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 ExtrasWed, 23 Jul 2014 08:25:22 +0000The 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 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 2,000 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 EventsFast-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 & ReviewsHow 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 WatchCommunityThe 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 & ReviewsBoca 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 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 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 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 WatchCommunityAnother 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 & ReviewsThe 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<h4><strong><strong>Purchase your Dining Passport for $30 (cash only) at any participating restaurant below. This passport entitles the holder to the tastings event on Thursday, August 7 and Friday, August 8, plus three months of savings at all participating restaurants, valid July 1 - September 30, 2014. A portion of the revenue from each passport sold will be donated </strong><strong>to the Delray Beach Beautification Project.</strong></strong></h4> <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><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><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><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><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><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><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> </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><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> <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 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><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</center><center></center><center></center><center></center><center><strong><em>Sangria</em></strong></center><center><strong><em><br></em></strong></center><center>Red or white</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> <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>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">For all the talk about All Aboard Florida providing “high-speed” passenger train service between South Florida and Orlando, the service itself wouldn’t be nearly as “high-speed” as trains elsewhere with that label.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">All Aboard Florida trains would travel at 79 miles per hour through Miami-Dade and Broward counties and southern Palm Beach County. Leaving West Palm Beach, the last station, the trains would accelerate to 110 miles per hour on their way to Cocoa Beach, then reach 125 miles per hour for the run west to Orlando.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">That would be faster than Amtrak, whose trains from South Florida to Orlando top out at 79 miles per hour. But in the European Union, “high-speed” means at least 125 miles per hour and usually more often 155 miles per hour. Last year, I rode a Spanish train from Barcelona to Madrid that hit 180 miles per hour. Japan’s futuristic “maglev” trains, expected in about 10 years, are projected to reach 300 miles per hour.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">All Aboard Florida, which still has not disclosed ticket prices, says it can make money selling three-hour, one-way trips. Amtrak currently offers tickets as low as $31 for a trip that takes about 30 minutes longer. How much more will people be willing to pay for “high-speed?”</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 SchultzTue, 10 Jun 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityGuess who’s on the cover?<p>The July/August issue of Boca Raton magazine is about to hit newsstands. However, we’ve got a major “problem” on our hands. We don’t want to blow the surprise, but we’re anxious to give you a hint. See if you can piece together our cover puzzle “the way” it’s meant to be.</p> <p>We have a sneaking suspicion you’re going to be “lovin’ it.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="592" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/arianapuzzle.jpg" width="490"></p>magazineMon, 09 Jun 2014 19:56:11 +0000 Week Ahead: June 10 to 16<p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="169" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/james-van-praagh-300x169.jpg" width="300"></p> <p><strong>What: James Van Praagh</strong></p> <p>Where: Parker Playhouse, 707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $49.29-$81.09</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Psychic medium James Van Praagh is recognized for his infectious affability and a wry sense of humor betraying his college degree in Broadcasting and Communications: “I’m a medium; I used to be a small,” is one of his funny asides. But the longtime clairvoyant has a mission in life that is serious, with implications beyond the physical world. His eight books, many of them<em>New York Times </em>best-sellers, and his television and live appearances all seek to connect conscious beings with the spirit world, and he prides his ability to provide evidence of the afterlife. Of course, there have been plenty of skeptics who accuse Van Praagh of manipulative reading techniques and charge his producers with selective editing—Barbara Walters being the most famous case. Judge for yourself at this Fort Lauderdale gallery reading, which will include “messages from spirit” for randomly selected audience members and a guided group meditation.</p> <p>WEDNESDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="256" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/house-logo.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: The Hukilau</strong></p> <p>Where: The Mai-Kai, 3599 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, and other Fort Lauderdale locations</p> <p>When: Various event times</p> <p>Cost: $15-$150</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>We know that all good things—from the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra to “Breaking Bad”—must eventually come to an end, but this one is especially hard to accept. After 13 years, the nation’s most prominent celebration of Polynesian culture is calling its quits with this “Final Aloha.” “I am focusing on different aspects of my life and career,” says Christie White, aka Tiki Kiliki, the event’s producer and co-founder. “The Hukilau can be all-consuming, even with the great team that I have to help me, and it’s time I dedicate that time to my family and work.” Understandable, but it’s surprising that none of the tiki throngs who make the annual pilgrimage to the Hukilau decided to carry the torch. At any rate, White promises a gangbusters send-off, starting Hukilau 2014 a day earlier than usual. Entertainment includes seven live bands from as far away as California and Belgium; a tiki cruise aboard the Jungle Queen; an appearance from Medusa the Fire-Eating Mermaid; and symposia on everything from “Tiki’s Dark Ages” to Hemingway’s favorite cocktails.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="200" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/high-fidelity-logo-35244.jpeg" width="300"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “High Fidelity”</strong></p> <p>Where: Slow Burn Theater Company at West Boca Performing Arts Theater, 12811 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25-$40</p> <p>Contact: 866/811-4111, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Fans of the cult movie “High Fidelity”—I’m one of them, and can pretty much quote the whole thing verbatim—would be best to unremember it when approaching the musical theater version. Its creators, which include such Broadway royalty as “next to normal” composer Tom Kitt and “Rabbit Hole” playwright David Lindsay-Abaire, based their work in Nick Hornby’s original novel, to which it adheres more closely than Stephen Frears’ movie. But the characters remain fundamentally similar: Brooklyn record store owner Rob Gordon lives inside the world of the vinyl he sells, collects and plays, so much so that he can’t seem to settle down with his girlfriend. It’s only through excavating his romantic past that he can reconcile his present love life; original music written in the styles of Bruce Springsteen, Talking Heads, Beastie Boys, Aretha Franklin and many more will help him through it. The show was considered a bomb on Broadway, closing after 14 performances, but Slow Burn’s artistic director, Patrick Fitzwater, sees its potential. “Many people think that when a show gets to Broadway, it’s in its perfect form,” he tells <em>Boca Raton</em>. “I don’t think it’s fair to say that a show didn’t succeed on Broadway because of the material. We’re working with [the composers] back and forth to try to tweak the plot.” “High Fidelity” runs through June 29.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="268" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/jost-project.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: The Jost Project</strong></p> <p>Where: Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25-$35</p> <p>Contact: 561/450-6357, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Paul Jost, the vocalist who gives this touring quartet its name, has long been a practitioner of a genre he terms “Hippie Jazz,” which seems to mean jazz music for people who grew up around flower children and the birth of modern rock ‘n’ roll. The group’s repertoire of covers certainly seems to pull from this era and beyond. They perform compositions by the Beatles, Simon &amp; Garfunkel, Donovan, Iron Butterfly, Aerosmith, Lovin’ Spoonful and others, jazzing them up with rollicking vibraphone and occasional scat vocals. The group is supporting its debut album, last year’s “Can’t Find My Way Home,” which includes many of these songs and has received stellar reviews.</p> <p><img alt="" height="407" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/ss.2.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Summer Shorts”</strong></p> <p>Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $40</p> <p>Contact: 305/949-6722, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The best in local and national short plays—or at least the funniest, per the eccentric sensibilities of the founders of Miami’s City Theatre—will once again be showcased at this annual tradition, now it its 19<sup>th</sup> year. A cast of top-shelf actors and directors from the thriving South Florida theater community will translate such plays as “Shock and Aww,” a feline comedy written by Deb Lacusta and Dan Castellaneta of “The Simpsons” fame; “My Husband,” an LGBT short by award-winning humorist Paul Rudnick; “Joshua Consumed an Unfortunate Pear,” which I want to see based on its title alone; and six other 10-minute marvels. “Summer Shorts” runs through July 6.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/the-band-in-heaven-press-1024x721.jpg" width='400\" height='></p> <p><strong>What: Decades Records showcase</strong></p> <p>Where: Respectable Street, 518 Clematis St., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 10 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-9999, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>If you’re seeking a primer on some of the best indie music in South Florida, look no further than Decades Records, the boutique West Palm Beach label launched by local nightlife maven Rodney Mayo. The bands Mayo signs “all share a sense of the strange in independent music,” according to Decades’ website, and this event will spread the strange across two stages and six bands. The inside stage will feature the electronic acts Astrea Corp, Jean Jacket and Symbols, while three more rock-centric acts will play on the outdoor stage: dreamy shoegazers The Band in Heaven (pictured), hooky jangle-poppers Wake Up, and the organic Americana act Gravel Kings. Many of the groups will have merch for sale, so support this free show by supporting the bands directly. Look for special light shows on both stages and a custom drink menu.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="264" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/michael-blackson.jpg" width="331"></p> <p><strong>What: International Food and Comedy Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: War Memorial Auditorium, 800 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: Food at 5 p.m., comedy at 9 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $29-$87</p> <p>Contact: 877/419-0502, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Comedy, music and eclectic cuisine highlight this special event timed around Father’s Day. Beginning at 5 p.m., comedy show attendees who purchase an add-on Sampling Ticket can try offerings from several area food trucks competing for audience votes for the “Best Food Award.” Chef Selz, from the Food Network’s Navy Chef Challenge, will host the event, and Junior D, of the reggae band Inner Circle, will perform live. Then at 9 p.m., a lineup of six comedians will take the War Memorial stage, including Michael Blackson (pictured), who appeared in the hit comedy “Next Friday;” Sara Contreras, aka the Latin Queen of Comedy; and local funnyman Larry Dogg.</p> <p>MONDAY, JUNE 16</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/steven-segal_600_9441.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Steven Seagal and Thunderbox Band</strong></p> <p>Where: Hard Rock Live, 5747 Seminole Way, Hollywood</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $37.75</p> <p>Contact: 800/745-3000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Steven Seagal’s prime as an action star who could open a movie on a thousand screens may have passed, but he still lurks the shadows of our DVD shelves, dispatching villainous cretins with indestructible ease in films with such disposable titles as “Maximum Conviction” and “Force of Execution.” At 62, it must be a bit draining to play so many ruthless ex-CIA men, ruthless ex-Black Ops fighters and ruthless ex-Navy SEALs who don’t play by anybody’s rules. Seagal relaxes from his day job by performing music, which has been integrated into his films since 1997’s “Fire Down Below.” Seagal and his band, Thunderbox, will open their summer tour here in Hollywood, performing selections of blues, pop, jazz and reggae music from their two albums, “Songs From the Crystal Cave” and “Mojo Priest.”</p>John ThomasonMon, 09 Jun 2014 17:42:38 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsPinterest Map Guide<p>Are you looking for something to do in and around Delray or Boca? We've got you covered when it comes to shopping, dining and nightlife. Let our <strong>Pinterest mapping feature</strong> help you navigate all of the restaurants, bars and retail in the area.</p> <p><img alt="" height="295" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/dineout.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>It’s simple. Select our “Dine Out,” “Boca Bars” or “Shopping” boards on Pinterest and zoom in on the map area you plan on visiting. Click on a pin to highlight the establishment. In the column on the left, you’ll see a photograph that links directly to our website. Click on the photo to read all about that restaurant, bar or store at</p> <p><img alt="" height="298" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/dineout_highlight.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> for the “Dine Out” map.</p> <p>Click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> for the “Boca Bars” map.</p> <p>Click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> for the “Shopping” map.</p>Taryn TacherMon, 09 Jun 2014 16:44:12 +0000’s Day Gift Guide<p>Father’s Day is right around the corner. This year, surprise dad with a unique gift to go along with that tie you’ve already picked out for him. Here are a few ideas:</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Beer Club membership</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="181" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/beerclub.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p>Dad deserves to sit back, relax and enjoy a quality beer. Give your dad a membership to the <em>Beer of the Month Club</em> so he can taste beers from the U.S. and from overseas. Take $10 off your order when you purchase at least a 3-month membership for your dad this Father’s Day. (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $24.95 and up)</p> <p><strong>Glowing Golf Balls</strong></p> <p><img alt="" height="334" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/lumi-ball.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>If your dad likes to hit the golf course early in the morning, then he will love Lumi-Ball’s LED lighted golf balls. He’ll never have to wonder where the ball ends up after he swings. You could even wake up early with him to enjoy a game of golf. (<a href="" target="_blank">Amazon</a>, $24.99)</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Car Show</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="501" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/carshow.jpg" width="400"></strong></p> <p>Dads love cars, and this Father’s Day marks the third annual Mizner Park Downtown Drive Car Show<em>.</em> Watch your dad’s eyes bulge out of his head as you spend the day together browsing the 100-plus cars ranging from antiques to sports cars. Admission is free, and all of the money raised through car entry fees will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>,</p> <p><strong>Cooking with Dad</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="427" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/surlatable.jpg" width="424"></strong></p> <p>Maybe your dad is the master of the grill, but has he conquered the kitchen? Together you can learn to prepare some of your favorite foods at Sur La Table’s<em> </em>cooking class. Have fun making sliders, quesadillas, s’mores sundaes and more. (<a href=";jsessionid=EBA0A536C291830CB00DEE82EBF904EF.slt-app-02-p-app1" target="_blank">Sur La Table</a>, $39 per person, 438 Plaza Real, Boca Raton)</p>Taryn TacherMon, 09 Jun 2014 12:30:14 +0000 NewsWeb Xtra: Crème Brûlée Pie<p><span><span><span>Recipe courtesy of Patrick Broadhead, executive chef, The Max Group</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><img alt="" height="296" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/cremebrulee.jpg" width="490"></span></span></span></p> <p class="western"><span><span><span><strong>Creme Brulee Pie<br></strong></span></span></span></p> <p class="western"><span><span><span>1 pint heavy cream</span></span></span></p> <p class="western"><span><span><span>1/2 cup sugar</span></span></span></p> <p class="western"><span><span><span>12 egg yolks</span></span></span></p> <p class="western"><span><span><span>1 vanilla bean, cut in half crosswise, then halved lengthwise, seeds scraped out</span></span></span></p> <p class="western"><span><span><span><strong>Preparation</strong></span><span>: Place vanilla bean, scraped vanilla seeds and heavy cream in heavy bottom pot over medium-high heat. Heat cream until it reaches scalding, just below boiling. Combine egg yolks and sugar in bowl and mix until incorporated. Slowly add cream to egg mixture, whipping well while pouring. Strain through a fine mesh sieve, pour into Pyrex pan and bake at 325 degrees in hot water bath for 1.5 to 2 hours, until set. Cool to room temperature and refrigerate overnight.</span></span></span></p> <p class="western"><span><span><span><strong>Sweet Dough</strong></span></span></span></p> <p class="western"><span><span><span>6 whole eggs</span></span></span></p> <p class="western"><span><span><span>1 pound butter</span></span></span></p> <p class="western"><span><span><span>6 ounces granulated sugar</span></span></span></p> <p class="western"><span><span><span>1.5 pounds all-purpose flour</span></span></span></p> <p class="western"><span><span><span>Pinch kosher salt</span></span></span></p> <p class="western"><strong><span><span>Preparation</span></span></strong><span><span><strong>:</strong> In stand-up mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and mix well. Add flour and salt and mix until a dough is formed. Remove dough from mixing bowl and knead for a couple minutes, then divide dough in half, wrap in plastic and let rest in refrigerator for minimum of 30 minutes before rolling.</span></span></p> <p class="western"><span><span>Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove dough from refrigerator and let warm slightly, then flour dough and rolling surface. Roll dough to even round about 1/8 of an inch thick and transfer to 10-inch springform pan, pressing on corners and sealing holes. Line dough with parchment paper, fill with dry beans and bake for 20 minutes. Remove beans and parchment paper and return to oven for five more minutes to lightly brown the crust. Remove and let cool overnight.</span></span></p> <p class="western"><strong><span><span>To assemble</span></span></strong><span><span><strong>:</strong> Layer pie shell halfway up with vanilla custard. Top with 1.5 cups each of raspberries, blueberries and blackberries, then add remaining custard, tapping pie lightly on the counter to remove any air bubbles. Cover and refrigerate overnight.</span></span></p> <p class="western"><strong><span><span>To serve</span></span></strong><span><span><strong>:</strong> Cut pie into desired portion (at Max’s they cut it into 8 pieces). Cover top with even layer of sugar and burn with propane torch until the sugar bubbles, browns and gets brittle. Serve before your guests start drooling.</span></span></p>Bill CitaraMon, 09 Jun 2014 10:22:20 +0000 The MagazineRecipes Web ExtrasApura Juicery to Debut in Boca<p>If the raging success of Farmer’s Table has shown anything, it’s that there’s a large local market for restaurants serving health-oriented, natural, veggie-focused cuisine.<img alt="" height="360" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/apura.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Hoping to get in on that market and offer it something more is <strong>Apura Juicery &amp; Coffeehouse</strong>, a raw-vegan “plant-based” restaurant and juice bar set to debut at the corner of Powerline and Palmetto Park Roads in late summer or early fall.</p> <p>Proprietor and creative force Susan Mussaffi is a former New York City financial executive driven to share her dietary discoveries with a larger audience, initially intended via a cookbook but now through a restaurant.</p> <p>Apura, which means “unfired” in ancient Greek (a reference to Pythagoras, called by some “the father of vegetarianism”), will eschew dairy, soy, gluten and GMOs, offering instead a menu of raw, vegan and (mostly) organic dishes, from faux sushi and noodles to raw oatmeal and salads. It will also offer a selection of cold-pressed and unpasteurized juices in flavors like fennel, kaffir lime and golden beet, along with fresh-baked pastries, cold-brewed coffee and house-made nut “mylks.”</p> <p>The restaurant itself will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and will feature both take-out and sit-down dining, with a casual, rustic-urban ambiance to include a variety of natural materials, muted colors and communal seating. Free Wi-Fi too.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 09 Jun 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsShoe Business<p class="Body"><img alt="" height="467" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/buffettes2.jpeg" width="350"></p> <p class="Body">If <strong>Chelsea Kaplan</strong> has it her way, as the motto of her up-and-coming South Florida business suggests, she’ll “take over the world…one shoe at a time.” For now, the graduate of Florida Atlantic University is busy reviving a lost art that has customers taking a shine to her entrepreneurial efforts. </p> <p class="Body">The founder of <strong>Buffettes</strong> is putting a modern spin on an old-school concept with her mobile shoe-shining service that caters to women as much as it does to men. The inspiration came several years ago at an event she was working that involved Remy Martin cognac; male models were serving the spirit while female models, including Kaplan, were shining shoes as part of the festivities. The shoe-shine concept was so well-received—as evidenced by the tips Kaplan pocketed—that the cultural communications major saw a potential money-making opportunity.</p> <p class="Body">One day after graduating FAU in August 2011, Kaplan launched the Buffettes and its all-female staff.</p> <p class="Body">“We offer a classy service that people aren’t used to getting,” says Kaplan, 26. “The sky is really the limit for where we can go.”</p> <p class="Body">That’s because Buffettes brings its service to you. Kaplan and her team have put a shine on shoes at area trade shows, conventions, upscale restaurants, networking events, galas, private parties, cigar lounges and hotels. Boca residents have hired Buffettes—its employees dressed in their trademark all-black attire—for everything from bar mitzvahs and weddings to golf tournaments.</p> <p class="Body">The service is intended not only to restore luster to leather shoes but also to increase their lifespan by protecting them against weather and everyday wear and tear.</p> <p class="Body">For Kaplan, owning a business is a dream that has been in the cards—literally—since she was a child. “I started babysitting at [age] 10,” she says. “I had babysitting [business] cards made; I always wanted to make money.”</p> <p class="Body">If all goes according to plan, Buffettes will be the vehicle the drives that dream. Kaplan has immediate plans to expand throughout the state, but her goal is to open Buffettes in at least 10 different states over the next five years. She currently has 10 employees, but that number is growing in Orlando.</p> <p class="Body">For more information, or to hire Buffettes for an event, check out <a href=""></a> or call 954/288-0554.</p>Kelsey HowardMon, 09 Jun 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Wedding Guide, Part VI: Photography/Videography<p>Award-winning photographer <strong>Jeff Kolodny</strong> (1700 N. Dixie Highway, Suite 104, Boca Raton, 561/965-9582, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>) learned the ins and outs of portrait and fine art photography in Los Angeles before relocating to South Florida in 2004. He has been shooting weddings for the past 25 years; his work is marked by attention to detail and advanced techniques.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="601" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202014/photo_wedding2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What should couples look for when choosing a wedding photographer?</strong></p> <p>A photographer with a track record. This way, they can be assured that he or she will still be around after their wedding to complete the job.</p> <p><strong>What should couples ask during an interview with a photographer?</strong></p> <p>Couples should ask to see a complete wedding. Most photographers simply show their best shots. What’s really important is to see what a complete wedding looks like. How thorough is the coverage? Are there enough photos? Is the processing done correctly or do photos look too dark or too light?</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202014/photo_wedding.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What would be some red flags when choosing a photographer?</strong></p> <p>When a photographer is in a meeting with a bride and groom, it’s a sales meeting. Be wary of sales presentations that seem too slick yet don’t have enough substance. On the flip side, someone might not be a great salesman but an awesome photographer. This is why the emphasis should be placed on the quality of the work and, if possible, confirmed by an engagement shoot.</p> <center><a href="" target="_blank"><em>Click here for a list of more photographers and videographers in the area.</em></a></center> <p><strong>Any advice to couples in terms of posing?</strong></p> <p>Leave the posing to the photographer. A pose that may not feel great may actually look terrific in the camera. Otherwise, being natural works great for both brides and grooms. They shouldn’t have to work too hard on their wedding day.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202014/photo_woodfieldcc.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="487" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202014/photo_parkinboca.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="601" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202014/photo_beachinboca.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" height="27" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202014/theweddingguide.jpg" width="490"></a></p>magazineMon, 09 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0000 ExtrasThe Wedding Guide: Directory for Photographers and Videographers<p>Capturing those special moments on your big day is no small task, so choosing the right person to document your wedding is a crucial decision. Luckily, the Boca area has many options, from solo photographers to more extensive coverage.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/michaelwright.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Michael Wright Photo </strong><em>(Pictured above)<br></em></p> <p>3601 N. Dixie Highway, #3, Boca Raton, 954/543-1616</p> <p><strong>Why</strong>: Offering “photojournalism with a fashion twist,” Wright brings high energy and a fresh perspective to each shoot.</p> <p><strong>Website</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>Megaset Photography and Cinematography </strong></p> <p>Boca Raton, 561/302-1676</p> <p><strong>Why</strong>: With the help of wife Janna, Dmitri Tsitelauri brings versatile style to his photography and cinematography work.</p> <p><strong>Website</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>Lou Kulynych Wedding &amp; Event Videographer</strong></p> <p>18834 Caspian Circle, Boca Raton, 561/400-1121</p> <p><strong>Why</strong>: Videographer Lou Kulynych takes a reporter-like approach in telling the story of each couple he works with.</p> <p><strong>Website</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><em>Also:</em></p> <p><strong>Unveiled Events</strong>:<strong> </strong>114 W. Coda Circle, Delray Beach, 561/866-6755, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>JSP Studio</strong>: Boca Raton, 561/750-7006, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" height="27" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202014/theweddingguide.jpg" width="490"></a></p>magazineMon, 09 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0000 ExtrasAladdin&#39;s magic!<p class="MsoNormal">I know I won’t be able to get in here come October, but I’m singing anyway. There is a new place in town and I am loving it: <a href="" target="_blank">Aladdin’s Eatery</a> (although I hate the word ‘eatery’) at 21200 St. Andrews Blvd., Boca Raton (near Maggiano’s).</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/aladdins.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="MsoNormal">This Lebanese/Middle Eastern franchise has a wide-ranging menu, great prices, and food so fresh it ought to be spanked—as well as excellent service.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Win, Win, Win.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Ok, so I am as snobby as the next South Floridian about gussied-up franchise places—but the new location for the Ohio–based chain has success stamped all over it.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The restaurant is new and sunny, nothing fancy, but comfortable. We tried the obligatory ap sampler plate of tabouli, hummus, baba, falafel, and dawali (grape leaves) and everything on the plate was flavorful, fresh and tasted homemade. My dining partner went crazy when she saw mujadara on the menu, and after I tried it, I could see why. A bed of steamed brown rice and lentils topped with Lebanese salad and a layer of dark toasted onions was as satisfying as it was, yes, <em>healthy</em>.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">There is a whole menu section dedicated to pita “pitzas,” which are paper-thin pitas, covered in various toppings and quartered for easy sharing. We tried the Greek pitza, with feta cheese, olives, zaatar, diced cukes and tomatoes green peppers—once again, fresh and crisp and clean, if that makes any sense.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">It’s going to take me most of the summer to taste my way through Aladdin’s large menu, but I am not daunted. It’s tough to find a place that tastes good and is good for you, as the man used to say—and this is a keeper.<span>  </span>Next time, I am headed straight toward the rolled pitas, maybe the Shishtawook (char-grilled chicken tenders and turnips among other yummies) or the V-nine soup made with nine fresh veggies, or even a salad pocket.<span>  </span>And did we mention the shawarma? The kibbie? The kafta?</p> <p class="MsoNormal">It’s easy to overlook franchises in the land of chic mom and pop restaurants, but part of being able to spin off new locations is a proven formula.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">And this one works. Head to Aladdin’s while you can still get a table—and <em>Sahtain!</em></p>Marie SpeedFri, 06 Jun 2014 16:05:38 +0000 Review: Boston<p class="MsoNormal"><span><img alt="" height="349" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/boston1.jpg" width="350"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>For those of us raised on the rock of the 1970s, perhaps no band delivered more promise—and, ultimately, greater frustration—than <strong>Boston</strong>.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>The band’s self-titled debut album in 1976, which stayed on the charts for 132 weeks, became the soundtrack of our youth with hits like “More Than a Feeling” and “Peace of Mind”; I personally shredded three different 8-tracks from overplay.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>What was it about that album that captured our rock fancy—and led to some 17 million copies being sold? For me, it was the ethereal blended-guitar sound and dramatic keyboard sequences orchestrated by <strong>Tom Scholz</strong>, which seemed as interstellar at times as the killer guitar-shaped spaceship that donned Boston’s album covers. Throw in the band’s signature vocal harmonizing, along with a logo that turned the three-quarter-sleeved concert shirt into a fashion statement, and the stage was set for a career that would put all other acts from that era to shame.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Or so we thought. After following up its inaugural effort with another chart-topping release in 1978, “Don’t Look Back,” Boston disappeared. Though Scholz was notorious for his deliberate work in the studio, a legal battle involving a breach of contract suit filed by CBS—one that Scholz eventually would win—was at the heart of Boston going dark until 1986. Its long-awaited release, “Third Stage,” would produce a No. 1 single (“Amanda”), but the damage had been done. Music had changed. Michael Jackson’s “Bad” would dominate the charts the following year, hair bands were taking over what was left of rock, and Boston’s window, it seemed, had passed.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span><img alt="" height="168" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/tomscholz.jpg" width="250"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>But in an era where Journey is still cashing in on a song from 1981 (“Don’t Stop Believin’”), it should come as no surprise that Boston can pack an intimate venue like Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood. On Thursday night, Scholz, the only remaining member from the 1976 lineup, and six band mates kicked off a four-month, 60-plus show U.S. tour with an evening of greatest hits, extended jams and a few cuts off Boston’s new album, “Life, Love &amp; Hope.”</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>“It’s like having dinner with your family as a kid,” Scholz explained to the crowd regarding the new music. “You have to eat all your peas sometimes to get to the dessert.”</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span><img alt="" height="250" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/bostonhome.jpg" width="250"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>The dessert, in this case, arrived early and often, with the classic cuts “Rock and Roll Band,” “Smokin’,” “Peace of Mind” and “Don’t Look Back” among the first 10 songs. Better still, they sounded remarkably close to the original versions. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Credit a seven-piece incarnation that includes lead singer Tommy DeCarlo—a longtime Boston fan who caught the attention of Scholz after posting a MySpace tribute song to Brad Delp, the band’s original front man, who committed suicide in 2007. Also taking the lead at times on vocals (and hitting the higher notes that DeCarlo can’t reach) is guitarist David Victor, who earned his stripes, naturally, playing in Boston cover bands.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>The resulting mix of talent, instead of coming off as a tribute band within a band, proved worthy of the Boston legacy, powering through a 20-song set with enthusiasm and obvious appreciation for the music and the man (Scholz) responsible for it.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>The same can’t be said for everyone in the audience. Curiously, while the rest of the venue’s lower section stood during much of the early concert, many of the folks in the first 15 rows only (stage right) sat glued to their seats. Given the age range of some in that section, it could have been past their bedtime. But if Scholz—who, outside of wearing a left knee brace, was in fight-night shape at age 67—could bring it for nearly two hours, the least those in rows 1 to 15 could have done was to get off their asses for one or two songs.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Though the second half of the concert relied a bit much on extended instrumentals—it's a classic part of the Boston repertoire but one, for this crowd, that seemed to stunt the early momentum; the song “Walk On,” for example, went on for more than 10 minutes—Scholz and his band managed to bring the crowd to its feet (even the buzz-killers in rows 1 to 15) with a raise-the-roof rendition of “Long Time” to close the set. (Though two encore numbers followed, many people started to leave after that song.)</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>It was the second time in three years that Boston has kicked off a tour at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood. Hopefully, it’s not the last.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span>Set List</span></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Rock and Roll Band<br>Smokin’<br>Feelin’ Satisfied<br>Instrumental<br>Life Love and Hope<br>Peace of Mind<br>Instrumental<br>Cool the Engines<br>Surrender to Me<br>Don’t Look Back<br>Something About You<br>Amanda<br>Instrumental<br>More Than A Feeling<br>Instrumental<br>To Be A Man<br>Walk On (with instrumental)<br>Foreplay/Long Time</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span>Encore</span></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>I Think I Like It<br>Party</span></p> <p> </p>Kevin KaminskiFri, 06 Jun 2014 13:14:29 +0000 & EventsMusicNews & ReviewsShrimp House Coming to Town Center<p>There’s nothing shrimpy about the plans of <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Shrimp House</strong></a>, the Brazilian-based, crustacean and pasta-oriented chain that next week will open its third South Florida location in Town Center at Boca Raton, a prelude to opening more than 30 eateries throughout the state by 2015 as part of a $20 million expansion plan.</p> <p><img alt="" height="354" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/shrimphouse2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Called Vivenda do Camarao (“Shrimp House”) in Brazil, the company operates 160 restaurants in that country and neighboring Paraguay, and intends to expand to California and Texas once its Florida projects have been completed.</p> <p>Unlike Shrimp Houses in Coral Springs and Miami’s Dadeland Mall, the 600-square-foot Boca House will offer both food court counter service and a conventional sit-down restaurant with space, facilities and equipment for business and social meetings. Design touches will include back-lit bamboo walls, decorative light fixtures and a Dophins-esque teal and orange color scheme.</p> <p>As for food, the restaurant features farm-raised Brazilian shrimp in a variety of multi-culti guises, from Milanese and Thai-style risotto to shrimp salad and shrimp stroganoff pasta to paella and Brazilian-style shrimp moqueca. Of course, you can also get your crustaceans (and calamari and fish fingers) fried and served with—what else?—french fries. Desserts include Key lime pie and dulce de leche cheesecake.</p>Bill CitaraFri, 06 Jun 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsThe Chapman case, budget largesse and more<p><img alt="450" height="466" src="/site_media/uploads/randy-1.jpg" width="400"></p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">The Delray debacle continues</h3> <p class="MsoNormal">Delray Beach’s city manager will remain on what the mayor caustically calls a “paid vacation” and the city’s political stalemate will continue after Tuesday night’s long, contentious commission meeting.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">For the second time in less than a month, Mayor Cary Glickstein and commissioners Jordana Jarjura and Shelly Petrolia voted to fire City Manager Louie Chapman. For the second time, they failed. In May, Commissioner Adam Frankel would not provide the necessary fourth vote. Tuesday night, Commissioner Al Jacquet—who was not at the May meeting—also opposed firing Chapman.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Frankel and Jacquet are holding out despite a report from Palm Beach County’s Office of Inspector General that Chapman in January slipped a purchase order by the commission to cover up a purchase he had wrongly approved last fall. After misleading the commission, the report said, Chapman twice refused to acknowledge to the inspector general’s investigators what he had done. Only during a third interview, when confronted with his own email, did Chapman finally admit his action last fall.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">A city manager who deceives his bosses on the commission—when he could have avoided the controversy by being honest with them five months ago—can’t be surprised when they lose trust in him. Chapman, though, keeps holding out. When Glickstein, Jarjura and Petrolia couldn’t fire him in May, they suspended him for 90 days— the maximum, though they had to suspend him with pay.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Chapman still hasn’t taken the hint. Though his contract allows just 20 weeks severance pay even if fired without cause, Chapman—through his attorney—says he won’t resign unless the commission gives him two years’ severance. Yet in addition to the inspector general’s finding that gave the commission reason enough to fire him with cause, Chapman also broke city rules in March by adding a controversial item to the commission agenda just one day before the meeting—without telling the mayor, who sets the agenda with the manager and had told Chapman not to schedule the item.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Frankel and Jacquet aren’t just refusing to fire Chapman. They are engaging in an odd demonstration of solidarity with a manager who has had the job for barely a year. In May, Frankel walked out of the meeting after the commission suspended Chapman. Tuesday night, Frankel and Jacquet walked out after the failed vote to fire Chapman—and thus refused to participate in the discussion of who to hire as the interim city manager. Robert Barcinski, who had been a longtime assistant manager, is serving as manager until June 16, when he retires.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">What happens now? Absent new developments—such as Chapman significantly lowering his demand—Glickstein told me he sees no point in bringing back the issue before mid-August, when Chapman’s suspension ends. The commission then could suspend Chapman again. This month, the commission majority will place on the Aug. 26 state primary ballot a referendum to lower the threshold for firing a manager from four votes to three . Given public sentiment, the charter change probably will pass, after which the commission majority would vote to fire Chapman with cause.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Frankel and Jacquet thus not only are prolonging what probably is inevitable; they are raising questions about why they are defending Chapman so strongly. Jarjura says, “Through his own actions and admissions, the manager has fundamentally failed every taxpayer of this city. He evaded and misled the people of Delray Beach and the Inspector General through the course of an illegal procurement scheme, and I am shocked that two city commissioners are willing to keep him on the job when the facts are so clear.”</p> <p class="MsoNormal">After the walkout by Frankel and Jacquet, the commission named Terry Stewart—who retired in January as manager of Fort Myers Beach—to serve as interim manager after Barcinski leaves. The commission, though, still must negotiate a contract.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Thankfully for Delray residents, the city now has a chief financial officer, Jack Warner, who is quite competent and can handle work on the budget, which will get a final vote in September. But there will be a big discussion next week on whether Delray should shift to the county for fire-rescue service. The city needs a permanent, trustworthy manager sooner than later.</p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">New chief</h3> <p class="MsoNormal">In contrast to the battle over the city manager, Delray Beach got a new police chief this week, and the news was far from contentious.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Succeeding Anthony Strianese on Sept. 1 will be Assistant Chief Jeffrey Goldman, who has been with the department for 25 years. Strianese, who has been chief since 2008, is retiring.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Interestingly, one of the changes that ended a previous period of political turmoil in Delray came in 1991 and concerned the same job. New City Manager David Harden picked Richard Overman as police chief. Overman followed Charles Kilgore, who in some ways still ran the department as if the Delray Beach of 1991 were the Delray Beach of 1956, when Kilgore joined the department.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">After Overman, leadership has moved smoothly from Larry Schroeder—who helped get Delray Beach through the Jerrod Miller shooting in 2005—and then to Strianese. There is no reason to think that things will get bumpy once Goldman takes over.</p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">Budgeting for votes?<span>                                   </span></h3> <p class="MsoNormal">When Gov. Rick Scott signed the state budget Monday, he vetoed less than $70 million in projects. So the town of Palm Beach got its $350,000 for restoration of the Addison Mizner-designed fountain in the town square.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The town’s timing was good. In 2011, just after being elected, Scott was playing to the tea party, and his vetoes totaled nearly $700 million. This year, Scott is running for reelection as (almost) everyone’s money man. Boca Raton and Delray Beach also got money for beach restoration, and area cultural groups got the grant money they wanted.</p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">North Boca on the move again<span>                              </span></h3> <p class="MsoNormal">Construction of an Alzheimer’s facility might not seem big news when it comes to redevelopment. This facility, though, is at the intersection of North Federal Highway and Jeffery Street in Boca Raton, and there is enough new development to provide what Mayor Susan Haynie calls “hope” that the effort to revitalize the area north of Yamato Road finally may succeed.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Eleven years ago, the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council held a daylong meeting with area residents and business owners to craft a plan for redevelopment. Despite the real estate boom, the plan stalled. Then came the real estate bust, and nothing happened.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">One goal has been to bring new residents. That has begun with the opening of Broadstone North Boca Village, the luxury rental complex just south of the Wick (formerly Caldwell) Theater. Broadstone seeks to attract both young couples and empty nesters with smaller apartments but lavish amenities. Haynie says retail vacancies are down in the North Federal Corridor. The promise of that 2003 plan remains a ways off, but perhaps progress does not.</p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">And the Delray attorney issue</h3> <p class="MsoNormal">It will be a little odd Thursday night when the Delray Beach City Commission chooses from between two finalists for city attorney.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Ralf Brookes, one of the candidates, is an attorney in private practice. Not long ago, he was suing Delray Beach, on behalf of some neighbors opposed to the Atlantic Crossing project on Atlantic Avenue just west of Veterans Park. Brookes’ clients contended that the commission had violated city rules in approving Atlantic Crossing 19 months ago. The lawsuit eventually was dropped.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The only commission holdovers from December 2012 are Adam Frankel and Al Jacquet. Frankel voted for Atlantic Crossing, while Jacquet voted against. Brookes may wonder if Frankel will hold the lawsuit against him, but that history may not matter. The other candidate, Noel Pfeffer of the Broward County Attorney’s Office, is the likelier choice, based on experience. Whomever the choice, he will report to the commission, not the manager, but he still will have to deal with commission politics.<span>    </span></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, 05 Jun 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityMovie Review: &quot;Edge of Tomorrow&quot;<p><img alt="" height="250" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/phpthumb_generated_thumbnailjpg.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Once again, the end of the world is upon us, and once again, only Tom Cruise can save us.</p> <p>“Edge of Tomorrow,” which opens everywhere Friday, wastes no time hurtling us into the apocalypse, to the expense of its own coherence. The movie opens with snippets of news programs from around the world, which vaguely allude to an alien invasion and mass destruction across Europe and Africa, heading toward our fair country. We see graphics of world maps in which swaths of red envelop huge portions like a plague, and, eventually, Cruise’s telegenic civilian officer, a government stooge known simply as “Cage,” begins to appear on shows like “The Lead with Jake Tapper” and “Out Front with Erin Burnett,” pushing the propaganda that everything will be fine; just wait until our next surge. (For the sake of realism, I was looking for news about the Kardashians or box-office figures on the CNN ticker, but I didn’t notice any).</p> <p>It’s a jumbled and apoplectic way to open a film, with suggestive clatter substituting for clarity. Its next few scenes are no less puzzling. General Brigham (Brendan Gleeson), the man leading the charge against the extraterrestrials—slithering hydras known as “mimics”—calls Cage into his office and tells him he’s going to send him into combat immediately, despite the fact that he’s a P.R. flak with no experience. Cage tries everything to get out of it—pulling rank and blackmail among them—but soon enough he’s on a military base, where he’s physically manhandled and verbally maligned by the troops, strapped into a robotic suit that acts as his weaponry and his protection, and sent onto the battlefield the very next day.</p> <p>Everybody else in his regiment, including its master sergeant, a sadistic self-parody played by Bill Paxton, seems peculiarly focused on waiting for Cage to die in combat. As nonsensical as it to send him onto the field on the first place—is General Brigham settling a grudge with a death sentence?—the troops’ response makes even less sense. It’s hard to believe every person he speaks to would treat him like dirt, that none of them would actually try to help a fellow fighter being thrust into combat for the first time, but I suppose that says a lot about what the movie’s screenwriters feel about our soldiers: They’re all one-dimensional roughnecks with bloodlust.</p> <p>I’m not spoiling anything to reveal that Cage dies on the battlefield, as quickly as you expect him to, in a terrifyingly intense storming of a beach. But wait, what’s this—he’s waking up again on the military base as if nothing happened. Was it all a dream? No—he’s reliving the day again. And when he meets his maker the next day, he’ll relive it again. “Edge of Tomorrow” is the “Groundhog Day” of war movies, except that instead of the pop harmonies of Sonny &amp; Cher, Cage wakes up every morning to a soldier’s brusque order of “on your feet, maggot!”</p> <p>There’s a reason Cage, and not the other soldiers, have the blessing/curse of endlessly re-experiencing this traumatic day, but it would take the rest of this review explaining it, and really, who cares? Suffice it to say that the movie gets a lot more fun, witty and electrifying when it fully gives in to its premise, even if it’s predicated on nonsense the screenwriters adjust whenever they write themselves into black holes. Cage gets to experience different permutations of life and death, growing more fearless with every retake and becoming something of a supersoldier in the process. Along the way, he notices the requisite pretty soldier, Rita, a special-forces badass played by Emily Blunt who, it just so happens, used to suffer the same burden currently facing Cage.</p> <p><img alt="" height="297" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/edge2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>In Rita and her particle-physicist colleague Skinner (Jonas Armstrong), Cage finds helpers who understand his story, though each day, every time he dies, he has start from zero, re-explaining everything to them while hoping to get just a little bit further in saving themselves and the world. It’s a lot like a video game, one of those frustrating adventure stories in which no matter how far you get, once your lives expire, it resets to the beginning. The movie redefines the phrase “endless war.”</p> <p>Credit director Doug Liman, a former indie auteur who has become an accomplished director of Hollywood actioners, for riveting us to this insane concept. Its chronologically complex editing rhythms take on the feel of an experimental film, and the movie is so well executed on a technical level that we accept its incredulity. Just as vitally, Cruise and Blunt make for a compelling romantic pair—oil and water that, given no choice but to mix for a seeming eternity, eventually stick well to each other.</p> <p>In this movie’s world, Armageddon comes across as fairly banal and dramatically under-thought. But getting somebody to like you—or at least the scared, pompous blowhard you were when she met you? That’s the real challenge, even when you have all the time in the world.</p>John ThomasonWed, 04 Jun 2014 13:31:12 +0000 & EventsMoviesRelay For Life in Boca Starts this Friday<p>There’s still time to sign up for the American Cancer Society’s <strong>Relay for Life </strong>event in Boca Raton. Bring your walking shoes, a sleeping bag and a desire to help.</p> <p><strong>When:</strong> Friday, June 6, starting at 6 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Where:</strong> St. Jude Catholic Church, 21689 Toledo Road, Boca Raton</p> <p><img alt="" height="329" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/relayforlifefun.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Want to know more about the event? Click <a href="/blog/2014/05/28/relay-for-life-kicks-off-in-delray/">here</a> to see my previous blog post that goes over the details of Relay for Life.</p> <p>The evening kicks off with a survivors’ lap, followed by a complimentary dinner, donated by Olive Garden, for survivors and caregivers. Participants will start their journeys around the designated loop in the St. Jude parking lot later in the evening and send members out to walk until 6 a.m. the next morning.</p> <p>To sign up, go to either <a href=""></a>or <a href=""></a>. You can register until the day of the event online or on site, where participants signing up will have a chance to win a gift certificate to a local restaurant.</p> <p>People can sign up by either joining an existing team or creating their own teams. Individuals pay $10 each to participate. Survivors who would like to attend the survivor dinner at 7:15 p.m. June 6, need to RSVP by Wednesday, June 4, by calling Danielle Probst at 954/564-0880, ext 7518.</p> <p>Fundraising is among the event's goals. Throughout the years, Relay For Life participants have helped raise money to give cancer survivor rides to treatment, provide valuable cancer information and resources to people who call the society’s help number, supplement lodging costs for cancer patients and caregivers during treatment, train patient navigators, support cancer research and more.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/rflluminaria.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>In addition to participating in the event, people can make donations or dedicate a luminaria bag <em>(pictured above)</em> online.</p> <p>There is currently an ongoing team fundraiser challenge for teams to compete to raise $72 within 72 hours, with the winning team to receive a free pizza to their tent at the Relay on Friday night, says Sherri Scheurich, publicity chair for Boca’s Relay For Life. The contest ends June 5.</p> <p>For more information, visit the website or call the American Cancer Society of Boca Raton at 561/394-7751.</p>magazineWed, 04 Jun 2014 12:54:08 +0000 EventsIn memory of Susan Spencer-Wendel<p class="MsoNormal"><em><img alt="450" height="675" src="/site_media/uploads/susan.jpg" width="450"></em></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em>We just learned this morning that Susan Spencer-Wendel died. Spencer-Wendel was the brave former </em>Palm Beach Post<em> reporter who battled Lou Gehrig’s disease, while writing a book with her thumb and a cell phone, and selling the movie rights to Hollywood—all while celebrating the sheer joyfulness of life itself. She became our hero, and the hero of so many. To call her an inspiration does not seem to be enough. We wanted to reprint our interview with her here, and to send our condolences to her family and legions of friends. Her legacy will outlive all of us.—Marie Speed</em></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>On Her Own Terms</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Former <em>Palm Beach Post</em> reporter Susan Spencer-Wendel shares her year of living with joy—while battling Lou Gehrig’s disease.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">By Marie Speed</p> <p>A growing number of people in South Florida already know Susan Spencer-Wendel’s story, but that number is about to explode when her book, <em>Until I Say Good-Bye,</em> is published this spring in 23 languages, followed by a movie in the works. Both are based on her decision to live purposefully—and with joy—following a 2011 diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. I visited Susan and her husband, John, at her Lake Clarke Shores home in their backyard under the shade of a handsome chickee hut to see how she was progressing as her book was about to hit newsstands—and all the talk shows.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The question on my mind, like most people who will read her book, was this: How has she has been able to face the horror of ALS with no fear, and with a conscious choice to embrace every moment?</p> <p class="MsoNormal">“It’s always been in my nature,” she says, speaking with difficulty. “That’s just the way I have always been. I have always made the right decisions.” She smiles, eyes twinkling. “This was the right decision.”</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span> </span>“She’s always done what she wants to do,” says John, by way of translation. “I don’t think it has changed her—it has revealed more of who she really is.”</p> <p class="MsoNormal">She was super woman, after all. Spencer-Wendel was an award-winning (and great looking) courts reporter with a regular byline in the <em>Palm Beach Post</em>. She had three children (now ages xx to xx), a handsome husband, and the respect of her colleagues at the paper and throughout criminal justice circles. It was that woman who refused to believe anything was really wrong three years ago, when she noticed something freaky with her hand as she was getting ready for bed one night. She held it up to her husband, a hand that had gone sort of scrawny and pale, tendons and bones showing through.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">That was in 2009.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">“You have to see a doctor,” John said.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Next came the gradual weakening, a twitching of the tongue. Her husband, who had his own dark suspicions that it was ALS, had begun to cut up her food for her at dinnertime. There were visits to doctors, tests for obscure diseases and for a period, denial. Then thoughts of suicide as she began to piece together her symptoms. Finally, there was the official diagnosis that would bring her world crashing down: ALS.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Susan Spencer-Wendel was only 44.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Two years later, Spencer-Wendel reclines in an outdoor chair, tiny and light as a feather. Her body has wasted to stick-thin, but the blue eyes still sparkle, and the smile is dazzling. Despite the ravages of the disease, she is still very much the same woman who had an epiphany two years ago in a Burger King parking lot 20 minutes after getting the bad news.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">“I had watched Lou Gehrig’s farewell speech of 1939 a number of times,” she writes early in the book. “The one where he declared himself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth, even after ‘catching a bad break.’ Even after being diagnosed with a disease that would rob him of his talent, and then his life ... And then it came to me too, alone, seated on a parking barrier outside Burger King. No, not a muzzy moment, but my life in focus, tack sharp.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">“Forty-four years of perfect health. I had rarely had a head cold or tooth cavity. Forty-four years, and the sickest I had ever been was after I ate a bad chicken sandwich in South America. I had three easy pregnancies, each producing a rosy pudgy babe. ... I had known abiding love; traveled the world; married a great partner; worked at a job I adore. ... I was alive. I had a year. Maybe more, but I knew I had one more year at least of good health. I determined, right there in the Burger King parking lot, to spend it wisely ... to plant a garden of memories for my family to bloom in their futures.”</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Road Warrior</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">It was then that Spencer-Wendel committed to making a series of “bucket list” trips with her best friend, her sister, her husband and one for each of her children—while writing a book “not about illness and despair, but a record of my final wonderful year.” After her June diagnosis, Spencer-Wendel grew weaker; she was unable to lift her laptop and struggled with typing. She took a medical leave from the <em>Palm Beach Post</em> in August 2011; two weeks later, she won a statewide award from the Florida Bar for a body of work spanning 20 years.</p> <p>She took the first trip around that time with her best friend, Nancy, to see the Northern Lights in Canada’s Yukon Territory; a moving account of the trip ran in the <em>Post</em> that Christmas Day. In February 2012, she traveled with John to Budapest, where the couple had lived early in their marriage. That was followed by a cruise with her sister, Stephanie. There were also trips to meet her birth mother (Spencer-Wendel is adopted) and the family of her late birth father in Greece, in part to determine if her ALS had a genetic origin (it did not.)</p> <p class="MsoNormal">In May, the chickee hut was built—so Spencer-Wendel could have a cool and pleasant spot of her own to continue writing the book she had started. “By then, typing on my iPad was near impossible,” she writes. “My hands grew too tired for the large keyboard. My fingers and palm dragged over the touch screen. I would aim my curled, quivering figure like a sharpshooter over the letter and hope to hell I hit target.”<span>  </span></p> <p>Next came the iphone. And one right thumb.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">“I have written 100,000 words the same way you would write a text message,” she says. “I wrote near this entire book that way.”</p> <p class="MsoNormal">It was also in May that a former colleague from the <em>Post</em>, Charles Passy, wrote a column about Spencer-Wendel’s “bucket list” year in the <em>Wall Street Journal</em>, a column that drew national attention and, even better, a seven-figure book and movie deal. It is what has allowed John Wendel to devote himself fully to his wife’s care—and what has given Spencer-Wendel the peace of mind to know that her children will be taken care of when she is gone. But it was more than that; it also was an outlet for her emotions and discoveries—and a way of sharing this “year of living with joy” with first, her family, and then, the world.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Spencer-Wendel covers all the bases in her book. She gives credit where credit is due—parents who believed in her, a devoted soul mate of a husband, a sister as close as having another heart, a best friend who would do anything for her. The most tender parts are the chapters about her children, the three people in the world to whom she aims her message of love and inspiration in everyday life, as well as the personal photo albums she helped make for each of them.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">“I shall linger for the rest of my days over the finished [photo albums], the job done, no longer plowing through,” she writes. “I shall relive my children’s childhoods, as I hope they will one day. I hope they will see in front of them what beautiful people they are. And how much their mother loved them.”</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Each of the children also got a special trip with their mother and the family, one they were able to choose. The youngest, Wesley, swam with dolphins; “old soul” middle son Aubrey went to Sanibel; and Marina, 14, went to New York City with her mother—with a special side trip to Kleinfeld Bridal, where one of their favorite television shows, “Say Yes to the Dress,” films.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">“I didn’t tell her how much I wanted this,” Spencer-Wendel writes. “To visit Kleinfeld. To watch my daughter walk out of the dressing room in white silk and see her, suddenly, 10 years in the future, in the back room before her wedding, in a moment I will never share.”</p> <p>At first it was awkward. The store was a conveyor belt of mammoth white dresses, and both mother and daughter were slightly overwhelmed—and they were not shopping. However, after a few false starts, Marina disappeared to try on a dress, just for fun. And then the dressing room door opened.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span> </span>“I could clearly see the beautiful woman she will be one day,” Spencer-Wendel writes. “I simply stared. What do you do in brightline moments, when your loss womps you on the head? When you glimpse a moment you will not live to see?<span>  </span>I dipped my head. ‘Breathe,’ I told myself. I looked up. I smiled, and Marina smiled back. I worked my tongue into position to speak. ‘I like it,’ I said.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">“Marina usually stands with a teenage hunch, but in that dress she stood straight, radiant and tall. ‘You are beautiful,’ I whispered, my tongue barely cooperating. I don’t know if she heard me. I was slurring and fighting back tears. We took some shots. And moved on. A memory made.”</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Preparing for the Inevitable</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The book debuts March 12, and the movie is next. She says she was a little adrift when the book was completed and, now, she is “trying to figure out” where she is exactly. She admits that, as the disease has progressed, it has gotten harder to maintain that live-in-the-moment joy. She says it’s “tempting” to feel sorry for herself.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">“But why choose to be miserable?” she says. “It is mind over matter. You have to master the mind. Do you know that TV show, ‘My 600-pound Life?’ I relate to those people. They are disconnected from their bodies. It is the same way for me.”</p> <p>She cannot tell you why she is able to face ALS without flinching, or how she has a reservoir of joy in the face of it. She says simply that it is in her nature, that she has always been like this.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">“Some of this is from my parents as well as the nature of my birth mother—our natures are very, very similar,” she says. “My parents taught me goodness and being kind to people, and it’s also the hard work they instilled in me. ... I should have been a Buddhist. I believe desire is the root of all suffering. Wanting, wanting, wanting will drive you crazy.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">“I decided that this is the way I want to be and I am unwavering. I have peace of mind. I have done everything possible to make things easier for my family, and they will all be well taken care of. That’s the only thing that matters. If I die this year, I die this year. There’s nothing I can do about it.”</p> <p>When asked if she has thought about how she would like to make that exit, Spencer says she “thinks about it often.” And she is compiling a list of books she wants read to her by her friends when she can no longer talk. “I want visitors to read to me,” she says. “And lots of iTunes.”</p> <p class="MsoNormal">In the meantime, there is a trip to the Keys planned in April to watch manatees, and a movie to be made, and more afternoons in the magical sway of a chickee hut, with friends, family, children—and making every minute count.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">“I have my moments,” she says, the smile widening, blue eyes shining. “But I am not afraid of anything. I am not afraid to die. It is a chance to know the secret of the universe—what’s on the other side.”</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Sidebar</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>What is ALS?</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>The basics</strong>: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, is a disease of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement. ALS is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Causes</strong>: No one is sure, but 1 out of 10 cases are thought to be due to a genetic defect. The other times, the cause is unknown.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>What happens</strong>: In ALS, nerve cells (neurons) waste away or die, and can no longer send messages to muscles. This eventually leads to muscle weakening, twitching, and an inability to move the arms, legs, and body. The condition slowly gets worse. When the muscles in the chest area stop working, it becomes hard or impossible to breathe.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Incidence</strong>: ALS affects approximately 5 out of every 100,000 people worldwide.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Symptoms</strong>:<strong> </strong>Loss of muscle strength and coordination that eventually gets worse and makes it impossible to do routine tasks such as going up steps, getting out of a chair or swallowing. Muscles used for breathing or swallowing may be the first affected. As the disease gets worse, more muscle groups develop problems. Other symptoms include weakness, cramps, paralysis, slurring of words, twitching of tongue and weight loss.</p> <p><strong>Treatment</strong>:<strong> </strong>No known cure. A medicine called riluzole helps to slow down the symptoms</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Prognosis</strong>: Over time, people with ALS progressively lose the ability to function and care for themselves. Death often occurs within five years of diagnosis. About 1 in 4 patients survive for more than five years after diagnosis.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Everyone should keep a list of the little things they love</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">(<em>Found on Susan Spencer-Wendel’s iphone, dated March 2012</em>)</p> <p>Smokin’ hot 4-inch heels</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The sexy feeling I get while wearing them</p> <p class="MsoNormal">When Gracie licks my face</p> <p class="MsoNormal">When no one is screaming at home</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Starbucks chai tea latte skinny</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Freesia: the smell, the colors</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Lavender sunsets</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Any sunset</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The grace of an orchid</p> <p class="MsoNormal">A chilled fine white wine</p> <p class="MsoNormal">A friend to share it with</p> <p>The silly feeling it leaves</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Sitting by the dryer vent emitting fresh soapy air</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Chinese potstickers, steamed not fried, with that soy-based sauce with little green onions</p> <p class="MsoNormal">A beautifully iced cake, which tastes as good as it looks</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Italian ice cream cake, preferably</p> <p class="MsoNormal">A handwritten letter from a friend</p> <p class="MsoNormal">A steaming bath in a claw foot tub</p> <p class="MsoNormal">When my dog lies so close to me I can feel her heart beating</p> <p class="MsoNormal">When my children do the same</p> <p class="MsoNormal">When anyone I love does that</p> <p class="MsoNormal">A cup of coffee first thing the morning. Cream and sugar please</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The song “Clair de Lune,” because it reminds me of my sister</p> <p class="MsoNormal">A pedicure when the lady rubs my feet and calves</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Shel Silverstein’s book, <em>The Giving Tree</em></p> <p class="MsoNormal">When you can see rainbows in the sprinkler mist</p> <p class="MsoNormal">When someone scratches my head for me</p>Marie SpeedWed, 04 Jun 2014 12:45:19 +0000 spa caters to cancer patients’ needs<p class="s4"><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="s4">Boca resident Melanie Jeanteur was hit with a family tragedy when her parents were both diagnosed with cancer at the same time. Instead of focusing on the negative, she found a way to help them, and in turn, help other cancer patients as well.</p> <p class="s4">Earlier this year, Jeanteur opened the <strong>Oncology Spa Care Center</strong> at 124 S. Federal Highway, Boca Raton.</p> <p class="s4"><img alt="" height="328" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/dsc_0034.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="s4">Jeanteur says when her parents looked for a specialized spa, with a certified oncology esthetician, they couldn’t find one. So the family decided to open one.</p> <p class="s4">The spa offers traditional spa services, including waxing, facials and organic spray tanning. But it also features treatments to help with side effects many experience when they’re going throughchemotherapy or radiation. One example, the local spa is the only distributor in the U.S., she says, for a nail polish made in Paris, France. It helps people who are going through chemotherapy keep their nails, which might otherwise fall off or turn black. The spa also offers permanent makeup services, for the eyebrows or, in the case of breast cancer patients, the areola.</p> <p class="s4">While the Oncology Spa Care Center caters to the special needs of cancer patients, Jeanteur says she welcomes anyone who seeks quality services with holistic and organic products.</p> <p class="s4">Prices range from $30 for a manicure, to $100 for a facial and neck treatment and $250 to $300 for permanent makeup services.</p> <p class="s4"><img alt="" height="352" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/chairscropped.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="s4">While insurance doesn’t cover treatments at the spa, Jeanteur says she has arrangements with some insurers to give patients 15 percent off spa services. So make sure to inquire about the offer if you're heading over there.</p> <p class="s4">Jeanteur says the local spa is only the beginning.</p> <p class="s4">“We created the concept, and we want to franchise our oncology spa because we felt that we are on a mission to help people,” she says.</p> <p class="s4">When I asked her what aspect of the business gives her the greatest satisfaction, Jeanteur say it's clients’ faces when they get out of the treatment rooms because they seem so peaceful and relaxed.</p> <p class="s4">“I love it," she says.</p> <p class="s4">Jeanteur says she is planning to open another Oncology Spa Care Center in Fort Lauderdale in less than three months. For more information, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a> or call <a>561/465 5070</a>.</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><img alt="" height="350" src="/site_media/uploads/lisettehomepage_1.jpg" 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, 04 Jun 2014 12:10:15 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautyLocal food and snacks for travel and hurricane preparedness<p><span><img alt="" height="36" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="490"></span></p> <p><span>June usually means two things – start of summer travels and beginning of the hurricane season. To help you be prepared for both, I prepared a list of healthy, locally-made snacks to stock up on. They're great to take on the road or to the airport, or to enjoy when you're at home without electricity. </span></p> <p><span><strong>Stay Strong With Protein</strong></span></p> <p><span><strong><img alt="" height="367" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/fropro.jpg" width="490"></strong></span></p> <p><span>Flying can put a lot of stress on the body and affect your digestive system. For times like these, animal protein can be too hard for the body to handle, so I recommend getting FroPro – a delicious protein bar made fresh in Boca. One small 136-calorie nugget boasts 10 grams of protein, 7 grams of carbs and 3 grams of fat. My favorite is the Chocolate Peanut Butter, which is made with p</span><span><span>lant-based protein powder, peanut butter, rolled oats, cacao powder, raw honey and cinnamon. Check them out </span></span><a href="" target="_blank"><span></span></a><span><span> to find a retailer near you. </span></span></p> <p><span><strong>The Cookie To Live For</strong></span></p> <p><span><strong><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/ginnybakes.jpg" width="490"></strong></span></p> <p><span>We all know that too much sugar isn't good for us, yet many of us still give in to our dessert cravings. I'm a big believer in moderation and smart indulgences, so when I'm in the mood for something rich, sweet and crunchy, I go for Ginny Bakes cookies. This Miami-based bakery specializes in non-gmo, organic and gluten-free treats that are to live for! GMO foods have been found to have a negative effect on health, and gluten protein can be very hard to digest. (For more information about gluten, check out my previous blog <a href="/blog/2013/09/11/gluten-free-meal-ideas/" target="_blank">here</a>.</span><span>). So, why settle for less? These cookies are delicious and Ginny’s 2-cookie snack packs can help you practice portion control. For more information on where to find this delicious treat, check out <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</span></p> <p><span><strong>A New Take on Carbs</strong></span></p> <p><span><strong><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/shawnees.jpg" width="490"></strong></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span>If you are like me, you may get bored during long road trips and get the urge to snack. Usually that can backfire, since eating and sitting for hours isn't exactly the best idea. To help you satisfy the need to snack but still stay healthy, check out Shawnee’s Greenthumb Popcorn. Created in Miami, this non-gmo popcorn is unlike any other on the market – it's superfood. Shawnee did an outstanding job loading this fiber-rich snack with spirulina (the most nutrient-dense food on the planet), nutritional yeast (rich in protein and vitamin B-12), garlic powder, cayenne powder (helps boost metabolism) and kelp powder (helps regular thyroid function). Find it in the popcorn isle at Whole Foods or for other locations, check out <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</span></p> <p><span><strong>Get Your Greens On</strong></span></p> <p><span><strong><img alt="" height="493" src="/site_media/uploads/June_2014/chia_bar.jpg" width="490"></strong></span></p> <p><span>Healthy dark leafy greens may be hard to find while traveling or when stocks run low during tropical storms. So when you find yourself in need of a strong nutritional boost, try stocking up on energy bars with greens. One of my favorite companyies is Vero Beach-based Greens Plus. Not only are their chocolate-covered Greens + CHIA bars full of immunity-boosting nutrients, they taste like dessert! You can buy them at any Whole Foods or online at <a href="" target="_blank"></a></span></p> <p><span><strong>Foods to keep your hydrated</strong></span></p> <p><span>Whether you are flying and want to stay hydrated on board or simply need a thirst-quenching snack while stuck at home during a hurricane, I suggest reaching for Florida’s oranges and grapefruits. Their high potassium content will help you keep fluid in your body regulated and the vitamins and antioxidants can boost your immune system on crowded flights. Also, these fruits have thick peels that make them easy to transport and eat, since no hand-washing is needed. NOTE: Grapefruits may interfere with some medicines, so check with your doctor before you eat them.</span></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>magazineWed, 04 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsMental health analysis, tax talk and more on Chapman<p> <img alt="" height="466" src="/site_media/uploads/randy-1.jpg" width="400"></p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">Front-line analysis<span>   </span></h3> <p class="MsoNormal">Suppose the mother of a 22-year-old Boca Raton man called police, worried about violent, misogynistic videos her son had posted? Suppose she wanted the police department to find out whether the son was a threat to himself or others?</p> <p>Chances are, the department would send out a team to interview the man. Perhaps the officers would sense that the politeness he showed them was contrived, and they would press him enough to get beneath that calm pose to see underneath it. Or perhaps they would conclude, as Santa Barbara (Calif.) County deputies did in the case of Elliot O. Rodger, that while such videos might reveal dangerous thoughts, he was unlikely to act on them.</p> <p>With Rodger, of course, the deputies were wrong. Less than a month later, Rodger killed six people and wounded 16 others in a May 23 rampage that ended only when he killed himself. The Santa Barbara County sheriff claimed on CNN that Rodger had been able to “fly under the radar,” but he was wrong. Rodger had been on the radar, but the system hadn’t been able to recognize the threat that blip represented.</p> <p>Well before Rodger’s rampage, <strong>Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw</strong> had envisioned a new approach for law enforcement when responding to such calls. Bradshaw said in an interview that deputies and police officers “don’t know the questions to ask” during such encounters. “It really needs to be a forensic interview. You need to be able to draw out people.”</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Last year, Bradshaw asked the Legislature for money to create teams of mental health professionals and deputies that would respond to such calls. Legislators approved $1 million for the program, but Gov. Rick Scott vetoed the money, saying the sheriff had the resources to start the program on his own.</p> <p>Which is what Bradshaw is doing. His plan is to start in mid-July with a pair of two-person teams—a mental health counselor and a deputy. The deputies would be plainclothes, the cars unmarked.</p> <p>“The deputy would be there for any action,” Bradshaw said. “The main participant is the mental health professional."</p> <p>At first, the teams would operate only in the sheriff’s area of service: the unincorporated areas of the county and the cities that contract with the sheriff’s office for law enforcement.</p> <p>Eventually, though, Bradshaw would like to make the teams available to cities with their own police departments. If that happens, Boca Raton Police Chief Dan Alexander said he would ask for the help.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">“We have trained our officers in crisis management,” Alexander said in an interview, “and we are getting better.” But like Bradshaw and other police chiefs, Alexander knows that the deeper problem is the mental health system. “There’s not much of a commitment at the state level,” he says, correctly, “so law enforcement winds up dealing with the problem.” Indeed, the largest mental health “facility” in Palm Beach County is the jail.</p> <p>And while Boca Raton might not have the violence of other cities, mental health issues don’t adhere to city lines. Rodger was from an affluent family in an affluent area. “This is not something where traditional arrests can solve the problem," Alexander said. Law enforcement agencies can use the Baker Act to commit someone involuntarily, with cause, but the average stay in Florida lasts less than five days. “There must be something behind the Baker Act,” Alexander said.</p> <p>Bradshaw says the sheriff’s office got 3,500 calls last year related to possible mental health issues, which many times also can involve substance abuse. None may have represented a potential rampage like Rodger’s. But a mental health-focused response might have prevented deputies from, say, fatally shooting a man who lunged at them with a screwdriver. That happened two months ago in a gated community west of Boca Raton. Such cases also don’t observe security measures.</p> <p>But even if a case like Rodger’s is rare, how frustrating it is that a parent alerted the system, the subject had made clear threats, yet investigators never looked at the videos that worried the mother or checked to see that the subject owned two guns. They also bought a story that obviously was bogus. Bradshaw and Alexander have the right attitude: As long as the state leaves it to law enforcement, law enforcement must think differently.</p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">Taxing issues</h3> <p class="MsoNormal">Cities won’t approve their 2014-15 budgets until September. The new fiscal year starts Oct. 1. But it’s June, which means the budget work really gets going.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The new tax roll from Palm Beach County is basically set, so cities know with some certainty how much they will be getting from property taxes. Gov. Rick Scott has justsigned the state budget, but the cities already had a good idea of what they could expect from Tallahassee.</p> <p>With that in mind, I asked the five members of the Boca Raton City Council if they expect the city’s tax rate of 3.42 percent to go up, go down or remain the same. Your Boca tax bill is the property tax rate multiplied by $1,000 of your property’s assessed value. That means you're taxed 3.42 percent for every $1,000 dollars your home is worth. If you home is assessed at $400,000, for example, you pay $1,368. (Boca Raton also levies a <span> </span>0.3 percent tax for debt.)</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Mayor Susan Haynie and Councilman Robert Weinroth predict that the tax rate will stay the same. Mike Mullagh also says that would be his guess at this point—“We don’t want to burden the taxpayers”—but he wants to see if some areas—such as parks improvement—might benefit from more spending. Constance Scott’s goal is to avoid an increase, and Scott Singer said City Manager Leif Ahnell told the council at its goal-setting session that he would presume no change in the rate.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Even if the rate doesn’t change, of course, many property owners still would pay more, since property values in Boca Raton increased roughly 5 percent. Save Our Homes would limit the increase to 3 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is less, but it is a myth that “holding the line on taxes” means the same bill. Cities also can raise fees, for everything from garbage service to fire-rescue. More on those fees in a future post</span>.</p> <h3 class="MsoNormal">Countdown to city manager vote</h3> <p class="MsoNormal">In Delray Beach, the city manager continues to be the main political story. On tonight’s agenda are three items related to the city’s CEO.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">One item is a proposed one-month raise for Robert Barcinski, the former assistant city manager who became the acting manager May 14 when the city commission suspended Louie Chapman. A report by the county’s Office of Inspector General found that that Chapman had misled the commission about a purchase of trash bins, then misled investigators who asked about the purchase. Barcinski retires June 16, and for that fill-in month would get what Chapman makes: about $160,000. Barcinski’s salary would revert just before retirement to what he has been making, so he wouldn’t get a good-bye pension bump.</p> <p>Another item is choosing an interim city manager for the remaining two months of Chapman’s suspension after Barcinski leaves. A search firm has produced three applicants who want the temp job. The best is clearly Howard Tipton, who retired this year as manager of Brevard County. He has been hired as the manager for St. Lucie County, but doesn’t start work until November.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The third item is the most important: a public hearing and first vote on a proposed change to the Delray Beach charter. It would allow the commission to fire the manager with a majority of three votes, rather than a supermajority of four.</p> <p>Mayor Cary Glickstein and commissioners Jordana Jarjura and Shelly Petrolia voted to fire Chapman rather than suspend him, but Adam Frankel disagreed and Al Jacquet was absent. It takes just three votes, however, to put the charter change on the Aug. 26 state primary ballot. If the proposal passes tonight, it will need a second vote on June 17 to make the ballot deadline.</p> <p>There has been no reasonable offer from Chapman’s attorney on severance if he resigns. The offer a month ago was two years, though the city is obligated to pay him just 20 weeks. There is no doubt that Glickstein, Jarjura and Petrolia will change their minds. If Al Jacquet won’t resolve the manager standoff, the voters will have to.</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, 03 Jun 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityThe Week Ahead: June 3 to 9<p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="104" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/ourbeers_header_1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Craft Beer Dinner Tasting</strong></p> <p>Where: Anthony’s Coal-Fired Pizza, 21065 Powerline Road, Suite 5A, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $30 per person</p> <p>Contact: 561/218-6600, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Tony Soprano finally has a beer he can call his own. Fuhgeddaboudit Red Ale is one of the more eccentrically named brews offered to craft drinkers by our own Funky Buddha Brewery, but its demographic is salt-of-the-earth pizza consumers. It’s specifically tailored to appeal to lovers of crust, cheese and tomato sauce, describing itself as “flavorful enough to balance out the intense crunch of coal fired crust, but also refined enough to pair with delicate San Marzano tomato sauce,” At tonight’s special tasting, you can enjoy several courses of Italian soul food and the famous “Well Done” pizza from Anthony’s, along with Fuhgeddaboudit and other specialty brews such as Fire in the Hole Raspberry Habanero Ale and Rice Crispy Treat Ale.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="233" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/johndufresne350.jpg" width="350"></p> <p><strong>What: John Dufresne</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>John Dufresne, a Massachusetts-born writer of literary mysteries, has set tales of debauchery in his native state as well as Louisiana. But in his latest novel, released today, he’s exploring a region we know all too well: sordid South Florida. In “No Regrets, Coyote,” his hero, a therapist and forensic consultant given the clever name of Wylie “Coyote” Melville, has to solve a grisly quintuple murder on Christmas Eve in the fictional city of Eden, Florida. His sidekick is, to my knowledge, a wholly unique creation in crime-fiction: a sleight-of hand poker player and close-up magician with, according to the book’s PR, “ties to the Everglades County underworld.” Throw in a Ponzi schemer (South Floridians know all about those), a crooked police union and the Russian mob, and you’ve got an absorbing dramatic cocktail from a writer who has earned comparisons to Elmore Leonard and William Faulkner alike.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="231" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/anita-bryant.jpg" width="350"></p> <p><strong>What: “The Day it Snowed in Miami” screening</strong></p> <p>Where: The Classic Gateway Theater, 1820 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25</p> <p>Contact: 954/763-7994</p> <p>The documentary “The Day it Snowed in Miami” debuted nationally on PBS this past February, and it has little to do with the weather. The title refers to Jan. 19, 1977, the first and only time Miamians encountered snowflakes in the 305. But this also happened to be the day after a human-rights ordinance passed in Miami, which made the city ground zero for a culture war between LGBT activists and conservative reactionaries led by the pop singer Anita Bryant. This documentary explores our region’s role in shaping this mercurial debate, ratcheted by extreme activity on both sides (Bryant was famously pied in the face by a gay activist during a press conference, which is in the documentary). But it also covers a wide range of human-rights progresses leading up to the present day. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion that includes Fred Fejes, a Miami LGBT scholar; and Joe Cardona, the movie’s director. Proceeds from this event will benefit SAVE and Stonewall National Museum &amp; Archives.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/alliance0980009431_n.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening day of “Laundry &amp; Bourbon” and “Lone Star”</strong></p> <p>Where: The Alliance Theatre Lab, 6766 Main Street, Miami Lakes</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $15 students, $25 seniors, $30 adults</p> <p>Contact: 305/259-0418, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>On those rare instances with Miami Lakes’ Alliance Theatre Lab is able to cobble enough funds for a production, you can expect that it’ll be something out of the ordinary. Such is certainly the case with this unusual double bill, which collects two one-act plays by the late, great, rarely staged American playwright James McLure. First combined in 1980, “Laundry &amp; Bourbon” and “Lone Star,” penned in the 1970s, are related but interdependent. Both are set in Texas and deal with the fallout of the Vietnam War as its soldiers readjust to domestic life. In the prior we hear from women gossiping around a front porch; in the latter, we encounter men consuming beer in a bar. Both stories hinge on the revelation of secrets that threaten marriages, and are punctuated by the playwright’s bitter humor and sharp observations. The play runs through June 22.</p> <p>FRIDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/soar-above-fear-weekend-71.jpeg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Soar Above Fear” weekend</strong></p> <p>Where: Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 S.W. Second St., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: noon, 1:30 and 3 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $15-$19 general admission</p> <p>Contact: 954/713-0930, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>To celebrate the opening of its new exhibition “Goosebumps: The Science of Fear,” the Museum of Discovery and Science is taking the “soar” part of its weekend festivities literally. Each day at noon and 3 p.m., in the museum’s backyard, an aerialist from Trapeze-Experience—an organization that has trained more than 100,000 trapeze artists—will swing from the sky and perform daring aerial acrobatics. And at 1:30 every day, Undarmaa Gold (pictured), an award-winning cirque performer who is considered one of the world’s top contortionists, will showcase her breathtaking ability to contort her body into seemingly impossible shapes. These entertainers are performing under the auspices of overcoming fears, which is the subject of the museum’s admirable new exhibition. It runs through Sept. 1.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/dean-west-nathan-sawaya-3.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening day of “The Art of Nathan Sawaya featuring In Pieces”</strong></p> <p>Where: Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, 1650 Harrison St., Hollywood</p> <p>When: Opens at 11 a.m.</p> <p>Cost: $4 children, students and seniors; $7 adults</p> <p>Contact: 954/921-3274, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Back in 2008, Hollywood’s Art and Culture Center took a chance on what was then a largely unknown sculptor named Nathan Sawaya, whose medium was as whimsical as it was original: LEGO bricks. Sawaya’s elaborate, lifelike and/or impressionistic visions of LEGO humans, animals and objects drew more than 7,000 visitors to the Center, breaking all attendance records in its 33-year history. Ever since, Sawaya has made a biannual visit to the venue to showcase his latest work, which in this case is a collaborative project with hyperrealist photographer Dean West, in which Sawaya integrated his sculptures into the photos.</p> <p>“It was an interesting project; we decided to just take a trip across the country.” Sawaya told <em>Boca Raton</em> in an interview last year. “We took numerous road trips, where we were scouting locations and sketching out ideas for imagery. And eventually, we put a plan together and came up with these portraits. There will be seven giant portraits on the wall, and then the sculptures that are within the portraits I’m also bringing to the exhibition space. So you’ll really surround yourself with the art.” Sawaya will speak about his work at 11 a.m. and will hang around for the rest of the day to sign books and chat with fans.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="320" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/weezer-400-jpg.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Weezer</strong></p> <p>Where: Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $39-$59</p> <p>Contact: 800/745-3000, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>It’s hard to believe it, but it’s been 20 whole years since Weezer released its debut LP, the so-called “Blue Album,” an instant classic that remains the most popular of its nine full-length albums. Cherished by indie rockers, alt-rockers and nerd-rockers alike, “The Blue Album” became a veritable Bible for audiences sensitive and introverted enough to appreciate it—the album essentially spawned the emo genre without suffering any of its obnoxious trappings. The band’s follow-up, “Pinkerton,” was even better, though with each release since the turn of the century, Weezer’s music has felt more vanilla and radio-pandering. I stop paying attention to the band’s output some time ago, but the appeal of hearing those early songs live—lately, Weezer has been playing “The Blue Album” and “Pinkerton” in their entireties—still has a strong hold. JEFF the Brotherhood, a great garage-rock duo from Nashville, will open the show.</p>John ThomasonMon, 02 Jun 2014 19:00:42 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMoviesMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsVote for our next Cover Girl<p>This year, we brought back our famed <strong>Cover Girl Contest</strong>, where local women get the chance to be featured on the cover of Boca Raton magazine. We would like to thank everyone who participated! We received an overwhelming number of entries, and as hard as the task was, we whittled them down to 18.</p> <p><img alt="" height="612" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/covergirl_website.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>To check out these 18 women and vote for your favorite photo, check out our <a href=";type=1" target="_blank">Facebook page</a>. To place a vote, "LIKE" the photo and don't forget to LIKE our page as well! Voting is open until June 15.</p> <p>Congratulations and good luck to our finalists!</p>magazineMon, 02 Jun 2014 16:02:43 +0000 Tunstall&#39;s Bar &amp; Grill Coming to WPB<p>Tourist season may be fading away but restaurant season shows no signs of slowing down. . . at least in our little corner of paradise.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/tunstalls.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>One more bit of evidence is coming to Haverhill Road in West Palm Beach. It’s <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Tunstall’s Bar &amp; Grill</strong></a>, a gastropubby sports bar-slash-eatery that will specialize in Mexican and American fare, from Baja-style seafood to steaks, fried chicken and peel ‘n’ eat shrimp. Also expect an extensive selection of craft beers and weekly live music.</p> <p>Proprietors are ex-Californians William and Elizabeth Tunstall, who plan a June opening in the Palm Gate Plaza shopping center at the corner of Haverhill and Roebuck. Their menu offers the kind of simple, hearty fare that should give sports fans plenty of energy to cheer on their favorite mesomorphs.</p> <p>We’re talking “buckets and boards,” the former dishing up Baja-style lobster and shrimp, plus carne asada and grilled chicken, as well as fish ‘n’ chips and fried chicken, all coming with a roster of all you can eat sides. The latter consists of steak, chicken or shrimp served on—you guessed it—a board, with dipping sauce and mashed, fried or baked potatoes.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 02 Jun 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsThe Wedding Guide, Part V: Music<p><strong>Rob Parisi</strong>, aka DJ Risi, has had a passion for music since he was 16—and it shows in his music. He brings a high level of energy to his events while catering to clients’ specific styles and preferences. With more than 50 weddings under his belt, Parisi (610/716-0501, <a href=""></a>) takes the DJ’s role of keeping the party going very seriously.</p> <p><img alt="" height="295" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/djrisi_updated.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What questions should a couple ask when interviewing a DJ? </strong></p> <p>What kind of software do you use? Most DJs I know use Serato, Traktor or Virtual DJ. Can you mix or blend the music together? Can we see you DJ at a club or event? Can you emcee, if needed? Equipment isn’t a big concern when looking for a DJ. You want someone that can read the crowd and keep people on the floor after dinner is over.<strong></strong></p> <center><a href="" target="_blank"><em>Click here for a list of entertainment companies in the area.</em></a></center> <p><strong>What role should the DJ should play at a wedding?</strong></p> <p>I’ve done weddings where I’m constantly on the mic, and I’ve done weddings where I make simple announcements. It’s all about what the client wants.</p> <p><strong>How do you design the set list? </strong></p> <p>I let the couple pick out all the songs they want. My job is to find the best place for that song. Not every song has energy, so some songs I’ll play during dinner, while others I’ll save for when people are dancing.</p> <p><strong>What are some benefits of having a DJ versus a live band? </strong></p> <p>With a DJ, the music never stops, and a DJ can play endless genres.</p> <p><strong>What is the ideal reception length?</strong></p> <p>For a DJ and the customer, two hours of dancing is perfect. You get them going and, by the time it’s over, they want more. That’s when you know people will say great things about your wedding.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" height="27" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202014/theweddingguide.jpg" width="490"></a></p>magazineMon, 02 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0000 ExtrasThe Wedding Guide: Music Directory<p>Once the ceremony is over and the reception is underway, the music plays a huge role in setting the tone for the rest of the event. Whether you choose a local DJ or a live band, an MC of sorts should be appointed to direct the flow of events.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202014/mikesipe.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Pictured: Mike Sipe Entertainment, Events &amp; Productions</em></p> <p><strong>Elite Entertainment </strong></p> <p>20283 State Road 7, Suite 400, Boca Raton, 561/483-4888</p> <p><strong>Why</strong>: This entertainment company offers DJs, emcees and bands with state-of-the-art sound equipment.</p> <p><strong>Website</strong>:<strong> </strong><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>Mike Sipe Entertainment, Events &amp; Productions </strong></p> <p>4650 Coral Ridge Drive, Coral Springs, 954/782-9118</p> <p><strong>Why</strong>: Their roster of staff entertainers includes live bands, musicians, DJs and MCs for occasions ranging from formal to barefoot.</p> <p><strong>Website</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>Top Dog Entertainment</strong></p> <p>561/305-4233</p> <p><strong>Why</strong>: This husband-and-wife team provides DJ and vocal services, including consultation and planning services, with a personal touch.</p> <p><strong>Website</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><em>Also:</em></p> <p><strong>JX3 Events</strong>: 1007 Grove Park Circle, Boynton Beach, 561/901-9035, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>Forte Entertainment, Elegant Occasions Event Professionals</strong>: 954/722-2223, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" height="27" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202014/theweddingguide.jpg" width="490"></a></p>magazineMon, 02 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0000 ExtrasConcert Review: Morrissey at Arsht Center<p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/morrisseyhb30611.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>A surprising scarcity of hits defined Morrissey’s lopsided set list at the Arsht Center last night, which pooled most of the legendary singer-songwriter’s danciest tunes into the first 30 minutes and spent the remaining hour plumbing some pretty dark recesses. When I walked out of the auditorium, I didn’t feel the accompanying surge of adrenaline and excitement that lingers for a couple of days after most great concerts; I mostly felt shame and depression, which, for any non-vegans in the audience, is probably the intended reaction. More on that a little later.</p> <p>Morrissey was pretty chatty last night, at least for him. He didn’t mention directly that his previous two South Florida shows had been canceled, but he acknowledged his absence by saying, “It took us a while to save up the bus fare” to get to Miami—“a little saving here, a little saving there.” Later, he shared his thoughts on pharmaceutical advertisements in a comic riff that could have just as easily been spoken by Bill Maher.</p> <p>He played 19 songs total, more than in other cities on this tour, but the experience still felt much too short—such is the pleasant problem of having far too many masterful songs in an archive than could possibly be played over a given show. He opened unexpectedly with a scorching “How Soon is Now?,” probably the Smiths’ most well-known single. Its booming, climactic percussion rippled across the concert hall, and the audience tossed him more than one bouquet of flowers during its duration.</p> <p>Soon after, we got the power-pop bliss of “Certain People I Know,” a brilliant ditty that hasn’t turned up in Moz set lists since the early ‘90s, followed by the Smiths’ “Hand in Glove” and Morrissey’s 2009 single “I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris”—in all, 10 to 12 minutes of heaven that constituted the highlight of the evening.</p> <p>The rest of the set consisted largely of Morrissey miscellany: a Franki Valli cover, the recent B-side “Gangland” (a song about police brutality that could have easily been an A-side), deep cuts from his ‘00s albums “Ringleader of the Tormenters” and “You Are the Quarry.” We were also treated to four tracks from his forthcoming LP “World Peace is None of Your Business.” These tunes were not what fans showed up to hear, but I love the lyrical direction Morrissey has taken with them: It seems his focus has shifted away from his internal struggles for love and acceptance and has spread outward, touching on geopolitics and a planet in desperate flux. The title track to “World Peace,” which was the only new song I’d heard prior to the show, gave me chills.</p> <p>Then came, I suppose, the “love it or leave it” portion of the concert, a performance of “Meat is Murder” accompanied by unrelenting video projection of slaughterhouse and factory-farm brutality. The song, which has long been Moz’s vegan manifesto, is hard enough to take on its own; the most polarizing number in the Smiths’ oeuvre, it sounds like a death rattle in a torture chamber. To hear this angry indictment in a live setting, with the stage lights bathing the players in blood-red and videos showing sadistic humans gleefully mutilating innocent animals pretty much destroyed the energy in the room. When it was over, many in the audience didn’t know whether to applaud or cry.</p> <p>And it prompts the question: What is Morrissey’s purpose up there? Isn’t it to entertain us with his brilliant art for an hour and a half and send us home pleased? “I Just Want to See the Boy Happy,” right? Not so much. I’ve long supported artists advocating their politics during concerts, even if it means potentially alienating of some of their fans, but this was agitprop to an extreme. I doubt the hardcore vegan purists in the audience enjoyed that performance of “Meat is Murder,” and the carnivores probably felt scolded and lectured. The fact that the propaganda was effective—seeing those videos may prevent me from eating meat again—is actually beside the point. There's a time and place for "A Clockwork Orange"-style conditioning, and this tour wasn’t it.</p> <p>Three great songs would follow, including, FINALLY, a genuine crowd-pleaser in “First of the Gang to Die.” But “Meat is Murder” killed the night. Way to go. </p> <p>SET LIST: </p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p>John ThomasonSun, 01 Jun 2014 14:39:21 +0000 & EventsMusicFashion Forward: Ideal Image, Alene Too + Eau Spa<p><strong>Zap It Away:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Ideal Image</a> has opened is moving locations, and it’s celebrating the new store's grand opening this Thursday, June 5, from 4 to 7 p.m. Meet CEO Bruce Fabel, take a tour of the center, check out laser hair removal demonstrations and enjoy some wine and cheese. The center will also be offering big discounts (up to 70 percent off) on select packages. <em>(2200 W. Glades Road, Suite 350B, Boca Raton)</em></p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/alenetoo.jpg" width="490"></p> <center><em>(Pictured: A sample of pieces from Alene Too. May not be part of sale)</em></center> <p><strong>Sweet Sale:</strong> Summer is coming up, and it’s time to restock your wardrobe with sunny essentials. At <a href="" target="_blank">Alene Too</a> at the Regency Court at Woodfield, check out items up to 50 percent off. <em>(3013 Yamato Road, Suite B20, Boca Raton)</em></p> <p><img alt="" height="392" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/ashleymartini.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>Meet the Expert:</strong> Upcoming at Eau Palm Beach Resort &amp; Spa: <a href="" target="_blank">Ashley Martini</a>, stylist and author of “Styletini.” Martini will be at the Eau Spa on June 19 at 6:30 p.m. to talk about summer trends and grooming. She’ll also be signing books, which will be sold on site for 20 percent off. RSVP at 561/540-4940. <em>(100 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan)</em></p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 30 May 2014 14:13:30 +0000 NewsUpcoming EventsAmour Vert<p>The eco-friendly fashion brand, <a href="" target="_blank">Amour Vert</a>, is launching at select Bloomingdale's stores , and it's celebrating by hosting special in-store events. On the list: <strong>Town Center at Boca Raton</strong>. The event will run on Thursday, June 5, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Y.E.S. contemporary sportswear section on the second floor.</p> <p><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/talia-guava-front.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Amour Vert, which is French for "Green Love," creates pieces from organic and sustainable fabric. True to its mission, the company established the T(r)EE program, a collaboration with <a href="" target="_blank">American Forests</a>, where a tree is planted for every T-shirt purchase.</p> <p><img alt="" height="734" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/connie-navy-stp-side.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="734" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/indira-heather-grey-front.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The San Francisco based brand is known for its signature photo booth, which will be at the Thursday event. Following the T(r)EE model, a tree will be planted in Florida's Osceola National Forest for each photo that is taken. So check out the spring/summer collection, and make the world a little bit greener in the process.</p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 30 May 2014 13:28:01 +0000 EventsThe Art of Paper<p>What is the future of paper in an age of digital media?</p> <p>That question applies to art as much as to literature and journalism. And if there’s any group most likely to continue using and disseminating physical paper in an ephemeral world, it’s professional artists—the same dogged types that have kept alive celluloid and Polaroid prints long after the masses deemed them unnecessary.</p> <p><img alt="" height="377" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/cornellmuseum_eclipse_bethappleton.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>In <a href="" target="_blank">“From Ordinary to Extraordinary: Paper as Art,”</a> currently running at the <strong>Cornell Museum at Delray Beach Center for the Arts</strong>, 20 contemporary arts offer their response to this question, whether they were asked it or not. There is an overwhelming sense, when walking through this sprawling, two-story exhibition, that these artists are saving a medium, or at least delaying its obsolescence. Taking in some of this stunning work, the thought “who needs computers?” crossed my mind more than once, to say nothing of “who needs paint?” Paper art is about a heck of a lot more than origami.</p> <p>The variety in “From Ordinary to Extraordinary” lives up to its name, and encompasses everything from the paper-based, light-up sculptures of Frank Hyder to Annie Vought’s painstaking, hand-cut representations of handwriting to the nebulous wall art of Charles Clary, whose created a number of vibrantly colored, sensational 3D pieces specifically for this show. Japanese-born, but now Florida-residing, artist Hiromi Moneyhun does more with an X-ACTO knife than many artists could do with the best digital art software on the planet. She pays homage to woodblock prints from Japan’s Edo period by creating impossibly rich and meticulous wall hangings, carved from black canson paper that resembles metal. The artist’s almost Rorschachian images of human figures and women’s faces seem to melt in front of your eyes, captured in a state of mid-drip.</p> <p><img alt="" height="504" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/cornellmuseum_paperart_hiromi-moneyhun.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Even when some of the artists stray from producing purely paper-based work, they seem to be commenting on the novelty of paper in a largely paperless society and finding creative ways to recycle printed material. Houston-based artist Cara Barer, for instance, creates photographs of books that she tore apart and sculpted into kaleidoscopic visions, like flowers in bloom. The accompanying wall text says that she scoured secondhand bookshops for her material, looking specifically for outdated reference books “complete with mold and neglect.” If this is the future of the printed word, I’d certainly rather it be turned into an objet d’art than shuttled to the dump.</p> <p>A similar sense of inventive upcycling imbues the sculptures of Alex Queral, who grafts humorous busts of Salvador Dali (his gravity-defying handlebar ‘stache reaching up to his eyeballs), Nurse Ratchett and other iconic faces onto the backs of phone books—the artist’s way of immortalizing a now-moribund paper resource.</p> <p>But the most breathtaking example of an artist integrating paper into more elaborate forms is Brooklyn sculptor Will Kurtz. He makes life-size composites of people he sees on the streets of New York—a couple of bag ladies conversing, a woman walking five dogs—then lathers them in secondhand paper from head to toe. He chooses which color and type of paper like an offbeat fashion designer; one of the women in “Church Ladies” has shoes made from the <em>New York Times</em>, smiling images of the Mona Lisa and Barack Obama on her back, and a purse collaged from Broadway show advertisements. He creates a physical, indelible sense of New York in a way that no photograph could.</p> <p><img alt="" height="378" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/cornellmuseum_paperasart_will-kurtz.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Kurtz’ magnum opus, though, is “Laid Out,” a wall hanging of a nude woman splayed across a bed. Everything except her glass eyes is made from cardboard, newspaper and tape; the artist even left a little gap where the model’s belly button would be.  There’s a raw urgency to this piece, a self-reflexiveness that displays the artist’s materials, his labor and his choices right in front of us. It’s both marvelous and a call to action, seeming to say that with these everyday materials, you can create a masterpiece like this too.</p> <p>“From Ordinary to Extraordinary” is the first Cornell Museum exhibition from its new curator, Melanie Johanson, who replaced longtime Cornell curator Gloria Adams in late April. She had one month to not only put the show together but to expand it from its original incarnation: An exhibition on dolls fell through, so Johanson suddenly had two floors to fill with her paper show, not one. Even so, she told me she had to cut herself off, because she was discovering more wonderful work than could fit in the galleries.</p> <p>It’s worth nothing that I haven’t covered the Cornell’s shows very often over the past few years, mainly because they didn’t have the cachet of serious art. Shows about Elvis and ‘60s pop culture and kites and golf memorabilia and pirates are fun to pass the time, but there’s enough disposable entertainment in our cinemas and on our TV sets that museums should aim a little higher. In that sense, “From Ordinary to Extraordinary” is a shot from the bow, and I look forward to Johanson’s continued stewardship of the Cornell—which will hopefully become a fine-art destination to rival the Norton and Boca Museum.</p> <p><em>"From Ordinary to Extraordinary: Paper as Art" runs through Aug. 24 at Cornell Museum at Delray Beach Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. Tickets cost $5 or free for children younger than 6. Call 561/243-7922 or visit</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 30 May 2014 13:26:10 +0000 & EventsNew train station, Palm Beach money woes and more<p><img alt="" height="466" src="/site_media/uploads/randy-1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>New Tri-Rail station for Boca</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong></strong>The news is that Boca Raton will get a second Tri-Rail station. The more important news may be why Boca will get that station and what comes after.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization has approved $8.5 million in federal money to go with another $8.5 million from the state. With that money, almost all of it from gasoline taxes, Tri-Rail will buy land and build a station along the CSX tracks near The Shops at Boca Center and Town Center at Boca Raton. Boca will become <em>the only city in Palm Beach County to have two stations</em>. Why Boca now? Potential demand, based on numbers from the city’s other station at Yamato Road just west of Interstate 95.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">According to Tri-Rail, the Yamato Road station is the busiest of 17 on the line that runs from Mangonia Park, the tiny municipality northwest of West Palm Beach, to Miami. Near the Yamato Road station are the Arvida Park of Commerce and other business clusters, as well as Florida Atlantic University’s main campus.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Steven Abrams, the former Boca Raton mayor and council member who now represents the city on the county commission, regularly rides Tri-Rail to the county government center in West Palm Beach. When he boards at the Deerfield Beach station on Hillsboro Boulevard—Abrams lives in southeast Boca—“You barely can get on the train,” he said Wednesday. “Then you get to the Boca Raton station, and almost everybody gets off.” Abrams, who also serves on the Tri-Rail board, says one reason for the high ridership is the “well-funded shuttle bus service” that can get commuters quickly to their offices. Abrams says businesses pay part of the cost to operate the buses.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Ridership at the Boca Raton station is up roughly 35 percent since 2008. One reason, of course, is people seeking cheaper transportation after the Great Recession. A related factor could be that younger single people have been less inclined to buy cars. Tri-Rail says the largest increase is among riders between the ages of 16 and 24, and that more riders reach stations by bicycle. Whatever the reasons, the Boca Raton station not only has the biggest ridership but has seen the biggest surge in the last six years.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The second Boca station will be geared toward people who work and shop at Town Center and Boca Center. Of the four proposed sites, the preferred one is the former location of Kings Market on Military Trail just north of Boca Center. The land is vacant, a straight stretch of 100 feet fronts the track. Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie —who serves as the Palm Beach MPO chairman—says Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America, which owns Boca Center, also owns the 12-acre potential site.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">For Boca, the decision vindicates the city’s decision over several years to develop transit centers. For drivers, this is happening as the state moves ahead with expansion of express toll lanes on South Florida interstates. At this point, the state is planning for them on I-95 north to Linton Boulevard, but they could go farther north.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">When I-95 is 10 lanes all the way to Linton, it can’t get any wider, practically speaking. Mass transit won’t replace cars, but even in car-happy Palm Beach County, transit could be a big asset for Boca Raton.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Bucher sings the ballot blues         </strong><span>           </span></p> <p>According to news reports Wednesday, Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher has told cities that they can’t put local items on the November ballot. Long ballots in November 2012—made longer in most cases by constitutional amendments from the Florida Legislature—made for long waits at the polls. Turnout will be lower this November, for a non-presidential election, but Bucher still has told cities they must put their issues on the Aug. 26 primary ballot or wait for city elections next March.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Bucher’s ultimatum will have no effect on the effort in Delray Beach to change the standard for firing the city manager. Commissioners who want Manager Louie Chapman gone already were planning to seek a vote in August that would require a simple majority vote of three commissioners, rather than the current supermajority vote of four. I’m told that Bucher for a time got cranky even about a local issue on the August ballot, but relented.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Maya Angelou</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The news Wednesday of Maya Angelou’s death at 86 brought back memories of her appearance in 1995 at Florida Atlantic University.</p> <p>Five thousand people filled the FAU auditorium to hear the woman who was best known as a poet and author but who also distinguished herself as an actress and dancer and as the first black streetcar conductor in San Francisco. Angelou related in her 1970 autobiography <em>I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings</em> how she set that goal for herself after being moved to San Francisco during a peripatetic youth, shuttled from town to town, raped by her mother’s boyfriend at age 8, which caused her to retreat from the world for several years.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">There was no retreat at FAU. “See me now,” she told the audience, “poor in the South, black in the South, female in the South. “See me and see yourself.”<span>  </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Palm Beach needs $$$ for a fountain</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">It’s a request made for a punch line:</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Palm Beach, one of the wealthiest towns in the country, wants $350,000 from the state for a fountain. What, it wasn’t enough that pressure from Palm Beach got Gov. Rick Scott to authorize extra state spending on repair work for the Flagler Memorial Bridge? Now, all those billionaires can’t pony up a measly 350 large for a fountain?</p> <p>The amount represents just .45 ten-thousandths of the state budget, yet it offers another look into how things operate in Tallahassee. Depending on your perspective, this $350,000 is either a waste or an appropriation that got a deserved third look. Palm Beach Mayor Gail Coniglio makes her case that it’s the latter.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The fountain, which sits in the square facing town hall, is the only one in Florida that Addison Mizner designed. Indeed, it’s the only fountain in the United States with a design by Mizner. His Boca Raton office is now part of a cluster near the old train station that includes the popular event venue Addison’s.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Palm Beach applied for the money through the state’s historic preservation program. According to Coniglio, the state approved the project in 2010, but the money never got into the budget. Florida at that point was depending on federal stimulus money to minimize cuts to basic services.</p> <p>Nor did the money get into this year’s record $77.1 billion budget on the first try. With five other projects, House and Senate negotiators added the $350,000 as they reconciled the two versions of the budget. So Florida TaxWatch flagged the fountain project as a “turkey” and recommended that Scott veto it. TaxWatch noted that the Legislature “for the first time in man years” approved all the requested historic preservation, cultural and library grant programs, totaling $87 million. Legislators earmarked another $17 million worth of projects.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">TaxWatch designates “turkeys” based on procedure than merit, which explains why the group flagged just $120 million worth, and why those items did not include $12 million from the state to a private college—Jacksonville University—that the House speaker, Will Weatherford, just happened to attend.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Coniglio says Palm Beach got help at the last minute from Sen. Jeff Clemens and Rep. Bill Hager. She adds that the fountain restoration is part of a $1.2 million improvement program for the square, with the town paying the rest. The fountain, modeled after the Fontana dei Cavalli Marini in Rome’s Borghese Gardens, was built in 1929. Two years ago, a consultant prepared a plan for restoring it.</p> <p>Will the governor approve the money for Palm Beach? My guess is yes. The budget-cutting, tea party-loving Rick Scott of 2010 and 2011 is now the incumbent seeking a second term, based in large part on the size of the new budget and the local goodies in it. That’s also part of how things operate in Tallahassee.</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> <p class="MsoNormal"> </p>Randy SchultzThu, 29 May 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityThe Notorious Bunny Yeager<h4>South Florida pioneering model and photographer Bunny Yeager died Sunday at age 85. We're happy we got a chance to know her. The following is an article we published a few years ago in Boca Raton magazine.</h4> <p><img alt="" height="470" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/bunny-sammy.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Quick: Name the woman who helped popularize the bikini, made Bettie Page famous, inspired generations of photographers, and virtually invented the concept of South Florida as the sun-and-fun capital, long before that became a catchphrase? If you said, “Bunny Yeager,” you win.</p> <p>But this isn’t merely a history quiz. Bunny Yeager is back in vogue. More than five decades after she first made a splash as a fashion-model-turned-photographer, 2013 may be the year the 82-year-old Yeager becomes famous all over again. Of course, she never planned on being anything else.</p> <p>Yeager grew up outside of Pittsburgh, where her father worked for Westinghouse. When his doctor told him he needed a warmer climate, the elder Yeager and his wife moved the family to Miami, bringing their reluctant 17-year-old daughter with them. “I had a boyfriend; it was my senior year of high school,” remembers Yeager. “But they wouldn’t let me stay up there.” When she got here, she was instantly smitten with the surroundings. “I hadn’t been anywhere except Pittsburgh,” she says. “Miami was so beautiful. It was like a movie set.”</p> <p>That’s when the five-foot, ten-inch auburn-haired beauty, who was born Linnea Eleanor Yeager, decided she needed a more glamorous name to go with the new locale. She remembered a movie she’d seen a few years earlier, “Week-End at the Waldorf.” It was a remake of the classic “Grand Hotel,” and in it, Lana Turner, then in her sweater-girl ascent, played a stenographer who dreams of bigger things. The character was called Bunny Smith.</p> <p>“When I heard that name…,” sighs Yeager. “I had never heard anything like that before. So when I came down to Miami, I said, ‘That’s going to be my name. I’m going to become something else.’ I just remodeled myself into what I wanted to be.”</p> <p>What she wanted to be was just that—a model. After graduating from Miami Edison Senior High School, she enrolled at the Coronet Modeling School and Agency in downtown Miami. From the very beginning, there was something about Yeager that captivated the camera—a kind of small-town innocence to go with the curvy, voluptuous figure.</p> <p>She drew attention. In 1949 she entered a local beauty pageant and attracted a very famous admirer. “It was some charitable thing, and they had this ‘Sports Queen’ contest and I won,” she remembers. “Joe DiMaggio crowned me.” This was during the Yankee Clipper’s bachelor days, pre-Marilyn Monroe. “I went out with him one time,” says Yeager. Then, so that nobody thinks she unduly influenced the judges, she adds: “After the contest!”</p> <p><img alt="" height="629" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/bunnydaisies.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>She did have one unfair advantage: a homemade bikini. “You couldn’t buy one in the store,” she says of the two-piece suit just then coming into vogue. “So I made my own. All of the other girls were dressed more conservatively, but I felt right at home in my homemade bikini.”</p> <p>Bikinis became a signature of sorts for Yeager. Over the next few years, she’d fashion literally hundreds of them by hand—first for herself and later, when she became a photographer, for her models. Some had flowers sewn on; others had animal prints painted on. All were original creations. “I never wore the same suit twice,” she boasts. “It made it easier for me to sell my work to men’s magazines.”</p> <p>She’s quick, though, to point out that she was far from your average slice of cheesecake: “I was a high-fashion model with a legitimate agency. I was Coronet’s most popular model for years. It’s just that I happened to do bathing-suit modeling. I was always posing for the City of Miami Beach or the City of Miami. I think I was in more newspapers than any other girl.”</p> <p>All these years later, Yeager still keeps a clipping of a feature that ran in a local newspaper. “It was one of those ‘famous faces’ quizzes, where you had to identify the people pictured,” she says, pointing to the spread. “Most of them were politicians or people like that, except for me.”</p> <p>The journey from model to photographer began almost by accident for Yeager: “[Famed photographer] Roy Pinney used to come down here. I mentioned to him that I was taking a photography class. I just wanted to be able to make copies of my modeling photos; I didn’t really want to be a photographer. But Roy said, ‘No, no, that’s a good story,’ so he took my picture and put it on the cover of U.S. Camera magazine, with the caption ‘The World’s Prettiest Photographer.’”</p> <p>It was yet another nickname that would stick, and one that would prove to be good for business. A female photographer in the early 1950s was, like Yeager’s one-of-a-kind swimsuits, a novelty that few magazines could pass up.</p> <p>“Bunny wanted to look nice in her photos, and that’s how she came to photograph herself,” says friend and former model Mary Robbins. “She felt like she could do a better job [than any man]. Usually people don’t photograph themselves. But she did.”</p> <p>Yeager quickly trained her camera on others. “She was very professional, she was fast, and she liked taking action pictures, where you were moving around,” recalls Robbins. “Nothing was ever pornographic or suggestive. She always managed to place her photos in very artful magazines.”</p> <p>Yeager’s first sale came in 1954. It was a cover shot of a Miami model named Maria Stinger for Eye magazine. (Dubbed “Miami’s Marilyn Monroe” after winning a local beauty contest, Stinger would become a men’s magazine sensation in the mid-1950s before fading from view.) Not content to just shoot away, Yeager would place her subjects in interesting settings or situations. “I learned by being a model that people always wanted something different,” she says. “So I would constantly look for ideas.”</p> <p>One of these involved taking 10 models, dressing them in sweaters and shorts, and invading the local firefighter school. “We had the girls jumping off the building into a safety net, sitting in class, sliding down the pole at the station,” laughs Yeager. It was pretty inventive stuff for the 1950s, and Yeager knew it. “You had to have a little more talent to do that than the [typical] leg shot,” she says with obvious satisfaction.</p> <p>If Yeager had spent the rest of the decade doing similar work, we still might know of her today, but a fateful phone call all but guaranteed her place in pop history. “Bettie called me—everybody had my number back then—and told me she was a New York model,” recalls Yeager. “I took her sight unseen. I figured any New York model had to be something special. I didn’t know she was doing bondage [photos].”</p> <p><img alt="" height="486" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/bunny_bettie.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Bettie, of course, was Bettie Page, the model whose black bangs, wayward schoolgirl looks, and come-what-may sexual posturing would eventually make her the most famous pinup of the Twentieth Century. To Yeager, only one thing mattered: “I found out she didn’t mind posing nude.” The fledgling photographer had never had a model willing to pose in the buff.</p> <p>It being late 1954, Yeager decided to spice up the holiday season by putting Page in a Santa hat—and nothing else. The resulting photos, including one of Page winking knowingly at the camera while she hangs ornaments on a Christmas tree, were just the right mix of playful and provocative.</p> <p>Yeager had gotten some great shots; the only question was what to do with them. “It was near the end of the year and so I thought maybe I could sell a calendar for the new year,” she says. “But I didn’t have the mailing address of any calendar company. Instead I sent [the photos] to Playboy.”</p> <p>Hugh Hefner’s magazine was in its infancy, but already shaking up American mores. A naked, naughty Santa was an early Christmas wish come true for the young publisher. Hefner called Yeager and told her he’d buy the photos for $100. Page made her Playboy debut in the January 1955 issue and a legend was born; two, if you count her photographer.</p> <p>Yeager would become one of Hefner’s regular shooters, piling up eight centerfolds over the years. Page would become Bunny’s most famous collaborator. Together the two trekked up to Africa U.S.A., a wildlife theme park in Boca Raton where animals roamed free. Opened in 1953 (and closed in 1961), the 300-acre park’s star attraction was a pair of trained cheetahs named Moja and Mbili (“One” and “Two” in Swahili). It was rumored the cats had been featured in the 1951 Hollywood spectacular “Quo Vadis,” as the personal pets of Emperor Nero’s wife.</p> <p>Why not make them Bettie Page’s pets in a pictorial? Yeager outfitted Page in a custom-made, leopard-patterned jungle suit and posed her with the two cheetahs, as well as monkeys, other animals, and even actors portraying African cannibals. (The cannibal shots, in which Page is often tied to a tree, are a sly nod to Page’s bondage roots.) The resulting photos are among the most iconic images of Page.</p> <p>While Page would soon gravitate away from pinups and toward religion—she found God in, of all places, Key West—Yeager’s star continued to rise. She appeared on the television shows ‘What’s My Line?” and “To Tell the Truth,” where, in both cases, the source of the fun was the same: reconciling the fact that the beautiful Yeager was also an accomplished photographer, and the creator of all those racy pictures everyone was talking about. Then there was her guest spot on the “Tonight Show” starring Johnny Carson. There to plug her book, How I Photograph Myself, Yeager ended up stealing the show. “I was on for 23 minutes,” she says. “Today you get five minutes—if they’ll even let you on to talk about a book.”</p> <p>Sometimes Yeager’s work brought her in proximity to the Hollywood dream factory that first inspired her. In 1962 she traveled to Jamaica to shoot behind-the-scenes photos on the set of “Dr. No,” the first James Bond film. Her beach shots of original Bond girl Ursula Andress in a bikini were probably as instrumental as the film in making the Swiss bombshell an international star.</p> <p>Yeager even managed to make it into the movies herself. When Frank Sinatra came to town to film his tough-guy detective flicks “Tony Rome” and “Lady in Cement” in the late 1960s, Yeager, by this time a blonde, scored a couple of bit parts.</p> <p>The 1950s and 1960s went by in a whirl for Yeager. “She was a celebrity,” says Robbins, and her imprint was everywhere in South Florida. In fact it would be no stretch to suggest that the dominant image most people had of South Florida— beautiful girls and palm trees, a beguiling mixture of sun, fun, and implied sin—came straight from Yeager’s camera. It was a grand moment in time.</p> <p>But unlike in a photo, time doesn’t stand still, and the world kept turning. In the 1970s, the relatively tame girl-next-door quality of Playboy’s early centerfolds gave way to the all-you-can-see-and-then-some spreads in Hustler and Penthouse. Nudie cuties were supplanted by hardcore. And Yeager’s style, so indebted to postwar pinups and Classical Hollywood, all of a sudden seemed passé. As the culture became more crass, Yeager was done in by what she calls her “tasteful” approach.</p> <p>Maybe that’s the reason her office, in Miami, feels like a paean to the past. Stacks of black-and-white photos piled so high visitors can hardly move about, notebooks labeled “Bikini Girls 1960s,” a box tagged “Camping trip—Bettie Page and two  models.” All are, in a way, reminders of a simpler, better time, when Yeager was at the center of the action.</p> <p>Not that cultural relevance translated into a lot of money for Yeager. There was the bathing-suit line with her name on it that was supposed to take off and never did. The fashion spreads, clearly mimicking her work, which showed up in magazines with no acknowledgment or payment forthcoming. The photos she took of (and with) Bettie Page that have been copied and sold by others. The 2005 film “The Notorious Bettie Page” did much to resurrect interest in the pinup idol, but almost nothing for Yeager.</p> <p>That’s starting to change. In 2010, Yeager had her first museum show, “Bunny Yeager: The Legendary Queen of the Pin-Up,” a collection of 28 Yeager self-portraits, at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. Citing Yeager as an influence on such renowned self-portrait photographers as Cindy Sherman and Yasumasa Morimura, the show was a key first step in elevating her oeuvre beyond the realm of pop culture.</p> <p>The museum show was followed by the publication in 2012 of Bunny Yeager’s Darkroom: Pin-up Photography’s Golden Era, a volume of rare and never-before-seen photos with text by Petra Mason. Next up: a new exhibition space in Miami’s Wynwood arts district devoted to her work (scheduled to open in late 2012); gallery shows in New York and Dallas; a collaboration with German apparel firm Bruno Banani, to produce contemporary redesigns of Yeager’s classic 1950s bikinis; and a career-spanning documentary.</p> <p>Looks like the World’s Prettiest Photographer is ready for her close-up. Again.</p> <p>© Biscayne Times. Reprinted with permission.</p>magazineWed, 28 May 2014 20:25:44 +0000 After Dark: Dada<p><span><span><strong>Where: </strong></span></span><span><span>52 N. Swinton Ave, Delray Beach 561/330-3232</span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><strong>The lowdown: </strong></span></span><span><span>Imagine an eclectic house with pop art covering the walls, quirky living room furniture, a lawn covered in wooden picnic tables, large overhanging trees and strings and strings of lights. This is Dada, an off-the-beaten-path kind of place that brings Downtown Delray good food, arts, and culture — and a killer cocktail list with at least ten kinds of mojitos.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/dada.jpg" width="490"></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>What </span></span><span><span><em>is</em></span></span><span><span> Dada? It’s actually a French word, meaning “hobby-horse,” an avant-garde art movement in the early 20th century. The house — yes, the building where Dada lives used to be a home — was built during this era. This gives you a little hint as to the kind of clientele you’ll find when you walk into comfy-casual Dada-land. It’s full of artsy, hipster and innovative minds all congregating together in one of the busiest yet relaxed places you can find in Downtown Delray. You will most likely be met with a wait, whether you want to sit outside on the funky, dressed-up lawn or in one of the mod, art-filled rooms of the house. It’s worth waiting though. The food is eclectic and completely distinctive of Dada’s brand. The staff is super cool too: knowledgeable about the menu and always ready to help figure out seating arrangements for your party, since sometimes it can be a bit of a struggle. I’m telling you, this place is </span></span><span><span><em>always</em></span></span><span><span> packed.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><img alt="" height="324" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/cigaroldfashioned.jpg" width="490"></span></span></span></span></span></p> <center><em>Pictured: Cigar Old Fashioned</em></center> <p><span><span><span><span><span><strong>The intangibles: </strong></span></span><span><span>Dada’s menu is simple: you start at the “Beginning,” choose one of their many tapas-style appetizers such as the Gazpacho of the Moment, Mediterranean Plate, or the Fondue served with pretzel bread, fruit and veggies. Then you move onto the “Middle” where you’re met with classic comforting entrees like Butternut Squash Ravioli and the Seven Cheese Grilled Cheese made with cheddar, swiss, goat, blue, sheep feta, American and provolone cheeses and served with tomato bisque. No night is complete without reaching the “End.” Indulge in desserts like the Warm Banana Bread with caramelized banana caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream or The Dada S’mores — graham cracker crust and dark chocolate mousse topped with a marshmallow meringue. Prices range from $10-$30.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>On top of the incredible food, Dada is known for its appreciation of the arts. Local artists and musicians have plenty of opportunity to show their stuff at one of the restaurants many events. Chill out every Monday at 9 p.m. to Basement Jams, where everyone who signs up gets a free beer. Local artwork is displayed at the Dada Craft Bazaar on the second Thursday night of every month, hosted by Couture Accessories by JK. There is live music just about every night of the week, as well as the occasional dinner pairing or holiday celebration. Dada is a place that </span></span><span><span><em>everyone</em></span></span><span><span> should experience — sit outside under tree-lined lights, listen to good music, sip on a cocktail, eat a good meal and relish in one of the best that Delray has to offer.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Hours:</strong></span></span><span><span> Dada is open everyday from 5 p.m. until 2 a.m.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Website:</strong></span></span><a href="" target="_blank"><span><span></span></span></a></p> <center><em>For more on bars in Boca Raton, click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</em><strong></strong></center> <div> </div> <div><strong>About Shaina</strong></div> <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><em><br></em></span></span></p>Shaina WizovWed, 28 May 2014 12:29:41 +0000 For Life Kicks Off in Delray<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Fitness for a good cause kicks off locally in June with the American Cancer Society’s <a href="">Relay For Life</a> in Delray Beach.</p> <p>The event runs from June 7 through June 8, starting at 4 p.m. and ending at 7:30 a.m. And yes, you read that right: it goes throughout the night. The relay begins and finishes at Old School Square (<em>51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach</em>) in Downtown Delray.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/relayforlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What is Relay for Life?</strong></p> <p>It’s an event that happens globally to honor cancer survivors and people who have died from the disease, as well as to raise funds for programs and research and create cancer awareness. Millions of people in thousands of U.S. towns and cities participate in these relays. The relays happen internationally, too. The goal of the events is to raise awareness and funds for the organization's cause.</p> <p><strong>Relay at Delray</strong></p> <p>Relay teams of participants will camp out at Old School Square, as team members take turns to run or walk around a designated path. Teams should have someone on the path at all times during 15 ½ hour relay. As stated by the American Cancer Society, “cancer never sleeps,” and the event follows that ideology. You can join as a team (and pledge to raise money) or join an existing team.</p> <p>The Delray Beach Relay for Life starts with the event’s traditional opening ceremony and survivors’ lap, where survivors lead the way around the track while participants honor and applaud them. The goal is $31,000 for the Delray event.</p> <p>To find out more about the relay, activities and entertainment throughout the event, go to: <a href=""></a>, or contact the American Cancer Society at 561/394-7751, ext 5313.</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> <p> </p>magazineWed, 28 May 2014 12:16:38 +0000 Nouvelle Maison to Debut in Boca<p>Arturo Gismondi, proprietor of Boca’s highly regarded Trattoria Romana, will be applying his restaurant savvy to classic French cuisine with the debut in June of <strong>La Nouvelle Maison</strong>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="204" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/maison.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Located on the resurgent stretch of Palmetto Park Road near the Intracoastal, La Nouvelle Maison will draw its inspiration from the regional fare of Provence and Alsace, as well as more contemporary dishes from exec chef Gregory Howell, a classically trained French chef who returns to Palm Beach Country from the Naples Yacht Club, where he landed after four years as top toque at Cafe L’Europe in Palm Beach.</p> <p>There’s more inspiration too as Gismondi’s latest endeavor hopes to wear the crown long worn by La Vieille Maison, for many years the local standard for authentic French cookery, closed since 2006.</p> <p>Details on the menu and design are sparse at the moment, but in addition to the rigorously Gallic cuisine, the restaurant will blend modern elements with country French charm. . . also with American convenience, as in plenty of easy parking.</p> <p>Now that should make you say, Ooh-la-la!</p>Bill CitaraTue, 27 May 2014 17:50:27 +0000 & ReviewsThe Week Ahead: May 28 to June 2<p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/brzezinski_skywardoaksvancouver.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Emilie and Mika Brzezinski</strong></p> <p>Where: Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free but reservation required</p> <p>Contact: 305/442-4408, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>To say that the Brzezinskis are an accomplished family is an understatement. The paterfamilias, Zbigniew, is a political scientist and presidential adviser; his daughter Mika is a television journalist and co-host of “Morning Joe”—she’s by the far the best reason to watch that program, which tends to set the day’s political agenda—and his oldest son Ian worked in key positions in the George W. Bush administration. But I didn’t know until now that Zbigniew’s wife, the Swiss-born Emilie Anna Benes, has been an accomplished artist for decades, specializing in monumental site-specific installations made of wood; her magnum opus “Forest” consisted of 46 tree trunks, and 1993’s “Lintel” featured parts of cherry trees cast in bronze. Emilie will appear in Coral Gables to promote “The Lure of the Forest,” a new book-length study of more than 80 of her projects—and the interviewer will be none other than her daughter, Mika, making her first area appearance since her 2012 lecture at Festival of the Arts Boca. Visit to secure a spot.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="458" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/almadetango.jpg" width="352"></p> <p><strong>What: Alma de Tango</strong></p> <p>Where: Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25-$35</p> <p>Contact: 561/450-6357, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>For those of us with two left feet, the prospect of learning a new dance can be intimidating—especially if that dance happens to be the tango, with its requirement of elegant male direction. And especially if it’s the pure Argentinean brand of tango, where the dance originated back in the 1890s. But with a teacher like Monica Llobet, a former World Argentine Tango Champion, guiding our steps, we all might have a chance. Her appearance at Arts Garage provides a rare opportunity for a free, hour-long dance lesson from Llobet at 7 p.m. Ticketholders can then stick around for an 8 p.m. performance by the Anibal Berraute Quartet, which will surely show us everything we did wrong. An acclaimed pianist, Berraute will be joined by an international trio of musicians on violin, bass cello and bandoneon—an accordion-like instrument common in tango productions.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="225" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/the-double-2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “The Double”</strong></p> <p>Where: Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth</p> <p>When: 2 and 6 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $6-$9</p> <p>Contact: 561/296-9382, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>So far as I can tell at this time, the Lake Worth Playhouse’s intimate Stonzek Theatre will be the only local cinema opening this critically acclaimed new thriller, adapted from an 1846 novella by Dostoyevsky. Anticipating the surrealist bureaucratic nightmares of Franz Kafka, the book centers on an anonymous government clerk who begins to lose his sanity when his exact double shows up at his office—that is, a much more confident, extroverted and dominant alternate version of himself. British filmmaker Richard Ayoade wrote and directed this modern-day adaptation, with what seems like a perfectly cast Jesse Eisenberg inhabiting the put-upon clerk and his aggressive doppelganger; Mia Wasikowska as the love interest of both; and the great Wallace Shawn as their supervisor.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="301" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/maxine-schreiber.png" width="313"></p> <p><strong>What: Book signing</strong></p> <p>Where: Art on Park Gallery, 800 Park Ave., Lake Park</p> <p>When: 6 to 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/345-2842, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The Brzezinski reunion in Coral Gables isn’t the only event this week combining the worlds of art and literature. At this book signing, the Artists of Palm Beach County coalition will show us why their art isn’t limited to the visual variety. Painter Maxine Schreiber (pictured), whose work is featured in Art on Park’s spring exhibition, will sign copies of her new children’s book, “The Story of DAPHNE the Duck,” which might change the way you feel about Muscovy ducks. The prolific artist-poet John Vincent Palozzi will also be on hand to discuss and sign “Cook these Poems: 20 Vegetarian Recipes Disguised as Poetry.” Other participating artist-writers include Deborah Desser-Herchan and Marilyn Salisbury, offering “Mumbo Jumbo: Poetry and Haiku;” and Linda Taylor Newton, supporting her young-adult novel “The Adventures of Katelyn, Gracie the Ghost and the Magic Horse.” </p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="306" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/tailgate-party.jpg" width="328"></p> <p><strong>What: All American Tailgate Party</strong></p> <p>Where: Delray Beach Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach</p> <p>When: 5 to 9 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $25 adults, $10 ages 13-20, free for children 12 and younger</p> <p>Contact: 561/243-7922, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This favorite Delray Beach fundraiser enters its eighth year connecting sports fans, beer drinkers and music lovers, with proceeds benefiting Achievement Centers for Children &amp; Families. Billed as Florida’s Largest Tailgate Party, the event will include food samples from Delray’s top restaurants, craft beer offerings from Saltwater Brewery, and live music from local talent including Michele Lyn, Max DuBose and—in a rare live performance these days—eclectic country chanteuse Marie Nofsinger. The kid-friendly event also features a Family Fun Zone and a fireworks display.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="200" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/pickers.jpg" width="300"></p> <p><strong>What: Funky Buddha One-Year Anniversary Party</strong></p> <p>Where: Funky Buddha Brewery, 1201 N.E. 38<sup>th</sup> St., Oakland Park</p> <p>When: noon to midnight</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 954/440-0046, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>It seems like just yesterday we were writing about the grand opening of Fort Lauderdale’s Funky Buddha Brewery, the large-scale, heavily fermented offspring of Boca Raton’s Funky Buddha Lounge. We’re happy to know that the unique brewery has been successful in its inaugural year, which it’s celebrating at this busy daylong party. There will be 40 unique beers on tap (natch), including such intriguingly titles brewskis as “Honey, I Shrunk the Braggot” and “Pinot Noir Barrel Iron &amp; Brandywine.” Live music, which runs from 1 to 10 p.m. will be provided by bluegrass musicians Short Straw Pickers (pictured), the Heavy Pets side project Lather Up!, funk band Sawgrass Express, and Miami soul act Ketchy Shuby. Five food trucks will dish the nosh, and the event also includes an Art Beer Bottle demonstration, live screen printing and a book signing with craft beer writer Gerard Walen.</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/morrissey-011514.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>What: Morrissey After-Party</strong></p> <p>Where: The Garrett (upstairs) at Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami</p> <p>When: 11 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: No cover</p> <p>Contact: 305/377-2277, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Saturday’s concert with Morrissey at Miami’s Arsht Center, in advance of the singer-songwriter’s perfectly titled 2014 album “World Peace is None of Your Business,” has been long sold out. That’s what happens when a performer of Moz’s stature cancels his previous two South Florida shows, leaving his rabid fans chomping at the bit for their first live Morrissey show in this area since 2007. I’ll have a review of this concert here on on Sunday, but even if you haven’t been lucky enough to snag a ticket, you can still groove to the sounds of Morrissey, The Smiths and likeminded artists at this free after-party at one of Miami’s best clubs. DJs Ray Milian and Andie Sweetswirl perform, and there will be “signature Moz drinks” on tap.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/museum-of-art-fort-lauderdale-moa-fl-1.700.467.s.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening day of “Research and Development: Concerning Belonging”</strong></p> <p>Where: Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: noon to 5 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5-$10</p> <p>Contact: 954/525-5500, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>It doesn’t get more unique and site-specific than this first exhibition in a series of artist residencies at Fort Lauderdale’s Museum of Art, signifying the museum’s summer kickoff. South Florida artists Rick Ulysse, Natasha Lopez de Victoria, Augustina Woodgate and Antonia Wright will be granted free reign of the museum’s second-floor galleries, which they’ll use to develop rotating projects concerning the topic of homelessness and belonging. Bonnie Clearwater, the museum’s director and chief curator, tells <em>Boca Raton</em>: “As the emphasis is on the artists' research into the development of their artistic practice rather than a finished work or exhibition, we don't know where the project will lead. It’s a mystery for all of us! It opens up the museum as a laboratory for experimentation, while bringing the creative vision of artists into the community.” The show runs through Sept. 14.</p>John ThomasonTue, 27 May 2014 16:06:04 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMoviesMusicThe Week AheadUpcoming EventsThe Outlets Go Green<p>It’s a sad time when the weekend markets start closing up shop for the season. Luckily, a new option has sprouted up in Palm Beach County.</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/palmbeachoutlets_greenmarket.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Beginning on June 7, Palm Beach Outlets is hosting the Green Market on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.</p> <p>This new weekend shopping event is bringing shoppers organic produce, homemade goods from local vendors, fresh flowers, plants, arts and crafts, plus more. That means you can fill your closet and fridge in one go. Sounds like a win to us! The event <a href=";source_newsfeed_story_type=regular&amp;fref=nf" target="_blank">Facebook page</a> also promises character appearances from the Disney movie, Frozen, plus more family friendly features,</p> <p>Palm Beach Outlets is located at <em>1751 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., West Palm Beach</em>. The market will run until July 5.</p>Stefanie CaintoTue, 27 May 2014 16:05:24 +0000 NewsDance party<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Yes. Fred Astaire really did start a dance studio. And yes, he started it with Jean-Marc Casanave’s grandfather, Charles Lawrence Casanave, in New York in 1946. Jean-Marc and his wife, Pam (pictured), have been running the Boca Raton offshoot of that historic studio in Boca Raton since 2004—and it’s time for a <strong>10-year anniversary celebration. </strong></span></p> <p><span><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/fredastaire.jpg" width="490"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>The studio will host an open house Saturday, June 7, at 6 p.m. to commemorate 10 years of business in Boca and achieving top honors in the industry several years in a row. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>That first studio Astaire and Casanave started was an immediate hit, spawned numerous franchises and became a family legacy. Jean-Marc and Pam were part owners in four franchises in North Carolina before they moved to Boca Raton in 2004, opening their present studio.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>“I always wanted to be in the franchise business,” Jean-Marc says. “My uncles told me I had to learn the dance business too—dancing, taking part in competitions and showcases. I started in 1985—as a dance teacher. I grew up learning to dance."<br></span></p> <p><span>Today the sunny studio in Royal Palm Place in Boca Raton is one of the top studios in the nation and operates under what Pam calls a new generation of dance studio owners, with an emphasis on manners and attention to the customer dance experience. And that little TV show, “Dancing with the Stars,” didn’t hurt, either.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Although today’s studio is much more relaxed than the old days, the focus is on teaching someone how to dance—not one dance, not dance lessons, the Casanaves stress, but how to dance. And you can learn it all at the studio, from the six major dances—foxtrot, waltz, tango, rumba, swing and cha-cha—to some South Florida faves like salsa and samba. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Jean-Marc says the average person can get going after “a handful of lessons,” and the studio also encourages students to attend the group classes, held five times a week. They say most people walk in thinking they have two left feet and end up wondering why they waited so long to start dancing. And, in the process, the exercise pays off.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>“It’s good clean fun,” Jean-Marc says. “A lot of people lose weight and go off diabetic medicine. Balance improves, posture improves, it’s a social outlet. It gives people confidence.”</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>And on Saturday, June 7, this couple and their loyal staff and customers will applaud all of that at an open house and cocktail party that will, of course, include dancing.</span></p> <p><span>We’ll see you there!</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span><strong>Fred Astaire Dance Studio Boca Raton</strong> is located at <em>151 S.E. Mizner Blvd., Suite 16A, Boca Raton</em> (in Royal Palm Place!). For more information, call 561/391-859.</span></p>Marie SpeedTue, 27 May 2014 15:17:28 +0000 EventsLilo&#39;s Garden Debuts in Delray<p>E&amp;J’s Sandwich Shop is over ‘n’ out, and <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Lilo’s Garden</strong></a> (<em>814 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/272-8049</em>) is in the postage stamp-sized space in downtown Delray that was once home to Old School Bakery.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/lilos.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Local restaurateur Joe Lipovich took over the tiny cafe with only a few tables in cute outdoor courtyard from former owner Burt Rapoport, whose Deck 84 is a few steps down the block. At Lilo’s Garden it’s all about good, inexpensive food served fast, with everything on the deli and more menu <em>under $10</em>.</p> <p>What that means in your mouth are everything from breakfast burritos and omelets to salads and wraps to assorted sammies and a quartet of hot (and haute) dogs. Also on the menu are Mexican-esque tacos, burritos and quesadillas featuring marinated steak, barbecued chicken and chili-lime shrimp, plus sliders that range from good ol’ American cheeseburger to Buffalo chicken.</p> <p>There’s also beer and wine, and live acoustic music Thursday through Sunday evenings.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 27 May 2014 12:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsLocal oversight and immigration reform<p><img alt="" height="466" src="/site_media/uploads/randy-1.jpg" width="400"></p> <h4 class="MsoNormal">Hiring the right attorney is an opportunity for Delray to clean up its act<span>      </span></h4> <p class="MsoNormal">Hiring a city attorney usually is a routine matter for elected officials in South Florida. Not so in Delray Beach, where little these days is routine.</p> <p>Next Tuesday and Wednesday, the city commission is scheduled to interview the finalists for Delray’s top legal adviser. The job has been vacant since January, when Brian Shutt resigned to take a job with a private firm. Until last week, there were four finalists. Then Interim City Attorney Terrill Pyburn resigned to become city attorney in Coconut Creek, near Coral Springs.</p> <p>Of the remaining finalists, the most credible candidate is <strong>Noel Pfeffer</strong>, who has spent 35 years in the Broward County attorney’s office. Broward being the political rat’s nest that it is, Pfeffer presumably could withstand whatever Delray has to offer. Another possibility, though, is that the commission could disband Delray’s legal department and contract with a private firm, as Boynton Beach, Palm Beach and many other cities do.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">If the commission wants to discuss this idea, any discussion could lead quickly to the Fort Lauderdale firm of <strong>Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole &amp; Boniske</strong>. One of the firm’s name partners, Jamie Cole, successfully represented Delray Beach in its lawsuit to overturn the 2012 extension of the trash-hauling contract to Waste Management without bidding.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">That contract shows why the city attorney choice is anything but routine. Shutt had advised the 2012 commission that Delray Beach did not have to bid the $65 million contract extension. Shutt argued that because residents pay Waste Management through fees, not property taxes, the city was just a middle man, and thus didn’t need to follow its rule that states contracts of $15,000 and more must go out to bid.</p> <p>Shutt’s argument was ludicrous. Palm Beach County’s Office of Inspector General, responding to a complaint from within the city, reported that Delray Beach would be violating its own policy by not seeking bids. But Shutt had backing from then-City Manager David Harden, long a critic of the inspector general’s office. In August 2012, then-Mayor Nelson “Woodie” McDuffie and then-Commissioner Angeleta Gray approved the contract. Adam Frankel, who is still on the commission, provided the majority. Another holdover, Al Jacquet, dissented.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">After Cary Glickstein and Shelly Petrolia joined the commission in March 2103, they urged that the city hire an outside attorney to review the decision. That attorney turned out to be Cole. He agreed with the inspector general. The commission then approved a lawsuit—oddly, Delray Beach was basically suing Delray Beach, even though Waste Management was the opposing party—and Cole won, without the case even going to trial. The city is seeking bids for the contract.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">To anyone who supports good government, Delray Beach’s year-plus review of questionable contracts—the beach concession deal is another—represents progress. Given the election results of the last two years, most residents agree. But this reform push is meeting resistance from the small but persistent group allied—to one degree or another—with <strong>Mary McCarty</strong>, the former Delray commissioner who moved up to the county commission and then brought herself down, pleading guilty to federal public corruption charges.</p> <p>For all her comments about a new life, McCarty remains involved in South County politics. She works at her husband’s firm, Cypress Consulting, and dispenses campaign and other supposed advice. Kevin McCarty also went to prison as a result of the investigation into his wife.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Frankel is one of those McCarty allies. He voted against taking the trash issue to court. He has criticized the review of the beach concession contract, which also is tied to McCarty allies. McDuffie is another one of those allies. Many also consider Gray to be one.</p> <p>Still another of those McCarty allies is Jay Alperin, a dentist and former Delray mayor and commissioner. Alperin recently sent an unsolicited email to the city attorney candidates. Without naming Glickstein, Petrolia and like-minded Commissioner Jordana Jarjura, elected in March, Alperin said the reform push by the new commission majority threatened to return Delray Beach to “the chaos of the 1980s.” Alperin added, “Our new Mayor and new City Commission have frightened away a majority of our senior staff and many others are functioning under the fear of losing their jobs.”</p> <p>Alperin suggested that the applicants contact Brian Shutt “to get some insight.”</p> <p class="MsoNormal">In fact, the Glickstein-Jarjura-Petrolia majority is more reminiscent of the commissions that helped lead Delray Beach’s transformation two decades ago. Since Alperin in his email also complains about what he considers poor treatment of City Manager Louie Chapman, the anti-reformers in Delray Beach seem worried. Only two employees report to the commission: the manager and the attorney. Glickstein, Jarjura and Petrolia are ready to fire Chapman for more than good cause. Al Jacquet may join them. The commission also is poised to permanently upgrade the legal department, whether with a new attorney or a new firm. These changes would make it harder for the anti-reformers to influence city government. Such changes, though, would make good government and good management much more routine in Delray Beach.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <h4 class="MsoNormal">Immigration reform only helps Florida<span>                                </span><span>   </span></h4> <p>The debate over immigration reform can sound like a 24/7 recycling of talking points, but here is a fascinating piece of information I hadn’t heard:</p> <p>In 1960, half of the American workforce consisted of high-school dropouts. Today, the figure is 10 percent.</p> <p>This information comes from <strong>Tamar Jacoby</strong>, president of ImmigrationWorksUSA. Its members are mostly medium and small businesses that favor reform mostly because it would make it easier for them to hire workers who have legal status, and in some cases to have access to workers who aren’t always college or even high-school graduates. Since Americans don’t raise their children to be lettuce and orange pickers, Florida especially needs immigrant labor for the harvest.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Jacoby spoke last week at the Economic Forum of Palm Beach County’s monthly meeting in West Palm Beach. Though chances remain low, Jacoby said the House might vote in June or July on immigration. The Senate passed its version nearly a year ago. Florida’s delegation would be crucial in any House action. No big decisions will come until after June 10, when House Majority Leader Eric Cantor faces a tea party rival—who opposes reform—in the Virginia primary.</p> <p>The Senate bill provides legal status and a path to citizenship for the nation’s 11 million estimated illegal immigrants—roughly half of whom entered legally and overstayed visas. Jacoby believes that the House will not include the citizenship path in any bill or set of bills, but regarding this potentially contentious issue she threw out another number:</p> <p class="MsoNormal">About 4.5 million illegal immigrants have children who are citizens because they were born here. The 14<sup>th</sup> Amendment grants them birthright citizenship. When they become adults, they could sponsor their parents for citizenship. Though the process would take longer, that prospect could allow Democrats, who favor the citizenship path in the Senate bill, to accept a House version that included all other aspects of reform.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">From our agriculture and tourism industries to our nascent biotech industry, Florida needs immigration reform, to provide human capital from the low to the high ends of the economic spectrum. Reform has bipartisan support from all of South Florida’s nine-member congressional delegation, from the state’s other three Democrats and from a few Republicans. Florida can be a swing state in more than presidential elections, if the House gives Florida a chance on immigration reform.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span>•••••••</span></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.<strong></strong> </p>Randy SchultzTue, 27 May 2014 08:01:59 +0000 WatchCommunityLocal Chefs Rock the Beard House<p><img alt="" height="292" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/burt4.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>New Yorkers got a taste of Florida in their own back yard as a quartet of chefs from <strong>Burt Rapoport’s restaurant group</strong> knocked out four courses and a host of hors d’oeuvres at dinner last week at the James Beard House in Greenwich Village.</p> <p><strong>Ben Burger</strong> (Henry’s), <strong>Jon Greening</strong> (Deck 84), <strong>Jay Prisco</strong> (Bogart’s) and <strong>David Innes</strong> (group pastry chef) collaborated on a “Fresh from Florida” dinner for 80 Big Apple foodies at the former residence of American cuisine maven James Beard, whose foundation invites some of the best chefs in the country to come to New York and show off their stuff.</p> <p><img alt="" height="292" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/burt1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>For a foodie mecca, the Beard House is surprisingly modest, recognizable only by a small brass plate at the front door. The kitchen is no bigger than the average Boca Raton walk-in closet; the dining rooms are small and scattered on the building’s first and second floors. I’ll give you an up close and personal look at just what it takes to cook at the Beard House in a coming issue of the magazine. But until then here are some photos and a few of my favorite dishes.</p> <p>Of the munchies, passed out in the Beard House’s cozy glass-ceilinged atrium, the sweet-tart-spicy peppadew peppers stuffed with creamy Laura Chenel goat cheese were almost impossible to stop eating. The conch and shrimp fritters, made with hand-ground Key West pinks and conch and served with a tangy Key lime remoulade, <em>were</em> impossible to stop eating (though I grudgingly did stop after three).</p> <p><img alt="" height="292" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/burt2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Paella with butter-poached spiny lobster, Key West pink shrimp, black grouper, chorizo, clams and braised chicken channeled Spain by way of South Florida. But the star for me was the Jackman Ranch Wagyu beef tenderloin, as deeply flavorful as it was impressively tender, paired with bacon-braised kale and a Florida corn bread pudding that alone was worth the price of admission.</p> <p>Good stuff, and congrats to Burt and all the chefs.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 26 May 2014 13:30:08 +0000 & ReviewsThe Wedding Guide, Part IV: Food<p>With its burbling fountains, banyan trees and historic architecture, it’s easy to see why <strong>The Addison</strong> (2 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton, 561/372-0568, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>) is such a popular choice for weddings. But, beyond its setting, this venue also boasts first-rate food—a crucial component to any reception, says <strong>Grace Eurglunes</strong>, wedding and special events manager. At The Addison, couples don’t have to choose from predetermined menus but may customize their meal from hundreds of options.</p> <p><img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202014/grace_eurglunes.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p><strong>How should a couple start gathering ideas for their menu? </strong></p> <p>The best inspiration is food that the couple really enjoys or something reminiscent of a special date or milestone.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202014/weddingfood2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>What are some questions a couple should ask when interviewing caterers or catering directors? </strong></p> <p>What is the guest-to-server ratio? If I select a full open bar, does that include tableside wine and beverage service? How will dietary requirements be taken care of? What is my realistic total spend based on my current estimated guest count?</p> <p><strong>How can a couple personalize their food?</strong></p> <p>Often, the simple touches are the most memorable. Things like creating cultural menus; personalizing the plates with edible flowers or unique herbs; preparing farm-to-table menus; and quirky presentations.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202014/wedding_food.jpg" width="490"></a></p> <p><strong>Is a sit-down dinner or a buffet more affordable?</strong></p> <p>Sit-down is the most elegant and certainly the most affordable. With a buffet, the kitchen needs to prepare one portion of every menu option for every guest, so the bride and groom are actually paying more.</p> <p><strong>How can a couple save money on food expenses? </strong></p> <p>Host the wedding on a Friday, Sunday or weekday night. Or host a daytime wedding breakfast or lunch, which not only lowers food cost but also helps to cut back on alcohol consumption. Most venues offer incentives for a weekday or daytime event. That way, you get the platinum menu for a discounted price: It’s a win-win!</p>magazineMon, 26 May 2014 00:00:00 +0000 ExtrasThe Wedding Guide: Catering Directory<p>Some say that food is the top thing guests will remember about a wedding, so it’s an important factor to consider. Couples can choose from venues with great cuisine or opt for a variety of area catering companies<img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202014/alexander.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Alexander Event Catering </strong></p> <p>1101 Holland Drive, #25, Boca Raton, 561/243-2539</p> <p><strong>Why</strong>: This experienced, full-service company offers a range of cuisines and price points, accommodating events up to 4,000 guests. Sample menu items include everything from fresh Maine lobster bruschetta to mini beef empanadas.</p> <p><strong>Website</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="367" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202014/chezgourmet.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>Chez Gourmet Catering </strong></p> <p>1716 Corporate Drive, Boynton Beach, 561/740-9690</p> <p><strong>Why</strong>: Chefs and award-winning restaurateurs Sheri and Jack Jacobs bring a creative approach to their customized menu offerings and presentation. Don’t forget to ask about the chocolate chili molten volcano cakes.</p> <p><strong>Website</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202014/cateringconcepts.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>Catering Concepts and Concessions</strong></p> <p>1599 S.W. 30th Ave., Boynton Beach, 561/704-5217</p> <p><strong>Why</strong>: Classical cuisine with a Caribbean flair is the specialty at this company, offering themed buffets—think Southern style, barbecue, Mexican taco bar, Mediterranean—alongside other planning services.</p> <p><strong>Website</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="369" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202014/pbcatering.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>Palm Beach Catering</strong></p> <p>1109 25th St., Suite A, West Palm Beach, 561/833-1411</p> <p><strong>Why</strong>: This venerable luxury catering company, founded in 1964, serves up innovative dishes, artistic presentations and personalized service. Main course offerings include potato-crusted Chilean sea bass and oven-roasted venison loin.</p> <p><strong>Website</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202014/bocajoes.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>Boca Joe’s Catering</strong></p> <p>1315 S. Military Trail, Deerfield Beach, 561/901-5383</p> <p><strong>Why</strong>: Boca Joe’s provides crowd-pleasing international menus and stations for parties small and large at a good value. Their buffet-style option—featuring selections of pasta, meat, vegetables, salad and bread—starts at $24.95 per person.</p> <p><strong>Website</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" height="27" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202014/theweddingguide.jpg" width="490"></a></p>magazineMon, 26 May 2014 00:00:00 +0000 ExtrasThe Wedding Guide: Let Them Eat Cake<p><img alt="" height="533" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/weddingcaker.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>With more than 200 wedding cakes under her belt, <strong>Esmeralda Pinilla</strong> knows a thing or two about this all-important confection. As owner of <strong>Couture Cakes</strong> (142 S.E. Sixth Ave., Suite A, Delray Beach, <a target="_blank">561/279-1828</a>, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>), she recommends that couples follow their palates when choosing a baker.</p> <p>“Definitely shop around and do several tastings,” Pinilla says. “Location and delivery availability are also big factors.”</p> <p>She suggests that couples ask about the full spectrum of cake flavors, fillings and frostings available; whether natural flowers can be used; how many portions each size yields; and how far in advance the cakes are baked and decorated.</p> <p>When determining the cake size, the couple should consider whether they want to keep the topper as a first-year anniversary treat, per tradition, and whether other sweets will be served at the wedding.</p> <p>“The new trend is a small cake as a topper and a cupcake cascade with an infinite variety of flavors and frostings to please every taste bud,” she says.</p> <p>Gone are the days of the “traditional buttercream rose filled cakes,” she says. “Couples are choosing much more trendy designs,” such as colors that remind them of the place they met or a lace design that echoes the wedding gown.</p> <p>The cake is a low-pressure decision where couples can have fun and show their creativity without much risk, she says: “Couples can be as original as they wish.”</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" height="27" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202014/theweddingguide.jpg" width="490"></a></p>magazineMon, 26 May 2014 00:00:00 +0000 ExtrasFork &amp; Knife Gets Cut<p>Well, that was embarrassing...</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/fork_knife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>No sooner did we feature <strong>Fork &amp; Knife</strong>, Boca's stylish purveyor of contemporary comfort food, in the most recent issue of the magazine than the restaurant, abruptly and with little warning, shut down. I talked to someone who would know but who spoke off the record and all I can say is that there were ownership issues that apparently drove the sudden decision to close. Even people close to the restaurant were surprised.</p> <p>This is one of the maddening things about the restaurant (and magazine) businesses. As a monthly (or semi-monthly) publication, we walk a fine line between trying to be up to date in our restaurant coverage and yet not jumping the gun on restaurants whose future might be a little shaky. Sometimes, though, the best-laid plans of mice and men turn into... spoiled cheese.</p> <p>Rats!</p>Bill CitaraSat, 24 May 2014 12:54:33 +0000 & ReviewsRestaurant ReviewsBoca Raton Memorial Day Events<p>Never forget, ever honor.</p> <p>This Monday marks Memorial Day, a day that commemorates the men and women who died while serving our country. Join the community in observing this national holiday with the following events:</p> <p><img alt="" height="468" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/memorialday.jpg" width="485"> </p> <p><strong>Downtown Boca’s Memorial Day Observance</strong></p> <p><em>What<strong>:</strong></em> A remembrance ceremony with a special appearance from the Fort Lauderdale Highlanders</p> <p><em>Where<strong>:</strong></em> Boca Raton Cemetery, 449 S.W. Fourth Ave</p> <p><em>When<strong>:</strong></em> Monday, May 26, at 9 a.m.</p> <p><strong>Palm Beach County Parks’ Memorial Day Program</strong></p> <p><em>What<strong>:</strong></em> A procession of colors, music and guest speakers</p> <p><em>Where<strong>:</strong></em> Veteran’s Park, 9400 W. Palmetto Park Road</p> <p><em>When<strong>: </strong></em>Monday, May 26, at 9:30 a.m.</p> <p><strong>Memorial Day Evening Concert</strong></p> <p><em>What<strong>:</strong></em> A tribute featuring the Indian River Pops and Robert Sharon Chorale</p> <p><em>Where</em>: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real</p> <p><em>When<strong>:</strong></em> Monday, May 26, at 7 p.m.</p>Stefanie CaintoFri, 23 May 2014 17:01:37 +0000 EventsTheater Review: &quot;Tryst&quot; at Palm Beach Dramaworks<p><img alt="" height="275" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/tryst.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Local actor Jim Ballard often finds himself cast in period pieces, because his natural look is ageless: Tall, dark and handsome, he resembles a matinee idol from the ‘40s, the kind whose comfort zone could easily encompass a commanding president, a rakish private eye and a soap opera patriarch.</p> <p>His casting as George Love, a predatory confidence man in Dramaworks’ intimate two-hander “Tryst,” reveals an untapped side of Ballard. He’s played morally questionable characters before, but even in a play like “Doubt” at the Maltz, there’s, you know, <em>doubt</em> surrounding his guilt. He has not, to my knowledge, played such a full-blown sociopath until now, and it fits his suave, chiseled features well. He frequently subverts his natural charm, suckering in his audience as much as his onstage mark before plunging his metaphoric knife into both.</p> <p>Written by British playwright Karoline Leach and closing Dramaworks’ 2013-2014 season, “Tryst” is set in early 20<sup>th</sup> century England. Character introductions are dispensed early and self-reflexively, with each explaining his or her life choices and motivations to the audience: Adelaide Pynchon (Claire Brownell) is a lonely spinster and milliner, the very picture of fretful, innocent naivety, while Ballard’s George is the very picture of vulturine avarice. Adelaide has a nice nest egg she’s been patiently sitting on, waiting for a reason to spend it; George is penniless and on the prowl, looking for a woman like Adelaide to woo, take her money and run—his longstanding m.o. Director J. Barry Lewis establishes the power dynamic before these characters meet by having Brownell discuss her life in a sitting position and having Ballard pace behind her, a shark deliberating over his next meal.</p> <p>And so they meet, by forced happenstance on George’s part, in the shop where Adelaide alters designer hats. He humbles the skittish Adelaide, planting seeds of affection and continuing to grow them over the next couple of days in a whirlwind romance that seems to be going, for George, exactly as planned. He invents an exotic persona for himself, as a world-traveled, multilingual former diplomat and spy, and she takes his bait, grateful for the sudden attention. They prepare their marriage document, Adelaide’s checkbook in hand.</p> <p>Truth be told, the first act of “Tryst” doesn’t move like gangbusters. Its pacing is methodical and elliptical, in a sense going through predictable motions, with neither character wavering from his or her time-tested archetype (aside from occasional moments from Brownell, whose performance seems to pick up on a subtext of foul play from her suitor). The actors keep it engaging enough, but we’re waiting for some sort of shoe to drop, and Leach takes a while to drop it.</p> <p>The second act is another story, a dramatic seesaw of revelations, backtracks, denials, confessions, and tears that pushes both actors to emotional extremes, and it’s here that “Tryst” really hits its stride. Ballard magnificently manipulates everyone like Silly Putty, to the point where George’s lies and the truth become indistinguishable. Adelaide finally grows a spine, and it’s wonderful to watch Brownell connect a few of the most glaring dots, her face a rotating register of regret, anger and hope. In the process, Brownell almost seems to change physically during the revelatory second act, her character graduating from mousy target to cunning archer.</p> <p>It’s a delight to watch both of these intelligent actors work their way through Leach’s delicate labyrinth, and a credit goes to Lewis for casting the right people for such taxing parts; there’s rarely a moment when both are not onstage. Jeff Modereger’s scenic design is low-key (for Dramaworks, anyway), a set of rotating panels of Edwardian-era storefronts and minimalist furniture props efficiently shuffled in and out by Dramaworks’ speedy stagehands. Don Thomas’ lighting and Rich Szczublewski’s sound design—creating the auditory ambience of carriage wheels and horses’ hooves, birds’ tweets and train whistles—have an understated grace that never call attention to themselves. Brian O’Keefe has once again tailored period-perfect costumes that reflect each character’s personality.</p> <p>But the show’s most resonant takeaway is Ballard’s performance. He’s so good in generally everything he’s ever appeared that it’s a frequent surprise when his name doesn’t wind up on enough award ballots at the end of the year; his reliability is almost taken for granted. But if his unshakeable work in this show is any indication, he may have found an award-worthy nook as a psychopath.</p> <p><em>"Tryst" runs through July 8 at Palm Beach Dramaworks, 201 Clematis St., West Palm Beach. Tickets cost $60. Call 561/514-4042 or visit</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 23 May 2014 14:43:48 +0000 & EventsTheatreFashion Forward: Memorial Day Sales and St. Barths Tuesdays<p> <img alt="" height="181" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/nordstrom_sale.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Nordstrom</strong> is holding its half-yearly sale! Save up to 40 percent women’s and kid’s items. We spotted a rose gold Burberry watch for 40 percent off – what did you find? <em>(Visit Nordstrom at Town Center at Boca Raton, 6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton)</em></p> <p> <img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/st.barths_siennacharles.jpg" width="490"></p> <center><em>Carribean, St. Barths. Photo by Sienna Charles.</em></center> <p>Dreaming of St. Barths? Join <a href="" target="_blank">Sienna Charles</a> on <strong>Worth Avenue</strong> for St. Barths Tuesdays. From 1-5 p.m., enjoy complimentary rose wine while discovering amazing luxury travel trips that founders Jaclyn and Freddy can plan for you. (<em>326 Peruvian Ave #3, Palm Beach)</em></p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/janieandjack.jpg" width="490"><em><br></em></p> <p>We didn’t forget the little ones either. <a href="" target="_blank">JANIE and JACK</a> is hosting a Memorial Day sale until Monday, with up to 50 percent off select items. From espadrille sandals for your little girl to cuffed canvas pants for the little man, your kid will definitely be the best dressed one around. <em>(Check out JANIE and JACK at Mizner Park, 327 Plaza Real, Boca Raton)</em></p> <center>For more on South Florida's shopping scene, click <a href="/blog/category/fashion/" target="_blank">here</a>.</center><center></center><center><center><em><br></em></center></center>Stefanie CaintoFri, 23 May 2014 14:15:30 +0000 EventsNew York&#39;s Union Square Greenmarket<p>As promised, here are photos from my trip to New York City. I'm here covering Burt Rapoport's dinner at the James Beard House. He and four of his chefs will be preparing a Florida ingredient-based meal for the James Beard Foundation tonight!</p> <p>In the meantime, check out these photos from New York's Union Square Greenmarket.</p> <p><img alt="" height="293" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/bill_nyc.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Even early weekday mornings, the market is bustling. Ramps, white-tipped radishes and asparagus are plentiful and look perfect. Hardly any tomatoes yet, though. With everything available here, you could eat three meals a day and never eat the same thing twice.</p> <p><img alt="" height="293" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/bill_nyc2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="819" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/bill_nyc3.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Stay tuned for more!</p>Bill CitaraThu, 22 May 2014 09:20:07 +0000 & ReviewsRising Tides: Are We Up to the Challenge?<p><img alt="" height="466" src="/site_media/uploads/randy-1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Climate change—right here at home<span>     </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Dr. Jayantha Obeysekera spends his workdays finding out how to keep South Florida from having too much water in the wrong place.</p> <p>For roughly the last six years, Obeysekera (“Dr. Obey” to co-workers) has been the <strong>South Florida Water Management District</strong>’s point person on climate change and sea level rise. Mainly, that means helping cities keep saltwater from penetrating underground drinking water supplies and assisting local governments in protecting key services from flooding.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Like Florida Atlantic University civil engineering professor Frederick Bloetscher, whom I <a href="" target="_blank">quoted previously on this subject</a>, Obeysekera believes that Boca Raton, Delray Beach in particular and Palm Beach County in general, face less of an immediate threat than Broward and Miami-Dade counties. The land, Obeysekera says, is between 5 feet and 6 feet higher. Also, the main aquifers—underground reservoirs—are less porous in this area than they are farther south. That feature makes it harder for saltwater, which is pushing farther inland as seas rise, to penetrate drinking water well fields. Salt water is slightly heavier than fresh water.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">But also like Bloetscher, Obeysekera warns against complacency. “We have to think how we will adapt over the next two or three decades,” he said. “Even a rise of just 6 inches can make a big difference.”</p> <p class="MsoNormal">As Congress remains frozen on this issue, however, Obeysekera points to the <strong>Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact</strong>, which includes Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. In October 2012, the group produced a report setting out goals for everything from reducing the emission of greenhouse gases that cause global warming to easing the effects of higher sea levels caused by that warming. The counties also produced a 42-page plan for meeting those goals by 2017. The documents aren’t exactly page-turners, filled as they are with references to “stakeholders,” but they offer hope of avoid the worst-case scenarios from, say, storm surges during hurricanes.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Indeed, Boca Raton in particular and Florida in general have more interest and more potential involvement in finding solutions to the effects of climate change than most parts of the country.</p> <p>One small solution is for cities to add what planners call “transit-oriented development,” which means clustering homes near rail lines, to reduce commuting and thus emissions from cars. Boca Raton made this a goal years ago, and other coastal cities hope that Tri-Rail one day can move its trains to the Florida East Coast Railway tracks that run through most downtowns.</p> <p>A large solution is for power companies to use cleaner fuel. Every analysis concludes that coal-fired power plants—the main energy source in China and some larger developing nations—emit huge amounts of greenhouse gases. Florida Power &amp; Light, the state’s largest utility with roughly 4.6 million customers, generates only about 5 percent of its electricity from coal. Very soon, almost 70 percent will come from natural gas, which also is a fossil fuel but emits roughly half the amount of carbon dioxide compared to coal.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Few aspects of climate change policy, though, are easy. FPL is pushing ahead with plans for two new nuclear plants south of Miami. The company, which hasn’t made a final decision, touts the fact that nuclear power emits no greenhouses gases. True, but the plants would be very expensive—perhaps $20 billion—and would create more nuclear waste, for which Congress still has not developed a national storage plan.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Locally, the focus will remain on water. Obeysekera praises Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties for their efforts on water conservation. Boca Raton was an early advocate of using treated wastewater for irrigation, even as people worried aloud that they could get sick from sprinklers at Mizner Park. Bloetscher says that for Boca, Delray and other coastal cities another issue will be “access”—to roads and sewer systems during floods.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">“Dr. Obey” does not minimize the challenge, but he also is not a pessimist. With enough effort in the right places, Boca Raton and the state can rise to the challenge of rising seas.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><strong>••••••••</strong></strong></p> <p><strong>Delray city attorney candidate off to Coconut Creek?</strong></p> <p>Terrell Pyburn, the interim city attorney for Delray Beach, has announced her resignation according to a city spokeswoman. Sources tell us that Pyburn is expected to accept an offer to become city attorney in Coconut Creek.</p> <p>Wednesday night, the city commission in Coconut Creek—a northwest Broward County city of about 55,000—voted unanimously to offer Pyburn the job, though there is not yet a contract.</p> <p>Pyburn was one of four candidates for the permanent job in Delray Beach. She had been the interim attorney since January, when Brian Shutt resigned to work for a private firm in West Palm Beach (Pyburn was assistant city attorney under Shutt). The Delray Beach commission will interview city attorney candidates June 3-4 and probably decide immediately after the interviews are done. </p> <p>I will have much more on this issue in next Tuesday’s post.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><strong>••••••••</strong></strong></p> <h4 class="MsoNormal">Everglades restoration hung out to dry</h4> <p class="MsoNormal">One key part of South Florida’s water/climate change strategy is Everglades restoration, the $10-billion plus effort that seeks, among other things, to redirect excess rainfall inland from the coast, rather than have that water just flow into the ocean.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">So it was beyond disappointing to hear this week that the U.S. House approved a water projects bill that does not include the <a href="" target="_blank">Central Everglades Planning Project</a>, a key part of Everglades restoration. The Army Corps of Engineers, which must review all such projects, said there was not enough time to do so and get the project into the House bill. Though the Corps may bless the project as early as Friday, the Senate is set to vote on the water bill today, and it is unlikely that there would be any changes.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">An official with Audubon of Florida notes, correctly, the Everglades still is “the largest environmental beneficiary” of the bill, which authorizes projects. Spending approval must come later. But it has been seven years since the last water bill, which came seven years after the preceding one. If Congress can return to its historic pattern of passing water bills every two years, the delay for this Everglades project will not be terrible. That’s another reason to wish for a less dysfunctional Congress.</p> <p><strong><strong>••••••••</strong></strong></p> <h4 class="MsoNormal">If you build it…<span>?                           </span><span>  </span><span>                           </span></h4> <p class="MsoNormal">A decade ago, during the real estate boom, then-West Palm Beach mayor Lois Frankel—now U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel—touted all the condo towers rising in the city’s downtown. Just imagine, Frankel and other city leaders said, all the economic benefits from those new residents.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">But a lot of those condos were bought to flip, not live in. Then the real estate market went bust. Now private investors are buying up many of those condos. All of which makes it hard to tell whether West Palm Beach will get all those new downtown residents merchants were hoping for.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Which brings us to Boca Raton, and its own approval of residential projects to create a busier downtown. Approval of those projects—notably Archstone, on East Palmetto Park Road—supposedly persuaded Trader Joe’s last summer to commit to the company’s store that will anchor the East City Center complex rising on South Federal Highway at Eighth Avenue.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">How, though, can Boca Raton avoid becoming like West Palm, where there are many new towers but not enough new, actual residents?</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Mayor Susan Haynie says things will be different in Boca because the type of housing is different. Of the three big downtown projects—Camden, Tower One Fifty Five and Archstone—only Tower One Fifty Five is condos. Camden and Archstone are luxury rentals. You don’t flip a rental.</p> <p>For sure, rental projects have driven much of the post-bust residential building because that’s where the financing has been. It’s why Atlantic Crossing in Delray has so many housing units. One hopes Haynie is right. Boca Raton has bet a lot on the idea that if you build it, they will come.</p> <p><strong><strong>••••••••</strong></strong></p> <h4 class="MsoNormal">The Scott Wilson case<span>    </span></h4> <p class="MsoNormal">One of the saddest—that’s just one possible description—cases ever in Palm Beach County staggers on, as of Wednesday.</p> <p>The 4<sup>th</sup> District Court of Appeal ruled that the cremated ashes of Scott Wilson cannot be divided between his parents, Lili Wilson and William Wilson. Each has a Boca Raton attorney—Amy Beller for Lili Wilson, Joy Bartman for William Wilson.</p> <p>The Wilsons’ son, Scott Wilson, was killed four years ago at age 23 when Wellington polo club owner John Goodman’s Bentley rammed his car. Goodman’s second trial on charges of DUI manslaughter and failing to render aid starts Oct. 6. Goodman was convicted in 2012 and sentenced to 16 years, but the judge ordered a new trial because of juror misconduct.</p> <p>Lili and William Wilson divorced before their son’s death. They sued Goodman, and got $46 million, which they split. As the probate judge and now the appeals court have ruled, however, cremated remains cannot be divided so easily. Lili Wilson wants to bury the ashes here. William Wilson wants to bury them in Georgia, and asked the courts to rule that he get his. . .share.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The appellate court’s ruling should settle the legal question. Why this issue got into the courts in the first place is the real question.</p> <p><strong><strong>••••••••</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 class="MsoNormal"><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, 22 May 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityStepping Out Blowout Sale<p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/img_6594.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>We’re bidding a sad farewell to the last of Mizner Park’s original tenants: <strong>Stepping Out</strong>. The shoe boutique sells a selection of fashionable footwear, including brands like Jack Rogers, Paul Meyers and Yosi Samra.</p> <p>Between now and Memorial Day (Monday, May 26), the store is hosting a blowout sale. With the exception of Fitflops, every item in the store is 40 percent off.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/img_6586.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/img_6600.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>So treat your feet, and snag a pair of new shoes – or maybe a few. We’ve got our eyes on Michael Kors sandals and some sparkly Jack Rogers.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/img_6598.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/img_6589.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>We’re sad to see the store go, but it’s been a good 24 years! To continue to get Stepping Out's incredible selection, visit the Manalapan location ((<em>226 S. Ocean Ave.</em>) For more information, call 561/750-9095.</p> <p><em><span>Store Hours</span></em></p> <p><em>Sunday – Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.</em></p> <p><em>Wednesday – Saturday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.</em></p> <p>Mizner Park is located at 327 Plaza Real, Boca Raton.</p>Stefanie CaintoWed, 21 May 2014 15:54:04 +0000 NewsBamboo Room to Change Ownership<p><img alt="" height="310" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/bm_russ_hibbard-4-2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Russ Hibbard wants to make one thing clear: The Bamboo Room is not going anywhere. But the Lake Worth music venue’s longtime owner is.</p> <p>Fans of the bamboo-lined club probably noticed an absence of shows booked beyond May 31. This isn’t entirely unusual, as the venue has closed off-season in the past. But this time, there’s another reason: Hibbard, who has captained the ship for some of the best live blues, rock, Americana and jam music for the past 16 years is taking early retirement.</p> <p>“It’s time to move on and let somebody else use it,” Hibbard told Boca Raton via phone last week, while battling a nasty case of bronchitis. “We’re proud of the experiences we’ve given, but it’s always been part of our retirement plan to sell the building. So with the economy picking up, we thought it was the right time to start trying to find a buyer who would want to continue the Bamboo Room.”</p> <p>Hibbard is considering a couple of offers, both from regulars at the club, whom he says are unlikely to make any drastic changes to its longtime m.o.</p> <p>“A new owner will be a new owner, but you don’t throw away the equity built in a name and reputation like that,” Hibbard says. “I don’t see that happening regardless of who owns it.”</p> <p>Back in 2008, the Bamboo Room famously did close—and remained shuttered for two years during a period of economic uncertainty that led to the dissolution of many arts organizations. Hibbard wants to assure the club’s fans that this won’t be another ’08, noting that even cosmetic improvements to the building led to wild speculation that nothing would be the same.</p> <p>“Every time we did something, the rumor mill would start up,” he says. “If I painted the building, it had a new owner. If there were cranes there to replace the A/C units, then ‘oh, there’s a new owner.’ People are full of shit. Just relax!”</p> <p>No doubt, the Bamboo Room’s regulars will be eagerly anticipating its rebirth next fall. In the meantime, you can still catch Hibbard’s remaining bookings through the end of May. Here’s the breakdown:</p> <p><img alt="" height="262" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/roadkill-ghost-choir.jpg" width="400"> </p> <p>Roadkill Ghost Choir (pictured, indie rock), 9 p.m. May 23, $15-$20</p> <p>Rod MacDonald’s Big Brass Bed (Bob Dylan tribute), 9 p.m. May 24, $5</p> <p>The Killbillies (local roots music), 9 p.m. May 30, $7</p> <p>JP Soars &amp; the Red Hots (local blues), 9 p.m., $10</p> <p>Bamboo Room is at 25 South J Street, Lake Worth. For information, call 561/585-2583 or visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>John ThomasonWed, 21 May 2014 13:03:39 +0000 & EventsMusicBest Veggie Burgers of Boca and Beyond<p><span><img alt="" height="36" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="490"></span></p> <p><span>Burgers have been an American food favorite for decades, but as all love affairs go, this one has had its share of drama. As the consumption of this staple has increased over the years, so have American waistlines. Luckily someone came up with the veggie burger, a healthier alternative to this traditional, cholesterol-rich favorite. In this blog, I'll share my favorite veggie burgers in and around Boca so that you can experience great burger taste that’s good for you too. </span></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><span><strong>Garden Of Vegan</strong></span></a></p> <p><span><strong><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/gardenofvegan.jpg" width="490"></strong></span></p> <p><span>This hidden little gem is tucked in a few blocks north of Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach and is definitely worth the visit. Not only are their veggie burgers flavorful, rich and truly satisfying, they're also gluten-, dairy-, nut- and soy-free. The patty is created with protein-rich chickpeas, and the soft and fluffy buns are made with millet and flax. My dish came with Chinese Black Forbidden Rice (if you haven’t had it before, you are in for a treat!) and a small green salad. Great value for the price! (</span><span><em>528 N.E. Second St., Delray Beach, 561/404-5301</em></span><span>)</span></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><span><strong>Houston’s </strong></span></a></p> <p><span>If you're out with friends who want traditional food, head to Houston’s on Glades Road and give their veggie burger a try. While it's not organic, it's still a great plant-based option. The combination of black beans and rice makes it complete protein. Beets and oat-bran give it extra fiber, and soy glaze and seasonings create a satisfying finish. If you want to go 100 percent plant-based, skip the cheese and mayo and top your burger with avocado. (</span><span><em>1900 N.W. Executive Center Circle, Boca Raton, 561/998-0550</em></span><span>)</span></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><span><strong>Green Bar &amp; Kitchen</strong></span></a></p> <p><span><strong><img alt="" height="523" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/greenbar.jpg" width="490"></strong></span></p> <p><span>Headed down to Broward county? I strongly suggest checking out Green Bar and Kitchen in Fort Lauderdale. Since opening last spring, GBK, as frequent patrons call it, has sold thousands of their Deluxe Veggie Burgers that boast a flavorful combination of brown rice, quinoa, chickpeas, carrots, onion and spices. Top yours with avocado and enjoy it on a gluten-free bun or opt for my favorite fiber-rich lavash. If you want to spice your selection up, try their smokehouse version of the same burger that comes with barbecue mayo and caramelized onions. (</span><span><em>1075 S.E. 17th St., Fort Lauderdale, 954/533-7507</em></span><span>)</span></p> <p><span><strong>At-Home Veggie Burger</strong></span></p> <p><span>When I crave a veggie burger at home, I like to get <a href="" target="_blank">Amy’s Organic Sonoma Burger</a>. This gluten-, soy- and dairy-free patty can be found in the freezer section of Whole Foods. While it is not as “meaty” as the restaurant versions, it's the healthiest one that I've found on the market.</span></p> <p><span>To spice it up, I accessorize mine with melted <a href="" target="_blank">Daiya</a> cheese, avocado, pickles, organic ketchup, organic barbecue sauce and lettuce, and serve it on top of a warm lavash from <a href="" target="_blank">Sami’s Bakery</a>. The trick to a good veggie burger is in the seasoning and accessories. Like a traditional burger, it won’t be the same without all the fixings. Use the same approach with its veggie alternative, and dress it up to your own taste for a truly satisfying meal. </span></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><br></span></p>magazineWed, 21 May 2014 00:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsMemorial Day Fitness Challenge<p><span style=""><span style=""><strong>Memorial Day Fitness Challenge</strong></span></span></p> <p><span style=""><span style=""><strong></strong><img alt="" height="328" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/fitness.jpg" width="490"><br></span></span></p> <p><span style=""><span style="">Start your Memorial Day by lacing up your running shoes. Monday, May 26, is the <a href="">Memorial Day 5K and 5K Fitness Challenge</a> in Boca Raton. The run starts at 7:30 a.m. at 900 Broken Sound Parkway.</span></span></p> <p><span style=""><span style="">I’ve done this race over the years. It’s well planned and great fun. It costs $35 to sign up for the run and $60 to sign up for called the obstacle race called the fitness challenge. Kids can participate in a one-mile youth run at 8:30 a.m. or kids’ race at 9 a.m. If you do well, you could even win an apple pie.</span></span></p> <p><span style=""><span style="">To sign up, visit the <a href="">website</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style=""><span style=""><strong>June run benefits local cancer center</strong></span></span></p> <p><span style=""><span style="">The Lynn Cancer Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital is hosting its </span></span><a href=""><span style=""><span style="">Third Annual Run for the Ribbons</span></span></a><span style=""><span style="">, a 5K run/walk on Sunday, June 1 at 7 a.m.</span></span></p> <p><span style=""><span style="">The course takes runners from the Lynn Cancer Institute (</span></span><span style=""><span style=""><em>701 N.W. 13th Street, Boca Raton</em></span></span><span style=""><span style="">) through Old Floresta. There’s also a one-mile walk that starts at 7 a.m. </span></span></p> <p><span style=""><span style="">Proceeds from the race and walk go to the <strong>League of Ribbons</strong>, supporting the local cancer institute. For more information, call 561/955-4501 or </span></span><span style=""><span style=""><span style="">visit the <a href="">registration website</a>.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style=""><span style=""><strong>Free stroke screenings at West Boca Medical Center</strong></span></span></p> <p><span style=""><span style="">There’s still time to book a free stroke screening at <a href="">West Boca Medical Center</a> </span></span><span style=""><span style=""><em>(21644 State Road 7, Boca Raton)</em></span></span><span style=""><span style="">. The screenings are available through the end of May in honor of </span></span><span style=""><span style=""><strong>Stroke Awareness Month</strong></span></span><span style=""><span style="">. The stroke screening includes a full lipid panel, a look at cholesterol and glucose, as well as a blood pressure reading and stroke risk assessment. While not mandatory, an eight-hour fast before the blood test will provide more accurate readings. All participants will receive a free continental breakfast. To register, call 866-904-9262.</span></span></p> <p><span style=""><span style=""><strong>Free Medical Lectures</strong></span></span></p> <p><span style=""><span style="">Don't forget: West Boca Medical Center also offers free medical lectures to the public. On Thursday, May 22, at 5 p.m., pharmacist Jackie Frost will present: “Know your pharmacist, know your medications.” The lecture starts at 5 p.m. at the </span></span><span style=""><span style=""><strong>Homewood of Boca</strong></span></span><span style=""><span style=""> (</span></span><span style=""><span style=""><em>9591 Yamato Road, Boca Raton</em></span></span><span style=""><span style="">). RSVP at 877/311-3281. </span></span></p> <p><span style=""><span style="">On Wednesday, May 28, local urologist Dawn Scarzella will talk about overactive bladder. This lecture starts at 5 p.m. at the </span></span><span style=""><span style=""><strong>Menorah House</strong></span></span><span style=""><span style=""> (9945 Central Park Blvd., Boca Raton). RSVP </span></span><span style=""><span style=""><em>877/311-3281</em></span></span><span style=""><span style="">. </span></span></p>magazineWed, 21 May 2014 00:00:00 +0000 NewsHealth/BeautyRising waters, the Chapman chapter, FAU budget &amp; Greg Talbott<p><img alt="" height="466" src="/site_media/uploads/randy-1.jpg" width="400"></p> <h4 class="MsoNormal">Getting our feet wet<span>      </span></h4> <p class="MsoNormal">There’s been a wave of gloomy news stories in the last two weeks about <strong>climate change, sea level rise and Florida</strong>. Want to feel a bit less gloomy? North of Broward and Miami-Dade counties, things aren’t quite as dire.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Dr. Frederick Bloetscher teaches civil engineering at Florida Atlantic University’s Boca Raton campus. He testified last month at the U.S. Senate subcommittee field hearing that Bill Nelson brought to Miami Beach. The discussion focused on how South Florida can respond to sea level rise that is projected to increase dramatically. Bloetscher pegs the rise at between 8 inches and 9 inches, since 1929, which is in line with other estimates.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Broward and Miami-Dade, Bloetscher said, have major problems. Roughly half the land in those counties is just 5 feet or less above sea level. Like New Orleans, some coastal portions of Broward and Miami-Dade actually are below sea level. Streets in Miami Beach and Hallandale already flood after just a big thunderstorm.</p> <p>But north of Pompano Beach, the topography closer to the ocean changes. Bloetscher said between 10 percent and 15 percent of Palm Beach County is at 5 feet of elevation or lower. Unfortunately, that low land includes “lots of economic centers,” Bloetscher said, such as downtown West Palm Beach. It also includes areas of Boca Raton and Delray Beach on either side of the Intracoastal Waterway. Then there’s the town of Palm Beach, which has the second-largest property tax roll in the county, after Boca.</p> <p>After two hours of testimony at that Miami Beach hearing from witnesses urging action, Nelson said, “I hope we can continue to keep these discussions going, so we can come to a reasonable conclusion as to what we need to do before it is too late.”</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Meanwhile, Florida’s other U.S. senator, Marco Rubio, had this to say about climate change on NBC’s “Meet the Press”: “I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate in a way these scientists are portraying it.” He disputed the idea that efforts to mitigate damage from a warming Earth would do anything except “destroy our economy.” Rising seas? “Our climate is always changing.”</p> <p class="MsoNormal">While Democrats like Nelson and Republicans like Rubio argue over the very basics of climate change, the change keeps happening, with potential profound effects on the state Nelson and Rubio represent. And for the deniers, there keeps getting more and more to deny.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Just in the last month:</p> <p><em>*The new report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicts a sea level rise by the end of the century that is 50 percent higher than in the panel’s 2007 report. Greenhouse gases that make the Earth warmer—carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide—are at levels not seen for 800,000 years. Many changes in the Earth’s climate since the 1950s are “unprecedented.”</em></p> <p><em>*The U.S. government’s National Climate Assessment stated that Americans already are feeling the effects of climate change and rising seas. Two cities at particular risk are Miami and Tampa, along with New York and New Orleans.</em></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em>*A report in the journal Science stated that melting of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet has become “unstoppable.” Such a melt could add between 10 feet and 13 feet to predictions of sea level rise over the next centuries.</em></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Dire predictions, though, haven’t moved the U.S. or any other country to what most climate scientists believe is sufficiently serious action. As Nelson and Rubio show, any response runs the risk of stalling over the question of whether human activity is the major cause of global warming and sea level rise. (“Extremely likely,” according to the IPCC.)</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Another factor is that the worst consequences of climate change remain so far off. But as Bloetscher notes— an observation supported by the National Climate Assessment—Florida already is feeling the effects, such as weather extremes. In just the last four years, Florida has gone through two unusually cold stretches in winter, a near-record drought and three floods.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">“To say that we can’t change any of this is to ignore the Everglades,” Bloetscher said. More than a century ago, Florida began draining the Everglades to allow the development of South Florida. The wetlands lost to dredge-and-fill had helped to keep down the temperature. For the last 40 years, in fits and starts, Florida has been trying to reverse that damage, by restoring the Everglades system, from the Kissimmee River to Florida Bay.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">From our relatively high ground in Boca Raton, we can choose to take a better look at climate change or look past it. Your choice.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em><span>Thursday: A look at rising seas from the South Florida Water Management District’s expert, and some reasons to hope.</span></em></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em><strong><strong>••••••••</strong></strong></em></p> <h4 class="MsoNormal">The Chapman saga</h4> <p class="MsoNormal">Not that long ago, the <strong>Delray Beach City Commission</strong> was scheduled to formally evaluate City Manager Louie Chapman for his first year of work at tonight's meeting.</p> <p>That item is no longer on the agenda, because most commissioners already have made their unofficial evaluations—and made them strongly.</p> <p>Last week, Mayor Cary Glickstein and Commissioners Jordana Jarjura and Shelly Petrolia voted to fire Chapman for cause after a report by the Palm Beach County Office of Inspector General showed that the manager had “misled” the commission and the inspector general’s investigators. They couldn’t get a necessary fourth vote, because Adam Frankel dissented and Al Jacquet was absent. So they suspended Chapman with pay for 90 days. Glickstein then excused Chapman, and Frankel made his point by leaving the meeting at the same time.</p> <p>Chapman demanded two years severance if he resigned. He never will get it. I’m told that the interim city attorney is asking Chapman’s attorney whether his client would take less. Since an August referendum, if successful, would make it possible to fire Chapman with three votes, a deal would make sense.</p> <h4 class="MsoNormal"><em>Correction</em></h4> <p class="MsoNormal">Speaking of Commissioner Jarjura, in a previous post I referred to her as “white.” She would like readers to know that her heritage is “Filipino, Chinese, Lebanese and Spanish.”</p> <h4 class="MsoNormal"><em><strong><strong>••••••••</strong></strong></em></h4> <h4 class="MsoNormal">FAU budget results</h4> <p class="MsoNormal">So, how did Florida Atlantic University come out in the 2014-15 state budget? Getting an answer is harder than you might think.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">In part, that’s because while FAU’s overall budget is north of $700 million, the part that depends most on the Legislature is Education and General Revenue. For the second straight year, though, FAU has come away with an increase. After consulting with the finance people, an FAU spokesman puts the Education and General Revenue figure for next year at $293.6 million. That would be an increase from roughly $240 million in just the last two years.</p> <p>For perspective, though, over the previous five years FAU’s budget got cut nearly $30 million. The university has done better in Student Financial Aid. That part of the budget has almost doubled in the last six years.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">More details, the spokesman said, would come at the FAU trustees’ June finance meeting. Though the Legislature has passed the budget, no one in the State University System wants to speak up too much until Gov. Rick Scott has reviewed the budget—without vetoing money on which a university had been counting.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em><strong><strong>••••••••</strong></strong></em></p> <h4 class="MsoNormal">Remembering a land baron</h4> <p class="MsoNormal">Greg Talbott, who died last week, epitomized the boom and bust of Boca Raton real estate in the last decade.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">At one time, Talbott was the second-largest owner of downtown commercial property in the city. The land he once envisioned for a mixed-use project on Palmetto Park Road was lost to foreclosure, and under different ownership is scheduled to become the Archstone rental complex.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Talbott tried to head off bankruptcy by waiting for the turnaround that didn’t come in time. One of the properties Talbott lost was his nearly 19,000-square-foot mansion on Northeast Fifth Avenue, along the Intracoastal Waterway. Talbott certainly was right that his old home would recover its value. When Fifth Third Bank seized it in 2010, the property was appraised at $1.5 million. The current appraised value is $9.5 million.</p> <p><strong><strong>••••••••</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 class="MsoNormal"><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, 20 May 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityThe Week Ahead: May 20 to 26<p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="200" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/sickpuppies.jpg" width="317"></p> <p><strong>What: Sick Puppies Comedy Troupe</strong></p> <p>Where: Palm Beach Improv, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $15, with a two-drink minimum</p> <p>Contact: 561/833-1812, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>For the past year and a half, Boca Raton’s only improv comedy troupe, the Sick Puppies, have built a devoted, often sold-out following with their monthly shows at the Showtime Theater in Royal Palm Place. But recently, the Puppies have gotten sicker, expanding their reach to other amenable venues in the tri-county area. Wednesday marks the team’s first appearance at the estimable Palm Beach Improv, South Florida’s largest comedy club, for an improv show with a twist: Standup comedians will perform their own scripted material, and the attentive Puppies will absorb every word of it and then perform improvised sketches based on the comedians’ content.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="279" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/jean-michel-cousteau1.jpg" width="280"></p> <p><strong>What: Jean-Michel Cousteau</strong></p> <p>Where: Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $35.05 to $101.75</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The first son of famed ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau, Jean-Michel has followed in his father’s wet footsteps, first diving into the ocean with an aqualung at age 7. Though he has had several public and legal run-ins with his father, Cousteau has nonetheless forged his own career in a similar field, producing some 70 environmental films since 1993 – one of which, “Voyage to Kure,” prompted President George W. Bush to designate a marine monument in northwestern Hawaii as one of the largest Marine Protected Areas in the world. The author of “My Father, My Captain: My Life with Jacques Cousteau” will conclude the Broward Center’s inaugural speaker series. </p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="375" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/avatars-000009458121-bwejbq-crop.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: BBAD Live!</strong></p> <p>Where: Boynton Beach Arts District, 410 W. Industrial Ave., Boynton Beach</p> <p>When: 7 to 11 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/10864/" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>It’s that wonderful time of the month again, when the Boynton Beach Arts District opens its gallery studios well into the night, and live bands and open-mic performers join food and merch vendors for a night of funky and eclectic entertainment. This week’s BBAD Live event is a special one, because it includes a performance from headlining act Timb! (pictured), a veteran singer-songwriter from South Florida who is an endless fount of creativity. He’s sort of like our region’s answer to Robert Pollard, boasting 10 jam-packed solo albums, a number of EPs and tributes to other bands, and side projects ranging from the psychedelic band Los Torsos to the intriguingly named act The Chocolatey Shatners. Check out his website, where he gives away many of his releases for free.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/thrillmetheleopoldandloebstory-13.jpeg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Thrill Me”</strong></p> <p>Where: Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $20-$30</p> <p>Contact: 866/811-4111, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Outre Theater Company, the Boca-based company known for producing unusual and edgy works, has its strongest track record when it explores pared-down material, drawing outsized emotion from minimal resources. And as far as musicals go, they don’t get much more minimalist than “Thrill Me,” from writer-composer Stephen Dolginoff. It’s an account of the Leopold and Loeb murder case, in which the titular killers comprise the entire cast, and a solo piano provides the music. Played in this production by Mike Westrich and Conor Walton, Leopold and Loeb brought theatricality to their deed, famously slaughtering a 13-year-old boy in 1924 in their efforts to “commit the perfect crime.” If such a phrase sounds Hitchcockian, it’s because it is: Hitch’s “Rope” was one of the many works of art to take its inspiration from the case. But expect “Thrill Me” to better analyze the psyches of these “thrill killers.” According to artistic director Skye Whitcomb, “their love for each other is so dark, so twisted, that it fascinates and repels us at the same time.”</p> <p> <img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/djangirov-eldar.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Eldar Djangirov Jazz Trio</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: $40</p> <p>Contact: 561/243-7922, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Born in the Soviet Republic of Kyrgyzstan, jazz musician Eldar Djangirov was no slouch as a child: He started playing piano at the ripe old age of 3. At age 9, he was discovered by New York City jazz aficionado Charles McWhorter, who saw Djangoriv perform at a festival in Serbia; he then established his virtuosity in the States, most notably Kansas City. Seemingly born with a profound understanding of the 88 keys, Djangirov just may be the reincarnation of Art Tatum. En route to the Atlanta Jazz Festival, Djangirov will make this rare South Florida stop, accompanied by bassist Armando Gola and drummer Alfonso Ludwig. </p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/460-_1445377.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Blackalicious</strong></p> <p>Where: Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami</p> <p>When: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $15-$20</p> <p>Contact: 305/377-2277, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>California-based hip-hop duo Blackalicious often concludes its set lists with the song “Chemical Calisthenics,” in which vocalist Gift of Gab—an appropriate stage name if there ever was one—raps through much of the periodic table of the elements and describes, with wit and gusto, how they play off each other. It’s both wickedly catchy and actually educational, something They Might Be Giants could have written if they ever decided to pursue a hip-hop career. The song, while showcasing DJ/producer Chief Xcel’s musical eclecticism, is illustrative of Blackalicious’ lyrical penchant for brainy esoterica, which has helped the duo foster a fan base of indie rock nerds like myself. This rare and implausibly affordable tour appearance will support Blackalicious’ recent digital reissue of its groundbreaking first EP, “Melodica,” and will likely include some songs from its forthcoming album “Emoni.”</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/earthquake2011.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Memorial Day Comedy Festival</strong></p> <p>Where: James L. Knight Center, 400 S.E. Second Ave., Miami</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $38.50-$86</p> <p>Contact: 305/416-5978, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>An Earthquake is coming to South Florida. Thankfully, I’m only talking about the comedian Earthquake, lesser known as Nathaniel Martin Stroman, a former U.S. Air Force Sergeant who shifted his career to standup comedy and enjoyed a recurring role on the sitcom “Everybody Loves Chris.” Earthquake will shake up, and headline, the popular Memorial Day Comedy Festival, now an annual Miami tradition entering its seventh year. The opening comics include Peabody award-winning radio personality J. Anthony Brown, cop-turned-comic Gary Owen, and actress/comedienne Luenell.</p>John ThomasonMon, 19 May 2014 18:17:35 +0000 & EventsDelray BeachMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsGearing Up for Beard<p><img alt="" height="418" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/beardhouse03©mitzimorris.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>First thing tomorrow morning I'm off to New York to cover <strong>Burt Rapoport</strong> and four of his chefs as they prepare a Florida ingredient-based dinner at the famed James Beard House this Thursday. I'll try to post photos and even video each day as they shop for, prep and cook a multicourse meal for <a href="" target="_blank">Beard Foundation</a> members and Big Apple foodies. This is going to be fun. . .</p>Bill CitaraMon, 19 May 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsUpcoming EventsThe Wedding Guide, Part III: Flowers/Decor<p>Gone are the days of cookie-cutter weddings. Now, couples are looking to create events that fully reflect their styles and personalities, and aesthetics play a huge role in doing so. That’s where Delray Beach-based wedding stylist and planner <strong>Kellie Ryan</strong> comes in (561/465-5137, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>). With an MBA in event leadership from Johnson &amp; Wales University, she provides consultation, planning and production services to design memorable weddings from Palm Beach to Miami and beyond.</p> <p><a href="/blog/2014/05/19/the-wedding-guide-directory-for-flowers-and-decor/" target="_blank"> <img alt="" height="359" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202014/wedding_decor.jpg" width="490"> </a></p> <p><strong>Do you suggest a wedding “theme?” </strong></p> <p>I would recommend that a couple narrow down their stylistic preferences, but this does not necessarily mean a theme. A wedding “vision” should express the couple and their lives together. Pinpointing important aspects to the couple can generate the vision and style of the wedding. A couple that loves to brunch together? I see a wedding incorporating mini pancakes and mimosas as a late-night snack for guests.</p> <p><strong>What advice do you give in terms of color scheme?</strong></p> <p>It is important to keep in mind the season, location and formality of the event. While burgundy might be the bride’s favorite color, it might not fit with a daytime beach wedding. You want the colors to blend with the rest of your aesthetics, not stand out.</p> <p><strong>What factors go into deciding the floral selections?</strong></p> <p>Consider how floral arrangements will complement the venue. Some venues are memorable on their own, while others need “sprucing.” Floral arrangements add up quickly, so keep track of what’s important. If the ceremony is going to be short, save money on ceremony petals and upgrade reception arrangements.  </p> <p><strong>What’s your advice on DIY decor? </strong></p> <p>Don’t take on too much. The time leading up to your big day is to be cherished. Start off on the smaller scale. Buy enough supplies for a few and see how it goes.</p> <p><a href="/blog/tag/the-wedding-guide/" target="_blank"><img alt="" height="27" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202014/theweddingguide.jpg" width="490"></a></p>magazineMon, 19 May 2014 00:00:00 +0000 ExtrasThe Wedding Guide: Directory for Flowers and Decor<p>Depending on the venue, you may need more or less floral and decor support to create your dream aesthetic. The following full-service companies and boutique designers provide all that—and more.</p> <p><img alt="" height="392" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202014/petalpushers.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Events by Petal Pushers</strong></p> <p>1200 Clint Moore Road, Suite 4, Boca Raton, 561/994-0505</p> <p><strong>Why</strong>: Horticultural expertise and an eye for design combine in this full-service company, which also offers coordinating services through preferred vendors.</p> <p><strong>Website</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="230" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202014/bocabydesign.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>Boca By Design</strong></p> <p>Boca Raton Resort &amp; Club, 501 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton, 561/447-5444</p> <p><strong>Why</strong>: This one-stop shop puts a creative and stylish spin on design and production services for high-end events with a team of talented artists, craftsmen, florists and more.</p> <p><strong>Website</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202014/petalevents.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>Petal Events</strong></p> <p>1101 S. Rogers Circle, Suite 2A, Boca Raton, 561/998-3336</p> <p><strong>Why</strong>: A “best of” vendor winner on, this floral event company specializes in European-style floral artistry alongside full decor, lighting and draping services.</p> <p><strong>Website</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="236" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202014/jmorgan.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>J Morgan Flowers Couture Events</strong></p> <p>1500 W. Copans Road, Studio A2, Pompano Beach, 561/394-3591</p> <p><strong>Why</strong>: It’s a boutique studio that offers elegant floral design and decor services with a British accent, as well as aesthetic consultation.</p> <p><strong>Website</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="306" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202014/eventgroup.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>The Event Group Design and Decor</strong></p> <p>2193 N. Powerline Road, Suite 1, Pompano Beach, 954/969-9727</p> <p><strong>Why</strong>: The team at this trendy full-service event company prides itself on bringing even the wildest visions to fruition through services that range from floral and lighting to interactive entertainment.</p> <p><strong>Website</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a href="/blog/tag/the-wedding-guide/" target="_blank"><img alt="" height="27" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202014/theweddingguide.jpg" width="490"></a></p>magazineMon, 19 May 2014 00:00:00 +0000 ExtrasTheater Review: &quot;Ain&#39;t Misbehavin&#39;&quot; at The Wick<p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/aint-misbehavi-the-wick-theater-unnamed.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Fats Waller tried to be good, he really did. But for this effortlessly funny, corpulent jazz pianist, angelic behavior just wasn’t in his nature. Instead, he was the music world’s rollicking id during his short-lived tenure as the king of the Jazz Age slide piano. Ironic, then, that songs like “Ain’t Misbehavin’” and “Keeping Out of Mischief” become some of his most well-known compositions: Misbehavior and mischief coursed through his blood, not to mention the ivories he so energetically tinkled.</p> <p>The Wick Theatre’s irrepressible new production of “Ain’t Misbehavin,”—an eclectic musical tribute to Waller and his Harlem Renaissance compatriots—rightfully captures the offbeat humor, sexual pulse, and naughty camaraderie inherent in Waller’s compositions. Staged like a vintage Harlem cabaret and performed by a cohesive quintet of period-perfect actor-singers, the Wick’s “Ain’t Misbehavin’” is directed, by Ron Hutchins, with an abundance of choreographic inspiration and salacious wit. This production may contain more outstretched, wandering tongues on any stage this side of a KISS concert, and when one actor fires a gunshot to break up a rowdy confrontation toward the end of Act One, it seems fully appropriate to the anarchic atmosphere.</p> <p>Part of the production’s winning formula is the fact that it’s the first Wick show to feature a live band. At first, we can only see a drummer and upright bassist, visible through a translucent purple curtain. But after a few songs, the curtain parts to reveal a three-piece horn section that some might find overly loud but whose sonic gregariousness hit all the right notes for me. The immediacy of hearing these sounds from a live band contributes greatly to the production’s infectious ambience.</p> <p><img alt="" height="261" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/wic_80871.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>The cast couldn’t have been chosen better, working like a true vocal ensemble. Nobody tries to steamroll over anybody else, though if there’s one standout, it has to be Philip Boykin, not just because he most resembles Waller; he simply brings the most unfettered exuberance to the production, acting—and reacting—with his entire jocular body, bringing to the stage the elasticity of silent-film comedy. His performance of “Your Feet’s Too Big” is a bravura comic highlight.</p> <p>Elsewhere, Debra Walton, playing up (or should we say down?) her status as the show’s most diminutive singer, is as effervescent and hopeful as a glass of New Year’s Champagne; Shirley Tripp shows her mastery at playing a faux-floozy or a nervous ingénue over the course of a number of songs; Reggie Whitehead, as the straight man to Boykin’s jester, looks about as classy as anybody can in suspenders; and Joy Lynn Jacobs gets a lot of well-earned laughs for cartoonish high notes, though she proves she be seriously operatic when the moment arrives.</p> <p>Together, their joy at creating music together onstage is palpable. This hilariously lusty time capsule is easily the Wick’s second-best production of its inaugural season, behind its unstoppable “42<sup>nd</sup> Street.” </p> <p><em>“Ain’t Misbehavin’” is at the Wick Theatre, 7901 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, through June 1. Tickets cost $58. Call 561/995-2333 or visit</em></p>John ThomasonFri, 16 May 2014 13:21:19 +0000 & EventsTheatreNew Dishes and Drinks at Max&#39;s Harvest<p>They’re harvesting a new crop of dishes and drinks at <a href="" target="_blank">Max’s Harvest</a> (169 NE 2nd Ave., 561/381-9970), Dennis Max’s groundbreaking “farm to fork” eatery in downtown Delray.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/max-harvest-media-shishito_peppers_buzz_agency.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>From chef<strong> Eric Baker</strong> come a variety of plates from small to large: “Snacks” like tempura-fried shrimp and shishito peppers with nori salsa verde and bonito flakes; small plates like grilled Jamaican jerk octopus with crispy polenta cake and pineapple-fennel sauce vierge; and entree-sized creations like Florida shrimp paella with saffron rice, piquillo peppers, olives, peas, chorizo and calamari.</p> <p>Master mixologist <strong>Kim Bahamondes</strong> has come up with a roster of new craft cocktails, the better to complement chef Baker’s eclectic menu. Among them are the Peach Tree Aviation (Bols Genevere gin, peach liqueur, creme de violette and lemon) and the Rose Garden (Tanduay rum, lemon, rosewater, rose petals and champagne with a stick of rum-soaked sugarcane). Couple of those and you’ll be harvesting a nap.</p>Bill CitaraFri, 16 May 2014 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsBoca Ballroom Dancers Named<p><img alt="" height="392" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/bocaballroombattle1.jpg" width="490"></p> <center><em>Photo from last year's Boca Ballroom Battle</em></center><center><em><br></em></center><center><center></center></center> <p>They’re heeeeeere! This year’s Boca Ballroom Dancers are officially on board and on their way to dancing into your hearts August 16 at the annual <a href="" target="_blank">Boca Ballroom Battle</a> to benefit the George Snow Scholarship Fund. This event is critical to funding the scholarship fund, which awarded $629,000 to 85 students in college scholarships this year.</p> <p>This year’s dancers are a formidable group, with a lot of electricity; you could feel it crackling at their first orientation meeting today. For those of us who have danced before at this event, it was bittersweet; we are now reduced to yesterday’s news—and all the hoopla will be around the next crop of dancers.</p> <p>But it’s more than that, too—all of us know that these people are about to start a summer they will remember forever, and that may very well change them in the process. Hats off to every one of them—and here they are:</p> <p>Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Albert Dabbah, Michael Gibson, General Manager, Old Marsh Country Club, Chris Holcom, Regional Director, Achilles International, Elizabeth Kelley Grace, Co-Founder/PartnerThe Buzz Agency, Paula Pianta, OVP General Manager, Bloomingdale’s, Victoria M. Rixon, Market Manager, JP Morgan, Robert A. Sweetapple, Esq., and Managing Member, Sweetapple, Broeker &amp; Varkas and Denise Zimmerman Community Volunteer.</p>Marie SpeedThu, 15 May 2014 20:33:47 +0000 Review: SiSpa in Pompano Beach<p>Tucked away in the corner of the <strong>Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort &amp; Spa</strong>, SiSpa is a cozy little escape from your hectic everyday activities. It houses several treatments suites, a locker room and a relaxation room that overlooks the beach.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/sispa2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>It’s not a grandiose, extravagant spa, but that’s exactly what gives it its charm. Hidden down a hallway on the fourth floor, the spa gives off a type of magical, mystical feeling – like you’ve suddenly stumbled into an unknown world in the back of your closet.</p> <p>As the full-time web editor of, a freelance journalist and social media manager, volunteer, girlfriend, aunt, sister and daughter with the (as my boyfriend put it) desire to do absolutely everything, my mind is constantly moving past its speed limit.</p> <p>The moment I was greeted by the warm, friendly face at the reception desk, I felt an immediate sense of relief, like she had given me permission to tuck those duties away for a couple of hours and disconnect from the constant emails, calls, text messages, tweets, comments, likes, follows – you catch my drift.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/sispa_lobby.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The spa offers everything from traditional services like waxing and manicures, to signature therapies like the Si Hydrafacial, which cleanses, exfoliates, extracts, hydrates, resurfaces and protects your skin (yep, a facial can do all that in as little as 20 minutes).</p> <p>To learn more about their services and prices, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a> or call 954/944-9528. SiSpa is located at <em>1200 N. Ocean Blvd., Pompano Beach</em>.</p>Stefanie CaintoThu, 15 May 2014 17:29:55 +0000 Protein Bakery in South Florida<p><strong></strong>There used to be a distinct line between healthful and delicious. Now, that line is almost non-existent. You can credit part of this change to <strong>Francesca Caltagirone</strong>, the 24-year-old founder of <a href="" target="_blank">Crave Clean</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="343" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/francesca_caltagirone.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Opening up in Miami by the beginning of June, Crave Clean will be the first free-standing protein bakery in South Florida, joining the array of farm-to-table joints, juice bars and specialty restaurants that satisfy the increasing population of health nuts and fitness enthusiasts. As Caltagirone found out, that group is composed of more than just gym rats and body builders; in fact, moms are big consumers of her products.</p> <p>“I think a lot of people are getting on the healthy trend because they want to feel better, and they want to be more energized,” she says. “I don’t think that everyone is so channeled into being thin anymore, that whole concept. I think it’s just living healthy, living longer, being more aware of the way the food affects you. And I’m excited to be a part of that process.”</p> <p>Started in a home kitchen in Miami, Crave Clean was born out Caltagirone’s desire to indulge in a healthy treat. About a year ago, she changed her lifestyle, working out daily and really watching what went into her food. She drank protein shakes, snacked on protein bars, but couldn’t find a healthy replacement for the baked treats she had been making all her life.</p> <p>“I was having a hard time finding something that was pure and yummy and I really looked forward to having as my snack,” Caltagirone says.</p> <p>So she started experimenting. She went through recipe after recipe, honing in on her perfectionism to create a product that she was really happy with. She brought them into her gym to have people taste test her creations, and while her intention was simply to make a treat for herself, people became curious and wanted to know more.</p> <p>“They were excited cause it was too good to be true,” she says.</p> <p>That’s when she realized that she could combine her passion for baking into a business that could change other people’s lives the way it changed hers. She could show people that eating healthily didn’t mean having to go through an extreme diet, that what it really required was a lifestyle change.</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/craveclean.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>She jumped into the project wholeheartedly, baking muffins, cupcakes, cookies and cakes out of a commercial kitchen. Made with healthier substitutes and secret ingredients, the result was an array of moist, fluffy, delicious treats that are all less than 150 calories with at least seven grams of protein. Since they’re made with less than two grams of sugar, these baked goods aren’t overly sweet the way regular treats are.</p> <p>They’re incredible concoctions – but not surprisingly so considering Caltagirone traded in her cartoons for the Food Network when she was younger.</p> <p>She currently sells her products at a local Mobil Mart (<em>Coral Way and 32nd Avenue</em>) and LA Fitness (<em>8555 S.W. 124th Ave., Miami</em>). She also delivers for an additional fee, which varies based on your location. For Boca Raton, there is a minimum order of $50 or a box of 24.</p> <p>The Crave Clean bakery, which will be located at <strong><em>3822 S.W. Eighth St., Miami</em></strong>, will offer an expanded menu that includes shakes and larger protein muffins.</p> <p>For more information or to get Crave Clean at your next event, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a> or call 305/431-4005.</p>Stefanie CaintoThu, 15 May 2014 14:53:16 +0000 & ReviewsTrouble at the top in Delray and some scary bridge notes elsewhere<p> <img alt="" height="466" src="/site_media/uploads/randy-1.jpg" width="400"></p> <h4 class="MsoNormal">Louie, Louie, we gotta go<span>      </span></h4> <p class="MsoNormal">There were not enough votes Tuesday night to fire the Delray Beach city manager, but there were enough votes to send a message.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The motion to dismiss <a href="" target="_blank">Louie Chapman, Jr.</a> for cause failed 3-1. It takes four votes to remove the manager. As expected, Mayor Cary Glickstein and commissioners Jordana Jarjura and Shelly Petrolia voted in favor, and Commissioner Adam Frankel voted against. Al Jacquet was not at the special meeting.</p> <p>Thwarted in their attempt to fire Chapman, Glickstein, Jarjura and Petrolia imposed the toughest penalty they could. That turned out to be a 90-day suspension. With pay.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">As it turns out, Delray can’t suspend a manager without pay, even if the manager—as is the case with Chapman—was found to have: approved a contract for trash carts in violation of city rules, “misled” the city commission into approving a second contract for trash carts and falsely denied twice to investigators that he approved the first contract. The investigation in question was conducted by the <strong>Palm Beach County Office of Inspector General</strong>, prompted by a complaint from a Delray resident.</p> <p>Under Chapman’s contract, the city could remove him by paying 20 months’ severance. There was no desire by Glickstein, Jarjura and Petrolia to do that. Chapman said he would leave if the commission approved a 24-month severance. The commission majority <em><span>really</span></em> didn’t want to do that.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">So Delray Beach will enter a period of municipal limbo. Assistant City Manager <a href="" target="_blank">Robert Barcinski</a> will become the interim manager, but he is scheduled to retire in a month. The other assistant city manager, Francine Ramaglia, was just hired in April from a similar position in Wellington. Seven years ago, Ramaglia charged Wellington elected officials with creating a hostile work environment. The claims were ruled to be unfounded, though the investigation revealed a dysfunctional work environment. Given that background, and given how things are in Delray, it seems an odd hire for Chapman to have made.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">How long Delray’s management limbo could last is anyone’s guess. Another motion to fire Chapman could be introduced. If Jacquet joins the majority, the search would begin for a new manager. But that still could take three months. Or Jacquet could join Frankel if the motion comes up, and nothing would happen until mid-August, when Chapman would be scheduled to return, unless Frankel or Jacquet changed his vote.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">August could be important for another reason. Aug. 26 is the date of the <strong>state primary election</strong>. On that ballot could be a referendum to change the Delray Beach charter and allow the manager to be fired with just three votes. Getting that question onto the ballot requires just three votes of the commission. If the change goes on the ballot and passes, Chapman almost certainly would be gone as soon as the change took effect. Then a search would start.</p> <p>The practical problem for Delray Beach is that budget season is starting, and reaches its most critical period in August and September. The new fiscal year begins Oct. 1. August and September also are the busiest months of hurricane season.</p> <p>For defenders of Chapman, all that could be reason to slap him for this incident and move on. Some residents accused—without mentioning names—Glickstein, Jarjura and Petrolia of not giving Chapman a fair chance. The record, though, shows that Chapman created his own problems through actions on which this blog has reported.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">In March, he ignored Glickstein and Petrolia—and violated city rules—by scheduling with just one day’s notice a vote on a loan modification for the Auburn Trace housing project. The city’s finance director and attorney blasted the deal, yet the previous commission approved it. The current commission rescinded it.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">That action probably cost Chapman the trust of Glickstein and Petrolia. They also were among those “misled” in January about the second trash cart purchase. Jarjura is new, but she is looking at an inspector general’s report that Chapman twice “misled” investigators about his role in the first trash cart purchase, trying to shift blame to his staff. Glickstein called that “a lie about a lie.”</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Indeed, the report found that Community Improvement Director Lula Butler also misled the commission in January. Yet when investigators questioned Butler, she was honest about her actions on the first try. Ironically, though, Butler was the one to resign Tuesday, after 28 years. Chapman continued to insist that he deserved to keep his job.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Having covered Palm Beach County politics for three decades, I can’t remember a manager receiving any suspension, let alone a 90-day suspension. I also can’t recall many more contentious meetings than the one in Delray Tuesday night. Frankel held out for Chapman, saying the other members of the commission had created a “culture of fear” among city staff. Glickstein shot back that the majority was trying to correct a culture of “cronyism and outright corruption.”</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Delray Beach is a turning point. The next three months-plus—or less—will show which turn the city takes.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em>My apologies to Commissioner Al Jacquet. In Tuesday’s post, I referred to him as African-American. Jacquet is the son of Haitian immigrants.</em></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em><strong><strong>••••••••</strong></strong></em></p> <h4 class="MsoNormal">Troubled Bridges, roads &amp; water systems</h4> <p>This week, the <strong>Florida Department of Transportation</strong> began a scheduled six-month project to repair the <a href="" target="_blank">Flagler Memorial Bridge</a>—known informally as the North Bridge—between West Palm Beach and Palm Beach. Whatever happens, give the FDOT credit at least this time for beginning a major, disruptive project as the high season is ending. With luck, it will end as new season starts.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The work, however, got me thinking. Numerous national reports have documented the deterioration of the country’s bridges, roads and water systems. President Obama could have addressed some of these problems—along with an aging power grid—in the 2009 stimulus, but surrendered to Democrats who wanted more social projects and Republicans who wanted more tax cuts.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">So what’s the condition of bridges in this area? According to the National Bridge Inventory Database, better than older areas of the Northeast and Midwest but nothing stellar.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">To have the greatest peace of mind crossing the Intracoastal Waterway, take the <strong>Ocean Avenue Bridge</strong> from Boynton Beach to Ocean Ridge. It, of course, is new—having been built in 2001. The feds give it a “Sufficiency Rating” of 93.3 out of 100.</p> <p>To have the least peace of mind, take the <strong>Camino Real Bridge</strong> in Boca Raton. It, of course is old, having been built in 1939. Even after a rehab in 2007, its sufficiency rating is just 32.2, with its main parts rated as “fair” and “poor.” The bridge “meets minimum tolerable limits to be left in place as is.”</p> <p>Boca Raton’s <strong>Palmetto Park Road Bridge</strong>, built in the late 1980s is in “good” condition, with a rating of 81.8 and a structure that is “better than minimum criteria.” The <strong>Spanish River Boulevard Bridge</strong>, built in the early 1970s is just “satisfactory,” with a rating of 57.4.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">In Delray, the <strong>Atlantic Avenue Bridge</strong> is considered in “good” condition, though the rating is just 63. The <strong>Linton Boulevard Bridge</strong>, nearly 30 years younger than the Atlantic span, has a 79 rating. Even after an upgrade in 2010, the <strong>George Bush Boulevard Bridge</strong> gets a rating of just 53.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">If you don’t like some of those numbers, don’t blame the cities. Palm Beach County and the state have responsibility for bridges because they are on county and state roads. Palm Beach County doesn’t even have enough money for road maintenance. On Wednesday, Obama announced a plan for building the “21st Century Infrastructure.” Maybe the 22nd Century.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><strong>••••••••</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.<br> </p>Randy SchultzThu, 15 May 2014 07:17:50 +0000 WatchCommunityMovie Review: &quot;Chef&quot;<p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/chef_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>“<strong>Chef</strong>,” a labor of foodie love written by, directed by, and starring <a href="" target="_blank">Jon Favreau</a>, is like a restaurant that expends all of its talent on appetizers and sleeps through the rest of the dining experience. The first third of this movie, which opens Friday in Boca and elsewhere, is funny, busy and exciting, driven by the frantic commotion of an upscale Los Angeles restaurant kitchen, where celebrity chef Carl Casper (Favreau) is preparing for the evening’s special guest: acid-tongued food critic Ramsey Michel (Oliver Platt, whose casting as a food critic seems almost predestined).</p> <p>Casper wants to serve a new, adventurous prix fixe gauntlet, but his boss, Riva (Dustin Hoffman), prefers a more traditional approach.</p> <p>“I think you should play your hits,” he says, calmly but authoritatively, the way a cop might suggest. “I think you should step away from that barricade.”</p> <p>In scenes like this, the rubber of culinary invention meets the road of pennywise caution, and these conflicts between art and money are some of the most truthful moments in the film. The frustration on Favreau’s face as he’s forced to confront his bean-counting boss is palpable, and makes for a nice metaphor for his own career, which for the last decade has consisted of competently directing other people’s screenplays, selling his scripts to other directors or otherwise producing the visions of others. In effect, he has been working in a system of compromise in which the final product is never entirely his; he’s usually at the mercy of one Riva or another. “Chef,” finally, is his first example of complete authorship since 2001’s “Made.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="220" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/chef-movie-still-16.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Unfortunately, the film’s bravura opening stanzas, which crescendo into a vibrant Twitter feud between chef and critic—and ultimately an in-person confrontation, captured on countless phone-cameras and rocketed across the Web, that causes Casper his job—gradually peter into rote predictability, revealing that the dramaturgical intervention of others wouldn’t have been such a bad choice. Watching Casper rebuild his life, which includes belated bonding with his 10-year-old son Percy (a lovable Emjay Anthony) and a healthier relationship with his ex-wife Inez (Sofia Vergara), is, alas, not as interesting as witnessing his implosion. A sabbatical in Little Havana gradually inspires Casper to open a food truck serving gourmet Cuban fare, the development and touring of which provides an opportunity to bring Percy along, not to mention Martin (John Leguizamo), the loyal sous chef from his old restaurant.</p> <p>When it’s no longer situated in the heat and tension of a big-city restaurant kitchen, the action slows to a crawl, with the genuine humor and snappy authenticity of the early moments yielding to an especially gooey center—a hilarious cameo by an effortlessly offensive Robert Downey Jr. not withstanding. As a writer-director, Favreau is obviously a humanist who sees the best in his flawed characters, and there’s nothing wrong with a good story about redemption and American entrepreneurship. But this film’s (and Casper’s) arc toward salvation is so oppressively sunny that you might want to lather up with some Coppertone before entering the auditorium. A climactic deus ex machina involving the re-appearance of a certain character almost plays like a parody—the sort of ending that’s tacked on as a reaction to the grumbles of disappointed test-screeners.</p> <p>Call me a cynic, but in its attempts to discover its heart and soul, “Chef” turned its brain off.</p> <p><em>“Chef” opens Friday, May 16 at Cinemark Palace in Boca Raton, Cinemark Paradise in Davie, Regal South Beach 18, AMC Sunset Place in South Miami, Paragon Grove in Coconut Grove, and Cobb Dolphin Cinema in Miami.</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 14 May 2014 13:22:40 +0000 & EventsMoviesCity of Boca Announces Summer Fitness Fun<p><span><span><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Summer may be around the corner, but there's no break when it comes to fitness courses. The City of Boca Raton released </span></span><span><span><em>The Recreator</em></span></span><span><span> for May through August 2014, and it’s packed with fun fitness opportunities. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>While these classes and programs aren't free, they’re reasonably priced. City residents pay $21.50 a month for the judo classes mentioned below, for example. There are two of those each week, taught by a seventh degree Black Belt. So, it’s a good deal. </span></span></p> <p><span><span><img alt="" height="324" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/brazilian_beat.jpg" width="490"></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Here’s a sampling of the city's summertime classes and programs:</span></span></p> <p><span><span>How about delving into the martial arts or yoga? The </span></span><span><span><strong>Boca Raton Community Center</strong></span></span><span><span> (</span></span><span><span><em>150 Crawford Blvd.</em></span></span><span><span>) is offering judo classes for all ages, including some classes for advanced students. Other classes include jujutsu (self-defense), tai chi and yoga. There’s an indoor yoga option, as well as yoga at the beach, at </span></span><span><span><strong>Red Reef East </strong></span></span><span><span>Park (</span></span><span><span><em>1400 N. Ocean Blvd.</em></span></span><span><span>)</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Those living closer to Military Trail might prefer classes at the </span></span><span><span><strong>James A. Rutherford Community Center </strong></span></span><span><span>in Patch Reef Park (</span></span><span><span><em>200 Yamato Road</em></span></span><span><span>). Summertime fitness at Patch Reef includes adult line dance classes, Zumba, martial arts and yoga. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>There’s also </span></span><span><span><strong>Sugar Sand Park Field House </strong></span></span><span><span><em>(300 S. Military Trail) </em></span></span><span><span>where</span></span><span><span> fitness enthusiasts will find a mom’s boot camp, exercise classes for people with Parkinson’s disease, jazzercise and more. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>If you’d like to work out outdoors, you might try one of the city’s summer programs at local tennis court complexes or swimming pools. </span></span><span><span><strong>Boca Raton Tennis Center </strong></span></span><span><span>(</span></span><span><span><em>271 NW Boca Raton Blvd.</em></span></span><span><span>) has one-hour adult clinics for beginner, intermediate and advanced tennis players. P</span></span><span><span><strong>atch Reef and The Racquet Center</strong></span></span><span><span> (</span></span><span><span><em>21626 St. Andrews Blvd.</em></span></span><span><span>) also offer adult summer clinics, as well as men’s and women’s singles ladders.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>The hot summer months are perfect for pool workouts. You can join the masters’ programs at City of Boca Raton pools, including </span></span><span><span><strong>Meadows Park Pool </strong></span></span><span><span>(</span></span><span><span><em>1300 N.W. Eighth St.</em></span></span><span><span>) and The Swim Center (</span></span><span><span><em>21618 St. Andrews Blvd.</em></span></span><span><span>).</span></span></p> <p><span><span>One perk of summertime in Boca Raton: reduced fees. </span></span><span><span><strong>Boca Raton Municipal Golf Course </strong></span></span><span><span>(</span></span><span><span><em>811 Golf Course Road, west of the Turnpike)</em></span></span><span><span> and </span></span><span><span><strong>Red Reef Oceanfront Executive Golf Course</strong></span></span><span><span> (</span></span><span><span><em>1221 N. State Road A1A</em></span></span><span><span>) offer daily fees from April 15 to November 14. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>For more details, including times and prices, visit <a href=""></a> or call 561/393-7700. </span></span></p> <p> </p> <p>For more posts from The Fit Life, click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p> </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><img alt="" height="350" src="" width="345"></strong></p> <p> </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, 14 May 2014 00:00:00 +0000 After Dark: Rocco&#39;s Tacos<p><span><span><span><span><span><strong>Rocco’s Tacos</strong></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><strong>Where: </strong></span></span><span><span>5250 Town Center Circle 561/416-2131</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><img alt="" height="301" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/roccostacos.jpg" width="449"> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><strong>The lowdown: </strong></span></span><span><span>Here in Florida, </span></span><span><span><a href="" target="_blank">Rocco’s Tacos</a> is synonymous with Mexican food. It has taken over a good chunk of our state, with locations in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach Gardens, Orlando, and soon-to-be Delray Beach. The trendy spot is even heading up north with another location set to open soon in New York City's Brooklyn. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>While Boca has its fair share of Mexican restaurants, there's something about Rocco’s that surpasses all the others. Its open-air atmosphere is inviting and roomy and appeals to everyone — families with children, the after-work business crowd, high school and college students, and the local foodie scene.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>The prominent inside bar has lots of high tops and booths, but the outside is even more appealing. Located smack dab in the middle of <a href="" target="_blank">The Shops at Boca Center</a> next to the courtyard, Rocco's has lots of extra room to expand for events - like its annual Cinco de Mayo party. Speaking of which, you may want to start planning for next year’s celebration now… Cinco de Mayo is the biggest day of the year for Mexican restaurants, and Rocco’s certainly does not skimp! The festivities start as early as noon and continue all through out the night. Tents of booze and bites are set up outside, along with live music and entertainment, giveaways and crowds of people in sombreros ready to celebrate. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>On the menu, the most notable dish has to be the guacamole, prepared table-side according to your liking. Not into heat? No worries, they’ll tone it down on the spiciness. The crispy tortilla chips are heavily coated in a special Rocco’s spice blend that makes them irresistibly addictive.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Pair that with one of 225 tequila choices and you’re in for a truly authentic Mexican experience. The list of margaritas and specialty drinks is just as impressive. Try the classic Cadillac Margarita with Grand Marnier and Rocco’s house made sour mix that is unlike any other. The Antioxidant Margarita, voted “Guest Favorite,” is another good choice, with Maestro Dobel tequila, acai liquor, agave nectar and fresh squeezed lime juice. Enjoy a glass by yourself or share a pitcher with friends — however you choose to imbibe, you’ve picked the right place to do so.</span></span><span><span><strong><br>The intangibles: </strong></span></span><span><span>There’s always something going on at Rocco’s. Get $1 off </span></span><span><span><em>all</em></span></span><span><span> drinks at the bar during Happy Hour every day from 4-7 p.m. Taco &amp; Tequila Tuesdays are a popular night, with all-you-can-eat tacos for $14.99, $5 tequila drinks and shots, $3 Mexican beers, and - a personal favorite of mine - $15 Margarita pitchers. You're definitely getting your moneys worth with one of these. Two people can easily get two to three drinks out of one pitcher! </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Owner Rocco Mangel loves to make appearances at all of his locations. If you’re lucky enough to be at his chosen spot on Taco &amp; Tequila Tuesday, be prepared for some free patron once he gets on the bar! </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Rocco’s Tacos is all over social media — Facebook, Twitter, and even Instagram. Follow and like away to find out about specials and events, plus see tons of pictures of crave-worthy food and drinks, Rocco and his employees and lots of satisfied customers.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><strong>Kitchen Hours:</strong></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Sunday–Monday: 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Tuesday–Wednesday: 11:30 a.m. to midnight</span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Thursday–Friday: 11:30 a.m to midnight </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Saturday–11 a.m. to midnight</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><em>**A late night menu is available until 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday</em></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><strong>Bar Hours:</strong></span></span><span><span><br>Sunday – Monday: 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Tuesday – Wednesday: 11:30 a.m. to midnight</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Thursday – Saturday: 11:30 a.m to 2 a.m.</span></span><span><span><strong><br>Website:</strong></span></span><span><span> <a href=""></a></span></span></span></span></span></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><center><strong><br></strong></center><center><strong>About Shaina Wizov</strong></center><center><strong><br></strong></center> <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, 14 May 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Jefe Opens at Town Center Mall<p><img alt="" height="166" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/eljefeluchador.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>If you’ve been jonesing for one of <strong>El Jefe Luchador’s</strong> sexy signature tacos—maybe the lusty crisp pork belly with ancho-smoked tomatoes or the silly but satisfying El Don Hamburguesa, basically a burger stuffed into a taco shell—but aren’t wild about making the trip to Deerfield Beach, you’re taco prayers have been answered.</p> <p>There’s now a second El Jefe Luchador, this one in the giant food court of the sprawling Town Center Mall in Boca Raton. In amenities and food it’s a bit scaled down from its Deerfield strip mall parent, but it still boasts the same witty, campy Mexican wrestling theme and menu of Mexican street food with a quirky twist, which should go a long way towards injecting some excitement in the typically moribund mall food court scene.</p> <p>Along with the signature tacos are burritos, quesadillas and tortas, all of which can be customized to taste with everything from chorizo and pork cooked al pastor to braised brisket and mushrooms and fried yams. You can also get your choice of protein in one of El Jefe’s “Smokin’” bowls, which include rice and beans, roasted corn, pico de gallo, guacamole and smoked ranchero salsa with warm corn tortillas. There’s also a handful of dishes for the kiddies, priced at $4.50.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 13 May 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsTrain Crossings, that Delray affair &amp; is justice being served?<p> <img alt="" height="525" src="/site_media/uploads/randy-1.jpg" width="450"></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>All Aboard:</strong> For all the worry in South Florida about new passenger trains, the real worry should be new freight trains.</p> <p>Opposition to All Aboard Florida, the planned high-speed service between Miami and Orlando, is growing. Last week, Indian River County pulled its support. Governments elsewhere in the Treasure Coast and in northern Palm Beach County complain about problems from new bridge openings and delays at crossings. All Aboard Florida would run 16 trains each way, every day, on the Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) tracks that run through the downtowns of coastal cities.</p> <p>For Boca Raton, Delray Beach and the rest of southern Palm Beach County, the main issue with All Aboard Florida has been all the new train horns that might sound. Delays are not the nearly the issue they are for local governments farther north. But suspicion is growing that the real reason for safety improvements to accommodate All Aboard Florida is to allow many more freight trains.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">According to documents Palm Beach and Broward counties are using in their application for federal money to finance those safety upgrades, “Traffic on the FEC corridor is increasing from 12 trains per day to <span><em>28 or more </em></span><strong></strong>over the next few years.” (Emphasis mine.) Put your money on the “or more” part of that prediction more so than the “28.”</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Port Everglades and especially the Port of Miami are gearing to handle much more cargo when the expanded Panama Canal opens next year. With the expansion, ships will be able to carry three times more cargo, most of it from Asia. News reports say the ships will be as large as airport carriers. The state is spending $77 million to complete a dredging project at the Port of Miami that will allow the mammoth vessels to dock. Only three other ports on the East Coast—Norfolk, Va., Baltimore and New York—are expected to be ready. Because the Sunshine Skyway is too low, the Port of Tampa can’t handle the new ships. So much of that added cargo will move through South Florida, and a lot it will move from here is by rail. Port Everglades is adding a cargo rail facility.</p> <p>Because of their cargo, freight trains can take four or five minutes to plod through a crossing. Between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale, All Aboard Florida trains would travel at roughly the speed of Tri-Rail commuter trains on the CSX tracks farther west, so they would clear a crossing in less than a minute. Freight trains, though, move at roughly half the speed of Tri-Rail trains. All that new freight traffic could snarl downtowns from Fort Lauderdale to West Palm that are marketing themselves as places to live. And imagine four or five more long freight trains crossing at Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach on a busy Friday or Saturday night.</p> <p>Approval for All Aboard Florida must come from the federal government. Local governments in this area want the area’s congressional delegation to push All Aboard Florida’s parent company to move freight traffic to the CSX corridor. Unlike the FEC, it has dual tracking, so it could handle freight trains and Tri-Rail. Money has been approved to allow crossover of trains from the FEC to the CSX in West Palm Beach and Pompano Beach. If that happened, the company and the state could try to work out a deal that would shift commuter trains to the FEC, a goal that the cities support.</p> <p>More than a century ago, Henry Flagler created modern South Florida by running his Florida East Coast Railway all the way to Key West. Today, the question is whether the FEC will enhance South Florida or harm it.</p> <p><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p><strong>Heads rolling:</strong> Tonight the Delray Beach City Commission will hold a special meeting to choose a consultant on the trash-hauling contract, appoint someone to the city’s housing authority, and—oh, yes—discuss the “continued employment of the city manager. . .”</p> <p>Louie Chapman’s continued employment has been in doubt for two months, but never more so than after last week’s report from the Office of Inspector General that Chapman and Community Improvement Director Lula Butler “misled” the commission in January when it approved the purchase of trash carts. Chapman and Butler said the city needed the carts soon. In fact, the city had between 700 and 1,000 carts on hand—because Chapman had wrongly approved the purchase of 1,200 carts a few months earlier. Then, when investigators asked Chapman, he twice denied having approved the earlier purchase. Chapman changed his story only after investigators showed him one of his own emails.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">After dispassionately flaying Delray Beach for its sloppy procedures, the report recommends that the city “take corrective personnel action deemed appropriate.” There could be a motion tonight to fire Chapman for cause. It almost certainly would get support from Mayor Cary Glickstein and commissioners Jordana Jarjura and Shelly Petrolia. It takes four votes, however, to fire the manager. What about Adam Frankel and Al Jacquet?</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Frankel voted against Chapman when he was hired, so Frankel could support the firing and claim victory. Frankel and Jacquet, however, backed the terrible Auburn Trace loan modification that Chapman brought to the previous commission when Glickstein and Petrolia were out of town, and did so in violation of city procedures.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">I’ve heard that Jacquet—who, like Chapman, is African-American—might play the race card in an attempt to defend the manager. But black residents of Auburn Trace showed up before the commission to condemn the loan deal. Since votes from black neighborhoods helped Jacquet squeak by to reelection in March, whose interests, really, would he be serving by defending Chapman? Glickstein, Jarjura and Petrolia are white, but the issues with Chapman that might get him fired are trust and competence, not race.</p> <p><strong><strong>••••••••</strong></strong></p> <p><strong>Here come$ the judge</strong>: What does it take to become a circuit judge in Palm Beach County? In the case of Samantha Schosberg Feuer, it takes paying about $5,700.</p> <p>Feuer was the only candidate to qualify for the Group 32 seat left open by the retirement of Judge Sandra McSorley. Qualifying for judicial and federal races ended May 2. Candidates qualify either by paying the filing fee—four percent of the office’s salary—or collecting petition signatures. Records show that Feuer paid the fee.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">As a result, Feuer will have all the power of a circuit judge without having to face the voters in a campaign or having to go before the judicial nominating commission. Depending on where the chief judge assigns her, Feuer will preside over felony criminal tries and major civil cases, decide the fate of juvenile defendants or determine child custody and/or alimony in family court. It will be power that has come far too easily.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Understand, this is a comment about the system, not about Feuer. She has worked as an assistant state attorney and assistant attorney general. She now works in the West Palm Beach office of the private firm Akerman LLP. She had support from leading law firms. She could turn out to be a fine judge.</p> <p>But in 2000, the same thing happened, and the person turned out to be a bad judge. In 2000, a lawyer named Art Wroble called in a lifetime of favors to run unopposed for a vacant circuit court seat. While with <em>The Palm Beach Post</em>, I wrote a column critical of someone getting such a position without any public screening. The legal establishment responded with a full-page ad defending Wroble.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Soon enough, though, Wroble became a problem. He scored at the bottom—by a lot—of the Palm Beach County Bar judicial poll. In 2002, prosecutors asked that a murder suspect be jailed without bail. Wroble gave the guy five days to appear. The man fled, probably to his native Jordan. In 2006, the same legal establishment that had rallied around Wroble six years earlier organized to defeat him.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Feuer’s “victory” this year came with a political subplot. She had planned to run for the Group 30 seat; Judge Lucy Chernow Brown is retiring. Then McSorley announced her surprise retirement as the five-day qualifying period opened. Any judicial candidate can run for any seat, and Feuer switched to Group 32.</p> <p>None of this could happen if Florida filled all trial court judgeships through appointment by the governor, after the nominating commission screens and interviews applicants, and chooses finalists. That’s how appeals court and Supreme Court positions are filled. Such a change, though, would require changing the Florida Constitution.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">In 2004, Amy Smith also became a Palm Beach County circuit judge the easy way. Unlike Wroble, she has scored well in the Bar polls, and ran unopposed in 2010. But the power of such a position should not come at such a cheap price. The potential cost is too high.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><strong>••••••••</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, 13 May 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityThe Week Ahead: May 13 to 19<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="323" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/bluemangroup_01.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of Blue Man Group</strong></p> <p>Where: Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $16–$96</p> <p>Contact: 305/949-6722, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Forget little green men: The Blue Man Group is an alien invasion with genuine rhythm and soul. Conceived in Manhattan in 1987 by a trio of eccentric performance artists, The Blue Man Group has become cross-cultural icons, mounting productions off Broadway and on cruise ships, in Vegas and at Universal Studios Orlando, at opera houses and on “The Tonight Show.” Wherever they land, the basic formula remains the same: Three guys painted a bright cobalt and wearing bald caps, combining wordless comedy, percussive music and technological wizardry into a stage show with more moving parts than a mad scientist’s mousetrap. This brief Miami engagement marks the Group’s first national tour appearance, a collection of newly conceived stunts and favorite numbers from its archive. Expect to see neon light shows, massive inflatables and drums that shoot sparks.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/amber-leigh.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: myLIFEspeaks charity fundraiser</strong></p> <p>Where: The Addison, 2 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 6:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $125</p> <p>Contact: 561/372-0568, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>myLIFEspeaks may be the most moving charity you haven’t heard of—or, if you have heard of it, consider yourself ahead of the charitable game. Public speaker Mike Wilson established the nonprofit in the mid-2000s after a visit to Haiti’s New Missions orphanage changed his life. He returned to the country many times with his wife and family, with the goal of raising enough money to build a full campus for the countless orphaned children at New Missions, and what started in the Haitian village of Neply has evolved into an institution serving the needs of abandoned children, with or without special needs, across the globe. Fans of the charity can support the cause at this posh fundraiser at the Addison, which will include a cocktail party, an auction and performances from local country star Amber Leigh (pictured) and a very special, Grammy-winning national recording artist.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="265" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/scienceontap.png" width="360"></p> <p><strong>What: “Science on Tap”</strong></p> <p>Where: O’Shea’s Irish Pub, 531 Clematis St., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-1988, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>You could probably guess instinctively that shows like “C.S.I.” sometimes take artistic liberties in their dramatic presentations of crime-scene investigations. Then again, chances are they also get plenty of the details right, if not the overall scope of this sexiest job in the police force. At this special presentation courtesy of the South Florida Science Center—the second in its series of “Science on Tap” events—Cecelia Crouse (pictured), who serves as Crime Laboratory Director for the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, will separate the accurate depictions from the misrepresentations. Her lecture, titled “CSI Effect: Forensic Science, Not Made for TV,” is presented free of charge, but as always, a purchase of a cup of coffee, craft brew or glass of wine from O’Shea’s extensive selection is recommended, as it will get the science juices flowing. </p> <p>THURSDAY AND SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="400" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/thais-presented-florida-grand-opera-72.jpeg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: “Thais”</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: $36-$200</p> <p>Contact: 954/462-0222, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>The rubber of religious asceticism meets the road of carnal lust in this rarely performed opera by French composer Jules Massenet. Florida Grand Opera, which last presented Thais in 1976, closes its season of provocative gems with this fable of faith, love and a tragic reversal of roles. Athanael, the purest of a group of Cenobite monks, resolves to travel to Egypt to track down Thais, a courtesan and priestess of Venus, whom he aims to convert to Christianity. Thais acquiesces to the monk’s request, but as they journey together through the harsh desert, he is consumed by a physical love that causes him to repudiate his vows, with tragic results. Elaborate feasts, erotic visions and deathbed confessions punctuate this three-act masterwork, whose challenging title role has, in the past, been played by Renee Fleming. In our production, two sopranos, Eglise Gutierrez and Angela Mortellaro, will share the part in their FGO debuts.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="275" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/bed300.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Tryst”</strong></p> <p>Where: Palm Beach Dramaworks, 201 Clematis St., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $75, includes reception ($60 all other performances)</p> <p>Contact: 561/514-4042, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>You’ll likely recognize the pair of characters in Karoline Leach’s 2006 drama “Tryst,” because both of them are unabashed archetypes: a charming swindler with the nom de plume of “George Love,” who makes his living conning affluent women out of their nest eggs; and a lonely spinster named Adelaide Pinchin who seems like an all-too-enthusiastic mark. The play is set in Edwardian England, with its rich literary history of spinsters and swindlers, and if you think you’ll be one step ahead of this poker-faced satire, think again. Leach designed her dialogue and narrative, with its serpentine twists, as a subversion of its well-trod genre, one that has earned comparisons to the absurdist maestro Eugene Ionesco as well as the more traditionalist master Eugene O’Neill. Considering Palm Beach Dramaworks has enjoyed great success with both Eugenes, expect its production to strike the delicate balance just right. It runs through June 8.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="258" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/video_games_live_1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Video Games Live</strong></p> <p>Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $20-$200</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-7469, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>It appears the moral crusaders campaigning against video games as mindless, violent, brain-draining distractions have lost the cultural battle. Last year, the Boca Museum dedicated a successful exhibition to the “Art of Video Games,” and now, with the ongoing success of the touring spectacular “Video Games Live,” these simulated adventures have entered the hallowed halls of classical orchestras and concert stages as well. The show promises audience interaction in its tribute to the music of the world’s most popular video games, performed live by a symphony orchestra and chorus. The gang’s all here: Mario, Zelda, Sonic, Mega Man and Donkey Kong, along with compositions from “Assassin’s Creed,” “Metal Gear Solid,” “Warcraft” and many others, supplemented by lasers, special effects and game images on three massive screens. Hard to complain that Kravis is ignoring young audiences now, isn’t it?</p> <p> <img alt="" height="347" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/vanya.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Opening night of “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”</strong></p> <p>Where: GableStage, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $55</p> <p>Contact: 305/445-1119, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>No, it’s not “Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice” redux; this play by absurdist maestro Christopher Durang is a modern narrative inspired by the dramas, and characters, of Russian master Anton Chekhov. In a Chekhovian setting—a cherry orchard in a country house—the unstable relationship between dysfunctional siblings comes to a head. Vanya and Sonia have lived in the lavish estate their entire lives without needing employment; their Hollywood sister Masha pays the bills by starring in vacuous thrillers. But she soon brings news—along a new beau, a thick-headed preener named Spike—that she’s going to sell the house and leave her kin in a lurch. The characters are named from tortured protagonists in the Chekhov canon, but knowledge of the great Ruskie’s work is not required to enjoy Durang’s Tony-winning contemporary spin; though, judging the plot’s wild developments and references, you might want to freshen up on your voodoo, Snow White, Armageddon theories, and Spanish ventriloquist Señor Wences. Prepare for a wild ride. The show runs through June 15.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="365" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/bill-maher.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Bill Maher</strong></p> <p>Where: Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $73-$112</p> <p>Contact: 305/673-7300, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Some love him, some hate him, and some, like my wife, tend to love his opinions but hate his arrogant demeanor. Others might admire his un-P.C. pugnacity in attacking an issue but generally hate his opinions, which usually—but, significantly, not always—fall on the far left end of our polarized political spectrum. A political commentator known for his controversial musings on religion, marijuana and culture as much as for his skewering of Republican intransigence and Democratic cowardice, Bill Maher was a standup comedian long before he became a fully informed political thinker. But the more informed he’s become, the more his standup has evolved, and he’s easily one of the most coveted comics on the circuit, with material ranging from relationships and pop culture to the news of the day.</p>John ThomasonMon, 12 May 2014 19:18:49 +0000 & EventsMusicThe Week AheadTheatreUpcoming EventsWaterstone To Open Soon<p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Waterstone Resort &amp; Marina</a> is bringing a whole new vibe to Boca resort life. From app-controlled car service to the <strong>only dock-to-dine</strong> restaurant in Boca, Waterstone has combined luxury accommodation with innovation.</p> <p>The resort is currently going through its final inspections and will announce an opening date tomorrow. In the mean time, check out our sneak peek of its amenities and a slew of reasons you should check the place out.</p> <p><em>**Renderings courtesy of Waterstone Resort &amp; Marina. Check out photos on our Facebook page tonight!</em></p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/wrm_bocalanding.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>Farm-to-Table</strong></p> <p>The resort offers two dining options: the Boca Landing, which specializes in seafood and top notch rum, and the pool-side Waterstone Bar &amp; Grill. Both locally source their ingredients, making for fresh, delicious dishes created under the leadership of executive Chef Steven Zobel.</p> <p>Boca Landing Hours</p> <p>Sunday – Thursday: 4 p.m. – midnight</p> <p>Friday – Saturday: 4 p.m. – 1 a.m.</p> <p>Waterstone Bar &amp; Grill Hours</p> <p>Sunday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.</p> <p>Friday – Saturday: 11 a.m. to midnight</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/wrm_waterfrontview.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="269" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/wrm_bocalakeside.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Spectacular Views</strong></p> <p>Located on Lake Boca and the Intracoastal Waterway, each of the 139 rooms at the Waterstone Resort has a balcony with views of the water.</p> <p><strong>Ask ALICE</strong></p> <p>Need a couple of extra towels? Or a dinner reservation for 8 p.m. tomorrow night? Ask ALICE, the Waterstone Resort’s computer and mobile app. With just a few clicks, you can do all that plus more, like get room service or call for a car service.</p> <p><img alt="" height="416" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/wrm_guestroom_2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/wrm_lobby.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>Modern Luxury</strong></p> <p>When the Lane Organization purchased what was formerly known as the Boca Raton Bridge Resort in 2012, it envisioned a complete redesign, resulting in the modern luxurious resort we now know as Waterstone. With Boca located between South Beach and Palm Beach, designers drew on both aspects of the contrasting societies, bringing a combination of modern chic and old luxury sure to accommodate to both demographics and everyone in between.</p> <p>Openinig specials start at $169/night. Visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a> for more information.</p>Stefanie CaintoMon, 12 May 2014 19:14:42 +0000 Chefs to Cook at Beard House<p><img alt="" height="418" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/beardhouse03©mitzimorris.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>In the world of professional cooking, an invitation to prepare dinner at the James Beard House in New York is no small deal. So it’s worth a shout-out to <strong>Burt Rapoport</strong> and the chefs at three of his restaurants, who will be doing exactly that on Thursday, May 22, turning out a multicourse menu that celebrates the best ingredients Florida has to offer.</p> <p>Chefs <strong>Ben Burger</strong> (Henry’s), <strong>Jon Greening</strong> (Deck 84), <strong>Jay Prisco</strong> (Bogart’s) and Restaurant Group pastry chef <strong>David Innes</strong> will do the honors, creating selection of hors d’oeuvres followed by four courses (each paired with a different wine) to be served to Beard Foundation members and hungry New York foodies.</p> <p>Among the dishes they’ll be serving: snapper ceviche with coconut-citrus juice, micro cilantro, mango and yucca chip; Swank Farms greens with seasonal fruit, spiced pecans, ricotta salata and orange-sherry emulsion; roasted Jackman Ranch Wagyu tenderloin with bacon-braised kale and chard and Florida sweet corn pudding; and a mousse trio—Key lime, orange and lemon—for dessert.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 12 May 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsUpcoming EventsThe Wedding Guide, Part II: Attire<p>For more than a decade, Boca Raton Bridal (3591 N. Federal Highway, 561/447-6541, <a href="" target="_blank"></a>) has been outfitting South Florida brides in wedding gowns that wow, featuring a large selection of designers—from new ones like Galia Lahav to high-end staples including Marchesa. Owned by <strong>Jan Corcoran</strong> and Jack Jones <em>(pictured below) </em>since 2005, this full-service salon also offers alterations, gown preservation and even a bridal valet, who dresses the bride and attends to her throughout the big day. We sat down with Corcoran to talk about finding that perfect dress.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"> <img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202014/wedding_attire.jpg" width="490"> </a></p> <p><strong>How many dresses do you recommend a bride try on?</strong></p> <p>Every bride is different, but make sure you are trying a variety of styles. I can’t tell you how many brides drive themselves crazy trying on 10 variations of the same style, only to find they want something completely different!</p> <p><strong>How does a bride know when she’s found “the one?”</strong></p> <p>Most brides will tell you they get that feeling in their gut, and they just know. Occasionally, you get a bride that’s just not that way. In that case, we recommend that she choose what she feels best in.</p> <p><strong>What are some ways that a bride can save money on her gown?</strong></p> <p>Buying a sample gown can really help you save money, sometimes thousands of dollars. Also, you can often make changes to gowns for not too much extra that will help the bride achieve her vision.</p> <p><strong>What trends are you seeing now in bridal gowns?</strong></p> <p>What about bridesmaids? We’re seeing a real departure from strapless gowns as well as satin fabric. Ornate lace and beaded, sheer bateau necklines and cap sleeves are really making a beautiful showing. Gowns have a much lighter, almost ethereal feel. Lace is dominating the market at the moment, paired with gorgeous organzas and chiffons.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" height="27" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202014/theweddingguide.jpg" width="490"></a></p>magazineMon, 12 May 2014 00:00:00 +0000 ExtrasThe Wedding Guide: Attire Directory<p>Say yes to the dress at local bridal salons that range from haute couture shops to value-oriented offerings. Budget-savvy shoppers should keep in mind that gown exchange and resale services also can be found locally.</p> <p><img alt="" height="754" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/alfredangelo_ariel.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><em>(Pictured: Alfred Angelo Ariel gown)</em></p> <p><span><span><strong>Alfred Angelo <br></strong></span></span></p> <p>393 N. Congress Ave., Boynton Beach, 561/734-9797 (Alfred Angelo's corporate headquarters is located in Delray Beach!)</p> <p><strong>Why</strong>: This national chain offers private label gowns at a wide range of prices, including accessories, bridal party dresses—and even Disney-themed gowns and dresses (think Ariel and Snow White-inspired looks).</p> <p><strong>Website</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>Bridal Couture of Boca Raton</strong></p> <p>3591 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, 561/470-1140</p> <p><strong>Why</strong>: High-end salon features new and exclusive designers, as well as gowns and accessories for wedding party members.</p> <p><strong>Website</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>Bellissima Bride</strong></p> <p>1605 S.E. Third Court, Deerfield Beach, 954/426-6116</p> <p><strong>Why</strong>: The inventory here includes many upscale, nationally recognized brands as well as samples, wedding party dresses, and full-service wedding-day valet packages.</p> <p><strong>Website</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>A Unique Bridal &amp; Boutique</strong></p> <p>622 S. Federal Highway, Deerfield Beach, 561/998-7601</p> <p><strong>Why</strong>: Enjoy one-stop shopping that includes popular bridal brands from designers like Christina Wu and Casablanca, as well as tuxedos, invitations and accessories.</p> <p><strong>Website</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>Angelus Bridal &amp; Formals</strong><br>878 S.W. 10th Ave., Suite #8, Pompano Beach, 954/943-7768</p> <p><strong>Why</strong>: Shoppers find a wide range of sizes (4 to 30) and styles, as well as wedding party dresses and the store’s signature “Flattering Me Bra” in sizes 32A to 52F.</p> <p><strong>Website</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p>magazineMon, 12 May 2014 00:00:00 +0000 ExtrasMovie Review: &quot;Neighbors&quot;<p><img alt="" height="266" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/neighbors-rogen.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Critics tend to think of the director as the <em>auteur</em> behind any given movie. We seek out the meanings hidden in the editing choices and camera angles, and look for overlapping themes from his or her previous works. We don’t usually think of <em>actors</em> this way, but if we look at the career of Seth Rogen from an auteurist perspective, his filmography can be read as the gradual domestication of a growth-stunted man-child. In fits and starts, his characters bumble and stumble from prolonged adolescence to an acceptance, however, begrudgingly, of adulthood. With each movie, his characters’ responsibilities tend to increase, a reality he must navigate while fighting, and sometimes acquiescing to, the urge to hit a bong and run shirtless through someone else’s backyard.</p> <p>This dichotomy—between life as an extended rager and life as monogamous, workaday suburbia—is the central emotional thesis of Nicolas Stoller’s “Neighbors,” the latest evolutionary step in Rogen’s screen persona, which opens across the country today. His character, Mac Radner, picks up where his Ben Stone from “Knocked Up” left off. He has a baby with his Australian wife (Kelly); both love their adorable infant, but both still like to party, and are not quite ready to fully succumb to a full-time existence as shut-in parents. In one funny and relatable scene, they decide to bring their child to its “first rave,” asserting that “we can have fun <em>and</em> a baby!” By the time they amass all of the child’s accouterments needed for a night at a club, they’ve passed out from exhaustion.</p> <p>Their relative “oldness” is accentuated when a fraternity moves in to the vacant house next door, an ostentatiously rowdy cult led by Zac Efron’s Teddy. This provides Stoller and screenwriters Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O’Brien ample opportunity to skewer the stereotypical image of frat life as a secret society of academically challenged, sexually insatiable, obliviously homoerotic preeners.</p> <p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/zac-efron-in-neighbors-movie.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Mac and Kelly are simultaneously attracted and repelled by their new neighbors, and they want to have their cake and eat it too: They’re flattered when they’re asked to join an all-night party but sanctimonious when they phone in a noise complaint the following night. It isn’t long until both sides drop the pleasantries, and a feud develops—pitting, as the film’s tagline puts it, “family versus frat.”</p> <p>“Neighbors” is being marketed as coming “from the guys who brought you ‘This is the End,’” even though it only shares producing credits with that clever apocalyptic comedy. But its spirit is indeed similar. “Neighbors” is a fast-paced deluge of outrageously inventive set pieces that vaults walls of plausibility so brazenly that such concerns as “realism” no longer seem to matter. Some of its developments border on genuinely offensive, like the idea that the well-hung fratboys could offset the charges of a massive water leak in their home by selling custom-made dildoes. But most of its over-the-top decisions are both inspired and shocking, including an unforgettable lactation sequence. The film keeps up it manic energy as it barrels toward and inevitable climactic confrontation between neighbors, and it never disappoints.</p> <p>Mac, of course, has to discover a similarly inevitable moral to this anarchic story, something about appreciating the simple pleasures of parental life rather than pining for the freedom of youth. It’s the latest step in Rogen’s landmine-studded journey toward adulthood. He may never fully reach it; at the expense of hilarious movies like this one, let’s hope it remains a glacial crawl.</p>John ThomasonFri, 09 May 2014 09:00:00 +0000 & EventsMoviesTreat Mom to a Meal Off on Mother’s Day<p><img alt="" height="113" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/mothers-day-card-template-16.jpg" width="200">You never call, you never write. So you really better take Mom out on her very own day. (That would be Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11, you ingrate.) Here are several local restaurants that will give Mom a break and get you back into her good graces.</p> <p>At Palm Beach’s intimate, elegant <strong>Cafe Boulud</strong> (301 Australian Ave., 561/655-6060) at the Brazilian Court hotel, they’ll be dishing up a Mom’s Day brunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For $68 per person for adults and $35 for kids, the menu includes rack of lamb, prime rib and house-made pastas, along with a selection of desserts like tropical panna cotta and freshly made pastries. And to wet Mom’s whistle, sommelier Mariya Kovacheva has put together a sampler of rosé champagnes—Ayala, Chiquet and Billiot—priced at $15 a glass or $25 for all three.</p> <p>Moms will get a free mimosa at brunch or a free dessert at dinner on Mother’s Day at <strong>Tanzy</strong> (301 Plaza Real, 561/922-6699), the sleek Mediterranean-esque eatery in Mizner Park. Brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. features an a la carte menu of dishes like brioche french toast with cinnamon butter, Canadian syrup and whipped cream and Eggs Sardou (poached eggs with baby artichokes, prosciutto and truffled hollandaise). The regular dinner menu will be available in the evening.</p> <p>The hottest restaurant in Boca Raton—<strong>Farmer’s Table</strong> (1901 N. Military Trail, 561/417-5836)—will see top toque Joey Giannuzzi and crew serving their usual brunch menu as well as a roster of specials, all from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A la carte options include scallion, shiitake and tomme cheese quiche with organic greens tossed with an apple cider-herb vinaigrette and preserved lemon-caper poached sole with grilled artichoke and tarragon aioli. Or you can always get an omelet with cage-free eggs, spinach, feta and tomatoes.</p> <p>Treat Mom to a buffet brunch or anything off the weekend brunch menu at <strong>Vic &amp; Angelo’s</strong> (290 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/278-9570) in Delray Beach and in Palm Beach Gardens (4520 PGA Blvd., 561/630-9899). From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the handsome Italian ristorante will offer a $39.95 prix fixe brunch ($19.95 for kids) that features beef and turkey carving stations, a raw bar, an omelet station, pizzas and pastas, salads and desserts, plus a complementary glass of champagne. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.</p> <p>Out in West Delray, Angelo Elia’s excellent <strong>D’Angelo Pizza, Wine Bar &amp; Tapas</strong> (16950 Jog Rd., 561/381-0037) has added some a la carte specials to the menu in honor of Mom. From 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mom can order off the regular menu or chow down on such creations as veal scallopine porcini with madeira sauce and sauteed spinach and lobster Marichiara, which pairs a lobster tail, shrimp, clams and mussels with capellini in a San Marzano tomato sauce.</p>Bill CitaraFri, 09 May 2014 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsDelray&#39;s trash talks, Boca&#39;s goals and Florida White House Wannabes<p><span><img alt="" height="525" src="/site_media/uploads/randy-1.jpg" width="450"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Something smells in Delray</strong><span><strong>:</strong> Fittingly, the latest controversy in Delray Beach concerns trash carts, because something in the city stinks.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>On Tuesday, <em>Palm Beach County’s Office of Inspector General</em> issued a <a href="" target="_blank">report</a> saying that since 2010 Delray Beach has spent nearly $300,000 on trash carts from </span><span>the same company —Otto Environmental Systems, based in Charlotte, N.C—without seeking bids. </span><span>Worse, <em>City Manager Louie Chapman</em> and <em>Community Improvement Director Lula Butler</em>, who reports to Chapman, misled—and that’s being kind—the city commission into approving the most recent purchase order four months ago, and then Chapman tried to hide his involvement when the inspector general’s office investigated.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>All this comes just after Chapman infuriated Mayor Cary Glickstein and Commissioner Shelly Petrolia with his last-minute scheduling of an agenda item they had asked him to postpone until they returned from vacation. Chapman’s action violated city policy, as Commissioner Jordana Jarjura pointed out. All this comes just before the scheduled May 20 evaluation by the commission of Chapman. All this reinforces the idea that Delray Beach is a mismanaged city whose residents must hope that the cause is incompetence rather than corruption but must acknowledge that it could be both.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Start with Chapman, since he’s been CEO of Delray Beach for the last year. It’s hard to imagine how he can recover from the inspector general’s report. It makes clear that when the commission approved a $60,000 purchase order in January for new trash carts—Petrolia cast the lone dissenting vote—Chapman and Butler did not tell the commission that the city had bought 1,200 carts just last September and had 700 on hand. Butler told the commission that her department needed the carts soon. In addition, Chapman authorized that purchase order of $57,000 on his own, even though the commission was supposed to approve any purchase of more than $15,000.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Here, though, is the really bad part: When investigators questioned Chapman and Butler after receiving a complaint from resident Ken MacNamee in February, Chapman twice denied approving the earlier trash-cart purchase. He denied having been told by Butler that he had approved it. After the second interview, however, investigators asked for all emails related to the purchase. Only after being confronted during a third interview with a Dec. 31 email—from himself —did Chapman acknowledge that he had signed off on the $57,000 deal. The commission will discuss the report next week as part of its workshop meeting.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>In the manager-commission system of government that Delray Beach and most South Florida cities have, commissioners who set policy rely on the manager to be truthful and credible, and to follow the rules. Mayor Cary Glickstein called Chapman’s actions regarding the contract and the investigation “unacceptable by any measure.”</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>With Chapman, there is “a trust that has been broken,” Petrolia said. Chapman’s denials to investigators, she said, “speak volumes.” In fact, the report speaks volumes about how Delray Beach works—or, more appropriately, doesn’t work. When investigators tried to find out how the September purchase was approved, Butler, the city’s purchasing director and others pointed fingers. Butler’s assistant, Al Berg, first claimed that he had asked for bids on the trash cart purchase. Asked for documentation, Berg changed his story. According to the report, Berg was “unable to explain any of the city’s purchasing policies or procedures, only that he knew this purchase had been made without the city commission’s authorization.”</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>In an interview, Inspector General Sheryl Steckler said her office found “no indication of collusion” between Chapman and Butler. She noted, though, that “this is the way this city has done business for a long time.” Correct. The $65 million trash-hauling contract was done without bidding. An April inspector general’s report showed how city staff flubbed the new beach equipment contract, which became an issue because of issues with the old contract. </span><span>The trash cart purchases actually total about $1.6 million and date to 1996, but the report deals with only the last four years.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>“We’re trying to change a culture here,” Petrolia said, referring to herself, Glickstein—both elected last year as reformers—Jarjura and residents like MacNamee. They saw Delray Beach become a closed political shop during the final years of David Harden’s time as manager. Those forces continue to fight reform.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>As for Chapman and Butler, they still don’t understand the real issue with the trash chart purchase. In her response to the inspector general’s report, Butler apologized for “what appeared to be a misrepresentation” to the commission in January. The record shows that there was more than an “appearance.” Mr. Chapman blamed the September trash cart purchase on his being new to the job and having a lot to learn. The purchase “fell through the cracks.” Because he did not consider it a big deal, he “did not recall it” when investigators asked. He also apologized.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>For all the bustle along Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach never will be the city it can be without that culture change of which Petrolia spoke. If change doesn’t come as a result of this report, the problem is about a lot more than trash carts.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span><strong>••••••••</strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span><strong>Inspector General: The Sequel</strong>. What timing. As Delray Beach digests yet another inspector general’s report critical of the city, the<em> Palm Beach County Inspector General Committee</em> today will choose a successor to Steckler. She announced her resignation last fall.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>The committee—the five members of the Commission on Ethics, plus State Attorney Dave Aronberg and Public Defender Carey Haughwout—will start interviewing the nine finalists at 8 a.m. in the Palm Beach County Governmental Center, after which the committee will vote. The new inspector general will get a four-year contract, as Ms. Steckler had.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>This week’s report on Delray Beach shows both the need for the office and for a fearless occupant of the office. Like the current finalists, Steckler was an outsider professionally in Palm Beach County, though she attended high school and community college here. The inspector general can’t be chummy with elected officials and those the office might investigate. Steckler was neither. Also, Steckler’s successor must hope that the county wins a lawsuit brought by 14 cities—including Delray Beach and Boca Raton—against the method of financing the office. Because those cities have refused to pay their share—going against the wishes of their voters—the office never has been fully staffed.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Despite the lawsuit and other resistance, the office remains a place for citizens and public officials to circumvent those abusing the public trust. The filing of complaints can produce reports filled with revelations that are news to elected officials. Just ask the ones in Delray.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>••••••••</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Goal-setting wrap up</strong><span>. As predicted in this blog last week, the Boca Raton City Council’s goal-setting session last week focused on some holdover priorities and other needed improvements to how the city operates.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Mayor Susan Haynie summarized the session in her State of the City Address on Tuesday to the Federation of Boca Raton Homeowners Associations. She and the council want to finalize a deal this year with a tenant for the Wildflower property, reform police and fire pensions—that will mean reducing benefits—improve how Boca Raton handles economic development and permitting and complete a plan for the 20<sup>th</sup> Street area east of Florida Atlantic University. Related to economic development, another goal is crafting a plan for downtown parking. Though the council holds such sessions every year, Haynie explained that the goals really have a five-year timeframe.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Haynie noted correctly that property values for 2013 increased almost 4 percent in Boca Raton, a key indicator of an improving economy. Though the rate of increase was higher in other cities, Boca Raton’s property roll of $17.3 billion is the highest of any Palm Beach County city. It’s more than double that of West Palm Beach, the largest city, and $5 billion more even than Palm Beach. Delray Beach is at $6.6 billion. So where Boca’s increase of $600 million would have been 9 percent in Delray, it’s less than half that in Boca. Still, it’s a healthy sign.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span><strong>••••••••</strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Floridian White House hopefuls? </strong><span>In the new, endless presidential election cycle that the political-industrial complex has created, any serious candidate must be running all-out by January 2015. The one-year campaign of 50 years ago is now a two-year campaign.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>This week, The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza, who writes the popular The Fix column, rated two Floridians high on the Republicans’ list for 2016. If he enters the race, Cillizza says, former Gov. Jeb Bush would become the front-runner. Cillizza ranks Sen. Marco Rubio third, higher than many other analysts put him.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Of course, as Cillizza rightly notes, if Bush runs, Rubio won’t. For all of his cable-TV appearances, Rubio remains the junior partner in that relationship.</span></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 class="MsoNormal"><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> <p class="MsoNormal"><span><span><br></span></span></p>Randy SchultzThu, 08 May 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityEnigmatic Thread Art Trumps Afghan Rugs at Boca Museum<p><img alt="" height="617" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/6.warrugwithmapofafghanistan.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>A couple of airy new exhibitions opened this past weekend at the Boca Museum of Art, both of which deal primarily with needles and thread.</p> <p>The largest and most prominent of the two, “Afghan Rugs: The Contemporary Art of Central Asia,” is something of a disappointment. Important as the subject may be—more than 40 wool rugs, woven largely by Afghani women, which serve as a therapeutic outlet for documenting the violence, topography and foreign influence around them—the exhibition is crippled by an unavoidable sameness, both in the works themselves and the regimented way in which they are displayed. We can only see so many renderings of Middle Eastern maps, guns, tanks, warplanes and military men before we yearn for a bit more variety, which finally arrives at the tail end of the exhibition.</p> <p>I was more taken with the other show, a survey of works from 1972 to 1995 by New York-based conceptual artist Elaine Reichek. Titled “The Eye of the Needle,” it’s the far more oblique of the two exhibitions, and I can’t say I “got” all of it. But the mysteries in Reichek’s multimedia investigations kept me glued to her pieces.</p> <p><img alt="" height="202" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/reichek2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>In her early works, all untitled abstracts from the early ‘70s, there doesn’t seem to be much to “get;” they simply expand the vocabulary of abstract art from painting to needlework. The works grow richer as Reichek incorporates other media, such as photography, to comment on her sewn art and vice versa. “Bikini,” from 1982, is a triptych displaying a two-piece bikini made of knitted metallic yarn; a pencil drawing of an abstract, hourglass-shaped object; and a black-and-white photograph of the artist’s own bikini-clad torso. Reichek isn’t the kind of artist to spell anything out for her audience, but this triptych presents an undeniable expression of the “ideal” female body and our cultural objectification of it.</p> <p>Human forms also encompass such uniquely transgressive works as “Navajo,” which juxtaposes a controversial Edward Curtis photograph of a shrouded Native American man with Reichek’s own vision of the same image, knitted from yarn. Curtis’ photos were criticized for manipulating his subjects and eschewing documentary truth; as a commentary on a commentary, Reichek goes even further. Her woven portrait, while faithful to Curtis’ print, looks downright monstrous in three-dimensional form, further enforcing the Otherness of the man behind the mask.</p> <p><img alt="" height="442" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/reichek1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Reichek has a tendency, as in “Navajo,” to present works that are seemingly fantastical or humorous in nature, but which hide dark truths upon deeper scrutiny. I appreciated the aesthetic purity of “Blue Men”—a pair of blue-splotched figures, nude and anatomically correct, knitted alongside a photograph of the same. “Yellow Men” does the same for a figure wearing a conical hat, and Reichek’s 3D renderings look like sci-fi characters on a budget. But there’s tragedy beneath this art: Reichek’s subject is the indigenous peoples of Tierra Del Fuego, who had oiled their bodies to protect against a freezing climate, only to suffer more when the clothing they were “gifted” by 19<sup>th</sup> century missionaries contained germs that decimated their population. One thinks of the unjustly sainted Christopher Columbus, whose brutal colonization of native peoples is satirized in another of Reichek’s works, “Sampler,” an ironic depiction of cultural harmony within which is stitched a quote from Columbus himself: “Their manners are decorous and praiseworthy.”</p> <p>Other pieces brimming with buried social meaning include “Farm Security Administration,” which upturns a photograph of a rural farm by Walker Evans and overlays the image with stenciled quotations from Baudelaire, Flaubert and Evans himself. Next to it hangs the artist’s knit vision of the same house, turned right side up. Aside from miraculous fidelity to the source material—she even gets the angle of sunlight right, as it casts its slanted glow across a portion of the front porch—the piece expresses a world turned upside-down for those suffering from the sort of poverty to which Evans gravitated, while at the same time playfully riffing on the bellows camera apparatus, which viewed images upside-down before printing them right-side up.</p> <p>Much of the contextual understanding of these works and others in “The Eye of the Needle” is contained within an essential, four-page primer available to pick up at the beginning of the exhibition. Inexplicably, there is no information on the gallery walls—nor is there any sort of an introduction to “Afghan Rugs.” The decision to omit at least an introductory placard for each of these shows is a curious one, because museumgoers unaware of the supplementary material may feel a bit like they’re wandering blind.</p> <p>That said, “The Eye of the Needle” is provocative and original enough without the academic assistance. With it, it becomes illuminating and brilliant. </p> <p><em>“Afghan Rugs” and “The Eye of the Needle” run through July 27 at Boca Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Admission costs $8 adults, $6 seniors and $5 students. For information, call 561/392-2500 or visit</em></p>John ThomasonWed, 07 May 2014 13:05:13 +0000 & EventsRun, walk for the dogs (and cats)<p><img alt="" height="39" src="/site_media/uploads/thefitlife.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Attention, dog lovers, cat lovers and runners: the first Muttsquerade 5K and one-mile dog walk is coming up on Saturday, June 7. The race starts at Anchor Park (<em>323 Gleason St., Delray Beach</em>) and benefits the Florida Humane Society.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/dogwalk.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>True to the event name, participants are encouraged to dress up for the Muttsquerade in masks and costumes. The run/walk will be followed by an after-party, presented by Dos Equis, beginning 11 a.m. at Deck84 (<em>840 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach</em>). Those 21 years old and older can present their race bibs to receive one free beer.</p> <p>The timed 5k costs $30 and begins at 7:15 a.m. The one-mile walk, which costs $20, begins five minutes after the race and is described as noncompetitive.</p> <p>You can bring much-needed items to donate to the Florida Humane Society. Muttsquerade event organizers will have a donation drive station during the 5K, for: Clorox bleach, laundry detergent, canned pedigree puppy and adult food (preferred ground type), canned cat food ground, paper towels, trash bags, towels and dog biscuits for small to large dogs.</p> <p>Be sure to dress lightly, especially if you're wearing a costume. Even an early start in June means summer heat. Stay tuned for a local expert’s advice on staying hydrated in the summer sun. We’ll be covering hydration in the July-August <em>Boca Raton</em> magazine.</p> <p>For more information, please call 561/405-5584 or email <a href=""></a>. You can also go to <a href=""></a>, where you’ll find a link to sign up for the race.</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, 07 May 2014 12:20:34 +0000 Schmidt Launches New Book<p> </p> <p class="MsoBodyText"><span><img alt="" height="301" src="/site_media/uploads/barb_schmidt_1-1.jpg" width="450">May 13 next week marks a big day for Boca philanthropist and activist Barb Schmidt. That is the day her new book, “The Practice,” published through HCI Books, will launch at an invitation-only event at Lynn University. </span></p> <p class="MsoBodyText"><span>Schmidt has long been known for her studies and programs in mindfulness; she launched FAU’s Peace Studies Program in 2001 “to promote dialogue in the greater community on the topic of inner peace.” And five years later, she established Peaceful Mind Peaceful World, a community outreach program designed to further the principles of the peace studies program. Along the way she has brought revered speakers to our community, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Dr. Jane Goodall.</span></p> <p class="MsoBodyText"><span>“The Practice” is based on the notion that “making subtle shifts in the day will improve inner happiness, creating a positive ripple effect on all areas of life,” and the book is divided into three sections: Waking Up, Living Present, and Letting Go, composed of “practical tools that can be used throughout the day to help cultivate a peaceful mind so that readers can live their best lives filled with happiness, love, mindfulness, and purpose—the magnificent life that we are all meant to live.” </span></p> <p class="MsoBodyText"><span>That might sound a little woo-woo to some people, but Schmidt is anything but; she’s made her own way through life on her own terms through hard work; she started by owning one, then more than one, McDonald’s franchises; she went on to found the Spirit of Giving Network, and co-founded and served as President of the Ronald McDonald Children’s Charities of South Florida, raising millions of dollars in proceeds.</span></p> <p class="MsoBodyText"><span>South Florida is full of people who make a bundle, check out, and spend the remainder of their lives somewhere between the golf course and the plastic surgeon. Others give back. Still others, like Barb Schmidt, start the real work they were meant to do—making the kind of spiritual changes that are way tougher than making money.</span></p> <p class="MsoBodyText"><span>So we are pleased to salute her on her new book, and look forward to seeing what she has to say. I, for one, think she is well worth listening to.</span></p> <p class="MsoBodyText"><span>“The Practice” is </span><span>available wherever books are sold or to order directly from the publisher, contact: <a href=""><span></span></a> or 800/441-5569. </span><span>All net proceeds from the book's sales will go toward furthering the mission of Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life.</span></p> <p> </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span> </span></p> <p> </p>Marie SpeedWed, 07 May 2014 11:46:52 +0000 in Boca<p><img alt="" height="36" src="/site_media/uploads/greengoddess.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>They say you should have breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper. But what should a king or a queen like yourself eat when you are on-the-go? Here are my favorite quick breakfast ideas and places you can enjoy a great breakfast in Boca.</p> <p><strong>Chi-Chi-Chi-Chia Pudding</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="248" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/chiapod.jpg" width="320"></strong></p> <p>The days of chia pet craze may be over, but the latest trend of chia-rich foods is only beginning. Because chia seeds are high in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, protein and fiber they’re considered a superfood.</p> <p>To get your daily doze of this little wonder, simply mix six tablespoons of whole chia seeds in half a cup of vanilla almond milk and stir for a few minutes until the seeds bulk up and form a pudding. Leave in the fridge overnight and in the morning simply add your favorite berries, cacao nibs and some honey to the pudding for a better-than-dessert breakfast.</p> <p>In a hurry? Pick up a <a href="">Chia Pod</a> that comes with a little mini spoon in the dairy section of Whole Foods Market on Glades Road. <em>(1400 Glades Rd, Boca Raton, 561/447-0000)</em></p> <p><strong>Dairy-Free Greek Yogurt</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" height="510" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/coco-yogurt.jpg" width="480"></strong></p> <p>Did you know that dairy can actually contribute to weakening your bones instead of strengthening them?</p> <p>Because calcium is a pH neutralizer and milk contains a lot of calcium, milk has long been touted as being good for our bones. But milk itself can actually be very acidic.</p> <p>According to the Nutrition Action Health letter published in June 1993, Japan and China have the least amount of dairy in their diets and therefore the lowest rates of osteoporosis. On the other hand, countries with the highest consumption of dairy, such as USA and Finland, have the highest rates.</p> <p>Steer clear of milk products and indulge instead in So Delicious Vanilla Greek Cultured Coconut Milk. This creamy, refreshing yogurt is rich in fiber, magnesium and most importantly - taste. Sprinkle it with some raw oats and berries and you will have a delicious morning parfait. This product is also available at Whole Foods.</p> <p><strong>Green Smoothie</strong></p> <p>If you are running out the door with no time for breakfast and need something nutritious, go for a green smoothie. When you’re on a time-crunch, make it the night before and store it in a mason jar in the fridge. (Recipe at <a href=""></a>)</p> <p>Made with fruits, berries, leafy greens and nut milk, smoothies are full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. They’re rich in protein, fiber and healthy carbs too. If you don’t want to make your own, try the Popeye Smoothie from <a href="">Raw Juce</a> (<em>2200 Glades Road, Suite 403, Boca Raton, 561/ 424-5823</em>) or The Green Machine from <a href="">4<sup>th</sup> Generation Market</a> <em>(75 S.E. Third St., Boca Raton, 561/338-9920).</em></p> <p><strong>Egg Scramble</strong></p> <p>While there may be different opinions on whether or not eggs are healthy, I believe that when eaten in moderation, humanely raised, non-GMO, pasture-only eggs can be healthy.</p> <p>Eggs contain all the information and nutrition needed to create a new bird, yet there is no pain inflicted on the animal. I like to eat eggs with yolks as they are rich in nutrients that can help support liver health as well as help produce 'happiness' hormones like serotonin, dopamine, norephinephrine. Try eggs with a big side of steamed spinach, cooked black beans, vegan Daiya cheese and salsa. If you have high cholesterol, then I suggest sticking with egg whites or substituting the eggs with sprouted tofu. If you don’t feel like cooking, try a delicious egg or tofu breakfast at <a href="">Farmer’s Table</a> <em>(1901 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton, 561/417-5836).</em></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><em><br></em></p>magazineWed, 07 May 2014 00:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsDisney Goes Digital<p>Long gone are the days of paper passes. Disney World has now gone digital. All you need to enter the parks is a waterproof, hypoallergenic wristband that you hold up to a digital reader once you hit the park gates. While the product has been in testing and available to select guests since 2013, the bands became available to all park guests March 31.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/disneyscanner.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>That means no more turnstiles. No more searching your purses and pockets for those pesky little passes. No more hassle.</p> <p>These MyMagic+ wristbands double as hotel keys for those staying at a Disney resort and fast passes that you’ve pre-selected on your handy My Disney Experience app – which we’ll go into more detail about later.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/disneyhotel.jpg" width="490'"></p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/May_2014/disneyfastpass.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>You can also connect your band to your debit or credit card, so any time you pay at a Disney facility like a restaurant or souvenir shop, just scan your band, enter a pre-selected pin and you’re set. A positive for those trying to downsize the items they haul to the park, a negative for the impulse shoppers who may find themselves spending more than they would have otherwise if they had to reach for their cards.</p> <p>All this is controllable through the previously mentioned My Disney Experience, a website and mobile app that allows you to assign your bands (you can have multiple people enrolled in one account), assign tickets to each band (should you assign a one-day pass to dad’s band and a four-day hopper to mom’s?) and reserve fast passes (you can select up to three at a time). The app also shows you waiting times at each attraction and a map of restaurants, restrooms, shops and rides.</p> <p>You can even record your seamless Disney experience through My Memory Maker. All official photographers around the park are equipped with a band scanner, so after they snap a photo, they scan your band and it automatically saves onto your account. The same is true for all rides. Just walk up to the photo counter when you get off, and save the image from the ride.</p> <p>You can purchase rights to all your photos through a $199 package that allows you to download them in high-resolution later. Or you can use the pay-per-print option without having to dole out that cash.</p> <p>These are all part of Disney’s efforts to make your next visit more manageable. For those worried about this being a security threat, Disney officials assured me that nothing is actually saved on the band. It simply functions as a means of getting information to your account. And if you do lose the band, you can easily deactivate it by logging onto the website or app or asking guest services to do so for you.</p> <p>For more information, visit the <a href="" target="_blank">My Disney Experience website</a>.</p>Stefanie CaintoTue, 06 May 2014 13:52:18 +0000 Tallahassee breakdown, J Street blues and more Delray buzz<p><img alt="" height="525" src="/site_media/uploads/randy-1.jpg" width="450"></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Tallahassee Games:</strong> This is how the Florida Legislature can drive you crazy. A good idea comes along. This year, it was help for cities on police and fire pensions, which consume more and more of city budgets because benefits are too generous. The cities liked the idea. The unions liked the idea. It would be all the relief cities need, but it would be a big start.</p> <p>Almost everyone in the Legislature liked the idea. It passed the Senate unanimously.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">But because so many people liked it, House Speaker Will Weatherford decided that he would attach this non-controversial idea to a controversial idea that he happens to like: changing the state pension system.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">To simplify, the Florida Retirement System includes all state teachers, most county government employees, elected officials and public safety employees who aren’t in city police and fire pension plans. Boca Raton and Delray Beach have police and fire departments, so they have police and fire pensions.</p> <p>Studies have concluded that these local pension plans pose major financial problems for city taxpayers if benefits aren’t reduced. In contrast, the Florida Retirement System is considered financially solid. The average annual benefit is less than $20,000. In some cities, police officers and firefighters can retire on nearly their full salary.</p> <p>But Weatherford and other Republicans don’t like the teacher unions and want to push more state-covered employees into a 401(k)-type pension plan. At Weatherford’s urging, the Florida House passed a bill that combined local pension relief with changes to the state pension system.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Democrats are allies of the teachers union, and they opposed those changes to the state system. In the House, their opposition didn’t matter. In the Senate, it did, because several Republicans also weren’t buying what Weatherford was selling. Charlie Dean and Greg Evers are former sheriffs in counties where deputies are in the Florida Retirement System. Another Republican, Jack Latvala, wants to be Senate president, and he wants Dean and Evers to vote for him. So he led the opposition in the Senate to Weatherford’s combined pension bill. It failed.</p> <p>Ideally, the House then would have passed the Senate bill that focused only on city pensions. It would have passed the House easily. But the House never took up the bill. So because of the House speaker’s selfishness—his attitude was: My bill or no bill—cities and their residents lose out. Which will put even more pressure on leaders of Boca Raton and Delray Beach during negotiations with police and fire unions. And that’s how Tallahassee can drive you crazy.</p> <p>••••••••</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>J Street Strikes Out: </strong>Since two of the country’s leading Jewish organizations—the American Jewish Committee and the Anti-Defamation League—have offices in Boca Raton, U.S. policy in the Middle East is practically a local topic.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Last week, the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations rejected a request for membership from the group J Street. Some of the roughly 50 organizations aren’t really that major, but collectively the conference is a major voice regarding Israel. For such organizations, membership in the conference is a big deal.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Most of the organizations—especially the influential American Israel Public Affairs Committee—back the policies of the Israeli government, whatever party happens to be in power. J Street, which was formed just six years ago and is aimed at younger Jews in the U.S., is different. It supports negotiations with Iran on ending that country’s nuclear program. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu publicly opposes the talks. J Street opposed Israel’s 2008 military action in Gaza. J Street also strongly supports a two-state solution with the Palestinians.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">According to news reports, the Anti-Defamation League voted to admit J Street. A staff member in the Boca office said ADL had “nothing more to share at this point” about its vote. A staff member in the American Jewish Committee’s Boca Raton office relayed a statement from National Communications Director Ken Bandler that the AJC is “not discussing” how it voted. Balloting was not conducted in public.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em>The New York Times</em> reported that while J Street got just 17 of the 42 votes cast, groups that voted for J Street—named for the organization’s D.C. street address—have far more members than groups that voted against J Street. One conference member critical of J Street said some of the group’s positions were “unacceptable” for American Jewish organizations. The vote shows that debate about Israel’s future remains much more vigorous and diverse in Israel than in the United States.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">••••••••</p> <p><strong>Waste Not: </strong>The yearlong good-government effort by the Delray Beach City Commission should be vindicated tonight.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">If four of the five members agree—and there’s no reason why the vote shouldn’t be unanimous, the commission will approve a deal under which Waste Management, Inc., will continue to provide garbage collection at least through October while the city seeks bids on the trash contract. In August 2012, a previous commission extended Waste Management’s contract for eight years and $65 million—without seeking bids. Delray had not put the trash contract out for bid since 2001.</p> <p>The current commission argued that Delray Beach had violated its own rules by not getting bids in 2012. Palm Beach County’s Office of Inspector General had agreed. The new commission went to court, and in March the city won. A judge ruled for Delray Beach without the city even having to go to trial.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Under the agreement before the commission tonight—an issue on which <em>Boca Raton</em> magazine has been reporting exclusively—Waste Management agrees not to appeal Judge Meanu Sasser’s ruling. Waste Management also agrees to pay Delray Beach $130,000 for attorney fees the city incurred challenging the contract. That is fair, since the company led the effort to avoid bidding, which led to the lawsuit, which led to the need to hire an outside attorney.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Mayor Cary Glickstein, who made the trash contract—Delray Beach’s largest—a campaign issue when he ran last year said, “Regardless of what happens (with bids for a new contract), I consider this a complete victory for honest government.” He’s right. Delray Beach can take a victory lap if the new contract also produces a savings.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">••••••••</p> <p><strong>Gray Matters</strong>: One of those former Delray Beach commissioners who voted for the no-bid trash contract is Angeleta Gray. She lost her reelection bid in March to Jordana Jarjura. Then things got much worse.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Last month, the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office charged Gray and another ex-Delray commissioner, Alberta McCarthy, with three counts of public corruption. In December, Gray voted with the majority to award a city contract—since rescinded—to International Enterprise Development, a company for which McCarthy worked. If the firm got the $50,000 contract, McCarthy would get a new position and a raise.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Just before the vote, according to the charging documents, McCarthy paid off part roughly half of Gray’s roughly $2,400 business loan. There allegedly was no talk of Gray repaying McCarthy.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">That’s a bribe, right? Not so fast. Under Florida law, bribery charges are very difficult to bring and harder to prove—perhaps because the legislators who make the laws like it that way.</p> <p>In2009, however, Palm Beach County approved an ethics code for public officials. Indeed, the code states that the intent is to “provide additional and more stringent” ethics rules than state law. Gray and McCarthy were charged with violating the code’s gift law and with conspiracy. My take is that without the ethics code, prosecutors could not have acted. The chain that began with three county commissioners going to prison and a grand jury recommending creation of the ethics code and the inspector general keeps coming back to Delray Beach.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">But get this: If Gray simply had reported that payment from McCarthy, and announced it before the vote, she might not have been charged. At the very least, she would have a better defense, even if she had taken the money from a friend who would benefit from the vote.</p> <p>And that’s how Palm Beach County can drive you crazy.</p> <p>Breaking News: This morning, the Palm Beach County Office of Inspector General released a report on what the office considers Delray Beach's needless spending of roughly $300,000 on trash carts. The report says City Manager Louie Chapman and Community Improvement Department Director Lula Butler "misled" the city commission into approving the purchase four months ago. The report comes as the commission prepares to evaluate Chapman. Much more on this in Thursday's post.</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>magazineTue, 06 May 2014 06:00:00 +0000 WatchCommunityFarmer&#39;s Table Takes Over Former Red Steakhouse Space<p>Joey Giannuzzi and Mitchell Robbins’s <a href="‎" target="_blank"><strong>Farmer’s Table</strong></a> (1901 N. Military Trail, 561/417-5836) has been the hottest restaurant in Boca pretty much ever since they opened the doors late last year.</p> <p><img alt="" height="345" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/farmerstableowners.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>The hard-to-find (but surprisingly easy to get to) location that helped hasten the demise of Red the Steakhouse next door didn’t deter Table’s customers, who were (and still are) all over Giannuzzi’s brand of all-natural, healthy, organic and tasty fare like, well ... brown on rice.</p> <p>So much so, in fact, that the Table duo is taking over the old Red space with an eye to expanding its footprint and services. Boston-based Peter Niemitz is in charge of project design, which will include turning Red’s glassed-in wine room into the Farmer’s Table Wine Cellar, a private party space with seating for up to 50 that can also accommodate the restaurant’s overflow when nasty weather shuts down its capacious outdoor patio.</p> <p>The cellar will be separated from the rest of the old Red space by telescoping barn doors, which will open onto a small plates-oriented bar and lounge. Giannuzzi says it will be a “social place,” with “comfort bar food” that follows the same healthy-natural philosophy as at the main restaurant, plus a large bar with TVs for watching sports, a selection of boutique wines and craft beers on tap, perhaps even live acoustic music.</p> <p>They’ll be doing a little reconfiguring of the restaurant too, making the up-front cafe “a little more lounge-y,” in Giannuzzi’s words, and adding another reception area and an outdoor bar. If it sounds like Giannuzzi and Robbins have an awful lot on their table, they do. But that’s a problem most other local restaurateurs would be more than happy to have.</p>Bill CitaraTue, 06 May 2014 06:00:00 +0000 & ReviewsThe Week Ahead: May 6 to 12<p>TUESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="309" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/great-give_logo_pbc.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: The Great Give</strong></p> <p>Where: Center for Philanthropy, 700 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 7 a.m. to midnight</p> <p>Cost: Whatever you want to donate</p> <p>Contact: 561/659-6800, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Late last year, when I interviewed radio pioneer, charity addict and North Palm Beach resident Dick Robinson, he cited the endless philanthropic bounty of Palm Beach Countyians, asking, “Where else can you go in the country and find a million dollars in one night?” United Way and the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties are hoping to receive that much and more over the course of a single day during Tuesday’s “Great Give” initiative. This local offshoot is one of more than 100 fundraisers across America, and any donation of $10 or higher to the numerous participating nonprofits will be amplified with additional funding. Moreover, at the Center for Philanthropy, there will be live entertainment and presentations all day long, including a 10 a.m. performance from the Plaza Theatre, a live welding demonstration and pet adoptions at noon, a performance by a five-piece quintet from Symphonic Band of the Palm Beaches at 5 p.m., and much more.</p> <p>WEDNESDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="602" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/dane-johansen.jpeg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Dane Johansen</strong></p> <p>Where: Café Boulud at the Brazilian Court Hotel, 301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 6 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $125</p> <p>Contact: 561/379-6773, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Later this month, international cellist and Juilliard faculty member Dane Johansen will embark on an epic musical pilgrimage: He will begin in France and cross Spain to the Atlantic Ocean—traveling, by foot, nearly 600 miles with his cello. He’ll stop at ancient churches along the way, performing Bach’s epochal “Six Suites for Solo Cello.” Intended to explore the concepts of pilgrimages and music as timeless connections to the past, present and future, Johansen’s journey will be documented by a team of filmmakers for an upcoming movie. His Palm Beach appearance will raise money for both his voyage and the programming of the Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach, which is hosting Johansen. Expect to hear the same cello compositions by Bach that Johansen will tour around Europe. Cocktails begin at 6, and the concert starts at 7.</p> <p>THURSDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="230" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/bill-philipps_s345x230.jpg" width="345"></p> <p><strong>What: Bill Philipps</strong></p> <p>Where: Palm Beach Improv, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $22</p> <p>Contact: 561/833-1812, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>While Bill Philipps can be a funny guy onstage, he’s not a comedian—he’s a psychic medium, translating messages from the dead at special events like this one. Ranked as a top medium on the website Best Psychic Directory, Philipps’ abilities began as a child and manifested most significantly following his mother’s death, which struck her when Philipps was 14. He says she visited him that very night, when his room became illuminated with varied colors of light. Years later, he honed his gifts with mediumship classes, and these days his schedule is booked six months in advance, at $125 for 30 minutes. Taking your chances at this low-priced gallery reading sounds like the potential for a great spiritual bargain.</p> <p>FRIDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="272" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/pascal-depuhl.png" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: TEDx Boca Raton</strong></p> <p>Where: Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton</p> <p>When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $30 students, $100 general admission</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>A year ago, Delray Beach hosted its first TEDx event—an independent offspring of the nonprofit conference dedicated to spreading new ideas in the fields of “Technology, Entertainment and Design.” Since then, other mini TEDs have sprouted in Coconut Grove and Jupiter, along with a special women-centric TEDx, once again in Delray. It’s about time Boca joined the ranks, with FAU serving an ideal backdrop for an event residing on the border of education and entertainment. At least 12 speakers will address a variety of important subjects over the course of this daylong conference. Speakers include Pascal Depuhl (pictured), an adventure photographer who recently shot a documentary film in Afghanistan; Paul Bloom, a doctor, author and media pundit with a passion for self-development; and Heidi Olinger, a social entrepreneur dedicated to enriching girls’ interests in the STEM fields.</p> <p>FRIDAY TO SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="267" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/philip-seymour-hoffman-festival-sundance.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Philip Seymour Hoffman festival</strong></p> <p>Where: Cosford Cinema, 5100 Brunson Drive, Coral Gables</p> <p>When: various show times</p> <p>Cost: $7-$9</p> <p>Contact: 305/284-4861, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Many of us cinephiles still can’t get over the loss of Philip Seymour Hoffman, one of the most devastating Hollywood deaths in, certainly, my lifetime. Arguably the greatest actor of his generation, Hoffman has left us a legacy of more than 60 titles—including a posthumous new one, “God’s Pocket,” which opens in South Florida on May 16—and many of them are iconic masterpieces. In its brief tribute to the departed thespian, Miami’s Cosford Cinema will screen three of his movies: “The Big Lebowski” at 8:45 p.m. Friday; “Synecdoche, New York” at 5 p.m. Saturday; and “A Late Quartet” at 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Then visit the Cosford next weekend for “God’s Pocket,” co-starring John Turturro.</p> <p>SATURDAY</p> <p> <img alt="" height="170" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/artrock2014.png" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Art Rock</strong></p> <p>Where: Armory Art Center, 1700 Parker Ave., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: noon to 6 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $5 cover</p> <p>Contact: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>This cash-and-carry art show and indie marketplace celebrates its fifth anniversary this weekend, once again offering pop-surrealist, lowbrow and street art, along with DIY fashion, home decorative items and funky jewelry, from the spacious confines of the Armory Art Center, one of Palm Beach County’s major visual-art incubators. More than 60 vendors, in media ranging from painting, photography and sculpture to printmaking, ceramics and edible art, will hawk their creative wares. Vendors this year include the recycled-materials art of Rock Paper Purses; the handmade oceanfront gifts of Yes, Anastasia; the sci-fi and horror art of Chris’ Creepy Corner; and the handmade, upcycled clothing of 75rabbit. As always, the first 100 attendees will receive free “swag bags.”</p> <p> <img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/laserconcerts.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Laser concerts</strong></p> <p>Where: Dekelboum Planetarium at South Florida Science Center, 4801 Dreher Trail N., West Palm Beach</p> <p>When: 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $8 members, $10 nonmembers</p> <p>Contact: 561/832-1988, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>On most days, the movies projecting onto the wraparound roof of Palm Beach County’s first and only public planetarium are educational and benign—an adventure with Big Bird, perhaps, or a study of rainforest insects or an astronaut’s journey. Not so on the second Saturday evening of each month, when lasers pierce through the digital veil of stars and planets, their movements choreographed to tunes by legendary bands. This Saturday, the action begins at 6:30 with the quintessential laser-light band, Pink Floyd (specifically, “The Wall”), continues at 7:30 with Bob Marley and concludes with a medley of classic rock anthems at 8:30. The psychedelic experience is the best way to feel legally high without hopping a plane to Colorado.</p> <p>SUNDAY</p> <p><img alt="" height="257" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/le-chanteur-johnny-hallyday-nbsp.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><strong>What: Johnny Hallyday</strong></p> <p>Where: Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach</p> <p>When: 8 p.m.</p> <p>Cost: $73-$178</p> <p>Contact: 305/673-7300, <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Few Frenchman, if any, played rock ‘n’ roll music before Johnny Hallyday released his first single, “Laisse les filles”—which is still a staple of his set lists—back in 1960. Attractive and talented, he quickly became known as the French Elvis, sans the awful diet and sonic decline. In fact, when the Jimi Hendrix Experience played its first concert ever, they opened for Hallyday, who was already, in 1965, an international draw. He has sold 110 million albums over his illustrious career, which has already transcended the inevitable fake retirement (back in 2009). The 70-year-old rocker is back touring the world in full swing, with set lists nearing 30 tracks, including English-language covers by Tom Jones, Roy Hamilton and others.</p>John ThomasonMon, 05 May 2014 19:26:09 +0000 & EventsMoviesMusicThe Week AheadUpcoming EventsIl Bacio Morphs Into Prime<p><strong><img alt="" height="200" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/primedelray.jpg" width="200">Prime</strong>, the elegant, supper clubby steak ‘n’ seafood specialist in downtown Delray, may have lost its prime location on Atlantic Avenue but it lives to dish up designer beef and fresh fish and shellfish another day.</p> <p>The Pellegrino family eatery has moved around the corner, to 29 SE 2nd Ave., taking over the spot occupied by its sister restaurant, Il Bacio, known for a vibe a lot more niteclubby than Prime’s soothing, semi-formal ambiance and cool piano jazz.</p> <p>Some vestiges of the old Il Bacio remain, in the form of weekend club nights, but otherwise it’s Prime all the way, from the posh, Forties-style decor to the menu that balances Italian-style dishes like beef carpaccio, scallops with asparagus risotto and rigatoni with meatballs and Sunday gravy with sushi, USDA Prime steaks and an assortment of classic steakhouse sides.</p>Bill CitaraMon, 05 May 2014 06:00:00 +0000 BeachDiningNews & ReviewsThe Wedding Guide, Part I: Venues<p>With options ranging from the Yacht Club and Boca Beach Club to the historic Cloister, couples hosting their wedding at the Boca Raton Resort &amp; Club (501 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton, 561/447-3000, <a href=""></a>) can take their pick of memorable venues. Combine that selection with turnkey services and the expertise of wedding specialist <strong>Jillian Stevens</strong>—who has hosted events for the likes of Matt Damon and Bill Clinton—and future brides and grooms know they’re in good hands.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202014/weddingvenue.jpg" width="490"></a></p> <p><strong>How early should a couple book their venue?</strong></p> <p>If it’s going to be a destination wedding, give guests ample time to arrange their schedules, at least nine months. If it’s a smaller group—say 30 to 50 people, and everyone lives locally—you can plan in a very short amount of time. Traditionally, I would say six months to a year is the best amount of time to plan and execute a wedding.</p> <p><strong>How can a couple gauge if a venue is right for them?</strong></p> <p>Budget is the first gauge. I’ve learned throughout the last 10 years that going into a venue search, if you don’t know what your budget is, can be a time waster. Traditionally, the venue portion, your food and beverage portion, should be in the 40 percent to 50 percent range of your overall budget.</p> <p><strong>What questions should a couple ask while scouting venues?</strong></p> <p>Is there a complimentary room for the bride and groom? What is included in food and beverage pricing? Things like tables, chairs, dance floor, risers for the ceremony, DJ or band, all the equipment needs—are these included in F&amp;B pricing or they additional?</p> <p><strong>Is it acceptable to negotiate prices with a venue?</strong></p> <p>It’s important to ask the question, to have an open and honest conversation about what the couple’s needs are and what the venue’s needs are. Oftentimes, it can be win-win for both.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" height="27" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202014/theweddingguide.jpg" width="490"></a></p>magazineMon, 05 May 2014 00:00:00 +0000 ExtrasThe Wedding Guide: Venue Directory<p>When it comes to the perfect setting for the big day, areas in and around Boca offer endless options, from traditional country clubs and resorts to more offbeat locations. Here are just a few of the popular venues in the area.</p> <p><img alt="" height="265" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202014/sundyhouse.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Sundy House</strong></p> <p>106 S. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach, 561/272-5678</p> <p><strong>Why</strong>: The intimate atmosphere here includes award-winning food, lush gardens and the historic main house.</p> <p><strong>Website</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="260" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202014/theaddison2.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>The Addison</strong></p> <p>2 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton, 561/372-0568</p> <p><strong>Why</strong>: Customizable menus of first-class cuisine are set against the backdrop of Addison Mizner architecture and those signature banyan trees.</p> <p><strong>Website</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="307" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202014/seagate2.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>The Seagate Hotel &amp; Spa</strong></p> <p>1000 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/665-4800</p> <p><strong>Why</strong>: Coastal chic ambience is combined with the choice of two venues—the beach club or the main hotel downtown.</p> <p><strong>Website</strong>: <a href=""></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="525" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202014/benvenuto.jpg" width="350"> </p> <p><strong>Benvenuto Restaurant </strong></p> <p>1730 N. Federal Highway, Boynton Beach, 561/364-0600</p> <p><strong>Why</strong>: A large banquet facility offers indoor and outdoor venues, as well as catering and complete planning services.</p> <p><strong>Website</strong>: <a href=""></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="367" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202014/morikami.jpg" width="490"> </p> <p><strong>Morikami Museum &amp; Japanese Gardens</strong></p> <p>4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach, 561/496-0233</p> <p><strong>Why</strong>: This nontraditional choice with cultural flair features indoor venues and jaw-dropping outdoor settings that overlook the lake and the impeccably manicured gardens.</p> <p><strong>Website</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" height="27" src="/site_media/uploads/May%202014/theweddingguide.jpg" width="490"></a></p>magazineMon, 05 May 2014 00:00:00 +0000 ExtrasConcert Review: M. Ward at Culture Room<p><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/mward2.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>(photos by Yafi Yair)</p> <p>M. Ward, Portland’s great indie-rock troubadour, visited Fort Lauderdale for the first time ever last night, promising to play some “really old” songs to “make up for lost time.” While I doubt we received any more songs than others will in this tour—the show clocked in at a little over an hour, even with the encore—his Culture Room set was as vintage as promised. He offered tunes dating back to 2002 for a passionate audience that grew from a few dozen, during the underrated opening act Mount Moriah, to a solid, room-packing congregation at the start of Ward’s performance.</p> <p>I hadn’t seen Ward perform since he played Orlando circa 2002, but what I remember from that show—an insanely talented guitarist whose motor movements along the strings and frets created a sound rich enough for three instruments—was in full force last night, whether the songs leaned toward surf-rock, punky barn-burners (like “Whole Lotta Losin,” a song recorded with his supergroup, Monsters of Folk) or lovely instrumental interludes (like his cover of a song by the influential guitarist John Fahey). He doesn’t just play guitar; he conquers it with the controlled fury of a prizefighter in the zone.</p> <p><img alt="" height="533" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/mward1.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>And for M. Ward, being in the zone often means performing with his eyes closed, which he did for many of his selections last night, resulting in what some might have felt is a sense of disconnection from his audience. Ward has said in the past that he doesn’t especially like touring, but that it’s part of the job; the fact that he doesn’t exude the chatty, crowd-playing gimmicks of a more comfortable road warrior is ultimately part of his appeal. There’s a sense that despite performing with a three-piece backing band in a hot, packed room interrupted by the sounds of occasional chatter and tinkling beer bottles—and, at one inopportune moment last night, a ghastly belch—that he’s the only one in the space, crafting personal, bedroom catharses on which we happen to be eavesdropping.</p> <p>This intimate ambience reached its emotional apex during the encore, in which Ward played three solo acoustic songs on (I think) a pedal-steel guitar. The second, “Fuel For Fire,” included a harmonica, which hung near the singer’s mouth a la early Dylan. Ward’s fragile, elegiac performance strengthened the sense of this song as a lonesome cowboy ballad, composed to pass the time over a late-night campfire. He followed it with “Paul’s Song,” one of the great, witty songs about the rigors of the road, before sending us off with a full-band version of his great Buddy Holly cover, “Rave On.”</p> <p>During this short set, Ward’s voice was at its clearest and most affecting; perhaps the Culture Room should have turned up his vocals for the rest of it, and turned down the guitar a smidge. Audio quibbles aside, this was a terrific show, and one that has been a long time coming; let’s hope it doesn’t take another decade to bring Ward back.</p> <p> </p> <p>SET LIST</p> <p> </p> <ol> <li>Poison Cup</li> <li>Clean Slate</li> <li>Flaming Heart (I think – not sure about this one)</li> <li>Fool Says</li> <li>Vincent O’Brien</li> <li>Outta My Head</li> <li>Whole Lotta Losin’ (Monsters of Folk)</li> <li>Four Hours in Washington</li> <li>I Get Ideas</li> </ol> <p>10. Me &amp; My Shadow</p> <p>11. Primitive Girl</p> <p>12. Bean Vine Blues, No. 2 (John Fahey cover)</p> <p>13. Chinese Translation</p> <p>14. Rollercoaster</p> <p>15. Never Had Nobody Like You</p> <p>16. To Go Home (Daniel Johnston cover)</p> <p>ENCORE</p> <ol> <li>One Hundred Million Years</li> <li>Fuel For Fire</li> <li>Paul’s Song</li> <li>Rave On</li> </ol> <p> </p>John ThomasonSat, 03 May 2014 15:24:53 +0000 & EventsMusicSummer Camps for the Kids<p>Summer is quickly approaching – how is it already May? – and that means your kids are about to have quite a bit of free time on their hands. Make sure they’re using it wisely by enrolling in one of these local summer camps. From fashion to circus camp, these activities are sure to keep your kids busy and happy.</p> <p><img alt="" height="488" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/islandwatersports.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><strong>Boca Surf School</strong></p> <p><em>Dates:</em> June 9 – August 15</p> <p><em>Cost:</em> $299/week for residents, $344/week for none residents</p> <p>Soak up that Florida sun while riding the waves this summer at Red Reef Park in Boca Raton. Island Camps is hosting surf school for kids ages 6-14. Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays, with activities like surf, skim and stand up paddle board instructions, tubing by jetski and more.</p> <p><em>To register, call 561/393-7807</em> <em>or visit the <a href="">Boca Raton Community Center website</a>. </em></p> <p><strong>Palm Beach Fashion Camp</strong></p> <p><em>Dates</em>: June 7 – August 10</p> <p>Sign your fashionista up for Palm Beach Fashion Camp, hosted by the recently opened Palm Beach Outlets. By the end of this fashion camp, your kid will be popping poses and perfecting the downward facing dog. Courses include acting 101, health and nutrition, yoga and modeling techniques.</p> <p><em>For more information, contact Barbara Smoliak at 561/632-3068 or <a href=""></a>.</em></p> <p><strong>Pine Tree Camps</strong></p> <p><em>Dates:</em> June 8 – June 27, June 30 – July 18, July 21 – August 8</p> <p><em>Cost:</em> $605 to $2210</p> <p>From counselor-in-training camps to MagiCamp, there’s a little something for every child at Pine Tree Camps at Lynn University. Opt to enroll your kid in traditional day camp, which boasts of activities like canoeing, arts and crafts and basketball. Or pick something a little more specialized, like Circus Camp, where kids learn to ride a unicycle, do tricks on a trampoline and work a trapeze.</p> <p><em>For more information, visit <a href=""></a>.</em></p> <p><strong>HEAT Summer Basketball Camp</strong></p> <p><em>Dates:</em> One-week sessions between June 9 and Aug. 8</p> <p><em>Cost:</em> $335 for the first week, $310/week for additional weeks.</p> <p>Get trained with the pros. The Miami HEAT and official commentator Tony Fiorentino host a basketball camp in Broward and Miami-Dade counties every summer. Camp sessions feature guest speakers, individual camper evaluation, awards and more.</p> <p><em>Download the registration form <a href="">here</a>.</em></p>Stefanie CaintoSat, 03 May 2014 00:00:00 +0000 EventsMovie Review: &quot;The Amazing Spider-Man 2&quot;<p><img alt="" height="281" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/www.indiewire.jpg" width="400"></p> <p>Superheroes have it rough these days. Even when they prevent a citywide cataclysm, save countless lives and dispatch psychopathic criminals, basically unharmed, into the hands of the proper authorities, they get flak for it, because they cost taxpayers some money by causing a new pothole in the street, or opening a fire hydrant. Like Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight before him, the Spidey of Marc Webb’s "Amazing Spider-Man 2" franchise begins his second movie as a frenemy to crime-addled New York City, using his superhuman abiliti