Boca Raton Magazine the Leader.enArtArts & EventsBarsBeautyBest Of BocaCity WatchCommunityDebate WatchDelray BeachDelray BeachDiningFashionFitnessHealth NewsHealth/BeautyHot DealsIn The MagazineMoviesMusicNewsNews & ReviewsOpinionsProfilesRecipes Restaurant ReviewsShoppingShopping NewsStyle PagesThe Week AheadTheatreTown NewsTravel Upcoming EventsWeb ExtrasThu, 21 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000Cities vs. PBC, a shift in local alcohol laws, plus more.<h3>The Fight Against Oversight</h3> <p>After nearly four years, the frivolous but dangerous lawsuit over financing of Palm Beach County’s government watchdog finally went to trial Tuesday, with the expectation that testimony will end today. Boca Raton and Delray Beach are among the 14 cities in court. The cities deserve to lose mostly because their case is weak legally but also because their case is an outrage politically.</p> <p>The Office of Inspector General is a county agency, even though the seven county commissioners and the county administrator have no say, directly or indirectly, in who becomes inspector general. That person – it was Sheryl Steckler and now is John Carey – is chosen by the five members of the Commission on Ethics, the state attorney and the public defender. Five outside groups choose the five ethics commissioners.</p> <p>But money from the county budget finances oversight of county government by the inspector general. Since the office is part of the county – though independent – the county is the defendant in the lawsuit. Oddly, the inspector general’s office is not a party in the lawsuit. Steckler sought to have the office intervene, but lost in court.</p> <p>The cities’ case rests on a lie: that the county ordered the cities to help pay for the inspector general, a move that amounts to double taxation. In fact, residents of all the county’s 38 cities demanded that the inspector general also have jurisdiction over the cities, and told their elected officials to pay for that oversight.</p> <p>I have written about this issue for five years, since former State Attorney Michael McAuliffe convened the first of three grand juries on public corruption. McAuliffe argued for the inspector general and ethics commission that the grand jury recommended, but he warned all along that the biggest potential problem for the inspector general’s office would be money. The other problem has been resistance to the new oversight. The lawsuit involves both.</p> <p>By withholding their money, Steckler said before leaving office in June, the litigious cities made the office’s future seem uncertain. They are among the county’s largest cities – West Palm Beach has led the lawsuit – so their share of the office’s cost is disproportionately high. The uncertainty made it hard for the office to hire.  Clerk of Courts Sharon Bock was complicit, saying that she couldn’t even release to the office money from cities that were willing to pay. Only recently did Bock relent, passing along money from seven smaller cities.</p> <p>In 2013, though, Steckler and the county reached a deal. The office would have 23 staff members and a budget of $3.3 million, with the county paying what the cities weren’t, until the lawsuit is resolved. Resolution could be a ways off. Each side will appeal Judge Catherine Brunson’s ruling, which probably won’t come for weeks.</p> <p>In the meantime, Carey’s office has plenty of authority to investigate complaints from any city but limited resources. Also – and this point often gets lost -- that inadequate staffing makes it harder for the office to respond when cities ask for advice on how to efficiently and ethically spend the public’s money. A number of the smaller cities do, because they don’t have the resources of larger cities.</p> <p>In addition to relying on a lie, the lawsuit relies on myths. Among them:</p> <p>*<strong>That November 2010 vote created the Office of Inspector General and Commission on Ethics.</strong> Actually, the county commission created both in 2009.</p> <p>*<strong>That November 2010 vote ordered the cities to pay for the inspector general in a certain way.</strong> Actually, it didn’t. Originally, the county was going to pay its share through a tax of 0.25 percent on all contracts. When the software to implement such a system seemed too expensive, the county simply took money from the general fund. The 2011 county ordinance covering the inspector general’s office – drawn up after the referendum -- calculates each city’s share based on how much business a city does with contractors. The cities are free to decide how they will pay it.</p> <p>*<strong>The voters didn’t know what they were doing in 2010.</strong> Actually, the ballot language asked voters if they wanted an inspector general “funded by the County Commission <em>and all other governmental entities subject to the authority of the Inspector General?”</em> (Emphasis mine.) By nearly 75 percent in all cities, the voters said yes.</p> <p><strong>*The inspector general is “controlled by the county.”</strong> Former Boca Raton Mayor Susan Whelchel made that claim in late 2013, when she joined the council majority in rejecting a motion to pay the city’s share. As I explained, the county does not “control” the inspector general’s office. Not even close.</p> <p>According to the county’s 2012 figures, Boca Raton’s share of the office’s cost is about $149,000. Delray Beach’s is about $125,000. Delray’s continued participation in the lawsuit is especially infuriating. One report from the inspector general’s office helped Delray Beach successfully challenge a no-bid extension of the trash contract, which could save millions. Another helped oust City Manager Louie Chapman. And are those comparatively small amounts of money in nine-figure budgets really worth the cities thumbing their nose at the voters?</p> <h3>The Booze Question</h3> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/jazziz2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Will Mizner Park be hopping after 2 a.m.? That will depend on whether Boca Raton and the Mizner Park management company can strike the right legal tone.</p> <p><strong>Jazziz</strong>, the restaurant/club at the southwest corner of Mizner Park is thriving after barely two years. Combine Jazziz with the adjacent <strong>Yard House Restaurant</strong>, the nearby <strong>iPic Theater</strong> and the new <strong>Lord &amp; Taylor</strong> across the park to the east, and Mizner Park’s southern end arguably is the most dynamic it has been since the park opened more than two decades ago.</p> <p>As we learned during last week’s Community Redevelopment Agency meeting, Jazziz has asked General Growth Properties (GGP), which manages the non-residential portion of Mizner Park, whether the company would let the club stay open past 2 a.m. A simple request? Not hardly.</p> <p>As City Manager/CRA Director Leif Ahnell correctly pointed out, the request is most about “the sale of alcohol.” Boca prohibits the sale of alcohol after 2 a.m. Trying to change that ordinance just for Jazziz would mean having to also allow other nightspots citywide to sell booze later.</p> <p>So the idea would be for the CRA to create an entertainment district: Mizner Park. Within that district, GGP could allow just Jazziz to stay open later. Andrew McKinney, GGP’s Mizner Park manager, told the city council – acting as the CRA board – that the company is willing to change the lease for Jazziz.</p> <p>Council members liked the idea. Mayor Susan Haynie says another Mizner Park business had asked for later hours, but it was next to the complex’s apartments. Jazziz is across the park from bedroom windows.</p> <p>Still, Ahnell and City Attorney Diana Frieser noted that the city would have to be careful. What if other businesses in Mizner Park or just outside the park wanted to sell alcohol after 2 a.m.? Could an ordinance creating the entertainment district be written so as not to enable businesses outside the district to ask for the same change?</p> <p>Staff members are supposed to ask such questions, but the clear push from the council – especially from Constance Scott – was to make it happen. Jazziz has become the sort of regional draw Mizner Park supporters envisioned long ago. Council members seemed thrilled that a Mizner Park business is doing well enough to ask for more. Who can blame them?</p> <h3>Penning the Pension Plan</h3> <p>Boynton Beach may be at the end of its one-year impasse with the police union. Delray Beach may be heading for its own contract impasse with the same union.</p> <p>In Boynton, the police have been working without a new contract since Oct. 1 of last year. This week, the city commission approved a new offer and will wait for the union to respond. Police contracts in Delray Beach and Boca Raton expire Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year.</p> <p>Boca Raton has made an offer to the Police Benevolent Association. Delray Beach is still working on the city’s offer. Commissioner Shelly Petrolia met with staff members Monday, seeking information on the negotiations. Will Delray and the union fail to reach agreement in time and thus be at impasse? “Good question,” Petrolia said. Staff is still “doing research.”</p> <p>In both cities, the issue is pensions. Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie and Delray Beach Mayor Cary Glickstein have pledged to support reforms that will shrink the cities’ unsustainable pension liabilities. Even if Boynton Beach and the union reach agreement, the pension fight lies ahead. This impasse has been strictly about wages, and it got nasty enough that union staged a brief “sickout” and paid for a childish billboard mocking City Manager Lori LaVerriere and other Boynton officials.</p> <p>If the union accepts the wage deal, LaVerriere said, she starts work on pensions. That, she said, could take two years. The union will take note of what happens in Boca Raton and Delray Beach.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the <em>Miami Herald</em> and <em>Palm Beach Post</em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the <em>Po</em>st. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</p>Randy SchultzThu, 21 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityMovie Review: &quot;If I Stay&quot;<p>Mia Hall (Chloe Grace Moretz) is an 18-year-old Portland cellist preparing for college. For the past year and a half, she’s fallen in love with an older student, an indie rocker named Adam (Jamie Blackley). But their relationship has been strained of late, as their plans for life after high school are too divergent.</p> <p><img alt="" height="398" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/fnd_mc_ifistay.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>But on the very day she expects to receive the letter from Juilliard that will dictate her future, she and her family are involved in a deadly car accident. She wakes up—or, rather, her soul does—and observes the unfolding tragedy in the snow-capped disaster area and eventually the hospital emergency room, where paramedics wheel her comatose body and those of her parents and younger brother. Mia is balanced precariously between life and death; to paraphrase The Clash, whose posters and T-shirts turn up in the movie’s production design, the film’s essential question becomes, “Should I stay or should I go?”</p> <p>I expect the chasm between the critics’ response to “If I Stay” and the audience reception to be a vast one. This is a film that will move a lot of people very deeply, but one man’s poignant masterpiece is another’s mawkish drek. I was all too aware of every time I was supposed to laugh, and cry, and cry some more, and feel the bright light of a universe in which predestiny, love and free swirl into powerful catharses. Each of these moments is a tasty worm dangled by its director, R.J. Cutler, in front of the hungry fish in the audience; I just couldn’t take the bait.</p> <p>Without the out-of-body-experience conceit, “If I Stay” would play like a garden-variety YA drama, in which a teenager’s first romantic pangs are presented with cataclysmic implications. These may be average upper-middle-class white people’s problems, but to the experiencers of them, they are life and death, even before the narrative becomes literally about life and death.</p> <p>The story is, unsurprisingly, based on a successful 2009 young-adult novel of the same name, by Gayle Forman. Shauna Cross’s time-jumping screenplay, structured mostly as flashbacks triggered by memories that flood Mia’s soul, admittedly has some nice touches. Mia’s parents are both middle-aged punk rockers who met through her dad’s old band, Nasty Bruises, which he sacrificed to build a family; at one point, when Mia’s younger brother Teddy asks to listen to Iggy Pop in the car, her father cautions him: “Nothing after 1978!” The disparity between the rough-hewn musical tastes of Mia’s laissez-faire parents and the rigid classical structure of her own sonic proclivities is a point of frequent tension and poignancy. And, once we realize that her parents may never breathe again, these domestic flashbacks do become moving, because we understand the finiteness of them—the need to preserve these memories like specimens in amber.</p> <p><img alt="" height="439" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/tumblr_n7ol9h5ost1txydcmo1_1280.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>But even these moments are ultimately the stuff of fantasy. Cross and Cutler created characters orbiting around Mia that are faultless—the perfect parents and the perfect younger brother, saints waiting for their heavenly beatification. Her home life isn’t messy, like that of 99.9 percent of teenage girls. Instead the atmosphere is pretty and curated, an artificially manicured space of bustling neighborhood parties and sage advice. The drama, then, arrives largely in the form of boyfriend Adam, whose music—which sounds far too studio-polished for the tiny clubs in which he plays, another example of the movie’s airbrushed approach—is more appealing than his persona. He’s your typical brooding, tortured rocker, stretched nearly to the point of self-parody, and let’s leave it at that.</p> <p>The great Stacey Keach rounds out the cast as Mia’s grandfather, who is gifted a monologue at her bedside that suggests the Oscar he never won. At the screening I attended, this is the moment the waterworks finally turned on for even the most skeptical of moviegoers. But even here, Cutler doesn’t trust the moment. For a movie that knows its quality music inside and out, it can’t resist blanketing the scene with a schmaltzy piano score, and I was too aware of being manipulated to succumb to the emotions.</p> <p>And besides, it’s just prologue for the tactless barrage of sentimentality that batters us into submission in the film’s final moments, leaving me desiring, for Mia, neither the pearly gates of Valhalla nor her continued life on Earth. I just wanted the darn thing to end.</p> <p><em>“<a href="" target="_blank">If I Stay</a>” opens Friday at most area theaters.</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 20 Aug 2014 14:05:25 +0000 & EventsMoviesOn The Ave: Back To Cool<p>Let’s take it back a little – back to the days of outdoor play and non-techy games – with On the Ave’s <strong>Back To Cool</strong> event.</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/oldschoolgames.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>This year, the event will be held on West Atlantic on Thursday, Aug. 21. From 6 to 10 p.m., Southwest Fifth Avenue (south of Atlantic Avenue to north of Southwest First Street) will be full of entertainment like live music, classic childhood games (think tug-of-war) and a splash zone.</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/foodcourt.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>There will also be a food truck food court and a slew of activities for kids. So pack up those backpacks and head over to Delray for an event your kids will be sure to remember – and not just because you posted it on Facebook.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Stefanie CaintoWed, 20 Aug 2014 13:37:39 +0000 BeachUpcoming EventsSummer-end 5k + Kids’ Support Group<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>There’s always something to celebrate. In a few weekends, the cause for celebration will be summer’s end.</p> <p>The Boca Raton-based <a href="">Runner’s Edge</a> is hosting the <strong>Summer’s End 5K Fun Run and BBQ Party</strong>, Sunday, Aug. 24, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Note: this is an evening run and party.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/running_shoes.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The 3.1-mile run (or walk) starts at the Runner’s Edge running store (<em>3195 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton</em>). That cost is $10 per person, and the first 150 runners to sign up get a T-shirt.</p> <p>Everyone is invited to enjoy the store’s free summer's end party, post run. There will be music, a special store sale, a drawing for free pair of running shoes and lots of food and drink, including hamburgers, hot dogs, beer, and more.</p> <p>This truly is a fun run, with no awards or timing.</p> <p>For more information, call 561/361-1950, or sign up <a href="">here</a>.</p> <p><em>In other news….</em></p> <p>The <a href="">Lynn Cancer Institute</a> announced earlier this month that it will offer expanded after-school sessions at a new location for the <strong>Children’s Lives Include Moments of Bravery</strong> (CLIMB) program. CLIMB is a free support program for children 6 to 11 years old, whose parents have cancer. Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Eugene M. and Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute was the first cancer program in South Florida to offer CLIMB, which was developed by the non-profit <a href="">Children’s Treehouse Foundation</a>.</p> <p>Led by a trained social worker, CLIMB groups meet once a week for four weeks. The program uses discussion and art to help children express themselves.</p> <p>Children can attend the program this fall on Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 2, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., at the Boca Raton Community Center (<em>150 Crawford Blvd., Boca Raton</em>).</p> <p>For more information, contact Elsa Raynor, an oncology social worker at the Eugene M. and Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute, at 561/955-5265.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About Lisette</strong><br>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Lisette HiltonWed, 20 Aug 2014 12:33:35 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautyBoca After Dark: Dubliner<p class="Body"><strong>Where: </strong>435 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, 561/620-2540</p> <p class="Body"><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/dubliner-wings.jpg" width="490"> </strong></p> <p class="Body"><strong>The lowdown: </strong>Downtown Boca is thriving with bars and restaurants of all sorts, but locals love the authenticity of the traditional Irish-American pub atmosphere at the Dubliner in Mizner Park. The inside may be small, with the bar and stage area taking up most of the space, but its outdoor seating area makes it appear much larger.</p> <p class="Body">Sporting events and holidays bring big crowds to Dubliner, especially soccer season and the obvious St. Patrick’s Day. Named one of the top ten places to celebrate the luck of the Irish, the Dubliner takes over Mizner Park with outdoor tables and tents, a prefix menu with all the traditional St. Patty’s Day favorites and live music all day and night. It’s a sight to see and definitely the place to be on this day of the year.</p> <p class="Body">The Dubliner attracts all kinds of people. College-aged kids, adults and even Boca’s finest elders enjoy the Irish-American fare, fully stocked bar and late special events happening every night of the week. The long wooden community-style tables and stools make it easy for big groups to meet up for drinks. Even if you’re just there with one or two other people, you can bet you’ll be friends with everyone at the table by the time you leave. The majority of the crowd tends to be on the younger side, especially as it gets later into the night. But don’t be surprised if you walk into a packed bar and lots of people standing around, no matter what time of day <em>or</em> night.</p> <p class="Body"><strong>The intangibles: </strong>Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. All drafts, house wine and call liquor selections are half off, and Dubliner favorites such as the Irish Fondue, Scotch Eggs and Boxty Pancakes are only $5.</p> <p class="Body">Guests should definitely stick around even after Happy Hour ends because every night at Dubliner is jam-packed with something going on. Anyone and everyone is welcome for karaoke on Monday nights starting at 8 p.m. — there are more than 30,000 songs you can choose from. On Tuesdays, gather together a group of your smartest friends for the Trivia Challenge at 8 p.m. After you’ve won, plan to come back the following night to celebrate during Whiskey Wednesdays. You can try whiskey from the extensive collection for only $5, plus get discounts on old and rare offerings. The stage gets even more use during the rest of the week, with live entertainment Thursday through Saturday starting at 10 p.m.</p> <p class="Body"><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/dublinerbreakfast.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="Body">Dubliner has also joined the rest of South Florida in offering great deals on Sunday Brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can get the ever-popular bottomless mimosa, or spice things up with bottomless Black Velvets, a champagne and Guinness mix, instead.</p> <p><strong>Hours:</strong> The Dubliner is open Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. until 2 a.m., Saturday from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.</p> <p><strong>Website:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><em><strong>••••••••</strong></em></p> <p><em>For more on bars in Boca Raton, click <a href="/blog/tag/boca-after-dark/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> <center><strong></strong></center> <p><strong>About Shaina</strong></p> <div>Shaina is a Boca transplant, born and raised in South Jersey. Her love of writing began at a young age and followed her through to Rutgers University where she graduated with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. It wasn't until she sought after a new and exciting journey far away from the cold winters of Jersey that she discovered another love: food. Shaina created her very own food blog, Take A Bite Out of Boca, and has since grown her passion for cooking, baking, and of course sipping and savoring her way around town. She is very excited to be part of the team at Boca Raton Magazine and hopes that you will join her every step of the way as she explores <em>Boca After Dark</em>. You can follow Shaina and all of her foodie adventures in and out of the kitchen at <a href="" target="_blank">Take A Bite Out of Boca</a>.</div>Shaina WizovWed, 20 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0000 BBQ to Debut in Boca<p>Just in time for the Labor Day weekend is the expected debut of a New Orleans-style barbecue joint in the <strong>Polo Club Shoppes </strong>(<em>5030 Champion Blvd.</em>) in Boca.</p> <p><img alt="" height="299" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/voodoo_platter.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>VooDoo BBQ</strong></a>, a four-state, Big Easy-based purveyor of all things slow-cooked and smoky, already has four Florida outlets, with the Boca branch set to open Aug. 25 and a sixth location to debut later in Pensacola.</p> <p>The fast-casual eateries typically feature a look that might best be described as cleaned-up New Orleans funk, with a menu that swings between traditional ‘cue, a few Cajun-Creole specialties and the inevitable burgers, wings and loaded potatoes.</p> <p>Look for all the usual barbecue suspects—pulled pork, chicken, sausage, brisket, turkey and ribs—plus New Orleans staples like gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and rice, barbecue shrimp, shrimp po’ boys and white chocolate bread pudding. Dig in and let the good times. . . well, you know.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 19 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsDelray Beach development, Florida gambling laws, plus more.<h3>A Growing Delray Beach</h3> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/home_two.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p>Boca Raton and Delray Beach are about to make high-reward but also high-risk decisions on development regulations. Both cities should be glad that they attract enough development to justify the reviews and also cautious enough in approving new regulations not to sacrifice the attributes that draw developers.</p> <p>In Delray Beach, a draft proposal for changes to land development regulations in the<strong> Central Business District</strong> went before the Planning and Zoning Board last night at a workshop session – questions and discussion only; no votes. Previously, the city commission had offered comments on the proposal during its own lengthy workshop. As in Boca, a final vote on the changes probably will happen in the fall.</p> <p>Delray Beach asked the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council for guidance. Council staff member Anthea Gianniotes calls the proposal – 59 pages in its current form -- not a drastic “revision” but “a matter of fine-tuning.” It comes as Delray prepares for a new round of development, notably in the area south and west of Atlantic Avenue and Swinton Avenue.</p> <p>The last wave of development, Gianniotes said, produced some “dissatisfaction” among residents in addition to the new revenue it brought. Among other things, sidewalks got narrower, and Gianniotes correctly points out that Delray Beach has a “very active bicyclist/pedestrian community” and a “sophisticated citizenry.” Indeed, downtown Delray is so crowded most nights that the best way to get there and then get around is by pedal or foot, especially for younger, newer residents who live close to downtown. Ruin that experience, and you punish the people Delray Beach has spent so many years trying to attract.</p> <p>One issue is Delray Beach’s four-story height limit. Or, more accurately, Delray Beach’s perceived four-story height limit. The height limit is 48 feet, which Gianniotes says developers can circumvent through new building techniques to create five-story buildings that don’t violate the rules. So one proposed change would define the height requirement by number of stories.</p> <p>Another proposal would increase open space and setback requirements for large projects – to prevent approval or projects that could overwhelm an area. Not surprisingly, the push for rule changes began after a previous city commission approved Atlantic Crossing, on the north side of Atlantic Avenue west of Veterans Park. The mixed-use project is equivalent of a “McMansion” on an undersized residential lot.</p> <p>Delray Beach’s goal, as Gianniotes puts it in planning talk, is to establish “predictability of scale” with these changes. There are no “guiding instructions” for downtown projects, she said. The changes seek to create those instructions.</p> <p>Of course, the city commission didn’t have to approve the huge waivers for Atlantic Crossing. On the current commission, Shelly Petrolia is probably the most vocal opponent of granting exemptions to planning requirements. While she supports the review – some of the regulations, she says, are “outdated” -- Petrolia also says, “We don’t need to be as flexible as we have been. People should build according to [the regulations]. It seems as if everything comes before the commission for something.”</p> <p>She has a point. A city can adopt whatever development regulations it wants, but those regulations always will depend on what elected officials decide. Developers always will ask; in some cases the exceptions they seek will work for the community as well as the developer. Other times, though, they won’t. So who has more influence over elected officials? I have wondered for years why turnout in city elections is so much lower then for presidential elections. Higher turnout would mean greater accountability for those who make decisions close to home.</p> <h3>Beachside Comfort </h3> <p>Last week, the Boca Raton City Council approved a contract to provide cabanas and other rental amenities on the beaches at South Beach Park, Red Reef Park and Spanish River Park. The contractor, <a href="" target="_blank">Oceanside Beach Services</a>, has quite a history in Delray Beach.</p> <p>In 2012, then-City Manager David Harden – without city commission approval -- extended for three years that city’s contract with Oceanside, which the company first obtained in 2002. Curiously, the extension didn’t bring Delray Beach any more money, even though the city’s public beach is very popular.</p> <p>In April 2013, a new city commission asked then-City Manager Louie Chapman to seek bids for the beach contract. The city did, and the new deal brought Delray Beach roughly $153,000 more from December 2013 to June 2015, the balance of the contract.</p> <p>Under Chapman, though, Delray Beach so botched the bidding that the process led to a pair of reports by the county’s Office of Inspector General. Example: the bid proposal specified that a company could have only 250 pieces of equipment, rather than 250 groupings of pieces – say, an umbrella, two chairs and two cushions. The sloppy language might have scared off companies that thought they couldn’t make any more with those restrictions.</p> <p>In Boca, however, Oceanside was the only bidder. In contrast to Delray, this contract is just for one year, with the possibility of three, one-year renewals. The city will get $54,000 the first year and will share the money with the Greater Boca Raton Beach &amp; Park District. You’d think that, given all the beachgoers in this area, there would be more bidders seeking to supply them.</p> <h3>All Bets Aside</h3> <p>For those who claim that casinos represent Florida’s economic future, consider that the number of recent casino closures in Atlantic City, N.J., has risen to four.</p> <p>Those of a certain age will recall that casinos were supposed to save Atlantic City when they begin operating in the late 1970s. Atlantic City and its boardwalk had been big draws decades earlier, but the old resort town faded as tastes changed and theme parks opened in Florida.</p> <p>Casinos, though, never led to the wider redevelopment of Atlantic City that New Jersey politicians had predicted. Also, three-plus decades ago, only New Jersey and Nevada allowed casino gambling. Today, casinos are in Connecticut, New York, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Massachusetts, all states that once supplied gamblers to Atlantic City. Many of the casinos have opened on Native American tribal land. Whoever operates them, those new casinos have cut into Atlantic City’s market.</p> <p>The Florida Legislature has not decided whether to allow Las Vegas-style casinos in places other than tribal land. First, legislators want to see what happens with negotiations on the Seminole Tribe’s deal under which the tribe gives the state money in exchange for a monopoly on certain games at the Hard Rock Casino.</p> <p>But there are only so many gambling dollars to go around. We should be skeptical of any claim that casinos would create lots of jobs and new revenue for the state. Though Bible Belt, socially conservative states border Florida, two casino boats operate in Georgia, and Biloxi, Miss., has become such a gambling spot that the casinos supply roughly one-fourth of the state’s tax revenue.</p> <p>Those states, though, can’t offer South Florida’s range of first-rate attractions or the area’s excellent hotels. Bruce Springsteen sung of Atlantic City, “Everything dies, baby, that’s a fact. But maybe everything that dies someday comes back.” Let the casino myth stay dead.</p> <h3>Big Budget Debate </h3> <p>In the debate over the <strong>Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office budget</strong>, one points gets overlooked.</p> <p>Yes, the cost of running the sheriff’s office makes up roughly half of the county’s budget, and a major cause of Sheriff Ric Bradshaw’s proposed budget increase of $32 million is an overly generous labor contract.</p> <p>But even residents of Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Boynton Beach, which have their own police departments, should know that the sheriff’s office does some of their work. The sheriff’s office runs the county jail, which means that cities don’t need their own jails. The sheriff’s office runs the county crime lab.</p> <p>And the sheriff’s office routinely gets calls from cities with help on crime problems or cases. Bradshaw told me that during the first seven months of the year the office got roughly 6,800 calls from city police departments. The sheriff’s office may provide direct law enforcement just for the unincorporated county and those cities that contract with it, but the office is a resource for every law enforcement agency in the county.</p> <h3>Bipartisanship Strikes Again</h3> <p>It may lead only to more frustration, but Delray Beach tonight will try to get some leverage over unregulated<strong> “sober houses”</strong> that have proliferated throughout the city.</p> <p>Before the city commission is a resolution – offered by Delray’s special counsel on this issue – urging the National League of Cities and the Florida League of Cities to lobby federal and state lawmakers for relief. Cities are very limited in their responses because those recovering from substance abuse are included in the <a href="" target="_blank">Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990</a>.</p> <p>The resolution says the departments of Housing and Urban Development and Justice have interpreted the law “inconsistently,” thus “causing a great financial and social burden on state and local governments facing over-concentration of sober homes. . .” Lack of regulation has “resulted in poorly run houses that provide little or no supervision or support for individuals recovering from addiction. . .” With Congress accomplishing less and less, Delray shouldn’t be optimistic. Still, this is another of those bipartisan issues that a functioning Congress would be able to deal with effectively and promptly.</p> <h3>Save the Everyglades</h3> <p>Last week, the <strong>South Florida Water Management District</strong> issued its annual misleading <a href="" target="_blank">report</a> on the health of the Everglades.</p> <p>In 1994, the Florida Legislature passed the Everglades Forever Act, which required sugar growers to start cleaning water leaving their farms. That water contains phosphorus, the main ingredient in fertilizer, which at high levels damages Everglades wildlife. The water moves from farms into the Everglades.</p> <p>The goal of the cleanup is to get runoff clean enough that it stops harming the Everglades. Twice, the state has set deadlines for the farmers to meet that standard, and twice they have lobbied for and received delays.</p> <p>To make things look better – since district taxpayers also are paying for the cleanup - the water district for years has issued yearly reports showing that the farmers’ actions – known as <strong>Best Management Practices</strong> (BMPs) – have cut the levels of phosphorus. True enough, but the farmers still haven’t met the final standard. Also, using an “average” is like saying that if Warren Buffett and two truck drivers are in a bar, their average net worth is about $15 billion. Everyone looks artificially better.</p> <p>In some parts of the Everglades Agriculture Area, says Audubon of Florida lobbyist Charles Lee, phosphorus levels are at 500 or 600 parts per billion. The standard is 10 parts per billion. One of the worst “hot spots,” Lee says, is the basin that empties into the Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge west of Boca Raton. The average is “a formula to trumpet success that isn’t there.”</p> <p>A federal lawsuit led to the Everglades Forever Act, and a court order compels the state to make the farmers hit the final standard. How long must Florida wait for the U.S. Department of Justice to put the hammer down?</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the <em>Miami Herald</em> and <em>Palm Beach Post</em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the <em>Po</em>st. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</p>Randy SchultzTue, 19 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityThe Week Ahead: Aug. 19 to 25<p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/glennmiller.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Laughs for Cats and Dogs</strong></p> <p>Where: The Shops at Boca Center, 5050 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 6:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $30-$75</p> <p>Contact: 561/482-8110</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Glenn Miller</a> is coming to Boca Raton. No, not <em>that</em> Glenn Miller—we’re not raising the dead here. This Glenn Miller is a talented local purveyor of comedy hypnosis, in which 20 eager volunteers line up onstage and wait for Miller, a certified member of the National Guild of Hypnotists, to lull them into a trance and then have some fun, whether it’s prompting his guests to strut across the stage like lingerie models or having them showcase their best Michael Jackson impersonation. Attendees at this fundraiser will experience all of this and more, with proceeds benefiting Tri County Animal Rescue. A reception will begin at 6:30, and Miller takes the stage at 7.</p> <p>THURSDAY AND FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="335" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/radio_theatre_2_(1).jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: “The Philadelphia Story” radio play</strong></p> <p>Where: Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $15-$25</p> <p>Contact: 561/450-6357, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Back in the late ‘30s and ‘40s, in the chaste world of movies and theater, the idea of a committed partner having an adulterous affair was strictly verboten. Thus was born the comedy of remarriage: Rather than stray extramaritally, the wandering party would divorce their spouse, have their fling, and ultimately—since the stories had to end happily, then as now—return to the fold. “The Philadelphia Story” was a classic example, if not the <em>essential</em> example, of this genre. The story, about a socialite whose wedding plans are disrupted by the reappearance of an ex-husband as well as the intrusion of a tabloid journalist, became a hit play in 1939 and an iconic MGM comedy in 1940, both of which resurrected the then-flatlining career of Katharine Hepburn. Throughout the 1940s, the story also inspired numerous radio adaptations, and this is the material Arts Garage will be exploring with the latest in its beloved Radio Theater series. Unlike shows such as “Dracula” and “War of the Worlds,” the domestic tumult of “The Philadelphia Story” doesn’t lend itself to obvious sound-effect theatrics, so it’ll be interesting to see where the Arts Garage’s cast and director take it.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/five-star-life.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “A Five Star Life”</strong></p> <p>Where: Living Room Theaters at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: Show times pending</p> <p>Cost: $6.50-$9.50</p> <p>Contact: 561/549-2600, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>There could be worse jobs than being a luxury hotel critic. Margherita Buy’s protagonist at the center of the Italian dramedy “A Five Star Life” lives out of an extravagant suitcase—jetting to one exotic location after another, staying a few days, judging everything from the wait staff’s demeanor to the amount of dust on the ice bucket, and secretly filing reports that could indicate, for the hotel in question, a dreaded lost star. But she’s a distant observer from that high life as much as she’s a reaper of its spoils. And her focus on career has led to a natural neglect of other things, like the suburban ideal of a steady partner and two children—a life her sister (Fabrizia Sacchi) struggles with to varying degrees. This smart, witty and universally appealing film is full of insights about the human condition and the choices we make, or don’t make. It runs 85 minutes and leaves you wanting more. “A Five Star Life” also opens Friday at Regal Shadowood in Boca Raton, Movies of Delray, Movies of Lake Worth and the Cosford Cinema in Coral Gables.</p> <p>FRIDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="364" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/justin-kredible-profile.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Justin Willman</strong></p> <p>Where: Palm Beach Improv, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., Suite 250, West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: Various show times</p> <p>Cost: $20, plus two-drink minimum</p> <p>Contact: 561/833-1812, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>I swear I’m not writing about Justin Willman only because he hosted a Scrabble-themed game show (the short-lived “Scrabble Showdown,” in 2011 and 2012), though it doesn’t hurt that he helped to further democratize the world’s greatest board game. But mainly, I’m including him in this Week Ahead because he’s a nerd whose various skills have made him a much sought-after talent in the fields of comedy, magic and television hosting. The Missouri native and longtime host of the Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” began learning magic at age 12, after an attempt to impress local girls by riding a bicycle while wearing rollerblades led to the breaking of both of his arms. Magic became his recuperative therapy, and he’s never stopped; his style is to disarm you with seemingly spontaneous quips while performing invisible, and stunning, trickery.  It has worked on celebrities from Hugh Jackman and Ellen DeGeneres to President Obama, when he performed at the White House in 2011. Catch both sides of Willman—the magician and the comedian—this weekend, in a dazzling program that could only be improved by the addition of cupcakes.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/purezep.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Pure Zeppelin</strong></p> <p>Where: Parker Playhouse, 707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $30-$40</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Robert Plant is still making new and relevant music these days, but it’s no surprise that tunes from his old band, Led Zeppelin, still make up the lion’s share of most of his set lists. The hunger to hear Zep songs live hasn’t waned since the ‘70s, with newer, younger fans emerging every year. Tribute acts like Pure Zeppelin are helping to meet this perpetually rising demand, performing Zeppelin’s greatest hits on vintage instruments, while playing like—and looking like—Plant, Jimmy Page, John Bonham and John Paul Jones. Proceeds for this special fundraiser will benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Florida.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/randywwhite.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Randy Wayne White</strong></p> <p>Where: Murder on the Beach, 273 Pineapple Grove Way, Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/279-7790, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Author Randy Wayne White may have been born in Ashland, Ohio—aka “The World Headquarters of Nice People”—but like many spinners of grisly narrative webs, he found the climate and atmosphere of Southern Florida to be most conducive to his crime fiction. The adventurer and onetime fishing guide has been a resident of Southwest Florida since 1972, but it wasn’t until 1990 that he unveiled the character for which he is most known today: Doc Ford, a retired NSA agent and marine biologist whose adventures have led to a whopping 21 novels and his own theme restaurant, Doc Ford’s Sanibel Rum Bar &amp; Grill on Sanibel Island. In 2012, though, White unveiled a new series heroine: a formidable fishing guide named Hannah Smith, who sounds like White’s own female avatar. He’s already published three Hannah Smith thrillers, and he’ll be in Delray Beach to discuss his latest, titled “Haunted,” in which Hannah tries to prevent a historic—and allegedly haunted—Palm Beach estate from being razed.</p> <p><em><img alt="" height="401" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/toriamos.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Photo by Amarpaul Kalirai </em></p> <p><strong>What: Tori Amos</strong></p> <p>Where: Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $51-$67</p> <p>Contact: 305/673-7300, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>In the early Aughts, in Orlando, I saw Tori Amos live for the same reason a good number of straight men have seen Tori Amos live: My significant other dragged me along. Because I didn’t understand her appeal, I hardly deserved to be breathing the same oxygen as this alt-pop icon—and I remember very little of the experience beyond the swelling eruptions of tears emanating from all corners of the arena. But I’ve come to accept that the problem is me; Tori Amos was, and still is, a very big deal for a very significant audience. This prolific singer-songwriter’s latest South Florida appearance comes on the heels of her 14<sup>th</sup> LP, “Unrepentant Geraldines,” and she’s been generously performing unexpected nuggets from nearly all of these albums on her current tour. She plays a different set list every night, which always includes at least two covers ranging from Billy Joel to Radiohead—and, at 50, her hair still looks awesome.</p>John ThomasonMon, 18 Aug 2014 17:19:51 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsSmall Bites: Foodie Special Events<p>Pairing local beer with local ingredients and one of the best ocean views in South Florida is the deal at the coming “Brews and Bites” dinner set for Tuesday, Aug. 26, at <strong>50 Ocean</strong> (<em>50 S. Ocean Blvd., 561/278-3364</em>) in Delray Beach.</p> <p><img alt="" height="328" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/brewbites.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The six-course, $69 prix fixe menu will include such delectables as Florida wahoo crudo with jicama-cashew relish, ginger aioli and Raspberry Reef ale, suckling pig ballotine with plum-apple stuffing and Watch This Belgian barley wine, and ice cream float and white chocolate macadamia-mint cookies with Sea Cow milk stout. Dinner gets underway at 6:30 p.m. and rezzies are required.</p> <p>Wander, munch and mingle in PGA Commons when some of Palm Beach Garden’s best restaurants will be dishing up their wares as part of the “<strong>Savor PGA Commons</strong>” walking culinary tour. It happens Wednesday, Aug. 27, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and costs $65 per person.</p> <p>Among the participating restaurants will be <strong>Vic &amp; Angelo’s, Spoto’s Oyster Bar, Prosecco Cafe </strong>and<strong> Kabuki Sushi Thai Tapas</strong>, serving up everything from beef short rib sliders and pear tortellini to spicy edamame and oyster shooters. You need to get your tickets ahead of time (before the event sells out), which you can do by calling 800/979-3370 or going to <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 18 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsUpcoming EventsStaff Picks of the Week: Brunch<p><strong>Sundy House</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="265" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/sundybrunch.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>(106 S. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach // 561/272-5678)</em></p> <p>Karen Jacaruso, Account Manager</p> <p>"Just went last month and their carving station, raw bar, salad bar and omelette station was superb - not to mention the unlimited mimosas or build you own Bloody Mary!!"</p> <p><strong>Grand Luxe Cafe</strong></p> <p><em>(6000 Glades Rd #1016, Boca Raton // </em><em>561/392-2141)</em></p> <p>John Thomason, Assistant Editor</p> <p>"This restaurant may be a chain—a sister property to Cheesecake Factory—but its kitchen doesn't cook like one, investing creativity and inspiration into each dish. This is especially true of its weekend brunch, which includes specialty dishes and sparkling cocktails you can't order at any other time."</p> <p><em>Dish recommendation:</em> “The Best” Eggs Benedict with Ham &amp; Hollandaise</p> <p><strong>Saquella Café</strong></p> <p><em>(410 Via De Palmas, Boca Raton // 561/338-8840)</em></p> <p>Recommended by two staffers!</p> <p>Camille Vandendriessche, Advertising Consultant </p> <p>"Saquella has the perfect European cafe feel leisurely dining indoor and out"</p> <p><em>Dish recommendation:</em> Egg White Florentine Andi (but everything is delicious!)</p> <p>Jennifer Breton, Events Director</p> <p>"Feels like you're at a cafe in New York. Perfect casual brunch spot to chat with friends and have great homemade tasting food."</p> <p><em>Dish recommendation:</em> Belgian waffle with roasted sweet potatoes, fresh fruit and a Prosecco Mimosa!</p> <p><strong>Café Luna Rosa</strong></p> <p><em>(34 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach // 561/274-9404)</em></p> <p>Rebecca Valenza, National Sales Manager</p> <p>"Luna is the perfect combination of scenery, inside &amp; out, and delicious culinary combinations ~ all while dining on the beach."</p> <p><em>​Dish recommendation:</em> Italian omelet​ </p> <p><strong>Delray Beach Marriott</strong></p> <p><em>(10 N. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach // 561/274-3200)</em></p> <p>Georgette Evans, Senior Account Manger</p> <p>"One of the best brunches I've been to, especially for Mother's Day. Great selection and variety of food."</p> <p><em>Dish recommendation: </em>The brisket was divine!</p> <p><strong>Himmarshee Public House</strong></p> <p><em>(201 S.W. Second St., Fort Lauderdale // 954/616-5275)</em></p> <p>Stefanie Cainto, Web Editor</p> <p>"Giant biscuit sandwiches, smoked bacon, breakfast shots and cocktails, $15 bottomless mimosas or Bloody Marys and ... wait for it ... brunch desserts. Yes, you did read that correctly."</p> <p><em>Dish recommendation:</em> Farm House Croquette</p>magazineFri, 15 Aug 2014 15:43:05 +0000 & Reviews63rd &#39;All Florida&#39; show challenging, provocative<p>As is customary, this year’s All Florida Juried Competition and Exhibition spreads across the two bottom-floor galleries of the Boca Museum of Art, and the artistic centerpiece bridging them is none other than a golden pile of poop.</p> <p><img alt="" height="265" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/byrd_holy.shit.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The sculpture, by All Florida returning favorite Byron Keith Byrd, is titled “Holy Shit,” and it’s a gold-leaf representation of excrement proudly displayed atop a custom-made, gold-laced pillow—a piece of crap elevated, indeed, to holy status. Byrd, who regularly uses his art to critique organized religion, has contributed another cheeky and irreverent statement on the arbitrariness of spiritual iconography. It may make some viewers turn right back around and leave the museum—which is to say that, like the best art, it did its job of affecting a visceral response.</p> <p>This seems to be a recurring them in this year’s All Florida, a state-of-the-state survey full of mystery, bombast and provocation. Juror Trong Gia Nguyen, an inventive artist and curator from Brooklyn, has brought his own offbeat and challenging taste to this exhibition’s selections. Few of the pieces risk understatement; this is a show swimming in large-scale, site-specific showstoppers, from massive cowboy boots and coffee dispensers to absurdly camouflaged sumo wrestlers and blinding light assemblages.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/miranda_lean2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>There’s even a column mounted to the floor containing atop it a bottle of cough syrup, a can of Sprite, a couple of Styrofoam cups and some stray Jolly Ranchers. At first glance, it looks as if a sloppy guest or staff member forgot to tidy up after lunch, until you realize the column is deliberately slanted and the objects on it are defying gravity, the candies permanently perched perilously over the edge. Titled “Lean,” it is in fact a sculpture, and a fine one, by Vincent Miranda.</p> <p><img alt="" height="287" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/varas_kimbombookra.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>And it’s not the only piece to recycle familiar materials in unusual ways. Like Miranda, Clara Varas earned a judges’ merit award for her esoteric assemblages of reconstituted junk and household items. These include “Kimbombo,” a fragile structure designed chiefly out of wood and pillows, and topped with a laundry basket, a wicker suitcase, an antique lamp and other objects that take on new meaning through their artistic preservation. Jose Pacheco Silva’s “Sunday Walk in Central Park” is a wildly inventive photographic tableau, with the artist transforming reclaimed tree bark into his canvas. Tree limbs sprout around Silva’s black-and-white images, whose ghostly ambience—complete with splotchy visual particulates—help to create an atmosphere of supernatural intrigue.</p> <p><img alt="" height="250" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/pacheco_sundaywalkcentralpark.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>But my favorite use of found materials is Lynelle Forrest’s “God is Everywhere …,” a hanging medallion of fantasy and cartoon action figures drained of color and recast entirely black. As a result, these familiar figures of childhood entertainment are rendered unrecognizable—like most faces are to the artist, a result of her struggle with Asperger’s syndrome. By making us see the world through the artist’s eyes, this personal, unique and moving work is my own Best in Show.</p> <p><img alt="" height="290" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/gouveia_entropicmanipulations14-7.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Other highlights include Nolan Haan’s “Art of Discrimination”—painted portraits of two anthropomorphized cinder blocks that instinctively shirk away from a “broken” block—and Isabel Gouveia’s “Entropic Manipulation” series. In these two pieces, the artist corrupted the CMYK patterns of her forest photographs to give them an unsettling sense of vertical lines suggestive of radioactivity or airborne chemical dispersants. On the more traditional photography front, I was taken aback by artists that shot the ordinary in extraordinary ways, such as Melanie Hurwitz’s beautiful “Broken Egg,” and Debbie Rubin’s “A Grand Reflection,” an imposing nature photo that plays Escher-esque tricks with your perception.</p> <p><img alt="" height="602" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/rubin_agrandreflection.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The three selections that haunt me the most in this All Florida arrive via different artists, but they seem plucked from the same collective mind, because they all reflect a modern era where death surrounds children and vice versa. In Suzanne Scherer and Pavel Ouporov’s “Warrior,” the artists photographed their adorable son clutching a primitive sword, boldly and bravely contrasting childhood innocence with savage violence. The work is all the more disturbing because it’s framed like a school photo. Jeff Olson’s “War Games” photograph depicts a series of abandoned hovels in an open field, a play-battleground whose locations strike notes that are all too real and geopolitical: A sign on the foremost one reads “Iran” and contains a Christian cross carved into it. The absence of playful children makes this scenario ever darker.</p> <p><img alt="" height="289" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/2a9ac594dc384ca7-iran1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>But the most difficult piece in the entire show is also, perhaps, the last one you’ll encounter. Ivania Guerrero’s “Bearing Witness” is a mixed-media sculpture of a one-legged child reaching to the skies, with tiny ears and eyes sprouting all over its clay body while its own face is a deformed composite of many facial organs—pieces of fellow-children, perhaps, coagulating into a single mass, as a result of any number of real-world invasions. Gaza comes to mind lately, but pick your own slaughter.</p> <p>“All Florida” is usually intellectually stimulating, but it hasn’t been this <em>physically</em> shocking—this vitally uncomfortable—in all the time I’ve covered it. Bravo to Nguyen and the Boca Museum for taking risks.</p> <p><em>"All Florida" is at the Boca Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, through Oct. 18. Admission costs $8 adults, $6 seniors and $5 children. Call 561/392-2500 or visit</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 15 Aug 2014 13:14:03 +0000 & EventsEau Is the New (Temple) Orange<p>A little after a year since the Ritz Carlton Palm Beach became <strong>Eau Palm Beach Resort &amp; Spa</strong> (100 S. Ocean Blvd., 561/533-6000), the changes are being felt in the hotel’s chic, view-rich <a href="" target="_blank">Temple Orange restaurant</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="191" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/temple-orange.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Chef de cuisine (and Emeril Lagasse alum) <strong>Armando Galeas</strong> has come up with new lighter and healthier but still robustly flavorful Mediterranean menus at breakfast, lunch and dinner. An extensive breakfast buffet has been added to the usual a la carte morning offerings, featuring everything from cured meats and cheeses to house-baked pastries to made-to-order egg dishes and a daily quiche.</p> <p>At lunch, such midday staples as burgers, sandwiches and grilled fish are supplemented by a roster of inventive salads (mesclun greens with figs, basil, goat cheese and pomegranate vinaigrette) that can be bulked up with grilled chicken, fish and steak, and flatbread-like “bacos” tricked out with turkey meatballs or slow-roasted pork.</p> <p>Dinner features local fish, grilled and presented with chermoula or parsley-caper-tomato vinaigrette, plus a vegetarian pappardelle with pea shoots, mint butter, saffron cauliflower, artichokes and pine nuts and sides from naughty (beer-battered onion rings with smoky catsup) to saintly (lentils with hazelnuts, mint and celery root).</p> <p>There are also three-course menus for the summer season priced at $20 per person at lunch and $35 at dinner. And now Eau know. . .</p>Bill CitaraFri, 15 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsHome Town: What’s Cooking<p>Ellen Briggs thinks children generally do the right thing—at least when it comes to food.
“Kids love to eat healthy foods,” she says. “In fact, they will choose healthier foods over other [options].” Briggs is a Boca Raton food consultant, radio show personality and co-founder of <a href="" target="_blank">Kids Kritics Approved</a>, a local company that recommends healthy foods for families based on nutritional criteria and an all-important blind tasting by real youngsters.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/ellenbriggs.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Foods to be “tested” for the tasting are screened for all manner of nasty additives—things like hydrogenated oils, MSG, corn syrups and caffeine. The amount of food processing also is determined, including how it has affected the original nutrients. Then a group of kids between the ages of 5 and 13 have at it, answering the following four questions along the way: 1) Does it look good? 2) Does it smell good? 3) Does it taste good? and 4) Should your family buy, serve or make it? The results must be at least 70 percent positive before they are given the Kid Kritics’ seal of approval, which is at the center of Briggs’ business.</p> <p>Why the fuss? Because pack
ing that healthy lunch is more
important than ever. “Kids need
protein and complex carbs
and water to finish the day on
a high note,” she says. “They
need to be refueled, so you want to give them those foods.”</p> <p>Briggs says children respond most to “finger foods,” and she likes the idea of lunches filled with cut-up fruit, cut-up veggies, cherry tomatoes, celery, cucumbers and dips—especially bean dips and hummus. What she doesn’t like in a lunchbox is candy, soda, sports drinks or any foods with artificial flavors or ingredients.</p> <p>Just in time for the start of school, Briggs offers a weekly lunch box menu (above), which she says meets “mid-day nutritional needs of protein, complex carbohydrates, good fats, dairy, whole grains and water.”</p> <center><em>To view Ellen Brigg's sample kids' menu for a week, pick up the September/October 2014 issue of Boca Raton magazine.</em></center>Marie SpeedFri, 15 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000 The MagazineNewsFeel Good: Getting Ripped<p>Fitness and healthy eating always have been staples of <strong>Kim Turner’s </strong>lifestyle. But when the mother of two children (ages 10 and 13) decided to compete at a recent national fitness event, everything she knew about training was turned on its head.</p> <p><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/kimturner.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>To become “stage ready” for last April’s National Physique Committee bikini competition in Boca, Turner joined a group of women training at <a href="" target="_blank">Synergy Fitness Boca</a> (221 E. Palmetto Park Road, 561/289-3383). Her work- out schedule included an hour and a half of intense training (primarily with weights), five days a week. She ate at specific times, according to her workouts and recoveries—and she only ate the clean foods and supplements on her plan. In the weeks leading to the competition, there was no cheating. No wine, chocolate or processed food—just plainly prepared or raw foods, drinks and carefully chosen (legal, healthy) supplements.</p> <p>“You’re eating every two hours, so you’re eating a lot of food, but it’s very limited,” Turner says. “You have to get creative. I was sick
of eating oatmeal and egg whites, so I started making a pancake out of oatmeal and egg whites. For me, the diet part wasn’t that hard. But you’re exhausted from all the training. By the end of the day, you want to go to bed.</p> <p>“You have to know that it’s hard on your family, because you’re doing it all for you. You’re having separate meals, you can’t go out all the time, your social life suffers. So, it’s hard to find a balance. But if you set a goal ... you definitely can get there.”</p> <p>Unlike the bodybuilding contests that put Arnold Schwarzenegger on the map, fit- ness competitions for women focus more on sculpting and less on bulk. Women can compete in different categories—not all of which require contestants to wear bikinis. Generally speaking, competitors perform a series of poses and walk on stage for a panel of judges. Depending on the event, judges might score based on body balance and shape, as well as overall physical appearance (including complexion), poise and presentation.</p> <p>But it’s the training as much as the competition
that is piquing the interest of women in and around Boca. It involves a strict nutritional plan, scientifically orchestrated to strip the body of
fat while building muscle. It also involves lifting heavier weights than most women ever thought they could, ac- cording to <strong>Mark VanBourgondien</strong>, owner and trainer at Synergy Fitness Boca. Synergy offers a 12-week body transformation program.</p> <center> <p><em>For tips from VanBourgondien and Turner, pick up the September/October 2014 issue of Boca Raton magazine.</em></p> </center>Lisette HiltonFri, 15 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000 The MagazineFace Time: Chris Holcomb<p>The last thing <strong>Chris Holcomb</strong> remembers from that early August evening drive on A1A near Vero Beach was blinding light. Forty- eight days later he awoke from an induced coma in the hospital a C-7 quadriplegic.</p> <p><img alt="" height="388" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/chrisholcomb.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>That was in 2004. A self-described “average guy” and divorced father of a 10-year old daughter, Holcomb, then 33, had just closed a big deal for Boca’s Global Telecom, where he worked. He’d been at it pretty hard, and the stress was taking its toll. He had decided, on doctor’s orders, to go to Vero to unwind for a long weekend. Unplug the phone, catch his breath.</p> <p>He had just hit the road, en route to a hotel, when he saw the light—followed by compete and total darkness.</p> <p>“Nobody hit me,” he says. “I don’t have any memory of the impact or the actual accident, but I went off the road, hit a palm tree and I was ejected through the windshield. The car flipped over the palm tree and then landed on top of me. They had to Traumahawk me from the site; I don’t even know how long I was there. Somebody saw some smoke and some lights in the bushes from the car, and that’s how they found me.”</p> <p>When Holcomb came to in a hospital room, he couldn’t move or speak or breathe on his own.</p> <p>“Immediately upon coming to the realization where I was and what was happening, I wanted to die,” he says. “I thought this isn’t fair to my family, this isn’t fair to me. When</p> <p>I was in ICU and finally coming around, I asked my dad to just get this over with.”</p> <p>For two-and-a-half years, Holcomb hovered someplace he can’t—or will not—describe now. He allows only that it was very dark, and all he wanted was for it to be over.</p> <p>But then there was that Sunday when his sister and her boyfriend showed up and trundled him out of bed and into their car.</p> <p>“They got me dressed and took me for a ride,” he says. “Little did I know they were taking me to Lake Worth High School to participate in a wheelchair rugby practice, which is known as Murderball. I didn’t know anything about the disabled population; I didn’t know anything abut adaptive sports.”</p> <p>All Holcomb knew, he says, is that he had no life and he wanted to die.</p> <p>“But everything changed that day,” he says. “I saw all of these guys having a great time; they were working. And it wasn’t just the game—I realized that these people had driven there; they had gotten themselves in and out of their cars. Some of those guys had children they had [fathered] post-injury—through marriage. At that very moment I had an epiphany; I held it together, but I had a breakdown when I got home. I felt so selfish, and I realized that, wow, I was getting ready to cause a life sentence for my family. That it wasn’t just all about me. The damage, the fallout [had I killed myself] would have been incredible.”</p> <p>Holcomb traded in the motorized wheel- chair for a manual one; he started therapy and exercise, and he went back to work. He discovered Achilles International, an organization dedicated to getting people with physical challenges back in the game—literally.</p> <p>“I now saw that there was life,” he says. “From that moment forward, I never used a transfer board, I went into a manual chair. I was 200 pounds, I am now 150.”</p> <p>This summer, Holcomb, now 43, competed in the Boca Ballroom Battle; since 2008, he has completed 30 marathons and a triathlon.</p> <p>The transformation of a bedridden quadriplegic to a man doing wheelies in a dance competition did not come easily. We asked Holcomb how he did it, and how he sees life these days.</p> <p><strong>What he does: </strong>“Achilles International (which encouraged him to do his first marathon in 2008) provides inclusion opportunities for all types of people with physical challenges. My job as regional director for the state of Florida is to oversee a pretty active seasonal race calendar. I try to recruit people with physical disabilities to give them an experience they would never even think possible: to complete a marathon.”</p> <p><strong>On paying it forward: </strong>“The rugby team saved my life, and I had an opportunity to do a marathon—and inspire others by my willingness to take it on. I wake up every day with the opportunity to change somebody else’s life. When I do so, it saves mine.”</p> <p><strong>Ongoing challenges: </strong>“Companionship, love, finding a partner. Humans are visual creatures; they don’t accept what they don’t understand. As an individual with a disability, I just hope and pray that my time will come.”</p> <p><strong>Advice to others who find their lives changed by a disability: </strong>“Get connected. Get involved. Pay special attention to your family because they are there to support you and to see you through your darkest hour. And get into the pipeline of recovery immediately.”</p> <p><strong>Biggest joys: </strong>“Helping others. I picture my life like Forrest Gump. I had this previous life, and now I am on a new journey. God gave me another chance at life. And now I’m taking on every challenge that I think I am capable of completing.”</p> <h2>“I wake up every day with the opportunity to change somebody’s life. ...[which] saves mine.”</h2> <center> <p><em>For more stories on local heroes and leaders, pick up the September/October 2014 issue of Boca Raton magazine.</em></p> </center>Marie SpeedFri, 15 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000 The MagazineNewsThe Boca Interview: Big Man on Campus<p>When <strong>Florida Atlantic University</strong> hired <a href="" target="_blank">John W. Kelly</a> in January to be the seventh president in its 50-year history, one of the college’s board of trustees was quoted as saying that the former vice president of economic development at Clemson University was the “safer” choice, compared to the two politicians also in the running.</p> <p><img alt="" height="340" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/johnkelly.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>On the one hand, you couldn’t fault FAU for wanting to avoid even a hint of controversy. During a two-year stretch of embarrassments under former president Mary Jane Saunders, the main campus in Boca had become the collegiate embodiment of Murphy’s Law.</p> <p>One minute the school was naming its football stadium after a for-profit prison, the next its head football coach was being accused of drug use. Two professors made national headlines—one for asking students to stomp on the word “Jesus” during a class- room exercise, another for personal blogs that questioned both the Sandy Hook shooting and the Boston Marathon bombing.</p> <p>Despite the game-changing addition of a college of medicine, as well as ongoing connections to world-renowned research institutes Scripps and Max Planck, FAU’s reputation was taking a piñata-like beating.</p> <p>But lest anyone think that Kelly, 60, has come to Boca to play it safe, think again. After nearly three decades at Clemson, 17 of them in various vice presidential roles, the man with a Ph.D. in horticulture is intent on cultivating what he sees as the school’s untapped potential.</p> <p>As evidenced by his thoughtful 90-minute conversation with <em>Boca Raton</em>, the South Carolina native brings the necessary ingredients to his new post—moxie, vision, decisiveness and a heaping helping of Southern charm. It’s a recipe that FAU is counting on to keep the past out of its present.</p> <center> <p><em>For more from the big man on campus, pick up the September/October 2014 issue of Boca Raton magazine.</em></p> </center>Kevin KaminskiFri, 15 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000 The MagazineNewsCooking the Southern Way<div class="page" title="Page 102"> <div class="section"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>Yes, it’s fried chicken—glistening golden, crispy and juicy at first bite—lifted just before plating from a black-iron skillet. Served with hot buttermilk biscuits and bowls of black-eyed peas with snaps, butter beans and sliced ripe tomatoes.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/southerncooking.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>This is quintessential Southern food. </p> <p>But what makes it so? It’s not really any one ingredient or dish or technique, although fried green tomatoes, okra and pork in all forms also are staples of the genre. It’s something else, though, a unique emotional connection to a sense of place, of fast-held tradition. “Southern food is nostalgia. It’s food that tells a story,” says Lindsay Autry, a North Carolina chef transplanted to South Florida. She distinctly remembers the brown paper sack that her grandmother used to shake chicken in before frying.</p> <p>The cuisine appears, at first, tough to find in South Florida, where the joke has been that you must go north to go South in this state.</p> <p>“It’s an evolving, dynamic cuisine,” says John T. Edge, director of the Southern Foodways Alliance, a group that studies Southern food culture. It’s changing, he says, with new and old practitioners coming together. In South Florida, those would be native Crackers, along with the West Africans, Cubans and Haitian Creoles. In fact, a new generation of chefs from all corners is taking up the mantle with modern tech- niques and their interpretations of the South’s traditional foods.</p> <p>The result? We are undergoing a full-blown Southern food revival. Somebody say Amen! </p> <center> <p><em>For more from this delicious story, pick up the September/October 2014 issue of Boca Raton magazine.</em></p> </center></div> </div> </div> </div>magazineFri, 15 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000 The MagazineNews & ReviewsRock On<div class="page" title="Page 111"> <div class="section"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>Call it the result of a foundering economy, or a desire to return to rock-n-roll roots in an era of electronically manufactured music.</p> <p><img alt="" height="315" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/kisstribute.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Whatever the reason, the 2000s have seen an explosion of tribute bands: groups that play the music of renowned bands at a drastically reduced ticket price compared to the real deal—and that often sound just as good if not better than the originals do in their late- career, hip-replaced incarnations.</p> <p>But what differentiates a high-minded tribute act from its semantically lower cousin, the cover band? That old Supreme Court definition of pornography comes to mind: I know a tribute band when I see it. Some focus solely on playing the music of their icons as note-perfectly as possible; others exhibit their tribute-band bona fides by becoming their heroes from headgear to footwear. But the best of them make you remember why you fell in love with the original artists in the first place.</p> <p>Here’s a look at four of South Florida’s finest tributantes. </p> <p><em>For an inside look at Across The Universe, Kiss Alive Smells Like Grunge and Turnstiles, pick up the September/October 2014 issue of Boca Raton magazine. </em></p> </div> </div> </div> </div>John ThomasonFri, 15 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & EventsIn The MagazineMusicWeb Xtra: Hand-Pulled Mozzarella with Heirloom Tomatoes and Basil<p><strong>Hand-Pulled Mozzarella with Heirloom Tomatoes and Basil</strong></p> <p>Recipe provided by Taylor Roe, <a href="" target="_blank">Butcher Block Grill</a></p> <p><em>(7000 W. Camino Real, #100, Boca Raton, 561/409-3035)</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/webextra_mozzarella.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p>7 ounces cheese curd, purchased</p> <p>1 quart heavily salted water</p> <p>Large heirloom tomatoes, sliced</p> <p>Baby heirloom tomatoes, halved</p> <p>Extra-virgin olive oil</p> <p>Micro-basil</p> <p>Salt to taste</p> <p>Balsamic vinegar syrup</p> <p><strong>For balsamic syrup:</strong> Place 1 cup balsamic vinegar and 1/2 cup sugar in saucepan. Reduce on medium heat until thick and syrupy.</p> <p><strong>For cheese:</strong> Place cheese curd in bowl. Heat water above 186 degrees and pour into bowl. Let curd soften, then gather together with your hands. Remove cheese from water and gently stretch it for several minutes until it no longer has any lumps and the surface is smooth and shiny, dunking back into water if necessary to keep the cheese pliable.</p> <p>Form into large ball by taking cheese in both hands and tucking the bottom in or make small balls (“bocconcini”) by making a ring shape with your thumb and forefinger, forcing the cheese through the opening and pinching it off.</p> <p><strong>To assemble:</strong> Sprinkle tomatoes with salt (use red, yellow and golden tomatoes for variety). Cut large ball of mozzarella into slices or take bocconcini and arrange on plate with tomatoes. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic syrup. Top with micro-basil. Serve.</p>magazineFri, 15 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Web ExtrasWeb Xtra: John Kelly<p>Here’s more from The <em>Boca</em> Interview with the new president of Florida Atlantic University.</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="312" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/johnkelly2.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>You had opportunities to pursue the president’s chair at other universities over the years. What piqued your interest about this opportunity at this particular time?</strong></p> <p>I was reaching a stage in my career where the president of Clemson was leaving; I’d worked with him for 14 years. The provost that I’d worked with for 13 of those years had left. … I’d been a VP for 17 years. It felt like a good time to look for something different.</p> <p>So I looked at what was open. … Texas A&amp;M was open, and I was asked to look at that. There were openings at Memphis, College of Charleston, Southern Alabama, and then Florida Atlantic. … I didn’t know anyone here. Nobody in Boca. Nobody who worked at the college. I had no clue [about the college] except what I could learn from the Web and my consultants.</p> <p>Most of the colleges [that had openings] were really heavy on teaching and light on research. FAU has a significant research program, which was really intriguing to me. College of Charleston would have been easy for me; my wife and I had a house there, but they didn’t have a significant research program at the time.</p> <p>Also, I didn’t want to be cold again. This is probably the place I’ll stay, so I want it to be a town that’s fun to be in, as well as a good university.</p> <p><strong>When you were hired, one of the trustees described it as the “safer choice” because of your academic background. What would you say to anyone who questions your ability to work with Tallahassee lawmakers to get done what needs to get done on behalf of FAU?</strong></p> <p>I went to Tallahassee two of the first three weeks I was here, and then again a few weeks later. … I had no relationships there. I didn’t know a soul. I found out there are two Clemson grads in the legislature, so that was a good place to start—and they were actually very helpful in introducing me to other people. …</p> <p>We need to continually prove ourselves over and over and over. We can’t, in any way, take for granted that we’re understood. We need constant efforts and making sure [legislators] understand where we’re going and benchmarking ourselves so they know what we’ve done since they last met us.</p> <p><strong>To borrow a publishing term, is it daunting after all these years to be on top of the masthead?</strong></p> <p>It’s liberating, actually. … I’m used to working in a team environment. And at Clemson, that team would not let a project fail. And they wouldn’t let anyone else on the team fail. They’d pick each other up and do the things necessary to succeed. They cared that much, they had that much passion. I could step out of those teams, and the team knew exactly what to do.</p> <p>That’s what I’m trying to build here. I [shouldn’t] have to be in the room for everything. I know exactly what’s going to happen in the room. No alpha male or alpha female is going to jump in take over these people; they won’t let it happen.</p> <p>I’m not an alpha male. I’m about building something that this university can be proud of. Everyone who populates that room will have to be of that ilk. It will have to be about “us,” not “me.”</p> <p><strong>What does the medical school at FAU have to do to take the next step and elevate itself to a level with other great medical colleges in the South?</strong></p> <p>The university has to invest more in it. This program we have with the residencies [involving several area hospitals] is very unique; we’re committed to working closely with Boca Regional and building collaboratively what we can do together. Dr. Levy, the new head of the neuroscience program, will be a key part of the relationship of building both a clinical and research side.</p> <p>To build a great medical school, you have to find talent—and you’re competing against the heavyweights of the heavyweights. A huge part of my job, along with raising money for the college, will be raising talent. By that, I mean it’s a day-and-night difference if you get the right person or you don’t. … This place sells itself pretty well. But as you begin to build a culture where the best of the best are here, other people then want to be a part of it.</p>Kevin KaminskiFri, 15 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000 ExtrasWeb Xtra: Cooking the Southern Way<p>Here’s more info and resources from the feature on Southern cuisine in the September/October issue of <em>Boca Raton</em>!</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/webextra_southerncooking.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Further Reading</strong></p> <p>If you want to learn to cook Southern food, delve into the many cookbooks worthy of bedside reading, which is always the mark of a great cookbook.</p> <p>Edna Lewis, the granddaughter of a former slave, wrote the definitive cookbook that revived Southern cooking in 1976, <em>The Taste of Country Cooking</em>. Lewis was sometimes called "the South’s answer to Julia Child.</p> <p>John Egerton’s 1987 book, <em>Southern Food: At Home, on the Road, in History</em>, is considered to be a comprehensive take on Southern cooking with recipes—and the important connection to their places in the South.</p> <p><em>Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking</em>, by Natalie Dupree, a PBS favorite, takes readers into the kitchen for lessons in techniques and ingredients in more than 600 recipes. The Lee Brothers, Ted and Matt, produced <em>The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook: Stories and Recipes for Southerners and Would-be Southerners</em> in 2006.</p> <p>A new cookbook from our own Lee Brian Schrager, founder of the South Beach Food and Wine Festival, was just released. <em>Fried and True: 50 Recipes for America’s Best Fried Chicken and Sides</em> pays homage to the one Southern food with universal appeal. Plenty of versions are here for the choosing, along with techniques.</p> <p><strong>Southern Comebacks          </strong></p> <p>Crispy chicken is just one Southern food that’s recaptured America. Watch for its cousin, Country Captain, the curiously Moroccan-style curried chicken stew to reemerge. Sweet potato casserole, a staple of Southern Thanksgiving tables, comes under the label “sweet potato mousse,” ostensibly so they can charge extra for it.</p> <p>Sweet onion pie—made famous in a recipe published years ago by Southern writer Eudora Welty—has shown up under several labels as onion flatbread, quiche or foccachia. It’s taken from the French pissaladiere – and sounds more expensive that way.</p> <p>Suddenly, crab is back—whether from a cost standpoint or chefs looking to unusual seafood dishes. Along with crabcakes (now set on fried green tomatoes and served with a buttermilk dressing), deviled crab, baked crab dip and the vinegary West Indies salad famous along the Gulf Panhandle region shows up as a crudite.</p> <p>Cornbread salad has reappeared. The pot-luck favorite, a layered salad meant to use up leftovers of vegetables, greens and topped with cheese, finds its way back as a chopped salad version with crispy cornbread croutons and house-smoked bacon or pickled shrimp.</p> <p>Also back, though it never left for some: Bourbon. It’s one of the hottest selling liquors in America, with top-shelf varieties and small-batch bourbons taking over from old-timers. Manhattans, juleps and simply bourbon and branch are what’s at the bar      </p>magazineFri, 15 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsWeb ExtrasWeb Xtra: Frank-E-Oke<p>Here are a few more pearls of wisdom from <strong>Frank Edwards</strong>, the entertainer, business owner and the creator of <a href="" target="_blank">Frank-E-Oke</a>, Palm Beach County’s premier karaoke company.</p> <p><img alt="" height="544" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/frankedwards.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>- [Twelve years ago], I was doing sound and lighting for rock concerts, and I realized I wasn’t getting any younger. And I thought, of all the things I know how to do, which one has the lightest equipment? And that’s where Frank-E-Oke came from.</p> <p>- [Karaoke tracks] still arrive on discs, though a couple of companies ship digitally. But there’s a vast number of [hosts] out there that are just copying each other’s hard drives. And the karaoke production houses went out of business. You can only steal from them for so long. I don’t do that. I have a digital license from Chartbusters. So I bought their whole library digitally from them.</p> <p>- And I have an arrangement with Pop Hits Monthly. They just automatically send me 18 of the newest songs each month.<br>The younger groups play the younger songs. There’s a college crowd that will definitely sing anything Drake puts out, anything Rihanna puts out. There’s a younger crowd that likes Justin Bieber and Katy Perry, and little girls are always going to like Taylor Swift.</p> <p>- There’s people who want to joke about OneDirection. But 10 or 15 years ago, we had NSync. But before that we had the Spinners. Before the Spinners, we had the Four Seasons. Before the Four Seasons, we had the Platters. Five guys singing with no instruments is not a new concept! NSync is exactly what the Platters would have been if they didn’t have mic stands.<br>With the older crowd, every once in a while something will sneak into the lexicon. Some things run forever, others come back again. There was an eight-year period where we had to do “Summer Nights” every single night. They would do it five times a night if I let them. About four years ago it became “Don’t Stop Believin,’” right before “Glee” did it. And then “Glee” pushed it up over the top.</p> <p>- “Baby Got Back” is always sung by skinny white girls who <em>think</em> they’ve got too much back.</p> <p>- Sometimes a particular singer will have three or five songs they do all the time, and they don’t vary from them. I’ve seen a guy sing for a year and a half, and I think he only knows two songs. What happens is, first, people are afraid to sing. Then they have some success and they want to sing. Then they get “karaoke successful;” everybody in the bar knows them and likes them. Then they’re afraid to do anything new, because they might screw up, having been good. Then there’s other singers that always try something new.</p> <p>- We’re not trying to be the star. There are way too many people that became karaoke hosts because they wanted more stage time for themselves. In a perfect night, the Frank-E-Oke host will sing the first song, and never again. I fired somebody once for singing the last three songs of the night.</p> <p>- There’s a certain kind of pub we’re attracted to. We tend to do really well in sports bars and Irish pubs. That’s 80 to 90 percent of our business. I’m friends with the people that own Delux, and we’ve joked about putting me in Delux, but it’s too nightclubby. It’s not the right mesh. Some bars I’ll walk in and I’ll joke, ‘you’re too cool for me.’ Salt7 is too cool for me. They’re not getting the after-the-softball-game crowd, so I’m not getting my core audience.</p>John ThomasonFri, 15 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & EventsMusicWeb ExtrasWeb Xtra: Sick Puppies Review<p>This past August, during its monthly performance at the <a href="" target="_blank">Showtime Performing Arts Theatre</a> in <strong>Royal Palm Place</strong>, the <a href="" target="_blank">Sick Puppies</a> welcomed an improv comedy legend. David Razowsky, who spent nine years as the artistic director of Second City’s Los Angeles training center, has shared stages with the likes of Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell, and these days he’s achieved guru status: He makes his living by hosting workshops with up-and-coming troupes like Sick Puppies, imparting the improvisers with his decades of firsthand experience.</p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/webextra_sickpuppies.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Casey Casperon</strong>, the Sick Puppies’ founder (<em>pictured above</em>), flew Razowsky in from the West Coast for this reason, and during the group’s public performance on Aug. 9, we witnessed the culmination of Razowsky’s intenstive, which included live sketches with the man himself. But the first, the Sick Puppies performed without their headliner, in a 45-minute set of material that ran from the very brief to the impressively extended. In the highlight of the show’s first half, Casperson asked the audience for the titles of five movies they’d like to see made; his troupe proceeded to enact scenes from each of them. Only one suggestion—“Xanadu 2”—tanked; the others yielded plenty of inspiration, from the black comedy of “I Dismember Mama” to the effective absurdism of “Flashpants” and the hilariously cruel parody of “Rocky 45.”</p> <p>Later, Casperson asked the audience for a term they associated with childhood. “Fruit Loops” inspired a few comic scenes of parent-child conflict that showcased his team members’ ability to milk a great moment for all it’s worth, and then some.</p> <p>Then Razowsky entered the stage for four lengthy improvised scenes with Casperson alone. Razowsky’s presence almost instantly elevated the material—not to funnier places, per se, but to more truthful ones. The sketches involved a DMV applicant flirting with an employee; an ex-husband visiting his wife and child; a coach informing his star player that he’s leaving the team for a better offer; and a woman coming to terms with the reality that her best friend slept with her husband. Aside from the first sketch, these are all serious subjects, and they were handled with care and sophistication. Most of them felt rehearsed in the best way, and all contained lines that resonated truthfully, even if that truth was an uncomfortable one.</p> <p>This might sound surprising at a comedy show, but it’s part and parcel of what the Sick Puppies are all about. Unlike “Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” there’s no laugh quota at a Sick Puppies show. The jokes come often, but they tend to be packaged in real-life drama. As Casperson told me for our article in the September/October issue of <em>Boca Raton</em>, “The reason people laugh isn’t because you said something clever or funny; it’s because you’re being real, and people relate to the emotional connection you’re making, so that it’s the type of scene where they go, ‘I’ve been there! I’m so glad I’m in the safety of my seat and I can watch someone else go through the pain I’ve been through. That’s what makes this funny to me.’</p> <p>At the conclusion of the show, I told Casperson that what I just saw felt more like theater than comedy. He replied, “I’m so glad you said that,” and hugged me.</p> <p><em>The Sick Puppies perform on the second weekend of each month at the Showtime Theatre, 503 S.E. Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton. For tickets, call 954/667-7735 or visit</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 15 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & EventsTheatreWeb ExtrasWeb Xtra: Local Karaoke Spots<p>If you’re looking for a place to practice your crooning or just want to watch others show off their skills (or lack thereof), you’ve come to the right place. Below are five of the best karaoke options in Palm Beach and Broward counties.</p> <p><img alt="" height="274" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/microphone.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="Body"><strong>1. Moonshine Molly</strong><strong>’</strong><strong>s Country Saloon</strong><strong></strong></p> <p class="Body"><em>6450 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton; 561/443-3337</em>, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p class="Body">Normally a country bar with line dancing lessons and a honky tonk atmosphere, this saloon turns into a karaoke bar every Sunday at 6 p.m. with host Jammin’ Jimmy. With a few thousand songs to choose from, the genre choices tend to be a mix of country and R&amp;B. Performers typically perform on a stage, but if a band is set to follow, they may perform on the floor. The age range of participants can be anywhere from individuals in their 20s to 60s. The atmosphere remains pretty laid-back throughout the night. Moonshine Molly’s also takes great pride in all of its one-of-a-kind moonshine drinks that have been tried and tested with the best moonshine around.</p> <p class="Body"><strong>2. Coffee District (call after 3:30pm)</strong></p> <p class="Body"><strong></strong><em>325 N.E. Second Ave., #104, Delray Beach; 561/455-0541,</em> <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p class="Body">On Friday nights from 8 until midnight, Coffee District opens its doors for karaoke and new selections on tap. Coffee District offers a more intimate atmosphere for you to socialize and relax. Longtime employee Tim Budz says the crowd demographics can vary: “We can have anywhere from young to older people here, as well as kids.” Its karaoke night is hosted by Alex, who provides 150,000 songs to choose from. Budz says there is a crowd that follows the karaoke hosts, but the venue itself also has some regulars. Performers will be set up on the floor and typically choose to sing top 40, classics and hard rock.</p> <p class="Body"><strong>3. Bru’s Room</strong></p> <p class="Body"><strong></strong><em>1333 N. Congress Ave., Boynton Beach; 561/739-9332,</em> <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p class="Body">On Monday nights from 9 until 1 a.m., experience one of the best karaoke spots in Boynton Beach with Host Steve. Steve’s song catalog is plentiful, but he says that if he doesn’t have a song you want, he will find it for you. This unique karaoke spot doesn’t tend to follow a specific genre. In addition, Bru’s Room offers countless drafts and bottles with unique drinks you won’t find anywhere else in the area.</p> <p class="Body"><strong>4. Muddy Waters</strong></p> <p class="Body"><strong></strong><em>2237 Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach; 954/428-6577,</em> <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p class="Body">If you’re looking for a good time on a Thursday night, head out to Muddy Waters for karaoke starting at 8 p.m. Hosted by Fire &amp; Ice Productions, there are tens of thousands of song options. Since Muddy Waters is primarily a restaurant, the company owner, Trish McKibbin, said the crowd is very diverse. From children to adults in their 90s, there is always a crowd for everyone. Performers will be on the floor and can expect a lot of respect and support from the crowd. There are two separate dining areas and two unique bars to fit whatever mood you’re in. There is also covered outdoor patio seating available.</p> <p class="Body"><strong>5. SandBar</strong></p> <p class="Body"><em>900 Sunrise Lane, Fort Lauderdale; 954/990-7578;</em> <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p class="Body">The SandBar’s exclusive karaoke host, Lisa Z, gets the party started every Saturday at 9 p.m. Lisa Z offers performers a chance to sing two debut songs their first time performing. Lisa Z says that even though SandBar does not have a stage, she sets up a designated performance area that allows her to host and her singers to move around, dance or perform with friends. She makes sure to have three microphones every week to give guests an opportunity to perform in small groups. “You will hear all kinds of different genres of music, from singers in their 20s all the way up to their 70s,” says Lisa Z. This makes for a wide range of genres and a diverse crowd. Lisa Z makes sure that she is hosting a karaoke party rather than a karaoke show, so the atmosphere is always upbeat and attendees are always ready for a party. “I pride myself in knowing that people are having a good time…those who don’t sing can attempt to stump or embarrass me by picking a song for me to sing personally, dancers can dance, those celebrating special events can expect to take home unforgettable memories, and you can also hear the bartender sing during special appearances,” said Lisa Z. Karaoke night is 21 and up. </p>Kelsey HowardFri, 15 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & EventsMusicWeb ExtrasTrader Joe&#39;s in Boca, quiet zones &amp; more<h3><span>Power play on the power lines</span></h3> <p><span><img alt="" height="201" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/traderjoes.jpg" width="490"></span></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Trader Joe</a>’s probably will open in Boca Raton as scheduled on Sept. 26. But the city council made clear Monday night that if the city’s priority delays that opening, the city council is fine with that.</p> <p>Readers of this blog may recall that on July 21 the city council—acting in its role as the board of the Community Redevelopment Agency—was to hear a request from the developer of East City Center—where Trader Joe’s will be the prime tenant—that two power poles in the parking lot be allowed to stay, even though the city’s development order had stated that the power lines had to be underground. Before that meeting, though, council members had made clear that they opposed the request, and the developer’s representative withdrew it.</p> <p>So, what has happened? We found out at Monday’s CRA meeting, and in a curious way.</p> <p>The otherwise uneventful, 25-minute meeting was winding up, as usual, with council members’ comments. Mike Mullaugh had nothing. Neither did Mayor Susan Haynie. Then Constance Scott asked about the power lines at East City Center. She hadn’t heard anything from the staff and wanted “an update.” The “update” took longer than the meeting had run to that point. “I was packing up,” Robert Weinroth joked, “and all of a sudden this comes out of nowhere.”</p> <p>But what a fascinating and revealing “update” it was.</p> <p>Deputy City Manager George Brown began by telling the council that staff had been talking with the developer about the city issuing a temporary certificate of occupancy—referred to as a “TCO” for most of the meeting—that would allow Trader Joe’s to open on time but would require that the developer—Halvorsen Holdings—bury the lines, which Scott called “horrific-looking,” within a certain time or risk not getting a permanent certificate of occupancy. Boca Raton’s policy is that redevelopment within the CRA have underground utilities.</p> <p>Halvorsen’s first proposal, Brown said, was for a six-month deadline to bury the lines. You could see that the council never would accept that much of a cushion. Haynie talked about giving the developer “some level of flexibility,” but said the city had to set a “strict guideline,” which in her mind meant no more than 90 days.</p> <p>Haynie also asked why the work had been delayed. Only Florida Power &amp; Light can do the work, Brown said, and the company has not scheduled it. Staff members are “waiting to hear from FPL.”</p> <p>I contacted FPL Wednesday, and a spokesman told me that the utility should have a price for the developer by next week, based on what the developer submitted for the extent of the work. FPL, the spokesman added, believes that “barring weather” or any other unforeseen problem, the company can complete the work “by the end of the year.”</p> <p>As the comments at Monday’s meeting veered toward criticism of Trader Joe’s, Brown said, “This is not their fault. This is the developer’s fault.” True, but we also learned Monday night that Trader Joe’s might call the shots.</p> <p>The Boca store is set to open six weeks from Friday, three weeks after the Delray Beach store opens. The shell of the Boca store basically is complete. Aside from that tiny matter of the power lines, the developer’s work is mostly done.</p> <p>Trader Joe’s work and expense, however, are just revving up. The company must install fixtures and do all the finishing work, then staff and stock the store. Businesses detest uncertainty. Brown summed it up: “Trader Joe’s is concerned about putting stuff in the store with a TCO. We are concerned about (giving) a (certificate of occupancy) and work not getting done.”</p> <p>Right. What is the incentive for the developer to bury the lines if the city has signed off on the project with the lines above ground? Haynie noted that the certificate of occupancy is “the hammer we hold.” Mullaugh concluded that the developer “has no interest in cooperating” and possibly “cannot be trusted,” so the city’s proposal on the power lines must be “ironclad.”</p> <p>Brown cautioned that he would not characterize Halvorsen as being unwilling to cooperate, but he did note that the developer had asked about getting a certificate of occupancy just for Trader Joe’s and a temporary CO for the “balance” of the site. The staff’s response was that the temporary CO had to be for the entire site.</p> <p>Councilman Scott Singer, who was running the meeting, then asked well-known Boca Raton land-use lawyer Charlie Siemon to come up. He represents Halvorsen, and Siemon criticized the council for portraying “the 20<sup>th</sup>-largest shopping center developer in the country like a “thief who will steal out of town” if he doesn’t get what he wants. “Poor Jeff Halvorsen,” Siemon said, “is the victim.” That would be the same Jeff Halvorsen whose home in Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club is assessed at $2.5 million.</p> <p>City Manager Leif Ahnell, who doubles as director of the CRA, wanted to make clear that the requirement to bury the lines should not have surprised the developer. “This body (the CRA) approved” the plan,” Ahnell said. “With that footnote,” Siemon responded. The city “communicated” the requirement to the developer, Ahnell said. “Mistakes were made,” Siemon acknowledged, adding finally that Halvorsen wants a solution that “does not interfere with the opening.”</p> <p>Trader Joe’s cult status in the retail food industry is the sizzle on this issue, but there’s also some steak. Local governments set development rules for a reason. Local governments can change those rules, but that should happen only if there’s a good reason. Boca’s rule on burying downtown power lines is based on safety and beautification. The power poles in the East City Center parking lot could come down in a bad storm and are ugly. Letting them stay could set a bad precedent.</p> <p>Singer noted that the council’s seeming consensus on issuing a temporary CO for 90 days was “not a formal vote.” The public discussion, though, left no doubt that as much as the council welcomes Trader Joe’s, the city matters more than the store.</p> <h3>Date check    </h3> <p>One more thing on that Trader Joe’s opening:</p> <p>Did no one at the company check to see that Sept. 26 at sundown is the end of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year? If the company is looking for all-day buzz when the doors open, expect things to be flatter than if someone had taken a look at the calendar.</p> <h3>All quiet on the eastern front </h3> <p>Boca Raton and Delray Beach residents who live near the Florida East Coast Railway tracks probably can relax. It appears that when All Aboard Florida starts service in 2016, the 32 new trains a day will pass through relatively quickly and relatively quietly.</p> <p>On Tuesday, <a href="" target="_blank">All Aboard Florida</a> and the transportation planning agencies for Palm Beach and Broward counties announced that money is available for “quiet zones” along the FEC, whose tracks run through coastal downtowns in Palm Beach and Broward. After the quiet zones—safety upgrades at grade crossings—are in place, trains should not have to blow their whistles.</p> <p>The quiet zones have been a potential problem since All Aboard Florida revealed plans in 2012 for express service from Miami to Orlando with stops in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. The 16 trains each way won’t tie up traffic in Boca and Delray the way long, lumbering freight trains can, but the two cities want to draw residents downtown, not just visitors. So does West Palm Beach. Regular, new train blasts could discourage people from buying downtown, even if those blasts wouldn’t come later than perhaps 10 p.m. or earlier than 7 a.m. The service will be daily.</p> <p>In shirtsleeve English, <a href="" target="_blank">quiet zones</a> are safety upgrades extensive enough that drivers can’t try to beat a train and get caught on the tracks. The requirements and the cost depend on the crossings. Some will need more—added gates, a new media—than others. A spokeswoman for Palm Beach County’s Metropolitan Organization (MPO) says there is a Quiet Zone Calculator—who knew?—and those federal officials have been in the MPO’s office checking out the 114 crossings in the county.</p> <p>Boca Raton and other communities had not wanted to pay for the quiet zones. Apparently, they won’t have to. The two planning agencies had set aside some federal money—$6.6 million in the case of Palm Beach County—for design work on other projects in the FEC rail corridor. The Florida Department of Transportation, however, will pay for that work, so the federal money can go toward the quiet zones. Plans are for the work to proceed in tandem with improvements All Aboard Florida must make to prepare the tracks for more, and faster trains. They will run at no more than 79 miles per hour south of West Palm but will accelerate to more than 100 for the run to Cocoa and then northwest to the Orlando airport.</p> <p>This helpful development will not end the debate about All Aboard Florida. Though gates in Boca may be down for only about a minute in Boca, residents of northern Palm Beach County and Martin and St. Lucie counties still will object to more frequent bridge closings, since raising and lowering bridges takes much longer than raising and lowering gates. Critics will object to the $1.5 billion federal loan the company is requesting even as the company talks about this being a private project. There remains the question of whether All Aboard Florida is designed more to prepare the FEC tracks for added freight traffic. Is there really a market for this service? There also remains the possibility of local commuter rail service on the FEC, which could enhance the region’s transportation network.</p> <p>That debate will be noisy. As for All Aboard Florida’s trains, not so much.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the <em>Miami Herald</em> and <em>Palm Beach Post</em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the <em>Po</em>st. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</p>Randy SchultzThu, 14 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityThe Top 10 Upcoming Events at Kravis Center<p>Get ready to mark your calendars. Earlier this month, the Kravis Center released its complete, star-studded <strong>2014-2015 season schedule</strong>. Currently, the Kravis box office is still in its exclusive donor period, with individual tickets being released to the general public Sept. 27. In the meantime, here is our guide to the top 10 don’t-miss Kravis events of the coming season.</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/shakespere.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>10. Improvised Shakespeare Company, Feb. 10-11</strong></p> <p>The Reduced Shakespeare Company has long held the most recognized position in Bard parody with its endlessly reproduced show “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Condensed.” Now, there’s a new game in town, and the <a href="" target="_blank">Improvised Shakespeare Company</a> takes a different approach: It makes up a “masterpiece” on the spot, each night, based on a title suggestion from the audience, and performs it with deadpan Shakespearean dialogue and themes. This mix of Elizabethan drama and “Whose Line Is it Anyway?” has been hailed as “staggeringly brilliant” by TimeOut Chicago. Chances are, if comedic theater can do well in the Second City, it can translate to anywhere in the country.</p> <p><img alt="" height="275" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/malcolm-x.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>9. Malcolm X, Feb. 4</strong></p> <p>The Kravis’ annual African-American Film Festival has run some fairly offbeat offerings in its decade-long existence, but next year, to celebrate its 10<sup>th</sup> anniversary, the series will focus on masterpieces, with three award-winning classics playing on Wednesdays during Black History Month. The series includes “Lady Sings the Blues,” “The Color Purple” and, to kick things off, Spike Lee’s 1992 masterpiece “<a href="" target="_blank">Malcolm X</a>,” a fast-moving 202-minute journey into the complicated activist’s life, philosophies, tragedies and triumphs. It’s the sort of monumental production that transcends cinema and becomes a cultural touchstone, and it’s hard to believe it was so Oscar-snubbed back in 1993. A masterpiece indeed, with cameos by none other than Al Sharpton and Nelson Mandela.</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/rodman.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>8. “Last Comic Standing” Tour, Nov. 2</strong></p> <p>NBC’s “<a href="" target="_blank">Last Comic Standing</a>” returned triumphantly this year for the first time since 2010, running 10 comedians through a ringer of challenges, from national TV appearances to celebrity roasts and Universal Studios hosting gigs. Last week, four comedians survived these challenges unscathed, and they’ll be sharing a stage for the series’ fall tour. They’re all undeniably funny and certifiably unique, so that for comedy fans, this quadruple-bill provides something for everyone: the unrelenting stream-of-consciousness of Rod Man (pictured), the outsized humility and warmth of Nikki Carr, the masterly high-pitched provocations of Joe Machi, and the observational riffs of Lachlan Patterson. Let’s just hope they brought some material for their roadshow that hasn’t already been broadcast to millions.</p> <p><img alt="" height="569" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/cesar-millan.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>7. Cesar Millan, April 1</strong></p> <p>Chances are, <a href="" target="_blank">Cesar Millan</a> probably knows your dog better than your dog knows itself. The world’s most famous dog whisperer is a self-taught canine guru whose best-selling manuals have sold more than 2 million copies across 15 countries. His live shows will hope to prove that he can be just as compelling without the presence of anxious, erratic, soon-to-be-tamed four-legged friends. Millan, who has fought with issues of divorce, depression and attempted suicide in recent years, will address his values, principles and methods in conversations that have been described as more spontaneous than his rigidly formatted TV show. And perhaps you can even pick up some of his exclusive products, like the Funny Muzzle and Cesar’s Dog Backpack.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/celeb-autobiography.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>6. “Celebrity Autobiography,” Jan. 28-Feb. 1</strong></p> <p>It’s hard to believe anybody ever needed to hear the innermost thoughts of Kenny Loggins, David Cassidy and Vanna White, but they, among countless other B- and C-list (and even some linguistically challenged A-list) celebrities have written vacuous tell-alls that have become immovable staples at Goodwills across the country. This award-winning, Off-Broadway hit is reviving them: In “<a href=";view=article&amp;id=2" target="_blank">Celebrity Autobiography</a>,” comedians and actors read choice passages verbatim from these supposedly sincere memoirs. Only their versions drip with sarcasm and mirth, cutting these figures down a peg and having plenty of fun at their expense. While the lineup of talent for this tour appearance has not been released, previous “readers” have been bona fide celebs themselves, including Alec Baldwin, Christie Brinkley and Tovah Feldshuh.</p> <p><img alt="" height="487" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/sytycd.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>5. “So You Think You Can Dance Live!,” Nov. 26</strong></p> <p>For fans of Fox’s long-running dance competition series, “<a href="" target="_blank">So You Think You Can Dance</a>,” the summer of 2014 has already yielded plenty of gasps, laughs, tears and dropped jaws. In a few more weeks, the season will crown its winner, but we already know the top 10 dancers that will be taking their jetes and locking-and-popping and tap shoes and ballroom gowns on the road this fall. This abundance of talent includes the goofily charming Rudy Abreu, the smoldering Jessica Richens, the dorkily lovable Valerie Rockey and the lighter-than-air Casey Askew. They’ll perform favorite numbers from the past season as well as new group numbers designed strictly for the tour.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/mormon.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>4. “The Book of Mormon,” Dec. 16-21</strong></p> <p>In a Kravis on Broadway season consisting largely of familiar warhorses, jukebox musicals and predictable stage-to-screen adaptations (“Flashdance the Musical?” Really?), “<a href="" target="_blank">The Book of Mormon</a>” is the obvious standout here. I reviewed the Broward Center tour last year, and I plan on returning to see it again, and again, and again. Its perpetually sold-out Broadway status and multiple Tony Awards don’t lie: Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Robert Lopez’s filthy musical about Mormon missionaries bringing their message to a war-torn African village is full of timelessly crafted Broadway songcraft, irrepressible comedy and surprisingly nuanced meditations on the purpose of faith. It’s still a must-see, no matter how many times you’ve seen it.</p> <p><em>**Looking for our review from last year's tour? Read it <a href="/blog/2013/11/29/theater-review-the-book-of-mormon-at-broward-center/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> <p><img alt="" height="321" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/enemies_composite_web-600x393.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>3. Palm Beach Opera: “Enemies, a Love Story,” Feb. 20-22</strong></p> <p>If you ever thought that Isaac Bashevis Singer’s 1966 novel “<a href="" target="_blank">Enemies, A Love Story</a>,” would make a great opera—with its Holocaust survivor protagonist juggling a wife, an ex-wife and a mistress in 1948 New York—you’re not alone. The story, which was also adapted into a hit 1991 movie, will enjoy its operatic world premiere next year, courtesy of Palm Beach Opera, composer Ben Moore and librettist Nahma Sandrow. Darkly comic and lyrically beautiful, this piece flies in the face of the atonality of much of this company’s operatic repertoire. Likewise, any new work is a risk for a company accustomed to producing safe operas from the standard repertory, and Palm Beach Opera should already be commended for taking a chance and fostering what may become a future classic.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/lang-lang.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>2. <a href="" target="_blank">Lang Lang</a>, Feb. 23</strong></p> <p>This impossibly accomplished pianist, from China, credits his introduction to music to an episode of “Tom and Jerry” that used as its soundtrack Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2. The rest is history, and quite a remarkable one: winning a local piano competition at age 5, winning an International Tchaikovsky Competition at 13, selling out Carnegie Hall at 19, and later making <em>Time</em> magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people. He’s since scored music for video games and Golden Globe-winning movies and performed for dignitaries including Barack Obama, Queen Elizabeth II and Vladimir Putin. To have him grace our presence, where he’ll perform compositions by Bach, Tchaikovsky and Chopin, is an honor.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/abraham.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>1. Abraham in Motion, Dec. 19-20</strong></p> <p>The “Abraham” in <a href="" target="_blank">Abraham in Motion</a> refers to Kyle Abraham, a dance phenom who became one of just 24 artists nationwide to receive a MacArthur Fellowship in 2013. Abraham choreographs dance that is rooted in ‘90s hip-hop fashion, music and ethos, inspired by everything from the civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois to John Singleton’s culture-defining film “Boys N The Hood.” In his piece “Pavement,” which makes its South Florida premiere at the Kravis, he reimagines Singleton’s movie as a dance work set in the historically black neighborhoods of Pittsburgh, where the legacy of jazz titans and successful small businesses has degenerated into gang violence and crack houses. A history of discrimination, genocide and poverty colors this personal canvas of movement, a sure-to-be highlight of the Center’s “Provocative Entertainment at Kravis” series.</p> <p>To view the Kravis Center's full 2014-2015 season schedule, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. </p>John ThomasonWed, 13 Aug 2014 15:16:38 +0000 & EventsMoviesTheatreUpcoming EventsKing of Hearts: Salvatore Principe<p class="p1">Early in his career, New York was both playground and palette for artist <a href="" target="_blank">Salvatore Principe</a>.</p> <p class="p1">He worked as an assistant lighting technician during the heyday of Studio 54, rubbing elbows with the likes of Debbie Harry, Mick Jagger and Andy Warhol. He later worked at another legendary nightclub, The Underground, before realizing that life was more than a series of last calls.</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/879.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">Fueled by an insatiable desire to “create,” but with no formal training of which to speak, Principe began developing works of art (mostly sculptures) with found objects and items he pulled from the city’s trash bins. His persistent hustling earned the artist his first serious exhibition—a three-week window display at Bergdorf Goodman in Manhattan. By 29, he had added displays at Saks Fifth Avenue and Tiffany &amp; Co. to his résumé. Principe’s career was taking off.</p> <p class="p1">And then, in an instant, his world crumbled. Anita Principe, his mother and best friend, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer; after a three-year battle, she died at age 48. Principe was inconsolable; everything in New York reminded him of his mother. In the early 1990s, he moved to Boca Raton and began dealing with his pain as only an artist can. He created inspired collages and, later, paintings decorated with hearts. A signature style was born. </p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="324" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/6.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">Over the years, Principe has produced hundreds of memorable art pieces—and built a loyal following along the way. He also has a cozy studio in Boca (<em>1140 Holland Drive, Suite 7, 800/545-1503</em>) where all the magic happens. </p> <p class="p1"><em>Boca Raton</em> recently sat down with Principe and asked him about his past, present and future.</p> <p class="p2"><strong>When did you realize you wanted to get into the art scene?</strong></p> <p class="p2">The first artistic endeavor I got involved with was lighting design in nightclubs, particularly at Studio 54 in New York City when I was about 20. And it pertained to a lot of different things—there was a little stage lighting, there was decorative ambient lighting, creating a mood within the nightlife. Also, I was doing things with lights that were like light sculptures on a wall. So the lighting design was a very creative process—and learning about what light can do [became] essential to what I do today. They say lighting is everything, and I get what that means. Then I wanted to stop working in nightlife because it was an unproductive situation. So, I thought about how I wanted to change my life and that day I decided to become an artist. [I’d] never done it before. But from that day, I made a commitment and I never looked back.</p> <p class="p2"><img alt="" height="324" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/44.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p2"><strong>What’s an average day like for you in your studio?</strong></p> <p class="p2">I have created a place that, when I walk in, I’m completely inspired at all times to a degree. The studio has an aura, an energy that I’ve created, so it relaxes me and I’m able to create at any moment. I try to be here as much as possible, but to keep things going, I have to continually be out there, looking for another avenue to coincide with what I do.</p> <p class="p2"><strong>Where do you draw inspiration from?</strong></p> <p class="p2">Everything inspires me––conversations, people, seeing something at first glance. But meeting people, connecting with people––when I think about them, I’m inspired. I feel good inside when I’m going to see someone that I enjoy being around. So people, at this point, on a whole, inspire me.</p> <p class="p2"><strong>What are you working on next?</strong></p> <p class="p2">I plan on exploring different product lines and texture designs. I will be making samples and try to develop them because, ultimately, I want them to be part of the mainstream mass production industry. Furniture, clothing, all of it. But, you need the right partnership for that, so that’s the direction I’m going. I also plan on making custom pieces of furniture from scratch but that’s part of a different project. </p> <p><strong>About Michelle:</strong></p> <p class="BodyA"><em>Michelle Ferrand is a junior at Florida Atlantic University studying English Literature, Sociology and Women</em><em>’</em><em>s Studies, who is interning at Boca Raton magazine this summer. Disappointed with the lack of magic in the real world, she prefers to be curled up reading a good book or binge watching television shows on Netflix. She prefers an actual book to an e-reader and no, she doesn</em><em>’</em><em>t want to be a teacher. You can reach Michelle at</em></p>Michelle FerrandWed, 13 Aug 2014 12:58:57 +0000 & EventsBattle of the Gyms this Sunday<p class="p1"><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p2">The Discrimination Free Zone Foundation is putting on its first <a href="" target="_blank">Battle of the Gyms</a> event, Sunday, Aug. 17, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Anyone can participate in this local charity’s obstacle course fundraiser, which will take place at the Seacrest Soccer Complex (<em>2505 North Seacrest Blvd., Delray Beach</em>).</p> <p class="p1">Founded by Delray Beach resident Tali Raphaely, the <strong>Discrimination Free Zone Foundation</strong> is based upon the principle that everyone should get along regardless of any perceived differences. Raphaely, who owns the Boca Raton-based real estate title company Armour Settlement Services, serves as executive director of the foundation.</p> <p class="p1">I sat down with Raphaely to talk about Battle of the Gyms and get some details about how you can get involved.</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="575" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/botg.jpg" width="450"></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Boca Mag:</strong> What kind of obstacle event is the Battle of the Gyms? </p> <p class="p1"><strong>Tali Raphaely: </strong>The obstacle course is based on a team effort to get through short runs (speed), power moves using prowlers, kettlebells, slam balls etc. and plyometrics course (stamina, endurance and bodyweight).</p> <p class="p1"><strong>BM: </strong>Where did the idea for this fundraiser come from?</p> <p class="p1"><strong>TR: </strong>I thought it would be great to get a bunch of gyms together for a fun and friendly competition to build a sense of community … I came up with the idea of the Discrimination Free Zone Battle of the Gyms obstacle race to bring many area gyms together for a fun, friendly competition, while raising money and building awareness for our important cause. </p> <p class="p1"><strong>BM: </strong>Do the proceeds from the Battle of the Gyms go to the Discrimination Free Zone?</p> <p class="p1"><strong>TR: </strong>Yes, proceeds benefit the Discrimination Free Zone Foundation. We raise money to be able to donate shirts, hats, wristbands, posters, and stickers displaying our important message. For instance, this past Saturday we handed out Discrimination Free Zone wristbands to 5,000 school kids at the Palm Beach Convention center as part of the Community Back to School Bash. <br> A priority of ours is to continue to spread our message to school children everywhere by showing up at their schools, speaking with them about discrimination and by distributing Discrimination Free Zone items for them to proudly wear and display. When an individual wears or displays Discrimination Free Zone items they've taken a pledge not to discriminate against others. With the formation of every Discrimination Free Zone we come closer to creating a global environment consisting of unity, equality and acceptance for everyone. </p> <p class="p1">Registration is $40 per person and includes a Discrimination Free Zone shirt. Teams consist of two men and two women. You can sign up as part of a team or be assigned into already existing teams. To register, email Raphaely at <a href=""></a> or sign up a participating gym.</p> <p class="p1">For more information, go to the Battle of the Gyms’ <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook page</a>, or the foundation’s <a href="" target="_blank">website</a>.</p>Lisette HiltonWed, 13 Aug 2014 12:20:44 +0000 EventsTop 5 Cheap and Nutritious Foods<p class="p1"><img alt="" height="36" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">I am often asked to share tips for healthy eating on a very tight budget. On this week’s Green Goddess blog, I’ve listed my top five (very) cheap and healthy foods. </p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/fruits.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p4"><strong>1. Bananas </strong></p> <p class="p3"><strong>Perfect for</strong>: Breakfast </p> <p class="p3"><strong>What's a serving?</strong> One to three bananas</p> <p class="p3"><strong>Price per serving: </strong>One for 30 cents, or three for $1<strong> </strong></p> <p class="p3"><strong>What’s in it for you:</strong> Each banana has 100 calories, 12 percent of daily potassium and 20 percent of daily Vitamin B-6. Yes, bananas do have sugar and starch, but guess what? So do cereals, pop-tarts and even bagels! If you’re looking to do some carb-loading during the first part of the day, skip the processed sugars and go for nature’s sweet treat instead. If you want to slow down the sugar release, smear a few teaspoons of nut butter on the banana.</p> <p class="p4"><strong>2. Cabbage</strong></p> <p class="p5"><strong>Perfect for</strong>: Side dishes, sandwiches (use cabbage leaves instead of bread), soups and stews.</p> <p class="p5"><strong>What's a serving?</strong> One cup</p> <p class="p5"><strong>Price per serving:</strong> 20 cents. You can get cabbage for $1 a pound.</p> <p class="p3"><strong>What’s in it for you: </strong>17 calories and two grams of fiber. Cabbage is excellent for liver support – our largest detox organ. When you liver is happy, you’ll have more energy, and your skin will boast a youthful glow.</p> <p class="p6"><strong>3. Boxed (cooked) or Dry Legumes</strong></p> <p class="p7"><strong>Perfect for:</strong> Beans are great as side dishes or added to burritos, nachos, dips and enchiladas. You can also make great bean soups with a few left over veggies, water and dry herbs. </p> <p class="p5"><strong>What's a serving</strong>? Each box of cooked beans has about three servings, based on half-cup servings. </p> <p class="p5"><strong>Price per serving</strong>: About 50 cents. You can buy a 10-ounce box of organic beans at Whole Foods for $1.49. Or you can get one pound of dry beans for $1 (Goya brand at Publix), soak them overnight, then cook them. If you use dry beans, you will get three pounds of beans for $1, making it eight cents per half-cup serving. </p> <p class="p3"><strong>What’s in it for you</strong>: About 140 calories (for the vegetarian type), seven grams protein, six grams fiber, calcium and iron.</p> <p class="p7"><strong>Z-TIP ON BEANS – </strong>Sprout mung beans and lentils. Put them in cold water over night and rinse the next day. Let them air-dry and they will be ready to eat by the end of the day. You can eat them as a snack, add them to salads or sprinkle them into your soups. </p> <p class="p6"><strong>4. Frozen Vegetables</strong></p> <p class="p5"><strong>Perfect for:</strong> Side dishes, stir fries and soups.</p> <p class="p5"><strong>What's a serving?</strong> 3/4 cup (according to the package, but I like to double or triple my veggies.)</p> <p class="p5"><strong>Price per serving:</strong> Around 40 cents. Frozen veggies are usually sold in 12 to 16-ounce bags that cost about $2 and contain four to five cups of veggies.</p> <p class="p5"><strong>What’s in it for you: </strong>Low-cal and filling. As an example, a 3/4-cup serving of frozen mixed Organic Mediterranean blend vegetables at Whole Foods has only 25 calories. Add bulk to your meals without excess calories and dress them up with your favorite sauces. I love adding frozen spinach to my omelets and making stir-fries with a few bags of frozen veggie mixes and mushrooms.  </p> <p class="p4"><strong>5. Garlic</strong></p> <p class="p5"><strong>Perfect for</strong>: Sautéing in side dishes, soups and stews. Garlic is great for liver support and, when eaten raw, has anti-bacterial properties. Do note, make sure there is something rich in the dish if you’re eating it raw. Raw garlic can be very strong and give you heartburn if you don’t pair it up with some olive oil, nuts, vegan cheese or ghee. </p> <p class="p5"><strong>What's a serving?</strong> One clove</p> <p class="p5"><strong>Price per serving:</strong> Four cents. You can get garlic for $2 a pound and one pound of garlic will get you about 50 servings. </p> <p class="p3"><strong>What’s in it for you: </strong>Five calories per serving. Great anti-bacterial properties can help you stay healthy! </p> <p class="p3"><strong>Z-TIP:</strong> If I feel like I’m coming down with a cold, I chop up a clove of garlic and eat it on top of toasted Ezekiel bread with a little bit of ghee or Daiya cheese. I usually feel better right away.</p> <p class="p4"><strong>2 EASY MEAL IDEAS:</strong></p> <p class="p4"><strong><img alt="" height="307" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/chili.jpg" width="260"><br> </strong></p> <p class="p3"><strong>Quick Complete Protein Chili: </strong></p> <p class="p3">2 boxes of cooked beans</p> <p class="p3">2 cups of cooked brown rice (another very inexpensive product)</p> <p class="p3">16 ounces salsa</p> <p class="p3">Mix together, heat up and serve.</p> <p class="p3"><strong>Easy Cabbage Salad</strong></p> <p class="p3">1 cup shredded cabbage</p> <p class="p3">1/4 cup sprouted lentils</p> <p class="p3">1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped</p> <p class="p3">1 tablespoon olive oil</p> <p class="p3">¼ teaspoon salt</p> <p class="p3">Mix together and serve for a satisfying and healthy side dish. </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p>For more from the Green Goddess, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-green-goddess/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Alina Z.</strong>
</p> <p>Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida,  Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at, visit Alina’s website at <a href=""></a>, or follow her on Facebook (<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/10225/"></a>) or Twitter (<a href="">@CoutureFood</a>). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at <a href="/"></a>.</p>Alina Z.Wed, 13 Aug 2014 07:51:58 +0000 Instagram Contest: Tastemakers at Mizner Park<p class="p1"><img alt="" height="262" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/tastemakersmizner.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">Snap a selfie at <a href="/blog/2014/08/05/tastemakers-at-mizner-park-rock-roll-stroll/" target="_blank">Tastemakers of Mizner Park</a> for a chance to win one of these gift cards from participating restaurants:</p> <p class="p1">1. Racks: $10</p> <p class="p1">2. Kapow: $25</p> <p class="p1">3. Tanzy: $10</p> <p class="p1">4. Uncle Julio's: $25</p> <p class="p1">5. Yardhouse $15</p> <p class="p1">6. Dubliner: $25</p> <p class="p1">7. Villagio: $10</p> <p class="p1">8. Max's Grill: $10</p> <p class="p1">9. Truluck's: $25</p> <p class="p1">10. Ruth's Chris: $25</p> <p class="p1">11. Jazziz: TBA</p> <p class="p1">We want to see you at your most creative. Maybe it means using props, like your dining passport. Maybe it means grabbing your friends to create the famed Oscar selfie. Maybe it means stopping at the Selfie Station to be located in the center of the plaza. Or maybe it means popping a pose at the Mizner gazebo or the amphitheater.</p> <p class="p1">Whatever the case, we want to see you channel your inner Beyonce. So make sure your phone is fully charged, and snap away.</p> <p class="p1">You can enter one of two ways:</p> <p class="p1">1. Post your photos on the <a href="" target="_blank">Boca Raton magazine Facebook page</a>.</p> <p class="p1">2. Post your photos on Instagram. Make sure your profile is on public or we won’t see your precious photos. Use the hashtag #tastemiznerpark and tag @bocamag + @miznerpark. We’ll announce the winners at <a></a> the Monday after the event!</p>Stefanie CaintoTue, 12 Aug 2014 08:37:13 +0000 EventsDennis Max Planning Delray Eatery<p>The old Ceviche tapas restaurant in the historic Falcon House building on Northeast 6th Avenue in Delray Beach will in October become the latest addition to the Dennis Max family of restaurants.</p> <p><img alt="" height="453" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/dennismax.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Tentatively named <strong>The Blind Pig</strong>, the restaurant will blend Max’s signature “fork to table” culinary philosophy with the still furiously trendy gastropub concept, which in your mouth means lots of small plates and a beverage emphasis on craft beers, artisan cocktails and affordable boutique wines from around the world.</p> <p>The menu is still under development but will be as eclectic as the libations, presided over by Max Group exec chef Patrick Broadhead and Pig chef de cuisine Scott Pierce. Cocktails will be a particular focus, utilizing a variety of house-made syrups, farm fresh garnishes and the like. Of particular note will be something called the Fusion Tower, a giant chrome-and-glass device that can infuse anything from vodka to beer with just about anything you can imagine. The Pig will feature four of them, at about $10,000 each.</p> <p>The restaurant is currently undergoing renovation, all with an eye to keeping the Falcon House’s funky, old-fashioned watering hole charm while bringing it up to date. So look for lots of dark wood, burgundy leather seating and outdoor patio give a garden-like makeover.</p> <p>Stay tuned for more details as opening day gets nearer.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 12 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsJudging the judges, lake slime &amp; puppy mill worries<h3><img alt="" height="469" src="/site_media/uploads/scumbagjudge.gif" width="490"></h3> <h3>Bar Talk</h3> <p>A nasty race for judge in Palm Beach County may come down to a piece of paper.</p> <p>That paper is the <a href="" target="_blank">2013 Palm Beach County Bar poll</a>. Every odd-numbered year, the Bar asks members to rate the county’s judges in nine categories: Knowledge &amp; Application of the Law, Impartiality, Diligence and Preparedness, Judicial Demeanor &amp; Courtesy to Lawyers, Control of Courtroom, Case Management, Punctuality &amp; Timeliness in Rendering Rulings &amp; Decisions, Common Sense and Enforcement of Standards of Professionalism. Lawyers can give judges an E (Excellent), S (Satisfactory) or N (Needs Improvement.) Lawyer <strong>Jessica Ticktin</strong> is using the most recent poll to make her case against <strong>Diana Lewis</strong>, who was elected in 2002 and re-elected in 2008.</p> <p>Ticktin says, correctly, that Lewis’ ratings are awful. In fact, Lewis’ cumulative rating is the worst of all 34 circuit court judges, the ones who hear felony cases, complex civil cases and family law cases, and also handle foreclosures and probate. Some attorneys and judges dismiss the results because lawyers can respond anonymously and because the ratings may depend on which and how many lawyers respond. Lewis, though, drew the most responses of any circuit judge—216—just as she drew the most responses in <a href="" target="_blank">2009</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">2011</a>.</p> <p>As in those earlier polls, Lewis got her worst marks when it came to how she (mis)treats lawyers. Of the 212 who graded Lewis on Judicial Demeanor, an astonishing 147 gave her a Needs Improvement. That’s almost 70 percent. The only one close was Tim McCarthy, another well-known hothead whose temper just caused the 4<sup>th</sup> District Court of Appeal to reverse him because he popped during a testy divorce hearing.</p> <p>Lewis is afflicted with “black-robe syndrome,” a professional personality disorder. Whether out of insecurity, arrogance, meanness or a combination of all three, such judges bully lawyers, knowing that the lawyers can’t really fight back without risking a contempt of court charge. During more than two decades of interviewing judicial candidates for <em>The Palm Beach Post</em>, the hardest part was trying to assess whether an aspiring judge might get “black-robe syndrome” once on the bench.</p> <p>You might be able to excuse Lewis if she was good on the law. Problem is, roughly half of the respondents also rated her Needs Improvement on Impartiality and Common Sense. Lewis was ranked less awful on how she applies the law, but her score still was among the lowest.</p> <p>Or you could argue that if Lewis survives this race—Ticktin has loaned herself $200,000, meaning Ticktin will spend a lot for a judicial campaign—she will get better, if only to head off another challenge in 2020. Problem is, Lewis survived a scare in 2008—getting less than 52 percent of the vote—and has gotten no better. In 2009, about 59 percent of the lawyers who responded gave Lewis a Needs Improvement on temperament. In 2011, it was 73 percent. Nor has Lewis improved in other categories.</p> <p>My experience is that the Bar poll usually rates the good judges higher and the mediocre-to-bad judges lower. And you don’t have to be rude to run an efficient courtroom and be a good judge. Robin Rosenberg, the former county judge whom the Senate just confirmed to a seat on the federal bench, got only seven Needs Improvement on temperament from 148 lawyers in the 2013 poll. She got an Excellent from 116. The last two chief judges, Peter Blanc and Jeffrey Colbath, also were near the top in temperament.</p> <p>To those who don’t understand judicial politics, Lewis would seem like an easy target. But good candidates are reluctant to run for judge, given the uncertainty, and they are leery of taking on an incumbent and losing, given the possibility for revenge. Obviously, that possibility is especially real in Lewis’ case.</p> <p>So voters get Jessica Ticktin, who works at her father’s personal injury firm in Deerfield Beach—she lives in Delray Beach—and never has handled a trial case. Most of the law firms and lawyers who give regularly to judicial candidates support Lewis. Of course, the county’s legal establishment also supported Art Wroble when he ran uncontested in 2000. Wroble turned out be a nice guy but a terrible judge, and the establishment helped to defeat him after one term.</p> <p>Palm Beach County has been comparatively lucky. Broward and Miami-Dade are rat’s nests of politics when it comes to picking judges, and it shows. One Broward judge just pleaded no contest to being drunk in the courthouse parking lot—at 8 a.m. But because Palm Beach County’s leading lawyers and law firms involve themselves in judicial elections much more than the public, they must do more than give the public the lousy choice of Diana Lewis or Jessica Ticktin.</p> <h3>Entertainment venue?</h3> <p>There’s an interesting item on Boca Raton’s update of what the city calls its “Action Agenda.”</p> <p>Boca Raton owns land east of the Spanish River Boulevard library. On the city’s action plan is a proposal to develop the site as an “entertainment venue.” The item isn’t new; according to the document, it’s been under discussion since December. But I don’t remember hearing about it.</p> <p>Nothing will happen soon. The city’s priority remains closing a deal to allow a Houston’s restaurant on the Wildflower site at East Palmetto Park Road and Fifth Avenue. There is supposed to be an update next month about negotiations with the potential buyer.</p> <p>One does wonder, though, what sort of “entertainment venue” Boca Raton might consider for the library land —especially since the city now runs the Mizner Park Amphitheater. Would the city compete against itself?</p> <h3>Slimed</h3> <p>You may have read that residents of Toledo, Ohio, had to use bottled water when their city’s supply was contaminated. The source of the toxin was an algae bloom in Lake Erie. If you scoffed about primitive conditions in the nation’s Rust Belt, don’t get so smug. That same thing happened here not long ago.</p> <p>In 2000, residents of the Glades communities found that their drinking water—drawn from <strong>Lake Okeechobee</strong>—contained dangerous levels of carcinogens called trihalomethanes. The toxin formed when chlorine at the water plant reacted with organic material in the lake water. A factor was the backpumping of water from sugar fields into the lake, at the behest of growers who wanted drained fields. The levels of carcinogens tracked with the amount of backpumping.</p> <p>The eventual solution was a new, $58 million regional water plant for Belle Glade, Pahokee and South Bay. Taxpayers throughout the county subsidize the plant. It was another indication of how much environmental damage sugar farming can do. Routine backpumping supposedly was stopped in 2007, but in emergencies the farmers still may ask for and get new chances to make Lake Okeechobee more like Lake Erie. That’s the sort of political clout they have.</p> <h3>Puppy mill matters</h3> <p>The issue isn’t as big as “sober houses,” but Delray Beach faces the same legal challenge in deciding whether to <strong>ban the retail sale of dogs and cats</strong>.</p> <p>This year, the city considered a ban, but the legal staff cautioned that Delray Beach could face a lawsuit. Unlike some cities that don’t have retail animal sellers and passed a ban to keep them out, Delray Beach does have such a retailer—Waggs to Riches, on East Atlantic Avenue. Dog and cat retailers in other parts of the country have sued at least three local governments, challenging such bans.</p> <p>So last week, the Delray Beach City Commission passed on reading a six-month moratorium that would keep out new dog or cat retailers. During that time, the city’s legal staff would do research to determine what kind of ordinance might stand up.</p> <p>Delray and other cities have faced a similar legal difficulty in trying to regulate sober houses, transitional drug and alcohol rehab facilities. Substance abuse is covered under the Americans With Disabilities Act, so local governments must prove that they aren’t just targeting recovering addicts, no matter how many patients these facilities churn through and dump back onto the street.</p> <p>Puppy mills are a problem. Unlike individuals, who are limited in how many puppies they can breed, the unregulated mills—most of them in Missouri and Kansas—churn out the dogs, especially the boutique breeds. In 2010, the owner of Waggs to Riches said she doesn’t use puppy mills. Supporters of retail bans say government can put the mills out of business by discouraging demand. And with other cities in Palm Beach County having passed bans, one worry is that stores could gravitate to Delray Beach.</p> <p>Delray being Delray, of course, politics gets into even this issue. Commissioners Adam Frankel and Al Jacquet opposed the moratorium, asking why it was necessary when there’s just one store. Frankel implied that the commission should be helping new businesses. Jacquet said the moratorium would upset the free market. Seriously?</p> <p>Also, in April the owner of Waggs to Riches, Kim Curler, sued Commissioner Shelly Petrolia—she, Mayor Carey Glickstein and Commissioner Jordana Jarjura voted for the moratorium—for allegedly defaming her business. That happened during the commission’s first discussion of the issue. A judge threw out the lawsuit, but Curler amended and refiled it. A hearing is scheduled for Monday.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the <em>Miami Herald</em> and <em>Palm Beach Post</em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the <em>Po</em>st. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</p>Randy SchultzTue, 12 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityPhoto Contest Winners: Tastemakers of Delray Beach<p class="p1">It’s hard to believe this year’s Tastemakers of Delray Beach event has come and gone already. That means another full year until the next food and cocktail tasting. Because we weren’t sure we could wait patiently till then, we came up with a plan. We asked tastemakers all over Delray Beach and beyond to share their photos from the 2014 event, so we could relive those two nights vividly.</p> <p class="p1">As a special thanks to those who participated, we’re giving away eight gift cards from participating restaurants to our favorite snapshots. Congratulations to our winners! Please contact <a href=""></a> to claim your prize.</p> <p class="p1">By <a href="" target="_blank">@savortonight</a>:</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="539" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/savortonight.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">By <a href="" target="_blank">@younggohard</a>:</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="541" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/younggohard.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">By <a href="" target="_blank">@nmd3</a>:</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="522" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/nmd3.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">By <a href="" target="_blank">@agator44</a>:</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="526" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/agator44.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">By <a href="" target="_blank">@little_jenna</a>:</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="536" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/little_jenna.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">By <a href="" target="_blank">@lindasuebug</a>:</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="525" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/lindasuebug.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">By <a href="" target="_blank">@gabriellamargarita</a>:</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="550" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/gabriellamargarita.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">By <strong>Heather Rae</strong>:</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="871" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/heatherrae.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1"><em>Caption:</em> I really enjoyed the variety at <a class="_58cn" href="">#Tastemakers</a> of Delray Beach!</p> <p class="p1">To view all entries, view our Tastemakers Facebook album <a href=";type=3" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>Stefanie CaintoMon, 11 Aug 2014 20:30:05 +0000 BeachThe Week Ahead: Aug. 12 to 18<p>TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="283" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/sandra-bernard-autostraddle.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Sandra Bernhard</strong></p> <p>Where: Jazziz Nightlife, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7 and 9 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $60-$150</p> <p>Contact: 561/300-0730, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Back in 1998, comedian Sandra Bernhard already had to remind America that, as her then-latest album title put it, “I’m Still Here … Damn it!” Sixteen years later, Bernhard is very much still here, and we should be thankful for her continued presence. This sexually liberated counterculture icon has been offering pointed observations about life and skewering political and celebrity figures for decades, with an act that makes Kathy Griffin’s standup material seem safe. But she never put her career eggs entirely in the comedy basket; from her 1985 debut album “I’m Your Woman” onward, she has mixed humor with popular songcraft, performing covers with an impressive vocal range that runs the gamut from rugged blues to soaring falsetto. This makes her a perfect fit for Jazziz, which welcomes cabaret personalities as much as jazz acts.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="418" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/elton+john+-+greatest+hits+-+lp+record-171431.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Classic Albums Live</strong></p> <p>Where: Parker Playhouse, 707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25-$69</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Rock purists might consider it cheating that Classic Albums Live—the respected brand known for recreating studio albums like “Dark Side of the Moon” and “Abbey Road” “note for note, cut for cut” in a live setting—would set their reverent professionalism on a best-of compilation like Elton John’s “Greatest Hits,” the subject of Thursday’s appearance at Parker Playhouse. To reduce an artist’s work to his hits and only his hits, outside of their album contexts, seems antithetical to this brand’s approach. Alas, I expect such concerns to blow away like a candle in the wind when you begin to hear this barrage of masterful songwriting, the likes of “Your Song” and “Daniel” and “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” and “Rocket Man,” in a tight 10-song set of warm familiarity—all of it dating before 1975, after which the beknighted pop star got all schmaltzy on us. I have a feeling you won’t miss the deep cuts one bit.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="448" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/centralia_production_photo_5.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Centralia”</strong></p> <p>Where: Mad Cat Theatre Company at Miami Theater Center, 9816 N.E. Second Ave., Miami Shores</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $15 students, $30 general admission</p> <p>Contact: 866/811-4111, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Miami Shores’ Mad Cat Theatre Company has always been about expanding our definition of what live theater can be, beyond traditional proscenium staging and pigeonholed genres. The company’s summer production is certainly no exception, marking the U.S. premiere of “Centralia,” a combination of comedy, music, dance and cabaret developed by an offbeat U.K. collective called Superbolt Theatre. It’s inspired by the largely abandoned mining town of Centralia, in Columbia County, Pennsylvania, in which a mine fire burning beneath the borough forced the relocation of its inhabitants back in the early ‘80s. These days it’s a ghost town, save for the eight or so residents who defiantly breathe the toxic air and call the region their home. Fascinated by the personalities and politics of these hangers-on, the Superbolt folks created three composites of Centralia residents, envisioning a scenario in which they put on a touring variety show to explain themselves to the outside populace. What happens next is anyone’s guess, with Mad Cat director Paul Tei leading a talented cast of locals through the show’s unpredictable motions. “Centralia” runs through Aug. 31.</p> <p> FRIDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/sentence.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “The Last Sentence”</strong></p> <p>Where: FAU’s Living Room Theaters, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: Show times TBA</p> <p>Cost: $5-$9.50</p> <p>Contact: 561/549-2600, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>It’s hard to believe now, but when the Third Reich was assembling its evil empire, it took balls to criticize Hitler in many corners of the world. One of them was Sweden, a nation that ignored the warning signs of fascism’s rise—except for, as this new film from acclaimed director Jan Troell tells it, one man. “The Last Sentence” is a hefty foreign-language biopic about Torgny Segerstedt, one of Sweden’s top journalists of the 20th century. The psychological drama, shot in elegant black-and-white, details his one-man battle against the Nazi regime as well as his fractured romantic life, capturing a political tumult that sentences Troell’s native country to the crime of complicity through neutrality. Like Margarethe Von Trotta’s recent biopic of Hannah Arendt, “The Last Sentence” looks like a gripping study of a figure fighting against the grain to be on the right side of history.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="277" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/offspring.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Summer Nationals Tour</strong></p> <p>Where: Cruzan Amphitheater, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $46-$75</p> <p>Contact: 561/795-8883, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Punk rock may have generally eluded mainstream consciousness in recent years, but this catchy, primitive, aggressive music is alive and well. This tour presents the work of four of punk’s most enduring bands of the past 30 years and beyond. Summer Nationals is headlined by the Offspring, the perpetually adolescent alt-rockers whose 40 million records sold have made them one of the most successful punk acts of all-time. But I’m more excited about the opening acts: Bad Religion, the hard-left political polemicists whose anger, tenacity and vigor hasn’t tempered one bit since their 1979 formation; and Stiff Little Fingers, the Ireland-bred cult legends responsible for such proto-punk classics as “Suspect Device” and “Alternative Ulster.” Pennywise, the speedy skate-punks from California, round out the bill.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="372" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/vanilla_fudge.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Rock ‘n’ Blues Fest</strong></p> <p>Where: Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25–$105</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>In 1968, Johnny Winter released his debut album. It was called The Progressive Blues Experiment, a fitting name for his own oeuvre and those of the other bands slated at this one-day festival—all of whom are so uniquely weird that they could only be paired with each other, and whose sound rippled through the rock underground over the next decade. The migration from the acoustic howl of traditional blues to the electric shredding of today’s blues rockers owes much to the muscular sound of Winter, who passed away this summer. But his memory lives on in this tribute tour, which includes performances by his younger brother Edgar Winter, famous for his molten instrumental rocker “Frankenstein”; Vanilla Fudge (pictured), the enduring psychedelic act known for its unparalleled renditions of ’60s pop and soul tunes; Peter Rivera of Rare Earth, the first all-white act to score a hit on a major Motown record label; and Kim Simmonds, of British blues rockers Savoy Brown.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="309" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/old-boca.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Old Boca Music Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Funky Biscuit, 303 S.E. Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5-$20</p> <p>Contact: 561/395-2929, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This unusual bill at Boca’s favorite blues-rock restaurant-lounge features three acts that have been around since about as long as Boca Raton itself. It will be headlined by The Fabulous Fleetwoods, often called the longest running blues act in South Florida, bringing its 32 years of experience to covers and originals ranging from roots-rock to psychedelic country. The opening acts will be the Sheffield Brothers, the family band that has been rocking Florida for 40 years strong, and The Buster Leggs Band, a beloved bar band that rose to local popularity in the ’80s. They all may be Old Boca, but they haven’t lost any of their charm and relevance.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/klezmer.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Klezmer Company Orchestra’s “JubanoJazz!”</strong></p> <p>Where: FAU’s Wimberly Library, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 3 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10</p> <p>Contact: 561/297-3921, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Klezmer Company Orchestra maestro Aaron Kula is preparing for a momentous end to the summer: From Aug. 27 to Sept. 1, he’ll be bringing his nine-piece orchestra to Canada, bringing his unique take on klezmer fusion to festivals in Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa. In anticipation and celebration of the group’s first international tour, the KCO will presented a discounted trial run of its Canadian performances this Sunday at its home base in FAU’s library. The program will revisit material from this past March’s FAU performance, “JubanoJazz!,” a term created by Kula that encompasses his band’s merging of klezmer and Latin jazz. As Kula told me back in February, “I wanted to find a word that encapsulates anything and everything that could relate to Latin, Caribbean and Cuban cultures. There is no word that can capture all of that, so I figured I might as well make up one. Everyone seems to get what I’m doing. … We have 23 completely new, reimagined compositions that use every possible combination of Latin rhythm or Latin percussion or Cuban rhythm or Cuban percussion.” You can pick up your tickets at the event; there is no presale for this limited engagement.</p>John ThomasonMon, 11 Aug 2014 17:07:44 +0000 & EventsMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsBoca Raton Takes Top Prize<p><strong><em><em>Boca Raton</em> </em></strong>magazine took home several of the evening's most coveted honors at the 61st annual <strong>Charlie Awards</strong> this past weekend. Our industry's version of the Academy Awards, hosted by the <a href="" target="_blank">Florida Magazine Association</a>, drew representatives from publishing companies throughout the state to a glamorous affair at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate.</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/photo1.jpg" width="490"></p> <center><em>The magazine's A&amp;E editor John Thomason (left) with Boca Raton editor Kevin Kaminski after an award-winning evening in Orlando. </em></center> <p><em>Boca Raton</em> added to its legacy as one of the state's premier consumer publications by earning <strong>FMA's highest honor</strong> -- the Charlie Award for <strong>Best Overall Magazine</strong> (in the 20,000 to 50,000 circulation bracket). It marked an unprecedented 12th consecutive year that <em>Boca Raton</em> has been a finalist in this category -- and the fifth time in seven years that <em>Boca Raton</em> has captured the first-place Charlie Award in the Best Overall category.</p> <p>In addition, <em>Boca Raton</em> also took home the Charlie Award in the prestigious category of <strong>Best Overall Writing</strong> for consumer magazines with 50,000 circulation and less. Also, <em>Boca Raton</em> won the Charlie Award for <strong>Best Overall Use of Photography</strong> -- for all consumer magazines.</p> <p>All told, the magazines of parent company JES Publishing walked away with eight FMA honors. Among the other highlights:</p> <p><img alt="" height="636" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/bestcoversnake.jpg" width="490"></p> <center><em>July/August 2013 Cover</em></center> <p><em>Boca Raton</em> captured the Silver Award for <strong>Best Redesign</strong>, the Bronze Award for <strong>Best Overall Online Presence</strong>, the Bronze Award for <strong>Best Cover</strong> (consumer 20,000 to 50,000) for our July/August 2013 issue, and a Bronze Award for <strong>Best Feature</strong> (consumer 20,000 to 50,000) for John Thomason's story on local psychics that ran in the September/October 2013 issue.</p> <p><img alt="" height="294" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/worthavenue.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Worth Avenue</em>, the annual publication for the Worth Avenue Association published by JES, captured the Bronze Award for <strong>Best Custom Consumer Magazine</strong>.</p> <p>Congratulations to all the dedicated and talented individuals responsible for producing the ONLY <em>Boca Raton</em> magazine!!</p>magazineMon, 11 Aug 2014 10:45:52 +0000 Bites: Beer, Burgers and Cigars in Boca<p>Can beer and American eats make it where beer and English grub didn’t?</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/tap42.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>We’ll find out early next year, when Fort Lauderdale-based <a href="">Tap 42</a> debuts in <strong>The Shops at Boca Center</strong>, taking over the star-crossed location formerly home to the English Tap &amp; Beer Garden and before that Todd English’s Wild Olives and Cucina d’Angelo.</p> <p>Look for a roster of several dozen craft beers on tap and a menu of eclectic and American bar bites, from Thai chicken salad and tuna sashimi to shrimp mac ‘n’ cheese and spinach-artichoke dip to an assortment of designer burgers and sliders.</p> <p>Smokers may be an endangered species nowadays but there are still a few places where lovers of fine stogies can gather and partake of their tobacco passion. A recent addition is the very upscale <a href="" target="_blank">Havana Nights Cigar Lounge</a> (<em>514 Via de Palmas, 561/361-4091</em>) in Boca’s<strong> Royal Palm Place</strong>.</p> <p>Along with a walk-in humidor featuring a selection of fine cigars, the cozy, clubby space sports an extensive bar, outdoor patio and multiple flat-screen TVs. No food, but you can order from nearby restaurants and have your munchies delivered. They also offer valet parking, a welcome option given the difficulty of finding a space in RPP’s perpetually jammed lot.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 11 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsEat-Scene to Debut in WPB<p>The eating scene in West Palm Beach is about to get a little more interesting with the debut of <a href="" target="_blank">Eat-Scene</a>, a combination gourmet market-slash-restaurant space set to debut in December at the corner of Quadrille Boulevard and Fern Street.</p> <p><img alt="" height="209" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/eatscene2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The brainchild of long-time county resident Tony Solo, Eat-Scene is said to be loosely based on such similar venues as New York’s Eataly and Seattle’s Pike’s Market. Look for 20 or so different independently owned businesses under the Eat-Scene roof, from purveyors of produce, meat and seafood to gourmet spices, chocolates and baked good, along with four different “micro eateries,” a deli and an outdoor beer garden.</p> <p>The idea, according to Eat-Scene’s website, is to create a “market culture for wine and food enthusiasts” and a “social venue that appeals to all your senses.” Which sounds pretty good to me.</p>Bill CitaraFri, 08 Aug 2014 11:00:42 +0000 & ReviewsPortraiture as you&#39;ve never seen it before<p>Can there be such a thing as a portrait without a person? That’s the question digital artist Robert Weingarten asks, and then answers in the affirmative, in his innovative exhibition “<strong>Living Legends</strong>,” recently opened at the <a href="" target="_blank">Norton Museum of Art</a>.</p> <p>Beginning in 2007, Weingarten, a California-based photographer, approached many “living legends” in various fields, from sports and politics to music and religion, asking them for input for what he was then calling his “Portraits Without People” project. He then took this input, from some two dozen public figures, and created montage “portraits” that captured their essence and their spirit, if not their facial contours and camera-ready smile. The result shows us that while the eyes may be one window into the soul, they aren’t the only portal: We can understand a person’s elemental consciousness through the physical fragments of their life—the objects, places, people and concepts they hold dear.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/weingarten_630--4.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The generously sized photographs—five feet wide and more than three feet high—in this small but valuable exhibition are inherently busy works full of layers and superimpositions and witty juxtapositions, all of them the result of the copious input his subjects provided. In an interesting touch, the Norton has included the recipients’ input responses next to finished product, and the format, length and specificity of each says something about the person who wrote it. For his portrait, <strong>Hank Aaron</strong> sent Weingarten a printed letter, on official letterhead, and explanations for why each piece of input was important; <strong>Mikhail Baryshnikov</strong>, meanwhile, mailed the artist a handwritten piece of yellow college-ruled notebook paper, with the following words chicken-scratched onto it: “my office,” “dance studio NYC,” “my photography,” “dance,” “music.”</p> <p>Thus, in some cases more than others, Weingarten has his work cut out for him, and “Living Legends” runs the gamut from the painterly and abstract to the doggedly literal. Typically, a close-up of an object will occupy the center frame—a Louisville Slugger for Aaron, a space module for <strong>Buzz Aldrin</strong>, a violin’s pegbox for <strong>Itzhak Perlman</strong>—around which the rest of the subject’s input orbits around and generally pays deference to.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/sotomayor.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Sometimes the key noun in each work is not an object but a place, or places. This is the case with two of the exhibit’s strongest portraits. <strong>Sonia Sotomayor</strong> is represented by three superimposed locations vying for your eye’s simultaneous attention: The Supreme Court Building, Yankee Stadium and her favorite cheese shop, whose amber lighting casts a radiant glow over everything. The Court building’s “Equal Justice Under the Law” promise is positioned below the words “Yankee Stadium,” humorously conflating the purposes of the two landmark edifices. And the artist’s <strong>Don Shula</strong> portrait is especially revealing, linking a football stadium with the interior of a church, its pews pointing the way toward the gridiron: In Shula’s essence, one literally feeds into the other, intertwining the faith, football and morality that have made him who he is.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/chuck_close_2007.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Sometimes, the results of Weingarten’s inquiries are just weird, but no less compelling. The portrait of <strong>Chuck Close</strong>, a fellow photographic innovator, is all over the place, his subject’s rambling list of “favorites” rendered in a doctor’s penmanship. Close found it important to include tapioca pudding and Bounty paper towels in his list, so Weingarten dutifully inserts them into his portrait. But even this eccentric result is beautiful, because it reflects an exhilarating breadth of art history as curated by Close; Giotto’s frescoes, Vermeer’s “Girl With the Red Hat” and de Kooning’s “Woman I” share the same canvas of influence and imagination, indeed speaking to Close’s artistic sensibility for better than a shot of the artist’s visage ever could.</p> <p><img alt="" height="348" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/robert-weingarten-quincy-jones.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The only celebrity who didn’t seem to “get it” is <strong>Quincy Jones</strong>, whose shallow input was less an embodiment of his essence than a C.V. for his next job. His minimal requests included the poster for “A Color Purple,” his Grammys, his Oscar, and some of the records he worked on. Weingarten, given nothing substantial to work with, created a portrait that is a tribute to Jones’ vanity.</p> <p>Perhaps the greatest value in this show, beyond its capacity to recast the definition of a portrait, is that it prompts us to look deeply at art, and rewards us for our probing inspection. At a passing glance, Weingarten’s portrait of <strong>Jane Goodall</strong> is chimp-centric, with other primates, dogs and candles hovering behind and around it. But the more you stare at this piece, beyond its multiple surfaces, the more you’ll notice its coat of photographic primer: the shelves of a library filled with books, stretching across seemingly the entire canvas. Sure enough, “books” were listed among Goodall’s input.</p> <p>Like the best works of art, the more you look, the more you see.</p> <p><em>“Living Legends” runs through Sept. 7 at the Norton Museum, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach. Admission costs $5-$12. Call 561/832-5196 or visit</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 08 Aug 2014 09:00:00 +0000 & EventsFashion Forward: Chic fitness and more<p><strong><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/lululemon.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Sweat it out:</strong> Lululemon in Town Center of Boca Raton is teaming up with The Barkan Method for a free hot yoga class on Sunday, Aug. 10, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Lululemon ambassador Corbin Stacy will teach the class at the Boca Raton studio (<em>2240 N.W. 19th St., Boca Raton</em>). The event will also include “surprise and delights from local vendors.” See you there!</p> <p><strong>Back to school: </strong>If you’re hitting CityPlace this weekend, make sure to bring some school supplies with you. From Aug. 4 to 15, the shopping center is collecting supplies for teachers. Bins will be located next to the guest services counter so you can drop off school supplies like scissors and backpacks. Those who donate receive a shopping pass with special CityPlace deals.</p> <p><strong>Beauty bag</strong>: Stop by the Estee Lauder counter at Lord &amp; Taylor for a special gift offer. Make a purchase of $45 or more and receive a fall beauty bag filled with goodies like a full size crystal lipstick and an eye shadow compact with eight shades.</p> <div> </div>Stefanie CaintoFri, 08 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0000 NewsGerrymandering comes under scrutiny &amp; other items of note<h3><img alt="" height="306" src="/site_media/uploads/gerrymander.png" width="490"></h3> <h3>Gerrymandering tales center stage</h3> <p>Mostly because of luck and geography, South Floridians should be spectators as the Florida Legislature today begins an emergency special session to <a href="" target="_blank">draw new congressional districts</a>. But South Floridians should be <em>very interested</em> spectators.</p> <p>Early voting for the Aug. 26 primary begins Monday in Palm Beach County. There are primaries in all four seats that include Palm Beach County. There are primaries in other congressional districts across Florida. Technically, all those primaries are at risk of being invalid.</p> <p>That is because last week <strong>Leon County Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis</strong> ordered the Legislature by Aug. 15—unless the Legislature appeals—to redraw two districts that he said violated the 2010 constitutional amendments—one for congressional districts and another for legislative districts—that voters approved by wide margins with the intent of limiting the ability of politicians to <strong>gerrymander</strong> – to draw districts that favor one party over another. In essence, politicians pick their voters, rather than let voters pick their politicians.</p> <p>Lewis ruled that in 2012 the Republican-led Legislature drew District 5 (above) in Northeast Florida, which Democrat Corinne Brown represents, and Orlando-area District 10, which Republican Dan Webster represents, to favor the GOP. How could a district where a Democrat won help Republicans? Because, lawyers for the Florida League of Women Voters argued successfully, the Legislature packed District 5 with minority voters—who tend to vote Democratic—at the expense of minority voters in District 10.</p> <p>Brown, who is African-American, thus was assured of her seat, while Webster, who is white, got a break. What could have been two seats for the Democrats became one seat for each party, amounting to a Republican win.</p> <p>Indeed, Brown’s district wriggles from Jacksonville—Brown’s home—about 175 miles south, drawn that way to sweep up as many African-Americans along the way as possible. The district has looked much that way since 1992, the first year Republicans in the Legislature cut deals with minority Democrats to increase minority-access seats at the expense of the Democratic Party overall.</p> <p>The GOP seized on the opportunity provided by changes to the Voting Rights Act designed to help minorities obtain elected office. Alcee Hastings, an African-American who represents portions of Palm Beach and Broward counties, also was first elected in 1992. In 1990, Democrats held eight seats in the state congressional delegation to nine for Republicans. By 2010, after two reapportionments in which Florida gained seats, Democrats still had eight seats, while Republicans had 17.</p> <p>That shift in the largest presidential swing state led to the campaign for the amendments. Republicans tried to head off the amendments with their own versions, but the courts blocked them. Not coincidentally, one of the most vocal opponents of the amendments was Corrine Brown.</p> <p>But voters disagreed, which was a good thing for all Floridians. Gerrymandering—which both parties do in states where they control the process—creates too many safe districts, from which lawmakers can pander to narrow views. Examples: Republicans refuse to raise taxes while Democrats refuse to budge on entitlement reform, though both are necessary to resolve the country’s budget issues and to address financial inequality.</p> <p>It is likely that any changes to Brown’s and Webster’s districts won’t affect South Florida because of distance. Still, though it might seem easy to imagine redrawing just two of Florida’s 27 congressional districts, consider that Brown’s district touches seven others. One of those is Webster’s, and his district touches five others.</p> <p>This area’s districts survived the court challenge less because Republicans weren’t tempted and more because South Florida is so urban. There isn’t much room for politically-minded operatives to work with, even using computer programs so sophisticated that Republicans were able to put the House Democratic leader out of his district by drawing the line behind his house, not in front. In addition, the amendment gave legislators almost no room for political improvisation.</p> <p>Ideally, Florida would assign redistricting to an independent commission, as some states do. That would be one way to start removing the artificial boundaries that divide Americans.</p> <h3>More on Kelly and FAU                            </h3> <p>My interview last month with new Florida Atlantic University President John Kelly generated a lot of interest, so here is added information about the school Kelly leads.</p> <p>Although FAU wants to offer more of a traditional student experience, nearly 40 percent of the faculty—499 of 1,313 —are part-timers, also known as adjuncts. Given that many students are adults seeking specialized training or retraining, some instructors inevitably will be part-timers— professionals offering their expertise.</p> <p>But with states cutting back on money for public education, the use of adjuncts is growing even at traditional universities. The University of Florida cut full-time teaching positions by nearly 10 percent and raised part-time slots by about the same amount from 2008 to 2013, as the Legislature shrank universities’ budgets. Part-timers are on campus less often, and thus are less accessible to students. Even in this digital age, face-to-face help often is most effective. And eventually, parents may wonder about the quality of education for which they are paying.</p> <p>Regarding FAU’s freshman class, the acceptance rate was 47 percent. That’s a long way from the roughly 6 percent at Harvard, but you can’t compare the nation’s most selective private colleges to any public university. The acceptance rate is almost 54 percent at Florida State, 44 percent at UF and 40.5 percent at Florida International, the other public university in South Florida.</p> <p>Also, the mid-range SAT score for FAU’s new class is 1520 to 1730. That is out of a possible score of 2400, and applies to those in college for the first time, not older college grads going back to school.</p> <h3>Happy Trails? Not so fast                                 </h3> <p>The Mizner Trail story is not over.</p> <p>In June, the Palm Beach County Commission allowed developers to build 252 homes on the former <strong>Mizner Trail Golf Course</strong> in Boca Del Mar. Most residents who live along what once were fairways and greens opposed the project, even if that meant continuing to look out on overgrown land. To them, no development beat some development. In making their case, the residents cited a 2008 court ruling that the land contained no inherent development rights, since it was designated open space as part of the Boca Del Mar master plan.</p> <p>By a vote of 5-2, though, the commission rejected that argument. Steven Abrams, the former Boca Raton mayor who represents the area, was one of the two dissenting votes. Now the residents have filed a legal challenge to the commission’s decision, seeking a hearing in circuit court and asking for a halt in construction of the homes until the case is resolved.</p> <p>“Only behind-the-scenes politics,” the residents claim, “could explain why (the commission) granted approval of the project against overwhelming opposition from the adjacent homeowners and residents of communities through Boca Del Mar.” In a county with lots of golf courses and fewer golfers, the case deserves a hearing.</p> <h3>Immigration reform and Florida                                 </h3> <p>A very short time ago, the crush of undocumented children entering the United States from Central America was a crisis that demanded immediate attention. Congress, though, left for vacation without passing a plan to deal with this supposed crisis. That was bad enough. Worse, for Florida, inaction may mean waiting even longer for immigration reform.</p> <p>President Obama made the first offer, a $3.7 billion plan that included nearly $2 billion to feed and shelter the children, most of whom have come from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. Obama also wanted nearly $1 billion to more quickly process and deport the undocumented. The Senate came back with a $2.7 billion emergency spending plan and waited for the House. Uh-oh.</p> <p>Because of tea party opposition, House Speaker John Boehner couldn’t get his caucus even to support a $659 million plan. The House then left town after a symbolic vote to repeal Obama’s action in 2012 to delay deportation of young Americans who have made lives here after their parents brought them illegally.</p> <p>Obama gets some blame for first supporting, then backing away, from changes to the 2008 law that set a different standard for children arriving from Central American counties other than Mexico. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi gets some blame for making Obama back away on that point. Most blame, though, goes to House Republicans.</p> <p>Tamar Jacoby, president of ImmigrationWorks USA— business groups that favor reform—worries that the GOP will do nothing between now and the presidential election in 2016 but talk about enforcement and do nothing to fix the system, such as reducing the immigration court backlogs that, among other things, have held up the processing of those children. Unless the GOP bends, Jacoby said, “Immigration reform could be dead for another five or 10 years.”</p> <p>Former Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush and Mario Diaz-Balart, a Republican congressman from Miami, have been urging their party to look more sensible on immigration. The prevailing sentiment in the House, though, is that ducking the issue won’t hurt in 2014, since immigrants are clustered throughout the country, not spread out. Perhaps, but immigration remains a losing issue for the GOP nationally, and delaying reform especially hurts a diverse state like Florida. For Republicans, bad politics is also bad policy.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the <em>Miami Herald</em> and <em>Palm Beach Post</em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the <em>Po</em>st. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</p>Randy SchultzThu, 07 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityMovie Review: &quot;Magic in the Moonlight&quot;<p>When considering a goodly portion of Woody Allen’s filmography, Matthew McConaughey’s career-making quip from “Dazed and Confused” springs to mind: “That's what I love about these high school girls, man. I get older, they stay the same age.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="272" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/moonlight.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>In too many of Allen’s movies, the men are middle-aged or older, and the women are invariably pretty young things, barely nubile. In his latest, “Magic in the Moonlight,” the customarily implausible romantic leads are the 54-year-old Colin Firth and the 26-year-old Emma Stone.</p> <p>Allen’s age-defying chauvinism first reared its ugly head as far back as “Manhattan,” but at least that film had the moral protection of being a masterpiece. “Magic in the Moonlight” is far from it; it’s fairly amusing, it looks gorgeous, and it affectionately evokes movies from another period, but it’s as inconsequential as anything he’s ever directed.</p> <p>It’s set in the Jazz Age, where Firth plays Stanley, an irascible illusionist who performs as a hilariously offensive Asian stereotype named Wei Ling Soo. He’s introduced this way, disappearing into a sarcophagus and reappearing in a throne. As soon he de-wigs, we see that he’s a deep-seated pessimist with an acrid tongue and, as his solitary friend puts it, “all the charm of a typhus epidemic.”</p> <p>After the show, this friend, fellow-magician Howard (Simon McBurney), comes to Stanley with a proposition: Stanley, being a famous debunker of fraudulent spiritualists, should visit Howard’s relatives in the south of France, who have fallen under the trance of the most accurate medium he’s ever encountered. Come see her, he says, and work your own magic—prove that she’s a charlatan where I couldn’t. So Stanley drops everything to meet the professed psychic Sophie (Emma Stone) and his friend’s family, on the banks of French Riviera (oh, what a life).</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/magic-in-the-moonlight-emma-stone.png" width="490"></p> <p>Stanley is immediately taken with Sophie, and they are an agreeably disagreeable rom-com pair: a grouchy man of science and a starry-eyed woo-woo; when she calls a sunset landscape “beautiful,” he calls it “transient.” But the more time he spends with her, the more facts she seems to know about his past, and the more inexplicable her séance revelations become, gradually breaking down his rationalism and forcing him to believe in something beyond himself. Could they also be falling in love?</p> <p>Stanley has a (more age-appropriate) fiancée, and Sophie, too, has a rival suitor—Brice (Hamish Linklater), the affluent scion of the family that has taken Sophie under its wing. But Allen has written him into a caricatured dead end; Brice a milquetoast puppy-dog who serenades her with obnoxious ukulele ballads, and is in no believable way competition for Stanley. Allen should know better than to write in such a thin narrative punching bag.</p> <p>“Magic in the Moonlight” is at its best when Firth and Stone match wits and gently spar—when we, along with Stanley, try to determine her fraudulence or legitimacy. If you can cast aside the age difference, there is a genuine chemistry here, and Stone’s dramatic overacting when she receives “mental impressions” is actually delightful. Firth is as funny as he has ever been, and the pair of them come off like Cary Grant and Claudette Colbert in a ‘30s comedy, Allen flirting with the vintage screwball tradition without fully succumbing to it.</p> <p>The antiquated setting does the film, and Allen’s writing, a service. His contemporary films often contain anachronistic dialogue that rings false, but in the Gatsby era, he’s free to use words like “milksop,” “chicanery” and “scoundrel,” and the actors have a great time uttering them.</p> <p>But all good things, including the movie’s essential mystery, must come to an end, and when it does, we’re left with a routine romantic comedy that goes through the motions, sputtering pedantically toward the inevitable—which in this case is an older man trying to win the affections a girl who could be his daughter. When the moonlight overtakes the magic, it illuminates the film for the transparent fantasy it is, and it’s a lazy, improbable sight.</p> <p><em>“Magic in the Moonlight” is now playing at Cinemark Palace, Regal Shadowood and Living Room Theaters in Boca Raton, Movies of Delray, Cinemark Boynton Beach, the Classic Gateway Theater in Fort Lauderdale, Cinemark Paradise in Davie, AMC Aventura, Regal South Beach and AMC Sunset Place in South Miami. It opens Friday at the Coral Gables Art Cinema.</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 06 Aug 2014 11:03:16 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMoviesSalt Suite Opens in Lake Worth<p class="p1"><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">Whereas nutritionists may tell you cut down on your sodium intake, <a href="" target="_blank">Salt Suite</a> will tell you take it up a notch.</p> <p class="p1">Salt Suite is a treatment center that specializes in salt therapy, and it just opened up a second location in Lake Worth <em>(5500 S. State Road 7, #110). </em>The first is located in Delray Beach.</p> <p class="p3">Salt therapy, also known as halotherapy, is thought to naturally help ease symptoms from respiratory, skin and other conditions. Visitors relax in salt rooms — Salt Suite imports 24,000 pounds of Dead Sea salt. Yep, that’s salt directly from the Dead Sea — while a Halogenerator machine circulates dry salt aerosol into the room’s air. All you have to do is sit and breathe to get the supposed benefits. </p> <p class="p3"><img alt="" height="314" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/saltsuite.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p3">I asked owner Jessica Helmer, who owns both locations with husband Elliot Helmer, about the concept and what visitors can expect. </p> <p class="p3"><strong>Boca Mag:</strong> Why did you go into this type of business?  </p> <p class="p3"><strong>Jessica Helmer:</strong> A friend of mine visited a salt room in California and had amazing results for her allergies. That started the whole research process. Elliot and I wanted to start a business that would not only do well, but have an impact on people's lives. We could not believe that there weren't salt rooms everywhere.</p> <p class="p3"><strong>BM:</strong> How would you describe the health benefits of the Salt Suite? </p> <p class="p3"><strong>JH:</strong> The Salt Suite provides a 100 percent natural way to help relieve symptoms for conditions like allergies, asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, COPD, emphysema, ear infections, skin conditions, smokers cough, stamina or endurance and stress.  Sitting in a salt room is an experience like no other.  While relaxing in our recliners or playing in our kids’ room, you get to tune out the real world and leave knowing that you have also helped your body prevent sickness by boosting your immune system. Salt therapy [was] developed in the salt mines in Poland, where [it was] found the salt mine workers rarely got sick nor suffered from respiratory conditions. We are recreating that salt mine environment.  Salt therapy is still very new to the U.S.  </p> <p class="p3"><strong>BM:</strong> Is there anything special about the salt you use in the rooms? </p> <p class="p3"><strong>JH:</strong> Today, modern science has proven the therapeutic and rejuvenating characteristics of Dead Sea salt with its unique composition of minerals. Medical research and numerous studies have all documented the healing effects of these minerals to treat skin conditions and other problems—arthritis, eczema, psoriasis—the list goes on. </p> <p class="p3"><strong>BM:</strong> What else do you offer at both locations? </p> <p class="p3"><strong>JH:</strong> Our Delray location offers yoga, tai chi and meditation classes. We use the same machines as [in] our salt rooms for our yoga classes.  The only difference is there is no salt on the walls and floor in our yoga rooms.  Lake Worth has a children's and adult salt room.</p> <p class="p3">Helmer says she and her husband plan on opening a third location within the next year, though they still haven’t decided where.</p> <p class="p3">Your first visit to Salt Suite is free, and if you’re hooked, make sure to take advantage of the new store’s opening specials. There are package deals — like 15 sessions for $360 (each session costs $35, so that adds up to $175 in savings). Membership options also provide greater savings for customers.</p> <p class="p3">For more information about the West Lake Worth location, which opened July 28, call The Salt Suite at 561/429-5744. The Delray Salt Suite is located at 3100 S. Federal Highway, Suite 3, and can be reached at 561/316-7258.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About Lisette</strong><br>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Lisette HiltonWed, 06 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautyBoca After Dark: JB’s On The Beach<p class="Body"><strong>Where: </strong>300 N.E. 21st St., Deerfield Beach, 954/571-5220</p> <p class="Body"><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/jbs.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="Body"><strong>The lowdown: </strong>It’s time to travel a little farther south and check out the nightlife in Deerfield Beach, starting with one of the most popular seaside spots: JB’s. This American-Caribbean style restaurant sits right on the sand, merely footsteps away from the clear blue Atlantic Ocean and the Deerfield Beach pier. JB’s is surrounded by other happening restaurants that keep the area alive and kickin’ all day and all night long, especially on the weekends.</p> <p class="Body">JB’s is a pretty large restaurant, with a spacious indoor dining area and an inviting outdoor patio and bar. Live bands take the stage all throughout the weekend, which really brings in the crowd. The music takes on the same vibe as the restaurant’s atmosphere — laid back and relaxed — exactly what you’d expect from a restaurant situated right on the beach. On a typical Saturday night, you can bet you’ll find every single table outside occupied by families with children, friends and couples of all ages looking for a good bite to eat and a nice night out.</p> <p class="Body">JB’s beachfront location is an ideal spot for date night. After you’ve finished your meal or had your drinks at the bar, it’s a pretty romantic gesture to take a walk out by the water or out onto the pier.</p> <p class="Body">If you’re lucky enough to grab a spot at “JB’s Rum Bar,” be sure to try one of the restaurant’s signature cocktails like JB’s Painkiller (rum, pineapple juice, OJ, and cream of coconut) or Sailor Jerry’s Rum Punch (dark rum, coconut rum, grenadine, OJ and pineapple juice). There’s also a great selection of martinis and mojitos, as well as frozen drinks and a variety of wines and beers to choose from.</p> <p class="Body">Last time I dropped by, two female bartenders took care of a crowded bar and didn’t lose their momentum one bit. They were on top of their game and very attentive to all guests, always keeping a smile on their face. <strong><br> The intangibles: </strong>Happy Hour is from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Specials include half off domestic beers, house wine and well cocktails, and $5 appetizers at the bar.  There’s live entertainment Monday through Friday from 5 to 9 p.m., but on the weekends, music plays all afternoon and continues into the wee hours of the night — 12:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and 1 a.m. on Sunday.</p> <p class="Body">Don’t be discouraged by the crowded area that JB’s resides. Parking may not be the easiest thing to find, but JB’s offers easy valet parking for just $5.</p> <p class="Body">JB’s is the place to go for when you’re looking for fun, relaxed vibe and good drinks and entertainment.</p> <p><strong>Hours:</strong> JB’s on the Beach is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to midnight, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.</p> <p><strong>Website:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><em><strong>••••••••</strong></em></p> <p><em>For more on bars in Boca Raton, click <a href="/blog/tag/boca-after-dark/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p> <center><strong></strong></center> <p><strong>About Shaina</strong></p> <div>Shaina is a Boca transplant, born and raised in South Jersey. Her love of writing began at a young age and followed her through to Rutgers University where she graduated with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. It wasn't until she sought after a new and exciting journey far away from the cold winters of Jersey that she discovered another love: food. Shaina created her very own food blog, Take A Bite Out of Boca, and has since grown her passion for cooking, baking, and of course sipping and savoring her way around town. She is very excited to be part of the team at Boca Raton Magazine and hopes that you will join her every step of the way as she explores <em>Boca After Dark</em>. You can follow Shaina and all of her foodie adventures in and out of the kitchen at <a href="" target="_blank">Take A Bite Out of Boca</a>.</div>Shaina WizovWed, 06 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Guide<p>You've found <em>Boca Raton</em> magazine's list of the very best performing arts venues and museums from Palm Beach County all the way down to Miami-Dade. Click an option below to see our listings.</p> <p><strong>Art &amp; History Venues</strong></p> <p>1. <a href="/blog/2014/08/06/palm-beach-art-history-venue-guide/" target="_blank">Palm Beach County</a></p> <p>2. <a href="/blog/2014/08/06/broward-art-history-venue-guide-1/" target="_blank">Broward County</a></p> <p>3. <a href="/blog/2014/06/30/miami-art-history-venue-guide/" target="_blank">Miami-Dade County</a></p> <p><strong>Performing Arts Venues - <em>COMING SOON!</em></strong></p> <p>1. Palm Beach County</p> <p>2. Broward County</p> <p>3. Miami-Dade County</p>magazineWed, 06 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0000 & EventsBroward Art + History Venue Guide<center> <p class="p1"><a href="#artserve">ArtServe</a>, <a href="#artguild">Broward Art Guild</a>, <a href="#gallery721">Gallery 721</a>, <a href="#girlsclub">Girls Club Collection</a>, <a href="#moaftl">Museum of Art</a>, <a href="#nativevisions">Native Visions Galleries</a>, <a href="#newriver">New River Fine Art</a></p> </center> <p><a name="artserve"></a></p> <p class="p1"><strong><img alt="" height="328" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/artserve.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong>ArtServe</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>Location:</em> 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p class="p1"><em>Contact</em>:</p> <p class="p1"><em>Hours</em>: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Admission</em>: Free</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a name="artguild"></a></p> <p class="p1"><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/browardartguild.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Broward Art Guild</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>Location</em>: 3280 N.E. 32nd St., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p class="p1"><em>Contact</em>: 954/537-3370</p> <p class="p1"><em>Hours</em>: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Admission</em>: Free</p> <p class="p2"><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a name="gallery721"></a></p> <p class="p1"><strong><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/gallery721.jpeg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Gallery 721: Purvis Young Museum</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>Location</em>: 721 Progresso Drive, Fort Lauderdale</p> <p class="p1"><em>Contact</em>: 954/765-0721</p> <p class="p1"><em>Hours</em>:</p> <p class="p1"><em>Admission</em>:</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a name="girlsclub"></a></p> <p class="p1"><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/girlsclub.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Girls Club Collection</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>Location</em>: 117 N. E. Second St., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p class="p1"><em>Contact</em>: 954/828-9151</p> <p class="p1"><em>Hours</em>: Wednesday through Friday, 1 to 5 p.m.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Admission</em>: Free</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a name="moaftl"></a></p> <p class="p1"><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/moafl.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Museum of Art</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>Location</em>: 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p class="p1"><em>Contact</em>: 954/525-5500</p> <p class="p1"><em>Hours</em>: Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Admission</em>: Adults, $8; seniors and military, $7</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a name="nativevisions"></a></p> <p class="p1"><strong><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/nativevisions.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Native Visions Galleries</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>Location</em>: 807 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p class="p1"><em>Contact</em>: 954/767-9714</p> <p class="p1"><em>Hours</em>: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Admission</em>: Free</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a name="newriver"></a></p> <p class="p1"><strong><img alt="" height="162" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/newriverfineart.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong>New River Fine Art</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>Location</em>: 914 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p class="p1"><em>Contact</em>: 954/524-2100</p> <p class="p1"><em>Hours</em>: Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Admission</em>: Free</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p>magazineTue, 05 Aug 2014 20:53:59 +0000 & EventsMiami Art + History Venue Guide<center><a href="#adamar">Adamar Fine Arts</a>, <a href="#artcenter">ArtCenter South Florida</a>, <a href="#artspace">ArtSpace Virginia Miller Galleries</a>, <a href="#bakehouse">Bakehouse Art Complex</a>, <a href="#bass">Bass Museum of Art</a>, <a href="#blacksquare">Black Square Gallery</a>, <a href="#dina">Dina Mitrani Gallery</a>, <a href="#dorsch">Dorsch Gallery</a>, <a href="#dot">Dot Fiftyone</a>, <a href="#snitzer">Fredric Snitzer Gallery</a>, <a href="#frost">The Patricia &amp; Phillip Frost Art Museum</a>, <a href="#golen">Harold Golen Gallery</a>, <a href="#historymiami">HistoryMiami</a>, <a href="#kelley">Kelley Roy Gallery</a>, <a href="#locust">Locust Projects</a>, <a href="#lowe">Lowe Art Museum</a>, <a href="#moca">Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami</a>, <a href="#torres">Nina Torres Fine Art</a>, <a href="#perez">Perez Art Museum</a>, <a href="#vizcaya">Vizcaya Museum and Gardens</a>, <a href="#wolfsonian">The Wolfsonian</a></center><center></center> <p><a name="adamar"></a></p> <p class="p1"><strong><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/adamargallery.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Adamar Fine Arts</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>Location: </em>4141 N.E. Second Ave. Suite 107, Miami</p> <p class="p1"><em>Contact: </em>305/576-1355</p> <p class="p1"><em>Hours:</em> Monday through Friday, noon to 6 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 4 p.m.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Admission</em>: Free</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a name="artcenter"></a></p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="318" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/adamar.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1"><strong>ArtCenter South Florida</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>Location: </em>800 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach</p> <p class="p1"><em>Contact: </em>305/674-8278</p> <p class="p1"><em>Hours: </em>Monday through Thursday, noon to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 a.m.     </p> <p class="p1"><em>Admission</em>: Free</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a name="artspace"></a></p> <p class="p1"><strong><img alt="" height="141" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/artspace.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong>ArtSpace Virginia Miller Galleries</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>Location: </em>169 Madeira Ave., Coral Gables</p> <p class="p1"><em>Contact: </em>305/444-4493</p> <p class="p1"><em>Hours:</em> Tuesday through Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday by appointment</p> <p class="p1"><em>Admission</em>: Free</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a name="bakehouse"></a></p> <p class="p1"><strong><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/bakehouse.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Bakehouse Art Complex</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>Location: </em>561 N.W. 32nd St., Miami</p> <p class="p1"><em>Contact: </em>305/576-2828</p> <p class="p1"><em>Hours:</em> Monday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Admission</em>: Free </p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a name="bass"></a></p> <p class="p1"><strong><img alt="" height="212" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/bassmuseum.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong> Museum of Art</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>Location: </em>2100 Collins Ave, Miami Beach  </p> <p class="p1"><em>Contact: </em>305/673-7530</p> <p class="p1"><em>Hours: </em>Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.; Friday, noon to 9 p.m.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Admission</em>: Adults, $8; seniors and students, $6; members and children under 6, free</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a name="blacksquare"></a></p> <p class="p1"><strong><img alt="" height="328" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/blacksquare.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Black Square Gallery</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>Location: </em>2248 NW 1st Pl, Miami, FL 33127</p> <p class="p1"><em>Contact: </em>305/576-0081</p> <p class="p1"><em>Hours: </em>Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Admission</em>: Free</p> <p class="p1"><a target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong><a name="dina"></a></strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/dinamitranigallery.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Dina Mitrani Gallery</strong> <em></em></p> <p><em>Location: </em>2620 N.W. Second Ave., Miami</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>786/486-7248<em><br></em></p> <p><em>Hours</em>: Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 5 p.m.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong><a name="dorsch"></a><img alt="" height="183" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/emersondorsch.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Dorsch Gallery </strong><strong><br></strong></p> <p><em>Location:</em> 151 N.W. 24th St., Miami</p> <p><em>Contact:</em> 305/576-1278</p> <p><em>Hours:</em> Tuesday through Saturday, Noon to 5 p.m.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a name="dot"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="358" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/dotfiftyone.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Dot Fiftyone</strong></p> <p><em>Location:</em> 51 N.W. 36th St., Miami</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>305/573-9994</p> <p><span><em>Hours</em></span>: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a name="snitzer"></a><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/snitzer.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Fredric Snitzer Gallery</strong></p> <p><em>Location: </em>2247 N.W. First Place, Miami</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>305/448-8976</p> <p><span><em>Hours</em></span>: Tuesday through Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/frostmuseum.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><a name="frost"></a><strong>The Patricia &amp; Phillip Frost Art Museum</strong></p> <p><em>Location: </em>Florida International University, 10975 S.W. 17th St., Miami</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>305/348-2890</p> <p><span><em>Hours</em></span>: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.; Monday, closed</p> <p><span><em>Admission</em></span>: Free</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="331" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/haroldgolen.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><a name="golen"></a><strong>Harold Golen Gallery</strong></p> <p><em>Location: </em>2294 N.W. Second Ave., Miami</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>305/989-3359</p> <p><em><span>Hours</span></em>: Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m.; or by appointment</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/historymiami.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><a name="historymiami"></a><strong>HistoryMiami</strong></p> <p><em>Location: </em>101 W. Flagler St., Miami</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>305/375-1492</p> <p><span><em>Hours</em></span>: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.</p> <p><span><em>Admission</em></span>: Adults, $8; Seniors and students with ID, $7; Children 6-12, $5; free for members and children under 6</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="238" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/enersibdorsch_kelley.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><a name="kelley"></a><strong>Kelley Roy Gallery</strong></p> <p><em>Location:</em> 151 N.W. 24th St., Miami</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>305/447-3888</p> <p><em><span>Hours</span></em>: Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; always open by appointment</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a name="locust"></a><strong><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/locustprojects.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>Locust Projects</strong></p> <p><em>Location: </em>3852 N. Miami Ave., Miami</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>305/576-8570</p> <p><em><span>Hours</span></em>: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., by appointment</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a> </p> <p><img alt="" height="331" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/loweartmuseum.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a name="lowe"></a><strong>Lowe Art Museum</strong></p> <p><em>Location: </em>University of Miami, 1301 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>305/284-3535</p> <p><em>Hours</em>: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, Noon to 4 p.m.</p> <p><em>Admission</em>: Adults, $10; Students, senior citizens and group tours of 10 or more, $5; free for members, University of Miami students, faculty and staff with ID and children under 12</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="335" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/moca.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a name="moca"></a><strong>Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami</strong></p> <p><em>Location: </em>770 N.E. 125th St., Miami</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>305/893-6211</p> <p><em>Hours</em>: Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday, closed</p> <p><em>Admission</em>: Adults, $5; Students and seniors, $3; free for members, children under 12, North Miami residents, city employees, veterans and Bank of America cardholders during the first weekend of each month</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="324" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/ninatorres.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a name="torres"></a><strong>Nina Torres Fine Art</strong></p> <p><em>Location: </em>2033 N. Bayshore Drive, Miami</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>305/395-3599</p> <p><em>Hours</em>: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. by appointment only</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="344" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/pamm.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a name="perez"></a><strong>Perez Art Museum</strong></p> <p><em>Location: </em>1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>305/375-3000</p> <p><em>Hours</em>: Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Monday, closed</p> <p><em>Admission</em>: Adults, $12; Seniors, students with ID and youth ages 7-18, $8; free for members, veterans and children under 6</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a name="vizcaya"></a><img alt="" height="272" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/vizcaya.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Vizcaya Museum and Gardens</strong></p> <p><em>Location: </em>3251 S. Miami Ave., Miami</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>305/250-9133</p> <p><em>Hours</em>: Wednesday through Monday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.</p> <p><em>Admission</em>: Adults, $18; children 6 to 12, $6, children under 6, free; seniors 62 and older, $12; students with ID and visitors using wheelchairs, $10</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="182" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/wolfsonian.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong><a name="thewolfsonian"></a>The Wolfsonian</strong></p> <p><em>Location:</em> Florida International University, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>305/531-1001</p> <p><em>Hours</em>: Wednesday, closed; Friday, noon to 9 p.m.; all other days, Noon to 6 p.m.</p> <p><em>Admission</em>: Adults, $7; Seniors, students with ID and children 6-12, $5; free for members, children under 6 and students, faculty and staff of the State University System of Florida</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p>magazineTue, 05 Aug 2014 20:53:52 +0000 & EventsPalm Beach Art + History Venue Guide<center> <p><a href="#AnnNorton">Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens</a>, <a href="#Armory">Armory Art Center</a>, <a href="#AAA">ActivistArtistA Gallery</a>, <a href="#Addison">Addison Gallery</a>, <a href="#Avalon">Avalon Gallery</a>, <a href="#Blue">Blue Gallery</a>, <a href="#BocaHistorical">Boca Raton Historical Society</a>, <a href="#BocaArt">Boca Museum of Art Mizner Park</a>, <a href="#Cacace">Cacace Fine Art Studio &amp; Gallery</a>, <a href="#CornellMuseum">Cornell Museum of Art &amp; American Culture</a>, <a href="#DTR">DTR Modern Galleries</a>, <a href="#Eaton">Eaton Fine Art</a>, <a href="#Flagler">Flagler Museum</a>, <a href="#Forms">Forms Gallery</a>, <a href="#KareLynne">Karen Lynne Galler</a>y, <a href="#KEVRO">KEVRO Art &amp; Photography Gallery</a>, <a href="#GalleryBiba">Gallery Biba</a>, <a href="#GalleryCenter">Gallery Center</a>, <a href="#GAVLAK">GAVLAK Gallery</a>, <a href="#Habatat">Habatat Galleries</a>, <a href="#Morikami">Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Norton Museum of Art</a>, <a href="#PBPhotographic">Palm Beach Photographic Centre</a>, <a href="#RichardPat">Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County Museum</a>, <a href="#FourArts">The Society of the Four Arts</a>, <a href="#Spady">Spady Cultural Heritage Museum</a>, <a href="#Surovek">Surovek Gallery</a>, <a href="#Wally">Wally Findlay</a>, <a href="#Wentworth">Wentworth Gallery</a></p> </center> <p><a name="AnnNorton"></a></p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="156" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/annnorton.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>Location</em>: 2051 S. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach</p> <p class="p1"><em>Contact</em>: 561/832-5328</p> <p class="p1"><em>Hours</em>: Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed all major holidays.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Admission</em>: Adults, $10; seniors, $8; children 5 and up, $5; children under 5, free</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a name="Armory"></a></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Armory Art Center</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>Location</em>: 1700 Parker Ave., West Palm Beach</p> <p class="p1"><em>Contact</em>: 561/832-1776</p> <p class="p1"><em>Hours</em>: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Admission</em>: Free for art exhibitions</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a name="AAA"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/neighborhoodgallery.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>ActivistArtistA Gallery</strong></p> <p><em>Location: </em>422 W. Industrial Ave., Boynton Beach</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/736-8181</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a name="Addison"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="367" src="/site_media/uploads/addisongallery.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Addison Gallery</strong></p> <p><em>Location: </em>206 N.E. 2nd St., Delray Beach</p> <p><em>Contact:</em>561/278-5700</p> <p><em>Hours: </em>Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.</p> <p><em>Admission: </em>Free</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank" title=""></a></p> <p><a name="Avalon"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="345" src="/site_media/uploads/avalongallery.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Avalon Gallery</strong></p> <p><em>Location: </em>425 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach<em> </em></p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/272-9155</p> <p><em>Hours: </em>Monday and Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday, by appointment; Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.</p> <p><em>Admission: </em>Free</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank" title=""></a></p> <p><a name="Blue"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="179" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/bluegallery.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Blue Gallery</strong></p> <p><em>Location: </em>600 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach<em> <br></em></p> <p>Contact: 561/265-0020</p> <p><em>Admission: </em>Free</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank" title=""></a></p> <p><a name="BocaHistorical"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="190" src="/site_media/uploads/bocaratonhistoricalsociety.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Boca Raton Historical Society</strong></p> <p><em>Location: </em>71 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton<em><br></em></p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/395-6766</p> <p><em>Hours: </em>Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank" title=""></a></p> <p><a name="BocaArt"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="307" src="/site_media/uploads/bocamuseumofart.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Boca Raton Museum of Art Mizner Park</strong></p> <p><em>Location: </em>501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton<em> <br></em></p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/392-2500</p> <p><em>Hours: </em>Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday through Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.</p> <p><em>Admission: </em>Adults, $8; seniors, $6; students with ID, $5; children, free</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank" title=""></a></p> <p><a name="Cacace"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="198" src="/site_media/uploads/cacacefineart.png" width="490"></p> <p><strong>C</strong><strong>acace Fine Art Studio &amp; Gallery</strong></p> <p><em>Location: </em>354 N.E. 4th St., Delray Beach</p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/276-1177<a href=""><br></a></p> <p><em>Hours:</em> Thursday through Sunday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. or by appointment</p> <p><em>Admission: </em>Free</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank" title=""></a> </p> <p><a name="CornellMuseum"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/cornellmuseum.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Cornell Museum of Art &amp; American Culture</strong></p> <p><em>Location</em>: Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach </p> <p><em>Contact:</em> 561/243-7922</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank" title=""></a></p> <p><a name="DTR"></a></p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="315" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/dtr.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1"><strong>DTR Modern Galleries</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>Location</em>: Worth Avenue, 440 S. County Road, Palm Beach</p> <p class="p1"><em>Contact</em>: 561/366-9387</p> <p class="p1"><em>Hours</em>: <strong>In season:<em> </em></strong>Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. <strong>Off season: </strong>Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Monday by appointment</p> <p class="p1"><em>Admission</em>: Free</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a name="Eaton"></a></p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="284" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/eatonfineart.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Eaton Fine Art</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>Location</em>: 435 Gardenia St., West Palm Beach</p> <p class="p1"><em>Contact</em>: 561/833-4766 or</p> <p class="p1"><em>Hours</em>: Open by appointment only</p> <p class="p1"><em>Admission</em>: Free</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a name="Flagler"></a></p> <p class="p2"><img alt="" height="247" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/flaglermuseum.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p class="p1"><strong>Flagler Museum</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>Location</em>: 1 Whitehall Way, Palm Beach</p> <p class="p1"><em>Contact</em>: 561/655-2833</p> <p class="p1"><em>Hours</em>: Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.; Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Admission</em>: Adult, $18; youth, $10; children 6-12, $3; children under 6, free</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a name="Forms"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="435" src="/site_media/uploads/formsgallery.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Forms Gallery</strong></p> <p><em>Location: </em>415 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach<em> </em></p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/274-3676</p> <p><em>Hours: </em>Monday through Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.</p> <p><em>Admission: </em>Free</p> <p><a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/11060/" target="_blank" title=""></a></p> <p><a name="KareLynne"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="366" src="/site_media/uploads/karenlynnegallery.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Karen Lynne Gallery</strong></p> <p><em>Location: </em>101 Plaza Real S., Suite I, Boca Raton<em> </em><a href=""><br></a></p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/338-9801</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank" title=""></a></p> <p><a name="KEVRO"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="348" src="/site_media/uploads/kevroartbar.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>KEVRO Art &amp; Photography Gallery</strong></p> <p><em>Location: </em>166 S.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach<em> </em><a href=""><br></a></p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/278-9675</p> <p><em>Hours: </em>everyday, 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.</p> <p><em>Admission:</em></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank" title=""></a></p> <p><a name="GalleryBiba"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="261" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/gallerybiba.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Gallery Biba</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>Location</em>: 224A Worth Ave., Palm Beach</p> <p class="p1"><em>Contact</em>: 561/651-1371</p> <p class="p1"><em>Hours</em>: Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Summer Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Admission</em>: Free</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a name="GAVLAK"></a></p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="272" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/gavlakgallery.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1"><strong>GAVLAK Gallery</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>Location</em>: 249B Worth Ave., Palm Beach</p> <p class="p1"><em>Contact</em>: 561/833-0583</p> <p class="p1"><em>Hours</em>: By appointment only during off season. In-season hours of operation: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Admission</em>: Free</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a name="Habatat"></a></p> <p class="p2"><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/habatatgalleries.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p class="p1"><strong>Habatat Galleries</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>Location</em>: 539 Clematis St., West Palm Beach</p> <p class="p1"><em>Contact</em>: 561/469-8587</p> <p class="p1"><em>Hours</em>: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Admission</em>: Free</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a name="GalleryCenter"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="362" src="/site_media/uploads/gallerycenter.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Gallery Center</strong></p> <p><em>Location: </em>608 Banyan Trail, Boca Raton</p> <p>The center includes:</p> <p><strong>Baker Sponder Gallery</strong>, 561/241-3050, <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/11060/" target="_blank" title=""></a></p> <p><strong>Griffin Gallery</strong>, 561/994-0811, <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/11060/" target="_blank" title=""></a></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Stewart Fine Art Gallery</strong>, <a class="fl r-rhscol4" title="Call via Hangouts">561/995-2760,</a> <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/11060/" target="_blank" title=""></a></p> <p><a name="Morikami"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/morikami.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens </strong></p> <p><em>Location: </em>4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach<em> </em><a href=""><br></a></p> <p><em>Contact:</em> 561/495-0233</p> <p><em>Hours: </em>Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.</p> <p><em>Admission: </em>Adults, $14; seniors, $13; college students with ID, $11; children 6+, $9; children 5 and under, free</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank" title=""></a></p> <p><a name="NortonArt"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/nortonmuseum.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Norton Museum of Art</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>Location</em>: 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach</p> <p class="p1"><em>Contact</em>: 561/832-5196</p> <p class="p1"><em>Hours</em>: Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Admission: </em>Adults, $12; students, $5; members and children 12 and under, free; private group tours, $12 per person</p> <p class="p1"><em>**Note:</em> Admission is free for Palm Beach County residents on the first Saturday of every month and for West Palm Beach residents every Saturday.</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a name="PBPhotographic"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/palmbeachphotographiccentre.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Palm Beach Photographic Centre</strong></p> <p><em>Location: </em>415 Clematis St., West Palm Beach <a href=""><br></a></p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/253-2600</p> <p><em>Hours: </em>Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank" title=""></a></p> <p><a name="RichardPat"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="284" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/richardandpat.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County Museum</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>Location</em>: 300 N. Dixie Highway, Downtown West Palm Beach</p> <p class="p1"><em>Contact</em>: 561/832-4164</p> <p class="p1"><em>Hours</em>: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Admission</em>: Free</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a name="FourArts"></a></p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/fourarts.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1"><strong>The Society of the Four Arts</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>Location</em>: 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach</p> <p class="p1"><em>Contact</em>: 561/655-7226</p> <p class="p1"><em>Hours</em>: Hours vary per building</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a name="Spady"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="174" src="/site_media/uploads/spadyculturalhertiagemuseum.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Spady Cultural Heritage Museum </strong></p> <p><em>Location: </em>170 N.W. Fifth Ave., Delray Beach<em> </em></p> <p><em>Contact: </em>561/279-8883</p> <p><em>Hours:</em></p> <p><em>Admission:</em></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank" title=""></a></p> <p><a name="Surovek"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="346" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/surovek.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p class="p1"><strong>Surovek Gallery</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>Location</em>: 349 Worth Ave., Palm Beach</p> <p class="p1"><em>Contact</em>: 561/832-0422</p> <p class="p1"><em>Hours</em>: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; or by appointment</p> <p class="p1"><em>Admission</em>: Free</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a name="Wally"></a></p> <p class="p2"><img alt="" height="337" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/wally.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p class="p2"><em>Pictured: Painting by Lluis Ribas</em></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Wally Findlay</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>Location</em>: 165 Worth Ave., Palm Beach</p> <p class="p1"><em>Contact</em>: 561/655-2090</p> <p class="p1"><em>Hours</em>: <strong>June to September: </strong>Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. <strong>In-season hours</strong>: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Admission</em>: Free</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a name="Wentworth"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="311" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/wentworth.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Wentworth Gallery</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>Location</em>: Town Center at Boca Raton, 6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p class="p1"><em>Contact</em>: 561/338-0804</p> <p class="p1"><em>Hours</em>: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Admission</em>: Free</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p>magazineTue, 05 Aug 2014 20:53:14 +0000 & EventsTastemakers at Mizner Park: Rock, Roll &amp; Stroll<p>Mizner Park is hosting <strong>Tastemakers at Mizner Park</strong>, its annual restaurant tasting event, on Wednesday, Sept. 17, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. The event, themed "Rock, Roll &amp; Stroll" features a fabulous night of food, wine, cocktails and entertainment, featuring Mizner Park's extraordinary collection of tastemakers. It's a progressive food and cocktail tasting event you won't want to miss.</p> <p>Dining booklets are available for purchase for $30 at any participating Tastemaker restaurant or online on <a href="" target="_blank"><span style="">the Mizner Park website</span></a>. Each VIP booklet also includes three months of exclusive dining offers, valid from Aug. 1 to Oct. 31</p> <p>Read on for more information on participating restaurants and their food and drink pairings.</p> <h3>The Dubliner</h3> <p><img alt="" height="216" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/tastemakers-mizner14_images_dubliner.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1"><em>(561/620-2540 // </em><a href=""><em></em></a><em>)</em></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Tasting</strong></p> <p class="p1">Shepherd’s pie and Guinness mac and cheese with Irish sode bread and butter</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Pairing</strong></p> <p class="p1">Special black velvet: Guinness and cider</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Exclusive Offer</strong></p> <p class="p1">15 percent off entire check with purchase of an entree</p> <h3 class="p2">Jazziz Nightlife</h3> <h3 class="p2"><img alt="" height="216" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/tastemakers-mizner14_images_jazziz.jpg" width="490"> </h3> <p class="p1"><em>(561/300-0730 // </em><a href=""><em></em></a><em>)</em></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Tasting</strong></p> <p class="p1">Beef carpaccio with horseradish aioli, black truffle and homemade potato chips</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Pairing</strong></p> <p class="p1">Blood orange cilantro margarita</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Exclusive Offer</strong></p> <p class="p1">20 percent off entire check with purchase of an entree</p> <h3 class="p1">Kapow Noodle Bar</h3> <h3 class="p2"><img alt="" height="216" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/tastemakers-mizner14_images_kapow.jpg" width="490"> </h3> <p class="p1"><em>(561/347-7322 // </em><a href=""><em></em></a><em>)</em></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Tasting</strong></p> <p class="p1">Banh mi Vietnamese baguette: slow-cooked pulled pork, buttery spicy aioli, cilantro, pickled carrots, daikon and jalapeño</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Pairing</strong></p> <p class="p1">Spicy lover: Partida Reposado tequila, cucumber, lime juice, tabasco green sauce, cilantro, organic agave nectar</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Exclusive Offer</strong></p> <p class="p1">15 percent off entire check with purchase of an entree</p> <h3 class="p1">Max's Grille</h3> <p class="p2"><img alt="" height="216" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/tastemakers-mizner14_images_maxsgrille.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p class="p1"><em>(561/368-0080 // </em><a href=""><em></em></a><em>)</em></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Tasting</strong></p> <p class="p1">Crispy duck spring rolls, spicy vegetables, soba noodles, pickled cucumbers and Asian dipping sauce</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Pairing</strong></p> <p class="p1">Strawberry saketini: Stoli vanilla vodka, Tyku sake and fresh strawberries</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Exclusive Offer</strong></p> <p class="p1">10 percent off entire check with purchase of an entree</p> <h3 class="p1">Racks Downtown Eatery + Tavern</h3> <p class="p2"><img alt="" height="216" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/tastemakers-mizner14_images_racks.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p class="p1"><em>(561/395-1662 // </em><a href=""><em></em></a><em>)</em></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Tasting</strong></p> <p class="p1">The A + A roll: hamachi, jalapeño, spicy tuna, crispy shallot, cilantro and avocado</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Pairing</strong></p> <p class="p1">Boca lemonade: Stoli vodka, Tyku lemonade</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Exclusive Offer</strong></p> <p class="p1">Free glass of house wine with purchase of a lunch entree</p> <h3 class="p1">Ruth's Chris Steak House</h3> <p class="p2"><img alt="" height="216" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/tastemakers-mizner14_images_ruthschris.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p class="p1"><em>(561/620-2192 // </em><a href=""><em></em></a><em>)</em></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Tasting</strong></p> <p class="p1">Mini seared ahi-tuna: ahi-tuna perfectly complemented by aspirated sauce with hints of mustard and beer</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Pairing</strong></p> <p class="p1">Raspberry rosemary cosmo: Absolut raspberri, Cointreau, lime and cranberry juices, muddled raspberries and rosemary</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Exclusive Offer</strong></p> <p class="p1">Free appetizer with purchase of an entree</p> <h3 class="p1">Tanzy</h3> <p class="p2"><img alt="" height="216" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/tastemakers-mizner14_images_tanzy.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p class="p1"><em>(561/922-6699 // </em><a href=""><em></em></a><em>)</em></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Tasting</strong></p> <p class="p1">Cedar plank salmon: salmon roasted on cedar plank, red pepper lima beans, israeli couscous and cucumber fennel salad</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Pairing</strong></p> <p class="p1">Prickly pear-sour sop margarita: cactus fruit, Florida Guanabana, hand-squeezed lime, El Jimador tequila repoado</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Exclusive Offer</strong></p> <p class="p1">Free appetizer with purchase of an entree</p> <h3 class="p1">Truluck's</h3> <p class="p2"><img alt="" height="216" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/tastemakers-mizner14_images_trulucks.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p class="p1"><em>(561/391-0755 // </em><a href=""><em></em></a><em>)</em></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Tasting</strong></p> <p class="p1">Fresh seasonal crab claws</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Pairing</strong></p> <p class="p1">Lagaria Pinot Grigio</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Exclusive Offer</strong></p> <p class="p1">Join us for date night: seven night sa week, choose soup or salad, entree and shared dessert for $39/person</p> <h3 class="p1">Uncle Julio's</h3> <p class="p2"><img alt="" height="216" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/tastemakers-mizner14_images_unclejulios.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p class="p1"><em>(561/300-3530 // </em><a href=""><em></em></a><em>)</em></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Tasting</strong></p> <p class="p1">Pineapple bacon guacamole: pineapple, hickory-smoked bacon and crumbled queso fresco</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Pairing</strong></p> <p class="p1">Julio’s gold: Uncle Julio’s special hand-shaken margarita</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Exclusive Offer</strong></p> <p class="p1">Free dessert sampler with purchase of an entree</p> <h3 class="p1">Villagio Restaurant</h3> <h3 class="p2"><img alt="" height="216" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/tastemakers-mizner14_images_villagio.jpg" width="490"> </h3> <p class="p1"><em>(561/447-2257 // </em><a href=""><em></em></a><em>)</em></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Tasting</strong></p> <p class="p1">Eggplant rollatini: brazed eggplant stuffed with seasoned ricotta cheese with marinara, parmesan and melted mozzarella</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Pairing</strong></p> <p class="p1">Acai thini: acai vodka with Cointreau, sour mix and a touch of Blue Curacao</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Exclusive Offer</strong></p> <p class="p1">Free glass of wine with purchase of an entree</p> <h3 class="p1">Yard House</h3> <p class="p2"><img alt="" height="216" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202014/tastemakers-mizner14_images_yardhouse.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p class="p1"><em>(561/417-6124 // </em><a href=""><em></em></a><em>)</em></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Tasting</strong></p> <p class="p1">Ahi poke bowl: marinated raw ahi and avocado with carrots, daikon radish, macadamia nuts and wontons</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Pairing</strong></p> <p class="p1">Lost Coast tangerine wheat beer</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Exclusive Offer</strong></p> <p class="p1">Happy Hour: Monday through Friday, 3 to 6 p.m.</p> <p class="p1">Late night Happy Hour: Sunday through Wednesday, 10 p.m. to close</p> <p class="p1">During the event, look for the Official Tastemaker Stop Sign at each restaurant. Snap a creative selfie at the stop sign and share it with us on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #tastemiznerpark. Instagram: <a href=""><em>@bocamag</em></a>. Facebook: <a href=""><em></em></a>. Your entry can win you a gift card to one of the participating Tastemakers restaurants.</p>magazineTue, 05 Aug 2014 13:59:09 +0000 EventsTwo Week Warning: The Boca Ballroom Battle Is Heating Up<p>In less than two weeks, the <a href="" target="_blank">Boca Ballroom Battle</a> will be heating up the Mizner Center—as eight community dancers shake off their nerves and perform for everybody in town, spinning around a ballroom bigger than Tulsa. Wow. This time last year I was one of those dancers, with a permanent knot in my stomach and little blue dance lesson reminder cards fluttering out of my purse every time I opened it. When I shut my eyes at night I’d be counting steps, dipping, hearing music, wondering what it would feel like to walk out in front of everyone, whether my knees would buckle, whether I’d get sudden dance routine amnesia, whether I’d pitch over in a dead faint into the judges. (Having a rich imagination was a lot more deadly than two left feet, I can tell you that.)</p> <p><img alt="" height="291" src="/site_media/uploads/pineapple-newspaper-boca-ballroom-battle-900x535.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>So I am wondering how the dancers this year (above) are feeling. They look good in all the pictures I’ve seen, and no one seems worried or nervous or awkward.  I kind of resent them for that, to tell the truth. Where’s the drama? Our group last year had more drama than Les Mis compared to these guys.</p> <p>Or maybe I am feeling a little left out. I hate being one of “last year’s dancers” as opposed to being front and center dressed in a shiny costume in a blazing spotlight. I hate that my dancing shoes are in a bag at the top of my closet, and that everyone isn’t asking me if I’m ready. I miss my partner James Brann making me laugh, and I miss doing ridiculous things like buying fishnet hose and getting spray tans.</p> <p>Last year it was all about me; I even forgot we were raising money for kids who really need it so they have a shot a life, a chance at college.  This year, I’ll be rooting for those kids every time I watch one of our dancers outdo themselves—and I hope you do too.</p> <p>Here’s your reminder for the summer’s best event—I’ll see you there!:</p> <p><strong>Date:</strong> Aug. 16</p> <p><strong>Time:</strong> 6 to 10 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Location:</strong>  Boca Raton Resort &amp; Club, 501 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong> Debi Feiler (<em>561/347-6799, <a href=""></a></em>) </p>Marie SpeedTue, 05 Aug 2014 10:10:14 +0000 EventsBasilic Vietnamese Opens in Boca<p>Having spent a couple dozen years living in and around San Francisco, I had the chance to dine in some of the best Vietnamese restaurants in the country. In South Florida, restaurants serving the gloriously diverse and flavorful cuisine of Vietnam are few and far between, so it’s very good news that <a href="" target="_blank">Basilic Vietnamese Grill</a> (<em>200 S. Federal Highway, Boca Raton</em>) has opened just off Palmetto Park Road.</p> <p><img alt="" height="361" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/basilic.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>This new sibling of the Lauderdale-by-the-Sea parent takes over the location once occupied by Kin Noodle Bar, and before that Boca Burger Bar. The modest venue has gotten a sleek, modern makeover, with an upscale look that features bright white walls, chic drum chandeliers, sexy contemporary furnishings, a small aquarium and brick accent wall.</p> <p>The menu includes such Vietnamese staples as cha gio (imperial rolls), lacy crepe studded with shrimp and pork, several varieties of the classic soup pho, plus assorted curries, stir-fries and noodle dishes. I’m getting hungry already.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 05 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsDelray pension reform, talking trash and other news of note<h3><img alt="" height="150" src="/site_media/uploads/977.jpg" width="150"></h3> <h3>Delray pension reform</h3> <p>Like Boca Raton, Delray Beach can’t afford the pension benefits that some police officers and firefighters may be expecting. Today could mark the start of what needs to be serious public safety pension reform in Delray.</p> <p>This afternoon, before its regular meeting, the Delray Beach City Commission will meet in executive session—public not allowed—to discuss the status of negotiations with the police union, whose contract expires Sept. 30. Meeting about collective bargaining and lawsuits are exempt from the state’s open-meeting laws, but I have a fairly good idea of how things will go.</p> <p>The city’s labor lawyers and administrators will review Delray Beach’s offer to the union and advise the commission on what the city needs in concessions. Examples: a later retirement age, a reduction in the annual cost-of-living increase, even a cap on benefits. The answer is: much. The city’s contribution to public safety pensions is set to increase another $1.5 million next year. As with all larger, full-service cities in Florida, Delray Beach faces a financial crisis in the next decade or so unless it controls police and fire pension costs.</p> <p>Mayor Cary Glickstein will back the push for comprehensive reform. “We are going to reach a sustainable solution (on pensions),” he told me Friday, “and not one that tries to do so incrementally, as Delray has done.” In that regard, Glickstein sounds much like Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie. Boca’s offer to the police union seeks changes in all the major categories used to calculate benefits.</p> <p>In addition to a pension proposal, Delray Beach also will make a wage offer to the police union. The offers are separate, but the topics are intertwined. Essentially, Delray Beach wants to focus more on paying police officers for what they do while they are working, not while they are retired. “We want to be competitive (on salaries) when it comes to attracting the best officers,” Glickstein said.</p> <p>Commissioner Shelly Petrolia will agree with Glickstein. Commissioner Jordana Jarjura probably will agree, too, although she has been on the commission just since March. Commissioners Adam Frankel and Al Jacquet likely will push back. Both have stronger ties to the police and fire unions.</p> <p>I think that when the commissioners finish their discussion, however, that Delray Beach’s offer will seek at least the same level of reform that Boca Raton’s offer does, and perhaps even more. Delray’s tax rate for operating is already above 7 mills -- $7 for $1,000 of assessed property value, or more than twice the rate in Boca Raton—and the Florida Constitution prohibits cities from levying a rate higher than 10 mills. Proportionally, Delray Beach remains safely under the tax limit, but uncontrolled pension costs eventually could prevent the city from raising taxes to improve actual services.</p> <p>According to Chief Financial Officer Jack Warner, police and fire pension costs already make up nearly one-fourth of all the revenue Delray raises through property taxes. And property tax revenue remains nearly $8 million less than the peak in 2007.</p> <p>“We are not a for-profit company,” Glickstein said. “We can’t adjust prices to make up for higher costs.” The numbers are obvious. So is the solution, if Delray Beach has the will to start paying more for public safety, not just public safety pensions.</p> <h3>More trash talk</h3> <p>On tonight’s regular Delray Beach City Commission agenda is a request to spend an additional $25,000 on preparing the city’s bid for a trash-hauling contract. Given what’s at stake, spending the money makes sense.</p> <p>Delray previously had hired a consultant to write the bid proposal. After reviewing it, however, City Attorney Noel Pfeffer thought that Delray would benefit from a review by what Pfeffer calls a “solid waste expert.” The description may be humorous, but the issue isn’t.</p> <p>This is the contract that Delray has not bid since 2001. This is the contract that a previous commission in 2012 extended for eight years without competitive bidding despite an opinion from the county’s Office of Inspector General that the city had to seek bids. This is the contract that the city successfully challenged in court, with the idea that seeking bids could save residents millions from the $65 million deal approved two years ago.</p> <p>So getting the proposal right is the priority. The city’s chief financial officer agrees with the city attorney on spending the $25,000. So should the commission.</p> <h3>Good cop, bad cop? You decide</h3> <p>Finally, the commission may have to grind its teeth in approving a $225,000 settlement with a former Delray cop.</p> <p>Vincent Gray, an ex-sergeant, sued the city in 2010, claiming that then-Assistant Police Chief Ralph Phillips had blocked him from promotion and defamed him. A settlement of $175,000 was proposed two years ago, but the commission rejected it. Then-City Attorney Brian Shutt, who resigned in January of this year, had recommended against approval of the settlement.</p> <p>This time, City Attorney Noel Pfeffer recommends that the commission approve the larger amount. So does Interim City Manager Terry Stewart. In a memorandum to the commission, Pfeffer didn’t state his reasons, but that’s normal. Discussions about lawsuits happen in those closed executive sessions, and in the settlement the city admits to no wrongdoing. Gray will not be able to comment beyond platitudes if the commission approves the settlement. Everything is sensitive.</p> <p>Under the settlement, Gray would get $100,000 in damages, $35,000 in back wages and $90,000 for legal fees. He also would resign from the department, but would be promoted to lieutenant before the retirement date.</p> <p>Phillips consistently defended his actions, claiming that Gray targeted him for personal reasons. Gray claimed that Phillips had gone after him because Gray arrested Phillips’ son. Incidents between Scott Phillips and Delray police started another round of accusations. The state attorney’s office concluded that Phillips had acted inappropriately in one instance by driving to the scene and asking officers to uncuff his son, but decided that the action didn’t amount to a crime.</p> <p>Obviously, $225,000 is a lot of money. But trying at this point to figure out the chances of Delray Beach prevailing in court? Good luck.</p> <h3>Lock it up</h3> <p>It remains a mystery to me why so many residents of Boca Raton make it so easy for criminals.</p> <p>On Friday, the Boca Raton Police Department sent out a Crimewatch bulletin. It reported that the department had “responded to numerous reports of auto burglaries from UNLOCKED vehicles during the overnight hours.” In this case, the five burglaries were in the adjoining Boca Square and Camino Gardens neighborhoods. But it’s happening all over. In the Camino Lakes neighborhood, a gun was stolen from an unlocked car.</p> <p> On Monday I got another Crimewatch incident report. Cash and coils taken from a car. An unlocked car. Don’t blame the police for stuff like this.</p> <h3>More on airline fees</h3> <p>Last week, I <a href="/blog/2014/07/31/the-great-airline-bill-scam-other-matters-of-note/" target="_blank">reported on an anti-consumer bill regarding airline prices</a>. I reported that Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, who represents most of eastern Boca Raton and Delray Beach, favored the legislation, which consumer travel groups oppose.</p> <p>But I did not hear in time for my Thursday blog post from the office of Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, who represents most of western Boca and Delray. I now have a response from Deutch, who on this issue is much more consumer-friendly than Frankel.</p> <p>The House bill is called the Transparent Airfares Act, a phony label, since it would allow airlines to hide on online sites the cost of airline fees that can greatly increase the advertised cost of a ticket. Airlines only would have to post the price of government fees.</p> <p>In contrast, a Senate bill sponsored by New Jersey Democrat Robert Menendez would uphold a 2012 U.S. Department of Transportation rule requiring airlines to post all costs. Deutch favors this approach. His press aide emailed to say that the Senate version would require that “the full fares are posted up front, for consumers to make fully-informed travel decisions. This legislation is stronger than the House bill, which allows airlines to show only their ticket prices without the related fees and surcharges and thus has the potential to be abused by ticket sellers who could hide the full price from consumers until later in the purchasing process.”</p> <p>Deutch, the aide said, is “not opposed to airlines showing the ticket price separately from the associated taxes and fees as long as the total fare is also provided up front for consumers.”</p> <p>Given the growing dysfunction in Congress, the chance of reconciling the two versions this year in a way that helps the consumer is slim. If nothing happens, the 2012 rule at least will remain in effect, and that would be good for the public. And residents of this area who are regular fliers should know which member of Congress is on their side and which one isn’t.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the <em>Miami Herald</em> and <em>Palm Beach Post</em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the <em>Po</em>st. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</p>Randy SchultzTue, 05 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityThe Week Ahead: Aug. 5 to 11<p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="281" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/ag_untitled_brt_tang_2008_web.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Adler Guerrier: Formulating a Plot”</strong></p> <p>Where: Perez Art Museum, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 6 to 9 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 305/375-3000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This exhibition’s title, “Formulating a Plot,” likely has a double meaning—reflecting on plots of land as narrative plots. Particular pieces of land, especially in Miami, figure largely into this local artist’s oeuvre, which often has engaged with the city’s urban milieu to create striking abstract and textural statements on its public surfaces. He has even created some new site-specific work at PAMM for this career survey, which also includes art from the past decade in media ranging from sculpture and photography to prints and collage work. Many of his pieces address issues such as race, ethnicity, class and culture, which resonate with this Port-au-Prince-born artist. Guerrier will discuss his work between 7 and 8 p.m. at Thursday’s opening night celebration; visit early for a live DJ set. Cocktails will be available for purchase. The exhibition runs through Jan. 25.</p> <p>THURSDAY AND FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="178" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/tastemakersdelray-265x178.jpg" width="265"></p> <p><strong>What: Tastemakers of Delray Beach</strong></p> <p>Where: Downtown Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 5 to 10 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $30</p> <p>Contact: 561/243-1077, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Now in its sixth year, Tastemakers of Delray Beach is the best reason to be a Palm Beach County foodie over the summer. While the snowbirds are away, the local play—and gorge—on food and drink samples from 13 participating restaurants. Grand central this year is the bustling intersection of Atlantic and Southeast Second avenues, where participants can enjoy such back-to-back dishes as SoLita’s signature meatball and El Camino’s Barbacoa Taco, along with FY&amp;I’s frozen yogurt and The Office’s fried green tomatoes. But the action stretches all the way from Ziree Thai south of Swinton to Caffe Luna Rosa along the ocean, so you’ll have ample opportunity to walk off those calories. “Passports” granting access to Tastemakers are available for purchase at each of the participating restaurants.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="458" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/monsters.jpg" width="352"> </p> <p><strong>What: “Mother, Me &amp; the Monsters” play reading</strong></p> <p>Where: Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $15</p> <p>Contact: 561/450-6357, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Over the past couple of years, the Theatre at Arts Garage has formed a fertile artistic relationship with Daniel Mate, a clever and imaginative composer-lyricist. His first piece at Arts Garage, “The Longing and the Short of It,” received several award nominations for its 2013 show, and expect this year’s funny and moving production of Mate’s “The Trouble With Doug” to receive its fair share as well. The collaboration continues with a reading of his latest musical, which sounds both adventurous and grounded: “Mother, Me &amp; the Monsters” examines a boy’s relationship with his mother through three divorces and, for Sam, four new dads. It sounds a bit like the acclaimed new film “Boyhood,” except for its fantastical element: Sam also forms an evolving relationship with the monster under his bed. This reading is part of Arts Garage’s “Summer Tune-Up” series, a look at promising new works that may later see full productions; top-notch local actors will perform it, scripts in hand.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/smiling_amen.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Church”</strong></p> <p>Where: The Vanguard, 1501 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $28</p> <p>Contact: 813/220-1546, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>For many Pentecostal Christians, the tent revival is perhaps one of the purest outlets for evangelical worship, with its rich history of faith healing sessions, glossolalia (speaking in tongues) and, purportedly, the raising of the dead. For nonbelievers, tent revivals evoke the seedier side of faith—bastions of delusion and charlatanism liberated from the decorum of a chapel. This complicated tradition receives a theatrical send-up/tribute in the form of “Church,” a site-specific performance piece written by the experimental theater star Young Jean Lee. This edgy musical, which ran at New York’s hallowed Public Theatre in 2008, enjoys its regional Florida premiere this month courtesy of Thinking Cap Theatre, the Fort Lauderdale-based company that gravitates toward challenging work. “Church” will be produced in an actual tent setting outside The Vanguard, with a cast of five playing the roles of a charismatic preacher and a clutch of female reverends, whose faux spiritual service is aimed to inspire, shock, amuse and ultimately move the intimate audience. “Church” runs through Aug. 24.</p> <p>FRIDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/pharoah.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Jay Pharoah</strong></p> <p>Where: Palm Beach Improv, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: Show times vary</p> <p>Cost: $22, plus two-drink minimum</p> <p>Contact: 561/833-1812, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Comedian Jay Pharoah is in storied company: In 2010, at 24, he became the second-youngest black cast member to debut on “Saturday Night Live,” after Eddie Murphy. Two years later, he unveiled his Barack Obama impersonation, admirably replacing Fred Armisen, who was never as stellar an impersonator as he was an original character craftsman. Pharoah’s Obama has proven impeccable, but it’s only one of countless celebrities lying dormant in his vocal arsenal. Close your eyes while listening to his Will Smith, Denzel Washington and Jay-Z, and you’ll think you’re hearing the Real McCoy. His deep vault of impressions even encompasses Christopher Walken and Gollum. Expect to hear plenty of these when the man of many voices tours the Palm Beach Improv.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="355" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/sultans-of-string.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Sultans of String</strong></p> <p>Where: Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25-$40</p> <p>Contact: 561/450-6357, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Given its eclectic history, Arts Garage has welcomed Spanish flamenco musicians, Cuban bands and gypsy-style jazz artists on its proscenium. Rarely if ever, though, have such diverse styles wafted from the instruments of one band. That will change when Sultans of String, an award-winning quintet from Canada, takes the stage, bringing along its melting pot of musical cultures. The group’s archive, largely instrumental, has been acclaimed for its boundary-less world music, successfully marrying Arabic folk and rumba-flamenco rhythms in one song, jazz licks and Cuban percussion in the next one. Inspiration for the group’s songs arrives in unexpected places, from an experience meeting an indigenous, blind village elder in northern Ontario (“Josie”) to the story of a killer whale believed to be a reincarnation of a village chief (“Luna”); at its best, the music paints instrumental pictures of the people and events that swim across their radars.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="340" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/penick.jpg" width="335"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “All Florida”</strong></p> <p>Where: Boca Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: noon to 5 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5</p> <p>Contact: 561/392-2500, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Now in its 63rd year, the annual All Florida Juried Competition and Exhibition is often a highlight of summer in Boca, making our city Grand Central for a state-of-the-arts survey of Florida’s brightest talent. The exhibition typically encompasses everything from traditional painting and photography to sculptures, videos, site-specific installations and a few large-scale provocations. The overall success or failure of All Florida, however, has as much to do with the juror’s individual tastes than with the artists’ submissions, and this year we’re at the mercy of Trong G. Nguyen, an edgy independent curator and artist based in Brooklyn. In his own work, Nguyen is a creative recycler of nontraditional materials, from one-person pingpong tables and toy light-saber installations to spaghetti dinners arranged on turntables and grocery bags refashioned into Catholic “confessionals.” Here’s hoping some of that anarchic irreverence bleeds into his selection process. The show runs through Oct. 18.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/nine-inch-nails.png" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden</strong></p> <p>Where: Cruzan Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $38.50–$117.30</p> <p>Contact: 561/795-8883, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>For years, mostly in the 1990s, Trent Reznor’s largely solo project Nine Inch Nails became shorthand for the sort of angry, profane, establishment-upending music that caused parents to fret when it pulsated from their offspring’s stereos. It’s a stigma that Reznor has helped to shed as NIN entered the new millennium—along with such reductive genre descriptors as “heavy metal.” NIN’s ominous, electronically driven music is its own genre, closer to art rock than pop music—<em>The New Yorker</em> called it “vehement, brainy, obstinate, and modernist” in a 2012 profile of Reznor, who has accrued two Grammys. Years after inching toward mainstream acceptance with his fragile, Oscar-winning score for “The Social Network,” Reznor is touring behind the terrific “Hesitation Marks,” his first NIN album since 2009. Joining NIN will be Soundgarden—the Chris Cornell-led grunge band that also broke in the ’90s and maintains a fervent fan base—and Death Grips, an innovative trio that combines hip-hop and industrial music.</p>John ThomasonMon, 04 Aug 2014 18:19:21 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsNYC Special: The Roosevelt<p>The hotel’s rich, celebrity-filled history may be steeped in names like Guy Lombardo, Lawrence Welk and Thomas Dewey—who famously (and quite prematurely) announced from his election-night headquarters here that he had defeated Harry S. Truman for the presidency in 1948.</p> <p><img alt="" height="380" src="/site_media/uploads/rooslobby.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>But don’t think for a second that this is your grandparents’ <a href="">Roosevelt</a>. The legendary “Grand Dame of Madison Avenue” is as hip and happening as any contemporary hotel in Manhattan, but with an air of old-school elegance and charm that, try as they might with various architectural and design tricks, modern resorts can’t possibly replicate.</p> <p>That’s because The Roosevelt Hotel NYC (named after President Theodore Roosevelt) has been there, done that. And all with a sense of style that would make James Bond proud.</p> <p>See for yourself why this 1,015-room, 20-story icon continues to draw raves by taking advantage of the resort’s 90th anniversary escape, on Sept. 22. The first 90 <a href="">reservations booked</a> (with a two-night minimum stay, including a Sunday, Sept. 21 arrival) will receive a rate of $90 for that Monday night in superior room accommodations that typically run in the $439 range.</p> <p>Even if you can’t make it for the anniversary special, don’t forget about The Roosevelt as a base camp for any upcoming trips to New York. This summer, I had the pleasure of staying at the hotel where Lombardo began his tradition (from the Roosevelt Grill which, to this day, features white-gloved waiters) of ringing in the new year with “Auld Lang Syne.”</p> <p>As perfectly positioned New York resorts go, nothing beats The Roosevelt’s prime perch on the corner of Madison and 45th Street. We walked everywhere that weekend—Times Square, Central Park, Hell’s Kitchen, even all the way down to Greenwich Village. The Roosevelt never seemed too far away.</p> <p>Better still, each time we walked through its revolving doors—and into the neo-classical cool that emanates from the lobby—we felt like we were home. It’s no wonder that countless movies (think “Wall Street,” “Men in Black 3,” “Man on a Ledge” and others) have used The Roosevelt as a backdrop. Or that the famed Madison Club Lounge was the preferred hang of Don Draper on “Mad Men.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="334" src="/site_media/uploads/mad46.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>A new generation of executives and see-and-be-seen types have turned <strong>Mad46</strong>—the hotel’s chic rooftop lounge—into one of the hottest after-work destinations in all of Manhattan. Check out the Mad Mojito, while you’re there—if only for the white chocolate stir stick.</p> <p>Here’s to The Roosevelt—a classic in any era.</p>Kevin KaminskiMon, 04 Aug 2014 15:16:58 +0000 The Fitwall at Level 5 Fitness<p class="p1">Here’s a workout that can put your old gym routine to shame. <a href="">Level 5 Fitness</a> in Boca Raton brings you the Fitwall, a single standing machine that uses your bodyweight to tone and strengthen.</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/level5fitness.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">A single class on the Fitwall, which lasts about 45 minutes, can work out more than 600 muscles in your body, says<strong> owner Jim Woolard</strong>. That’s a big difference from the five or six muscles weight lifting and other common exercises focus on.</p> <p class="p1">The workout is intense — Woolard recommends participants only go three times a week to allow sufficient recovery time and keep your body from going into overdrive — but it does produce great results in as little as a couple of weeks, he says. You’re also using your own weight for each exercise, reducing your chances of getting hurt.</p> <p class="p1">Here at Boca Mag, we were curious about how Fitwall works. So we sent three staffers to test out this new fitness method. Check out the video from BocaMagTV and read on to find out how their experience went.</p> <p class="p1"><iframe height="395" src="" width="480"></iframe></p> <p class="p2"><strong>Michelle Ferrand, Editorial Intern</strong></p> <p class="p2"><em>Fitness Level: </em>Novice; Occasionally, I like to go running and I take the stairs when I can.</p> <p class="p2"><em>Pros:</em> It isn’t a time consuming exercise, the gym has a fun atmosphere, and they monitor your performance to make sure you don’t hurt yourself. </p> <p class="p2"><em>Cons: </em>If your hands get sweaty, it becomes a little harder to grip onto the Fitwall</p> <p class="p2"><em>The experience:</em> When we first walked in to Level 5 Fitness, I was extremely nervous but excited. Reason being that I knew I was out of shape considering I haven’t really exercised in a while –– but I do try to take the stairs, if that counts. When we met the owner, Jim Woolard, I blurted out ‘I hate exercise.’ Why? I don’t know but he looked at me weird and wondered why I was even participating.</p> <p class="p2">Between talking and hooking up our heart rate monitors to the computer, we really only did 15 minutes of actual exercising as opposed to the full 45. But for 15 minutes of exercise, I have never worked so hard in my life. We did several different exercises on the Fitwall, including modified squats and pull ups, and did chest presses and lunges with suspension cords attached to the Fitwall as well. It doesn’t sound like much, but I was feeling the burn in my legs and arms. It was also hard to keep good form while doing the exercises. Every so often, Jim would come up to and make sure I was in good form which makes the exercise that much harder.</p> <p class="p2">My hands were slipping off the Fitwall from the sweat and it was hard to keep up with my more active co-workers, but despite it all, I just tried focusing on my breathing and forget what was happening around me. Every now and then, I would look up to check my heart rate and was shocked to see that I made into the red zone –– it happened like three times. At one point, Jim asked me to stop so that my heart rate would go down.</p> <p class="p2">Overall, I really liked using Fitwall because I felt good about working out my body and wasn’t overly exhausted. Because I was so into the exercises, I wasn’t worried about other people judging my pathetic workout skills. At the end, I burned around 360 calories in those 15 minutes and was pretty sore in my arms and thighs the next day. I also liked that they recommend going three times a week for 45 minutes, because it's easy to fit in a busy schedule - especially since I'm balancing a full class load and work. I might regret saying this, but I can’t wait to go again.</p> <p class="p2"><em>Recommend to a friend: </em>I would (and I did).</p> <p class="p2"><strong>Stefanie Cainto, Web Editor</strong></p> <p class="p2"><em>Fitness level: </em>Moderate. I hit the gym anywhere between two to five times per week (mild cardio, focus on strength training), practice yoga at home and attend occasional bikram yoga or barre courses.</p> <p class="p2"><em>Pros:</em> Intense and efficient. Watching your heart rate go up is extremely motivating. It makes you want to push yourself and work even harder.</p> <p class="p2"><em>Cons:</em> It really tests your forearm strength - I’m sure this goes away as you take more classes, but the first time is a killer. You also get the please-just-let-me-lie-on-the-couch-all-day feeling after.</p> <p class="p2"><em>The experience: </em>A couple of hours before the workout, I receive a message from Jim. He asked how many people were coming to try out the Fitwall.</p> <p class="p2">“I just wanted to grab some Gatorade for everybody,” he says. “Just in case …”</p> <p class="p2">I cringed. Uh oh. Is it really that hard? I withheld this conversation from my fellow staffers in fear of them backing out on me. Maybe that was a bad idea, but I don’t think any of us have stopped raving about it since.</p> <p class="p2">The workout was nothing close to a joke. It worked out muscles I didn’t even know I had, all while testing my coordination and ability to keep proper form. In about 20 seconds, the Fitwall managed to raise my heart rate higher than it goes after 10 minutes on a stationary bike.</p> <p class="p2">Almost three hours after a 10-15 minute session, and my arms still felt like jello. Seriously. It was a struggle to type. Twenty four hours later, my lats were completely sore and it hurt to lift my arms above shoulder height. I’ve spent more than an hour at the gym in the past and haven’t gotten results like that. </p> <p class="p2">But I guess I shouldn’t have expected any less from a workout that has me doing donkey kicks as I tiptoe on a three-inch step and grip a metal bar a few feet higher.</p> <p class="p2">Will I be back? Definitely. But I’ll admit I’m just as terrified as I am excited to see what a full 45-minute workout can bring.</p> <p class="p2"><em>Recommend to a friend?</em> I’d recommend it to a stranger.</p> <p class="p1"><em>**Level 5 Fitness offers a free two-week membership for all new members and has two locations in Boca Raton. They’re located on 101 Plaza Real South – Suite C, Boca Raton (East Boca) and 9858 Clint Moore Road – Suite C128-9, Boca Raton (West Boca).</em></p>magazineMon, 04 Aug 2014 12:09:30 +0000; &amp; Slurpin&#39; at Racks<p>Get ready to do some serious oyster slurping next week when Gary Racks’ eateries in Delray and Boca will be offering up all the succulent little bivalves you can suck down for a dollar apiece in celebration of <strong>National Oyster Day</strong> (which, btw, is Tuesday, Aug. 5).</p> <p><img alt="" height="367" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/racksoysters.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Actually, the “Buck-a-Shuck” special will take place at <a href="" target="_blank">Racks Fish House + Oyster Bar</a> (<em>5 S.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach, 561/450-6718</em>) and <a href="" target="_blank">Racks Downtown Eatery + Tavern</a> (<em>402 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, 561/395-1662</em>) for most of the week, all day and night from Monday, Aug. 4, to Thursday, Aug. 7. What species of the tasty little devils is up to the chef (and the oyster gods) and supplies, as they say, are limited.</p> <p>So if you love you some oysters or perhaps need a little pick-me-up (as oysters are reputed to be powerful aphrodisiacs), then don’t miss Racks Buck-a-Shuck or you’ll be. . . well, you know.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 04 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningHot DealsNews & ReviewsUpcoming EventsPalm Beach Summer Beer Fest<p class="p1">If you’re a fan of tasty brews, you don’t want to miss out on <a href="">Palm Beach Summer Beer Fest</a>. The fest will be held on Aug. 9 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the <strong>South Florida Fairgrounds </strong><em>(9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach).</em></p> <p class="p1"><em><img alt="" height="312" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/bottle.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p class="p1">Tickets are $35 if purchased in advance and $55 at the door. There are also VIP tickets available for $75 in advance and $100 at the door. The VIP experience includes: exclusive limited edition beer from Funky Buddha, Terrapin Brewing Co. and Cigar City; a food buffet featuring meatballs, chili cheese dogs and more; and a commemorative beer mug and premium cigar. </p> <p class="p1">There will 58 different brewers participating, including local favorites like <a href="">Saltwater Brewery</a> in Delray Beach and <a href="">Due South Brewing Co. </a>in Boynton Beach. There will also be live music all day from Country Line Road, Ryan Kinder and Better Than Ezra.</p> <p class="p1">To purchase your tickets, visit <a href=""></a>.</p>Stefanie CaintoSat, 02 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000 EventsFashion Forward: Tax Free and more<p class="p1"><strong><img alt="" height="412" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/flashtat.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong>In a flash: </strong>Are you loving those metallic <a href="">Flash Tattoos </a>that were so popular during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Miami? These temporary tats, made to look like jewelry, are now available at Alene Too. It’s the perfect accessory that can never get in the way of your busy lifestyle. <em>(3013 Yamato Road, Boca Raton // 561/394-0899).</em></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Scratch that:</strong> If you hit the mall this weekend, you may notice something missing from the bottom of your receipt. That’s right, it’s tax free weekend. This special promotion starts today and runs through Aug. 3. For more information on eligible items, visit <a href=""><strong></strong></a></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Extra, extra: </strong>Set the Carrie Bradshaw in you free. From now until Aug. 3, take an additional 30 percent off all clearance items at Steve Madden in the <a href=""><strong>Palm Beach Outlets</strong></a>. What’s better than a sale on a sale? <em>(1751 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., West Palm Beach // 561/515-4400)</em></p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 01 Aug 2014 15:25:18 +0000 NewsNine Cuban Exile Artists Stun in Fort Lauderdale<p><img alt="" height="438" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/bencomo.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>It isn’t just movies and novels that can have sequels: Art exhibitions can enjoy a good second act as well, as evidenced by the Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale’s extraordinary “Miami Generation: Revisited.”</p> <p>Back in 1983, Miami’s former Cuban Museum of Arts and Culture hosted the original “Miami Generation” exhibition, a stirring survey of the work of nine Cuban exile artists. I was all of 1 year old when that legendary show ran, so I have no point of comparison this time around, in which MoA has gathered the work of the same eclectic artists for a three-decade update on their oeuvres.</p> <p>Like its forbear presumably did, this exhibition finds points of connection over a broad swath of mediums, influences and subject matter. Though this time around, an air of melancholy hangs over much of it: Three of the artists are now dead, we’re told, all victims of AIDS. And they, along with the artists who have soldiered on into the new millennium, often seem to be conjuring the vanishing Cuba of their youth and grasping for a place to call their own, whether it be physical, spiritual or simply imaginary. The palpable sense of escape, displacement and reinvention, therapeutically tempered through the art-making process, are the ligaments connecting the show’s wildly disparate artistic approaches.</p> <p><img alt="" height="269" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/calzada.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The sense of idealization of a Cuba that may have never existed is most pronounced in the work of Humberto Calzada, whose bold, colorful paintings of colonial and neo-classical buildings represent his Cuban heritage. In 1979’s “La reja,” we’re invited to peer through an iron gate and into a partially opened blue door, leading to a mansion. Clean and crisp, open to wonder and expectation, the piece tugs at our gaze and our curiosity. Similarly, “Planning the Eclipse” is a marvel of geometric architecture and evocative shadows. As in “La reja,” no people are present: They would, no doubt, despoil the memory.</p> <p>“The Mediator” (pictured above) and “The Collapse of an Island,” completed in 1998, are similarly studied paintings of immaculate, sharp-edged edifices, only this time they sit serenely and surreally on bodies of water. What’s happened? Is this a post-apocalyptic Cuba, partially submerged by climate change? But that’s only the beginning: In an untitled work from 2011, fire sparks up ominously behind hills, with one of Calzada’s deco mansions looking small in the bottom right corner of the frame; “Presencing” is a close-up painting of that fire. It’s like his memory of Old Cuba is gradually being undone by the natural elements, a crawling disintegration spread over the decades.</p> <p>Carlos Macia takes a more realist approach, with paintings that evoke his homeland with an immersive, immediate mix of nostalgia and criticism. In 1983’s “Sixth Avenue Façade,” a possible advertisement for “Scarface” is plastered over other posters, on a wall atop fresh and faded graffiti. In “Warehouse Fronts,” also from 1983, paint drips and stains and peels from an abandoned cotton-exchange building turned urban eyesore, while a newer pink building sprouts up in front of it, blocking out the history, the culture, the tradition.</p> <p><img alt="" height="298" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/falero.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>For the painter Emilo Falero, his sense of displacement manifests through his “Art on Art” series, which juxtaposes classical painting with more modern styles. As a deeply religious man, Falero probably wasn’t thinking of the movies of the scandalous filmmaker Derek Jarman when he painted these works, though his paintings are as similarly challenging and anachronistic as Jarman’s films. Figures in Victorian garb sit in modern sculpture gardens and in front of cubist paintings and industrial landscapes, like time travelers sequestered in strange lands. Their place in the world may have vanished, but the pieces are not without their humor, and it’s a clever enough concept to sustain all of Falero’s contributions to this show.</p> <p>The sculptor Maria Brito creates her sense of place, most literally, in “24-03-07,” a walkable replica of her tiny studio. In this vividly realized peek into the artist’s cramped hovel, miniature heads in different shapes and sizes line her workstations in various degrees of completion. The only connection to the outside world is a paint-smeared landline. But I was most taken with the emotional implications of her so-called “Self-Portrait,” from 1989: It’s a wheeled, wooden upright contraption capped with a cage, partially aflame.</p> <p>There are also abstract artists—Fernando Garcia’s meditative studies in vertical lines, Mario Bencomo’s nebulous, fuzzy, hallucinogenic acrylics—and at least one dedicated polemicist and raconteur: Cesar Trasobares, who creates oversized, cloth dollar bills painted over with graffiti and seascapes.</p> <p><img alt="" height="268" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/cano.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>But if there’s one showstopper in “The Miami Generation: Revisited,” it’s the massive sculptures of Pablo Cano, a dedicated Dadaist who has designed puppets since the age of 10 and occasionally stages musical productions with them. His “Lady Electra,” from 2013, is a massive science-fiction puppet created from garbage cans, industrial coils and shards of glass. His “Lena Horns” is a twisted homage to the late actress, a Picasso-evoking marionette fashioned from too many recycled materials to list. His cheeky “Lolita Coffee Cup” dangles inside its performance space, the “Florabel Marionette Theater,” a stage festooned with random compasses, timepieces, chasses and other recovered detritus.</p> <p>Each piece takes your breath away—each of them a Pixar character in the making. And each is a reminder that sometimes the best way to deal with exile is to imagine other worlds entirely.</p> <p><em>"The Miami Generation: Revisited" runs through Sept. 21 at Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Admission costs $5-$10. Call 954/525-5500 or visit</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 01 Aug 2014 14:41:30 +0000 & EventsSapphire Now Shines in Boca<p>Its debut has been rumored for months but anticipation has finally given way to reality and <a href="" target="_blank">Sapphire Indian Cuisine</a> (<em>500 Via de Palma, 561/362-2299</em>) is now open in Boca’s Royal Palm Place shopping complex.</p> <p><img alt="" height="223" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/sapphireboca.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The latest endeavor of restaurateur <strong>Raju Brahmbhatt</strong>, partner in several successful Indian eateries in New York and New Jersey, Sapphire seeks to show off the depth and breadth of authentic Indian cuisine, as well as showcase its fine dining potential.</p> <p>To that end, the space itself, formerly home to Fusionarie, is as chic and contemporary as a high-end restaurant. Think cool white walls with ornate backlit screens, modern chandeliers and furnishings, white leather booths and a large wall-mounted wine rack offering more than 100 selections.</p> <p>The food draws from regions throughout the Indian subcontinent, with familiar offerings like tandoori meats and poultry and assorted regional curries to more exotic dishes like crispy cauliflower with tomato-garlic chutney, presented with an artistic flourish. There’s a full bar too.</p> <p>Sapphire is open for lunch and dinner daily.</p>Bill CitaraFri, 01 Aug 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsThe great airline bill scam &amp; other matters of note<h3><img alt="" height="380" src="/site_media/uploads/air-fees-color-web.jpg" width="490"></h3> <h3>Airline blues</h3> <p>Residents of Boca Raton and Delray Beach tend to fly a lot. Fortunately, we can pick between flights at airports in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. Not too much farther away, there’s Miami International if you need a gateway to the Caribbean and South America.</p> <p>So news out of Congress about airline pricing matters a lot to this area. Yet there has been comparatively little reporting about a bill that once seemed dead—for good reason—yet suddenly passed the House this week.</p> <p>H.R. 4156 is called the <a href="" target="_blank">Transparent Airfares Act</a>, but a more accurate name would be the Deceptive Airfares Act. It would change the way airlines can advertise ticket prices, and consumer groups say that change would enable airlines to hide the truest cost of a flight, sometimes until it’s too late for a buyer to change his or her mind.</p> <p>In 2012, the U.S. Department of Transportation required airlines to post the full price of a ticket—including taxes and fees. Airlines have complained about the rule ever since, claiming that they should be able to advertise only the cost of the flight. Consumer groups respond, correctly, that only by knowing the full cost early on can passengers make an informed choice. This is especially true with the rise of discount carriers like Broward County-based Spirit that rely so heavily on fees for everything from how you book your flight to where you want to sit to how much and what kind of luggage you bring.</p> <p>To secure congressional approval for their preferred method of advertising prices, the airline industry developed a clever strategy. The carriers—Big Business—have pressured Republicans. The unions—Big Labor—have pressured Democrats. The result is one of the rare moments of bipartisanship in an otherwise dysfunctional House. How good to know that Congress can come together to work against the public interest.</p> <p>Sponsoring the bill are three Democrats and two Republicans. All are chairmen of committees and subcommittees that are supposed to oversee the airline industry. The bill passed the House this week on a voice vote, which is the first tipoff that the bill isn’t good for consumers. Voice votes allow lawmakers to avoid accountability for support of controversial legislation.</p> <p>I checked with the offices of Reps. Lois Frankel and Ted Deutch, Democrats who represent most of the Boca-Delray area. Her press aide said Frankel signed on as a co-sponsor. I asked why Frankel supported a bill that had drawn so much criticism from consumer groups. The press aide provided this quote: “Consumers have a right to know what portion of their airfare is government and taxes and fees.” What about airline fees? No response. Despite an email and a phone call, I got no answer from Deutch’s office as to whether he supports the bill.</p> <p>A press release from the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee claims that the legislation would “return transparency to U.S. airline fare advertising” by allowing carriers to “state the base airfare and separately disclose any government imposed taxes and fees and total cost of travel.” The key word is “separately,” which could allow carriers to disclose deceptively.</p> <p>Example: I checked flights to Baltimore, where my daughter and her fiancé live, on Southwest and Spirit. With Southwest, it’s all clear before you buy. Two clicks, and you get a bottom line. A nearby link provides a breakdown of the taxes and fees. Transparent.</p> <p>With Spirit, you are told the cost of the flight and, as the airline puts it, the government’s share. Deep into making the reservation, though, there is no mention of what fees the airline might impose. That makes it hard to compare which carrier offers the better value.</p> <p>Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., said in the House press release, “Consumers haven’t been getting the whole picture of what an airline ticket pays for. The Transparent Airfares Act is a simple fix to give people better information.” Simple? No. Better? Also no.</p> <p>Airlines want fliers to think government is to blame for any price increases because of government-imposed fees. Indeed, the post-9/11 Transportation Security Administration fee did just go up, and much of the money will go, not toward security, but toward deficit reduction. Congress, though, made that happen in the 2013 budget deal. Again, I have no problem with a rule that requires airlines to list all added costs up front—as long as the airlines’ own fees are listed, too, and in a way that makes comparison easy.</p> <p>If this bill would help consumers, why do consumer groups oppose it? Why do advocates for business travelers oppose it? <strong>Christopher Elliott</strong> is a syndicated travel columnist who takes complaints from people who have received poor service from airlines, hotels and rental car companies. Often, a call from Elliott is enough to secure a delayed refund or some other deserved make-good.</p> <p>Writing in <em>USA Today</em>, Elliott blasted the airfares bill. He quoted Paul Hudson, president of <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, as saying the legislation is “all about making airfares less transparent. The name of the bill is just the start of the false advertising.” Elliott quoted Kevin Mitchell, chairman of the Business Travel Coalition, as saying, “It’s a terrible bill on every level.”</p> <p>Fees make up an increasing share of airline revenue. According to news reports, ancillary fees amount to almost 40 percent of Spirit’s revenue. Airline pricing thus can make quantum physics look easy. Numerous websites offer travelers ways to navigate through the fees, but why should booking a flight be so hard—especially when you do it yourself online?</p> <p>The airlines’ laughable argument is that the Transparent Airfares Act will make people more likely to fly. In fact, Americans would be more likely to fly if booking were easier. Deceptive pricing is just one more example of bad service—from airlines and from your elected representatives.</p> <h3>Delray reports rollback rate                                             </h3> <p>On Tuesday, I reported on the planned tax rates for Boca Raton and Delray Beach, and explained why keeping the tax rate the same or even lowering it marginally still could mean higher taxes.</p> <p>Property values for most people are up. What you pay is the tax rate multiplied by the property value. To keep taxes the same, cities would have to impose what the state calls the “<strong>rollback rate</strong>.” Boca Raton acknowledges that even though its proposed tax rate is unchanged, the rate is nearly 5 percent higher than the rollback rate.</p> <p>Delray Beach staffers did not include the rollback rate in their memo to commissioners when they set the maximum tax rate for next year. A city spokesman has since told me the rollback rate, and it’s nearly 15 percent lower than the current proposed tax rate. So Delray Beach taxpayers will pay proportionally more than those in Boca unless the rate changes before the budget is approved.</p> <h3>Kids in cars</h3> <p>Last week, <a href="" target="_blank">Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County</a> gathered speakers for a forum on the topic of children left in hot cars, sometimes to die. Speakers included child safety advocates, law enforcement representatives and one Florida father who left his 17-month-old daughter in the car at his workplace rather than take her to day care. The toddler died.</p> <p>The problem is real enough. Florida ranks second in heatstroke deaths involving children. It is a felony to leave a child in a car if the child dies or is seriously injured, though I can’t recall any parents who have done time.</p> <p>Now, though, someone has given this problem a name: <strong>Forgotten Baby Syndrome</strong>. Seriously? A syndrome in most cases is a medical condition, one that if often beyond the control of the person. Think Down Syndrome. Parents who don’t remember that they have children in their car have something, but it isn’t beyond their control. Call it what it is: Stupid Parent Syndrome.</p> <h3>The Zillow-Trulia Effect                                     </h3> <p>I began this post with a national issue that matters a lot in South Florida. Here’s another:</p> <p>Zillow and Trulia, which control roughly half of all online real estate traffic, will merge. Zillow is the buyer. Depending upon which “expert” you read, the bigger Zillow will speed up big changes in how homes are bought and sold or just make for a more profitable online giant that is a new part of buying and selling but won’t eliminate the need for Realtors representing both the buyer and seller.</p> <p>Bill Bathurst is a Realtor in Delray Beach. “I don’t know,” he says, “if the merger will affect how Zillow interacts with real estate agents.” He notes, correctly, that the big problem with Zillow is accuracy. Buyers can get a “Zestimate” of what their home is worth, but reports have shown that the estimates can be inflated. “You hear ‘Keep Calm and Don’t Trust Zillow,’ ‘’ Bathurst said, invoking one of the many takeoffs on the British World War II poster “Keep Calm and Carry On.”</p> <p>Bathurst also cited the recent example of an area condo listed on Zillow for $30,000. What the ad didn’t include, Bathurst said, was the $25,000 club fee that went with the condo. The sites have also been criticized for advertising homes that already had been sold.</p> <p>Realtors have had a wary relationship with Zillow, which sellers tend to favor, and Trulia, which buyers tend to favor. Realtors like the leads the online sites might provide, but a larger Zillow and its competitors might seek to marginalize or eliminate Realtors from the buying and selling of homes.</p> <p>Would that help or hurt the South Florida real estate market? As with airline tickets, accuracy and disclosure are vital. Realtors still control the <a href="" target="_blank">Multiple Listing Service</a> (MLS) that offers the most information, and the National Association of Realtors maintains its own site: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, which it claims to be the most reliable. The new Zillow, Bathurst said, also could be a way to “extort more money from Realtors,” who advertise on Zillow and Trulia.</p> <p>People gripe about real estate commissions, but there’s only so much credible guidance an online site now can provide. At this point, Zillow’s purchase of its leading competitor makes sense mostly for Zillow.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the <em>Miami Herald</em> and <em>Palm Beach Post</em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the <em>Po</em>st. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</p>Randy SchultzThu, 31 Jul 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityThe Truth About Zinburger<p class="p1">The gourmet burger trend is escalating wildly, as evidenced by the chain of burger joints popping up all over South Florida. I’ve got no complaints here: hand me a burger (medium-well please!) and a side of crisp fries, and you’ve got a happy girl.</p> <p class="p1">But when I heard about <a href="" target="_blank">Zinburger Wine &amp; Burger Bar</a>, I had to pause — burgers…with wine? Well, I was able to try out this rather curious concept at the Sawgrass Mills location (the Boca restaurant doesn’t open until October), and now I’m wondering why I ever doubted it would work.</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/zinburger4.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">There are 16 different burgers on the menu. The buns, made without any refined flour, are sent to the store from NYC seven days a week, and all beef (Angus or Kobe) is ground in-house daily. The restaurant prides itself on serving only the freshest meat. We won’t go into any details, but let’s just say nothing is more than 10 days old — use your imagination.</p> <p class="p1">There are chicken burgers for the non-red meat eaters, a vegetarian burger that can also be turned vegan when served with greens instead of a bun, plus an array of salads, sides, floats and shakes that are topped with house-whipped cream. There are also massive slices of pie for only $5, so save room for dessert.</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="270" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/pie_zin.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">Now when it comes to the drinks menu, Zinburger really won me over. Glasses of wine start at $5, and pints of beer start at $4. There are 18 different types of wine, including one exclusive to the properties of Fox Restaurant Concepts, Zinburger's parent company; 17 beer selections, with some local beers of course; and seven delicious-sounding cocktails. Note: on Wednesdays, bottles of wine are half off.</p> <p class="p1">The Town Center at Boca Raton location couldn’t come any sooner. My personal recommendations: the Breakfast Burger, the Seared Ahi salad and the Bars of Zin shake.</p> <p class="p1">P.S. Please don’t leave this establishment without trying the zucchini fries.</p>Stefanie CaintoThu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsA Surprise Retirement, Plus Three New Directors<p><img alt="" height="375" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/joegillie_2012.jpg" width="300"></p> <p>Big changes are happening in leadership positions all across Palm Beach County arts institutions. Here’s a look at four of them, starting with perhaps the most surprising transition.</p> <p>At the end of the 2014-2015 season, <strong>Joe Gillie</strong> will be stepping down as president and CEO of Delray Beach Center for the Arts. The board is looking at breaking up his position into a number of different jobs, and is eying current Assistant Artistic Director, Brian Ridolfo, for the post of Artistic Director.</p> <p>“Time flies so fast, and that’s why I wanted to give [the board] plenty of time,” Gillie tells <em>Boca Raton</em>. “As you know, we’ve seen some organizations who did not do any succession planning fall by the wayside, i.e., the Caldwell. And I realized, I’m not going to get into that. I’m not going to leave it to fate. I’ve given a big chunk of my life here, and I want to see that it continues, and continues strong.”</p> <p>A big chunk indeed: At the end of next year, Gillie will have put in 23 years at Old School Square, helping to build two of the region’s most successful venues—the Crest Theatre and the Cornell Museum—into arts powerhouses, with frequently sold-out events ranging from national theater tours to string music festivals, celebrity lectures, concerts, cabaret performances and film screenings. Gillie, who will turn 65 next year, has become such a fixture in Delray’s cultural scene that it’s hard to imagine Atlantic Avenue without him.</p> <p>“People go, ‘you can’t retire, what are you retiring for?’ I go, ‘because I’m old!’” he says. “I’m not going to retire rich, working at a nonprofit all these years, but I’ll hopefully be able to live fairly comfortably and do what I want to do.”</p> <p>Gillie says this will include a lot of traveling, consulting and maybe returning to stage acting, his profession for 16 years of his life.</p> <p>“My options are open, but I think I’ve given a substantial part of my life here, and I think it’s time to share it with other people and let them be creative and move it forward in a whole new direction, maybe. And I’m not stepping away from the organization; I won’t just disappear into the sunset. If they need me, I’m always a text message away.”</p> <p> <img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/_mg_0665-2.jpeg" width="400"></p> <p>Elsewhere across the county, <strong>Irvin Lippman</strong> has been appointed director of the Boca Museum of Art. Lippman, a museum director with a lengthy list of credits including a 10-year tenure with Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, stepped in as Interim Director in February at the Boca Museum, following the sudden departure of Steven Maklansky. The search committee for a new full-time director led right back to Lippman himself, who accepted the position this month, relocating from his native Texas. (For more on Lippman, be sure to pick up the November issue of <em>Boca Raton</em>).</p> <p> <img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/david_breneman.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The Society of the Four Arts has likewise named a new president/CEO to replace the influential Ervin Duggan, who concluded his 13-year reign last month. <strong>Dr. David W. Breneman</strong>, currently University Professor and Newton and Rita Meyers Professor in Economics of Education and Public Policy at The University of Virginia, will succeed Duggan effective Jan. 1.</p> <p>Breneman will bring decades of prestigious and eclectic credits to the Society, from a fellowship at the Brookings Institution to authorship of an award-winning book to a visiting professorship at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. His career, leading up to his trailblazing work raising some $100 million to found the University of Virginia’s Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, has focused largely on the importance of education, and of liberal-arts education in particular.</p> <p>Breneman is expected to increase the Society’s outreach to the community through its expanding Campus on the Lake continuing education programs.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="560" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/tamara-joy.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>And finally, it has been more than a year since Tom Gregerson, senior curator at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, bid sayonara to the museum after 35 years. But the venerable institution has finally announced his replacement: <strong>Tamara Joy</strong>, whose previous positions encompass an ideal mix of visual art and Japanese culture. The New Mexico native, who once researched traditional paper-making in the Japanese city of Yamagata, formerly worked with Japan Society Gallery in New York City, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, where she served as curator of Asian and Middle East Collections.</p> <p>In a statement, she called her Morikami appointment a “dream job for me. … it feels as though I’ve been working my way toward this opportunity my entire professional museum career.” She looks forward to ushering the Morikami through “an exciting phase of growth and expansion.”</p>John ThomasonWed, 30 Jul 2014 13:18:03 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachNewsChia Seeds vs. Flax Seeds<p class="p1"><img alt="" height="36" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">Did you know that many diseases come from inflammation in the body? One of the best ways to reduce inflammation is to increase your consumption of omega-3 essential fatty acids. </p> <p class="p1">Two foods in particular stand out with their high levels of omega-3’s – <strong>flax seeds</strong> and <strong>chia seeds</strong>. (Yes, these are the same seeds we used for our Chi-Chi-Chi-Chi-Chia Pets). In this blog, I’ll be comparing the two types of seeds so you can figure out which ones are best for you.</p> <p class="p3"><em>**All of the information here is based on a 2-tablespoon volume. </em></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Calories</strong></p> <p class="p1">Chia seeds: 69 calories, 6 grams of carbs and 4.4 grams of fat</p> <p class="p1">Flax seeds: 75 calories, 4 grams of carbs and 4 grams of fat</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Nutrition</strong></p> <p class="p1">Chia seeds have 5 percent more daily fiber than flax. Chia seeds also have double the calcium and more phosphorus, which helps you build stronger bones.</p> <p class="p1">However, flax seeds have a higher level of brain-boosting vitamin B1, folate and copper. Both seeds are very close in their potassium and magnesium content</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Flavor</strong></p> <p class="p1">I think that both have a very mild flavor when they are ground and added to meals, but flax seeds tend to have a stronger aftertaste if you add them to dehydrated foods. </p> <p class="p1"><strong>Usage</strong></p> <p class="p1">You can eat chia seeds ground or whole, while flax seeds need to be ground in order for you to get their benefits. I recommend buying whole flax seeds, grinding a week’s worth supply at a time, then storing them in the fridge. You can use your coffee grinder or a blender for grinding. I don’t recommend buying already ground flaxseeds as they can go rancid very quickly.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Conclusion</strong></p> <p class="p1">All in all, I think that having both of chia and flax seeds in your diet is an absolutely fabulous idea! Why not alternate them: have chia one day and flax the next? Go ahead. Add them to your smoothies or sprinkle them on your oatmeal or cereals. As an extra bonus, their fiber content can help you feel full faster, eat less and release extra weight.</p> <p class="p1">Here are two of my favorite recipes that include these superfoods: </p> <p class="p1"><strong>Vanilla Chia Pudding with Dried Currants, Almonds and Berries</strong></p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="343" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/chiapudding.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1"><em>Pudding ingredients: </em></p> <p class="p1">1/3 cup chia seeds (pick a color, white or black, or make a mix)</p> <p class="p1">1/2 cup vanilla almond milk</p> <p class="p1">1/2 cup water </p> <p class="p1">1 tablespoon coconut or agave nectar </p> <p class="p1">1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract</p> <p class="p1">1/4 teaspoon cinnamon</p> <p class="p1">1/8 teaspoon salt</p> <p class="p1"><em>For Topping:</em></p> <p class="p1">2 tablespoons almond slivers</p> <p class="p1">2 tablespoon dried currants</p> <p class="p1">1/2 cup raspberries or strawberries</p> <p class="p1">Mix chia seeds with almond milk and let sit for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. The mixture will thicken into a pudding that’s rich in Omega-3. Add cinnamon, agave, vanilla, almonds and dried currants. Garnish with fresh berries.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Peach Cobbler</strong></p> <p class="p1">5 to 6 organic peaches, pitted</p> <p class="p1">4 dates</p> <p class="p1">3 teaspoons ground flax seeds</p> <p class="p1">1/2 teaspoon salt</p> <p class="p1">1 teaspoon vanilla powder</p> <p class="p1">For Topping:</p> <p class="p1">6 tablespoons chopped walnuts (one per serving)</p> <p class="p1">6 teaspoons coconut shreds (one per serving)</p> <p class="p1">Process three peaches with dates, flax seeds, salt and vanilla in the food processor until blended well. Chop three peaches and add to mixture. Place into dessert dish, sprinkle with walnuts and coconut. Enjoy!</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p>For more from the Green Goddess, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-green-goddess/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Alina Z.</strong>
</p> <p>Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida,  Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at, visit Alina’s website at <a href=""></a>, or follow her on Facebook (<a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/10225/"></a>) or Twitter (<a href="">@CoutureFood</a>). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at <a href="/"></a>.</p>Alina Z.Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Summer Specials for Pregnant Mom Pampering<p class="p1"><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">Summertime pregnancies can be tough in the South Florida heat. Thanks to Belly Love Spa’s summer specials, moms-to-be can feel a little better. </p> <p class="p1">Belly Love Spa (<em>3420 N.W. 62nd Ave., Margate</em>) is the only pregnancy spa, ultrasound center and maternity boutique in Florida, says spa owner Shanna Feldman. It offers services especially tailored for pregnant women, as well as 3D/4D ultrasound services. The spa also sells clever gifts, such as the Heartbeat Keepsake, where the sound of a baby's heartbeat is recorded and made part of a stuffed animal.</p> <p class="p1">The summer specials (extended for The Fit Life readers until Aug. 31) include: </p> <p class="p1">the Simply Sweet Ultrasound for $129 (regular $159); a 50-min. pregnancy massage for $75 (regular $85); an 80 min. pregnancy massage for $105 (regular $115); airbrush tanning for $45 (regular $60); and the Get That Glow Facial for $70 (regular $79). </p> <p class="p1">Curious about what a pregnancy spa entails? I spoke with Feldman to find out more about what her business offers.</p> <p class="p1"><em>(Note: Please research any medical claims. It’s always a good idea to speak with your obstetrician, first.)</em></p> <p class="p1"><em><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/bellylovespa.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p class="p1"><em></em><strong>Boca Mag: </strong>Why did you start the business?<br> <strong>Shanna</strong> <strong>Feldman:</strong> I had a really difficult pregnancy when I was pregnant with my daughter Jayden. I would constantly dream about a place like Belly Love, where I could get away and be in an atmosphere that was directly meant to ease the pain and discomfort I was going through, without hurting myself or Jayden. We are an oasis for pregnant women experiencing the not-so-pretty side of pregnancy.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>BM: </strong>I’ve seen ads for spas that cater to pregnant women. What makes yours different?<br> <strong>SF: </strong>We are the only pregnancy spa, ultrasound center and maternity boutique. Every product that we use at Belly Love is natural and organic, so there is no harm to our moms and babies. Belly Love is the only spa that has most of their spa treatments exclusively for pregnant women. However, you don't have to be pregnant to come to Belly Love. We offer couples massages and everyday spa treatments, so women can bring their family and friends with them for a spa day.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>BM: </strong>Does insurance cover the ultrasounds? </p> <p class="p1"><strong>SF: </strong>Insurance covers the ultrasounds at the doctor’s office but not at Belly Love because [ultrasounds at the spa] are considered elective. A lot of doctors don't do the 3D/4D ultrasounds which is why we are a constant referral for them. <br> <strong>BM: </strong>What’s a pregnancy massage?</p> <p class="p1"><strong>SF: </strong>Our massage therapists have gone through intensive prenatal training and can provide a safe full-body massage through all stages of pregnancy, which is another thing that makes us different from other spas as they will only perform prenatal massages during certain times of a pregnancy.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>BM: </strong>Will you be offering new services for the fall/winter season?</p> <p class="p1"><strong>SF: </strong>We will be implementing infant massages and infant massage classes … Infant massage is a bonding activity between parents and their children. In the most basic terms, infant or pediatric massage refers to the process of stroking the muscles of an infant, using a variety of specialized massage techniques.</p> <p class="p1">For more information, go to <a href=""></a> or call 954/228-4772.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About Lisette</strong><br>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Lisette HiltonWed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautyVintage Tap Pours it On in Delray<p>A new-fashioned “juke joint” dishing out cold craft beers and hot local and national bands is up and running in downtown Delray.</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/vintagetap.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>That would be <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Vintage Tap</strong></a> (<em>524 W. Atlantic Ave., 561/808-7702</em>), a new biergarten-slash-music venue by restaurateur-designer Patrick O’Riordan that has set up shop in the 1930s-vintage building once home to the Clearview Lounge. Sporting a campy, Prohibition-era theme and decor, the Tap features some two dozen craft beers on tap, including the brews of such esteemed local brewers as Due South and Saltwater Brewery.</p> <p>The space itself boasts a small, rustic-looking stage backed by an American flag, plus a beer garden, full bar and spacious outdoor patio. It’s also adjacent to the city’s outdoor amphitheater, just the spot for special events and live concerts.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 29 Jul 2014 06:00:00 +0000 BeachMusicNews & ReviewsTruth in taxes, The Friends of Florida demise, plus more<h3>Taxing issues</h3> <p>Earlier this month we discussed how the Florida Legislature doesn’t tell the truth about taxes when it comes to money for education. Today, our Truth in Taxation class looks at local governments.</p> <p>Fortunately, state law demands a fair amount of truth-telling when it comes to what cities and counties will ask of their taxpayers, which in practical terms means those who own property valued at more than $50,000. Those whose homes are valued at less than $50,000 pay nothing in property taxes because of the homestead exemption of the same amount. Renters, of course, pay no property taxes.</p> <p>For cities and counties, the new fiscal year starts on Oct. 1. In July, cities and counties must set a maximum tax rate for the next year, based on their budget discussions to that point. They may set a lower rate after further discussions and public hearings, but the rate can’t go any higher. That is why tax notices going out in August will show, among other things, how much you can expect to pay if no changes are made to an agency’s budget.</p> <p>But just because a city or county doesn’t “raise taxes” doesn’t mean that property owners won’t pay more. Confused? Here’s the explanation.</p> <p>Property owners pay taxes based on a “millage rate,” with each “mill” meaning $1. In Boca Raton, for example, the millage rate for the current budget year is 3.4216. Multiply that by every $1,000 of assessed value, and you can see how much you pay. If your home is valued at $400,000 – after deducting that $50,000 homestead exemption—you pay $1,368.64.</p> <p>Not all cities, though, have such a low rate. Boca Raton isn’t just the second-largest city in Palm Beach County; it’s the city with the most expensive tax roll. Even in revitalized Delray Beach, the tax rate is more than double that in Boca —7.1992. The owner of that same $400,000 home in Delray pays $2,864.44 in city taxes because the city’s tax roll is 60 percent lower than Boca’s.</p> <p>(To make things more confusing, that tax rate is just for the operating budget—police and fire, parks and recreation, etc. Cities and counties also can levy a rate of as much as 2 mills for debt service.)</p> <p>So your tax bill depends on what a city or county’s tax rate is and what your property is worth. This year, the value of almost every property in Palm Beach County went up, because home prices continue to recover from the real estate bust. So if a city or county keeps the tax rate the same, you probably will pay more. Even if the tax rate drops a tiny amount, you probably will pay more.</p> <p>That’s why the state has something called the “rollback rate.” It’s the tax rate at which people would pay the same amount as the previous year. Even a rollback rate, of course, would not mean a real tax cut. It just would mean avoiding a tax increase.</p> <p>When it comes to tax truth-telling, Boca Raton is more openly truthful than Delray Beach. In the memorandum for last week’s meeting, at which the Boca Raton City Council approved an unchanged operating tax rate and a slightly lower debt tax rate, City Manager Leif Ahnell noted that the combined rate is 4.7 percent higher than what the rollback rate would be. The fire assessment fee that began at $20 will remain at $85. I will talk more about “fees” as opposed to “taxes” in a later post.</p> <p>On July 15, the Delray Beach City Commission set a maximum operating tax rate of 7.1661 and a maximum debt rate of 0.3028. Both are slightly lower than the rates for this year. The memo to the commission, however, did not include the rollback rate. I asked on Monday, and am waiting for a response.</p> <p>Delray Beach Chief Financial Officer Jack Warner, however, did provide some interesting information in his budget memorandum. Notably, the current budget proposal represents a $3 million cut in operating expenses. That’s almost 3 percent less.</p> <p>Delray’s budget picture might be even better if not for police and fire department expenses. Public safety costs are estimated to rise by roughly 17 percent, with $1.5 million of that going for higher pension contributions by the city. That is one more example of why cities must demand pension concessions from police and fire unions. Delray’s other problem is that even though property values have gone up the last four years, they remain roughly 17 percent below the peak in 2007.</p> <p>Palm Beach County also will not really cut taxes. The proposed rate of 4.97 is lower by all of one cent from this year’s 4.98. Again, though, most homes increased much more than in value, so homeowners will pay more. The main reason, according to County Administrator Robert Weisman, is an increase for the sheriff’s office, whose costs make up more than 10 percent of the county budget. Weisman and Sheriff Rich Bradshaw famously don’t get along, which doesn’t help.</p> <p>Though back-to-school sales will start soon, it’s still summer, and many residents are out of town. Boca Raton cuts back on council meetings. South Florida residents might think that little is going on. In fact, the most important work of local government is going on. The more truthful the product of that work, the better.</p> <h3>Outlook grim for 1,000 Friends of Florida</h3> <p>For those who care about quality of life in Palm Beach County—which ought to be everyone—the news about 1000 Friends of Florida is alarming.</p> <p><em>The Palm Beach Post</em> reported Monday that the non-profit growth-management group is in such bad financial shape that it has laid off the Palm Beach County representative, Joanne Davis. Former Director Charles Pattison is now a part-time consultant.</p> <p>1000 Friends was formed after the Florida Legislature passed the Growth Management Act in 1985. The mission of 1000 Friends was to ensure that the state and local governments followed the law, which required all governments to have growth plans that focused on sensible development and environmental preservation.</p> <p>In Palm Beach County, 1000 Friends’ most notable success was a legal challenge that blocked construction of Scripps Florida on Mecca Farms. In that effort, as in others, 1000 Friends dedicated itself to stopping the sprawl that eats up open space, drives up the cost of services and raises commute times. 1000 Friends also has been bipartisan and reasonable, intent not on stopping growth but controlling it.</p> <p>The Florida Legislature, though, increasingly has become hostile to growth management. Under Gov. Rick Scott, the state has gradually abdicated its role, abolishing the Department of Community Affairs that could overrule bad local development and pushing key decisions back to cities and counties under the guise of “local control.” In fact, that often means control of a city commission or council by local developers who want to get around the comprehensive plan.</p> <p>The cover story is that government needs to be more “business-friendly.” But politicians can’t brag that Floridians live in paradise if we keep paving it over. Not enough state and local politicians are the friends of Florida that 1000 Friends has been.</p> <h3>FAU needs to shop around</h3> <p>Last month I noted the troubles of soccer/marketing icon David Beckham finding a site in Miami for his proposed Major Soccer League franchise, and wondered if the university might want to offer its football stadium as a location.</p> <p>The same FAU spokesman noted that the Palm Beach County Sports Commission has “reached out to David Beckham, and we support their efforts and welcome the opportunity to discuss the possibility of working with Mr. Beckham on bringing an MLS franchise Palm Beach County.”</p> <p>FAU’s response is understandably restrained. Moving to Boca would not give Beckham the same level of international exposure, and would rule out the sort of waterfront location he has envisioned. A Boca-based women’s pro soccer team failed.</p> <p>Still, FAU is right at least to be open. The stadium is a potential FAU asset for more than just football—especially until the football team wins more often. It’s a pretty, 30,000-seat arena that people soon will be able to reach via a new Interstate 95 interchange. If Major League Soccer doesn’t work out, FAU should keep looking. Even if soccer does work out, FAU should keep looking.</p> <h3>Correction</h3> <p>Last week, I referred to Dennis Crudele as Florida Atlantic University’s vice president for finance. An FAU spokesman says Crudele, who served as interim president after the departure of Mary Jane Saunders, actually has the title of Vice President for Institutional Initiatives and Major Projects. Crudele is FAU’s point person on the plan to create a university-centric district in the 20<sup>th</sup> Street area east of the Boca Raton campus.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="466" src="/site_media/uploads/randy-1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the <em>Miami Herald</em> and <em>Palm Beach Post</em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the <em>Po</em>st. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</p>Randy SchultzTue, 29 Jul 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityThe Week Ahead: July 29 to Aug. 4<p>THURSDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/pbr1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: The People’s Blues of Richmond</strong></p> <p>Where: Funky Biscuit, 303 S.E. Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10-$15</p> <p>Contact: 561/395-2929, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Affectionately known as PBR to its fans, Virginia’s People’s Blues of Richmond are unlike any so-called blues band you’ve heard. Some of its songs do begin with the spartan howl of traditional acoustic blues, but they usually end of up somewhere else: a rollicking, intoxicating trip into molten psychedelia, urgent punk rock and acid-drenched klezmer. And lyrically, they plumb recesses so dark and intense they make conventional bluesmen look like practitioners of sunny pop. It’s no surprise that the band formed as a way for its two constant members, guitarist Tim Beavers and bassist Matt Volkes, to grieve the loss of a mutual friend. Don’t miss what looks to be an intense and unpredictable set of tunes from the band’s two ominously titled albums, along with potential cover songs from the likes of Modest Mouse and Leftover Crack.</p> <p><img alt="" height="371" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/ba8105ffcbf1e654523b3092c0b2fd33_xl.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Extraordinary 5x5 Art Sale</strong></p> <p>Where: Cornell Museum of Art at Delray Beach Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 6 to 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5</p> <p>Contact: 561/243-7922, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Small and square doesn’t mean inconsequential and unhip: In fact, you’ll be surprised at the amount of depth, versatility and raw talent on display at the Cornell Museum’s one-night-only “5x5” art fundraiser—in which all of the donated works, in both 2D and 3D, will be 5 inches by 5 inches framed. The pieces will then be sold for a bargain price of $25 at this event, whose $5 cover charge includes light hors d’oeuvres and one drink. This charge also grants access to both floors of the Cornell, where you can absorb its “From Ordinary to Extraordinary: Paper as Art” show, an exhibition that lives up to its title. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Musuem.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="332" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/trio-fisheries2.png" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Jimmy Stowe and the Stowaways</strong></p> <p>Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Apparently Jimmy Buffett has a residence in Palm Beach, but the famously reclusive and interview-shy singer-songwriter emerges into the public eye about as often as J.D. Salinger did. A free concert appearance in Boca might seem unlikely for the “Margaritaville” maestro himself, but audiences can imbibe the next best thing, courtesy of the city of Boca Raton’s summer music series. Jimmy Stowe, a singer-songwriter in his own right who has made frequent appearances with Buffett and Rick Nelson—and who performed with Jim Croce early on—will take the stage with his band The Stowaways for a night of tropical music. Though their repertoire of island rock is eclectic, this night is billed as a Jimmy Buffett tribute, so bring a lawn chair, buy a cold one, and prepare for a couple hours of paradise.</p> <p>FRIDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="588" src="/site_media/uploads/mearns-swanlake.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: “Swan Lake”</strong></p> <p>Where: Olympic Heights Performing Arts Theater, 20101 Lyons Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday</p> <p>Cost: $10-$35</p> <p>Contact: 561/995-0709, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This weekend, Boca Ballet Theatre will (swan) dive into one of the most influential ballets of all time: Tchaikovsky’s four-act epic of light and dark, “Swan Lake,” a work that has cast its shadow over everything from movies, pop music and television to literature, video games and even Chinese acrobatics. Central to the success of any production of “Swan Lake” is the ballerina selected to play its dual protagonist/antagonist, Odette/Odile. And Boca Ballet Theatre has attracted the talents of Sara Mearns (pictured), principal dancer with New York City Ballet, which the <em>New York Times</em> called the “world’s foremost interpreter of the double role of Odette/Odile of the last 20 years.” The comparably skilled Simon Ball, a principal dancer with Houston Ballet, joins her as Prince Siegfried, in this version using the 1895 choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="294" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/hunger_games_catching_fire.png" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Swede Fest 3</strong></p> <p>Where: Borland Center for the Arts, 4485 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $8</p> <p>Contact: 561/282-4623, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Swede Fest Palm Beach, one of the funniest film festivals you’ll ever encounter, has absolutely nothing to do with Scandinavian cinema and everything to do with satirizing Hollywood gravitas. Owing its origins to the underrated 2008 comedy “Be Kind Rewind”—in which Jack Black and Mos Def re-create blockbusters using low budgets and cheap video—the term “swede” refers to any such parody. The swedes selected for this increasingly popular festival run a few minutes in length, during which time the director may condense an entire feature or spoof an isolated scene. Some 40 videos screened last year, with the Audience Favorite Award winners, for their “Back to the Future” swede, walking away with the coveted Best Buy gift card. This year’s entrants will take on the likes of “Casablanca,” “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Rocky III” and “Twilight.” The festival’s tagline says it all: “bad movies by good people.”</p> <p> <img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/206323_orig.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Zombie Rush 5K</strong></p> <p>Where: Vista View Park, Shelter 8, 4001 S.W. 142<sup>nd</sup> Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7 a.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25-$59 for runners, free for spectators</p> <p>Contact: 954/444-2431, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Gone are the quaint old days when zombies moved like bovine lummoxes, arms outstretched and trudging along brainlessly at a glacial pace. Zombies these days have acquired more speed and ferocity, running as often as ambling, and attendees at this unique undead-themed 5K run will likely encounter all types. Ticket-buyers can choose to be human runners or a zombie runner—the latter chase <em>after</em> the humans—where they’ll charge through an immersive chase zone patterned after a post-apocalyptic landscape. There are two types of runs: a Zombie Rush 5K run only and a Zombie Rush 5K Mud-Obstacle Run. Everything is perfectly safe, though this clearly a race designed for thrill-seekers. And it has plenty of ancillary benefits, even for non-runners, including a party room with a live Miami DJ, and a live zombie invasion show complete with moving vehicles, a cast of actors and smoke effects.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/knife-in-the-water.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Screening of “Knife in the Water”</strong></p> <p>Where: Cosford Cinema at University of Miami, 5030 Brunson Drive, Coral Gables</p> <p>When: 6 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $7 to $9</p> <p>Contact: 305/284-4861, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Rarely has anything positive come from picking up a hitchhiker, but this dangerous plot device has propelled countless compelling narratives. One of them is “Knife in the Water,” Roman Polanski’s auspicious debut feature, from 1962: Lovers en route to a sailing sojourn pick up a handsome drifter, invite him onto their boat, and wait for Trouble to come. A black-and-white, triangular psychodrama whose editing and cinematography still look strikingly modern today, this disturbing mood piece put Polanski, as well as Polish cinema, on the map, earning that country’s first Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. See it this weekend on its original, vanishing format of 35mm, part of the venue’s “Cosford Classics” film series of vintage masterpieces.</p>John ThomasonMon, 28 Jul 2014 16:09:15 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMoviesMusicThe Week AheadUpcoming EventsTo Sur With Love<p class="Body">Four strangers gather around a wooden table that’s covered with raw vegetables, spices and cooking utensils. One of the four has been to eight similar classes; another explains that she knows her way around the kitchen. And I had little to no experience behind the stove. Nametags help us break the ice, but even better is the bonding that occurs once chef Dan Pezzulo takes center stage.</p> <p class="Body"><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/sur1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="Body">That’s when the real fun begins at the cooking classes offered nearly every day and/or night of the week at <a href="" target="_blank">Sur la Table<strong> in Boca Raton’s Mizner Park</strong></a>. Pezzulo is one of several experts dishing culinary tips at sessions with titles like “Fresh Berries, Fabulous Desserts,” “Grilled Seafood Made Easy” and “Date Night: Italy Al Fresco.”</p> <p class="Body">On this night, Pezzulo’s class was “Celebrating Summer Vegetables”; students were greeted with spring rolls and miso soup to set the mood, and water infused with fresh oranges and cappuccinos were offered throughout the evening.</p> <p class="Body">Pezzulo knew how to challenge the more experienced students, while nudging the new ones along without intimidating them. The rest of the team at Sur la Table proved helpful and attentive—if you used your knife, someone was there to clean it right away; if you dropped a utensil on the floor, an assistant had it in the dishwasher before you could bend down to grab it.</p> <p class="Body"><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/sur2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="Body">Aside from the excellent teacher and knowledgeable staff, the food was beyond delicious. But I don’t think it had much to do with my cooking prowess—every ingredient we used was fresh and well-cleaned. That’s saying a lot considering we were using vegetables for the entire class.</p> <p class="Body">We started with zucchini and cilantro pancakes with lime crema as a topping—a true opening-dish crowd pleaser. From there, we made a kale salad with grilled apricots and goat cheese. “Kale is the new spinach,” chef Dan proclaimed. “It’s a super-food that is extremely nutritional.”</p> <p class="Body">For the final recipe, we made lemon quinoa risotto with roasted tomatoes and asparagus. This was a hearty, filling dish easily could serve as a main course. It’s perfect for vegetarians and will keep you energized for hours (quinoa is full of protein).</p> <p class="Body">Though I have no cooking experience—the people around me couldn’t believe I live off food that can be microwaved or boiled—I gradually caught on. Working with the knife was intimidating at first, I felt comfortable by the end (there’s a separate knife-skills class that I may have to look into).</p> <p class="Body">If you’re looking for a date night, girls’ night out—or if you’re just trying to improve your kitchen skills—Sur la Table is the place to go. There was even a group of five from the same place of work who were using the class as a team-building exercise. Check out one of the upcoming classes before they fill up. You won’t regret it.</p> <p class="Body">For more information and class schedules, call 561/953-7670 or visit <a href=""></a>.</p>Kelsey HowardMon, 28 Jul 2014 13:22:28 +0000 to Grace the Travel Channel<p>If you find paradise in a hamburger, you’ve probably already found <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Grease Burger, Beer &amp; Whiskey Bar</strong></a> (<em>213 Clematis St., 561/651-1075</em>) in downtown West Palm.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/greasewall.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>And now the burger-loving folks at the Travel Channel have found it too. In fact, they liked it so much they’re featuring Grease the latest edition of their ongoing paean to the almighty beef patty, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Hamburger Paradise 3</em></a>. The show airs tomorrow, Tuesday, July 29, at 10 p.m., and to celebrate Grease will be throwing a viewing party.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/grease_burger.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Be the first on your block to find out which of chef Jordan Stilley’s 18 10-ounce mega-burgers gets its 15 minutes of meaty fame and slug down $4 Tito’s vodka drinks. It should be a heavenly experience.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 28 Jul 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsUpcoming EventsFashion Forward: Launch Party + Day of Beauty<p class="p1"><strong><img alt="" height="379" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/vixity.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Sparkle On: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Vixity</a> is hosting a launch party with the Delray Downtowner tonight, from 5 to 6 p.m. The jewelry store and bridal shop will have small bites, drinks, raffle prizes and special discounts. <em>(812 E. Atlantic. Ave., Delray Beach // 561/270-3544)</em></p> <p class="p2"><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/seagatespa.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Day of Beauty:</strong> Saks Fifth Avenue and the Seagate Spa are teaming up for a day of pampering and primping Saturday, July 26. Schedule a 50-minute facial and receive wine, light spa fare and a 25-minute makeup session with a YSL expert. You purchase comes with access to the hotel pool for the day. Did we mention valet parking was complimentary? Space is limited, so make your appointment by calling 561/665-4950 or emailing <a href=""></a>. <em>(1000 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach)</em></p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 25 Jul 2014 18:30:10 +0000 NewsStaff Picks of the Week: Couch Edition<p class="p1">If we’re not on deadline, we’re hard at work on our next issue. So when we head home and hit the couch, we appreciate a T.V. show that keeps us entertained. Here are a few shows our staff can’t get enough of:</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Current T.V. Obsession:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The Walking Dead</a></p> <p class="p1"><strong><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/thewalkingdead.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="p1">Watch it on AMC </p> <p class="p1">Picked by Georgette Evans, Senior Account Manager</p> <p class="p1">“I'm really into The Walking Dead because it portrays a very scary ‘what if’ scenario should we ever face a true zombie apocalypse. It's great to see the dynamics of how it transforms every day people when faced with life and death situations and having to make decisions that truly test your faith, beliefs and morals.” </p> <p class="p1"><strong>Current T.V. Obsession:</strong><a href="" target="_blank"> Million Dollar Listing Miami</a></p> <p class="p1">Watch it on Bravo </p> <p class="p1">Picked by Karen Jacaruso, Account Manager</p> <p class="p1">“I am really into Million Dollar Listing Miami [because] I love the negotiations, knowing where the different properties are, the dysfunctional personalities, the Boca babes and Botox. It’s too funny! Besides Senada from Douglas Elliman (featured in the February issue of <em>Boca Raton magazine</em>) and Jen Stone (our previous video editor) were on last week.”</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Current T.V. Obsession:</strong><a href="" target="_blank"> Halt and Catch Fire</a></p> <p class="p1">Watch it on AMC</p> <p class="p1">Picked by Adrienne Mayer, Production Manager</p> <p class="p1">“It's the new Breaking Bad for tech nerds set in the early ‘80s about a fictional computer company competing with IBM.”</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Current T.V. Obsession: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">The Following</a></p> <p class="p1"><strong><img alt="" height="200" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/thefollowin.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="p1">Watch it on Fox</p> <p class="p1">Picked by Jordyn Brenner, Production Assistant</p> <p class="p1">“I love this show because it keeps you on the edge of your seat. You never know what will happen next. I have no finger nails by the end of each episode! It’s about a brilliant, yet psychotic serial killer who communicates with other active serial killers and activates a cult of believers following his every command.”</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Current T.V. Obsession: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">House of Cards</a></p> <p class="p1">Watch it on Netflix</p> <p class="p1">Picked by Stefanie Cainto, Web Editor</p> <p class="p1">"Remember West Wing? Well, House of Cards is everything it wasn't. It covers everything from corruption and backstabbing to infidelity. It's the type of show where even the curveballs have curveballs. Plus, it's Kevin Spacey with a southern accent teaching you that it's OK to eat ribs for breakfast - what's not to like?”</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Current T.V. Obsession: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Friday Night Lights</a></p> <p class="p1">Watch it on Netflix </p> <p class="p1">Picked by Lori Pierino, Art Director</p> <p class="p1">“This is an older show but if you haven't seen it, definitely worth looking up. Very well written and acted. The kind of show that hits home! Realistic portrayal of ‘Middle America’ and deep personal exploration of its central characters.”</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Current T.V. Obsession: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Vikings</a></p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank"><strong><img alt="" height="242" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/thevikings.jpg" width="490"></strong></a></p> <p class="p1">Watch it on The History Channel</p> <p class="p1">Picked by Nancy Kumpulainen, Assistant Art Director</p> <p class="p1">“I never heard of the show Vikings until right before the second season was about to start, so I watched season one in a week to catch up. It has such an amazing cast and the scenery and costume design is amazing. It probably also intrigues me since I have a Scandinavian background, and my favorite jewelry line happens to be Kalevala, which is derived from designs in archeological digs of the Viking Era. Waiting impatiently for season three…it can't get here fast enough!”</p> <p class="p2"><strong>Current T.V. Obsession: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">The Leftovers</a></p> <p class="p1">Watch it on HBO/ HBOGo</p> <p class="p1">Picked by John Thomason, Assistant Editor</p> <p class="p1">"I'm really into The Leftovers because it takes a fantastical, haunting premise—2 percent of the world's population vanished three years ago, leaving Earth's ‘leftovers’ to move on—and treats it with verisimilitude. It's a commentary on crisis management, grief and faith, with fascinating and relatable characters living in a world not unlike our own.” </p> <p class="p1"><strong>Current T.V. Obsession: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Orphan Black</a></p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank">Watch it on BBC America</a></p> <p class="p1">Picked by David Shuff, Web Department</p> <p class="p1">“This amazing sci-fi drama centers on Sarah, a street-wise young woman, who suddenly starts to encounter other women from all walks of life who are her seemingly identical twins. The part of Sarah and all the other women are played by Tatiana Maslany, who is amazingly able to create a distinct character for each of them, so effortlessly that it is easy to forget it is one actress playing several parts, often in the same scene. Watch this show, and you will be amazed how Maslany hasn't been nominated for an Emmy yet.”</p>Michelle FerrandFri, 25 Jul 2014 13:40:37 +0000 Reviews: &quot;Boyhood,&quot; &quot;A Most Wanted Man&quot;<p>Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” is the ultimate coming-of-age narrative in any media. Being the last word on the subject, all past and future attempts to depict the maturation from the childhood to young adulthood will seem fundamentally incomplete.</p> <p><img alt="" height="289" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/boyhood-1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Because “Boyhood” is nothing if not a complete film. You probably know the story of this buzziest of movies by now: Linklater began shooting the film in the summer of 2002, when his lead actor, Ellar Coltrane, was 7. They returned every following summer, for 12 years, shooting this 164-minute epic two weeks at a time. As a result, we watch everything get a little older and, yes, wiser: the actors onscreen, the technology they use, the conversations in which they engage. Linklater has called “Boyhood” a period piece, but it hardly meets the definition of one; he never recreates an older period but shoots forever in the now, filling his movie with the magic of the immediate moment, the majesty of the everyday.</p> <p>The pioneering documentarian Michael Apted attempted a similar filmic experiment with his career-long “Up” series, revisiting the same group of kids every seven years and charting their transformations into adolescence and middle age. Francois Truffaut famously followed his onscreen surrogate, Jean-Pierre Leaud’s Antoine Doinel, over a 20-year period. And Linklater himself, ever the patient auteur, has taken a groundbreaking long view with his “Before” trilogy, charting the development of a chatty pair of lovers over a real-time, 18-year trajectory.</p> <p>Both of these ongoing projects look glacially paced compared to “Boyhood,” which moves at an addictively propulsive pace. Each year in Mason’s (Coltrane) life spans about 15 cinematic minutes, then cuts to the next year without warning and waits for us to catch up to its characters’ sometimes slight, sometimes profound differences in age, height, demeanor and bodily wear and tear.</p> <p>Despite its professional editing and production values, its spirit is akin to a compilation of home movies, where a person’s evolution and eventual self-actualization is observed through a graduated timeline of significant annual moments, each intended to stand in for the other 50 weeks a year we miss. It’s the movie equivalent of one of those Darwinian flipbooks, where the monocellular organism becomes a reptile, then a primate, then a Neanderthal, then a millenial tapping away on an iPad.</p> <p><img alt="" height="344" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/boyhood-movie-photo-2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>You’ll be astonished at the consistency of character, as the director and most of the actors, dividing their time between other projects over a dozen years, become themselves so fully, as if no time passed at all. Tellingly, this is a movie, like the “Before” trilogy, that is largely about the ephemerality of time itself, its endless forward motion: We’re just beginning to grasp what Mason’s life is like in any given year, and <em>whoosh</em>—we’re already in the next one. How true is this sensation? It’s the perfect movie for anyone who’s ever had the thought, “I can’t believe another year has gone by,” or “they grow up so fast, don’t they?”</p> <p>This would normally be the point in the review that I would fill with a plot description, but when dealing with a plotless character study like this, the task seems provincial and beside the point. There are so many captivating surprises in this movie—so many instances of relatable laughter and equally relatable, heart-in-your-throat tragedy—that to mention any of them would be to spoil the wonder. I’ll speak instead of the wonderful acting. Linklater’s daughter Lorelei plays Mason’s older sister, Samantha, and her transformation is just as remarkable as Coltrane’s; you’ll find yourself wishing the director and his cast had shot enough material for “Girlhood,” shooting a second epic from Samantha’s point of view.</p> <p>Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke play the children’s divorced parents, Olivia and Mason Sr. As the years move inexorably onward and Olivia’s number of ill-fated husbands increases, her hair style and mannerisms become ever more matronly, her mistakes ever more glaring, her intentions ever purer (at one point, I scribbled the note “she’s doing the best she can”; minutes later, she says the same line in a defensive argument with Samanatha). Mason Sr., and Hawke himself, grows up slower, maintaining his youthful rakishness until his body acquiesces to age. By the end, he’s become the movie’s elder statesman, its longtime slacker who, no less than his son, has finally accepted manhood.</p> <p>As for Coltrane, his work here is astonishing, the sort of the emotionally vulnerable, naked performance only achieved by actors who have shed all notions of self-consciousness and can make the camera disappear. Whenever he cuts through the bullshit of the movie’s hypocritical authority figures—whether it’s his parents, his employers, his monstrous stepfathers—he doesn’t even have to say anything: You can read it in his eyes.</p> <p>Even when some of these figures are right, we side with Mason, because we’re invested in <em>him</em>, not his guardians, and they all come off as hindrances to his life path. We want to see him finally liberated, free of his nest and ready to find himself. We’ve all been there, whether or not we’ve had overachieving older siblings or divorced parents or violent stepfathers, or were bullied in school or harangued by teachers. The movie feels more authentic than most documentaries, each scene a brief, inspired burst of lightning in a bottle.</p> <p>And like many of the best films in movie history, “Boyhood” is also about film itself—about celluloid as a preserver of the past and a harbinger of the future. This being 2014, I thought everything in movies had been done, every narrative innovation explored. “Boyhood” proves me wrong. I can already say with utmost confidence that this will be remembered as the best film of the year, if not one of the greatest in the history of the medium.</p> <p><em>“Boyhood” opens today, July 25, at Cinemark Palace 20 in Boca Raton, AMC Aventura 24, Regal South Beach 18 and Coral Gables Art Cinema. It expands to more theaters in Palm Beach and Broward counties Aug. 1.</em></p> <p><strong> ***</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="245" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/a-most-wanted-man-trailer-660x330.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>There he is, Philip Seymour Hoffman, brought back to life like a cinematic Lazarus for the span of a too-short two hours. This isn’t to say that “A Most Wanted Man” is too short a film; on the contrary, this rote, even inert adaptation of the John Le Carre novel is plenty lengthy enough. But I’d sit in the auditorium all day to see Hoffman reading the proverbial phone book if it meant prolonging his photographic presence just a little bit longer.</p> <p>And this, his final starring role, is another vivid showcase for his talent. He plays Gunther Bachmann, an anti-terrorism operative with a checkered past, who has been “demoted” to a post-9-11 job tracking potential jihadis in Hamburg, Germany. His gut protrudes, his eyes are inquisitive but exhausted, his hair is disheveled. He exhibits a rumpled intelligence a la Peter Falk. He’s at home in the seediest bars in Germany, calling himself a “cave dweller,” and he suffers bad, outsize habits for alcohol and cigarettes. He hides reservoirs of tenderness beneath a gruff exterior.</p> <p>He is utterly this character, but he’s also Hoffman in his last days, life mirroring art and vice versa. He plays a spook, and the actor himself is now a ghost. When he’s onscreen, and even when he isn’t, it’s hard to think about anything else. We just want to savor every last moment, psychoanalyze every line of dialogue for double meanings that suggest the demons underneath the drama. Even if Philip Seymour Hoffman was still with us, he’d be the only reason to see this movie; but as a postmortem reminder, “A Most Wanted Man” is unintentionally heartbreaking and essential for admirers of his craft.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/a-most-wanted-man-review-photo-lead.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>At the resist of getting all handkerchief-y, there is a film here to review, and it’s an otherwise minor one, a passable, plotty example of second-tier Le Carre. Gunther and his team are following the travels of Issa Karpov (Grigoriy Dobrygin), a mysterious half-Russian, half-Chechan potential jihadi who has illegally immigrated to Hamburg. Karpov has come into contact with Annabel Richter (Rachel McAdams), a human-rights attorney helping him seek asylum. She learns that he is set to inherit a fortune from his late terrorist father, which is kept under the auspices of a German banker (Willem Dafoe). Gunther and his colleagues, by forcing the assistance of Annabel, are hoping to lure Karpov, a small fry in organized terrorism, to a larger, money-laundering fish named Abdullah (Homayoun Ershadi).</p> <p>Screenwriter Andrew Bovell writes with the same expository, quippy punch of an airport thriller; I didn’t know it was based on a Le Carre book going in, but its source material will surprise no one. Dutch director Anton Corbijn, a renowned music-video auteur, brings a handsome banality to these familiar machinations of foreign intrigue, overusing his shaky-cam and flooding the overcast ambiance with gravitas even when it’s uncalled for: The story just isn’t as interesting as the filmmakers, and Herbert Gronemeyer’s heightened score, tells us it is. Most of this is a conventional spy game elevated to grandiose levels of global importance.</p> <p>“A Most Wanted Man” is far from an essential Hoffman experience; it’s not “Capote” or “Charlie Wilson’s War” or “Almost Famous” (I could go on and on). But as a final send-off to a legend who burned out far too quickly, it’s well worth your time.</p> <p><em>“A Most Wanted Man” opens today, July 25, at Cinemark Palace 20 and Regal Shadowood 16 in Boca Raton, Movies of Delray, Cinemark Boynton Beach 14, Muvico Parisian 20 in West Palm Beach, the Classic Gateway Theater in Fort Lauderdale, Cinemark Paradise 24 in Davie, and more.</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 25 Jul 2014 13:37:15 +0000 & EventsMoviesSmall Bites: Chowder &amp; Sammies in WPB<p>Fans of authentic New England-style seafood—and not just chowder—can start salivating for their piscine fix as the West Palm debut of <a href="" target="_blank">Chowder Heads</a> is slated to take place in just a few weeks.</p> <p>The Okeechobee Boulevard sibling of the Jupiter parent will feature an even more extensive menu of fish and shellfish than the original, most all of it shipped down to our little corner of paradise straight from the source.</p> <p>What that means in your mouth, in addition to three types of chowder (New England, Manhattan and Rhode Island), is blue crab cakes and cocktails, Ipswich clams both steamed and fried, dry-packed scallops, haddock in several guises and, of course, Maine lobster. Stay tuned for a grand opening announcement.</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/100montaditos.png" width="490"></p> <p>Also in West Palm, the long-awaited debut of <a href="" target="_blank">100 Montaditos</a> (<em>460 S. Rosemary Ave., 561/249-2444</em>) has finally arrived. The opening of the local branch of the Spanish purveyor of tapas-sized sandwiches is a bit of good news for CityPlace, which has been the subject of several stories about its evicting the popular brewpub Brewzzi and subsequent moves to do the same to Blue Martini. Never a dull moment in the restaurant biz. . .</p>Bill CitaraFri, 25 Jul 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsBeating the (late) Summertime Blues<p>It’s the end of July, which means we only have four to six weeks of summer left—depending whether you consider the first day of school (Aug. 18) or Labor Day (Sept. 1) as the end of summer. By now, you may be looking for a few alternatives to the beach. So here are my picks for some great late summer events going on in the Delray Beach area that don’t require bathing suits and sun tan lotion.</p> <p class="Default"><img alt="" height="335" src="/site_media/uploads/nurse-shark.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="Default"><strong>Shark Feedings</strong></p> <p class="Default"><strong></strong>It’s not exactly like coming face to face with the ocean’s toughest predator, but it’s still a shark feeding–– even if it is a docile nurse shark. Every Tuesday through Saturday at 10:30 a.m., Sandoway House workers feed nurse sharks a breakfast of shrimp, sardines, and squid in a large swimming pool turned coral reef. While you don’t get to touch the hungry sharks, their handlers recite interesting and fun facts about the sharks and sometimes, you can hear the sound of a shark gulping down its breakfast –– it’ll sound like a big pop. If you can’t make it during the week, shark feedings are also held on Sundays at 1:30 p.m. There is a $4 admission fee for everyone over the age of 3.<br>Sandoway House Nature Center, 142 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach. For more information, call 561/274-7263 or visit <a href=""></a></p> <p class="Default"><strong>Belly Dancing Classes</strong></p> <p class="Default"><strong></strong>With daily afternoon thunderstorms and scorching heat, keeping active and doing a little exercise can prove to be a challenge. However, a little light belly dancing might be just the ticket. Throughout July, one-hour belly dancing classes will be offered at Veterans Park on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. courtesy of the Delray Beach Parks and Recreation department. Belly dancing not only helps improve your dance moves, but can also improve flexibility of the torso and joints, burn fat, improve circulation, and reduce stress. These classes are open to all ages and there is a $5 fee per class for Delray Beach residents and a $6 charge for non-residents. <br> Veterans Park, 802 N.E. 1st St., Delray Beach. For more information, call 561/ 243-7350 or click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p class="Default"><strong>Art Cinema at the Crest</strong></p> <p class="Default"><strong></strong>If you’re not interested in watching this summer’s blockbusters or have gone through all your Netflix recommendations, try catching a movie at the Crest Theatre at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts (DBCA). As part of DBCA’s Art Cinema series, different films will be shown every Wednesday at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., followed by a discussion on the film hosted by Caroline Breder-Watts. The Art Cinema series goes through August 27. Tickets to the screenings are free for DBCA members and $10 for non-members.</p> <p class="Default">July 30 – Nebraska (R, adventure/drama)<br> August 6 – Led Zeppelin –The Song Remains the Same (PG, documentary)<br> August 13 – All About Eve (PG, drama)<br> August 20 – Inside Llewyn Davis (R, drama)<br> August 27 – Caddyshack (R, comedy)<br> Delray Beach Center for the Arts, Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. For more information, call 561/243-7922 or visit <a href=""></a>.</p> <p class="Default"><strong>Family Fun Day</strong></p> <p class="Default"><strong></strong>Family Fun Day at the Delray Marketplace has plenty to keep your little tykes busy with different interactive games, crafts stations, face painting, a bounce house, fire truck tours, and more. The Delray Marketplace will be hosting this fun event on July 30 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. However, if you can’t make it then, it will be hosting another Family Fun Day on August 13th from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The event is free.<br> Delray Marketplace, 14851 Lyons Rd., Delray Beach. For more information, please call 561/865-4613 or visit <a href=""></a>.</p> <p class="Default"><strong>From Ordinary to Extraordinary: Paper as Art Exhibit</strong><br> Have a little time in the shade–– and get your arts fix with DBCA’s current exhibit, “From Ordinary to Extraordinary: Paper as Art.” The exhibit showcases approximately 75 intricate pieces where the paper is “transformed, manipulated, sculpted, or cut into two and three dimensional art…” by 20 participating artists –– four of whom call the Palm Beach County area home. The DBCA also has opened a kid-friendly gallery that allows your child to create his or her own interactive projects. The exhibit will run through August 24, Tuesdays through Sundays, from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Admission is $5; there is no fee for children under six.<br> Delray Beach Center for the Arts, Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. For more information, please call 561/243-7922 or visit <a href=""></a>.</p> <p class="BodyA"><em>About the author:</em><em></em></p> <p class="BodyA"><em>Michelle Ferrand is a junior at Florida Atlantic University studying English Literature, Sociology and Women</em><em>’</em><em>s Studies, who is interning at Boca Raton magazine this summer. Disappointed with the lack of magic in the real world, she prefers to be curled up reading a good book or binge watching television shows on Netflix. She prefers an actual book to an e-reader and no, she doesn</em><em>’</em><em>t want to be a teacher. You can reach Michelle at</em></p>Michelle FerrandThu, 24 Jul 2014 10:42:39 +0000 BeachBig FAU plans and Boca is No. 1<h3>The Big Man On Campus has plans</h3> <p>New Florida Atlantic University President John Kelly talks like a city planner. For Boca Raton, that’s a good thing.</p> <p>FAU’s main campus isn’t just 850 acres that dispense education, culture, recreation and entertainment. It’s also a key component of the city. What FAU does affects more than just the campus. Example: the decision to change the swath of land on Glades Road known as University Commons from married student housing to outside retail. Traffic to University Commons—Whole Foods, Barnes and Noble, Bed, Bath and Beyond and all the restaurants—has made Glades Road and 15<sup>th</sup> Avenue the most congested intersection in Palm Beach County.</p> <p>At the time, that switch—which brings lease income to FAU—came as an unpleasant surprise to Boca Raton. Since then, however, FAU has made more of an effort to work with the city on proposed big projects. The current big thing, if it works out, could bring big benefits for both FAU and Boca.</p> <p>That would be creation of a college-oriented neighborhood around 20<sup>th</sup> Street just east of the campus. During an interview Wednesday in his office, Kelly said he wants to create the sort of “college town” district that FAU lacks. It would be a place to get “student food” and find entertainment within walking distance, which Kelly considers roughly one-fourth of a mile from campus. “I found out quickly,” he says, “that if you want to get food around here without waiting long, you’d better get it before you leave campus.”</p> <p>Such a district also would include apartments to complement the on-campus dorms. FAU, though, would not finance this housing. “I would rather spend our money on academics and athletics,” Kelly says. Private companies would finance the apartments, for which you would assume there would be a substantial market. Apartments north of the 20<sup>th</sup> Street area already cater to students.</p> <p>Looking at a map of the campus, Kelly points to the three southern entrances on Glades Road, saying none of them offers a “real” entrance. Doing 20<sup>th</sup> Street right, he said, might provide that defining gateway, especially since 20<sup>th</sup> Street leads into the administration building.</p> <p>There’s also the question of FAU’s northern entrance once the state finishes building the Spanish River Boulevard interchange at Interstate 95. The interchange will take some of the pressure off Glades and 15<sup>th</sup> Avenue, where FAU commuter traffic backs up on I-95 at the Glades Road interchange on weekday mornings. But more traffic coming in from the north will mean a new look at FAU and the neighborhoods north of the campus.</p> <p>Kelly has “met with several developers,” and has asked Dennis Crudele, FAU’s vice president for finance, to “get to a decision on 20<sup>th</sup> Street.” Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie correctly has pointed out that the area has no particular identity within the city, and thus could be an ideal spot for a planned new district.</p> <p>Redoing FAU’s physical plan fits with Kelly’s review of the university’s academic priority—to improve the graduation rate. Only about 40 percent of FAU students earn a degree in six years. That rate is near the bottom among Florida’s 11 public universities, and the Legislature soon may allocate state money based on performance.</p> <p>Kelly said getting freshmen on campus, as opposed to living at home, increases the chance of graduation because the students are more involved. That can be tough at FAU and other universities in Florida that began as commuter schools, as opposed to the University of Florida and Florida State. Also, students who live within 30 miles of the Boca campus don’t have to live there, because those students may come from families that can’t afford housing and food costs as well as tuition and fees.</p> <p>Still, Kelly’s goal of getting more residential and non-residential students to “hang out on campus” is rightly designed to keep all students focused more on leaving the campus—with a degree. Even if FAU doesn’t own off-campus apartments, Kelly wants to “embed FAU” within the apartments, offering students access to career counseling and other services. Eventually, FAU might reserve on-campus dorms for younger residential students, who then would go off-campus but not out of FAU’s reach. Buses, for example, would reduce traffic on campus.</p> <p>You can see why FAU’s search committee gushed over Kelly before the trustees approved his selection in January. Kelly, who had been vice president for economic development at Clemson, is an academic with real-world sensibilities. By this fall, he expects to have a plan for improving the graduation rate, and will seek guidance from business and community leaders. Notably, he also wants to improve FAU’s presence at the Jupiter campus. Pointing out that “Harvard would love” a campus that included biotech giants Scripps and the Max Planck Florida Institute, Kelly said, “We don’t want to look back in 10 years and say, ‘Too bad we didn’t do more there.’" He must name three permanent vice presidents among his leadership team, and plans to do so “by the end of fall.”</p> <p>Any talk of FAU, of course, must include the controversy that brought down former President Mary Jane Saunders. She embarrassed FAU in early 2013 with her inept defense of the $6 million stadium naming rights deal with private prison company GEO—a deal the board never should have approved. GEO withdrew the donation after revelations of human rights abuses at some of its facilities.</p> <p>Sadly, there is no progress on a new stadium deal. But there is new management. If Kelly can accomplish at FAU what he did at Clemson, Boca Raton will benefit along with the students, and all that gushing will have been justified.</p> <h3>We’re Number One!</h3> <p>This week, Delray Beach touted its ranking by a financial website as the seventh-best Florida city in which to live. What Delray didn’t say is that the same so-called study ranked Boca Raton first.</p> <p>The comparison comes from CreditDonkey (, which claims to rate financial products and based its ranking on five categories: income, percentage of residents who attended college, odds of being a victim of violent crime, commute time and number of restaurants per capita. For the record, CreditDonkey’s 10 best in Florida are: Boca, Coral Springs, Pensacola, Port Orange, Jupiter, Davie, Delray, Clearwater, Cape Coral and Jacksonville. Here’s the link to the full comments. <a href="">Study: Best Cities to Live in Florida - CreditDonkey</a></p> <p>In fact, a better name for the list would be “Best Cities to Live in Florida After Making Your Money Somewhere Else.” A year ago, CreditDonkey released its list of the 10 best cities in which to get rich. No Florida cities got that designation. That Top 10 was: San Jose, Boston, Washington, D.C.—think about that one for a minute—Austin, Tex., Minneapolis, New York, Seattle, San Francisco, Raleigh, N.C., and Houston.</p> <h3>Campaign spinning begins</h3> <p>Prepare for this news to be spun in the campaign for governor: Florida led the nation in job growth for June, adding 37,400 non-farm jobs after a drop of 17,200 in May.</p> <p>If you like Gov. Rick Scott, he gets the credit. If you like Charlie Crist, Florida is just riding the wave of national improvement under President Obama. In fact, the national unemployment rate of 6.1 percent is now lower than Florida’s 6.2 percent, after Scott for months had touted Florida’s lower rate.</p> <p>Part of the reason Florida’s unemployment rate has stalled for now is actually good news: More people are joining the labor force. Nearly 207,000 have done so in the last six months, which means that people are more optimistic about finding work.</p> <p>Do not expect to see this sort of layered discussion in Scott and Crist campaign ads. But now you know.     </p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="466" src="/site_media/uploads/randy-1.jpg" width="400"><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the <em>Miami Herald</em> and <em>Palm Beach Post</em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the <em>Po</em>st. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</p>Randy SchultzThu, 24 Jul 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityConcert Review: Kiss &amp; Def Leppard<p>The Starchild, aka Paul Stanley, is seductively stroking the neck of his silver glitter guitar, an appreciative gesture meant to warm the cockles of a 20-something blonde who is baring more than just her heart. From her elevated perch atop someone’s weary shoulders, the blonde pulls down her sleeveless T-shirt for about the 12th time—a topless treat that, earlier, prompted Stanley to quip, “I love you … I want to marry you. For the night.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/kiss.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Off to Stanley’s right, Gene Simmons as The Demon—a gooey trail of fake blood, sweat and spittle streaming off his chin—is flicking his legendary snake tongue into the cheek of guitarist Tommy Thayer. Behind them, flash pods explode and flame-throwing devices shoot across the stage with such intensity that audience members can feel the heat from 30 rows away. Few in the crowd seem to know the words to the song being played and, honestly, it doesn’t matter.</p> <p>Welcome to an evening with <strong>KISS</strong>, which stormed into West Palm Beach Tuesday night with its Army in full force, as part of a rock-tastic double bill with <strong>Def Leppard</strong>. More than 15,000 people—countless sporting KISS makeup and several (ranging in age from small children to overweight, middle-aged men) in full-blown KISS costumes—filled <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Cruzan Amphitheatre</strong></a> to the gills.</p> <p>Over the years, KISS has been an easy target for rock snobs for any number of reasons, past and present: Because Simmons has a reality show; because the band’s style-over-substance act doesn’t belong in the same Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as The Beatles and Springsteen; because the capitalists in KISS would sell their soul if it put another $14.99 in the war chest. While it’s true that fans can purchase everything from a KISS latex mask with full Gene tongue ($39.95) to a KISS Mr. Potato Head set ($34.95) at, it’s also true that KISS—celebrating 40 years (only Simmons and Stanley remain from the original band)—has earned its place in rock history.</p> <p>Fans of the band, as loyal and feverish as any in the business, would certainly tell those critics to KISS off. After all, how many groups in this concert age enter on a descending eight-legged metal spider contraption that looks like something out of “War of the Worlds?” Where else can you witness a bass player hoisting a flaming sword and spewing fire, as Simmons did during “Hotter Than Hell?” When’s the last time you saw Dave Matthews ride a glorified zip line across the lower section of the crowd to an elevated platform in the middle of the amphitheater, as Stanley did before “Love Gun.”</p> <p>KISS gave the Cruzan crowd exactly what it wanted, accompanied by massive pyrotechnics, billowing smoke, exploding confetti cannons and Simmons’ requisite blood gurgling prior to “God of Thunder.” The show ran so close to curfew that KISS couldn’t encore after closing with “Detroit Rock City” and “Rock and Roll All Nite.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/defleppard.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Def Leppard</strong> took the stage first, but theirs was a headlining show by any standard, a 14-song set of greatest hits that served as a reminder why the British band has sold some 100 million albums worldwide.</p> <p>It’s also one of those rare groups that has remained relatively intact for the duration of its multi-decade run—with Joe Elliott (vocals), Phil Collen (guitar), Rick Savage (bass) and Rick Allen (drums) all logging 30 years or more with Def Leppard. Even more impressive is that they look and sound no worse for wear. Collen, a few years shy of 60, is ripped like an MMA fighter; Elliott, with his Union Jack scarf around the microphone stand, commanded the stage like someone half his age; and Allen, the group’s legendary one-armed drummer, plays with as much enthusiasm as ever.</p> <p>On this night, Def Leppard stayed true to its recordings—no lengthy solos or extended versions. Highlights included an acoustic take on “Bringin’ on the Heartache,” and a three-song closing stretch of “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” “Rock of Ages” and “Photograph” that sounded like a band at the top of its game.</p> <p>By the end of the night, with face paint fading fast, the KISS Army, along with everyone else, was spent. KISS and Def Leppard had done their jobs, and rock had won the day.  </p> <p>Photos: Jason Koerner Photography (KISS) and Michele Eve Photography (Def Leppard).</p> <p><strong>Set List: Def Leppard</strong></p> <p>Let It Go<br>Animal<br>Foolin'<br>Love Bites<br>Let's Get Rocked<br>Two Steps Behind<br>Bringin' on the Heartbreak<br>Switch 625 <br>Hysteria<br>Rocket<br>Armageddon It <br>Pour Some Sugar on Me<br>Rock of Ages<br>Photograph</p> <p><strong>Set List: KISS</strong></p> <p>Psycho Circus<br>Deuce<br>Shout It Out Loud<br>War Machine<br>Hotter Than Hell<br>I Love It Loud<br>Lick It Up<br>God of Thunder <br>Hide Your Heart 
<br>Cold Gin 
<br>Love Gun<br>Black Diamond 
<br>Detroit Rock City 
<br>Rock and Roll All Nite</p>Kevin KaminskiWed, 23 Jul 2014 15:13:35 +0000 & EventsMusicOpinionsExperiencing Turtle Nesting Season<p class="p1">I’ve lived in South Florida for almost 10 years. I’m ashamed to say it, but it wasn’t until last week that I witnessed a Florida <strong>sea turtle nesting</strong>. It was surreal to say the least - to watch a 300-pound sea turtle lay an exorbitant number of eggs on the shore of Fort Lauderdale beach.</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/seaturtle.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">I joined the <strong>Museum of Discovery and Science</strong> for its last guided turtle walk of the season. We headed out to the beach at around 11 p.m., starting off by setting turtle hatchlings free. It was a rather humorous experience: a group of us huddled around two-inch creatures, watching them crawl their way across an estimated 5-foot expanse of sand into the ocean.</p> <p class="p1">Then came the waiting. As three museum employees and two volunteers searched the beach, the rest of us sat on beach chairs and waited quietly, in hopes that they would see a turtle make its way up to shore and prep its nest. We were instructed to stay as silent as we could, as noise could scare away an approaching turtle, and to turn the brightness of our phone screens to its lowest possible setting. Turns out light, too, scares away these precious sea creatures.</p> <p class="p1">I propped up my beach chair at a 90-degree angle, fighting sleep, my eyes planted on the moon. It was the brightest light visible given the government lighting ordinances during turtle nesting season, which runs from April to October.</p> <p class="p2">About two hours later, the museum staff finally returned to round us up. We perked up: they found one. After a reminder to stay quiet and to avoid the turtle tracks — city officials used the tracks to mark the location of new turtle nests the next morning — we ventured on.</p> <p class="p1">By the time we got to her, she had already started the process of nesting. There was a shallow hole on the shore and sand all over her shell, a sign that she dug into the ground. The staff had positioned a pair of dim red flashlights in the sand so we could see.</p> <p class="p1">One by one, the eggs dropped in. </p> <p class="p1">Parents, kids who looked around 11 or 12, a pair of girls that must have been in college - we all silently watched, mesmerized. Everything else lost relevance. It didn't matter that it was 2 a.m. and that I had to be up four hours later to get ready for work. I even forgot where we were. The high-rises, the beach resorts, all signs of commercialization had faded away. </p> <p class="p2">I couldn't keep track of the number of eggs — the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Committee website states a sea turtle lays between 80-120 — but she just kept on going. Eventually, she began to cover up the hole, flinging sand over her eggs with her flippers. She slowly made her way back back across the sand, pausing in intervals before disappearing into the waves...</p> <p class="p1">The <a href="" target="_blank">Museum of Discovery and Science</a><span> </span><em>(401 S.W. Second St., Fort Lauderdale // 954/467-6637) </em>is one of five organizations in South Florida permitted to hold public turtle watches.</p> <p class="p1">Other certified organizations:</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank">Gumbo Limbo Nature Center</a> (<em>1801 N. Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton // 561/544-8605</em>)</p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank">Loggerhead Marinelife Center</a> <em>(14100 U.S. Highway 1, Juno Beach // 561/627-8280)</em></p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank">John D. MacArthur Beach Park</a> <em>(10900 Jack Nicklaus Drive, North Palm Beach //561/624-6950)</em></p> <p class="p1"><a href="" target="_blank">John U. Lloyd Beach State Park</a> <em>(6503 N. Ocean Drive, Dania Beach // 954/923-2833)</em></p>Stefanie CaintoWed, 23 Jul 2014 15:01:16 +0000 Found: Happy Hour at Tanzy<p><em>Boca Raton</em> magazine has a long and venerable reputation for its staff, a discerning and erudite cadre of professionals dedicated to bringing our readers the best experiences in the city. Our owners, John and Margaret Shuff, have long encouraged staff to “navigate” the region for our readers, to “edit” the South Florida experience for them.</p> <p>In other words, you can count on us to know our way around a good Happy Hour. In fact, we had one last week that knocked our argyle socks off.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/l1002466.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>It was at <a href="" target="_blank">Tanzy</a> at the iPic theater in <strong>Mizner Park</strong>, in that dim little vine-wrapped enclave off the bar, a space somewhat reminiscent of a Hobbit House, if Hobbits were prone to dry martinis and parmesan-stuffed meatballs. We were all there, looking down the barrel of Thursday afternoon, tired, war torn, ready to kick back and ponder the weekend. And we were not disappointed.</p> <p>Happy Hour at Tanzy is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. There are $5 infused signature vodkas and select cocktails, $5 glasses of wine, $4 select draft beers and $8 crispy brussel sprouts, pan- seared calamari, meatball and garlic crostini, for starters.</p> <p>And if that just tickles your fancy, you can get a little fancier and have a great dinner there after. Even fancier, you can pour yourself into one of their chaise lounges upstairs in a movie theater where the seats have binkies, pillows and call buttons for cocktails.</p> <p>This may be the happiest happy hour(s) around.</p>Marie SpeedWed, 23 Jul 2014 12:40:03 +0000 31 deadline for Women of Distinction nominees<p>Call us crazy for thinking ahead but we have to post a reminder that all of you civic-minded wonders out there only have one more week to submit your nomination for this year’s <strong>Women of Distinction</strong> <strong>breakfast</strong>, to be held Oct. 1 at <a href="" target="_blank">Boca West Country Club</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="250" src="/site_media/uploads/new_soroptimist_logo.jpg" width="250"></p> <p>That’s right—this is the deadline: July 31!</p> <p>This annual fundraising event by <a href="" target="_blank">Soroptimist International</a> honors women in the community who are making a big difference in the lives of others. These are the unsung heroes, the do-gooders, the selfless volunteers and non-profit workers and professionals who are true angels among us. I know because I was part of this group years ago, and this year, Margaret Mary Shuff and I are honorary co-chairs of the breakfast.</p> <p>If you know someone who deserves to be honored, please jump on this and get your nomination in now. Nominees typically fill this bill:</p> <ul> <li>Outstanding commitment to community service</li> <li>Exceptional leadership in career or as a professional volunteer</li> <li>Inspired others to achieve beyond what was thought possible</li> <li>Professional excellence and accomplishment</li> </ul> <p>Last year there were 31 nominees and 300 people at the breakfast.  All proceeds for the breakfast go to local charities. I’ll be posting more on this special annual event in the weeks to come; in the meantime, get those nominations in TODAY and watch this space for updates.</p> <p>For more information and a nomination form, please contact either of our co-chairs: Judith Hinsch at 561/859-1883 or Deborah Bacarella at 561/239-2300. </p>Marie SpeedWed, 23 Jul 2014 11:52:46 +0000 Anti-Aging Gene + Don Shula&#39;s big donation<p class="p1"><strong><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong>An Aging Gene?</strong></p> <p class="p1">Local scientists may have uncovered a single gene that plays an important role in aging. The discovery (while early in its development) could open the door to therapies that influence the aging process. </p> <p class="p1">The gene is called <strong>SPNS1</strong>.</p> <p class="p1">Shuji Kishi, a Scripps assistant professor and lead study author, says researchers believe the previously uncharacterized development gene affects the aging process.</p> <p class="p1">“Even a partial loss of SPNS1 function can speed aging,” he says.</p> <p class="p1">Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter, Fla., Florida Atlantic University and elsewhere around the U.S. and Canada, conducted a study on zebrafish. According to a Scripps press release on July 17, they are a useful species for studying human diseases associated with development and aging. </p> <p class="p1">By disturbing SPNS1 in Zebrafish during the embryonic and larval stages, the scientists found they could shorten and lengthen lifespans. </p> <p class="p1">While most studies have focused on how aging affects the cells’ abilities to divide and grow in life’s later stages, this one looked at the earlier stages in life. </p> <p class="p1">To find out more about this and other research, go to: <a href=""></a>.</p> <p class="p1"><strong><em>In other news…</em></strong></p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="385" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/donshula.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">The Fort Lauderdale-based <strong>Don Shula Foundation</strong> is donating $1.5 million to the Tampa-based <a href="">Moffitt Cancer Center</a>. The money will establish The Don Shula Breast Cancer Research Fund, which will support research projects on new treatment and prevention approaches for breast cancer patients. This could positively impact local patients, as The Eugene M. &amp; Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute is a Moffitt Oncology Network partner.</p> <p class="p1">The all-time winningest coach Don Shula, his wife, Mary Anne, and Miami Dolphins’ former quarterback Bob Griese were on hand July 15 for an event to announce the fund at Shula’s on the Beach at The Westin Beach Resort and Spa, Fort Lauderdale. Established more than two decades ago, The Don Shula Foundation, is a tribute to Shula’s late wife, Dorothy.</p> <p class="p1">Shula’s Steak Houses will contribute to The Shula Fund and promote breast cancer awareness in participating Shula’s restaurants throughout Florida, including Shula Burger. Look for special promotions in October for breast cancer awareness month and May for Mother’s Day. For more information or to contribute, go to <a href=""></a>.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About Lisette</strong><br>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Lisette HiltonWed, 23 Jul 2014 08:25:22 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautyBoca After Dark: Sandbar<p><strong>Where: </strong>40 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach <a target="_blank">561/278-3364</a></p> <p><strong>The lowdown: </strong>Seaside Heights may not be the same in Jersey anymore, but it’s alive and kickin’ down here in Florida. That same beach party atmosphere can be found right on Ocean Avenue at Delray Beach’s <strong>Sandbar</strong>, the sister restaurant to Boston’s On The Beach. </p> <p><img alt="" height="182" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/sandbar.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Life is better at the beach</em>. This is definitely the mindset shared by those visiting Delray, especially when there’s a fun and inviting atmosphere like Sandbar just across the street. The music is loud and energetic and the DJ keeps it spinning. People of all ages fill up the tables and lounge chairs and crowd around the two bars throughout this backyard oasis. Just about everyone is sun-kissed and still in bathing suits — most likely after spending the day on the beach. Sandbar is completely outdoors, so check the forecast before you go. When the weather is nice, this place is packed. On a normal day, you’re lucky to find a seat at the bar and even luckier if you’re able to find a spot in the coveted lounge area located underneath a big canopy tent that features a corn hole set up. </p> <p>Drinks are a bit on the expensive side, $10-12 for one of their signature cocktails, but what do you expect from a place that makes you feel like you’re on a tropical island away from any real sign of civilization? Specialty cocktails make up most of the drink list — flavored mojitos, frozen drinks like the Killer Colada or Exotic Berry Daiquiri, the Coron-ita, martinis and more than 10 different kinds of rum concoctions dubbed “Rhum Rhapsodies” to go around. A small selection of wines, champagnes and draft beers are also available. The food is typical bar fare with a seafood flare. Expect menu items like smoked fish dip, chilled peel ‘n eat shrimp and Key West conch fritters. There’s a variety of sandwiches, burgers and salads too.</p> <p>The atmosphere is vibrant and full of life — and it seems to stay this way even after the sun goes down. </p> <p><strong>The intangibles: </strong>Sandbar offers specials almost every day of the week, with S&amp;M Mondays (1/2 off Sam Adams drafts and premium well margaritas all day), $3 draft beers on Tuesdays until 4 p.m., premium well bottles for $100 on Wednesdays from 7 p.m. to close, “Drum for the Rhum” Thursdays from 8 p.m. to midnight (1/2 price select Rhum Rhapsodies and $5 shot specials), Ladies Night on Fridays from 9 p.m. to close ($2 premium well cocktails for ladies) and $18 pitcher specials all day on Saturdays. Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. with ½ off premium well liquors, draft beer, house wine and select appetizers. Sandbar also offers complimentary valet parking Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a receipt. </p> <p><strong>Hours:</strong> Sandbar is open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Monday, Friday and Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday and from 11 a.m. to midnight on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. They do close during severe weather conditions.</p> <p><strong>Website:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <center><em>For more on bars in Boca Raton, click <a href="/blog/tag/boca-after-dark/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em><strong></strong></center> <p><strong>About Shaina</strong></p> <div>Shaina is a Boca transplant, born and raised in South Jersey. Her love of writing began at a young age and followed her through to Rutgers University where she graduated with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. It wasn't until she sought after a new and exciting journey far away from the cold winters of Jersey that she discovered another love: food. Shaina created her very own food blog, Take A Bite Out of Boca, and has since grown her passion for cooking, baking, and of course sipping and savoring her way around town. She is very excited to be part of the team at Boca Raton Magazine and hopes that you will join her every step of the way as she explores <em>Boca After Dark</em>. You can follow Shaina and all of her foodie adventures in and out of the kitchen at <a href="" target="_blank">Take A Bite Out of Boca</a>.</div>Shaina WizovWed, 23 Jul 2014 08:04:56 +0000 Ingredients through Boca-based Hatchery<p class="p1"><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/hatchery-media-6w.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">Imagine having gourmet ingredients delivered to your door every month. Now add to that the fact that these ingredients are all made by hand in the USA with no GMOs. We’re talking products like blueberry extract, blood orange olive oil and dark chocolate malted fudge. Are you hooked? Cause we definitely are. This gourmet ingredient service exists, and it’s provided by Boca-based <strong><a href="" target="_blank">Hatchery</a>, </strong>a monthly subscription service for chef curated items like the ones listed above.</p> <p class="p1">For $25 a month, or $20 a month if you sign up for a full year, you receive five to six (large) sample sizes of hand-selected artisan ingredients. They could range from jellies and jams to seasonings and spices. They’re individually wrapped and packaged using completely biodegradable materials — no plastic or bubble wrap here — and come with a booklet that tells you a little bit about each maker and his, her or their ingredient.</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="357" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/hatchery-media-2w.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">“We’re not just trying to sell products,” says founder <strong>Max Friedman</strong>, a 26-year-old Delray Beach resident who was born and raised in Boca. “We’re trying to tell a story.”</p> <p class="p1">A more detailed version of their backgrounds live on the Hatchery website, under “The Guide” tab. The Guide also includes a series of recipe ideas and catchy 15-second how-to videos. </p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/hatchery-media-5w.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">And if you decide you really love a particular ingredient, you can buy the full-sized version online. Shipping is free for the featured items of the month. For all other items, shipping is $4.95 or free for orders of more than $35.</p> <p class="p1">The process involves Friedman, his five-person Boca team and a set of chefs located all over the country. The items are first selected based on preliminary qualifications mentioned earlier: they can’t be available on a mass level or contain any GMOs, and they must be made in the U.S. The product is then sent over to the Boca office, where it is tested — first by itself, then with an item, then with an original recipe. Friedman says roughly one out of every 10 ingredients make the final cut.</p> <p class="p1">Though Hatchery just launched in December, it already has a large online presence: nearly 8,000 Twitter followers, more than 12,000 Facebook likes and more than 12,000 Instagram followers. Friedman can’t reveal the number of his subscribers just yet, since the company is still in its beginning stages and seeking investors — but the future of Hatchery looks bright. He downplays these impressive social media  numbers, saying they still have a long way to go, but his passion and enthusiasm are uncontainable.</p> <p class="p1">“We’re in the beginning of something really great,” he says.</p>Stefanie CaintoTue, 22 Jul 2014 11:02:07 +0000 & ReviewsLunch Review: Madisons<p class="p1">I’ve spent the summer trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle before heading back to the University of Florida, which has limited my local dining options. If it wasn’t for my dad grilling mass amounts of chicken, I’d either be really hungry—or really bloated after exploring too many high-calorie restaurant favorites. </p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="352" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/outside-night-2-corner-view.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p class="p1">Every once in awhile, I come across a restaurant that allows me to stray from my dad’s chicken without feeling guilty. Like <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Madisons New York Grill &amp; Bar</strong></a> (<em>2006 N.W. Executive Center Circle, 561/994-0808</em>), just off of Glades Road in Boca near the Interstate 95 exit. Though it doesn’t specialize in low-cal cuisine, the menu offers an array of items that meet my health-conscious standards.</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="471" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/quinoasalad.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">My mom and I split two salads: quinoa Caprese (with fresh mozzarella and Campari tomato) and kale (tossed in peanut dressing). For her main course, Mom had the grilled salmon; sticking with the salad theme, I ordered the NYC salad with mixed greens, arugula, baby spinach, walnuts, fresh raspberries, strawberries and green apple. Tossed with grilled chicken and dressed with raspberry vinaigrette, it was the perfect summertime lunch. </p> <p class="p1">Madisons is elegant yet comfortable, with friendly servers and a hearty lunch menu beyond the options on my radar (think burgers, sandwiches, steak, lamb chops, ribs, chicken and more). The ’70s music that resonates throughout the restaurant had us feeling giddy and upbeat after our appetizers and entrées, so we splurged for dessert.</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="337" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/brownie.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">We guiltlessly drove our spoons into a warm, gooey walnut brownie topped with vanilla ice cream, and drizzled with caramel and chocolate syrup—plus, we sampled Madisons’ signature Key lime pie. I have to admit, I’m not usually a Key lime fan, but the tangy tartness of the filling and the crispy, crunchy pecan crust won me over.</p> <p class="p1">Granted, I won’t be up for that sweet tooth splurge every time I visit Madisons, but the appetizers and entrées are enough to keep me coming back.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Taryn Tacher is a senior at the University of Florida studying Journalism and Business Administration, who is interning at Boca Magazine this summer. Though she is less than five feet tall, what she lacks in height she makes up for with her passion for writing. She loves yoga, puppies and all things tiny. You can reach Taryn at</em></p>Taryn TacherTue, 22 Jul 2014 10:30:00 +0000 & ReviewsOn Tap &amp; Tapped Out<p>Craft beer fans have yet another option to whet (and wet) their suds-loving whistles with the debut of <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>The</strong> <strong>Brass Tap</strong></a> (<em>950 N. Congress Ave., 561/413-3782)</em> beer and wine bar in Boynton Beach.</p> <p><img alt="" height="192" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/brasstapbeer.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Part of a Florida-based chain with more than a dozen units (and several more slated to open soon), the Boynton Tap takes over the old Shane’s Rib Shack spot. It features some 300 different domestic and imported brews on tap and in bottles, plus a selection of wines and cigars. One-hundred beers are available on tap, including such local favorites as suds from Cigar City, Due South and Funky Buddha.</p> <p>There’s also a limited food menu that ranges from sammies and burgers to tacos and quesadillas to individual pizzas and chicken wings. Look for live music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights too.</p> <p>Don’t, however, look for The Brass Tap at CityPlace. That Tap is all tapped out, shut down reportedly for not paying rent. And speaking of CityPlace and not paying rent, the mall folks are also said to be after Blue Martini too. <a href="/blog/2014/07/14/86d-the-restaurant-deadpool/" target="_blank">Brewzzi</a>, the popular local brewpub, is shuttered, at least for now, following protracted legal maneuvering. Looks like CityPlace is starting to play some hardball.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 22 Jul 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsThe Week Ahead: July 22 to 28<p>TUESDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/art17530widea.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Cirque Dreams: Jungle Fantasy”</strong></p> <p>Where: Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $34.75 to $114.75</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Monkeys, lizards and giraffes, oh my! These are just three examples of the colorful fauna that will hop and jump and slither across the stage during “Cirque Dreams: Jungle Fantasy,” the critically acclaimed Broadway hit from stage impresario Neil Goldberg. They won’t be real animals, but don’t tell it to the circus performers portraying them: “Jungle Fantasy” as an immersive journey into the wildlife of your dreams, complete with precarious balancing acts, soaring aerialism, remarkable juggling and award-nominated costumes. Par for the cirque course, you’ll see bodies effortlessly contort themselves into positions bodies aren’t supposed to inhabit. “Jungle Fantasy,” which holds the distinction of being the first cirque show to open on Broadway, runs through Sunday only at Broward Center.</p> <p><img alt="" height="212" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/ship600.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: Screenings of “The Shipment”</strong></p> <p>Where: Cinema Paradiso, 503 S.E. Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 6 and 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10</p> <p>Contact: 813/220-1546, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>As an appetizer before its Aug. 8 opening of Korean-American playwright Young Jean Lee’s play “Church,” Fort Lauderdale’s Thinking Cap Theatre has joined forces with the area’s only single-screen art-house for a filmed version of one of Lee’s plays: “The Shipment,” first produced in New York in 2008. Lee, who runs a nonprofit company in the Big Apple that produces her work, has been called “one of the best experimental playwrights in America,” and “The Shipment” is right up her avant-garde alley. It is her attempt to create, as she put it, a “black identity politics show.” Five African-American actors take the stage, with a few basic props and otherwise no set. Driven as much by impromptu dance, music and body movement as by dialogue, the play explores hidden racial biases in a supposedly “post-racial” United States, and has garnered universal raves. </p> <p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="264" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/bestdolphinboymain.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Hot Days Cool Flicks” festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Movies of Delray, 7421 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 4 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10</p> <p>Contact: 877/318-0071, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The next Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival won’t commence for another six months. But the durable festival, which turns 25 in January, is not simply taking the summer off: It’s presenting six Jewish-themed films from the U.S., Israel and Poland—one film a week, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays—at select Palm Beach County cinemas through Aug. 27. Future titles range from “Hora 79,” a documentary about a legendary Israeli folk-dancing troupe (Aug. 5-6); to the romantic slice-of-life American comedy “Dorfman in Love” (Aug. 12-13). The festivities kick off this week with the Palm Beach County premiere of “Dolphin Boy,” a touching documentary tearjerker about a traumatized Arab boy and the dolphins who brought him out of an abyss.</p> <p>THURSDAY TO SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="250" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/mars-peter-story-live-1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus LIVE”</strong></p> <p>Where: Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $50</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Men and women may never really understand each other—not completely—but you can’t blame John Gray for this communicative disparity. The relationship counselor has spent more than 20 years educating the world about the polarities between these two interplanetary species, to the tune of more than 50 million books sold and translated into 50 languages. He’s written 21 books about gender differences, but it’s his pioneering, enduring original, <em>Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus,</em> that has inspired this new one-man show in the vein of “Defending the Caveman.” Comedian Peter Story will star in a production that men and woman have agreed is equal parts hilarious and emotional—a good date activity, no matter what planet you’re from.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="280" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/10502200_536359346490384_1176097783136657457_n.jpg" width="392"></p> <p><strong>What: Aaron Lebos Reality</strong></p> <p>Where: Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25 to $35</p> <p>Contact: 561/450-6357, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>A graduate in Jazz Performance at both the University of Miami and Florida International University, homegrown guitarist Aaron Lebos released a couple of respected jazz albums in 2010 and has been heard on live appearances by local chanteuse Nicole Henry. But it’s his latest project, Aaron Lebos Reality, that has been turning heads lately, more for what it <em>isn’t</em> than what it is. It’s hardly a traditional jazz album, taking the term “jazz fusion” to new directions. Like the best jazz, it’s unpredictable, full of melodic surprises. But it’s also loud, rollicking and absolutely rocking. Lebos recently told the <em>Miami Herald</em> that his latest album, <em>Turning Point</em>, is a “pretty aggressive record … far from what people might consider traditional jazz.” At this performance at Arts Garage, you’re likely to hear the influence of Hendrix, Zeppelin, Talking Heads and Bloc Party in an eclectic stew of rock, jazz, funk and world music.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="255" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/5527cd_9fbb821a4b5545e2941bbf7c471e6e4a.jpg_srz_319_255_85_22_0.50_1.20_0.jpg" width="319"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening reception of “Dogs”</strong></p> <p>Where: Paul Fisher Gallery, 433 Flamingo Drive, West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 6 to 10 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-5255, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>If you’ve ever thought a an art opening would be more fun with little furry friends scurrying about the gallery—and honestly, as a dog owner, I’ve entertained this thought many times—then now is your chance to help make it a reality. Four-legged friends are welcome at the opening of “Dogs,” a showcase of canine sculptures, paintings and drawings by Skip Hartzell. Whatever medium they’re presented in, Hartzell’s pooches endear themselves with a sort of primitive rawness: They seem as much informed by how dogs see the world as how we see them. Woofgang Bakery will offer special treats at Friday’s opening, and 20 percent of sales from this exhibition will benefit Furry Friends Rescue. The show runs through Aug. 26.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/514.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: The first “Best Movie Fest Ever”</strong></p> <p>Where: Cinemark Palace and XS, 3200 Airport Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: Various show times</p> <p>Cost: $15 for three movies</p> <p>Contact: 561/395-4695</p> <p>More than any other chain cinema, Cinemark has done its share to exhibit not just new releases but re-mastered classics, presented in stunning high definition for a dedicated niche of film lovers. This tendency will expand over the coming months thanks to the “Best Movie Fest Ever,” a partnership with Twentieth Century Fox that will see some of the studio’s classic films enjoying new life on the silver screen. The monthly film series will begin Saturday with three classic musicals, running all day for the price of one ticket: “Hello, Dolly!” (11:15 a.m.), “Moulin Rouge” (2:20 p.m.) and “Oklahoma!” (5 p.m.). All of these musicals will be digitally restored, but the latter title is the biggest news of all: The Rodgers and Hammerstein warhorse will be presented in a 4K restoration, and will be screened at 30 frames per second, matching the movie’s frame rate when it was released in 1955. For laymen, that means the movie hasn’t looked this perfect since its opening in 1950s movie palaces. </p> <p>MONDAY (July 28)</p> <p><img alt="" height="231" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/2273406544.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Jefferson Starship</strong></p> <p>Where: Jazziz Nightlife, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $60</p> <p>Contact: 561/300-0730, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>At its peak, Jefferson Airplane headlined the legendary Woodstock festival in 1969.  But the group only lasted seven influential years; by 1974, three of its members had re-emerged with Jefferson Starship, a name change that suggests an even higher flight into cosmic musical stratospheres. Steeped in science-fiction lore, Jefferson Starship’s irrepressible arena rock was decidedly of its time in the 1980s, meaning it looks and sounds affectionately cheesy today. But judging by recent set lists, the group’s more fatuous material of the ‘80s has been largely dispensed in favor of its earlier psychedelic/folk-rock approach. Recent set lists have included plenty of Jefferson Airplane material, along with covers by like-minded acts Crosby, Stills, Nash &amp; Young and Quicksilver Messenger Service. Catch the band perform all of this and much more on its 40<sup>th</sup> anniversary tour, in the intimate confines of Jazziz. (Jefferson Starship also performs Tuesday, July 29 at Jazziz.)</p>John ThomasonMon, 21 Jul 2014 16:03:16 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMoviesMusicThe Week AheadUpcoming EventsSuri Tapas Opens in Lake Worth<p>The typically sleepy Lake Worth restaurant scene is showing signs of waking up lately, with the debut of The Island in the former Bizaare Avenue Cafe space and now the morphing of the downtown spot once home to the Italian eatery Fiorentino into <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Suri Tapas Bar</strong></a> (<em>707 Lake Ave., Lake Worth, 561/249-7436</em>).</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/suri_tapas.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The classy, rustic-chic look of Fiorentino is unchanged. The semi-open kitchen in the rear looks out to the long, narrow dining room with a bar that spans almost its entire length. A row of black-clad banquettes runs along a limestone-faced wall hung with colorful modern artworks; against another wall and narrow planters sprouting fresh herbs. A spacious covered outdoor patio fronts the street and a rooftop garden supplies some of the restaurant’s produce.</p> <p>As for the food, it’s styled as “alternative American cuisine,” which in your mouth means everything from carpaccio and ceviche to a half-dozen flatbreads to small plates like crispy duck confit cigars and scallops with squash, prosciutto and truffle oil to larger plates like rosemary pappardelle with filet tips and porcini mushrooms and vegetarian burrata lasagna.</p> <p>Suri Tapas Bar is open for dinner only, Tuesday through Sunday.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 21 Jul 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsFashion Forward: A grand opening, sip and shop + an anniversary sale<p class="p1"> <img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/oneclick.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1"><strong>OneClick</strong> is celebrating the grand opening of its <a href="" target="_blank">Sawgrass Mills</a> location tomorrow, July 19. Throughout the day, the official Apple product retailer will feature a DJ, raffles and special promotions. Get a free Canon AirPlay Multifunction Printer and iKlear Klearscreen Starter Kit with any iMac purchase. Buy an iPad Air and receive the same printer, a stylus pen and two Belkin Overlay TrueClear Films also for free. For more information, call 305/200-3500. <em>(12801 W. Sunrise Blvd., Sunrise, near the Market Food Court)</em></p> <p class="p2">Its back! <a href="" target="_blank">Mizner Park</a> is hosting its second <strong>Sip and Shop event</strong> on Thursday, July 24, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Enjoy complimentary beverages and special offers throughout the plaza. For more information, check out our post on the last Sip and Shop event <a href="/blog/2014/06/25/mizner-parks-sip-and-shop/" target="_blank">here</a>. <em>(327 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, 561/362-0606)</em> </p> <p class="p1">Shop <a href="" target="_blank">Nordstrom</a>’s biggest sale of the year. From now until Aug. 3, Nordstrom is hosting its annual Anniversary Sale, with unbeatable prices on clothing, accessories, beauty items and more. Spotted: Michael Kors watches, a Kate Spade satchel and a Burberry scarf. <em>(Town Center at Boca Raton, 5820 Glades Road // 561/620-5555)</em></p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 18 Jul 2014 15:57:33 +0000 NewsMovie Review: &quot;Wish I Was Here&quot;<p><img alt="" height="278" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/wishiwashere.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>It’s been 10 years between Zach Braff’s first feature film as a writer-director, “Garden State,” and his second, the newly released “Wish I Was Here.” In that first film, he was a listless 20-something searching for his purpose. This time, his face of perpetual stubble betrays his years, but if he’s lost his youthful aimlessness, he’s replaced it with a middle-aged aimlessness.</p> <p>He inhabits that skin of Aiden Bloom, a strikingly similar Braffian avatar who has matured just enough to outgrow his Manic Pixie Dreamgirl from “Garden State” and settle down with Sarah, a smart career woman (Kate Hudson, her performance brightening this entire movie), with whom he is struggling to raise two children.</p> <p>‘Struggle’ is the key word in “Wish I Was Here.” It colors Aiden’s flagging career as a wannabe L.A. actor reduced to auditioning for minimal speaking parts in disposable sci-fi shows, and not even getting <em>those</em>. It’s there in the relationship with his brother (Josh Gad), a once-brilliant engineer turned trailer park slugabed who devotes his life’s energy to Comic-Con costumes; and with his father (Mandy Patinkin), who has just informed him that his cancer has metastasized. <em>Pere</em> Bloom has opted for an expensive experimental treatment, which means that he can no longer fund the private yeshiva education for Aiden’s children, Grace and Tucker (Joey King and Pierce Gagnon).</p> <p>All of these issues strike at Aiden and Sarah simultaneously, snowballing into each other the way crises often seem to do, and Braff’s film is a soul-searching study, if not a roadmap, in how to accept life’s inevitable curveballs. This involves par-for-the-course diversions like a road trip to the mountains, where he and his children stand on boulders and wait for an epiphany to strike; and a visit to Aiden’s local synagogue, where he discusses his lapsed faith and his idea of spirituality with a rabbi.</p> <p>“Wish I Was Here” could have easily been a bleak journey, but jokes usually leaven even the most emotionally agonizing moments. As Patinkin’s dying man puts it, “Eventually things get tragic enough that they circle back to comedy.” Many scenes are laugh-out-loud funny, even when the punch lines are predetermined. Sometimes the movie is dramatic, politically pointed and breathtakingly funny all at once, like the blustery disaster in which Aiden tries to home-school his kids. And every once in a while, a scene will strike a chord that is so moving that it will touch nerves few films approach, and leave you speechless in its thrall.</p> <p><img alt="" height="226" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/wishwashere620350.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The problem, darn it, is that Braff, who penned this movie with his brother Adam, is a facile writer prone to summarizing scenes with arch platitudes. This undercuts the movie’s core naturalism almost as much as the maudlin piano score, which adds unnecessary punctuation to scenes dramatic enough to sell themselves. It is, finally, an unwieldy attempt to make the Great American Movie, juggling so many plotlines that it takes a filmic eternity to tie up every loose end (we haven’t even gotten to Sarah’s conflict with a sexually inappropriate co-worker, which is resolved in an absurd <em>deus ex machina</em>).</p> <p>As a result, this 102-minute film feels well over two hours. There’s some great stuff in this film, but Braff lacks the ability to separate the wheat from his chaff. Given that he wrote the movie with his brother, “Wish I Was Here” is doubtlessly an intensely personal movie for both of them. The idea of cutting any of these scenes must have felt like severing a child’s limbs. That’s why it could have used an especially judicious editor, one who could see beyond its creators’ myopia. But I suppose, if a Zach Braff movie wasn’t at least a somewhat navel-gazing experience, it wouldn’t be a Zach Braff movie. </p> <p><em>“Wish I Was Here” opens today, July 18, at Cinemark Palace in Boca Raton, AMC Aventura and Regal South Beach.</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 18 Jul 2014 13:47:26 +0000 & EventsMoviesStaff Picks of the Week<h3>Find out what we’re loving right now — and why you should love it too.</h3> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/copperblues.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>Restaurant Hot Spot: <a href="" target="_blank">Copper Blues Rock Pub &amp; Kitchen</a></strong></p> <p><em>CityPlace, West Palm Beach // </em><em>561/404-4101</em></p> <p>Picked by Kevin Kaminski, Editor</p> <p>“My new favorite spot north of Delray. Live rock/blues music on a stage perched above the main bar, killer beer selections, great happy hour prices, hip vibe. It's the best of the new additions to CityPlace.”</p> <p><strong>Delicious Dish: <a href="" target="_blank">Shishtawook Rolled Pita at Aladdin's Eatery</a></strong></p> <p><em>21200 St. Andrews Blvd., Boca Raton // 561/419-9466</em></p> <p>Picked by Adrienne Mayer, Production Manager</p> <p>“Yummy marinated grilled chicken wrapped in a crispy warm pita with garlic sauce and pickles make it the perfect sandwich.”</p> <p><strong>Meat Shop and Deli: <a href="" target="_blank">Torchio’s Finer Meats and Delicatessen</a></strong></p> <p><em>1877 W. Woolbright Road, Boynton Beach // 561/732-5915</em></p> <p>Picked by Marie Speed, Group Editor</p> <p>“Best burgers, best people, homemade meatballs, fresh bread — grocery shopping the way it used to be.”</p> <p><strong>A night at the theater: <a href="" target="_blank">"The Most Happy Fella," Palm Beach Dramaworks</a></strong></p> <p><em>201 Clematis St., West Palm Beach // </em><em>561/514-4042</em></p> <p>Picked by John Thomason, Assistant Editor</p> <p>“The copy-editor inside my heart hates the phrase ‘most happy,’ but the theater critic in me is expecting a sublime experience from this 1956 Broadway musical about the romance between an older grape farmer and a young waitress. ‘The Most Happy Fella’ will be presented as a concert version, indicating minimal staging and props, but the actors and singers are of the highest caliber in the region, and the $40 ticket price is a generous discount from Dramaworks’ seasonal shows.”</p>magazineFri, 18 Jul 2014 13:46:16 +0000 & ReviewsThe Island Opens in Lake Worth<p>A reputation for an artsy (if sometimes haughty) ambiance, shabby chic-meets-found objects decor and extensive wine list apparently wasn’t enough to save one of Lake Worth’s iconic restaurants.</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/theisland_dish.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Bizaare Avenue Cafe, long a downtown staple in its rambling 1920s-vintage building, is gone, replaced by <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>The Island</strong></a> (<em>921 Lake Ave., Lake Worth, 561/588-4488</em>), a Caribbean fusion restaurant featuring all manner of tropical drinks and dishes, live music and a laid-back, party-hearty atmosphere.</p> <p>The eclectic look of the old Bizaare is gone too. The dining room - jammed almost to bursting with mismatched antique tables, chairs and other furnishings and overflowing with knickknacks, tchotchkes and bits of whatever - has been cleaned out and lightened up, painted with bright tropical colors and outfitted with comfy booths and furnishings that actually match.</p> <p>The menu references almost every Caribbean isle, from jerk shrimp skewers (St. Bart’s) and smoked chicken salad (Dominica) to mofongo with seafood broth and roasted fish (Puerto Rico) and pan-fried grouper (Key West). Tropical libations range from classic mojito and Planter’s Punch to more elaborate concoctions like Release the Kraken, a blend of Kraken rum, crème de banana, pineapple juice, grenadine, ginger beer and a lime wedge.</p> <p>The party goes on every night, with live jazz on Mondays, reggae on Sundays and assorted music-specials in between.</p>Bill CitaraFri, 18 Jul 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsTwenty years strong<p class="Body">In an city with 21 percent of its people over the age of 65––according to the 2010 U.S Census Bureau––Boca Raton has its fair share of businesses that cater to the elderly. But <a href="" target="_blank">Boca Nursing Services</a>, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, has taken this mission one step further.</p> <p class="Body"><img alt="" height="377" src="/site_media/uploads/rose_head_shot.jpg" width="300"></p> <p class="Body">Its founder, <strong>Rose Glamoclija</strong>, a licensed registered nurse (R.N.), is involved on a daily basis with each of her patients, making sure they are taking their medication, making progress, and feeling cared for. And in the case of emergencies, she is the first one on the scene.</p> <p class="Body">Glamoclija, who became a R.N. back in 1976, started her own business 20 years ago because she felt that there was a need for unique, high-end, service-oriented caregivers and wanted to provide more for her patients than what most companies offered.</p> <p class="Body">“I really didn’t know how to go about it but I contacted the state and they sent me an application and so I just did it on my own.” Glamoclija says.  “But 20 years ago there weren’t many nursing services, so I was a bit ahead of my time.”</p> <p class="Body">Some things have changed since Glamoclija first opened Boca Nursing Services. She has, obviously, kept up with the changing legal environment, but she has also opened a second location in Palm Beach, and even had her two sons––Alexander and Michael––join the family company and spearhead the “business aspect.” However, Glamoclija’s desire to create personalized and patient-oriented services has stayed the same. All of the R.N.s on staff have to be screened by Glamoclija herself and her patients are matched to the R.N.s––as well as LPNs, CNAs, aides, and therapists––who can best serve an individual patient’s needs. She still meets with patients on a daily basis and is willing to do anything for her clients in order to keep up with the company’s “concierge style” business model.</p> <p class="Body">“You have to commit yourself to your business and especially, your clients,” Glamoclija says. “It’s 24/7 but people know and can sense when you care and when you’re there. You have to keep improving on that connection.”</p> <p><strong>Boca Raton Office:</strong> <em>342 E. Palmetto Park Road, Suites 1 &amp; 2, Boca Raton // 561/347-7566</em><br><strong>Palm Beach Office: </strong><em>340 Royal Poinciana Way, Suite 322-B, Palm Beach // 561/833-3430</em></p> <p class="BodyA"><strong>About the author:</strong><em></em></p> <p class="Body"><em>Michelle Ferrand is a junior at Florida Atlantic University studying English Literature, Sociology and Women</em><em>’</em><em>s Studies. Disappointed with the lack of magic in the real world, she prefers to be curled up reading a good book or binge watching television shows on Netflix. She prefers an actual book to an e-reader and no, she doesn</em><em>’</em><em>t want to be a teacher. You can reach Michelle at</em></p>Michelle FerrandWed, 16 Jul 2014 14:17:30 +0000 Review: Lionel Richie at Cruzan Amphitheatre<p class="Body">A most diverse crowd gathered at the <a href="" target="_blank">Cruzan Amphitheatre</a> in West Palm Beach last night for the <strong>“Lionel Richie: All The Hits All Night Long” tour</strong>. The audience was already fired up after the performance of “Forget You” (or “F--k You;” the audience determined the chorus) by Richie’s opening act, Cee Lo Green, but this would be no match for the excitement Richie’s performance would bring. </p> <p class="Body"><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/img_4186.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="Body">As Richie was announced, the event staff had a hard time controlling the crowd as it moved its way closer to the stage. The music legend appeared with a flash of colorful lights and the words to “All Around the World.”</p> <p class="Body">“I haven’t seen dancing like that since 1982—that’s some vicious dancing!" he claimed of the energetic crowd. "That was something else."</p> <p class="Body">The most impeccable element of the night, despite his modulated singing and impressive performance, was how Richie connected with the audience. The diversity in age and backgrounds was no match for Richie’s “stories” that went along with songs. He told a story of devastation, despair and rekindling of a relationship followed by songs that could reach the oldest and youngest audience member alike: “You grab your album, your CD, your cassette, your 8-track and you call Lionel Richie,” he said. </p> <p class="Body"><img alt="" height="367" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/dsc00687.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="Body">Richie spoke to the audience as if he was speaking to an old friend. He told the story of “Three Times a Lady”—a song inspired by his own mother. He even made a promise, one of which he definitely kept. “Three things will be accomplished when you leave here tonight: You will remember where you were, what you were doing and who you were doing it with.” </p> <p class="Body">Anyone who attended this performance walked away feeling as if they knew Richie on a more personal level—as if he had been at each individual’s home rather than in front of an audience of 7,000 fans.</p> <p class="Body">“We have been together a very long time,” he said to the cheering crowd. “I realize when you were in love, I was in love. When you fell out of love, I fell out. When you were young, I was young. When you were old, I stayed young.”</p> <p class="Body">The crowd resonated with his words and lyrics alike and as Richie asked them one last time—“Who do you call?”—the uniform response was, and always will be, “Lionel Richie.”</p> <p class="Body"><strong><span>Set List</span></strong></p> <p class="Body">All Around the World</p> <p class="Body">Penny Lover</p> <p class="Body">Easy</p> <p class="Body">My Love</p> <p class="Body">Ballerina Girl</p> <p class="Body">You Are</p> <p class="Body">Truly</p> <p class="Body">Running with the Night</p> <p class="Body">Still</p> <p class="Body">Oh No</p> <p class="Body">Stuck on You</p> <p class="Body">Dancing on the Ceiling</p> <p class="Body">Three Times a Lady</p> <p class="Body">Sail On</p> <p class="Body">Fancy Dancer</p> <p class="Body">Sweet Love</p> <p class="Body">Lady (You Bring Me Up)</p> <p class="Body">Just to be Close to You</p> <p class="Body">Endless Love</p> <p class="Body">Say You, Say Me</p> <p class="Body">Hello</p> <p class="Body">All Night Long</p> <p>We are the World</p> <p><strong>About Kelsey:</strong></p> <p><strong></strong><em>Kelsey Howard is a recent college graduate who earned her Bachelor of Arts in mass communications with a concentration in magazine journalism at the University of South Florida. Kelsey is an editorial intern this summer at Boca Raton magazine. She is 21 years old with a passion to explore the world and write about it along the way. You can contact Kelsey at </em><em><a href=""></a></em><em> or </em><em><a>941/306-9158</a></em><em> or view her portfolio </em><em><a href="">here</a></em><em>. </em></p>Kelsey HowardWed, 16 Jul 2014 10:37:10 +0000 & EventsMusicOh, Baby!<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">West Boca Medical Center</a> (<em>21644 State Road 7, Boca Raton</em>) has launched a <strong>new maternity education program</strong>.</p> <p>The three-class series begins the first Tuesday evening of every month, with one class per week. Expectant parents should try to complete the series a month to six weeks before their baby’s due date.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/babybump.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Cost for the series is $75 for two people. Session one covers what to expect before the delivery. Nurses guide attendees through preparing to go to the hospital through the stages of labor. Session two prepares parents for what to expect right after childbirth. In session three, West Boca Medical Center lactation nurses cover infant nutrition. To register, call 866-904-9262.</p> <p>For some quick-hitters, read the following advice from West Boca Medical Center’s newborn nursery nurses <strong>Bridgette Guzzi</strong> and <strong>Elizabeth Blake</strong>. They shared their thoughts about what new moms need to know about breastfeeding and building a strong immune system for their babies through nutrition.</p> <p>From Guzzi's desk:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Breast milk is always readily available, fresh from the tap with no throw-away containers to worry about (saving the environment). And it tastes better than formula.</p> </li> <li> <p>Breast milk contains your baby’s first immunizations and aids in the development of baby’s immune system. Formula does not do this.</p> </li> <li> <p>[Breastfeeding is] cost effective. Why buy cow’s milk when breast milk is free? You save about $1,200 to $1,500 in the first year. (Think about that Coach or LV bag you could buy.)</p> </li> <li> <p>Good news for Mom: mothers who breastfeed more than six months weigh about 3 pounds less than those who do not breastfeed.</p> </li> <li> <p>More good news for mom: Studies suggest that breastfeeding decreases risks for some types of cancer</p> </li> <li> <p>Cow’s milk is designed for cows. Breast milk is specifically designed for human babies, which promotes natural growth and builds brain development.</p> </li> <li> <p>Breastfeeding promotes strong maternal and infant bonding, which is calming for both mom and baby.</p> </li> <li> <p>You fed and nurtured your infant for nine months before birth … now you can burn up to 500 extra calories per day as you continue to nurture through breastfeeding.</p> </li> </ul> <p>From Blake's desk:</p> <ul> <li> <p>“Breast is best.” It's the perfect nutrition for the baby right from the first magic hour after birth through, hopefully, the first two years of life. The <strong>World Health Organization</strong> recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months.</p> </li> <li> <p>The mother can breastfeed any time and any place. No prep needed with bottles and storage issues.</p> </li> <li> <p>Breastfeeding ensures the health and nutritional status of women throughout their lives by giving them extra benefits to prevent osteoporosis and breast cancer.</p> </li> </ul> <p><em>More maternity news…</em></p> <p><em>South Florida Parenting Magazine</em> readers have named <a href="" target="_blank">Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Toppel Family Place</a> the best maternity hospital in Palm Beach County. This marks the seventh time Toppel Family Place has been selected by the South Florida Parenting Kids Crown Awards for this honor.</p> <p><strong>Toppel Family Place</strong> features elegantly decorated and home-like labor and delivery suites, lactation services, a level II neonatal intensive care unit, board-certified neonatologists available 24 hours a day and family support groups. According to the website, the same nurses care for mother and baby on each shift, and most of that care takes place by the mother’s side. For more information, go to: <a href=""></a>. Boca Raton Regional Hospital is located at <em>800 Meadows Road, Boca Raton</em>.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About Lisette</strong><br>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Lisette HiltonWed, 16 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautyBest food delivery options in South Florida.<p> </p> <p><span><img alt="" height="36" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="490"></span></p> <p><span>Let’s face it – in today’s world most people don’t have enough time in the day to prepare regular meals. If you're frequently on-the-go, working long hours at the office, single or all of the above, then you may be eating out a lot. Unfortunately, restaurant food is often loaded with pesticides, chemicals and excess calories and isn't the healthiest of choices. </span></p> <p><span>As a private chef, I support my clients with healthy, portion-controlled meals that they can take to the office or eat at home, but not everyone can have someone cook for them every day. Or can they…?</span></p> <p><span>If you're looking for an easy way to get healthy meals without having to cook, then look no further than home-delivery companies. I personally tried and tested a few different options and narrowed the choices down to four that I want to share with you. They're all created for different lifestyles and budgets, so you can choose the one that fits you best. </span></p> <p><span><strong>VEESTRO</strong></span></p> <p><span><img alt="" height="494" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/veestro.jpg" width="490"></span></p> <p><span>Veestro is a California-based company that was founded by Monica and Mark Klausner – a brother and sister duo who wanted to create an affordable line of plant-based frozen meals. All you have to do is go to and choose a pre-selected pack or pick your meals a la carte. Meals will be delivered right to your door, so you don’t ever have to step into a supermarket.</span></p> <p><em><span>Pros</span></em></p> <p><span>- All Vegan</span></p> <p><span>- Relatively inexpensive</span></p> <p><span>- Can order as many of your favorite meals as you’d like</span></p> <p><span>- Pick your own breakfasts, lunches, dinners and desserts</span></p> <p><span>- Family meals </span></p> <p><span>- Kids meals</span></p> <p><span>- Juices are available with meals or as juice cleanses</span></p> <p><span>- Gluten-free options</span></p> <p><span>- Desserts are available</span></p> <p><span>- Nutritional information is printed on each label</span></p> <p><em><span>Cons</span></em></p> <p><span>- Meals are frozen and take time to defrost</span></p> <p><span>- Lacking fresh green salads</span></p> <p><span>- Not as much variety </span></p> <p><span>- Can’t customize individual meals</span></p> <p><span>- May have to adjust your seasonings to your personal preference</span></p> <p><span>- Individual meals range from $5.49 to $11.99 and packs start at $94.99. Use code S15A4G19 to get 15 percent off.</span></p> <p><span><strong>DELIVERLEAN</strong></span></p> <p><span><strong><img alt="" height="473" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/deliverlean.jpg" width="490"></strong></span></p> <p><span>Launched in 2012 by Scott Harris and Olga Kuzenkov, DeliverLean’s mission is to make healthy eating easy and delicious. Just two years after its launch, DeliverLean is now the largest meal-delivery company in South Florida. It offers six different meal plans – traditional, paleo, gluten-free, organic, vegetarian and vegan. I loved that I could also order many different juices and cleanses from its sister company – and have everything delivered together.</span></p> <p><em><span>Pros</span></em></p> <p><span>- Juices are available with meals or as juice cleanses</span></p> <p><span>- Gluten-free options</span></p> <p><span>- Organic meals are available </span></p> <p><span>- Delicious healthy desserts can be added</span></p> <p><span>- Six different meal plans to choose from</span></p> <p><span>- Can specify up to three “dislikes” in your meals</span></p> <p><span>- Dietitian on staff</span></p> <p><span>- Affordable prices</span></p> <p><span>- Menus constantly change for variety</span></p> <p><span>- Calories, protein, fat and carbohydrates are stated on the label</span></p> <p><span>Cons</span></p> <p><span>- Minimum of three meals per day for orders</span></p> <p><span>- Vegan meal plan will be improved in the coming months (they just hired a fabulous raw and vegan chef!)</span></p> <p><span>- Not enough fresh leafy greens and vegetables</span></p> <p><span>Three-meals-per-day plans start at $23.95 for traditional menu and go up to $54.75 for five organic meals a day. Mention BOCAMAG to get FREE Delivery. Visit </span><a href=""><span><span></span></span></a><span> or call </span><span>888/740-LEAN </span><span>to get started.</span></p> <p><span><strong>AWAKEN FOODS</strong></span></p> <p><span>Founded by Josh Shader, a former chef at the Boca Resort, Awaken Foods’ mission is to create eco- and health-conscious meals that are tailored to each client. Before you begin, Shader’s team does an in-depth interview to find out your preferences, lifestyle, goals, blood type and even your <a href="">Ayurvedic body type</a>, which is your natural state of being. Based on all of your information, the company creates a tailored meal plan that will help you achieve your goals.</span></p> <p><em><span>Pros</span></em></p> <p><span>- Individualized and tailored plans to each client</span></p> <p><span>- Blood type and Ayurvedic body type are considered in your menu creation</span></p> <p><span>- Meals arrive in oven-safe glass, reusable containers</span></p> <p><span>- Family meals available</span></p> <p><span>- Delivery times can be adjusted to your schedule</span></p> <p><span>- Juices are available with meals </span></p> <p><span>- Gluten-free options</span></p> <p><span>- Organic and non-GMO ingredients</span></p> <p><span>- Menus are customizable</span></p> <p><em><span>Cons</span></em></p> <p><span>- More expensive than standard meal-delivery options</span></p> <p><span>- Not enough leafy green salads</span></p> <p><span>Prices range from $19.25 to $92.75 per day. Contact Josh Shader at 954/294-8833. Ask for a 15 percent off discount towards your first week, plus 10 percent off a two-month commitment.</span></p> <p><span><strong>FUEL FOODS </strong></span></p> <p><span><strong><img alt="" height="472" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/fuelfoods.jpg" width="490"></strong></span></p> <p><span>Created by Eric </span><span>Leander</span><span>, Fuel Foods is perfect for athletes, trainers and professional body builders who are looking for clean, simple meals to fuel their bodies. What I really liked about this company is that I could order everything online and I got to choose which meals I wanted to have and which ones I wanted to skip. I could also order multiple orders of the dishes I liked the most. </span></p> <p><em><span>Pros</span></em></p> <p><span>- No automatic bills</span></p> <p><span>- Pick your own menu with meals you want and skip ones your don’t</span></p> <p><span>- Order at any time of the day – you choose your menu online</span></p> <p><span>- Even non-organic plan has free-range chicken, grass-fed beef and wild-caught fish</span></p> <p><span>- New organic menus are launching this month</span></p> <p><span>- Deliveries take place only twice a week and in the evenings </span></p> <p><span>- Calories, protein, fat and carbohydrates are stated on the label</span></p> <p><em><span>Cons</span></em></p> <p><span>- Food was less creative than other companies</span></p> <p><span>- Not enough vegan options or salads with leafy greens </span></p> <p><span>- May have to adjust your seasonings to your personal preference</span></p> <p><span><span><span>Meals range from $7.50-$10 each. Check them out at </span></span></span><a href=""><span><span></span></span></a><span><span><span>. Call 1-844-The-Fuel for five free meals with your first order or use code BOCA online.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p>For more from the Green Goddess, click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" src="" width="400"></p> <p><strong>About Alina Z.</strong>
</p> <p>Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida,  Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at, visit Alina’s website at <a href=""></a>, or follow her on Facebook (<a href=""></a>) or Twitter (<a href="">@CoutureFood</a>). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at <a href=""></a>.</p> <p><span><span><span><br></span></span></span></p>Alina Z.Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:25:46 +0000 & ReviewsBlue Martini Little Black Dress Party<p>Throw on your LBD – that’s little black dress for those who aren’t up-to-date on abbreviations.</p> <p><img alt="" height="270" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/bluemartini.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Blue Martini is celebrating the most famous women's staple item on Saturday, July 19, at 8 p.m with a fashion-forward party at all of its locations. Guests will enjoy live music, champagne and the chance to win designer merchandise, spa packages, weekend getaways and more.</p> <p>The closest locations are in Boca Raton (<em>6000 Glades Road</em>), West Palm Beach (<em>550 S. Rosemary Ave.</em>) and Fort Lauderdale (<em>2432 E. Sunrise Blvd.</em>). For more information, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> <p><em>Taryn Tacher is a senior at the University of Florida studying Journalism and Business Administration, who is interning at Boca Magazine this summer. Though she is less than five feet tall, what she lacks in height she makes up for with her passion for writing. She loves yoga, puppies and all things tiny. You can reach Taryn at</em></p>Taryn TacherTue, 15 Jul 2014 19:11:24 +0000 EventsBoca Gets a New Film Festival<p><img alt="" height="533" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/lizabethmartin.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>When the American Black Film Festival, an annual staple every summer in South Beach, left South Florida for New York this year, it left a void in the tri-county area: We were poised to have no festivals dedicated to African-American filmmaking. Until Lizabeth Martin (pictured) stepped in.</p> <p>The associate professor of communications at Palm Beach State College saw this void, and jumped to fill it—modestly at first. “Initially, because I am an educator, I was looking to do one day of workshops and panel discussions,” she says. “I wanted to be sure that in our summer, we had the same kind of offerings the [ABFF] presented over the years. It grew to something much more. I needed to have a competition, so it grew to three days.”</p> <p>She’s talking about the Boca Black Film Festival, the inaugural three-day event she founded and organized as her summer project. It will run July 17 to 19 at the Boca Raton Marriott, with each jam-packed day centered on a theme relevant to black cinema: Thursday's is “Preserving a Legacy,” Friday's is “The Grit and the Grind,” and Saturday will close with “The Art of the Hustle.” More than 40 events will help illuminate the state of African-American filmmaking as well provide workshop and casting opportunities for local and professionals looking to network or break into the business. “Instead of waiting for people to do things for us, we have the talent and people here and the backing of the film commissions,” Martin says. “We need to create these opportunities here.”</p> <p>Some of the panel discussions and dialogues include “Black Images in Film &amp; Media” (5:30 p.m. Thursday); “Culture, Heritage &amp; Legacy: Two Films and Two Perspectives” (6:30 p.m. Thursday); and “State of Black Cinema: Industry Practices &amp; Issues” (11 a.m. Saturday).</p> <p>“The biggest discussion is that 100 years ago, when these films started, they were called ‘race films,’” Martin says. “Now they’re called black films. But they appeal to a number of universal life experiences, just like any other films. In actuality, black people go to all kinds of films. And yet a small percentage of films we attend feature a black actor or cast or storyline. There needs to be a representation of positive images.”</p> <p>The first annual Boca Black Film Festival will certainly provide one, especially across its eclectic handful of screenings, the result a submission process open to the community until July 1. Here is a look at some of this new festival’s offerings.</p> <p><img alt="" height="592" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/1927_lorenzo-tucker.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>“Oscar Micheaux: The Czar of Black Hollywood”</strong> (7:30 p.m. Thursday)</p> <p>This documentary explores the tumultuous career of Micheaux, perhaps the earliest black filmmaker, who wrote, directed and produced some 37 movies and helped bridge the gap from silents to talkies. He was a true pioneer but was underappreciated for something like a century; “The Czar of Black Hollywood” helps explain why. (Pictured is Lorenzo Tucker, one of Micheaux's most frequently used actors.)</p> <p><strong>“Intuition”</strong> (noon Friday)</p> <p>Secrets and lies threaten a coupling in this moody love triangle between a therapist, his fiancée, and his latest patient—an orphaned man with a troubled past. </p> <p><strong>“The Black Miami”</strong> (3:30 p.m. Friday)</p> <p>Directors Carlton Smith and Michael Williams adapted Marvin Dunn’s book, “Black Miami in the 20<sup>th</sup> Century,” into this documentary, exploring the often hidden history of African-American influence on Dade County across the centuries, from slave routes to race riots.</p> <p><img alt="" height="237" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/green_eyes.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>“Spyderwoman, the Kiss of Death”</strong> (9 a.m. Saturday)</p> <p>Start your weekend on a thrilling note with this Miami-set chiller about psycho cops, Russian mobsters and genetically mutated, venomous hybrids from the Amazon loosed in Miami. </p> <p><em>For a schedule of events, workshops, screenings and parties, visit Festival passes range from a $10 screenings pass to an all-access festival pass for $200. The Boca Raton Marriott is at 5150 Town Center Circle.</em></p>John ThomasonTue, 15 Jul 2014 14:37:18 +0000 & EventsMoviesUpcoming EventsHow taxpayers are hoodwinked and other revelations<h3><img alt="" height="466" src="/site_media/uploads/randy-1.jpg" width="400"></h3> <h3>How things work</h3> <p>Today, class, we are going to learn how the Florida Legislature tries to fool state taxpayers—and usually succeeds.</p> <p>We are talking about money for public schools. This election year, state legislators are bragging that they increased spending for education. Indeed, spending statewide on public schools will increase $574 million this year as the state budget rises to a record $77 billion. How about those legislators and their commitment to kids?</p> <p>Problem is, local taxpayers are mostly financing those campaign ads. To understand why, you need to understand how the Legislature pays for education.</p> <p>If you grew up in the Northeast or the Midwest, you and/or your children went to a public school in a town or city district. Property taxes from within Short Hills or Winnetka stayed within Short Hills and Winnetka.</p> <p>In Florida, it’s much different. Counties, not towns or cities, make up school district. Since 1973, money for public schools has been determined by the Florida Education Finance Program, known to those inside the system simply as the FEFP. Only a few people really understand the FEFP, which is slightly more complex than airline pricing or the National Football League salary cap. Try dropping the term “sparsity supplement” at your next cookout.</p> <p>Essentially, though, it’s like this:</p> <p>To ensure that all children get roughly the same chance at a good education, the state shifts money from large, property-rich counties like Palm Beach—known as “donor counties” —to rural, property-poor counties like Glades, on the west side of Lake Okeechobee. To make that happen, the Legislature each year sets a property tax for each county called the <a href="" target="_blank">Required Local Effort</a>. The county school board and superintendent have no say in that tax rate. The local school board then sets a separate tax rate to finance the rest of the budget.</p> <p>Soon, property owners in Palm Beach County will be getting summer tax notices, in advance of budget hearings for local governments. Most people skip right to the total amount of tax they will pay. But look closely at the section for Public Schools, and you will see two lines: “By State Law” and “By Local Board.” The “By State Law” is that Required Local Effort, and this year it will be higher than last year’s rate of 5.28. Multiply that millage rate by every $1,000 of assessed value to find out how much you pay to each agency.</p> <p>Note that the “By State Law” number is more than twice that of “By Local Board.” It’s been that way for years—certainly for the last decade. It is the sneakiest part of your tax bill, because it involves the largest portion: education. Between 2007 and 2011, as property values sank, Required Local Effort went up about 16 percent in Palm Beach County. Anyone who noticed likely blamed the school board. In fact, the “By Local Board” rate barely budged.</p> <p>“Politicians have a tendency of misleading the voters,” said Gary Nikolits, who has been Palm Beach County’s property appraiser since 1992. “And the taxpayers are not engaged.”</p> <p>Understand that the Legislature doesn’t have to be sneaky about getting more money to education. The state budget gets billions from the sales tax, which is supposed to be the main source of money for state services. And with the economy improving, Florida had a surplus for this year. That surplus could have gone to schools.</p> <p>This year, though, Gov. Rick Scott and the Legislature had other priorities for that extra money. The governor promised a tax cut of $500 million, and delivered it mostly in the form of lower vehicle registration fees. The Legislature had raised the fees in 2009 to help balance the budget. Cutting taxes meant taking money that could have gone toward education honestly. This being an election year, the governor and Legislature chose the dishonest way.</p> <h3>Poor Palm Beach  </h3> <p>When Nikolits says “taxpayers are not engaged,” he is correct. The same thing goes, though, for some elected officials, who really ought to know better.</p> <p>A few years ago, during the recession, a member of the Palm Beach Town Council went to the county budget hearing. The council member griped, as many islanders do, that Palm Beachers pay lots of taxes to the county and school district without getting many services in return.</p> <p>So the council member had some idea for how the county could cut its budget. “Why,” he asked the county commission, “do you need four airports?” In addition to Palm Beach International Airport, the county has airports in Lantana and Belle Glade and west of Palm Beach Gardens. A separate, independent authority runs Boca Raton Airport.</p> <p>More indulgently than was deserved, the county administrator explained to the Palm Beacher that airline fees, not property taxes, finance the airports. Undeterred, the council member pressed on. Libraries, he said. Nobody uses them anymore. Everyone buys e-books.</p> <p>More indulgently than was deserved, the administrator and the commissioners explained that traffic at the county library system  had never been higher. Those with less money needed the free Internet access. Even parents who could buy lots of e-books checked out free books for their children and brought the kids to story hour. Community groups used the meeting space.</p> <p>The council member then sat down. To my knowledge, he’s never been back to a county budget hearing.</p> <h3>All Aboard: Pros and Cons</h3> <p>I have worked in South Florida media for 40 years. During that time, rarely has an idea generated more gushing praise and harsher skepticism than <a href="" target="_blank">All Aboard Florida</a>.</p> <p>To supporters, the private train service between South Florida and Orlando is a “game-changer” that will energize downtowns in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, bring new tourists and spur the economy. To critics, All Aboard Florida is a snow job, a private company presenting a kind public face that masks corporate greed.</p> <p>To get a better view, let’s look at what’s potentially good and bad about All Aboard Florida:</p> <p><strong>Good:</strong> The stations could become hubs for housing and retail development in the three cities, especially if All Aboard Florida leads to commuter rail along the Florida East Coast Railway tracks. They run through downtowns, where cities like Boca Raton want more residents. Being able to avoid a commute by car could be a big selling point.</p> <p><strong>Bad</strong>: All Aboard Florida could bring not just more passenger trains—16 a day, each way, according to the company’s current plans—but many more freight trains. They don’t zip through crossings; they crawl. That would not be a downtown selling point.</p> <p><strong>Good</strong>: The passenger service could entice some Orlando visitors to add time in South Florida to their vacation. It could make this region even more inviting to South American tourists because they could add Orlando to their schedule.</p> <p><strong>Bad:</strong> All Aboard Florida sets the South Florida-Orlando ticket price so high that the market rejects the service. All that intended economic benefit never comes, and federal taxpayers have to eat the loan given to All Aboard Florida.</p> <p><strong>Good:</strong> Money is available for “quiet zones” at all crossings, making All Aboard Florida’s new service easy on the ears of those who live near the tracks. Also, that added freight traffic is diverted to the CSX tracks farther west, making it less of a problem.</p> <p><strong>Bad:</strong> The quiet zone money doesn’t come, and all the extra bridge raisings to accommodate All Aboard Florida make life miserable for residents and business owners in northern Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast, where opposition to All Aboard Florida is strongest.</p> <p>For Boca Raton and Delray Beach, the biggest potential benefit is downtown-to-downtown commuter service, which is far from certain. The biggest potential problem is more downtown freight trains. But the proposal affects different areas in different ways. And for all the talk of All Aboard Florida being a “game-changer,” sentiment at this date probably is running more against the company than for it. It doesn’t help that All Aboard Florida keeps shifting its plans, most recently talking about more stations, even as it touts fast service. Add enough stations, and you have a local, not an express. If All Aboard Florida has a good case, the company must start making it.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the <em>Miami Herald</em> and <em>Palm Beach Post</em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the <em>Po</em>st. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</p>Randy SchultzTue, 15 Jul 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityFast-Casual Goes Middle Eastern<p>The fast-casual segment of the restaurant business gets ever more diverse and exciting, not to mention popular, evidenced by two new eateries that go way beyond the ubiquitous burgers, burritos and sandwiches.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/aladdins.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Both <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Aladdin’s</strong></a> (<em>21200 St. Andrews Blvd., Boca Raton, 561/419-9466) i</em>n the Boca Village Square mall and <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>The Chickpea</strong></a> (<em>400 Clematis St., West Palm Beach, 561/755-5151</em>) in downtown West Palm are offering lighter, healthier, quick-service Middle Eastern fare where meat and poultry play more of a supporting role to fresh veggies and legumes.</p> <p>Aladdin’s is the first South Florida outlet for the Midwest and East Coast chain, founded in 1994 by Fady and Sally Chamoun. Rather than go through all the details myself, here’s a <a href="/blog/2014/06/06/aladdins-magic/" target="_blank">link</a> to a post by my friend and colleague Marie Speed, whose enthusiastic review should be enough to get your tastebuds going.</p> <p><img alt="" height="196" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/thechickpea.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The Chickpea walks much the same culinary ground, emphasizing organic veggies and legumes and natural, hormone-free meat and poultry. It’s the brainchild of entrepreneur Amange Foad, who saw the need for a light, fresh, healthy and fast dining option for time- and calorie-constrained locals.</p> <p>The counter-order process is familiar to anyone who’s ever been to Chipotle or its dozens of multiculti imitators. Pick your “base”(pita wrap, bowl or platter), then add your protein (chicken, beef, falafel or hummus) and top it off with one of four different sauces.</p> <p>There are also a variety of salads, spreads and snacky-type dishes like stuffed grape leaves and pita chips, plus a one-of-a-kind hummus bar featuring traditional and contemporary versions of the classic chickpea puree, from kalamata olive to spicy roasted pepper.</p> <p>Like Aladdin’s, prices are blessedly modest, with only one item over $10 (a platter that comes with two sides), so while you may feel a lot lighter, your wallet won’t. And that, as Martha Stewart would say, is a good thing.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 15 Jul 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsThe Week Ahead: July 15 to 21<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/lionel-richie.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Lionel Richie</strong></p> <p>Where: Cruzan Amphitheatre, 601 Sansburys Way #7, West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $40-$150.50</p> <p>Contact: 561/795-8883, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Pop-soul legend Lionel Richie launched his first world tour in more than a decade last year near our neck of the woods: Hard Rock Live in Hollywood. Now, about a year later, he’s back in these woods, but even closer to our neck. Richie’s latest album, “Tuskegee,” saw 13 of his most popular songs reimagined by and with country-music superstars, but now he’s be back in his R&amp;B/soul bread and butter. His energetic, 23-song set list will include hits from most of his 11 albums (“Truly,” “Dancing on the Ceiling” and “All Night Long,” among them), along with classics from his original group, The Commodores. He’ll be joined by Cee Lo Green, an opening act who can be said to carry Richie’s torch for the millennial generation—and an unpredictable voice known to shake up his neo-soul concerts with covers of New Wave and alternative songs. </p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/shulaportrait.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening day of “Living Legends: The Montage Portraits of Robert Weingarten”</strong></p> <p>Where: Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5 children, $12 adults</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-5196, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This one-of-a-kind exhibition at the Norton asks, and then answers, a question most of us wouldn’t even consider: Can an image be considered a portrait if it doesn’t include a face? Indeed, artist Robert Weingarten’s liberally defined “portraits” do not feature his subjects’ faces; rather than photograph them, he wrote to public figures asking them to send him lists of places, objects, events and ideas that best captured their spiritual essence. The artist then went about creating large-scale, superimposed digital photographs that conveyed that essence, an approach divorced from traditional notions of their celebrity and public appearance. Thus, a montage portrait of Don Shula, for instance (pictured), includes a Super Bowl trophy, church pews, a football stadium and more, all bleeding into the same neo-psychedelic vision. The series, which also includes montage portraits of figures ranging from Stephen Sondheim to Colin Powell, must be seen to be believed. The exhibition runs through Sept. 7.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/h2ombre.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “H2Ombre”</strong></p> <p>Where: Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $50–$85</p> <p>Contact: 305/949-6722, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Attending the world-premiere production of “H2Ombre” may be like experiencing the immersive wetness of a trip to SeaWorld without the gas mileage and animal-rights guilt. Subtitled “Braving the Elements,” this wordless theatrical production features its performers doing just that, especially water, which rains down on them, shoots up at them and flows <em>from</em> them, magically emanating from their bodies in gravity-defying flumes, all in an effort to explore the “origins of creativity, imagination and inspiration.” If about 60 percent of the adult male body is water, it’s hard to imagine the performers will have any of it left after the show. A promised 6,000 gallons of H20 will be expended in each performance (and it will be recycled for the next one), which, like the Arsht Center’s previous summer extravaganza, “The Donkey Show,” will break barriers between the audience and the actors. Even the Arsht’s loading dock, main entrance, lobby and box office will be redesigned in an industrial theme, while its Lynn Wolfson Stage will be transformed into a techno playground of mythical beasts. The show runs through Aug. 31.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/redeye-painting2013.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: The RedEYE REBoot</strong></p> <p>Where: ArtServe, 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 6 to 10 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $8 advance, $12 at door</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-8190, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The RedEYE, a one-night multimedia extravaganza celebrating its ninth annual event at ArtServe, is gaining some street cred this year. Graffiti art—including a spray-paint-splattered Fiat, courtesy of chief sponsor Rick Case—will take center stage at this Fort Lauderdale favorite. As part of the festivities, seasoned graffiti artists will be paired with student street artists for a live graffiti challenge. These include many artists on the cutting edge of urban and extreme art, from graffiti mastermind Ruben Ubiera to acclaimed muralist and tattooist “Marvel” Cuellar. But all of this is just one facet of the evening’s eclectic program; ArtServe comes as close as any singular event can to provide something for everyone, including live music, a live dance performance from Body &amp; Soul Dance Theatre, a spoken-word open-mic and a festival of independent short films curated by filmmaker Michael Chasin. This is one of the year’s signature art fests, and unlike the implication of its name, you don’t have to miss any sleep to attend.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="240" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/magnifique.jpg" width="360"></p> <p><strong>What: Burlesque Magnifique</strong></p> <p>Where: Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach</p> <p>When: 9 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $37 to $65</p> <p>Contact: 305/673-7300, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>In a world in which all form and fashion of frontal nudity and sexual perversion are available at a mouse-click, the national revival of the burlesque show is a curious phenomenon. Perhaps we’ve become so desensitized to seeing everything that the idea of keeping things hidden has become alluring again—injecting some much-needed mystery into the erotic arts. For whatever reason, burlesque is big once again, and cabaret performer/entrepreneur Erika Moon has become one Miami’s most prominent faces of the genre. Her show Burlesque Magnifique, which opened to rave reviews in a one-night-only show this past March, returns for this summer encore, featuring eight performers showcasing “the art of the authentic tease.” The 90-minute show will be rife with elegance and glamour as it highlights various periods of burlesque through the ages. One important note: The show takes place in the “Gleason Room,” which is a separate stage (and entrance) from the main Fillmore space; the food options available to mainstage audiences will not be offered for this show.</p> <p><img alt="" height="296" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/the-whale.jpg" width="360"> </p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “The Whale”</strong></p> <p>Where: GableStage at the Biltmore, 1200 Anastasia Ave. #203, Coral Gables</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $55 ($40 to $50 for later performances)</p> <p>Contact: 305/445-1119, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Samuel D. Hunter’s multiple award-winning play is called “The Whale,” but it has nothing to do with Cetacean mammals. It’s so named because its lead character is a morbidly obese man: a 600-pound recluse who also happens to be a gay man living on the outskirts of Mormon Country, Idaho. Hunter provides a distinct voice to a largely voiceless demographic, as his largely couch-bound protagonist attempts to reconnect with his estranged daughter and deal with nurses and missionaries, each with their own advice for his life and what comes next. In what looks to be a weighty, provocative antidote to the breezy summer escapism offered by other area theaters, “The Whale” stars Gregg Weiner in an elaborate fat suit, along with such great local pros as Amy Miller Brennan, Arielle Hoffman, Deborah Sherman and Karl Skyler Urban. Saturday’s opening night performance includes a generous reception following the show; “The Whale” runs through Aug. 17. </p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="271" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/pierrot.png" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Screening of “Pierrot le Fou”</strong></p> <p>Where: Cosford Cinema at University of Miami, 5030 Brunson Drive, Coral Gables</p> <p>When: 5:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $7 to $9</p> <p>Contact: 305/284-4861, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The trailer for this 1965 French New Wave classic by Jean-Luc Godard begins (and ends) with actor Jean-Paul Belmondo reading off a list of contradictions—“real and surreal, tender and cruel, nocturnal and diurnal”—that certainly apply to this offbeat love story/adventure film. The plot, should you choose to follow it, involves Belmondo’s recently fired staffer at a TV broadcasting company who escapes his banal bourgeois life, his exciting babysitter Marianne (Anna Karina) in tow. When a corpse turns up in Marianne’s apartment, the two lovers soon realize they’re being chased by gangsters, which fuels a meandering crime spree that plays out like “Bonnie &amp; Clyde” as scripted by Robert Louis Stevenson—and peppered, as always, by Godard’s experimental asides. Like many of Godard’s movies from the period, the main subject of “Pierrot le Fou” must be cinema itself, and the formal possibilities he helped unlock for future generations of filmmakers. This witty and subversive genre exercise will be screened in its original 35mm format as part of a three-film summer series of Godard classics.</p>John ThomasonMon, 14 Jul 2014 15:42:14 +0000 & EventsMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming Events86&#39;d, The Restaurant Deadpool<p><img alt="" height="0" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/closedsign.jpg" width="0">Longevity doesn’t count for much in the restaurant biz. Neither, apparently, does novelty.</p> <p><img alt="" height="318" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/btewzzi_cityplace.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Just ask the folks at <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Brewzzi </strong></a>in CityPlace, gone from the upstairs space it occupied for almost a dozen years after a bankruptcy judge ruled that the West Palm Beach shopping center could evict the establishment for non-payment of rent. Though Brewzzi officials have been quoted as saying they intend to appeal the ruling and reopen the restaurant, CityPlace has already scrubbed any mention of the eatery-brewpub from its website, and there doesn’t appear to be any love lost between the two sides. The Boca Raton Brewzzi, however, is still open.</p> <p>And speaking of Boca. And novelty. And the unforgiving nature of the restaurant biz. Say goodbye to <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Bistro Gastronomie</strong></a>, the upscale French eatery in the Yamato Village Center from veteran chef William Walden that closed after less than six months. Partnership problems were reportedly the issue. A voicemail message at the restaurant says it’s closed for business while undergoing “renovation and restructuring” and hopes to reopen in the “very near future.” Maybe. But I wouldn’t hold my breath.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 14 Jul 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsDelray Marketplace Gets Musical (and Free)<p class="Body">If you’re tired of going to the same bars on Friday nights—or tired of watching the same reruns on your couch—the Delray Marketplace has come up with a solution to your dilemmas.</p> <p class="Body"><img alt="" height="147" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/marketplacemusic.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p class="Body">West Delray hotspot is hosting its Marketplace Music Fest every Friday night during the month of July. Set in the center’s amphitheater, the weekly concert runs from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. and is open, best of all, free to the public.</p> <p class="Body">The musical event, which began over a year ago, showcases local acts and bands from all over the state of Florida; this month’s bands all hail from the South Florida area. Amy Ferguson, general manager of the Delray Marketplace and who is also in charge of booking the bands, aims to hire a variety of musicians to play in the Marketplace Music Fest.</p> <p class="Body">“What’s cool is that I’ve been getting a lot of calls from bands who want to perform in the amphitheater because of the crowds we get,” says Ferguson. “And it’s a variety of bands—so each week will different, and it’ll never be the same type of music every week.”</p> <p class="Body">The Delray Marketplace is on 14851 Lyons Road, and it is suggested you bring a blanket or lawn chair to the open-air amphitheater. So if you have nothing to do this Friday night, or the next two, stop by the Marketplace Music Fest and dance to start of a new weekend.</p> <p class="Body"><strong>Marketplace Music Fest Concert Lineup:</strong></p> <p class="Body"><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/magicbusband.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="Body">Friday, July 11</p> <p class="Body"><strong>The Magic Bus Band</strong></p> <p class="Body">Dying to hear live music that is reminiscent of Woodstock and the psychedelic period during the ‘60s and ‘70s? Then look no further. Drummer/vocalist Jim Rizzo launched the Fort Lauderdale-based band Magic Bus in 2007, and the group has created a following with its tribute to early British Invasion bands. Sheldon Voss (bass/vocals) and Ron Tillman (guitar/vocals) complete the Magic Bus line-up.</p> <p class="Body"><em>For more information on the band, visit </em><a href=""></a><em> or click </em><a href="">here</a><em> for their Facebook page</em></p> <p class="Body"> <img alt="" height="390" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/brass.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="Body">Friday, July 18<strong></strong></p> <p class="Body"><strong><strong>Solid Brass</strong><br></strong></p> <p class="Body">Having eight members, with each playing a different instrument, in one band may seem like a messy disaster, but Solid Brass has dedicated itself to the motto “Live Solid, Play Solid.” Based in Palm Beach County, the eight-piece band formed in 2011 and covers classic rock and R&amp;B songs from music staples such as Chicago, James Brown, Hall &amp; Oates and Joe Cocker.</p> <p class="Body"><em>For more information on the band, visit </em><a href=""></a><em>  or click </em><a href="">here</a><em> for their Facebook page.</em></p> <p class="Body"><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/classicrocktherapy.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="Body">Friday, July 25</p> <p class="Body"><strong>Classic Rock Therapy</strong></p> <p class="Body">Dubbing itself as South Florida’s premier party band, Classic Rock Therapy covers classic/current rock and dance music from the ‘60s to today. Hailing from the Fort Lauderdale area, the cover band formed in 2006 by five friends looking to play fun music and ended up with a following, enjoying crowds all over South Florida.</p> <p class="Body"><em>For more information on the band, visit </em><a href=""></a><em> or click </em><a href="">here</a><em> for their Facebook page.</em></p> <p><strong>About Michelle:</strong></p> <p class="BodyA"><em>Michelle Ferrand is a junior at Florida Atlantic University studying English Literature, Sociology and Women</em><em>’</em><em>s Studies, who is interning at Boca Raton magazine this summer. Disappointed with the lack of magic in the real world, she prefers to be curled up reading a good book or binge watching television shows on Netflix. She prefers an actual book to an e-reader and no, she doesn</em><em>’</em><em>t want to be a teacher. You can reach Michelle at</em></p>Michelle FerrandFri, 11 Jul 2014 10:34:33 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMusicUpcoming EventsTrader Joe&#39;s Sets Local Opening Dates<p>For years, whenever I went back to California to visit friends and family I’d always stop by the local <strong>Trader Joe’s</strong>, a positively addictive combination of discount grocer and gourmet food shop with a quirky, good-humored, counter-culture-ish vibe.</p> <p><img alt="" height="197" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/traderjoe.png" width="200"></p> <p>With the May debut of Trader Joe’s in Wellington (<em>2877 State Road 7, 561/656-1067</em>) I don’t have to fly across the country to snag a few bottles of Two Buck Chuck or upscale frozen entrees or their luscious Nutella knockoff. But neither I (nor you) will have to make the trek to west county for your Joe’s fix come September, when a trio of new TJ’s are slated to open.</p> <p>First in line is the Trader Joe’s <strong>Delray Beach</strong>, at 1851 S. Federal Hwy., just south of Linton Boulevard, slated to debut Friday, Sept. 5. It’s followed on Friday, Sept. 19, by a sister store in <strong>Palm Beach Gardens</strong>, in PGA Plaza. The <strong>Boca Raton</strong> Joe’s was scheduled to throw open its doors a week later, but a dispute between the company and city officials over whether to keep power lines underground is threatening to delay the opening. The Boca city council will make the ultimate decision, though it’s on break until July 21. So Boca-ites, keep your fingers crossed.</p> <p>Oh, and one more tip. I don’t know if Joe’s will be carrying its handmade corn and flour tortillas at its new PBC stores, but if they do, buy them by the case. They put your average grocery store tortillas to shame.</p>Bill CitaraFri, 11 Jul 2014 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsUpcoming EventsFashion Forward: CityPlace, The Gardens Mall + Salon Oasis<p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/charmingcharlie.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>From 5-10 p.m. today (July 11), <a href="">Charming Charlie</a> at CityPlace is offering $10 off your purchase of $50 or more. This boutique has every possible accessory you can need, in every color – and for prices that won’t break the bank. You’re covered head  to toe – literally – with $15 statement necklaces to beaded boho sandals. <em>(Located across LA Fitness, 700 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach)</em></p> <p>Jet setting somewhere exotic this summer? Make sure you’re equipped for the trip.  <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/">Luggage &amp; More</a> is officially open at The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens. Pick up the perfect piece of luggage – and don’t forget those travel accessories too. (<em>Located between Macy’s and Lush, 3101 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens)</em></p> <p><a href="">Salon Oasis</a> is celebrating summer with 25 percent off select merchandise. Check out its range of colorful jewelry, including bold bangles and ombre earrings. <em>(6100 Glades Road, Boca Raton)</em></p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 11 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0000 NewsEau World Cup Weekend<p>A jam-packed month of what we at the office like to call “the futbol” is coming to a close. Celebrate it Eau-style at the resort and spa's <strong>World Cup Weekend</strong> event.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/eaupalmbeach.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>This weekend, July 12-13, <a href="" target="_blank">Eau Palm Beach</a> will be screening the games live and offering free valet parking, $7 caipirinhas and a complimentary tasting of crispy yucca fries, pao de queijo and feijoada. There will also be performances from Brazilian samba dancers at 2 and 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 2 p.m. Sunday. And when the games are over, stay for a post-game party. Did we mention the person with the best outfit gets a prize?</p> <p><strong>Game Schedule:</strong></p> <p>Saturday, July 12 at 4 p.m.</p> <p>Sunday, July 13 at 3 p.m.</p> <p><em>Eau Palm Beach Resort &amp; Spa is located at 100 S. Ocean Blvd, Manalapan. For more information, call 561/533-6000.</em></p>Stefanie CaintoThu, 10 Jul 2014 17:39:44 +0000 EventsThe Chapman settlement, public TV merger &amp; looking toward Mecca<h3><img alt="" height="466" src="/site_media/uploads/randy-1.jpg" width="400"></h3> <h3>Chapman alternatives</h3> <p>At this point, it seems likely that suspended Delray Beach City Manager Louie Chapman on Tuesday will accept the city commission’s revised settlement offer. Ironically—given all the emotion of the last few months—accepting probably is as much in Chapman’s interest as it is in the city’s interest.</p> <p>At last week’s meeting, the commission rejected Chapman’s offer to resign if he received 20 weeks of severance and got a sanitizing of his record. In return, Chapman would agree not to sue the city over his departure.</p> <p>If Mayor Cary Glickstein and commissioners Jordana Jarjura and Shelly Petrolia had their way, Chapman would have been fired in May for cause and received no severance. They had ample cause: the illegal scheduling in March of an item regarding the Auburn Trace housing project and a report in May by Palm Beach County’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) that Chapman misled the commission and OIG investigators about a January purchase of trash carts. But commissioners Adam Frankel and Al Jacquet are unwilling to fire Chapman, for whatever reason. I’ve contacted both to ask why they are holding out, but I haven’t received a response. Frankel at one point said he didn’t believe the OIG report, though he didn’t explain.</p> <p>Since Chapman first wanted two years’ severance, the 20-week offer is a comparative bargain. Without the threat of a frivolous lawsuit—alleging race and/or age discrimination, most likely—the split between Delray Beach and Chapman would have been final.</p> <p>Jarjura and Glickstein, though, could not accept two of Chapman’s terms: that “no commissioner individually or collectively will instigate any federal, state or local agencies to conduct any investigation” of Chapman related to his time as manager and that his record include no mention of the OIG report.</p> <p>In an interview, Jarjura, who is an attorney, said the commission could find itself “obligated” to participate in an investigation of Chapman. She also wanted the contract voided if Chapman is convicted of a crime dating to his time in office. She had expressed these thoughts to the city’s legal staff before the meeting.</p> <p>After much tweaking, the commission’s counter-offer allows the city to participate in an investigation if “required by law” and includes a reference to the number of the inspector general’s report. At the meeting, Jarjura wanted it made clear that the commission was “not negotiating.” Unless Chapman agreed to “capitulate” on these points, Jarjura said, she would not approve any settlement offer.</p> <p>For Chapman, the incentive to take the amended deal should be strong. On Aug. 26, voters almost certainly will change the city charter and allow the commission to fire the manager with three votes, rather than four. Once the change took effect, Glickstein, Jarjura and Petrolia would have their way and would fire Chapman, having suspended him long enough to get rid of him.</p> <p>In that scenario, Chapman would have no money and only the threat of a lawsuit. Though Frankel said Chapman “had grounds” for a lawsuit, the record contains no evidence of any discrimination by the city. Chapman at least would get roughly $70,000 in the settlement.</p> <p>“It is hard,” Jarjura said, “to separate what you would do personally from what you should do professionally.” Even the revised settlement would be “a hard pill to swallow.” She believes, however, that a lawsuit from Chapman would be inevitable if he were fired.</p> <p>If Chapman raises no objections, the vote five days from now will be 4-1 to approve the deal. Petrolia is a certain no vote, as she was last week. She called the settlement “extortion.” She’s right that Frankel and Jacquet have put Delray Beach in this position, but even the messiest divorce is better if the parties go their separate ways for their mutual benefit.</p> <h3>Public TV merger?</h3> <p>A merger between South Florida’s two public television stations has made sense for about 20 years. At last, the personalities may have aligned to make it possible.</p> <p>From its creation in 1982, Boynton Beach-based <strong>WXEL-Channel 42</strong> has struggled. The company has faced financial issues and conflict-of-interest controversy involving board members. As well-intentioned as its founders were, WXEL provides very little programming different from what Miami-based <strong>WPBT-Channel 2</strong> broadcasts. For all the talk of WXEL filling a “community” need, there is no notable programming geared toward Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast. And throughout WXEL’s history, WPBT has had significant Palm Beach County membership on its board.</p> <p>That continues. The current WPBT board chairwoman is Laurie Silvers, a resident of Boca Raton who is chairman of Hollywood Media. I am told that Silvers enjoys a good relationship with WPBT CEO Dolores Sukhedo. Board members at both stations have spoken favorably of a merger, which would allow WPBT and WXEL to share some costs and mount a unified fund-raising effort. Like WXEL, WPBT has had more trouble finding donors since the recession. Public broadcasting has it tough all over. Last fall, National Public Radio offered staff buyouts as part of a plan to close a $6 million budget deficit.</p> <p>Barry University bought WXEL-Channel 42 and WXEL-FM 90.7 in 1997, a deal that was done in secret and never should have been allowed. (No one else was allowed to bid on what is a public asset.) Barry first sold the radio station to Classical South Florida, and then sold the TV station to a group led by WXEL CEO Bernard Henneberg.</p> <p>Unlike some mergers, consumers would benefit from WXEL and WPBT joining forces. It would almost surely assure the combined station’s survival; indeed, the company might thrive. That would benefit the many South Floridians who enjoy public broadcasting programming. It should have happened long ago. It must happen now.</p> <h3>Looking back on the Mecca deal</h3> <p>The criticism at Scripps Florida of a proposed deal between the California-based Scripps Institute and the University of Southern California made me think of a recent conversation I had with Palm Beach County Commissioner Steven Abrams.</p> <p>When I asked Abrams what he considered his most important vote in the five years since he took office, Abrams said it was the deal to sell Mecca Farms to the South Florida Water Management District.</p> <p>Mecca Farms is the 1,900-acre former citrus grove west of Palm Beach Gardens that some originally envisioned as the home for Scripps Florida. The site never made sense because it’s so remote. But a group of insiders pushed for the county to buy it, hoping to cash in by buying property next door. Though they never got their windfall, the purchase reeked of “Corruption County.”</p> <p>Once Scripps began operating in Jupiter, Mecca Farms remained a financial drain, through debt and maintenance costs. The district, though, will use it for needed water storage and to send needed water to the Loxahatchee River. Property associated with something bad will now do some public good. The site is far from Abrams’ Boca Raton-Delray Beach-centered district, but he has a point about the importance of the sale to all Palm Beach County taxpayers.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the <em>Miami Herald</em> and <em>Palm Beach Post</em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the <em>Po</em>st. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore. </p>Randy SchultzThu, 10 Jul 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunitySummer Waterfront Dining<p><span><span><span><span><span>Summer has arrived and what better way to spend those long days than dining on the water? Some of the best waterfront restaurants can be found right here in our neighborhood—and are only a car or boat ride away.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span><span><span>1. Deck 84 </span></span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><strong><span><span><span><span><span><img alt="" height="175" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/deck84.jpg" width="490"></span></span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Right off </span></span><span><span><a href=""><span><span>Atlantic Ave</span></span></a></span></span><span><span> in Delray Beach, Deck 84 offers a laid-back atmosphere and a stellar view of the Intracoastal. With hands on deck to help you dock your boat, you can make your way up to either the indoor seating or the lively outdoor deck. And for only $10 on Saturdays and Sundays f(rom 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.), you can create your perfect Bloody Mary from the Bloody Mary bar with more than 20 ingredients. The locally-inspired seafood specials are to-die-for good—try the signature Key Lime Mahi Mahi. Deck 84 is open Monday through Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Deck 84 is at 840 E. Atlantic Ave. in Delray Beach. For more information, visit: </span></span><span><span><a href=""><span><span></span></span></a></span></span><span><span>.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span><span><span>2. Blue Moon Fish Co.</span></span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><strong><span><span><span><span><span><img alt="" height="243" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/bluemoonfishco.jpg" width="490"></span></span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Blue Moon Fish Co. is the place to be in</span></span><span><span><a href=""><span><span>Lauderdale by the Sea</span></span></a></span></span><span><span> for Sunday brunch. For $53.95 per person, its “bottomless” brunch includes a breakfast bar, soup station, seafood table, tuscan trattoria, the carving board, salad table, chef-prepared entrees and Chef Maria’s sweet shop. One of the best parts of the meal is the unlimited champagne, mimosas and Bloody Marys. Drive up or dock your boat and enjoy the Intracoastal view. Blue Moon Fish Co. is open Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Blue Moon Fish Co. is at 4405 West Tradewinds Ave. in Lauderdale by the Sea. For more information, visit: </span></span><span><span><a href=""><span><span></span></span></a></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span><span><span>3. Dining at Waterstone Resort</span></span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><strong><span><span><span><span><span><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/waterstone_grill.jpg" width="490"></span></span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Whether you are looking for fine dining or a relaxed place to hang out, Waterstone Resort has something for everyone. The upscale waterfront restaurant, Boca Landing, offers several seafood options, freshly prepared, to showcase some of South Florida’s best dishes—like the Roasted East Coast Oysters— and offers a raw bar for those who craving straight-from-the-sea dining. If you’re looking for a casual place to wind down, the poolside Waterstone Bar and Grill is the place for you. These dishes offer South Florida’s favorites with a small ode to the Latin and Mediterranean culture (the guacamole and hummus are a great place to start). Waterstone Bar and Grill offers classic poolside cocktails and a comfortable atmosphere that creates the perfect place for a low-key night out. Boca Landing is open Sunday through Thursday 5 to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 5 to 10 p.m. The Waterstone Resort is at 999 E. Camino Real in Boca Raton. For more information, visit: </span></span><span><span><a href=""><span><span></span></span></a></span></span><span><span>. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span>4. Benny’s on the Beach</span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong></strong><span><span><img alt="" height="306" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/bennys.jpg" width="490"></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>If you are looking for one of the best breakfast places on the water, head over to Benny’s at the top of the Lake Worth Pier. Benny’s serves breakfast seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and lunch from 11:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Happy hour starts at 3 p.m. every day with specialty cocktails like Coronaritas, Blue Lagoons, Captain Cruisers and Spicy Marys. This landmark has been around since 1986 and remains the one of the most popular places for locals and tourists alike to hang out. If a day of fishing is what you crave, the pier is open all day for only $3.25 and even offers fishing pole rentals for $20. Benny’s on the Beach is at 10 S Ocean Blvd. in Lake Worth. For more information call 561/582-9001 or visit: </span></span><span><span><a href=""><span><span></span></span></a></span></span><span><span>.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span><span><span>5. JB’s on the Beach</span></span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><strong><span><span><span><span><span><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/jbs.jpg" width="490"></span></span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Aside from being steps from the beach, JB’s offers a unique dining experience with live entertainment and a wide-ranging menu. JB’s offers an exclusive </span></span><span><span><a href=""><span><span>weekend brunch menu</span></span></a></span></span><span><span> with items like the bacon, egg and cheeseburger and JB’s signature Maryland-style crab cakes. JB’s also offers the “Bloody Maria” and the “Ultimate Screwdriver” for specialty brunch cocktails. JB’s opens at 11 a.m. Monday through Saturday and at 10 a.m. on Sunday. JB’s on the Beach is at 300 NE 21st Avenue in Deerfield Beach. For more information call 954/571-5220 or visit: </span></span><span><span><a href=""><span><span></span></span></a></span></span><span><span>. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>About Kelsey:</strong></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><strong></strong><em>Kelsey Howard is a recent college graduate who earned her Bachelor of Arts in mass communications with a concentration in magazine journalism at the University of South Florida. Kelsey is an editorial intern this summer at Boca Raton magazine. She is 21 years old with a passion to explore the world and write about it along the way. You can contact Kelsey at </em><em><a href=""></a></em><em> or </em><em><a>941/306-9158</a></em><em> or view her portfolio </em><em><a href="">here</a></em><em>. </em><br></span></span></span></span></span></p>Kelsey HowardThu, 10 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsGypsies, Metaphysics, Shakespeare and More at MCB<p>Starting next Monday, July 14, individual and season tickets will be available for purchase for <a href="" target="_blank">Miami City Ballet</a>’s 2014-2015 season. Four distinct programs are slated at the Kravis Center, Broward Center and Arsht Center from October through April, and it looks to be another stellar year for the United States’ eighth-largest dance company.</p> <p>Artistic director <strong>Lourdes Lopez</strong>, who can currently be read in a whopping 16-page interview in the summer issue of <em>Ballet Review</em>, continues to push her dancers in new directions in her second season of original programming. Whether you’re looking to buy season tickets or pick one program that’s best for you, here’s a look at all of your options.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="508" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/mcb1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>Program I: Romeo and Juliet</strong></p> <p>When: Oct. 17-Nov. 23</p> <p>Best for: Theatergoers who always wanted a few more plies and jetes with their Shakespeare</p> <p>About: When it comes to “Romeo and Juliet,” you know the story, and spoiler alerts need not apply: Both lovers get it in the end. The joy in experiencing and re-experiencing this passionate tale of star-crossed lovers year after year, and medium after medium, is in the individuality its creators bring to the ageless text. In the world of classical ballet, such knighted choreographers as Sir Frederick Ashton and Sir Frederick MacMillan have created full-length dances based on the story, but Miami City Ballet is re-mounting what most consider the best “Romeo and Juliet” ballet of all: the 1962 version by South Africa’s John Cranko, a choreographer who sought to create dance that was “a representation of life itself.” Known for his clear-eyed storytelling mastery and his thrilling pas de deux, Cranko’s take will be presented with romantic costumes and lavish sets.</p> <p><img alt="" height="364" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/mcb2.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>Program II: Hear the Music</strong></p> <p>When: Jan. 9-Feb. 8, 2015</p> <p>Best for: First-time audiences who want to see a little bit of everything</p> <p>About: There may be no better introduction to Miami City Ballet - and its rich history of producing works by the greatest choreographers in the world - than its second program this season. It includes works by Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp and George Balanchine, as formidable a choreographic trio as imaginable over a single evening. The program’s title refers to the special connection these dances have to organized sound: Taylor’s “Mercuric Tidings” blends animalistic movement with an attention to musicality that the <em>Times </em>described, in its 1982 premiere, as “a dance work that bursts seemingly into song.” Tharp’s contribution, “Nine Sinatra Songs,” also from ’82, wears its concept in its title: Nine standards from Ol’ Blue Eyes propel the action, which traces the swirling arc of romantic relationships across seven couples. Finally, the dancers will capture a jazz flavor in Balanchine’s “Symphony in Three Movements,” developed from three Igor Stravinsky compositions.</p> <p><img alt="" height="370" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/mcb3.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>Program III: Passion and Grace</strong></p> <p>When: Feb. 13-March 22, 2015</p> <p>Best for: Anyone who believes dance can be transcendent</p> <p>About: The second half of the season is almost entirely composed of company premieres, which are both exciting and risky. If performed correctly, the ballets in Program III will be so emotionally stirring that they’ll take audiences into deeper, more passionate, and even more metaphysical spaces. Tharp’s 1996 masterpiece “Sweet Fields” is an alternately joyous and solemn exploration of the passage between life and death, with a soundtrack unlike any other: American Shaker hymns, sung a cappella. No less transformative is “Carmen,” choreographer Richard Alston’s critically acclaimed 2009 adaptation of the tragic Bizet opera, which brings gypsies, matadors, cigar factories and bullfights to vivid life. The program also includes another example of MCB’s Balanchine bread-and-butter, “Allegro Brillante,” which the choreographer called “everything I know about classical ballet in 13 minutes.”</p> <p> <img alt="" height="362" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/mcb4.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Program IV: Points of Departure</strong></p> <p>When: March 27-April 19, 2015</p> <p>Best for: Audiences who want to see something that’s never been danced before</p> <p>About: Program IV might be the most challenging program in this season’s lineup, which may be why it’s being saved for the end. There’s a thrilling element of unpredictability in this production, as it will include an as-yet-untitled work by Justin Peck, who at 26 is one of the hottest new choreographers in the country. The ballet will feature a large cast and run 35 minutes; as an added treat, the renowned street artist Shepard Fairey will create original art for the show. Also, MCB will premiere “The Concert (or, the Perils of Everybody),” considered the funniest work in Jerome Robbins’ oeuvre. With its postmodern aim to capture the inner thoughts of classical music concertgoers, this delightful flight of fancy must have felt well ahead of its time in 1956. Balanchine’s “Raymonda Variations,” recognized for its bravura display of solos, rounds out the program.</p> <p><em>Tickets for individual programs start at $20. For information and, beginning Monday, to purchase tickets, call 305/929-7010 or visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 09 Jul 2014 13:36:24 +0000 & EventsUpcoming EventsTastemakers of Delray Beach: Instagram Contest<p><a href="/blog/2014/06/24/tastemakers-of-delray-beach-2014/" target="_blank">Tastemakers of Delray Beach</a> is right around the corner, and we couldn’t be more excited. To celebrate one of our favorite dining events of the year, we’re hosting a social media contest.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/tastemakers.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>While you’re sampling delectable dishes from some of the Ave’s best restaurants, make sure to snap a photo and upload it onto Instagram. Tag @delraymag and use the hashtag #tastedelray for a chance to win one of eight gift cards from participating restaurants.</p> <p>In the mix: <strong>50 Ocean</strong>,<strong> Cabana El Rey</strong>, <strong>Caffe Luna Rosa, Deck 84</strong>,<strong> DIG</strong>,<strong> Lemongrass Asian Bistro</strong>,<strong> Mussel Beach</strong>,<strong> SoLita</strong> and <strong>The Office</strong>.</p> <p>Get creative! We’re talking selfies, foodstagrams, videos and anything else you can think of. Upload your photo by Aug. 9 and we’ll announce the winners by the end of the day the following Monday, Aug. 11.</p> <p>If you have any questions about the contest, please email</p>Stefanie CaintoWed, 09 Jul 2014 13:27:18 +0000 BeachUpcoming EventsSummer Fruits and Vegetables<p>Everyone needs a little relief from South Florida’s scorching summer days, and what could be better than some fresh Florida-grown fruits and vegetables? Throw some summer produce into a blender to create a refreshing smoothie, add some to a homemade wrap or enjoy these items in their pure form.</p> <p><img alt="" height="576" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/summer_fruits_vegetables.jpg" width="448"><br> </p> <p>You can find these Florida-grown fruits and vegetables at many local summer green markets. Here are a few:</p> <p><strong>The Gardens Green Market </strong>(10500 N. Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens, 561/630-1100) is open from May through September on Sundays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Palm Beach Outlets Green Market </strong>(1751 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., West Palm Beach, 561/515-4400)<em> </em>is open every Saturday throughout the summer from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Central Park Market </strong>(5283 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/499-9935), located indoors at the Big Apple Shopping Bazaar,<em> </em>is open from June through September on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Coconut Creek Green Market </strong>(4441 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek, 954/974-6624)<em> </em>is open from April through October on Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.</p> <p><strong>About Taryn:</strong></p> <p><em>Taryn Tacher is a senior at the University of Florida studying Journalism and Business Administration, who is interning at Boca Magazine this summer. Though she is less than five feet tall, what she lacks in height she makes up for with her passion for writing. She loves yoga, puppies and all things tiny. You can reach Taryn at</em></p>Taryn TacherWed, 09 Jul 2014 09:50:36 +0000 & ReviewsFrank Stark Ride, plus health news to know<p><em><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p><em>Peddle Up! for the Frank Stark Ride</em></p> <p>Here’s an opportunity to get on your bikes for good causes. The annual <strong>Frank Stark Ride</strong> is celebrating its 25th year Sunday, July 13.</p> <p>Cyclists can choose between a 30- or 62-mile course, riding north along picturesque A1A. The supported ride starts at 7 a.m. for the 62-mile course and 8 a.m. for the 30-mile event, starting at Boca Raton’s City Hall (<em>201 W. Palmetto Park Road</em>).</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/frankstark.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The ride is named after Frank Stark, a former member of the Boca Raton Bicycle Club, who was forced to retire from his career as an airline pilot after having two heart attacks and a quadruple bypass surgery. Stark began cycling to improve his health and celebrated his birthdays by riding one mile for each year of his age.</p> <p>More and more people joined Stark’s inspirational rides while he was alive. Long after he died of heart failure, those people continued to ride in his honor. Today’s Frank Stark Ride attracts as many as 700 riders. Riders get the support of local police, as well as rest stops with food and drink and lunch after the event. There are even free post-race massages and a vendor village.</p> <p>Proceeds from the ride go to national charities and local, state and national bicycle advocacy groups.</p> <p>It’s $40 to participate if you sign up by July 10. After that, it’s $50.</p> <p>For more information or to sign up, go to: <a href=""></a> or call 561/391-0800.</p> <p><em>In other news…</em></p> <p>Local hospitals are announcing <strong>residency and medical school training programs</strong> for future doctors. Residencies occur after medical school to prepare medical school graduates to become competent, board-certified physicians.</p> <p>Having teaching hospitals is a good sign for our local health care system. Studies show that doctors often take root where they train. So, having local residency programs for doctors in Palm Beach County could help to ensure we have enough doctors in the pipeline to care for local patients in the long term.</p> <p>Boca Raton Regional Hospital announced in early July that 30 internal medicine residents from Florida Atlantic University’s residency program were training at the hospital. This is the first university-sponsored resident program for FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine and the first post-graduate training program at Boca Regional.</p> <p>Bethesda Hospital East, in Boynton Beach, also announced this month that it is providing clinical training for 12 Nova Southeastern University medical students in their third year in the school’s college of osteopathic medicine. Bethesda has been helping to train Nova’s osteopathic students for nine years. The rotations in training for these future doctors include internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, emergency medicine, psychiatry and geriatrics.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-fit-life/" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About Lisette</strong><br>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Lisette HiltonWed, 09 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0000 After Dark: Biergarten<p><span><span><strong>Where: </strong></span></span><span><span>309 Via De Palmas #90, Boca Raton 561/395-7462</span></span></p> <p><span><span><img alt="" height="363" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/biergarten_beer.jpg" width="490"></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><strong>The lowdown: </strong></span></span><span><span>Entering Biergarten is like experiencing a piece of Germany right here in Boca. The countdown to Oktoberfest starts the day after the previous one has ended and the menu is full of five-syllable words that I cannot pronounce for the life of me.</span></span><span><span>If you’re on the hunt for good bier and brats, Biergarten is the place to go. This German-American restaurant and bar, located in Royal Palm Place, is packed with lederhosen-clad waiters and waitresses, authentic German dishes and 50 different craft and bottled biers to choose from. And if you haven't already noted, at Biergarten, it’s not “beer” — it’s “bier.” </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>The crowd at Biergarten is mixed, with both young and old either enjoying themselves inside the restaurant or out at the spacious outdoor bar. Both inside and out, you can check out what biers are available for the night on the oversized chalkboards. With so many to choose from, it’s hard to know what to get, but the bartenders will gladly give you their recommendations and even let you sample a taste of the draught biers.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Though it gets busy during sporting events and happy hour, the late night weekend scene is on the quieter side. But the drinks are still flowing and the ever-popular Pretzel served with three different housemade mustards and the sweet, creamy Liptauer Kase dip is front and center at just about every table. There are also live local musicians taking the stage to show off their chops. The late night menu starts at 10:30 p.m. and includes everything from a $4 frankfurter to a $15 burger. Popular dishes, such as the pretzel, bier cheese fries and various kinds of ‘wursts are on the menu too.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><strong>The intangibles: </strong></span></span><span><span>There are rotating selections from Florida breweries such as Cigar City, Funky Buddha and Due South, and a chocolate stout and Biergarten select rotation as well. Enjoy $6 pints, $9 liters or $12 boots of your choice of draught — there’s a huge variety of German and Belgium beers, stouts, ports, ciders and other national craft beers, </span></span><span><span><em>or</em></span></span><span><span> you can get fancy and order one of their liquor-topped Loaded Biers for $9. Bier flights of any four draughts are available for $14.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Wine and spirit drinkers, you haven’t been forgotten! Wine by the glass and bottle are available, as well as a list of $10 specialty cocktails, $9 shooters, and 1-oz. spirit flights where you can pick 3 different kinds or rum or whiskey to taste.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 4-7 p.m. and again from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. with $4 draughts, $5 well and specialty cocktails and $6 wine by the glass. Biergarten also just started a Sunday Funday happy hour all day long, noon to midnight. You can can enjoy $1 brats with the purchase of a beverage on Mondays, 2-for-1 schnitzel on Tuesdays, $5 burgers and $3 draft beer specials on Wednesdays, and celebrate your inner-German on Thursdays with live polka music and German food specials. Live bands take the stage every Friday and Saturday night starting at 9:30 p.m. and sometimes earlier in the day during season.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li> <p><span><span><strong>Hours:</strong></span></span><span><span> Biergarten is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday from noon to 12 a.m.</span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><strong>Website:</strong></span></span><a href="" target="_blank"><span><span></span></span></a></p> </li> </ul> <center><em>For more on bars in Boca Raton, click <a href="/blog/tag/boca-after-dark/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em><strong></strong></center> <p><strong>About Shaina</strong></p> <div>Shaina is a Boca transplant, born and raised in South Jersey. Her love of writing began at a young age and followed her through to Rutgers University where she graduated with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. It wasn't until she sought after a new and exciting journey far away from the cold winters of Jersey that she discovered another love: food. Shaina created her very own food blog, Take A Bite Out of Boca, and has since grown her passion for cooking, baking, and of course sipping and savoring her way around town. She is very excited to be part of the team at Boca Raton Magazine and hopes that you will join her every step of the way as she explores <em>Boca After Dark</em>. You can follow Shaina and all of her foodie adventures in and out of the kitchen at <a href="" target="_blank">Take A Bite Out of Boca</a>.</div>Shaina WizovWed, 09 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0000 52 is my summertime hit<p>I just a told an old friend the other day that I was spending my summer cheating on Weight Watchers. I have it down to a science, how you can pretend you ate one portion of chicken salad when it was really three, or how see-through cocktails don’t count or how points are in the eye of the beholder more than something cast in stone. In short, I actually lie to myself, like that’s actually winning.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/seasons52_boca.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Which is why I count on a few bright spots to see me through this dark time of endless celery hearts and Greek yogurt. One of those bright spots is <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Seasons 52</strong></a>, which I know I can go to, have really great food (each item is under or at 475 calories) and it’s not throwing me under that relentless oncoming Weight Watchers bus.</p> <p>Case in point: I went today and had the Maui Tuna Crunch salad; my dining partner had blackened mahi tacos. There was a lobster and mozzarella flatbread in there somewhere as well, but that was extra—just to taste, of course. I could have kept going—I know the seductive lure of the Tamale Tot—and I could have ordered up a battery of those innocent little desserts served in shot glasses. But I was pretty restrained, at least for me, and it was truly a treat to enjoy really good dining—without the guilt of having overdone it.</p> <p>Seasons 52 isn’t just about calorie counting; it’s about seasonal well-prepared food, an extensive menu and servers like Andrea Plaza and Jordyn Brenner. (And Spencer, too, who got us out of there in an hour!) I think in all the crush of new restaurants, we tend to forget about some of the tried-and-true stars, the ones that are there for us when we need to get out—and that almost keep us honest.</p> <p>This is one of them.</p>Marie SpeedTue, 08 Jul 2014 16:02:35 +0000 Gets Two New Waterfront Dining Spots<p>The old Watercolors Cafe in the former <strong>Boca Raton Bridge Hotel</strong> always offered some of the prettiest water views around, views sadly never quite matched by the quality of its food or its tired, dated decor.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/bocalanding.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Well, $10 million and a complete renno of the hotel and its two restaurants later and the folks at Hilton Hotels who are running the place are hoping the view won’t be the only reason for hungry diners to show up. Now called the <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Waterstone Resort &amp; Marina</strong></a> (<em>999 E. Camino Real, 561/368-9500</em>), the swank property has a coolly contemporary look and feel, both of which carry over to its twin eateries, the casual <strong>Waterstone Bar &amp; Grill</strong> and the more upscale <strong>Boca Landing</strong>.</p> <p>Waterstone B&amp;G features a chic bar and lounge that face a spacious outdoor patio. The beverage menu of artisan cocktails, craft beers and boutique wines is paired with a breakfast, lunch and dinner menu that runs the culinary gamut from egg-white omelets and cheesecake-stuffed french toast to shrimp nachos, spicy jerked chicken sandwich and arugula and hearts of palm salad.</p> <p>The Landing makes a more elegant presentation, with even more spectacular water views from floor-to-ceiling windows, lots of dark wood trim, raised booths under massive chandeliers and contemporary furnishings. Resort exec chef Steve Zobel has crafted a small plates-oriented menu that gives a modern twist to familiar dishes, like crabcakes with Old Bay butter and shrimp salad, fish ‘n’ chips with preserved lemon tartar sauce and sweet potato chips, and pork belly sliders with smoked tomato jam. There’s also a roster of “simply prepared” fish and meats with choice of four sauces.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 08 Jul 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsThoughts on poles, pot and same sex marriage - plus more<h3><img alt="" height="466" src="/site_media/uploads/randy-1.jpg" width="400"></h3> <h3>South Florida has been there—but with a difference</h3> <p>If you lived in South Florida 34 years ago, you can understand the feelings of those who live in cities along the Mexican border and are worried about all the undocumented children arriving from Central America.</p> <p>In 1980, the flood of refugees was coming from Cuba, and coming to Florida. It started in the spring, when food shortages in Cuba led to another round of unrest. Fidel Castro cracked down, but in April some protesters fled to the Peruvian embassy in Havana. Castro’s solution to what became a standoff was to declare that all those who wished to leave Cuba for the decadent United States could go.</p> <p>Then, as now, events were largely beyond the control of an American president. In 1980, no one here expected Castro to renounce his policy of arresting and jailing those who tried to flee the socialist paradise. In 2014, not enough people here expected that violence in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador would cause families to send their children on a perilous journey through Mexico to the United States.</p> <p>Then, as now, the U.S. government fumbled for a response. In 1980, though, there was a community quite willing to assist in the sort of refugee movement that some Americans, as some do now, called an “invasion.”</p> <p>As Cubans headed north across the Florida Straits in every conceivable vessel, Cuban-Americans headed south in every conceivable vessel—not to stop them but to help them. Many Cuban-Americans saw them as fellow anti-communists fleeing the man who, to the exiles, had stolen their country. The man who through his revolution in 1959 had forced bankers, lawyers and doctors to America, where they started over as busboys, waiters and janitors before remaking Miami and Dade County. (For those of a certain age, it always will be “Dade” County, not Miami-Dade.)</p> <p>The roles of those protesting today’s refugees from Central America were played in 1980 by those north of Miami. They saw Castro as “flushing his toilets.” Indeed, among the 125,000 Cubans who came between April and October were some prisoners and inmates of mental institutions.</p> <p>But one realization links the Mariel boatlift and the surge from Central America: The United States needs a new policy on immigration.</p> <p>For all the criticism of the Obama administration for being unprepared, a law passed during the Bush administration makes it more likely that many of these children will stay, not be deported. That 2002 law, designed to fight human trafficking, sets a higher standard for deporting unaccompanied minors. As the Associated Press reported, some of the children have family members in this country and will be resettled with them, whether their parents came to the country legally or not.</p> <p>The immigration reform bill that passed the Senate a year ago on a bipartisan vote would have provided more money for the border security House Republicans have demanded since the unaccompanied children became a controversy. Predictions now are that the House won’t move on immigration until Obama leaves office.</p> <p>An act of Congress also ensured that most of the Mariel Cubans could stay. The Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966 allows all Cuban immigrants who reach this country not only to stay but also to become permanent legal residents after a year, unless they have trouble with the law. That special exception needlessly persists, underscoring the influence of the Cuban-American politicians.</p> <p>Few states would benefit more from immigration reform than Florida. The state needs highly-educated technocrats to boost entrepreneurship and less-educated workers to pick crops. Legal status for now-illegal immigrants would make it harder for sleazy employers to suppress wages and make it easier for honest employers to follow the law. Instead, what Florida gets from Washington on immigration is an argument, not a solution.</p> <h3>Trader Joe's</h3> <p>Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie already has expressed her unwillingness to approve above-ground power lines in front of the new Trader Joe’s store. Council members Robert Weinroth and Mike Mullaugh sound as if they also will be no votes at the 1:30 p.m. council hearing on July 21.</p> <p>When we spoke, Weinroth didn’t want to commit, since the hearing is quasi-judicial. Still, he noted that the power line comes up from the ground across the street to the south of East City Center—the Trader Joe’s site—and goes back underground just north of East City Center. He wondered why there would be any need for an exception, though he said it might be good to take a “holistic approach” to the property on South Federal Highway.</p> <p>Mullaugh, who was on vacation in Ireland, said, “I haven’t seen any reason why we should change the rules.” The developers have put up two above-ground poles, but Mullaugh said, “It isn’t about whether the poles are attractive or unattractive. We bury lines because it’s better for public safety.”</p> <p>Council members Constance Scott and Scott Singer did not respond to text messages. But if Haynie, Mullaugh and Weinroth vote no, that will be a majority. Which means the developers have quite a sell job ahead.</p> <h3>High Times</h3> <p>The hope among Democrats that November’s vote on medical marijuana in Florida will bring out more young people, who tend to vote Democratic, highlights the flaw in the argument for the marijuana amendment.</p> <p>One associates medical marijuana with relief from nausea for cancer patients receiving chemotherapy, relief from muscle spasms for those with multiple sclerosis and help with weight loss for those with HIV. One associates younger people with recreational marijuana use.</p> <p>Yet while the language of the amendment allows the use of marijuana for “debilitating medical conditions,” it also allows it for “other medical conditions for which a physician believes that the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risks for a patient.”</p> <p>Is it cynical to believe that some doctors in Florida might be willing to prescribe marijuana use for “other medical conditions” like a sore back, or that those doctors might purchase an interest in marijuana clinics? Of course. It also is realistic, since we’re just a few years from when “clinics” were prescribing prescription painkillers far above any medical demand.</p> <p>With “sober houses” becoming such a problem in Delray Beach and other cities, it’s logical to think that marijuana clinics also would appear if the amendment passes. The need for medical marijuana in Florida is real. The medical marijuana amendment on Florida's ballot, however, is an illusion.</p> <h3>Same sex marriage study                            </h3> <p>Last week, a Miami-Dade County judge heard arguments in the lawsuit challenging Florida’s same-sex marriage ban. In the year since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, judicial rulings have overturned bans in many other states.</p> <p>The argument in favor of the ban is that society supposedly benefits more from “traditional marriage,” between a man and a woman. New research, though, further undercuts that argument.</p> <p><em>The Washington Post </em>reported Monday on a study conducted by the University of Melbourne. It showed that children of same-sex couples did better in terms of physical health and social well-being than children of heterosexual couples, despite having to deal with the stigma that some people still have toward such relationships.</p> <p>Such findings do not come as a surprise. As the court debated the DOMA case, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a study showing that economic stability and good parenting mean more to children’s welfare than the sexual orientation of their parents. What good, then, does Florida do by denying rights to a class of people just because of whom they love?</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the <em>Miami Herald</em> and <em>Palm Beach Post</em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the <em>Po</em>st. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</p>Randy SchultzTue, 08 Jul 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityThe Week Ahead: July 8 to 14<p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="294" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/the-godfather-1972.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: “The Godfather”</strong></p> <p>Where: Delray Beach Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 4 and 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $10</p> <p>Contact: 561/243-7922, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Summer in Delray Beach means the rare opportunity to see films both recent and classic, projected on the big screen at the Crest Theatre. The series, which is entering its second year and which runs every Wednesday through Aug. 27, kicks off with a movie that probably needs no introduction: Francis Ford Coppola’s triple-Oscar winning adaptation of Mario Puzo’s “The Godfather.” This was a film that singlehandedly resurrected the moribund gangster-film genre from the black-and-white sneers of James Cagney to the epic, bloody romanticism of the ‘70s cinema zeitgeist; we wouldn’t have “Goodfellas” or “The Sopranos” without it. Witness all of your favorite lines and scenes again at these screenings, which will include a post-film discussion.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="165" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/zoo-300x165.jpg" width="300"></p> <p><strong>What: Safari Nights: Wild, Wild West</strong></p> <p>Where: Palm Beach Zoo, 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 4:30 to 9 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $9.95 children, $15.95 adults</p> <p>Contact: 561/547-9453, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This summer, the Palm Beach Zoo is staying up past its bedtime on select Fridays, offering exclusive programming for children and adults alike, each date centered on a theme. This week, the zoo transports audiences to the old west, promising a wild hoedown that includes the opportunity to take a photo with a cowboy. And as always, there will be roving animal encounters, keeper talks, zoo staff dressed up as characters like Kiwi the Koala and Crash the Cardinal, face painting and children’s games and crafts. Adults can enjoy live music on the Tropics Café Deck. The ticket price includes admission to the entire zoo.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="340" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/film-review-life-itself040b1-1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Life Itself”</strong></p> <p>Where: Cinema Paradiso, 503 S.E. Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 6:15 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $6-$10</p> <p>Contact: 954/760-9898, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Roger Ebert, with his partner Gene Siskel, defined mainstream film criticism during the 1980s and 1990s. Brilliant sparring partners as well as perceptive critics and telegenic personalities, their “thumbs up” and “thumbs down” judgments could make or break a movie during its opening weekend. Now, tragically, we’ve lost both. Ebert’s decline, from cancer of the thyroid and salivary glands, was especially hard to witness until his April 2013 death, but it never impaired his ability to write, even after his lower jaw was removed. The extraordinary documentary filmmaker Steve James (“Hoop Dreams”) shadowed Ebert during his final years, the result of which is “Life Itself”—a tribute to America’s most famous film critic, based on Ebert’s memoir of the same name. The movie also charts his history and importance as a writer, and it’s peppered with entertaining film clips and interviews with admirers ranging from Martin Scorsese to Errol Morris. “Life Itself,” which has received universal critical acclaim, also opens at Cinema Paradiso in Hollywood.</p> <p> SATURDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="360" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/bbb.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Boca Burger Battle</strong></p> <p>Where: Sanborn Square Park, 72 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 6 to 10 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $50-$60</p> <p>Contact: 561/338-7594, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Now in its third year, this delectable competition is quickly becoming one of Boca’s signature food events—our yearly survey of the State of the Burger. Both traditional and alternative patties will be dished by chefs from 19 top burger establishments from across South Florida, including 10 here in Boca—from 13 American Table to Shake Shack. Bite Gastrotruck, a Fort Lauderdale-based food truck, will attempt to defend its 2013 award for Best Boca Burger. Attendees also can sample tropical salads, truffle mac and cheese, gourmet french fries and other non-burger delicacies, along with an array of craft beers, homemade sangria and seasonal spirits. Classic Rock Therapy will provide live music, and there will be no fees for food and drinks beyond the entrance fee. Portions of the ticket price will benefit PROPEL, a Boca-based nonprofit.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="329" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/the-miami-generation-revisited-1.original.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “The Miami Generation: Revisited”</strong></p> <p>Where: Museum of Art, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7 to 9 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5-$10</p> <p>Contact: 954/525-5500, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This much-anticipated group show is a sequel to “The Miami Generation,” a groundbreaking 1983 exhibition that gathered the work of nine emerging artists from Miami’s Cuban exile community to showcase their art at the now-defunct Cuban Museum of Arts and Culture in Miami. Thirty years later, the Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale is bringing back all nine artists to display work completed in the intervening years. Museum director Bonnie Clearwater tells Boca Raton, “Although born in Cuba, most [of the artists] received their art education in Miami, and then remained in their adopted city, forming a strong community of artists that contributed to the growth of Miami as an international art center.” “The Miami Generation: Revisited” runs through Sept. 21.</p> <p><img alt="" height="319" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/9circles.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “9 Circles”</strong></p> <p>Where: Artistic Vibes, 12986 S.W. 89<sup>th</sup> Ave., Miami</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25 general admission, free for audience members under the age of 25, with ID</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The title of this spartan antiwar psychodrama, written by Jesuit priest Bill Cain, is inspired by Dante’s <em>Inferno</em>. In a tale that unfolds in nine chapters, or “circles,” a mentally imbalanced American Army grunt who is alleged to have committed an unspeakable atrocity while stationed in Iraq undergoes his own descent into Hell back home: a months-long procession of Army attorneys, ministers, psychologists and civilian lawyers, who alternately try to understand his psyche, use him as a political pawn and bring him to Jesus. At two hours and 15 minutes, this heady play is receiving a commendable production from Ground Up and Rising, a Miami-based theater company prone to mounting fearless, provocative works like this one. I attended a preview production this past weekend, and “9 Circles” is well worth seeing, if a smidge overlong. Christian Vandepas’ performance as the disturbed soldier is a tour de force. It runs Saturdays and Sundays only through July 20.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/960.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Dana Carvey and Dennis Miller</strong></p> <p>Where: Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $54–$79</p> <p>Contact: 800/745-3000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Radio talker Dennis Miller is considered one of our most prominent “9-11 conservatives”—a comedian who was once liberal (and still is on some social issues) but who turned to the right after the events of Sept. 11, 2001. As a result, the loquacious former “Weekend Update” host and author of <em>I Rant, Therefore I Am</em> may have found a home each week on “The O’Reilly Factor,” but in many ways he’s still the same Miller—a bottomless trove of esoteric political and pop-culture references that will have some comedy-goers laughing in the aisles and others scratching their heads. He’ll be joined on this co-headlining tour by the decidedly non-partisan Dana Carvey, whose ability to impersonate political leaders on both sides of the aisle—including a withering, dead-on Barack Obama—has not waned a bit since his career-making stint satirizing Bush the elder on “SNL.”</p>John ThomasonMon, 07 Jul 2014 17:41:52 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMoviesThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsDining out with the doggie<h3 class="Body">Delray Beach and the surrounding areas have plenty of places to take your pooch when you both feel like going out to dinner.</h3> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/dog.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="Body"><strong>1. Boston's on the Beach</strong></p> <p class="Body">It’s midsummer, you’re drinking a cold beer and having a bite on the patio of your one of your favorite local restaurants. You look down and notice that your furry friend is dying for a bite. Maybe you throw him a piece but if you’re dining at Boston’s on the Beach, just order something from the “Pooch Menu.” You can order a non-alcoholic Bowser Beer for only $4 (or four bones, according to the menu) and follow it up with an order of Hen House Chicken Strips––grilled and sliced boneless chicken breast––or the Hot Diggity Dog, which is an all-beef sausage cut up into small pieces. Almost everything on the menu is under $9 but if your best friend’s been good all week, order the Hound Dog Heaven, a bone-in rib-eye steak for $24.</p> <p><em>Boston</em><em>’</em><em>s on the beach is on 40 S.Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach. For more information, visit </em><a href=""></a><em> or call 561/278-3364</em><em></em></p> <p class="Body"><strong>2. Lake Ida Dog Park</strong></p> <p class="Body">Taking your dog on a leashed walk around your neighborhood may satisfy his daily exercise requirement but sometimes a dog needs to run free. Fortunately, the dog park at Lake Ida West Park is the perfect option for energy-releasing activities. The dog park is separated into two sections, one for pups and dogs under 30 pounds and the other for dogs more than 30 pounds. It also offers a dog wash station in case your furry friend gets a little dirty and there are several dog bag dispensers around the perimeter of the park. And if your beloved pooch gets thirsty while running around under the hot Florida sun, you can take him to the Fido fountain to cool off. This public park is unsupervised so the Palm Beach Parks and Recreation department recommends you watch your dog at all times, keep up with all vaccinations and have them under voice control––meaning the dog will come when he or she is called. The dog park is open from sunrise to sunset, so your pet has all day to roam around and make new friends. A man’s best friend can only watch the World Cup for so long.</p> <p class="Body"><em>Lake Ida West Park is on1455 Lake Ida Road, Delray Beach. For more information click </em><a href="">here</a><em>.</em></p> <p class="Body"><strong>3. Colony Hotel &amp; Cabaña Club</strong></p> <p class="Body">If you and your four-legged buddy are not from the area or need a weekend away from home, the Colony Hotel in Delray Beach greets you with open arms. For its human guests, the historic hotel offers complementary breakfast, wifi, a heated saltwater pool and access to the hotel’s Cabaña Club, which is two miles away from the hotel itself, with a private beach and pool. As for its canine guests, the hotel offers pet blankets and water stations as well as a dog walking area with biodegradable bags and access to the hotel’s Cabaña Club for a day of sun bathing and pooch watching. While there is a fee for your beloved pet––$25 per night–– the hotel has no restrictions on breeds, weight, or number of pets per room. So come with your 12 Pomeranians or your two sweet Boxers; this hotel welcomes all.</p> <p class="Body"><em>Colony Hotel is on 525 East Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. For more information, visit </em><a href=""></a><em> or call 561/276-4123 </em>        </p> <p class="Body"><strong>4. “Bark Beach” at Spanish River Park</strong></p> <p class="Body">If your pup dreams of roaming on sandy beaches, then those dreams are turning into reality. Palm Beach County’s Parks and Recreation department introduced a pilot program called “Bark Beach” at Spanish River Park––snuggled between Lifeguard Towers 18 and 20––where you and your dog can finally enjoy some time playing in the water or perfecting the art of sunbathing. Bark Beach is only open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 5 p.m. to sunset (3 p.m. to sunset between the months of November to March) and permits are required before setting foot on the beach. A single weekend permit will cost you $10 but a year-long permit can cost you either $30 (Boca Raton residents) or $165 (non-residents).</p> <p class="Body"><em>Spanish River Park is on 3001 North Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton. For more information, click </em><a href="">here.</a></p> <p class="Body"><strong>Honorable Mention: Darbster</strong></p> <p class="Body">If you’re looking for a place to dine that is also pet friendly, nothing fits the bill better than a restaurant that is named after the owners’ 17 year old poodle. Darbster is a vegetarian bistro that prides itself on its natural and organic cuisine as well as its charitable efforts to raise awareness on animal welfare. Sit outside on the patio deck with your pet as they serve you brunch––try its tofu scramble for $11––or dinner––its vegetarian and gluten-free tacos will cost you $13. A portion of the restaurant’s profits goes toward the Darbster Foundation, created by the owners, Ellen Quinlan and Alan Gould, which helps with the spaying and neutering  of cats and dogs as well as sponsoring medical car for the animals. For those who need extra convincing, bring your pet with you on Sundays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and you’ll get 20 percent off your entrée.</p> <p class="Body"><em>Darbster is at 6299 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton. For more information, visit </em><a href=""><em></em></a><em> or call 561/586-2622</em></p> <p class="BodyA"><strong>About Michelle:</strong><em></em></p> <p class="BodyA"><em>Michelle Ferrand is a junior at Florida Atlantic University studying English Literature, Sociology and Women</em><em>’</em><em>s Studies, who is interning at Boca Raton magazine this summer. Disappointed with the lack of magic in the real world, she prefers to be curled up reading a good book or binge watching television shows on Netflix. She prefers an actual book to an e-reader and no, she doesn</em><em>’</em><em>t want to be a teacher. You can reach Michelle at</em></p>Michelle FerrandMon, 07 Jul 2014 16:23:24 +0000 BeachIt&#39;s Not the Heat, It&#39;s the Pizza<p>We know he can dunk the basketball, and swat opposing players’ jumpshots away like buzzing gnats. But can <strong>LeBron James</strong> make a really good pizza?</p> <p>We’re about to find out.</p> <p><img alt="" height="304" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/blazepizza.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Okay, so the Chosen One won’t really be slaving away in a hot kitchen, building pies for hungry South Floridians. But he is an investor in a group that will be bringing a trio of <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Blaze Pizza</strong></a> joints to our little corner of paradise.</p> <p>The California-based company, known for its build-it-yourself artisanal pies cooking over a blazing flame in a blazingly fast three minutes, will open a pair of local Blazes sometime this fall, one in Fort Lauderdale, the other in Boca’s Fifth Avenue Shops on North Fed. A third Blaze set for Davie is slated to debut in early 2015.</p> <p>The concept is similar to Chipotle and other “fast casual” semi-gourmet eateries, with “pizzasmiths” working an assembly line to build your pie and send it off to the fiery hot ovens faster than you can say, “Hold the anchovies.”</p> <p>Along with signature pies like a classic sausage, tomato sauce and mozzarella and pesto with grilled chicken and arugula, pizzaphiles can also choose from ingredients ranging from meatballs, sausage and bacon to artichokes, kalamata olives and pineapple. Seven different cheeses are also offered, as are sauces from red to white to pesto to barbecue.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 07 Jul 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsBarbie&#39;s Close-Up Needs More Scrutiny<p>If the Norton Museum of Art’s <strong>“Wheels and Heels” exhibition</strong>—its look at the iconic Barbie and Hot Wheels toy brands through the ages—wants to teach us anything, it’s that these iconic playthings have changed with the times.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/6norton_graysonhoffman_smallsize.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>They’ve grown in technical sophistication and thematic density, expanding from matchbook-sized model cars to superhighway systems and from dolls in modest print dresses to fashion-forward women with Dream houses and sports cars and, significantly, professions that aren’t limited to nursing and flight-attending.</p> <p>Except that Barbie really hasn’t changed. She may be able to don Native American headdresses and Harley jackets now, but she’s still the same impossibly proportioned fantasy object. The world around her may have grown more progressive, but Barbie herself is a permanently unattainable fixture, fundamentally unchanged since her 1959 debut in a zebra-patterned swimsuit. In real life, her dimensions would be roughly 36-18-33, her diet presumably consisting of raw celery and the occasional dressing-less salad.</p> <p>And by focusing only on the positive aspects of Barbie’s 55-year existence—as an educational primer for young girls on topics ranging from relationships and schooling to ethnic diversity—and not on the doll’s incalculably deleterious impact on the bodies of impressionable women, “Wheels and Heels” does a disservice to the Norton. It’s a hagiographic Mattel commercial masquerading as an evenhanded assessment of the toys’ cultural impact. Little girls will enjoy touring it—the museum was filled with them during a morning visit this week—but the show’s lack of insight into Barbie’s damaging effects is doing them more harm than good.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/46norton_graysonhoffman_sm.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>As for the model cars, which constitute the “Wheels” half of “Wheels and Heels,” I found nothing objectionable in them, and I liked this part of the exhibition the most. If Barbie dolls ostensibly prepared young girls for Life, Matchbox cars and their various accouterments prepared young motorists for life on the road. The earliest examples of these die-cast metal replicas were varied, encompassing a far broader scope of the driving populace than Barbie dolls did the female gender; you’ll see moving vans and oil tankers, London buses and cement trucks, sports cars and the garages to house them.</p> <p>With the brand’s evolution into sleekly designed automotive futurism, the modern Hot Wheels models continue to look one step ahead of today’s technology—and they seem like they’re in motion even when they’re not. Their makers’ engineering ingenuity is apparent in Mattel’s elaborate, rollercoaster-like tracks and, later, complete highway systems with tollbooths, street lamps and road signs. But the streamlining of its cars as speedy, next-gen fantasy objects for boys led to a decline in technical detail and accuracy, a fact of which the show’s curator reminds us a number of times, his disappointment left unsaid but palpably felt.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/11norton_graysonhoffman_smallsize.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Nevertheless, the Hot Wheels portion has some merit—but I can’t get behind the Barbie displays at all. The offensiveness of this “exploration” of the doll is, at first, the stuff of ludicrous amusement: A Babysitter Barbie’s reading material includes a weight-loss book, and it’s safe to assume her makers were not subversive ironists when they gave it to her. When an African-American Barbie is finally introduced in the 1980s, she dons a big Afro, and the phrase “She’s dynamite” is scrawled along the bottom of the box. All the doll is missing is a shoulder-mount boombox blasting some Blaxploitation soundtrack … and we’re supposed to applaud Mattel for its diversity?</p> <p>I was, in fact, more bothered by the self-congratulatory ethos of the brand’s “We Girls Can Do Anything” campaign, which began in 1985 and which saw Barbie entering the Air Force, playing in the NBA, becoming a sign language interpreter and running for president. Had this campaign launched in, I don’t know, 1961, that might be saying something. But this is a brand that waits until progressive ideas are safely embraced by the mass populace before endowing its avatars with them. And it goes without saying that in all incarnations, Barbie still bears the same unattainable hourglass figure, her “weight” permanently fixed at 110 pounds.</p> <p>This exhibition needs a counterbalance, a room full of Barbie critics to offer a side of the story that doesn’t feel culled from a Ruth Handler autobiography. There have been enough of these critics in the art world, dating at least to Mark Napier’s “Distorted Barbie” Web art installation in 1996, whose digitally altered Barbies led eventually to an annual “Altered Barbie” art show in San Francisco, which has been running 13 years strong.</p> <p>In 2012, a Vancouver-based photographer named Dina Goldstein created a series of fantasy-puncturing photographs, using mannequins, that depicted Barbie and Ken’s marriage as a real-life, ill-suited coupling, full of sexual frustration, lovers’ quarrels, an increasing lack of shared passion, and an inevitable extramarital affair (Ken sleeps with another perfect-looking man).</p> <p>Just one room of work like this would be enough to dispel the notion that the exhibition is an unabashed love letter to a toy that has damaged girls’ self-esteem for more than half a century. Heck, even a simple acknowledgment of the doll’s unintended objectification of women on a wall placard would be a start. At a time when girls—enabled by unethical doctors—are actually destroying their bodies in efforts to resemble “human Barbies,” such perspective isn’t just helpful in reaching some objectivity. It’s necessary. I expected more from the Norton.</p> <p><em>“Wheels and Heels: The Big Noise About Little Toys” runs through Oct. 26 at Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach. Admission costs $12 adults and $5 children. Call 561/832-5196 or visit</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 04 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 & EventsBarolo Toasts Grand Opening<p>They’re opening grandly at <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Barolo</strong> </a>(<em>1201 U.S. Highway 1, 561/626-1616</em>), the elegant Italian eatery in North Palm Beach’s <strong>Crystal Tree Plaza</strong> shopping center. From now until Sept. 30, the restaurant of food, wine and art maven Bill Habansky will be offering a $32.95 four-course prix fixe menu to celebrate its debut.</p> <p><img alt="" height="229" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/barolo1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Inside, the 150-seat Barolo shows off a sleek, contemporary look highlighted by a large, U-shaped bar and modern artwork displayed gallery-style on cool white walls. There’s also a chic outdoor patio.</p> <p>The menu sports a classical Italian orientation, with dishes like gnocchi Amatriciana, fettucine Bolognese, assorted fish and shellfish in a white wine-tomato “brodetto,” the hearty chicken scarpariello and one of my all-time favorites, mozzarella en carrozza, breaded and crisply fried mozzarella served with marinara and anchovy sauce.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/barolo_food.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>With a name like Barolo you’d expect the wine list to be something special, and Barolo doesn’t disappoint. Look for a list strong in Italian and California bottlings, including—of course—several excellent Barolos, among the Pio Cesare, Fratelli Giacosa and Gaja.</p>Bill CitaraFri, 04 Jul 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsThe Chapman question, power line debate and Scripps shopping around<h3><img alt="" height="466" src="/site_media/uploads/randy-1.jpg" width="400"></h3> <h3>The Chapman Question</h3> <p>In two weeks, Delray Beach finally may be able to see Louie Chapman in the rear-view mirror.</p> <p>Tuesday night, the city commission voted 4-1 to approve a settlement with the suspended manager. His resignation would take effect July 15. The settlement would mean that a search for Chapman’s successor can begin soon. The commission’s goal should be to not have this search end as the search for Chapman did.</p> <p>In December 2012, a previous commission voted to hire Chapman to succeed David Harden, who had held the job for more than two decades and got lots of deserved credit for his role in Delray Beach’s transformation from sleepy to thriving. A month later, however, the commission was waffling, with some members concerned that Chapman had not been vetted sufficiently. Eventually, the hiring was affirmed, but the process was botched. Three members of the commission – Cary Glickstein, Jordana Jarjura and Shelly Petrolia – are new since then. Adam Frankel and Al Jacquet are the holdovers.</p> <p>Another problem with the previous search was the suspicion that the fix was in for Doug Smith, who had been assistant city manager under Harden and was a finalist with Chapman. Smith backers used the if-it-ain’t-broke-don’t-fix-it argument, but in his last years Harden had become far too defensive and turf-conscious. Example: his resistance to the Office of Inspector General, despite an overwhelming vote by Delray residents for the office’s oversight. Harden presided over the illegal extension of the trash-hauling contract, rejecting the inspector general’s conclusion that it should have been bid.</p> <p>Before Tuesday’s meeting, Glickstein said that if the commission approves the settlement, he hoped that Delray Beach could have a permanent manager “in the next 90 days” after a “legitimate hiring process.” Unlike the search that produced Chapman, there will be no insider candidate. Most top Delray administrators are relatively new. An interim manager, hired from outside, has been filling in for Chapman and could be a candidate.</p> <p>There may be the usual talk of a “nationwide search,” but Delray Beach will do best to seek someone from Florida. Chapman was from Connecticut, where he ran a city government structured much differently than Delray’s. History also shows that the commission should not focus too much on one person. Harden actually was the commission’s second choice in 1990. The first choice rejected Delray’s contract offer. Vetting, though, remains important. Harden had been forced out as manager in Winter Park, near Orlando, after 12 years because he was considered too quiet. Winter Park’s mistake.</p> <p>Without a settlement, Delray Beach might be stuck with Chapman until September. If the revised settlement is approved on July 15, that might be a good omen.</p> <h3>Line dancing  </h3> <p>My guess is that there is an internal blame game going on within the team developing <strong>East City Center</strong>, which will include the Trader Joe’s store in Boca Raton.</p> <p>As a city planner told the Planning and Zoning Board on June 19, approval for the project last July came with the understanding that the developers would bury utility lines. Subsequent documents filed with the city also showed the lines buried. Under a Boca Raton ordinance, all downtown redevelopment must have buried power lines unless the city determines that it can’t be done or would pose a risk to public health. Burying lines is not just a matter of aesthetics; it can prevent extended power failures after a hurricane.</p> <p>Despite all those documents, the East City Center developers now don’t want to bury the lines. The <em>South Florida Sun-Sentinel </em>this week reported on the new request. Just last week, Trader Joe’s announced that the Boca Raton store would open on Sept. 26, three weeks after the Delray Beach store opens. As late as March, according to city staff, the site plan showed the lines being buried on the site, between Eighth and Ninth avenues on South Federal Highway. Yet Charles Siemon, an attorney for the developers, said at the June 19 meeting that having to bury the lines would “destroy the schedule” for the late-September opening of Trader Joe’s.</p> <p>Mayor Susan Haynie suspects that someone on the development team “didn’t see” the notation about the power lines. If the developers had a communication breakdown, the request could be an attempt to avoid what might be added costs. Siemon denies that cost is the issue. Rather, he told the planning and zoning board members, it’s not feasible to bury the lines. The developers, he said, realized this only after getting deep into the engineering details. Yet a city planner said the engineering plans submitted last September showed the lines being buried.</p> <p>Siemon also says that burying the lines could cost the project parking spaces. Depending on the estimate, that loss could be as few as two spaces or as many as six. Does that really matter? Yes, said another representative of the developers: “Losing one parking space (of the roughly 130) is a big deal.” Haynie’s response is that if burying the lines actually does result in fewer spaces, the city is “willing to work with them” on parking.</p> <p>“Can you imagine the precedent we would set if we allowed this?” Hayne asked rhetorically in an interview Wednesday. The Planning and Zoning Board deadlocked 3-3 on the developers’ request. Staff had recommended denial. The city council will make the final decision on July 21, at which time the East City Developers may try to get their way by attempting to hold Speculoos Cookie Butter, Reduced Guilt Chunky Guacamole and other popular Trader Joe’s items hostage from expectant Boca fans.</p> <h3>A failed Scripps experiment?</h3> <p>For two weeks, <em>The Palm Beach Post</em> has reported on the Scripps Research Institute’s proposed deal with the University of Southern California. Scientists at Scripps’ Florida campus in Jupiter have criticized the idea, and we’ve heard reruns of the argument that the $1 billion-plus investment by the state and local governments in biotechnology has not panned out.</p> <p>The debate is predictable; it’s been going on since the Florida Legislature approved $310 million for Scripps Florida in 2003. That money went to hire staff. The county threw in nearly that amount to build the headquarters for Scripps, and added more for Scripps’ neighbor, the Max Planck Florida Institute. The debate, though, misses some key points about Florida’s attempt to mix a biotechnology industry—concentrated in six counties—into the usual state mix of tourism, farming and real estate/construction.</p> <p>As far back at 2006, the agency that analyzes state government and state spending noted that just drawing respected biotechnology institutes would not cause the promised economic transformation. Florida, said the Office of Policy Program Analysis and Accountability, lacked other important factors. Florida didn’t have enough in-state venture capital money to draw entrepreneurs wanting to start biotech spinoff companies. Florida didn’t have enough programs to train workers those companies would need. Florida didn’t have enough “higher education institutions and medical schools with strong research capabilities. . .”</p> <p>In other words, Florida didn’t have a Stanford, as California’s Silicon Valley does. Florida didn’t have a Duke-UNC-N.C. State cluster, as North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park does. Florida didn’t have an MIT, as Massachusetts does. Scripps is on the Jupiter campus of Florida Atlantic University that is home to the Wilkes Honors College. No disrespect to FAU, but Jupiter doesn’t provide what Scripps and Max Planck need. The venture capitalism problem is hardly new and still hasn’t been solved. For all the attempts by Boca Raton and other cities to lure companies from other states, Florida’s future depends on companies starting here and growing here.</p> <p>Still, the state’s latest report from March 2013, notes progress, however slow. It also notes that it can take years for a region to become a biotech player. The offer to Scripps from the University of Southern California is $15 million per year for 40 years. Scripps is tempted because the budget for the National Institutes of Health, which was ample 13 years ago, has shrunk. It would be better for Florida if Scripps turned down the deal with an institution so far away. If Scripps accepts, though, it will show that Florida failed to follow up on the state’s initial investment. Why did that happen? Following up would mean the state spending state money. The money for Scripps came from the federal government that the Legislature loves to criticize. Jeb Bush got a freebie. When it came time for Florida to put up, Florida shut up.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the <em>Miami Herald</em> and <em>Palm Beach Post</em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the <em>Po</em>st. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</p>Randy SchultzThu, 03 Jul 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityHealthy Fourth of July Eats and Treats<p><span><img alt="" height="36" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="490"></span></p> <p><span>Fourth of July is just around the corner and since it falls on a weekend, that means parties and not-so-healthy foods galore. This year, claim your independence from junk food, and say yes to dishes that taste good and treat your body with respect.</span></p> <p><span>Here are four of my favorite Red, White and Blue recipes that are easy to make and fun to eat!</span></p> <p><span><img alt="" height="364" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/flag.jpg" width="490"></span></p> <p><span><strong>Red, White and Blue Nachos</strong></span></p> <p><span>1 bag of o</span><span>rganic</span><span> blue corn 365 brand tortilla chips from Whole Foods</span></p> <p><span>1 package of Daiya mozzarella cheese</span></p> <p><span>1/3 cup unsweetened, plain almond milk</span></p> <p><span>1 jar of chopped sundried tomatoes</span></p> <p><span>1 package of Beyond Meat Chicken-free Strips, chopped in smaller chunks</span></p> <p><span>In a sauce-pan, mix Daiya cheese with almond milk and heat up until they melt into a smooth, cheese mixture. Layer tortilla chips on a large plate and add chopped chicken strips on top. Drizzle with the cheese mixture, sprinkle with sundried tomatoes and enjoy!</span></p> <p><span><strong>Patriotic American Potato Salad</strong></span></p> <p><span><span>3 pounds of small red, white and purple potatoes</span></span></p> <p><span><span>1 cup soy-free Vegenaise</span></span></p> <p><span><span>2 tablespoons dijon mustard</span></span></p> <p><span><span>1/2 cup fresh dill, chopped</span></span></p> <p><span><span>1/2 cup celery, chopped</span></span></p> <p><span><span>1/2 cup sweet onion, chopped</span></span></p> <p><span><span>½ teaspoon real salt</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Boil potatoes until tender. Drain and set aside to cool. While potatoes are cooling, mix the rest of ingredients into a creamy dressing. When potatoes are at room temperature or cooler, cut in desired chunks and mix with the dressing for a delicious side dish!</span></span></p> <p><span><strong>Independence Tart</strong></span></p> <p><span><strong>Crust:</strong></span></p> <p><span>2 cups of walnuts</span></p> <p><span>3/4 cup dates</span></p> <p><span>½ teaspoon salt</span></p> <p><span>1 teaspoon vanilla powder</span></p> <p><span>Process all ingredients in a food processor with an S blade until dough is formed. </span></p> <p><span><strong>Cream:</strong></span></p> <p><span>2 cups cashews, soaked for 12 hours and then drained</span></p> <p><span>2/3 cup coconut butter</span></p> <p><span>1/4 cup young coconut water</span></p> <p><span>1/4 cup raw agave</span></p> <p><span>2 tablespoons psyllium husk </span></p> <p><span>1/4 teaspoon sea salt</span></p> <p><span>¼ vanilla bean</span></p> <p><span>Place all cream ingredients in blender except of psyllium husk, and blend until smooth. Add psyllium husk and blend for an extra minute.</span></p> <p><span><strong>Decoration:</strong></span></p> <p><span>Fresh blueberries</span></p> <p><span>Fresh strawberries</span></p> <p><span>Instruction for assembly: </span></p> <p><span>Place the dough into the tart shells and mold into crust-shape. Pour over the cream and decorate with berries on top, alternating rows of red and blue. </span></p> <p><span><strong>Z-TIP: </strong></span><span>Alternatively, you can serve the cream in martini glasses, topped with berries!</span></p> <p><span><strong>Watermelon Cooler</strong></span></p> <p><span>1 watermelon</span></p> <p><span>1 honeydew</span></p> <p><span>2 cucumbers</span></p> <p><span>1 lime</span></p> <p><span>3 strawberries</span></p> <p><span>1 carton of blueberries</span></p> <p><span>Umbrellas for the drinks with red, white and blue motifs</span></p> <p><span>Juice watermelon, honeydew and cucumbers through a juicer and squeeze lime by hand. Take berries and pierce them with the umbrellas. Serve juice on the rocks and to with a red, white and blue umbrella!</span></p> <p><span><strong>••••••••</strong></span></p> <p>For more from the Green Goddess, click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Alina Z.</strong>
</p> <p>Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida,  Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at, visit Alina’s website at <a href=""></a>, or follow her on Facebook (<a href=""></a>) or Twitter (<a href="">@CoutureFood</a>). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at <a href=""></a>.</p>Alina Z.Wed, 02 Jul 2014 13:26:21 +0000 Movie Review: &quot;Begin Again&quot;<p><img alt="" height="196" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/tumblr_n3qapmbsnj1qjaa1to1_500.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>At the start of “Begin Again,” Dan Mulligan (Mark Ruffalo) is, as they say in old movies, “in a bad way.” He’s a jaded record executive, a former indie-label entrepreneur with a broken marriage, a nonexistent relationship with his teenage daughter Violet (Hailee Steinfeld), and a drinking problem. His typical commute to the office—when he decides to show up—involves drinking swill from a flask and listening to swill on his car stereo, that is to say the latest demo CDs of derivative junk that arrived in the mail that week. Each of his Dan’s boozy thoughts is communicated through a thicket of smarm and world-weary cynicism, making this a definitively Ruffaloian part—one playing to the actor’s scruffy, sardonic strengths.</p> <p>This lifestyle can’t last forever, and pretty soon Dan is unceremoniously fired from the label he helped launched, resulting in the inevitable funny-embarrassing workplace breakdown scene, in which he tries to take with him a cumbersomely giant abstract painting, not to mention his client list. He’s rebuffed on this last point and is told, “this isn’t ‘Jerry Maguire.’”</p> <p>Except that it is, basically: A talent representative who has lost his way re-launches his career from the ground up by pooling all of his eggs into one long-shot basket. Dan’s Rod Tidwell, in this case, is Gretta (Kiera Knightley), an insecure but brilliant singer-songwriter whose single contribution to a open mic night at a local pub resonates with Dan on the very night his life has hit its nadir. Gretta, we’ll soon find, is dealing with plenty of consonant problems; she emigrated from her native U.K. to New York make music with her American boyfriend/songwriting partner Dave Kohl (Adam Levine, of Maroon 5), but as he rose to major-label stardom, he left her behind in more ways than one. When she performs that raw tune about loneliness for a listening audience of virtually one—Dan Mulligan—she’s reached the end of her rope too, and is set to book a flight back home the next day.</p> <p><img alt="" height="296" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/" width="400"></p> <p>Something amazing happens when Dan watches Gretta play, the first of the film’s many instances of irrepressible pleasure for music lovers. We climb into Dan’s otherwise muddled head and see how <em>he</em> hears this solo acoustic song: a little drumming here, a little piano here, a well-placed string solo bridging a chorus to a verse. The instruments spring to life on their way around Gretta, performed by the invisible session players in Dan’s mental Rolodex.</p> <p>Jimmy Swaggart famously said that “rock music is the new pornography.” If “Begin Again” is music porn, this scene is one of its coital highlights. And others follow, as this unlikely pair forges a business relationship predicated on an ingenious idea: They’ll make a demo tape by recording her songs in public places around New York City, from subway platforms to the tops of skyscrapers, integrating the ambient sound of a city symphony into their raw, immediate mix, all of it recorded using ProTools and a mobile studio, aka a refurbished truck. Later, Dan and Gretta will share guilty pleasures from their iPhones through the use of a headphone splitter, gallivanting around Times Square in their own sonic worlds.</p> <p>It’s no surprise this film was written and directed by John Carney, the voice behind “Once,” the most poignant musical-bonding film of our time. He understands the importance of music to connect lives better than any director I can think of, and he’s effortlessly gifted at excavating emotional honesty through music. “Begin Again” overflows with the joy of constructing organized sound from nothing, using music to express love, secrets, solitude, defiance, revenge, regret and other therapeutic outpourings.</p> <p>Gretta cycles through most of these emotions herself through song; as for Dan’s character arc, the similarities to Jon Favreau’s “Chef” are striking: a wayward soul, fired from his day job, renews his personal relationships by starting a business venture fueled by 21<sup>st</sup> century technologies. The overarching, gratingly implausible sunniness of “Chef” is present here too, though it’s less bothersome. The title, after all, gives away the movie’s inherent optimism in the face of real-world struggles, both romantic and economic. It’s as delectable a pop music fantasy as “Chef” is a foodie Valhalla: You want to live inside this movie, even if—especially if—its world probably doesn’t exist.</p> <p><em>“Begin Again” opens today, July 2 at Cinemark Palace in Boca Raton, Carmike Parisian at CityPlace in West Palm Beach, AMC Aventura, and Regal South Beach.</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 02 Jul 2014 13:22:21 +0000 & EventsMoviesThis year&#39;s Boca Ballroom dancers are well on their way<p>So last night I dropped by a little cocktail reception honoring this year’s community dancers—for the <a href="" target="_blank">Boca Ballroom Battle</a> coming up August 16. This is the seventh annual dance showcase starring Boca Raton community leaders and patterned after the popular “Dancing with the Stars” television program.</p> <p><img alt="" height="369" src="/site_media/uploads/mirror+ball.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Last summer, I was one of those dancers, and I think back on training for the event as being trapped in one long primal silent scream. I was scared, clumsy, terrified of making an ass of myself and staring at the ceiling most nights wondering why I had said I’d do it.</p> <p>But last night, as I went from dancer to dancer to try to calm their nerves, I was completely stunned: Not one of them seemed fazed by the whole thing. <strong>Victoria Rixon</strong> said she didn’t dance at all but “wanted to see what it was like.” <strong>Albert Dabbah</strong> was working the room like a pro, and said it was going great. <strong>Elizabeth Grace</strong> said it was “starting to click” after a measly seven lessons. <strong>Denise Zimmerman</strong> acted like it was nothing and <strong>Paula Pianta</strong> was chatting about her upcoming vacation in California. I missed the others, but the general vibe was “I got this” as opposed to “I will never live this down,” which was my general take on it all.</p> <p>So I am impressed. These people are fearless, confident and more than human, in my opinion. I suspect they are going to blow the roof off the Resort that night.</p> <p>This year’s event co-chairs are Dr. Anthony N. and Jennifer Dardano and S. Chris and Yvette Palermo. The Occhigrossi family returns for the fourth year as the Presenting Sponsor, joined by Seminole Region Charity Golf Tournament Committee as the “Mirror Ball” Sponsor, <em>Boca Raton</em> magazine, Boca Raton Resort &amp; Club, Fred Astaire Dance Studio, Aerospace Precision Metals, Amy and Mike Kazma, Gregory’s Fine Jewelry, Ippolita Jewelry from Bloomingdale’s Boca Raton, Audi Coral Springs/Lighthousepoint, Investments Limited, Margi and Kurtiss Cross, Griffin and Olivia Occhigrossi, and Daszkal Bolton, LLP.</p> <p>Limited tickets are available starting at $150. All tickets include two cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. For more information call 561/ 347-6799 or purchase online at <a href=""></a>.</p> <p><strong>About the George Snow Scholarship Fund:</strong> <br> The George Snow Scholarship Fund, a Boca Raton-based 501(c)3 Public Charity, provides educational grants to deserving young scholars. These scholarships are four-year commitments and are designed to bridge the gap between other financial aid and what the scholars and their families can afford. In addition, the Scholarship Fund provides support services designed to benefit all Snow Scholars. No other organization of this kind provides so much support to their scholarship recipients. </p>Marie SpeedWed, 02 Jul 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Kismet Opens in Boca<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>One thing I’ve learned covering fitness in Boca: There are all kinds of approaches to getting stronger, fitter, healthier and more flexible. All you have to do is find the one that’s right for you. Even gyms and studios that have the same general approach to fitness, like CrossFit boxes or yoga studios, tend to have individual twists to the sports.</p> <p>Take <strong>CrossFit Kismet</strong> (<em>279 W. Camino Real</em>). Boca Raton’s Coach Chris “CK” Kidawski and his wife Jackie opened CrossFit Kismet in June 2014. The couple shared their thoughts about fitness and the new local gym with The Fit Life.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/kismet.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>For those unfamiliar, CrossFit is a high-intensity, whole-body workout with constantly changing training sessions. While many swear by it, CrossFit has detractors who say injury rates are high. To ensure people understand correct and safe form, CrossFit Kismet holds mastery classes in snatch, power clean, gymnastics and more.</p> <p>The coaches’ and owners’ credentials and experience are also important for safer training sessions. CK has several certifications in exercising and coaching, including CrossFit Level 1, Strength and Conditioning Coach and USA Weightlifting certifications.</p> <p> “Once I started coaching and training in the ways of CrossFit, I fell in love with the concept and thought this would be a great platform for my life's work,” CK says.</p> <p>When he tells people what he does for a living, he says people automatically cringe and assume CrossFit is too hard for them.</p> <p>“After five minutes I can usually convince them otherwise, but the message I get is clear,” he says. “People are intimidated [by] CrossFit.”</p> <p>His goal is to get everyone from 13 to 90 years old in his gym trying out CrossFit with the help of his very own Kismet Method.</p> <p>CK says he developed the method during his 16 years of fitness coaching. To visualize it, think of a pyramid with three elements: mobility, stability and performance.</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/July%202014/kismet2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>First, CK focuses on freeing up his clients glued muscle tissues. Then he teaches proper technique. Finally, the focus is the performance aspect. CK once had a client whose personal record was four kipping pull-ups. After just one coaching session, the client managed to do 30 nonstop.</p> <p>To complement its focus on fitness training, CrossFit Kismet offers a free nutrition seminar every third Sunday of the month. The gym also features Wodify, a software developed for CrossFit. Wodify helps athletes track their daily progress and results.</p> <p>When it comes to philosophy, CK and Jackie go by “people over profits.”</p> <p>“It’s that simple,” Jackie says.  We see more value in helping others become healthier, feel better about themselves and push their limits than just getting as much people through the doors by putting out a Groupon.”</p> <p> And for those wondering, “Kismet,” which means destiny or fate, came by way of love, not sport. Jackie says she picked up the term because of the circumstances of their marriage. Though they were from opposite ends of the country, they met in a gym in Hawaii then ended up in Florida, where they got married.</p> <p>“We are living … happily ever after,” she says. “It was kismet.”</p> <p>CrossFit Kismet is open  Monday  through  Saturday and for private appointments on Sundays.</p> <p>The first two weeks for new clients are free. Prices start at $20 per class. Grand opening prices are still available at $155 for month-to-month or $145 a month for a three month commitment. This deal is limited to the first 50 memberships, so get yours now!</p> <p>For more, go to: <a href="" target="_blank"></a> or call 561/990-8055.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About Lisette</strong><br>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Lisette HiltonTue, 01 Jul 2014 20:09:55 +0000 Broken Egg Cafe Debuts in Boca<p>They’re breakin’ eggs and bustin’ appetites in Boca’s <strong>Royal Palm Place</strong>, where the first local outlet of what are expected to be more than three-dozen <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Another Broken Egg Cafes</strong></a> throughout South Florida has made its debut.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/anotherbrokeneggcafe2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The Boca Egg (<em>508 Via De Palmas, 561/405-6940</em>) takes over the old Raffaele restaurant, giving the former tenant’s once uber-contemporary Milan design studio space a homey makeover, offering up an earthy color palate of rust, gray and pale yellow, beadboard wainscoting, lots of dark wood and Craftsman-style light fixtures.</p> <p>The 36-unit chain shows off its Louisiana roots with a variety of Cajun-Creole inflected dishes to go along with its massive omelets, Benedicts, pancakes and “scrambled skillets.” Open only for breakfast and lunch, it fills out the afternoon meal with a selection of burgers and sandwiches, composed salads and brunch items from shrimp ‘n’ grits to biscuits ‘n’ gravy.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/anotherbrokenegg.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The breakfast menu is not for the faint of palate (or waistline), with choices like Southern-style biscuit beignets with powdered sugar and honey marmalade, cinnamon roll french toast with cream cheese icing and Banana’s Foster sauce, a “Mardi Gras” omelet with andouille and crawfish under tomato hollandaise and eggs benedict a la Oscar, with grilled flatiron steak, two poached eggs, crabmeat, asparagus and bearnaise sauce.</p> <p>And, no, they do not come with a side order of Prilosec.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 01 Jul 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsDead man walking, police pensions, Trader Joe&#39;s and more.<h3><img alt="" height="466" src="/site_media/uploads/randy-1.jpg" width="400"></h3> <h3>The argument for settling</h3> <p>Even if Delray Beach tonight finally could be rid of <strong>City Manager Louie Chapman</strong>, the choice is not easy. Moving on from Chapman would come at a literal and figurative price.</p> <p>Before the city commission is an offer from Chapman under which he would resign effective July 15. The commission suspended Chapman for 90 days with pay on May 13, after Adam Frankel would not join Mayor Cary Glickstein and commissioners Jordana Jarjura and Shelly Petrolia in voting to fire Chapman for cause. On June 3, Al Jacquet, who had missed the earlier meeting, also refused to provide the necessary fourth vote.</p> <p>Under the settlement, Chapman would get about $70,000. Of that, roughly $62,000 would amount to 20 weeks pay, or what his contract allows if the commission fired him without cause. The other $8,000 would cover unused vacation time and Chapman’s contribution to the city’s general employee pension fund. Chapman would agree not to sue Delray Beach over his departure, and the city would agree not to start any new investigation of Chapman. The move to fire him gained momentum in May, when a report by the Palm Beach County Office of Inspector General concluded that the manager misled the commission in January on a purchase order, and then twice misled investigators from the inspector general’s office as they checked out a citizen complaint about the purchase. Finally, the city would have to replace Chapman’s suspension with a letter of reprimand.</p> <p>From a practical standpoint, approving the deal makes more sense. Chapman is a dead man walking. Even if Glickstein, Jarjura and Petrolia didn’t get the fourth vote to fire him by the time his suspension ends in mid-August, they could keep suspending him until an Aug. 26 referendum. This referendum could change the charter to require just three votes to fire him. One can argue that Delray Beach can’t afford to have the Chapman issue linger while Interim City Manager Terry Stewart runs things. It’s budget season, there are pension negotiations and the city needs some certainty. The city attorney is new and an outsider. An assistant city manager has been on the job for just a few weeks. The planning and zoning director started two weeks ago. The new police chief starts work Sept. 1, even though he’s a department long-timer.</p> <p>Also, since Chapman first offered to settle for two years’ severance, you could say that Delray Beach is getting a good deal. And given the range of laws Chapman says he will not invoke in a lawsuit against the city—the Bank Secrecy Act? The Patriot Act—even firing Chapman for cause probably would invite litigation, however frivolous. The city attorney recommends approval.</p> <p>“This is not about just one employee,” Glickstein said in an interview. “This is our CEO, and the longer this goes on, the more of a disservice it is to our employees. It is the next best thing that we have (after firing for cause) that we have to get rid of a problem.”</p> <p>Yet the settlement does reward bad behavior. Even before the inspector general’s report, Chapman acknowledged violating city procedures by scheduling for the March 18 meeting a loan modification related to the Auburn Trace housing project. The deal was so bad for the city that the finance director said the commission’s response should be not just “no” but “hell, no.” The previous commission approved it, but the new commission—Jarjura replacing Angeleta Gray, whom she defeated in the March 11 election—rescinded it. Perhaps not coincidentally, Frankel and Jacquet voted for the Auburn Trace deal. Frankel changed his vote two weeks later. Jacquet was not present.</p> <p>“I am disappointed that we are even talking about this,” Petrolia said Monday. “We are being put in this situation by two unwilling commissioners (Frankel and Jacquet) who have had ample opportunity to do the right thing,” meaning fire Chapman for cause.</p> <p>Petrolia is correct that the settlement would give Chapman more than he deserves. The deal, though, offers more to Delray Beach and its residents even if it remains inconceivable that Frankel and Jacquet haven’t come around. If Chapman’s misdeeds don’t amount to firing offenses, what offenses do? Overall, though, there’s more gain for Delray in the settlement than pain.</p> <h3>Boca suggests pension reform</h3> <p>Boca Raton’s March elections were about the mayor and council, of course, but also about <strong>public safety pensions</strong>. The city’s proposal to the police union acknowledges that pension reform is essential to the city’s financial security. The proposal has seven points, five of them dealing with factors that most affect Boca Raton’s pension liability to police officers.</p> <p>The city proposes that police officers not be allowed to use overtime pay when calculating pensions. This change is essential. In city after city in Florida, unions have steered overtime to officers nearing retirement, giving those officers a pension windfall at the public’s expense. Currently, Boca officers can use 300 hours of overtime toward pension calculations—the maximum the state allows. Boca Raton firefighters can’t use any overtime toward their pensions, and there’s no reason to give police officers an exception.</p> <p>The city also wants to base pension benefits on the highest five years of earnings, not the highest two years, to get a truer average. Another proposal would lower from 3.5 percent to 3 percent the “multiplier” used to figure benefits —years of service times salary times the “multiplier.” Maximum benefits would decrease from 87.5 percent of monthly salary to 81.5 percent. The annual cost-of-living adjustment would drop to 1.5 percent from 2 percent. Two other proposals would have employees share more pension risk with the city when stock markets drop and investment returns—that help pay benefits—also drop.</p> <p>According to Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie, these reforms would wipe out what now are large unfunded pension liabilities over the next 50 years. “The fund would be sustainable,” she said Monday. Haynie said the union has not responded to the proposals. Soon, she said, a proposal will go the firefighters. Their contract also expires Sept. 30. Haynie said the proposal will be similar to what Boca has offered the police.</p> <p>Boca Raton’s proposed pension reform is wide-ranging. The only issue not addressed is minimum years of service to qualify for benefits—20, or 10 years at age 55. Other cities in Florida have even more serious pension issues, and more are seeking to address them. I will have more on Boca pensions when the unions respond.</p> <h3>Trader Joe’s bets on us</h3> <p>Rapture swept through South Florida shopping mavens last week when Trader Joe’s announced <strong>opening dates for stores in Boca Raton and Delray Beach</strong>.</p> <p>The flag drops first in Delray on Sept. 5. Trader Joe’s will open in the new Delray Place at the southeast corner of Federal Highway and Linton Boulevard. The Boca store, part of the East City Center project at Federal Highway and Southeast Eighth Avenue, opens on Sept. 26. Both dates are Fridays, sandwiching the Sept. 19 opening of a store in Palm Beach Gardens.</p> <p>According to the company’s news release, Trader Joe’s has more than 400 stores in 40 states and introduces 12 new items each week. The company’s arrival adds to the Boca-Delray mix that already includes Publix, Publix Greenwise, the Fresh Market and Whole Foods. Indeed, we are seeing again how attractive this market is.</p> <p>The Boca Raton and Delray Beach Trader Joe’s will be about 7.5 miles apart on Federal Highway. The company has stores that are closer in urban areas. Two in Chicago, for example, are just 3.5 miles apart. But I couldn’t find any suburban area where two stores are so close.</p> <p>And consider the iPic theater chain, which makes watching a movie feel like flying in first class. According to a representative, iPic’s Mizner Park location—which includes the wonderful full-service restaurant Tanzy—is exceeding projections. The Delray location, on the site of the old city library downtown, will open next year just eight miles from Mizner Park. It will offer just in-theater dining, but will be part of an office and retail project.</p> <p>By my calculation, those will be the closest iPic locations, at least for now. If you wanted to take a true picture of the national economy, you would not check out Boca Raton and Delray Beach. How fortunate for us.</p> <h3>Mizner Trail decision</h3> <p>Last Thursday’s Palm Beach County Commission vote to <strong>approve development on the former Mizner Trail Golf Course</strong> was not terribly surprising, even if the case for development wasn’t strong.</p> <p>Because commissioners are elected only by voters from within their districts, only one of seven has to worry about angering voters on hot local issues. Boca Del Mar residents who opposed the project live in District 4, which Steven Abrams represents. Abrams voted against the 252-unit development, along with Jess Santamaria. He is the most anti-development commissioner, and since most neighbors opposed the project, Santamaria’s vote was predictable. He also opposed development on a former golf course next to Century Village in West Palm Beach.</p> <p>Though fewer neighbors showed up last week to express opposition than had at the two previous hearings, an attorney for the residents said that “no turnout could have swayed the no votes” of Mary Lou Berger, Paulette Burdick, Priscilla Taylor, Hal Valeche and Shelly Vana. Berger for many years was an aide to former Commissioner Burt Aaronson, who was working for the developers. Vana kept saying that the residents deserved “certainty,” and then gave them certainty they didn’t want. Burdick’s vote was especially hypocritical. She opposed that project next to Century Village—in her district—but sided against similarly angry residents in Abrams’ district. This pattern will continue until Palm Beach County makes more commissioners accountable to more voters.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the <em>Miami Herald</em> and <em>Palm Beach Post</em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the <em>Po</em>st. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</p>magazineTue, 01 Jul 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityThe Week Ahead: July 1 to 7<p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="450" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/32_orig.jpg" width="300"></p> <p><strong>What: “Samurai Culture: Treasures of South Florida Collections”</strong></p> <p>Where: Morikami Museum, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $8-$14 museum admission</p> <p>Contact: 561/495-0233, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>We have our tradition of noble warriors, but ours don’t tend to have the fashion-forward history of the samurai, the enduring icon of feudal Japan. With their suits of armor and caches of exotic weapons, samurai have achieved cult status in the West, centuries after they walked the earth in the East. According to Veljko Dujin, curator of collections at the Morikami Museum, the samurai is one of his most-requested exhibition subjects, and this summer the museum is meeting popular demand by mounting a full-scale samurai exhibition, its first in more than a decade. “Samurai Culture” features paintings and prints depicting samurai, along with armor and weaponry, including “some very special blades,” says Dujin. “Samurai Culture” makes for a vivid contrast to the Morikami’s other summer exhibition, “From a Quiet Place: The Paper Sculptures of Kyoko Hazama,” which features adorable papier-mache constructions of animals and people courtesy of this emerging Japanese artist. Both shows run through Aug. 31.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/fireworks_from_the_beach.jpg" width="200"></p> <p><strong>What: Independence Day celebration</strong></p> <p>Where: Downtown Delray Beach at A1A and Atlantic Avenue</p> <p>When: 3:30 to 9:25 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The City of Delray Beach’s July Fourth extravaganza remains one of South Florida’s preeminent Independent Day bashes, and this Friday’s festivities are no exception. There will be entertainment for grown-ups (a beer garden hosted by three of the Avenue’s top restaurants, and burger- and custard-eating contests), activities for little ones (sand sculpting, a “Kids Corner” hosted by the Avenue Church, and a “splash zone” to combat the heat); and plenty of fun for visitors of all ages, including mini golf from Putt’n Around and beach volleyball. Mike Mineo, one of our region’s best and most original singer-songwriters, will perform live at 5:30, followed by The Petty Hearts, a Tom Petty tribute act, at 7 p.m. Mayor Cary Glickstein and the dance troupe No Bodies Crew will usher in the fireworks countdown show at 8:30.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/kissalive.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Independence Day celebration</strong></p> <p>Where: Bryant Park Amphitheater and the Cultural Plaza in Downtown Lake Worth</p> <p>When: 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/533-7353, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>But if there’s any city this year that can give Delray more of a bang for its entertainment buck, it’s the city of Lake Worth, which is going all out with its daylong festivities across two venues. It begins at 11:30 a.m. with a raft parade and will be succeeded by “Art on the Water” performances and the 12<sup>th</sup> annual “Race of the Rafts” at 1 p.m. Aquatic activities continue with a special wakeskating, wakeboarding and Jet Ski show from 3 to 5 p.m. at Intracoastal Waterway at Bryant Park. There also will be live pro wrestling shows, a free watermelon and monster waterslide, and antique car show and—saving the best for last—a lineup of 11 live bands on two stages, from reggae-ska bands Spred the Dub and The Supervillains to the theatrical KISS tribute act KISS Alive (pictured). Fireworks begin at 9 p.m.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="208" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/borgman.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>Opening night of “Borgman”</strong></p> <p>Where: Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth</p> <p>When: Show times pending</p> <p>Cost: $7 to $9.</p> <p>Contact: 561/586-6410, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Once again, the Lake Worth Playhouse’s intimate and adventurous Stonzek Theatre has booked a movie most theaters have shied away from. It appears to be the only local cinema to open “Borgman,” a blackly comic psychological thriller from Dutch polymath Alex van Warmerdam. In an inversion of Jean Renoir’s classic “Boudu Saved From Drowning,” a straggly vagrant ingratiates himself into an upper-class household and, instead of assimilating into their lives, disrupts the family unit through a series of malevolent actions. The movie’s trailer is stunning and contains a multitude of dazzling images that suggest much while giving away nothing. It’ll creep you the heck out, though, and has earned favorable comparisons to the Austrian <em>enfant terrible</em> Michael Haneke. The movie runs through July 10.</p> <p> FRIDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="199" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/miami-1act.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: New Theatre 1-Acts Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Artistic Vibes, 12986 S.W. 89<sup>th</sup> Ave., Miami</p> <p>When: 8 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday</p> <p>Cost: $12 per program, $20 for two-program pass</p> <p>Contact: 305/443-5909, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Every year, Miami’s New Theatre provides an indispensable opportunity for 16 playwrights—and 16 directors—to showcase new work at this festival of one-act readings. In total, more than 45 actors and crew will participate in this unique festival, a rare theater treat at a time when most companies are dark. We don’t know anything about the works themselves except for the titles, which are enough to pique our interest, from David Victor’s “Aliens, Mr. President!” to Will Cabrera’s “Burying Shakespeare in Hialeah.” And if you visit on July Fourth, the performance will be accompanied by Independence Day grub (think burgers, hot dogs and beer), music and a fireworks display.</p> <p> SATURDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/lindsey-stirling-music-33545711-2560-1440_convert_20130303182410.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Lindsey Stirling</strong></p> <p>Where: Sunset Cove Amphitheater, 20405 Amphitheater Circle, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $35</p> <p>Contact: 561/488-8069, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Most YouTube “sensations” are one-hit wonders or novelty acts whose fame ends at 15 metaphorical minutes. Rare is the act that launches on YouTube and proceeds to make a genuine, lasting cultural impact, remembered well beyond his or her first millionth view. Lindsey Stirling has accomplished this feat. The grassroots violin phenomenon launched her career on social media in 2007 and worked her way up to a quarter-finalist on “America’s Got Talent” in 2010. Her star has continued to rise ever since, thanks to her unclassifiable blend of performance art and music, which combines the plaintive lyricism of string music with hip-hop danceability; these days, she’s one of the most organic acts on the Top 40 charts. With her YouTube channel reaching 675 million views and counting as of this month, Stirling is supporting her new album “Shatter Me.” Her recent set lists have included most of that album along with a dazzling medley of “Legend of Zelda” music.</p> <p> SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="258" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/palm_beach_chamber_orch.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening day of Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Delray Beach Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 2 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25 single tickets; $85 for four-concert series</p> <p>Contact: 800/330-6874, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival is one of the great cultural pleasures of living in Delray during the summer. For four weeks, classical music enthusiasts can enjoy a Sunday afternoon refuge from the blazing sun, while hearing intimate, expertly played compositions by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and others, inside the comfort of the Crest Theatre, where there isn’t a bad seat in the house. The first program of the season, which runs Sunday only in Delray Beach, will feature Malcolm Arnold’s “Trio for Flure, Viola and Basssoon,” Herbert Howells’ “Rhapsodic Quintet” and Johann Nepomuk Hummel’s “Septet No. 2 in C major ‘Military.’” The snowbirds never know what they’re missing.</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/gogos-fe4e06f27697e9f997fa27ec5eb29f932c1c39df.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: Replay America Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood</p> <p>When: 4 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $44 to $64</p> <p>Contact: 954/797-5531, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Nineteen-eighties pop music, which everybody made fun of in the postmodern ‘90s, has enjoyed a resurgence in the 21<sup>st</sup> century, fueled initially by irony but evolving into a genuine nostalgia for the era’s three-chord rock minimalism and its inchoate pangs of synthpop. This mini-festival features four acts who enjoyed popular success in that decade. The Go-Gos, a band forever etched in history for being the first all-female group to top the Billboard album charts with material entirely written by the artists themselves, will headline. They’ll be joined by Naked Eyes, the British New Wave duo famous for its dancey cover of Burt Bacharach’s “Always Something There to Remind Me;” Martha Davis &amp; the Motels, the Berkeley new wavers responsible for “Suddenly Last Summer;” and Patty Smyth, the charismatic rocker who will play hits from her days with Scandal, including “The Warrior” and “Goodbye to You.” </p>John ThomasonMon, 30 Jun 2014 18:21:56 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsApiero Names Debut Date, Chef<p>November 15 is the projected opening date for <strong>Apiero</strong>, Burt Rapoport’s casual Mediterranean restaurant in west county’s sprawling Delray Marketplace, where his and Dennis Max’s latest collaboration, Burt &amp; Max’s, is still pulling in big crowds.</p> <p><img alt="" height="227" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/apeiro-slider1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The first of what will likely be other Apieros (Apieri?) in South Florida, its kitchen will be headed up by Chicago transplant David Blonsky. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, Blonsky has a resume that includes stints at such high-profile eateries as Spago in Chicago, Barton G.’s Miami catering business and back in the Windy City at Tru, with acclaimed chefs Rick Tramanto and Gale Gand. His last gig before signing on with Apiero was at Chicago’s Siena Tavern.</p> <p>Expect more details about the menu, design and possible expansion in the weeks to come.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 30 Jun 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsThe Wedding Guide: Advice from Newlyweds<p>According to <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, today’s average engagement is 15 months. So, when Boca residents <strong>Anna Grudzinska</strong> and <strong>Tommy LaSalle</strong> set their wedding date for 10 months after their engagement, time wasn’t on their side.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202014/annaandtommy_3.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>But they didn’t sweat it. Grudzinska advises that couples utilize every resource at their disposal, and that starts with planners.</p> <p>Grudzinska and LaSalle chose the <a href="" target="_blank">Boca Raton Resort &amp; Club</a> for their May 2013 wedding, with 125 people, because “it’s not only beautiful and elegant but on the water,” she says. “Tommy loves boating and fishing, so it added to the appeal.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202014/annaandtommy.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Another factor was wedding planner Jillian Stevens, Grudzinska says: “I picked the venue because she came with it! She was amazing to work with.”</p> <center><a href="" target="_blank"><em>Check out a Q&amp;A with Stevens here.</em></a></center> <p>Grudzinska highly recommends planners, as they have connections with area vendors and help avoid lengthy research. For remaining tasks, Grudzinska suggests prioritizing by what means the most to bride and groom.</p> <p>“Allow the groom to help out with responsibilities that are important to him,” she says. “For example, Tommy is a picky eater, so he was in charge of food.”</p> <p><img alt="" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202014/annaandtommy_4.jpg"></p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202014/annaandtommy_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202014/annaandtommy_6.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The couple should also consider their skill sets, Grudzinska says: “Being a graphic designer helped with some of the wedding costs. I designed our save the dates, invitations, menus and place cards.”</p> <p>Surprisingly, on the big day, both Grudzinska and LaSalle were cool as cucumbers, she says: “We knew we were in good hands. Jillian said to remember that, if something goes wrong, no one will notice—and she was right.”</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" height="27" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202014/theweddingguide.jpg" width="490"></a></p>magazineMon, 30 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0000 ExtrasFashion Forward: Sales you shouldn&#39;t miss<p><strong><strong><img alt="" height="273" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/worth.jpg" width="490"></strong></strong></p> <p><strong><strong>Worth Avenue Special Event</strong>: </strong></p> <p><strong></strong>Palm Beach’s ultimate luxury shopping destination is hosting a must-attend shopping event on Thursday, July 3, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For $35, get early access to summer sale merchandise from Saks Fifth Avenue, Tory Burch, Alex and Ani, Calammasi and more. There will also be a champagne bar, light bites, music and a gift bag with goodies from Worth Avenue partners. Purchase your tickets <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> by July 2.</p> <p><strong>Summer Sale:</strong></p> <p>Now through Sunday, take 50 percent off your purchase at <strong>Stepping Out </strong><em>(437 Plaza Real, Boca Raton) </em>in Mizner Park. The offer excludes FitFlops. The store is bidding farewell to its Mizner location, though its Manalapan location <em>(226 S. Ocean Ave.)</em> will still remain open! For more information, call 561/750-9095.</p> <p><strong>Fourth of July Sale:</strong></p> <p>Native Sun<em> (209 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach)</em> is treating its customers to a special early deal for the Fourth of July. Take 20 percent off the whole store, plus an extra 20 percent off sale racks. Offer valid until June 30. <em></em></p> <p><strong><br></strong></p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 27 Jun 2014 14:06:15 +0000 A-Mazed This Summer<p>The Mazes exhibit at the <a href="" target="_blank">South Florida Science Center and Aquarium</a> is 6,000 square feet of pure confusion and entertainment. I got lost in a crowd of 500 rambunctious visiting day campers and the big maze’s many twists and turns. But navigating my way through the life-size maze that takes up half of the exhibit did more than leave me physically exhausted.</p> <p><img alt="" height="675" src="/site_media/uploads/generic_illusions.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>Within the maze you’ll find brainteasers and optical illusions around every corner.  Is the image actually bumpy or is it just shaded to look that way? Are the lines in the design actually parallel? If you stare at the oddly colored American flag for 30 seconds and then look at a blank white space, does the flag appear to be red, white and blue?</p> <p>Your eyes may start bulging from your head as you search for the exit from this vortex of body and mind tests. Don’t worry, the staff knows the trick to the other side, but convincing them to tell you is another puzzle on its own.</p> <p>The traveling exhibit has found a summer home between the planetarium and aquarium from May 3 to September 14. It is a family fun experience that offers different mazes and activities that cater to specific age groups. The create-your-own maze module allows visitors to piece together red and blue life-size rectangular prism-shaped pieces to make towers, bridges and, of course, mazes. Prepare to be amazed—no pun intended—by the exhibit’s educational panels that explain the origin of mazes and which Chinese dynasties used them hundreds of years ago.</p> <p>Perplexingly detailed artwork created by the very talented David Anson Russo adorns the walls and adds another dimension to the exhibit’s colorful confusion. The Mazes exhibit is sure to leave you utterly uncertain as you search the corners of your brain for solutions to every mind-boggling turn.</p> <p>The Mazes exhibit at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium (4801 Dreher Trail N., West Palm Beach) is on display from May 3 to September 14. The exhibit is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission for museum members is free, $10.50 for children (ages 3-12), $14 for adults and $12.50 for seniors (ages 62+.) For more information, visit or call 561/832-1988.</p> <p><strong>About Taryn:</strong></p> <p><em>Taryn Tacher is a senior at the University of Florida studying Journalism and Business Administration, who is interning at Boca Magazine this summer. Though she is less than five feet tall, what she lacks in height she makes up for with her passion for writing. She loves yoga, puppies and all things tiny. You can reach Taryn at</em></p>Taryn TacherFri, 27 Jun 2014 11:51:06 +0000 & EventsUpcoming EventsGluttonous Goat Debuts in Boca<p>An unusual name and an eclectic menu are bringing a dose of excitement and adventure to the Boca Raton dining scene.</p> <p><img alt="" height="295" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/goat.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>That would be the <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Gluttonous Goat</strong></a> (<em>99 S.E. Mizner Blvd., 561/923-9457</em>), the collaboration between chef-restaurateur Brian Marcotte and entrepreneur Michael Amato that takes modern American comfort food and gives it a wicked Caribbean-Creole-Asian twist.</p> <p>What all that means in your mouth are dishes like pan-sauteed mussels with a Creole-inflected white wine sauce, wasabi and avocado deviled eggs with pork belly and toasted edamame, jerked goat with coconut milk mashed potatoes and tempura octopus chopped salad. There are plenty of more familiar dishes too, from braised beef brisket tacos, truffled lasagna and linguini with shrimp, cherry peppers and oven-dried tomatoes to burgers, “poor man’s lobster roll” (hint: monkfish instead of lobster) and a hefty bone-in cowboy ribeye.</p> <p>Wash them all down with a roster of inventive cocktails, like the Bloody Green Fairy (Pearl vodka, extracted tomatillo water, horseradish, lime, Tabasco, togarashi and spicy green bean) or the fetchingly named Numbnuts (roasted pecan and almond-scented Benchmark bourbon, cracked black pepper and maple leaf honey). Also look for a well-chosen selection of small-batch bourbons and craft beers.</p> <p>As for the restaurant itself (in the old Moquila/The Spaniard location), it’s got a hip, funky, urban-industrial vibe that says New York’s SoHo or San Francisco’s SoMa more than Boca, which sounds pretty good to me. Definitely a spot worth checking out.</p>Bill CitaraFri, 27 Jun 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsRising Past the Obstacles<p><span><span><span><span><span>When you drive up to <strong>Rising Tide Car Wash</strong> in Parkland, you may notice a couple of things. You may notice the blue-and-sand-colored decor, or how efficiently quick a group of young men can wash a car, or the compact yet comfortable waiting room. What you may not know </span></span><span>–– </span><span><span>or notice </span></span><span>–– </span><span><span>is that more than 80 percent of the employees at Rising Tide fall somewhere on the autism spectrum.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/deri_family.jpg" width="450"> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>A New York transplant who moved to South Florida in June 2012, John D</span></span><span>’</span><span><span>Eri left his world of litigation services and software support and partnered up with his oldest son, Thomas, to create a business that would allow young adults on the autism spectrum to prosper and create lives for themselves. The idea came to him while thinking about his family</span></span><span>’</span><span><span>s future; D’Eri’s youngest son, Andrew, was diagnosed with autism when he was 3 years old. Even with an early diagnosis and the ability to provide Andrew with the right resources and proper schooling, D’Eri was worried.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span>“<span><span><span><span>I wouldn</span></span><span>’</span><span><span>t consider myself a success if I left this planet and Andrew had no where to go, no future, having to rely on his brother and becoming a burden,</span></span><span>” </span><span><span>says D’Eri. </span></span><span>“</span><span><span>That</span></span><span>’</span><span><span>s not a life. So, I decided to sell everything and use my knowledge in business to create a community where Andrew and others like him would work, and it could live beyond me.</span></span><span>”</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>The father-son duo conducted a year</span></span><span>’</span><span><span>s worth of research before contacting Sonny</span></span><span>’</span><span><span>s Enterprises of Tamarac, the largest distributor of car wash equipment in the world (according to one independent study). With the distributor’s help, they ran a three-month pilot program at a Homestead car wash that would allow them to create a real-life setting while assessing their workers and the business itself. After 60 hours of film—and Excel sheets filled with 10,000 lines of information—they realized that their social mission alone could not drive a successful and sustainable business.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>The D</span></span><span>’</span><span><span>Eri men then narrowed down the car-washing process down to a series of 46 steps that would allow each and every employee to succeed at the car wash. They would then assess and train the employees before they were required to complete the steps in under six minutes, three times in a row, with 100 percent accuracy.</span></span></span></span></span><br><br></p> <p>“<span><span>They like structure and repetitive tasks, because it gives them the capability to feel comfortable that they</span></span><span>’</span><span><span>re doing everything right without having to read someone</span></span><span>’</span><span><span>s facial expression or tone of voice,</span></span><span>” </span><span><span>says D’Eri.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>With help from The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at the University of Miami, word spread that their car wash was looking to hire young adults with autism. Rising Tide offers its employees $8 an hour plus tips, with the flexibility to work part- or full-time. Since opening a year ago, they have not fired any employees, and some have already moved up to higher positions like team supervisor or manager of the express lane tunnel.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>When asked how some of his employees have changed since starting at Rising Tide, John was filled with anecdotes. He revealed that plenty of them didn</span></span><span>’</span><span><span>t like to speak or smile; now, that</span></span><span>’</span><span><span>s all they do. He also mentioned that a couple of the guys now have plans to move out of their respective homes and live together in an apartment. There is even one employee, Melvin, who recently bought himself a car </span></span><span>–– </span><span><span>and coming from a lower-class neighborhood, he never dreamed of having enough money to buy a car, let alone drive it to work.</span></span></p> <p>"<span><span>At first, no one believed me. Even my wife had no clue what I was talking about,</span></span><span>” </span><span><span>says D’Eri. </span></span><span>“</span><span><span>And it</span></span><span>’</span><span><span>s all been very inspiring, but now it</span></span><span>’</span><span><span>s time to scale it, replicate it and impact as many people as we can.</span></span><span>”</span></p> <p><span><em>Rising Tide Car Wash is located at 7201 N. State Road 7, Parkland. For information, call 954/344-1855 or visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></span></p> <p><strong>About Michelle:</strong></p> <p class="BodyA"><em>Michelle Ferrand is a junior at Florida Atlantic University studying English Literature, Sociology and Women</em><em>’</em><em>s Studies, who is interning at Boca Raton magazine this summer. Disappointed with the lack of magic in the real world, she prefers to be curled up reading a good book or binge watching television shows on Netflix. She prefers an actual book to an e-reader and no, she doesn</em><em>’</em><em>t want to be a teacher. You can reach Michelle at</em></p>Michelle FerrandThu, 26 Jun 2014 08:07:33 +0000 Trail stand-off, the ol&#39; numbers game and more<h3><img alt="" height="466" src="/site_media/uploads/randy-1.jpg" width="400"></h3> <h3>Unhappy Trails</h3> <p>For the third time in five months, the fate of an abandoned golf course just west of Boca Raton goes before the Palm Beach County Commission. What happens today, though, could affect far more than just the former <strong>Mizner Trail Golf Club</strong>.</p> <p>As in January and March, the owners of the roughly 128 acres—bounded by Southwest 18<sup>th</sup> Street, Military Trail and Camino Real—will ask the commission to approve residential development for what the four-decades-old Boca Del Mar master plan envisioned as open space. Commissioners postponed a decision at those earlier meetings, after which the landowners changed the plan. Today, they will tell the commission that they have worked out a plan the neighbors could live with.</p> <p>Andre Parke, an attorney who represents some of those neighbors in Boca Del Mar, disagrees. Though the new proposal calls for 255 residential units, down from 288, Parke says the plan still would spread townhomes and apartments across what were fairways and would “take away views that property owners paid for and deserve.”</p> <p>Since January, the landowners have tried to fit their project on the site in a way that would minimize its impact on those views. The latest plan, according to county staffers, would keep new housing at least 50 feet from the neighbors in most cases, with a 10-foot space for trees and other landscaping to hide the homes. The staff report, which strongly recommended rejection in January, now recommends approval, subject to 48 conditions the landowners must meet.</p> <p>Parke, though, said this is not the suitable “compromise” county commissioners hoped the landowners and neighbors could reach. Boca Del Mar residents want the housing scattered around the edges of the property. Parke says the landowners “rejected this out of hand,” adding that anyone who considers the new plan a compromise “fails to understand this misses the point that the community has been struggling to make.”</p> <p>The challenge for the developers to make their case is considerable. A judge ruled that there are no inherent development rights on what was approved in the early 1970s as open space, so the landowners base much of their argument on what in governmentese is called “changed circumstances.” The landowners contend that operating a golf course no longer is financially viable, so they should be allowed to build housing.</p> <p>One theory, though, is that the landowners bought the property near the top of the market a decade ago and want the commission to bail them out of a bad investment. Some neighbors also suspect that the landowners intended all along to close the golf course.</p> <p>Attorney Martin Perry, who represents the landowners, says such theories are wrong: “The reality is that the golf course was acquired to operate as a golf course,” but the market is saturated. He cites figures showing that roughly 150 courses nationwide close each year. Boca Del Mar, he said, has a population roughly that of North Palm Beach and still couldn’t support the course.</p> <p>As for that court ruling, Mr. Perry interprets it differently. He also contends that one of the neighbors’ proposed alternatives—to scatter the homes around the edges of the property—simply would cluster apartments near other Boca Del Mar residents along Military Trail.</p> <p>Perry, a longtime land-use lawyer, acknowledges that if commissioners approve development of Mizner Trail, the precedent could allow development of other golf courses and other open space. “It’s a troublesome issue,” he said. “It started in the 1990s, and it’s going to continue.” Commissioners certainly can’t pretend that the community supports the project. At the two hearings, 204 people spoke against the project while just 23 spoke in favor. Of the responses to a county mailing, nearly 1,300 were opposed and just 333 were in support.</p> <p>Some neighbors have suggested that the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District could help buy or operate the property as a park, but the district’s interim director said Wednesday there is no interest in such a deal. So some commissioners may contend at today’s hearing that development is the only reasonable option and would improve what now are overgrown ex-fairways and greens and end “uncertainty” over the site. At this point, however, the neighbors overwhelmingly favor overgrown to developed. Granting development rights where none may exist—against the wishes of those living nearby—would create its own certainty of more such concessions.</p> <h3>Spinning the numbers</h3> <p>Wells Fargo’s new Florida Economic Outlook will give Gov. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist more to argue over.</p> <p>Growth in Florida, the report said, is picking up, and the “mix of growth has evolved in a way that should produce much more (sic) economic gains well into the future. . .” Scott will use the report to say that he gets the credit. Crist will use the report to say that Florida simply is following the national pattern of improvement under President Barack Obama. In the report, though, are numbers that matter for South Floridians beyond the political talking points.</p> <p>Job growth in Palm Beach County is up 2.5 percent from a year ago, less than in some parts of the state but healthy enough to generate hope for more. Tourism and business and professional services are the strongest areas. While construction is doing better, statewide it represents just 5 percent of all jobs. Before the recession, that figure reached 9 percent.</p> <p>That high mark, though, was artificial. Too much construction during the boom was for homes to flip, not homes to live in. That turned a boom into a bubble, which burst. Historically, construction was about 7 percent of Florida’s employment. If we get back to that level, without homes being built for phantom residents, the real estate market will be sounder for the long term and closer to where we can say that the recovery in Florida is complete.</p> <h3>Paying up time</h3> <p>Friday will be Sheryl Steckler’s last day at Palm Beach County’s first inspector general. That occasion should make Boca Raton and Delray Beach look again at their participation in a lawsuit against the Office of Inspector General.</p> <p>Boca, Delray and 12 other cities claim that the system for financing the office amounts to illegal double taxation of city residents. The Office of Inspector General is a county agency, the cities say, and the county can’t order cities to pay for a county agency unless the cities agree. Example: A city decides to contract with the county for law enforcement or fire rescue.</p> <p>The county, though, did not order the cities to pay. Residents of all 38 cities did, through a referendum in November 2010. City residents asked for oversight from the inspector general and told city officials that their constituents wanted them to pay for it. Oversight of cities is separate from oversight by the county. The county already pays for its oversight.</p> <p>The lawsuit prevented Steckler from staffing the office fully, but it did not prevent her from monitoring the cities effectively. One that benefited greatly was Delray Beach.</p> <p>In 2012, the Office of Inspector General disputed the city’s assertion that it could extend a trash-hauling contract without bidding. That report helped the city win its challenge of the decision. The contract now is going out for bid; current city officials hope that Delray residents will save millions under a new deal. An inspector general’s report this year revealed that sloppy city purchasing rules allowed City Manager Louie Chapman to mislead the commission on a purchase of trash bins. The report could lead to Chapman’s firing. The commission should thank the Office of Inspector General by withdrawing from the lawsuit, which should go to trial in September.</p> <p>West Palm Beach, which initiated the lawsuit and provided much of the early legal work, has been the city most resistant to the inspector general. Right behind, though, has been Boca, at least under former Mayor Susan Whelchel. In 2011, she called it “double taxation without representation,” overlooking, forgetting or ignoring that the people she represented told the city to pay, not the county. Last year, Whelchel said the inspector general and ethics commission are “controlled by the county.” In fact, both are independent. County commissioners do not appoint members of the ethics commission, which oversees the inspector general.</p> <p>Since Boca Raton sometimes behaves like a self-governing kingdom of Palm Beach County, attitude alone might explain the resistance. But Palm Beach, which famously gripes about paying county and school taxes, has embraced the inspector general—perhaps because the town had its own corruption issue in the building department. Whatever the reason, the 14 cities come off as hostile to the agency that has done much to scrub off the “Corruption County” graffiti from a decade ago. As she departs, Steckler looks far better than those holdout cities do.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the <em>Miami Herald</em> and <em>Palm Beach Post</em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the <em>Po</em>st. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</p>Randy SchultzThu, 26 Jun 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityDelray BeachBrewery Hop<p>Craft beer is all the rage these days, and South Florida is brewing up some of its own unique beers to contribute to the trend. Hop from brewery to brewery this summer to discover your new favorite brew.</p> <p><strong>Funky Buddha Lounge &amp; Brewery</strong></p> <p>(2621 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton): 561/368-4643</p> <p><img alt="" height="176" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/funkybuddha_hop.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Microbrewery and lounge, open Monday-Friday 5 p.m.-2 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 6 p.m.-2 a.m.</p> <p>Funky Buddha offers way more than delicious beer brewed on-site. Take a seat and enjoy hookahs featuring 40-plus flavors of shisha, kava, snacks and live entertainment. Show off your skills at Monday’s Homemade Jam/improv music or Wednesday’s open mic nights.</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>Big Bear Brewing Company</strong></p> <p>(1800 N. University Drive, Coral Springs): 954/341-5545</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/bigbearbrewingcompany.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Restaurant and brewery, open Monday-Thursday 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11:30 p.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.</p> <p>Big Bear Brewery offers a variety of freshly brewed beers, all with bear-related names. If you can’t decide on one, order the sampler to taste all of the beers being brewed at that time.</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>Due South Brewery</strong></p> <p>(2900 High Ridge Road #3, Boynton Beach): 561/463-2337</p> <p><img alt="" height="211" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/duesouth.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Microbrewery and taproom, open Tuesday-Sunday 12 p.m.–10 p.m.</p> <p>Due South Brewery has a taproom where you can watch a game or the brewery process in action. There are two bars, one with air conditioning and one without. Where you sit is up to you. The taproom has no kitchen, but Due South encourages visitors to order delivery or bring takeout with them.</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>Wynwood Brewing Company</strong></p> <p>(565 N.W. 24<sup>th</sup> St., Miami): 305/982-8732</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/wynwoodbrewingcompany.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Microbrewery and taproom, open Tuesday-Thursday 2 p.m.–11 a.m., Friday 2 p.m.-12 a.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-12 a.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-10 p.m.</p> <p>Wynwood Brewery is the first craft brewery to hit Wynwood Art District. This Puerto Rican family-owned brewery is strategically located in Wynwood (also known as the Puerto Rican Barrio). Wynwood Brewery has embraced the graffiti artistry of the area by employing a local wood turner to craft tap handles that look like spray paint cans.</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>Titanic Restaurant and Brewery</strong></p> <p>(5813 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Coral Gables): 305/668-1742</p> <p><img alt="" height="255" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/titanicbrewery.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Restaurant and brewery, open Sunday-Thursday 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m., Friday-Saturday 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m.</p> <p>Every year on December 1, Titanic Brewery passes out frequent flyer cards to known customers. Every time they purchase a beer, their card is marked. On January 1, the cards are collected, and customers are chosen to fill the approximately 10 open spots in the Mug Club. The chosen customers receive emails to join and pay the $80 membership fee. New members receive an engraved mug that is 25 percent bigger than the normal glasses. (That means you’ll drink more beer for the same price.) Every Wednesday from 5 until 9 p.m., new members can go to Titanic Brewery for a free meal. New members also will enjoy a free entrée and T-shirt on their birthday.</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p>What are your favorite local breweries? Leave it in the comment section below!</p> <p><strong>About Taryn:</strong></p> <p><em>Taryn Tacher is a senior at the University of Florida studying Journalism and Business Administration, who is interning at Boca Magazine this summer. Though she is less than five feet tall, what she lacks in height she makes up for with her passion for writing. She loves yoga, puppies and all things tiny. You can reach Taryn at</em></p>Taryn TacherThu, 26 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Park&#39;s Sip and Shop<p>Shop your way through <a href="" target="_blank">Mizner Park</a> this Thursday, from 6-8:30 p.m., during the shopping venue’s <strong>“Sip and Shop” event</strong>. Select establishments will be offering special discounts as well as refreshments to quench your thirst while you shop-hop your way down Plaza Real.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/miznerpark.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>A list of participating stores is listed below, along with the special offer for the night.</p> <p><strong>Boca Raton Museum of Art</strong></p> <p>-       Free admission</p> <p>-       Complimentary glass of wine</p> <p>-       30 percent off everything in the gift shop (from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.)</p> <p><strong>Bolufe</strong></p> <p>-       30 percent off entire store</p> <p>-       Complimentary wine</p> <p><strong>Cristino Fine Jewelry</strong></p> <p>-       30 to 50 percent off summer merchandise</p> <p>-       Complimentary wine and light bites from The Dubliner</p> <p><strong>francesca's collections</strong></p> <p>-       10 percent off your purchase of $50 or more</p> <p>-       20 percent off your purchase of $100 or more</p> <p>-       Complimentary fresh lemonade</p> <p><strong>Lord &amp; Taylor</strong></p> <p>-       Food tasting from Rack’s (6-8 p.m.)</p> <p>-       Cosmetics: 20 percent off sale and clearance + a free gift with purchase of $125 or more + 15 percent off your purchase of $50 or more (exclusions apply)</p> <p>-       Carolee team on site with chance to win an assortment of prizes</p> <p><strong>Our Boat House</strong></p> <p>-       15 percent off your purchase</p> <p>-       Complimentary margarita</p> <p><strong>Rhythym of Grace</strong></p> <p>-       20 percent off your purchase</p> <p>-       Complimentary champagne</p> <p><strong>Shusha Boutique</strong></p> <p>-       20 to 50 percent off merchandise</p> <p>-       Complimentary iced tea</p> <p><strong>Spruce Home and Garden</strong></p> <p>-       Special appearance by Aaron Ansarov</p> <p>-       10 percent off any regular priced item</p> <p>-       Gift with purchase</p> <p>-       Complimentary prosecco</p> <p><strong>Sunglass Hut</strong></p> <p>-       Free care kit with purchase</p> <p>-       Complimentary beverage</p> <p><strong>Sur La Table</strong></p> <p>-       25 to 75 percent off select merchandise</p> <p>-       Complimentary coffee</p> <p><strong>Villagio Ristorante</strong></p> <p>-       Free Bellini or glass of wine with entrée purchase</p> <p>If you can’t make it out for the event, don’t worry. It will be happening again on July 24 and Aug. 28.</p>Stefanie CaintoWed, 25 Jun 2014 17:56:53 +0000 NewsUpcoming EventsMovie Review: &quot;The Fault in Our Stars&quot;<p class="Body">The teen summer blockbuster has been out for two weeks –– the John Green best-seller it’s based on for two years –– and if you haven’t heard about <strong>“The Fault in Our Stars”</strong> yet, I’m wondering where you have been. For those who don’t know, it’s a modern-day, tragic love story about a 16-year-old cancer patient, Hazel Grace Lancaster, who falls in love with another cancer-stricken teen, Augustus Waters. While the majority of the film stays faithful to the novel, I left the theater in contrived tears, wanting more from the two-hour-plus movie.</p> <p class="Body"><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/1391020437000-fault-our-stars-mov-jy-2622.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="Body">Part of the problem is that the movie works hard—too hard—at evoking the same emotions the book had on its readers. Even if you haven’t read the book, I’m sure you’ll shed tears when [SPOILER ALERT] Shailene Woodley, who plays Hazel, cries while giving her doomed lover a mock eulogy. You might cry because it’s a sad moment, but the swelling soundtrack and the close-up on Woodley’s tear-stained face will really drive it home for you. For the music to swell up when it’s “time to cry” is not an uncommon practice, but for whatever reason, it’s painstakingly obvious this time. In the latter half of the film, it was all I could hear.</p> <p class="Body">The film’s editing rhythms are just as distracting, particularly the number of reaction shots between Woodley and Ansel Elgort, who plays Augustus Waters. The cuts are jumpy, ill-fitted and excessive, taking away from the overall feeling. For example, in the book when Woodley’s character attends the same cancer group meeting as Elgort’s, she notices that Elgort is staring at her and she keeps trying to look away but, nevertheless, looks back and catches him staring. And while the movie creates a literal depiction of the scene, it still comes across as choppy and awkward. In the book, Hazel Grace is thinking “Who is this hot guy staring at me?” But in the film, it looks more like “Who’s the guy with the goofy look on his face?”</p> <p class="Body"> <img alt="" height="353" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/filmes_6855_culpanewi2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="Body">But this isn’t to say that everything is tone-deaf. Casting Woodley as Hazel was the best decision the casting directors made, and while she wasn’t the person who popped into my head while reading the book, she becomes Hazel Grace. She delivers her lines –– some of which are verbatim from the novel –– in a way that seems innate and unrehearsed; ditto with her mannerisms and facial expressions. Woodley’s interpretation of Hazel Grace really brings the movie together for me because she keeps you engaged without being over the top; there is extreme power in her subtlety and honesty. (Honorable mention goes to Nat Wolff as Isaac, a mutual friend of the protagonists who loses his eyesight as a result of his cancer. His charisma and delivery make for great source of comedic relief.) </p> <p class="Body">The movie’s fidelity to the novel and its attempt at being an honest and literal adaptation of the novel is admirable, but it falls short. Some details from the book are enhanced or replaced, but these details are so few and far between that only Green’s hardcore faithful will notice. The movie doesn’t necessarily capture the spunky and witty dialogue like the adored novel does, but there is effort. This is not a lazy adaption but one that tries too hard. If you’ve seen the movie, great–– I’m kind of glad I did. If you haven’t, I would suggest you wait for its Redbox/Netflix release date and read the book in the meantime.</p> <p class="BodyA"><strong>About Michelle:</strong><em></em></p> <p class="BodyA"><em>Michelle Ferrand is a junior at Florida Atlantic University studying English Literature, Sociology and Women</em><em>’</em><em>s Studies, who is interning at Boca Raton magazine this summer. Disappointed with the lack of magic in the real world, she prefers to be curled up reading a good book or binge watching television shows on Netflix. She prefers an actual book to an e-reader and no, she doesn</em><em>’</em><em>t want to be a teacher. You can reach Michelle at</em></p>Michelle FerrandWed, 25 Jun 2014 14:59:40 +0000 & EventsMoviesLoveRich Boutique Summer Sale<p><strong>LoveRich Boutique</strong> <em>(2 N.E. Fifth Ave., Delray Beach)</em> is having a celebratory summer sale featuring 30 to 50 percent off selected items in-store and <a href="" target="_blank">online</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/photo.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>This fairly new boutique, which celebrated its grand opening in April, caters to women who have a contemporary style. LoveRich has everything from clothes and accessories to candles and features top runway designers from New York and Los Angeles.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/image_1.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/image.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p>Owner Jelena Lovric always had a passion for fashion, and opening up LoveRich Boutique allowed her to showcase her own line, LoveRich Designs, along with other contemporary brands like Black Halo, Black Orchid, Cut 25, Torn and Dean Davidson.</p> <p>For more details, call 561/276-3045 or email <a href=""></a>. Store hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.</p> <p><em>Taryn Tacher is a senior at the University of Florida studying Journalism and Business Administration, who is interning at Boca Magazine this summer. Though she is less than five feet tall, what she lacks in height she makes up for with her passion for writing. She loves yoga, puppies and all things tiny. You can reach Taryn at</em></p>Taryn TacherWed, 25 Jun 2014 13:14:52 +0000 BeachShoppingShopping NewsBoca After Dark: Tryst<p><span><span><strong>Where: </strong></span></span><span><span>4 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach 561/921-0201</span></span></p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/tryst_outsidelights.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><strong>The lowdown: </strong></span></span><span><span>Your quest for a good gastropub in Delray Beach should go no further than the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Swinton. This Irish-English gastropub is known for its low-key casual and inviting atmosphere. Locals feel comfortable walking into Tryst any time of night just to hang at the bar for a drink or sitting down for a bite to eat. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>The décor has a trendy yet rustic feel, complete with chalkboard menus up on the wall to display the nightly specials. The bar spans the entire length of the restaurant, allowing for plenty of room for you to enjoy awesome happy hour specials daily from 5-7 p.m. — 50 percent select draft beers and wines, select $5 well cocktails, plus appetizer specials too. But happy hour isn’t the only appealing part about Tryst — its prime location next to the techno music-blaring club, Union, gives people a place to chill out after their feet have had enough of the dance floor. Head over to Tryst around 10:30 p.m. and you’ll see a packed house with a diverse crowd of people anywhere between 25-40 years old. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>The unique selection of food and drinks keep customers happy and always itching for more. With specials like “Today’s Soup” and the “Daily Woodfired Flatbread” changing almost every day, regulars are kept on their toes. Of course, there are certain things you can’t shy away from — like the SPD Hot Wings made with Tryst’s famous house made habanero hot sauce, avocado ranch, crispy lettuce and lime, or the Tryst Burger made with prime beef, beemster gouda cheese, butter lettuce, tomato and onion and, obviously, served with fries.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>A carefully crafted selection of draft beers and wines and classic cocktails are another reason this place is such a hit.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><strong>The intangibles: </strong></span></span><span><span>One of Tryst’s most popular weeknight themes is Taco Tuesdays — every Tuesday you can get $4 drafts, $5 margaritas and the daily special taco platter for $11. If you like live music, Tryst is the place to be on Wednesday nights. There's also a new late night menu, Friday and Saturday nights from 11 p.m.-close, aptly named “Bites, Bourbon and Beer.” It features specials on apps ranging from $3-9, half off all draft selections, $3 bottled beer and half off select bourbons (a pretty expansive list that changes regularly, by the way). </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>There’s plenty of late night fun to be had at Tryst, but did you know you can also get your fix on the weekend mornings too? Brunch is now being served every Saturday and Sunday with hearty dishes like Chicken Fried Chicken and Crispy Rice Crusted Challah French Toast, lighter fare such as their Pontano Arugula Salad and Veggie Omelet, and the best part — $13 unlimited Mimosas and Bloody Marys. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li> <p><span><span><strong>Hours:</strong></span></span><span><span> Tryst is open for dinner Sunday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m and Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. until 2 a.m. Brunch is served</span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span>Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.</span></span></p> </li> <li> <p><span><span><strong>Website:</strong></span></span><a href="" target="_blank"><span><span></span></span></a></p> </li> </ul> <center><em>For more on bars in Boca Raton, click <a href="/blog/tag/boca-after-dark/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em><strong></strong></center> <p><strong>About Shaina</strong></p> <div>Shaina is a Boca transplant, born and raised in South Jersey. Her love of writing began at a young age and followed her through to Rutgers University where she graduated with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. It wasn't until she sought after a new and exciting journey far away from the cold winters of Jersey that she discovered another love: food. Shaina created her very own food blog, Take A Bite Out of Boca, and has since grown her passion for cooking, baking, and of course sipping and savoring her way around town. She is very excited to be part of the team at Boca Raton Magazine and hopes that you will join her every step of the way as she explores <em>Boca After Dark</em>. You can follow Shaina and all of her foodie adventures in and out of the kitchen at <a href="" target="_blank">Take A Bite Out of Boca</a>.</div>Shaina WizovWed, 25 Jun 2014 12:53:31 +0000 Barre Grand Opening + Freedom 5k<p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Pure Barre West Boca </strong></a><em>(9834 Glades Road, Boca Raton)</em> is celebrating its grand opening Friday, June 27, from 7 to 9 p.m., and you’re invited. The studio, which features full-body low-impact workouts, is located in the Westwinds of Boca shopping plaza at the southeast corner of Glades Road and U.S. 441.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/purebarrewestboca.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The celebration will include a Barre to Bar fashion show, healthy samplings from Raw Juce and Fit Foodz and a SoBlo station offering re-drys, braids, twists and buns. Add to that free cocktails, raffle prizes and giveaways. You may even find yourself a good deal: Pure Barre is offering class package specials and retail discounts on fitness clothing, including Pure Barre, Splits 59, Karma and Beyond Yoga fitness brands.</p> <p><a href="">Pure Barre</a> is an exercise technique using a ballet barre. Each 55-minute class focuses on building strength and stretching the hips, thighs, buttocks, abdominals and arms. It’s an exercise that people of all fitness levels can do. And, much like yoga, the technique promotes a meditative response, where participants block out daily life, according to Pure Barre’s corporate website.</p> <p>Heather Clark, the studio manager of Pure Barre West Boca, says the experience is just as important as the workout.</p> <p>“We are a community and want each of our clients to feel like family,” she says.</p> <p>The studio hosts a variety of in-house events, including Wine Down Wednesday and Brunch at the Barre, “in appreciation of the many amazing clients who have become a part of our Pure Barre ‘fam,’” Clark says.</p> <p>The grand opening is free to the public. To RSVP, call 561-465-5994 or email</p> <p><em>In other news…</em></p> <p>Attention runners: The Freedom 5K is this Saturday, June 28, at Quiet Waters Park, Deerfield Beach <em>(401 S. Powerline Road). </em>There’s also a kid’s dash and youth mile.</p> <p>The 5K run/walk starts at 7 a.m. and costs $35 for those who preregister; $40 race day. Runners and walkers who are 80 years old and above participate for free. The park fee is included in the cost of the race.</p> <p>more about the race, contact Cynthia Raes-Bernard at 954-461-5515, email <a href=""></a> or go to <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About Lisette</strong><br>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Lisette HiltonWed, 25 Jun 2014 08:36:32 +0000 of Delray Beach 2014<p>Purchase your Dining Passport for $30 (cash only) at any participating restaurant below. This passport entitles the holder to the tastings event on Thursday, Aug. 7, and Friday, Aug. 8, plus three months of savings at all participating restaurants, valid July 1 - Sept. 30. A portion of the revenue from each passport sold will be donated to the Delray Beach Beautification Project.</p> <p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">50 Ocean</a></strong></p> <p><em>(50 S. Ocean Blvd. ||  561/278-3364)</em></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="235" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/tastemakers-delray14_50ocean.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Floor-to-ceiling windows offering Delray’s most breathtaking ocean views, coupled with chef Blake Malatesta’s delightful seafood-inspired menu await you at 50 Ocean. Indulge  your culinary senses, or just enjoy a classic cocktail sitting at the most beautiful bar on the beach!</p> <p align="center"><strong><em>Table Flaked Grouper Tacos</em></strong></p> <p align="center">Local black grouper, “to the minute salsa,” bacon puffs, cucumber tortilla,chili lime dressing</p> <p align="center"><em><strong>Cilantro Ginger Cooler</strong></em></p> <p align="center">Bombay gin, ginger cognac, fresh pressed lime and orange juice, cilantro, soda</p> <p align="center"><strong><em>Passport Dining Special</em></strong></p> <p align="center">Buy one lunch, get one free. Free lunch must be of equal or lesser value. Not valid with any other offers, including board member benefits</p> <p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Cabana El Rey</a></strong></p> <p><em>(105 E. Atlantic Ave. || 561/274-9090)</em></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="235" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/tastemakers-delray14_cabanaelrey.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2013 ZAGAT 2013: For Miami flavors “without the drive,” Latin lovers in Delray and West Palm head to these “festive,” “fun spots” for “perfectly spiced” Nuevo fare, “real mojitos” and “top-notch sangria,” all at “reasonable” prices.</p> <p align="center"><em><strong>Anticuchos</strong></em></p> <p align="center">Marinated skirt-steak skewers topped with rocoto and red onion salsa</p> <p align="center"><em><strong>Strawberry Caipirinha</strong></em></p> <p align="center">The Caipirinha, the national drink of Brazil, is made here with Leblon cachaca and muddled strawberries, lime wedge and simple syrup</p> <p align="center"><strong><em>Passport Dining Special</em></strong></p> <p align="center">10 percent off any food purchase - alcohol not included</p> <p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Caffe Luna Rosa</a></strong></p> <p><em>(34 S. Ocean Blvd. || 561/274-9404)</em></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="235" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/tastemakers-delray14_images_caffelunarosa.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Caffé Luna Rosa is the oldest Italian restaurant in Delray Beach. Luna Rosa offers an ocean view dining experience where great food and a great environment come together.</p> <p align="center"><strong><em>Florida Lobster and Crab Bisque</em></strong></p> <p align="center">Homemade bisque with fresh lump crab and Florida lobster tail meat finished with cream and sherry</p> <p align="center"><em><strong>White Knight Riesling</strong></em></p> <p align="center">Light and sweet with the aromas of papaya nectar, crisp apple and night blooming jasmine</p> <p align="center"><strong><em>Passport Dining Special</em></strong></p> <p align="center">Free bottle of wine: house choice with two entrees, or two free bottles with four entrees. Not valid on holidays or with any other discounts or offers</p> <p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Deck 84</a></strong></p> <p><em>(840 E. Atlantic Ave. || 561/665-8484)</em></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="235" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/tastemakers-delray14_images_deck84.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Deck 84 was voted Boca Raton magazine’s Best Waterfront Dining and Best Bar Food for 2013. Deck 84 is Delray Beach’s favorite waterfront dining destination.</p> <p align="center"><strong><em>Ahi Tuna Ceviche</em></strong></p> <p align="center">With coconut-citrus marinade, mango, avocado, chili pepper and crispy root</p> <p align="center"><em><strong>Dark n’ Stormy</strong></em></p> <p align="center">Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum, ginger beer and fresh lime</p> <p align="center"> <strong><em>Passport Dining Special</em></strong></p> <p align="center">50 percent off bottles of wine with any entree purchase Monday through Thursday</p> <p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">D.I.G.</a></strong></p> <p><em>(777 E. Atlantic Ave. || 561/279-1002)</em></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="235" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/tastemakers-delray14_images_dig.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>We here at DIG (doing it green) strive to provide amazing flavorful food by utilizing fresh seasonal organic fruits and vegetables, plus naturally fed and ethically tended products. We actively strive to be environmentally friendly and efficient. We have a large selection of vegetarian options and quite a few that can be vegan too!</p> <p align="center"><strong><em>Mini Hummus Trio</em></strong></p> <p align="center">Black bean chipotle, sundried tomato basil and eggplant pumpkin</p> <p align="center"><em><strong>La Playa Sauvignon Blanc</strong></em></p> <p align="center">Aromas of lemon, fresh pineapple with hints of lavender</p> <p align="center"><strong><em>Passport Dining Special</em></strong></p> <p align="center">15 percent off entire check. Not valid on holidays or with any other discounts or offers</p> <p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">El Camino</a></strong></p> <p><em>(15 N.E. 2nd Ave. || 561/865-5350)</em></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="235" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/tastemakers-delray14_images_elcamino.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>At El Camino, we are committed to offering the freshest organic and local ingredients, and we value local, artisan, indigenous and reclaimed offerings. We make our own tortillas, sauces and anything else possible from scratch. Our craft cocktails include house-made sangrias and agave spirits.</p> <p align="center"><em><strong>Barbacoa Taco</strong></em></p> <p align="center">Cilantro, queso fresco, onions and salsa borracha</p> <p align="center"><em><strong>Classic Margarita</strong></em></p> <p align="center">Blanco tequila, agave nectar, fresh lime &amp; house lime bitters</p> <p align="center"><strong><em>Passport Dining Special</em></strong></p> <p align="center">Free guacamole with purchase of any entree</p> <p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">FY&amp;I Frozen Yogurt &amp; Ice Cream</a></strong></p> <p><em>(9 N.E. Second Ave. || 561/450-7402)</em></p> <div><strong><img alt="" height="235" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/tastemakers-delray14_images_fy&amp;i.jpg" width="490"></strong></div> <div><strong><br></strong></div> <div> <p>Located in the heart of downtown Delray at the Pineapple Grove Archway in between the Office Restaurant and El Camino, FY&amp;I offers creamy frozen yogurts in fat free, low fat, dairy free and sugar free varieties. FY&amp;I also carries Italian Gelato and over 20 flavors of Blue Bell ice cream.</p> <p align="center"><em><strong>Frozen Yogurt</strong></em></p> <p>Sample such flavors as Granny’s Apple Pie, Cookies ‘N Cream, Peanut Butter, Dairy-Free Pineapple Soft Serve Sorbet and more</p> <p align="center"><strong><em>Passport Dining Special</em></strong></p> <p align="center">$1 off a large gelato. Not valid with any other offer or promotions</p> </div> <p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Lemongrass Asian Bistro</a></strong></p> <p><em>(420 E. Atlantic Ave. || 561/278-5050)</em></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="235" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/tastemakers-delray14_images_lemongrass.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Lemongrass Delray Beach has been the place to go for Thai, Japanese sushi and Vietnamese since opening. All rolls and dishes are made to order. The  notable wine and sake list provides the perfect pairing to any entrée.</p> <p align="center"><em><strong>Hawaiian Fried Rice</strong></em></p> <p align="center">Asian wok stir-fried Hawaiian style with pineapples and shrimp</p> <p align="center"><em><strong>Lychee Martini</strong></em></p> <p align="center">Lychee infused martini made with our premium sake</p> <p align="center"><strong><em>Passport Dining Special</em></strong></p> <p align="center">One free hot sake with ourchase of $20 or more</p> <p><strong><a href="">Mussel Beach</a></strong></p> <p><em>(501 E. Atlantic Ave. || 561/921-6464)</em></p> <p><img alt="" height="235" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/tastemakers-delray14_images_musselbeach.jpg" width="490"></p> <center><em><strong>Orange and Basil Mussels</strong></em></center><center><em><strong><br></strong></em></center><center></center><center>White wine, garlic, orange juice, basil, tomatoes, olive oil, chili flakes<strong><em></em></strong></center><center><strong><em><br></em></strong></center><center><strong><em>Rosé Wine</em></strong></center><center><strong><em><br></em></strong></center><center>Henri Gaillard, Côtes de Provence</center><center> <p align="center"><strong><em>Passport Dining Special</em></strong></p> <div>10 percent off entire check. Not valid with any other offers or promotions.</div> </center><center></center> <p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">SoLita</a></strong></p> <p><em>(25 N.E. Second Ave. || 561/-899-0888)</em></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="235" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/tastemakers-delray14_images_solita.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p align="center">SoLita Italian restaurant offers delectable Italian specialties, exotic culinary cocktails, and a sizzling late-night atmosphere. From happy hour to after dark, it’s the perfect place for an intimate date, dining with friends or hosting a fabulous dinner party.</p> <p align="center"><em><strong>SoLita Signature Housemade Meatball</strong></em></p> <p align="center">Served with San Marzano tomato sauce, fresh basil and ricotta cheese</p> <p> </p> <p align="center"><em><strong>Housemade Italian Sangria</strong></em></p> <p align="center">A delicious variety of red wines, fresh strawberries, oranges, pineapple and blueberries mixed with a variety of flavorful fruit liqueurs</p> <p align="center"><strong><em>Passport Dining Special</em></strong></p> <p align="center">15 percent off entire check Sunday through Thursday. May not be combined with any other offers or promotions</p> <p><strong><a href="">The Office</a></strong></p> <p><em>(201 E. Atlantic Ave. || 561/276-3600)</em></p> <p><img alt="" height="235" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/tastemakers-delray14_images_office.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The Office on Atlantic Avenue in Delray pairs your favorite comfort foods with unique modifications, keeping your taste buds wanting more. Offering a huge selection of delicious food and tasty beverages, The Office sets the perfect vintage-meets-chic atmosphere for any kind of gathering.</p> <center><em><strong>Fancy Fried Green Tomato</strong></em></center><center><em><strong><br></strong></em></center><center>Spiced shrimp, cheddar cheese, crispy pancetta bits, green onion aioli<strong><br> <em>Sangria</em></strong></center><center><strong><em><br></em></strong></center><center>Red or white</center><center> <p align="center"><strong><em>Passport Dining Special</em></strong></p> <div>15 percent off lunch or dinner Sunday through Thursday. Excludes happy hour.</div> </center> <p><strong><a href="">Vic &amp; Angelo’s</a></strong></p> <p><em>(290 E. Atlantic Ave. || 561/278-9570)</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" height="235" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/tastemakers-delray14_vicangelos.jpg" width="490"></em></p> <p>Want to know what classic Italian tastes like? Vic &amp; Angelo’s is the answer. Using our coal oven that heats to 1,200 degrees, Vic &amp; Angelo’s offers delicious menu items such as the infamous giant Kobe beef meatballs, handmade fresh mozzarella, cold antipasto plate and a variety of handmade pastas.</p> <center><strong>Rigatoni Bolognese</strong></center><center><strong><br></strong></center><center>Slow-cooked beef ragu, Chianti, hand-shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano</center><center></center><center></center><center><strong><em>Prosecco or Vini Artico Merlot</em></strong></center><center> <p align="center"><strong><em>Passport Dining Special</em></strong></p> <div>15 percent off entire check. Not valid with any other offers or promotions</div> <strong><em><br></em></strong></center> <p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Ziree</a></strong></p> <p><em>(401 W. Atlantic Ave. || 561/276-6549)</em></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="235" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/tastemakers-delray14_images_ziree.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Ziree Thai &amp; Sushi is the place to experience the art of eating well. Quality food and service in an elegant Zen atmosphere creates the finest dining experience.</p> <p align="center"><em><strong>Fried Wonton</strong></em></p> <p align="center">Wonton skin stuff with chicken served sweet chili sauce and Ziree salad with assorted raw fish mixed with fruit in special dressing</p> <p align="center"><em><strong>Ziree Vacation</strong></em></p> <p align="center"><span>Saketini</span></p> <p align="center"><strong><em>Passport Dining Special</em></strong></p> <p align="center">15 percent off entire check. Not valid for takeout or gift certificate purchase. Can't be combined with any other offers.</p>magazineTue, 24 Jun 2014 10:30:50 +0000 BeachUpcoming EventsBeer Trade Co. Opens in Delray<p>If there’s anything hotter than craft beer in South Florida these days it’s the summer sun.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/beertradeco.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>More proof? Joining such beer-centric local hotspots as Sybarite Pig, Brass Tap, Yard House, TAP Global Beer and others is <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Beer Trade Co.</strong></a> (<em>145 N.E. Fourth Ave., 561/808-7304</em>), where some 400 different brews collide with an upscale bar menu and hip, casual, let it all hang out ambiance.</p> <p>Co-owner Gene Playter previously ran the West Palm favorite Gratify gastropub. He teamed up with fellow restaurateur Chris Sanchez to take over the old Crepes by the Sea eatery, turning it into an artfully funky space with furniture made from recycled pallets, a wood mosaic feature wall, giant mural by Baltimore artist Paul Mericle, and high-top tables indoors and outdoors on a covered patio in front.</p> <p>The suds-focused menu features everything from beer-marinated wings and six-cheese mac ‘n’ cheese to burgers and tacos to pulled pork sliders and buttermilk fried chicken wraps. There’s also a weekend “anti-brunch” offering dishes like white cheddar biscuits with sausage gravy and crabcake “Benedict” with brewski-spiked hollandaise.</p> <p>Truly, beer is not just for breakfast any more.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 24 Jun 2014 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsElection notes, the sex trade &amp; highway blues<p> <img alt="" height="466" src="/site_media/uploads/randy-1.jpg" width="400"></p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">Election notes</h3> <p class="MsoNormal">With election qualifying having closed last Friday, voters in Boca Raton and Delray now know that they will be among the minority in Florida whose voices will matter at almost at every level in November.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Statewide, of course, there’s the race for governor between <strong>Rick Scott</strong> and <strong>Charlie Crist</strong>. It’s competitive, even if the Democrats had to make it competitive by running a former Republican. I am assuming, of course, that Crist defeats Nan Rich in the primary, which is a fairly safe assumption. Scott also has a an opponent in the GOP primary, but expect Scott and Crist to attack each other far more than their primary foes.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">When it comes to the 120 Florida House and 40 Florida Senate seats, though, competitive races are an endangered species. Three straight Republican-led redrawings of legislative lines have packed Democrats into a few districts and spread Republican voters into as many districts as possible, to maximize their influence. Republican legislators craftily cut deals with minority Democrats to preserve minority-majority districts. That strategy has kept the number of minority Democrats in office high—six of the party’s 14 senators are—but kept the overall number of Democrats in the Legislature low. The GOP has controlled both the House and Senate for two decades.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">But Boca and Delray will get two of those rare competitive races. In Florida House District 89, incumbent <strong>Bill Hager</strong> faces Democrat <strong>David Ryan Silvers</strong>. In what one might call the Rich White Folks District—along with Boca Raton and Delray Beach, it includes the affluent coastal area all the way to Palm Beach and Singer Island—Republicans outnumber Democrats by only about 3,000. That’s according to registration figures for the 2012 election. New numbers will be out in about a month.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Because the Republican Party of Florida has to worry about just a few state House races, Hager can expect plenty of financial support, and he’s already raised about $135,000. But Silvers works for a subsidiary of Hollywood Media, which was co-founded by his mother, Laurie Silvers. Laurie and her husband also started and sold the Syfy Channel, as it is now known. So David Silvers will have his own source of money.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">As for issues, few legislators identify more closely with the insurance industry than Hager, who once ran the Boca-based National Council on Compensation Insurance. Crist intends to criticize Scott’s views on property insurance, which remains an unsolved crisis and a threat to the real estate industry. Expect Silvers to do the same.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">An even bigger fight will take place over Florida Senate District 34, which includes southeast Palm Beach County and northeast Broward, south to Fort Lauderdale. Two years ago, <strong>Maria Sachs</strong> defeated <strong>Ellyn Bogdanoff</strong>. Bogdanoff was the incumbent, but the district had to be redrawn according to the newly passed Amendments 5 and 6, which made it harder for Republicans to favor their candidates in large counties. Sachs gave up another seat to challenge Bogdanoff in the new district.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Sachs’ victory helped give Democrats 14 seats in the Senate. District 34 may be just one of those seats, but both parties know how important it is.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Let’s assume Crist beats Scott and the Democrats keep those 14 Senate seats. If Crist wants to veto a big Republican bill, the Democrats can block a Republican override. It would need a two-thirds vote, and the GOP would be one vote short. Flip the Sachs seat, though, while holding onto at least 26 others and Crist would have to find at least one Republican to block an override.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">In a second term, Scott wouldn’t have to worry about facing the voters again. Democrats fear that he and the GOP then would push through all manner of partisan legislation. The only check on them could be potential backlash in the 2016 presidential election that fires up Democrats and independents.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">So if you are a registered voter in Boca Raton and Delray Beach, expect many nasty mailers and many recorded phone calls in the state Senate and House races. You also can expect some for the Palm Beach County Commission District 4 race. Incumbent <strong>Steven Abrams</strong> is on the ballot for the first time since 2005, when he ran successfully for mayor of Boca Raton. Crist, then a Republican, appointed Abrams to the commission in 2009, and he ran unopposed in 2010. Abrams faces Democrat Andy O’Brien. More about that race in a future post.</p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">Traffic problems—the human kind</h3> <p class="MsoNormal">We can take away two things from the arrest two weeks ago of a woman who is accused of running a prostitution ring based in an office suite across Glades Road from Town Center Mall.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">One takeaway is a reminder of how comparatively little Boca Raton has in the way of serious crime. We remember the robbery-murder at Josephine’s Restaurant in January 2013, of course, but the city’s major ongoing focus remains prevention of burglaries committed by outsiders who target certain neighborhoods. Based on the police department’s Crime Watch alerts, too many residents still become victims by leaving cars unlocked in driveways. Worse, they leave money, IDs and valuables in the cars.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">But there is something different about the arrest of the woman who ran O’Asian Wellness Massage and Spa, and something more substantial than jokes about the establishment’s promise of “happy endings.”</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Although Boca Raton police made the arrest, running the investigation is the Office of the Statewide Prosecution, not the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office, though county prosecutors are part of the investigation. The statewide prosecutor works for the Florida attorney general. A spokesman for the state attorney’s office did not want to comment, but a logical assumption is that if the investigation is multi-jurisdictional, as this one is, the investigation is checking into human trafficking.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">For years, some have characterized prostitution as a “victimless crime.” Hey, if some men want to pay women for sex, what’s the harm, except perhaps to the family of the man? Prostitution in Nevada is legal. Regulate it, have the women undergo regular health exams, and keep it off the street, where prostitution at the low end—far from what movies like “Irma La Duce” and Never On Sunday” portray—can degrade neighborhoods.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">More recently, though, agencies have come to consider the women as the victims, either coerced into the trade by drug addiction or forced into it by rings of organized crime. Just last week, Gov. Scott signed two bills to help Florida fight human trafficking and the sex trade. We don’t know yet if that happened in the Boca case, but I would bet that the state is checking.</p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">And highways from hell</h3> <p class="MsoNormal">In Washington, there’s the usual gridlock on what to do about a potential crisis. In South Florida, you already can see the effects of the problem, and you will see more.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The nation is running out of money for highway construction and maintenance. For years, the federal gas tax —now 18.4 cents per gallon—financed work like the widening and repaving of Interstate 95. But the flip side of increased fuel efficiency and conservation is that Americans are buying far fewer gallons of gas per driver than we were 40 years ago. In addition, Americans have been driving less in the years since the recession. More young Americans are shunning cars.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the highway trust fund could hit a zero balance by August without action by Congress. If the fund goes into negative territory, the federal government must stop giving money from the trust fund to states. Two senators—Democrat Chris Murphy of Connecticut and Republican Bob Corker of Tennessee—have proposed raising the gas tax, but there is pushback from opponents of any and all tax increases.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Florida’s response several years ago, when the potential crisis was a problem, was to create another source of highway revenue: tolls on I-95. The state’s preferred term is “express lanes,” separated from the rest of the highway by barricades. The toll price depends on when someone is driving. Highest rates are for rush hour. The state calls this “dynamic tolling.” Carpoolers can get special decals and use the lanes free. Or you can refuse to pay and take your chances in traffic.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The first lanes were installed at the Golden Glades interchange and run south past downtown Miami. Tolls also are in place on westbound 595, the main commuter route from western Broward County. But the state is pushing farther north. The plan at this time is for “express lanes” all the way to Linton Boulevard in Delray Beach. The stretch from the Palm Beach-Broward line to Linton also will go from eight lanes to 10 lanes. The state expects that the “express lanes” from Broward to Atlantic boulevards in Broward will begin in early 2016. There is no timetable for the work into Palm Beach County.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The state argues that the tolls “offers a means of relieving congestion without building new roads or widening existing roads” and are the “cost of increased mobility in the I-95 corridor without the adverse construction impacts.” Further, the state says, tolls will encourage carpooling and flextime employee scheduling.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Perhaps that will happen. Even better, the coming tolls may help the campaign to get commuter rail on the Florida East Coast Railway tracks. Maybe South Florida will enter an age of “dynamic commuting.” Even in the best case, however, some drivers after paying at the pump also will be paying with a SunPass, and not just on the turnpike.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the <em>Miami Herald</em> and <em>Palm Beach Post</em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the <em>Po</em>st. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</p>Randy SchultzTue, 24 Jun 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityDelray BeachFrancesca’s hosts celebration for Oscar Lopez<p><span><span><span>Oscar Lopez, Season One winner of “Project Runway<span>’</span>s <span><span><a href="">Under the Gunn</a></span></span>,” is enjoying his winnings from the show<span>—</span>a <a href=""><span><span>spread in </span></span><span><span><em>Marie Claire</em></span></span></a> and an <span><span><a href="">original line at Francesca’s Collections</a></span></span><em> </em>are only the beginning for this ambitious designer. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><iframe height="404" src="" width="490"></iframe><br></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>This past Saturday, Francesca<span>’</span>s in Town Center at Boca Raton hosted a celebration for the Miami native<span>’</span>s line, in which he was available for interviews, pictures and autographs. His line, the Capsule Collection, represents a Francesca<span>’</span>s girl with a bit of inspiration from Lopez<span>’</span>s culture. </span></span></span></p> <p><span>“<span><span>I am from the Caribbean<span>,</span> and a Francesca girl is very trendy <span>… </span>you can see that in the colors and fabrics I chose,<span>” </span>he says.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>With six staple items, the Capsule Collection is designed to fit every body type. Lopez says he wants the girls who wear his clothes to feel flawless. Asking him to choose one piece to be his favorite was like asking him to choose a favorite child, he says: <span>“</span>I love them all<span>…</span>the <span><span><a href="">maxi dress</a></span></span> is the color of magic and royalty<span>, </span>the <span><span><a href="">print skirt</a></span></span> is beautiful and has pockets<span>, </span>and the <span><span><a href=";refType=1">crop top</a></span></span> can be worn with almost anything,<span>” </span>he says. <span>“</span>I just love all of the pieces.<span>”</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><img alt="" height="554" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/francescas2.jpg" width="490"></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Lopez hopes to work with Francesca<span>’</span>s again in the future if the store will allow him. For now, he is going to be working closely with his clientele for some personal designs for <span><span><a href="">Ozcar G. Couture</a></span></span>. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>To purchase a piece from Oscar Lopez<span>’</span>s collection, visit <span><span><a href=""></a></span></span>.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>About Kelsey:</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong></strong><em>Kelsey Howard is a recent college graduate who earned her Bachelor of Arts in mass communications with a concentration in magazine journalism at the University of South Florida. Kelsey is an editorial intern this summer at Boca Raton magazine. She is 21 years old with a passion to explore the world and write about it along the way. You can contact Kelsey at </em><em><a href=""></a></em><em> or </em><em><a>941/306-9158</a></em><em> or view her portfolio </em><em><a href="">here</a></em><em>. </em><br></span></span></span></p>Kelsey HowardMon, 23 Jun 2014 18:06:01 +0000;Ring of Fire&quot; heats up Arts Garage<p class="Body"> <span><img alt="" height="319" src="/site_media/uploads/ringoffire.jpg" width="490"></span></p> <p class="Body"><span>Last Friday</span><span>—</span><span>June 20</span><span>—</span><span>marked the opening night of </span><strong>“Ring of Fire,”</strong><span> the Johnny Cash musical tribute at the <a href="" target="_blank">Arts Garage</a> in Delray Beach. This exuberant performance would typically require a cast of 20, but only eight actors played all of the characters, changing personas for each scene. </span></p> <p class="Body"><span>This </span><span>“</span><span>jukebox musical</span><span>”</span><span>starts in the late 1930s/early 1940s, as evidenced by the costumes of that era as well as the early Cash family songs. The play proceeds through the various stages of Cash</span><span>’</span><span>s musical career, from the early Gospel days, through rock n</span><span>’</span><span>roll and the Grand Ole Opry, to the infamous prison days</span><span>—</span><span>and beyond. The beginning of the play referenced an earlier time in America that seemed simpler, more innocent, and set the stage for changes in the culture and Cash</span><span>’</span><span>s music that would follow.</span></p> <p class="Body"><span>The co-director of the musical, David Lutken, is coupled with actress Deb Lyons in many of the numbers. This rollicking duo represents the </span><span>“</span><span>middle-aged</span><span>”</span><span>couple of the group (Johnny and June Cash?) whose musical numbers reflect years spent trying to keep the fire alive in their relationship (His lyrics to </span><span>“</span><span>Jackson,</span><span>”</span><em><span> <span> </span>We got married in a fever, </span></em><span>says it perfectly).<em> </em>The two are so in sync that it is easy to forget that they are only acting.</span></p> <p class="Body"><span>Even those who are not well versed in Cash</span><span>’</span><span>s music can find a way to connect with each song and scene. The most jaded country music critic can</span><span>’</span><span>t help but fall in love with the legend that is Johnny Cash.</span></p> <p class="Body"><span>The Arts Garage in Delray Beach is an integral part of the experience. The close-to-the-stage seating and intimacy of the small room really makes the audience feel as if they are on the stage and in the story with the performers.</span></p> <p class="Body"><span>Each member of the audience is sure to receive their fair share of feel-good moments throughout the musical. The cast members are talented beyond belief, each playing multiple instruments and with singing voices that don</span><span>’</span><span>t hit a false note. </span></p> <p class="Body"><span>A ticket price of $30 is too good to pass up for such an exquisite venue and an even better performance. Bring your own food and drinks, but don</span><span>’</span><span>t worry about the entertainment</span><span>—</span><span>they</span><span>’</span><span>ve got that covered. </span></p> <p class="Body"><span>“</span><span>Ring of Fire” runs until July 13.<span>  </span>To view the schedule or to purchase tickets, go to: </span><a href=""><span></span></a> <span><span> </span></span></p> <p class="Body"><span><span><strong>About Kelsey:</strong><br></span></span></p> <p class="Body"><em><span>Kelsey Howard is a recent college graduate who earned her Bachelor of Arts in mass communications with a concentration in magazine journalism at the University of South Florida. Kelsey is an editorial intern this summer at Boca Raton magazine. She is 21 years old with a passion to explore the world and write about it along the way. You can contact Kelsey at </span></em><em><span><a href=""><span></span></a></span></em><em><span> or </span></em><em><span><a><span>941/306-9158</span></a></span></em><em><span> or view her portfolio </span></em><em><span><a href=""><span>here</span></a></span></em><em><span>. </span></em><em></em></p> <p class="Body"> </p>Kelsey HowardMon, 23 Jun 2014 15:03:59 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMore from the Spa Center<p><span><span><span><span><span><strong></strong>As first reported in The Fit Life, as part of a June 4 blog by Lisette Hilton, Boca resident Melanie Jeanteur has opened up a world of pampering possibilities to patients recovering from cancer treatments through the <strong>Spa Care Center</strong> (124 S. Federal Highway, 561/465-5070).</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/oncology.jpg" width="490"></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>The Center offers massages, waxes, skin treatments, permanent makeup, manicures, pedicures and scalp massages—all of which are specifically tailored to customers trying to regain their footing after battling cancer or other health challenges.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>For example, the Center uses special nail polish that helps to strengthen nails left brittle after chemotherapy treatment. Permanent makeup tattoos, meanwhile, can provide areola re-pigmentation. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Also worth noting: On the first Sunday of each month, the Spa Care Center offers free manicures to customers. Plus, Jeanteur has plans to expand. Expect the Spa Care Center to open a Fort Lauderdale location in the coming months, as well as one in the Orlando area. Jeanteur hopes to eventually franchise the spa and open more locations around the nation.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>For more on the Spa Care Center, visit </span></span><span><span><a href=""><span><span></span></span></a></span></span><span><span> or call 561/465-5070.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong>About Kelsey:</strong></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><strong></strong><em>Kelsey Howard is a recent college graduate who earned her Bachelor of Arts in mass communications with a concentration in magazine journalism at the University of South Florida. Kelsey is an editorial intern this summer at Boca Raton magazine. She is 21 years old with a passion to explore the world and write about it along the way. You can contact Kelsey at </em><em><a href=""></a></em><em> or </em><em><a>941/306-9158</a></em><em> or view her portfolio </em><em><a href="">here</a></em><em>. </em><br></span></span></span></span></span></p>Kelsey HowardMon, 23 Jun 2014 12:33:14 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautyGud Fud at Boulud Sud<p>A meal at <strong>Cafe Boulud</strong> (301 Australian Ave., 561/655-6060) is always something special. But come Tuesday, July 1, and continuing until the first of October it gets a little more special yet with the advent of Boulud Sud.</p> <p><img alt="" height="340" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/bouludsud2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>A sort of restaurant-within-a-restaurant, Boulud Sud is chef-owner Daniel Boulud’s annual gastronomic paean to the lusty, vibrant cuisine of the southern Mediterranean. I had the chance to nosh my way through last year’s offerings and it was enlightening to see (and taste) what the Boulud chefs could do cooking from a slightly different perspective than the restaurant’s usual French orientation.</p> <p>The Boulud Sud menu is offered seven days a week in the restaurant’s intimate, garden-like (yet air-conditioned!) courtyard, featuring dishes like stone-baked Arabic flatbread with spiced lamb, labneh and pepperoncini; lemon-saffron cappellini with crispy squid, bottarga and bay leaf; local yellowtail snapper en croute de sel; and grapefruit givré with sesame halva and rose loukoum.</p> <p>There are also a bevy of Mediterranean-inspired cocktails, like the Fleur d’Abricot with rum, Abricot du Roussillon liqueur, fennel and orgeat syrup, plus a roster of red, white and rosé wines chosen to complement the menu by sommelier Mariya Kovacheva.</p> <p>The Boulud Sud menu will be available a la carte and as a three-course dinner for $35 per person. And if you’re still jonesing after dishes on the regular menu, never fear. It will be offered all summer too.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 23 Jun 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsUpcoming EventsLet&#39;s Write Together<p><img alt="" height="364" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/writetogether.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>When Lynn University professor <strong>Robert Watson</strong> teamed with his teenage son, <strong>Alex</strong>, to produce a work of fiction in 2012, neither could envision the wave of collaboration that their book, <em>Tsunami</em>, would produce.</p> <p>But less than two years later, the Watson men were standing in front of more than 100 guests at West Boca Library, celebrating the 20-plus young authors that contributed to a novel concept and subsequent book: <strong><em>Let’s Write Together</em></strong>.</p> <p>The idea came to Watson and his son after their work together on <em>Tsunami</em>, which chronicles a family vacation to Hawaii that turns into a wild adventure.</p> <p>“Even though we’ve always been very close, we learned things about one another we did not previously know [during the writing of the book],” says Watson, director of American Studies at Lynn and author of more than 30 history books. “The book gave us an opportunity to discuss several fun and important questions about life.”<strong></strong></p> <p><strong></strong>So Watson and his son decided to offer a similar opportunity to lower and middle school students interested in writing. They invited those students last year to submit short stories they had written alone or with a family member or friend. The stories could fall under one of the following categories: action/adventure, thriller/sci-fi and drama/mystery/comedy.</p> <p>Deerfield Beach-based TriMark Press published winning stories from each category as a compilation called <em>Let’s Write Together: Short Stories From Aspiring Young Authors</em>. The book, released May 9, contained 10 short stories from lower school students and 13 short stories from middle school students.</p> <p>The majority of the winners were from Palm Beach or Broward counties, with Boca Raton students contributing the most stories. Among the winners:</p> <p><strong>Boca Raton Community School</strong><br>Emily Fahim</p> <p><strong>Omni Middle School</strong><br>Zion Frost</p> <p><strong>Grandview Preparatory School</strong><br>Samantha Perez<br>Victoria Gallastegui<br>Ari Prince</p> <p><strong>Pine Crest School</strong><br>Cayleigh Pine<br>Jessica Haykov<br>Ayesha Minhas</p> <p><strong>Saint Andrew’s School</strong><br>Linda Saraniti<br>Isabella Watson</p> <p><strong>About Taryn:</strong></p> <p><strong></strong><em>Taryn Tacher is a senior at the University of Florida studying Journalism and Business Administration, who is interning at Boca Magazine this summer. Though she is less than five feet tall, what she lacks in height she makes up for with her passion for writing. She loves yoga, puppies and all things tiny. You can reach Taryn at</em></p>Taryn TacherFri, 20 Jun 2014 15:04:20 +0000 Review: &quot;Jersey Boys&quot;<p><img alt="" height="226" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/jerseycb2.jpeg" width="400"></p> <p>Clubby, convivial and absent of self-importance, “Jersey Boys” is the first Clint Eastwood film since, I would imagine, “Blood Work,” that doesn’t seem to be angling for an Oscar.</p> <p>It’s a musical of sorts, based on the Broadway smash about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, and it’s a genre Eastwood hasn’t really explored behind the camera. You wouldn’t know it while watching this alternately foul-mouthed and corny adaptation, which screenwriters Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice scripted from their own musical. It’s both involving and silly, a rags-to-riches story chockablock with grandiose, hindsight-aided proclamations about the inevitable greatness of its vocal quartet. Only minutes of screen time have passed when Valli (John Lloyd Young, reprising his Broadway role) then an aspiring hairdresser in 1951 New Jersey, is told, “The world is gonna hear that voice.” Thrown out of one of their earliest gigs, at a local bowling alley, due to criminal allegations against one of its members, Four Season Tommy DeVito comments, “One day we’re gonna be on that jukebox.” But of course.</p> <p>Sometimes it’s hard to tell if Eastwood and his screenwriters are taking the material seriously. And if they aren’t, it’s a more interesting film—perhaps the most postmodern picture Eastwood has directed. A young Eastwood himself appears on a black-and-white television at a party in which the Four Seasons are invited; it’s as much a cheeky inside joke as an earlier scene in which a young Joe Pesci (Joey Russo), a real-life player in the Four Seasons’ origin story, references his future “Goodfellas” monologue by confronting someone with “You think I’m funny?”</p> <p><img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/jerseycb1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>But these references have nothing on the movie’s revelatory koans—the groan-worthy eureka moments that are the stock in trade of the clichéd biopic. A band viewing of Billy Wilder’s “Ace in the Hole,” in which Four Seasons producer Bob Crewe (Mike Doyle) comments about actress Jan Sterling that “big girls don’t cry,” cuts to a scene of the Seasons crooning, um, “Big Girls Don’t Cry.” And wait until you see how the “Four Lovers” become the Four Seasons—a name change triggered, literally, by a signpost.</p> <p>Moments like these, self-conscious and bordering on parody, carry the movie’s tone for most of the running time, and they make its maudlin third-act sentimentality involving Valli and his estranged daughter Francine (Freya Tingley) all the more inappropriate. These syrupy scenes of sadness and reconciliation are scored and directed in a manner befitting a lesser filmmaker than Eastwood.</p> <p>Elsewhere, though, Eastwood’s authorial signature is apparent, albeit faint, on the movie’s beigy canvas; it’s there in the expert use of light and shadow, the construction of historical sets that look more like a noir director’s playground than a lived-in New Jersey, and the stellar CinemaScope compositions. In the movie’s best shot, Eastwood starts at street level and cranes his camera up several floors of the Brill Building, capturing brief glimpses of bands auditioning through windows on each floor. It’s hard to imagine the movie’s originally slated director, Jon Favreau, orchestrating such an ambitious shot.</p> <p>You might recall that one of Eastwood’s finest directorial efforts was also a musical biopic of sorts: “Bird,” his mercurial movie about Charlie Parker. Eastwood is a longtime jazz devotee, and that project was clearly a labor of love, leading to his exploring new directions as both a visual stylist and storyteller. It was a jazzy movie for a jazz legend. “Jersey Boys” is part nonthreatening gangster film, part proudly conventional “Behind the Music” narrative: a square movie for a square band. While it’s easy to dismiss, it’s much too fun to hate.</p>John ThomasonFri, 20 Jun 2014 09:00:00 +0000 & EventsMoviesNick&#39;s &quot;Apizza&quot; Opens in Coral Springs<p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/nickspizza.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>With a bustling Boca location already under their belts, Nick Laudano and Anthony Giovanniello opened a second eatery this week dishing up their signature New Haven-style “apizza” in Coral Springs.</p> <p>The new <a href="" target="_blank" title="Nick's New Haven-Style Pizzeria &amp; Bar"><strong>Nick’s New Haven-Style Pizzeria &amp; Bar</strong></a> (<em>2444 W. University Drive, 561/368-2900</em>) is located in the Royal University Plaza and features the same thin-crusted pizzas first created in New Haven, Connecticut, pulled out of custom-made coal-fired brick ovens called “The Dragons.”</p> <p>The design by Hollywood-based Karen Hanlon is the same too, with the 5,200-square-foot Coral Springs space giving off an old school New York vibe, complete with the ceiling wallpapered with old advertising posters. The restaurant seats 200 indoors and outdoors on a covered patio.</p> <p>Along with Nick’s signature pies—including the wicked-tasty white clam pizza with bacon and garlic—the new sibling will offer Hummel hotdogs, Foxon Park sodas and an extensive menu ranging from grinders and panini to salads, pastas and chicken entrees.</p> <p> </p>Bill CitaraFri, 20 Jun 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsSequin hosts shopping event for charity<h4>What better way to shop than by donating to a charity in the process?</h4> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/sequin_store.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p>Join <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Sequin</strong></a> <em>(445 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach)</em> tonight for a special shopping event that benefits the <a href="" target="_blank">Peggy Adams Rescue League</a>. From 6-9 p.m., 20 percent of all sales will be donated to the charity, which provides shelter, care and support for homeless and unwanted animals in Palm Beach County.</p> <p>From jeweled elephant studs to beautiful bangles of every color, Sequin hits every single one of your jewelry needs. The store is the ultimate when it comes to fashion jewelry, store manager Jodi Stein says.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/sequin_bangles.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/sequin_necklaces.jpeg" width="490"></p> <p>Sequin’s pieces have been featured in runway shows for Badgley Mischka, Tadashi Shoji, Ralph Lauren and more. They’re also sold by retailers by the likes of Neiman Marcus, Lord &amp; Taylor and Bloomingdale’s, on top of the freestanding boutiques in six different locations.</p> <p>If you aren’t already counting down the hours till the event begins, note that Peggy Adams is bringing kittens and puppies up for adoption to the store. So head over to the Ave for an evening of shopping, philanthropy and adorable animals.</p> <p>We'll be there sponsoring the event, and we hope you'll be there too! For more information, call 561/243-9373.</p>Stefanie CaintoThu, 19 Jun 2014 15:36:14 +0000 BeachShoppingShopping NewsUpcoming EventsUnanswered 9/11 Florida connections, Beckham in Boca, plus more<p><img alt="" height="466" src="/site_media/uploads/randy-1.jpg" width="400"></p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">Graham still seeking answers</h3> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Bob Graham</strong> has been out of office for a decade, but he is still thinking about South Florida and terrorism like someone who never left public life.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">One of Florida’s longest-serving and most successful politicians, Graham believes that the government hasn’t disclosed all it knows about the movement of the 9/11 hijackers through this area. As many as 12 of the 19 hijackers may have lived here for months, most of them in Delray Beach and some in Boynton Beach. Graham does not believe that the hijackers could have moved as freely as they did without local help.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Graham’s experience bolsters his credibility for asking questions. After serving as governor for two terms, Graham spent three terms in the U.S. Senate, retiring after an unsuccessful attempt to win the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004. Graham not only served on the Intelligence Committee, he co-chaired the congressional panel that conducted its own investigation of the 9/11 attacks before the 9/11 Commission issued its findings. With new internal violence plaguing Iraq, it’s also worth noting that Graham didn’t buy the Bush administration’s case for responding to 9/11 by invading Iraq. Graham voted against the use-of-force resolution, after advising fellow Democrats to read the National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq, which was far less conclusive about weapons of mass destruction. One colleague who didn’t take his advice was Hillary Clinton.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">“What did (the government) learn about” the hijackers’ movements, Graham wants to know. “Was there external assistance?” Most important, “If there was a network helping them, where is the evidence that is has been taken down?”</p> <p class="MsoNormal">When Graham says of the Department of Justice and others that “They really jerked us around” during the congressional investigation, it’s easy to believe him. News organizations have sought the same information for years. <em>The Palm Beach Post</em> has made three unsuccessful attempts to learn what the government found out about the South Florida hijackers from the FBI’s many post-9/11 visits to the area. The stonewalling continues.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Graham recalls that his committee’s “breakthrough” came when the investigation focused on two hijackers who lived in San Diego. They had help from two Saudis, whom Graham linked to the Saudi government. Most of the hijackers were Saudis. Graham notes that family members of some 9/11 victims have sued the Saudi government, claiming that it providing financing and other support for the attacks. In December, the U.S. 2<sup>nd</sup> District Court of Appeals in New York City ruled that the lawsuit can proceed, rejecting Saudi Arabia’s claim of sovereign immunity. Lawyers for the government deny that Saudi Arabia had such a role.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Hijackers, Graham points out, took flying lessons at six sites in Florida. The FBI, though, took a particular interest only in flight schools on Florida’s west coast. I could find no evidence that the government is making any inquiries into South Florida and 9/11. Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw serves on the South Florida Joint Terrorism Task Force, and he has heard nothing.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Hijackers moved easily though other areas, such as Paterson, N.J., and Falls Church, Va. Graham says he wants to “set the historical record” about how these foreigners obtained drivers licenses, opened bank accounts, rented apartments, learned to fly without learning how to take off or land and didn’t arouse enough suspicion to make an official take a second look. What if, for example, Mohamed Atta—who piloted the plane that struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center and lived in Palm Beach County—had been questioned strongly in late December 2000 after he and another hijacker abandoned a light plane at Miami International Airport, causing a delay in commercial traffic?</p> <p class="MsoNormal">There remains a lot of “What-if?” about 9/11. There also remains too much “How?” and too much “Who?”</p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">Beckham in Boca?</h3> <p class="MsoNormal">The odds are very low that a <strong>Major League Soccer</strong> team will play in Boca Raton, but the city may be in the discussion if David Beckham—to steal a sports metaphor from another sport‑—keeps striking out in Miami.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Beckham is the former English star and current global celebrity—married to a Spice Girl, raking in $42 million a year in endorsements, according to <em>Forbes</em>—who wants to bring American professional soccer back to South Florida. Since soccer is most popular outside the United States, Beckham’s first choice is Miami, where so many residents were born not only outside the United States but in soccer-mad countries.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Companies may love Beckham, but so far Miami doesn’t. He may have faced tough opponents on the field, but he surely never faced anything like Miami politics.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The city may have Beckham’s preferred demographics, but it doesn’t have a stadium. The team couldn’t use Marlins Park, because the seasons overlap too much and the configuration is bad. Sun Life Stadium, where the Dolphins play, is too large. Success for Beckham would mean crowds of 25,000 to 30,000, not 70,000.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">So Beckham says he would build a stadium, using only private money. He has proposed three sites, two along Biscayne Bay downtown. The city has rejected those, and this week Major League Soccer criticized a site near Marlins Park, saying the stadium needs to be downtown.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">What now? Well, Boca Raton has a stadium. Specifically, Florida Atlantic University has a stadium, seating 30,000. The size is right. The state is building an I-95 interchange with direct access to FAU. The university and the team would have to coordinate, since the MLS season runs deep into October, when FAU is playing football. And there are all those young people whom the league wants to make into soccer fans.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Of course, Boca isn’t Miami. And Beckham hasn’t approached FAU. A spokesman says FAU hasn’t even heard back from the professional lacrosse team that wants to use the stadium. A women’s pro soccer team that played at FAU didn’t last. But whatever happens, remember that the stadium isn’t just FAU’s; it’s Boca’s. There could be any number of ways for both to cash in.</p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">Divorce, Delray-style</h3> <p class="MsoNormal">This month, the 4<sup>th</sup> District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach reversed an order by a trial judge in a divorce case. That was not unusual. The unusual part was the trial court’s action that led to the reversal.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Jeffrey and Colleen Kilnapp were arguing over $3.5 million. Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Tim McCarthy had set a three-hour hearing, starting at 2 p.m. He works in the Delray Beach courthouse; the case went there because the Kilnapps lived in Delray. No jury trials are held in Delray—mostly because the location makes it hard to empanel countywide juries—but family court issues don’t require juries. Judges make all decisions.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Just 30 minutes into the hearing, as Jeffrey Kilnapp was answering questions, McCarthy said, “I’m going to happy hour. I’m tired of this crap.” Kilnapp protested, to which McCarthy said, “I’m done. Get out of here.” A week later, McCarthy ordered Jeffrey Kilnapp to repay nearly all of that $3.5 million, saying Kilnapp had wrongly removed the money from the couple’s accounts. Jeffrey Kilnapp appealed, and won a stay of that order. The appeals court said McCarthy did not give the husband time to make his argument. “The trial court,” the judges wrote, “abused its discretion.”</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The case offers a window onto the court system in Palm Beach County. Many judges dislike even serving in family court, since people often are at their worst—worse even than defendants in criminal court. So the chief judge, who decides which judges will serve where, needs to take care in making those assignments, especially since judges in family court have so much of what the appeals court called “discretion,” which really means “power.”</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Since the south-county courthouse handles cases from Boca Raton and Delray Beach, you must assume that a disproportionate number of divorce proceedings will be contentious. There’s lots of money in Boca and Delray, and divorces go somewhat smoothly only when there’s nothing to argue about. The Kilnapps’ had been one of those contentious cases.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Polls of lawyers have shown consistently that McCarthy is a hothead, subject to what lawyers call “black robe syndrome.” Such judges tend to be impatient and imperious. McCarthy's personality nearly cost him his job in the 2012 election. He won only because he had a weak opponent</p> <p class="MsoNormal">It’s hard to hide problematic judges. Of all the places where McCarthy could be hidden, though, Delray Beach might have been the worst. You can sympathize with judges who must listen to people with lots of money argue over it, but that fact that it happens surprises no one.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Future chief judges can help by taking note of this incident. The McCarthy problem will solve itself in September 2015, where the judge turns 70 and, under state law, must retire.<span>  </span></p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the <em>Miami Herald</em> and <em>Palm Beach Post</em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the <em>Po</em>st. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</p>Randy SchultzThu, 19 Jun 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityWhy Eden Roc Rocks<p class="MsoNormal"><span><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/lobby.jpg" width="490"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>An already über-cool hotel in Miami will soon bury the needle on its “hip” meter by launching a partnership with a group that includes Robert DeNiro.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>As if the ties that bind New York to South Florida weren’t already firm, <strong>Eden Roc</strong> is strengthening the connection later this year by debuting “a hotel within a hotel” concept with Nobu Hospitality that will include a Miami version of the renowned Big Apple restaurant that plays host to celebrities, socialites and powerbrokers. Nobu Hospitality—whose partners include DeNiro and chef “Nobu” Matsuhisa—first staged the concept at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, and it immediately became one of the strip’s see-and-be-seen destinations in 2013.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Expect similar buzz at the Eden Roc, the iconic 631-room resort originally designed by Morris Lapidus that is celebrating 58 years on Miami Beach. There’s no official announcement yet on the launch date, but the word, according to an Eden Roc spokesperson, is that the Nobu restaurant will open in late 2014 or early 2015, probably in the space currently occupied by the farm-to-table gem 15 Steps.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/15steps.jpg" width="490"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>The same source suggested that 15 Steps will remain one of the on-property restaurants, just in a different space. That’s good news to anyone who has sampled the brilliant fare that executive chef Jeremy Ford has been preparing. On a recent visit to Eden Roc, the seasonal menu included a host of show-stopping dishes—soy-glazed halibut (with greens, root vegetables) swimming in ginger broth; Maine diver scallops; and a scrumptious side of pork fried rice, created with black rice, that was an entrée unto itself. The warm dulce de leche-filled doughnuts—served with orange cream soda—instantly qualify as one of the most decadent desserts in all of South Florida.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>As for the resort, it remains to be seen what kind of chic spin the Nobu brand will contribute. But it’s not as if Eden Roc has lost any of its mojo. The rooms are as sleek and contemporary as they come, an ode to minimalist sophistication—with killer views of the ocean or Intracoastal. On the R&amp;R front, the resort has not one, not two, but four swimming pools—including an elevated adults-only area. The lobby bar, meanwhile, possesses a throwback vibe that Don Draper would appreciate—with people-watching opportunities to match.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Up on the mezzanine level of the resort tower, Elle Spa (named after the magazine) delivers 22,000-square-feet of pampering possibilities, including 18 treatment rooms, a fitness center, rooftop cabanas, eucalyptus-infusion steam rooms, immersion jet baths and a menu that features more than 25 face, massage and body treatments.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>If you’re looking for a summer getaway, check out the Florida resident discount—20-percent off room rate, breakfast for two at 15 Steps and complimentary valet.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/exterior.jpg" width="490"></span></p>Kevin KaminskiWed, 18 Jun 2014 18:02:54 +0000 Michelle&#39;s Summer Reading List<p class="BodyA"><em><span><span><img alt="" height="293" src="/site_media/uploads/books.jpg" width="490"></span></span></em></p> <p class="BodyA"><strong><em>1.  </em><em>White Teeth</em> by Zadie Smith</strong></p> <p class="BodyA"><span>The book opens on New Year</span><span>’</span><span>s Day, 1975, in England where our first main protagonist, Archie Jones, has decided to commit suicide in lieu of dealing with his crazy ex-wife and her family. The novel then begins to detail the lives of Jones and his friend Samad Iqbal, both who met as soldiers in World War II, as well as the lives of their respective wives and children. <em>White Teeth</em> is made up of multiple narrators and jumps back and forth in time.</span></p> <p class="BodyA"><span>The complications and confusion that come from being of mixed race as well as the concept of immigration, class, and racial </span><span>“</span><span>purity</span><span>”</span><span> in the 20th century makes this an ideal read for anyone living in a culturally diverse area, like South Florida. While the novel takes place in England, the characters</span><span>’</span><span> struggles are close to home; I</span><span>’</span><span>m sure many people here can relate to what they</span><span>’</span><span>re going through. <em>White Teeth</em> is a long and densely written novel but it</span><span>’</span><span>s all done with humor and wit</span><span>—</span><span>making it a perfect companion for the beach or for a long road trip. </span></p> <p class="BodyA"><strong>2. <em>Bossy Pants</em> by Tina Fey</strong></p> <p class="BodyA"><span>“</span><span>Saturday Night Live</span><span>”</span><span> (SNL) </span><span><span> </span>has given many comedic actors and writers a stage, while giving the public sidesplitting laughs. As one of SNL</span><span>’</span><span>s most famous alum, Tina Fey</span><span> has come forth with an </span><span>autobiographical debut that is nothing short of comedic genius. <em>Bossy Pants</em> catalogues her life from the start, from how she got the facial scar we can still see today through her pathetically hilarious days in college to finally revealing how she got to be on </span><span>“</span><span>SNL</span><span>”</span><em></em><span>and the beloved </span><span>“</span><span>30 Rock.</span><span>”</span><span> <span>It</span></span><span>’</span><span>s<em> </em></span><span>a great diversion for those hot days when you are housebound in the A/C or when you need some entertainment on the plane ride. Fey</span><span>’</span><span>s wit and humor will easily let you devour this 227-page memoir and leave you wanting more, or at least make you want to watch (or rewatch) every <em>SNL</em> and <em>30 Rock</em> episode.</span></p> <p class="BodyA"><strong>3. <em>The Fault in Our Stars</em> by John Green</strong></p> <p class="BodyA"><span>While released in 2010, <em>The Fault in Our Stars</em> has increased in popularity within the last couple of months, due to the summer film released two weeks ago. The book is about a girl, Hazel Grace Lancaster, who has been diagnosed with cancer and is reluctant to meet new people because she isn</span><span>’</span><span>t fond of being treated differently because of her cancer. However, she meets a boy, Augustus Waters, at a cancer support group and her whole life changes. These two characters are pretty cynical, witty and a little weird, but it</span><span>’</span><span>s refreshing to read a book that celebrates these specific characters for their strong personalities versus their failing health. It</span><span>’</span><span>s what makes us root for these two and hope for our own Hazel Grace/Augustus relationship. Don</span><span>’</span><span>t get me wrong, this is the saddest book on the list; I read it on a train ride and tried extremely hard to mute my sobs. But it</span><span>’</span><span>s a good book that explores young love and, as clich</span><span>é</span><span>as it sounds, living your life to the fullest. </span></p> <p><span>If you have already read this, go watch the movie and relive the pain. If you haven</span><span>’</span><span>t read this, read it. Read it because I told you so, or because the movie is out (and you should always read the book first) or because you saw the movie and want to see how the book compares. Or because the author wrote this book for his friend Esther Earl, who passed away from thyroid cancer at the tender age of sixteen. I also recommend that you keep a box of tissues nearby for the water works.</span></p> <p class="BodyA"><strong>4. <em>The Giver</em> by Lois Lowry</strong></p> <p class="BodyA"><em><span>The Giver</span></em><span> is about a boy, Jonas, who lives in a utopian world where everyone is happy because their society has converted everyone to </span><span>“</span><span>sameness,</span><span>”</span><span> a strict, brainwashing plan that has gradually allowed everyone to never feel pain or any kind of negative emotion again. During his twelfth year, Jonas receives the news that he will be </span><span>“</span><span>Receiver of Memory</span><span>”</span><span>and will be the only person in his society that will have any memory of the world before </span><span>“</span><span>sameness.</span><span>”</span><span>As the novel progresses, Jonas learns more about the previous world and realizes how shallow everyone</span><span>’</span><span>s life has become. Ultimately, he must decide to just roll with the punches, so to speak, or run away and live a life of his own.</span></p> <p><em><span>The Giver</span></em><span> is a classic; the first time I read it was in the seventh grade and it has been a favorite ever since. It is a short read but with each passing year, its central plot seems to parallel more with our American society, which believes there is a pill for everything. While it is meant for a younger audience, the book holds up well for older readers; it</span><span>’</span><span>s light, isn</span><span>’</span><span>t difficult to understand and a good introduction to utopian/dystopian novels. Plus, the movie comes out on August 15th; you have time to read it before then.</span><span><span>        </span></span></p> <p class="BodyA"><strong>5. <em>Tuesdays with Morrie</em> by Mitch Albom</strong></p> <p class="BodyA"><span>This is another memoir on the list; however, it isn</span><span>’</span><span>t designed to make you laugh out loud. The book catalogues conversations between Mitch Albom and his sociology professor from college, Morrie Schwartz</span><span>, </span><span>while Schwartz was dying from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). They hadn</span><span>’</span><span>t talked or seen each other in 16 years but once Albom reached out to Schwartz, he was immediately drawn to him and decided to make the trip from Michigan to Massachusetts every Tuesday. Albom recorded his conversations with Schwartz as they talked about love, happiness, and other major events in each other</span><span>’</span><span>s lives. </span></p> <p class="BodyA"><span>It is a sweet book with an inevitable unhappy ending but I still suggest you read it. It will make you realize how important communication is and how beautiful human interaction is. Needless to say, I cried at the end. Maybe you will, maybe you won</span><span>’</span><span>t but I</span><span>’</span><span>m almost certain you</span><span>’</span><span>ll walk away wanting to call someone important whom you haven</span><span>’</span><span>t spoken to in awhile. So read this, then call him or her.</span></p> <p class="BodyA"><em><span>About the author:</span></em><em></em></p> <p class="BodyA"><em><span>Michelle Ferrand is a junior at Florida Atlantic University studying English Literature, Sociology and Women</span></em><em><span>’</span></em><em><span>s Studies, who is interning at Boca Raton magazine this summer. Disappointed with the lack of magic in the real world, she prefers to be curled up reading a good book or binge watching television shows on Netflix. She prefers an actual book to an e-reader and no, she doesn</span></em><em><span>’</span></em><em><span>t want to be a teacher. You can reach Michelle at</span></em></p>Michelle FerrandWed, 18 Jun 2014 14:00:59 +0000 Review: &quot;High Fidelity&quot; at Slow Burn Theatre Company<p><img alt="" height="262" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/hifi-group3.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>OK, so I should say up front that “High Fidelity”—both the Nick Hornby novel and the Stephen Frears cult film—is too important in my life to judge its musical-theater adaptation with any degree of objectivity. My worship of this story, about record-shop owner Rob Gordon unpacking his lifetime of lost loves in order to salvage his current breakup, borders on religious zealotry.</p> <p>I saw myself in it; I’ve been making esoteric Top 5 lists since I could count, not to mention I’m the kind of obsessive vinyl collector who would be one of Championship Vinyl’s top customers. “High Fidelity” is close enough to my heart that to tinker with its brilliance is to tinker with me.</p> <p>So it was with much anticipation and trepidation that I sat down for Slow Burn Theatre’s production of the “High Fidelity” musical last weekend: hopeful that if any company in this region could do this show justice, it’s this one, and afraid that they’ll strike the wrong tone—or that I’ll discover that the source material is as bad as some critics pointed out during its blink-and-you-missed-it run on Broadway in 2006.</p> <p>It’s with great relief that I approve of the final product. But before I judge the show on the merits that really matter, I must indulge in some cosmetic inconsistencies, which 99 percent of audiences wouldn’t notice but which continue to stick in my craw. Sean McLelland’s set design, while generally evoking the spirit of a single guy’s apartment and the retro ambience of the record shop, showcases album art for countless dollar-bin thrift-shop records, a far cry from the sort of specialized product that would appear on the walls of a store like Championship Vinyl. There is a poster on Rob’s wall for Blink-182, a band Rob would never be caught dead listening to—ditto to the Def Leppard shirt he wears in the beginning of the musical. No fan of Belle &amp; Sebastian and Stereolab, whom Rob name-drops in the musical’s script, likes those other bands. Some more carefully curated décor would have done the trick.</p> <p><img alt="" height="268" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/hifi05.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>From this point on, my superfan nerd hat has been removed, and my theater critic hat is back on: This is a pretty terrific production of a fun, if maddeningly boxy, show. Robert Johnston plays Rob, whose latest flame Laura (Nicole Piro) has just left him; credit his inability to fully commit to her, and other reasons that manifest as the show continues. What’s worse, for Rob, is that she’s begun to shack up with her neighbor, a New Age cliché named Ian (Noah Levine). Among the sounding boards for Rob’s romantic foibles: Dick (Bruno Vida) and Barry (Sebastian Lombardo), his respectively meek and acerbic “employees” at the record shop; Liz (Sandi M. Stock), he and Laura’s mutual friend; and Marie LaSalle (Kaitlyn O’Neill), a folksinger and fellow traveler in heartbreak.</p> <p>Tom Kitt’s jaunty and eclectic music, beautifully arranged by Manny Schvartzman, is supplemented by lyrics from Amanda Green that pivot around key phrases from Hornby’s novel and twist them cleverly into rhymes. Rick Pena’s costumes are mostly spot-on, with his combination of unflattering geek-garb, punk-rock accouterments and slacker couture effectively capturing the look of the record shop’s denizens—not to mention a perfect Bruce Springsteen ensemble for actor Larry Buzzeo, who does a dead-on Boss impersonation late in the show.</p> <p>Much of the source material of “High Fidelity” concerns Rob autopsying his dead relationships—the other women, besides Laura, on his Top 5 Desert Island Break-ups—and learning from their failures. But this is a small aspect of the musical. Its writers, including David Lindsay-Abaire and Green, focus more on the relationship between Laura and Ian. And in this context it works, not the least because we get to see more of Noah Levine’s hysterical interpretation of the patchouli-scented vegan. I didn’t even mind that Ian never becomes anything more than a caricature; Levine is having such a great time that it doesn’t matter.</p> <p>In one of the strongest scenes in the production, Rob and Laura wake up at the beginning of Act 2 in different strangers’ bedrooms—Laura with Ian and Rob with Marie—and their subsequent duet “I Slept With Someone” points to a chasm of regret that doesn’t exist in the original material. Piro, whose performance seems almost out of joint in the beginning of the musical, shows us how good she is in this moment; over the course of the song, we watch her entire world view gradually fall from elation to something like shame and embarassment. When Rob and Laura are finished singing, both are in the same “bed,” in their minds if not their realities, adrift yet connected.</p> <p>The scene is followed, soon after, by another highlight: a series of brisk and impeccably directed fantasy sequences, lifted very much from the movie version of “High Fidelity,” in which Rob imagines the different ways of dispatching Ian once the snarky spiritualist enters his shop. Rap music accompanies most of it, complete with obligatory bleeped words.</p> <p>I was less taken with the decision—and this isn’t the fault of the production—to create flourishing love lives for Barry and Dick, which involves tempering the latter’s musical elitism by pairing him with an unrepentant Josh Tesh fan (Courtney Poston). At this point, the show feels so commercially compromised that it’s hard to believe it came from the same source as the earlier scenes. The necessity of its characters to find love at the end is an inevitable musical-comedy chestnut, though one that is less welcome in a work as idiosyncratic as this one.</p> <p>As for Johnston, he’s terribly young to be playing Rob Gordon, and I just couldn’t accept his midlife tally of fractured relationships or even his recent one with Laura, played by the more age-appropriate Piro. But what can I say? The guy can clearly sing, dance and act, and he seems to have a genuine understanding of who Rob Gordon is. For evidence of that, watch as he illustrates the “Top 5 things he misses about Laura,” a list that quickly becomes 10 things, all of them heartfelt, spoken like a man who has been through more than Johnston. Now, if we could just get him a Guided by Voices shirt instead of that Def Leppard rag, we’d really be somewhere.</p> <p><em>“High Fidelity” runs through June 29 at Slow Burn Theatre at West Boca Community High School, 12811 W. Glades Road, Boca Raton. Tickets cost $25-$40. Call 866/811-4111 or visit</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 18 Jun 2014 13:46:46 +0000 & EventsMusicLocal Hospitals Announce Expansions<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Local health care is a growing business, as evidenced by two recent expansion announcements by local hospitals.</p> <p><strong>Delray Medical Center</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="108" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/delraymedicalcenter.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>On June 10, Delray Medical Center (<em>5352 Linton Blvd., Delray Beach</em>) announced plans for a new four-story patient tower and four-level parking garage. The tower, expected to be open by late 2016, will include 96 private rooms, as well as a helipad and direct elevator access to the hospital’s emergency department, expediting care for arriving trauma patients.</p> <p>The hospital will also convert its 96 existing semi-private rooms into single rooms. For more information, call 1-800-897-9789 or visit <a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>West Boca Medical Center</strong></p> <p>On the same day, West Boca Medical Center (<em>21644 State Road 7, Boca Raton</em>) sent out a press release announcing the modernization of its maternity suites. The renovation and refurbishing of the hospital’s Birth Care Pavilion begins this month and includes the labor and delivery and postpartum units, as well as the newborn nursery.</p> <p>The Birth Care Pavilion’s 33 patient rooms and level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) “will be made to look and feel like a spa,” according to the release.</p> <p>Families should expect rooms with upgrades like upscale vanities and new furniture, including recliners and sleep benches for overnight visitors. Bathrooms will get a facelift, too. Some rooms will offer conveniences and luxuries, including workplaces for dads, sleeping quarters and wireless Internet.</p> <p>These changes will evolve in phases during the next 12 months, according to the release. For more information, call 866-904-9262 or visit <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><img alt="" height="350" src="" width="345"></strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About Lisette</strong><br>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>magazineWed, 18 Jun 2014 12:36:16 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautyTop Fruits and Veggies to Include in your Diet<div class="post-content"> <div class="editable-original"> <p><img alt="" height="36" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="490"></p> <div> </div> </div> </div> <p class="Default">If you want to improve your health, you may feel overwhelmed by the plethora of dietary information available. Which plan should you choose? Which foods should you eat? What's the right portion? What foods should you avoid?</p> <p class="Default">If you're a beginner, don’t think of what you need to avoid. Instead, focus on ADDING more fresh fruits and veggies from this list to each meal. Unlike junk food, raw fruits and vegetables are easily recognized by your body, so you'll be able to stop eating when your body is satisfied. This often helps you avoid overeating. I also find that cravings for sweets go away when you include these foods in your meals.</p> <p class="Default">To ease your transition into healthy eating, check out my list of top 10 fruits and vegetables.</p> <p class="Default"><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/avocado.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="Default"><strong>1. AVOCADO</strong></p> <p class="Default">Lower your cholesterol and blood pressure with this potassium and fiber rich fruit. Add it your smoothies or salads for a satisfying meal.</p> <p class="Default"><strong>2. BERRIES</strong></p> <p class="Default">Low in sugar and high in antioxidants, berries can help prevent cancer and boost your immune system. Berries are high in fiber, so they'll keep you full longer and help you release extra weight in no time<strong>.</strong></p> <p class="Default"><strong>3. BANANAS</strong></p> <p class="Default">High in potassium, bananas can help regulate fluids in your body, reducing bloating. Bananas can even help you sleep better if consumed at night. For a delicious frozen treat, freeze peeled bananas and then blend them with some vanilla almond milk.</p> <p class="Default"><strong><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/apples.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="Default"><strong>4. APPLES</strong></p> <p class="Default">While an apple a day may keep the doctor away, two apples a day will keep your cravings at bay. Because apples contain pectin, a chemical that will help you stay satisfied for a lengthy period of time, they can help you reach your weight goal. Try eating an apple for your mid-morning snack and then between lunch and dinner. If you are still craving a chocolate éclair, have an apple first and you may find you will eat less of the dessert afterwards.</p> <p class="Default"><strong>5.  SWEET POTATOES</strong></p> <p class="Default">Loaded with potassium, sweet potatoes can help regulate water retention and balance blood sugar. They're a great substitute for regular white potatoes and perfect as fries or in a raw sweet potato pie.</p> <p class="Default"><strong>6. GRAPEFRUITS</strong></p> <p class="Default">Full of vitamin C and known for reducing bloating, grapefruits can help you metabolize fat. Drink as a juice or have it as an afternoon snack to boost your energy. If you're taking medicine, please check with your doctor to make sure grapefruit will not affect it.</p> <p class="Default"><strong>7. ONIONS</strong></p> <p class="Default">Good for killing bacteria and viruses. Because they eliminate waste materials and detoxify the body, onions can help support your liver. Great sautéed with a stir fry, added raw in guacamole or as a toping in a sandwich.</p> <p class="Default"><strong>8. KALE</strong></p> <p class="Default">Rich in chlorophyll, kale helps to purify the blood and reduces sugar cravings. Try a leaf or two in your smoothies and juices or make easy cheesy kale chips.</p> <p class="Default"><strong><img alt="" height="353" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/broccoli.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="Default"><strong>9. BROCCOLI</strong></p> <p class="Default">Broccoli supports your liver, helping your body detox and reduce weight. It's easy to enjoy when lightly sautéed. Add it to different meals ove the next few days.</p> <p class="Default"><strong>10.</strong> <strong>PARSLEY</strong></p> <p class="Default">Shown to help support your kidneys and detox your body of heavy metals, use this powerful herb in juices, smoothies, tabbouleh and simple salads.</p> <p>For more from the Green Goddess, click <a href="/blog/tag/the-green-goddess/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/site_media/uploads/alina.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>About Alina Z.</strong>
</p> <p>Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida,  Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at, visit Alina’s website at <a href=""></a>, or follow her on Facebook (<a href=""></a>) or Twitter (<a href="">@CoutureFood</a>). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at <a href="/"></a>.</p> <p> </p>magazineWed, 18 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsThe Coach Factory + kate spade New York Outlet Expand<p>Bag ladies, rejoice. The Colonnade Outlets at<a href="" target="_blank"> Sawgrass Mills mall</a> recently made an announcement that will make your wallet and your wardrobe swoon. The Coach Factory Store and kate spade New York Outlet will almost double in size this summer – which means more irresistible steals and deals for you.</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/katespade.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>During construction, The Coach Factory will keep a temporary shop across from Starbucks by Entry 2, while the kate spade New York Outlet will remain open at its normal location. The expansions are scheduled for completion in July.</p> <p>Whether you’re looking for the perfect leather carryall or a beautifully bold crossbody bag, this news ought to make you giddy. We’ve never wished summer to pass by quickly, but this year is definitely an exception. We can’t wait to see what these stores will have stocked for us come August!</p>Stefanie CaintoTue, 17 Jun 2014 20:44:00 +0000 NewsSicilian Oven Pizza Coming to Boca<p>Hoping for a slice of Boca’s upscale pizza market is <a href="" target="_blank" title="Sicilian Oven Pizza"><strong>Sicilian Oven Pizza</strong></a>, the first PBC outlet for the Broward-based chainlet of designer pie purveyors, set to open soon in the Boca Village Square mall behind the Publix “Greenwise” Market.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/sicilianoven01.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>This latest endeavor from local restauranteurs Ralph Disalvo and Andrew Garavuso features “gourmet” and DIY pizzas cooked in a wood-fired oven, along with a variety of familiar Italian dishes, from house-made meatballs and Sicilian-style lasagna to arancini and eggplant Parmigiana. Pizzas come basic (tomato sauce, mozzarella and fresh basil) and a little less so (pesto, grilled chicken, mozzarella, roasted peppers).</p> <p>If the chain’s other pizzerias are to judge, the Boca eatery will feature a rustic-casual, earth-toned look with lots of natural materials, from dark wood furnishings to the requisite open kitchen behind a stone-faced counter. And, of course, flat-screen TVs for your munching and viewing pleasure.</p> <p>In keeping with the SOP’s more upscale feel, there’s also a wine list that goes far beyond the usual pizzeria selection of red and white plonk. Look for a handful of California reds, as well as Italian Super Tuscans, Brunello, Amarone and Nero d’Avola, touted as “the pizza wine of Sicily.” And, presumably, Boca Raton.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 17 Jun 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsDelray closer to Chapman resolution and more<p><img alt="" height="466" src="/site_media/uploads/randy-1.jpg" width="400"></p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">The end is near<span>      </span></h3> <p class="MsoNormal">Is a resolution near in the Delray Beach city manager standoff?</p> <p class="MsoNormal">During city commissioner comments at the close of last Tuesday’s meeting, Al Jacquet raised the issue. He had been one of two votes on June 3—the other being Adam Frankel—against firing Louie Chapman for cause. Indeed, Jacquet had criticized Mayor Cary Glickstein and Commissioners Jordana Jarjura and Shelly Petrolia for seeking to terminate Chapman, whom the Palm Beach County Office of Inspector General concluded misled both the commission and inspector general investigators—twice—regarding a city purchase of trash bins.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Yet one week later, there was Jacquet saying that he and his commission colleagues “all want to do the same thing” and “want to get to the same place” on Chapman. They just “disagree on how to get there.” Said Jacquet, “I look forward to that discussion,” which he would like to happen “very shortly.”</p> <p>But Jacquet did not explain how he and those who voted—with more than enough reason—to fire Chapman would “get to the same place.” It takes four votes to fire the manager. Having come up one vote short, Glickstein, Jarjura and Petrolia voted June 3 to suspend him with pay for 90 days. Chapman’s contract grants him just 20 weeks severance. His attorney said Chapman would resign if the commission gave him two years severance, or 104 weeks. From my conservations with Glickstein, Jarjura and Petrolia, I can’t see them approving any deal close to that.</p> <p>Petrolia asked Jacquet if he wanted to “revisit” the idea of terminating Chapman at a future meeting. After the June 3 vote, Glickstein told me he would not reschedule the item unless he sensed that Frankel or Jacquet had changed his mind. Jacquet ducked Petrolia’s question, saying that perhaps Interim City Attorney Terrill Pyburn could discuss a possible deal individually with commissioners. Glickstein brought up the Sunshine Law. Florida’s open-meetings law exempts discussions about legal settlements, though approval of any settlement—such as one with Chapman— must get a final vote in public.</p> <p>Pyburn said she could “discuss with each commissioner how you would like me to proceed.” I don’t sense that any such discussions have happened, and Pyburn will be leaving office in six days to become city attorney in Coconut Creek. The new city attorney will be Noel Pfeffer. Jacquet did not respond to an email asking him to elaborate on his comments.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Interim City Manager Terry Stewart started Monday. Glickstein, Jarjura and Petrolia still plan to place on the Aug. 26 ballot a charter change that would allow the commission to fire the manager with three votes. If there is no decision on Chapman when his suspension ends, the commission likely will suspend him again. The sense around Delray Beach is that the standoff should end. Jacquet or Frankel can make that happen soon.</p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">Keeping fire-rescue the right move<span>                             </span></h3> <p>As predicted here, the Delray Beach City Commission voted last week not to proceed on consolidation of fire-rescue service with Palm Beach County.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">There is no guarantee that projected early cost savings would continue, and there were other unknowns. At the same time, the commission acknowledged what Chief Danielle Connor says are staffing and training issues. Given uncertainties about consolidation and uncertainty about the manager, Delray Beach made the right decision to make changes within for now, and reassess in several years.</p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">No Jews at the party?</h3> <p>Palm Beach County Commissioner and former Boca Raton Mayor Steven Abrams had an interesting take on last week’s loss by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va. This is the first time such a powerful member of Congress has gone down in a party primary. Tea party voters to whom Cantor pandered during the House GOP takeover in 2010 turned on him as being too D.C.-entrenched.</p> <p>Abrams noted that, with Cantor’s defeat, there are no Jewish Republicans in Congress, House or Senate. There also are no Jewish Republicans in the Florida Legislature. (Adam Hasner represented a Boca Raton-area district of the House from 2002 until 2010, when he was term-limited.) By Abrams’ reckoning, there also are no Jewish members of the state legislatures in California or Texas.</p> <p>Abrams thus wonders if he is one of the highest-level Jewish elected officials in what by the end of the decade will be the three most populous states. It wouldn’t be shocking. Far more Jewish voters register Democratic. There are many Jewish Democrats in the Florida Legislature. Broward-based U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (no relation to me) doubles as chairman of the Democratic National Committee. In the last six presidential elections the Democrat has received between 69 percent and 80 percent of the Jewish vote.</p> <p>Whether Abrams is correct or not, however, his observation underscores the fragmented nature of American politics—especially in Florida.</p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">Klein still courting Mideast<span>     </span></h3> <p class="MsoNormal">Speaking of the tea party, former U.S. Rep. Ron Klein was among dozens of Democrats who lost their seats in that tea party wave of 2010. For two terms, Klein represented Palm Beach-Broward District 19, much of which after the 2010 census became District 22. Former West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel won the District 22 seat in 2012, defeating Adam Hasner.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">For the last three years, Klein—who still lives in Boca Raton—has worked for the law firm Holland &amp; Knight, which has roughly 1,000 lawyers in Florida and worldwide. He focuses on a part of the world that also was a focus of his in Congress. As a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Klein served as vice-chairman of the Mideast Subcommittee. His new job description includes representing American investors in Israel and Israeli investors seeking opportunities here. That area of practice means “three or four” trips to Israel for a week each year, with the next scheduled around Labor Day.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Klein said many of his talks involve “water, energy, medical devices and real estate.” The firm’s outreach makes sense. Given Florida’s location, it’s no surprise that most of the state’s main trading partners are Central and South American. But Florida business groups want to promote more deals with Israel. Gov. Rick Scott led a trade mission to the country last year. The Florida chapter of the America Israel Chamber says the state has done more trade with Israel than any other Middle East country since 2000.</p> <p>According to Klein, business relationships in Israel grow out of the cultural difference between our countries. Since almost every Israeli must serve in the military, the first question tends to be, “What unit did you serve in.” That’s a long way from the U.S., where almost no veterans serve even in Congress.</p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">Is Thrasher thrashing higher ed?<span>                                 </span><span>    </span></h3> <p>What can we learn by comparing the search for a president of Florida State University with the search for a president of Florida Atlantic University?</p> <p>First, that state Sen. John Thrasher is a much more influential politician than Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">In January, Atwater made a show of announcing that he was applying for the FAU presidency. The former Florida Senate president from North Palm Beach said he had been “approached” by FAU insiders. Atwater implied that the job was his for the taking.</p> <p>Except it wasn’t. Search committee member Dick Schmidt—whose family is among FAU’s largest donors— warned about injecting politics into the choice. He said nice things about Atwater, but the message was clear. Atwater, who has no professional background in higher education, didn’t even make the final cut.</p> <p>Thrasher, though, is different. He’s not just a former Florida House speaker, an influential senator and co-chairman of Gov. Scott’s reelection campaign. He holds two degrees from FSU, and FSU grads are all over the Legislature, which meets in FSU’s hometown. As a legislator, Thrasher delivered a medical school to FSU and this year nearly gave FSU dominance over the engineering school FSU shares with Florida A&amp;M.</p> <p>With FSU now looking to replace Eric Barron, Thrasher made his interest known, and the search committee was set to interview only Thrasher, who also has no professional background in higher education. Then faculty members, students and newspapers squawked. Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Ricky Polston—who, like Thrasher, has undergrad and law degrees from FSU— applied along with others. Last week, the search committee dumped its headhunting firm and pledged to start over.</p> <p>Maybe. Thrasher still might get the job. But what we also have learned is that Florida doesn’t learn.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">His supporters say Thrasher would bring state money to FSU the way has done in the Legislature. But Thrasher’s direct political power would be gone. He would be one of 12 presidents seeking an edge, though as the second-leading university, FSU has an edge to begin with.</p> <p>More important, FSU would be choosing someone who has been wrong on so many higher education issues. In 2001, he voted to abolish the Board of Regents, which had run higher ed on a statewide basis, as states with the best university systems do. That move set off the free-for-all that has moved Florida’s university system more toward mediocrity than excellence. A flashpoint of that decision in 2001 was the regents’ decision that FSU didn’t need a medical school, which can give a university prestige but does nothing for most students.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Thrasher also backed the unneeded Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland, which the Legislature and Gov. Scott created to please a powerful state senator from the area. Florida Poly will suck money from FAU, FSU and every other state university. Thrasher’s vote in 2001 also touched off salary inflation among university presidents as new boards of trustees outspent the competition to look prestigious.</p> <p>Having rejected a politician, FAU picked John Kelly, who at Clemson University showed himself to be a good fundraiser and a solid academic. That’s the combination FSU should look for, rather than let a politician cash in at 70 on a higher education job after a career of bad decisions on higher education.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span>••••••••</span></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em><span>You can email Randy Schultz at</span></em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong><span>Randy Schultz</span></strong><span> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the <em>Miami Herald</em> and <em>Palm Beach Post</em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the <em>Po</em>st. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore</span></p>Randy SchultzTue, 17 Jun 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityFourth of July Fun<p>It’s time to dig through your closet for that American flag shirt you’ve been wearing every Fourth of July for the past 10 years. Celebrate our country’s independence with barbecues, beverages and bathing suits at any of these events.</p> <p><img alt="" height="213" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/fireworks2.jpg" width="490"></p> <center><em>(Photo from the West Palm Beach Fourth of July Fireworks Cruise)</em></center> <p><strong>Boca Raton</strong></p> <p>You don’t have to travel far to find some Fourth of July fun. Palm Beach County Parks &amp; Recreation and the West Boca Community Council are hosting their seventh annual July 4<sup>th</sup> celebration at the Sunset Cove Amphitheater. The event will feature a free concert by Replay and a musical fireworks display. Dive into some delicious food truck treats while your children enjoy games, chalk and a tattoo parlor in the Kid Fun Zone. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. (<em>Sunset Cove Amphitheater, 20405 Amphitheater Circle</em>)</p> <p><a href="#.U5ZYQl6T4hy"></a></p> <p><strong>West Palm Beach</strong></p> <p>Spice up your typical celebration by the pool with the Fourth of July Fireworks Cruise. Sail aboard the “Hakuna Matata” from 8-10 p.m. Dance the night away as you watch the Downtown West Palm Beach fireworks from the anchored 50-foot catamaran. You can bring your own beverages or purchase snacks and drinks on board. (<em>$50 per person, $25 per child under 12</em>)</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>Fort Lauderdale</strong></p> <p>Summer is in full swing. Spend the day basking in the Florida sun at the Fourth of July Spectacular on Fort Lauderdale’s beach. There will be a family fun zone and live bands starting at 12:30 p.m. The fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. (<em>Fort Lauderdale Beach, A1A and Las Olas Boulevard</em>)</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>Coral Springs </strong></p> <p>Beginning at 6 p.m., the whole family can enjoy food trucks, a DJ and a bounce house at Mullins Park. And what Fourth of July celebration would be complete without fireworks? The display will begin at 9 p.m. (<em>$3 parking, Mullins Park, 10000 Ben Geiger Drive</em>)</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p>If you prefer to celebrate at home, liven up the day with <strong><a href="/blog/2014/06/16/fourth-of-july-recipes/" target="_blank">these festive drinks and desserts</a></strong>.</p>Taryn TacherMon, 16 Jun 2014 18:54:13 +0000 EventsFourth of July Recipes<p><strong>Wow your friends and family with these festive recipes.</strong></p> <p><em>Patriotic Margaritas</em></p> <p><span><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/fourthofjulymarg.jpg" width="490"></span></p> <p>Your guests are sure to love some red, white and booze this Fourth of July. Follow Betty Crocker’s easy recipe to serve up some red and blue margaritas.</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><em>Flag Cake</em></p> <p><span><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/flagcake.jpg" width="490"></span></p> <p>Wow your family and friends with a cake that will leave them speechless. Unlike typical flag cakes that have strawberry stripes atop their rectangular shape, this circular cake reflects our country’s colors when you cut into it.</p> <p><a href=""></a></p>Taryn TacherMon, 16 Jun 2014 18:53:29 +0000 The Weeks Ahead: June 17 to 30<p><em>[Editor's Note: I will be out of the country June 19 to 29, so enjoy this special two-week preview of our weekly events column. Regular A&amp;E blogs will continue in my absence.—John Thomason]</em></p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/image001.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Ring of Fire”</strong></p> <p>Where: Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25-$35</p> <p>Contact: 561/450-6357, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>“Ring of Fire,” a musical celebration of the songcraft of Johnny Cash, premiered in 2006, around the time “Walk the Line” was playing on hundreds of screens and preparing to accrue its Oscar nominations. But this ensemble musical, with its core group of, usually, six singers, doesn’t attempt to dramatize Cash’s back story, which is now familiar to most fans; its actors do not attempt to impersonate Cash. Rather, it plucks moods and textures that are distinctly Cash-ian, and cycles through the country legend’s various musical personae, from proto-rockabilly star to poignant balladeer, from the purveyor of fine hymnals to a roughneck prison entertainer. Described by creator Richard Maltby Jr. as “a book musical without a book—a play made up of songs,” it’s neither concert nor traditional musical; like Cash itself, it defies easy categorization. The production runs through July 13.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="250" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/avenue.jpg" width="300"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Avenue Q”</strong></p> <p>Where: Delray Beach Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $20</p> <p>Contact: 561/243-7922, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>You’ve got to appreciate any show that warns its audience of “full frontal puppet nudity.” An R-rated alternative to the Muppets and “Sesame Street,” “Avenue Q” was something of a revelation when it premiered on Broadway in 2003, beating out “Wicked” for Best Musical the following year. This ensemble piece, in which black-clad actors handle and speak for a number of puppets dealing with issues like romantic relationships, sex, racism, homophobia and pornography on the titular “outer-outer borough” of New York, is always one of the most riotous evenings you’ll experience at the theater. The show has toured the large South Florida concert halls, but for the next couple of weeks you can imbibe this local take, courtesy of Entr’Acte Theatrix, which runs through June 29.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="306" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/galleria_norton_exhibition_barbie_studio2_website.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening day of “Wheels and Heels”</strong></p> <p>Where: Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5-$12</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-5196, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Throughout her 55-year history, Barbie and her friends have been princesses, brides, flight attendants, yoga teachers, tattooed scenesters, pregnant women, paraplegics and breast cancer survivors—the latter doll arriving without her signature golden locks. As such, the doll has represented a broader spectrum of American women than its detractors concede. But she remains one of the most controversial toys ever produced, with her unrealistic body dimensions setting an impossible ideal for her impressionable owners. For this reason alone, the Norton’s “Wheels and Heels: The Big Noise Around Little Toys” will surely generate a lot of attention. The exhibition pairs the rich history of Barbie with another Mattel cash cow, Matchbox, examining the impact of both powerhouse brands across the ages. Guest curator Matthew Bird has assembled numerous examples of the toys themselves as well as TV commercials, marketing campaigns and other promotional material related to the toys, while taking a probing look at their impact on society, culture and media. It runs through Oct. 26.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="347" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/beatles-abbeyroad.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Classic Albums Live: “Abbey Road”</strong></p> <p>Where: Parker Playhouse, 707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $19-$69</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The beauty of many of the Beatles tribute bands currently playing the music of the Fab Four is that they tend to focus on the music the Beatles themselves never performed live. This is certainly the case with “Abbey Road,” the iconic 1969 album that, recording-wise, constitutes some of the last songs the group laid down before dissolving a year later. Its integration of progressive rock and the blues suggests where the band might have gone had it continued into the 1970s, and the album is responsible for such hits as “Come Together,” “Something” and “Here Comes the Sun.” But Classic Albums Live, the Toronto-based concert series, prides itself on creating theatrical presentations of classic rock albums in their entirety—and the treat in this concert is not only hearing the hits but also such difficult and rarely heard deep cuts as “I Want You” and “Polythene Pam.”</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="552" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/soa20142.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Klezmer Company Orchestra's "On the Town"</strong></p> <p>Where: FAU's Kaye Auditorium, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 3 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $20-$42</p> <p>Contact: 800/564-9539, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>For its annual summer concert, FAU's Klezmer Company Orchestra has attempted its most ambitious project yet: a concert version of Leonard Bernstein's beloved 1944 musical "On the Town," complete with six actor-singers and the entire 50-piece orchestra. For Aaron Kula, founder and maestro of the orchestra, an event of this scale has been a long time coming. He told me earlier this year that "I wanted to pick something that would knock people’s socks off, and I took nearly six months negotiating with the Leonard Bernstein Foundation and the publisher for the rights to perform a concert version of 'On the Town.' We’ll have all the music and some of the dialogue. I’m hiring six professional opera singers—top-of-the-line, top-shelf people, and a union orchestra." Described as a comedy told in symphonic turns, the experience offers a rare chance to hear a musical classic interpreted anew.</p> <p>JUNE 26</p> <p><img alt="" height="307" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/tessanne-chin-wins-the-voice-ftr.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: “The Voice” Tour</strong></p> <p>Where: Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $35-$65</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>All summer long, the stars of NBC’s ratings powerhouse “The Voice” are like chicks that have left their coaches’ nests—free of all compliments and criticisms, and liberated from the nerve-wracking protocols of national television. Expect this freedom to lead to some joyous and personal performances from the finalists of the past two seasons of the show: scruffy soul sensation John Kaufman, authentic country crooner Jake Worthington, eclectic pop singer Christina Grimmie, hardworking country vocalist Kristen Merlin, the soaring Jamaican songstress Tessanne Chin (pictured), the insanely ranged vocalist Jacquie Lee, and three others. There won’t be any love-hate bickering between Adam and Blake that has helped make “The Voice” must-see television, but you can’t have everything.</p> <p>JUNE 27</p> <p><img alt="" height="287" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/natm_sea-fari_andrew_nieves,_10_tn.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: “Nights at the Museum”</strong></p> <p>Where: South Florida Science Center, 4801 Dreher Trail N., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 6 to 9 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5.50-$12.50</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-1988, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>There are plenty of ways to experience life deep within our oceans, but most of them can be awfully expensive and time-consuming, involving divers’ licenses and boats and wet suits and suction and snorkels, and what if the weather is lousy or the jellyfish are breeding? No, we prefer to encounter underwater life from the comfort of an air-conditioned museum, which is exactly what the South Florida Science Center is offering families with this month’s “Night at the Museum.” The Friday night showcase, titled “Sea-Fari,” promises an underwater journey without all these accoutrements and worries, through activities such as “Ocean in a Bottle,” a squid dissection, sand art and beach bubble crafts, a “Happy as a Vanilla Clam” lab, and close encounters with sea life. There also will be music and dancing, face painting, gem panning and miniature golf for the price of museum admission.</p> <p>JUNE 28</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/badfish.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Day one of Summer Daze Concert Series</strong></p> <p>Where: Propaganda, 6 South J Street, Lake Worth</p> <p>When: beginning at 4 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25-$30 (or $60 for three-concert pass)</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Rather than host a traditional music festival, with bands packed like sardines across two or three consecutive days of music, Lake Worth’s Propaganda nightclub is launching its own version of a summer festival by spreading it over the next three months. On July 19, the alt-rock band Lit and The People Upstairs will headline, and on Aug. 23, look out for Tribal Seeds and The Expanders. But the fun starts June 28 with 13 bands performing on two stages. The Sublime tribute act Badfish will headline the festivities at 10 p.m. on the outdoor stage, joined by opening acts Whole Wheat Bread (a longtime Jacksonville punk act), The Hard Richards (a Palm Beach County ska-punk group) and many more. Visit Propaganda’s Facebook page for the full schedule.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/artie-lange-0312-story-top.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What: Artie Lange</strong></p> <p>Where: Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $41.87-$48.23</p> <p>Contact: 954/344-5990, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Like many comedians—particularly those with appetites as hedonistic as his—Artie Lange is a living paradox between his comic persona and a dark life fraught with addictions, arrests and much worse. The former “MADtv” cast member and, most famously, “Howard Stern Show” sidekick probably shouldn’t be alive right now: In 2010, the heroin-addicted radio personality drank bleach and stabbed himself in the stomach nine times in a failed suicide attempt, an ordeal he describes in detail in his 2013 book “Crash and Burn.” Lange is still young, at 46, and here’s hoping his demons are squarely in the past and that he’s able to focus on what he knows best: being very, very funny.</p>John ThomasonMon, 16 Jun 2014 16:28:43 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsIchiyami Opens in Royal Palm Place<p>If you’re hungry for sushi, sashimi and a host of Asian specialties—and I mean really hungry—you should probably check out the new <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Ichiyami Buffet &amp; Sushi</strong></a> (<em>145 S.E. Mizner Blvd., 561/395-7977</em>) now open in Boca’s <strong>Royal Palm Place</strong>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="366" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/ichiyami.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>With its sleekly contemporary good looks and extensive array of nigiri and maki sushi lined up on pristine white plates, the place is certainly nothing like your granddaddy’s vaguely Asian buffets.</p> <p>Along with all that raw fish are a panoply of Chinese-style cooked dishes, everything from Peking duck to General Tso’s chicken to a selection of desserts, like assorted ice creams and creme brulee. There’s even a hibachi station where you can pick out your veggies and protein and have one of Ichiyami’s cooks prepare them for you.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/ichiyami_sushi.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>You can fill your belly for not a lot of money too. Lunch prices are $11.95 Monday through Friday and $13.95 Saturday and Sunday, while dinner costs range from $19.95 Monday through Thursday to $21.95 Friday through Sunday. And if you’ve got miniature sushi aficionados, kids prices are $6.95 at lunch and $10.95 at dinner.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 16 Jun 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsThe Wedding Guide: Etiquette<p>One of the biggest wedding headaches is understanding—and meeting—the expectations of guests. That’s where Sherry Thomas of <strong>Palm Beach Etiquette</strong> (561/200-8003, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>) steps in. She helps clients establish “confidence without arrogance” with “public (and private) persona optimization.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="525" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202014/sherrythomas.jpg" width="350"></p> <p>The etiquette debate begins with the guest list, as couples wrestle with demands of family and budget. One method is having “A” and “B” lists. A-listers are immediately family and close friends, while B-listers include co-workers, extended family, etc. When an A-lister cannot attend, a B-lister is invited.</p> <p>A sticky situation may arise when a B-lister receives an invitation and questions why he never received a save the date.</p> <p>“A good response is that, due to changes, you were able to expand your guest list,” she says. “People dig themselves into trouble by trying to over-explain. Apologize if there are hurt feelings and go on.”</p> <p>Then the list must be translated into a seating chart, which is “one of the prickliest and most stressful components,” Thomas says. “You will not please everyone. Feelings will be hurt, egos will be bruised, but life will go on.”</p> <p>She suggests starting with family and close friends, placing them in prime tables closest to the couple. “Feuding family members and friends should be gingerly separated, without it being blatantly obvious,” she says.</p> <p>In the end, she advises that the bride and groom focus on enjoying their big day.</p> <p>“There is no one mandating that you must adhere to tradition,” Thomas says. “It is your day.”</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" height="27" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202014/theweddingguide.jpg" width="490"></a></p>magazineMon, 16 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0000 ExtrasRandy Schultz On Father&#39;s Day<p><em>Randy Schultz normally covers politics and community issues for us—but today his observations were a little closer to home. We wanted to share them with our readers, and wish him—and you —a happy Father’s Day next weekend.—Editor</em> </p> <h3 class="MsoNormal"><img alt="" height="466" src="/site_media/uploads/randy-1.jpg" width="400"></h3> <h3 class="MsoNormal">Father’s Day: Part I, Alex<span>      </span></h3> <p class="MsoNormal">My grandson just completed his first baseball season. My son is teaching him not just how to hit and field and throw, but how he can begin to understand a game with rules that puzzle adults, not to mention 6-year-olds.</p> <p>When you hit the ball, run to first base, whether you have hit the ball in the air or on the ground. Once on first, though, don’t run—at least immediately—if the batter hits the ball in the air. Do run immediately if the batter hits the ball on the ground.</p> <p>That it just one basic rule of baseball survival, and even major-leaguers occasionally forget it. Go deeper, and things really get tricky. My grandson knows what a “marine biologist” does, but he remained silent for a long time after I tried to explain the double play. He almost never remains silent for even a short time.</p> <p>My joy, though, comes from watching my son teach my grandson baseball, as I taught my son at the same age. My wife could go on at length about the developmental benefits of baseball skills: eye-hand coordination, executive function – deciding what to do when a ball is hit to you. I just like watching a generational rerun of my son and me. Dad encouraging but prodding, calling out way too many instructions before every pitch – bat high, level swing, use your hands, short stride —congratulating and commiserating.</p> <p>See, it doesn’t matter if my grandson plays baseball in college or high school or even next year. It matters that a father has taught a son something, and encouraged him enough that he can stand before family and strangers and be confident enough to fail and try again. Hitting a pitched ball well remains the hardest skill of any team sport. Succeed one of every three times in the bigs and you make the Hall of Fame. For most 6-year-olds, hitting a pitched ball – even from a friendly coach – can be like NASA getting the rover to Mars. But when that 6-year-old connects, it’s worth all the swings and misses, especially if Dad sees it. (Yes, and Mom.)</p> <p>More important, if the father can teach the son about baseball, perhaps the son will let the father teach him about all the things that come after baseball. Those are things that the son will have to do long after high school and college, and which will make learning to hit a baseball seem so easy. The rules of those games can puzzle us until we die. But if fathers are willing to teach, sons will learn how to teach their sons, as grandfathers watch, and smile.</p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">Father’s day: Part II, Mara</h3> <p>In November, I officially won’t be the love of my daughter’s life anymore. I won’t mind. Much.</p> <p>If being a parent is mostly about teaching children, nothing is more important for a father to teach a daughter than how to choose what sort of man she will marry. My psychology background consists of two college courses – a C, in both cases – but even the experts who speak of “relational pattern characteristics” agree with what fathers sense instinctively: To help a daughter fall in love with the right guy, try to make her fall in love with you first by trying to be the right father.</p> <p>That can mean setting conditions that are different from those you set for a son. You ask of both the same effort in school, the same respect for elders, the same wish to see far horizons. But when your daughter drives back and forth from college, she does not drive alone. You let her do so in graduate school, unless most of the trip is after dark on Christmas Eve. You tell her not to take an open drink of any kind from a stranger.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">In 62 years, I have been terrified only once. My daughter was two and a half, and our family had returned from Sunday brunch. We headed for our bedrooms to change, and my wife and I thought we heard the front door close. Suddenly, our daughter was gone.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">I burst through the front door, yelling her name. Within a minute, a neighborhood kid posse was searching. I checked the canal across the street. The kids were shrugging their shoulders. Dear Lord, no. Please.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Then came a voice from our front patio. Stand down. My wife was in the family room, hugging a 2-year-old who had been hiding as a game and then, hearing the panic, got too scared to come out.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">So you make those drives back and forth from college, and you talk. . .about everything, from the movie “Snakes on a Plane” to hopes and dreams. For hours. Not as friends. My daughter has friends for those talks. You talk as father and daughter, knowing that with each year life is crowding out time for such prolonged closeness.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Then comes the phone call in which you hear that the relationship with a guy you haven’t met has moved from casual to potentially serious. People at work ask what kind of guy you think he is. You reply that you already know, because you know that the guy would have to be considerate, funny, ambitious, a dog lover, close to his family and able to respect a self-confident – understatement -- woman who considered marriage one of life’s options, not a requirement.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">You meet him, and over time you discover that he’s all that and more. After enough time, you know that she will be the love of his life. Your work is done, and you will be able to let go. A little.</p> <p> </p>Randy SchultzSun, 15 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Isolation<h4>Nathan Sawaya's LEGO sculptures achieve newfound resonance when combined with Dean West's hyperrealist photography.</h4> <p><em>Check out the video below for an inside look at the exhibition at the<em> Art and Culture Center of Hollywood</em>.</em></p> <p><iframe height="404" src="" width="490"></iframe></p> <p><em></em>Just as it would in nearly any ballroom or Broadway stage or banquet hall or shop window, it’s the red dress that stands out the most in the latest “Art of Nathan Sawaya” exhibition at the<a href="" target="_blank"> Art and Culture Center of Hollywood</a>. The piece, titled simply “Dress,” is immediately transfixing—a three-dimensional collection of some 20,000 LEGO bricks that, when glued together, magically conveys the sense of a vivid red gown in motion, flowing outward, subject to an unseen gust of wind.</p> <p>Remarkable in its texture and contours, the sculpture itself is Sawaya’s <em>piece de resistance</em>; word has it Lady Gaga has wanted to wear the thing, which is certainly more appealing than slabs of meat. But just as integral to the work’s significance is the two-dimensional photograph on which it is “based,” or vice versa.</p> <p>This is Sawaya’s fourth survey at the Art and Culture Center in eight years, but, for the first time, it showcases a collaboration between the LEGO bricklayer and another artist, hyperrealist photographer Dean West. Sawaya and West traveled North America together, looking for desolate outposts of Americana in which to stage scenes of isolation and stasis. Meant to explore the inherent artifice in representing reality—whether through thousands of tiny pixels suggesting a digital image or of thousands of LEGO bricks suggesting an object—Sawaya inserted his work within the context of West’s images, adding sly humor to the existential photographs.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/lego-nathan-sawaya-2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>In the case of the “Dress” photo Sawaya’s construction covers a wayward model standing in front of a theater marquee bearing a noirish title: “On the Run.” A late-night snowfall casts a chilly pall over this moody nocturne, and, just off-camera, the red lights of <em>something</em>—a car, a streetlight?—could provide the woman shelter, distress or both.</p> <p>Like most of West and Sawaya’s wonderful images, it asks more questions than it answers, while effectively conveying, through both natural discovery and photographic manipulation, parts of America untouched by time, progress and technology. In “Tracks,” a seemingly mythical train depot in the arid southwest stands alone in the desert, right behind Sawaya’s LEGO tracks. Sawaya himself stands waiting for a train that will probably never come, donning a cowboy hat and dangling a cigarette from his lips, the very picture of a western movie archetype. In “Bus,” a young woman and an elderly matron stand in front of a Los Angeles building that looks more like a cracked Mexican pueblo, staring in opposite directions and waiting for a bus that, like the train in “Tracks,” might never arrive. A LEGO mannequin—one of two of Sawaya’s sculptural contributions to the piece—hides behind a window in the building, perhaps a remnant of a once-thriving dress shop.</p> <p><img alt="" height="283" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/in-pieces-by-dean-west-nathan-sawaya-3.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>In one of my favorite selections, “Hotel,” a woman and a cleaning lady stand outside a squat, unadorned motel in Anywhere, U.S. Like everyone in this series, they’re waiting for something: Their lovers? Their ship to come in? The rapture? A vintage Cadillac has just pulled up to the building, but of course it bears no license plate; it exists out of time, unidentifiable. Four of Sawaya’s cloud sculptures intermingle with the actual clouds above the hotel; two of them suspend from the Art and Culture Center ceiling, resembling video game clouds that lack only an animated plumber to frolic atop them.</p> <p>And then there’s “Umbrella,” in which another sad, lonely figure gazes downward. He’s dressed in a fedora and tan trench coat, like a gumshoe of yore. Sawaya’s LEGO umbrella—another burst of popping red, set against the monochromatic scene like the red sweater in “Schindler’s List”—does little to protect him from the streams of rain.</p> <p><img alt="" height="301" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/slideshow_std_h_nathan-sawaya-dean-west-in-pieces.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Where is the hope? There’s little of it in most of these paintings. In “Tree,” a woman dressed like a ‘50s housewife clutches a limp hose outside her weather-damaged property, but there’s nothing to water; everything is dead and desolate. Evocations of the Great Recession—the lonely souls left behind in today’s brutal economic climate—are unavoidable, but I see the hope in Sawaya’s contributions to this dynamic partnership. It’s there in every inspiring LEGO concoction, adding a bit of levity and ingenuity to the desperate spaces. The LEGO dog held on a leash by the young woman in “Bus” takes on a more playful dimension in its sculptural form in the gallery. It almost seems alive, while West’s images seem stillborn. The LEGO towel that hangs on a rack in the surrealistic “Pool” photo looks drapy and wet, suggesting the usage that isn’t there in West’s painting.</p> <p>There are other Sawaya sculptures in this exhibition, pieces created independent of the artist’s work with West. They are undoubtedly impressive, resonating both technically and emotionally, but it’s the work with West that provides the context for the rest of Sawaya’s oeuvre—the physical spaces for his voices in the wilderness, struggling to be seen and heard and felt.</p> <p>I’m not familiar with West’s archive, but having seen Sawaya’s three other shows in Hollywood, I can assert that the photographer brought out the best in the sculptor. This is the most mature, complex and ambitious work he has yet to deliver in Florida.</p> <p><em>“The Art of Nathan Sawaya Featuring In Pieces” runs through Aug. 17 at Art and Culture Center, 1650 Harrison St., Hollywood. Admission costs $10 adults and $6 students, seniors and children ages 4 to 17. For information, call 954/921-3274 or visit</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 13 Jun 2014 13:23:41 +0000 & EventsLa Nouvelle Maison adds a French accent to downtown Boca<p> </p> <p><span class="description"><span><img alt="" height="441" src="/site_media/uploads/512px-france_flag_map.svg.png" width="450"></span></span></p> <p><span class="description"><span>Before you can fully appreciate Arturo Gismondi’s new French restaurant downtown, you have to pay homage to the old one that used to be across the street for 31 years. La Vieux Maison, which closed in 2006, was arguably the best French restaurant this side of Miami, and an icon in Boca Raton. It was in what was once known as the Giles House (he was one of Mizner’s engineers who built it in 1927), then the Por la Mar Apartments, then a real estate office, and then Leonce Picot’s landmark fine dining institution (where only the gentlemen were given menus with prices.)</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span class="description"><span>Today, La Vieux Maison is just a fond memory—even the grand old house was torn down—but maybe Gismondi’s new venture, La Nouvelle Maison, may take the sting off a little. Adjacent to Trattoria Romana, Gismondi’s fabulous Italian bistro, <strong>La Nouvelle </strong><em>(455 E. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton, 561/338-3003)</em> is next generation elegant, with a three different dining rooms, perhaps reminiscent of La Vieux’s different rooms. One is a serene dove gray minimalist alcove, another has exuberant French murals, another is a sun-dappled terrace. There is a soft art nouveau vibe to the furnishings, and a handsome bar front and center—always a good thing. </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span class="description"><span>I was just there for a chef’s tasting, which was a series of passed hors d’oeuvres like langoustine mac and cheese (I was slayed), a clever little scallop in a bed of lentils topped with a bright disc of fennel, a potato puff filled with gruyere—tiny teases of what is to come on Nouvelle’s formidable menu. You can count on liver pate and foie gras, steak tartare, three kinds of caviar, a battery of salads and entrees that include fish (turbot, cod) rock shrimp, duckling, veal, steak, you name it. The difference in this new kid on the block is that every item is faithfully sourced, from Hudson Valley duck to organic Loch Duart salmon. The restaurant is expensive (entrees range form $29 to $49) but the cuisine looks to be first-rate.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span class="description"><span>The ambiance is chic, and we know Gismondi knows what he’s doing; look to this place as a significant addition to downtown Boca Raton.</span></span></p>Marie SpeedFri, 13 Jun 2014 11:44:31 +0000 Bites: Restaurant News<h4><em>Get you some donuts, chili rellenos and aged beef.</em></h4> <p><img alt="" height="224" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/donuts.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The first link in a chain of gourmet donut shops from a pair of local entrepreneurs is now open in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. <a href="" target="_blank">Rhino Doughnuts &amp; Coffee</a> (<em>107 Commercial Blvd., 855/744-6674</em>) is the brainchild of mega-real estate broker Tom Prakas and partner Davin Tran, who plan to follow their first-born shop with locations in Mizner Park, Fort Lauderdale and Sunrise.The whimsically decorated Rhinos will feature both traditional and nouveau donuts, plus pastries and muffins, from exec pastry chef Keith Freiman. Look for everything from glazed, red velvet and jelly to maple-bacon, Nutella banana and dulce de leche.</p> <p>Chrissy Benoit was been busy in the kitchen of her cozy, <em>tres</em> charming <a href="" target="_blank">Little House</a> (<em>480 Ocean Ave., 561/420-0573</em>) in Boynton Beach. Now on the menu: fruit, herb and pumpkin seed chili relleno with chipotle salsa; grilled steak salad with blue cheese crostini and truffle oil; and grilled collard greens with hot Italian sausage, onions and garlic, one of several rotating farm salads, with ingredients sourced from local farms and/or farmers.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Morton’s Steakhouse</a>, the granddaddy of upscale meateries, is celebrating its 35th anniversary a week-long special edition menu. From June 30 through July 6, Morton’s steakhouses in <strong>Boca Raton</strong> (<em>5050 Town Center Circle, 561/392-7724</em>) and <strong>West Palm Beach</strong> (<em>777 S. Flagler Dr., 561/835-9664</em>) (and throughout the country) will be serving a three-course $35 prix fixe menu that can be paired with a special Merlot blend from Napa Valley winemaker Ed Sbragia. On the menu will be a choice of soup or salad, followed by a six-ounce filet, honey-chili-glazed salmon or chicken bianco with side dishes, and ending with either chocolate mousse or Key lime pie.</p> <p> </p>Bill CitaraFri, 13 Jun 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsHonoring a Brother<p>As part of a sixth-grade class project at Don Estridge High Tech Middle School in Boca, students were asked this year to write an essay involving an experience with violence. When <strong>Michael Lesh</strong>, 12, turned in his paper, he recalls telling his teacher, “This is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to write.”</p> <p>After the teacher read his essay, she understood why.</p> <p><img alt="" height="522" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/dsc00525.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>In 2002, Michael’s brother, Richard, stopped at a gas station for a soda and candy; he was trying to stave off a diabetic episode. As he was leaving the store, an armed robber stopped Richard and ordered him to hand over his wallet. When he refused, the assailant shot him in the back. Richard later died at a nearby hospital; he was 21.</p> <p>Though Michael was only 10 months old at the time, the incident would have a profound impact on his upbringing.</p> <p>“Imagine you’re a kid growing up here, and you see all these pictures of a kind, loving, gentle man,” Michael says. “And you realize he was killed … and didn’t deserve it.”</p> <p>Michael’s essay (an excerpt of which follows this story) clearly struck a chord with judges for this year’s “<strong>Do the Write Thing Challenge</strong>”—an anti-violence program sponsored by the National Campaign to Stop Violence where middle-school students produce essays or poems about bullying and violence. Michael is one of 10 local students recognized for his essay content—and one of two students (one boy, one girl) chosen to represent the county June 14 to 18 in Washington D.C., an all-expenses-paid trip that will include a national ceremony connected to the Campaign to Stop Violence.</p> <p><img alt="" height="470" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/dsc00542.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>“I’m excited to see D.C.,” says Michael, whose parents (pictured with him at the top of the page), teacher and principal will accompany him on the trip. “I want to see the Lincoln Memorial.”</p> <p>Though Michael was too young to remember, he has grown to know his brother through pictures, stories and hobbies that he enjoyed. Richard would constantly rescue stray animals and bring them to a rescue center; he loved high school wrestling and listening to the band Korn with his father, Richard Sr. He also was a nature-lover, so it came as no surprise when he brought home a coconut that was beginning to sprout. His father found the coconut and planted it. More than a decade later, the Lesh family finds comfort in the large tree that sprung from that little coconut.</p> <p>“I found it lying under a pile of Richard’s clothes and didn’t think much of it when I put it in the ground,” Richard Sr. says. “Now it has become this big thing we can remember him by.”</p> <p>The national “Do the Write Thing Challenge” draws some 25,000 entries, with Palm Beach County contributing more than any other county in the nation. Michael is one of the youngest winners of the Challenge, whose goal is to “help students identify the causes of bullying and violence, examining the impact that it has on them and, most important … what each student can do to help prevent it.”</p> <p>For more information, on the “Do The Write Thing Challenge” go to <a href=""></a> or call 561/832-9434.</p> <p><strong>From Michael Lesh’s essay: <br>“Would He Have Done It If He Knew How Sad I Am?”</strong></p> <p><strong></strong>“ … This act of violence devastating my family. We have all gone to counseling to help us try to get through this. … The police never found his killer. He robbed me of ever getting to know my brother. He took away the time we would have shared. It’s hard to forgive him. I wish he could know how I feel so maybe he could feel empathy and never do it again.”</p>Kelsey HowardFri, 13 Jun 2014 06:00:00 +0000 NewsDelray ponders county fire-rescue and more<p> <img alt="" height="466" src="/site_media/uploads/randy-1.jpg" width="400"></p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">Fire-rescue dilemma</h3> <p class="MsoNormal">Delray Beach will have a long discussion tonight about fire-rescue service, but it may take very little time for the city commission to decide.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The commission will consider shifting service to Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue. Mayor Cary Glickstein is skeptical and Commissioner Shelly Petrolia is opposed. Commissioner Jordana Jarjura did not want to comment. Adam Frankel and Al Jacquet did not respond to emails.</p> <p>The city’s finance director recommends that the commission not take any action on consolidation—if consolidation is what the commission wants—until at least October 2016. Caution is advisable because, as Glickstein says, switching is essentially “irreversible. It would be very hard to turn this back.”</p> <p class="MsoNormal">As fire and police departments take up larger and larger shares of budgets in full-service cities like Delray, Boca Raton and Boynton Beach, more cities think of consolidating with the county. Wellington, which has been a city for just two decades, is the largest city (population 60,000) to use the county for law enforcement and fire-rescue. But Wellington never had its own departments. With its own population of 60,000, Delray Beach would be the largest city to give up a fire-rescue department.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue, which already serves 18 of the 38 cities in addition to the unincorporated area, is eager to add Delray. The county’s Power Point presentation promises lower costs, shorter response times and more resources. The presentation portrays the switch as simple: Delray Beach would be a new county battalion, all fire stations would stay open, and trucks would look the same.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Consultants hired by the city, however, note some potential problems. All grow from the loss of control that would arise from abolishing Delray’s department.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">One potential benefit is a reduction in pension costs, since new employees could enter the state retirement system and would not be paid through Delray’s fire and police pension fund. The consultants, though, point out that those savings would depend on how many employees change, which would be out of the city’s control. Those decisions also could depend on changes the Florida Legislature might make to the state system that would make it less appealing for new hires.</p> <p>Delray residents would pay for county fire-rescue service through a new property tax levied specifically for that purpose. Delray Beach’s regular tax rate then would drop. That special tax, however, depends on the county’s cost. The consultants note that if employee costs rise for the county, the cost to Delray also could rise. Again, that would be out of the city’s control, since county fire-rescue would be bargaining with the union.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The consultants did not need to point out that the county firefighters union has much political clout. In 2012, the county’s fire-rescue chief wanted to staff some ambulances with two medics instead of three, to cut overtime costs – a sensible idea that would not have compromised safety. The union protested, and the county commission rejected the idea.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">“That control issue is paramount,” Glickstein said. “There must be hugely compelling reasons” for the shift, and he doesn’t see them. At the same time, Glickstein acknowledges the need for changes to make Delray’s department more efficient. Among those are staffing levels and that dreaded unfunded pension liability. Though nearly 83 percent of the department’s calls are for emergency medical services, not fires, another issue is the lack of a fire training facility. In 2009, during the worst of the recession, the city commission cut money for the training facility.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">“I’m not convinced, though, that we can’t do this with the current chief (Danielle Connor),” Glickstein said. “Twenty years from now, there may be widespread consolidation.” For now, Delray Beach’s fire-rescue service looks more like cause for concern, not alarm.</p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">The Cantor effect<span>   </span><span>                                    </span><span>  </span></h3> <p class="MsoNormal">If you are a Republican who would like to see Florida go for the GOP candidate in 2016, you got very bad news Tuesday night from Virginia.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">That news is the defeat in a Republican primary of U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor, who as majority leader is the second-ranking member of the House. Cantor lost to economic professor David Brat, who is aligned with the tea party and whom Cantor outspent by more than 20 to 1.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Readers of this blog may remember the recent prediction by a Washington-based Republican advocate of immigration reform that the House leadership might make a push for reform once Cantor had won his primary, and that the Florida delegation would be pivotal. Oops. Given the tea party’s opposition to immigration reform, the guess now is that Speaker John Boehner—who won his primary earlier—won’t press the issue, for fear of a challenge to his job from the right. Some analysts now say that immigration reform in the House—the Senate passed a bill last year—is dead through the next presidential election.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">If true, that would make it much harder for any Republican to do well enough with Hispanic voters to win Florida, the largest swing state. A new Gallup poll showed that 62 percent of Americans favor not just immigration reform but reform that includes a path to citizenship, as the Senate bill contains. Even if former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush were to run and to get the nomination despite his comment that immigration is an “act of love,” his party’s stance would hurt him here. The country is not nearly as far to the right as the man who brought down Eric Cantor by accusing him of being insufficiently conservative.</p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">Sachs appeal<span>                    </span></h3> <p class="MsoNormal">We now know that State Sen. Maria Sachs will have a serious challenge for reelection.</p> <p>Sachs’ District 34 includes Boca Raton, Delray Beach, and coastal areas from Ocean Ridge to Fort Lauderdale. In 2012, she defeated former Sen. Ellen Bogdanoff, who was the Republican incumbent but whose district had become more Democratic after new lines were drawn.</p> <p>On Wednesday, Bogdanoff announced that she will challenge Sachs. Qualifying for state races begins Monday and runs through next Friday. Two Broward County residents, one as a Republican and one as an independent, also had filed paperwork to run, but neither would seem capable of beating Sachs, who won in 2012 with 53 percent.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Republican who most pushed Bogdanoff to run is State Sen. Jack Latvala, from Clearwater. He is battling Sen. Joe Negron of Stuart for the Senate presidency in 2016-17, and Bogdanoff </span><span>is a Latvala ally. The Republican caucus will hold that presidential vote after the election.</span></p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">Hot topic<span>               </span></h3> <p class="MsoNormal">Your reaction to President Obama’s proposed rules for cutting greenhouse gases might depend first on whether you believe that the planet is warming and, if so, whether human activity is the cause.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">That would be a political/ideological reaction. Those of us in South Florida, however, also should wonder: How would it affect us?</p> <p>The leading sources of greenhouse gases—carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide—that most climate scientists believe are causing temperatures to rise dangerously high are power plants, cars and trucks. The dirtiest power plants use coal. There’s discussion over how much the proposed rules would cost, but one cost could be higher costs for electricity if generating plants must be retrofitted to use, say, natural gas instead of coal or oil. Nuclear plants emit no greenhouses gases, though they do produce radioactive waste that utilities must store on site.</p> <p>Most coal-fired plants are in the Midwest. That region, and coal-mining states like West Virginia, Kentucky and Pennsylvania, supplies most of the opposition to the new rules. Environmental Protection Agency Director Gina McCarthy says even those customers will pay much less than industry opponents claim. Whatever the real cost, South Florida residents could be in much better shape.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Florida Power &amp; Light supplies electricity to almost all of Southeast Florida—4.7 million customers in the state combined. Over the last decade, FPL has shifted dramatically toward natural gas as a fuel source. When the last of three Southeast Florida plant upgrades is finished in 2016, more than 70 percent of FPL’s fuel will be natural gas and 23 percent will be from nuclear. Just 5 percent will be from coal, and less than one percent from oil.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">FPL previously supported the idea of a straight tax on carbon, believing that the company would be affected only slightly, compared to those coal-heavy utilities in the Midwest. For FPL customers, the best guess at this point is that the rules also would fall lightly on them.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">I asked an FPL spokesman for the company’s reaction to the White House proposals. He responded with a company statement that FPL is “about 35 percent cleaner in terms of (carbon dioxide) emission rate than the average utility. . .so we believe we are positioned well.” The statement, though, said FPL believes that it will take “a while” for the company’s environmental experts to review the proposals.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Even climate change skeptics might want to consider the overall health benefits. The White House estimates that the new rules could prevent roughly 100,000 asthma attacks nationwide in children and young adults. In many ways, there could be a lot for South Florida to like about cleaner air.</p> <p><strong>•••••••</strong></p> <div class="editable-original"> <p><em>You can email Randy Schultz at</em></p> <center><a href="/blog/tag/city-watch/" target="_blank">For more City Watch blogs, click here.</a></center> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <p><strong>Randy Schultz</strong> was born in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He has lived in South Florida since then, and in Boca Raton since 1985. Schultz spent nearly 40 years in daily journalism at the <em>Miami Herald</em> and <em>Palm Beach Post</em>, most recently as editorial page editor at the <em>Po</em>st. His wife, Shelley, is director of The Learning Network at Pine Crest School. His son, an attorney, and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren also live in Boca Raton. His daughter is a veterinarian who lives in Baltimore.</p> </div>Randy SchultzThu, 12 Jun 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityGreat Escapes<p class="Default">Plan your weekend getaways around the sweet summer specials being offered by resorts only a few hours away—as well as in our own backyard.</p> <p><strong>SOUTH OF OUR BORDER</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="367" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/acqualina.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Acqualina Resort &amp; Spa</strong></p> <p><strong>Where: </strong>17875 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles</p> <p><strong>What’s the deal? </strong>From Aug. 18 through Sept. 30, this beachfront paradise—winner of the AAA Five Diamond Award for five years running—is offering 50 percent off Wednes-day or Sunday nights, when staying a minimum of three nights (room rates start at $525 during August and $425 in September), as well as complimentary valet parking, free access to the AcquaMarine children’s program—and a $40 credit per day for body or facial treatments at the world-class, 20,000-square-foot Acqualina Spa by ESPA.</p> <p><strong>While you’re there: </strong>In addition to the food and beverage service available at the resort’s four pools—including the casual Costa Grill, which overlooks the Atlantic—Acqualina’s dining options include the recently opened AQ by Acqualina, an ode to the farm-to-table movement with inventive dishes from renowned chef Dewey LoSasso.</p> <p><strong>Contact: </strong><a href="" target="_blank"></a>, 305/918-800</p> <p><em>Fore more great escapes, pick up our July/August issue of Boca Raton magazine.</em></p>Kevin KaminskiWed, 11 Jun 2014 19:54:21 +0000 The MagazineTravel Murder They Wrote<p>In a 2013 piece for The New Yorker, Adam Gopnik observed that Florida crime fiction “may have supplanted the L.A.-noir tradition as a paperback mirror of American manners”—a mirror driven by, as author Dave Barry put it, a bunch of “South Florida wackos.” Our lower peninsula, stretching all the way down to the freewheeling Keys, has proved fascinating to read-ers across the country and beyond ever since John D. MacDonald began writing series thrillers here in 1964. Here’s a look at four of the best writers currently carry-ing the South Florida crime-mystery torch.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/mystery_writers.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Deborah Sharp</a></p> <p><strong>Her prologue:</strong> Sharp spent nearly two decades as a Florida-based news reporter for USA Today, covering the police beat, environ-mental issues, and the occasional interview with a zombie (back when director George Romero shot “Day of the Dead” on Sanibel Island). It all changed shortly after 9-11. “I turned 50 and just realized that almost everything I was doing was sad news,” recalls Sharp, who lives in Fort Lauderdale. “I found that I was doing profiles of the wounded and the casualties in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and a lot of stuff related to terrorism. It was kind of unrelentingly depressing. … I always loved to read mysteries and particularly liked humorous mysteries, so I thought, why not give it a shot?”</p> <p><em>To read more on Deborah Sharp, James Grippando, James W. Hall and Miriam Auerbach, pick up the July/August issue of Boca Raton magazine.</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 11 Jun 2014 19:49:12 +0000 The MagazineBest of Boca 2014<p>Think our fair community didn’t make its share of headlines over the past 12 months? Think again. A-list (and B-list) celebs entertained us. Our chefs, retailers, cultural institutions and business owners created buzz. A host of benevolent locals made a difference with their generosity. And a few folks found the kind of trouble that has to be read to be believed. Join Boca Raton magazine in celebrating a year in the life of Boca and beyond.</p> <p>Here's a peek at a few things we ran in our 22-page feature on the best of Boca in 2014.</p> <p><strong>Best New Restaurants</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/13americantable.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><em>13 American Table:</em></a> Proprietor Alberto Aletto and chef Anthony Fiorini have made this modest little space one of the most exciting restaurants in the county, focusing on dishes cooked in the high-tech Josper oven.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><em>HMF</em>:</a> Posh decor by celeb designer Adam Tihany, a roster of expertly crafted small plates and an encyclopedic wine list are enough to earn this restaurant at the Tony Breakers resort a spot on anyone’s Best Of list.</p> <p><em><a href="" target="_blank">Racks Fish House + Oyster Bar</a>:</em> This handsome upscale seafood house from Gary Rack, one of our savviest restaurateurs, fills a real need for anyone who appreciates pristinely fresh fish and shellfish served in all manner of tasty guises.</p> <p><em><a href="" target="_blank">Twenty Twenty Grille</a> and <a href="‎" target="_blank">Farmer’s Table</a></em>: See the spotlight profiles on Ron Weisheit and Joey Giannuzzi for more on these two hot spots.</p> <p><strong>Best Live Music Venue</strong></p> <p>At <a target="_blank">Jazziz Nightlife</a>—the hottest entertainment addition to Mizner Park since iPic Theaters—there is no bad seat in the house. It’s elegant and intimate, to the point that each of its concerts feels like a private gathering of musically sophisticated friends, a gourmet speakeasy for the modern jazz niche. The sound and lighting are impeccable, and owner Michael Fagien has attracted the jazz stars of yesterday, today and tomorrow to grace his stage, from locally bred chanteuse Nicole Henry to jazz fusion group Spyro Gyra to actress-singer Molly Ringwald. Ticketed acts are not cheap—but most nights of the week, there’s no cover.</p> <p><strong>Best Bang For Your Retail Buck</strong></p> <p>The February opening of <a href="" target="_blank">Palm Beach Outlets</a> in West Palm Beach drew more than 1 mil-lion shoppers in the first month alone, evidence that our county was hun-gry for its own version of Sawgrass Mills. The space is expected to expand 200,000 square feet by this fall.</p> <p><strong>Best Places for Cougar Sightings</strong></p> <p><em>By day:</em> <a href="" target="_blank">Houston’s</a>, around 1:30 p.m., after some serious power shopping at Town Center. <em>By night:</em> <a href="" target="_blank">Blue Martini</a>, where cougars come to play right in the lion’s den. Distinctive markings include bee-stung lips, pronounced cleavage and, of course, Jimmy Choos.</p> <p><em>To read the full feature - including best new music festival, best places to propose and five reliable standout local restaurants - pick up the July/August issue of Boca Raton magazine.</em></p>magazineWed, 11 Jun 2014 19:38:11 +0000 The MagazineSkyrocket In Flight<p>Granted, it took 37 minutes for the first single—“Problem”—off her soon-to-be-released second album to reach No. 1 on iTunes after its late April release. And sure, with 438,000 downloads in its first week, the song that also features Iggy Azalea became the fourth-largest digital debut of all time for a female artist. And yes, those numbers may soon pale in comparison if, as expected, the song that she and Justin Bieber have recorded turns up on her new album, set to drop in late August or early September. But just because <strong>Ariana Grande</strong> is blowing up so fast and so furiously that Perez Hilton can barely keep up with the blog-worthy buzz doesn’t mean that our home-town pop/R&amp;B superstar has gone Hollywood (even if she does live in Los Angeles).</p> <p><img alt="" height="322" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/ariana_grande.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Asked during a recent phone interview what she misses about the community in which she was raised—and where her grandparents still live—the diminutive singer-songwriter waxed nostalgic about Boca.</p> <p>“I miss the beach, I miss Town Center, I miss Cinemark—which will always be Muvico in my heart,” says Grande, who turned 21 in late June. “I miss Boomers, I miss the Kabbalah Centre in Boca, I miss the Boca Beach Club, I miss my grandparents … I miss my home.”</p> <p>For the better part of three years, starting in 2010, home for the former student at North Broward Preparatory School was on the small screen, where she developed a following as Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon show “Victorious” and, later, its spinoff “Sam &amp; Cat.” But in the life-altering span of a few months last summer, Grande went from teen sitcom darling to worldwide pop phenom. Her debut album for Republic Records, “Yours Truly,” topped the iTunes Store charts in 30-plus countries and hit No. 1 on the <em>Billboard </em>200 in its first week; Grande became the first female artist since Kesha in 2010 to reach No. 1 with her inaugural effort. The video for the album’s hit single, “The Way,” is approaching 150 million views on YouTube.</p> <p><em>For our exclusive Q&amp;A with Ariana Grande, pick up the July/August issue of Boca Raton magazine.</em></p>Kevin KaminskiWed, 11 Jun 2014 19:16:53 +0000 The MagazineFace Time with Jodi Dery<p>It doesn’t take an advanced degree in cosmetology to understand that <strong>Jodi Dery’</strong>s spin on the blow-dry trend is more than just a lot of hot air.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/jodi_dery4.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>As evidenced by a stack of effusive comment cards at the front desk of her downtown Boca-based <a href="" target="_blank">Cloud 10</a> operation, which opened last December—the first, at Worthing Place in Delray Beach, debuted in May 2013—customers are finding beauty in the details.</p> <p>At Cloud 10, in addition to the array of $40 blowout styles, that means shampoo chairs that recline and massage, complementary drinks (did someone say Champagne?), a roster of customized makeover services for the face and eyes, the use of iPads for customers to check e-mails or scan the Cloud 10 app—which includes a built-in photo booth (pictures print out right at the front desk) and select digital magazines—and even free umbrellas for clients on rainy days.</p> <p>“We go above and beyond for our customers,” says Dery, 30, who most recently added hair cut and color services to her Cloud 10 menu. “There is nothing we can’t offer them at this point. … We make sure that no client leaves unhappy.”</p> <p>To see Dery in her element and in command of her vision—so important to her is the shop’s clean, ultrachic aesthetic that she installed retractable reels for the curling irons to keep cords from showing—it’s hard to believe that this is her first brick-and-mortar business venture.</p> <p><em>To read more, pick up the July/August issue of Boca Raton magazine.</em></p>Kevin KaminskiWed, 11 Jun 2014 19:11:40 +0000 The MagazineHealthy Hydration<p><strong>Michael Whitehurst</strong>, professor of exercise science and health promotion at Florida Atlantic University, explains how to stay properly hydrated as the temperature soars.</p> <p><img alt="" height="359" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/mike_whitehurst.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>[ <strong>1 </strong>] <strong>Beat the clock: </strong>Exercising in hot, humid conditions can dehydrate a person in 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the activity and the individual. “If you’re an athlete, you’re going to sweat more profusely—and the timeline for dehydration [will] be shorter,” Whitehurst says.</p> <p>[ <strong>2 </strong>] <strong>Anticipation: </strong>Thirst is the first clue that you’re dehydrated—but that’s typically too late, Whitehurst says. Hydrate before you feel thirst. Another way to tell that you need more water is if your urine looks darker than usual. The darker your urine, the more dehydrated you are.</p> <p>[ <strong>3 </strong>] <strong>The Rule of Salt: </strong>A salty snack can help you rehydrate during a long or highly intense workout. Emphasis on long or intense. Whitehurst says you have to lose a substantial amount of body weight—probably 2 to 5 percent—during a workout to worry about salt replacement. “If you’re exercising moderately, under an hour, salt replacement outside the regular dietary intake would not be necessary,” he says.</p> <p>[ <strong>4 </strong>] <strong>Drink Responsibly: </strong>It’s possible to over-drink during a workout. Too much water can cause symptoms from nausea to, believe it or not, coma. The International Marathon Medical Directors Association recommends that athletes drink no more than 31 ounces of water an hour when exercising. Whitehurst suggests rehydrating about every 20 minutes.</p> <p>[ <strong>5 </strong>] <strong>Feel the Heat: </strong>Not accustomed to exercising under the sweltering Florida sun? Try acclimating slowly over the course of two weeks; get your body used to sweating, then cooling down. Practice hydrating, as well, so you can understand what your body needs and when, Whitehurst says.</p>magazineWed, 11 Jun 2014 19:06:23 +0000 The MagazineGet the Look: Edgy Activewear<p>Boca native <strong>Christina Lagoudes </strong>admits that she practically lives in active wear—when you have a 2-year-old daughter, as she does, everyday activities can be a workout. Still, it took an entrepreneurial leap for the Florida Atlantic University grad to bring European brand <a href="" target="_blank">Body Action</a> to the U.S. last year in the form of an online retail business ( Lagoudes shares her expertise on workout clothes.</p> <p><strong>Q&amp;A with Christina</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/christinalagoudes.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong>When it comes to activewear, what are the key factors to look at?</strong></p> <p>Comfort and performance materials. Material is so important in activewear. You want to be comfortable. You want [the material] to feel good, or else you’re not going to feel good working out or even doing your day-to-day activities.</p> <p><strong>What materials are best for working out?</strong></p> <p>A blend of cotton, Lycra, spandex and polyester that forms to your body more, allows movement and is more durable. [Also, there is] Supplex, which is nylon but feels like cotton; it’s water-resistant and maintains its shape after washing. Anything 100-percent cotton isn’t good for high-intense workouts.</p> <p><strong>What workout pieces should women invest in?</strong></p> <p>A sports bra that’s comfortable and fits well; and pants [with] an adjustable waistband. That way, it’s more comfortable and more of a customized fit.</p> <p><em>To see our favorite activewear pieces, inspired by Christina's advice, pick up the July/August issue of Boca Raton magazine.</em></p>Stefanie CaintoWed, 11 Jun 2014 18:58:41 +0000 The MagazineThe Scoop on Sonnys<p class="Default">As if the three-dozen gelato flavors alone weren’t enough to tempt customers, <a href="" target="_blank">Sonny’s Gelato Cafe</a> (2151 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, 561/362-0447) never misses an opportunity to add a little eye candy. Ladyfinger cookies jut out from the divine “Tiramisu.” Marshmallows stud the “S’Mores Mix.” And circles of lime dot the top of its “Key Lime Pie.”</p> <p class="Default"><img alt="" height="376" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/sonnys.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="Default">The Ben &amp; Jerry’s-like inspiration of its various dessert toppings isn’t the only similarity to ice cream that regular diners at this burnt sienna building will appreciate. The gelati even tastes like your favorite Haagen-Dazs, accomplished through healthier means: skim milk, all-natural ingredients and no more than 7 percent butterfat.</p> <p class="Default">Sonny’s has been dishing this frozen Italian delicacy and much more since 2002, but a lot has changed since then. This past January, original owner Sonny Lombardo sold the business to Jake Posternak, former manager of the Roundabout Diner and Lounge in Portsmouth, N.H., and his grandfather, Noel.</p> <p class="Default">“My grandfather lives down here nine months out of the year,” Jake says. “I came from Maine, and we were looking to open a frozen yogurt franchise together. We saw that Sonny’s was for sale, tried it and loved it. It had such a great customer base, and we thought we could take the food to the next level.”</p> <p class="Default">To that end, the Posternaks eschewed Sonny’s roster of subs and some of its appetizers, and brought in American comfort food—burgers, chicken fingers, irresistible beer-battered pickles—to join its selections of Italian panini, pasta and pastries. They also spruced up the decor (inside and out) and began opening for breakfast.</p> <p class="Default">Otherwise, the peerless quality of Sonny’s gelato remains the same. And the Old World ambience still lingers, especially on Wednesday nights, when troves of Italians flood the tiki torch-lit patio, conversing in their native tongue, while an accordion player and a 98-year-old singer belt out romantic classics from 8:30 to 10:30. Now that’s amore.</p>John ThomasonWed, 11 Jun 2014 18:51:46 +0000 The MagazineConcert Review: Chase Rice at CityPlace Plaza<p class="Body"><img alt="" height="360" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/cr.jpg" width="400"></p> <p class="Body">A crowd covered in denim, lace and cowboy boots gathered on the plaza Tuesday night at <a href="" target="_blank">CityPlace in West Palm Beach</a> to watch country music star <a href="" target="_blank">Chase Rice</a> perform. Rice was there to kickoff the venue’s Country Music Concert Series, but the audience was clearly there to party; one group drank moonshine from mason jars while another was taking turns sitting on top of their companions’ shoulders to spot the Florida-native singer-songwriter.</p> <p class="Body">The audience couldn’t wait for Rice to take the stage, as evidenced by the cheering of his name and their willingness to wait in the rain. Despite the grey skies and lack of covered area, the party went on as Rice and his guitarist, Brandon Autry, took the stage and began the concert with a crowd favorite, “Country Girl,” followed by the popular “Country In Ya.”</p> <p class="Body">Rice’s performance was well received by the audience and employed his environment to his advantage: “Let’s make all of these shops pissed that we’re here,” he shouted, as the crowd yelled back even louder. </p> <p class="Body">Rice prides himself on his combination of musical inspirations, which set him apart from the rest of the country scene. Borrowing a little George Straight and Garth Brooks as well as Eminem and Wiz Khalifa, Rice creates a new genre that is upbeat and party-inducing. </p> <p class="Body">First recognized as the runner-up to “Survivor: Nicaragua” winner Jud “Fabio” Birza, Rice also co-wrote one of the most popular songs on the radio of 2014: “Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line. If there was any question this country star had a major following, this concert answered it. From the women line-dancing to the children clapping, his following is a diverse and supportive one. His quickly growing fan base is not expected to lessen its presence any time soon.</p> <p class="Body">Rice hasn’t signed with a major record label or enjoyed formal radio play, but Autry confirmed to <em>Boca Raton</em> magazine that Rice has officially signed with Columbia Sony, which will begin to distribute his hit single, “Ready Set Roll,” to country radio.</p> <p class="Body">Rice is set to continue his <a href="" target="_blank">cross-country tour</a> at least through September. As for the Country Music Concert Series, look out for actress and up-and-coming country music singer Jana Rae Kramer on July 9 at CityPlace Plaza. </p> <p class="Body"><strong>SET LIST</strong></p> <p class="Body">Country Girl</p> <p class="Body">Country In Ya</p> <p class="Body">Party Up</p> <p class="Body">Drinkin’</p> <p class="Body">Truck</p> <p class="Body">Jack Daniels</p> <p class="Body">Whoa</p> <p class="Body">How She Rolls</p> <p class="Body">Cruise</p> <p class="Body">Ready Set Roll</p> <p><strong>About Kelsey:</strong></p> <p class="Body"><strong></strong><em>Kelsey Howard is a recent college graduate who earned her Bachelor of Arts in mass communications with a concentration in magazine journalism at the University of South Florida. Kelsey is an editorial intern this summer at Boca Raton magazine. She is 21 years old with a passion to explore the world and write about it along the way. You can contact Kelsey at </em><em><a href=""></a></em><em> or </em><em><a>941/306-9158</a></em><em> or view her portfolio </em><em><a href="">here</a></em><em>. </em></p>Kelsey HowardWed, 11 Jun 2014 13:57:39 +0000 & EventsMusicHoly Cross Hospital Opening Boca Clinic<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale recently announced plans to open an urgent care and imaging center in Boca Raton.</p> <p>The East Boca clinic, to be located at 1799 S. Federal Highway, is scheduled for completion in September. It will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week.</p> <p><img alt="" height="278" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/boca_ucic_future_site.jpg" width="420"></p> <p>Convenience and access to care are two big benefits for Boca Raton residents, who can use the center after work and on weekends for minor emergencies, preventive care and more.</p> <p>Services will include</p> <ul> <li>Immunizations and vaccines</li> <li>Treatment of burns, fractures, sprains and lacerations</li> <li>Treatment of minor illnesses, such as colds or the flu</li> <li>School physicals for $20 each</li> <li>Treatment of worker’s compensation injuries,</li> <li>Employer physicals and drug tests</li> <li>Dispensing some medications</li> </ul> <p>Patients can have some screenings and diagnostic tests done there, too. The 7,844-square-foot center will offer imaging services, such as CT scans, digital x-rays, mammography and ultrasounds, as well as basic laboratory testing.</p> <p>Fort Lauderdale-based Holy Cross Hospital is a non-profit Catholic hospital, sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, which opened in 1955. Holy Cross plans to open more outpatient centers in South Florida. For more information about the new center in Boca and other planned urgent care facilities, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> <p>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><img alt="" height="350" src="" width="345"></strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About Lisette</strong><br>Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>magazineWed, 11 Jun 2014 13:16:25 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautyWhere to Watch the World Cup<p>The World Cup kicks off Thursday, June 12 at 4 p.m. with Brazil vs. Croatia. Score great deals on food and drinks while you watch the World Cup games at any of these bars.</p> <p><strong>Boca Raton</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="174" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/dubliner.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Where:</em> The Dubliner, 435 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p><em>When:</em> 4 p.m. June 12 to 7 p.m. June 13</p> <p><em>Why:</em> Root for your favorite team as you watch the World Cup on The Dubliner’s large projector with surround sound. There will be food and drink specials during every game, as well as prizes and giveaways.</p> <p><strong>Delray Beach</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/grandtavern.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Where:</em> Grand Tavern, 710 Linton Blvd., Delray Beach</p> <p><em>When:</em> All World Cup games</p> <p><em>Why:</em> Take a seat at Grand Tavern to watch any of the World Cup games. Enjoy buckets of Corona, Dos Equis or Modelo for only $15.</p> <p><strong>Pompano Beach</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/checkersoldmunchen.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Where:</em> Checkers Old Munchen, 2209 E. Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach</p> <p><em>When:</em> All World Cup games</p> <p><em>Why:</em> Immerse yourself in German cuisine during the Germany vs. Portugal game on Monday, June 16. While you watch, enjoy dillzpacho soup for $5 alongside your schnitzel.</p> <p><strong>Coconut Creek</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/wob.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Where:</em> World of Beer, 4437 Lyons Road, Suite E-101, Coconut Creek</p> <p><em>When:</em> Sundays</p> <p><em>Why:</em> You can purchase a Weihenstephaner draft and take the glass home (while supplies lasts.) For every draft you purchase, you will receive a raffle ticket. The winner will be chosen on the last Sunday of the World Cup, and he/she will receive a commemorative boot.</p> <p><strong>Fort Lauderdale</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/stouts.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><em>Where:</em> Stout Bar &amp; Grill, 3419 N. Andrews Ave., Oakland Park</p> <p><em>When:</em> 6 p.m. June 14</p> <p><em>Why:</em> Stout Bar &amp; Grill is kicking off the World Cup with $3 pints of Coors Light, $4 pints of Peroni and $5 Baby Stout shots. Watch Italy take on England on one of Stout’s 40 HDTVs.</p>magazineWed, 11 Jun 2014 12:47:54 +0000 EventsBoca After Dark: Truluck&#39;s<p><span><span><strong>Where: </strong></span></span><span><span>351 Plaza Real, Boca Raton in Mizner Park 561/391-0755</span></span></p> <p><span><span><img alt="" height="482" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/trulucks.jpg" width="478"></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><strong>The lowdown: </strong></span></span><span><span>One of my favorite Mizner Park spots, especially when it comes to a good happy hour, is Truluck’s. Although they are most well known for their fresh stone crab specials during season (not to mention their other stellar seafood dishes), their happy hour reputation follows soon after.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Truluck’s isn’t exactly your run-of-the-mill dollar draft and bar bites kind of place. This is Boca at its most chic. The crowd may be more sophisticated, but don’t mistake that for dull. This isn’t a Bingo hall. Truluck’s draws plenty of young professionals with a daily happy hour from 4:30 to 7 p.m.—and all night on Sunday. People of all ages end up swarming the bar and lounge area, giving the swank space plenty of energy. Happy hour specials include half-price cocktails and appetizers as well as 25 percent off all bottles of wine. A menu of seafood specialties, such as oysters Rockefeller for $8.50 and a pound of mussels for $8, makes this is one of the best happy hours in town. How can you resist a drink list of $6 glasses of wine and cocktails ranging from a mere $6 to $7?</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Escaping to Truluck’s makes for a nice, quiet break from the gastropubs, sports bars and other restaurants that draw a nightlife crowd. The bar fills up fast, so try and arrive before 6 if you’re hoping to land a seat; the coveted high tops are prime real estate. Otherwise, hang around and order a glass of Sangria (featuring Truluck’s secret recipe) and make friends. Maybe they’ll let you squeeze in a chair.<strong></strong></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><strong>The intangibles: </strong></span></span><span><span>Adding to the hip vibe at Truluck’s: live entertainment every night of the week. Pianists and singers frequent the lounge area, making for a relaxing and enjoyable evening. The Boca Raton location has won multiple awards for its seafood and service, including countless Readers Choice awards from readers of </span></span><span><span><em>Boca Raton</em></span></span><span><span> magazine. Though this restaurant isn’t a traditional after-hours spot, it’s a great place for a romantic night out, and an even better spot to make dinner out of a few appetizers and enjoy martinis during happy hour.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Hours:</strong></span></span><span><span> Truluck’s dining room is open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 5 p.</span></span><span><span>m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday. The lounge opens early at 4:30 p.m. everyday.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><strong>Website:</strong></span></span><a href="" target="_blank"><span><span></span></span></a></span></span></span></p> <center><em>For more on bars in Boca Raton, click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</em><strong></strong></center> <p><strong>About Shaina</strong></p> <div>Shaina is a Boca transplant, born and raised in South Jersey. Her love of writing began at a young age and followed her through to Rutgers University where she graduated with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. It wasn't until she sought after a new and exciting journey far away from the cold winters of Jersey that she discovered another love: food. Shaina created her very own food blog, Take A Bite Out of Boca, and has since grown her passion for cooking, baking, and of course sipping and savoring her way around town. She is very excited to be part of the team at Boca Raton Magazine and hopes that you will join her every step of the way as she explores <em>Boca After Dark</em>. You can follow Shaina and all of her foodie adventures in and out of the kitchen at <a href="" target="_blank">Take A Bite Out of Boca</a>.</div> <p><span><span><span><span><span><br></span></span></span></span></span></p>Shaina WizovWed, 11 Jun 2014 12:22:05 +0000 Xtra: Joanna Campbell Slan<p><strong>Her prologue</strong>: Like Deborah Sharp, one of the writers profiled in our July-August issue, who turned away from journalism after Sept. 11, 2001, <a href="" target="_blank">Joanna Campbell Slan</a><em>’</em>s career also shifted after 9-11, for different reasons.</p> <p><img alt="" height="396" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/joanna.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>She had many jobs before the Towers fell—newspaper reporter, ad salesperson, talk show host, college teacher and eventually public speaker. The latter profession became her passion, and she was named one of the top 25 speakers in the world by <em>Sharing Ideas</em> magazine.</p> <p>“I fell into motivational speaking, because it, like writing, was a way to tell stories that move people,” says Slan, who lives on Jupiter Island. “But then 9-11 happened. I lived in England at the time. The last thing I wanted was to keep flying the unfriendly skies. Besides, I was gaining some traction as an author, so the timing was perfect for leaving the microphone and sticking to the keyboard.”</p> <p><strong>Her series</strong>: Slan is the most prolific of the authors interviewed for this feature—and in terms of the changes in genre, time period and heroine, the most restless. She’s penned 11 nonfiction books, many of them extensions of her motivational speeches, and at least 13 mysteries under four different series. There’s the Kiki Lowenstein books, about a spunky single mom from St. Louis with a passion for scrapbooking and a propensity to find herself surrounded by murder and intrigue; the Cara Mia Delgato series, about an entrepreneur living on Florida’s Treasure Coast who solves whodunits; and her Jane Eyre novels, which reimagine Charlotte Bronte’s iconic character as a sleuth in Regency-era England. Under a pseudonym, she even wrote one title in the “Southern Beauty Shop” series, about a divorced beautician working in a Georgia tourist town.</p> <p>“I have a great capacity for work,” Slan says. “This is what I always wanted to do, and I’m at a point in my life that I can do it as my ‘day job.’ So the floodgates are wide open. I can’t wait to get up each morning and start writing. Last year I had five books come out. I wrote four between March and December. I’ve worn the letters off of three keyboards!” Slan’s books inevitably explore socially conscious themes, among them aging parents, addiction, mixed-race relationships, animal hoarding and domestic violence.</p> <p><strong>Her words</strong>: “I woke up with the dawn, after a night of bad dreams where Bill Ballard’s head exploded again and again, leaving me covered in sweat. My teeth ached from clenching my jaw. Overnight the bruise on my temple had turned shades of blue, black and green, a great look for a Mardi Gras party. Otherwise, not so much.” (From <em>Picture Perfect Corpse</em>, 2013).</p>John ThomasonWed, 11 Jun 2014 10:21:58 +0000 The MagazineWeb ExtrasWeb Xtra: Lizzie Sider<p><span>Boca resident Lizzie Sider, who just turned 16, is making a name for herself in country music circles thanks, in large part, to “Butterfly,” an inspirational track based on her childhood struggles with bullying. The song and accompanying video, which has snagged more than 1 million YouTube views, not only led to an appearance on Queen Latifah’s show, it prompted a recent bully-prevention tour that took Sider to 250-plus elementary and middle schools in California, Florida and Texas.</span></p> <p><span><br></span></p> <p><span><iframe height="404" src="" width="490"></iframe><br></span></p> <p><span>Here’s more from our July/August interview (part of our “Best of Boca feature) with Sider:</span></p> <p><span><strong>Boca isn’t exactly a hotbed of country music. What were the influences that led you to gravitate to that genre of music?</strong></span></p> <p><span>Every summer since I was 2 months old, my parents and I have gone to Jackson Hole, Wyo. Country music just got into my soul in Jackson Hole. … Also, I remember my parents playing older country artists on our stereo, like Patsy Cline. So I’ve grown up around it. … but it’s not just country. I listened to jazz, classical … My mom’s favorite band was The Monkees; and that turned out to be one of my favorites too. </span></p> <p><span><strong>Were you persistent about pursuing a professional career, despite your age?</strong></span></p> <p><span>The first time I sang the national anthem was in front of about 2,000 or 3,000 people at a Jackson Hole rodeo. I was 8. I remember saying to my dad, ‘This is great, but I can play a bigger venue.’ … A year later, I sang the anthem at a Boston Red Sox game in front of 36,000 people.</span></p> <p><span>I’ve always had this dream to be a legendary artist, the kind of artist who inspires people. … But I think that I pushed my parents to push me. When I started talking about trying to do this on a bigger scale, we decided to go for it as a group. …It’s been an amazing journey; it keeps [getting more] exciting as it goes along.</span></p> <p><span><strong>Can you describe the experience and journey that led to “Butterfly?” </strong></span></p> <p><span>I was teased by the other kids in during my elementary school years. There was a lot of exclusion and ridicule. I’ll never know why. Maybe because I was different, because I was musical. On the playground, I’d walk around and sing to myself. … One day, some kids came up to me and asked me to sing a song for them. I thought, “Hey, they’re actually being nice to me; they want to hear me.” When I started to sing, they all laughed at me and ran away and called me names. It was hard ...</span></p> <p><span>I’ve always been able to talk to my parents about anything. I remember my dad saying, “Remember: No one has the power to ruin your day.” It didn’t stick right away, but I finally realized that my parents were right; I had the power to overcome the teasing and the bullying. Without going through that, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. I wouldn’t be able to do what I am now, which is the anti-bullying tour, and sharing this story and helping others.</span></p> <p><span><strong>Are there moments with students that have stood out during the tour?</strong></span></p> <p><span>There were 800 kids at this one assembly at an elementary school in California. After the assembly, this girl came up to me and offered to give me her beautiful rhinestone bracelet. I didn’t want to accept it at first, but she [insisted]. I spoke to the principal afterward, because she had spoken to the girl. This student had been abandoned as a child. She jumped from foster home to foster home; it had been a struggle for her to find herself. That bracelet was something a foster parent had given her, and it was special to her. But she told the principal, “I want to give Lizzie this bracelet because she taught me to be myself again.” … I can’t even put into words what it means to be able to touch someone like that.</span></p> <p><span><strong>It’s pretty heady stuff to develop such a deep connection with your young fans.</strong></span></p> <p><span>I love that. I’m getting to go out and hug them and talk to them. That experience is so important to me. To meet the students and administrators and parents, it’s gone above and beyond anything that I ever thought would come out of the tour. It’s been the most humbling, the most amazing experience of my life.</span></p>Kevin KaminskiTue, 10 Jun 2014 20:10:56 +0000 & EventsIn The MagazineMusicWeb ExtrasWeb Xtra: Jameel McCline<p><span>At 6 feet 6 inches, 260 pounds, <strong>Jameel McCline</strong> looks every bit as imposing and in fight-night shape at age 44 as he did during the prime of his 17-year roller-coaster ride as a professional boxer. And yet, the Delray Beach resident can quickly put a complete stranger at ease with his affable charm and disarming candor.</span></p> <p><span><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/jameel_mccline2.jpg" width="490"></span></p> <p><span>That McCline can be such a walking contradiction will come as little surprise to anyone familiar with a story that’s larger than life in more ways than one.</span></p> <p><span>After all, this is the same man who started boxing at age 25—with no amateur experience—yet still fought for the heavyweight championship of the world four different times (he lost all four bouts, two of them by controversial decisions). The same man who barely made it out of Harlem, serving five years in prison for selling stolen guns after aging out of the foster system, yet went on to travel the world—including more than a dozen trips to Russia. Who, after his first retirement from boxing in 2009, was sweeping the floors of an automotive center in Boca.</span></p> <p><span>Now, he’s driving a Mercedes and launching projects that fit neatly under the banner of his nickname in the ring—Big Time. Here’s more from our interview with the man who’s running in the Democratic primary later this summer for Florida’s 20th congressional district.</span></p> <p><span><strong>On his work as a consultant and training adviser for athletes in other sports:</strong></span></p> <p>• “<span>I talk to them about something like social media. Don’t take pictures with booze in your hand. It doesn’t look right, especially if pictures like this pop up four, five, six times. Little things like that can impact reputation, endorsements. You also don’t want to use foul language on Twitter; again, it doesn’t come off right. … I had some NBA clients who were loud mouths. And I told them, being a loud mouth is one thing. Being disrespectful is something else.”</span></p> <p>• “<span>A lot of what I walk these guys through is recovery. My theory is this. As an NFL player, you get all banged up on Sunday. Monday is a day of rest. Tuesday, you’re just starting to recover from the game. Wednesday, you can start moving again. You can’t get physical in practice until Thursday. … I work with players on healing: the use of hyperbaric chambers; compression socks and sleeves, which promotes inflammation reduction; foods, antioxidants, legal supplements, protein shakes. It’s all about recovery. … If you can get back on the field at 100 percent by Tuesday, instead of Thursday, you’re two days stronger than all the other players.”</span></p> <p><span><strong>On why so many boxers have trouble holding onto their money:</strong></span></p> <p>• “<span>Out of all athletes, boxers are often the least educated. You need to be educated in order to have an understanding that life goes beyond boxing. How are you going to handle that? … There’s a very small percentage of us that make it out OK. You’re world champ one decade; the next decade [you’re] living in a one-bedroom apartment. … I’ve been blessed to have an entrepreneurial sense about me. I shake hands, I meet people, I make things happen.”</span></p> <p><span><strong>On his boxing career:</strong></span></p> <p>• “<span>I have a love-hate relationship with boxing for so many reasons. I gave me a lot, but it took a lot out of me. It destroyed my first marriage; it destroyed my relationship with my two other children, who live in West Palm Beach. I had a lot of mental issues, and part of it was being so hard on myself for not becoming champion. … It’s so rare to even get a title shot. It’s unheard of to get a third title shot, having not won either of the first two. It’s unprecedented to get a fourth—and you didn’t win any of the first three.</span></p> <p>“<span>The flip side is that it gave me a career. It gave me an understanding of what it takes to be focused, determined … it taught me about sacrifice. I traveled the world—I fought in Russia, China, Poland, Switzerland, Mexico, Madison Square Garden three times. …</span></p> <p>“<span>The universe just didn’t have it in the cards for me to be champion. Maybe it’s to go on and do other great things. There’s something else that I’m meant to do. I’m OK with it now.”</span></p>Kevin KaminskiTue, 10 Jun 2014 19:33:38 +0000 The MagazineWeb ExtrasWeb Xtra: Ariana Grande<p><span>In the life-altering span of a few months last summer, Ariana Grande went from teen sitcom darling to worldwide pop phenom. Her debut album, “Your Truly,” topped the iTunes Store charts in 30-plus countries and hit No. 1 on the </span><span><em>Billboard </em></span><span>200 in its first week; Grande became the first female artist since Kesha in 2010 to reach No. 1 with her inaugural effort. The video for the album’s hit single, “The Way,” is approaching 150 million views on YouTube.</span></p> <p><span>And the first single—“Problem”—off her soon-to-be-released second album reached No. 1 on iTunes this April … in 37 minutes.</span><iframe height="404" src="" width="490"></iframe></p> <p><span>Check out the July/August issue of </span><span><em>Boca Raton</em></span><span> magazine for the complete exclusive interview with Boca’s</span><span> own pop sensation. Here are a few bonus excerpts to whet your appetite:</span></p> <p><span><strong>When was the moment when you realized your life was about to change in a big way?</strong></span></p> <p>“<span>When my first single went to number one, it was crazy. I never thought that would happen. To see people embrace me as an artist was the coolest thing in the world. That’s when I realized, ‘Hey, there might be something to this music thing that works out for me.’”</span></p> <p><span><strong>You’ve been to the White House twice already at age 20? What was it like to meet the president and first lady?</strong></span></p> <p>“<span>They were both so nice—and so tall. I was like, ‘Are you real people?’ They were nice and kind, and statuesque. I was like, ‘Wow, I’m cowering in fear.’”</span></p> <p><span><strong>What should people expect from your new album, which comes out later this summer?</strong></span></p> <p>“<span>I think it shows my progression as an artist and as a person … It’s a little more grown-up, while still remaining authentic to me as a person. I’m very excited for people to hear it.”</span></p>Kevin KaminskiTue, 10 Jun 2014 19:21:33 +0000 & EventsIn The MagazineMusicWeb Extras&quot;Ring of Fire&quot; to blaze at Arts Garage<p> </p> <p><span><img alt="" height="458" src="/site_media/uploads/205-1.jpg" width="352"></span></p> <p><span>“<em>You've got a song you're singing from your gut, you want that audience to feel it in their gut. And you've got to make them think that you're one of them sitting out there with them too. They've got to be able to relate to what you're doing</em>.”—Johnny Cash</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Starting June 20 you can be part of that audience feeling that Johnny Cash magic, when “Ring of Fire” lands at the <a href="" target="_blank">Arts Garage</a>. Described as a “unique musical about love and faith, struggle and success, rowdiness and redemption, and home and family,” it’s bound to highlight the raw talent of one of Country’s earliest outlaws. The country music fans I know miss the old country genre, the one with real country performers, and storytelling, and heartbreak and hard times. Ring Of Fire will focus on that music, and includes a wide range of genres, from rockabilly and ballads to rock ‘n roll performed by a core group of musicians that will bring the man in black alive.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>We think it’s the perfect show for a steamy summer Delray night and we’re going to be there, boots and all. The show runs from June 20 to July 13; get your tickets now. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Arts Garage is located at <em>180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach</em>. For more information, call 561/458-6357.</span></p>Marie SpeedTue, 10 Jun 2014 12:16:51 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachUpcoming EventsBurgers &#39;n&#39; Beer for Dear Old Dad<p><img alt="" height="158" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/pgabeer.png" width="200">Want to do something a little different for Dad this Father’s Day (which, incidentally, is Sunday, June 15)?</p> <p>Treat him to a day of burgers, beer and live music at the <strong>PGA National Resort &amp; Spa</strong> (400 Avenue of the Champions, 877-929-3231), where from noon to 4 p.m. on Dad’s Day they’ll be throwing their third annual Craft Beer Festival and Burger Bash, an orgy of suds ‘n’ sammies with a portion of the proceeds benefitting DreamRide and Special Olympics Florida.</p> <p>The posh Palm Beach Gardens resort, the recipient of a recent $100 million renovation, will be featuring more than 60 different craft beers, not to mention burgers from a raft of local restaurants, which will be competing for the title of “King of All Burgers.” Sic Dad on some of those bad boys, including the patty from two-time King Chuck Burger Joint, and let him vote for his favorite in three categories: Best Burger, Most Innovative Burger and Best Non-Beef Burger.</p> <p>There’s food for Dad’s ears as well as his belly, as he’s probably old enough to remember the music of Little Feat, the eclectic rock band formed by guitarist Lowell George in the late 1960s. Current Feat guitarists Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett will be performing from 5:15 to 7 p.m., backed by the New Orleans Suspects. During the day there will be live music too, along with cool merch to buy and a charity silent auction.</p> <p>Festival tickets are $45 in advance and $50 at the door. Concert only tickets are $25/$30, and tickets for both events are $60/$70. You can get ‘em all <a href="">here</a>.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 10 Jun 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsUpcoming EventsPolice union blues and other news of note<p> <img alt="" height="466" src="/site_media/uploads/randy-1.jpg" width="400"></p> <h3>Police union blues<span>   </span></h3> <p class="MsoNormal">Boca Raton and Delray Beach are spectators to the police pay dispute in Boynton Beach, but those two cities should be interested spectators.</p> <p>Boynton’s police contract expired last Sept. 30. The city offered a 3 percent, across-the-board raise, but the Police Benevolent Association rejected the offer, and the matter went to impasse. The city has come back with a 6 percent offer, but the union wants 20 percent. Fat chance.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">So last week, the union tried a new tactic: intimidation. Officers picketed on city streets—using nasty caricatures of Police Chief Jeffrey Katz, City Manager Lori LaVerriere and City Attorney James Cherof—and showed up at Tuesday night’s city commission meeting to demand that Boynton Beach disband the department and contract with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.</p> <p>The union claims to be standing up for all of Boynton Beach’s nearly 200 officers. In fact, the union wants longer-serving officers—who tend to be union favorites—to get more of the salary increases than newer officers. Further, LaVerriere believes that the union’s real gripes are cost-saving measures Katz has taken, because some of the changes rankle what she calls “the old guard.”</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Katz took over last year, after former Chief Matt Immler retired and LaVerriere fired two majors who had served under Immler. Katz, who had been with the department for 15 years, began a reorganization that, LaVerriere said, has cut the number of lieutenants and enabled the department to restore some civilian positions that had been lost during recent budget cuts. Civilians can handle much of the inside work and free sworn officers to focus on investigations and crime prevention.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Most important, Katz has cut the overtime that not only can bust budgets but also can inflate pension costs; police officers in Boynton Beach and other cities can use 300 hours of overtime in calculating pension benefits. LaVerriere says the city’s contribution to police pensions this year will be $4 million.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">In Boynton Beach, all detectives had worked regular shifts. If called out at night—when most violent crime occurs—they all got overtime. Now, a detective is assigned to each shift, which has reduced costs—but upset some of the detectives who once piled up the overtime.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Having stated its grievances, the union demands that the Boynton Beach City Commission disband the department and switch to the sheriff’s office. But Sheriff Ric Bradshaw is not encouraging such a change. “We don’t have a dog in this fight,” he said Monday. Two years ago, at Immler’s urging, the sheriff’s office made a preliminary takeover proposal that showed a $5 million savings in operating costs. But that city commission wanted to keep the department, and this city commission agrees.</p> <p>At least for now. At some point, since police and fire make up about 60 percent of full-service cities’ budgets—in most cases, property taxes don’t even cover the cost of both departments—Boynton Beach, Delray Beach and even Boca Raton may think about consolidation. On Thursday, Delray Beach will discuss the idea of contracting with the county for fire-rescue. For now, though, Boynton Beach is taking the right stand regarding the police union. The two sides next will go before a magistrate late this month or in early July.</p> <p>Police contracts also are up this year in Boca and Delray. The union always tries to come off as sticking up for law enforcement. In most cases, though, the union mainly is sticking up for the union. Taxpayers in Boca Raton and Delray Beach should understand the difference.</p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">Sticks and stones…</h3> <p class="MsoNormal">Last week, the Delray Beach City Commission actually voted unanimously on a big issue. Then it was back to politics as usual.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Just after the commission had chosen Noel Pfeffer to be city attorney, Commissioner Adam Frankel complained that a member of a city board had called him a word that “begins with ‘a’ and ends with ‘hole.’ “ Since commissioners appoint members of the city’s roughly two dozen citizen boards, Frankel wanted to know if the commission could remove the board member—whom Frankel would not name—for using the, um, description.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Mayor Cary Glickstein and Commissioner Shelly Petrolia, who normally disagree with Frankel on almost everything, this time agreed on the need to avoid such name-calling. “We should govern ourselves as well,” Glickstein said. The moment of harmony passed quickly, as Frankel went on to complain about a supposed “impeachment campaign” against himself and Commissioner Al Jacquet and a related meeting at Spot Coffee that Petrolia’s husband had attended. Petrolia responded that her husband was not part of any such campaign, real or imagined.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">For the record, city commissioners cannot be impeached. They can be recalled. There is talk of a recall effort against Frankel and Jacquet, but any recall petition would have to state as grounds for the petition an example of “malfeasance, misfeasance, neglect of duty, drunkenness, incompetence, permanent inability to perform official duties. . .or conviction of a felony involving moral turpitude.” It’s a long way to there from a word that begins with ‘a’ and ends with ‘hole.’</p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">Slow train?</h3> <p class="MsoNormal">Fo