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New home for Delray’s Caring Kitchen up for discussion, again By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor Delray’s Caring Kitchen, a nonprofit that provides a hot meal to those in need, has outgrown its home. The topic isn’t new. Residents expressed concerns nearly two years ago when the nonprofit made a request to the city to remodel its bathrooms. The simple ask prompted neighbors to say the kitchen has gotten too big for its location at 196

NW Eighth Ave. where it has been located for about 20 years. “I have been complaining, not about people being fed,” said resident Deborah Wright, who lives near the Caring Kitchen. “I believe in helping the homeless and the hungry. I am complaining about the location.”

Resident and CRA chairman Reggie Cox agreed. “The bottom line is that this facility in this location has ran its course,” he said. Commissioners agreed and decided they wanted to keep the Caring Kitchen in the city, but find it a new location. “There is universal consensus that this neighborhood has suffered enough,”

Mayor Cary Glickstein said, adding it is impressive the residents have been so empathetic and sympathetic for many years. There has been little movement on any plans to move the soup kitchen since it was first brought up about two years ago. One option was an idea to move the Caring Kitchen to the city’s historic Seaboard Airline Railroad Station, 1525 W. Atlantic Ave. [CONT. PG 2]

Request to bring pedicabs to downtown Delray denied Staff report Founder of the Delray Bicycle Club Patrick Halliday dreamed of bringing pedicabs to Atlantic Avenue for residents and tourists to enjoy. The alternative mode of transportation would give folks another way to get around without using a car. The idea would involve requesting a ride via an app and indicating specific pick up and drop off locations. Hal-

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liday has received permission to do so in Boca Raton, Boynton Beach and Palm Beach County. But a lack of support from the city’s police, fire and environmental services departments convinced commissioners that it was not the right time to implement even a pilot program to test the pedicabs.

“We are all for green, sustainable transportation modes,” said Director of Environmental Services John Morgan. “The issue here is really the footprint of our downtown. Does it lend itself to a different vehicle type, it’s already congested. There is no support for this. We don’t see how it can work here.” [CONT. PG 2]


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New home for Delray’s Caring Kitchen up for discussion, again The depot was presented as an option because it is city owned and would be easy for the Caring Kitchen to move into.

During a recent workshop meeting, commissioners agreed that the Caring Kitchen can stay in its current location until a new location is decided upon. The lease, which costs the nonprofit $1 a year, recently expired. But commissioners expressed concerns about the move to the depot and would like to look at other options.

[FROM PG 1]

“The only location that came back to us was the depot,” Commissioner Mitch Katz said. “It was a quick, easy solution, not necessarily the best solution.”

The location of the depot, right near Interstate-95, poses challenges to the folks who walk or bicycle to get their meals. Access to the site is limited and dangerous. “I am very concerned that putting the Caring Kitchen in that train depot is a very dangerous situation,” Commissioner Jim Chard said. “There is no good way to get to it except walking a mile in the broiling sun. There are places that are better situated from the standpoint of the Caring Kitchen, from the standpoint of the city and from the standpoint of safety.”

The depot was built in 1927 during a time where traveling by train was a main form of transportation. Its popularity began to decline when Interstate 95 was built. The depot was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. It is the first Delray property added to the national registry.

He said people will likely cross over the railroad tracks and endanger themselves than walk a mile on Lake Ida Road.

Since, then the city has used the depot for storage and the fire department has used it for training. The structure has been

neglected and would need major renovations before Caring Kitchen could even consider moving in. Commissioner Shirley Johnson suggested the city reach out to the county to see if the Caring Kitchen could relocate to the government complex near the TriRail station. Commissioners charged the task force they created to look at the topic to come back with options besides the depot.

In addition to looking at what other city owned properties may be available for the Caring Kitchen, he suggested sending out a request for proposal for the depot site with the caveat that whoever purchases it for a project helps find the Caring Kitchen a new home. Commissioners agreed to look into all three options until a solution is figured out. They apologized to the residents for letting the situation languish for so long. “I think we would like to have more options,” Glickstein said. “I just don’t like the options that we have.”

Request to bring pedicabs to downtown Delray denied Police Chief Jeff Goldman said the pedicabs will take up a lane of traffic and slow down the already standstill traffic. [FROM PG 1]

“I think it will cause more issues downtown,” he said. He said adding policing the pedicab drivers to the list of responsibilities the downtown cops already have would be over-tasking the department. “This will ultimately fall on us,” Goldman said. “We are already dealing with stolen phones, drug calls, sober homes and now you are going to say you have to look out for pedicabs. I don’t know if I can come back to you with data in six months or a year because there is so much going on downtown.” City Manager Neal de Jesus said city staff has concerns about even trying the program on a trial basis. “The idea of a test or pilot is no different than implementation,” he said. “I don’t like experimenting with peoples’ lives. You’re a passenger under the control of a driver. We believe the potential to harm someone is there.” Off the bat, Mayor Cary Glickstein said he did not support the idea. “What works in one city doesn’t necessarily work in another,” he said. “I don’t think we have the capacity for it and I think we are going to pay a price for it.” Another concern raised by commissioners involved possibly opening the door to other pedicab operators by granting one permission to operate. Staff said it would be

hard to eliminate other companies from requesting the same permission.

problems, congestion problems, parking problems and a little bit of pollution.”

Some commissioners were more willing to give the program a chance until city staff persuaded them against it.

If commissioners were to consider adding pedicabs in the future, they would have to establish a permit fee, discuss what they would look like, if they would be allowed to have advertisements on them, what operators could charge passengers, if there would be designated routes and other logistics.

“I don’t think you can make the traffic on Atlantic Avenue any worse,” Commissioner Katz said. “I am open to trying it.” Commissioner Jim Chard said he thinks the pedicabs would be an alternative way to get around not an additive way. “I think if this is managed well it could reduce traffic

Ultimately, health and safety concerns convinced commissioners that it not the right time to bring the program to the city.


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Delray Beach junior selected to participate in new Lady Gaga initiative Staff report

other essay-like questions.

Lady Gaga’s Born this Way foundation recently launched a new initiative, Channel Kindness, as a way for youth to share stories of kindness happening to them and around them.

She has already had her first story published on the website. It is about how she went to a local donut shop with her friends and they didn’t have much money. A woman offered to pay for their food after they offered her a chair they weren’t using.

Atlantic High School junior and Delray Beach resident Kenesha Chalemon was one of 50 students ages 16-24 from across the country selected to participate in the launch of the program. “The program has been in the works for a long time,” executive director Maya Enista Smith said. “We wanted to create a platform where people can share acts of kindness in their communities.” The idea is for youth reporters to get out into their communities and express the good that is going on around them. The site includes videos, first-person essays, interviews with youth leaders, and more. It’s intended to give young people a voice and to write how they want to be portrayed.

“It really changed how I viewed the community and how people are open to being kind to others,” she said of the experience. “Young people can and will build a kinder and greater world,” Enista Smith said. “We should invest in young people.” Chalemon said she found out about Channel Kindness in school. She said one of her teachers sent the application link to her class and she applied in October. “I immediately jumped at the opportunity,” she said. The application asked her questions about community involvement, how she would change a specific situation and

Her next idea for a story she said involves writing about a nonprofit that one of the teachers at Atlantic High started called Education Rocks. The program helps raise money for students in Bali to receive an education. When she isn’t researching for stories, she is an advocate for anti-bullying and mental health awareness. She is the co-founder and co-president of Teen Life in Healthier Delray Beach, a school club that brings mental health awareness and knowledge to youth.

“I want my readers to feel connected to me,” she said. “I want to get feedback from my readers and I want to express my creative writing.” She said she met other Channel Kindness participants in New York. The inaugural class will receive training and support to equip them to find, document, and share stories from their peers and communities. The content will be distributed on ChannelKindness.org as well as social media sites. “Channel Kindness is a call to action for young people to make their voices heard. This is a diverse, passionate, and collaborative generation who are leveraging their creativity to solve problems in their communities,” said  Lady Gaga, Co-Founder of Born This Way Foundation, in a statement. “They understand our world will be stronger when we value one another and live with compassion. Channel Kindness will be a platform for youth to transform the narrative, highlighting the people who are changing the world one act of kindness at a time.”

Commissioners opt not to move forward with study of tennis stadium

pressing needs that the CRA can spend its money on.

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payer dollars being spent. He said without knowing what money is being set aside to pay for the proposed improvements made from the study, he didn’t see moving forward as “good business.”

Commissioner Shelly Petrolia agreed that she did not want to move forward with the study. Newly elected commissioner Jim Chard said he agreed with Glickstein and Petrolia.

Ultimately, he said the decision is up to the commissioners and asked for their input. Commissioner Mitch Katz was absent from the meeting.

Only Commissioner Shirley Johnson said she would like to have more discussion on the topic.

Delray’s Tennis Stadium is aging and its use is limited to tennis. So, the city and the Community Redevelopment Agency decided to conduct a study to see what options are out there for the stadium, which is deed restricted to be used for public use. But last month, the new commission discussed halting moving forward with the study, which was approved in Sept. 2016 with the CRA footing up to $75,000 to complete the study. The Palm Beach County Sports Commission also agreed to provide $15,000 to focus on job creation.

The study would look at the structure, which was built in 1992 and had renovations in 1993 and 1998. It will also determine possible upgrades for the facility that would permit additional uses besides tennis. It would outline how much different improvements would cost. City Manager Neal DeJesus brought up the study at a recent commission meeting. He said he didn’t think the commission should move forward with a study if there is no plan to fund the results of the study. He said regardless of who is paying for the study, the city or the CRA, it is all tax-

Mayor Cary Glickstein said he didn’t want to spend $1 for the study. “Why are we spending money just to get information,” he said, adding the city is in the middle of a lawsuit involving the tennis stadium and that there are other

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“Our infrastructure is crumbling,” she said. “I think there is always a question of balance. Do we neglect something that is going to benefit our children? Not everyone can afford to belong to a country club with tennis courts. I am always going to be for the youth. Little League isn’t everything, football isn’t everything.”

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things you need to know in Delray Beach this May cash bar are available. Outside food and beverages are not permitted. Visit oldschoolsquare.org for more information.

1 The Annual Orchid Giveaway is back May 1-May 13. If you spend $200 or more shopping at the local merchants (spas and salons included) in Downtown Delray Beach, receive a free orchid plant, while supplies last, when you show your receipts. Claim your orchid on May 1012 from 11a.m. - 4 p.m. or May 13 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. For more information, call 561-243-1077 or visit DowntownDelrayBeach.com 2 Free Friday Night Concerts at Old

School Square continue on May 5, 19 and 26. On the 5th, catch Remix, a Top 40/R&B/Rock group, Royale Majestique (Jumbo Lounge on the 19th and the Rod Stewart Experience on the 26th. The concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. weather permitting. The shows are free. Food trucks and

Slices The Set transformation underway

Plans to update the city’s West Atlantic neighborhood have begun. Residents and professionals of the area have met twice so far to provide their input on the future of “The Set.” The Set, which is the branding of the area from Interstate 95 east to Swinton Avenue and Lake Ida Road south to SW 10th St., began in Sept. 2016. It is one of the fastest growing areas in the city. About 19 percent of the city’s population lives in The Set. The population growth totaled 19.2 percent form 2010 to 2015 compared to 4.7 percent growth in the rest of the city, according to a news release from the West Atlantic Redevelopment Director Kristyn Cox. The name The Set was selected to unify the neighborhood while honoring the culture of the area. Now, the goal is to update the West Atlantic Avenue Redevelopment Plan, which was adopted in 1995

3 The Delray Beach Craft Beer Fest is back on May 12. The sixth annual event features unlimited sampling of more than 100 craft brews, ciders and wines. Attendance is limited. Tickets range from $40-65. Visit DBCraftBeerFest.org for more information. 4 Spend Mother’s Day on the Lady Atlantic. The Delray Yacht Cruises Mother’s Day Brunch Cruises will take place on May 14 at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tickets range from $42-67. For more information, call 561-243-0686 or visit delraybeachcruises.com 5 Sets in the West returns on May and amended in 2001, and the Southwest Neighborhood Redevelopment Plan, which was adopted in 2002. The idea is to combine the plans and make sure the vision and priorities originally indicated are still important to residents. The plan will also update the demographic, economic data, redevelopment opportunities and development trends. In addition, the Northwest Neighborhood will be incorporated into the new plan.

20. From 5 to 9 p.m. check out the free neighborhood block party on Northwest Fifth Avenue. The event is presented by the Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative in conjunction with the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum. Now in its third year, Sets in the West is designed to highlight the city’s West Settlers District, now known as The Set, as well as African American history and culture. It also honors Florida’s Emancipation Day, May 20, 1985. There will be kids activities, entertainment and food trucks. Visit SetsInTheWestDelray.com  for more information.

6 Catch the Delray Business Expo on May 16. Head to the Arts Garage from 5 to 8 p.m. to learn about new products, services and technologies. The free event is presented by the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce. Visit delraybeach.com for more information. 7 The Osceola Business Area is undergoing construction. Southeast Second Street will be closed from Southeast Third Avenue to South Swinton Ave. through August 1. For more information call 561-243-7000. Delray loses another department head Delray Beach’s Human Resources Director Tennille Decoste has submitted her resignation to the city. She will be starting a new job with the city of Miramar.

Want to send your child to a school they aren’t zoned for? The School District of Palm Beach County has released the list of schools with availability for Controlled Open Enrollment (COE). Controlled Open Enrollment allows parents and legal guardians the opportunity for their child to apply to attend a school outside of their regular attendance zone. Apply online at  www.mypbchoiceapp. com. Hard copy applications are available through and can be submitted through the Department of Choice & Career Options.   The deadline for applications is May 5. Transportation is not provided for students who are assigned to a school through COE.

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Newly elected commissioner Jim Chard is the city’s vice mayor and newly elected commissioner Shirley Johnson is the city’s deputy vice mayor.

10 This month, beachgoers can expect to see a construction zone at the southern end of the beach promenade project near Casuarina Road. During this phase of construction, on-street parking along the beach will not be available from Casuarina Road to the Sandoway parking lot. Parking will be available in the Sandoway parking lot, where new smart meters have been installed. “It’s remarkable to raise that kind of money,” Mayor Cary Glickstein said. “Well done.”

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The equipment was designed with help from GameTime, which negotiated a cost to bring the project to fruition. Their goal was to complete the project before they graduated.

Barwick Park to receive outdoor fitness gym

If you want to donate, visit https://www. gofundme.com/BarwickWorkoutPark Block 8 & Block 20 alleyway improvements underway

The plan will be done with help from the city, the Community Redevelopment Agency, the West Atlantic Redevelopment Coalition and the community. Intelligence, Buildings and Infrastructure Group led the most recent workshops. School open enrollment available

8 According to a study by EliteSingles, Delray Beach is the third happiest place for singles in the country. The study analyzed anonymous user data from American EliteSingles members. See the map and read about the study at https://www.elitesingles.com/mag/relationship-advice/ happiest-singles.

A class project will turn into a reality for two high school seniors. Atlantic High School seniors Christelle Singh and Talia Vessal had an idea to bring an outdoor fitness gym to Delray’s Barwick Park. Their class project will become a community project. City commissioners approved spending the difference of the cost of the equipment to add the outdoor workout center to the park. The students raised nearly half of the money needed for the project. They said they received two large corporate donations totaling $35,000. They also received donations from residents, family and friends.

Two Delray alleyways are getting improved thanks to the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency. The project will consists of paving, drainage, and sidewalk improvements along the west side of SW 10th Avenue, adjacent to St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church. The construction is anticipated to be completed by September. Phase two of the Southwest Second Street Beautification is all underway. The project consists of street resurfacing improvements which includes placing an asphalt overlay, including leveling course, and pavement markings in the public rightof-way.  Construction is anticipated to be completed by September as well.


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Delray recognized by Campaign for GradeLevel Reading Staff report

to share student data. The MOU allows the coalition access to disaggregated data and also permits the coalition to collect data on specific programs to prevent summer reading slide (including a summer camp academic program and a kindergarten backpack book program).

Delray Beach is one of 48 communities across the nation that was recognized as a Pacesetter by the Campaign for Grade Level Reading. The campaign announced the Pacesetters that “lead by example” to solve one or more of the challenges that can undermine early literacy - school readiness, school attendance and summer learning during the 5th  Annual Pacesetter Honors.   The GLR Campaign has distinguished Delray Beach as a 2016 Pacesetter for reporting population-level measurable progress in school attendance and overall grade-level reading for children from low-income families. Between 2011-12 and 2015-16, the percentage of low-income K-3 children who were chronically absent was reduced from 6.54 percent to 2.1 percent, a 68 percent reduction.

In addition, Delray Beach saw an increase of 22 percent over two years in the number of low-income children reading proficiently. The coalition incorporates a wide range of strategies into its work to achieve these results. It has a rigorous data-driven approach that relies on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Palm Beach County School District

Efforts in Delray Beach to prioritize children and families in a predominantly low-income neighborhood include working with a local school to incorporate Early Head Start and Head Start directly onto the school campus, as well prenatal care; day care for babies; elementary, middle, high school; and adult education. Pacesetters are part of a nationwide network of more than 300 GLR Campaign communities, representing 42 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Campaign communities are dedicated to narrowing the achievement gap between children from low-income families and their more affluent peers. According to the

U.S. Department of Education, that gap has widened significantly in recent years, with 80 percent of children from low-income families failing to read proficiently in fourth grade compared with 49 percent of their more affluent peers. Reading proficiency by the end of third grade is a milestone on a child’s path to high school graduation and career success because it marks the transition from “learning to read” to “reading to learn.” Students who have not mastered reading by that time are more likely to drop out of high school and struggle throughout their lives. The 2016 Pacesetter communities will be formally honored at the Funder Huddle held June 13-14, 2017, during Grade-Level Reading Week in Denver, Colorado. Pacesetters will receive a certificate and special recognition banner to showcase their award throughout their communities. To learn more about the Pacesetter criteria and to view profiles for each Pacesetter honoree, visit gradelevelreading.net/pacesetter.

Delray named finalist for All-America City Award Staff report Delray Beach is a finalist for the All-America City Award. The news came just after the city was named a “Pacesetter Community” by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading for its success in elevating school readiness, school attendance and summer learning of city school-aged children. The city was selected by the National Civic League as a finalist. The award, presented to 12 communities annually, celebrates and recognizes those that exemplify outstanding civic accomplishments. This year, the National Civic League and CGLR will shine a light on communities that have made measurable progress for low-income children on key drivers of early reading success including: school readiness, school attendance, summer learning and grade-level reading. The city joined the national call to action by the CGLR

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network in 2012 after learning that only 36 percent of its children attending a Title I school read on grade level by the third grade. Over the past five years, the city along with its community partners, have made significant progress by implementing many different strategies to support the children and families in the community to change academic outcomes. “Recognizing Pacesetters is CGLR’s way of applauding the civic leaders, organizations and agencies that have joined forces with our teachers and school administrators to build brighter futures for the children in their communities,” said Mayor Cary Glickstein. “I could not be more proud of the many participants and organizations that have helped promote these critically important programs for Delray’s next generation.”

Twenty-seven communities are competing for the designation. If Delray wins, it will be the third time.

As part of the final stage of the competition, a community delegation will present the city’s story before a jury of national civic experts on June 14-16 in Denver, Colorado.

For a complete listing of all finalists and more about the All-America City Award, visit www.nationalcivicleague. org.

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New commission starts off with hot topic discussions By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor In what is typically a ceremonial meeting, the city’s organizational meeting quickly became the place for newly elected commissioners to begin addressing campaign promises. After taking the oath of office, the traditional 30 minute meeting that goes over the city’s rules and meeting schedule turned to discussion on several key issues. Commissioner Jim Chard brought up several of the topics including the Congress Avenue Task Force report and the city’s proliferation of sober homes. Chard was involved in the task force for the Congress Avenue redevelopment plan, which was adopted by the commission. Since then, he said there has been lag time with not much of the plan being implemented or acted upon by the city. “There were a lot of people who spent time on it and there are excellent ideas,” he said. “There was a lot of excitement, energy and imagination around the Congress Avenue Task Force.” Mayor Cary Glickstein said he has seen a measurable outcome from the plan and that is the creation of jobs that has followed several developments that are coming to the corridor like Kaufman and Lynn. The hot button on the campaign trail of course dealt with what the city is doing to address the sober homes and overdoses that are growing in the city. “This is such an important issue to the city,” Chard said. “We should prioritize it as arguably the No. 1 priority in the city.” City officials have been diligently working on ways to legally address the city’s sober homes. City attorney said he esti-

mates having some new city ordinances up for discussion this summer. Commissioner Shirley Johnson said her focus is on completing the Atlantic Avenue corridor, specifically West Atlantic Ave. “This is something the community has been working on since the commencement of the CRA,” she said. Commissioners also discussed several other topics including the beach master plan and iPic. When it comes to beach renovations, residents that have plaques on benches have expressed concerns about will happen to their benches. The redevelopment plan involves creating a standardized look. “We are standardizing everything so we don’t end up with the hodgepodge that we have,” Glickstein said. “We can’t sell pieces of the beach. The beach is for everybody.” Commissioners agreed to consider relocating the plaques to the new benches or returning the plaques and offering to engrave a brick by the flagpole. When it comes to the iPic project, which is slated to add a movie theater, offices and shops to the former library and chamber location, there is still debate. Commissioner Mitch Katz said he is concerned about a deal the CRA agreed to with the developer for the parking garage totaling $400,000. “I would like to know why would we give that amount, a $400,000 concession at the 13th hour,” Katz said. He said the developers never applied for the incentive and wanted to find out if the deal agreed upon is valid. Commissioner Shelly Petrolia agreed that she wanted to know if the agency could approve the deal.

City of Delray Beach wins Let’s Move challenge Staff report The City of Delray Beach logged the most minutes, 2,900,873 minutes during Palm Healthcare Foundation’s fifth annual Let’s Move challenge. The month-long campaign, which ran in March, encouraged Palm Beach County residents to complete and log 30 minutes of physical activity daily in order to reduce obesity, improve overall health and prevent diseases like diabetes.

Marge Sullivan of Palm Healthcare Foundation with Alfred Straghn at the Let’s Move Alfred Straight walk in Delray Beach.

The foundation had 100 teams participate this year and participants logged over 7 million minutes in the challenge. Of the 100 teams participating, seven of them were from Delray Beach.

City attorney Lohman said he look into the deal and said he also took offense to allegations made by iPic that the city is delaying the project. He said the city is still working to sort out what the developer agreed to when it comes to parking and parking management. “There was no foot dragging by the city attorney’s office,” he said. “The delay is on

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them. Their client agreed to those terms. They need to convince their client those are the terms they agreed to.” Glickstein said he is eager to see the iPic open, but not at the expense of the operational issues that were agreed to. “Those were deal points,” he said. “I don’t want to hear my phone blowing up on Saturday morning because Friday night there was a fiasco because of iPic.”


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Flose Boursiquot 1 Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you ended up in Delray Beach. It all started with Bernie Sanders — how I got to Delray Beach that is. I was a fired up millennial who wanted to do anything she could to get Bernie to the Presidency. When he did not receive the Democratic Party nomination, I got on board to get Hillary Clinton elected because that’s what you do as a citizen.

is a predominantly Hasidic Jewish community and serving fast food at Burger King. As a child, I quickly learned to be independent and often had to be a support system for my parents; needing to translate important immigration documents and helping them make their way through parent teacher conferences for my two brothers and I. My work ethic, independence, and passion for creating change got me into Syracuse University where I majored in Sociology and Public Relations. Since graduating in 2014, I’ve had a series of random jobs that all tie back to my love of people and community. 

2 How did you get into politics? I was born into politics. My father was a “depite” or a congressman for the southeast region of Haiti, where I grew up. 

When I made the decision to become a Campaign Organizer for the Florida Democratic Party (FDP), I had been working as a Community Organizer in Miami-Dade and living in Broward County. I made my way to Delray Beach because that’s where FDP needed me. To encourage the move, FDP informed me of supporter housing, a process where willing Democrats take in campaign workers for the duration of the election cycle. Lorrie Mackain, whose partner is Commissioner Jim Chard, and I met in a one-on-one where I asked her to take me in. Lorrie was a super-Hillary volunteer and I fell in love with her immediately. Three hours later, her home with Jim and the animals became mine, and the rest is history.  I’m originally from a small town in Haiti, La Vallee, Jacmel. My family moved to Rockland County, New York, in the fall of 2000 upon receiving asylum. I went from living a middle-class lifestyle because my father worked in government to seeing him struggle in the snow and ache from working 12 hours at ALUF PLASTIC. My mother who was a teacher and local town socialite, as I like to put it, took on two jobs; cleaning homes in Monsey which

My first official go at politics was in middle school. I ran for class president my eighth grade year and lost! When I got to high school, I decided to run again, and this time I won. I was class president every single year, and never really had much competition until senior year. Dominique, my opponent, decided having the same class president three years in a row felt like a dictatorship. She wanted to create change, and so she took me on. Let me tell you, I was quite nervous. Dominique was more popular than me although I had done a great deal to keep our class budget up and creativity flowing. And not to give you the wrong impression, I was popular too, but not in the way a young woman wants to be in high school. I was top five in my class, I played sports and rarely dressed up, and I spoke to absolutely everyone even the nerd of nerds, but I was not who my peers died to hang out with on a Friday night. In the end I prevailed. After college, I became a Community Organizer with PACT (People Acting for Community Together) in Miami-Dade where I organized congregations. From there I went on to FDP, then worked with Jeff Clemens’ campaign, and joined MoveOn as a Deputy State Director where I trained other organizers and managed our efforts in Palm Beach and parts of Broward. Most recently, I was Commissioner Jim Chard’s Campaign Manager.

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did you get started and how did you end up publishing a book?

I wrote my first poem in the third grade,

but I didn’t start writing religiously until about sixth grade. If you’ve read Close Your Eyes, Now Breathe, which is my first book, you’ll come to realize that it’s some deep, raw, personal content, and at times, uncomfortable stuff. That’s because writing has been the way I channel pain. I won’t go into detail, but I went through sexual trauma as a child and didn’t tell my parents or a professional until my senior year of high school. When I go back and read some of my poetry from middle school or even high school, it’s quite heartbreaking; I see a girl attempting to deal with shame and guilt through writing. That’s truly how poetry and I found each other, she gave me a space to deal with such a heavy burden. I am also quite compassionate and observant so I pickup on details, other people’s feelings, and social interactions fairly well. Because of that, I am constantly creating emotionally charged content. I don’t remember at what point I said, I’m going to be a writer, but it’s something I’ve wanted to do for quite some time. I remember wanting to seriously publish my senior year of high school and again in college, but found the thought too scary. Finally, about a year and a half ago, I was like that’s it — get the darn book together and things will fall into place. So I started backtracking and compiling pieces. I started with like 200 poems and eventually went down to the 67 that are in the book. There’s also a short, short story, the first few chapters of a novel, and a poem on the back cover.  All along the way, I kept researching ways to get published, and decided independent publishing would be best for me. I randomly started following Jennae Cecelia, whose an independently published poet, on Instagram because her photos are so beautiful. From there, I asked her about how she self-published and decided to take the route she did, CreateSpace. I knew I’d need someone to edit the pieces and a cover designer. For the cover design, I reached out to tryfkta who I went to Newhouse with, and Dr. Diane Allerdyce edited the content. As I went through the process, I just kept finding people who were willing to help me achieve my dream of publishing; many of them charging me a bargain price for services because they understood I couldn’t afford it otherwise. I have also had a strong support system. If it were not for my family, friends, and other writers, Close Your Eyes, Now Breathe would

not have happened simply because it is such a vulnerable book.

4 Tell us about what is like to be

named one of BET’s top 8 Millennial feminist poets?

It feels pretty freaken awesome! For the network to consider me alongside folks like Zora Howard, Jasmine Mans, Warsan Shire, etc… is dope. I admire these women. Jasmine Mans, for example, I loved when she was a member of The Strivers Row. When I met Jasmine I was still grieving my grandmother’s death and had writer’s block for months, and when I did write it was super depressing stuff. She and I talked, she hugged me, I cried, then I went home and wrote this like five page letter to poetry — it was amazing. A lot of the spoken word I performed senior year came from that break in my writer’s block. Being labeled a feminist is especially cool. I claimed to be a feminist early in college, long before I fully understood what that label means. Truthfully, two men were instrumental in my discovery, Anthony and Eric McGriff. They are string instrument playing twins who started  It’s On Us  at Syracuse University and were so impactful that they’ve presented at the United Nations and have received the attention of Joe Biden. Eric and I became great friends my senior year at SU and often kicked-back— we’d chill and talk about real issues like feminism, rape culture, relationships, and we’d get into less serious things like what’s hot in music. 

5 What are you working on now? We heard book two is in the works. Book two is well on her way! The working title is Words Are The Light. My writing sits somewhere between short story and free-verse poetry, book two embodies that. Words Are The Light is still going to be a bit political, but also full of love, travel, culture, and self-discovery. I think book two will speak to those who like or love my writing but found  Close Your Eyes, Now Breathe  too sad, personal or emotional. Many of the pieces were written while living in Delray Beach, but some have come from my travels to New York, Vermont, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua.  When I am not promoting book one or editing book two, I am blogging! I have a website,  www.letitflose.com, where I practice my reported essays and blog writing, and sometimes share poetry.


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Cultural Conversation: Drop in an improv class By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor For Anthony Francis improv is about interacting with others, learning about relationships and having fun. The director of ImprovU has turned his passion into a nonprofit group that allows all types of people from first-timers to seasoned improvisers to partake in an improv class. “I am a completely different person,” Francis said of the impact improv has had on him. “It has changed me on a molecular level.” It was 2012 and Francis was about to turn 30 when he said he saw his high school classmate Eric Andre on Jimmy Fallon’s show. “There was a part of me that said you could that,” Francis recalled. “There was something in what he was doing.”

into video production, which is still his day job. “I got an earful from my dad,” he said. “He said ‘that’s not a lucrative field.’” But video production allowed him to do some voice over work. He said a friend convinced him to post his work online because “there’s nothing more cold and honest than the internet community.”

“I loved it,” he said of the improv class. “I was really just having fun and really understating acting. It was really great.” That lead him find an improv class offered in West Boca. He said within a year he worked his way up from Level 1 classes to Level 2 classes to Level 3 and became a Main Stage class member where he didn’t have to pay anymore. He also began teaching level 1 students. After two and a half years, he became assistant director.

“It was so uplifting,” he said. “It gave me the confidence to say I am going to find some acting classes.”

In 2015, he left to pursue more. He started his own drop-in classes where you those interested didn’t have to commit to a certain amount of classes. You could pay $10 for one class without giving any advanced notice, you just drop in.

He took acting classes in Fort Lauderdale and that is where he was introduced to improv classes.

He rented a room at Pompey Park and posted on Facebook. He said five people showed up. He made a rule, which still

Francis said he was nervous, but he got a huge response.

“I wanted kids, parents, doctors, lawyers,” he said. “It doesn’t matter your age or how much money you have.” He moved into the Arts Garage for a while. Now, drop in classes are offered Mondays at 7 p.m. at Woo Creative. Classes are $10 per person. He uses money from the classes to bring famous improvisers down to speak and teach. If you want to drop in on a class, Francis said you don’t need to be funny, witty or clever. “Everyone in the group is going to support you,” he said. “You are never going to be put on the spot. You are never going to be put out to fail. You’re going to learn how failure leads to success.” He said he tells his student that you just have to listen and react honestly while you are doing improv. He said he reminds he students of the improv philosophy that they are enough.

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Don’t miss events 1 The South Florida Science Center

Culture, 1920-1945. The exhibit is on

for the Theatre Lab’s New Play Festival,

display through May 21. Deco Japan is

which takes place May 10-14 on FAU’s

the first exhibition held outside of Tokyo

Boca Raton campus, with plans to donate

dedicated to Japanese Art Deco. This ex-

a portion of the proceeds from the event

hibition provides dramatic examples of

to charity.

the spectacular craftsmanship and so-

5

phisticated design long associated with

and Girls Clubs

Japan and conveys the complex social

of Palm Beach

and cultural tensions during the Taishō

County will host

and early Shōwa periods (1912-1945). In

Bravo’s

these pre-war and war eras, artists and

Marissa Hermer

that signaled simultaneously the nation’s

and Aquarium will debut its summer exhibit “Amazing Butterflies” on May 6. The interactive exhibit features the entire lifecycle of the well-loved insect. Visitors will experience the challenges of being a caterpillar as it transforms into a beautiful butterfly, discovering how the caterpillars eat, move and live through a hands-on maze filled with activities the whole family will enjoy. Guests of all ages can learn what it’s like to fly like a butterfly, walk like a caterpillar and avoid

The vitality of the era is further expressed through the theme of moga, or modern girl, the emblem of contemporary urban chic that flowered along with the Art Deco style in the 1920s and 1930s. Deco Japan includes nearly 200 works from the Levenson Collection, the world’s premier collection of Japanese art in the Deco style, including metalwork, ceramics, lacquer, glass, furniture, jewelry, textiles, graphic design, painting, and printmaking.

getting stuck in a spider web. After learnguests can explore the butterfly gardens throughout the Science Center’s new Conservation Course, an 18-hole miniature golf course, to get an up-close look at the beautiful insects. Catch

reality television star published her first cookbook, “An American Girl in London.” A traditional British afternoon tea will be served followed by a meet and greet book signing. The event will raise funds towards a new bus for the Florence

Tickets are $30

and $20 for students and seniors. Group rates are also available. Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased by calling 561-447-8829 or on line at www.eveningstarproductions. org.

breakfast and registration. There is a shotgun start at 8 a.m. followed by lunch at 12:30 and a silent auction and awards. The event takes place at PGA National Resort & Spa. Tickets start at $75. Visit http://www.ymcapalmbeaches.org/ golfclassic for more information.

ishing meals. For additional information or to purchase tickets visit

6 LEGO Take-

9 Learn how to trace your family’s

over! at The Gar-

history, use genealogy databases and use

dens Mall lasts

DNA to unlock family mysteries during

until

a workshop at the Williams Cottage at

May

15.

Check out about 50 life-sized models and

Spady Museum, 170 NW 5th Ave on

interactive exhibits while you shop.

May 6. The workshop led by Dr. Delores M. Walters, Cultural Anthropologist and Family Historian & Empowerment Program Consultant begins at 2 p.m. and costs $5. It is free for museum members.

Naked Stage co-founders Katherine and

7 at Sol The-

May 5. The event begins at 7 a.m. with

lights the importance of healthy, nour-

Theatre Project, an initiative started by

through May

hold its Third Annual Golf Classic on

DeGeorge Boys & Girls Club, and high-

Lab is the new home for the 24-Hour

Godot”

atre in Boca Raton.

1 to 3 p.m. at the Chesterfield Hotel. The

4 Florida Atlantic University’s Theatre

“ Wa i t i n g for

on May 17 from

8 The YMCA of the Palm Beaches will

www.bgcpbc.org.

ing about the lifecycle of the butterfly,

2

Ladies

of London star

patrons created a Japanese modernism unique history and cosmopolitanism.

The Boys

Bring your laptop or tablet to begin re-

Antonio Amadeo. The event, typically

searching.

held Sunday evenings through Monday nights – the “dark” days for most theaters

10 Participate in the Great Give from

– unites local playwrights, actors, direc-

midnight to midnight on May 17. Sup-

tors and technicians for a 24-hour period

port your favorite nonprofit in Palm

to write, rehearse and perform up to nine

Beach County by donating to their cause

short plays. Theatre Lab’s first 24-Hour Theatre event will take place May 1 at

3 Head to Mori-

7 p.m. at the Theatre Lab in Parliament

kami Museum and

Hall, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton cam-

Japanese Gardens

pus. Individual tickets are $24. For tick-

to see Deco Japan:

ets and more information, call 561-297-

Shaping Art and

6124. The event will serve as a fundraiser

7 Apres at the Beach hits Delray Beach from May 19-21. The three-day cocktail celebration features a Grand Tasting Villages, seminars, poolside parties and beach activities. For more information and tickets visit http://apresatthebeach. com

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What’s happening in Palm Beach County… Wick Theatre

and the Music of ELP Fri. May, 5 at 8 p.m. and Sat. May, 6 at 8 p.m. Continuing his 9th North American tour since 2006: REMEMBERING KEITH AND THE MUSIC OF EMERSON LAKE & PALMER 2016 TOUR.

Beehive: the 60’s Musical May 1- May 14 Matinees Wed, Thurs, Sat and Sun 2pm Evenings Thurs, Fri, Sat 7:30pm Tickets $75 & $80,  www.thewick.org  or call 561-95-2333 Get ready to tease your hair and dance in the aisles,  Beehive: the 60’s Musical  is coming to The Wick Theatre. Audiences around the world have cheered this exciting and colorful salute to the women who made the music of the 1960’s. From Lesley Gore to Janis Joplin, from the Shirelles to Aretha Franklin this revue, which features a live band, is packed with 40 beloved hits that take you on a journey through the look, the sounds and the feel of the times. 

Arts Garage

Palmer, who was voted by Rolling Stone as one of the 10 Greatest Drummers of All Time, is also a founding member of ASIA. Since he began in the business in the 1960s, Palmer has sold over 50 million records! He is currently celebrating his 50th Year in Music. $45 - $60 http://bit.ly/2p5CDpF Arts Radio Theatre Network in Residence at Arts Garage: I Remember Mama Wed. May 10 & Thurs. May 11 at 7:30 Radio Theatre Presentation. Just in time for Mother’s Day, celebrate the importance and strength of a mother in this sentimental adaptation of an immigrant family living through tough times. This immigrant  family tackles money problems as their mother acts as the support that holds the family together. This is a touching radio theatre event that is perfect for the whole family. Tickets: $25 Nicole Henry Inte r n at i on al, Jazz/Soul Songstress and Soul Train Award Winner

Carl Palmer Returns Emerson, Lake, and Palmer Legacy Tour: Remembering Keith Emerson

Fri. May 12 – 8 p.m. and Sat. May 13 – 8 p.m.

rage, be sure to get tickets early to see one of the jazz world’s most acclaimed vocalists. Nicole’s expressive, soulful voice and uplifting energy has earned her a Soul Train Award, three top 10 albums on U.S. Billboard, and international accolades from. The Miami-based soul and jazz songstress has received rave reviews and praise from both critics and audience for her captivating vocals, stunning stage presence, and heartfelt charisma. $30 - $45 http://bit.ly/2oJ9Cn8

the second half of the Grammy-nominated duo England Dan and John Ford Coley, John continues with an active roster performing the platinum and gold record hits for audiences around the world. John Ford Coley has shared the stage with many music legends such as Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin, and many more. With double platinum and gold records behind him, John is a spectacular performer and entertainer who crosses demographic boundaries giving his audience the show of a lifetime. $30 - $45 http://bit.ly/2nILjkU Annie Mack

Close to You: The Music of the Carpenters Lisa Rock and her 6-piece band bring back the sound of Karen Carpenter Sun. May 14 2017 – 2 p.m. Considered one of the best vocalists of all time, Karen Carpenter captured the attention of a generation with her unabashedly catchy pop music. The Carpenters’ beautiful, memorable love songs topped the Billboard charts with more than a dozen number one hits.

Gifted Blues Singer/Songwriter Sat. May 20 – 8 p.m. The gifted blues singer/songwriter, and pretty, gritty diva is hitting the road for a special Florida tour. Mack, a Minnesota-native has a sound that ranges from stripped down, acoustic blues to roots and Americana music, incorporating soul, country blues, and everything in between. $30 - $45 http://bit.ly/2oe61g6

Now singer Lisa Rock and her 6-piece band are bringing the music of The Carpenters back to the stage with their spoton renditions of Carpenters classics with Close to You: The Music of The Carpenters.

SHINE – South Florida’s Premier Open Mic Showcase

$30 - $45

Own the Spotlight

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Wed. May 24 – 9 p.m. Are you an inspiring artist, writer, or musician who is itching for a spot in the limelight? Well now is your chance to SHINE! Arts Garage presents SHINE, a monthly open mic showcase for local talent, hosted by the esteemed MC, Ian Caven.

After several sold-out shows at Arts Ga-

John Ford Coley Double Platinum Recording Artist Fri. May 19 – 8 p.m. John Ford Coley is a singing legend who has spent decades touring, writing, recording, and producing. Most revered as

If you’ve been working on a song, a poem, a rap, or a riff that you want to show off, this is the place for you. Take the stage and jam with a live house band (drums, guitar and bass) while your friends cheer you on. This is your chance to own the spotlight and SHINE! SHINE takes place in our Main Stage Theater every 4th Wednesday of the month. Guests over 21 can BYOB, and admission is $10 online or $12 at the door. Don’t want to perform? This is the perfect opportunity to hear the creative


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process of Delray’s local talent!

http://bit.ly/2niawHn Lucky Peterson

SHINE has sponsorship opportunities, which not only provide Arts Garage with much needed support, but also allow local businesses and corporations to extend their advertising reach. $10

Grammy-Nominated Blues Singer, Guitarist, Keyboardist, and Organ Player

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Mon May 29 –

Sofia Rei Presents “A Centennial Tribute to Violeta Parra” Aw a r d - w i n n i n g Argentine Vocalist Fri. May 26 – 8:00 p.m. Sofia Rei presents “A Centennial tribute to Violeta Parra” for this special performance. Sofia (on vocals and charango) will be joined by Leo Genovese on the piano. The award winning Argentine vocalist, songwriter and producer has been named one of the 10 most important female musicians performing today. All About Jazz calls her “one of the most versatile and in-demand singers on the New York music scene”. Sofia is known for her passionate and inventive style, which explores connections between the various traditions of South American folklore, jazz, flamenco, contemporary music and electronic sounds.

7:00 p.m.

The Grammy-nominated artist recently received a “Victory of Music” Jazz Life time Achievement Award in Paris, France. Peterson, a multi-instrumentalist, has garnered a reputation as one of the most riveting and meaningful performers of the modern blues era. A searing lead guitarist, a rich and thoughtful organist, and a first-rate blues vocalist, his musicianship effortlessly translates gospel, rock, and jazz into a 21st century blues presentation. $30 – $45 http://bit.ly/2o2rPcL

Boca Raton Museum of Art

$30 - $45 http://bit.ly/2o2sESF Chardavoine’s Creole Jazz Ensemble A Concrete Manifestation of Haitian Jazz Sat. May 27 8 p.m. Chardavoine is a concrete manifestation of Haitian jazz, a new genre emerging in jazz today. Haitian-born but Brooklyn-bred, the talented guitarist has covered the gambit of musical styles through the waves of his guitar. He is an incredible musician, a creative artist and a refined professional. He represents the best of modern music and the future of jazz, along with his Creole Jazz Ensemble. Chardavoine is well known around New York for his association with the great Dave Valentin, who’s a guest on two of his albums. Last year he had the privilege of playing at Aretha Franklin’s birthday bash with the Tito Puente Jr. orchestra. $30 - $45

Experience Glass Tuesday, May 2 / 9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Docent-guided tour of Glasstress Boca Raton exhibition followed by bus trip to Benzaiten Center in Lake Worth, the largest glass hot shop in Florida. $60, includes lunch. Tickets at www.bocamuseum.org/glasstress or call 561-392-2500.

groups that focus on artistic fun for all ages to learn, create, and enjoy the visual arts. $5 per family. Free Museum Admission

Acompañenos en un recorrido por las galerías de la colleción permanente y/o las exhibiciones temporales con un guía del Museo. Evento es gratuito con entrada paga al Museo. 561-392-2500 y www.bocamuseum.org. Music in the Museum – Contrast Duo: Yasa Poletaeva and Darren Matias

Sunday, May 7 / noon to 5 p.m. See the Glasstress Boca Raton exhibition, as well as works on view by Henri

Sunday, May 14 / 3 to 4 p.m.

Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Kehinde Wiley,

Recorrido de las Galerías en Español

Internationally-renowned duo returns with a performance of Mozart, Bizet, Sarasate, and Improvisations. Free with Museum admission.

Thursday, May 11 / 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Gallery Talk: Modern and Contempo-

more.

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

The Mayan Underworld: Art from the Realm of the Dead Wednesday, May 3 / 3 to 4 p.m. A Gallery Specialist guides this tour of the Museum’s Pre-Columbian Collection of vessels and objects, highlighting the objects and symbolism of the Mayan underworld. Free with Museum admission. smART: Watercolor Wonders Saturday, May 6 / 10 to 11 a.m. New family program features studio workshops for families/intergenerational

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rary Collection Tuesday, May 16, 1 to 2 p.m. See works on view by Bhakti Baxter, Jean Dubuffet, Adolph Gottlieb, Wendy Wischer, and more during this tour of the Museum’s Modern and Contemporary Collection, led by a Gallery Specialist. Free with Museum admission. Boca Talk – Davira Taragin: Dissolving Boundaries in Today’s Art Sunday, May 21 / 3 to 4 p.m. Lecture explores late twentieth- and early twenty-first century artists’ international quest to break down the hierarchies between the different art media. $10. Tickets at www.bocamuseum.org/glasstress or call 561-392-2500. Gallery Talk: Modern and Contemporary Collection Tuesday, May 30 / 1 to 2 p.m See works on view by Bhakti Baxter, Jean Dubuffet, Adolph Gottlieb, Wendy Wischer, and more during this tour of the Museum’s Modern and Contemporary Collection, led by a Gallery Specialist. Free with Museum admission.

Old School Square May 5 at 7:30 p.m. (Friday) Free Friday Concerts – Spring Series Remix Top 40/R&B/Rock. Weather permitting; bring lawn chairs, and bring the family,

Location: Old School Square Pavilion

One Funny Mother stars comedian, former Miss New Jersey, and married mother of three, DENA BLIZZARD in her hilarious solo comedy show about the trials and tribulations of motherhood and marriage. An outrageous and side-splitting 80 minutes of sass that follows Dena on her hilarious journey through a day of cleaning as she prepares for her big “Girls Night Out.”  One Funny Mother has toured the United States and was recently named “Best One Woman Show” at the 2015 United Solo Festival in New York City.  One Funny Mother is a great “Girls Night Out” or Date Night for anyone that IS a mom, HAS a mom or is MARRIED to a mom.

Tickets: $5 at the gate (general admission); $5 beers

Location: Crest Theatre at Old School Square

May 19 at 7:30 p.m. (Friday)

Tickets: $41 & $31

Tickets: $5 at the gate (general admission); $5 beers

Free Friday Concerts – Spring Series

May 25, Canvas & Cocktails

May 26 at 7:30 p.m. (Friday)

Royal Majestique

Creative Arts School at Old School Square

Free Friday Concerts – Spring Series

but no pets or outside food and beverage. Food trucks and cash bar are available. Location: Old School Square Pavilion Tickets: FREE May 11 at 7:30 p.m. (Thursday) Blues on the Square presents Jay Blue Band The sound of Americana, Blues, Rock and Soul. Experience some of Florida’s best blues bands.  Bring chairs, but no pets or outside food and beverage. Food trucks, popcorn, ice cream. Sponsored by Lagunitas and Old School Bakery.

Jumbo Lounge. Weather permitting; bring lawn chairs, and bring the family, but no pets or outside food and beverage. Food trucks and cash bar are available. Location: Old School Square Pavilion Tickets: FREE May 19-20 at 8 p.m. (Friday & Saturday) One Funny Mother

Last Thursday each month, 7- 9 p.m.; fee $35 (includes materials and one drink ticket) This is a fun art experience where you can create an art piece in a relaxed atmosphere… all while enjoying a nice glass of wine, a craft beer or a signature cocktail. Each month offers something different with one of our professional art instruc-

tors. No experience necessary!  It’s a perfect girls’ night out, group night or date night.  Pre-registration is required. May 25 at 7:30 p.m. (Thursday) Blues on the Square presents Gabe Stillman & The Billtown Giants Americana/ Blues/Rock/ Soul. Experience some of Florida’s best Blue bands.  Bring chairs, but no pets or outside food and beverage. Food trucks, popcorn, ice cream. Sponsored by Lagunitas and Old School Bakery. Location: Old School Square Pavilion

Rod Stewart Experience Tribute Concert. Weather permitting; bring lawn chairs, and bring the family, but no pets or outside food and beverage. Food trucks and cash bar are available. Location: Old School Square Pavilion Tickets: FREE

Lynn University May 17 Natalie Douglas in Four Women: Nina, Lena, Abbey & Billie Wednesday: 7:30 p.m. Award-winning vocalist Douglas earned a five-star review from The Times (UK), which called her “a force of nature.” Four women honors Nina Simone, Lena Horne, Abbey Lincoln and Billie Holiday, an homage that includes “Stormy Weather,” “I Put a Spell on You,” “Wholly Earth” and “God Bless the Child.” Sponsors: Nancy and Ellis J. Parker, Ann and Rick Sommer Location:  Count and Countess de Hoernle International Center / Amarnick-Goldstein Concert Hall Tickets: $40


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REDISCOVER SOMETHING NEW CREST THEATRE

ONE FUNNY MOTHER starring DENA BLIZZARD

Fri & Sat, May 19 & 20 | 8 pm

Hilarious solo show about the trials and tribulations of motherhood and marriage. An outrageous night of sass and a great “Girls’ Night Out!”

PAVILION

JIM CARUSO’S CAST PARTY Tues, May 23 | 8 pm

An Extreme Open Mic with Billy Stritch at the piano. The party starts with Jim and Billy, then some of South Florida’s best singers and musical theater performers take the stage!

Blues on the Square JAY BLUE BAND

Thurs, May 11 | 7:30 pm

High energy blues, rock and soul! $5 at the gate; $5 beers.

Blues on the Square GABE STILLMAN and the BILLTOWN GIANTS Thurs, May 25 | 7:30 pm

American blues! $5 at the gate; $5 beers.

UNLIMITED BREW SAMPLING 100+ CRAFT BEERS CIDERS AND WINES 6:30PM | VIP EXCLUSIVE ACCESS 7:30PM | GENERAL ENTRY n DJ and live music with UPROOT HOOTENANNY n Pub bites for purchase n Game area and photo booth n 21 and over ONLY! n Tickets at DBCraftBeerFest.org

OLD SCHOOL SQUARE is the center of arts and entertainment in downtown Delray Beach. There’s something for everyone! GET TICKETS NOW! OldSchoolSquare.org

561.243.7922 | Box Office, ext. 1 51 N. Swinton Ave. | Delray Beach 33444

This project is sponsored in part by the State of Florida through the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; the Board of County Commissioners, Tourist Development Council and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.

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Annual Aspen cocktail event heads to Delray Beach this month Staff report

On Sunday, catch the Great Après at the Beach Pub Crawl from 2 to 6 p.m. where bartenders will create cocktails and compete for judges who will name one submission the Best Après Cocktail. Pub crawlers will receive a sample version of the submitted cocktail and can cast their vote for their favorite drink.

Laura Albers and her business partners realized that people who like to shred the Aspen mountains often like to party beachside. That’s why Albers and her partners Joe Lang and Kevin Haasarud decided to bring their Aprés Ski Cocktail Classic to Delray Beach. The first Apres at the Beach event will take place May 19-21. Delray Marriott will play headquarters to the weekend long event with several seminars, activation stations and pub crawl scheduled to take place throughout downtown. Albers said her and her partners used to work together at HBO where they put on the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival and they wanted to team up again. So they created the Apres ski event five years ago as a way to combine the local Apres lifestyle with the growing trend of cocktails. The event in Aspen takes place in March and attracts about 600 people to the main events. The Delray event will trade snow for sand. In addition to tastings on Friday and Saturday nights, there will be “Apres All Day” on Saturday during the day with beach yoga, beach olympics, poolside activities and surfing.

The two days of the Grand Tasting Experience and The Great Aprés at the Beach Pub Crawl are all included in the limited edition $99 Local’s Pass available while supplies last at ApresAtTheBeach.com. Aspen’s Aprés Ski Cocktail Classic is heading to Del- A look at Aspen’s Aprés Ski Cocktail Classic. Submitray for Apres at the Beach. Submitted photo. ted photo.

When the team knew they were ready to expand their concept to another city, Albers said they searched along Florida’s east coast.

“We want to have an event for the locals,” she said.

“We really fell in love with the charm of Delray Beach,” she said. “It’s the idyllic place. The whole town is walkable, which is similar to Aspen. People can enjoy themselves at the beach and come to the events in the afternoon.”

Total, the event will feature over 20 events from craft cocktail tastings, mixology seminars and pop-up experiences. Aprés at the Beach has partnered locally with Breakthru Beverage and lead sponsors include William Grant & Sons, Stoli Group USA and Brown-Forman.

She said the team chose to host the event in May because it is the shoulder season meaning the event will attract mostly locals, not tourists.

Friday night’s tasting will bring the snowy vibe of Aspen to Delray with a wintery theme while Saturday night will have a more tropical flair.

VIP Passes are also available and include all access to Après events plus a Private Reserve Tasting Room that runs concurrently with the Grand Tasting Village Experience. The Tasting Room will feature a 3-hour sampling of premium spirits and an elít by Stolichnaya Caviar Bar. The VIP Pass also includes exclusive access to the seminar series featured at venues around town.  Follow Après events on social media by visiting their Facebook at www.facebook.com/ ApresSkiCocktailClassic, Instagram at @ ApresAtTheBeach, Twitter at @apresskicc and Pinterest at /www.pinterest.com/apresskicc/apres-sea-lifestyle.

Space of Mind students to debut exhibit at Cornell Art Museum this month Staff report Students at Delray Beach’s Space of Mind school will debut their “Many Cultures: One World” exhibit at the Cornell Art Museum at Old School Square at 6 p.m. during the First Friday Art Walk on May 5. Visual art in 2D, 3D, photography and video as well as installation pieces, have been created by the 25 students in grades 3-12 based on exploring their cultural role in a changing global community.

In addition, Rock Band & Music students will perform; WSOM will feature a live, man-on-the-street interview show; the Culinary Arts students will prepare and serve appetizers; and Mason Jar Munchies and Ocean Commotion Jewelry, both student-run enterprises, will be selling their products, along with pieces of the artwork. “The goal of this show is to celebrate individuality and diversity, while at the same time recognizing the fact that we are all the same human race and belong to the same world,”

said Ali Kaufman, Founder & Schoolhouse Director, Space of Mind. “Students are free to interpret this theme in any way that speaks to them.” Other highlights of the exhibition and reception include the “We are the World” installation piece, video, and photo challenge; Creative Art pieces made by the students throughout the year including paintings and printed notecards; and samples of the Sustainable Kitchen Table eating plan for guests to take home.

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5 Reasons why moms should celebrate all month long By: Heather McMechan Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers Why does May 14th have to be the only day we celebrate moms? I think it would be a great idea to celebrate all month long. If you want to have the best Mother’s Day month, you really need to just plan it yourself. Here are a few Mother’s Day ideas that you may have been thinking about, but aren’t making the time for.

month. A portion of the sales from selected products at Apricot Lane will go towards finding a cure. Apricot Lane is located at The Delray Marketplace, The Promenade at Coconut Creek and Wellington Mall (coming soon).

1 Microblading not rollerblading Wouldn’t it be great to have your eyebrows done when you roll out of bed each morning? Bond Street Salon in Delray Beach now offers Microblading which is one of the hottest beauty trends right now. Don’t forget to make a hair appointment for yourself as well. With every cut and color service, you can come in for a complimentary conditioning treatment. Call Jeanne 561-330-8760 to schedule an appointment.

4 Get your belly flat With bathing suit season around the corner, you know chasing kids will be your calling. Feel good while doing it when you sign up for that Pilates class you’ve been wanting to take. The Pilates Preserve will get you into shape and help control that little muffin top. You’ll also strengthen your core and correct that posture from driving your kids around. Call Pilates Preserve at 561-391-1151 for class specials.

2 A weekend away I always like getting out of town for a short weekend. You can road trip to Naples with a group of girlfriends and stay at the Naples Grande Resort. It’s only 2 hours away, so you can make it in time for their new & improved Happy Hour! Enjoy $5 flutes of Veuve Clicquot at 5 p.m., $6 at 6 p.m., $7 at 7 p.m. and $8 at 8 p.m. on Sunset Veranda, plus freshly cooked BBQ fare (a la carte pricing) and live music! Call 844-993-9576.

3 Shop for a cause Treat yourself to a new outfit from Apricot Lane. It’s time to shop for a new top, dress or pair of jeans for your summer wardrobe. It’s also Lupus Awareness

5 Get a selfie smile I’m sure every every time you take that selfie with your kids, you wish you would make that appointment. Your teeth start to shift over time even if you had braces as a kid. For Mother’s Day, you should give the gift of Invisalign to yourself. None of the other moms will know that you’re straightening your teeth. Moroco Orthodontics will take care of you and your teeth this month. Call 561-638-9963 to make an appointment for a consultation.

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Dash around the world: Destination weddings By: Joel Dash Special to the Boca/Delray newspapers

spa and sightseeing. There are also perks and other amenities that might be available to the bride and groom de-

Why do a destination wedding? Choosing to have your

pending on the number of guests attending. Your guests

wedding at a non-local venue, especially in a tropical lo-

that are attending will also be able to take advantage of

cation is a unique opportunity for couples. When choos-

the group rate being offered to those attending the wed-

ing between a local venue versus a destination wedding,

ding. Some of the major hotel chains offering Wedding

here are some important things to consider when decid-

and Honeymoon packages include Sandals, AM Resorts,

ing which option is best for you and your guests.

including Zoetry, Secrets, Dreams, Hyatt, Iberostar, Hard Rock, Riu, Club Med and others.

With the cost of wedding skyrocketing to $25,000 or more, many couples will find a significant cost saving by having a destination wedding, especially since you are often combining the wedding and honeymoon into one. Some hotels. especially in Mexico and the Caribbean even offer complimentary wedding packages that include

A destination wedding is the perfect way to do everything all at one with all of your closest friends and family. It is a truly memorable experience for you and your

An alternate to the hotel wedding is a wedding either on board a cruise ship or in one of the ports. Group rates, perks and amenities are also available with cruise ship

guests because they’ll be able to celebrate your mar-

weddings.

riage, not just for one day, but for the entire time they’re

a variety of wedding services and amenities. Beyond the

Your travel agent will be invaluable in coordinating travel

in the destination with you. That ocean backdrop and

complimentary packages, there are plenty of customiz-

arrangements with you and your guests. They will also

palm-studded sand makes for some pretty unbelievable

able wedding packages for a reasonable cost- typically

advise you on marriage license requirements and other

wedding photos too.

requests you may have.

With a destination wedding, the resort wedding planners

Dash Travel “has been there since 1959”. We’ve been on

As for your guests, who may be spending a few extra dol-

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Boca West Foundation raises $2 million for kids’ charities Golf challenge, Jennifer Hudson concert help raise cash

By: Dale King Contributing Writer A record $2 million has been raised so far this year by the Boca West Foundation to support local children’s charities through its annual golf challenge, its “Concert for the Children” outdoor performance and other fundraising efforts. 

The Boca West Foundation was launched in November of 2010. It was created so the thousands of Boca West Country Club members could give back to Boca Raton and South Palm Beach County communities. The Foundation’s mission is to identify and fund projects to assist area children and their families in need.  

Just the combination of the golf challenge held at Boca West Country Club on April 3 and a concert the next evening featuring Academy Award-winning actress/singer and “American Idol” alumna Jennifer Hudson brought in $1.45 million. The concert was held on the great lawn of the Akoya Amphitheater at Boca West Country Club and attracted 1,700 guests.  “We were overwhelmed with the support from the community to raise these significant funds to help kids right here in the Boca Raton area,” said Arthur Adler, chairman of the Boca West Foundation.  “Jennifer Hudson’s performance was off the charts, and she follows in the footsteps of past superstar performers Patti Labelle, Jay Leno and Diana Ross as ‘Concert for the Children’ headliners.” This year, Adler noted, the golf challenge attracted 504 participants. The concert and gala on April 4 featured Hudson along with an opening act, rhythm and blues maestro Ellis Hall. That money will be distributed to 25 charities in South Palm Beach County that support children. In addition, a record $320,000 was raised at the gala’s live auction and $129,000 was taken in to help send 250 children to sleep-away camp this summer.

tered the bass, guitar, keyboards, piano and drums. He has performed with Stevie Wonder, George Benson, Herbie Hancock, Earth, Wind & Fire, George Duke, Michael McDonald, Brett Michaels, Billy Preston, James Taylor and his musical mentor, Ray Charles, among others.

Arthur Adler, chairman of the Boca West Foundation, addresses the audience during the annual fund-raising golf challenge. (Photo by Jason Jackman at Visual Enterprises)

Singer/actress Jennifer Hudson performs during the “Concert for the Children” at the Akoya Amphitheater of Boca West Country Club. The fund-raising show attracted an audience of 1,700. (Photo by Jason Jackman at Visual Enterprises)

Hudson won an Oscar and a Golden Globe award for her performance as a Motown-era singer in the movie, “Dreamgirls.” She also won a Grammy in 2008 for her debut album, and has appeared in other films and on television. Hall, a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist with an impressive five-octave range, has performed around the world. Diagnosed with glaucoma as an infant, he lost sight in his right eye early on. Doctors informed his parents that he would eventually lose sight in his left eye as well. He attended the Perkins School for the Blind where he mas-

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An objective view of Medicinal Marijuana for PTSD: Part 2 of 3 By: Raul J. Rodriguez MD, DABPN, DABAM, MRO Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers Major Depression is a mood disorder characterized by a severe sadness and a near inability to experience happiness, coupled with low energy, poor concentration, feelings of guilt, sleep disturbances and suicidal urges. Major Depression can severely worsen with Cannabis use, with a true risk of suicide. Anxiety disorders, especially Panic Disorder, can be exacerbated by consumption of THC. Many have described having “the worst panic attack EVER” while using THC in any of its forms. Most individuals that have anxiety disorders figure this out and stop on their own accord. Addiction to either marijuana or a “harder” substance is

another very real and common byproduct of Cannabis use. This complication is the most understated by both media and popular culture. Heavier cannabis users often develop compulsive use and can experience severe withdrawal syndromes when attempting to stop. Some will start to mix in alcohol or other drugs, to enhance the high. This can lead to addiction to another substance that is far more dangerous and potentially lethal. Paranoia can escalate to a full psychotic syndrome with hallucinations and delusions. This development can be sudden and dramatic. The presentation can be difficult to differentiate from Schizophrenia.

Heavy antipsychotic medications and inpatient psychiatric hospitalization is frequently necessary. This is possibly the most distressing and disabling non-lethal complication of marijuana. Knowledge of these complications also helps identify which populations are not good candidates for medical marijuana. Individuals who have previously had problems with depression, addiction, anxiety, or psychosis are poor candidates for medical marijuana. If any of these conditions have already existed or currently exist, the addition of marijuana can make them much, much

“I can walk again like I used to. I played golf three days in a row and my swing has never looked better.” – Janet, robotic-assisted endovascular surgery patient

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Janet started to feel a numbness and dull pain in her left leg. Following testing at Delray Medical Center, it was discovered that Janet had peripheral artery disease, a blocked artery in her leg that was causing her to have very limited circulation. Patients with this condition can suffer from decreased blood flow, leading to disability and amputation, stroke or blood clots and even death. Janet underwent a robotic peripheral laser atherectomy procedure, which uses a catheter to emit high energy light (laser) to unblock the artery. The procedure was performed by Dr. Joseph Ricotta at Delray Medical Center, the first hospital from Broward to Martin County to offer the Magellan™ Robotic System.

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worse. A history of either psychosis or addiction would certainly qualify as a “contra-indication” due to the obvious and imminent risk of harm to the patient. Bipolar Disorder also falls into this category due to risk of provoking both psychosis and mood instability. Individuals with Bipolar Disorder can experience both depression and mania from Cannabis use. The mania in this scenario can be especially difficult to manage, even with the use of heavy medications. Even if mood stability can be achieved while still using marijuana, the patient would end up having to take much more psychotropic medication than they would have otherwise ever needed. Even will all the extra medication, the overall result may still be poor. A good overall result is the primary goal of any medical intervention. That is the stated intent voiced by the proponents of medicinal marijuana. There are many who do truly believe in this as a legitimate treatment option for PTSD. For patients with true PTSD, the CBD component of Cannabis can provide symptomatic relief. The main issue here is that there are other already existing treatments for PTSD that are safer and potentially far more effective. The symptomatic relief provided by CBD is temporary and does not address the underlying issues in the human brain. A more definitive treatment that directly addresses the underlying issues would be some form of trauma-focused psychotherapy such as Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PET). PET is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy characterized by a systematic re-experiencing of the traumatic event focused on engaging with, rather than avoiding, trauma related memories and cues. This can achieve symptomatic relief that lasts far beyond the duration of the therapy itself. Other effective options include the common serotonin selective reuptake inhibitors (SSRI’s) paroxetine (Paxil), fluoxetine (Prozac), and sertraline (Zoloft), which can provide additional relief of co-existing depression and anxiety symptoms. For a patient that truly has PTSD and sincerely desires symptomatic relief, treatment with PET and possibly and SSRI is a far better and more effective approach than Cannabis. Please look for part 3 of 3 in the June issue*

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Help for those suffering from migraine headaches By: Dr. John Conde DC, DACNB Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers light (photophobia), and sensitivity to sound (phonophobia). The most common site of head pain is the temple region, extending into the forehead and eye on one side (frontal-temporal). The attack may be so severe that it interferes with daily activities. What goes wrong in an acute migraine episode? More than 30 million people in the United States suffer from migraine headaches. The onset of migraines typically can occur between the ages of 10 and 40 and diminish substantially after the age of 50, however current studies suggest that migraines can actually occur at any age. Women are twice as likely as men to be affected by this disorder. What are the cardinal signs of a true migraine? There are numerous types of migraines, classified according to the unique symptoms produced. The typical presentation of a migraine is a throbbing or pulsating one sided (unilateral) severe headache, lasting 4-72 hours, and often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to

Current treatments for migraines are generally unsatisfactory for most patients due to a lack of understanding of basic neurophysiologic concepts concerning migraines. Exciting current research is focusing on a phenomenon termed cortical (brain) spreading depression (CSD) and on dysfunction in brainstem cells that are involved in the control of pain. This groundbreaking concept was originally postulated in 1941, however it is getting more attention due to recent advances in brain imagery. Essentially, brain cells responsible for processing vision, sound, smell, touch, and even movement become very active prior to and during a migraine episode, producing symptoms such as light and sound sensitivities. Auras, a neurological phenomenon experienced 10-20 minutes prior to a migraine involving vi-

Planning Your Pregnancy By: West Boca Medical Center Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu once said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Pregnancy is like a journey, which actually starts before a woman becomes pregnant. Women who plan on having a baby can take steps to help ensure that they have a healthy pregnancy so their baby can have a healthy start in life. Here are five steps to help your little one start off on the right foot. Step 1: To help reduce the risk of some birth defects, begin taking 400 micrograms (400 mcg or .4 mg) of folic acid every day for at least one month before and during pregnancy. Step 2: Have a medical checkup before pregnancy. Preconception care, which is medical care you receive before you are pregnant, can help evaluate your health and identify lifestyle risks that could affect you and your baby. Step 3: Be at a healthy weight before you get pregnant. Being underweight can cause problems getting pregnant and could increase the possibility of having a baby with a low birth weight. A woman who is obese has a higher risk of complications during pregnancy. Step 4: Stop smoking and drinking alcohol. Smoking and drinking alcohol can

make it more difficult to get pregnant. Smoking during pregnancy can also increase the risk of complications and sudden infant death syndrome. Drinking alcohol while pregnant can cause lifelong problems for a baby including heart defects and fetal alcohol syndrome. Step 5: Talk to your doctor about all medicines you are currently taking. This includes over-the-counter or prescription medications, herbal supplements and dietary products. Some may not be safe to take while pregnant. West Boca Medical Center’s commitment to quality has been recognized over the years by various medical organizations. We are proud of the many honors and distinctions that our hospital has received. Giving birth is a special experience, whether it’s your first, second or fifth time. If you end up choosing West Boca Medical Center to help deliver your child, we will take a “family first” approach to the care we provide you. We honor a variety of birth plans with approval from the obstetrician or midwife. To schedule a tour and for more information about how you can start your birth plan at West Boca Medical Center, please call 866-724-6002.

sion, motor, or speech impairments may also be experienced. It is theorized that this spontaneous activity of brain cells is due to an unhealthy state; a lack of oxygen, appropriate food (fuel), and/or consistent stimulation. Simultaneously an area in the brainstem responsible for controlling head and face pain malfunctions, leading to unbearable pain. New brain-based treatment: How can this information help those who suffer from migraines? Our current understanding allows us to develop a treatment plan that is multi-factorial in nature addressing the oxygen deficiencies, inappropriate nutrition, and lack of stimulation. It is of paramount importance to locate the specific region within the nervous system that is dysfunctional and for this we utilize a diagnostic tool termed RealEyes. This state of the art equipment allows for in-depth examination of eye movement pathology which is a very accurate window into neurological dysfunction. Graded aerobic activity, oxygen supplementation, and prescribed breathing exercises aimed at increasing vital capacity are essential to allow for greater oxygenation. Chiropractic adjustments of the thorax allows for increased rib excursion and greater oxygen intake.

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One should attempt to eliminate or reduce alcohol (red wine), caffeine, monosodium glutamate (MSG; found in some ethnic foods), nitrates (processed foods such as cold cuts and hot dogs), hunger episodes, and lack of sleep. Some nutritional supplements that may be of value are L-arginine, magnesium, and 5-hydroxytryptophan. Specific brain-based exercises such as eye movement activities (oculomotoric rehabilitation), vestibular activities (inner ear), brain-balance auditory stimulation, visual stimulation, olfactory stimulation, and chiropractic adjustments are essential in stabilizing these clusters of unhealthy cell in our nervous system. A new and promising intervention termed pneumatic insufflation has demonstrated a reduction in patient symptoms and neurological stabilization in the literature. Dr. John Conde is a Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist, one of only one thousand in the country. He holds diplomate status through the American Chiropractic Neurology Board. He provides specialized care for difficult cases of back neck pain, numbness-tingling, vertigo-dizziness balance disorders, fibromyalgia, migraines, AD/HD, autism, and dyslexia. His office is located at the Atlantic Grove in Delray Beach, FL and can be reached at 561-3306096, drconde@thecondecenter.com, and at www.thecondecenter.com


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Healthy and fit hair By: Christine King Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers Is your hair different than before? Is it thinner, do pieces fall out when you comb after washing? Have you noticed short, thin hair at the hairline? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, it’s time to address the health and fitness of your locks. Many factors are responsible for the changes in the health of your hair. CEO and Founder of Palm Beach’s famous salon, Shibui, Julio Iguchi, known as the hair stylist to the stars, says diet and exercise play a critical role in hair health. Specifically, his top five list for overall hair issues include: 1. Adequate intake of EFA’s (Essential Fatty Acids), specifically Omega 3’s. 2. Hydration. Just as dehydration causes dry skin, it affects hair in the same fashion. 3. Probiotics. Many people taking probiotics for a different health issue and notice an improvement in hair health and the slowing of hair loss! 4. Exercise. Exercise stimulates blood flow which facilitates hair growth! The increased blood flow to hair follicles improves hair growth. 5. Hormones. A change in hormones can affect the qual-

ity and quantity of hair. Iguchi suggests checking with your doctor if you are experiencing changes in your hair or hair loss. A hormone panel can show deficiencies that need correcting to continue the growth of healthy locks! Florida-based licensed nutritionist Karen Gauci, MPH, R.D., L.D. explains, “Avoiding caffeine, increasing antioxidants, avoiding processed and fried foods and alcohol all contribute to hair health.” She continues, “Although my recommendations are different for everyone, adding colorful fruits and vegetables to meals along with whole grains (not refined) and eating frequent meals throughout the day also contribute to healthy hair.” I asked Iguchi for a few of his other secrets for fabulous hair. This was like pulling teeth. However, I managed to score a few! He shares: 1. It’s better to purchase a great shampoo than a conditioner. Shampoos can contain many chemicals which damage hair rather than help to nurture and grow. He adds, “Every shampoo isn’t for every person. Work with your stylist to find the perfect fit for you.” 2. Use a wide tooth comb for wet hair and a natural bristle brush when styling. These tools are less likely to pull hair out and cause further damage. 3. Don’t overheat when styling with hot curlers, curling or flat irons. 4. Watch the BLEACH! It’s very drying, and if your hair

is too “white” and brittle it’s time to have a talk with your stylist or find a new one! 5. Conditioner: only use what you need. Some people require from roots to ends and others just the ends. Experiment and learn what makes your hair look fab. Going in for the kill, I asked Iguchi for the sacred hair “secrets.” After a little coaxing, he shared a couple of gems. If your hair needs a shine boost, he said “Mix white distilled vinegar with water, eight parts to one. Use it as a final rinse for an incredible shine.” Iguchi continues, “Only wash hair two to three times per week, and for emergency FAB hair use dry shampoo.” He explains, “Dry shampoo saves a woman’s life for that last minute style!” Christine King is a Medical Exercise Specialist, Fitness Expert, and Founder & CEO of YourBestFit. The health and wellness company has helped thousands of clients recover from injuries, look and feel better and improve their overall well-being. www.YourBestFit.com


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5 ways to stay young at any age By: Laura Norman Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers Many see aging as an inevitable process. Yet we all know people who seem far younger than their chronological ages, and others who seem “old” before their time. While our genes may play a role, there are many things we can do to stay strong, healthy, vital and happy. Watch your attitude. Attitude and awareness make all the difference in how you experience life. Be aware of how you think and speak about aging—and everything else! I’m sure you’ve heard many people in their 60’s and 70’s say things like, “Well, I’m not getting any younger.” What you think about yourself and say to others will become true for you. Maintain a “Can do,” “I’m young at heart” attitude about yourself and that will be how you experience your life. Plus, practicing an “attitude of gratitude” and appreciation each day promotes a positive outlook on life that keeps you young in body, mind and spirit. Stay involved and interested in your family, friends and community. Stay loving and maintain intimacy in your relationships, if you want to stay “young at heart.” Your knowledge and experience have great value. By sharing yourself, you will be a role model, inspiration and

mentor to the next generation. Even if you have no children or grandchildren of your own, you can share your wisdom with younger people through volunteer organizations. Learn new things. Be open and interested in developing new skills, exploring new interests, starting new hobbies, harnessing your creativity to keep your mind and body youthful. Take a class–study art, photography or cooking. Learn how to play golf, go kayaking or scuba diving. Modern neuroscience has proven that, with stimulation, our brains continue to form new neurons and synapses as we age. Laugh. Laughter really is the best medicine! A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, triggers the release of endorphins (the body’s natural feelgood chemicals), increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow. A study in Norway found that people with a strong sense of humor outlived those who didn’t laugh as much. Take care of yourself. Nourish your body with healthy foods and do your best to release any excess weight. Your body will

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By: Jessica Del Vecchio Economic Development Manager Special to the Delray and Boca newspapers Boca by the Numbers: Cushman and Wakefield’s quarterly report shows Boca Raton’s Class A commercial real estate market as the leading stand out in Palm Beach County for year-to-date leasing activity. With 13.3 percent vacancy rates, Boca has a reported YTD leasing activity totaling 364,866 square feet. The closest municipality to our activity, as far as leasing is concerned, is suburban West Palm Beach’s market, which has 17.9 percent vacancy rates and YTD leasing activity totaling 167,779 square feet. Investing in Boca Raton Last month, Butters Group paid $21 million for a three-building office complex on N.W. Corporate Blvd., marking their third acquisition in Boca within the past 10 months.  These three acquisitions total 210,000 square feet of office space and

equate to a $31.7 million investment.  Having an experienced team like Butters investing in our City - upgrading, renovating and re-inventing our existing corporate inventory is crucial to allowing us to remain competitive when companies look to expand or relocate to the South Florida area. When asked about their recent investment activity, CEO Malcolm Butters said, “Boca Raton is the largest and most active office market in Palm Beach County.” 

Palmetto Park Road. Since closing on the investment, TGM has renovated the property, both inside and out.  One of the most unique aspects of this property are the 10 Intracoastal boat slips that are available for rent by the residents and/or the general public. We asked John Gochberg, Managing Principal and Chief Operating Officer for TGM Associates, what attracted them to our market and what type of opportunity did they think the investment would provide. He told us, “As a result of TGM’s renovations the property is poised to capitalize on the strong multi-family fundamentals of Boca Raton and greater Palm Beach County.”

In June, we had another large investment take place in our City. TGM Associates, an SEC registered investment advisory firm focusing solely on the multi-family market, purchased TGM Oceana for $50,500,000.  The four acre rental community is located on A1A, just north of

We recently met the MDVIP executive team and toured their incredible 50,000 square foot corporate headquarters. MDVIP is located in the Boca Raton Innovation Campus, which is the original IBM complex. To say their story is inspiring, is an understatement. MDVIP launched their startup in Boca, back in 2000 and today employ more than 280 employees. MDVIP has experienced 64 consecutive quarters of revenue growth and they’re the market leader in retainer-based medicine. With a national network of 900 primary care physicians, they serve more than a quarter million patients.

Have corporate news to share or looking to relocate/expand your company to Boca Raton? Contact the City’s economic development office at economicdevelopment@ myboca.us or 561-393-7761.  Want to see what we’re up to? Follow us on Facebook @BocaEconomicDevelopment.

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Biz Briefs Delray attorney joins Boca firm Delray attorney Michael Weiner and his staff has joined Boca Raton-based Sachs Sax Caplan. For more than 30 years, Sachs Sax Caplan has specialized in commercial litigation and appeals, estate planning, marital and family law, real estate and community association law. Weiner has an extensive background in land use and zoning litigation, private property rights, historic property redevelopment, property tax challenges, and code enforcement defense and appeals. He joined the firm last month. “This is a strategic, logical move to add Michael and his team’s expertise and knowledge of real estate law, and we are confident this milestone will benefit our existing clients while opening the firm up to new growth opportunities,” said Peter S. Sachs, a founding partner of Sachs Sax Caplan. “Our firm will undoubtedly be stronger and better positioned for the future with him on board.” After beginning his career in the 1970s as a tax attorney, Weiner turned to the narrow specialty of tax planning for real estate developers and found his passion for real estate work while being involved in a redevelopment project in Cleveland, Ohio. Upon moving to Delray Beach, he took an active interest in the real estate opportunities happening in South Florida and played a role in the first attempts to redevelop Miami Beach in the early 1980s. In March 1986, Weiner founded his own law firm in tandem with the resurgence of Delray Beach, and has since been involved in the urban redevelopment of coastal communities, including Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach and Lake Worth.

“After more than 30 years of managing my own law firm, I realize that a modern and efficient approach to the practice of law requires a larger platform with more practice areas immediately available to an attorney,” Weiner said. “As we continue to help solve blight in our coastal communities, we are now encountering new issues with areas immediately to the west. A firm that understands completely how our counties are organized and planned will be in the best position to take on the next set of challenges for the region, ranging from climate change to transportation to sustainability.” NCCI employees join local organization boards Alfredo Guerra, Chief Financial Officer at Boca Raton-based NCCI, recently rejoined the board of the Palm Beach & Martin County Chapter of the American Red Cross. In this role, Guerra will serve as a liaison between this local chapter and the South Palm Beach County community and businesses. Previously, Guerra served on the board of directors from 2004 to 2014. Bradley Kitchens, Chief Human Resources Officer at Boca Raton-based NCCI, recently joined the board of the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County where she serves as a member of the Human Resources Committee. Kitchens is active in the community and has also served as Chair of the YMCA of South Palm Beach County Board of Trustees, United Way Campaign Chair, board member of the Society of Human Resources Management, and President of the Northwest Compensation Forum. The Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County is a notfor-profit organization which strives to ensure that indi-

viduals who need to improve their literacy skills receive the help they need. By providing services to more than 27,000 adults, children and families each year, the Literacy Coalition’s goal is for every child and every adult in Palm Beach County to be able to read. Salt Suite to open Boca location The Salt Suite has opened in Boca Raton. The franchise’s fifth Palm Beach County location will open at 6063 SW 18th St., Suite 112. There will be children and adult therapy rooms. The rooms mimic Eastern European salt mines. Unrefined rock salt, which is primarily sodium chloride (NACL) and other mineral salts, coats the walls and cover the floor in a thick sandy layer. Behind the scenes, a special machine, called a Halogenerator, circulates dry salt aerosol into the air. In microscopic form, the salt particles are almost undetectably absorbed and inhaled by clients as they doze and sleep or, in the children’s room, as they play. When the dry sodium chloride enters the body, its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties do a number of healing maneuvers. Lung functions may improve; nasal passages and lung tracts may clear of toxins and pollutants; bronchial inflammation reduces; and later, clients may find their endurance has improved and their snoring has diminished. “We are incredibly excited to bring salt therapy to Boca Raton,” said Amanda Bowie, owner of the Salt Suite Boca Raton. “We continue to see the benefits this non-invasive therapy has on managing the symptoms of conditions such as allergies, asthma, sinusitis, and COPD to name a few. We encourage guests to visit us and experience a half session at no cost.” The Salt Suite Boca Raton will be open seven days a week with hours to be announced closer to opening. For more information about The Salt Suite, including memberships and other locations, call 561-288-0481 or visit www.thesaltsuite.com. Delray’s Le Garage showcases monthly exhibits Delray’s Le Garage blends art and interior design. The gallery located just off of I-95 in The Set district of the city on West Atlantic Ave. features a mix of artists both established and newcomers with rotating monthly exhibits. The gallery has been open for two years and the staff is looking to engage emerging, local artists and art enthusiasts. Currently, the gallery is displaying works from two Venezuelan artists, Carlos Vallenilla and Elvira Spinatelli. Vallenilla uses bright colors and different mediums in his works. His pieces will be on display through May. Spinatelli was visting the gallery to drop off her mixed-medium pieces that focus on nature. “Everything sends a message,” the artist said. “Every time I do an art work it sends a message.” Her pieces will be feature through the end of June. The parent company of the gallery produces custom furniture locally. The company has done work in Trump Tower, restaurants and other hotels. The gallery combines art with interior design. Le Garage is located at 1135 West Atlantic Ave.


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Unplugged from technology recently? By: Julius McGee Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers In the world that we live in, technology seems to rule a lot of people’s lives. We find ourselves constantly checking work emails, scrolling through pointless things on social media, posting selfies, and even texting while driving. Not only is this stressful, it can cause real health problems. Do you ever feel like you just need to unplug from your technology? If so, check out these tips to help you put your device down and look up. Tips that anyone Can use to start unplugging from technology 1. Take 10-15 minute breaks throughout the day. 2. Go for a walk or jog. 3. Have everyone drop their phones in a basket when they come home for a couple hours and actually talk to one another. 4. Get out the house and take a class like cooking, art or Karate. 5. Try reading a book…a real book with actual pages you can turn.

8. Designate a day during the week where you go completely device-less. There are many ways to unplug from technology…which most of us need to do. If you’re having problems like trouble with sleeping and back or neck pain, have found yourself becoming more and more distanced from friends and family, have a compulsion to check your phones…perhaps you need a mini vacation from your devices. What about people who work from home? When you work from home, you often need to be available by email, phone, or computer to take assignments from clients or catch new opportunities. So how do you unplug when technology is your job? 1. Take a break for 20 minutes. 2. Do some housework in between tasks.

6. Play a board game or do a puzzle.

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5. Take a day off and stay off your devices… make it a beach day or park day. 6. Set specific work hours to decompress. As you can see there are a lot of ways to unplug from technology. Unplugging is going to be hard at first. Tell your boss you don’t have your phone from 7 p.m.-8 a.m. If we don’t unplug from technology, we don’t give our minds and bodies the rest it deserves. How about the kids? Children and teens have a fascination with electronics, but this can be detrimental to their health. This is especially true since they are still forming their life habits. 1. Make them go outside and play without their phones or tablets. 2. Have them put the phone and/or tablet away as soon as they get home. 3. Before bed make sure you shut off the Internet and take tablets and phones. 4. Always take the phones away during supper and family time. 5. When at school, encourage them to only check their phones during certain times

of the day. 6. During sports, have them keep their phones off entirely. Technology is useful in day-to-day activities for a number of reasons. When it starts to impact health, however, it is time to take a break. Have you ever asked yourself what are the long-term effects of staying connected? Remember, once upon a time, we didn’t have any of these devices and we got along just fine? The next time you’re out, take a look around and see how many people are looking down (at their devices) and maybe that will encourage you to look up. These tech tips were provided by Nerd Alert. Nerd Alert provides people and businesses with an easy and trusted way to get on-demand, personalized tech help, device set up, training and repair for all devices right to their doorstep from helpful Nerds in their own community.

Three reasons why life insurance is too important to put off By: John M. Campanola, Agent New York Life Insurance Company Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers It isn’t easy being an adult. Sometimes you have to make hard decisions—like what to do with your limited financial resources. Is it better to save for your children’s education, set aside funds for retirement, or prepare for unexpected events like a medical emergency? Given these—and all the other demands

on your money—it’s easy to see how life insurance can get lost in the mix. What you may not realize, however, is just how costly delaying the purchase of life insurance can be. In fact, waiting just a few years could have lasting repercussions. Consider the following: Your family depends on you—and your

income. While nobody thinks it will happen to them, tragic events can—and do—take place every day. Therefore, every day that you are not insured puts your family’s lifestyle and future at risk. After all, how long do you think they could get by without your income to help support them? With life insurance, your loved ones will not lose their financial security if something happens to you. Life insurance gets more expensive, and harder to get, the longer you wait. Since life insurance premiums are based, in part, on your age and health, the longer you wait, the more you may ultimately pay for coverage. Also, if your health begins to fail, you may have to overpay just to get coverage—if you can qualify for insurance at all.  Whole life insurance builds cash value. In addition to paying a death benefit, whole life insurance policies accumulate cash value on a tax-deferred basis. As long as the policy remains in force, you can use this money to start a business, buy a new

home—anything you want. The sooner you start paying policy premiums, the faster your cash value may grow. At first glimpse, life insurance may not seem like an immediate need. But if you are married, own a home, or have children, there are plenty of compelling reasons why purchasing a life insurance policy should rank high on your list. Take a moment to look into it, and see how easy it can be to give yourself—and your loved ones—this valuable protection. This educational third-party article is provided as a courtesy by John M. Campanola, Agent, New York Life Insurance Company. To learn more about the information or topics discussed, please contact John M Campanola at 561-212-2903.


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New crowdfunding platform launches in Boca Raton By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor

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FundThis is a new crowdfunding platform that is helping inventors get started without having to shell out money up front. “We only make any money if we reach their goal,” said CEO Felix Hartmann. The company is run by three men all under the age of 30. The idea got going in 2015 but didn’t launch until recently. Hartmann said he was brought on in the summer of 2016. He joined his brother, David Hartmann, who developed the platform, and Anthony Perera who had the working concept. He said he restructured the company in a way to better position it against bigger, established crowdfunding companies like Kickstarter or Indiegogo.

He said other companies charge anywhere from $10,000 to $25,000 up front and then they take 10 to 35 percent of the money raised. Ultimately, he said that leaves the campaigns raising an average totaling about $7,000. “We wanted to create a platform that works one-on-one with projects that have merit,” Hartmann said. “We only make money if we reach our goal.” FundThis pays for the marketing the product needs to engage people to invest. That includes PR, ads and connecting with influencers.

“We are battling giant companies,” he said. “It is a very

Hartmann said inventors often have awesome ideas, but they aren’t marketers.

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Robert Mitchell, Director of Marketing for CSL Plasma Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers 3 Everyone has heard of donating plasma, but what is it used for and why is it so valuable?

1 What does CSL Plasma do? CSL Plasma is one of the world’s largest collectors of human plasma with plasma collection centers located throughout the United States, Germany, and Hungary. It currently employees approx. 7,500 employees across the US and Europe ranging from Physicians, Nurses, Phlebotomist, Center Managers, Quality Managers, Reception Technician etc. to support the operation of each plasma center.

2 Headquartered here, why does CSL Plasma call

Boca Raton home?

ZLB Plasma Services and eventually CSL Plasma has been a member of the Boca community since 2001 after it acquired Nabi and its plasma collection centers. Since that time, CSL Plasma’s leadership has called Boca home because of its close proximity to international airports, favorable business environment and ability to attract top talent.

Plasma is the essential ingredient for products crucial to treating patients suffering from a host of life-threatening conditions such as coagulation disorders including hemophilia and von Willebrand disease, primary immune deficiencies, hereditary angioedema, inherited respiratory disease, cardiac surgery, organ transplantation, burn treatment and to prevent hemolytic disease of the newborn. To put this in perspective, as it relates to bleeding disorders it takes:

• 900 donations to treat one patient with Alpha-1

and local awareness about the need for plasma donation and patients who depend on life-saving therapies that are derived from plasma. Also, at CSL Plasma we are focused on our promise to give back and be strong partners in the communities that we do business so the decision made sense. 

• 130 donations to treat one patient with primary immune deficiency.  

5 How does someone learn more about CSL Plasma and donating plasma?

4 Why did CSL Plasma make the decision to support the Allianz Championship this year?

The easiest way to learn about CSL Plasma is to visit www.cslplasma.com to find the nearest location, along with FAQs to answer questions such as what information is needed for your first visit.

• 1200 donations of plasma are needed to treat just one hemophilia patient for a year

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Economic development in Delray Beach By: Christina Morrison Special to the Delray and Boca newspapers within a mile, like Delray Beach does. And with a selection of hotels all along the way – from the quaint Colony Hotel, to the “hip” downtown Hyatt, to the upscale Seagate and Marriott, to the island oasis of Crane’s Beach House, there are great choices in lodging. The one deterrent our City has is the cost of hotel rooms – since there are not too many hotels in Delray and because of the high demand all year-round, hotel room costs are very high.  With the addition of the Fairfield on West Atlantic, and the planned Aloft and another Hyatt Hotel, both of which will be just south of Atlantic on the Federals, tourists and business people alike will have some additional choices in lodging, hopefully able to serve various price points.  Tourism is a huge part of our City’s DNA and economy, and always has been.  Because of its’ ideal South Florida location, visitors have been flocking to Delray Beach for decades to get away from harsh winter weather, especially from the Northeast but, recently and increasingly, from the mid-West. The most recent influx of visitors are year-round Floridians looking for a great “stay-cation” locale – not too close to home but not too far – and they come all year long, not just in the winter.  So, why Delray Beach? Our geography plays a big part:  Not many travel destinations have a gorgeous, free beach, a beautiful walkable avenue, and a vibrant, “happening” downtown all

But tourism is more than hotels – it is the whole environment that is the draw – the beach, great shopping, restful spas and salons, dozens of choices in restaurants and cuisines, and an increase in entertainment venues from Putt-Putt golf to Pinball and Skeeball and soon an iPIC Theatre – all within walking distance. Lastly, the current diminished appetite by Americans for overseas travel is another contributing factor to Delray’s growth in tourism. The choice of traveling abroad – with all of the transportation woes, travel restrictions and other angst – versus coming to sunny, warm and beautiful Delray Beach has proven to be a no-brainer for families, couples and other demographics groups.   The feeling of safety cannot be under-rated as a consideration when trav-

eling, and Delray Beach, with its vibrancy and wide choice of activities, certainly satisfies that criteria for many travelers.

When you think back to what drew you to this beautiful City, what attracted you? Probably the same atmosphere and “vibe” that draws over a million visitors a year here now.


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Budgeting for college

beyond their means. Unfortunately, establishing and following a budget is easier said than done.

By: Tracy Cooper, Certified Financial Planner, Director and Southeast Division Sales Performance Manager for Merrill Edge Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers With high school graduations approaching and summer college sessions inching closer, we asked Certified Financial Planner, Director and Southeast Division Sales Performance Manager for Merrill Edge Tracy Cooper how you can have the money and budget talk with your college-bound student. 1. How do I come up with a budget for my college student? • A budget is simply an estimate of your monthly income and expenses. With college, there are many variables to consider, such as tuition, housing and other living expenses. Additionally, many students are unemployed throughout college—at least initially— and as a parent, you will want to consider helping your child get a full picture of his or her overall cash flow. • As college nears, you should have a realistic picture of how much aid your child will receive to offset the cost of tuition. To do this, look at your child’s income to help him or her calculate the amount they should set aside monthly. Then, start building a budget and encourage your child to practice solid spending and savings habits. 2. What are some of the unexpected items that need to be budgeted for while my child is in college? • While college is an exciting time for you and your child, and it may come with unexpected experiences—and expenses. While experiences and expenses vary student by student, it’s important to discuss establishing an emergency savings fund. • An emergency fund can have a big payoff down the road and can potentially help you preserve your retirement savings and any other goals you’re saving for as a parent if you or your child receive an unexpected medical bill or repair expense. A good rule of thumb for adults is to save enough money to cover at least six months of living expenses.

3. How do I teach my child the value of a budget and how to stick to it? • To make a budget work, you’ll want to encourage your child to consider recording where his or her money goes. He or she should track their purchases and save every receipt from the purchases he or she makes, whether it’s with credit cards or with cash. • Then, encourage your child to periodically spend an hour or two going through their receipts and their transactions posted to their online banking account. Teach them how to record those expenses in budget categories, such as school expenses, groceries, entertainment, automobile repairs, vacations, savings, housing payments, taxes and any others you deem necessary. • At the end of each month your child should be able to see how his or her actual spending stacks up against their budget, providing an opportunity to adjust it in the future. Having a full picture will help your child determine where he or she may be spending too much—or too little. • Lastly, have them participate in a conversation with a financial advisor to help determine their long and short term financial goals and the best way to pursue them. There are also online resources, such as MerrillEdge.com, which may help college students determine and pursue their goals. 4. What is considered a fair budget for a college student in 2017-2018? • Establishing a budget varies on an individual basis and there is no right or wrong answer. • What works for one college student may not work for another depending on his or her priorities and goals. • To build an appropriate budget, weigh

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all the variables within your child’s unique situation and determine his or her long and short-term financial goals before deciding how much is appropriate. 5. What if my child blows the budget? How do I prepare to handle that situation? • When your children head to college, one pitfall they should avoid is spending

• Remember, learning how to manage money is a skill that takes time and your young adult children will surely make some mistakes. View this as a learning opportunity to talk to your child about how to do better next time by taking a close look at their expenses—they may be able to cut back without making major lifestyle changes. Encourage them to make different choices and put extra money aside instead of spending it. This way, in case they have another misstep in the future, they will likely be better prepared to cover their fixed expenses.

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James Schregardus, founder of iSalon Studios 1 What is iStudio Salons? We are a community of salon professionals.  We take around 4,000-5,000 square feet and divide the space into individual studios or “mini salons” and sublease them to salon professionals. The majority of our salon professionals are hair stylists, however, we also have nail techs, estheticians and massage therapists, just to name a few.  The beauty of our concept is that our salon professionals get to do what they love on their terms, all without the hassles or headaches associated with traditional salon ownership.  Our salon professionals get to set their own schedule, set their own prices, and sell whatever products they choose.   The customers also love it as they get one on one attention from their salon professional.  It’s a real win-win concept for both the salon professionals and their customers.

2 Why is the concept of salon suites all

the rage, and is this trend here to stay?

People want more choices today and at iStudio Salons you never have to ask your boss for time off or sell products you don’t believe in. You are your own boss, however, you certainly are not alone. First of all, you don’t have to worry about paying any electric, water, internet or common area

cleaning bill. Our salon professionals pay one weekly rate that includes all utilities and common area cleaning. Better yet, we also have a great maintenance team on staff to handle a leaky sink or to change a light bulb. We also provide access to business and marketing support for those interested. You simply don’t see that kind of service in the traditional salon world. And yes, I absolutely believe that the salon suite concept is more than just a trend. To me it is a movement signaling a large shift within the industry as salon professionals are looking for more independence and less headaches.

salons,”along with a simple pricing structure, was our answer to the problem.

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My own salon professional, who worked in a traditional salon at the time, was frustrated with the industry. She shared several stories of what she did and did not like about her career and it got me thinking of how things could be different. She was looking for stability, less drama and a place to call her own. I called my cousin and now business partner, Mark Abbett, to share these thoughts and it led us on a nearly one year journey where we traveled and researched salons and salon professionals across the country. Creating high energy, contemporary space and dividing it into individual studios or “mini

Freedom, no drama and peace of mind. Our salon professionals let us worry about all the hassles that normally come with owning your own business and we let them do what they love. We often say that they get to have all the fun while we work tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure that both our salon professionals and their customers have a great experience. The fact that we divide the space into individual studios also allows each salon professional to be as social or non social as they choose simply by sliding their studio doors open or closed throughout the day. Last, they have the peace of mind that we aren’t going anywhere. We have made

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significant investments and signed long term leases at each of our locations. We are going to be around for a very very long time.

5 Why did you chose Boca Raton for your 10th Florida location?   We see Boca Raton as a flagship market. To be in the same market as such incredible brands as the Waldorf Astoria or the Mandarin Oriental is very exciting for us. We have actually been looking at the Boca market for the last 4 years but we refused to commit until we found the perfect location that offers convenience, great exposure, and plenty of parking. We are excited that our patience has paid off and that we didn’t have to sacrifice any of our requirements as we are located right off of Federal Highway and in the heart of downtown Boca.  www.istudiosalons.com

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Staff report TransUnion’s Boca Raton office is growing. The company recently underwent a complete renovation of its 55,000-square-foot space. It has an open floor plan, high tech conferencing capabilities, game room, massage chairs and convertible work stations where employees can sit or stand. The data company, which went public two years ago, is also poised to expand in its number of employees. On a recent “business appreciation tour” president of TransUnion’s specialized risk group Tim Martin told Mayor Susan Haynie, Councilman Robert Weinroth and economic development manager Jessica Del Vecchio that the Boca location started with 100 employees and now is at 220. He said

they expect to employ 250 people by the end of the year. Martin said the company is very committed to being in Boca Raton. It has had a presence in South Florida since 2013. TransUnion uses a database that combines public records with algorithms to find out information about people. Hundreds of law enforcement agencies utilize the system to find information on suspects, witnesses and verify identities of people. TransUnion also houses nonprofit Child Rescue Coalition in its space. The nonprofit is also data driven and uses its technology to help law enforcement track, arrest and prosecute offenders who use the internet to harm children. The coalition offers its services to law enforcement agencies for free on an international basis.


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Fertilizing Delray: Susan Schiff By: Limor Ben Ari of People of Delray Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers Originally from Long Island, NY., Dr. Susan Schiff has been a resident of Delray Beach for 20 years. She is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and FABORM certified which means she is a specialist in the field of Reproductive Medicine and women’s health. Her downtown practice, of 20 years, has always been on SE 4th Ave which is now the up and coming SOFA district. Her passion and mission is educating and helping women through their reproductive and fertility challenges. Dr. Schiff was originally a journalism major studying marketing and advertising. She worked for the largest printer in Gainesville to support herself through college and worked in the printing industry in Manhattan for several years afterwards. Through those years, she painfully struggled with stage four endometriosis. Western medicine failed to manage the pain and growth of the pelvic adhesions. Chinese medicine was a last resort, as it is for many patients that come to see her. She was treated by Chinese medicine physicians for several months and experienced relief as she never had before.   Acupuncture, Chinese herbs and food therapy changed her health and this is how her mission began. “I believe that everyone has a purpose in this world. I discovered mine early. As soon as I experienced the benefits of Chinese medicine I knew that it was my purpose to study it and use it to help others,” she said. Dr. Schiff began her education in Chinese medicine in New York. She transferred to South Florida to complete her studies. She did an externship in Harbin, China and has been studying with masters all over the US and Canada for the past 20 years. Every patient is treated individually based on their presentation. This is the biggest difference between Chinese medicine and Western medicine. It’s also one of the key reasons her patients have great outcomes. Dr. Schiff love golf and sunshine, and therefore chose to live in Delray Beach.

“When I received my DOM degree there weren’t any Chinese medical practices back then,” she said. “I had no place to work, so I had to open a practice myself. I originally had a practice down south in Plantation and as Delray Beach grew I made it my permanent practice home.” Her office walls are full of art, awards and certifications, some in a foreign language. One particular painting, a woman with an injured womb, reminds her every day of what her patients are struggling with – the desire to conceive and create life. Around her office, you’ll also see pictures of her son. Tiger is 9 1/2 years old. He is of Puerto Rican and African American descent. The sparkle in his eye and the brightness of his smile light up the room. Susan adopted him with her partner of 20 years when he was 5 days old. Adopting a child as a gay couple was a challenging journey. “Adoption was always on my radar” says Dr. Schiff.  “The older I got the more I felt a responsibility as a citizen of the human race to take care of a child that needed a parent.  If not me, then who?” “Fortunately for us, Tiger fell into our lap” she says. It’s like a singer that is an overnight sensation after years of working gigs all over the country. That one night the right producer is listening and it’s a hit. “That’s how Tiger came to us.  Right timing is everything. We looked into fostering prior to Tiger.  Gay couples couldn’t legally adopt back then. Then I got a call from my friend, a fertility doctor. He called us after the adoptive parents backed out of an adoption at the last minute. It was 7:30 a.m. My partner and I had just taken a walk on the beach, and I remember telling her ‘This is it. This is our son’. My partner was on board. She knew that at the end of my days, when I’d be sitting in my rocking chair, that this would be the one thing in the way of me living my life of no regrets. I had to adopt Tiger as a single mother, and as the laws evolved we were able to legally carry out a second parent adoption.”

They never looked back. The process unfolded quickly and four days later they brought Tiger home. They had no car seat or crib and had nothing to support a baby’s needs. Dr. Schiff explains “we left in the morning to bring Tiger home and the whole community came together for us. It was amazing. Our house was full of gifts from friends, patients, and coworkers. The most memorable gift was breast milk from one of my patients. She gave birth to healthy twins around the same time and provided me with her breast milk for over eight months”. Tiger is named after Tiger Woods. Her passion for golf is huge. Her respect and admiration for all that Tiger brought to the game she loves made it an easy pick. Tiger was bi-racial, and he was a game changer on many levels (from course design, to race erasing, to complete perception of the game). He transformed it to an exciting sport. Most importantly he was extremely close with his parents. As a family, they have been on many adventures. They’ve travelled throughout the United States, as well as other countries such as the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, India and South Africa. They are on deck for Cuba in the spring. She pulled out a picture of their recent mountain repelling journey down Table Mountain in Cape Town South Africa. Her son was all smiles. Tiger is into skateboarding and surfing. He is an active and social kid. Susan is Jewish by tradition. She recalls that right before getting the news that Tiger was hers that she went to speak at a lecture with Rabbis and their wives. “They were so smart! They knew so much about Chinese medicine, the universe and life. Rabbis are scholars. Wonderful learning happened on both sides of this exchange.  I felt very enlightened after that conference. The call from my attorney came on my drive home that evening -  Tiger was mine!” You won’t see pictures on her walls of the countless babies that are here because of her expertise and knowledge of fertility.

“Baby pictures can be upsetting and sad for the women I work with. Seeing pictures of babies during their challenging process of trying to get pregnant can be upsetting.” In her closed cabinet behind her desk she keeps a binder full of ‘thank you’ letters and birth announcements.  In those moments that a patient suffers a loss or at the end of a rough week she finds encouragement and faith in the privacy of her office spending time with this binder. “Fertility work is not for the faint of heart.  The roller coaster of emotions and patient relationships are filled with highs and lows. It’s a ride worth taking, but not for everyone” she says. She notes that each couple she works with has three stories: his, hers and their story together. “One of the real challenges around fertility is awareness.  Forty percent of the time the problem is with the man, 40 percent of the time it is with the woman. The remaining 20 percent is a combination of both. Historically the majority of the patients coming to her were women.  Rarely would a male come in for treatment. But times are changing and now we have more men than in years past. It’s still female dominated, but changing. There is so much we can do to help male factor subfertility.” Her success rate currently stands at around 75 percent. Susan is currently writing a book about fertility. It’s not a technical book about how to get pregnant. There’s enough of that. It is a giving book. A book of hope and inspiration, sharing real life stories.” Dr. Schiff is expressive about the following.... “All of us, every single one of us, is here for a reason. We have an inherent gift or gifts to share with the world. We get to discover our gifts, hone them and share them in the world. This is the core of fulfilling our sacred contracts.”


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Power stretching studio expands to Delray Beach Staff report Hakika DuBose, Kika, started dancing “late in life.” In order for the 13-year-old to keep up with her competition, she said she devised her own stretches to be as flexible as other dancers. “I was obsessed with stretching and becoming flexible,” she said. Now, she is sharing her self-named Kika Method in studios in New Jersey, New York and Delray Beach. “I was either going to go back to grad school or start a business,” she said. She had stopped dancing and knew if she didn’t keep up with her stretching that her flexibility would deteriorate. So, she created more stretches to maintain her flexibility and the Kika Method was born. She opened her first stretching studio in Montclair, NJ in 2011. Three years later a second location in Westfield, NJ

followed. New York came a year ago. Two of her clients at Westfield partnered with her and they opened the Delray location. Now she has four studios and a spa that offer her services. She said clients can expect a personalized routine. “It’s not a generic stretching routine,” she said. “We sit down with client on first visit and devise a plan based on their injuries, what’s bothering them and their goals.” Typically, she said people express that they have a nagging pain or something they have been dealign with their entire lives. When they come to the studio to stretch, often it is just tension, she said. Sessions offered last either 45 minutes or an hour. She said a lot of golfers come to receive help with their swing and runners come in to learn how to recover faster. “The No. 1 thing is back pain relief,” she said. “We use pillows that help stretch your back so your back is getting relief when you are just lying on the mat.”

Over the years she said she has developed stretches that help the client. “When I started originally with a series of stretches, it was based on my own experiences,” she said. “Now, stretches are devised based on the clients’ wants and needs.” She said clients are given their “stretch age,” which tells them how old they are based on a chart. “We help release tension to have a better measurement,” she said. “We really hone in on the individual.”

FAU Tech Runway appoints Cross Country Healthcare to partner with chairman of advisory board Broward College to invest in the future of nursing Staff report

nicians that will be ready to treat patients with quality care.

Donald Kiselewski was recently appointed as chairman to the Florida Atlantic University’s Tech Runway advisory board.

“Cross Country Healthcare is proud to invest in the future of healthcare here in our own South Florida community. Broward College is an amazing institute for higher learning that focuses on student success by developing informed and creative individuals capable of contributing to a knowledge- and service-based global society,” said William J. Grubbs, President & Chief Executive Officer of Cross Country Healthcare. “We believe that this partnership is another way for us to further develop the healthcare community and ultimately improve patient care.”

Kiselewski is currently the senior director of external affairs for Florida Power & Light Company (FPL), the largest rate-regulated electric utility in Florida. Prior to joining FPL, he served as a congressional chief of staff and was a 14-year employee of the U.S. House of Representatives. Kiselewski earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Florida Atlantic University and a bachelor’s degree from Emory University. “We are thrilled that Don Kiselewski has agreed to serve as chairman of the FAU Tech Runway advisory board,” said Rhys Williams, managing director of FAU Tech Runway and associate vice president within FAU’s Division of Research. “He is widely recognized as an accomplished civic leader with an impressive track record of driving institutions to new and greater heights. In a relatively short period of time, Don has already made a significantly positive impact upon our board and FAU Tech Runway.”

Cross Country Healthcare to invest $1 million over 10 years in Broward College’s nursing program. Photo courtesy of Ros Serrano Photography.

Staff report Boca Raton-based Cross Country Healthcare, a provider of innovative healthcare workforce solutions and staffing services, will provide funding to support the Broward College nursing program and its Health Sciences Simulation (SIM) Center. Cross Country Healthcare will commit $1 million over a period of ten years through an educational partnership with the intent to cultivate a future of strong, highly skilled cli-

Some of the initiatives planned include: Creation of the Cross Country Healthcare Critical Care Lab within the Broward College SIM Center; Development of curriculum and the offering of advanced, customized, and/or specialty training for the company and their employees; Sponsorship of nursing programs and activities through the College; And establishment of scholarships.

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Abbey Delray to undergo multi-million dollar renovation Staff report Abbey Delray is about to undergo a $31.5

and features 350 residential living apart-

million makeover that will expand and

ment homes and villas, and a variety of

redevelop the senior living community.

services and amenities. The community

The plan includes adding a new assisted living and memory care building, fitness center, spa, a new restaurant and redesigned exterior features. Construction is scheduled to being toward the end of the year. Abbey Delray, 2000 Lowson Blvd., is currently home to more than 400 residents,

also provides short term rehabilitation and skilled long term nursing services on campus as part of its Life Care plan. The expansion will add a new building with an additional 48 assisted living apartments and 30 memory support suites. “For nearly 40 years, our community has evolved to meet the needs of seniors, and

this redevelopment project reflects the

sign with private courtyards and attrac-

desires of older adults today and in years

tive views of the Delray Beach commu-

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nity. Other improvements will include a

director of Abbey Delray. “As a Life Care

newly renovated dining room with ex-

community, we provide our residents

panded dining options, and an enlarged

with a continuum of health care services, as well as rehab services and accommodations for older adults in the surrounding area. This expansion and renovation is a top priority to serve the area’s seniors with state-of-the-art living options.” The existing commons area will also be renovated, featuring a new modern de-

meeting space will provide more room for educational events. “It’s very rewarding to be part of an organization that is committed to providing an engaging lifestyle and quality services for seniors,” said Kevin Knopf, regional director of operations for Lifespace Communities, Inc., Abbey Delray’s parent company. “Lifespace is dedicated to building upon the resident experience, reinvesting in its communities and being a good neighbor in the greater Delray Beach area. And I’m excited to continue this tradition with an expansion that will give residents yet another reason to enjoy living at Abbey Delray.” More information about Abbey Delray is

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What’s up the in real estate market… Joining the recently opened Bolay, a gluten free buildyour-own healthy bowl restaurant featuring nutrient dense super foods, seared proteins, infused teas, and cold pressed juices, which signed a 10-year lease for 2,650 square feet and opened late January 2017 are several other new businesses:

Congress Office Park leasing Cushman & Wakefield were selected by ICM Realty Group as the exclusive leasing advisor for Congress Office Park. Congress Office Park is a three-story suburban office building featuring below-grade executive parking, ample surface parking, outdoor patio seating and lake and golf course views. The recently renovated office building is also approved for medical use. Managing Director John K. Criddle and Senior Associate Joseph J. Freitas were selected to lease the 54,006-squarefoot building by owner ICM Realty Group, which acquired the asset in 2014.

• Tipsy SalonBar signed a 10-year lease for approximately 2,800 square feet and will be opening around the corner from Bolay in Winter 2017. Using exclusive organic nail and spa products, Tipsy offers facials, manicures, pedicures, hair salon services and other spa services in an environment that delights your body, mind and spirit. • Freshii, a Canadian fast-casual chain helping people live better by making healthy food convenient and affordable, recently opened their 1,200-square-foot restaurant. Freshii serves soups, wraps, burritos, salads and frozen yogurt. • Soon you’ll be able to get warm, made to order donuts along with premium roasted coffee from Duck Donuts, who signed a 10-year lease for 1,163 square and is set to open by Winter 2017. For more information, visit the Polo Club Shoppes website at www.poloclub-shoppes.com

“Congress Office Park provides prospective tenants the opportunity to position their operations in a premier building and location minutes from the exciting downtown of Delray Beach,” Criddles said. “This recently renovated asset offers unique, high-end finishes and a centralized location offering exceptional access to Palm Beach County and beyond.”

The buildings are located on an 18.85-acre site at 1800, 1900, 2000 and 2100 Corporate Drive. This location is strategically located at Interstate 95’s Woolbright Road interchange (Exit 56). Cushman & Wakefield began leasing the building in 2008 and has pushed occupancy from a low of 60 percent to 100 percent. Tenants in the building include  Quantachrome Instruments, Pepperidge Farm, Grafton Private Label Cosmetics, Innovative Window Concepts and AP+M. Baker Distributing leased the final 16,474 square feet in Building One at 1800 Corporate Drive. The company’s new space features 24-foot clear heights, 2,400 square feet of office space, three dock-high-doors, one oversized ramp and an ESFR (Early Suppression, Fast Response) fire safety system. Founded in 1945, Jacksonville, FL-based Baker Distributing Company sells and distributes HVAC, refrigeration and food service equipment for residential, commercial and marine applications. The company has over 200 locations in 22 states. This will be Baker Distributing Company’s fifth sales center in South Florida, where it operates existing branches in West Palm Beach, Riviera Beach, Pompano Beach and Doral.

The building is currently 95 percent occupied with a $16 NNN lease rate and full-service operating expenses of $10 per square foot. Congress Office Park is located at 220 Congress Park Drive. It is a short walk from the Tri-Rail and Amtrak station and is surrounded by multifamily communities.

Cushman & Wakefield brings Boynton Commerce Center to full occupancy Christopher Thomson, Chris Metzger, Richard F. Etner Jr. and Matthew McAllister Negotiated a ±16,500-SquareFoot Lease With Baker Distributing Company Cushman & Wakefield has negotiated a 16,474-squarefoot industrial lease with Baker Distributing Company at Boynton Commerce Center, bringing the 295,597-square-foot warehouse and distribution campus to full occupancy.

Polo Club Shoppes gains new tenants The Polo Club Shoppes, 5030 Champion Blvd, is a 128,104 square-foot shopping center located in Boca Raton, Florida. Anchored by Publix and other stores like Pet Supermarket, Hair Cuttery, Phenix Salon Suites, GNC and Subway, the shops are adding new tenants this summer.

Executive Director Christopher Thomson, Executive Director  Chris Metzger, Executive Director  Richard F. Etner Jr. and Director Matthew G. McAllister represented Principal Real Estate Investors in the transaction. Boynton Commerce Center is a four-building warehouse and distribution campus developed between 1984 and 2000. The single-story buildings were renovated in 2009 and offer 18- to 24-foot clear heights, a mix of dock-high and grade-level doors, punch-outs for additional doors, an ESFR (Early Suppression, Fast Response) fire safety system, built-to-suit space and parking.

Delray-based mortgage bankers arrange JV equity Craig Romer and Chris Romer of Delray Beach-based Dockerty Romer & Co. have arranged JV Equity in the amount of $7,400,000 on behalf of their client, Meridian Development Group, for the acquisition of an office park located in Tampa. The property, known as Beaumont Business Center is an 11-building, 252,235 square-foot office park, located adjacent to the Veterans Expressway at the Hillsborough Avenue exit. Meridian Development Group will make about $7 million in building improvements and rebrand the center as Meridian 589. Meridian acquired the 20-acre property from Lone Star Real Estate Fund for $18.5 million. “Meridian was highly focused and professional in all areas of this transaction.” Romeo said. “This asset will be a great addition to Meridian’s portfolio which already has holdings both in the Northwest Hillsborough submarket and the larger Tampa MSA.”


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Success in real estate - Is it all about the price? is not nearly as volatile as stocks, but not as liquid either. There are certain risks involved with any type of investment, but real estate is certainly something you can sink your teeth into and be financially successful at if you’re willing to get real about how you buy and sell.  Things are stabilizing and you have to be in front of the trends to really benefit from them.

By: Jessica Rosato, Luxury Broker Associate Nestler Poletto Sotheby’s International Realty Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers are great opportunities out there for buyers even with increasing interest rates. If you compare 2015/2016 to 2017, and look at the visual statistics and numbers to further verify, active properties on the market are high compared to those that are under contract or have sold. For instance, in January of this year we had nearly triple the amount of condos (in specific areas) actively for sale over last year at the same time. 

As we navigate the 2017 real estate market here in Palm Beach County, it seems that having your home competitively priced is becoming more and more tied to desired results—or has it always been that price is really the underlying defining factor to success in real estate? With inventory build-up, it seems that we are moving into a buyer’s market. There

Pricing your home competitively and realistically within the marketplace, and knowing ultimately that the market will dictate what your home will sell for, have always been good practices, and now, more than ever, price is a looming factor. Buyers are savvy and not interested in overpaying for anything, frankly. What a seller wants versus what a seller will get can be very different, and wasting time by testing the market might only prove to hurt the seller in the long run as their home sits while others sell.   Sellers must also be willing to make certain adjustments to take their home from a level 6 to a top 10. Often, staging

is a must to get a home sold, while other times renting a storage unit and voiding the home of all furniture is the preferred option to insure the sale. It’s a team effort and trusting your real estate professional is a must. I can say confidently that sellers’ expectations are too high right now, and with homes over the $500,000 mark, you’ve got to be priced right to get the deal done.  But however you slice it, and however you price it, being a major player in the real estate industry has many positives.  Investing in real estate has always had many benefits, and it still does. From creating income to offering attractive tax advantages to providing an asset that is not aligned with stocks, it’s one of the few ways one can really create wealth (as opposed to investing in the stock market or owning your own business).  Real estate

Create a home office

Last month we talked about paper; what to file, shred, or recycle. If you need details please go back to my article, “Paper, It’s Complicated.” At your home office desk, you’ll need a place for daily incoming mail near to where you pay bills and respond to correspondences. Once a week, sort your mail into the following nine categories: Catalogues: Please recycle those you are not using. If you want to stop receiving them, contact the company through their toll free number.  Junk Mail: set aside anything with your name for shredding. Recycle the rest.  Bills: open, note the due date and mark it on the front, setting all bills in due date

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By: Cheryl Adelman Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers Turn your desk into a home office. Make it a convenient, comfortable, even a beautiful space, where you’ll be able to organize everything you need to run your home smoothly. If possible, don’t mix your business desk with your home desk. 

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Sub Sub categories; orthodontist, dentist, pediatrician, etc.

Contributions: open and recycle everything you won’t need.

And don’t forget to label everything clearly.

Time Sensitive: Invitations, events... Purge and file into Take Action file, To Read, To File or Take Action (Time Sensitive)

When you are conceptualizing your office, consider what you’ll need; furniture, electronics and their supplies, lighting, filing supplies, mail system and office supplies.

Magazines: If you’re not getting to them, end those subscriptions. Contacts: business cards, return addresses, appointment reminder cards Yes, that is 11 baskets, or boxes, or shelves, or drawers, or files, or likely a combination thereof. And have a separate box for current owner manuals. Set up trash, recycling and shredding con-

tainers close by. Now that your mail station is set up, it’s easy to drop your mail daily in its place,  then sort and take action once a week.  When you make time to read, be sure to purge as you do.   Efficient and expedient filing can be easy when you use the system of General Category, Subcategory, Sub Sub Category. Examples:  General Category; Utilities 2017 Sub category; Electric Sub sub category; April bill or

You can chose items that are colorful or basic. It’s your own style. And keep your desktop uncluttered. Remember, copy machines do not have to sit on your desk taking up valuable space.   Simple daily maintenance will go a long way in saving you time in the long run. Now that there is a place for everything, make it a habit, at the end of your session to recycle, trash, file, and remove. It only takes a few minutes. Cheryl Adelman is a Home Organizing Coach, Owner of Organize In a Day™. organizeinaday.com 609-287-3119. She also loves to write about and gives entertaining talks about organizing.


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HOMEWOOD PARK SHORES AT BOCA RATON $575,000 - Brand new/ Never been lived in! 4 Br/3ba $585,000 - This expansive home has Orchids and fruit w/ Expansive backyard with plenty of room for a POOL trees throughout the property. The private and a great entertainment area. Open floor plan is an garden/courtyard for entertainment. The Guest entertainers delight. Come and enjoy a maintenance House/Casita is a charmer and easy access to pool. Public free lifestyle with ZERO HOA fees in Delray Beach.   spaces open to the courtyard. Irrigation is supplied through ID#10310754 the lake. ID#10323605

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CANYON TRAILS $415,000 - This 4br/3ba home is the epitome of move in ready! Shows like a model home & so easy to picture yourself living here. Community feats tons of activities for kids & adults. The clubhouse has a gym, arcade, indoor b-ball court and Kids Center, kiddie playground water park and even a covered playground. Close to schools, shopping, movie theater & bowling alley. ID#10306910

BRISTOL POINTE SEASIDE ENCLAVE $949,900 - Beautiful Extended Contessa in Bristol Pointe! $1,299,000 - Coastal inspired 2 bedroom + den Fab floor plan with 5000 +sq. ft. including interchangeable townhouse located in charming sea side enclave. rooms on first and second floors. Master Suite boasts sitting Artisan elements throughout including idyllic garden area, expanded master bath as well as his/hers ''California'' courtyard with heated dipping pool and waterfall, all closets. Enjoy the beautiful gourmet kit w/ top of line just a few steps from your private beach. stainless steel appliances, as well as an outdoor kitchen with ID#10274066 all amenities perfect for entertaining. ID#10322422

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OCEAN RIDGE This charming OCEANFRONT home with 6700 sq. ft. under A/C encompasses LR, FR, DR, four bdrms/four and half baths on main level and three bdrms, two baths, new second kitchen on lower level. $4.999M ID#10196389

HIGH POINT WEST Great 2bed/2 bath furnished corner unit with lots of light. Community has an ideal location near shopping, restaurants, hospital, the intracoastal, and just one mile to the beach. $66,500 ID#10305340

OCEAN RIDGE YACHT CLUB Location! Location! Location! This Mediterranean style 3 story DIRECT INTRACOASTAL town home with 4 Bdrms/4.1 baths is located in prestigious Ocean Ridge. $1.698M ID#10270461

WATERSIDE Enjoy your PRIVATE BOAT DOCK and PRIVATE POOL from this fabulous WATERFRONT townhome. 3 bedroom / 2.5 bathrooms, 2 car garage plus storage room. $415,000 ID#10278466

MIZNER COUNTRY CLUB Luxury estate home on 18th hole of Toll Brother's community with new Golf Course. Spacious 5 BR's and 8 bath total features 2 Master BR's and lux spa baths. $1.375M ID#10211822

COASTAL HOUSE Enjoy year round luxury lifestyle in the Coastal House condominium; one of the few examples of Modern architecture in the area. Gorgeous sunrise and sunset views from this 7th floor suite's East and North (2) balconies. $469,000 ID#10296350

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New community planned for former golf course Staff report A new active-adult community is headed to Boca Lago Country Club. PulteGroup has plans to build 130 homes for those 55-and-up inside the retirement community. The national homebuilder paid $8.3 million for the land, which is located off Lyons Road just south of Glades Road. The neighborhood will be called Boca Flores and will feature 130 two-story carriage homes with two-car garages and elevators and one-story villas. Homes at Boca Flores will range from 1,542 to 2,399 square feet. Amenities include a social membership with tennis privileges at

Boca Lago Country Club, a resort pool, cabana, pickle ball court, passive park

and walking trail. The community is gated with on-site security present.

Prices start in the high $300,000s. “Boca Flores is a response to the tremendous demand for active adult homes in close proximity to beaches, world-class dining and shopping,” said Brent Baker, PulteGroup’s southeast Florida division president. “The access to the Boca Lago Country Club also adds significant value for this particular buyer segment.” The project will be built on a portion of the Boca Lago golf course that was previously closed by the club. Pulte is slated to launch sales in August 2017. Model homes are expected to open during the first quarter of 2018. For more information on Boca Flores, visit www.pulte.com/bocaflores


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Mirimichi Green Express presents Broken Sound Club with Inaugural Mirimichi Green Sustainable Program Member Award Staff report Boca Raton’s Broken Sound Club has been recognized for its green efforts again. Mirimichi Green Express, co-owned by Justin Timberlake and Russ Britton, recognized Broken Sound Club for its commitment in sustainability stewardship and strides with its inaugural Mirimichi Green Sustainable Program Member Award.

leading golf course sustainability using Mirimichi’s products. The Club uses Mirimichi soil, organic weed control and granular fertilizers that utilize bio-activated carbon, inoculated with high-nutrient organics that are designed for professionals who are committed to sustainable practices.

In honor of Broken Sound Club’s eco-leadership, Mirimichi announced its donation of 1,600 pounds of Mirimichi Green’s environmentally driven CarbonizPN and four cases Liquid Release soil products to City of Boca Raton for use as it deems for its public green spaces.

“Broken Sound Club is taking the golf industry in the right direction and exemplifying how natural and sustainable products can work better than the harsh alternatives,” Britton said. “We thank Broken Sound Club for including Mirimichi Green products in their efforts. Keeping the environment as a priority in any maintenance program is what we are all about and that is why we, at Mirimichi Green, would have presented this award.”

According to Mirimichi Green Chief Executive Officer Russ Britton, the club was selected as the company’s first award recipient because it serves as a defining “best practice” example of all that is dynamic and beneficial about

While there are carbon products on the market, BSC Director of Golf Maintenance Shannon Easter says the Mirimichi products feature a higher-quality, much cleaner and porous carbon that holds water, air and nutrients

Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie, John Crean, Shannon Easter, Russ Britton, Michael Bright. Submitted photo.

that are effectively absorbed by our plants. “We have not only found Mirimichi’s products to be of superior quality and benefit, but also they are affordably priced to support large golf course budgets, which in Broken Sound Club’s case annually supports more than 250 acres of club greens and landscaping.”

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Redevelopment project on Swinton Avenue begins making its way through city boards Staff report Some call it the project that will bridge east and west downtown Delray. Others say it is too dense for a historic district of the city. Residents recently received a glimpse of Delray Beachbased developer Hudson Holdings’ plans for a redevelopment project that has gone by the names Swinton Commons, Midtown Delray and previously Sundy Lane. The project was discussed several months ago where Hudson Holdings principal Steve Michael asked for feedback on the project from the city’s historic preservation board. He said during a recent Community Redevelopment Agency meeting that he has addressed some of the concerns that were raised. The biggest concern expressed from city board members and residents were plans to relocate several historic structures. The project involves the redevelopment of more than 6 acres that stretch from Atlantic Avenue to the north, Southwest First Avenue to the west, Southeast First Avenue to the east and includes properties along the south side of Southeast and Southwest First Streets. The location is one of the city’s historically significant downtown areas, the Old School Square Historic District. The project plans to add a 110-room hotel, residential inns with two and three bedrooms, restaurants, boutiques, offices underground parking, a pedestrian streetscape and an adaptive re-use of several historic buildings like the Cath-

cart House and Rectory building. Developers say now they don’t plan on relocating as many structures as previously proposed and they will remain on the current block where they are located and not moved to another area. The development team estimates the project will create nearly 1,700 jobs during construction, provide 400 fulltime, permanent jobs, generate $6.4 million in sales tax and increase property revenue in the area to $2.5 million. The project will eliminate the check cashing store and surface parking lots and through the proposed underground parking, developers say they will triple the amount of parking currently available. The developers also say they think the project will be a catalyst for additional private investment in the area, specifically when it comes to historic preservation. To help, the developer proposes creating a “Future Grant Fund,” which will financially assist homeowners who own contributing historic structures in the West Atlantic districts like Frog Alley, west Settlers Historic District and Old School Square Historic District with restorations and improvements. The developer said it would initially fund $100,000. Additionally, the developers also said they want to install historic markers at historic buildings to help educate the significance of the structures. During construction, the developers said they want to prepare an inventory of salvable historic materials and use them in new or relocated structures. Materials will be stored for 10 years for future reuse.

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Renderings of the proposed Midtown Delray project. Submitted photo.

Despite changing how many historic structures will be moved, residents still expressed concerns about the project. “History happens where it happens,” resident Claudia Willis said about the historic structures. Chairman of the agency board Reggie Cox said the concerns he heard from residents are not new. The board decided it was too premature to make any formal decision on the project. The developers will continue making presentations to city advisory boards and wait to receive a technical review from city staff. The project has been in the works for several years. In 2014, Hudson Holdings requested the city broaden its rules on what can be built in the historic district as a way to breathe new life into the neighborhood. The request narrowly passed in a 3-2 vote with Mayor Cary Glickstein and Commissioner Shelly Petrolia casting the dissenting votes.

Delray Beach street receives dual name Staff report Part of Southwest Sixth Avenue in Delray Beach will also be known as “James Lamar Shuler Avenue.” Delray commissioners agreed to give the avenue from West Atlantic Avenue to Southwest 10th Street a dual-name at a recent city meeting. “This is a very proud, humble moment for me and my family,” Shuler’s widow, Barbara Shuler said. “He served his community well.” Shuler, who died in 2006, was born in Delray and grew up on Frog Alley. He attended S.D. Spady Elementary School and graduated from Atlantic High School in 1971. He received a degree from Miami-Dade Community College in 1976 with a degree in Mortuary Science, and became a Licensed Funeral Director in 1977.

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He operated Shuler’s Memorial Chapel, which was located at 606 West Atlantic Avenue from May 26, 1985 until his death on Oct. 1, 2006. The chapel operated for another decade.

Shuler served as chairman of the Delray Beach CRA, Chairman of the West Atlantic Redevelopment Coalition, Inc., was a member of the Visions 2000 Committee for Delray Beach, and was a devoted member of Saint Paul AME Church. “I was so impressed with how he engaged people,” Mayor Cary Glickstein said. “He was a natural leader. When we do things like this it prompts questions from people like, ‘Who was that?’ hopefully there are still people around who can explain who the person was and what they meant to the city.” But the decision came after Commissioner Shelly Petrolia raised concerns about the city’s rules on renaming streets. She said she found a policy set in 1994 that states the city doesn’t name or dual name city streets. “We have not altered that policy,” she said. “We don’t have a policy on what it takes to name a street after a person.” Commissioners agreed to the dual name this time, but said they will not consider any more naming until they decide on a city policy.


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Ask an expert: About your condo, HOA rules By: Attorney Steven J. Adamczyk, a shareholder at Goede, Adamczyk, DeBoest & Cross Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers Q. I live in a gated community that has a golf course. The homeowners association (HOA) and the golf course are separate entities.  As a member of the HOA, I am not required to be a member of the golf club but rather it is voluntary.   The HOA board wants to make it mandatory that all HOA members be members of the golf club.  Can the board do that? G.B., Boca Raton A. Section 720.31(6), Florida Statutes (the HOA Act) provides that: An association may enter into agreements to acquire leaseholds, memberships, and other possessory or use interests in lands or facilities, including, but not limited to, country clubs, golf courses, marinas, submerged land, parking areas, conservation areas, and other recreational facilities. An association may enter into such agreements regardless of whether the lands or facilities are contiguous to the lands of the community or whether such lands or facilities are intended to provide enjoyment, recreation, or other use or benefit to the owners. All leaseholds, memberships, and other possessory or use interests existing or created at the time of recording the declaration must be stated and fully described in the declaration. Subsequent to recording the declaration, agreements acquiring leaseholds, memberships, or other possessory or use interests not entered into within 12 months after recording the declaration may be entered into only if authorized by the declaration as a material alteration or substantial addition to the common areas or association property. If the declaration is silent, any such transaction requires the approval of 75 percent of the total voting interests of the association. The declaration may provide that the rental, membership fees, operations, replacements, or other expenses are common expenses; impose covenants and restrictions concerning their use; and contain other provisions not inconsistent with this subsection. An association exercising its rights under this subsection may join with other associations that are part of the same development or with a master association responsible for the enforcement of shared covenants, conditions, and restrictions in carrying out the

intent of this subsection. This subsection is intended to clarify law in existence before July 1, 2010. So, you first need to check the governing documents to see if this type of arrangement is authorized. If so that procedure would need to be followed.  If the HOA Declaration is silent then 75 percent of the HOA members would need to vote in favor of joining the golf club. Q. We have a small five-unit condominium.  Three of the owners serve on the board. One of the owners regularly violates the rules.  The board would like to levy a fine against the person.  However, we can’t create a fining committee as there is only one owner available to serve on the committee.  What do we do? J.C., Boca Raton A.nThe Condominium Act provides that after the board levies the fine the violator must be given an opportunity for an appeal-like hearing.  The hearing must be held before a committee of other unit owners who are neither board members nor persons residing in a board member’s household.  The plural use of the word owners indicates that the committee must be made up of more than one owner. So, in your case, there is only one other owner eligible to serve on the committee and that is insufficient to comply with the law. So unfortunately, I think you are stuck and basically cannot fine the owner. The law also allows the suspension of use rights for rule violations as well but the committee must also approve the suspension. So that enforcement tool would also be unavailable in your case. As such, the board should consider other remedies such as filing for arbitration with the Division of Condominiums. Attorney Steven J. Adamczyk is a shareholder at the law firm of Goede, Adamczyk, DeBoest & Cross.  Visit the website at  www.gadclaw.com  or ask questions about your issues for future columns by sending an inquiry to: info@ gadclaw.com Goede, Adamczyk, DeBoest & Cross is a full-service law firm with a focus on condominium and homeowner associa-

tion law, real estate law, litigation, estate planning and business law. With offices in Naples, Fort Myers, Coral Gables and Boca Raton, the firm represents community associations throughout Florida. 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 be-

tween 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.


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Atlantic Crossing settlement agreement approved By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor Atlantic Crossing is another step closer to reality. Delray Beach commissioners unanimously signed off an amended settlement agreement that will end state and federal litigation between the city and the developers of the more than $200 million redevelopment project, Ohio-based Edwards Cos. The project plans to bring condos, offices, restaurants and shops to 9 acres of East Atlantic Ave. The project was approved in Jan. 2014 and has been in litigation for nearly two years. The developer alleged that the city delayed the project and sued for $40 million in damages. “The time has come to move forward with a settlement,” Mayor Cary Glickstein said before the vote. The settlement adds an east-west access road into the project from Federal Highway that many residents advocated for. Commissioners first agreed to a settlement proposed in March, but the developer wanted to see several minor changes. After a bit of negotiating, the settlement was agreed upon. “If we are negotiating there can’t be perfect for both sides,” Commissioner Mitch Katz said. “We are pretty close here. We all have concerns about this project. We all have concerns about the size. We all have concerns about the traffic. We all have concerns about the green space, but those are all decisions that have been made.” The agreement provides a timeline for funding and improvements the developer must make to the project. It also provides timelines for the city to comply with.

“While reaching settlement has been challenging, we’re eager to work with the City to get Atlantic Crossing underway, and finally bring the east end of Atlantic Avenue to life,” said Edwards Cos. COO Dean Kissos. “We’re excited to get the ball rolling and to work with the City to obtain final approvals as soon as possible. We look forward to having the settlement become final, enabling us to dismiss the state and federal lawsuits, assuming there are no third-party challenges to the agreement.” If the settlement is finalized, the proposed road and changes to accommodate it will have to go before the city’s site plan review and appearance board. If a resident or third party challenges the approval process moving forward, the proposed settlement is subject to going away, which would land the city and the developer back in the court room. While the agreement gives the city the requested road, some traffic calming measures for neighbors and ends litigation, the city lost out on some other terms like a once pledged $500,000 donation to Veterans Park by a former partner in the deal. The city also spent thousands on traffic engineers, who recommended against selecting the two-way road that commissioners ultimately supported. The idea of the road dates back to a previous version of the project, which included an east-west road link between two buildings in the project called Atlantic Court. That project was not officially adopted by the commission. The most recently approved project did not include the once-proposed road. City staff and the city’s site plan review and appearance board recommended keeping the project the same be-

cause adding a road could possibly create more traffic issues like accidents and gridlock. Commissioners still pressed the developers for the road. In an effort to satisfy the commission, the developers proposed two road options. The first option would add a two-way street in and out of the development. The second would add a one-way westbound road that connects Northeast Seventh Avenue to Northeast Sixth Avenue. Commissioners had agreed to go with the option recommended by an independent firm. Traffic engineering experts from Simmons & White stated the two-way street has the potential to create more accidents and congestion that spills out on Atlantic Avenue and the adjacent roadways. They recommended the one-way option, stating it increases the accessibility to the site, limits the amount of cars creating a back up on Atlantic Avenue and has less of an impact on surrounding neighborhoods, including the Marina Historic District. Despite the promise to go with what was recommended by the firm, the road was rebuffed by commissioners and a legal battle ensued. The road agreed upon in the settlement will be a two-way road.

Condominium associations, homeowners associations, what to look for 5. Try to get a copy of the last minutes of the meeting. Is the HOA being sued or is it suing someone else? Talk to some of the building owners and see how they feel about living there and the governing body. You should meet your neighbors prior to purchase if you can.

By: Karen Laurence Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers Miami Dade and Palm Beach Counties have some of the highest HOA fees in the country. The average is $415, which ranks these counties in Florida, fifth in the nation. Going to back to 2015, prior to the Housing Crisis, the average monthly fee was $215.00. HOA fees have outpaced the rise in Home values at 32 percent, while homes rose only 15 percent, in the last 10 years.

higher the fees. The larger the home and the luxury lifestyle offered means greater fees. This helps protect the quality of life in the community. They can restrict painting the color of your home to assessing you in addition to your monthly fees, for such repairs as the roof, or the repaving of a parking lot.

Home owners Associations and Condominium Owners Associations use this money to maintain the community’s common spaces, gym, pool, activity room, cable TV, landscaping, and sometimes master insurance, reserves and some utilities. They are usually mandatory and non-negotiable.

1. Learn the rules, which are often posted on line. Parking violations or fines and how the board governs. See if they fit with your personality as well as the amount of the fees. Are there pet restrictions and you have a dog? Is it the right breed and size?

The fees vary depending on the amount of amenities that are offered. Amenities for your lifestyle such as shuttle service to groceries, no lawn maintenance and doctor visits are some of the reasons people move to a home with an association. The older the building, often means the

6. Consider the catastrophe insurance that the HOA or COA has purchased and how does it pay out for a natural disaster?

What you need to know about associations:

2. Make sure that the HOA or COA has enough reserves so that purchasers coming into the property will not be restricted and that the association is solvent. That is why you need to review the budgets and reserves. How often do fees increase and how often? Reserves must be a certain percentage

in order for a purchaser to be able to obtain a loan. 3. Assess the environmental practices of the companies they use to fertilize and control pests. Do they agree with your environmental views? 4. How many renters do they have in relation to owners? What is the leasing policy? In case you wish to rent for part of the year when you are not using the home.

7. Consider how the fees that usually go up and assessments that can be levied, will affect your budget and if you are better off in a house. Home Owners or Condos Associations can be positive when it keeps your neighbor from painting their house purple or makes sure that you neighbor picks up after the dog. They can be negative if poorly run or too restrictive for your personality. Decide what is best for you. Karen Laurence is a sales associate with The Keyes Company. She is a Technical Real Estate Instructor, Real Estate Agent and Certified Luxury Agent.


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Home staging can help sell your home for more money By: Christel Silver Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers We all know how important it is to have your home clean, bright, and repaired of small and bigger issues and uncluttered before you try to sell it. Taking the extra step of staging your home might make the difference of selling faster and receiving a higher price for the home.  Wikipedia defines home staging as: “an act of preparing a private residence for sale in the real estate  marketplace. The goal of staging is to make a home appealing to the highest number of potential buyers, thereby selling a property more swiftly and for more money. Staging techniques focus on improving a property’s appeal by transforming it into a welcoming, attractive product that anyone might want. People usually use arts, painting, accessories, lights, greenery, and carpet to stage the home, to give potential buyers a more attractive first impression of the property.”  A house that “shows” well and is priced well will sell, and sell quickly. The first impressions count, even from the moment a potential buyer drives up to a house. When a house first goes on the market, it usually receives a lot of interest from real estate agents and the buying public.  Staging is very important for vacant houses as empty rooms actually make the space look smaller. It is more challenging to stage a home when the owner still resides in it, but an experienced stager can improve the house dramatically. One of the costliest mistakes made by home sellers is to ignore the visual psychology involved in gaining a buyer’s immediate attention. Potential buyers become interested in a property when they walk in and feel, “I could live here.” They imagine it as their home.    Your Home could be updated and in immaculate shape—you are proud of your Hummel collection. Each piece acquired over time has a special meaning, but to your buyer, it is a collection of your things, and it draws the attention away from the main event. Our homes are personal. The goal of staging is to make the home speak to everyone else, in an inviting and positive way. The best stagers will work with what you have, rearranging all of your belongings, in order to present the property in its best light. Sometimes this means moving some of those belongings into the garage.  So why can’t you stage yourself? Just move some items into your garage? Only a third party specialist can accomplish the goal to change your home into a neutral and appealing property. For sure the professional staging is an inconvenience for you. It can be upsetting to watch your life rearranged to suit the tastes of others.

But if selling your home in the shortest amount of time and for the most money is your goal, staging pays off. My own kitchen counter top is at this moment the permanent home to a toaster, a can opener, a coffee pot, a second coffee machine (Keurig), a butcher block of knives, a canister of utensils and spices, a basket of fruits, and some decorative china. This arrangement is functional for me, but to the buyer it might suggest a lack the cabinet space.  Home staging is effective because it is presenting a well cared for home with a positive first impression. It attracts the attention of the prospective  buyers. Many home staging companies offer a free estimate—the cost will vary on the size of the house.  You can always ask your Realtor® for a recommendation. About Christel Silver Christel Silver is a full time Broker/Owner of Silver International Realty servicing the East Coast of South Florida. In 1985 she was licensed in Maryland and Washington DC as a Realtor and later as a Certified Residential Appraiser and Associate Broker and has been in Florida since 2001. The National Association of Realtor’s (NAR) President appointed her (2010-2014) as the President’s Liaison to Germany, where she grew up and worked at the Justice Department for 17 years prior to coming to this country. The Germany Real Estate Organization (IVD) has an agreement with the NAR and she is an International member of this organization. Christel is a Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS), and a certified speaker teaching CIPS classes. Having been President for the Florida Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) Chapter, she is now serving as a Regional Vice President helping Chapters to grow, currently for Virginia, Central Virginia and Maryland. Fifty percent of her business is in the International arena. For more information visit www.silverhouses. com.


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Boca West Country Club opens new $50 million Golf and Activities Center Staff report

possible viewing of sporting events that feature every sports cable network.

flooring and decorative lighting including neon signs.

This side also leads you to a library and then activities ballroom that seats 500 and can be partitioned off for smaller events.

Prime Cut, the new signature restaurant, bar and lounge features custom banquette seating on a raised platform encircled by richly stained millwork panels and glass railings with satin nickel décor. A 70-foot long oval domed ceiling element adds architectural elegance, and opulent window treatments of luxurious fabric is offset with decorative hardware in acrylic and bronze. The adjacent lounge has a central bar, a baby grand piano, large wall-sized antique mirrors, custom carpeting and spectacular views of the emerald green Arnold Palmer golf course along with waterfalls.

Both the men and women locker rooms feature state-of-the-art stretching equipment and golf simulators. They also have high-coffered ceilings, full size solid wood lockers and seating areas.

Boca West Country Club has a new 153,00-square-foot clubhouse that focuses on golf, activities and dining. Built by Hedrick Brothers Construction, Inc., designed by Architectural Design and Planning Group with interiors done by Image Design, the $50 million center features restaurants, locker rooms and multi-purpose rooms. The “street” is lined up with individual uniquely themed storefronts reminiscent of an old neighborhood street in New York, each with fun, creative menu items.

“Our members are thrilled to add this spectacular new clubhouse to the one-ofa-kind amenities offered at Boca West,” said Jay DiPietro, CCM (Certified Club Manager), President and COO, Boca West Country Club. “We built this $50 million clubhouse without a member assessment, due to strong stewardship of membership dollars. I believe we have accomplished our dream of creating an extraordinary new facility that is aligned with our notable stature as being the No. 1 Private Residential Country Club in America.”

Old brick walls set the décor, embellished with striped red and tan awnings, an authentic iron fire escape and an original iron green NYC street sign on the corner of Grand Street and Orchard.

As you enter the top level lobby, you are greeted with two rotundas. One leads you to the restaurant wing that houses Grand Central, a retro-themed deli, sports bar and grill and Prime Cut, a signature restaurant featuring a 1,800 bottle wine cellar. The second rotunda starts off with the club’s own boutique, which offers highend shopping, Norman Love chocolates and specialty wines.

Grand Central is deli-sports-bar-grill that has 40 wall-mounted television screens and two video walls to showcase the best

Members will choose from: The Corner Deli with large wooden pickle barrels, Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs, Schnipper’s Market, the Brooklyn Diner or Josie’s Pizzeria. The interior design elements feature authentic blue stadium seats from Yankee Stadium and Shea Stadium, comfortable tables and padded chairs, exclusive sports memorabilia, vintage photography, and posters of celebrated sports events, venue and personalities, with custom cabinetry, rustic street paver

On the lower level there is a 5,000-squarefoot Golf Shoppe where you can buy brands including Bugatchi Uomo, Peter Millar, Lacoste, Hugo Boss, RLX Ralph Lauren and others. There is also a covered golf cart staging area. “We feel we have more than just a new clubhouse, it’s a long-term investment in the iconic lifestyle we personify at Boca West,” said general manager Matthew Linderman, CCM, who oversaw much of the construction.


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New menu items offered at Boca’s Waterstone Resort & Marina red wine bone marrow reduction. At Boca Landing, you can expect sophisticated yet unpretentious seafood fare.

By: Shaina Wizov Contributing Writer Every once in a while, we all need a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Lucky for us South Floridians, there are plenty of options right in our own backyards. The Waterstone Resort & Marina is one of the options in the Boca/Delray area. This art-deco inspired waterfront escape in Boca Raton has everything you’d want in your weekend getaway — upscale dining with Intracoastal views, a casual poolside eatery with refreshing cocktails and a dock-to-dine option, a 180-degree view of the beautiful Lake Boca, a culinary team to assist with private events, wedding festivities, birthday parties or any other special gatherings that your trip might include, and it’s just one block from the beach.

For those looking to chill out by the pool with a more laidback food and drink menu, put on your best resort wear and head outside to the Waterstone Rum Bar & Grill, The all-day menu features light bites, sandwiches, burgers, wraps, a seafood raw bar, fresh-pressed juices, desserts and a children’s menu. The Rum Bar’s vacation-worthy speciality cocktails are your best poolside companion. You’ll get that coveted taste of the tropics from the blackberry mojitos, coconut rum punch, strawberry-basil Caipirinhas, tiki lemonade and so many more. There’s also a brand new Elixirs cocktail list, featuring trendy concoctions of fresh pressed juices, syrups and essences like in the Bramble which is made with gin, fresh pressed lemon juice, raspberries, simple syrup, lemon essence and soda water. The Waterstone Rum Bar & Grill is Boca Raton’s only dock-to-dine restaurant on the Intracoastal Waterway. Boaters are able to anchor along the 280-foot seawall and can choose to to dine on or off their vessel, or call ahead to have food delivered right to the boat.

Along with its stunning views comes vast and vibrant culinary options featuring fresh ingredients and delicious dishes to complement the relaxing vacation vibes you feel the moment you step foot in the door. The resort’s Executive Chef Matthew Mixon has recently unveiled new menus at both of the property’s restaurants, the fine dining Boca Landing and the casual Waterstone Rum Bar & Grille. Each has its own distinct atmosphere and cuisine. Boca Landing is where you’ll go for a more upscale, fine dining experience. The menu is influenced by Chef Matt’s French and Italian heritage and highlights local ingredients and fresh flavors, like the mango-mustard glazed salmon with cilantro-infused rice and papaya salsa, panseared line-caught Florida grouper with cauliflower puree and sauteed spicy broccolini and the charred 8 oz. filet mignon with mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus and

As if the view, food and drinks aren’t enough to entice you to stay at the Waterstone Resort & Marina, there is also live music every weekend. On Fridays at Boca Landing, bring your dancing shoes and enjoy the sounds of various local jazz vocalists from 7-10pm. On Saturdays, things mellow out at Waterstone Rum Bar & Grille when a different acoustic vocalist performs each week from 6-10pm. Sundays at the Rum Bar are reserved for that cool reggae vibe when Calyspo steel drummer, Whainy B, takes the stage from 1-5pm. The best part is that you don’t need to be a resort guest to come out and enjoy the music or the culinary offerings. The restaurants are always open to the public. Boca Landing is open for dinner from 5-10 p.m. Sunday

through Thursday and 5-11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The food menu at Waterstone Rum Bar & Grille is offered from noon to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, until midnight on Friday and Saturday, and until 11 p.m. on Sunday. Breakfast is served from 6-11a.m. Monday through Friday, and 7-11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. There is also in-room dining available 6-11 a.m. for breakfast and 11 a.m. -11 p.m. for all day dining. The Waterstone Resort & Marina is part of Curio – A Collection by Hilton, and is located at 999 East Camino Real in Boca Raton.

Boston’s on the Beach debuts New England-style cuisine for all-day menu Staff report Delray’s beachfront restaurant Boston’s on the Beach has unveiled a new all-day menu that brings fresh-caught seafood and New England-style cuisine to Delray.

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Five Onion Dip with slow-roasted and caramelized onions, served with housemade chips;

Foodies have their choice of these starters:

and the Artisan Cheese Board with seasonal fruits, honeys, and jams),

Devilish Eggs with smoked salmon

New greens:

Boston’s Devilish Eggs. Photo courtesy of Gyorgy Papp Photography

Grilled Shrimp Salad with young arugula, roasted butternut squash, Granny Smith apples, sun-dried cranberries, goat cheese, and toasted pumpkin seeds with maple balsamic vinaigrette. Giant wraps and sammies SBLT with local shrimp, five-spiced, thick-cut applewood bacon, tomato, and pickled ginger slaw.

Boston’s SBLT. Photo courtesy of Gyorgy Papp Photography.

The Big Papi with shaved ribeye, sautйed peppers and onions, and provolone cheese on a toasted hoagie roll. Grass-fed burgers include the new Hot ’N Spicy topped with green chilies, guacamole, tomato, greens, Monterey Jack cheese, jalapeсo, and spicy aioli. “Our culinary team sources local, seasonal ingredients whenever possible to enhance every meal we serve,” says general manager, Mark DeAtley. “Guests love our rustic New England mainstays – from giant lobster rolls and clambakes to our new, gluten-free marinated steak tips and short rib penne. It’s classic comfort food with a twist.“ Boston’s on the Beach is located at 40 South Ocean Blvd. A1A, Delray Beach, Florida. For more information or to make a reservation, please visit bostonsonthebeach.com or call 561.278.3364.


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Plumosa School of the Arts needs financial help to send students to perform at Carnegie Hall Staff report Students from Delray Beach’s Plumosa School of the Arts are New York City bound. The school’s music department submitted an audition recording of the third, fourth and fifth grade students to Manhattan Concert Productions. Based on the audition recording, the students were selected to participate in the Masterwork Festival Chorus production at Carnegie Hall in June. About 75 students and families were given the opportunity to participate. Ten students and their families chose to accept the commitment of many hours of after-school practice, assisting in fundraising, and supporting their student’s journey. The trip will cost about $1,400 per child and will include the performance at Carnegie Hall, rehearsals with a professional conductor, lodging, airfare, an opportunity to attend a Broadway performance, and New York City sight-seeing. So far, there has been a Benefit Concert at the school last month and a Silent Auction held to raise money. Donations can be made at www.donorschoose.org or accepted at the school. Plumosa School of the Arts 2501 Seacrest Blvd. Delray Beach, FL 33444 Here is what some of the students have to say about their upcoming trip and performance: Jackson Alvarez: I am Jackson Alvarez and I’m almost done with 3rd grade at Plumosa School of the Arts. I love singing and learning new songs with Mrs. Bugeja at Plumosa because I love performing and she’s a fun teachcer. I am looking forward to singing in New York City because it is an exciting opportunity I will get to share with my family. Gabriella Navarro: I am Gabriella Navarro. I love singing and acting. I am in the 5th grade. I wanted to go to New York and sing because I love singing. I think it will be a really cool

Pictured from left to right: Jackson A., Kaelyn R., Gabriella N., Ella B., Mrs. Bugeja, Kiara C., Hayden R., Juliana L., Avary D., Gianluca C., Lilly S. (not pictured.) Submitted photo.

to sing there, and because it is a historical place. Avary DeMarco: I am 8 years old and in 3rd grade at Plumosa SOA. Drama class and Chorus are my favorite fine arts. I like to sing because it is fun and makes me feel happy. New York is going to be exciting and I have never been there before. The same day of our performance at Carnegie Hall is my 9th birthday! Hayden Romero: My name is Hayden Romero. I am 9 years old and a fourth grader at PSOA. I really enjoy singing in the chorus group because I get to make people happy when I perform. I am looking forward to going to New York because I’m excited to sing in Carnegie Hall and see all of NeW York. Kaelyn Resnick: My name is Kaelyn Resnick. I am 9 years old and a 3rd grader at Plumosa School of the Arts. I like singing and participating in Chorus. I really enjoy the fun songs and performing in different places like Barnes and Noble or the Delray Beach Tree Lighting. What I like most about singing is how far your imagination can go when you decide to create your own song. The reason I want to go

to New York City is because I think it will be a fun adventure and I love singing. I think I’m going to have the experience of a lifetime! Lilly Sutton: My name is Lilly Sutton, and I am eleven years old. I am in the fifth grade at Plumosa School of the Arts. I am in chorus at my school, and I really enjoy it because it gives me the opportunity to do something that I love to do. I am looking forward to performing in Carnegie Hall in New York because it is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and singing there is a memory that I will never forget. Ella Bernet: Hi, my name is Ella Bernet. I am 11 years old. I go to Plumosa School of the Arts. I am in 5th grade and I love to sing. What got me into singing? When I listen to music, I wish to be like them one day. So I started singing myself. I wish one day I could be a famous singer. Gianluca Campanile: My name is Gianluca Campanile. I am 10 years old and in the 4th grade at Plumosa School of the arts. I am exited to go to NY and sing in a fancy place. I am excited for my family to see me sing. Kiara Charles:

My name is Kiara Charles and I am 11 years old and I started singing opera when I was around 7. I loved to write songs with my cousin. Ive always loved music and I am so excited to go to New York. Three years ago I went to Carnegie Hall and saw a performance. My dad asked if I wanted to do that and I said, “Maybe, I’m not that into piano.” But I would love to sing I thought to myself. Now I get to sing in Carnegie Hall. I am so excited! Juliana Lytal: I am Juliana Lytal. I am 11 years old. I am in 5th grade at Plumosa School of the Arts, and one of my electives is chorus. I love chorus because we get to sing a lot of songs and have mini concerts to raise money for N.Y. Next, I love the idea of us in NY, plus I’ve never been there so I am super excited. Lara Lee Bugeja: Music Director Plumosa Elementary School When I was in high school, I went to New York City to sing with the North Carolina Youth Chorale in Carnegie Hall. The memories I made during this trip will stay with me forever. When I found out that elementary kids were able to sing there too, I knew I wanted to be able to do this one day. And this year is the year.


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Impact 100 Palm Beach County awards five nonprofits with $100,000 grants Staff report During the sixth annual Impact 100 Palm Beach County’s Annual Grand Awards ceremony last month, the group of philanthropic women awarded a total of $562,000 to several nonprofits. The event was held at the Wold Performing Arts Center auditorium at Boca Raton’s Lynn University. Out of an initial 61 applicants vying for a $100,000 grant, 27 semi-finalists were narrowed down to 10 finalists. As per the board’s rules, in any given year, if the organization has at least 500 members, it would award $100,000 in grant monies to one nonprofit organization in each of the five focus areas: Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Family, and Health & Wellness.

This year, a record-breaking 562 members contributed $1,000 each, collectively raising $562,000.

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Since its inception in 2011, more than $2.2 million has been donated to 25 nonprofit organizations throughout southern Palm Beach County by the collective efforts of Impact 100 Palm Beach County members. Co-presidents Karen Sweetapple and Helen Ballerano introduced the finalists. “Our members tell us this is one of the most rewarding experiences of their lives,” Sweetapple said. “We are proud to be a part of such an extraordinary group of women philanthropists who truly are invested in our community.” Following is a list of the Grand Award recipients, each received $100,000: • Arts & Culture: Boca Raton Children’s

Ellyn Okrent and Kristen Guerrise of Boca Raton’s Jeff and Julia Kadel Miracle League of Palm Beach Children Museum. Photo credit: Sherry Ferrante County Photo credit: Sherry Ferrante Photography Photography

Museum; The Art of Story Telling • Education: KidSafe Foundation; Keeping Students & Educators KidSafe Smart • Environment: Florida Atlantic University Pine Jog Environmental Center; Pine Jog Orkids Program • Family-Parent Child Center: San Castle Community Center Project

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• Health & Wellness: Miracle League of Palm Beach County; Boundless Dreams Additionally, Palm Beach Dramaworks, South Technical Education Center, Institute for Regional Conservation, Urban League, and Elizabeth H. Faulk Foundation, were each awarded $12,400 to further their missions within the community.

Fashion show takes center stage at Boca Woman’s Club scholarship luncheon By: Barbara McCormick Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers Following a lavish buffet lunch, Boca Raton Woman’s Club members took center stage recently as they modeled fashions from the Lord & Taylor Department Store in downtown Boca Raton. The show included colorful, casual spring ensembles modeled by Carole Wilson, Bonnie Mason, Gwen Herb, Lucy Hoffman and Marilyn Surette. Lord & Taylor make-up artists were also in the fashion spotlight, demonstrating new shades and techniques. 

Staff report

Old School Square.

Local artist and teacher at Old School Square Peter Pereira is bringing his art to life through augmented reality.

The codes are printed on paper and attached to what he calls the “black monolith.” The codes are a series of algorithms that work with smart phone technology to take flat pieces of art and transform them into three dimensional pieces that can move and even have video components and sound added to them.

Through his Black Monolith installation at Old School Square, he combines QR code, a Quick Response Code, with augmented reality to bring his works of art to three-dimensional reality. Currently, the pieces can be viewed on Android devices and will soon be able to be seen on Apple products. He said he started working on the project in January. To create it, he had help from teachers and students at

Each year, proceeds from the event are donated to female students at Palm Beach State College. The Boca Raton Woman’s Club is a member of the Greater Federated Woman’s Club. For information, visit www.bocaratonwomansclub.org.

He said it combines engineering, math and art to create the installation. On the installation, he created “cardinal points” of north, south,east and west. Each side features different art created by Pereira. You select what direction you are viewing through the app and point at the code until the art comes to life, literally.

Modeling fashions are, from left, Carole Wilson, Bonnie Mason, Gwen Herb, Lucy Hoffman and Marilyn Surette. (Photo by Barbara McCormick)

The installation was debuted last month. It stands outside the second story of Crest Theatre. On the wall next to the black monolith there are instructions on how to use the technology. Ultimately, Pereira said he wants to bring the technology to other parts of the city like parks, museums and schools. “It is real art you can touch,” he said.

Club leaders, from left, are Pam Capi, president; Joan Weidenfeld, membership; Charlotte Robinson, secretary and Annette Phelps, treasurer, (Photo by Barbara McCormick)


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Project-Based Learning is realworld preparation for success By: Ali Kaufman, founder & schoolhouse director, Space of Mind Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers If you’re a parent or educator, you’ve probably heard the term Project-Based Learning in discussions with other parents and educators recently. What is Project-Based Learning, and why is it trending in education today? Designed as a way to integrate 21st Century skills into academic work, PBL allows students to critically examine a problem and create their own project-based inquiry and solutions using student-directed research, collaborations and even real-world experience like community service. As schools are quickly adapting this teaching methodology, more students - and classrooms - are thriving. With Project-Based Learning, students are working in their classrooms the way adults approach work in our offices. They are looking at a problem from all sides, developing inquiry and research skills to understand not just the root cause of a problem, but the different variables. Research is placed in a real-world context, allowing students to tap into technology and skills that they will use in the workforce. Students are given the opportunity to design their project and make crucial decisions along the way. This exploration in the learning process builds confidence, communication skills and also an understanding of consequences. Typically, in Project-Based Learning, the educator is the guide; the student is driving their educational experience through interest and inquisitiveness. Creativity is the ultimate motivator. The project typically culminates in a public presentation, allowing the student(s) to explain the project and even install it in a working capacity. The presentation skills gained in this phase are vital to a student’s confidence-building as a public speaker, able to walk others through their problem, process and final project. Students of any age are energized by the opportunity to share what they’ve learned when their learning was on a journey they created. Students are less excited to share their knowledge when their learning was based off of worksheets and chapter outlines. Often, they will have a harder time remembering key information from a memory-based assignment than they would from a project-based assignment. This is because our mem-

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Flicks and Flak By: Fran Marincola Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers 1. A Bronx Tale This movie I had to see twice to like it. I also saw the play twice, it’s a true life story about life on the streets in the Bronx, in particular “Belmont Ave.” That is where Boca’s own Dion and the Belmont’s came from. It is a Mob type movie. In those days, the 50’s, it was hard growing up in N.J. or N.Y. without knowing someone that was “connected.” Sometimes they were your next door neighbor. This story is about a bus driver (Bobby DeNiro) who desperately tried to keep his son away from the local “Made Guy ” Sonny (Chazz Palminteri. )They both became father figures to him, all that is good and all that is evil! The story is about life in the streets. In fact life on corners in the streets, almost every area had a boss and they all had corner hangouts... DeNiro’ s son C (for Calogero, his real name.) The story is fascinating and like I always say, the good ones are always worth watching more than once.

answer each question. He is able to count how he learned the answers because Danny Boyle ingeniously started the picture in the middle filled in the beginning with flashbacks and ended with the finally. No question worth seeing over. Jamel has three actors in various stages of his life playing him, all were worthy actors. Make no doubt this is a lovely exciting love story with a sordid look into India’s begging trade, in my top three moves ever made, watch it again. 3. Cinema Paradiso (sub titles only-no dubbed versions) In Rome, in the 1980s, famous Italian film director Salvatore Di Vita returns home late one evening, where his girlfriend sleepily tells him thathis mother called to say someone named Alfredo has died. Salvatore obviously

2. Slumdog Millionaire This in my opinion is the greatest love story on film. Directed by Danny Boyle, whose direction and film both won Academy Awards. As a contestant on the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? who is able to answer every stage correctly, he is accused of cheating. Jamal recounts his history, illustrating how he is able to

shies from committed relationships and has not been to his home village of Giancarlo, Sicily in 30 years. As his girlfriend asks him who Alfredo is,Salvatore flashes back to his childhood. This is the beginning of a heartwarming adventuress film that is truly Italian but globally accepted. There are two versions; In the 173-minute version of the film, after the funeral, Salvatore glimpses an adolescent girl who resembles the teenage Elena. He follows the teen as she rides her scooter to her home, which allows Salvatore to contact his long-lost love Elena, who is revealed to be the girl’s mother. Salvatore calls her in hopes of rekindling their romance; she initially rejects him, but later reconsiders and goes to see Salvatore, who was contemplating his rejection at a favorite location from their early years. Their meeting ultimately leads to a lovemaking session in her car. Both versions are complex but I suggest the shorter version (123 minutes) It is a film you will never forget. Have a flick for Fran? Email fran@fourstorymg.com

A Sit Down with Stephen Chrisanthus: Mister E By: Stephen Chrisanthus Special to the Delray Newspaper Stephen Chrisanthus of the Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative sat down with a new force in the art world, known only as Mister E, the 29-year- old artist from Delray Beach, known for his colorful paintings of U.S. currency that celebrities are lining up to get their hands on. So have you always been based out of Delray Beach? Well, I’m originally from New Jersey, but was raised in South Florida since I was 10 and have been in Delray Beach since the 9th grade. I recently expanded my space last year from my previous studio in

Pineapple Grove. I have a working studio I love to come home to. Ever think about moving to a larger city? I want people to know I am in Delray Beach, I think it makes it more exciting for them when they have to drive here to buy a painting. Delray is in just the right place. I don’t plan on going anywhere. Who are some celebrities you have sold to? I’ve done works for Miley Cyrus, Lionel Richie, Adam Sandler and Floyd May-

weather to name just a few. Miley contacted me through Instagram and then flew me out to her house in California to do some work for her new house. After finishing Sandler’s Happy Gilmore piece I personally delivered it to him at the Boca Raton Resort and we had dinner. I did a custom piece for Lionel Richie and tried to incorporate some aspects of real meaning to him, and upon seeing it he was blown away.

wasn’t always the theme of my work and I only became “Mister E” after it did. When I started doing the money people thought it was obnoxious, or not into it. But when somebody liked it, they loved it. Art is not an easy thing to be known for. I wouldn’t be doing this unless I could be Jeff Koons. I want to be respected in fine art.

Was this always your passion?

In clubs and hotels in Miami, and of course galleries. I’m currently in galleries New York City, Los Angeles, West Palm Beach and soon to be Paris…And of course Delray Beach.

Yes, but I went to college for real estate and construction. I never saw art as a way to make a living. I started doing what I loved and became successful. Money

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Remembering Christine Braswell By: Jeff Perlman Editor in chief Everything can be taken away in a moment. Those were the thoughts that entered my mind when Sgt. Gary Ferreri called me on the evening of April 8 to tell me about injuries suffered by Officers Christine Braswell and Bernenda Marc.

I’ve had these calls and messages before. We all have and it doesn’t get easier. And in many ways they get harder, as if the tragedies pile on top of each other digging deeper into our hearts. This weekend’s devastating news brought back painful memories of Sgt. Adam Rosenthal and Officer Johnny Pun also lost tragically in accidents at the height of their careers. I also thought back to a call in 2001 when we learned that 23year veteran firefighter Peter Firehock was killed three days before Christmas by a man who plowed his van into Pete while he was out for a bike ride. Police think the van driver believed Pete might have witnessed him dumping a body in a nearby field. The driver received 35 years for vehicular homicide. We lost a 48-year-old community servant who was renowned for his diving skills and was beloved by all. He was known as a “hero among heroes.” These people are simply irreplaceable. Christine and Bernenda were reportedly hit by an impaired driver while riding a

cycle accident. And suddenly his energy and his smile were gone. It was stunning. It’s still stunning. We lost Adam in a car accident as he headed into work. He was a RAD instructor teaching women how to defend themselves. He worked with kids teaching them martial arts and mentoring them and he was an able and smart union leader.

We’re fragile.

An hour or so later, while we sat listening to beautiful music at the Parker Playhouse, the texts and messages began to pour in. Christine had passed.

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Losing him so suddenly was surreal. He seemed indestructible. But none of us are. scooter in Key West. Officer Marc suffered serious injuries and we pray for her recovery. She’s only 25. Christine was only 41. She was a star performer at the Police Department serving on the SWAT team and as a member of the Honor Guard. She was beloved by her fellow officers and the community. It’s in these moments that you see just how close our officers are to each other and to many of the people they protect and serve. This is a closeness we ought to appreciate, savor and be thankful for. I’m not sure how common it is–especially during these fraught times in which most of the headlines detail friction and worse between citizens and police. But our department is different. It’s been different for a long time. We support our police and they support us. It’s helped to give us good times and saved our town in bad. There’s not only a warmth between citizens and our police department–fire department too. There’s a genuine affection too that runs both ways.

That was apparent when news spread about Officer Braswell and Officer Marc. We saw it on social media with an outpouring of prayer, in emails and text messages with people trying hard to find information and asking how they could help.

Christine was young, strong, focused and earned many friendships all over Delray. She worked as a training officer and with our Police Explorers. She reached deep into neighborhoods and won hearts and minds with her personality and dedication to Delray Beach.

We saw it when Johnny Pun passed and we saw it when we lost Adam Rosenthal.

It’s hard to imagine that she’s gone.

For those of us who knew these officers the news over the weekend stung extra hard. Johnny was a force of nature with an electric smile, a great sense of humor and a ton of ambition for the kids he wanted to save from a life of crime. Johnny and his partner and close friend the recently retired Fred Glass, founded a charter school and we became the proud home of the first Police Department in Florida to do so. Johnny was a dad and a mentor to many who lacked strong parental guidance. He spoke Creole and reached deep into a part of Delray that’s hard to reach. He can never be replaced. He went to school on a weekend day and was killed in a motor-

Officer Marc is a brand new officer. She was seriously injured. She will need our prayers, support and love. And she will get it. Delray officers refer to each other as family. And they are. But many in our community also consider our officers family. We take pride in their service. We rely on their bravery and expertise. And we pray for their safety. We also mourn when they are lost or hurt. Thanks Christine. You will never be forgotten. In this town, we remember those who serve and protect us. We take care of our own.

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Owner of Delray Beach’s South Ocean Beach Shop Gene Sullivan died last month in his Boynton Beach home surrounded by his family.

“Gene and I started our businesses at the same time 1992, 1993,” said Fran Marincola. “At that time I actually went to work every day, as did he. We talked a lot about Delray and we were both believers.”

He was 89 years old. He died from skin cancer. The Shop is still family run. Sullivan was an Air Force veteran, who met his wife, Pamela, while serving in England. He was a writer for the Stars and Stripes newspapers. He attended Miami University on the GI Bill after he completed his military service. He completed his law degree from Cumberland University in Tennessee. He passed the state bar exam and was the only student in the country that year to be directly appointed to the U.S. Justice

Department in Washington, D.C. But his father wasn’t in good health, so he chose to help with his father’s business. He commuted on the Long Island railway so his children could be raised in the seaside town of Babylon. He was eventually brought to South Florida where he bought the South Ocean Beach Shop. He put in many hours there with his wife. His youngest daughter, Diana, followed

Caffe Luna Rosa could have never open the way it is today.

For 25 years, Marincola’s Caffe Luna Rosa and the store have been neighbors.

He said Sullivan and several others were instrumental in changing some of the condo rules so that Caffe Luna Rosa could serve food inside and stay open until whatever time was allowed by the rules at the time.

“Gene had a joke a day,” Marincola said. “I haven’t a clue where he got them from.”

“We lost one of our own,” Marincola said. “A Delray Beach believer.”

Over the 25 years he said he had his disagreements with Sullivan, but they never lasted long.

His family said he was a role model and story teller who had courage and a determination to live. He enjoyed fishing, golf, politics and history. He traveled the world with his wife, who survives him as well as his son Gene, daughters Pam, Laura, Mary and Diana as well as four grandchildren Alexandra, Lauren, Connor and Eugene.

“They were always settled over coffee and Danish the next day,” he said. “I am forever grateful to him.” He said if it weren’t for Sullivan, who served as the condo president at the time,


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Not your friend at work. He knows you’re married. He doesn’t care that you are married. And when you tell him, “Brian, you know that I am married.” Brian doesn’t believe that your response means ‘No.’ He is hearing “If it weren’t for my marriage to the schmo, we’d be hot and heavy right now, probably in the copy room.” If that’s the case, then by all means keep up the “But Brian, I’m married” statement. While your ambivalence might not be encouraging his behavior it certainly isn’t ending it. You need to change tactics and

Finally, if he continues, or if you really don’t feel comfortable confronting him with a hard no, you need to talk to a supervisor or human resources about his behavior. If he crosses the line into harassment then this must stop immediately. He’s making his own decisions that have consequences, you aren’t responsible for either, and your priority needs to be a comfortable, safe workplace.

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Commission Corner

Why focusing on economic development is critical By: Commissioner Jim Chard Special to the Delray newspaper Our City’s economy is dependent upon the hospitality industry and related professional services. A small downturn in the economy which reduces the discretionary expenditures of our citizens and visitors will have a disproportionate impact on Delray’s local economy because of this structural weakness. Delray’s dependence on restaurants and bars limits job availability and diversity and makes it nearly impossible to expand the City’s tax base. Our economy is based on a one legged stool and many business and civic leaders worry about our economy in the near term. As I travel around the city and find lots of energetic people who are starting their own businesses. You’ve seen them, they hang out in coffee bars with their laptops and singing with the music coming over their ear buds. I heard one estimate that there are literally hundreds of startups envisioning themselves as the next Facebook or successful IPO. But they are hampered by a lack of a supportive

ecosystem, low cost work space, room to grow, and a culture that respects and welcomes entrepreneurship. A solid economy like a robust ecosystem needs to doisplay diversity in order to have a resilient foundation. Young people may live in Delray but have to travel to Boca or West Palm because there are limited job opportunities in our City. Without jobs and economic development, the city cannot expand its tax base. It can’t afford infrastructure improvements and amenities. It can’t hire creative, energized staff. Delray can’t create jobs but it CAN promote a multitude of economic sectors, help recruit and support high tech companies, and seek out emerging industries that are already here by synchronizing these tools: • Comprehensive Plan rewrite • Declaration that we are business friendly • Zoning and LDR changes that encourage

worker space and new industries • Ongoing promotion of entrepreneurs and growing companies • Accelerating licensing and other paper processing, and • Fostering growth in the Congress Avenue corridor, north and south Federal and other mixed use sites in Delray. But it takes leadership, vision, knowledge, experience, and courage to build the base for an economically sound City.  We have these characteristics we just need to deploy them with energy and persistence. We need to energize our local business sector by emphasizing economic development, fostering a startup culture, tolerating risk, recruiting companies to Delray by promoting our many unique advantages, and making a concerted effort to keep companies here rather than fleeing to Boca or Boynton Beach. Our City Commission needs to encourage entrepreneurs, developers, and businesses, not disparage them. We need to be aware (and afraid) that nearby communities are out-competing us for growing companies and startups. We can’t afford to be outhustled by our neighbors. To have an impact on our tax revenues we need to start NOW because it takes 4 to 5 years to achieve results... if all goes well. Currently we stretch projects

Here’s what we think… A Great Affair

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The Delray Newspaper would like to congratulate our friends at the Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce on the successful execution of the 55th annual Delray Affair.

The two guest speakers were newly elected Vice Mayor Jim Chard and Deputy Vice Mayor Shirley Johnson.

Thanks to a hard working staff, dedicated board and scores of volunteers a huge crowd enjoyed three days of glorious weather at an event that has become a regional staple. This year’s Delray Affair After Dark incorporated arts events at Old School Square and Artist’s Alley that were enjoyed by thousands and a nice tribute to the event’s rich history courtesy of a collaboration with a newly invigorated Delray Beach Historical Society. The Chamber is an important institution in our community and much more than an “events” organization as evidenced by the recent partnership with Lynn University on an evening MBA program, and the makings of a very effective advocacy committee. Keep your eye on the Chamber—we expect more innovation in 2017. Optimism Several of us from Delray Newspaper had an opportunity to attend a recent Chamber “Chairman’s Club” meeting at

The two new commissioners seemed to be a big hit with the capacity crowd outlining their experiences on the campaign trail and talking about their goals and objectives. The takeaway: optimism. Both commissioners are glass half full people who are positioning themselves as listeners and dealmakers able to strike compromises and determined to get things done. After a fitful four years of infighting, instability and little in the done box, their tone and demeanor not only got them elected by wide margins but appears to be a winning formula for governance as well. Look for them to be leaders who make a difference. For Chard and Johnson, it’s a job to do not to have. Atlantic Crossing settlement A book could easily be written about the long and tumultuous history of the Atlantic Crossing project. Suffice it to say, it was prudent for the city to settle the costly lawsuit.

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As in most lawsuits, even with those that are settled, there are no winners. Taxpayers foot a big legal bill, a large donation to Veterans Park was lost when the local property owner frustrated by delays sold the project and city and CRA coffers lose tax and tif funding that can never be recovered. Not to mention the reputational hit Delray Beach took from investors considering the city as a place to do business.

out for years...sometimes purposely and sometimes through inefficiency. We need to think in terms of months or even weeks, not years. The consequence of continued delay will lead to economic decline not growth and result in either reduced municipal services or increased pressure on our tax rates or both. The choice is simple and clear. Promote economic growth, increase business diversity, accelerate municipal approvals, loudly proclaim our tolerance for new ideas and attitudes, honor entrepreneurship as much as we honor our beaches and arts community, and take advantage of underutilized properties on Congress, Federal, West Atlantic and elsewhere.

And let’s also hope that the Edwards Companies—the owners of the project --can create a special place in a special town in a great location. We need the jobs and that part of the avenue is hurting. Here’s hoping it comes to life so our downtown remains vibrant and sustainable.

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The developers lose as well—time, money, enthusiasm for the project etc. There has to be a better way—and there is. It’s called leadership. And it has been lacking on this issue and on iPic, Uptown Delray and a whole host of other issues large and small. Atlantic Crossing was a lost opportunity to collaborate, communicate and cooperate to turn a great piece of real estate— and a tired 70s style functionally obsolete project—into a model placemaking experience. And sadly, this missed opportunity is on the city commission. Let’s hope a lesson was learned—leadership and working with people is always better than paying high priced out of town attorneys big bucks that would be better directed in a city chock full of needs.

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