Coordinator This award will continue to bring recognition to Delray Beach for a long time to come as we are known across the nation as a leader in efforts to improve outcomes for low-income children. The Award helps to acknowledge Delray Beach has the “secret sauce” to work as a collective team that ultimately helps to boost economic development creating a stronger community as a whole.

1 Tell us about yourself

and your role with the city of Delray Beach. I moved to Delray Beach in 1984 and have worked for the City of Delray Beach since 1990. I started in the Planning and Zoning Department as a Senior Planner (My degree is in Landscape Architecture from Purdue University) and I transferred to the Community Improvement Department in 2001 when I took the job as the Education Coordinator.

2 We know the city was just awarded its third All America City award and you were a part of the team that brought the award home. Can you tell us about the All America City award and what did Delray do to win it? The criteria for the award this year, was based on a community being able to demonstrate   measurable improvement for low-income children in one or more of the challenge areas identified by the National Campaign for Grade Level Reading which are reducing thenumber of students being chronically absent from school, preventing  summer reading and learning slide and increasing the number of children being kindergarten ready. Using data to establish baselines, set targets and track progress we were able to show significant measurable results over the past 5 years.  So we won this year because we were successful in most all of these areas. We have increased the number of low-income children that attend one of our 7 public elementary schools (around 2,8000 students) that have access to summer academics by 41%, we reduced chronic absenteeism rates by 68% and prevented summer reading slide for  5 years in a row with a 10% reading gain in the summer of 2016! We have been very fortunate to create a strong partnership with the school district, local non-profit agencies and the community at large that helped us achieve these results.

3 What is the process of applying



5 What is the city currently doing to continue its efforts that the award acknowledged it for?

Delray representatives present at the All America City awards a skit “We Found Gold Reading.” Submitted photo.

to be an All America City? Walk us through it. The All-America City Award is a contest open to communities across the nation. Leading up to the application deadline, we participated in webinars and conference calls to prepare us for writing the application. The application had published criteria and a ranking metrics. We collected and analyzed our 5 years of data and reported our findings and told our story in a 46 page application.

group of 26 communities to ever have won the award 3 times (1993, 2001 and 2017). Prior to and after receiving the award, we have been contacted by other communities across the nation hoping to learn about our best practices and use our models for their community so they can achieve the same results.

We are currently working with the School District, Children’s Services Council, and other municipalities to share our best practices. This fall, we hope to host an Education Symposium and invite the community to help us find new solutions to improving grade level reading and keep the momentum going. The Director of the National Campaign for Grade Level Reading, Ron Fairchild, has agreed to come to Delray Beach to work with our community to update our Community Solutions Action Plan that will contain a new set of goals and action steps. We will keep you posted!

4 What does it mean to be an All America City? The All-America City Award is the oldest community recognition program in the nation and it’s considered to be one of the most prestigious awards a community can receive. The program was established in 1949 by the National Civic League which recognizes citizens who work together to identify and tackle community-wide challenges and achieve uncommon results through creative solutions. Our City leaders and everyone who worked on this project are proud that our City of Delray Beach is among an elite

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Delray representatives Mayor Cary Glickstein, Janet Meeks and Joe Gillie at the present at the All America City awards. Submitted photo.

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

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

The building, located between a


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

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

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

our hopes and dreams or what goes

A special “Brain Bar” will host ex-

wrong in brain disorders,” Dr. Blake-

perts who will be able to share their

ly said. “Neuroscientists are giving

knowledge with guests and demon-

us an increasingly detailed picture

strate high tech and cutting-edge

The education center features class-

of how the brain is built and works,

virtual reality technologies used to

room environments suitable for

and we hope through this exhibit to

visualize brain structure and func-

workshops and creative spaces with

inspire young minds to delve even


3D printers, robotics labs and com-

deeper into brain science.”   

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

puter coding and programming

The exhibit will teach visitors the

The new exhibit will tell the story

importance of leading a healthy life-

of the human brain from the mo-

style to support brain function and

The $100,000 donation will be used

lecular and cellular level. It will also

introduce careers in neuroscience.

to help fund plans for a new perma-

explain how the brain creates hopes,

A brain sciences room will highlight

nent exhibit at the center, “Journey

fears and memories.

advances that local neuroscientists


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

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

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

a walk-through brain mist and a

of the brain such as addiction,

3-D brain projection.




disease, stroke and concussion.

much activity goes on in the brain

For more information, call 561-832-

center has partnered with Florida

every second.

1988 or visit www.sfsciencecenter.

Atlantic University’s newly-created

The “Thoughts and Emotion” gal-

center is a $2 million project. The

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

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

Palm Beach County

are making in unraveling aspects

The introductory gallery will feature

The “Brain Room” will show how


org. Like the South Florida Science

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




Don’t miss events

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

2 Straight No Chaser and Postmod-

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

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

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

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

6 Ever want to see what the Boca

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

walking shoes is recommended.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

open during Tribute Band Concerts only.

Friday, August 4 @ 7:30 pm*

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

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

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

TICKETED EVENT Tuesday, August 1 @ 7:30 pm

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

For Tickets Visit

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




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

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

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

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

Call 561-276-7868 to RSVP.

Arts Garage

Four course dinner paired with wines from Davis Bynum

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

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

Friday, Aug. 4 at 8 p.m.

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

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

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$15, $20

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

Gianni Bianchini Trio

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

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

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

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

$30, $40, $45

$30, $40, $45

Sunday, Aug.13 at 7 p.m.

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

Texassippi Soul Man Danny Brookes and Lil’ Miss Debi

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

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

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

The Ben Hecht Show


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

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

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

$20, $30, $35

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, Aug. 29 at 8 p.m.

Jazz Gals

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

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

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

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

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


$20, $30, $35

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

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


Old School Square

$20, $30, $35

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

Sunday, Aug. 20 at 7 p.m.

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

The New Vision Sax Ensemble is one of

Sizzlin’ Summer Social Series

The New Vision Sax Ensemble

Join us at Mellow

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




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

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

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

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

Entering: 3rd-5th Grades

All recovery residences and treatment centers are welcome to attend.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What would you say is your main profession?

Have you seen any changes in the city?

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Get away… without going away.



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








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

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

Movies in the Park FREE FAMILY MOVIE 129 East Ocean Avenue

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

Saturday, December 2nd

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

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

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

Saturday March 17th 4 pm

Friday December 8th 6 - 8 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Zucchini: Another easy-to-grow

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

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

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

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

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

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



Fibromyalgia: A brain problem

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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Linton Paint & Body earns official certification, recognition

NCCI hires new Public Relations & Social Media Director

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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


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

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

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

matter what you decide to do, there’s a good chance that you—and your loved ones—will sleep better for it. This educational third-party article is provided as a courtesy by John M. Campanola, Agent, New York Life Insurance Company. To learn more about the information or topics discussed, please contact John M. Campanola at 561-642-5180.

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

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

to enter is Aug. 31.

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

don’t drink tequila because it is sweeter;

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shoes for Crews to relocate headquarters to Boca Raton Staff report

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

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

tionship with Shoes For Crews.”



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

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

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

What retargeting is not

Who should use retargeting?

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

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

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

Due to these advantages, retargeting has become a powerful and popular conversion and branding tool. But it works best if it used as part of a bigger digital strategy. It should be used with outbound and inbound marketing.

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

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

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

FAU receives $50,000 gift for Georgina Dieter Dennis Vocal Scholarship Fund Staff report Another music student will be able to

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

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



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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

all to benefit a few great causes.”

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

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


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

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

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

Palm Beach County school updates Thank a teacher this year

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

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

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

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

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

New school buses to hit the road this school year

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Delray to take on Big Pharma, changes group home regulations By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor

home record recoveries for its clients.

Delray Beach is taking a multifaceted approach when it comes to solving the growing opioid epidemic.

The city also took final action on a new rule that aims to crack down on the influx of sober homes. The rule is aimed at protecting people who live in group homes by distancing where those homes can be located and requiring they are licensed or certified.

Last month, commissioners voted to engage a law firm to sue Big Pharma and voted to change its rules for the distance requirement for group homes. When it comes to fighting the companies that produce the drugs, the city would like to hire attorneys from Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd, which has a local office in Boca Raton. The city will work to negotiate terms with the firm, which said it would take the case on a contingency basis and front expenses. If an agreement is decided on, likely this month, Delray will be the first or one of the first cities in the state to enter into this type of suit. “I think it’s time for us regardless of what other cities and counties do to move forward with this,” Mayor Cary Glickstein said. “We are firmly within our rights to seek restitution for past, present and future costs of an addicted population in large measure precipitated through fraud, deception and negligence.” Mark Dearman, a partner in the firm, gave a presentation that explained how the city can use litigation as a way to respond to the opioid crisis. He said other cities in the country are gearing up to file similar suits. Dearman said the city can go after the manufacturers and distributors of those drugs with claims like violation of state consumer protection law, public nuisance, negligence and RICO with damages for restitution for the increase in city expenses for law enforcement, emergency services, attorneys fees and other expenses the city has incurred. “The litigation we are proposing is starting at the top,” he said. The basis of the lawsuit would focus on the idea that drug manufacturers of legal painkillers made misrepresentations and omissions about the dangers of their product. Delray responded to neatly 700 overdoses last year. City officials estimate that each overdose call the city responds to costs about $2,000. “No pathogen, virus or war on this country’s soil has caused the death and destruction as the scourge of opioid addiction,” Glickstein said. The firm the city is looking to hire has taken on large cases before like Enron and Volkswagen. It is noted for taking

The new rule is one of the first of its kind to be passed in the state. Boynton Beach is also changing its rules to address the sober home increases in its city. Geared toward preventing additional sober homes or recovery residences from opening in the city and forcing illicit ones to close, the new rule requires new group homes, including sober homes, be located one block away from an existing one and to seek the voluntary state certification offered by the state to operate. The new ordinance was unanimously approved by commissioners. “I am grateful as a resident and as a commissioner,” Commissioner Shelly Petrolia said of the new rule. The rule was crafted by special counsel Daniel Lauber, former city attorney Terrill Pyburn and interim city attorney Max Lohman. Lauber said the intent behind the rule is to protect people in recovery by preventing areas from becoming concentrated with sober homes and prevent areas that are already filled with sober homes from becoming more intense. If you want to open a sober home with more than three unrelated people living together you would have to complete a two-page form and show you have state certification or licensure under the new law.

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The rule caps the number of people who can live in a sober home at 10. If you wanted to house more people, you would have to go before a special magistrate and explain why you need the extra accommodation. He said the residences must keep up their certification every year and if they don’t they will have to vacate in 60 days and find a place for their tenants. “They can’t dump them out on the street,” he said. Lauber said data from more than five studies shows that as long as group homes aren’t clustered together on a block and licensed they don’t have an impact on property values, neighborhood turnover or safety. “This legislation is going to save lives,” Mayor Glickstein said.






Who is Joe Cotton? By: David DiPino Contributing Writer Down on Sunshine Drive a local realtor is enjoying an abundance of creativity piling up and oozing out of his microphone and guitar amps. While most of his baby boomer peers are letting loose and indulging into passions they always wanted to tackle in life, Steve Martel is tightening up his sound into an appealing mix of tunes and melodies. Influenced by The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Stevie Ray Vaughn, The Black Crowes, Government Mule, The Grateful Dead and just about any jam band and classic Rock ‘N’ Roll from the ‘70s and countless acts from blues, country, folk and the ‘50s and ‘60s bands, Martel and a tight group of peers are making unique original music with an attractive tone. The Joe Cotton Band led by Martel, vocals and guitar, recently rocked out 21 songs to 168 fans during a set at the Arts Garage, 94 NE Second Ave. Martel and his band: Jack Shulman, bass guitar and vocals, Peter Rice, piano/keyboards, and vocals, Joe Mateka, drums and vocals, Jeff Fisk, guitar and vocals, and Jennie Hickory, fiddle, vocals and percussion, have their sights set on playing a local Delray Beach landmark later this year and perhaps recording a live album. At the Arts Garage, Shulman and Martel bounced around the stage with boundless energy, Shulman and Mateka are the back bone of the band driving a tight rhythm pace through each song, Hickory is stunning and her fiddle playing is sweet, Mr. Fisk noodles each song into a nice crescendo courtesy of distinctive bluesy riffs, and if the band has an MVP it’s Rice with his piano and keyboard work and vocals. Martel led the way with energy, interesting lyrics and choruses, spot-on vocals and was flawless on rhythm guitar. One of the tracks laid down by The Joe Cotton Band at the Arts Garage was the song “Half Hearted Rainbow” which starts off sounding like Pink Floyd and morphs into the Grateful Dead sound and into Neil Young land. After the show The Joe Cotton Band fans blasted praise in all directions including across social

media channels like Facebook. “We were beyond impressed with Steve Martel and his band, not only can he sing but he also wrote most of his music,” Debbie Schaffer Brookes said. “Steve rocked it!,”Lenny Felberbaum said. “The Joe Cotton Band! I love seeing great musicians do their own thing,” said Peggy Kelleher. “Go Jenny Hickory! The Joe Cotton Band did awesome,” Allison Turner said. The Joe Cotton band and the fans sang along in unison on one song, “Hey Ho, Find me an Island, Hey Ho, Bring me your Key – Hey Ho, Everyone’s Smiling – The wind, water and me.” On solo acoustic guitar Richard Warren Rappaport opened the evening for The Joe Cotton Band with a nice venture into America’s Rock ‘N’ Roll songbook. Rappaports vocals were firm and his strumming was nice, while he laid the groundwork for a great night of music. His storytelling before each song was interesting. A question Martel regularly fields have to do with why The Joe Cotton Band isn’t busy booking gigs at bars and restaurants up and down the avenue? While Martel tips his hat to the local music scene, he’s lived another life of playing shows at similar joints in New England, Memphis, and southern California. “The Joe Cotton Band is a concert band,” Martel said. “I want to record a live album with The Joe Cotton Band at the Crest Theatre.” Martel has recorded at the famed Sun Records where Elvis Presley

cut his teeth and recorded all of his early hits. Martel’s song “Ain’t No Crying” was recorded with a Chicago blues band at the Sun Studio in Memphis, TN. To Martel it’s more about the camaraderie of creation at this point in his career. Bands he’s founded and played in include Beggarman’s Thief and SNAFU just to name a few. While living in Franklin, Mass., just over a quarter-century ago, Martel stumbled upon a box in a hideaway of the farm house he was living in and found his first birth certificate. The details on the certificate stated that on November 29, 1962 Joseph Michel Cotton a child born in Montreal in 1961 was adopted and given the name Stephen Joseph Martel. He had the name for his new band and a new focus on music. “Joe Cotton’s been there the whole time!” His previous band, before The Joe Cotton Band, Beggarman’s Thief had opened for the Pixies and The Fools. Martel got to play Mama Kin club owned by Aerosmith in Boston. “I want my band to play like the Faces and record like the Stones,” says Martel. Martel, 55, came to Delray Beach a decade ago and immediately fell in love with the scene. He and his wife Lori dove deep into helping local non-profits raise money for countless causes. Soon, he began to show up at Kevro’s Art Bar, 166 SE Sixth Ave., on the south side of East Atlantic Avenue, and eventually rocked the funky roadhouse with his live band. Martel met the coolest people in the city and soon began filling slots in his band’s landscape. “My favorite part of this is the process,” he said.

The Joe Cotton Band jammed a mix of Rock ‘N’ Roll, Country & Blues and 20-plus originals recently at the Arts Garage. Locals were blown away by their sound. Photo by: David DiPino.



Roy Simon: A Delray Beach pioneer By: Diane Feen Contributing Writer Very few people remember when Delray Beach had a Western Union, a Southern Bell and a Piggly Wiggly on Atlantic Avenue. Fewer know that Linton Avenue was named after Mr. Linton who purchased 184 acres of land from Colonial Gleason in 1889. But Roy Simon does. The reason is simply that Simon is from one of the earliest settlers in Delray Beach. “My father’s father came to Delray in 1911 from Lebanon to open a dry goods store. He lived above the store right near the railroad station,” said Simon, who has been an architect in Delray Beach for the past 59 years. The land where his family lived (and eventually bought) is currently the Buddha Bar. All the pizazz and sizzle that intersects reality on that corner was a far cry from what the Simon family remembers. “My grandfather came to Delray from Rhode Island. He sold clothing out of a suitcase along Dixie Highway because it followed the railroad connecting Jacksonville to Miami,” said Simon, who builds and remodels homes, commercial structures and churches in South Florida. Not only was there little action in (and around) Delray Beach in those days, but it was truly a little village by the sea. According to Simon, there were only 2,000 people living in Delray in 1930. The Simon family lived at 216 East First Ave., which is four blocks from where his office is today. Simon is one of the most visible and oldest working architects in Delray Beach of the Simon boys and is one of four siblings in his family. There is brother Ernie, a lawyer; Charles, a retired dentist and Sandy, a retired real estate executive. They also have cousins who grew up in the same neighborhood, the John Remus family and the Sam Simon family, his mother’s sisters. The Simon name may not mean much to newcomers to this tropical terrain, but to those who remember it as fertile farmland, the Simon name stood for righteousness and exemplary citizenship. “My father built a reputation on ethics and trust,” he said. “You could go into any bank and do business if you were the son of Alexander Simon.” That reputation – and outstanding ethos – can still be seen if you meet the Simon men and their families. Roy Simon is a tall Southern gentleman who says, “yes ma’am” with the ease of a statesman. When in his presence it’s easy to feel that all is right in the world. He is calm and steady with a knowledge of Delray Beach that is both precious and profound. His brother Ernie, whose law practice is for family members at this stage in his life, he’s

91, is equally as gentle and upstanding. Both men exemplify the genuine roots of Delray history and honor from the land that most of us could never imagine ended at Swinton Avenue. “George Morikami (of the Museum fame) taught my father how to grow pineapples and my dad taught him to grow vegetables,” said Roy Simon, who sold pineapples on the street as a nine-year-old. According to Roy and Ernie Simon their father built the first department store in Boynton Beach. But the three-story building was destroyed in the hurricane of 1928 and the inventory and building were decimated. Not one to dwell on misfortune their father, Alexander, started a cooperative with farmers, who were abundant in Boca, Boynton and Delray, selling, packing and shipping produce. Their father, a consummate overachiever, continued to farm on the 24 acres of land he bought in Boca Raton along US-1.

“My father taught himself construction, bought law books to learn law and played violin. When he was farming in Boca Raton some people were against it in the 70’s,” adds Simon, who learned about construction from his father. Simon folklore has it that his mother Linda, who was raised in Boston and Canton, Ohio, took a train to Delray with her husband, Alexander. When they exited the train on Atlantic Avenue she stepped onto a dirt road. “My mother, who was used to a cosmopolitan city, got off the train and looked for a taxi,” Simon said. “When she saw the dirt roads she cried for years. It wasn’t quite what she had in mind.” Apparently, Linda Zaine (Roy’s mom) got used to the terrain and her new tropical homeland quite quickly. She told a reporter, “When I first set eyes on it, I really didn`t like it because I`d always lived in a big city. When I left to visit my parents, I missed it.” Their first home was an upstairs apartment near the railroad tracks, where the Buddha Bar is today. Roy’s aunt, his mom’s sister Julia, married Alexander’s uncle Sam Simon. Sam Simon’s family grew up on the same street in Delray as Roy’s and remain part of the sociological infrastructure of the Simon clan.

roots effort as well. The reason is simply that Simon grew up on the soil he still inhabits. He was the Vice President and President two times of the Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce and received the “Service Above Self” Award for Outstanding and Devoted Service to the community from the Rotary Club. But that’s not all. Roy was a charter Board Member and served as a board member for 42 years of the Delray Historical Society, past Trustee and Board Member of the Old School Square- Historic Preservation Project of Old School Square and Chairman twice of the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority. There’s a lot more to his resume, and organizational involvement, but it’s only part and parcel of a man who has quietly been a force for good in Delray Beach. When speaking about his family - and the historical reference points of Delray - he picks up photos of Atlantic Avenue from the 20s and 30s. He points out buildings that lined A1A and remembers when you could locate your loved ones with a simple request. “My cousins (and my brothers) and I would walk to the beach in the summer,” he said. “It was safe and you couldn’t get in trouble. Everyone looked out for each other. If I needed to speak to my mother I would go up to the switchboard operator at the Southern Bell office and say, ‘Can you get my mother for me.’” Those days were a reference point for old movies and family folklore, but for Simon they were as real as if they were happening yesterday. He vividly remembers his grandfather building homes for migrant workers on West Fourth and Fifth avenues, which was called Frog Alley. The rent was $5 a week. He also has fond recollections of a summer internship in 1949 working with architect Kenneth Jacobson where Deck 84 is now. When he was a Captain in the US Air Force stationed in Scotland he was instrumental in designing and construction the Prestwick Air Force base facilities. “There were 135 buildings that needed to be

His community involvement is a rather grass

When you visit his office – that brings you back to another time and space in Delray history – the walls are lined with photos of homes, shopping centers like Atlantic Plaza, offices, churches and other structures he has designed and built. They include private homes that span 11,000-square-feet (in NJ), Multi-family developments (Villas of Pine Tree, Palm Trail Place and Waterway North), Delray Beach Public Library, Town Hall in Highland Beach and dozens of other distinctive structures. His accomplishments are many – but his humility is exactly where it should be – in his heart. If you’ve gone to a dentist or doctor at 2628 South Seacrest, then you’ve seen his handiwork in the medical arena. He built Pompey Park Recreation Center, Law Enforcement Complex in Delray and the Burt Reynolds Dinner Theatre additions in Jupiter. Simon and his wife Mary Elizabeth have three children who each carry on the Simon legacy. Laura is Executive Director of Delray DDA, son Michael is Director of the Boynton Beach CRA and son Christopher is a landscape architect in Palm Beach. When you listen to Simon talk about Delray Beach you’ll hear about the Arcade Tap Room where the Polo players from Gulfstream would mingle, his cousin Dudley Remus, who went to Hollywood and befriended Burt Reynolds and George Hamilton.

All that is history now – but it’s about as interesting a history lesson as one could get about a town that has ebbed and flowed over the years. There may be lots of coffee shops and five-star eateries in the Delray terrain now, but to the Simon clan it’s always history, home and hearth. Roy has been a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church for over 80 years and has served as Vestry, Junior Warden, Lay Reader, Chalice Bearer, Choir Member and Sunday School teacher.

built on the base and we had to submit our budgets to Congress and lease the land from England,” he said. “My secretary was the highest paid person and she made $45 a month.”

His father also had a ranch in Hidden Valley where he kept 200 cows. The sad part is that a wrangler left the gate open one night and the cows disappeared.

A family photo of Samuel Simon, Rev. Abraham S. Zaine, and Alexander A. Simon, Sr. Submitted photo.

But one thing for sure, the Simon family has left its legacy on a town that has very few footprints from the past. The dirt roads are paved and the Arcade Tap Room is a memory. But for the Simon’s it’s still the best place to call home.



Commissioner Corner Volunteerism in Delray By: Commissioner Jim Chard Special to the Delray Newspaper This is a love letter to volunteers in Delray, a paean to those who invest their time in making our City a unique and iconic community. A substantially under-appreciated asset here in Delray is its large number of volunteers … they comprise a key ingredient to the quality of life in Delray. The Delray City Commission recently benefited from the efforts of the Rising Waters Task Force and the Historic Preservation Task Force. Both studies represented many man years of effort and produced results that would otherwise cost the City tens of thousands of dollars. The City will soon be listening to the report from the Homeless Task Force. Notice that none of these issues is insignificant; they are all strategic challenges the City needs to face. Our citizen-activists are leading the way to meaningful solutions.

My list of volunteer efforts is incomplete so hopefully I won’t offend any hardworking volunteers if their teams are not mentioned here: the Congress Avenue Task Force, the Beach Master Plan, the Northwest Southwest Transformation Plan, the Police Auxiliary, and the Parks Department volunteers. Our Not-For-Profits which contribute so much to our City’s substance also benefit from countless volunteer hours: Historical Society, library, Spady, Sandoway, Caring Kitchen, Old School Square, and Arts Garage to name a few. We should also not overlook Delray Reads, Walk a Child to School, and Career Day which are large volunteer efforts directed to the future of our children. However, I believe we are just beginning to harness the power of citizen involvement-volunteerism. There are opportuni-

ties for the City Commission to energize other volunteer-driven activities and direct them toward problem solving in Delray. Here are three recent examples: The Milagro Center partnered with students from the University of Florida’s GRIP program to design and build prosthetic arms using 3D printers for a young drummer Jamarion Styles who lost his arms due to a childhood infection. Community Greening sponsored an invasives removal program and replanting of slash pines at Barwick Park that engaged nearly 80 students from Atlantic High School. This citizen led effort to revive the park was necessary because budget cuts to the Parks Department made it impossible to maintain the park to the level expected by nearby residents. Delray Students First in cooperation with

the Institute of Regional Conservation, a Delray Beach organization, removed invasive species and planted dune-protective native plants. IRC provided the supervision and botanical expertise and the students provided the muscle power to get it done. The City Commission should consider establishing a Volunteer Board, similar in nature to the Education Board, to encourage and coordinate this font of energy and promote ideas to the City’s benefit.

Mayor Cary Glickstein on suing Big Pharma Mayor Cary Glickstein read this into the city record be-

large measure precipitated through fraud, deception, and

relapse industry, by paying billions in insurance claims

fore the commission voted to pursue litigation against

negligence. One example, Perdue Pharma, whose senior

as if these were established medical procedures, which

manufacturers of opioids. We asked him to share the

executives were prosecuted for criminal acts, has profit-

they are not, and which have, in fact, provided little in

comments with our readers:

ed in excess of $30 billion from Oxycontin sales alone, a

the way of sustained recovery for suffering addicts and

highly addictive and dangerous painkiller originally de-

desperate families. Equally culpable are the sham doctors

signed only for end-stage cancer pain where addiction

and bogus testing labs, lawyers, accountants, bookkeep-

didn’t matter, who have marketed their drugs as non-ad-

ers, claim processors, employees and other enablers and

nic, racial, religious, political, educational, or financial

dictive and something patients can take for the rest of

opportunists who turn a blind eye to this menace by not

boundaries. With virtually no help from our federal gov-

their lives.

reporting widespread recovery shams, insurance fraud,

Our city, indeed our state and country, struggle with an unprecedented crisis of people addicted to heroin and synthetic opioids. A horror story that knows no eth-

ernment, and little from our state, cities like ours frantically search for answers for our own populations and are right in turning our focus toward knowing conspirators in this ongoing atrocity. No pathogen, virus, or war on this country’s soil has caused the death and destruction as the scourge of opioid addiction.

To be sure, deceptive opioid manufacturers and distributors are not the sole reason for this public health and safety crisis. Addicts themselves share responsibility, as do their dealers who will be arrested and prosecuted to spend more time in prison, but addicts get no help from incompetent or negligent physicians overprescribing

patient brokering and other means of exploitation and abuse of addicts and their families while they game the system for enormous profit. For all those playing active and complicit roles, there is hopefully more meaningful legislation, criminal prosecutions and civil lawsuits heading your way.

It is believed upwards of 80% of people with substance

such dangerous drugs, or the FDA, CDC, the American

Yes, there is responsibility elsewhere and while we can’t

abuse problems start their downward spiral with phar-

and Florida Medical Associations for not mandating

bring back the dead or heal the heartache, we can work

maceutical pain relievers. It is also clear certain pharma-

more and regular education for physicians and the public

to right the many wrongs while preventing the next gen-

about the dangers of these highly addictive and harmful

eration of addicts. With most addiction starting with

drugs, as is the case for tobacco use, and who should be

highly addictive, mass-produced and mass-marketed

Pharmaceutical companies have overstated the benefits

more vigilant in revoking licenses from negligent phy-

pain relievers, we would not have this crisis without the

of their drugs, while underplaying the risks, and they did

sicians. Shared responsibility also lies with insurance

deception and negligence of pharmaceutical companies

so knowingly and should be held accountable, and we

companies, who through utter incompetence or gross

who sought to change our culture, and it is time they now

are firmly within our rights to seek restitution for past,

negligence seemingly have no problem pumping blood

are made, whether on their own volition or through the

present and future costs of an addicted population in

money into fraudulent schemes that feed a largely failed

courts, to answer for what they have done.

ceutical companies have falsely represented their products as safe, even as non-addictive if used “correctly.”


Here’s what we think… Many of the key non profits and volunteers in Delray Beach are not feeling great these days. What has them concerned is their relationship with City Hall. What has them worried is the fear that they will lose funding, assistance and moral support from their local government; support that has helped keep them alive in a tough philanthropic environment. Admittedly, not many cities have done what Delray Beach has done which is partner with key local non-profits to build a community that --despite its share of issues --has become a very desirable place. Over the past three decades, Delray has partnered with Old School Square, the Delray Public Library, Achievement Center for Children and Families, Sandoway House Nature Center, S.D. Spady Museum, Chamber of Commerce, local schools, events such as the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and other organizations to achieve critical community missions. Partnerships between the city, CRA and chamber have enabled the Delray Marketing Cooperative to produce events and programs that have put Delray on the map while providing experiences for residents and visitors that have made Delray the special place it has become. That special place not only provides a quality of life for residents and business owners but it also creates economic value while serving residents who need early childhood education (Achievement Center), culture (Arts Garage, Old School Square) and places to celebrate and learn about our history (Spady and Historic Society).

Not every city partners with their non profits like this. And it’s controversial, because taxpayer dollars are used to further these missions. But we believe it has worked. And that these partnerships have created the town that many love yielding a return on investment that is immeasurable. The Achievement Center is one of many local non profits that has stepped up to provide critical services to our most at risk children and families. They have decades of success they can point too and have relied on private funds and some city funds to serve thousands of children in our community. Last week, they sent a letter to City Commissioners concerned about their funding and noted correctly that the costs they incurred was driven by requests made by past city leaders to step up and help fill a needed gap in our city. While it is controversial to spend public money on some items that may not be traditional city responsibilities one could also argue that if left unmet, these needs would soon overwhelm city services. In other words, a dollar spent on breaking the cycle of poverty and despair in our city may save us hundreds of dollars in law enforcement costs and other burdens in the future. That was the bet made in Delray many years ago and it has paid off. It’s part of our secret sauce. Admittedly, not everything is perfect. Some non profits

have thrived in their missions and others have had uneven performances. But just about all of them fill an important need in our community. Working together is what creates a village feel. Solving problems collaboratively is what makes for an All America City. While the CRA has been a stellar partner investing tens of millions in our neediest neighborhoods, they are not a social service agency. That investment needs to be coupled with effective services provided by the likes of our Community Land Trust, Milagro Center, Library etc. Also important is for non profits, private donors, business partners and volunteers to feel valued by the city and viewed as partners not antagonists or financial drains. City Hall in a thriving village needs to be seen as a supporter and friend. That doesn’t mean blind support or a lack of accountability. Years ago, non profits were provided training to build board capacity through a program facilitated by the city. The CRA’s A-Guide is also a good template providing standards and accountability for those receiving funds. But the issue goes deeper to one of culture and appreciation for volunteers. Many volunteers feel they are ignored and unappreciated. That feeling is a threat to the magic of Delray. It undercuts community. City leadership --both elected and upper management --need to be cognizant of their relations with non profit and business partners. If the relationship slides, so does the city as a whole. And that would cost more than any one can calculate. It will cost us what makes Delray special.

Opinion: Megyn Kelly on Delray By: Dave Stein Special to the Delray newspaper I just finished rewatching the Megyn Kelly piece on sober homes and the treatment industry in Delray Beach. Although, she brought up many valid concerns regarding corrupt practices in the treatment industry (which I do not believe are isolated to South Florida), she demonstrated a total lack of understanding of what is a sober home and what is the REAL problem. As a member of the recovery community, I feel the need to clarify. I came to Delray Beach in 2004, went to a superior treatment center and have been free of drugs and alcohol ever since. I was not enticed to go to treatment with offers of free drugs, food or lodging. I enrolled because I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. I am eternally grateful to the recovery community in Delray and its’ treatment professionals. The government officials interviewed on that program demonstrated a true lack of understanding as to the good most treatment facilities do for the clients, communities and their local economy. Rental rates and home values have practically doubled in my neighborhood (in the past 6 years) which is the SE quadrant and it is laden with Sober Homes. The neighborhood has

changed from rundown properties, cheap rentals, flop and crack houses to clean well kept sober homes and beautiful single family homes. Now, let’s take a look at the core issues of the Kelly piece. First off let me say my heart goes out to the families of those who have lost their children because of the disease of addiction. Yes, some of the deaths were affected by the few treatment industry owners that lack integrity in their business practices, that lured clients into unsafe situations with illegal enticements. Unfortunately, every industry has good and bad owners. What makes this so sad and national news is that it is a life and death situation. Megyn kept using the term sober home inappropriately. What she was referring to as sober homes was free housing offered as enticement to lure in young addicts looking for a free ride because they have insurance or because in some cases insurance would be purchased for them by the facilities. Yes some of these unscrupulous operators do all the things she discussed, but this is not indicative of the industry as a whole. This is a small percentage of operators within what is known as Intensive Out Patient (IOP’s) Centers. Many of the IOP’s save


lives and give excellent care. Let’s also take a look at another area where blame lies, the insurance industry. The interview discussed testing for drugs and getting billed insane rates. The carriers are paying insane rates. A 12 panel UA cup may be purchased for as little as $3 and sent to a lab for $30. Some insurance carriers were paying $100 a panel or $1200 for a 12 panel cup test that with doctor fees cost less than $150. These treatment centers and IOP’s that opened and went to billing millions of dollars in their 1st year should have set off alarms with audit departments of the insurance companies. You think these folks should have a little more fiscal, shareholder and social responsibility? For the record, a sober home is a home where clients come AFTER completing treatment and are required to attend 12 step meetings, have a sponsor, do the 12 steps, have curfews, and a plethora of other rules and are drug and alcohol tested regularly. Legitimate, sober homes DO NOT bill insurance companies. They are not medical service providers. They are not assisted living facilities. They are homes where clients live by rules to create a safe environment for the challenges of early recovery from the diseases of alcoholism and addiction. Their clients work and pay weekly fees.

In summation, If you are going to do a story, you should at least understand the treatment industry. She did not interview 1 sober home and operator and should be ashamed of herself for such irresponsible, one sided, misinformed reporting.

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